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Neruz

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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2009, 06:41:08 am »

Actually they sell you the corpse as well, but corpses are worth 0 dwarfbucks.

So basically yes.

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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2009, 09:02:34 am »

"Cat!  Free to a good mountainhome!"
"...But the cat's dead."
"That's the best part!"
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2009, 09:06:15 am »

Cage plus free bones, meat and leather. What's not to like? I embark on Glaciers all the time specifically so the traders can bring me dead animals.

It's like butcher's christmas; crack open the cages and see what fleshy presents lie inside!

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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2009, 09:40:05 am »

Except you have to consider that they're caravans might taper off due to low profit.  Since the animals die off they might be losing money on each caravan and decide that your fortress isn't worth it.

Of course, I don't really know if that's really how it works but it's something to look out for.
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2009, 10:32:07 am »

They look at what they brought on the map and what they left with, so yes if all you're buying is cages they might be considering it a 'loss' and get peeved. But honestly animals are pretty cheap, 2 or 3 stonecrafts each so as long as you buy other stuff and let them leave with a significant profit margin they'll keep coming back with bigger caravans.
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2009, 02:00:59 pm »

They look at what they brought on the map and what they left with, so yes if all you're buying is cages they might be considering it a 'loss' and get peeved. But honestly animals are pretty cheap, 2 or 3 stonecrafts each so as long as you buy other stuff and let them leave with a significant profit margin they'll keep coming back with bigger caravans.

Oh CRAP. Are you telling me I have to purchase a significant amount from the traders, or the *beepbeepbeeps* will stop showing up? Ummn... Excuse me... I have to go start doing some major industry.
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2009, 02:51:57 pm »

They won't necessarily stop showing up, but they probably won't bother bringing 7 wagons if you only buy a tiny amount of their goods and don't bother to give them a good profit margin. If you actually steal from them, their caravan size will drop very sharply, but it probably won't stop altogether.
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2009, 03:01:01 pm »

You'd think they'd get smart and stuff a fire snake in the cages with the animals. Charge you some more for 'hazardous shipping' and leave you with an extra vermin along with your purchase. Would be cool unless they traveled through a desert or something. They'd have to figure out a way to keep the critters alive through that. Any suggestions?
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2009, 03:57:48 pm »

I can just picture the merchant trying to convince the trader that the cat is in fact still alive.

"E's not dead!  E's pining for the mountainhomes!"
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2009, 04:57:11 pm »

Hmm, I think this happened to me today too. I didn't buy the cage, but noticed a cat corpse on the stocks screen. I assumed it was carp chum, but I am playing on a cold map (though, sadly, one that does not freeze, hence the carp.)
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #25 on: September 03, 2009, 09:39:55 pm »

I love that they attempted to sell you Schrodinger's cat.

You just HAD to look inside it, didn't you?

BTW, that cage should've been made of pitchblende to make it work best.

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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2009, 10:02:44 pm »

I love that they attempted to sell you Schrodinger's cat.

You just HAD to look inside it, didn't you?

BTW, that cage should've been made of pitchblende to make it work best.

Pitchblende? that bit I don't get.

Well, they didn't LABEL it properly. If it had said 'Nickle Cage of Uncertainty'-- Well, you can bet I'd not have opened it. I would've created a whole museum around it!
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2009, 10:16:31 pm »

I love that they attempted to sell you Schrodinger's cat.

You just HAD to look inside it, didn't you?

BTW, that cage should've been made of pitchblende to make it work best.

Pitchblende? that bit I don't get.

Well, they didn't LABEL it properly. If it had said 'Nickle Cage of Uncertainty'-- Well, you can bet I'd not have opened it. I would've created a whole museum around it!
Well, you see, Schrodinger's experiment involved radioactive material. Pitchblende is radioactive.

For you see, joke = explained.

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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2009, 10:35:21 pm »

Then Joke != joke anymore.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2009, 10:25:03 pm by zchris13 »
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Re: Free, with purchase...
« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2009, 11:17:26 pm »

Then Joke =/= joke anymore.

I prefer !=, personally.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2009, 11:19:39 pm by Puzzlemaker »
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