Within the first week after my recruitment into BWMT, some of our more-experienced members were discussing how to make extra income in our home system using the Planetary Interaction system. I tried it out, and was very disappointed with the minimal ISK I was able to pull out with planetary interaction-related skills to IV.
Today — several weeks of boring and mostly unfruitful Planetary Interaction later — I began comparing numbers with my corp-mates. They were surprised at the very low return of the planets in our home system, and we discussed how I was setting up each planet.
It turns out I’d gone about routing all wrong. The right way to do it, summarized:
1. Route the output from the extractor to the storage.
2. Click the storage, then the “route” button on the storage pop-up window.
3. Route the inbound goo (to the storage from the extractors) to the processors.
4. Route the processed output back to the storage as usual.
This is enormously less complicated than what I’d been trying to do (route extractor output through the storage for everything it produces; talk about a click-fest and routing hell!), conveniently buffers excess output, and pretty much eliminated the waste and idle processors I had been experiencing.
That one tip — and a little extra time spent optimizing my processing and extraction layout to roughly match one another — means I should be able to pull down in one day what I was pulling down in one week before. This means I can probably fund one of my two accounts using in-game resources alone by buying Pilot License Extensions from the market. Thus, the income earned running sites should be able to almost all go toward the “Sync Needs A Tengu” fund.
Eve. The learning cliff is brutal, but the rewards are spectacular.