Saturday, December 21, 2013
One of their rewards is a gift card from Rixty. On their reward site:
Rixty is a universal prepaid card for over 1000 multiplayer & downloadable games, virtual worlds and mobile games. Whether you love the hottest games from Bigpoint, Perfect World and Aeria Games, kids' games like Roblox and WeeWorld, or first-person shooters like CrossFire, Rixty is the only card you need to pay for them all. You can even get downloadable games from top web stores. Rixty – one card, over 1000 sources of fun online.
So, earning 525 points will get you a $5 gift card to Rixty. Presumably, that will result in $5 worth of Zen (500 Zen). Not bad, eh?
If you want to sign up, you can do so here.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
And, just a week later, looks like the market volume has rebounded a bit! Offers to buy Dilithium have gone up. Its interesting in that in the past month and a half offers to buy Dilithium and Zen have been a bit apart. Usually they tend to be a bit closer in volume! Interesting.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Is it? Could it be? Movement! After being so flat and dull for the past few weeks, the Z:D rate has jumped up a bit to 1:115. What could have caused it? Good question. One could hazard a guess, but I suppose I could probably listen to this week's podcast to get a better idea ;)
I'm currently quite interested in the Elachi Lockboxes coming up. The new ships are visually interesting, and the crescent weapons looks very nice. Between them and the Tal Shiar lockbox ships, I'll be busy for a while. Thankfully for me, Master Keys are on sale. If you're looking to buy them, now is a good time to do so provided you're doing so with Zen. Oddly enough, a quick check on the Exchange shows them being 1.49 million EC at a minimum. I suppose the combination of the sale and the Lockbox Special are keeping prices up. Normally, a sale on Keys means the EC price goes down as well.
Of course, that's still price competitive with selling Fleet Ship Modules, which are starting at 5.82 million EC at the moment. Anyhow, onto the data!
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Its a nice, quiet week once more. The Z:D rate has been pretty darn steady, trading volume seems good, and a good number of people are making offers for Zen if you're in need for Dilithium right now. Certainly more offers than there's been for a while! There's a new cosmetic project going up for the Fleet Dilithium Mine called "the Motherlode," which might be fun as well.
But for now... onto the data!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Another quiet week of numbers, it seems. Massively has been doing a nice bit of interviews with Dan Stahl (part one and two), which has some nice food for thought about the future. I've been working a little on my Romulan character, getting Lockboxes opened up for Lobi, and all has been pretty nice, really.
Now, that said, the number seem pretty good to me.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Ah, the joys of starting back at square one…
I’m going to have to thank my friend John for introducing me to Maui Paintball back in March. I hadn’t played paintball in nearly two decades, and its so much different now than it was back then! Which is fair! I’m certainly a lot different than back then too.
So, I’ve been going at least once a month since then, participated in two tournaments with Team Scrat (a more wonderful bunch of lunatics I do not know), and even got my mom to play. But, I really have to thank paintball for one thing more than anything else – its getting me to exercise.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Three statisticians went out hunting, and came across a large deer. The first statistician fired, but missed, by a meter to the left. The second statistician fired, but also missed, by a meter to the right. The third statistician didn't fire, but shouted in triumph, "On the average we got it!"
Its been a while since I've done looked at averages. Now, I have to fully admit that my data is a merely a small slice of what Cryptic has available to them. Moreover, I would imagine that Cryptic has access to economists and statisticians if they need a consult. I've got Excel and no formal instruction in the field. But, hey, when has that stopped me? While I'll warn against looking too much into my numbers and charts, its still interesting to look at. But first, our normal compound view of things...
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Today is a big day! Steam's online summer sale continues, so that's always big for someone. Microsoft announces its formal reorganization, which will have effects on the PC industry for years to come. Nokia announced the Lumia 1020 with its 42 mega-pixel camera (well, sorta... marketing math). And now? Pacific Rim is opening. Well, assuming you've got a midnight showing. I'm not sure what the economic impact of giant monsters fighting Kaiju will be, but darnit, there ought to be something measurable.
I do apologize for being so late with this week's update. And now, a more serious look at things after the break ;)
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Now, onto them charts!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Ah, computers. They're wonderful when they work, and, well, discouraging when they don't! Due to technical issues I missed tracking 6/24/13, so there'll be a hole in the data there. I also missed 6/21/13, but that's just my fault! Nobody to blame but myself...
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Any now for the charts!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
And we have Romulans! First off, I'd like to welcome anybody who is getting into Star Trek Online with the launch of The Legacy of Romulus. Its a great game, a fun community, and one of the best MMOs out there if you're looking for something different than the norm.
Secondly, I'd like to apologize! For whatever reason I didn't log yesterday's data! Eeek! I think I did, but either I forgot to save or my brain stopped working. Regardless, here comes the data!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
However, this is both causing me to restart my Astral Diamond tracking and giving me a reason to restart my Astral Diamond tracking. The vast gaps between rates means that the methodology I used for Star Trek Online is insufficient for Neverwinter right now. Maybe it'll be okay when things settle down, but for now? Its simply too volatile.
I'm not sure how I'll deal with it just yet, but we'll see!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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#StarTrekOnline, this weekend is Open Beta for the Legacy of Romulus expansion.
And if you play, you can see what I've been up to. I worked on creating the Klingon TutorialI'm really looking forward to trying it out now. Apparently its a contract gig, but hey, maybe it'll lead to a full time position. As an ex-Cryptic employee, he'd be coming around full circle! And, regardless of which game he worked on, having such an awesome developer on the team would be fantastic. Maybe they could get Melissa Bianco next? But, you didn't come here to listen to me rant on like a fanboy, so here's the data!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Cryptic’s newest game, Neverwinter, is currently in open beta. Based on Dungeons & Dragons, it takes place in a fantastic fantasy world, with an action-based combat system, a mix of overworld and instancing, and is currently diverting my gameplay time away from Star Trek Online.
One of the similarities between Neverwinter and its siblings is that it has a time-based currency that can be bought and sold with Zen. Much like Questionite and Dilithium, Astral Diamonds are awarded in-game and can be used to purchase things, including Zen. Of course, right now the economy is just starting, there’s precious little in the shop, and the number of people playing is relatively low.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
When you make a new combination of game type and genre, you get a New Combo x.2 bonus for it. But, if it’s a Great Combo? Add in another .2. You’ll go from x1 to x1.2 to x1.4!
To help you out, I sat down and went through the first six genres and available combinations I’ve found so far. Use the garage studio to experiment; each genre and game style has things they like during development. As such, go through the various combinations, figure them out, regardless of whether they're a one-time bonus or not. It'll help in the long run.
|Fantasy + Action = Great Combo |
Fantasy + Adventure = Great Combo
Fantasy + RPG = Great Combo
Fantasy + Simulation = no bonus
Fantasy + Strategy = Great Combo
Fantasy + Casual = no bonus
|Racing + Action = no bonus|
Racing + Adventure = no bonus
Racing + RPG = no bonus
Racing + Simulation = Great Combo
Racing + Strategy = no bonus
Racing + Casual = Great Combo
|Sports + Action = Great Combo |
Sports + Adventure = no bonus
Sports + RPG = no bonus
Sports + Simulation = Great Combo
Sports + Strategy = no bonus
Strategy + Casual = Great Combo
|Military + Action = Great Combo|
Military + Adventure = no bonus
Military + RPG = no bonus
Military + Strategy = Great Combo
Military + Simulation = Great Combo
Military + Casual = no bonus
|Medieval + Action = Great Combo |
Medieval + Adventure = Great Combo
Medieval + RPG = Great Combo
Medieval + Simulation = no bonus
Medieval + Strategy = no bonus
Medieval + Casual = no bonus
|Space + Action = Great Combo|
Space + Adventure = no bonus
Space + RPG = no bonus
Space + Simulation = Great Combo
Space + Strategy = Great Combo
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Greetings and hello! Just a friendly reminder that today will be the last day you'll be able to run the Crystalline Catastrophe event (10am, PDT)! Its pretty short, so even folks in Hawai'i can squeeze one last attempt. Provided they're up early and eating breakfast at the same time, mind you. Speaking of which, many people have already completed the special Reputation project, receiving 50,000 Unrefined Dilithium, 1,000 Fleet Marks, and a non-combat Crystalline Shard pet.
Speaking of which...
Friday, April 26, 2013
Week 4 and doing pretty well! I’m not entirely sure how I should decide which way to really track my weight. The weekly, predictable fluctuation makes me wonder if I should pick the results from a certain day (say, Friday or Saturday) as my milestone or not.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Another eventful week. If you've been in the market to buy Dilithium with your Zen, this has probably been a fantastic time for you, relatively speaking. While we've not hit the same levels seen last year, its definitely a possibility at this point. If you're selling Dilithium? Its still a pro-Dilithium market, in my opinion, and I've been cheerfully selling at current prices.
The Z:D rate has been steadily climbing, while the top 10 offers remain relatively low in volume. I'm still holding to the theory that the big Zen spenders who are willing to pay a premium on their Dilithium are not active in the market right now, opting to wait for The Legacy of Romulus. There was a massive drop in trading after the announcement on March 21st. It did start to recover, but then something else happened.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Market has been dramatic as of late! The Top 10 offers have dropped again, and the Z:D Exchange Rate is going back up. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; the rate is still overall pro-Dilithium, but people buying Dilithium with Zen are getting a little more for their money. Why the relatively sudden change? I’m not sure. I’ve never been able to really figure out a correlation between the Z:D rate and offer volume.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
So far, so good! I’m actually cooking at home a lot more now, which makes life easier on my wallet. I managed to survive not only a vacation but having my in-laws visiting from the mainland. Obviously, the trend is for Sunday and Mondays to have a spike in weight (Saturday is my cheat day), with it coming down by the end of the week.
I am exercising on a MWF schedule(-ish), doing kettlebell swings, Turkish get-ups, and trying to walk/jog after to cool down. No idea if I’m putting on musicle or not. I do find that my GymBoss is helpful, though; I’d rather focus on form, and I have harder time doing that when I’m counting reps. I’m not training for paintball specifically, but better cardio and less weight should offer enough of a boost that I’ll be happy.
I’ll definitely have to buy a copy of The 4 Hour Body later, since I need to return my brother’s copy soon-ish.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
My brother is lending me his copy of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Body. I’ve skimmed it for the most part, with the only section I’ve really read is his Slow Carb Diet. Surprisingly enough, my dear mum has joined me on this, and that makes things a bit easier than going solo.
So, not quite two weeks thus far, but I’m pretty happy. The food is reasonably good, I’m getting used to how to order when I eat out, and while the progress is a lot faster than what I’m used to, its still there. I don’t view it as a long-term thing necessarily, but we’ll see. It makes me think of the crash-diet a doctor put my friend on because he was diabetic, and needed to lose a lot of weight, fast.
More later :)
Looks like trading is back to normal, but wow! Z:D is at a relative high, still hovering around 1:100. Its dipped below 1:100 around the end of March, but that’s about it. Right now people buying offering to buy Dilithium is really driving traffic, though. If you go by Wednesday’s sampling, there’s 635,877 Zen difference between the top 5 pools to buy Dilithium and the top 5 for buying Zen (so, $6,358.77).
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Starting this week, provided I don’t screw it up somehow, I’ll be cross-posting on Priority One’s website. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes. Of course, the day I need to work on everything is the day Live Writer/Blogger go weird on me... ah well.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I’ve had a great week off from work! I got to play paintball on two different days at Maui Paintball, got to see my visiting sister, and generally just relaxed! I won’t be playing again until the end of April, but it’ll be in a charity tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. So, er, yeah, I’ll need to get in better shape in the next month...
A very awesome surprise is I got to chat with Tony from Priority One Podcast. So, tentatively speaking, you’ll hear me on the April 1st show next week!
Anyhow, Zen and Dilithium trading has really dropped since the Legacy of Romulus announcement. The Z:D ratio has been going up as well, and we’re over 1:100 again for the first time in a while. I suspect there’s a good number of players who aren’t participating in the market right now, opting to wait for LoR to come out. Now, are they saving up their Dilithium and Zen? Are they taking a break? I really don’t know, and I suspect your guess is as good as mine. Anyhow, now for the rest of the data...
Friday, March 22, 2013
I recently bought Privateer Press’ Formula P3 Modeling & Painting Vol. 1: Core Techniques. As a relative new comer to painting miniatures, I felt it’d be a helpful introduction for me. They had a nice little sample, which gave me some nice ideas, plus a helpful trick for painting gold metal.
I went ahead and ordered it. Since I’m watching this a bit at a time, as not to be overwhelmed, I thought I’d share my thoughts as they came.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
On the other hand, it could also be that people are holding off buying it for the time being. Without as many people willing to pay a premium for Dilithium, the people who are buying want a little more for their Zen than they've been getting. Which, honestly, is reasonable. Also, I sort of wonder if this will signal a pre-update lull for the game, while folks decide to hold off playing as much until the update comes out.
The new update will be free, but will likely have a sizeable addition to the Z-Store. I've got friends already noting they'll need to buy more character slots, more ship slots, etc. I'm not a big player for alts in the game, but I could easily see myself wanting to get more ships. If anything, I've been turning into Jay Leno in-game.
Should be interesting! Supposedly the KDF and new Romulan faction will have a 1-50 content spread, which is good. Cryptic hired one of the writers from City of Heroes, so this ought be good. I wish they'd pick up Matt Miller and Melissa Bianco, as they were two of my favorite devs from Paragon Studios...
A shadow looms. What is it? Well, I’ll find out in about 6 hours as of this writing. Okay, no I won’t, I’ll be asleep. But, the sharp drop in trade volume today is almost certainly because of it. Something’s coming, and I’m assuming people are holding onto their Zen and Dilithium until they know what it is.
This is definitely a relative high for Z:D. It hasn’t been to 1:99 since December, really. Its still an amazing rate for people buying Zen with Dilithium, but if you want to buy Dilithium? This is a better time than its been in a while. Of course, by the time you read this, everything may have changed.
Now, the charts:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Past 8 weeks
By the day
By the week
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Sorry its late; been sick the past few days. Back to bed after this!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
One of the coolest parts of any board game would be the custom parts. But, one of the worst parts of any board game would be the custom parts. Particularly custom dice. Why? Because they’re harder to fake having, to improvise. So, as a result, I figured I’d better map the dice on these two games, lest I lose them, the dog eats them, or they go off to the 5th Dimension without me.
Onward and upward, I reckon? It seems there’s a lot more Dilithium and Zen trading hands than I’ve seen in a while. That said, it also seems that the Z:D ratio' of being under 1:100 is pretty much the new norm. I figure with people getting to where they want to be in the Reputation system, they’re using their Omega and Romulan Marks to buy Dilithium to sell or use for Fleet projects. So, why is the price not really going adjusting much? Seems that people are willing to pay the higher prices for Dilithium, and sellers are more than happy to sell at that price per Zen.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
More playing with numbers! Sometimes I feel like an old druid or something, looking at numerical guts in an attempt to predict the future. Well, not quite. More like looking at the data, all spilled out on the floor, going, “Well, that’s interesting.”
Average Buying Zen volume
Average Buying Dilithium volume
Average Buying Total Voume
So, what can we see here? I’ll go ahead and say that this is almost like a Rorschach test due to the lack of better information. I’ve never made it a secret that my way of getting data is limited, and is at best the tip of the iceberg. We can’t see the successful transactions, nor can we get a full picture of offerings (ie, entire the 1:25 to 1:500 range).
That said, I think we can say that trading seems to be up, with more offerings being up on the board than before. Now, whether that means the number of successful transactions is up or not is impossible to tell, simply because when the Exchange updates itself, you only see the difference between successful sales and new offers being reflected. If there’s 1,000 successful transactions and 1,005 new offers, then the volume will go up 5 since those are unfulfilled, whereas if it’s the other way round it’d go down 5.
Makes me curious as to what could be done to get Z:D prices to be more pro-Zen (ie, favoring players spending money on Dilithium)? I’m honestly not sure what the “ideal” price is, mind you, and suspect there isn’t one. Dilithium buyers would love to have it be 1:500, but Dilithium sellers might sometimes dream of 1:25...
Is this something you’d like to see on a monthly basis?
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Well, I think its safe to say whatever rut we saw pre- and post- Season 7 is over, at least for trading volume. Wow. How long will it last? Not a clue. But, overall, it seems there’s a lot of people buying and selling Dilithium (although there’s a sharp dip recently – wonder if I messed up recording a number?).
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Happy Valentine’s Day! This time of year I’d normally be complaining that City of Heroes was rerunning the same event as last year, and that Halloween plus Christmas got all the developer love.
Can’t do that anymore. So, be sure to enjoy your games, whatever they are, while they’re still around. Anyhow, enough of that, and onto the data!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Last night I got around to priming the individual COGs; Cole, Baird, Dom and Fenix. Rather than using the gesso like I did the Locust, I used Army Painter’s spray primer. The reason why is I didn’t want the primer to shrink away like the gesso does, and the thinner layer of the stuff meant I should have a little more detail with the figures.
Why the concern? Because they’re the player’s pieces, I wanted them to be better looking and more detailed than the Locust. They are the heroes, after all. Moreover, unlike the Locust, they’re well defined characters as a group, the protagonists of the series, and really the guys you spend the most time with in game. As such, they really deserve more attention.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The Drones, the Boomers, the Theron Guard, the Kantus, and the Berzerker. Primed and painted. I started with them Saturday night, did a bit more Sunday, and finished up tonight. How did it go? I think it went along pretty decently!
Last October I posted a blog on buying Zen via Energy Credits. Well, since then the Z:D rate has changed dramatically, and I wasn’t sure how the requisite bits were being priced on the Exchange. Now, both of these factors are constantly in motion, so it was, and is, a snapshot at best. So, time for another snapshot.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
“I beheld the wretch - the miserable monster whom I had created” ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Tickers more or less done, I turned my attention to the Wretches; a very annoying enemy in the Gears series. Why? Because they bounce around like they’re on pogo-sticks.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Gears of War is probably one of my favorite gaming franchises right now, and definitely one of my favorite things on the Xbox 360. Its an excellent, well done 3rd person shooter from Epic Games, and one I’m actually really annoyed that is on the 360 only. Only the first game is on Windows, and its not on the PS3 at all. Really, its one of those games that could’ve been truly huge, if not for the fact its tied down to a single system.
Anyhow! There is a board game based on the series, published by Fantasy Flight Games, designed by Corey Konieczka. I don’t actually know who the guy is, but I do know he made Space Hulk: Death Angel the card game, which I also have. Given they mentioned him by name, I’m assuming he’s actually a big deal, and from my play-through a few Saturdays ago? I can understand why.
But, I can give my impressions of the game another time.
If you look at Dave Ramsey's recommendation for getting rid of debt, he uses what is called the Snowball Method. He admits it isn't ideal mathematically, however, its easy to understand and it works for people mentally. This idea, this mentality, works for exercise and fitness goals, weight loss, etc. Have a plan, go one step at a time, and you'll get there. That's the problem with the current system - you're presented with these large, gargantuan projects that can be summed up with one word: Intimidating. As such...
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Windows 8/Windows RT marketplace is still pretty young. There’s a lot of room for growth, niches to be filled, and things to be made. As a long-time table-top gamer, there are a few apps that can really make things easier on me, especially if I’m the GM for a given game. One such app is DiceGod.
Bottom line for people? Give it the chance it deserves, and the time it needs. Its excellent! When I use Windows 7 and Vista, it really does feel like a step backwards. Again, I've upgraded both my computers with it, and really enjoy it. Once you get past the learning curve, I hope you'll feel the same.
Well, as an encouraging sign, the total volume seems to be doing pretty well these days! In fact, it looks like we had a high point just a few days ago, but it didn’t seem to be a fluke so much as just a high point. Certainly, its not anomalously high.
Offers to buy sell Dilithium seem to be up as well, but I don’t know if that’s because there’s more Dilithium to go around, or because folks are trying to get the price back down.
Monday, February 4, 2013
I think so.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
I’ve recently been wondering about how the market has been doing. Its all well and good to look at charts, but sometimes it’s a bit much to take in at once. So, I decided to break my combined chart down into its independent pieces. I also put in a line with the average over the measured period. While not exactly a baseline, its still a useful thing to see. So, as such, we’ll be looking at:
- Zen:Dilithium Exchange Rate
- Top 5 trading pools for buying Zen volume
- Top 5 trading pools for buying Dilithium volume
- Top 10 trading pools volume
We’ll be covering the period from September 19, 2012 until February 2, 2013.
Friday, February 1, 2013
First off, let me apologize for missing a few days recently. In the general scheme of things, it should be okay since I’m more trying to track trends than anything else, but I’m still disappointed with myself. I’ve got my desktop back up and running, though, so hopefully everything will back to normal soon.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Is it really almost the end of January already? Geez. No wonder I’m remembering to write 2013 instead of 2012 on my paperwork. Sorry I’ve been out of the game lately; hopefully I’ll get my desktop back up and running within a week or so. I do miss gaming that isn’t on my laptop.
Now, for data...
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Sadly, I missed Sunday, January 6th. So, there’s a data point missing. I do apologize for that! Anyhow, school is presumably back in session, the holidays are over, and there’s a little rise in the Z:D rate. Anyhow, here’s the data!