A lot of people have contacted me over the last 24 hours or so to further explain what I meant in yesterday's post about the capital ship rigs that are currently visible in the EVEMon tool. I guess this does deserve its own post. ;-) So here goes.
Basics first. You can skip the next four paras if you understand the history of rigs in EVE. Today, there are three sizes of rigs: small, medium, and large. There are obviously four sizes of ships: frigate, cruiser, battleship, and capital ship. At one time in EVE, there was only one size of rig, a "one size fits all" size that could be fit on any class of ship. The cost of that one size fits all rig corresponded to the current "large" size rig. So make no mistake: rigging any ship under battleship size was expensive. The drop rate for salvage components was also quite a bit lower than it is today. Because of that, salvage prices and therefore rig prices were much higher at that time.
For example, I can recall a time when Melted Capacitor Consoles were well over 125,000 ISK each. They're between 10000 and 15000 today. MCCs are a major component of Capacitor Control Circuit rigs, which meant that CCCs were very expensive. And anything that used Armor Plates was outrageously expensive. This included Salvage Tackle rigs, for instance. What was regarded for a long while in 2009 and 2010 as a very common salvage destroyer with three Salvage Tackle rigs was something you didn't buy or fit in early 2009 unless you had wormhole money behind you to pay for it.
As a result, for the longest time, very few ships below battleships and T2 battle cruisers had rigs. You might see the occasional rigged T2 cruiser. But T1 cruisers, frigates, and destroyers? No, almost never.
So three years ago this week, CCP created the small and medium rigs, and reclassified the existing rigs as larges. The cost of medium rigs was set at one-fifth the cost of larges. The cost of smalls was set to one-fifth the cost of mediums. As a result, it became trivial to rig frigates, and nearly as inexpensive to rig cruisers, battle cruisers, haulers, et cetera. Battleships continued to use the large rigs. But one quirk remained: capital ships also used the large rigs. And now you're caught up with today.
What about tomorrow?
That's where my comment in my post yesterday came from: there are now capital class rig blueprints in EVEMon. It therefore seems likely they'll be hitting Tranquility before too long. The T1 capital rigs will cost a little over five times what the T1 large rigs cost. The same effect will impact T2 capital rigs. Today, based on Jita prices, three T1 Trimark Armor Pumps (for a Moros, say) cost about 23 million ISK to build, and 25 million to buy. That cost is increasing to 115 to build. So, every rigged Moros in the game will jump about 100 million ISK in cost.
Things really get interesting when you look at the T2 rigs, though. Today, again based on Jita prices, three T2 Trimark Armor Pumps (for an Aeon, say) cost about 786 million ISK to build, and 915 million ISK to buy. That cost is increasing.
To 3.7 billion ISK build cost. Minimum.
Put another way, every Aeon and Nyx in the game is going to appreciate in value by about four billion ISK overnight, or by about 16%.
So, if you have the means, now's probably a good time to invest in multiple T2 rigged super-capital ships. And if you're holding on to large T2 rigs with a plan toward fitting them on a capital ship of some type, better get on that pretty soon.