PI Perfection

Sorry it’s been a while (again), family stuff. So while I do have a little time on my hands, let me take you through what is now an 18 planet PI operation, spread over 3 alts on the same account.

I took advantage of the recent additional character training time given as a Christmas gift from CCP and brought all my characters up to 6 planets of capacity, and ultimately maximum command center upgrade capacity too.

What had become apparent as time went on is that there are wild fluctuations between productivity for certain base materials versus others, so much so that one planet focused on a single type of material could potentially make as much as two planets focused on something less easy to mine.

So I took a step back from trying to make as many P2s as possible. What I realised was that with my additional planet I could make a second production planet, which could actually produce a P3 component. So my basic aim of producing a P4, recursive computing modules, remained the same, but with a different methodology.

Also, my original production planet could now produce P4s faster, and I could harvest slightly more base materials by not producing every P2 on each harvesting planet. Some planets switched to dedicated production of a single or a pair of P1s on that basis. This is how my planets now look:

1 dedicated biomass
1 producing water cooled CPU
1 producing water cooled CPU
1 producing supertensile plastics
1 dedicated chiral structures
1 dedicated biofuels
1 dedicated precious metals
1 producing test cultures
1 producing plasmoids and chiral structures
1 dedicated oxygen
1 producing reactive metals and bacteria
1 producing reactive metals and bacteria
1 dedicated plasmoids
1 producing test cultures
1 producing test cultures
1 dedicated precious metals
2 production planets

Thrilling, I know. Sorry. The overall aim here is to get around 2.5 million of P0 for each P1 product. So for high concentrations of resource such as oxygen, I can almost get that out of one planet. Precious metals planets get perhaps half that, so I need 2. Combine them with a dedicated biofuels planet, and it’s biocells ahoy at the production planet which also produces nanites from P1s and thusly produces transcranial microcontrollers as a P3 product on-planet.

The dedicated plasmoids planet was new, and may allow me to dedicate another planet to chiral structures, although their yield isn’t too bad. See how it goes. The other nice thing about the new arrangement is that I can just contract all my products to the toon with the production planets. That saves a lot of time arsing around with split contracts. One production planet then feeds the P4 production planet on the same toon, in the same system. Much tidier.

So, not exciting, but steady. I now have over a billion ISK in the bank, and no idea what to do with it. I have also ventured into Providence as I accidentally read that jump clones are available there without the standing grind I was potentially going to put in. So I may have some action reports as I try that out doing some PvE in null, although my time will shortly be limited again. I might see if I can get my non-main toons set up with research agents, even if only low level ones. Every bit helps, as they say. Have fun one and all.

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