I have to say, this event reminds me of the “build-the-tank” events in War Thunder, wherein you fight battles to win random parts and pieces in the hope of getting the random ultra-rare blueprint or tank hull to assemble the entire vehicle. It takes days, even perhaps the entire length of the event to get all the parts, or players just throw up their hands in frustration and drop real money in order to buy the last few parts…or even more real money on the entire vehicle.
The fact that there’s a Dr. Who pack that appears to be selling similar “prizes” from this event leaves me concerned.
Meanwhile, I’ve spent the last few days (albeit in high-sec, yes, wherein the drop rates are likely much lower than low-sec and null-sec) trying to find the few materials that I need to even build a Tier 1 “Precarious” combat filament or an “Enigmatic” tier 2 exploration filament and I have yet to find enough to regularly construct them. I’ve successfully managed to build only one Enigmatic filament since this event began (specifically I’m short the Y-79 material)…and now I’m back to square one to complete the Challenge of building a Precarious filament because I’m literally missing 1 Y-79 material element and I’ve spent hours today trying to get 1 of them…just 1…)
The amount of effort that you need to sink into this is obnoxious. Days on end are burned and I honestly feel burned out merely 3 days into this event, having spent all my time doing exploration because I have yet to find enough materials to build even a Tier 1 Precarious combat filament.
I have spent each day jumping from system to system in hopes of finding the scandowns (and then getting insulted by finding nothing but wormholes). Upon finding the rare Warp Convergence scandowns, you barely get enough materials to slap together a Curious filament and maybe an Enigmatic, except there’s one or two components that are ultra-rare. I’ve stared at my cargo and my Industry tab hoping to have enough after each run, all with one component short just 1 particular random material that it feels almost like surrendering to go to the market to pay whatever jacked-up price is for the last few materials.
This feels like such a tedious frustrating grind that even Mr. Tarquin Smith from Clear Skies might abandon this project.
That and the only reward of value I’ve found is the one cerebral accelerator that happened to drop in a Curious site. If I wanted to stockpile salvage, I’d fly Level 4 missions.
I took time off flying daily incursions for this, and given that I’ve not made more than maybe 1M ISK off what I’ve sold or traded, I’d say I’m losing out on potential profit, especially considering these boosters have expiration dates and the SKINs are for ships I don’t fly.