The New Eden Monthly Economic Report for November 2017 arrived yesterday so it is time to take a moment to look how things are going in Delve.
As noted in the title, mining in Delve was down some, dropping from 14.6 trillion ISK in October to 13.9 trillion ISK in November.
However, as I have mentioned in the past, the mining chart is measured by the value of the ore extracted and, as we can see from the price index chart, that value has continued its slide.
With as much of dip as that, it is quite possible that more ore was extracted in Delve last month, when compared to October, rather than less.
Still, some regions appear to be down more than others. I wonder if something is going on in Fade, and Branch… maybe somebody hot dropping miners… because the numbers for those regions seem down much more than the decline in price might explain.
As you can see on CCP Quant’s new bar chart Branch, which was in seventh place, has fallen further down the list.
Likewise, Fade seems to have fallen a few places in the stack, though Deklein, where we have been having some battles, still seems to be holding onto its spot.
Jin’taan posted a wry comparison to Reddit of Delve vs. the rest of New Eden when it comes to mining.
On the bounties front it probably surprises exactly zero people that Delve remained in the lead for November.
Bounty payouts in Delve were up a few billion, though I contributed even less than my usual hundred million or so to the number as I did not rat even once during the month.
Branch was down a bit over last month, but most other regions seemed to hold steady or were up somewhat for November.
There there is the “make non-null sec players rage” chart that shows null sec grew slightly in total percentage of bounty payouts, going from 92.1% to 92.4%, with both high and low sec declining every so slightly.
Wormhole space remained at its normal zero percent because they get paid out by NPCs for drops from their rats, the sales of which totaled to about 19 trillion ISK in value. If counted as bounties that would change the mix somewhat, though the fact that they have to ship them out of wormhole space to cash in adds to the complexity.
On the sinks and faucets chart bounties payouts were slumping slightly towards the end of November.
Even with that ever so slight dip bounties remain in the zone where CCP previously expressed the opinion that they were too high, so it remains to be seen if CCP will turn an eye towards super carrier ratting for further nerfs.
On production Delve remains a significant force and, last I heard, the region still needed to import some minerals to keep the factories running apace.
As we have seen in the past, production in the three regions around Jita, the trade hub for New Eden, dominates, but Delve still stands out on the bar chart.
And, of course, when it comes to market value The Forge, home of Jita, stands out well ahead of all others.
This dominance is especially visible on the bar chart where there is The Forge and then
The contrast is so striking that CCP Quant added a bar graph without The Forge just so that you could compare the other regions visually without them seeming, as my grandfather might put it, flatter than piss on a plate.
There you can see Delve ringing in at about half the rate as Domain, home to Amarr, the Chicago of trade hubs to Jita’s New York City. All those Goons are up to something.
Finally, the regional summary chart of key indices that gives a nice combined picture for a set of regions.
As usual I am mostly reveling in the fact that EVE Online is the kind of game where the economy is so central that CCP reports on it regularly. Reporting on Delve just gives me a chance to go on about the importance of the economy in New Eden. I certainly cannot claim to have influenced anything that happened in Delve. I am pretty sure I haven’t set foot in the region for at least a month.
Anyway, you can find all these charts and more, as well as the raw data, as part of the dev blog.
And other sites have commentary on this month’s MER: