CCP was quick to get the Monthly Economic Report for September into our hands this month. Due to a number of factors, I have been slower actually getting to it.
Still, there is something to gawk at this month and I am going to go straight to my favorite chart this time around, which is the sinks and faucets over time.
And the key item on this chart is the gold line that represents NPC bounty payouts. As I have noted, and as the chart shows, bounty payouts had been tapering off since their peak at the start of the year as CCP nerfed various aspects of null sec anomalies. Then came the blackout in null sec and they fell off a cliff. However, the player count also took a hit, so in mid September the blackout ended.
However, just a week before that we got the September update which introduced the cyno changes.
So if you look at that chart closely, examining its behavior between September and October, you can see that NPC bounties fell off even further. They pretty much dropped off another, smaller cliff as capital ship ratting was pulled up short and the various null sec coalitions developed strategies with which to cope with the change.
In the Imperium people were told not to rat in capitals or supers until the was figured out, and I have heard that other groups did the same.
Eventually though new fits were worked out and strategies setup to counter the problem of not being able to light a cyno on your capital or super (or Rorqual) to get rescued if trouble showed up. (Hint: having an alt in a force recon with a cyno cloaked up on grid and ready to go is a big part of the answer.) After that was settled the crabs once again undocked and commenced their harvesting yet again and we can see the line going right back up at the end of the month.
So the question probably is whether or not that line has momentum, whether or not it will keep on climbing back into the untenable zone where CCP will feel it has to step in again in order to reign in what was once the biggest ISK faucet in the New Eden economy.
We’ll be back to this chart when the October numbers come out for sure.
As for who grabbed the most of those NPC bounties, the chart shows that the usual regions were at the top of the list.
The top ten regions for September were:
- Delve – 2.2 trillion
- Deklein – 1.5 trillion
- Cobalt Edge – 1 trillion
- Esoteria – 975 billion
- Fountain – 957 billion
- Branch – 699 billion
- Oasa – 686 billion
- Detorid – 528 billion
- Tenerifis – 496 billion
- Insmother – 454 billion
If the Imperium is home then Delve is at the top.
A lot of those numbers are down from the August, full blackout but pre-cyno change top ten:
- Delve – 4.39 trillion
- Insmother – 1.30 trillion
- Detorid – 1.23 trillion
- Esoteria – 1.05 trillion
- Querious – 753 billion
- Cobalt Edge – 705 billion
- Metropolis – 543 billion
- Omist – 526 billion
- Fountain – 515 billion
- Malpais – 514 billion
Delve was down by half in September, and other regions fell off as well, but not all of them. Cobalt Edge, was up in the northeast of New Eden was up by 250 billion. So location, reaction time, and the proximity of a war no doubt played into it.
The big sinks and faucets chart shows NPC bounties were down overall compared to August.
The August chart had NPC bounties at just over 21 trillion ISK, while for September that number fell by nearly a trillion ISK, with NPC bounties pegged at just over 20 trillion ISK.
That kept commodities out in front as the largest faucet in New Eden, though those fell a bit as well, dropping from nearly 24 trillion in August to 21.6 trillion in September. While that is down some, the peak back in January was 26 trillion, so there hasn’t been any huge shift there. It is the top faucet because NPC bounties (which were over 83 trillion back in January) have been brought low.
You can also see from that chart that more ISK came out of the New Eden economy this month than went in.
Since the blackout and cyno changes also impact mining operations, at least in null sec, I should probably spend a moment looking at those numbers as well.
Pulling numbers from the spreadsheet, the top ten regions for mining were:
- Delve – 3 trillion
- Domain – 1.3 trillion
- The Forge – 1.2 trillion
- Esoteria – 1.1 trillion
- Querious – 879 billion
- Lonetrek – 876 billion
- Sinq Laison – 848 billion
- Metropolis – 847 billion
- Fountain – 768 billion
- Genesis – 705 billion
Delve being on top should probably surprise nobody. The Imperium is the top crabbing organization in the game, which also figured into Querious and Fountain being on the list. And Esoteria should be renamed TESToteria.
But the rest of the list is high sec.
The numbers overall seem to be down from the August top ten:
- Delve – 3.62 trillion
- Domain – 1.59 trillion
- Esoteria – 1.46 trillion
- The Forge – 1.40 trillion
- Querious – 1.10 trillion
- Sinq Laison – 1.02 trillion
- Lonetrek – 972 billion
- Metropolis – 895 billion
- Everyshore – 777 billion
- Tash-Murkon – 773 billion
However, mineral prices, on which these numbers rest, were also down in September.
With the prices down, the value is down.
Finally I want to grab the destruction numbers for New Eden. The blackout, the cyno changes, and the Chaos Era in general were suppose to be at least in part in furtherance of destruction. Hilmar wanted to see more things blow up.
For September the top regions for destruction were:
- The Forge – 2.4 trillion
- The Citadel – 1.7 trillion
- Delve – 1.7 trillion
- Detorid – 1.6 trillion
- Sinq Laison – 1.2 trillion
- Domain – 1.2 trillion
- Lonetrek – 1.1 trillion
- Esoteria – 906 billion
- Metropolis – 882 billion
- Deklein – 865 billion
We have high sec trade hubs, Delve, the war zone of Detorid, TESToteria, and Deklein, the last no doubt in relation to the increase in ratting that put Deklein in second place for NPC bounties.
Those numbers are a bit down from August, especially around Jita it seems. The August top ten:
- The Forge 3.2 trillion
- The Citadel – 1.9 trillion
- Lonetrek – 1.8 trillion
- Detorid – 1.6 trillion
- Delve – 1.5 trillion
- Sinq Laison – 1.5 trillion
- Domain – 1.5 trillion
- Fade – 1.4 trillion
- Metropolis – 1.1 trillion
- Black Rise – 1.0 trillion
Overall the total destruction numbers according to the August and September regional stats spreadsheets were 39.7 trillion and 31.2 trillion respectively. So destruction seems down, and not just in null sec where the crabs were docked up for a couple weeks out of the month. The Forge being down by a quarter seems significant.
Did the 3 minute cap on being bumped before warping cut down ganks?
Anyway, that is the meat of things for me, and it gives me something to look at next month when perhaps things will have settled down enough to see a pattern. Or maybe there will be chaos! Chaos! CHAOS!
If you are interested in the data and charts, CCP provides them all here in a nice zip archive so you can dig into them and make your own lists and graphs.