| Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 11:54 am |
Very informative and I am annoyed I couldn't make it. If you'll indulge me, I have a few comments to make:
Re: Trains - I say, yes please!
Re: Trading between worlds
Hmm, risky methinks. Particularly given that weapons are supposedly much cheaper on one of the worlds? The War World? It's tough enough getting supplies at a reasonable quality and price within the market on one world, never mind having the option to manually search through offers from other worlds.
Re: Nuclear Weapons
I say keep them, but limit their use a bit. Each target can only be hit once (note: hit once, if attack is blocked by defensive weapons, it can be re-targeted). Make them even more expensive and perhaps reduce population loss. Also expand Tactical Nuclear weapons as an alternative - I believe the US was investigating Battlefield nuclear weapons that would destroy individual targets with minimal civilian/surrounding losses. These smaller nukes would not have the same large-scale destructive power of the Cold-War era, but would still be able to take out a heavily defended and armoured target.
I should add that I abhor the idea of battlefield nukes in reality, but it might go some way to redressing the balance in the game.
Re: Loss of shares when IPOing (17:43 Treasurer)
I too have suffered this. I don't mind too much if the buy offer I put in from my enterprise (and vice versa) gets reduced because some investment funds have snapped some shares up. What bothers me is the fact that if I offer a 2% stake in a corp, it is not until the following month that I can adjust the portfolio targets which default to 51% meaning that more than that 2% stake can be sold within that first month.
Perhaps this is part of what is happening to you, Treasurer? If the demand is high enough for shares in a particular corp-type, could they be sold in quantities greater than the Initial Public Offering within the first month until you can change the portfolio targets?
Direct selling of shares would fix this as well as being able to set a portfolio target the moment you perform the IPO.
Re: The Security Council
It's irritating, relatively toothless (apart from forbidding the use of nukes) and some of its decisions are shockingly corrupt. Sounds a pretty accurate rendition of the real-world situation to me!
Introducing an element of democracy to the membership *might* help with this. But unless W3C go as far as introducing proportional representation, I fear the largest Federations will still be able to gain a working majority on the Council resulting in continuation of the status quo.
Anyways, interesting chat and I shall endeavour to join in on the next one.