I went into World War Bee with approximately 15 billion ISK on hand, spread out across various accounts. About 11 billion ISK of that was on my main, while other key alts had a billion here or there in order to be able to buy things at need.
When I got to the end of the war my main had about 2.5 billion ISK on hand, with another 2 billion ISK still scattered about.
Where did all that ISK go? Was the war that costly? Didn’t I run on about how SRP was paying the bills previously?
Well yes. Mostly. Of my total losses in the war, I war reimbursed for every ship I lost on a strategic war op… as long as I remembered to fit the rigs. (That only happened once though.) My losses:
- Ares interceptor – 18
- Malediction interceptor – 7
- Drake battle cruiser – 7
- Atron entosis frigate – 7
- Cormorant destroyer – 5
- Purifier stealth bomber – 5
- Crusader interceptor – 5
- Rokh battleship – 5
- Scimitar T2 logi – 5
- Ferox battle cruiser – 4
- Jackdaw destroyer – 4
- Scalpel T2 logi frigate – 3
- Guardian T2 logi – 2
- Sabre interdictor – 1
- Eagle heavy assault cruiser – 1
- Scythe T1 logi – 1
- Raven battleship – 1
- Crucifier ECM frigate – 1
- Gnosis battlecruiser – 1
- Bifrost command destroyer – 1
- Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
- Sigil entosis industrial – 1
- Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1
I did not, however, get reimbursed, nor file for reimbursement, for off the books ops I took upon myself. I did a bunch of entosis ops in Catch and Querious at various times during the war and ate all of those losses. That added up to about 1 billion ISK.
I also put 5 billion ISK into Imperium war bonds.
And then there was the big build up for the final battles in 1DQ1-A. The Mittani encouraged us all to have multiple reships for key doctrines ready to go because, in a massive tidi fight you cannot rely on the market or contracts to work reliably. I can attest to that. So we might only have what we was in our hangars for a big fight. So in July I stocked up on doctrine ships, buying battleships, battlecruisers, HACs, and logi ships to the tune of about 3 billion ISK… which honestly didn’t buy me all that many ships. With the industry changes and mineral prices, a fit doctrine battleship was going for 400 million at Jita prices.
Add in other ships I bought over time and still had in my hangar, and I was down to 2.5 billion ISK on my main.
I was, however, rich in assets according to the in-game wealth appraisal, which said I was sitting on almost 50 billion ISK in ships, modules, and whatever else. So my first step in reviving my fortunes was to sell some of that.
Doctrine ships are tough to unload when there is suddenly no war. Those are all still sitting in my hangar. But I clone jumped back to Jita on my main, which I had not done in almost a year, and started sorting through all the stuff that has accumulated there over the year. I shipped some of it to 1DQ1-A, as the market there still looked good for some items… and some items had grown so expensive over time that I figured they would be better to have handy there if I needed them.
The big money item for me was a SKIN I had laying around, the SARO Black Troop SKIN for the Marshal, which came as the final mystery code reward a little over three years ago.
I hadn’t activated the code because the fate of the Marshal was a bit uncertain back then, and then forgot I even had it. But now, three years down the line, with a Marshal hull exceeding 4 billion ISK last I looked, I figured that was never going to be on my shopping list. So I could part with the SKIN… which was going for two billion ISK.
I was also sitting on 100 doses of Quafe Zero. I decided to hold onto that, but sold ten of them just for a bit of cash. Selling two more than covered the costs of me shipping a bunch of stuff to 1DQ1-A.
There is probably a lot more stuff I could sell off. I am always leery of dumping stuff I might need for a fit later, so my hangars tend to be full of modules.
So that was one shot of ISK. And the Imperium war bonds drip a little bit of ISK into my account every month, to the tune of 41 million ISK. That won’t buy you much, but it is something.
Meanwhile I have also been ramping up on planetary industry. A while back I started training up my unused alts on active accounts in PI. A few run around in high sec, where the payout isn’t that great, but it is very low effort.
I also trained up my KarmaFleet characters so they all have max PI skills and have started those running now that things are somewhat quiet in Delve. I had given up on PI in Delve for a while because my main had all his PI stuff in 39P, which fell to PAPI.
I am not quiet ready to get into ratting or mining, but I might start doing abyssal pockets again for a bit of ISK. I need to build up my reserves. The big war is over for now, but there is always another war or deployment or whatever just over the horizon, so I need to start saving up for that.