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Subject: How to put lipstick a pig (and sell or eat it). rss

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Joe Ganis
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Since this is an economic game, you've got to be adept at making money. You'll often have control of a pig. Here's what to do with it..

A pig: A pig is a country that you control that is currently sitting on taxation AND does not have enough to pay out fully when investor comes around.

A bat: A bat is a country that you use solely to damage a neighbor. This guide is not for running a bat.

What you should want to do is to attract an investor to buy into this country so that they choose investor and you get paid on your investments. What you want to generally avoid is to have to skip investor, because you're the higest (or close to higest) holding investor for that country. If your country passes over investor, you have to think about that as LOST MONEY. So if you had 7 in Italy and you go from production to import, you just LOST 7 million. Yes, it is exactly that costly.

How to put lipstick on this pig:

Build a factory Since this done with the intent to sell the country, you should place the factory in a position where it makes one if it's neighbors uncomfortable. A prime example is if France is your pig and you hate UK. You should therefore put a naval factory in Brest.

Produce Now with miliary units, your pig can't be completely discounted. It is now an attack pig. Gives a lot of incentive for someone to purchase it.

Maneuver Focus on clearing out your factories of enemy armies and expanding. Try to get as many tax chits from your neighbors as you can. This should radically increase your value.

Eating the pig If you are sitting on the Maneuver space next to Investor, and despite all the improvements you've done no one has bought it, you should send it to Taxation. Generally after building a factory, clearing out enemy units from your factories, and/or expanding your empire you should get +3 or +4 if you tax. The cost of moving to Taxation from the Maneuver is 4 Million. This will do the following for this country:

Increase the share value on the track.
Deny anyone else an easy buy for a big tax.
Possibly provide enough cash to pay out investor.
Bring the rondel back close to investor for this country.


As the leader of the country, the only thing that truly changed is that your country should now be worth a lot more. That, and in two more turns your country that should be bought and then pay out your investor shares. At that point noone can ignore your prize-pig.

And that is how you deal with your mediocre countries.

That's Some Pig - Charolette's Web
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Patrick S.
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Interesting thoughts!
 
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Mike K
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The problem as I see it is, it's a slow process to go from Taxation to Factory-Production-Maneuver; by the time you end up making the jump, other countries may have already gone 1-1.5 times around the rondel.

If there's only a little less than needed for a full invest, you may do well to simply invest and take a smaller hit. (If you do this, though, you can't take Factory then. Perhaps a single intermediate move, like Production or Maneuver.)

Also, unless you're setting yourself up for an all-on-one situation, it may be beneficial to reinvest in your pig when another country hits/crosses the Invest space on your buying turn. The money you put in may be enough to allow you to invest for the full amount.
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