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Alpha-2 Buy orders.[1][2]

Buy orders are instrumental in the activities that a node participates in.[3]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 Node treasury work-in-progress UI showing a buy order for a node commodity used in building a Smithy.[4]

We're gonna build a Forge today, or a Smithy- we renamed it: it's not a forge anymore- and we need bins of stone for it.[4]Chris Justo

Buy orders are the primary way for a node to generate node commodities that can be spent on construction, upgrades, and maintenance of node service buildings.[1][5]

When selecting specific types of buy orders that require certain material components in order to fulfill, you will have a wide array of material choices to make: either those that are relevant locale to your node placement or those that are across the world; and there is a variable in payment that the mayor has access to in setting and how they'll be rewarding players. So you need to make sure that you're incentivizing players who are making those large transits across the world to actually take that risk and bring those materials to you.[8]Steven Sharif
Once a material gets sunk into the buy order, the player receives the benefit of the node currency, which right now is a bound currency that's used to purchase a number of different types of vendorable items that exist within nodes.[3]Steven Sharif
  • If a mayor does not create buy orders, they will auto-populate after a set period of time based on node activities.[9]
If the mayor is not making these decisions, buy orders will populate based off of activities that the node have available to them after a set period of time. So that the bad faith mayor is not depleting the node potentially of its resources that players can still interact with.[9]Steven Sharif
  • Players will be able to view buy orders that are listed at nodes around the world.[11]
Those of you who are traders and are interested in actually capitalizing on the supply and demand of nodes and their competing interests and what they're trying to accomplish will have an opportunity to move those goods around the world: Take that risk potentially, but receive a high reward as a result.[11]Steven Sharif
A buy order is strictly material-based and you don't accept a buy order and then go do it. It is something that you can just check your node UI or you can check the nodes around you to see what they have active and you can just go do it and come back; and participate or fulfill these buy orders. Whereas, a commission is- a mayoral commission is more like a quest. It's something you pick up and then it tracks your activity while you have it.[12]Chris Justo

Node commodities

Node commodities are node-specific commodities that are used to construct, upgrade, and maintain node service buildings.[1][5]

The node generates these things we call node commodities, which are functionally node resources. Node resources are used- we spend them on buildings: to build them and upgrade them, on maintenance. You can trade them with other nodes.They're super useful to the node and increasing its quality.[1][5]Chris Justo
The node can use these resources as well to trade with other nodes that might have resource types that you need available to them.[8]Steven Sharif

Service buildings

Alpha-2 Service buildings.[1][2]

The important thing with the service building system for us is that it's a way to shape your node like a character; and to give you an exclusive niche that you can carve out in the world; or a niche that you fight over. If you go down this weaponsmithing path and you build your node to be this mecca of weaponsmithing and the node three doors down builds it, there's reason for you to conflict over it. They're taking your business. Or maybe you are in a zone and there isn't a weaponsmithing thing anywhere near you, and you do want to start to carve that path for yourself to make your node a place people visit and come to.[2]Chris Justo

Service buildings within a node are either default buildings that come with the node, or they are constructed buildings, which are initiated by the mayor and built by players.[1][2][13][14][15][16][17] Service buildings are further broken down into two main types:[1][2]

Constructed service buildings are available to every type of node in every location. Where the uniqueness comes in is in some of the default buildings like your node-type building.[18]Chris Justo

Service buildings are upgraded by expansions, which are unlocked through the placement of passive service buildings.[1][2]

  • Building expansions unlock higher tier workstations at the cost of dedicating service building plots.[19][15]

Service buildings incur a regular maintenance cost of node commodities and gold from the node treasury in order to continue operations.[1][22]


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