OK, let’s look at a major change to mining barges that has, no doubt, resulted in billions of ISK in value being added to a few players in the game.
The humble Procurer – Eve’s cheapest and (pre-update) least useful mining barge. I mean, seriously, who owns Procurers unless they’re converting them to Skiffs or made a mistake when buying something from the market?
To make a Procurer (pre-patch, unresearched BPO) we need:
- 560 Isogen
- 10 Megacyte
- 6,602 Mexallon
- 54 Nocxium
- 16,173 Pyerite
- 256,824 Tritanium
- 32 Zydrine
Based on Jita mineral prices (sell orders) on 5 August at 1000 Eve time, that would cost you 2,560,134.5 ISK in materials.
To make a Procurer (on Sisi, unresearched BPO) we need:
- 28,051 Isogen
- 211 Megacyte
- 42,600 Mexallon
- 2,805 Nocxium
- 421,470 Pyerite
- 1,423,348 Tritanium
- 703 Zydrine
Based on Jita mineral prices (sell orders) as above, that would cost you a staggering 23,203,720.57 ISK, almost 10 times as much.
So, if you had made 100 Procurers before the 8th of August, you get an increase in net worth of just over 2 billion ISK after the patch has completed. Not bad for what was one of Eve’s worst ever ships.
Now a really important thing to note here is that you cannot reprocess the new Procurers to get the materials. CCP have (and I’ve had this confirmed by Trebor Daehdoow of the CSM and from the brilliant CCP Community team) set the surplus materials as “additional”, and therefore they do not get returned through reprocessing.
How long this will remain the case is a different matter, but for now if you had noticed this and hoped to be able to create millions of minerals from nothing, sorry the answer is no – well, not just yet at least.
So in conclusion – perhaps the humble Procurer is actually quite a good at gathering wealth after all!