Somebody once opined that moon mining was a “risk-free” source of income. The tower just sits there and harvests the moon goo and all you have to do is drive by in your hauler once in a while to pick it up. Practically free money.
I was reminded of that post as we roamed around Insmother, first reinforcing and later destroying tower after tower in the region as the locals looked on in dismay. Most of those towers… and I heard the count went past 30… were moon mining operations.
It appears that “risk-free” includes the unstated assumption that you can defend your moon mining operations from attack, which is a bit of a stretch. Even the CFC, which nobody would accuse of being short of pilots, is fighting a series of skirmishes over towers in the north as Black Legion and Nulli Secunda use the last bit of pre-Phoebe time to travel far and wide and reinforce CFC moon mining operations. And a reinforced moon mining operation is a non-producing moon mining operation.
Such is life.
Anyway, we are back in Deklein having extracted out of Insmother over the weekend. Getting there and back are the tricky bits, as Insmother isn’t exactly in our regular neighborhood.
You might look at that map and think, “Well, that doesn’t look too far” if you ignore the scale of all of empire space, high and low sec, which is that black blob in the middle. In the middle of hostile territory, with no NPC stations to hole up in like our local pests. We had to pack with us all we needed to live rough, in space at all times. It was like camping… in the pack a tent and sleep under the stars way, not the sitting on a gate waiting for travelers was we use the word in New Eden. A tower was set up for use to use, our tent, but otherwise we were out in the wilds.
As a learning exercise, it was quite useful both on an organizational level as well as a personal one.
More after the cut.