Station Itemization

I need directories.

I need folders, bins, baskets, and various other ways to organize things.

I am a pack rat, especially in games.  Doubly so in MMOs.

And EVE Online is an MMO, as you may have noticed.

The items thingy… what is it?  Is it a hanger?  A container?  Something else?

Anyway, that window where all of your items in station reside needs some features. 

When you have 10 things in there, it is easy to deal with.  Even with 20, it isn’t so bad.  But after that, it becomes a pain.

I need a way to create sub directories of the items window.  Sub directories I can label, so I can store away minerals in one, skills in another, salvaged items in a third, and so on.

I want to be able to organize all of this space debris that I have been accumulating, both in the Items window as well as in the divisional hangers in the corporate office.

Now, no post about EVE Online from me is complete without a tale of stupidity, so here is how this need was slammed home to me.

Our corp, Twilight Cadre (current motto: It is all about the BenjamISK), is 30 days old today.  This means, of course, the rental expired on our office in Hageken.

When I logged in to process the ore I mined last night, ore which I stored in the corp hanger.  When I tried to open the corp hanger, I was greeted with a long message which I did not really read. 

Shame on me. 

The first bit said that our rent expired and that if I wanted the items back I had to pay a fee.  A Dr. Evil fee of One Million ISK!

Well, of course I wanted the stuff back.  There had to be ten million ISK worth of stuff in there.  Somehow though I assumed that pressing the “yes” button would be paying the rent on the office space. 

But no, all it did was take all the stuff out of impound and shove it in my items window.

All of the stuff I had stored in there.  All of the stuff Potshot had stored in there.  And all of the huge amount of stuff we had placed in the “free for all” division 1 hanger.

All of that, over 200 things, were now mixed in with my stuff.

I had to go rent and office again (2 million more ISK) and then try to separate out all of stuff that was now rattling around in my items window.

Fortunately the vast majority of the stuff was from the free for all hanger and obviously so.  I did not even bother to move over the civilian modules that had been stacking up, choosing to reprocess them. 

But then I noticed the next dumb thing.  I just rented a new office.  I did not go into the corp wallet and pay the bill buried in a window I had not visited before today.  So now I have a new office rented AND a bill in the corp wallet for another office.  I assume that the bill will go away some day. Argh!

All of this lead me to a new set of feature requests for CCP.

-Directories/sub folders/whatever for the items window
I need this.  No, really, I need this.  And some of you out there probably do as well.

-Items moved from impounded corp hangers in into appropriately labelled directories
I should have had some nice directories with names like “Division 1 Hanger” in my items window, not all 200 items dumped into the root.  I cannot be the only person to ever get spammed by items like this.

-Recurring rental contract options for corp office space
If you can do recurring billing on my credit card, you can manage a rucurring rental that is just as automated.  I want a lease with an auto-payment plan.  Or, if not that, at least let me rent in bigger blocks of time.  30 days goes by quickly at my age.

-An automated note to CEO and directors of impending rent due
If they choose the leasing model, then recurring rentals will eventually come to an end.  The same goes for renting in bigger chunks of time.  And the same group should get a note if the rent is coming due as part of the lease and the corp account does not have sufficient funds.

-A change to that impound notification
I want the buttons at the bottom to become “Pay the impound,” “Pay the rent,” and “Cancel.”

Some or all of the above features would make my million ISK mistake well worth it.

Of course, all the cool corporations probably just build their own stations and don’t have to worry about this stuff.  But that just means the burden of these missing features fall on noobs like me.

As for wasting the corp money.  Well, I put the money into the corp account, so it is probably best if I make the mistakes with it.

5 thoughts on “Station Itemization

  1. Kirith Kodachi

    Buy station vaults. They can be named and you can separate stuff in your hanger and corp hangers into them. Not a perfect solution like directories would be, but hey, it suffices for the most part. I usually have four in my home hanger: Ammo, Mods, Misc, Salvage, and To Sell.

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  2. Debes

    Station containers are useful, yes.

    Recurring rental fees would be nice, I agree, but it’s pretty painless to pay them, and I do believe a mail is sent out.

    The easiest way is to just refine the stuff and sell it anyways.. :)

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  3. Trigger64

    Came here to say “Station Vaults”, note that they are too big to haul in even a freighter, so they must be built (there is a BPO now) or purchased in the station in which you want to use them.

    You (CEO/Directors/Users w/ appropriate roles) can pay two months at a time on rent. Check the corp wallet under the “Payable Bills” tab.

    I feel your pain in regards to everything being dumped on you. Before I left FIX there was one day that our rent expired in the 9CG station and my item hanger went from probably 2000 to 5000 :(

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  4. Eric

    I also use cans to put away ammo, skills etc. Only drawback for containers / cans is that the search in the game does not work for items inside a container :(.

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  5. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    I had seen station vaults before, but I did not quite understand what they were for. Now I do, thanks! Time to organize.

    I actually did get an email about the rent being do, but it showed up AFTER I had already screwed up. File under: small comforts.

    I’m wary of paying the bill in the corp wallet. I’m afraid I’ll end up with two offices in the same station. Or is that even possible?

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