Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Imagic Beta tester Tip

Capitalism Game Series

Here are Capitalism Plus Hints and Strategies straight from the I-Magic playtesters:
1. Own the entire system. Be a Carnegie, don't buy imported rubber to make shoes if you can find a good farm location and grow rubber trees.
2. Plan your farms in conjunciton with your stores and factories. You can negate your profit greatly by paying the long range transportation costs.
3. I don't like heart of downtown malls. The edge of the city offers MUCH cheaper building costs and the profit you turn is almost identical.
4. Look for a diversified company with an aggressive CEO and buy stock in it..over time, it should pay nice dividends.
5. Keep an eye on the stock market, especially looking for a corp. buying a large stake in a's probably a prelude to a takeover. Buy some stock in the target corp yourself. You'll not only benefit from the rising stock price as the takeover move along, but when it's complete and the two merge, you'll now own stock in the parent.
6. Get away from using imported products and material as soon as possible. When the supplier moves, it creates havoc with your supply lines and costs $$ when you're just relabelling an import because that import ain't there no more.
7. Beds are a great and cheap first product line to start. They have a nice margin of profit and only require a timber camp for raw materials.
8. When you first move a new product into a city, it'll not do well (as a rule) against the local competition for quite some time. If you lower the price, often taking a small loss on the product, you'll snag market share in a hurry and can then raise the price. The customers normally keep buying your now-pricier product.
9. If you can get a gold mine running, it's a profit-making machine.
10. Oil is a great income-producer. The problem is that you only make the big $$ by selling it to your competitors, who use it to make other products that compete with yours.

I like the downtown areas or as close as I can get to the city centers. Generally the sales are just that much better. Have any of you noticed that when you group stores together, they generally do better than if your stores are not grouped near your own or even competitors' stores? It seems the game simulates this idea of shopping centers and how these groupings tend to draw people because generally many people will want some convenience, especially when it comes to buying life's necessities.

Following suggestions one and two are maxims for me. Number 4 applies to my own company, though initially I tend to focus on a few products using the same raw materials. number 6 is generally true, and unless their product(s) is/are a lot cheaper, I don't bother or stock up on inventory if I am able to until I can obtain my own supply line.

Beds are simple to make, they may or may not be a good starting product depending on where the timber is and if the city it's in will support a store for that product. This is often a key concept as some raw materials or semifinished goods are not too expensive to ship (of course depending on the final retail price you can afford to sell it at). I often start off shipping some things until I can gradually get all my supply-maufacturing-retail chains within their own cities, thus decreasing shipping costs and building profits margins which in turn over the long run will maximize my total profits.

Number 8 is difficult to do sometimes, as I might be near bankruptcy and need to start making a profit soon. Thus, I might not be able sustain carrying a product if it is losing money for too long in the beginning of the game. In the later stages of the game, this of course is a method to ruin things for an opponent, and possibly force the other company to take out other loans or sell more stock (which you can often pick up) especially if you are cutting profits on their main source of income.

Oil and gold can be useful, but as noted, you may be helping your competitors so it might be better to limit your sales to your competitors until you can start producing something yourself. Sometimes these resources are not wanted by anyone as the city may have its own cheaper products available through the seaports.


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