I get that CCP is trying new things and moving in new directions. I get that there will be missteps along the way. That being said, I am wracking my brain trying to figure out who thought the reward structure for this event was a good idea.
First off, lets address the ore. You need 1000 units to reproc, and you get 2 tricarboxyls per 1000 units if you were to have 100% refining efficiency. Also, there are only 2496 units per gala site. With a character that has an 84% refining efficiency, I managed 62 tricarboxyls for hours of mining over two nights. So yay, I can turn in 12 tickets. This is a horrible time to reward ratio.
And then we have the containers themselves. I did have a small stash of tricarboxyls from previous events, so I managed to get enough to do 20 turn ins. I managed to get a VIP gala site clear, and opted to do the turnins there, as surely the VIP boxes that cost 25M isk per box, a gala ticket, and 5 tricarboxyls should give me some nice items! So, 500M ISK, 100 Tricarboxyls, and 20 Gala tickets later, I ended up with about 100M worth of items…
Yes. This is the first event that ignoring ship losses, just by running the event itself, you will end up ISK negative. Granted, maybe a small number of players will “Hit the lotto” so to speak and get some nice items that will make them a profit, but given the time investment, it still probably is not worth it.
This is what makes this a bad event. Previous events may not have been the most profitable ventures compared to say Super ratting or WH ratting etc, But I literally could make an alpha, throw it in a venture, and go mint veldspar in HS and I would make more ISK than I would on this event.
I am not even upset with the “loot box” reward structure, but asking us to pay ISK and more Tricarboxyls than we can acquire in a site is ridiculous. If the reproc amoun on the ore was 100 instead of 1000 units to reproc, and there was not a ISK cost (or a nominal cost, like hundreds of thousands, not millions of ISK) this would actually be pretty good. As it is, it is just not worth the time unless you want the skins you can get from the point rewards. As for the Spirit skins, you would be better off buying them from previous events.
In closing, I hope that CCP addresses these issues quickly, or addresses them and extends the event. As it currently stands however, this is the worst live event to hit Eve since I have been playing.