This is exciting, my material efficiency (ME) research jobs are getting closer to completion, which means two things. First, I get a bunch of researched blueprints delivered to my hangar, a whole lot of new toys all at once! Second, my research slots will be freed for more jobs. I already have some more BPOs lined up for ME research to make use of those slots.
I could simply do what I did before and install the BPOs in a convenient station with research facilities that isn't too expensive and tolerate the month-long delay before the job even starts. But in my previous search there was an oasis in the desert of delays, a beacon of hope for those with low attention spans: a research station with significantly shorter waiting periods! How can so many people be ignoring this station when it even offers much shorter queues and cheaper hourly research rates? Surely my industry skills aren't quite that elite yet to find a resource so many others apparently ignore.
Predictably, my skills turn out not to be quite so über and the station is a Siren, luring unwary industrialists in to low-sec to meet their inevitable doom shipwrecked and podded on a jagged gate-camp. If only there were some way to take advantage of that station my costs and times would be reduced significantly, with the time factor being more important. Lost ISK can be relatively easy to recover, but time is far more valuable a resource in New Eden. I just need to be able to get in to and out of low-sec safely. I have a little experience of moving between high- and low-sec, from my short stint in a PvP corporation, but I am now an industrialist. Sadly, I don't think many pirates respect trade routes, preferring to keep the benefits of low-sec to themselves and happy to sift through wreckage to get system upgrades, so flying unaccompanied in a Badger will only end in the wrong kind of explosions.
The solution could be to use a cloaking device, where the prevailing recommendation is to get a blockade runner instead of a covert ops ship. That sounds like a good idea. Being Caldari that means I am looking to get in to the pod of a Crane transport ship. It should be easy enough, a few days of training to improve my piloting skills and I'll be ready. However, it turns out that I am looking at my first piece of Tech II hardware, which requires a bit more experience than I generally have.
I first need to get my Industry up to level V, part of my overall plan anyway in becoming an industrialist. I also need to get Caldari Industrial ships up to V, because this is a Tech II industrial ship, which isn't much of a deviation as I had already got it up to III recently so that I could get in to a Badger Mark II for the extra cargo capacity. From there I have to train in Transport Ships and although training a skill to its first level is rarely an enduring task being a Tech II skill the book is relatively expensive. The high cost of the skill book wouldn't be an issue if I didn't then have to buy and equip the ship whilst still having enough left over to pay for the ME research and maintain an active production line. As it stands I need to boost my wallet a bit.
Having an excuse to get back in to deadspace pockets converting rats in to ISK bounties with the help of missiles is rarely a problem and I have a collection of salvaged parts that I could sell to make ISK fast. I suspect I won't be turning that pile of junk in to spaceships too soon, but you never know. I have a reasonable amount of time to gain the needed ISK, as both my current ME jobs and my skill training plan need to complete, so I can see how profitable I can make mission running before deciding to sell the salvage.
I suspect that my skill training will take longer to complete than the research jobs but even an extra fortnight of skill training to let me use the low-sec station may well end up saving time, particularly in the long run. The best part of all this is I have a new plan with a short-term goal! There is no better incentive to visit New Eden more regularly than to have a solid short-term goal. Do Caldari say 'huzzah'?