Effective Day: We've had quite a productive time of it today. Currently, the factory contents stand at 9100 units of kernite and 100k of omber. This on a day that there was no defined mining op, just the ongoing efforts of Ronin, Sei, and myself. Once refined and sold, this should bring the corporate wallet back up to a comfortable margin for ongoing operations.
Now that we're all en'cruiser'd, its worth taking stock of our situation. Tomorrow's patch is going to impact the short-term desirability of hybrid weaponry -- the fact that we can create and sell a rather large amount of medium and small uranium hybrid charges without breaking much of a mineral sweat may serve us in good stead, as people begin backing off their use of anti-matter because of its harsh range penalty. (In fact, I'm putting 1500 rounds up for sale as a sort of trial baloon at 17 ISK.) If things turn our way, prices will jump skywards and supplies will start eating it up with ours.
We need to discuss the future plans as a group, soon. One possible path forward is the establishment of a "trading fund," a stash of cash we can use as a seed charge for a Bestower trading run. Ronin tells me that a decent run can be made that pays itself off in a week for 20 million ISK. Up until now, that's been a considerable effort for us, but after tomorrow, that will not be the case. We will have four highly capable cruisercraft, each packing four mining lasers. That's a grand total of 16 active lasers, all tearing out the best bits of one or more asteroid fields. Each of us is capable of piloting an industrial ship, so shifting from mining to hauling mode to bring in the results is well within reason. There's no reason that we can't go from casually turning over 1 - 2 million ISK a night to 4x or even 5x that. At that rate, creating a seed fund is only the work of a week, outside.
Its only one option, of course. More short term, we need to acquire a set of medium laser turrets for Sei's Exequor (as the rest of us have the blueprints to build more 250mm's and dual-150's). Fairly small cost, comparitively, for the reward.
Ops: Monday night, 10p Eastern, mining op in to be announced 0.3 location. Details have already been posted, and everyone knows their roles. I look forward to experiencing this step forward with all of you.
Feedback: Remember, the corporation is more than just one man. All of you have an opinion and an aim, and its an important one. As the corporate motto states, "If you can't have toys, why play?" Toys are more than ships and weapons, they're experiences. Let us know what you want to do -- and we'll get there.