So as yesterday reminded us all, citadels are here and not going anywhere until they work (at which point as with everything that works some dev will decide they need replacing).
I am however still waiting for a citadel to replace the POS for me.
As well as (many) other interests in the game I am a hi-sec ore and ice miner.
I have a few mining setups that wander, like most hi-sec miners I move around to get away from the muppets, competition and if a good looking WH pops up I’ll ninja what I can.
A POS was the perfect tool for this. A mobile platform that after purchase costs could be placed almost anywhere and picked up as quickly for a low running cost. None of this the citadel offers. You can’t jump into a WH, mine it out before the owners log in and get out easily. You have to drop a citadel that takes a week to pick back up, its a bit of a giveaway, or try flying freighters in and out of a gate that’ll just get smaller. I have four separate teams that could mine, that’s four citadels with running costs ranging from 200-500 mil/month each, and each of those teams might hit 4 or 5 areas a week, that’s 20 citadels on the go at once.
As for a simple thing like compressing ore, finding a citadel with public docking and with a running reprocessing plant is getting rarer and rarer. 200 mil/month/citadel to run something that was free in npc stations is getting beyond a joke.
A part of the game has been removed with no reasonable alternative. I’d try the assholes that are CSM’s but getting them to even admit hi-sec exists would take more patience than I have and I’ve never wanted to be a goon.
So the rant is over, pissed off yesterday about the downtime but ■■■■ happens, even more pissed off today at the long restart and no one even bothering to let us know it was going to happen or even tell us that it was happening.
Is anyone else missing the freedom offered by the POS and would people like to see a replacement small mobile station?