Pro Tip Series: Galaxy Traders Part 1

Hello everyone, Richard here with a new series called the Pro Tip series. Today we have Galaxy Traders on the plate, starting with General Market tips, Bank tips, and Combat tips.

If you haven’t checked out Galaxy Traders yet, check out this blog post.

I have play tested this game a ton while developing it, so I have an inkling of how to get good at it. Some of these tips will seem obvious, while others may be more subtle.

General Market

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If you’ve played trading games before, you’ll quickly find out that the dominant strategies in those games do not work in Galaxy Traders. It’s not just a matter of trading your way up and continuously maximizing whatever you can afford. The combination of combat, upgrades, perks, and tiered market fluctuation means that you have to play smarter.

Diversify what commodities you buy. Buying all of the higher tier items on sale might leave you with nothing to sell on your next visit to the market. If you keep stock of multiple things, you can hedge your bets and ensure that you have a high chance of offloading commodities. This is all up to your preferences. If you like playing risky, you can throw all your money at a high tier green sale item, and hope to get a red sale on the next trip. The risk is, of course, the chance that they aren’t even in stock at the next market.

Don’t underestimate buying lower tier items in bulk. You can make a surprising amount of money this way. The return on investment on selling a few higher tier items (maybe a thousand dollars or so) may be quite small compared to the return on selling a lot of lower tier items for profit (a couple thousand). This, along with the first tip, allows you to maximize the return on your cargo space. If you aren’t filling up your cargo, you’re missing out on potential return. This becomes even more important when you buy the cargo space upgrade, because you will want to break even as soon as possible.

Don’t just buy greens and sell when it is red priced. White priced items vary greatly in range and can even reach the sale prices. If you want to be precise, try writing down or memorizing the general range of green priced items. Then you can compare it with white priced items later to see if they are similar.

If you are afraid of losing some high tier cargo from the random event, then try buying a few lower tier things. You might drop those instead if that random event happens.

If you can spare it, try leaving some of your cargo space open, just in case you randomly find some commodities. What I like to do is fill up my inventory space with Firestone (the cheapest commodity), but leave 10 spaces empty in case I find a random cache during a random event.

Bank Tips

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The best time to open up an account is when you have spare money, but nothing good to buy at the market. It’s better to make even a bit of money than not. Upgrading your account does not garner any immediate benefits unless you already have a lot of money deposited. In the long run, it will be worth it, but it’s up to you to decide when the right time to invest is.

You obviously do not want to upgrade your bank tier unless you have some money leftover to make interest for you.
If you are enroute to another planet, and you are thinking of purchasing one of the upgrades on there, then you should keep in mind what your withdrawal limit is. Try to keep as much money in the bank as possible and then withdraw the remaining amount you need to once you are on that planet.

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For example: You own a Silver account (20k limit), and have 50k in the bank, and 0 dollars on hand. You want to buy a level 2 Shield upgrade on Lyssa (costs 30k). Discounting any commodities you might have to sell to make enough money, the best thing to do is to withdraw 10k now, and then another 20k when you get to Lyssa. This way you make as much interest as possible, while still having the guaranteed amount of money to buy the upgrade when you want it.

Combat Tips

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If the enemy has low shields, then go for weak attacks to increase your chances of finishing them off.

Know your limits when it comes to what enemies you should and shouldn’t fight. If you don’t know what your limits are, try shooting them until you hit once. Then compare how much of your life bar they took out in one shot compared to how much you took off of theirs. If it’s about an equal amount, then it depends on what items you have and how much accuracy you have. It is always better to play it safe and retreat than to lose and increase your debt.

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Torpedos are a very good investment if you expect to fight a lot. Buying them can get you over the hump against an enemy that is slightly more powerful than you. Often times, the extra damage you deal will prevent you from taking more damage and therefore spend less on repairs. Against harder enemies, their rewards can help pay off for your next torpedo.

However, you will have to weigh the opportunity cost of buying that torpedo. Sometimes, it can prove to be a bad investment if you miss out on combat for a number of days. The extra 15 thousand dollars can help make your more money in that same amount of time, especially if your ship isn’t ready to chip away at the harder enemies yet.

If you are low on shields, be careful whenever you go back to the Academy planet. They do not have a shop, so you cannot repair there. This happens more often than you would think because you will want to pay off some debt after winning a battle. Sometimes, you can take a short detour to another planet to repair your shields.

Next time, I will be covering Upgrades, Perk Strategies, and Perk Combos.

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