Obvious alt toon here. I want to share what I’ve been up to lately, so a bit of background and explanation of current circumstances first.
Since the beginning of the year, I expanded from running a single high sec industry corporation to running a high sec corp, a low sec corp, and co-running a low sec alliance with others. Low sec is where I started to pvp back in 09. I then spent almost a decade in null and went from line member to FC, to CEO, to Alliance Exec before leaving it behind forever after getting fed up with the politics. My corporation and allies all operate in the US Tz.
We run moon mining ops in low sec 2-3 times a week using procs and orcas. The alliance also operates in coalition space under the flag of a prominent low sec entity who originally bankrolled us. One to two ops a week are the allied moons that we suck up, contract over and they pay percentages that go out to the pilots individually based on the amount mined. We pay boosters, haulers and overwatch toons based on time. When we first started, ship losses were the norm. Eventually we developed a better method for it and have reduced losses drastically.
It’s not the glamour of sitting in a rorq mining null sec anoms all day, but we find it to be interesting content. The danger of mining in low with a fleet adds a layer of complexity to the operation. We’ve had bombers, black ops, strat fleets, carriers, dreads, and battle rorqs dropped on us. We also run invasion content in between. This is where my idea comes in. We need a Triglavian mining barge.
- 2 high slots - ideal for 1 triglavian mining disintegrator (new), and 1 remote armor rep
- no gun or launcher slots
- 2 mid slots - ideal for prop mod or cap battery or point or utility
- needs to at least be cap stable with repper and mining laser running with cap battery
- should not have enough powergrid for MWD and/or active reps
- 3 low slots - ideal for dcu, armor plate, and resistance module
- - powergrid cost for medium remote reps
- + bonus to hp restored with medium remote reps
- - capacitor need for medium remote reps
- other standard triglaive bonuses?
The vision is to have a mining barge with a very short range mining laser and remote rep. It has no offensive capability at all, and the range on remote reps would be around 5km, mining disintegrator 20km. Using this other idea thread as a launching point (Triglavian mining tech?), the new mining disintegrator would start with an m3/s equal to a proc, but ramp up to a covetor after multiple cycles. Mining cycle times would be similar to ore barges. The remote rep, allows the fleet to effectively tank incoming damage with remote reps as opposed to buffer fit on procs. This type of tank would also allow people to form invasion mining fleets and stay together for reps to effectively mine out the ore in invasion systems. It’s gimped enough to not be prone to abuse due to range restriction, and still needs escorts for damage.
I expect most players to scoff and argue that we don’t need new barges when other crap is going on, but I disagree. All the rorq pilots in null that won’t want to mine after blackout should come to lowsec with me and fly these new ships in a cool, subcap, group activity. This is the way to bring people together for more activities in eve.
TL;DR: New trig mining barge to encourage cooperative subcap play for mining fleets.