Non-responsibility: Everything I say in this post is based on speculation, so take it all with a grain of salt. I guess each race will have two merchandise cards, each with some numerical value, just like you have two Trade Agreement cards in TI3. However, instead of giving each other your trade cards, you can simply use one of your cards so that one of your neighbors can draw that number of goods. This means that they “use or lose,” which means that if you don`t give your goods away before you have the opportunity to refresh them, those commercial goods are actually wasted. There may be a certain time when you can do it, but I guess it can happen at any time. This means that if someone uses the trade strategy card, you can give your goods during primary capacity and then update them with secondary capacity. If my speculations are correct (or close to them), I have mixed feelings about it. I like that you can “act” with almost anyone you want, even if you fight them frequently (example: being an ally, but acting planets/ships to achieve reciprocal conquest goals). However, I am not sure how I feel about the “neighbour” clause. I like that it encourages creating the map so that the vortexes connect across the line and become like the vortexes of shopping malls. It`s very thematic, which I like. However, I am concerned that it will encourage turtling in a game that already tends to encourage this behavior.
My favorite IT games were those with early and frequent aggressions. To beat someone up, it often meant acting with one of your neighbors and then attacking your neighbor while you were acting with the guy on the other side. As a harassment race, I would often enter the “personal space” of my Nieghbor and set up a store. Instead of continuing to attack them and weaken my position, I would use my intimidating position to negotiate for trade. The trade agreement would be a bit of a deterrent for them coming after me later, and I would have a long-term advantage with the extra territory. It may be more difficult to implement this type of strategy with the new system. I think we`ll see how it ends. This raises an additional question: If goods can be converted into commercial goods and commercial goods can be given to any player at any time, what is the point of having goods, in addition to forcing me to play nicely with my neighbors? Perhaps commercial goods will only be transferable to neighbouring neighbours. Or maybe they won`t be transferable at all, and they only serve as a way to save resources and influence between twists and turns. PrimaryGain 3 commercial goods. Filling raw materials.
Select any number of other players. These players use the second of this policy card without issuing a command signal. SecondarySpend 1 tokens from your strategic pool to replenish raw materials. If you give the Empyrean player a certain number of goods corresponding to your maximum value, you will receive 1 merchandise. When a player gives a commodity to another player, that merchandise turns into merchandise; the player who receives the goods overturns the token on his commercial side. Players are encouraged to fill out the goods through the Trade Policy Card and exchange them in mutually beneficial transactions. Goods are exchanged between political groups that have ships in neighbouring systems. However, trading with other players can be a risky proposition and encourages political groups to find the border between friend and enemy, as they can only trade with your neighbors. A neighbor is defined as every fraction that has ships or planets claimed in a system next to yours. Plastic bricks represent different classes of ships and ground forces.
Players are limited to the number of pifs made available with the game, with the exception of fighters and ground troops.