Wait, Are we going for or against Gas Compression?

Wormholer here,

I’ve been wondering why compressing gas, the only actually compressible thing in the universe, is not a compressible thing inside EVE. I’ve been looking forward to seeing how gas compression mechanics using orcas and Porpoise would be but as of recently, I’ve heard many don’t like this? I get that a lot of people have had issues with this newest dev post including things such as waste mechanics but why hate on the compressing gas mechanic?

Please make sure compressing gas becomes a thing!

I was under the impression that all the gas ingame already was considered compressed and that huffing gas into cargo containers already compressed gas to their limit.

Transporting uncompressed gas is really inefficient. Huff once ‘Oh this is no longer a vacuum - we’re full!’ and you need a new ship.

Whether compressing gas even further is good or bad for the game is to be seen. There are pros and cons. Pro: easier transport. Con: easier transport.

Making transportation of goods is useful for some people, but in a game where transportation is a large part of the gameplay, making transportation too easy may result in certain playstyles (local gas production and consumption) to die as it becomes trivial to transport it all to one centralised trade hub in Jita 4-4.

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People are against it because the culture around gas mining is one rewarding to small scale and individual mining. Extremity friendly to new players.

Eve has a simulated economy changes like compression and barges being useful for gas mining will harshly penalize solo frigate mining.

This is what has people who enjoy the current state of gas mining so worked up.

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This.

For a solo frigate miner gas pays well because it isn’t dominated by groups of barges, Orcas and Rorquals to set the price. The hassle of moving the gas from low sec or wormholes to markets causes that it isn’t easily bought and sold in bulk in Jita.

Now that barges will be allowed to mine gas and now that gas compression will be added, these things will change.

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I really doubt these changes will cause fleets of barges to be viable for gas extraction. With t2 harvesters the gas sites are only approximately 32% larger due to waste. Barges are also slow and you have travel time between sites to consider. At worst gas prices will go down slightly as barges suck it up a bit faster. You’re not going to see 10 man barge fleets hitting mykoserocin.

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Honestly I don’t think it will go down much at all. Maybe the c5/c6 gas as they will probably be harvested this way more than any other. But even then I don’t see it being by much.

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For my wormhole Gas I do expect any decent sized fleet of barges and exhumers to be nice and vulnerable unless they take the time to roll off all their connections at which point the sites pretty locked down, prospect or barge that whole cloud is going to get huffed.

But if it only takes you 5 min to mine it rather than 15 or 20 you’re going to be willing to sell it for less dropping the price floor.