The distortion of time.
In my mind it does not seem so long ago that I downloaded Hadala’s Complete Mining Guide and set myself on the path to mining proficiency in EVE Online. I bought an Osprey, created a second account to haul ore, got my little gang out in the belts and started on the ISK and skillpoint trail. I had a plan.
And yet that second account, which I have active again, has a character with more that 50 million skill points now. That was all almost five years ago.
Meanwhile, actually following like that plan seems like it took forever, training up and saving ISK for the next ship. Yet I had a Retriever in less than a month, and was flying a Hulk in less than three. Then it was simply a matter of optimizing.
But that was all a few years ago and not much has changed since when it comes to the actual mining process. Yes, the Rorqual showed up. Prices have fluctuated. Mineral prices have gone up and down, and the cost of a Hulk has changed quite a bit. They were around 300 million ISK when they were still a new ship. I bought my first one for close to 100 million ISK. Lately, the price has been up again, in the 250 million ISK range thanks to changes in materials.
Well, not much has changed until today.
(You are now safely out of nostalgia and links back to ancient posts.)
Winterblink, however, skipped over the mining ship changes. That is fine, as I want to bring those up.
CCP has decided, after years of neglect (and how many features in the game could be so described?), to change things up for mining barges and exhumers by recasting the whole set in new roles. So I am going to contrast the new roles with how the ships were viewed back in the heyday of Hadala’s now officially out of date guide to mining.
A look at the barge and exhumer updates after the cut.