| Friday, January 29, 2010 - 04:31 am |
Had a few questions I haven't been able to find answers for in the docs or searching pages.
1) How do you contract from one specific private corp to another, monthly or "until cancelled"? I know you can do a common market contract, or contract to country. But I haven't figured out how to, say, contract Chemicals from a specific factory to a corp with Chemicals as an input, for more than one month at a time.
2) Also, can you globally allocate one product from a factory to all your corps that use the product as an input? Say, take my best High Tech Services corp, and contract supplies to all my corps that use HTS. I guess I could do it with a common market contract, but I'd want to update it periodically, and not have to cancel and redo all common market contracts each time.
3) Finally, can Enterprises accept a contract for all the output of a corp, say if you wanted to stockpile ammo in the Enterprise? Or do you just reserve the output in the Corp, and just keep funding the Corp manually?
Thanks in advance.
| Friday, February 5, 2010 - 12:49 am |
1. You have to track it down by country and then select it, and then you can set "until cancelled"
2. Common market. There's really no difference between a common market contract and a contract to a non-common market member, except you don't get "points" for it. You don't have to cancel them all, the game "helpfully" cancels contracts over 100% for you and you can just sign if/when they go under 100%.
3. God I wish. I'd love to just be able to search for corps by enterprise, instead of country if applicable.
| Friday, February 5, 2010 - 01:32 pm |
Thanks for the answers.
I did manage to find a page that let me sign corp contracts by country/ent at least.
One of these days, I will spend some time actually figuring out what Common Markets really do for you.
| Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 07:51 am |
Gives you score.
Oh yes, that's a time saver of course, if you've got 30 vacation corps scattered over the world, finding them all to offer the contracts is a bloody nightmare if you want to offer amount X of a product and not 100% of the consumption.
| Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 09:03 pm |
A few more querys (we'll get em all in one heading yet).
I've started a State-run Hospital corp at least 3 days ago on LU, and set to "contract full production and accept", so I could get steady growth in hospitals and employ some folks.
The corp seems to be running fine, and making a profit every month, even tho only .25 of the hospital is built each month (paying as the construction goes on I guess).
For some reason, however, after 3 days( so over a year on LU), I have not seen 1 hospital yet added to the country? I've checked product in stock, and the 'important things to do' screens, and its static? Any help on whats going on?
Next. When you close a company, I can see the net cash returning to the country/enterprise, but what happens to the supplies in stock? It doesn't seem to me that they are sold and added to cash, and I don't have those supplies in my stocks, at least not in the Enterprise, after the sale? Do they just get 'dissappeared'?
One more set on Enterprise owned public corps.
1) Do minority holdings in corps, count against your 750 ceiling of ownership?
2) If you are the controlling and only Enterprise (non-Invesment fund) holder of public corp stock, can you sell all your stock and thus turn it over to Gamemaster or whomever? Or are you stuck controlling with 1 out of 8 billion shares?
| Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 11:25 pm |
Re the hospital thing, I found that myself. My work around was to not contract the hospitals or even offer them on the market but periodically direct trade the corps stock to my country.
| Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 10:59 pm |
The hospital thing I heard about from Crafty. Oddly enough, I've never had a problem and have contracted pretty much everything to myself at some point to push along development.
1. No. Minority stakes just count as assets and another revenue stream.
2. You know, I've never tried that one.
| Monday, February 8, 2010 - 02:19 am |
Minority holdings in corps don't count against the 750 corp limit, BUT there is another limit on how many corporations you can own stock in. I recall it to be somewhere around 700, and it's damned frustrating to hit. I hit the limit around last April. I don't know if it has been changed but I suspect not.
| Monday, February 8, 2010 - 05:59 am |
The supplies of a closed corp disappear. But your country can buy the supplies before closing the corp. The corp will get the money from selling its supplies. Then after closing the corp, your country gets the money.
On the World Trade page, click on "country trading with your own corporations." Then buy the desired supplies.
Regarding selling shares, you can always sell if there is demand. If your country investment funds have enough cash, you can use that to buy the shares from your CEO.
You also can stimulate demand from other investment funds by reducing the share price by up to 20% per game month. You can offer to sell 1 share at a price below market price, then immediately buy that share at that same reduced price. That should reduce the market price to the price you specified, within seconds or minutes.
That price cut sometimes causes investment funds to try to buy your shares. But sometimes they hold out for a better bargain. Demand is highest when the P/E is below 75.
| Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 09:48 pm |
Thanks all for these very insightful comments.