Stats Corner

This week, we take a closer look at Virtuan top traders, as promised last week. More specifically we will look at Virtuan top-10 players between the rounds 100 and 150.  Who made it into the top-10 most often? That is the questions we will be answering this week. Enjoy this week statistics corner!

To start with, i will point out that these stats will only show the top-10 traders between round 100 and 150. With that being said, let’s continue.

Let’s get it started. Here’s the top-10:

10. goudie: 5 ; even though his last top-10 round was in round 127, he managed to get 5 top-10 places in the 27 rounds before

9. Lepejian: 5; also one of the old players who has not been in the top-10 after round 127, but als won one round.

8. Likemyitem: 5 ; is a known player of these days, as he managed to get to place 2 in round 149.

7. Primetimer: 6 ; if you ask someone on the chat who Primetimer is, most players will not know him, but he is one of the Virtuan trading veterans, he has been more successful than goudie and Lepejian, but did not win a round yet. His last top-10 was in Round 113, which he barely made with 10th place.

6. Gelaarsdekat: 7 ; also a known player of these days, also known as criminal in Virtua. He won 3 times a rounds even. His top-10 places are spread all over the rounds between 100 and 150, starting from 108, ending with his last win in round 144.

5. Refund: 7 ; with 2 wins on his name, he got 7 top-10 places in total between the rounds of 111 and 134, currently you will see him once in a while, but not active anymore.

4. Bleech: 9 ; in his wide range of rounds, bleech was able to get 9 top-10 places and 2 of those he won. Also bleech is not seen recently.

3. Viraxje: 9 ; still active as player, with roots in the older rounds. Viraxje managed to earn the most money in the 9 rounds he played. Mainly thanks to his last rounds (round 150) win with a net worth of 1,7 mil.

2. Gaulamos: 11 ; also an old player who most players don’t know. This player is who I have respect for, he has been in top-10 4 times in a row between round 128 and 131. Before he managed to get 7 top-10 places in 8 rounds, between 100 and 107.

1. Podje: 12 ; podje is topping this top-10 with the most top-10 places of all Virtuans in 51 rounds. He got all those 12 top-10 places between round 122 and 145. That is 23 rounds! But nowadays, you will see podje in action in Cyberia.

With this top-10 I have made clear who has the most top-10 places of Virtua. In total 60 Virtuan players have been in the top-10 in the 51 rounds. Together these 60 players have managed to get 167 top-10 places in those 51 rounds.

That wraps it up for this week, if you want to see more about the Virtuan top traders, or maybe other country top traders, let us know! Next week on the schedule will be a surprise article. I hope you enjoyed this weeks statistics and I will see you guys next week with new statistics!

Towers, the real effect

Miniconomy celebrated its 150th trading period last round, however what we all completely missed several rounds ago is the anniversary of the tower. Towers were introduced to keep the economy going in the third week as a lot of players complained that trade slowed and slowly stalled around that time every round. Towers would be something players could invest their cash in for a certain return. This return however was never disclosed by the Feds and therefore it remained a mystery to players if they were profitable or not.
In the first couple of rounds that towers were introduced, there was much discussion about the true value of building a tower. Many players tried calculating their proceeds and weighing up the costs. Towers were soon written off as unworthy of putting any money into;  the return did not seem to match up with the costs. Tranqer wrote in the TMC, Sept 2015: The Uselessness of Skyscrapers.
Recent rounds however have shown a big increase in the investment in towers. Last round, the top 2 in the end ranking together had over 1200 floors. What changed? In recent rounds tourists have shown to be a bit more active again, both in towers and in product purchases. This round again we see many of the top contenders investing heavily in towers.
Why does a top trader invest in towers?
Towers created a new phenomena in Miniconomy, which I like to call: overdrive. Overdrive is when demand for product is always higher than availability. It can be achieved quite easily when top traders in a country work together and all invest in towers. This round we saw Ibisha empty within a week! Coincidentally, they built over 500 floors in the same time-frame. Overdrive makes everyone earn a lot of money in a short period of time until resources are depleted. Overdrive is why resources are the most common products traded internationally.
Do towers work as intended?
Towers were supposed to be a ‘thing’ to keep trade going in the third week. Resources however never make it to the third week anymore. Countries actively trading together and working for their top ranking soon face resource issues. Miniconomy seems to have changed from a trading game to a logistics game, as players must determine who can get the most resources in the right place. This round we can see Natcha12 with in incredible amount of shop space displaying 10,000 iron ore he intends to make into iron bars.
Roebelarendsveen turned into a willing target as prime iron-ore-exporter during the past few rounds.
Plastic & Towers
The introduction of towers also changed the demand for plastic. Plastic back in the day used to be a product with which you could compete with your average brick/iron or wood trader. Skyscrapers increased the demand for plastic tremendously; every floor requires at least 18 plastic. A comfort room however uses 42 plastic. At first, this new demand did not hurt Virtua. Centropolis used to be the city with the highest oil in the Federation, and at an average of just over 200 oil per lot, plastic traders were doing better than ever. However, in the last few rounds the oil situation has changed; cities in the Federation were cut short of resources. Right now in Centropolis, you’re lucky to average 160 per lot. Not only do these changes make the cost of oil much more expensive, but it also means a 20% to 30% drop of oil available in Centropolis. Recent rounds have shown Centropolis is emptied easily, even when trading activity is rather low.

Is the balance gone?
This is another question of mine. Last round Likemyitem and I together decided to go for an active trading round. We would set new records in terms of tower building and net worth. Trade started up nicely and by the time we had our shops built, we started on the towers. Before being able to build over 100 floors, we already noticed that we were going way too fast on the resources if we wanted to keep trading for the entire round. Ships were produced, and thousands of squsts of resources and products were imported to Virtua. Without these imports, trade would ended right after the first week.
Towers were a nice change for a while, however now they’re being worked and in my opinion doing exactly the opposite of what they intended to do. Instead of keeping the trade going for longer, they make resources disappear more quickly.

Visit to the Dungeon

After I received the invitation to go to Federal Assistant’s house in the middle of the woods of Nasdaqar I was initially quite cautious. I had heard the stories of people disappearing for days in the dungeon, only surfacing months later to Miniconomy again, with their memories wiped on their experience and only thinking that they had been away from a game all the time they were gone. I shudder as I carry on through the jungle-like forest.

Just in case anything bad went down, I always had my trusty phone with me I bought from Flight 815 the week before. I had ran out of lots for brickstores since then but hey, you never know when a phone is handy.

I looked down at the map and note I had found in my pocket after walking around Ibisha, searching for any last remnant of ore. The map was unmarked but for a grubby thumbprint on the back, and the note simply had some coordinates and said;

Come and see me tonight.

Love,
F. Ass

Of course, Mr Ass could only be one person in the Federation.

I reach the coordinates and notice a rundown shop in the middle of the forest, looking around for any signs of life. All I saw were some Virtuan contracts covered in baby puke. It seemed the Consul of Finance Xzese and Mystq had came here earlier to the shop in the middle of nowhere, for reasons unknown. The shop door is open, almost hanging off it’s hinges infact, so I go in and find myself in a totally unexpected room.

The floor is a pure white marble, glaring with the chandelier 20 metres above me in the cavernous room. The light is no match for my tinted CBI© sunglasses though, so I carry on until I reach what looks like an office door.
Aside from the empty chair behind his desk, the first thing I noticed is the huge map of his favourite city on the wall opposite the door, Monapoli, the city of diamonds. Then I spot the open trapdoor almost concealed behind the desk, leading down into the basement. I follow the stairs down using my quality Ibishan phone’s flashlight app.

At the bottom I am met with the sight of none other then DJ Ricky JUNIOR unceremoniously taped to (a very comfy looking) chair. Federal Assistant walks in from a dark corner of the room and explains that he found a Virtuan for me to interview for Vnews with a cheerful smile on his face.

Ricky was surprisingly very cooperative in his “interview”! I barely had to give him any of the truth serum Federal Assistant left me with which was great, these days Ibisha and Virtua both import everything and you know how expensive shipping can be.

“So how did you begin in Miniconomy Ricky? What got you started?”

“I actually first started by my brother bringing me to one of the Miniconomeetings. I met some players and was even there when skyscrapers were first talked about. They talked all about new ideas and politics but at that point I hadn’t played so most I didn’t understand”

“Sounds fun! Have you gotten into politics at all since joining? Maybe tried the elections for President?”

“No not President yet, I would like to try President but right now I need a bit more experience. Next round I do plan on running for Mayor though. I’ll be doing a lot of campaigning on the chat for Mayor!”

“Nice, good to see you getting involved! Now do you have a game-plan for the rest of this round?”

“I did. I was going to move to Centropolis to make plastic but then dj ricky beat me to it. I might end up going to Cashington now. I liked doing screwdrivers this round, but I ran out of plastic and can’t make any more. Now I rely on saws to get my business back! Next round I might do pumps and engines, or something big like wood as another option. I think bombs and guns aren’t my type though, so if I stay in Nasdaqar I probably won’t trade those.”

“Thanks Ricky! I’ll be sure to put in a good word for you when Federal Assistant comes back. Good luck in the elections too!”

It was getting a bit late by then, so I decided to finish the interview to give me enough hours of light to make it back to my Farmerrari in the Nasdaqar parking lot a few miles hike away. You never can tell what might be prowling around the forests at night…

The Joys of Miniconomy

I’m sure many of us are here because of our Economics/Business teachers. But I am also sure that we are all learning so much from the experience. I will admit I was hesitant at first, but now that I can understand the layout and how everything works, I am enjoying my time so much. I have learned how to trade, and how producing a good requires so much more than originally thought. I have learned to trade civilly with friends, and also how to understand VAT and other costs associated with producing and selling. I have understood how an economy works, and how buying and selling can fund everything we want and need. I have also learned how we all need to work together to produce our goods, and good bargaining and understanding of auctions are a must! I wish you all the best of luck in enjoying this tremendous activity.
A.Ham

Japanese Man

Oh, little Japanese man, with your little orange hat. Why do you make me feel so warm and welcome? You sit there all day, giving such a nice and polite bow. I just want to spawn millions of you and watch you all bow in unison. Thank you, little Japanese man, with your little Japanese hat. You’ve impacted my life, if not but enough to bring a smile to my face. Keep doing what you do, little Japanese man, with the little orange hat. And thank you [japan].

Corrupt Mayors

It’s 4:30. You’ve just finished a hard days work of trading. As you finish restocking your shelves, you go to your backyard and grab your bundle of trees that have been sitting there since day 1. You toss them in your truck and drive to the townhall, hoping that today, you will be able to export them to the Mayor’s warehouse. As you pull up, you read over the list of goods currently being accepted for export. Only iron again for the fourth day in a row. That’s strange. You check the lot map. You notice the mayor owns a lot right next to your neat little parcel on the southeast side of town. That’s weird. You don’t think much of it and go home for the night. Tomorrow you come into work and low-and-behold, all of the property around you has been bought. You’ve been boxed in.

This would never happen, right? Mayor’s would never abuse their powers, right? Think again.

It is an unfortunate fact that sometimes Mayors put their own interests ahead of those of the city’s and their people. Take round 149 for instance. It was discovered that the Mayor of Centropolis was not only saving the most profitable exports for only himself, he was also over-paying with city funds for his own property while refusing to build parks for citizens unless they made purchases from him. Even worse, he would threaten and also attempt to box his own citizens in by utilizing the ability of the Mayor’s account to buy lots far away from his own, sell them cheaply back to himself, and then proceed to try to box in his citizens.

Although I do not believe any of the current mayors are this bad, I do believe it is the responsibility of Virtuan citizens to vote responsibly in local elections and to run in the elections themselves if they do not see any good candidates on the tickets.

Machine Woes

Day 10

Trade came to a crashing halt overnight in Virtua. This has left many experts wondering “What happened?” The economy was healthy, money and products were flowing, we didn’t run out of resources. What happened to trade?

In a gargantuan plot twist, it seems that the missing link to the delicate balance of trade is none other then Virtua’s very own Mr(s) MC contestant, Mystq. Mystq’s disappearance, a mystery in itself for the last 2 days, has left the nation without pumps and engines, a vital product in trade flow. Without any pumps or engines, machines cannot be produced. Without machines, we lose access to gas, plastic, chips, electronics, and wood. This domino effect has come into full swing, grinding trade to a halt.

Perhaps there is a story to be learned here. Perhaps the real news to report is simple and straightforward:

“We can’t go on without our beloved Mystq!”

Welcome to the new vNews!

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The staff is delighted to welcome you back after a period of absence.
After having played a very active round 150, it came to our attention that there were not any newspapers active anymore.
Therefor we want to reinstate vNews as what it was originally meant to be, the heartbeat of Virtua.
Our articles will be about everything, what’s happening in Virtua, in the Federation and in the political scene. Our team of reporters will do utmost to inform you about what is going on.

In this first edition we are covering the tale of Sesam and his bankruptcy. What really happened?
We will have interesting stats about participation degrees. Who is the most dedicated Miniconomy player?  We find out what is going in Centropolis and of course, last but not least, the turnover statistics.

On behalf of the vNews staff I wish you a pleasant read.

Trouble in Paradise

The political scene in Virtua was very intense even before the beginning of Round 151. Five Virtuans ran for President and criminal Viraxje won by a landslide, beating his competition with more than half of the votes of all of the citizens! Chaos quickly followed as runner-up candidate, Sesam, brought to everyone’s attention that Viraxje was unable to hold the position of president because of his indulgence in criminal activities. Tempers flared as citizens and officials argued about what was right and what was legal.

Once the decision was made to appoint Sesam as President, the discussion turned to who would become Vice President. Because of multiple candidates and position possibilities, attitudes and confusion continued until the Federal Government stepped in to assist. By the time the dust settled, one president was bankrupted, the next in line was sworn in, a new vice president with no current political affiliation was appointed, and Mayors were even switched! These changes left the country in a state of disarray. Citizens were worried if there would be a functioning Council. City Officials were worried about their budgets.

Shady Mouse stepped up to the plate, taking over the half-staffed Council and promising to bring the chaos under control. As Consuls were employed and assigned duties, it appeared once again that the National Government of Virtua might become functional. After only a few days, tempers are beginning to cool.

When asked how he felt about these events, President Shady Mouse explained that he was “very surprised” at the outcome. He disclosed that while he does feel the current administration is “stable”, he has doubts of its ability to be productive in its current form. He leaves his citizens with hope, however as he states:

“Expect changes coming along.”