SWTOR: GTN Suggestion – Regulate the Market

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Galactic Trade Network | 0 comments

When it comes to MMORPGs, there will always be complaints about this or that. You will always see players who request changes are made to PvE or PvP or questing, or storyline, or whatever the case may be. In SWTOR, a common complaint is in regard to the market. This is especially true since the game is free to play and the value and cost of resources can have a large impact on the game itself and how people enjoy it. It’s no surprise then that there has been talk from the fans of regulating the market. Here is a suggestion from SWTOReconomics.com: For anyone that knows me outside of Star Wars: The Old Republic, I hope that you did not injure yourself when you collapsed in shock that my topic today is advocated for regulation of a market.  I am always in favor of letting market forces drive the allocation of resources, but when some market participants are interfering with the free flow of goods and capital an intervention is warranted.  This is even more true in a game than real life, because at the end of day this is supposed to be fun! If you continue to read, the post will tell you more like why they think regulating the GTN is a good idea, how it could work and how it could benefit players. It also goes on to explain some of what is wrong with the current market and system. “The problem I’m writing about are the sellers on the GTN that list items for exorbitant amounts.  I have become acutely aware of the magnitude of the problem as I’ve spent the past week writing algorithms to identify and remove these sellers from my GTN data to remove their skew in a less manual way in the long-term.” The post then offers possible solutions and then invites you, the reader and fan, to suggest ideas for making it better or telling the author how they are wrong in their opinions of the solutions. So give it a read and be sure to post your comments if you have...

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Unofficial GTN App (/w Mobile Support) – Coming Soon!

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Galactic Trade Network, News, SWTOR | 0 comments

Do you ever wish you could check in with the Galactic Trade Network while away from your PC? Well, you might be able to do exactly that here very soon. There is a GTN app in the works and the developer posted on Reddit to explain the details. Hello everyone! I am pleased to announce one of the latest projects I have been working on – The Galactic Trade Network (app). This is a simple GTN tracker of popular items (such as materials and gear) that shows you price over time for your server. As of this post, the initial framework is in place. The overall design is placeholder at best and will change. Data currently shown is NOT ACTUAL DATA, this is an early preview! What’s coming before release? The ability to select a server that has available data A submission form to allow automated data submission More items added to the database, such as common MTX items Email/SMS alerts when the average price for an item falls below a certain threshold (currently coding this to be at below 25% of the average) Please let me know what you guys think! Keep in mind that this is an early prototype – it only shows proof of concept – there is a lot more to be done! Keep in mind that the URL is also temporary – I will be making it pretty after it is ready for full release! http://thearmyoflight.com/games/swtor_helpdb/?server=the_ebon_hawk.php for the mobile support, simply open that link in your phone – it will properly display for you   While we see there is still a lot of work to be done, we think it’s an interesting start and the concept looks great. As there is no API to pull the data, it has to be manually implemented. I’m not sure how accurate or dependable this would be over time so hopefully there is a better fix for this before the app is complete. The developer wants fans and users of the app to help contribute to the data until there is (hopefully) an API created. It will be interesting to follow this and see how it develops. Would you use an app like...

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TOR TV: Patch 2.4 Video Coverage – GTN Improvements

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Galactic Trade Network | 0 comments

Gaddock Teeg takes a look at the quality of life improvements made to the Galactic Trade Network, now available on the Patch 2.4 PTS. Game really does keep getting better. Players can now use Shift + Left Click with the cursor in the search box of the GTN to add the name of the item. BioWare also added a sortable “Unit Price” column to the GTN Window, which will display the listed item’s price-per-unit. The GTN now auto completes with the price and duration of a player’s last posted auction. In addition, the last price will be remembered on a per-unit basis. i.e. If a player puts 1 med pack up for 10 credits, and their next auction is a stack of 20 med packs (the same type as before) it will auto complete 200 credits (10 credits for 1 x 20 = 200). The remembered price and duration are reset upon area transition or log out. As someone that has about 400 different auctions going every weekend, this can make my life so much simpler. Unfortunately, though, it’ll probably make it far harder since now any putz can just sort by Unit Price instead of having to look through the auctions like you do...

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Understanding the Galactic Trade Network in SWTOR

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Galactic Trade Network, Guide | 0 comments

If you have yet to use the Galactic Trade Network (GTN) in SWTOR, you might not realize yet that it is not an Auction House. Those who come from WoW or similar MMORPGs may be used to the auction house format but BioWare has done something different with the GTN. Different is not necessarily better for a lot of players.  The GTN works by allowing the player to post an item for sale at a fixed price, along with every other player’s items.  An auction house system allows players to post items with a minimum bid and lets the other players bid up to as much as they want for the duration of the auction- or to get it instantly with a “buy now” price.  This isn’t the only difference with the GTN model compared to the models most MMOers are used to. The search function is also a bit crude in SWTOR. By nature, I am an auction house, MMO-trading kind of gal. I love making currency in MMOs almost as much as I love leveling and playing. When I pick up a new MMO, I always jump into the economy and try to see how I can earn as much as possible, play the economy and buy and sell on the trade network. But in SWTOR, I was not as excited about the whole process. The search function was awkward and made it difficult for me to find anything.  It was also not as easy to see what other players were selling items for, making it more difficult to compare pricing and try to post my items for a competitive price. Another problem is that items are greyed out if you cannot use them but this is frustrating because you may be using a bank toon, shopping for an alt or something. If you’re looking for color crystals, a similar problem happens. It shows crystals you cannot use due to force alignment even when you search for only the ones you can use. So the search and sort functionality seems really buggy right now. Hopefully this is something they will fix soon.  So now on to selling on the GTN. First you need to put a sell price in when you post an item. The GTN will auto-fill a number for you but never use this one. Always fill in a number yourself. You can also choose how long you want to host the item for: 6 hours, 12 hours, 1 day, and 2 days Your deposit will depend on how long you list the item for. Your deposit is returned if you sell the item. 6 hours – 5% of sell price 12 hours – 10% of sell price 24 hours – 13% of sell price 48 hours – 15% of sell price You also get the deposit back when the item expires. The only time you lose your deposit is if you cancel the sale. So once you post it, plan to leave it there until it sells or expires. There is a 3% fee charged by the GTN when you make a sale. This is fairly minimum and since you get your deposit back (which is much higher than this 3%) you will hardly even notice it.  So those are the basics of how the Galatic Trade Network works. It’s still pretty early in the game to know what will happen in the economy. Often games like this take time for the economy to stabilize by server.  Now that you know the basics, stay tuned for upcoming guides on how to make the most from the GTN and the items that you sell. We will also tell you how to make more credits in the game by selling greens and other items you find in...

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TOR TV: How to use the Galactic Trade Network to make butt loads of money

Posted by on Dec 26, 2011 in credits making, Galactic Trade Network, TOR TV | 0 comments

thenoobistcolony has uploaded one of the best free credits guide I have seen so far. In this guide he goes through how to make money on the galactic trade network by using alts. This guide covers all the basic stuff in Auction house domination as we know it from the early mmorpg’s This SWTOR Galactic Trade Network Guide should help you to be successful at the good ol’ auction house (GTN for now). The  GTN  can be fun and rewarding… but it can also be annoying at times. Using the auction house is pretty common sense, but a lot of people get into trouble by being impatient or by trying to make “quick” gold. In this guide I’ll give you information on making gold from...

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