Industry Characters (Day 1)

Hello! If you’re starting this little drive-by guide after the 14th December 2010 then you might as well skip right to the third part. The first two bits address learning skills, which have been removed as of the aforementioned date; so you can skip them entirely. Huzzah!

I thought I’d write some entries on how I go about creating industrial mule characters. Once I’ve got the basics trained, I’ll expand outwards towards invention and whatnot, unless there’s more interest in heading for capital/T3. Let me know anyway; there’s a few months before it’ll get to that point.

I figured this would be of interest for some, and good for me to chronicle, since I’ve done this six times before. To make everything nice and clean, I dropped some ISK and went for the Power-of-Two-with-PLEX offer from CCP and got myself a ‘prepaid’ six month account to tinker with.

My adventures in test-tube avatars assumes that they’re also trust-fund babies: They get their ISK from a Sugar Daddy/Mama (i.e. your main). You can do it without, but it’ll take longer, as you’re about to see.

So, meet Eilean Siar:

Portrait of Eilean Siar

Roughly translates as Western Isles. Quite a pretty name, and surprisingly not taken! *yoink* It is now.

It only now comes to mind that I didn’t touch her lips at all. Wonder why. Oh well!

The first step of any shiny new alt is to make the most of that equally shiny 100% boost to training speed. To many, this elicits a groan of displeasure, as thoughts of months of training time being taken up purely by learning skills swim about in your head and haunt your dreams. This isn’t quite the case for industry characters though. My mules only really train Industry and Science skills. The attributes for which are Memory and Intelligence. So there’s a potential 6 learning skills we can just ignore. That trims it down a fair bit.

Day One

Dock at the school (if you aren’t already), and buy the following skills:

  • Cybernetics
  • Analytical Mind
  • Instant Recall
  • Learning

Inject and train Cybernetics to level 1 immediately. The interesting thing about implants is that +5s need level 5, +4s need level 4, and +3s only need level one. This is a mere half an hour of training time for a boost of 3 points in all attributes (if desired). Of course, Eilean is only interested in Memory and Intelligence, which shaves a chunk off the cost to your main.

While this is training, buy up a Memory Augmentation – Basic, and a Cybernetic Subprocessor – Basic. You can probably get them cheaper if you fly off to a trade hub, but I was playing it lazy. I got mine for about 10.5m each. This is where you can see the investment being a bit too much for brand new players, or unsupported alts.

Inject Instant Recall, Analytical Mind and Learning, and add them to the queue in that order until you hit Instant Recall IV. This will be the end of your queue for the day:

  1. Cybernetics I
  2. Instant Recall I
  3. Analytical Mind I
  4. Learning I
  5. Instant Recall II
  6. Analytical Mind II
  7. Learning II
  8. Instant Recall III
  9. Analytical Mind III
  10. Learning III
  11. Instant Recall IV

Once Cybernetics has finished training, pause the queue, insert the implants, then resume. You’ll shave a few hours off the total, but not enough to let you add another skill the the queue, so that’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

The Money Bit

So, ISK spent so far:

Item Cost (ISK)
Total: 21,282,890
Cybernetics (skill) 67,000
Analytical Mind (skill) 45,000
Instant Recall (skill) 45,000
Learning (skill) 31,500
Cybernetic Subprocessor – Basic 10,464,900
Memory Augmentation – Basic 10,628,990

Just over 21mil. If you drop the implants to begin with, its less than a million. That’s much more palatable to the newbie. Just keep in mind that it’ll be slower, and that this set of posts is tailored to the financially-supported alt.

Tomorrow: Moar expenses! Yay!

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0 thoughts on “Industry Characters (Day 1)”

  1. Maeve Trinity
    12th Nov '10 at 1:57 pm

    Awesome!!!! This is perfect! I think with Power of 2 going on right now, a lot of pilots will find this useful! I know I do, and am implementing it on my shiny new alt as well!

    Can’t wait for the next post!

    • 13th Nov '10 at 12:40 pm

      Aye, last two days of the offer though. Working on the second day right now!

  2. jorshan
    12th Nov '10 at 3:03 pm

    Be interesting to see how this progresses. Being an indy and all from day 1, I’ll be curious how your perspective is on the profession. I love it. By all means if you have questions as you go along, definitely feel free to ask. I have experience in a wide range of topics, and if I don’t know the answers, my CEO does. I would also suggest Letrange and Lockefox, both respectable industry type on the tweetfleet that have a lot of indy experience.

    • 13th Nov '10 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks. I’ll be sure to give you a poke should I get a bit stuck. 🙂

  3. Akinesis
    12th Nov '10 at 3:48 pm

    I did not know that training L1 Cybernetics allows L3 implants! I’m logging off to change my Alt’s implants right now.

    I feel ashamed of myself.


    • 13th Nov '10 at 12:37 pm

      Its good to know! 😀

  4. Pkick
    13th Nov '10 at 8:14 am

    Good luck with your new Indy alt. I am doing the same thing. Too bad there is a limit to how many characters can train at once. More money for the developers… I am working toward Hulk skills currently. Maybe I can make enough ISK one day to help fund the PvP (mis)adventures of my main character.

  5. 13th Nov '10 at 12:08 pm

    I have an alt I pick up now and again but can never quite decide what to do with. He was going to be a player (of markets), then a rock star (miner), then a full blown industrialist. My plans were never really thought out though and jump around on the spur of “Oh look at the shinies – I needs one o’ them”

    Other than making a bunch of my own ammo he’s not done anything except trained a few industry skills but without any particular goal in mind. I’m interested to see how it should be done!

    • 13th Nov '10 at 12:37 pm

      My template is tailored exactly to my needs, but its not a large stretch to take that over to invention if desired. 🙂

  6. Sere Sector
    13th Nov '10 at 7:50 pm

    i still say stolen apples taste the best!!!

    cough* well written^^

  7. 15th Nov '10 at 8:29 pm

    Nice one and hopefully perfect timing. I applied for the power of 2 offer with a few plex on the last day with this in mind! Haven’t had a response to my petition yet though 🙁

    • 15th Nov '10 at 10:09 pm

      As I did it with PLEX as well, I can confirm it took a couple of days to get a response. I think they must have had quite a backlog of these.

      • 16th Nov '10 at 7:31 am

        But I want it NOW! 🙂

        Thanks for letting me know.. I’ll try and be patient.

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