Ok. So I am mining spec'd. Can we talk for a minute about how this is the worst specialization?
I liked the note in the announce post today about the hyperscanner (cause I really want one now) but it got me thinking. Mining spec now has not one but two artifact requirements. You are going to want a hyperscanner and a beacon artifact.
You also want a mining ship which will run you hundreds of thousands of marks.
You have a massive time investment. You pay for scoops and tethers and probes. You pay for refining.
Meanwhile those who went refining or autofactory spec? They have a minor, basically one time investment of marks and they are done. They can sit on their hands and make marks. At least at some point. Yes there are taxes or fees or whatever, but those are minor. There's no time investment at all. Particularly refining. Even if you wanted to do something, there's nothing to do. Except hope people use your refinery.
Mining = huge upfront costs, ongoing costs and massive time investment.
Refining and autofactories? Minor upfront costs.
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