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Drifters Hitting Null Sec Upwell Structures

Reports began popping up on Twitter during the afternoon of June 26th about Drifter NPCs attacking and reinforcing Upwell structures in null sec space.  This was picked up by Imperium News, who reported that the Drifters were moving around Delve and reinforcing structures around the region.

When I got home from work I jumped into game on an alt and fly over to the one of the systems they were reported to be working in and, sure enough there were Drifters firing away at an Azbel while other structures in the system had already had their armor timers set.

Drifters in the compound!

Dismissed at first as a boot.ini level bug by CCP, the Imperium has decided that CCP is not going to “fix” what is happening and has sent out pings for a recall to Delve from our staging in the KQK1-2 Keepstar, which itself was hit by Drifters earlier.

Drifter Cruisers hitting the Azbel

Coincidentally, back on June 5th I saw a small Drifter force hitting the KQK Keepstar, though it was only three ships and they were sent packing right away.

Drifter webbing and shooting the Keepstar

I thought at the time this was anomalous behavior, Drifters doing silly things, especially after the mention at EVE North about the great NPC battle nobody saw. But now, after they have started hitting structures in force, it seems like we have a new event in null sec to keep up busy.  The EVE North mention might have been an alert or might have been a ruse in hindsight.

Drifters on grid

There has been word that the Drifters have hit structures in TEST and Pandemic Horde space as well and have set up gate camps at times to shoot players as they travel through the various null sec regions.  There is also word that damage caps do not apply to Drifter attacks and they are reinforcing structures more quickly that players are able.

Imperium move ops are coming soon and I guess I have the answer as to what we are going to do now that the last Keepstar in Tribute is gone.  PAP links for PvE coming up I guess.  We’ll be fine, throwing our forces against the Drifters.  We’ll see how other groups fare.

We will also have to see what CCP has in mind with this.

Others on the Drifter menace:

And CCP has a video from The Scope

So there we go.

Lurching North Towards Tribute

The word did come down via the State of the Goonion on Saturday that we would indeed be moving north for war and that Tribute would indeed be our target.  That seemed the most likely scenario even a week ago.

In anticipation of the move ops to come I had logged into the game an hour ahead of time to figure out what I wanted to bring north.  I didn’t know where we were headed yet, but I wanted to be ready.  I was not alone.  I found almost 2,000 people in local and when I undocked I found titans practically frolicking about the Keepstar in 1DQ1-A.

Conga lines and fireworks

Closer in my Megathron… I decided to take a battleship north… reflected the glow of the fireworks being set off.

The rocket’s red glare indeed

As the time for the SotG approached, the number in local climbed, peaking at just past 4,000 as The Mittani’s speech ended.

In Mumble as well people started filing into the SotG channel.  There the numbers climber, passing 2,600 during the speech.

SotG Numbers

That is a better representation of how many people were present since you get only one forum account and Mumble login no matter how many alts you have.

At the speech The Mittani confirmed what had be widely rumored, that we would be heading to Tribute to drive out Pandemic Legion and Northern Coalition.  We were not going to take the region in order to hold it, but merely destroy all we could, reducing the infrastructure back to its lowest ebb.

Mittens gave us no dramatic raison de guerre.  He said he would not be waving a bloody shirt and calling for war.  The reasons for us going north to “glass” Tribute was simply to widen the gap between us and our traditional foes that we might deny them the ability to ever assail us again.  I am sure that the fact that those in Tribute remain among the organizations that sent us packing during the Casino War that haven’t been displaced or made to pay tribute fed into the decision as well.  Something, something, pays our debts.

The speech was short and our actual staging destination was left unstated.  We would have to go on move ops to find out.  But move ops were being pinged immediately.  Six fleets for capital ships went up and they began departing 1DQ1-A immediately.  The local count because to taper off some.

Those of us in subcaps had to wait about an hour before we were called.

This became one of those move ops where everybody was stuffed into the same coms channel.  All the capital fleets and all the subcap fleets would share coms, which meant we were told to keep quiet.

I was wondering how that would play out.  People often don’t know or care that there might be 2,000 other people on the line and start speaking up because they can’t find this or that in their hangar or asking where the fleet is or some bit of trivia about their day that really doesn’t play in front of a large audience.

But it did not work out too badly.  There were the inevitable people wandering in and chatting away like they were on a small gate camp as opposed to a 2,000 person move op, but they were hushed and things on coms remained mostly the command staff giving instructions to the various fleets about who should jump and who should hold.

When subcap fleets got called I piled into the Baltec fleet, which Cainun was running.  We hung around for a bit and it was explained that we would have to keep a close eye on the in-game fleet chat as that would be where most of our orders would appear.

CCP Please, let me pull the chat window out to another monitor.

I had been listening on voice coms and watching Jabber in another window while I played Minecraft.  But if instruction were going to be in fleet chat that mean keeping the EVE Online game window up where I could see it.  Oh well.  We eventually undocked and headed to the Eye of Terror jump gate chain to start our move north.

Aligned out for travel

Even in slow old battleships with TiDi hitting along most jumps, we were able to move along at a fairly brisk pace, jumping and aligning over and over.

Going through an Ansiblex jump gate

It wasn’t long before we had caught up with the capital ships.  They were jumping by groups and then waiting out their timers so as not to build up jump fatigue, so we caught up to the tail end of the big ships half way through Fountain.

Baltecs catching up with the stragglers

Some clever person in a dictor put up a bubble off the gate that stopped us short at one point and we had to burn through a mass of capital ships to get to the gate and jump.  That put us pretty much in the thick of the capital ships.

Capitals streaming to a gate

On entering Cloud Ring we ended up in a capital traffic jam.  The caps were supposed to jump in, warp to a structure, then warp to a gate.  However, time dilation was down to 10% from just us moving and jumping, people felt like they were falling behind and started trying to warp straight to the gate which meant they were bumping off the people still trying to warp to the structure.  And then a whole fleet of Apostles came through the gate.

When you really need traffic control

We orbited the gate… you can’t even see our tiny battleships in that blob… and waited for things to get sorted.  Eventually everybody got themselves pointed in the right direction and warped off.  We hung around to see off the final capitals before heading out ourselves.

From there it was just a couple of gates for us, then another ansiblex to the Kirkland Protein Star, the Keepstar we dropped back in July of last year to support the war against Circle of Two in Fade.

The Kirkland Protein Star

We moved out of there in October in a massive move op and I diligently carried all of my stuff home because I thought we were supposed to take down that Keepstar.  However, there it stood.  If I had just left my stuff there… which included the Megathron I had just moved up there… I would have been set already because that is where we stopped.  That is where the move op ended, well short of Tribute.

We were told that this was a preliminary staging point, that after we got more people up into Cloud Ring we would be moving forward to our final staging point for the assault in Tribute.  But for now we sit in Cloud Ring.

Others on this topic:

  • INN (includes link to the SotG recording)

 

Using my Dreadnought

I am not a very good capital pilot.  Along the way I have managed to acquire four capital ships, a carrier, a fax, and two dreadnoughts, and I almost never use them.  And the two dreads are the most embarrassing as they are fit as suicide dreads, meant for one way trips into fights to destroy hostile supers.  One of them is about a year and a half old and is starting to seem like the  Kamikaze pilot asking about the retirement plan.

My capitals have mostly been used to move things, usually ships, to and from the various fronts.  Mostly from, as I tend to fly out to a staging area, accumulate ships as we add or change doctrines, and they have to get them all home after the deployment is over.

Every so often I am on at the right time, in the right place, and can get in a fleet.  With dreads we often don’t even undock as the opportunity has passed, so usually it is my fax that gets to undock for a home defense operation in Delve.  But on a rare occasion I get to shoot something.  The last time I was able to undock a dread and actually use it was back in August at the battle around the X47 Keepstar.

So I was pretty happy when a ping went out calling for dreads in Delve.  Some hostile caps had dropped on a Rorqual and killed it, but they were now locked down so we were going to get to shoot something.

Of course, I wasn’t ready.  My capital alt had to clone jump back to Delve.  Then I realized that the Naglfar dreadnought I had there wasn’t on that account, so I had to log in my main and quickly contract it to my cap pilot.  And then I had to clean out the holds, just in case it got blown up, as they were still full of stuff from the big move op last October.

But I still managed to get that sorted, get in fleet, get undocked, and jump to the cyno in time to actually shoot some hostiles.

Sweet explosion

I managed not to do anything wrong.  Or not much.  I think you’re supposed to come to a complete stop before you siege, but I still managed to hit three of the hostiles, and almost got top damage on one.

It was an odd moment when there was one last hostile dread on grid with us, but he was over 300km off and, because we were in a mission space with acceleration gates, we couldn’t warp to him.  So we just sat there for a bit while some subcaps went after him.

Thwarted by game mechanics

After that we warped off to the local Keepstar, because there is a Keepstar in most system in Delve these days.

Warping with some Revelations

From there, once jump timers ran down, we were cleared to jump back home and dock up.

It was a quick op, and not particularly significant.  We didn’t even save the target.  But I got to shoot something with my dread, which was good enough for me.

MER – Hard Knocks Distraction and a Slight Mineral Price Rebound

We’re into the new year, but news and data from the old is still being put together.  Information and reports always lag behind.  And so it is here in shiny new 2019 CCP has posted the final Monthly Economic Report for 2018 covering the month of December.

What did we do in New Eden while many of us had some extra time off?

Well, to start off with mining, where I traditionally begin, it looks like we mined less.  At least we mined less in Delve.

December 2018 – Mining Value by Region

Delve still remains way out in front of all other regions, something more easily visualized on the bar graph.

December 2018 – Mining Value by Region – Bar Graph

Delve clocked in at 12.2 trillion ISK in value mined, down from the 15.5 trillion ISK mined in November.  And November was down from voracious 19 trillion ISK that was mined in October.

Previously I speculated as to whether the down turn in mining might be related to the dropping price of minerals, mining output being valued by what the market will pay.  And I might have gone to that as a potential explanation again this month, except that the price of minerals rebounded a bit in December.

December 2018 – Economic Indices

The price is still down near the three year low (though still a bit above the all time low), but still up some, enough that the drop in mining measured in Delve cannot be due to price.  Instead, it appears that people just mined a bit less.  This might even be related to the low price.  Ideally Adam Smith’s invisible hand will push supply and demand towards equilibrium.  A low enough price ought to get people to drop mining in favor of other economic endeavors.

But there was a week last month when a lot of us were in wormhole space blowing up that Hard Knocks Keepstar.  That might also explain the dip in Delve and the minor rise in the mineral price.

And all the more so since other places were on the rise.  Second place Esoteria, TEST’s home turf, was up a trillion ISK over November, as was third place Detroid, home of Fraternity.

Querious, another Imperium region, was down half a trillion ISK, leaving it in fourth place.  While still dominant, out mining the next three regions combined, Delve seemed to have been distracted by other events for a bit in December.

On the production front Delve remained steady.

December 2018 – Production Values by Region

Delve production was off by such a small number as to be effectively the same in December.  Likewise The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel regions, the production areas that directly feed the Jita market, saw very little change between November and December.

December 2018 – Production Values by Region – Bar Graph

TEST was busy in Esoteria though, as production there climbed, pushing the region ahead of Lonetrek and The Citadel in the ranking.  It is now in third place, even if it is a distant third.  Other null sec regions also saw bumps in production since last month.

Trade value by region saw very little change in December.  The Forge, home to Jita, still dominates.

December 2018 – Trade Value by Region

Leaving The Forge out of the picture, the rest of New Eden stacks up behind Domain.

December 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

Delve held on to third place, not closing in on Domain and the trade hub in Amarr, but still staying comfortably ahead of the other high sec trade hubs as well ahead of any null sec region.  Delve continues to try and have its own economy in a single region.

And then there is the big faucet, NPC bounties.

December 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

Delve remains at the top of the chart on this front.

December 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region – Bar Graph

Delve, while still in the lead, was down, as were the other Imperium regions, perhaps reflecting the coalition being distracted by blowing up structures in wormhole space for about a week.  Other regions, however, were up.  Of note were Branch (GotG), Esoteria (TEST), and Detroid (Fraternity), which were undisturbed.

You can even seen the week where the Imperium was in w-space on the sinks and faucets chart. (I was rolling back home around where the line spikes up, with a lot of other people traveling with.)

December 2018 – Top Sinks and Faucets

It is interesting to see what else on that chart dipped (or rose) in conjunction with the dip in bounty payments.  And, of course, once everybody was back from wormhole space bounties jumped to an all time high yet again, something I suspect that CCP will feel the need to address at some point.

Then there is the final chart, which compares some select regions across several parameters.

December 2018 – Regional Stats

And so it goes, the end of another year.  We will see if next month sees a continuation in the rise in NPC bounty payouts.  Or maybe something will happen to distract us again.

As usual, you can find all the charts and the raw data used to create this report over in the dev blog.

MER – Charts for All My Needs

CCP was a bit quicker here in December in getting out the monthly economic report November.  However, in their haste it looked like they had omitted almost all of the charts I usually write about.  Frustrated by that, I decided to just grab the raw data this time around and make my own damn charts, only to find that all the charts I expected were included in that .zip archive.

So I have already learned something new this month.   I’ll check that off my list.

And, unlike last month, the Fade region actually made the cut for inclusions again.  The Cache region however remains unaccounted for.

As usual, I will start off with the mining to see how peace in the south and small scale conflicts in the north are doing.

November 2018 – Mining Value by Region

In a completely expected turn of events, Delve continues to be the region seeing the most mining activity.  The bar chart shows just how far ahead Delve is when compared to other regions.

November 2018 – Mining Value by Region – Bar Graph

By this measure the mining output of Delve is greater than the next seven regions combined.  (The newly returned Fade region is at the bottom of that list as well as others, perhaps confirming the theory that it was missed last month due to not hitting some minimal activity threshold.)

And yet the Delve number is down.  In October the amount mined was measured in excess of 19 trillion ISK, but for November it is down to 15.5 trillion ISK.  Did people get tired of mining in Delve?

Maybe not.  As usual, there is another chart here to figure into things.

November 2018 – Economic Indices

As you can see, the price of minerals has continued its post-war slide, landing at a three year low in November.  Since the mining amount is measured by the value of the ore, falling prices can mean falling numbers even if the total cubic meters of ore mined remains the same.

November 2018 – Economic Indices over All Time

As for the price of minerals, while they are not at an all time low, they are headed there.  I think we are firmly in the zone where, if you have a researched Charon freighter blueprint, you can build the freighter, insure it, have somebody gank it, and still turn a profit.  That was a tale I was told at the bottom of the last mineral price dip and we’re now well below that.

So mineral prices seem like something CCP needs to address.  Maybe.  There is a production aspect to that.

November 2018 – Production Values by Region

In production, while The Forge region was up a bit (as was its feeder region The Citadel, while Lonetrek held steady), Delve continues to be the single region with the greatest production output.

November 2018 – Production Values by Region – Bar Graph

Production, of course, requires inputs, of which mined minerals are a significant portion.  Aryth said on a recent Meta Show that production in Delve enjoyed a certain advantage in that the ore and minerals were available at a discount when compared to the Jita market.

There is a not insignificant cost to ship compressed or and minerals all the way to Jita in order to sell.  That makes what I would call the effective parity price of minerals in Delve lower, and since Delve is producing all that ore for the engines of production to consume, Delve’s economic power might be causing a greater dip in the economic indices for minerals than one might see in Jita.

Anecdotally, tritanium seems to be cheaper in 1DQ1-A than in Jita, but I cannot tell how much weight to give that observation.

And since we’re here, I might as well through the sales charts up on the page.

November 2018 – Trade Value by Region

For all the pride of the Delve region, Jita and The Forge remain the economic center of New Eden.

November 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph

That chart is so lopsided that CCP has to exclude The Forge in order to get some insight into other regions.

November 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

Domain, home of Amarr, remains in second place with Delve not too far behind.  But you have to get down to seventh spot, which is Esoteria, the home of TEST, before another null sec region shows up.

NPC bounties are more straightforward.

November 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

No we’re back to things Delve dominates and which do not depend on variations in market prices in order to measure.  NPC bounties are a direct faucet into the economy.  On that Delve was down by half a trillion ISK.

November 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region – Bar Graph

Following behind Delve are Esoteria (TEST), Detroid (Fraternity & Triumvirate), Querious (Imperium alliance training ground), Fountain (Imperium), and Period Basis (Red Alliance).

In the north of null sec, where infighting around Branch and Venal is keeping everyone busy while the Imperium’s Space Violence squad is active and the NGSA is trying to oppress the numbers in Geminate, Deklein is the highest earner for ratting, bringing in just over 2 trillion ISK in bounties.

Overall bounties continued to peak.

November 2018 – Top Sinks and Faucets

While mineral prices are at a recent low, NPC bounty payouts are now at an all time high.  The question remains as to what CCP will do, if anything, and if there is anything they can do that Malcanis won’t make a mockery of.

Overall, bounties are down slightly as a percentage of the income faucet total, ringing in at 63%.  The number was 65% in October.

November 2018 – Sinks and Faucets and the ISK supply

But that is because other faucets like incursion payouts and agent mission rewards and bonuses were also up for November.  The overall money supply was up another 37 trillion ISK for the month.

So there it is, another month and the economy of New Eden hasn’t fallen over yet.  Aspects of it look bad, but it keeps on chugging along.

Finally, the chart that I choose to end with most months, the overview and comparison of regions.

November 2018 – Regional Stats

And so it goes until next month.  You can find all of the raw data and charts over at the dev blog post for the November report.

MER – The Disappearance of Fade

As I said in last week’s post about the late arriving September Monthly Economic Report, I was uncertain if I ought to bother with the October version.  The October report seemed rushed as it was missing a couple of the regular charts, had some out of date charts (August numbers), and was missing two whole regions, Cache and Fade.

But on the Meta Show this past weekend Aryth suggested that the process that generates the charts monthly might have omitted those two regions because they failed to meet the minimum threshold of activity to be included.  I do not know if that is a fact, but he seemed to understand that was how things worked, and it makes some sense.  CCP wouldn’t want Jove space showing up on the charts.

That persuaded me to carry on with the post as normal.  If the threshold value theory is true, then it is a statement as to what has happened in the wake of the Keepstar War.  And, if it is not, well, it leaves open some room for a couple of conspiracy theories.  Did CCP remove two regions from the game and not tell anybody?  Or did that brief period last month when SpaceMonkeys Alliance suddenly shambled back into life and tried to return to Fade, like a ghost trying to haunt its final location in life, cause some sort of positive feedback loop that became a singularity of suck which devoured both the alliance and the region?  And did that take Cache with it as well?

Anyway, I always feel that the history of New Eden is worth recording, so here we go.

As usual, I will start with the mining chart.

October 2018 – Mining Value by Region

As expected, Delve remains at the top of the list, up about 2.5 trillion ISK over September, proving that people are home from the war.  The bar chart makes clear just how far ahead the region remains.

October 2018 – Mining Value by Region – Bar Graph

Not that the second highest region, dwarfed though it might be by Delve, is Querious, which is also mined by the Imperium, which passes through monthly in what is called “locust fleet” to harvest all of the moon mining operations in the region.  That is followed by Esoteria, where TEST mines, Detroid, which is home to Triumvirate and Fraternity, two high sec regions, and the Fountain, the third region mined by the Imperium. It isn’t until after the high sec region of Metropolis that the first region in the north shows up, Deklein.  Deklein ought to have seen a sharp uptick since it is covered by the September peace agreement between GotG and the Imperium.  However Pandemic Horde has been attacking GotG because they paid off the Imperium with faction Fortizars or something.  The north is busy suppressing its own economic output.

This is the point where I would normally try to give some context as to the value of those mining numbers, as they depend on the price of minerals on the market.  However, the chat that would help illustrated this is from August, when minerals prices were at their war time high.  We saw that pricing collapse in the September report and have no reason to believe it rebounded in any way.  If it did drop even further, as one might expect give the influx of minerals on the market, that 19 trillion ISK number for Delve might understate exactly how much mining was going on in the region.

On the NPC bounties front Delve remains well ahead of other regions.

October 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

Again, the peace dividend is in full force here, with Delve up from 8.4 trillion ISK in September to just over 13.4 trillion ISK in October.  The bar graph shows best how regions stack up.

October 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region – Bar Graph

After Delve the next five regions are Esoteria, Detroid, Querious, Fountain, and Branch, which owned by TEST, Tri/Fraternity, Imperium, Imperium, and GotG.  So you know who is getting rich.  Unlike mining, which adds no ISK to the game and which depends on the market price for valuation, bounties are a straight injection of ISK in to the game.

October 2018 – NPC Bounties by Sec Status

And the peacetime boom means that null sec is pulling in an even greater share of the bounty pie, grabbing 93.8% of the bounties, up from 93.2% in September.

On both the mining and NPC bounty fronts, the regions of Branch, Vale of the Silent, and The Kalevala Expanse are places to watch for the November report.  Pandemic Horde has been attacking GotG in Branch, while the Imperium’s economic suppression SIG, the NGSC, has been deployed to the other two regions.  This could suppress mining and ratting in these regions.

The faucets chart shows that, while ratting remains near its peak, it was down a bit over the course of the month.

October 2018 – Top Sinks and Faucets

But the fact that it was close to an all time high for the whole month meant a lot more ISK being injected into the economy.

October 2018 – Sinks and Faucets and the ISK supply

I don’t usually include that chart, mostly because I don’t want to pull every single chart from the report into these posts, but this one shows the net input of ISK from NPC bounties.  For October the number was 72.5 trillion ISK, up from 55.6 trillion in September.  Lots of krabbing going on, with bounties making up 65% of the overall faucets category.

On the trade value front, the main chart was one of those that went missing for October, though the bar graphs were still posted.

October 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph

The Forge region, home to Jita, continues to be the dominate trade hub of New Eden.

October 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

Without The Forge, Domain, home to the Amarr trade hub, and Delve continue to hold significant leads ahead of the rest of space.  The lesser high sec trade hubs follow behind, then there is Esoteria, home of TEST.

October 2018 – Contracts Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph

For contracts, The Forge still holds its top spot, though it isn’t do far ahead of Delve and the Imperium as in overall sales.  The Esoteria, Geminate, and Detroid follow on to round out the top five, homes respectively of TEST, Pandemic Horde, and Tri/Fraternity.

And then there is production, where we see where things are getting built.

October 2018 – Production Values by Region

Delve saw a post-war production boom.  Output stood at 35 trillion ISK last month, but jumped to nearly 46 trillion ISK for October.  The Forge, in second place, saw a slight reduction in production for October.

October 2018 – Production Values by Region – Bar Graph

While Delve dominates as a single region, what I refer to as the “Jita production cluster,” The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel, still tally up to more than Delve.  However, that number is only a little more than 51 trillion ISK, putting Delve close to passing the industries supporting the main trade hub of New Eden.

Following up Delve and the three sisters of Jita are Esoteria, which shows TEST is ramping up production, and Domain, supporting the Amarr trade hub.

Finally, there is the summary char with which I usually end these posts.

October 2018 – Regional Stats

So that was October.  The report was flawed, but still had sufficient data to be of interest.  You can find the whole October Monthly Economic Report here.  It includes more charts and all of the raw data from which the charts were derived.

We will see in November how the trends continue, which areas are being suppressed, and whether or not Fade and Cache return to the report.

MER – War Boosts Mineral Prices

CCP released the Monthly Economic Report for August earlier this week.  As with last month the effects of the current war is probably the most interesting thing to examine in the numbers.  June was the last month of relative peace (as in the real world, New Eden is never all at rest) so the numbers for July and August show some of the impact of the war.

As with last month, we might as well jump straight into mining.

August 2018 – Mining Value by Region

By the numbers mining saw a rebound in Delve, home of the Imperium, and the most heavily mined region in New Eden.  The value of ore mined went from 8 trillion to 11 trillion ISK.  That brings it closer to the 14 trillion ISK worth of ore that was mined in June.

However, the value of ore is based in part on the market.  If the price goes up the value mined in a region will go up as well, all other factors being equal, and we did indeed see a jump in ore prices in August.

August 2018 – Economic Indices

As you can see from the above chart, mineral prices, while still down from the most recent peak, did rise sharply.  Other regions saw similar upticks, including Querious, one of the subsidiary regions of the Imperium.

Driving this is likely the need to replace ships being destroyed in the war.

August 2018 – Destroyed Value by Region

The July numbers saw almost 4 trillion ISK destroyed in Tenerifis in the battles around the TEST Keepstars in the south.

In August the main front of the war moved north, to Pure Blind.  The battles around the armor timer and the final timer of the Keepstar in X47L-Q helped drive the level of destruction in the region past 10 trillion ISK.  While both sides have ISK in adequate supply to replace these losses, but ISK doesn’t build ships.  For that you need ore, and with a lot more ISK chasing the mining output of New Eden, prices have been on the rise.

That level of loss made the usual high level of destruction around Jita, where ganks and interdiction campaigns congregate, fade into the background.

On the ISK front things were more stable.

August 2018 – NPC Bounties by Region

Delve remains at the front of the pack, though NPC bounty payouts fell by half a trillion ISK compared to July (and by more than 4 trillion ISK compared to June) as Imperium pilots find themselves deployed to the north.

The big gain in was in the Branch region, where Guardians of the Galaxy goes to krab.  There bounty payments rose from 4.2 trillion ISK in July to 5.1 trillion ISK in August.  Most other areas were flat in output, though the Tenal region in the north did see a half a trillion ISK drop.

NPC bounty payments swung a bit further into the favor of null sec.

August 2018 – NPC Bounties by Sec Status

High sec was at 6.8% in July, but dropped to 6% for August.  Given the general flat output of null sec for the month I wonder if the Secrets of the Abyss event that landed with last month’s update drew high sec pilots to that as opposed to missions.

Overall, ratting ebbed and flowed as battles drew people away from anomalies over the course of the month.

August 2018 – Top 8 ISK Sinks and Faucets

In supporting a war there ought to be signs of the supply chain in action in the trade value numbers.

August 2018 – Trade Value by Region

However, trade value in The Forge, home of Jita, the economic hub of New Eden, was down in August, dropping 42 trillion ISK compared to the July numbers.  That puts it on par with the pre-war June numbers.

Other regions saw some changes, Delve was down as people deployed northward, but Cloud Ring was up, where the Imperium staging base is located.

August 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph

Jita remains so dominant that they have to make a bar graph excluding it to show the rest of New Eden.

August 2018 – Trade Value by Region – Bar Graph, Forge Excluded

Domain, home of Amarr and the second largest trading hub, was also down for August.

August 2018 – Contracts Trade Value by Region – Bar Chart

The value of trade via contracts, the primary way alliances sell doctrine fit ships, was also down a bit when compared to August.  The one region seeing a boost being Cloud Ring where Imperium doctrine ship sales and fuel contracts likely caused the change.

And then there is production.

August 2018 – Production Values by Region

Production was likewise flat in most regions, with Delve ringing in 29 trillion ISK in that department in August.  That number, which makes it the leading region in New Eden, was ever so slightly down from July.

Where production was up was in The Forge, The Citadel, and Lonetrek, regions that feed the Jita market.  While the number was up 6 trillion ISK in The Forge alone over July, it remains fairly close to the 33 trillion in ISK value that the region produced in June.

Overall there are some mixed signals about the war.  Ore prices are up, but my assumption that this has been driven by a need to produce replacements for war losses doesn’t have much of a foundation.  It could be simply from the drop in actual mining in key regions causing the price rise, or a combination of the two.  After all, the ore value mined in Delve was 14 trillion ISK at a time when prices were at low ebb.

Finally, the last chart I like to look at every month is the compared regional stats.

August 2018 – Regional Stats

That gives an easy comparison between certain key regions.

In the north the war carries on.  I expect that the peak destruction will move from Pure Blind to Fade when the September numbers are published.  It will also be interesting to see how the other numbers change.  Are things that would show replacements for losses, like production and trade value, lagging behind or are these things just not happening?

And while there will be a lot of destruction in Fade this month, it looks like the numbers will not reach the heights seen in August.  The northern forces do not seem as keen to test their resolve or the server’s capacity by defending the two Keepstars in Fade with their supers.  The armor timer for CO2’s Keepstar in DW-T2I saw no real defense, nor did the final timer that blew it up.  We shall see how it goes with the likely timers for the Keepstar in DO6H-Q.

As usual, you can find all these charts and more, along with the raw data used to generate them, in the dev blog for the August Monthly Economic Report.