This has been a pretty big week for me, though. The Tholian Lock Boxes are coming to an end, but Cryptic is bringing back the Ferengi and Cardassian Boxes for a limited time. But, what’s even bigger, and better, than that is they’ve put the Master Keys on sale for 15% off! As a result, I’ve managed to buy a few extra keys and sold them on the Exchange. Right now I’ve got over 14 million Energy Credits stashed away, which is nice considering I started with well under 100,000 not that long ago. Tracking chart after the break!
Its interesting to watch the tension in the game when it comes to buying Zen versus buying Dilithium. I suspect that immediate gratification factors in – people want Dilithium now, and thus the prices have been pretty stable. As such, someone wanting to get more for their Zen must be frustrated at the moment; things are very much favoring Dilithium sellers.
I’ve started watching the pools themselves a bit more. I personally find it interesting in that you can see how much people are willing to trade. Move the decimal two places to see the real-world value of the pools! I’ve started tracking the other side of things, but don’t have enough data to see much yet. It’s a way of seeing supply and demand, really. In the chart above, what you’re seeing is supply; how much Dilithium is being made available. I don’t know the back end of things, nor how they’re arriving at their “Top 5” lists, but oh well.
Pool #1 (on the far right) is where most of the action is. That’s where the most available Zen is. Now, this changes regularly – sometimes pool #1 is at 154, sometimes 155, etc. I think, more than anything, it shows the amount of trading potential going on. You’ll notice pool #5 (far left) has two spikes in it. I’m guessing those are people making Zen available at a more favorite price to them. You can see other spikes in the other pools, and times when pool #2 has parity with pool #1. Is the Zen:Dilitium market something that can be manipulated? I’m not sure. I do suspect there are people trying to get more Dilithium for their Zen, though, and we see spikes in the other rates accordingly.
Hopefully I can figure out how to better show all this using Excel and/or Access!