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Map key "1815" in Imperialism playing the purple nation.

Robin's gamesEdit

Run 1Edit

(Under misapprehension about depots linking to non-capital port; see note at end.)

1815Edit

Spring 1815 start

Capital on bay three steps north of south-west cape. Cash $10,000 as expected. Start six buildings. Order two Indiamen and second Engineer. Train 4 workers; train one expert (ready to become miner); no more paper, but the productivity gains should make up for possible delay in creating miner; we must remember to create paper ASAP for him. Food 7,2,2 (needing 4,2,1, so we order two immigrants immediately, allowing for Engineer). Prospector checks south-west mountain to see whether we want depot touching it. Engineer starts rail south-east; can stop for woody depot after two steps if nothing in that mountain. Bid for cotton (because 7 more MNs offer just cotton than those that offer just wool), timber, coal, iron. Offer one each of clothing and furniture. Only three MNs offer fibre, timber, and both minerals: Kathay, Pram, and Sindel (all cotton, no wool); Trade Consulates in each. Cash $5,000.

Spring 1815 end
  • Clothing: six bidders; offered by Devron and Kem (4 each) and by us and Deneb, Ordune, Haxaco 1 each).
  • Furniture: four bidders; offered by Kem (4) and by us, Deneb, Haxaco, Ordune (1).
  • Cotton: three bidders; 7 offered (by 3 MNs). Twelt offers us 1 @99 (after the preferred Ordune must have taken 1 and has 1 hold left - presumably taking 0, 1, or 2 other cotton, depending on what it had sold). Buy, ignoring message that says industry needs none, which ignores our factory build! Devron, preferred by Sindel, has 0 holds left, so must have got some cotton but probably leaving at least one for us - we don't want an odd number, but as we have sold something we can't have positive even numbers of two products, and timber is more important. Sindel offers us (its third choice) its 2 - Devron and Ordune must have both declined; they now each have 0 holds left (which is puzzling, because Twelt had no more to offer and neither has taken any from Sindel). We should have no trouble getting 2 timber because there are 30 on offer and the 7 bidders have only 6 free holds among us! So decline Sindel cotton. Wodan offers 2 cotton (having sold 1/3): decline. Note that the order of offering is not the same as the order of listing.
  • Timber: Kessel (which was offering 14) offers 12 @98. No diplomatic points at stake, so we take all we can, i.e. 2. We could have tried any of the others, probably, because the other 6 bidders are now all down to zero holds, having presumably bought wool and/or timber. Pram offered 7, Manx 5, Loke 4; our investment in ships should prove wise, but other GPs will have more space next time too.
  • No MN was offering coal or iron; all of us except Devron wanted coal; all except Ordune wanted iron.
  • Conclusion: Sold 1 Furniture to Zinlu, $888. Buying $295, military $100, net +493, bal 5,493. Credit limit 200.
Summer 1815 start
  • Initial reports: 1 Engineer, 2 Indiamen. No significant news in the Times but it reports our three consulates. Its help menu, incidentally (in case I haven't recorded it elsewhere), is called Introductory Briefing and has five pages: Introductory Message, Getting more help, How to win, Game settings and saving your game, and Taking your turn.
  • Progress: iron in that mountain! So we want a depot next to it and a miner very soon (make paper). Prospector moves to nearby hill.
  • Prices: clothing 882 (and we offer 1 again), furniture 888 (and we withdraw so as to keep 2 for possible immigrants), hardware 954 and arms 940 (both presumably had several bidders but no offers), food 94 (evidence of several offers), little change in materials prices with biggest change steel up to 309, cotton 99, wool 104, timber 98, coal and iron 106, horses steady on 300.
  • New Engineer goes to start river port just north-east of Petralona, which will have wool, horses, 2 grain, 3 fish, and hardwood (with a second hardwood in the adjacent MN if we capture); so we will be using all our freight cars and wasting some grain and meat until we build more cars, which we will have to do as soon as the southern depot's mine starts producing. So look after the steel and make more lumber as soon as we get the paper for the miner. This turn, make 1 clothing, 1 hardware, 1 freight car, leaving 8 idle labor.
  • Diplomacy: We are not yet "Most Favored" with any MN, so we offer "our" 3 5%. Pram has no other consulates. Kathay has them with Deneb, Kem, and Ordune. Sindel has them with Ordune and Zimm. Some have none: Hurshen (our southern border), Issa, Zinlu, Zazi, Loke, Pont.
  • Other GP capitals:
    • Devron on grain farm near S-E corner has 5 grain, 2 fruit, 3 fish
    • Kem on scrub forest on N-E coast has 6 grain, 1 fish, 3 timber - so is probably one of the food-bidders
    • Ordune on river plain has 6 grain, 2 fruit, 3 fish, hill, desert
    • Zimm on desert near north end of west coast has 6 grain, 1 fish, and another desert - Zimm has drawn the short straw and will be bidding for food; it could have chosen a north coast site with 4 grain and 4 fish closer to Essex's fruit and cotton or a site, northwest of the one it chose, with 5 grain, 1 beef, 2 fish
    • Haxaco on grain farm near north-west cape has 5 grain, 2 fruit, 1 fish, one scrub forest, one desert
    • Deneb on grain farm just up from eastern rivermouth has 4 grain, 2 fruit, 1 beef, 3 fish, and a swamp, with hardwood just across the border in Sindel - watch for invasion!
Summer 1815 end
Cash 5,343 - must have done something else? Yes - rail into scrub forest.
  • Clothing: Ordune offered 2, we and Deneb and Haxaco offered 1; 4 bidders; we must have sold one, as we now have $6,224.
  • Cotton: bidders Zimm (2 holds), Kem 8, us 11, Devron 5, Ordune 3, Deneb 2. Offerors Zazi 4 (preferences Ord, Zimm, us, ...), Wodan 3 (pref Zimm, Den, Dev, us, ..); Zazi offers us 2 @102: buy. Now Ordune is down to 2 holds.
  • Timber: We all bid. Sindel offered 9, pref Ord then us. Pram offered 7, pref us first. Zinlu offered 5, pref Hax, Den, us, ... Issa offered 3, pref Zimm, Ord, ... and we were bottom. First offer we get is 8 @102 from Sindel; accept. Pram offers 7 @102. No change in others' hold numbers. Accept all we can, i.e. 1.
  • Offers wrapup: Zinlu offered timber (which was a possiblity but not a certainty?), Idolon offered coal (unexpected, as it was the only offeror with 2 and we were below Kem on the list - but Haz, Zimm, and Kem must have bought lots of timber). Iron: the only offer was 2 from Loke, and we were 4th pref so not expecting any.
  • Conclusion: Sold clothing to Kessel $881. Bt $1,122. Mil $100. Net -$341, bal $5,002. CL $330.


Fall 1815 start
  • Times has nothing useful. Prospector has found coal in hill; send him to isolated north-west coast hill. 1st Engr starts 3rd rail; $4,852. 2nd Engr starts port for wool, horse, timber, 2 grain, 3 fish. $1,852.
  • Industry: make fabric, paper, lumber, hardware. 6 idle labor.
  • Market: Offer 1 clothing 881, 1 hardware 992, 1 food 90, 1 steel 327; bid for cotton 102, timber 98, coal and iron 112.
  • Diplomacy: Kathay favors Deneb, so we match Deneb's 10%. Pram and Sindel favor us. Nobody else does. Wait and see, especially the six that had (and still have) no consulates. But we won't be spending on more soon.
Fall 1815 end
  • Clothing: offerors Deneb, Haxaco, us, 1 each; bidders Idolon, Wodan, Zazi. We sold.
  • Hardware: offerors only us; bidders Kessel, Pram, Manx, Hurshen, Bruhr. We sold.
  • Food: 6 MNs offer 2 each (and maybe the list was longer but we don't see page 2?) No bids! The GPs with no fruit must have bought enough last turn.
  • Steel: We offered 1; no bids.
  • Cotton: Wodan offered 3 (pref Den, us, Ord); Issa offered 2 (pref Den, Ord, us) - but it seems we got none. We have 10 holds, Ord 6, Den 2.
  • Timber: no offers!
  • Coal: Wodan offers 1 (pref Hax, Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Pram offers 2 (we're top); Idolon offers 2 (we're 6th). Hax and Den have only 2 holds left, but others have 5 or more. Accept 2 from Pram. Deneb (bottom of the other pref lists) now has 0 holds! Others unchanged, so maybe they all got enough last turn.
  • Iron: Kathay offered 3 (pref Deneb then us); Zazi offered 2 (we were 5th on list); Loke offered 2 (and we're top). First offer we get is 1 @127 from Kathay. How could Deneb have got any, with no holds before? Maybe offers are not strictly in list order? Buy. Loke offers us 2 @116: buy. Devron down from 8 to 6 holds, must have bought Zazi's 2.
  • Conclusion: no unaccepted offers. Sold clothing to Idolon 881, Hardware to Pram 979 - let's cut their discount/subsidy! Sold 1,860, Bt 601, mil 100, net +1159, bal 3,011. CL 483.


1816Edit

Winter 1816 start
  • Times has nothing significant except maybe mention of pump using steam-powered engine. Prospector drawn blank, moves east. 1st Engr starts Depot for 3 timber and later coal and iron. $1,011.
  • Industry: Can't quite afford Miner, so use his paper for upgrading (bal $811) and make 2 more paper, 2 steel, 1 hardware, 1 freight car. 2 idle labor.
  • Market: Offer 1 each of clothing 881 (noting furn now 885), hardware 1031, food 82. Bid for cotton 102 (wool's 105), timber 105, coal and iron 116.
  • Diplomacy: cut out Pram subsidy. Examine other GPs: Devron, Haxaco, and Deneb showing no sign of engineering; Kem, Ordune, and Zimm each have 2 lengths of rail.
  • Status: Projection: we're clear winner; Ord and Zimm are equal bottom; other 4 equal middle. We're bottom in world exports but top or equal in all other tables.
Winter 1816 end

$2,700 - we have made 2 sales.

  • Clothing: only our 1 offered; 6 bidders
  • Hardware: only our 1 offered; 5 bidders
  • Food: 4 MNs each offer 2, we offer 1; again no bids
  • Cotton: Zazi offers 4 (pref Ord, Zimm, us, Dev); Wodan 3 (Zimm, Dev, us, Ord); Pont 1 (Dev, Ord, Zimm, us). We have 10 holds, Dev 7, Zimm 5, Ord 4. No offers to us.
  • Timber: Bruhr offered 14 (pref Ord4, Kem8, Den6, Dev7, Hax6, us10, Zimm5); Kath 1 (we're top); Loke 4 (Dev, Den, Kem... and we're bottom). Kathay offers us its 1 @116: buy. No more offers.
  • Coal: Wodan offers 1 (pref Hax3, Zimm4, Dev2, Ord2, Den2, Kem2, us9). Pram offers 2 (we're top). Idolon offers 2 (pref Hax and we're 6th above Den). Accept 2 from Pram; no other offers.
  • Iron: Kathay offers 3 (pref us7 (2 down), Den2, Ord2, Kem2, Hax3, Dev2, Zimm4); Zazi offers 2 (Den, ... and we're bottom); Loke offers 2 (Dev, Kem, Ord, us, ...); Kessel offers 1 (Zimm, ... and we're 6th). Accept 3 from Kathay; no more offers.
  • Conclusion: Sold Hurshen clothing 925, Kathay hardware 964 (from 1072). Sold 1889, Bt 746, mil 100, net 1043; bal $1,854. CL 623.


Spring 1816 start
  • Tech: Cotton Gin $1,000 lets farmers improve cotton; no value yet.
  • Progress: Prospector fails on river mountain, moves south-west.
  • Industry: Order Miner; bal $354. Make lumber, 2 steel, 1 hardware. 6 idle labor.
  • Market: Offer 1 Clothing 925, 1 Furniture 929, 1 Hardware 1072, 1 Food 76. Bid for cotton 102, timber 106, coal 120, iron 119.
  • Diplomacy: still 6 MNs without consulates and Deneb offering Kathay (which prefers us) 10%. But Sindel now prefers Ordune, so we up it to 10% even though it offered nothing last turn.
Spring 1816 end

$3,262 and 9 ships: we've sold our 3 biggies.

  • Clothing: Den, Ord, and Hax were also offering; 6 bidders would have taken all.
  • Furniture: only ours for 4 bidders.
  • Hardware: again only ours for 4 bidders. Our export status should be rising!
  • Food: basically same as last quarter with no bids
  • Cotton: None offered. Bidders us with 9 holds, Zimm, Kem, and Dev with 8, Deneb with 5
  • Timber: Wodan offered 2 (pref Hax 2, Zimm, Dev, Kem, Ord7, us, Den); Pram offered 7 @ 110 and we're top. Accept 4 because we see at least 2 coal and 5 iron coming.
  • Coal: Wodan offered 1 (Hax, Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Pram 2 (us, ...); Kessel 1 Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Idolon offered 2 (Hax, Dev, ... we're 6th). Zimm 7, Kem 8, us 5, Hax 1, Dev 6, Ord 7, Den 2. Buy 2 @ 123 from Pram. No other offers.
  • Iron: Kathay offered 3 (us, ...). Zazi 2 (us, ...). Loke 2 (Zimm, Kem, Ord, us, ...). Kessel 1 (Zimm, ... we're bottom). Dev not bidding. Buy 1 @ 132 from Kathay, 2 @ 120 from Zazi.
  • Conclusion: Sold Kathay clothing 848(943), Idolon furniture 956, Hurshen hardware 1104. No unmet offerors. Sold 2908, Bt 1058, mil 100, net +1750, bal 2104. CL 852.


Summer 1816 start

Miner - starts on coal hill. S2,004. North Engr starts rail N-W towards fruit. $1854.

  • Transport: add horse, wool timber, grain, fish (wasting a grain and a fish).
  • Industry: make freight car, 2 lumber (looking to expand mill for next season's additional 3 timber), 2 steel, 1 hardware. 2 idle labor.
  • Market: offer 1 each of clothing 943, furniture 956, hardware 1104, food 70; bid for cotton 107, wool 109, timber 110, coal 123; we have 3 iron. Arms are 1092; all materials are above 315 with steel at 360.
  • Diplomacy: Still 6 unattached MNs. Regained Sindel's favor. Nobody but "our" three favor us.
  • Other GPs: Dev, Hax, Den no sign of civilian activity. Kem rail 4 lengths. Ordune ditto. Zimm only 2.
  • Status: Projection still has us as 1, with Kem close 2, ... Zimm 6, Dev 7. We are #1 in world exports. Top or equal in all tables
Summer 1816 end

$4,836 and 9 holds: sold our 3 biggies again.

  • Clothing: only ours for 4 bidders.
  • Furniture: ditto.
  • Hardware: ditto for 3.
  • Food: 2 MN offers of 2 plus ours. No bids.
  • Cotton: Zimm, Kem, Dev, and Ord have 8 holds; Hax and Den have 6. Kathay offers 2 (us, ...); Twelt offers 2 (we're 6th); Issa 2 (we're 7th); Kessel 3 (we're 5th). Accept 2 from Kathay.
  • Wool: Wodan offered 3 (Dev, us); Pont 1 ditto; Dev now 2 holds, so it must have got them all.
  • Timber: Pram offers 7 (us, ...). Zimm 5, Kem 8, us 7, Hax 6, Dev 2, Ord 8, Den 4. We will be offered at least 4 coal, so accept 3 timber.
  • Coal: Zimm 5, Kem 8, us 4, Hax 3, Dev 2, Ord 6, Den 2. Sindel offers 2 (us, ...); Wodan 1 (Hax, ... we're 5th); Pram 2 (us, ...); Kessel 1 (Zimm, Kem, Den, us, ...); Idolon 2 (Hax, Dev, ... we're 7th). Buy 2 from Sindel. Zimm now 4, others unchanged. Accept Pram 2.
  • Conclusion: Sold Dedge clothing 971, Kathay furniture 885 (984), Pram hardware 1126. No unmet offerors. Sold 2982, Bt 1107, mil 100, net +1775, bal 3629. CL 1065.


Fall 1816 start

Iron S-W of river port. Try next. Sth Engr back to city to push N-E. North Engr continues rail. $3529.

  • Transport: reduce food carriage to 6 gr, 2 fr, 4 mt so as to carry 3 new timber.
  • Industry: Cut hardware and expand lumber mill. Make 2 lumber, 2 fabric, 2 steel. 2 idle labor.
  • Market: Offer 1 each of hardware 1126, food 66. Bid for Cotton 109, timber 115, coal 125, iron 120.
  • Diplomacy: Cut Sindel back to 5%.
  • Other GPs: Dev has N-W port with 2 gr, 2 fish, 2 mount and 1 hill - no sign of mines but their imminence must be the reason. Kem rail 5 lengths, reached mountain and hill. Ordune ditto, reached mountains. Zimm depot beside mountain and hill. Hex fort, nearest province to us. Den ditto plus rail one length.
  • Status: no significant change.
Fall 1816 end

$4572, 11 holds: sold our hardware.

  • Hardware: we and Dev offered 1 each; 5 bidders.
  • Food: we're the only offeror; no bids.
  • Cotton: Twelt offers 2 (Hax2, Zimm2, Dev7, Kem4, us); Zazi 4 (Kem, Hax, Zimm, us, Dev). None offered to us.
  • Timber: (Zimm 2, Kem 4, us 11, Hax 2, Dev 7, Ord 2, Den5) Sindel offers 9 (Ord, us, Zimm, Hax, ...); Wodan 2 (Hax, Zimm, we're 6th; Zinlu 5 (Hax, Den, Us, ...); Issa 3 (Dev, Zimm, Ord, ... we're 7th); Kessel 14 (Zimm, Kem, Den, ... we're 7th). We can be sure of 2 coal and 3 (maybe 5) iron. Sindel offers us 4 timber @ 117: buy. Kessel offers 3 @ 112. Buy 2. Zinlu offers 2! Decline. Wodan offers 1. (Zimm 2, Kem 2, us 5, Hax 2, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 2). Decline. Issa offers 2 (and nobody has bought any since last list): decline.
  • Coal: (Zimm 1, Kem 2, us 5, Hax 1, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 2). Sindel offers 2 (Ord, us, ...); Zazi 2 (Zimm, Dev, ... we're 5th); Wodan 1 (Hax, Zimm, ... we're 5th); Pram 2 (us, ...); Kessel 1 (Zimm, Kem, Den, us, ...); Idiolon 2 (Hax, Dev, ... we're 7th). Pram offers 2 @125: buy. Sindel offers us 2 @ 131: buy 1.
  • Iron: (Zimm 0, Kem 0, us 2, Hax 1, Dev (? - no bid), Ord 2, Den 2). Kathay offers 3 (us, Den, Kem, ...); Zazi 2 (Ord, us, Den, ...); Loke 2 (Hax1, Zimm0, Kem0, us, ...); Kessel 1 (Zimm0, Kem0, us, ...). Kathay offers us 3 @ 133; buy 1. Kessel offers 1 @ 121; we are the only nation with a hold available: buy 1.
  • Conclusion: sold Kathay hardware @ 1043 (1159), Bt 1327, mil 100, net -384, bal $3,145. CL 1062.


1817-18Edit

Winter 1817 start

More iron found; a port will be needed unless we wait to build a depot on one. Explore east. Each engineer builds rail N-E onto orchard, in sight of another one. $2,945.

  • Industry: Expand steel mill. Make 4 lumber, 2 steel, 1 clothing: 0 idle labor. Need immigrant or expert soon.
  • Market: offer 1 food 65; bid for cotton and wool 111, timber 112, iron 121.
  • Diplomacy and status: no significant changes affecting us but we have edged to a definite diplomatic lead. Trade consulate in Zazi (no others; and it's top equal as a cotton producer with loads of hills and mountains) - that should extend our lead and our fibre.
Winter 1817 end
  • Food: only ours and no bids. (What are those fruitless guys doing?)
  • Cotton: (Zimm 7, Kem 8, us 12, Hax 4, Dev 7, Ord 3, Den 7). Bruhr offers 3 (Ord, Kem, Dev, us); Dedge 1 (Ord, Kem, us, Dev). We got no offers; those hold numbers were after cotton.
  • Wool: (holds as above). Hurshen offers 2 (us, Den, Zimm); Zaz 1 (Den, Zimm, us); Pont 1 (us, Den, Zimm). Buy Hursh 2, Pont 1. (Zimm 7, Kem 8, us 9, Hax 4, Dev 7, Ord 3, Den 6).
  • Timber: Sindel offers 9: (us, Ord, ...); Kath 1 (us, Den, ...); Loke 4 (Ord, Zimm, us, ...); Zinlu 5 (Ord, Kem, ... we're 7th); Kess 14 (Zimm, Kem, ... we're 7th). (Sure of 4 iron.) Kathay offers us 1 @ 119: buy. (Zimm 6, Kem 8, us 8, Hax 4, Dev 7, Ord 3, Den 6). Sindel offers us 9 @ 114: buy 4. Loke offers us 2: decline. (Zimm 0, Kem 2, us 4, Hax 3, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 2). Kessel offers us 4: decline. We could use another merchant ship.
  • Iron: (Zimm 0, Kem i, us 4, Hax 2, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 0). /Sindel offers 1 (us, ...); Kath offers 3 (us, ...); Hursh 1 (Dev, ... we're 6th); Zaz 2 (Ord, us, ...); Loke 2 (Hax, ... we're 6th); Kessel 1 (Zimm0, Kem1, us, ...). Kathay offers us 3 @ ? - buy. (Zimm 0, Kem 1, us 1, Hax 2, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 0). Sindel offers us 1 @ 127: buy.
  • Conclusion: Bt 1431, mil 100, net -1531; Bal $ 914. CL 976.


Spring 1817 start

Nothing in north-east mountain; prosp goes S-W. South Engr takes rail east; north engr can't afford depot so waits. Miner done coal, moves to adjacent iron.

  • Transport: start shipping 2 coal but down to 2 meat (10 in warehouse would let immigrant feed for 10 turns).
  • Industry: Expand furniture factory. Make 1 freightcar, 2 lumber, 2 fabric, `1 steel, 1 furniture. With more labor we could produce 2 more lumber, 2 more steel. Save that clothing for immigrant next turn.
  • Market: offer 1 food 64, 1 horse 300; bid for cotton 112, wool 110, coal 124, iron 121, but keep purchases to diplomatic-point minimum.
  • Diplomacy: Cut Kathay to 5%, let Deneb be #1.
  • Status: no marked change.
Spring 1817 end
  • Food: our offer, no bid
  • Cotton: (Zimm 6, Kem 8, us 12, Hax 3, Dev 8, Ord 8, Den 7). Sindel offered 2 (us, Ord. ...); Bruhr 3 (Ord, Kem, us, Zimm, Hax); Twelt 2 (Ord, us, Hax, Zimm, Kem). Sindel offers us 2 @ 113: buy 1. Kem 7, Ord 6. Bruhr offers us 1 @ 113: no. Zimm 5, Ord 5. Twelt ditto. Hax 2.
  • Wool: (Zimm 5, Kem 7, us 11, Hax 2, Dev 8, Ord 5, Den 7). Zz offers 1 (Dev, Ord, Den, us); Wod 3 (Den, Dev, us, Ord); Kess 1 (us, Dev, Ord, Den). Kess offers us 1 @ 110: no.
  • Coal: (Zimm 4, Kem 7, us 11, Hax 1, Dev 2, Ord 5, Den 4). All bid. Sindel offers 2 (us, Ord, ...); Zaz 2 (Dev, Kem, Ord, us, ...); Wod 1 (Hax, Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Pram 2 (us, Ord, ...); Kess 1 (Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Idol 2 (Hax, ... we're 6th). Sindel offers us 2 @ 130: buy 1. Pram 2 @ 124: buy 1.
  • Iron: (Zimm 2, Kem 5, us 9, Hax 1, Dev 2, Ord 3 (no bid), Den 4). Sind offers 1 (us, ...); Kath 3 (us, Den, Kem, ...); Hur 1 (Den, Zimm, Kem, us, Hax, Dev); Zz 2 (us, Den, ...); Loke 2 (Zimm, Dev, Kem, us, ...); Kess 1 (Zimm, Kem, ... we're 6th). Offers to us: Kath 3 @ 126: buy 1. Sind 1: buy. Zz 2 @ 120: buy 1.
  • Horses no bid
  • Conclusion: Bt 744, mil 100, Int (12%) -8, net -852, Bal -$138.


Summer 1817 start

Prosp fails but moves west. South Engr respects financial situation and declines to extend to horses for depot with 2 fruit, 2 grain, 2 swamp. North engr still awaits cash; his depot will be worth much more than the south one (hardwood rather than horses; more grain).

  • Transport: mt up to 3
  • Industry: order immigrant. Make paper, lumber, fabric, steel, furniture, clothing, hardware. Surpluses 7 timber, 6 iron, 5 coal, 1 wool, 1 fabric. Buy nothing except fibre, but bid to keep tabs!
  • Market as before
  • Diplomacy: no MNs have embassies. Attitudes: slightly friendly MNs: we have Pram and Kath; Dev, Kem, Ord and Den have none; Zimm has Kessel; Hax has Wodan (our north-east invasion idea).
  • Other GPs: Dev still no rail, but we see the coal and gold mine at its port. Kem has depot near those south hills. Ord similar. Zimm rail will reach Essex fruit and hardwood next extension. Hax still no rail or port. Deneb rail length 4, will soon have lots of fruit and some grain, meat, and horses.
Summer 1817 end

-$76 but 12 holds: we must have sold food to a GP!

  • Food: yes, and Hax was offering 8; we were both preferring Zimm over the only other bidder, Kem. (Zimm 1, Kem 4, us 12, Hax 7, Dev 8, Ord 7, Den 7).
  • Cotton: Kath offers 2 (us, Ord, Hax, Zimm, Dev); Dedge 1 (Ord, us, Hax, Dev, Zimm). Kath offers us 2 @ 121: buy 1. (Zimm 1, Kem 4, us 11, Hax 7, Dev 8, Ord 5, Den 7).
  • Wool: Wodan offers 3 (us, Ord, Kem, Den). Decline.
  • Coal: (Zimm 0, Kem 2, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 2). Sin offered 2 (us, Ord, Zimm0, Dev, Kem, Den, Hax0); Zz 2 (us, Dev, Kem, ...); Wod 1 (Hax0, Zimm0, Kem, us, ...); Pram 2 (us, Ord, Den, ...); Kess 1 (Zimm0, Kem, us, Hax0, ...); Idolon 2 (Hax0, Zimm0, Dev, Kem, Ord, us, Den). Sin offers us 2: no. (Zimm 0, Kem 2, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 2 - some other refusals too?). Pram offers 2: no. (Zimm 0, Kem 1, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 1, Den 2). Zz offers 2: no. (Zimm 0, Kem 1, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 0, Den 2). Wod offers 1: no. (Zimm 0, Kem 1, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 0, Den 0). Ido offers 2: no. (Zimm 0, Kem 1, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 0, Den 0 - no takers!).
  • Iron (with Ord not bidding): (Zimm 0, Kem 1, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 0, Den 0). Kath offers 3 (us, Den, Kem, Zimm, Hax, Dev); Zz 2 (us, Den, Hax, Zimm, Dev, Kem); Loke 2 (Hax, Zimm, Dev, Kem, us, Den); Kess 1 (Zimm, Kem, us, Hax, Dev, Den). Kath offers 3 @ 127: no. (Zimm 0, Kem 0, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 0, Den 0). Zz offers 2: no. No other offers.
  • Conclusion: Sold food to Zimm @ 62. Bt 121, mil 100, Int (12%) 18, net -177, Bal -$315. CL 828. Getting close to trouble.
Fall 1817 start

Imperial Times records Zimm's food shortage. Gold! Both engineers wait.

  • Industry: Train new immigrant. -$415. Make 1 lumber, 1 fabric, 4 steel (for most lucrative goods), 1 clothing; 0 idle labor, 9 timber, 3 coal, 2 iron, ...
  • Market: Offer 1 each of clothing 1122, furniture 1062, hardware 1228, food 62, horse 294. Bid for cotton, wool, coal, iron.
  • Diplomacy: "our" 4 MNs still favor us and nobody else does. No appreciable changes in attitudes anywhere.
Fall 1817 end
  • Clothing: offered by us and Ord; 2 bidders.
  • Furniture: offered by us, Den, and Dev; 6 bidders.
  • Hardware: offered by us; 3 bidders.
  • Food: offered by us and Sindel (2) and Hax (8); bid only from Kem (now 5 holds).
  • Cotton: We have $3,055 and 9 holds: good! (That's one depot if we don't overdo the buying.) (Zimm 8, Kem 5, us 9, Hax 8, Dev 7, Ord 7, Den 7). Bru offered 3 (Ord, Kem, Dev, us); Kath 2 (us, Kem, Ord, Dev); Twe 2 (us, Dev, Kem, Ord); Zz 4 (us, Dev, Kem, Ord); Pont 1 (Kem, us, Dev, Ord); Issa 2 (Dev, Kem, Ord, us). Total 14, with 28 holds interested. Kath offers 2 @ 117: buy 1. (Zimm 8, Kem 4, us 8, Hax 8, Dev 5, Ord 4, Den 7). Zz offers 4 @ 112: buy 1. (Zimm 8, Kem 4, us 7, Hax 8, Dev 5, Ord 4, Den 7 - no other takers?). Tw offers 2: no. No more offers.
  • Wool: (Zimm 8, Kem 3, us 7, Hax 8, Dev 0, Ord 4, Den 7). Hursh offers 2 (us, Den, Hax, Zimm, Dev). Offer: no.
  • Coal (with all bidding): (Zimm 7, Kem 2, us 7, Hax 5, Dev 0, Ord 4, Den 2 - almost a dozen timber bought). Sind offered 2 (us, Ord, Zimm, ...); Zz 2 (us, Dev0, Kem, Ord, ...); Wod 1 (Hax, Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Pram 2 (us, Ord, Den, Hax, ...); Kess 1 (Zimm, Kem, us, Hax, ...); Idol 2 (Hax, Zimm, Dev, Kem, Ord, us, Den). Total 10, with 27 holds interested. Sind offers 2 @ 130: buy 1. (Zimm 7, Kem 2, us 6, Hax 3, Dev 0, Ord 3, Den 2). Pram offers 2 @ 124: buy 1. (Zimm 7, Kem 2, us 5, Hax 3, Dev 0, Ord 3, Den 2 - no other takers?). Zz offers 2 @124: buy 1. No more offers.
  • Iron (with all bidding): (Zimm 6, Kem 2, us 4, Hax 3, Dev 0, Ord 2, Den 1). Sind offers 1 (us, Ord, Zimm, ...); Kath 3 (us, Den, Kem, Ord, ...);

Hur 1 (Dev, Ord, Den, Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Zz 2 (us, Ord, Den, Hax, ...); Loke 2 (Hax, Zimm, ... we're 6th; Kess 1 (Zimm, Kem, us, ...). Total 10 with 18 holds interested. Kath offers 3 @ 127: buy 1. (Zimm 6, Kem 2, us 3, Hax 3, Dev 0, Ord 2, Den 0). Sind offers 1 @127: buy. (Zimm 6, Kem 1, us 2, Hax 3, Dev 0, Ord 2, Den 0). Zz offers 2 @ 121: buy 1. No more offers.

  • Horses: no bids.
  • Conclusion: Sold Kem 1 food 58, Zin clothing 1122, Sin furniture 1038 (1093), Pram hardware 1252. Twelt and Hurshen the only unmet offerors. Sold 3470, bt 982, mil 100, net 2388, Bal $1,973. CL 1093.
Winter 1818 start

Prosp moves on. Miner done iron: rests because no other mines will link yet. North engr starts depot. South engr starts last rail east to next depot site.

  • Transport: switch from food to iron; need more cars fairly soon.
  • Industry: 8 trained workers; make 2 lumber, 1 fabric, 3 steel, 1 furniture, 1 hardware.
  • Market: offer clothing, food, horse. Bid for fibres and minerals again.
  • Diplomacy: no significant change
  • Status: top or equal in everything except labor, where Kem has edged ahead: so we'll stop selling them food. They have also increased merch capacity to 12 (and Den are up to 10). Kem still has no mines at its depot but is ready to build a new depot collecting wool, cotton, grain, timber.
Winter 1818 end

$1,036. and 11 holds.

  • Clothing: we and Ord offered. 6 bidders.
  • Food: Hax offered 8 to our 1; Only Kem bidding.
  • Cotton: (Zimm 8, Kem 4, us 11, Hax 8, Dev 4, Ord 7, Den 10). Bru offered 3 (Kem, Den, Dev, us, Zimm); Kath 2 (us, Den, Kem, ...); Wod 3 (Zimm, Kem,... we're last); Zin 1 (Dev, ... we're last); Idol 2 (Zimm, Dev, Kem, us, Den). Total 11. Kath offers 2 @ 116; buy 1. No more offers.
  • Wool: we, Dev, and Ord bid but nobody offered.
  • Coal (Dev not bidding): (Zimm 2, Kem 2, us 10, Hax 5, Dev 2, Ord 5, Den 2). Sin offers 2 (us, Ord, Zimm, ...); Zz 2 (us, Kem, Ord, ...); Wod 1 (Hax, Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Pram 2 (us, Den, Hax, ...); Kess 1 (Zimm, Kem, us, ...); Ido 2 (Hax, Zimm, Kem, Ord, us ...). Sin offers 2 @ 129: buy 1. (Zimm 2, Kem 2, us 9, Hax 3, Dev 2, Ord 5, Den 2). Pram offers 2 @ 123: buy 1. (Zimm 2, Kem 2, us 8, Hax 3, Dev 2, Ord 4, Den 2). Zz 2 @ 123: buy 1. (Zimm 2, Kem 2, us 7, Hax 3, Dev 2, Ord 3, Den 1). Kes 1 @ 123: no. No more offers.
  • Iron (all bid): (Zimm 2, Kem 2, us 7, Hax 3, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 1). Sin offered 1 (us, Ord, ...); Kath 3 (us, Den, em, Ord, ...); Hur 1 (Dev, Ord, ... we're 6th);

Zz 2 (us, Ord, Den, ...); Loke 2 (Hax, Zimm ... we're 6th); Kes 1 (Zimm, Kem, us ...). Kath offers 3 @ 127: buy 1. (Zimm 1, Kem 2, us 6, Hax 3, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 1). Zin offers 1: buy. (Zimm 1, Kem 1, us 5, Hax 3, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 0). Zz 2 @ 121: buy 1. No more offers.

  • Horses: our offer, no bid.
  • Conclusion: Sold Kem 1 food 56, Sin clothing 1107 (1166). Sold 1163, Bt 866, mil 100, net 197, Bal $70. CL 1100.
Spring 1818 start

Prosp moves to south border. South engr and miner wait.

  • Industry: Make 2 lumber, 1 fabric, 2 steel, 1 furniture, 1 clothing, 1 hardware.
  • Market: Offer furniture, hardware.
  • Diplomacy: says our Industry is "Poor", Kem's is "Excellent", and all others are "Good". We must increase our labor; won't be hard now that we're about to get more fruit.
  • Status: Industry still #1, but third in labor, with Dev up to 2nd.
Spring 1818 end

Not bothering with much detail, but game saved in case we want to redo. $2436, 10 holds.

  • Cotton: no offers; only Issa was offering
  • Wool: no offers to us; total 4, with us 3rd or 4th pref
  • Coal: buy 1 from Sin, 1 from Pram
  • Iron: buy 1 from Kath, Sin, and Zz
  • Conclusion: sold Sin furniture 1066 (1123), Zz hardware 1300. Sold 2366. bt 627, mil 100, net 1639, Bal $1,709. CL 1226.
Summer 1818 start

Prosp moves east. We have plenty to sell, so a short-term debt won't hurt: south engr starts depot. -$291.

  • Industry: Make 2 lumber, 1 fabric, 2 steel, 1 hardware, 2 freight cars.
  • Market: Offer one clothing 1212, 1 furniture 1123, 1 hardware 1300. Bid as usual and hope to get more fibre.
  • Diplomacy: little or no change
Summer 1818 end
  • Clothing: we and Dev offered to 4 bidders.
  • Furniture: we and Dev and Kem offered to 3 bidders.
  • Hardware: we and Kem offered to 5 bidders.

Now $3278 and 9 holds.

  • Cotton: Zz offers us 4 @116: buy. (Wod offered 3 with us 5th pref, Pont offered 1; 5 other bidders.
  • Wool: we, Dev, Ord bid; no offers.
  • Coal: 8 offered to 6 bidders. Buy 1 of Sindel's 2 and 1 of Pram's 2; decline Kessel. and Idolon.
  • Iron: 10 offered to 7 bidders. Accept one each from Kath, Sin, Zz.
  • Conclusion: Sold Kath clothing 1174 (123), Zz furniture 1123, Sin hardware 1272 (1339). Sold 3569, bt 1091, mil 100, net 2378, Bal$2,087. CL 1460.


Fall 1818 start

North engr has done depot, moves to N-W cape. Miner rests. WHY are we not showing production from that new depot connected to a port?

The expert explained: it needs a depot. Either I'm losing my memory or i had never known that. So I'm starting again at that same spring 1815 save.

Run 2Edit

1815Edit

Following Run 1 as closely as possible until the new knowledge suggests divergence.

Spring 1815 start

Exactly as above. Kathay, Pram, and Sindel consulates.

Spring 1815 end
  • Clothing: four bidders; offered by Devron and Kem (4 each) and by us and Deneb, Ordune, Haxaco 1 each).
  • Furniture: eight bidders; offered by Kem (4) and by us, Deneb, Haxaco, Ordune. Now (Zimm 4, Kem 0, us 2, Hax 2, Dev 0, Ord 2, Den 3).
  • Cotton: Kath2 Iss2 Kes3; we+Kem+Dev+Ord bid. We are not guaranteed timber, so want 2 here. Kath (Consulate!) offers 2@100: buy just 1 so as to get more info (Zimm 4, Kem 0, us 2, Hax 2, Dev 0, Ord 2, Den 3). (Not much more info if any!) Kes offers 2@100: buy 1.
  • Timber: Lo4(ranking Hax>Ord>Zimm>us) Pra7 (ranking Den>Ord>Dev>Hax>us); 7 bids. Not likely we'd have got any.
  • Coal and iron: no offers, as predicted by expert. Six bidders, so maybe nobody has told the AI!
  • Conclusion: sold Wod clo 864, Zaz fur 924; bt 2 for 200; net +1488, bal 6488, CL 358. Remarkable differences from Run 1.
Summer 1815 start

Prospector finds iron and moves next door to hill. New Engineer goes to start river port just north-east of Petralona, as above. Make freightcar #16, fabric, clothing, hardware; 8 idle labor. Save clothing hoping for future price rebound. Offer fur.

  • Diplomacy: We are favored by Kathay, which has no other suitors. Pram has consulates from Kem, Ord, and Hax, while Sindel has one from Zimm, so offer them both 10%. Kessel has timber, cotton, wool, coal, and no consulates, so we give it one.
Summer 1815 end
  • Furniture: Den2 Ord2 Dev3 Hax2 us1 Zimm3(+?); 6 bids; sold 1.
  • Cotton: Zin1; we are #6 (Zimm 5, Kem 2, us 11, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 1).
  • Timber: Sin9 Bru14 Wod2 Pram7 Kes14; Zimm no bid. Our best rank is #4, with Sin and Wod. Bru offers 12@96: buy 8 (Zimm 5, Kem 2, us 3, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 1). Sin offers 7@96: buy 1 (Zimm 5, Kem 2, us 2, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 1). Wod offers 2@96: no (Zimm 5, Kem 2, us 2, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 1). Kes offers 14@96: buy 1 (Zimm 4, Kem 2, us 1, Hax 0, Dev 2, Ord 2, Den 1).
  • Coal: Ido2 (Den>Zimm>Kem>us...); 7 bids. Ido offers 1 @112: buy 1.
  • Iron: Lok2 (Ord>Dev>Kem>us...); 7 bids.
  • Conclusion: sold Iss fur 917; bt 11 for 1072; net -255, bal +5583, CL 414.
Fall 1815 start

Merchant marine: Den and Hax have 6, other 4 have 8. Find coal next to iron: that depot will be great. Start river port. Make 2 pap (for miner), clo, hdw; 8 idle. Offer fur, hdw; bid for cott wool coal iron.

  • Diplomacy: Kes and Kath favor us. Pram favors Hax, which is also giving it 10%; we can probably do more trades eventually. Sin favors Zimm, which gives it only 5%; stay with our 10%.
Fall 1815 end
  • Furn: us1; 4 bids; sell 1
  • Hdw: us1; 5 bids; sell 1 (Zimm 5, Kem 5, us 10, Hax 5, Dev 5, Ord 8, Den 4).
  • Cott: Sin2 Bru3 Twe2 Kes3; we+Kem+Dev+Ord bid. Sin offers 2@104: buy 2 (Zimm 5, Kem 5, us 8, Hax 5, Dev 3, Ord 8, Den 4).
  • Wool: Hur2; we+Zimm+Hax+Den bid. Hur offers 2@104: buy 2 (Zimm 4, Kem 2, us 6, Hax 2, Dev 3, Ord 2, Den 2).
  • Coal: Wod(Kem>us...)1 Pra2 Ido2; 7 bids. Wod offers 1@116: buy 1 (Zimm 2, Kem 2, us 5, Hax 2, Dev 3, Ord 1, Den 2).
  • Iron: Kath3 Zaz2 Lok(Ord>us...)2; 7 bids. Kath offers 3@116; buy3 (Zimm 2, Kem 2, us 2, Hax 2, Dev 3, Ord 1, Den 2). Lok offers 1@116: buy 1
  • Conclusion: sold Kes fur 944 (better than last turn's 917: those GPs who offered 2 or 3 then may be wishing they had waited!), Kath hdw 1002; bt 9 for 996; net +850, bal 3283, CL 567.

1816Edit

Winter 1816 start
  • Diplomacy: Kes favors Dev, which now has consulate offering 5%: go to 10%. Pram, Sin, and Kath as before.
  • Status: Proj #1 (Dev #7, others equal midway); we're more than double any other in industry; all equal in labor since we ordered miner (but wait till that paper appears!).

Start south depot. Make 2 pap, 1 fab, 2 steel, 1 hdw; 0 idle; 10 spare processables. Offer clo, hdw; bid for 1 cott, 1 wool, 2 timb, 2 coal. (+!)

Winter 1816 end
  • Clo:
  • Hdw:
  • Cott:
expect more here!

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