For around the 20th time, COVID19 has escaped hotel quarantine in Australia, and the city I live in finds itself back in its fourth lockdown as they pursue the eradication of community transfer. On the bright side there is suddenly a much greater interest in vaccinations and the opening of eligibility (my age group is now allowed to get them, so I am booked in on Saturday), and I have 20+ extra hours free a week because I am not transporting the kids too and from school, band, karate, roller-skating, hockey, or the myriad of other activities they are involved in. The result has also been that I have undocked in EVE a few times. Go COVID.
I do not think I have remarked, but I have finished my move away from Domain. I do not have a single asset or jump clone there anymore. One of the last things I moved was my BPO collection. It has an in-client value of more than 5B ISK, but that does not factor in that almost everyone is fully researched. I took all of them in one trip using an Interceptor.
I would not like to calculate how long the entire move took me. With 38 jumps between my old and new home, it was a laborious chore.
CCP did finally introduce the ability to store multiple Jump Clones in the same NPC station. I moved some 25+ clones across several accounts into just a couple stations. That makes the management and use of them much easier, although I am mindful of the danger of a Triglavian invasion version 2 and possibly losing a heap of clones. At the moment, convenience trumps risk.
With the latest patch that went in last night there are four new gates in EVE.
Hykkota (The Forge) ↔ Ahbazon (Genesis)
Irgrus (Metropolis) ↔ Pakhshi (Genesis)
Kenninck (Placid) ↔ Eggheron (Solitude)
Saminer (Tash-Murkon) ↔ F7-ICZ (Stain)
I checked in game, but it seemed to have made no difference to the Hi-Sec route between Amarr and Jita, or Amarr and my new home.
I did not involve myself in the gathering of resources for the new gates. I did not even manage to get all the login bonuses, which might be the first time that has happened for an event.
What I did notice in my latest COVID endorsed undocking was the price of ship hulls. With CCP’s continued reset of the game economics the humble Battleship is now up around 300M for most hulls. My long-term favourite ship – the Orca, is now up around the 2B ISK mark, and the humble Freighter around 3B ISK. That is a big step up for newer players. It also makes the Hauling or Roaming Home Orca that much bigger of a target. It doesn’t really matter what you carry – you are a juicy killboard padding target empty.
I think I have 4 Orca’s in my fleet. Most would have been purchased at around the 600-800M ISK mark. All are now worth 2-3 times more. It does seem to be the way. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
There are rumours the lock downs will ease on Friday. I will see if I can squeeze in some more undocking before then.