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For a long time we've had a persistent issue in Achaea where commodities tend to be stored on ships or in stockrooms by necessity, as rift capacities simply don't cover the amounts some people produce on a regular basis.
This also causes fairly common instances of massive loss on a player's part, if they happen to be carrying all their commodities and drop link, or similar such things. We've been talking for quite some time about ways to tackle this, and move commodity storage into a more thematic system.
Welcome Leases and Warehousing!
A system by which trade ministers may lease out warehouse space on behalf of their city. This is a fairly flexible system in terms of competition - some leases will be far cheaper than others or last much longer, entirely based on trade ministry discretion. There is a lower cap to avoid a race to the bottom, but it is our hope that we'll see people make reasonable compromises when setting up their leases.
So what does this actually change?
- It allows us to set up things where commodities will be delivered straight to your warehousing when making large transactions. This will come in once people have had time to set up their leases, as we appreciate trade ministries may need to discuss how they're going to go about this.
- It allows us to work commodities into conflict vectors more reasonably. I won't say much here, but there are plans here concerning the ever so elusive war system.
- Most importantly for you guys, it allows us to move a lot of items out of the general item database. This makes Achaea run faster.
With that in mind, on June 20th 2018 (so there's a long transition period to get your affairs in order), we will be making it much less viable to store massive numbers of commodities outside your rift or warehousing. We will warn you all again no less than a week in advance of this happening, so it won't sneak up on you.
All the syntaxes and exact mechanics of leases and warehousing can be found under HELP LEASES!