Moving To Amarr Space

My work at increasing my faction with Ishukone Corporation has had me flying all over empire space, seeking out the highest level, best quality agents that will work with me.

And so it came to pass that I ended up many jumps from home in Amarr space to work with a specific agent.

One of the first things I noticed about Amarr space was that it seemed to be much more sparsely populated. I flew through several low sec systems where nobody was home but me and the NPCs.

Now, in an MMO, low population does not seem like a desirable situation. That is, unless you’re a lone… well… I was going to say “wolf,” but I’ve written about my combat record here… lone sheep? A veritable rogue merino?

Anyway, if you are more the explorer type, like myself, then being in a thinly populated area feels more natural.

Then I started exploring the market.

Opportunities abound!

The regional market around Amarr is also not very well attended, leading to wide variations in price, scarcity of supply, and low competition. Just the sort of thing a budding manufacturer wants to see!

And unlike the market in the thick of Caldari space, buy orders for many of my standard items of trade are nonexistent. I am going to have to go invest in the wholesale skill to up the number of open buy and sell orders I can have.

The situation reminds me of the difference between the horde and alliance markets on my server in World of Warcraft. The alliance side is heavily used and very competitive. Supply is high, margins are thin, and there is always somebody out there willing to undercut your price.

But on the horde side, with a much smaller population, the market is not so fierce. I have made more money on the market with my main horde characters than any three other characters of mine.

And I see something of the same market conditions in Amarr space.

Still, that is not enough to make me pack up and move everything 25 jumps. No, there was one more thing.

(cue Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” as performed in “A Clockwork Orange”)

Kernite!

Luminous! Fiery! Regular!

I flew through system after system and investigated asteroid field after asteroid field, and I found an abundance of sweet, sweet kernite.

That was enough to get me to start hauling stuff those 25 jumps to set up a new base of operation.

Fortunately, a Hulk, when broken down, fits in a Badger with cargohold expanders, so I did not have to fly the barge itself 25 jumps.

I have not left Caldari space. The pricing differentials and the opportunities for arbitrage will keep me commuting between Amarr and Caldari space.

But my missions, my morning mining runs, my production, those are all going to go on in a new location.

9 thoughts on “Moving To Amarr Space

  1. Eric

    Smart move :). I had an alt living down there and it was much nicer than the crowded caldari space ! And Amarr is a decent shopping hub, especially if you can fly Amarr ships. Though I assume they sell Caldari stuff as well there now.

    Have fun mining Kernite, gives a lot of Iso which sells very well. Only thing with Kernite in hisec is that it depletes after one or two cycles ;).

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  2. WTM

    IT reminds me of when I switched from Caldari to Minmatar space, albeit (in my case) for Omber, Isogen was a good earner back then.

    Oh and also my other main was Minmatar…

    But yeah the relative quiet of the non-caldari factions can be a revelation after living in the shadow of Jita.

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  3. michael, St Erroneous

    The vanilla Kernite market at the moment is distorted by, I believe, use of the ore in a mission. If you can stand the tedium of hauling the unrefined stuff around, or know a friendly freighter, there’s a small fortune to be made.

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  4. Brutal

    reading this post as a new player to EvE was definitely eye opening.

    for My 1st character , I rolled a Caldari
    with the aim of doing prospecting / manufacturing / researching
    as well as mission running .
    from my limited experience so far , the market is competitive.
    my margins are usually thin even with Training Production Efficiency up to level 3 so far.

    After reading this Post , I am thinking i should reconsider and
    get an Amarr pilot going . from previous game experience , I have enjoyed for the less populated factions and the opportunities for trading and crafting in these conditions .

    from your experience , Next to Amarr what are the least populated factions ? Minmatar ?
    (I suspect the Gallente to be as popular as the Caldari ).

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  5. Mashidin

    Welcome to Amarr space! You have no idea how weird it is out here. From full mining fields without even ONE container anchored in it to markets that are just killing them selves to get just one piece of salvaged component. And the weirdest thing…. lonely pirates. We have pirates that hang out in .2 space just waiting for someone to strike up a convo with them. If you entertain them they’ll let you freely rat in their system without attempting to gank you. I’ve been an native Amarrian for years and have enjoyed the relative peace in Amarr space. Hope to see ya out here 0/

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  6. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Life is definitely different out of the hub of Caldari space!

    @Michael, St E: Thanks for that tip! Back of the napkin math says that a single piece of kernite ore, refined perfectly (which I cannot yet do in Amarr space) should yield about 120 ISK worth of minerals.

    But I see buy orders out there for 250-400 ISK in my general neighborhood, and up to 750 ISK if I want to travel 16-20 jumps.

    That makes kernite quite lucrative.

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