Riggerjack wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:42 am
... I'm currently playing Offworld Trading Company, but it seems geared towards leveraged expansion of the silicone valley variety. I may need to search out more complete economic games, if anyone has any recommendations.
Why oh WHY am I only seeing this now?
It's literally the only RTS I've ever felt like was worth putting time into.
The economy is entirely player driven, which means that you need to understand where everyone is HEADING, not where the prices are currently rising. The black market interactions and the stock-buy order is tremendously important in a 4v4, especially since every player's individual portfolio sizes actually determines what players to attack and in which order. You can only gang up on a true leader in case you attack them right.
Leverage is good, yes, but ONLY if you can balance it right, and the black market exists especially to unbalance someone who is riding too close to the edge.
Duuuuuude I'd love to play some games against ERE's if we can find enough people interested.
I'm currently learning to let the real world alone from time to time, and do something purely for the fun of it (so SUCK IT Jacob!
Also: for economic games with good economical models:
The entire 18XX genre, especially 1830, and 1889.
Container (there is a 10th anniversary redux coming out).
Chicago express is about managing player incentives, rather than solely maximizing income, but managing the 'market psychology' is how you make your money, even if it's not obvious at all after playing it a few times.
American Rails. The best E(V) game I know of. For the amount of rules, you get an incredibly amount of game.
 Although these are board games.