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In the next EVE patch, Rubicon, highsec customs offices will be capturable by players (actually you destroy and build your own, but it’s easier to consider as capture). The NPC owner that has all the customs offices in highsec set 10% tax. Players can set it to any value, but NPC tax portion will remain, affected by a new skill.

Players owning a Customs Office can tax the users of it or use it for themselves, locking other players out. This means personal profit. The lack of personal profit while creating content is one of the plagues of EVE Online. Anything that is interesting to any other player costs you money instead of providing to you. This means the activity cannot pay itself. WoW raiding is self-paying, if your guild kills the boss, you get loot that you couldn’t get anywhere else. If your EVE alliance captures a region, you get nothing. You can later use the region to rat in it, but considering the amount of time invested, you are surely better off just renting some space from someone who currently owns it. The same plagued my own failed ganking project: it provided nothing for the gankers, we did it only for the idea of fighting morons and slackers.

POCOs are different. There is money in them. The exact value can’t be known, as there are lot of POCOs in low, null and WH, so looking at the Jita volume of planetary materials gives you nothing. You can only guess. The value can be trillions and can be trivial. But there is surely money in it. The problem with POCO ownership is that there are awful lot of planets in highsec, each with a Customs Office. Highsec planets aren’t too good for extraction, most of the planets are used for factories, combining low level materials extracted in null/WH/low into high level materials. For that purpose, the approximately 25000 planets are created equal. While proximity to Jita is a plus, it’s not that big, considering the low Red Frog prices. As they transport 1B worth of stuff 18 jumps for 10M, setting up your planet 18 jumps from Jita costs you as much as 1% tax increase. This means that if you capture a customs office and set the tax higher than the NPC tax, you probably get zero customers or just ignorant noobs who don’t know better.

The only way to get profit from highsec POCOs is monopolizing them, giving no other options to PI people than going to lowsec or stopping PI besides paying your tax. Monopolizing 25000 POCOs is totally impossible due to the size of the task. Grinding down 25000 NPC customs offices is itself an inhuman job, considering their 10+2.5+2M HP. That’s 363 billion HP and you can’t use capitals. If you use an 1600 DPS marauder to do the job, it will take 7.2 years to kill them all. And that’s without player opposition. Other players can take NPC customs offices before you, and then you can only take it if you wardec them, meaning costs, reinforcement timer and the risk of getting into PvP.

However I see a way to create the needed POCO monopoly, that fits very well to the result I’ve found, that solo players are extremely effective: instead of an organized monolith, having an alliance of corps. The alliance just have a formal leader, there is no real alliance life. The alliance is just a price cartel agreement. Anyone can join, as in highsec, being blue doesn’t let you awox. By joining you have to set the tax rate the same as everyone. Until every NPC and non-blue customs offices are taken, there is no conflict of interest between alliance members. There is no alliance level income, you take the tax from your own POCOs.

Now comes the nasty trick while such super-large alliance can be successful. NPC customs offices can be destroyed AFK by NPC corp Marauders, easy thing. Player owned Customs Offices can only be attacked if the player corp is wardecced. You can’t wardec a player owned corp if it’s in an alliance, just the alliance itself. Such act has high cost if the alliance is huge, protecting the alliance from wardecs for their customs offices. I mean it’s much more profitable to simply join the alliance and accept the cartel price than setting up a max-cost wardec for the chance of taking some POCOs. Remember, if you use the POCO yourself, the tax rate is irrelevant as you are paying it to yourself.

What about PvP-ers, who wardec the alliance not because they want POCOs, but to get fights? Well, they won’t get any. The in-alliance corps never fight. They never even undock, except in haulers for that one trip carrying the POCO to the planet. So for their max-cost wardec they get nothing but the opportunity to shoot customs offices. How can you defend your customs offices? If anyone wardecs the alliance, it makes the war available for mercenaries, so you can just join with your shooter corp and defend your POCO.

How does the alliance attacks customs offices owned by other player corps? It doesn’t. If you want to take a POCO, you grab your out-of-alliance corp and wardec the owner. This corp shoots the POCO, and when it is destroyed, your in-alliance corp plants the new POCO.

In the initial period, while there are still lot of NPC owned POCOs, the optimal tax is below the NPC tax, so players will pick the alliance POCOs, providing some income. After all customs offices are player owned, the tax can be elevated to make it 20% including perfect skills NPC tax. It is high enough to provide decent income, but low enough to not drive too many people to lowsec customs offices.

Important note: this alliance can include nullsec alliances too. I mean the nullsec alliance makes a POCO holding corp that joins the alliance for its benefits and the nullsec alliance acts as the “shooter corp”, destroying non-blue POCOs and defending their POCOs by joining to the war as allies.

One question remains: how to prevent alliance members attack each other using their shooter altcorps? There is no need for such prevention. If a member is so weak and overextended that it worth paying the max-cost wardec fee and risking allies entering the war, he deserves his fate. You need to be rational with your POCOs and if you overextend, simply sell some of your POCOs, saving the shooting and getting some money. I’m sure there will be some form of POCO transfer way, if no other then selling your whole corp.

What do you think?

– Gevlon Goblin

PS: While currently I’m thinking about this POCO monopoly, this isn’t a plan declaration yet. I’m looking for options, and that includes another highsec project or going FW or WH. While nullsec is the least possible option now, I even prepare for that:

38 Comments

  1. the boy

    I read “gevlon” and “thinking” and started laughing

    November 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm Reply
  2. ggg

    Go kill your self

    November 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply
    1. Eve Player

      Trolling is an Art.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm Reply
      1. sparstromleuchte

        Dont think hes tolling.

        November 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply
  3. GFY

    Rofl, a screen shot of your skills, and thinking youre needing to fly a Titan to prepare for null. You hoping someone will scoop you up, by seeing that? You really are a retarded piece of shit. Didnt even read the article, Im sure its beyond stupid.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply
    1. GG in a titan LOL

      The only other group to let him in was TEST and he had to bank roll the alliance to get that deal, obviously he’s trying to lobby for a NC. or PL invite based on his 1337 skills at training for ships he doesn’t even understand the point of owning.

      November 18, 2013 at 12:23 am Reply
  4. N3 Fanbud

    This time I made it right: opening blog. thinking about gevlon and why he is so gay, don’t even started to read his article, came down to the comments section and posted a “damn u suck” comment. Mission accomplished.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm Reply
  5. 2.4

    Posting in a Glevon Goblin is a fucking retard thread.

    Also posting in a Riverini promised never to let Glevon post anything on his site on his CSM campaign thread!

    November 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply
    1. Firefox4312

      Coherent english please?

      November 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm Reply
      1. banned username

        this isnt TMC, english isnt required here. as seen in 90% of articles and by this goblin faggot you keep letting around.

        November 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm Reply
        1. Firefox4312

          Don’t hate on me :(
          I don’t control the writers / what gets posted. :(

          November 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm Reply
  6. Jack

    The new editor is up to the same shit. On your welcome article the top 3 comments say fire this clown. Seriously.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm Reply
  7. Degini

    I only come to evenews24 to read all the idiot trolls bashing GG.

    November 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply
  8. trlulz

    Minmatar Titan? Careful guys we got a badass over here…

    November 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply
  9. Jaime Gomes

    I just come to read comments. Comedy gold here.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply
    1. Justsomegui

      Indeed, in all Goblin articles I always skip straight to the comments section.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm Reply
  10. awoxing bastard

    1,2/10, would stab in the face

    November 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm Reply
  11. Truth

    This is the beginning of the end of EvE. HiSec pocos will be back in NPC hands before New Year’s Day. Players are going to leave the game in droves. If CCP is really foolish enough to cross this Rubicon they WILL be stabbed in the back by what were very loyal players.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm Reply
    1. Chris

      Are you high?

      November 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm Reply
    2. Ciaphas Cyne

      oh sweet delicious tears

      November 14, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply
  12. ShutUpGoblin

    Almost made it through the paragraph without a WoW comparison…TLDR

    November 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm Reply
  13. Observer

    Before I finish reading the next bucket of evenews vomit why dont you take your WOW, stick it up arse and rotate it clockwise?

    November 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm Reply
  14. Budnacho

    Sung to the Tune of “Rocket man” by Elton John….For you Glevon

    I fly in high-Sec all the time, can’t get a fight
    I think this games a scam
    And it enrages me oh so much, I’m gonna write about it again
    I miss my guild I miss the Life
    In WoW I knew my place
    And I know I’m right *sound of typing*

    And getting you to think like me’s gonna take a long long time
    Till your brains turn to goo and I’m in your mind
    And so I’m here to tell you all, I’m the Most “Intelligent-est” Eve-Player with the biggest balls
    Oh whoa whoa whoa whoa…I’m a High-Sec Man

    High-Sec man, burning out his welcome on the forums
    Now, I think it’s time to write another epic whine *type type type*

    And getting you to think like me’s gonna take a long long time
    Till your brains turn to goo and I’m in your mind
    And so I’m here to tell you all, I’m the Most-Intelligent Eve-Player with the biggest balls
    Oh whoah whoa whoa whoa…I’m a High-Sec Man

    High-Sec man, burning out his welcome on the forums
    Now, I think it’s time to write another epic whine *type type type*

    Eve ain’t a game for all, especially kids
    Ganking AFK miners is hard as hell
    Faction Ammo or Void to load in my Catylist?
    All these Meta Levels…I don’t understand
    I only prey on the weak
    A High Sec Man, a High Sec man

    And getting you to think like me’s gonna take a long long time
    Till your brains turn to goo and Im in your mind
    And so Im here to tell you all, Im the Most “Intelligent-est” Eve-Player with the biggest balls
    Oh whoah whoa whoa whoa…Im a High-Sec Man

    High-Sec man, burning out his welcome on the forums
    Now, I think it’s time to write another epic whine *type type type*

    And getting you to think like me’s gonna take a long long time
    Till your brains turn to goo and Im in your mind
    And so Im here to tell you all, Im the Most-Intelligent Eve-Player with the biggest balls
    Oh whoah whoa whoa whoa…Im a High-Sec Man

    High-Sec man, burning out his welcome on the forums

    Now, I think it’s time to write another epic whine *type type type*
    Now, I think it’s time to write another epic whine *type type type*
    Now, I think it’s time to write another epic whine *type type type*
    Now, I think it’s time to write another epic whine *type type type*

    November 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm Reply
    1. Justsomegui

      You sir just made my day :)

      November 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm Reply
  15. Billbo

    INB4 Failed 3rd party sale due to logging off in titan at sale location.

    November 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm Reply
  16. banned username

    you would think that with a management change, we could get rid of this insufferable faggot…..

    November 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm Reply
    1. Suck a dick Gob

      Riverini is trolling us all with this Goblin Faggot

      November 14, 2013 at 3:27 am Reply
  17. Surloc

    Really what you need to do is aim for a single type of PI resource. The ideal one is Non-CS Crystals which come only from Lava and Plasma planets. These are fairly rare.

    November 14, 2013 at 12:14 am Reply
  18. WoWlon WoWlin

    Lol. Wanted to comment more, but it’s not worth. CCP never intended that someone would or could aquire in a lucrative way the pocos.

    November 14, 2013 at 3:38 am Reply
  19. WatermelonChickenJesus

    Greedy Goblin: Thinking About a Cock in his Ass.

    November 14, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply
  20. Ze Noob

    saw the title and thought what a lie the goblin doesn’t think also showing off the fact that ur training the titan skill is NOT that impressive considering how many titans are in game now

    November 14, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply
  21. Goblin in a titan? Won’t someone think of the health of the jabber servers once he’s spotted in space. They’re gonna melt :)

    November 14, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply
  22. Dirty Rotten Sneaky Bastard

    So, GG, where exactly is this Titan? I promise not to damage it… I’ll even wrap it in bubbles with my Hictor to protect it.

    November 14, 2013 at 10:27 am Reply
  23. BS

    imagine : CCP Goblin 😛
    also, Goblin outside of hisec ? Can’t wait 😛

    November 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm Reply
  24. Enough of Goblen

    To begin with I thought “There isn’t enough grammatical and spelling mistakes for this to be Goblin’s article. We’re being hoodwinked”.

    Then I continued to read past the title and thought “Yep! This is definitely Goblin. It’s shit.”

    That’s it for me. No more EN24 till Goblin goes. Off to the CFC propaganda machine for me.

    November 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm Reply
  25. tara read

    Goblin in a Titan? Added to watch list. Whatcha gonna do? Bridge a bunch of Carebears to a Raid? Bahahahahaha!!!

    November 15, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply
  26. 0.o

    “Greedy Goblin: Thinking …”
    ^^ False

    November 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply
  27. can't wait for this ALOD

    GG titan km link in 5..4..3..2…..

    November 18, 2013 at 12:16 am Reply

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