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Monday, April 30, 2012

To the nines

Last year, I did a cost analysis of the EVE Online Christmas gifts.  In honor of EVE's 9th anniversary, there's another new set of gifts.  They're not quite as impressive as the Christmas gifts, sadly, and are pretty much 100% geared toward new players.  Still, if you're looking for the ISK value of each item, here it is (all values in millions):

"Refine Your Skills"41.4
"Drill Bits"28.4
"Deadly Elegance"17.7
"Fire All Lasers"17.4
"Duty, Honor, State"         16.8
"Heavy Iron"16.2
"Plug and Play"13.1
"Paxist Treasure"???


Unsurprisingly, two +4 skill implants are the most valuable gift, ISK-wise.  In particular, they dwarf the value of the full +2 implant set.  If you are considering the +2 implant set as your gift, you're better off taking the two +4 implants instead, selling them, and buying yourself two or even three full +2 implant sets with the proceeds.  gg CCP, gg.  ;-)

I've judged the ISK value of the skill books as negligible.  Whenever CCP gives away skill books for free (as they did with the new tutorial missions last year, for instance), the market for that skill book almost instantly crashes.  I expect more or less the same effect here, at least for the short term.  The value of the various cruisers fluctuates a bit from day to day, but overall the value of any of the "cruiser" gifts is about 17 million ISK.  As a result, it might be advantageous to take the two +4 implants even if you want the cruiser set.  Again, you can sell the +4 implants and buy twice as many cruisers and the (suddenly very cheap) skill books with the proceeds.

Between the +4 implants and the "cruisers" are the "drill bits", actually apparently 160 tech 1 mining crystals.  Mining crystals reprocess into Nocxium, the value of which is somewhat in flux.  However, it seems clear that the value of these crystals based on that will be 25 million ISK or more.  And between the impact of the drone alloy nerf and Hulkageddon, we could see the value of Noc rise substantially in the coming weeks.  As a long-term investment, the mining crystals might be your best bet.

Or they might not.  The "Paxist Treasure" gift is just... odd.  I've written about the Pax Amarria before.  As a "collector's item", this item is completely worthless.  Literally hundreds of thousands of this item are available for sale, right now, from NPC sellers.  If you want one, go buy one right now.

Still, its prominent placement in this dev-blog strikes me as very strange.  Inferno is going to be -- by definition -- a very war-focused expansion.  The Pax Amarria is the written opposite of that intent.  It might (and I stress that word might) be CCP's plan to make the Pax Amarria a collector's item by severely restricting or eliminating the supply through some sort of in-game action combined with the cinematic trailer for the expansion.  The Minmatar destroy the original copy and cause a virus to destroy all the current versions in the hands of players, perhaps?  If that's the case, the Pax Amarria's NPC sellers might quickly run out, or the NPC sale price be greatly increased.

It strikes me as an unlikely move -- CCP's few recent attempts to drive trailers with the lore of the game haven't been successful.  Still, if you're looking to gamble...

EDIT (30/Apr/2012): Well, that explains that.  CCP Greyscale says that this version (with a different spelling) will be a different item and will be "explained later in the week."

Whatever you select, enjoy your gifts!

20 comments:

  1. The "Pax Ammaria" book apparently differs from the item already in game. Greyscale commented on it here: https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=1219395#post1219395

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  2. According to Greyscale:
    ""Pax Amarria" already exists ingame; "Pax Ammaria" is a new collectors' item"

    Note the spelling change.

    He says it will be explained later this week.

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  4. "A Paxist Treasure - Pax Ammaria - Collector's Item"

    Note that "Ammaria" is not "Amarria".

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    Quote Greyscale:- '"Pax Amarria' already exists ingame; 'Pax Ammaria' is a new collectors' item
    Follow up Q:- Is it an Ammatar version of the book?
    Greyscale:- It'll be explained later on in the week
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    https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=1219417#post1219417

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  5. One thing you might have missed: It's not a Pax Amarria. It's a Pax Ammaria.

    Alara IonStorm wrote:
    CCP Greyscale wrote:

    "Pax Amarria" already exists ingame; "Pax Ammaria" is a new collectors' item Smile

    Is it an Ammatar version of the book?


    It'll be explained later on in the week.

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  6. According to CCP Greyscale:

    "Pax Amarria already exists ingame; Pax Ammaria is a new collectors' item".

    and

    "It'll be explained later on in the week".

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  7. Betcha it's one of those "seasonal mods" they mentioned at fanfest... that only lasts for a little while or until destroyed.

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  8. Weren't CCP supposed to be implementing some kind of veteran loyalty reward for this year's anniversary gift? Or am I remembering that?

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    1. They talked about a loyalty reward program for people who remain subscribed at one of the recent CSM Summits. But there hasn't been anything official announced about this idea that I've seen.

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  9. To what extent will "refine your skills" cause the market for +4 Int/Mem implants to temporarily crash?

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    1. It's a valid question, but no, I don't think so. Thousands of those implants enter the market place every month. The market for them might dip a bit, but it won't crash.

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  10. oh in case you didn't know

    According to CCP Greyscale:

    "Pax Amarria already exists ingame; Pax Ammaria is a new collectors' item".

    and

    "It'll be explained later on in the week".



    :P :P

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  11. Can anyone tell me when the Pax Ammaria will be explained?

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  12. http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/Pax_Ammaria_(Chronicle)

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  13. The Wiki reference has been updated. It's a copy of the "Amarr bible" that was produced with a typo. This is high sacrilege to the Amarr so they have orthodoxy teams out destroying the book and killing those who try to hoard them. Faintly amusing but rather lame story.

    Basically a backstory collectible that, if like previous similar ones (not ships, but books and such) will have next to no isk value at all. Choose it only if you are a "collector".

    (Unless they release more info or decide to add a mechanic about it.)

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  14. Here: http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/Pax_Ammaria_(Chronicle)

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  15. Just gonna go ahead and guess that players who select the holy book will find a Dust Beta key tucked into its pages.

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  16. Pax Amarria (The Chronicle) recycles into 666 units of each of the minerals...

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  17. The implication of the Chronicle wiki entry seems to be that its a sort of beacon for trouble. I'm very much hoping carrying it in your hold leads to Faction Navy issues. Should be interesting.

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