One of the more interesting gifts from CCP for Christmas 2014, was access to 20 days free training for an alternative character slot within each player's active account. How many skills can be crammed into this period?
With the recent changes to the Industry interface and ease of access to NPC station slots I decided to explore deeper into the career of industry. What I do involves some invention for hulls, munitions, drones and modules. Originally many years ago I trained up for Datacore Research Agents because this was a modest passive income. One of guides I read mentioned that the length of time for level five to access the sixth R&D would be a waste of time. Because in about the same amount of time, an alt character can be trained upto four or five agents.
Power Grid Management 5
Laboratory Operation 5
Graviton Physics 3
Research Project Management 3
This is the queue I developed for twenty days. Cybernetics 1 allows access to the Basic learning implants granting +3 for Intelligence and Memory. Because almost all of these skills are these attributes, I remapped as well. The clock stopped with Graviton Physics part way to level four.
All of these does come with some caveats, Laboratory Operation costs 20 million isk and Research Project Management will set you back 40 million. So from a purely profitability point of view, it is a bust. Additionally this character was a blank slate, having no standings means a restriction to Level One agents.
If I wish I can log into the character perform the daily mission offered by the R&D agent. (only one, since there are some 20 to 30 jumps between agents which offered Level One graviton physics). The newbie frigate is perfectly suitable to mining veldspar or the courier mission for either of the two mission types offered. Currently the character receives 19.20 Research Points per 24 hours across four agents. (100 RP is exchanged per unit of Datacore).
I am not really going to gauge the success of this imperially by the income generated. I achieved the goal I set out to do, that was the measurable. It was fun.