I have been “playing”/choring this game for a couple of months. At first I was making progress as my local exchange needed a steady supply of Rations and my chosen starting production was exactly that. Recently the market has been flooded by a lot of players who dropped upwards of 800 rations per posting and doing so at a rate which was half of what was the going rate. In other words, rations went from 75 credits each to 40. I don’t know if 75 was high, but there doesn’t seem to be that many being sold even at 40, so I have not had any market activity for some time. Now I am starting to wonder if players can produce everything that they need, making themselves self sufficient, and therefore I have played the game wrong (gearing up to supply a market with constant demand). If this is a game that players generally don’t need to exchange products with each other, what is the point? Is everyone supposed to just expand into the void until they produce every product for their own consumption?
Currently this game feels like established companies/players can have an easy time smothering startups who do not have the ability to diversify products and insure that they are the only big players in markets. Which BTW, I don’t understand why crushing prices to keep other players from advancing is even necessary. Is this normal or tolerated by the etiquette of the gameplay? I would think that even if players feel the need to compete and “be the best”, it has to be acknowledged that by preventing growth of a playerbase, they are eventually going to smother the game as a whole and they will not have a “universe” to be the best at.
I believe that the best way to create market activity would be to create new demand. Maybe advanced companies become expected to provide more consumables to their employees than startups. Another idea would be to have non player demands like planets/governments buying supplies.
I am interested to see what everyone else thinks, I honestly don’t know if anybody else is having similar issues or has been enjoying the way things go. I am okay with the thought that this is just something that isn’t for me, and if other people are having fun / success all the power to it.