Posted - 2007.12.12 21:18:00 - [1
I have read the arguments that have been made about changing certain T1 modules that are used for "mineral compression", and while I do not agree that the changes were needed, it seems to be something that the developers want to do. With this in mind, I would like to propose an alternative to the T1 module volume increase introduced with Trinity. I believe that modifying the mineral content of the modules in question would remove their appeal as "mineral compressors" while leaving their volume unchanged. Essentially the manufacturing cost of the module would stay the same, and all rat loot would return to pre-Trinity volumes without having to modify the loot tables for every rat out there.
The Passive Targeter requires 12,525 tritanium to produce assuming Production Efficiency 5 and a ME 50 blueprint. Before Trinity Passive Targeters took up 5m3 and refined into 12,500 trit (125m3). This gives a compression ratio of 25:1.
With Trinity, the volume increased to 25m3 which reduced the compression ratio to 5:1.
My proposal would modify the build requirements, so instead of 12,500 tritanium (and a cost of 37,375 isk), it would require 5,000 tritanium, 1,739 pyerite, 234 mexallon, and 115 isogen (at a cost of 37,391 isk). This change means that no one mineral has better than the same 5:1 compression ratio that resulted in the Trinity volume change, and means the cost also stays (approximately) the same.
I used current high volume sell order values from The Forge regional market to calculate values, so some adjustment is probably in order, and the amount of pyerite, mexallion, and isogen added to the material requirements are just arbitrary values for the purpose of the example. This change is similar to the change made to the Jump Portal Generator, which had the required lowends reduced and required highends increased.
The point is that a change to the material requirements for modules that CCP feels should not be used for mineral compression makes more sense than an increase in volume, would accomplish the mineral compression nerf, and would have no impact on rat loot volume. This proposal might involve more balancing effort than simply increasing module volumes, but surely it would involve less work than removing T1 modules from all loot tables for all rats as suggested in other threads.