Posted Sat, Dec 31, 2011 by Space Junkie
This guide follows in the footsteps of our remarkably popular battlecruiser care package guide. In this guide we explain how EVE industrialists can make care packages for the four new battlecruiser ships introduced in EVE Online's Crucible expansion. Read on, future EVE billionaire!
A big part of the EVE Online economy is the transportation of commodities. There is no way to instantly teleport something from one place to another, and one's equipment stash is frequently the determinant factor in PvP. To further complicate things, there is no safe way to move goods through insecure areas of space: ships hold finite amounts of goods, and the largest types are extremely vulnerable when traveling. Many an EVE Online player has rage quit over losing a fully-stocked freighter.
Now that blueprint copies of the new battlecruisers are becoming available, we can start thinking about ways to make building them in deep space more palatable.
EVE Industry: Mineral Compression
What then is the best way to supply a market in deep null-sec or hazardous low-sec? I'm so glad you asked! Raw minerals take up quite a bit of space and are not usually plentiful at destination solar systems. Even if there is a local mineral supply, it is usually irregular and involves quite a bit of competition. Things get especially bad with regards to the amount of minerals needed to build ships or whole fleet of ships. You and your friends need to build replacement ships somehow, but how?
One way to minimize the hassle of transportation is to make what we here at Ten Ton Hammer call "care packages." Care packages are giant secure containers full of carefully chosen modules that, when refined back into raw minerals, produce sufficient minerals to build a ship hull. The compression rate of using care packages is usually 20:1 or better. That is, the modules used occupy only 1/20th of the space that the raw minerals would, and much, much less than space that the humongous finished ship hulls would occupy. Whether your means of transport is a humble Badger industrial or cyno-jumping Rhea jump freighter, you are better off moving minerals that have been compressed.
Making a care package requires either paying a bit too much for your minerals by purchasing them from the market, or an industry-specialized character that can build the items needed without any waste. That means you need to train the Production Efficiency skill all the way to level five. You will probably also want to be able to run a goodly number of production jobs at once, which will entail training Mass Production to level five, followed by Advanced Mass Production to level four. You will also need researched blueprints for the items involved.