The difference between you and me is… Ha ha!!
The difference is EVERYTHING!!!
When we talk about playing a video game we tend to relate things via our own history, intelligence, mood and oh… everything! People who playe Forge of Empires are no different. From the essential of trading goods and choosing what ratio to use to choice of profile pic the variety is endless.
One of the most persistent and consistent difficulties arise, as I say, trading goods. I’m playing actively in 4 worlds/guilds, playing around in 1 world and beta world D. Some of the guilds I belong to (a different one in each world) use “fair trade” rules. The rest, use “fair trade” rules. OMG You would think it would be easy to define “fair trade” rules right? Nope.
To my mind fair trade practices are those that I don’t need a calculator or app to calculate what ratios I need to trade at across different eras (levels right next to each other) are NOT “simple.
I checked out Wikipedia just now and “Fair trade” is defined as: an organized social movement that aims to help producers in developing countries to make better trading conditions and promote sustainability.
And furthermore… “fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. Fair trade organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising, and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.“
Okay, okay. Let’s say this, simple fair trade consists of trades going up or down ONE age/era/level only double or halve in number. Uh… Like this: 2:1 and 2:2 and 1:2 It does not matter how advanced the ages are the trades will still function using the same ratios regardless. Always doubling trading for the next higher era OR half of the number of goods asked for when offering goods in the era directly below the era you’re offering for what you want OR in the same era asking for the SAME number of goods that you are offering. So it would look like this:
Offering 20 coffee, asking for 10 coke. That’s like offering 50 coffee for 25 coke. Got it?
Offering 50 coke for 25 gasoline
Offering 5o gasoline for 25 packaging
When going down an era just revers the numbers thusly: Offering 25 packaging for 50 gasoline.
The other method is based upon the idea that the goods in eras further along (higher) in the tech tree cost more and are not double the era that comes just before it. No 2:1 or 1:2 ratio. Thusly, trades are based upon higher operating costs for production of higher era goods.
Whatever. Players are often referred to what I think is the most commonly used Forge trading calculator found Here.
Whatever. Leaders, friends, neighborhood associates… offer whatever proportion you want when trading ACCEPT for trades meant for your guild only. These should follow whatever guidelines your guild leaders have chosen. If you don’t you’re just asking for trouble and possibly ridicule and eventually even getting the boot.
There are so many differences of opinion on how to trade properly. I want – I just want – guild leadership people to post somewhere obvious the ratios they demand us to trade… WITH EXAMPLES! That’s all I want.
I don’t want to examine the trades I can see on the board to see if I can find a similar trade by someone else in my guild so I can do what they do and not piss people off.
I want to create trades that don’t make me sweat. I want others to want to pick them up quickly.
No sweating. No swearing. No scrambling.
Just clean, simple instructions that make me feel good.
No sweating. I get enough of that when new neighbors in the hood start raiding my goods the first day and all those following that. It’s okay to sweat over stuff getting stolen. Not okay to sweat trading. Nope. No sweating.
If this post is confusing that’s too bad. That’s what happens when I try to remember what which method each guild uses. Crikey.