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Hulkageddon, Technetium, and the Circle of Life April 24, 2012

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EVE Online.
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Hulkageddon is coming!

I think that is the motto on Helicity Boson’s family crest.

(May they fare better than the Starks.)

And that means the destruction of many mining barges.  Of course, this time around, for Hulkageddon V, there is a new player.

The Mittani and Helicity together on one stage!

Goonswarm is stepping up as a sponsor of the event and is offering a payout of 100 million ISK if you kill 10 Hulk or Mackinaw exhumers.

This is the “everybody wins” aspect of this round of Hulkageddon.  You do not have to be a top performer on the kill board to get a payout.

And, if I heard things right, the reward process will be at least semi-automated.  You won’t have to apply for your reward, you will just have to be registered on the kill board to get your 100 million ISK and congratulatory note after every 10th Hulk/Mackinaw kill.

The Hulk and the Mackinaw are, of course, two of the high end, Tech II if you will, mining barges.  They are what you aspire to fly when you first start off mining in your Bantam or Osprey.

They are expensive ships, but they harvest at such a rate that they pay themselves off pretty quickly with regular use.  When you get to the Hulk is when you start getting annoyed by small asteroids.

These ships are expensive because they require all sorts of special materials to create, plus the whole cycle of invention to create the blueprint.

Hulk bill of materials

Like all the Tech II blueprints I have seen, you have to start with a basic tech version of the item.  In this case, a Covetor.  And then you have to come up with all sorts of exotic materials.  You might have some morphite sitting in your hanger, though if you do it is likely from reprocessing something.  And I once got some construction blocks as a drop from a mission.  But most of the rest you have to go out and make.

Let’s take Photon Microprosessors as an example.  You need 2,200 of those for the Hulk.  You can buy a blueprint for those, but again the bill of materials may look a little foreign.

Photon Microprocessor BOM

Among the items it needs is Nanotransistors.  Those are created via the Nanotransistor Reaction, which requires, among other things, Platinum Technite.  And that requires Technetium.

And that is just one of the components.  I won’t run them all down to their base materials.  Instead I will point out that I recently saw an estimate that Technetium makes up something like 40% of the sale price of a Hulk.

And Hulks are going for 270-300 million ISK at the moment, so I suppose there could be a good 100 million ISK in technetium in each one of those.

And where does Technetium come from?  It comes from tech moons in the north in null sec.  And who owns most of those moons now?  Goonswarm and its CFC allies.  That was one of the main benefits from the war in the north for the CFC, control of most of the tech moons. (Jester wrote of the stuff and its uses.)

So it is not a huge stretch of imagination or mathematics to wonder if paying out 10 million ISK per Hulk or Mackinaw destroyed (payable only when you have killed 10 total) might be less of a charitable reward for gankers and more of an incentive program to keep a profitable enterprise going… and going stronger than ever.

This whole thing just needs one further twist and then I bet even Gevlon shows a bit of envy.

Oh, wait, there it is.

Yeah, that is starting to get some comments, but I am not sure people have seen the full scope of the cartel yet.  It seems like every Hulk that needs to be replaced means ISK heading to the Goons.

Addendum: Posted at EVE News 24 (I hate when I get alliance updates this way, but at least it means I can talk about them freely)

The New Bropacts and OTEC

During the Venal campaign, Ev0ke approached us about a tech deal; after we had made good on the agreement, NCdot approached us as well. Having taken so many moons so rapidly that GЅОL was beginning to thrash about worryingly, foam at the mouth, and mis-time the same moon twice in a row, we decided to declare victory and go home to VFK. Perhaps amusingly, NCdot’s pets have loudly declared that they were /also/ victorious; perhaps it’s a scenario where everyone wins!

Everyone winning is the goal of OTEC, our new diplomatic initiative. OTEC – the Organization of Technetium Exporting Corporations – is here to regulate galactic technetium supply and ensure stable pricing so everyone in the market can benefit. Just like with the real world’s OPEC, ‘Everyone’ in this case means ‘us’ and ‘benefit’ means ‘ahahaha fuck you scrubs’. With discussion of ‘ring mining’ being a method of nerfing tech income, most of the organizations in nullsec that have tech moons are interested in jacking the prices as high as the market will bear, with twin benefits: making us (CFC/NCdot/Ev0ke/PL) comically wealthy at the expense of literally everyone else in the game, and making literally everyone else in the game howl in a rage about it.

I have announced OTEC before it actually exists just to see if I could spook the tech markets by tweeting; I now have almost 4000 nerds following me, and fuck it. Turns out I can (the price rocketed almost to 200k) and now we’re playing catch up to actually make OTEC a reality.

Comments»

1. Aufero - April 24, 2012

A profit motive for sponsoring PvP in Eve? Truly shocking.

2. Wilhelm Arcturus - April 24, 2012

@Aufero – Do you have some similar examples to offer up? I mean, you make it sound like this sort of thing goes on all the time.

3. HarbingerZero - April 24, 2012

Eh…not to say anything bad about the post, because I enjoyed reading it, and it was informative. But Aufero has a point in its basic level – organized pvp with a profit incentive is old hat in EVE. Things like that whole bounty system come to mind. (-;

4. Aufero - April 24, 2012

@Wilhelm – I’ve lost track of who was being more sarcastic here. Was it me, or you?

(The English language really needs some new punctuation marks for this sort of thing.)

5. Wilhelm Arcturus - April 24, 2012

@HZ – Yes, of course PvP for profit is old hat, and I knew that would be the response by somebody.

But this is NOT organized PvP with a profit motive. This is an incetive for other people to go PvP in which those paying the incentive reap a reward in the long run through sales of a commodity.

I do not see them as the same thing. This is more subtle. There is no obvious, immediate payout, like say suicide ganking a loaded freighter.

The bounty system is a joke btw. Go put a bounty on somebody. They will get in a cheap ship, their friend will kill them and collect the bounty.

@Aufero – Indeed, the lack of a sarcasm mark is a failure of the online world.

6. Stabs - April 24, 2012

Actually I’m glad there isn’t a sarcasm mark. People would use it faux-ironically just to be pretentious.

[/sarcasm]

7. Wilhelm Arcturus - April 24, 2012

@Stabs – And then we would create a “real” sarcasm mark and a “fake” sarcasm mark, which would lead to more ironic usage… and eventually the internet would become an unreadable mess.

Wait, I think we’re nearly there already.

8. Ardent Defender - April 24, 2012

Goons sure do create interesting content and disruptions and a total variable in the sandbox.

If I only had a nice stash of Tech to sell. The markets sure wont be all that dull when you can throw a wrench it and cause some chaos.

9. Aufero - April 24, 2012

@Wilhelm – in non-sarcastic answer to your question, this strikes me as quite similar to the time-honored Eve practice of paying a mercenary corp to wardec an economic competitor.

10. Aufero - April 24, 2012

@Wilhelm – No, I quite enjoyed the post. I’d assumed there was some plan for gain behind Goonfleet’s decision to sponsor Hulkageddon, but I hadn’t worked out the actual details.

Kudos for exposing the machinations of your evil overlords!

(I appear to have joyfully leapt at the opportunity for sarcasm in my initial reply without considering that it might not properly express my interest in the material.)

11. Wilhelm Arcturus - April 24, 2012

@Aufero – Oh, great, I changed my mind on my comment and deleted it while you were commenting. Now where is the special internet text mark up for that situation?

I admit I may have been influenced by reading too much EVE News 24 where there are lots of “who cares?” messages in the comments.

(I could re-create and re-insert via time stamp manipulation my original comment, but I think I prefer the comedy of errors.)

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13. Aufero - April 24, 2012

I haven’t been reading Eve News 24, but “who cares?” comments always strike me as inherently paradoxical. Replying to a post seems like pretty conclusive proof that you care enough to reply.

14. Helena Khan - April 25, 2012

God almighty. The mittani farts and 4000 people break out their gas miners….?

15. [Eve] The Economics of Motivation and Opportunity | Kill Ten Rats - April 25, 2012

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16. Hulkagedden V begins the economic war in EVE | Iggep's Realm - April 28, 2012

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17. X - April 29, 2012

Target Minner are very bad for Pirate Wallet…. just watch the Market History and you can see everything is 60% more expensive. i am Manufacture and now i make 2x ISK for each item i sell to Pirate…

u kill every Hulk…. good thing becose this Hulk done more ISK on the Market and you Lose more ISK Pirate….

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