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#21 Adam Moore   Members   -  Reputation: 326

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:37 PM

 I was thinking about a game that combines RPG with a merchant trading system... the problem I am having though is how to deal with the two completely seperate levels of wealth. On the one hand, they should have a manageable amount of wealth to purchase things such as equipment/upgrades/consumables etc... on the other hand they need large amounts of wealth to do things such as purchase new transports/hire shopkeepers/transporters/farmers/buy property/buy expensive goods/etc.

 It wouldn't make much sense to have two separate currencies, but it if they had the money to purchase expensive items all personal needs would be trivial, but if they only had enough to make personal belongings non-infinite they wouldn't have enough to purchase the expensive items.

 

Have you played the Fable games?



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#22 powerneg   Members   -  Reputation: 1463

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 07:33 PM


I was thinking about a game that combines RPG with a merchant trading system... the problem I am having though is how to deal with the two completely seperate levels of wealth. On the one hand, they should have a manageable amount of wealth to purchase things such as equipment/upgrades/consumables etc... on the other hand they need large amounts of wealth to do things such as purchase new transports/hire shopkeepers/transporters/farmers/buy property/buy expensive goods/etc.

 

Why do you assume the one (equipment) costs little money and the other (warehouse) costs a lot ?
That this holds true in RL(to some extent) does not mean you need to copy that exact pricing scheme.

They can be equal.

In fact, choosing to do all the pricing yourself makes sure you can balance the game.



#23 suliman   Members   -  Reputation: 566

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:41 AM

My last comment on bronze/iron swords, from wikipedia (sorry for clogging the thread:) Ancient greek (late), roman and germanic swords were iron, not bronze. Viking swords were iron/steel:

 

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With the spread of the La Tene culture at the 5th century BC, iron swords had completely replaced bronze all over Europe. These swords eventually evolved into, among others, the Roman gladiusand spatha, and the Greek xiphos and the Germanic sword of the Roman Iron Age, which evolved into the Viking sword in the 8th century

 

Bronze Age swords appear from around the 17th century BC, in the Black Sea region and the Aegean, evolving out of the dagger. They are replaced by the Iron Age sword during the early part of the 1st millennium BC.


Edited by suliman, 14 January 2014 - 06:46 AM.


#24 Ashaman73   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 7569

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:54 AM

Use only one shared currency and view the character equipment like rare,expensive art. This way, trading mundane items is an optional way to get money for rare equipment. This already works in MMORPGs (you go into crafting/auction house to trade to get enough money for some rare,expensive equipment).

 

The game could look like this:

 

1. starting phase:

- looting and buying simple, cheap equipment

- trading with cheap, very common items

 

2. transition phase

- you can sell items to boost your trading wealth

- you have enough wealth to equip quite useful equipment

 

3. final phase

- good items for your character are really expensive and rare, you need a lot of gold

- you have your own trading empire, you have really high amounts of wealth, and you need to plan careful how much money went into really expensive,rare equipement without wrecking your business

 

PS:

If you like to loot lot of rare equipment, just use some kind of money-sink, e.g. you need to use a smith to fit a piece of armor to your body, a blacksmith to balance a newly found hammer etc.


Edited by Ashaman73, 14 February 2014 - 01:56 AM.





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