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    Posted: 01 May 2019 at 08:26
So, my previous attempt to auction off my military was super fun and super successful. In fact, it was too successful, in that the armies that were purchased quickly achieved the goal of the purchaser and as a result they were released back to my control largely unused. As a result, most of them made it through alive, which wasn't the plan. You can read a bit about it here.

As a result, I'm giving it another try, with a few tweaks to the formula. The previous rules are essentially going to remain in place. Here's a quick refresher:
  • As before, any communication related to this auction will be held in the strictest confidence and any winners will not be revealed.
  • If at the end of the auction you have the highest bid for an army, then it's yours to use on a single mission as soon as the gold is in transit.
  • If the army survives that mission, or if you choose to release it, then control over it returns to me.
  • You may ask me to decide the specifics of how to use the army to achieve a goal you state, or you may mail me the exact target, time to hit, and order to use (e.g. attack, reinforce, blockade, etc.).
  • There are no restrictions on the targets you can send these forces at.
  • I will send you all reports related to your forces.
  • I will provide the commander, choosing the one best suited to achieving your stated goals.
  • The commander and troops will not use crafted items by default, though if you wish to send me crafted items or the gold equivalent (based on the current best sell price on Centrum), I will equip them accordingly.
  • I may set minimum bid increases, to avoid any "previous bid +1 gold" goofiness.
  • See the previous post linked to above for all other rules not explicitly changed below.
In addition, there are a few changes as follows:
  1. I'm including some diplomatic forces as well, which can be used on separate diplomatic missions or paired with troops from the same city. (I'm restructuring my diplomatic forces now and these guys no longer fit into the new regime.)
  2. I'm including minimum bids for each force based on the production cost of the force plus a week's upkeep for that force. In other words, with this minimum bid you basically get an instant force you can use anonymously, at the cost of the production (based on the current market prices of the materials required to produce that type of unit, see below for details) and 1 week of upkeep.
  3. Each day I will (try to) publish any new bids for the armies. If the auction is set to end within a day, a new bid will push the end date for the auction for that army back one day. So, as long as bids are being raised for a given army, the auction for that army will be extended. That means there's no point in waiting to bid until the last minute, as your bid will extend the auction until the next day, allowing others to bid as well. If you really want an army and you want it now, just bid high enough so that you won't be outbid.
The auction is set to end at midnight on May 8th, server time (subject to the previously noted possible exceptions).

Bids must be increased in 100k gold increments.

Here are the forces, grouped by type, including the number of units, minimum bid, and home city.

Pikemen (T2 Spears)
#1: 7,250 for a minimum bid of 6,100,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#2: 7,000 for 5,900,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#3: 3,500 for 3,000,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#4: 3,200 for 2,700,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#5: 2,200 for 1,900,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#6: 400 for 400,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Longbowmen (T2 Bows)
#7: 2,100 for 2,200,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#8: 2,000 for 2,100,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#9: 1,350 for 1,400,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#10: 1,250 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#11: 1,100 for 1,200,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#12: 537 for 600,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)

Men-At-Arms (T2 Infantry)
#13: 7,500 for 8,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Charioteers (T1 Cavalry)
#14: 1,000 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)
#15: 1,000 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)
#16: 1,000 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Pulse)

Knights (T2 Cavalry)
#17: 850 for 2,000,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)
#18: 550 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Agents Provocateurs (T2 Saboteurs)
#19: 300 for 700,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)

Assassins (T2 Assassins)
#20: 500 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Bounty)

Rangers (T2 Scouts)
#21: 5,000 for 6,400,000 (Afrovian Heights)
#22: 4,000 for 5,100,000 (Afrovian Pastures)
#23: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Mafrovia)
#24: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Afrovian Bounty)

Spymasters (T2 Spies)
#25: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Afrovian Watch)

Please send me a mail with your bid. It can be as simple as "5 million gold for #3", "20 million gold for all your pikemen", etc.

The minimum bids are calculated as 1 week of upkeep plus the production cost for materials using the following amounts, rounded up to the nearest 100k for the sake of simplicity.

Spear - 40 gold
Sword - 190 gold
Bow - 40 gold
Leather - 215 gold
Chainmail - 200 gold
Plate - 45 gold
Beer - 95 gold
Horse - 40 gold
Saddle - 600 gold
Book - 290 gold

I assume you'll agree these values are quite fair and reasonable.

For example, here's how the formula works to calculate the minimum bid for 1,000 charioteers:
  • 1 week upkeep = 168 hours x 3 gold per hour = 504 x 1,000 = 504k gold
  • Production =  95 (1 beer) + 40 (1 horse) + 600 (1 saddle) + 4 gold = 739 x 1,000 = 739k gold
  • 504,000 + 739,000 = 1,243,000, which rounded up to the nearest 100k is 1,300,000 gold

Once again I look forward to seeing what you folks do with these! Will it be mischievous pranks, secretive revenge, or a cold calculation to advance your cause...? Let's find out! Big smile

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There are five days left in the auction. Remember, any bids during the last day will push the end date out a day, so don't wait until the last minute.

Here are the current bids. All armies have had their minimum bids fulfilled or beaten. To enter your bid, send me, Mafro, an in-game mail with the number of the army and your bid (e.g. "6,200,000 for Army #1"). Please bid in 100k gold increments, with a minimum bid increase of 100k gold.

Pikemen (T2 Spears)
#1: 7,250 for 6,100,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#2: 7,000 for 5,900,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#3: 3,500 for 3,000,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#4: 3,200 for 2,700,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#5: 2,200 for 1,900,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#6: 400 for 400,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Longbowmen (T2 Bows)
#7: 2,100 for 2,200,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#8: 2,000 for 2,100,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#9: 1,350 for 1,400,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#10: 1,250 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#11: 1,100 for 1,200,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#12: 537 for 600,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)

Men-At-Arms (T2 Infantry)
#13: 7,500 for 8,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Charioteers (T1 Cavalry)
#14: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)
#15: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)
#16: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Pulse)

Knights (T2 Cavalry)
#17: 850 for 2,500,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)
#18: 550 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Agents Provocateurs (T2 Saboteurs)
#19: 300 for 1,000,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)

Assassins (T2 Assassins)
#20: 500 for 2,000,000 gold (Afrovian Bounty)

Rangers (T2 Scouts)
#21: 5,000 for 6,400,000 (Afrovian Heights)
#22: 4,000 for 5,100,000 (Afrovian Pastures)
#23: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Mafrovia)
#24: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Afrovian Bounty)

Spymasters (T2 Spies)
#25: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Afrovian Watch)

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In response to a question about movement speeds, it should be noted that I can pair the bulk of these armies with a commander with a Forced March level of between 5 and 10. I will do this myself if your target time requires it.

In the unlikely event that there are more time-sensitive operations timed to co-occur than commanders with a high enough level of Forced March to hit those target times, those armies with higher bids will get priority. This did not happen with the operations resulting from the first auction, and I would frankly be surprised if it happens this time.
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Less than 72 hours left in the auction. Remember, any bids during the last 24 hours will push the end date out a day, so please don't wait until the last minute.

The current bids are as follows:

Pikemen (T2 Spears)
#1: 7,250 for 6,100,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#2: 7,000 for 5,900,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#3: 3,500 for 3,000,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#4: 3,200 for 2,700,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#5: 2,200 for 1,900,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#6: 400 for 400,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Longbowmen (T2 Bows)
#7: 2,100 for 2,200,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#8: 2,000 for 2,100,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#9: 1,350 for 1,400,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#10: 1,250 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#11: 1,100 for 1,200,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#12: 537 for 600,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)

Men-At-Arms (T2 Infantry)
#13: 7,500 for 8,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Charioteers (T1 Cavalry)
#14: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)
#15: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)
#16: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Pulse)

Knights (T2 Cavalry)
#17: 850 for 2,500,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)
#18: 550 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Agents Provocateurs (T2 Saboteurs)
#19: 300 for 1,000,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)

Assassins (T2 Assassins)
#20: 500 for 2,000,000 gold (Afrovian Bounty)

Rangers (T2 Scouts)
#21: 5,000 for 6,400,000 (Afrovian Heights)
#22: 4,000 for 5,100,000 (Afrovian Pastures)
#23: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Mafrovia)
#24: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Afrovian Bounty)

Spymasters (T2 Spies)
#25: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Afrovian Watch)

To enter your bid, send me an in-game mail with the number of the army and your bid (e.g. "6,200,000 for Army #1"). Please bid in 100k gold increments, with a bid that is a minimum of 100k gold higher than what is listed here.

I look forward to seeing what Machiavellian deeds you've got planned!

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We're less than 24 hours away from the auction bid deadline!

Also, note that Kodabear has announced his intention to run a new tournament starting in June! So, that's one more reason to save your own troops and use these for your military needs - killing enemies, hunting NPCs, or pranking your friends! Bid now at rates cheaper than it would cost for you to train these troops yourself!

The current bids are as follows:

Pikemen (T2 Spears)
#1: 7,250 for 6,100,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#2: 7,000 for 5,900,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#3: 3,500 for 3,000,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#4: 3,200 for 2,700,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#5: 2,200 for 1,900,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#6: 400 for 400,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Longbowmen (T2 Bows)
#7: 2,100 for 2,200,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#8: 2,000 for 2,100,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#9: 1,350 for 1,400,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#10: 1,250 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#11: 1,100 for 1,200,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#12: 537 for 600,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)

Men-At-Arms (T2 Infantry)
#13: 7,500 for 8,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Charioteers (T1 Cavalry)
#14: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)
#15: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)
#16: 1,000 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Pulse)

Knights (T2 Cavalry)
#17: 850 for 2,500,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)
#18: 550 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Agents Provocateurs (T2 Saboteurs)
#19: 300 for 1,000,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)

Assassins (T2 Assassins)
#20: 500 for 2,000,000 gold (Afrovian Bounty)

Rangers (T2 Scouts)
#21: 5,000 for 6,400,000 (Afrovian Heights)
#22: 4,000 for 5,100,000 (Afrovian Pastures)
#23: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Mafrovia)
#24: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Afrovian Bounty)

Spymasters (T2 Spies)
#25: 1,000 for 1,300,000 (Afrovian Watch)

Regret is so unpleasant...drop me a mail now with your bid!

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So, a number of auctions completed, and their winners have been notified, but last minute bids have pushed back the auctions by a day for a majority of the armies.

Here is what remains, armies which will be won for the amount stated below if no higher bid (in a 100k increment) comes in before 00:00 server time on May 9th, roughly 20 hours from now:

Pikemen (T2 Spears)
#1: 7,250 for 6,300,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#2: 7,000 for 6,000,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#3: 3,500 for 3,200,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#4: 3,200 for 2,800,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#5: 2,200 for 2,000,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#6: 400 for 500,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Longbowmen (T2 Bows)
#7: 2,100 for 2,400,000 gold (Afrovian Dreams)
#8: 2,000 for 2,200,000 gold (Mafrovia)
#9: 1,350 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Peaks)
#10: 1,250 for 1,500,000 gold (Afrovian Watch)
#11: 1,100 for 1,300,000 gold (Afrovian Pastures)
#12: 537 for 700,000 gold (Afrovian Flow)

Men-At-Arms (T2 Infantry)
#13: 7,500 for 8,800,000 gold (Afrovian Heights)

Rangers (T2 Scouts)
#21: 5,000 for 6,500,000 (Afrovian Heights)
#22: 4,000 for 5,200,000 (Afrovian Pastures)
#23: 1,000 for 1,500,000 (Mafrovia)
#24: 1,000 for 1,500,000 (Afrovian Bounty)

Spymasters (T2 Spies)
#25: 1,000 for 1,500,000 (Afrovian Watch)

To bid, just drop me an in-game mail with the number of the army you wish to bid on and the amount of your bid.

Note that if this gets pushed back again, I will may ask that bid increments be higher, as the daily upkeep for most of these armies costs me more than the measly extra 100k gold being bid! Doh!

Yours,

Mafro
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