Patrician IV: Steam Special Edition

Patrician IV: Steam Special Edition

Frag-ile Jun 9, 2013 @ 7:40am
A couple of small frustrations in this game I'd wish to get some tips to solve.
Just recently tried this game out for the first time and while it wasn't what I thought it'd be I intend to try it out properly at least. But I have a few issues that I'm hoping is me not getting something obvious or aproaching things differently.

First off, do I need to launch the DLC listing in my library to benfit from whatever upgrades or improvements it brings?

I started out the campaign hoping it'd teach me how to do things, what it tells me is to do things that does not occure. "Never buy unless there's 3 bars" the old man says and no matter where I look how ever long I wait 3 bars never happens. In my couple of hours of playing I've never seen a town with 3 bars worth of stock. So what's up with that?

Half ignoring the old man I bought what I could and set off to Aalborg to sell my salt, found that I could actually buy enough meat to empty my coffers without the stock running dry, about 60 or so units. Heading off to Malmö, as I had been adviced the swedes likes a good salty steak but once again I was decieved because they couldn't stomache more than 10-20 barrels before prices dipped well below comfortable profit margins. Took me visits to 5 cities to rid myself of that goods.

So my 2 first main issues, noone is selling enough stuff and noone is buying enough stuff.

Sudenly the old man comes calling again and has this witty thought to share "I'm sure you've filled your cargo up a couple of times by now, you should buy a new ship"(paraphrased). Hold on there, I've barely ever had my ship half full at any point here, due to the previous 2 issues. While I certainly could afford a new ship I really can't see myself needing one. Do I?

Winter is comming.jpg everyone wants pelts, noone is making pelts, the baltics can muster about 10 of them a week or something, lazy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s. Am I supposed to just sit in harbout for a month and buy them one at a time as they come in? Same issue with lumber. I kind of feel like I'm wasting time if I'm not sailing somewhere at all times and my first instinct was to have time at 0x whenever I'm not sailing, maybe that's not the way to do things?

Oh well, I appear to have gotten rather long winded here, sorry about that, anyway any advice on how to play this game properly would be apreciated.

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Koltonaugust Jun 9, 2013 @ 10:08am 
I think he said 2 bars (and if he didn't you still get profit that way). Don't worry about the other problem about not enough stuff being made. You later get to make the stuff yourself (through the rather ill-explained profit gain, or loss, from factories/houses!)
Qing Qong Jun 9, 2013 @ 10:52am 
What you should be doing is going from port to port and buying whats cheap (in stock at least 2 bars) and selling at other ports for profit (usually 0 bars, sometimes 1 but it usually isn't as lucrative). Don't get so hung up on what each city is in demand for, that doesn't have as much impact as you'd think. Instead, buy good commodities and sell them whenever and where ever. The beginning part of the game should have you constantly moving.

Salt is a good and easy money maker. Being relatively cheap and produced in your starting city. Buy a bunch of that then go from port to port until you find somewhere that doesn't produce it/is in low supply (Sweden/Norway). Another good money maker is Wine, which is only produced in France. This you can sell for around 720 per, and buying it for 480 each. Go from each city, selling until just below 1 bar fills up for optimal profit then move on and do the same in every city necessary until you're out of stock. Not to say other goods aren't profitable, but those two are the easiest to offload I find. Brick and wood are necessary for building and can be sold for some decent profits too.

Once you get this down then you move into producing your own goods and buying/building ships/houses. But once you get the basic money making part down, you should be able to figure out the rest. Also, there's a manual that helps explain some things:

Hope this helps!
Last edited by Qing Qong; Jun 9, 2013 @ 10:55am
Frag-ile Jun 10, 2013 @ 3:18am 
Thanks, I tried the tactic of just buying everything and sailing around, mainly at random, selling whatever I could. This way I did actually hit my cargo cap, mainly because I was stocked up with hemp and cotton that noone really seemed to want. I did later notice the brits were happy to help in that regard though.

I have however encountered something else. I've a few times accidentally bought stuff in Lübeck without my ship selected and the goods ended up at my counting house and I can't for the life of me see a way to move goods from counting house to a ship. Same thing once I started a grain farm and it started stocking up grain in my counting house, I dont want to sell grain in the city that is producing it for crap price I want to ship it out and sell it elsewhere.
Qing Qong Jun 10, 2013 @ 6:43am 
You have to have your ship in port and then go to the market/crane and then click the button near the center top of the scroll. It's in between the icon of the market and your ship. That'll let you switch it to transfer from your counting house to your ship.
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