Thursday, April 19, 2012

Many Players Died To Bring Us This Visualization

Because I'm a geek I like to play with data, so, I've been pulling data from the Eve Online API and with a bit of code-fu I arranged it all into this 4 minute time lapse of 2 months in new eden

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Latin Peace Deal - How I made Billions of Burning Bibles

Last night CCP removed all NPC sellers of Pax Amarria from Eve's market, bringing to an end one of my longest kept money making secrets and restoring the mineral market to the 'nerf drone goo' panic we should have been seeing for a few weeks now.

Last year when the noctis launched I had two BPOs that I was feeding with minerals, and, while I'd stockpiled minerals I hadn't really put to much thought into the larger market dynamics, so when nocxium started rising I was unprepared, my stockpiles ran out and as I was accustomed to silly margins on my Nocti I found myself unhappy at paying 600 isk/unit for my nocxium.

I wrote myself a bit of perl that analyzed the static data dump to find things I could buy and reprocess for nocxium, I shared this data with a friend and we bought up piles of mining crystals, smartbombs, shield transfer arrays and other garbage before I found Pax Amarria in my list. I could buy piles of these from NPC sellers and immediately resell the minerals in jita for a small markup. The Breakeven price with my skills and standing was about 532, so any buy order above that was an opportunity.

The margins were slim but me any my friend were making billions at least until the price dropped below our magic number an I was reduced to only making a couple of hundred mill a day on the Dodixie market. Nocxium can't be mined in Gallente or Minmatar hi-sec so those markets always tend to have higer prices.

We looked at the market histories and by combining our numbers it was clear that we were the only people doing this in Winter 2010/2011. We looked for evidence that other people knew we even found this post that must have gone ignored in December 2010. Indeed people had been talking about it in 2005 and nothing had happened then.

I think the reason it was so underused was a combination of people thinking...
a) It's a book - why would a book reprocessable into minerals?
b) There aren't enough Pax Amarria on the market to supply jita - people not realising that NPC stocks were infinite.
c) Pax Amarria are only available in small stacks, so you have to click buy a thousand times to get any number. I literally found a stupidly rich trade baron who told me this. He should learn how the markets work.

Now the prices returned to unprofitable levels for a long time, but when the drone changes started to become more solid we started doing it again, but, it actually became real effort keeping up with the demand on the Jita Market. I a few more people in on the secret and whenever we saw market activity that wasn't ours we'd place sell orders in the relevant stations to find out who it was. We'd contact them with stories of 'The Nocxium Cartel' referring to it as 'The Latin Peace Deal' (Pax is latin for Peace) and encourage them to keep it a secret and back off on their sales to let the price rise (instead we'd sell more).

And then it finally went public, people still denied it was possible, no doubt the same people that had buy orders for 600+/u - of course, they can finally make a profit at todays prices..... but I can make a bigger profit.

Friday, November 4, 2011

New Ships and Nebulae On Singularity

If you head over to singularity there's a ton of new features, I started out making a video of the new ships and nebulae, but I'm probably going to have to make a follow up to cover the new ship textures and gameplay enhancing functionality.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

6yo Skye Explains How to Setup a Coercer

I'd planned to make this for a while, but never got around to it until TEST made their 'Lasers Are Magic' video

Of course the TEST video about about a million times more magic.

Friday, October 28, 2011

CCP Art Department Video - New Raven Model!

New video from CCP on Youtube

The New nebula system really appeals to my astro geek nature, and, I do own a Raven, Navy Raven and Golem so the new model (which I predicted yesterday on failheap-challenge) will make my hangar look nicer.

Updates.... at last.

I have been terribly remiss in updating this, I haven't postend anything since May. In a large part that was because Incarna sapped my desire to play Eve Online, instead I spent hours learning Pro-Guitar mode in Rock Band 3.

The second summer of rage came and went, I chose to keep my accounts active with PLEX, and in recent weeks I rediscovered some level of interest in New Eden. Mostly because I can see another bunch of long needed fixes actually getting some development priority. Yes, I'm one of those pilots who can use Large TII Hybrids, so the hybrid rebalance and Talos are looking like they'll play into my hands. I've also finished training all the basic ships skills and have level V in every racial Frigate, Cruiser & Battleship skill. The only subcaps I still have to train for are the Amarr and Minmatar Transport ships. In theory I'm a skillbook and a couple of hours away from any carrier or dread in the game, buty I'm saving my money until I need to fly one.

I have a friend in Rooks and Kings and would dearly love to fly with them, but realisticly I still don't get the dedicated screen time to PVP.

And I've found that I like making game videos, so I started publishing regular updates on my youtube page, I posted my own look at new graphics for the CQ's and cynos in te brief time they were on Singularity. And it got a decent amount of interest.

I've also taken to twitter, because writing whole blog posts can seem like too much work, you can find me at:!/DJSnM

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


In 10 seconds of madness I managed to go from +5.0 sec status to -4.21 - there was a mining operation that consisted of half a dozen toons all clearly struck from the same mold. It was early in the morning and I was feeling like a laugh so I decided to drop a discogeddon on top of their little operation.

The first volley of SB's killed the retrievers, but the covetors were more robust and I was faced with a split second decision over whether to save my sec status, or to kill the covetors and the pods.

The ship kills were all about -4% each , so a bunch of those would have still left me in positive territory, but the pod kills are -21% each, so those last 2 covetor kills cost me dearly. Still I'm not totally excluded from hi-sec space, I can still work in 0.5 sec systems. Also, I notice the I got a sec status loss for a 6th ship, bringing me down to -4.4 . there was another covetor, but somehow It survived and died 10 minutes later, so I get the security hit without the killmail. (can someone clarify - it must have been the same ship? or could he have swapped ships at a station or the orca and lost a different one, but still had me take the sec status hit?)