Monday, October 10, 2016

Meet the Engineering Complexes

Hello everyone, Tauza here with a quick look at the new Engineering Complexes. Something that I have been waiting for very patiently... so lets get right to it!

The Raitaru-class Medium Engineering Complex

Similar to the Astrahus, the Raitaru will be able to accept all sub capital ships into dock, along with the Orca, Bowhead and freighter class hulls. Anything larger (capital or supercapital) however, will not be able to dock. This medium sized engineering facility provides an inexpensive way for corporations to build their own base of industrial activities.


Weekly vulnerability hours: 9

Docking allowed for: all subcapital ships, freighters

At current market prices this represents a build cost of approximately 700 million ISK (price is subject to capsuleer market fluctuations).

My initial thoughts... this is going to be way to easy to destroy but at least you don't loose the BPO's unless your in a wormhole. More on asset recovery below.

The Azbel-class Large Engineering Complex

The Azbel is larger and better defended than the Raitaru, offering more sustainability and flexibility. Typically designed to be used a large scale manufacturing center for research, copying, invention and manufacturing, it gains the generalization benefits of large sized engineering rigs to allow individual structures to provide a greater variety of bonuses.


Weekly vulnerability hours: 18

Docking allowed for: all subcapital ships, freighters

At current market prices this represents a build cost of approximately 5.2 billion ISK (price is subject to capsuleer market fluctuations).

My initial thoughts...way to much time to be vulnerable and not a good enough setup to defend itself. I see a LOT of these being reinforced and then destroyed within the first month. Going to be a costly ISK sink.

The Sotiyo-class Extra Large Engineering Complex

The Sotiyo will be able to accept capital class ships into its docking bays, and will be able to install services for the production of the largest supercapital ships in New Eden.

Thanks to the generalization benefits of larger structure engineering rigs, one Sotiyo will be able to receive bonuses to all forms of manufacturing at once if desired, providing great convenience for its hard-working residents.


Weekly vulnerability hours: 36

Docking allowed for: all subcapital ships, standard capital ships

At current market prices this represents a build cost of approximately 30 billion ISK (price is subject to capsuleer market fluctuations).

My initial thoughts... way to much ISK for the vulnerability timer...I do not see huge alliances putting these in another other than systems that already have stations and outposts in them. They will rely heavily on asset recovery and will be attacked often with in my opinion a good amount of success.

The Spreadsheets You’ve All Been Waiting For!
 (Lots of Numbers)

Safety in the Storm: Asset Safety and Industry Jobs

As mentioned earlier in the blog, asset safety works exactly the same in Engineering Complexes as it does in Citadels. In both types of structures this expansion will bring the first interaction between asset safety and industry jobs.

When a structure triggers asset safety (usually by blowing up) while a manufacturing or science job is in progress, any BPOs involved in the job will be sent to asset safety. The other materials that were a part of the job (including BPCs), as well as any completed but undelivered job outputs, will have a chance to drop into the structure wreck just like structure modules. Any delivered job outputs will be in the normal hangar locations and will enter asset safety as usual.

My final thoughts for this post...

First, here is a pic of all 3 together so you can see the size difference:

Second, I can see this as a serious conflict driver and content creator. People are going to see an alternative to the system that is in place now when the PoS's are removed. These will draw PvP to them due to the fact of possible huge returns.

These are not what I was hoping for. I can do everything that the Sotiyo does right now with a large PoS for less than 500 million for the tower and then 500 million a month with fuel and other things. For the 30 billion cost of JUST the structure that is several years of running a PoS. Add to the fact that the PoS is in most cases not dealing with a 36 hour vulnerability timer either...

Good news is that if it is as big a fail as I think it is they can always re-balance them. As for now I am not impressed with the numbers or execution of this expansion. To many changes happening at once and NOT for the better IMO.

If your looking for more specifics as I left a lot of details out, you can read it all in the official blog HERE and if you have a different opinion and would like to share your thoughts, please comment below.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Caldari Griffin-class Frigate

Hello everyone, Tauza here with a quick update on the Caldari Griffin-class Frigate

The Griffin is much used by the Caldari Navy as a support vessel in combat squadrons, using its impressive array of electronic gadgetry to disrupt the operation of target ships, making them easy prey for traditional combat vessels. Here is a quick video of the new redesign.

I absolutely love the new looks of this ship and I am finding it a very good ECM platform for our corporations use. This will probably be my new go to ship for the next few months :-)

Here is my fit that I use for our fleet operations. Works very well and can just about jam everything Cruiser sided and below, permanently, if you have maxed out skills. This is fitted to you can refit when you go out on roams. This is a CHEAP under 5 million fit and yet you could go Tech II ore better but this is for fast and cheap fun!

[Griffin, X-Wing "R-Type"]

'Hypnos' Signal Distortion Amplifier I
'Hypnos' Signal Distortion Amplifier I

Umbra Scoped Radar ECM
BZ-5 Scoped Gravimetric ECM
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Hypnos Scoped Magnetometric ECM
Enfeebling Scoped Ladar ECM

Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher
Arbalest Compact Light Missile Launcher

Small Polycarbon Engine Housing I
Small Particle Dispersion Augmentor I
Small Ancillary Current Router I

Hobgoblin II x1

Hypnos Scoped Magnetometric ECM x3
Enfeebling Scoped Ladar ECM x3
BZ-5 Scoped Gravimetric ECM x3
Umbra Scoped Radar ECM x3
Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile x160
Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile x160
Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile x160
Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile x160
Nanite Repair Paste x50