Thursday, 31 December 2020

End of Year 2020

And so we leave 2020 behind us, all things considered I can say good riddance!

I've been looking back at 2019s update, and realised how my engagement has really dropped off this year. Of all the years where I can dedicate a lot of time to trading in EVE it was this one, but I've just felt very little motivation to log in for a while now. A lot of that is that I've got back into WoW (particularly playing TBC private servers as that was when I first played and it holds a lot for nostalgia for me). Some of it is just that I've been doing the same thing for so long in EVE that it gets dull, and I think I need to vary things up a bit. I have major life changes coming up though and so my time for video games full stop will be greatly reduced, but maybe EVE would be better than WoW for that as I don't have to be fully engaged to trade and can step away from the keyboard more easily! Time will tell.

The observant among you will notice there's no start of December update. This annoys me, as it would mean 2 full years of blogging every months I march (well, amble) towards the Trillion. But the simple fact is I didn't log in around then. 

Anyway, my end of year position:


I have a total of 782.2Bn ISK. This is an increase on the start of November of 15.6Bn ISK. That's probably the worst couple of months of the year, which makes sense as I've simply not logged in. Also indicative that I have 339.7Bn ISK just sat in wallets! That's frankly criminal. 

Lets have a look at this time last year:

This time last year I had 566.5Bn, so this year I have earned 216.6Bn. that's compared to 296.1Bn for 2019. That's a decrease of 27% in terms of profit. I predicted that by this time I'd have 900Bn, so I've fallen well short. Disappointing, but you could argue for the amount I actually played the game it's still pretty good. I think I'll become a trillionaire in 2021 still, but it'll be a lot more work to get there than I thought. Here's hoping I find some motivation next year!

CCP has created another set of "your year in EVE" videos, which you can customise this year. Here is mine for Lornor:

https://www.eveonline.com/my-year-in-eve?videoId=3536/0000/cb1dx2k17t31l1xaizfy3283j1b3ge0qu2iuz1j

It's a bit disappointing as it only looks at 1 character, and I use 11 for trading but gives a reasonable snapshot. Interesting to note that over 1 trillion has passed through just Lornor's wallet, and he's not my Jita buyer!


Though having said that, the market buys and sells is a much lower ~480 Bn. The difference is probably accounting for this character being a buyer for my Amarr seller, and there being plenty of moving ISK around to and from the corp wallet.


I would compare with my EVE-Mogul stats, but the overall stats graphs appear to be a bit screwed up on there, and have been for a little while.

I'm not going to make any grand promises about 2021, other than that I will get to the Trillion. I'll update as things improve.

I have 4 accounts, with 11 characters dedicated to trading:

Sobaseki Seller

I've expanded the items sold on this character, though there's still a lot to do. I need to buy this character a Crane so he can do his own hauling (1 jump). Currently has 11Bn in sell orders.

Jita Buyer

This is a character that sits in Jita and contracts items to my other characters. This character has little training, and mostly buys from sell orders and contracts the items to my other characters. I tend to have this character logged in to act as a real time price comparison whilst checking my other characters orders. This character also manages my long term investments, though that doesn't take much work. I am putting excess ISK into this venture, and watch delonewolf's EVE Talk to get ideas for things to invest in. Currently holding about 165Bn in orders and investments. A lot of this money will go to Sobaseki and beyond.

Amarr Seller

My main money maker, with ~81 Billion in active sell orders at the time of writing. Takes implants and faction/deadspace modules delivered by my Rens character and sells them in Amarr.

Dodixie Seller

Very similar to the Amarr seller, he sits in Dodixie, takes receipt of items, then set up sell orders. Currently has 52 Billion in sell orders. No news with this character.

Rens seller/Hauler

Like the other characters, this character takes items bought in Jita and sells them in Rens. Currently has 82 Billion ISK in active sells. He also hauls my goods from Jita to the other trade hubs in a Crane.

Hek Seller

Like the other high sec seller characters, he sits in a trade hub in Hek and sells items brought to him by the Rens seller. Currently on 17Bn in sell orders. Needs to pay for his own PLEX every month, which isn't too difficult.

Amarr station trader

Sits in a player owned Fortizar in Ashab, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a range of 1 Jump to cover Amarr. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 1 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 22.4 Billion.

Jita station trader

My more serious station trader. I have a character in Perimeter in a player owned Keepstar, with 1% broker fee that sits in one station, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a reach of 1 jump.

Most of my items are bought and sold in the Jita 4-4 station. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 10 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 78.5 Billion. I spent the time to get faction and corp standing up with this character, and this is my attempt to take station trading seriously. He also farms SP and sells injectors on the market.

Horde Station Trader

Station trading in the Horde Keepstar in R10-GN. I set him up with 1Bn and he's currently at 13.8Bn.

Tash-Murkon Region trader

As stated, I've moved this character to just being a seller. Currently 106Bn in sell orders.

Manufacturing Character

Nothing has happened on this character recently.  





Tuesday, 3 November 2020

November Update

 A shorter month this one, after my last update was on the 10th. Not as profitable on a day by day basis either, but I did log on a few times. I find it easier if I don't try and do too much in a single session. My current position:



I currently have 766.6Bn ISK. That's an increase of 14.6Bn. As it's a 23 day update it works out to 634Mil per day. Not huge, but not terrible either. 

I've managed to expand the items that  my sobaseki seller deals with, though only up to about 30Bn so far. I've done a little more investing this month as well, and been able to flip some items for profit fairly easily thanks to the ore redistribution and war going on.

I've also managed to utilise the money for my Jita station trader a bit better, leading to much less money lying around. I still have a lot in wallets (172Bn at time of writing) but I'm starting to work to bring this down now, and I should be able to do more this month.


I have 4 accounts, with 11 characters dedicated to trading:

Sobaseki Seller

I've expanded the items sold on this character, though there's still a lot to do. I've nearly finished training trade and transport skills, so he should be in a Crane sometime this month which will let me do much more regular runs for him (a mere 1 jump). Currently has 21Bn in sell orders.

Jita Buyer

This is a character that sits in Jita and contracts items to my other characters. This character has little training, and mostly buys from sell orders and contracts the items to my other characters. I tend to have this character logged in to act as a real time price comparison whilst checking my other characters orders. This character also manages my long term investments, though that doesn't take much work. I am putting excess ISK into this venture, and watch delonewolf's EVE Talk to get ideas for things to invest in. Currently holding about 170Bn in orders and investments. A lot of this money will go to Sobaseki and beyond.

Amarr Seller

My main money maker, with ~135 Billion in active sell orders at the time of writing. Takes implants and faction/deadspace modules delivered by my Rens character and sells them in Amarr.

Dodixie Seller

Very similar to the Amarr seller, he sits in Dodixie, takes receipt of items, then set up sell orders. Currently has 87 Billion in sell orders. No news with this character.

Rens seller/Hauler

Like the other characters, this character takes items bought in Jita and sells them in Rens. Currently has 119 Billion ISK in active sells. He also hauls my goods from Jita to the other trade hubs in a Crane.

Hek Seller

Like the other high sec seller characters, he sits in a trade hub in Hek and sells items brought to him by the Rens seller. Currently on 37Bn in sell orders. Needs to pay for his own PLEX every month, which isn't too difficult.

Amarr station trader

Sits in a player owned Fortizar in Ashab, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a range of 1 Jump to cover Amarr. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 1 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 20.2 Billion.

Jita station trader

My more serious station trader. I have a character in Perimeter in a player owned Keepstar, with 1% broker fee that sits in one station, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a reach of 1 jump.

Most of my items are bought and sold in the Jita 4-4 station. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 10 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 72.8 Billion. A much bigger jump this month as I've really started to utilise the money this character has. I spent the time to get faction and corp standing up with this character, and this is my attempt to take station trading seriously. He also farms SP and sells injectors on the market.

Horde Station Trader

Station trading in the Horde Keepstar in R10-GN. I set him up with 1Bn and he's currently at 13Bn.

Tash-Murkon Region trader

As stated, I've moved this character to just being a seller. Currently 123Bn in sell orders.

Manufacturing Character

Nothing has happened on this character recently.  

Thursday, 15 October 2020

October Patch Notes - Ore Re-Distribution!

 A new patch has dropped, the notes of which can be found here:

https://www.eveonline.com/article/qi4t9e/patch-notes-for-version-18-10

I don't normally talk about patch notes, but these will have huge effects on the game as a whole.


First off, the big economic news. Ore re-distribution. Basically you will only be able to mine for Tritanium, Pyerite and Mexallon in High sec, Hedbergite has been massively increased in availability in Low sec, and the high sec minerals have been all but removed from Null Sec.


This is essentially undoing the "farms and fields" idea of Null where you could harvest all the resources you need and alliances could be self-sufficient without having to import goods and materials. I liked that idea initially, but it lead to huge alliances mining like crazy and compressing prices to the point where you can (allegedly) buy a supercarrier for 7Bn in Delve. When ISK is that meaningless it threatens the health of the game. 


This re-distribution and accompanying shortage will mean that players have to buy some materials in high sec, and risk moving them around the cluster, which will further add to the cost. You can see the effect of this on the Tritanium prices in Jita:


And people are also speculating that larger items that take a lot of trit will jump in price. For example here is the Orca:


The changes haven't been live long enough for this to be the actual build cost of an Orca, so this is definitely market panicking and predicting the future cost based on increased materials price. I realised this too late to invest in this, but for those who did you're looking at a good 40% profit per Orca you bought a couple of weeks ago.

The next big thing is the Triglavian Invasion. 27 systems that hit "final luminality" have had their stargates shut down and Triglavian gates installed, to create a new region called Pochven. This is the first change to the layout of the cluster since wormholes were released in Apocrypha in 2009! Crucially for us marketeers one of the systems moved is Niarja. So it seems the 47 jump route from Jita to Amarr is permanent! This adds a lot of flying time to people like myself, but might also allow Amarr to establish more as a hub as people won't simply bypass it for a quick run to Jita anymore. Amarr is now the furthest high sec hub from Jita, when it was the closest!

I'm a bit gutted I missed the boat on Trit speculation, but I'm intrigued to see how these changes will affect the market as a whole. I'm going to try and explore the new Trig region (probably on my null character) and try and grab some nice screenshots. Interesting times for all!



Saturday, 10 October 2020

October Update

 Quite an odd month this one. I've once again played very little, though I did manage to set up a proper set of sale in Tash-Murkon. The results this month are impressive though:



I currently have 752.3Bn ISK. That's a monthly (ish) increase of 43.5Bn ISK!!!

That's a massive increase. A part of this was setting up a bunch of sales in Tash-Murkon - I take 20% provision against having to relist, and the sell margin was above 20% on average there. Another aspect I suspect is that during the last month CCP announce resource scarcity, which majorly shook up the market - more on that in another post. There's also a big war going on in null sec, which usually drives up demand for pretty much everything and means that I've made a good quantity of sales this month, despite not updating very much. The rise in activity has also contributed to the PLEX price, driving it up by 200k this month which is a 2Bn increase in my net worth. The overall uptick in prices has allowed me to sell a bunch of investments at a profit as well.

I managed to put up over 130Bn in sell orders in Tash-Murkon, and yet I have about the same amount of ISK lying around as I did last month - 213Bn ISK at the moment. That's a lot knocking around! Time to set up a proper sell list in Sobaseki I think!


I have 4 accounts, with 11 characters dedicated to trading:

Sobaseki Seller

Not much to report here, has continued training trade skills, but I haven't expanded the items sold. Currently has 2Bn in sell orders.

Jita Buyer

This is a character that sits in Jita and contracts items to my other characters. This character has little training, and mostly buys from sell orders and contracts the items to my other characters. I tend to have this character logged in to act as a real time price comparison whilst checking my other characters orders. This character also manages my long term investments, though that doesn't take much work. I am putting excess ISK into this venture, and watch delonewolf's EVE Talk to get ideas for things to invest in. Currently holding about 187Bn in orders and investments. A lot of this money will go to Sobaseki and Tash-Murkon.

Amarr Seller

My main money maker, with ~123 Billion in active sell orders at the time of writing. Takes implants and faction/deadspace modules delivered by my Rens character and sells them in Amarr.

Dodixie Seller

Very similar to the Amarr seller, he sits in Dodixie, takes receipt of items, then set up sell orders. Currently has 93 Billion in sell orders. No news with this character.

Rens seller/Hauler

Like the other characters, this character takes items bought in Jita and sells them in Rens. Currently has 128 Billion ISK in active sells. He also hauls my goods from Jita to the other trade hubs in a Crane.

Hek Seller

Like the other high sec seller characters, he sits in a trade hub in Hek and sells items brought to him by the Rens seller. Currently on 55Bn in sell orders. Needs to pay for his own PLEX every month, which isn't too difficult.

Amarr station trader

Sits in a player owned Fortizar in Ashab, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a range of 1 Jump to cover Amarr. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 1 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 19.7 Billion.

Jita station trader

My more serious station trader. I have a character in Perimeter in a player owned Keepstar, with 0.5% broker fee that sits in one station, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a reach of 1 jump.

Most of my items are bought and sold in the Jita 4-4 station. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 10 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 66.5 Billion. I spent the time to get faction and corp standing up with this character, and this is my attempt to take station trading seriously. He also farms SP and sells injectors on the market.

Horde Station Trader

Station trading in the Horde Keepstar in R10-GN. I set him up with 1Bn and he's currently at 12.6Bn.

Tash-Murkon Region trader

As stated, I've moved this character to just being a seller. Currently 125.8Bn in sell orders.

Manufacturing Character

Nothing has happened on this character recently.  

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Setting up Tash-Murkon

 For a while now, I had a character that set up region wide buy orders in Tash-Murkon region then flew around and picked it all up to sell in Tash-Murkon Prime. This is a good money spinner and I would recommend it to anyone as a good source of trade income (I turned 70 mil into nearly 7 Bil this way). It is though intense on the flying around part. As I don't enjoy doing that I've increasingly left this character alone making no money. So I decided it's time for a change.

I decided to set this character up as a selling character. Just as I do in Amarr, Rens, Dodixie, Hek and to a lesser extent Sobaseki. So I used about 95Bn ISK buying items on my Jita buying character and building up a market quickbar for Tash-Murkon. This was almost entirely implants, similar to my other characters. A lot of high priced ones for which there is no competition in the region. Then I set off to pick up my haul.

Normally, Tash-Murkon Prime is 10 jumps from Jita. But as Niarja is currently camped null security I decided to go the long way round:



47 Jumps! (I'd already made on in the picture). Still, something I can do in the background whilst working, especially as it's an empty BR I'm flying. Not so empty on the way back:


The tooltip say 86.6Bn, but it was actually closer to 95. Probably my most expensive haul yet! I was much more careful flying back with this, but I hardly encountered anyone, and no gankers. I safely landed in the IChooseYou Citadel in Tash-Murkin Prime. I chose the Citadel because it has a 1% sales tax, much lower than NPC. Also IChooseYou has a network of Citadels and mercs on hand to defend them/remove competition, so it's not likely to be destroyed anytime soon.

I set my sales up for mostly a 20-30% markup on Jita. In places slightly more. Nothing over 50%. I want to encourage actual sales, and totally ripping people off will limit the number of sales I make. So I ended up with the following:


134 Bn ISK in sell orders. I'll ilkely weave this into my normal trade runs, and have this character flying at the same time as my Rens seller as they're on different accounts. This fits my playstyle much better, and finally puts 100Bn ISK to work that I had lying around! Now just to do the same with my Sobaseki seller, and possibly look at some other high-sec opportunities ("Eden Trade" on the forums has been setting up shop in various regions without a "Big 5" trade hub to some success). Glad to have something ticked off!

Monday, 7 September 2020

September Update

 Another month, very little done. This one is even a week late! Don't expect big things...


I currently have 708.8Bn ISK. This is an increase of 8.5Bn. Another reflection of next to no activity.

I managed a solitary trade run, which was further extended by the fact that Niarja is currently taken over by the Triglavians, and is now lowsec and permacamped. I didn't even attempt to go through there and took the long route through high-sec. I'm not ricking a camp even in a bloackade runner with over 60Bn in the cargo! I'm beginning to realise that the biggest thing that's putting me off is the long 2 and a half hour full trade runs that I feel I have to do if I'm going to achieve anything useful. I need to break that down and do smaller things more frequently, like update orders on a single character, then do a mission or some PvP or something to keep things interesting.

To that end, I've finally achieved what I said I was going to with my Tash-Murkon trader, and torn down all of my buy orders, collected everything and put them up for sale in Task-Murkon Prime. This is going to become just another selling character, with items bought out of Jita or possibly Amarr (as it's just 2 jumps away). Region-wide trading is a good money spinner as you're able to pick up items for very low prices, but involves a lot of tedious flying around the region to do pickups. The way I play I'll benefit from treating it as just another stop on my run, or a run to do in parallel as he has his own BR, so there's less flying around. I just need to build up a quickbar of things to sell on this and the Sobaseki seller.

I have 4 accounts, with 11 characters dedicated to trading:

Sobaseki Seller

Not much to report here, has continued training trade skills, but I haven't expanded the items sold. Currently has 3Bn in sell orders.

Jita Buyer

This is a character that sits in Jita and contracts items to my other characters. This character has little training, and mostly buys from sell orders and contracts the items to my other characters. I tend to have this character logged in to act as a real time price comparison whilst checking my other characters orders. This character also manages my long term investments, though that doesn't take much work. I am putting excess ISK into this venture, and watch delonewolf's EVE Talk to get ideas for things to invest in. Currently holding about 222Bn in orders and investments. A lot of this money will go to Sobaseki and Tash-Murkon.

Amarr Seller

My main money maker, with ~131 Billion in active sell orders at the time of writing. Takes implants and faction/deadspace modules delivered by my Rens character and sells them in Amarr.

Dodixie Seller

Very similar to the Amarr seller, he sits in Dodixie, takes receipt of items, then set up sell orders. Currently has 117 Billion in sell orders. No news with this character.

Rens seller/Hauler

Like the other characters, this character takes items bought in Jita and sells them in Rens. Currently has 135 Billion ISK in active sells. He also hauls my goods from Jita to the other trade hubs in a Crane.

Hek Seller

Like the other high sec seller characters, he sits in a trade hub in Hek and sells items brought to him by the Rens seller. Currently on 59Bn in sell orders. Needs to pay for his own PLEX every month, which isn't too difficult.

Amarr station trader

Sits in a player owned Fortizar in Ashab, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a range of 1 Jump to cover Amarr. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 1 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 19.1 Billion.

Jita station trader

My more serious station trader. I have a character in Perimeter in a player owned Keepstar, with 0.5% broker fee that sits in one station, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a reach of 1 jump.

Most of my items are bought and sold in the Jita 4-4 station. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 10 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 64.5 Billion. I spent the time to get faction and corp standing up with this character, and this is my attempt to take station trading seriously. He also farms SP and sells injectors on the market.

Horde Station Trader

Station trading in the Horde Keepstar in R10-GN. I set him up with 1Bn and he's currently at 12Bn.

Tash-Murkon Region trader

As stated, I've moved this character to just being a seller. Currently 4.3bn in sell orders.

Manufacturing Character

Nothing has happened on this character recently. 

Monday, 3 August 2020

August Update

So, I made big claims last update about how I was going to kick on and update loads and really push things! I really shouldn't have done that. The last time I made a claim like that I claimed I was going to be blogging more then took a huge hiatus. Due to various things I've barely played again this month, but at least I have passed a marker of some sort:


I currently have 700.3Bn ISK, an increase of 8Bn. A small increase that reflects the fact I did next to nothing for the third month in a row. 

I've been playing EVE on and off since 2009. 11 years is a long time to play a single game. Whilst I would still say it is my favourite game of all time, I'm currently in a lul of motivation to play. I've been playing other things (notably Classic WoW), I've been on holiday, and just generally it feels a bit daunting to log on and do everything I'd like to do a lot of the time. This is not me saying I'm taking a break from the game, I'm not, at least, not really. But I'm not going to be promising big things for a while. I think what I need to do is just play it by ear a bit, and when my motivation returns (and it will) I'll make the most of it then. 

Until then I'll log on here and there and work on the changes I want to at my own pace. As I make the changes I'll blog about it, which will hopefully feed back into the motivation. 

There's a big war going on as well, maybe I'll get involved in that a bit? WWB round 1 was fun.

Sorry, not a grand update, but that's just the way things are for me at the moment. 

I have 4 accounts, with 11 characters dedicated to trading:

Sobaseki Seller

Not much to report here, has continued training trade skills, but I haven't expanded the items sold. Currently has 3Bn in sell orders.

Jita Buyer

This is a character that sits in Jita and contracts items to my other characters. This character has little training, and mostly buys from sell orders and contracts the items to my other characters. I tend to have this character logged in to act as a real time price comparison whilst checking my other characters orders. This character also manages my long term investments, though that doesn't take much work. I am putting excess ISK into this venture, and watch delonewolf's EVE Talk to get ideas for things to invest in. Currently holding about 195Bn in orders and investments. A lot of this money will go to Sobaseki and Tash-Murkon.

Amarr Seller

My main money maker, with ~141 Billion in active sell orders at the time of writing. Takes implants and faction/deadspace modules delivered by my Rens character and sells them in Amarr.

Dodixie Seller

Very similar to the Amarr seller, he sits in Dodixie, takes receipt of items, then set up sell orders. Currently has 127 Billion in sell orders. No news with this character.

Rens seller/Hauler

Like the other characters, this character takes items bought in Jita and sells them in Rens. Currently has 133 Billion ISK in active sells. He also hauls my goods from Jita to the other trade hubs in a Crane.

Hek Seller

Like the other high sec seller characters, he sits in a trade hub in Hek and sells items brought to him by the Rens seller. Currently on 67Bn in sell orders. Needs to pay for his own PLEX every month, which isn't too difficult.

Amarr station trader

Sits in a player owned Fortizar in Ashab, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a range of 1 Jump to cover Amarr. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 1 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 19.1 Billion.

Jita station trader

My more serious station trader. I have a character in Perimeter in a player owned Keepstar, with 0.5% broker fee that sits in one station, buys from buy orders and sells through sell orders with a reach of 1 jump.

Most of my items are bought and sold in the Jita 4-4 station. This character trades completely different items to the rest of my characters. I gave this character 10 Billion to start with, and he's currently on 64.5 Billion. I spent the time to get faction and corp standing up with this character, and this is my attempt to take station trading seriously. He also farms SP and sells injectors on the market.

Horde Station Trader

Station trading in the Horde Keepstar in R10-GN. I set him up with 1Bn and he's currently at 11.7Bn.

Tash-Murkon Region trader

I haven't touched this character, though all of his orders have come down. One of my challenges will be to set up a new quickbar for sales and get some items to sell from Jita or Amarr.

Manufacturing Character

Nothing has happened on this character recently. I want to ramp up my build queue a bit.