Sorry, this will not be a post about a Friday night after a football game in high school, just not the type of content we provide here.
It is however a post about the damage my new Corp and I did to a series of asteroid belts on Sunday. You know the Corp means business when the time of the mining Op is ‘Sunday’, without a timeframe beyond that day. I logged on around 1pm EST with my recently neglected mining pilot and his lowly Retriever. He has been promised a Hulk for a long time now, but unfortunately all available funds have been going to the combat pilot and his Rohk. Still, the Retriever is decent enough when it comes to rock rape, and after a few jumps it’s two strip miner beams were getting down to business.
The first real surprise of the day was the actual size of the Op, both in length and in the number of pilots. We fluctuated between 18 and 22 pilots most of the day, which for me is a lot of people mining and hauling all for one cause. The Op went for a good 5-6 hours as well. The second surprise was just how organized everything was. They had a system for calling haulers, a system for which roid to mine, which belt to jump to next, how each group was organized for maximum bonuses, everything was covered and explained well. Just a very well run operation that resulted in everyone working as quickly and efficiently as possible. The final surprise was the end result, which was that all 16 fresh asteroid belts in the system were picked clean; not a single veldspar asteroid remained. I don’t know the totals in terms of minerals, but I can only imagine they must have been rather high.
Aside from making a good chunk of change during the Op (total also unknown, as the Corp bean counters were still working on payouts when I logged off), the best part of such an activity is that it leaves everyone with a ton of time to chat, making it the perfect opportunity to learn all about your new Corp. Mining is a slow, relaxing process, one that requires only minimal interaction with the game, leaving everyone free to type/chat away.
After all the mission running I’ve been doing lately, this Sunday’s mining Op was a great change of pace. Good times!