Lluvy: Welcome to the Marketplace! Now that you are free from your Ponds, you are no longer restricted in terms of the players you may transfer items to. The Marketplace is your last opportunity to accumulate wealth before Downsizing occurs. In Phase I, the three players with the lowest cumulative wealth will be eliminated. Since there are no past Phases to carry over wealth from, the current standing in terms of Copper Scales is the exact standing:
Bon Qui Qui 37 Hurley 35 Margaery 30 Odafin 30 Lana 29 Alex 28 Jack 23 Jungmoon 23 Lacie 22 Ghostface 22 Tink 22 Barbara 19 O-Ren 18 Steve 17 Niska 16 Aldous 15 Elle 15 Michaela 14 Jackie-O 10 Do-Sik 9 Clark 9 Jodi 8 Plavalaguna 6 Rebecca 5
Currently, Jodi, Plavalaguna, and Rebecca are in the elimination slots, although that could change over the next 24 hours.
In order to tempt you, there are three types of item you can bid scales on. Here they are:
Item 1: Poison Pill
- Play on a fish during Days 1-5.
- Expiration Date: Never
- Any fish who eats a fish with a Poison Pill will become the new holder of the Poison Pill.
- Once all valid moves have taken place, any fish holding a Poison Pill will die before it can be scored.
- Among identically sized fish of the same color, a fish with a Poison Pill moves last.
- If a fish can choose between multiple same-sized options, but one of the possible targets has a Poison Pill, the fish will avoid eating the poisoned fish for as long as possible.
Item 2: Antidote
- Play on Days 1-5.
- Expiration Date: Never
- Usage will be announced publicly for the results of the Day, however I will not specify which player used it.
- All Poison Pills played on your selected day will be voided at the start of the day. In other words, all fish in that pond will be immediately cured of poisoning, making it impossible for any fish to die in that manner on that day.
Item 3: Tax Evasion
- Must be played on Day 5; can only be played if your Pond is under a subsidy or taxation. Therefore it expires once the game is down to only one Pond.
- Usage will be revealed publicly at the Taxation stage of the Phase. The prize user will not be publicly revealed, although the players affected will be publicly announced.
- If under Taxation: specify a player in your Pond to avoid taxation [you may select yourself]. Select a different player in your Pond to pay the tax instead. This means that you've effectively forced someone else to pay your taxes for you. In the event that the player runs out of scales of the current type with which to fulfill your evaded tax obligation, they will pay out taxes from the previous scale types. A player cannot go into debt, so if your tax somehow exceeds their total wealth, they will end up with no remaining money.
- This prize may have a stacking or canceling effect if multiple Tax Evasions are used on the same Pond with different combinations of players involved. Please contact me if you have any specific scenarios you want me to explain for you.
- If under Subsidy: specify a player in your Pond to have their subsidy stolen. Specify a different player in the Pond to receive that Subsidy instead. This is pretty straightforward, you're just stealing someone else's free scales.
- In the event that multiple people try to steal the same subsidy, it will be divided as evenly as possible, with the remainder going to Lluvy instead. Once again, please contact me if you have any specific scenarios you want me to explain for you.
Here's a reminder of how bidding works:
The Prizes available for purchase do not have a set price; in fact, the demand from the players will set the price. During the 24 hours of the Marketplace, you may submit any number of bids on available items. Note that the value of all bids you place may not exceed your total net worth; furthermore, your bids must be a specific combination of scale colors that you own (i.e., if you have only Silver Scales, with a market value of two Copper Scales each, you could not place a bid of 3 Copper Scales, even though the total value of 3 Copper Scales is lower than the value of 2 Silver Scales).
The Prizes will be distributed as follows: for every bid that is equal to or higher than the average bid for that item, that player will receive that item and lose all the scales bid. If your bid is lower than the average bid, your scales will be returned to you and you will not earn a prize. Lluvy will earn money from any bid that is higher than average; she will receive all the inefficiently spent scales that are in excess of average, assuming the scales are divisible. So if the average bid had a value of 15 Copper Scales, and a player bid 20 Copper Scales, Lluvy would earn 5 Copper Scales from that inefficient bid.
The average bid for each item will be revealed at the end of the Marketplace round, but I will not reveal publicly who bought which items. Note that you may place multiple bids on the same item if you wish to acquire multiple copies.
So, to summarize:
You have no required actions at this time. However, if you are in danger of elimination, you should definitely campaign to avoid that fate.
- At the current time, you may transfer items to any player still in the game or to Lluvy.
- At the current time, if you have scales, you may transfer scales to any player still in the game or to Lluvy.
- If you have scales, you may exchange them at the Bank for scales of a different type.
- You may place private bids on items for sale by contacting me via PM.
- You may always query the current contents of your Inventory.
You have 24 hours. Good luck!