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Posted - 2007.12.30 12:35:00 - [1]

As mining mission sometimes require the gas harvesting skill and gas harvesters more, people will feel inclined to acquire those and feel rather disenchanted at the lack of accessibility of the gas clouds in Eve.

My idea is to give gas harvesting more use for everyone everywhere without infringing on the booster production. In fact booster production and their special clouds should be completely unaffected as it is rightly so a very special and specific mini-career in eve.

Gas clouds, being the primordial dust of the stars can contain almost anything that does not need complex environments for its creation. So basically all ice products, basic moon materials and minerals could be found in gas clouds.

Gas cloud formations will be LADAR sites discoverable by normal means of exploration. Mined Gas cloud items can be refined with a new skill like other ores.

Mainly this would allow CCP to add a controlled influx of moon materials without having to temper with existing moons, allow non-regional fuel isotopes to be found and give exploration more significance.

How often gas cloud formations spawn, what and how much gas they contain can be controlled dynamically to prevent a over saturation of gas materials. The database can monitor how much of what kind of gas cloud got harvested and stop spawning certain clouds if a certain amount got harvested. The depleted kind of cloud will start spawning after a while, like one week. Clouds will get spawned in greater size if a region isn't harvested for it.

This system will prevent the over saturation of the market with certain materials and will encourage traveling into low populated areas like low-sec for the greater gas clouds that can be found there.

The Gas Refining skill and standard gas harvesters and the gas harvesting skill can be sold by the mining corporations of the empires. The agents that give out gas harvesters at the moment can then distribute faction gas harvesters that give a harvesting bonus to their local booster cloud in addition to their normal function.

Implementation of this would need:
(incomplete list most likely)

- A database system for monitoring and adjusting gas cloud spawns as described (Balancing/Programming)
- New or changed gas cloud models (Artists)
- Gas cloud items images (2D Artists)
- Refining amounts and stats for Gas Clouds (Balancing, Database)
- Seeding of Gas Cloud Harvesters and Gas Cloud Harvesting skillbooks in empire (Database)
- Stats for Faction Gas cloud Harvesters (Balancing, Database)
- Images for Faction Harvesters (2D Artists)
- Seeding of Faction Harvesters and BPCs of them from the appropriate agents (Database)
- Cloud Formation Sites, either designed or calculated similiar to Asteroid belts (Level Designers and/or Programmers, Balancing)
[More stuff that I have missed]

- A lead Game Designer to take the responsibility.
- A Game Design Assistant to keep the fleas organized.
- Coffee and Bree in about equal amounts.

Additions? Constructive criticism? Opinions? Flames (sit on an icicle, will ya, troll)?

Psychotic Sea Monkeys
Posted - 2008.01.27 22:04:00 - [2]

Time to give this a kick, i like it Very Happy

RONA Corporation
RONA Directorate
Posted - 2008.03.29 00:42:00 - [3]

As it is, there is almost no one actually mining these things. Anything to give them a boost can't be bad.

Seiji Hannah
Federal Defence Union
Posted - 2008.04.05 19:23:00 - [4]

Originally by: Karanth
As it is, there is almost no one actually mining these things. Anything to give them a boost can't be bad.

Boosters shouldnt be this expensive or rare, lowsec could also use another incentive for industrial specialized characters to pay it a visit.


Es and Whizz
Hedonistic Imperative
Posted - 2008.04.07 09:30:00 - [5]

I like the idea of gas clouds being a bit more prevalent in eve.

At the moment, we are pumping into the markets about 300 synthetic boosters a week. I only know of a handful of other corporations involved in the business.

I think reducing their production costs a little, and making gas clouds available in more constellations through-out eve would be a good way of getting more people into low-sec and giving more variety to eve players.

..and as the poster suggests, giving more uses to them too, would be good also.

RONA Corporation
RONA Directorate
Posted - 2008.04.16 09:06:00 - [6]

Restricting the clouds to a few constellations is a waste of time, I think. Making them spawn anywhere in lowsec, and giving small chances of any kind of cloud appearing, would do wonders for making them more open for gathering.

And how about reducing each cloud volume to 5m^3 each? would speed up harvesting.

Also, shameless plug: My Gas Cloud Harvesting Thread

Eventy One
Magellan Exploration and Survey
Mordus Angels
Posted - 2008.04.16 14:24:00 - [7]

Edited by: Eventy One on 16/04/2008 14:24:49
/signed /signed and /signed.

This is a great IDEA!

Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2008.04.16 14:52:00 - [8]

and the devs enjoy beer and chips and watch cartoons over there? do you think they ever dare to implement such brave ideas?

it is good and many will like it/devs?


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