A Practical Stim Chip EconomyPosted by Rylar
Hot on the heels of Asura’s recent article Considering Making A Stim Chip Mill?, Rylar has investigated in more detail setting up a Stim Chip economy.
This article details the building setup and resource usage whilst maintaining details on profit. The conclusions are surprising!
The lowest reasonable price for Neural Tissue, assuming a low trader income and a 2000/cr/tick owner income, is 145 cr/ton. The boost for low crime means each chip is about 158 credits cheaper to produce. Nice to have, but nothing exciting.
A Stim Chip Mill needs a large capacity to be effective, much like a Nebula Plant. So, we’re going to assume ideal conditions. The Stim Chip Mills are level 10, the Neural Labs are level 8 and everything is located near to an NPC starbase on the FWE route.
Proximity to a well stocked NPC starbase is important because only they can produce enough Animal Embryos to be considered effective. Even a Player owned starbase will be hard-pressed to make 3 Neural Labs tick.
A Self Sustaining Chain
In a low crime cluster, a single level 10 Stim Chip Mill requires 2.6 level 8 Neural Labs. Realistically, Stim Chip Mills are harder to stock, so 2.5 Neural Labs per Stim Chip Mill is a good goal.
In our set up with 5 Neural Labs and 2 mills, we’ll need the following buildings:
- 5× Neural Labs (level 8)
- 2× Stim Chip Mills (level 10)
- 1× Medical Laboratory (level 9)
- 1× Electronics Facility (level 6)
- 1× Smelting Facility (level 6)
- 1× Plastics Facility (level 6)
- 1× Chemical Laboratory (level 6)
Here are the resource requirements for a single tick of all those buildings:
- 98t Food
- 78t Energy
- 98t Water
- 230t Animal Embryos
- 40t Medicine
- 38t Nebula Gas
- 18t Electronics
- 18t Exotic Matter
- 6t Heavy Plastic
- 9t Metal
- 12t Ore
- 9t Chemicals
This chain requires an NPC starbase approaching 180,000 population to produce enough embryos. Note that this base will consume 470 tons of food every 4 hours.
With an ideal chain, low crime rate, low building income and low trade income, you can expect to sell chips for 3,800 credits each. Each Stim Chip gives about, 1/3rd the action points that drugs can provide (which sell for around 12,000 credits each). So, you can realistically expect 17,600 cr/day on Stim Chip sales.
This does not include the build cost (or defense module cost) for each of the buildings in the chain – certainly for the high level buildings (which require large capacity) this will require a significant supply of Metal and Ore.
Clearly the Pardus programmers are bad at math. You should not pursue Stim Chip for profit. Even Space Farms and Nebula Plants will serve you better than Stim Chips.
On the plus side, Stim Chips allow you to run a crime free cluster – which is priceless for Military Outpost quality.