Moving towards invention

23rd March 2009 – 10.39 am

My industrial career in New Eden is coming along nicely. I have trained in many skills so that I am now productive. The handful of BPOs I speculated in have gone through long periods of material research, mostly waiting for the research laboratory to be free until I got access to my corporations POS, coming out with a much more efficient design process so that I don't waste so many costly minerals in manufacture. I have manufactured modules from the BPOs with at least one production run each, buying and storing the required minerals and building up knowledge of market prices of both the minerals and modules, allowing me to understand which modules are sought by capsuleers and which modules are too commonly dropped by rats to be worth manufacturing.

It is becoming clear to me which BPOs are worth investing more time and money in manufacture and which aren't likely to be profitable. I am also finding the whole process to be quite interesting. Being involved in the material requirements, to refining the processes, getting good prices for minerals, keeping track of manufacturing costs and eventually finding a place to sell the finished product presents lots of little challenges and opportunities, all of the competition being against other capsuleers.

At the moment, it is still more profitable to run missions than to rely on manufacturing to make ISK, but missions are now a pleasant distraction that can help to fuel my industry rather than being my sole enterprise within the galaxy. But there are still ways to increase my ability to profit, which I can achieve by looking to more advanced modules. I can start manufacturing Tech II hardware.

Tech II manufacture isn't quite as simple as buying a BPO and installing a job, the advanced electronics needs to come from somewhere. Tech II modules come from invention based on Tech I hardware. I am still not altogether clear about the entire process, although Kirith Kodachi has given me some excellent advice on how to get started. Using his guidelines allows me to make some sense out of the 'invention' tab on a BPO, which details what skills and items are needed to run invention jobs on a particular BPO.

My first task is to pick a suitable module, something that will sell quickly and profitably as a Tech II item. There is the option of the always-popular invulnerability shield, with armour repairers and medium drones also a possibility to begin with, hopefully all items that are in demand and benefit from being advanced technology. I can buy the BPOs and get them started on ME research. Once the ME research is at a reasonable level I believe I need to make BPCs from the BPO, with the BPC being consumed in the invention job.

With the BPOs in for research I can look at what skills I need to perform the invention task on each of them, as I can't get anywhere without the right skills. I find that I have most of the prerequisite skills already learnt with only the top-level skills required to be bought and trained. That is my next task. Once I start getting the skills trained I will look in to the datacores and data interfaces required for the invention job. I am still not entirely clear how I get R&D agents working for me, or what that actually means. I'm sure I'll be able to find out some relevant information about the process soon enough, though.

I think my main stumbling block at the moment will be finding enough ISK to pay for all the skill books and exotic items required. With my industrial endeavours feeding a steady stream of ISK to my wallet, and occasionally jumping in to a battlecruiser to augment my income with some mission rewards and bounties, I should be able to keep everything running smoothly.

  1. 5 Responses to “Moving towards invention”

  2. I'm probably in about same boat as you - all pre-requisites for Invention complete but not the skills or research agents.

    My investigations say you need a very high (ie > 6.0 standings) typically with a research Corp (ie Duvolle labs) to be able to use their L4 R&D agents. Downside as you say is skill costs. I've looked, and think I'd need to spend about 50mln total on new skills (and thats considering I have a lot of the skills already from doing exploration (they drop in some Magnemetric sites). Issue for me is the standings needed, and the time for skilling. Its on the list, but not super high right now.

    You know the other thing needed is some T2 parts/materials right? It means you may need some moon-mining friends to be able to get cheapest end to end price (otherwise someone else will be making profit on components).

    I don't have access to a POS for quick copying/ME research right now - I'm concentrating on the above T2 components (or at least some of them) as a pre-req to my T2 manufacturing goals. Basically I see myself needing 2 POS's at least to start realistically being able to make super profit from T2 (when compared to the margins I get on T1 anyhow).

    By Deafplasma on Mar 23, 2009

  3. Firstly... welcome to the wonderful world of Tech 2... its painful.

    For R&D / Invention, feel free to look at my guide -

    Im not going to tell you what to do and so on, as the discovery is half the fun (but if you really get stuck, give me a shout and I can guide you towards good stuff to make) but one thing I will say is that the ME/PE levels of the base BPC's that you invent are irrelevant, they have no impact on the final Tech 2 BPC or the chance of success with invention, so dont waste time doing ME research if you have to wait for it (though of course, researching the Tech 1 blueprint to allow you to make the base T1 item for the T2 build is always a good idea, but you can buy them cheap enough from the market)

    One thing i'll also say is that drones are a decent area to look to get started with, but the profit margins are fairly poor, less than 50-100k per drone after you have factored in the cost of producing the blueprint etc. This is because they are fairly easy to make (only needing 1 tech 2 component as well as tech 1/market bits) so everyone and their granny is doing them.

    Hopefully my Tech 2 article will help once EON is released in April, but until then, just let me know if you need any more info.

    By Karox Lominax on Mar 23, 2009

  4. Whats your in game name anyway ? Might be able to get you a few pointers sent over via in game mail.

    By Karox Lominax on Mar 23, 2009

  5. Its worth noting that the Tech I blueprint's ME and PE have no impact on the Tech II invented copy. I.e. you don't need to research them up first before making your copies.

    And Karox knows what he is talking about, his guides are good stuff.

    By Kirith Kodachi on Mar 23, 2009

  6. Thanks for the pointers, chaps. There is obviously a lot to understand and I'm doing my best to absorb as much as I can.

    I definitely need to work on my skills and standings.

    My character is Penny Ibramovic and any help is gratefully welcomed. I'll certainly be looking at the R&D/Invention guide.

    It looks like I have an awfully long road ahead of me, but one I'm looking forwards to travelling.

    By pjharvey on Mar 23, 2009

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