Last week I showed off my two colonies and a lot of feedback showed where I was being inefficient and losing materials. I revamped my colonies and added two more, one on a gas planet to produce Oxygen and another on a Plasma planet to produce Enriched Uranium. Here are the revamped and new colonies.
I'm considering the distributed processing methodology where I do nothing but extract on resource planets and ship the P1s to barren / temperate planets in high sec for production. My next phase where I exploit wormhole systems might rely on that type of colony setup to maximize return on investment.
Due to the slow rate of production, this is the only colony I wish I had Elite Command Centre for to increase resource extraction.
Compared to invention, I find Planetary Interaction much more satisfying as an industrial experience. There were times when setting up invention jobs where I just wanted to scream and die. Only ten at a time and each one was a journey of agonizing clicks.
While I agree that PI is very clicky at least its fast and I'm hopeful that the next iteration will add some shortcuts to the process of setting up extractors for a new round.
My next project is to find a wormhole to exploit and see if the resources are considerably more plentiful than in low sec, and if so, how much more and if it would make it worth the logistic hassle to exploit it and ship P1 and/or P2 material out. If any wormhole dwellers have some info on that topic, I would love to hear it (comment or email).