Daily Archives: April 2, 2008

Mammoth Explosion

In which I prove, yet again, that I just cannot have nice things.

As I mentioned previously, I have been working on my standings with the Ishukone Corporation in EVE Online. This is all part of “yet another money making scheme” that I will go into at some future date.

Since there are not a lot of Ishukone Corp agents handy, at least not handing out encounter missions (you know, where you encounter stuff… then blow it up!), I have been doing some other missions.

I found a local level 3 manufacturing agent and have spent some time doing missions for her. They have tended to be mining missions and, since the agent is only a couple of systems over from my usual mining grounds, I brought my miner over as well to share in the effort.

Yes, going after mission that require 6000 units of Omber with my tech II fitted Hulk and my rigged Mammoth that can carry more than a jet can in ore is a bit of over kill, but the missions sure get done quickly.

And then I got a courier mission. Just bring this big box a couple of jumps and turn it over.

The catch was, the last two systems on the route there were Navula and Hakonen, both low security.

Here I was in my nice Mammoth, the package in hand. My trash hauler, the beloved by some Badger, was a few jumps away. More jumps that the delivery itself.

Pshaw, I thought, I’ve been through Navula and Hakonen dozens of times. The only problem I have ever had was that once when I was running a mission in Navula and got zapped by a corp that stalks mission runners.

So I went for it.

And paid the price.

I jumped into Navula, and as I started to align for the jump to the Hakonen gate, two flashing red bars appeared in my overview, giving that same jolt of adrenaline that flashing red lights in your rear view mirror give you when you’re driving along at 2am.

Only the result did not take nearly as long.

Victim: Wilhelm Arcturus
Alliance: NONE
Corp: Twilight Cadre
Destroyed: Mammoth
System: Nalvula
Security: 0.4
Damage Taken: 2055

Involved parties:

Name: Bruder Shame (laid the final blow)
Security: -1.1
Alliance: NONE
Corp: X-Legends
Ship: Broadsword
Weapon: 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II
Damage Done: 1242

Name: Bruder Freak
Security: -1.8
Alliance: NONE
Corp: X-Legends
Ship: Onyx
Weapon: Caldari Navy Scourge Heavy Missile
Damage Done: 813

Destroyed items:

10MN Afterburner I
Expanded Cargohold II
Small Tractor Beam I
Salvager I
Survey Scanner I
Cargohold Optimization I, Qty: 2
Giant Secure Container (Cargo)
Giant Secure Container (Cargo)

Dropped items:

Shield Recharger I, Qty: 2
Expanded Cargohold II, Qty: 3
Drill Parts, Qty: 3 (Cargo)
Giant Secure Container (Cargo)
Giant Secure Container (Cargo)
Giant Secure Container (Cargo)
Giant Secure Container (Cargo)
Giant Secure Container (Cargo)

The elapsed time, according to the log, from first shot fired to my destruction: 7 seconds.

There were, obviously, no ransom demands this time around.

Okay, no big deal. It was a Mammoth. They cost double what a badger costs on the market, but that is still only a million ISK or so. I spend more than that on a silly whim some days.

Well, it did have five Cargohold Expander II’s on it. Those together cost several times more than the Mammoth hull itself.

But the killer, the tough to replace items are the two Cargohold Optimization I rigs.

Each one requires the following to make:

  • 68 Tripped Power Circuits
  • 119 Fried Interface Circuits
  • 100 Alloyed Tritanium bars

That is with my current skill in production efficiency (level 5) and a material efficiency level of 20 on the blueprint.

The first two items are a piece of cake. I have those sitting around. I get them as part of salvage all the time.

The alloyed tritanium bars are another story. I see one of those maybe once on a day if I run a few level 3 missions.

And on the market, the ask price per alloyed tritanium bar is around 500,000 ISK, and people have buy orders in for 400,000 ISK. So the materials for one of these rigs now exceeds 40 million ISK in value. That is a bit spendy to go out an replace both rigs right away.

So for now, my replacement Mammoth will only be able to carry five Giant Secure Containers, for about 22K carrying capacity, as opposed to the over 29K capacity I had with seven containers.

That means more frequent hauling trips when mining.

On the bright side, if do material research on the Cargohold Optimization blueprint up to a material efficiency of 60, even if it takes only one alloyed tritanium bar off of the bill of materials, the cost of the research will have been paid for.

In the mean time, I will be sifting my salvage looking for those bars.