So I watched the hockey game last night before EVE. Sue me, I'm a Montrealer. And into the next round we go habs go.
When I did log in, an impromptu confab about the defenses in one of our wormholes got underway. A review of the POSes and their upgraded defenses and a discussion of further steps to take was had. This was back-dropped by my expectations of increased POS warfare post removal of the towers from the NPC market. Someone pointed out that CCP has stated that the removal of the NPC goods will be staged (i.e. most getting removed a week to a month after the 18th or something like that.
One one had this will give us time to get tower production up to speed. On the other this will make PI un-profitable initially and could hurt it's adoption. We'll have to see. If, as I posit, there is an upswing in POS warfare following the removal of control towers from the NPC market, then there will be serious isk to be made in the tower market.
Incidentally I'm also suggesting an increase in wardecs against corporations/alliances with towers in high sec space. We'll see how this develops.
Various MD and TS forum dwellers are complaining about the amount of work that PI is to get a "decent" rate of production (clunky interface - too many clicks). I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those situations where increasing the rate of extraction beyond a certain rate will be a lot of work. But if you set it up and just go for a more leasurely production you may not get the rate of production that micromanaging everything will give, but you'll end up more sane at the end of the day. However, if this is the case, in order to get sufficient production you'll need to get a LOT of pilots involved in it. Unsurprisingly most of the pilots who will be interested in getting into this are all in high sec - where the resources are the scarcest. This being the case it's entirely possible that there will be a shortage of control towers down the road. Mind you at least it will be profitable to make towers. Demand should see to that.