Greetings, fellow immortals!
I’ve been thinking about playing around with structures some and wanted to find something nice and cheap to use. I remember thinking about this years ago and noting that there were Small, Medium, and Large (normal/no size in name) POSes. While the larges could range in the 300M ISK range for faction towers, a basic small POS could be as cheap as 60M. For the price of a Battleship, a person could deploy a basic POS for a small base in WH space or a small personal research/manufacturing station.
This niche seems to be missing 100% from the current Upwell system. I noticed this a while ago, but assumed - since the goal is replacing all the functionality of the current POS system - that CCP would get around to adding Small sized Upwell structures eventually.
…and maybe they still intend to. Maybe the listening/spy/scanning structure or the office structure or the POCO/market/offices structure will include a Small variety. To be honest, I expected the refinery ones would, especially when I first read they were not going to include an XL variety.
So, to my idea!
My idea is for at least one Small class Upwell Structure. It would use Small sized rigs and standup modules. To have some sense of balance, it should be limited in what can dock. Something like Destroyer and smaller hulls + Industrial (e.g. Iteron) hulls, or alternatively, Cruiser and smaller or Battlecruiser and smaller and allow Mining Barges to dock as well.
The best candidates would be a small scanning structure or office/POCO structure, if not a refinery. The former would make sense in a “Real World” sense (as many scanning/radar sites in the world are fairly small and remote stations with relatively limited capabilities).
Small modules and rigs would, of course, be weaker than their Medium cousins, and would offer minimal bonuses and to single systems (sort of like how the Mediums tend to offer smaller bonuses and to fewer thing while Large/XLs have larger bonuses and that apply to more things).
Small structures could also have a limited cargo bay in the same way that POS Personal Hangars do, preventing them from being used for the “infinite storage” that Medium and larger structures would.
These structures would serve as a step up from a Mobile Depot in that you can store some ships and some cargo (which you can’t really do in a MD), and providing you with some basic services like a Small POS could.
Note that I’m not asking there be a Small version of EVERY type of Upwell Structure. Indeed, it could be a single structure type with only a Small, or a Small here or there for some of the other types where it would make sense (of the current structures, a Small Citadel is probably the only one that makes sense, as a Small Refinery might be OP in terms of moon drilling and a Small Engineering Complex would be limited in what it could build…but then again, Small ECs could be useful for producing ammo and the like…)
…but I feel like that niche of Small POS is just…missing. For someone or a Corp that only wants a small investment and a small operation, there really is no option today. The cheapest Upwell structure is the Medium EC, which runs for 650+M, base, and does a lot more than what one would use a Small POS for.
Anyway, it’s just an idea, but it’s one I would like to see. I’m not sure if this would be OP in Sov warfare somehow, but we already have Small POSes in the game, so if they work like them, then it shouldn’t be…
Thanks for reading!