Questions about in-game economy.

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How do you prevent inflation in a virtual economy?

With your typical MMORPG, players can usually farm the world for raw materials essentially forever. Monsters/mineral veins/etc are usually on some sort of respawn timer, so other than time there ...
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Saving virtual goods balance in Android Game

I'm looking for a good way to store virtual goods and virtual currency balance in an Android game. Since these are "consumable" or "unmanaged" goods the balance is not backed up by Google and so there ...
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Virtual Economy Setup - Virtual currencies advice

I'm trying to figure out how to build my virtual economy. It seems like some games have one currency and some of them have up to 3 and 4 different ones. The game is an action game which is currently ...
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What data-type should I use for in-game currency?

In a simple business simulation game (built in Java + Slick2D), should a player's current amount of money be stored as a float or an int, or something else? In my use-case, most transactions will use ...
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In-App Billing Library for Android Game

I'm trying to add in-app purchases into my Android game and it having some trouble figuring my around the Google Play Billing. Can anyone refer me to a good open source reference for how to do that?
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When do you have inflation and when deflation in a virtual economy

In a virtual economy, you can calculate all the income and all the costs (money that sinks) from every user in the game. You can calculate the percentage of the new money on the system or the money ...
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Books for designing virtual economy [closed]

I am wondering if there are any books on designing virtual economies. I have encountered some books which have a few lines or paragraphs written about virtual economies, but they mainly highlight ...
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How do I fairly distribute new powerful cards to players in a collectible card game?

I'm writing a game in which users start with a few cards. They use those cards to play against other players. The winner can steal a card from the other player. The aim is to get ...
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Should an NPC shop provide a unique or shared inventory for each player?

I am working on a browser-based text game. I have implemented NPC shops where the players can buy items in exchange for coins. Currently, the inventory of the NPC shop is shared among all players. ...
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How do I calculate market share in an economic simulation?

I want to make a game in which the players create different products (supply), and I give them a certain finite number of customers (demand). Players can choose the price and quality of their products ...
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Interstellar Economic Simulation

I'm designing a game reminiscent of Elite or Escape Velocity, those old space trading games, where you play a traveling merchant in space. I'd like to have the game's economy at least resemble a real ...
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Making large scale changes to an economy in a social game

Are there any examples or case studies of social games, specifically on Facebook, where the developer has made drastic changes to the economy? I'm specifically interested in examples where the old ...
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Will making players pay a virtual currency before entering a match discourage them from playing?

I'm making a multiplayer match-making game, and by my current design, people will need to pay a small fee before joining a match. At the end of the match, the team that won will get the money. That ...
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Dual Currency vs. One Currency in social games economics and monetization

Not a programming question but game development related. I am creating an iPhone online game which I wish to be free-to-play where in-app purchase is used for monetization. The important point is to ...
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Guidance for building a proper in game economy

I'm seriously thinking of building a space opera game which would share some of Machiavelli The Prince aspects regarding commerce: each player will be able to extract/build/buy/sell/donate a wide ...
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What economic books would you suggest for learning about economic valuation of goods and simulations thereof?

I'm looking to create an economic model for a game based on goods created procedurally. Every natural resource and produced good would be procedurally generated, with certain goods being assigned ...