Dealer’s Life updated: version B:0.88 – Über Piñata

Good day to all Dealers!

We are here to announce that, after a couple of weeks of Beta testing, we just released a huge new version (0.88) code-named “Über Piñata” (UP)!
The reason of this name is quite obvious: now Dealer’s Life speaks German 🇩🇪 and Spanish 🇪🇸 ! We hope all our German and Spanish speaking players will like this improvement, it will sure help them to fully enjoy our game!

Speaking about enjoying the game, we thought that a bit of Christmas theme would help feeling some good Christmas vibes! You will now be amused by Christmas lights, Christmas presents (you can even find them as special items!), Christmas tree and the ever-present Christmas hat!

But we wanted more for this release and so its real core is the addition of the new Mythic rarity along with the new “Geek items” pack! I won’t spoil much here, you will find a lot of movie and video game references, we know you’ll like them! Not all of them are rare so you’ll start seeing them right now, but you’ll soon discover that Mythic items are REALLY rare and expensive!

Can you get all the references?

These changes led to a global price balance that let us increase the average item price per rarity (with of course “mythic rarity” being the most expensive average) and increase the item price average for every fame level.
This was done with two goals in mind:

  1. a more rewarding feeling while buying and selling items.
  2. more interesting items for every fame level (which means less “skippable” items generated during late game).

Of course this affected “Free Gift” generation too, so expect better prizes (both cash and items) when choosing to open them at the start of your game day.
This is really awesome, we tested it thoroughly and we can say that now the game feels more rewarding, with a higher item price average and with more interesting items for every fame level! Let us hear your voice on this, we think that now the progression and the “general feeling” is really better.

Spoiler alert: a customer brought an android for sale!

Another task we completed with this release is related to performance optimization: we did a lot of tweaks and changes to cut memory and GPU usage, battery consumption and device heating. This is huge, during our tests we had great improvements on responsiveness and device heating (which means less battery usage) on both low-end and high-end devices. Let us know how the game is improving on your device!

Last, but not least, we checked all the English text and found a lot of small typos or mistakes that are now fixed! We apologize for these mistakes, we hope that now the English text is smooth and nice to be read, if you have any feedback on this we have a dedicated card on our Roadmap.

And that’s all for now, we really hope you’ll like all these changes!

What’s next, you wonder… Well, we will soon start working on the new Item Pack #5, on French and Portuguese localization, but we are already working on designing the Encounter Pack #2 with more special characters, dialogues and choices!
With this, we’ll be very near to what we call “1.00 release”, which means that we will consider Dealer’s Life a full game, increasing its Premium price a bit and focusing on other platform releases (surely starting with iOS), while of course improving it with new Item Packs and new features (even suggested by our players!).

Remember that you can always track and comment our planned tasks on the Public Roadmap where you can also give us feedback or propose new ideas or changes.

Stay tuned and keep up the good deals!

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A better way of success in Dealer’s Life

Hi everybody!

A lot of time has passed since our last big article about strategy tips. Countless things have changed since then so I think the time has come to talk about strategy once again!

For those of you that have just started playing the answer is yes: you need strategy to win this game. If you make the wrong decision in the wrong moment, the game will probably end in a bad way… But let’s get to the point and talk about how you could win instead!

Golden Rule #1 – You shall haggle

First thing first: haggling is not an option. If you want to be a real Hardcore Dealer you will never let your customer go away without having spilled every single cent you can from him: if he wants to sell you something you estimate, say, $1500 and he asks you $1000, you will still offer him less. No fair business? Who cares? You want to get rich, right?

If he accepts your offer it means you got what you wanted at a good price, and that’s good, but you know what? You still failed to make a really good haggle, sir. If a customer accepts your first offer it means you could have been gone lower and probably he would have followed you. With a few more relaunches you could have reached an even better price.
On the other hand if you go too low with the counter offer your customer won’t follow you: he will get angry and stick to his offer, obliging you to come closer to him and making you lose a chance to lower the price.

Awww, c’mon!

So this is the difficult part: every customer has his own “acceptance window”. If you go below that window you won’t get anything useful, if you go too high you won’t get the best price possible. How to know the thresholds of this window, then? This brings us to the next golden rule…

Golden Rule #2 – Know your customers

Every customer is different and there is no fixed path of actions that makes you always get the best deal from every customer. You have to adapt the bargaining process to every customer you meet. A good way to do this is by staring at him and getting some clues about his personality. Your Insight skill does help in this but keep in mind that your customer’s appearance isn’t just there so you can look at it for pleasure. If you’re smart enough you could eventually understand that certain details in appearance show specific psychological traits, so one day you could end up recognizing them by merely looking at your customer! That will be a pleasure!

Ok, now you know your customer’s personality but how can it help you in haggling with him? Well, this is also a tricky part as you’ll have to figure it out. You will never get told that your customer’s lowest limit of acceptance for your offers is a certain amount, but you can get an average idea by knowing that:

  • greedy customers won’t move too far from their starting offer, and usually tend to be… well, greedier than other customers.
  • competent customers will look for the real price of the item they came to buy or sell, while not competent customers will easily shot a random price. This second case could lead to impossible haggling fights as well as epic deals. If you meet a really not competent customer that is also not greedy at all, you could probably make one of the best deals you ever made if you push it well!
  • impatient customers have no time to waste and should you start from a too low offer they could easily quit the haggle and go away. You should be careful with them and avoid pushing them too much.
  • collectors are what you dream to have as buyers and what you’d happily avoid as sellers. They do not seem to have a sober idea of value for the items they own or wish, as they always overestimate every single thing.
You don’t look competent…

This four points lead us to some clear conclusions: if you meet a really greedy seller which is not competent at all and an impatient collector you should check your real life luck, man, because you got the worst case ever. On the other hand, if you get a buyer which is a calm, not greedy and not competent collector you can prepare to shot ridiculous offers!

Golden Rule #3 – Choose the right employee

There are tons of useful employees out there that could help you out getting the most from your deals, the problem is understanding which one is really useful to you. Employees could be quite expensive too, you don’t want to keep hiring and firing them all the time since you have to pay their starting cost when hiring and that would lead to a big waste of money.

Here is a list of all employees available, with some details about them and their uses:

  • Passive employees: these people are generally cheaper than the others. They all can give passive bonuses to your skills to grant you advantages you normally would have reached with a higher (and far more expensive) level of fame or shop. If you lack in some skill and do not yet have the money to increase it, you could end up hiring one of these guys to get some advantages at a very reasonable price. Here’s a list of them:
    • Clerks will grant you more Charisma, which in turn will let you go further with your offers (most useful with greedy customers) and get more chances from impatient customers.
    • Lucky Guys will increase your Luck and this will affect both the nature of random events that will happen and the average number of customers that will come to your shop every day.
    • Analysts will increase your Competence, granting you the ability to get more frequent and precise estimates of items.
    • Profilers will grant you more Insight and that will help you discover fakes and customers psychological traits.
  • Active employees: these guys are far more expensive than passive employees but also more useful. They all have powerful abilities that can be used during the game at your own discretion. Here’s their list:
    • Experts can be used to perform quick estimates on items you are about to buy. They can help you by providing an estimate of the item’s value and there is also a chance that they’ll recognize fake items! When your skills are not enough to evaluate an item, the Expert could actually make a big difference! And that’s not all about him: he can also take a few days evaluating an item you own to give a 100% accurate estimate and to discover if it’s a fake.
    • Restorers are actually the most used active employees because of their invaluable ability to repair items in bad conditions greatly enhancing their value. The average Restorer is not so fast in his job but he will always do it well, so you usually won’t repair every item you have: if you want to maximize your gain you’ll have to choose the most profitable to be repaired first.
    • Brainwashers are maybe the strangest employees you could ever meet. These guys can daze people and make them forget the very last moments of conversation with you! This grants you a huge power with both your customers and recurring characters since you can completely reset a negotiation with any customer and also avoid many bad situations by simply fooling bad guys coming to your shop! Unfortunately the Brainwasher is the most expensive employee and you can activate his power only a very few times a day so you have to be very careful on if and when to use it.

Golden Rule #4 – Afford the right expense at the right time

You will afford a lot of expenses. I mean… a real lot. Especially in early game you will have to survive and stay safe with your cash. Unexpected expenses are always round the corner so you will NEVER invest all your cash in that awesome legendary item you could buy at half price. You won’t do that… but since even I did it myself, I’ll just say at least make sure you’re not at the end of the week… and be aware that you won’t be 100% safe in that situation neither.

Shops are another big source of expenses. They are great: they give you a big inventory, a bunch of working locations, some beloved fame points and they can even influence the amount of customers you can receive every day! The problem is their cost. If you move to a new shop too early you will sure have a new shiny look for your interiors, some more space to fill and even a fame point to level you up, but you could end up with no more money to invest in new items. Without them and without a good amount of items to sell in your inventory… let’s be honest: you’re ready to bankrupt… and this leads us to our next golden rule…

Golden Rule #5 – Consider strategic retreat

You must know this: everything can go bad, from rocket high weekly expenses that will drain all your cash to unexpected losses, bad news, accidents or bad encounters. The time will come for you to face reality: you made a wrong decision (or you simply had really bad luck) and now you’re just one or two days ahead of losing a lifetime-long game. That’s the right time to realize you still could have a chance to survive by throwing away all the deadweight: fire some employees, try to move to a worst (but cheaper) shop. It could sound like a loss of resources but maybe only this could make you survive the next weekly expenses! Think about it!

Golden Rule #6 – Take the right choice

Last but not least, let’s talk about recurring characters. They could be a real fun and bring you great deals, but they can also put you in real troubles. Keep in mind that your skills, your reputation and your employees can unlock special choices in many dialogues so you can have better alternatives. If you have, for instance, high values on Charisma you could end up convincing someone, while with high Insight you could find a way to fool someone else! When dealing with recurring characters it’s always better to have top high skills and remember you can count on passive employees for this!

Golden Rule #7 – Have a “backup” plan

Finally my last hint: this game can be lost. If you don’t like the idea of starting a new game from the beginning you can use the Cloud Save as a backup! Just remember to upload your saved game to the cloud every now and then and if you lose you can restart from there!

Thank you for reading all this, I hope you found some useful hints to better enjoy Dealer’s Life!

See you on our next update for the upcoming release and keep up the good deals!

The way of success in Dealer’s Life

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This strategy tips article is outdated, read here the updated version!
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Hi to all Dealers!

Today I will talk about strategy. That’s it: you need strategy to win this game.
Dealer’s Life may seem a straight simple game at first but I can tell you it’s not. You can’t just buy and sell stuff hoping to make money from it, you have to fight for every cent you make and be wise enough to not waste money by taking bad decisions about new shops, tasks or employees.
The talk could be quite huge here, so let’s go fast and begin!

Golden Rule #1 – Haggling is not an option

First things first: haggling. Since the beginning of time, humankind has based it own prosperity on exchanging goods between each other… Ok maybe I’ve started from too far, let’s cut some boring introduction and say this: if you want to be a real Hardcore Dealer you will never let your customer go away without having spilled every single blood drop you can from him: if he wants to sell you something you estimate, say, $150 and he asks you $100, you will still offer him less. No fair business? Who cares, but you want to get rich, right?
If he accepts your offer it means you got what you wanted at a good price, and that’s good, but you know what? You still failed to make a really good haggle, sir. If a customer accepts your first counteroffer it means you could have been gone lower and probably he would have followed you. With a few more relaunches you could have reached an even better price.
On the other hand if you go too low with the counter offer your customer won’t follow you: he will get angry and stick to his offer, obliging you to come closer to him and making you lose a chance to lower the price.

Awww, c’mon!

So this is the difficult part: every customer has his own “window of acceptance”. If you go below that window you won’t get anything useful, if you go too high in that window you won’t get the best price possible. How to know the boundaries of this window, then? This brings us to the next golden rule…

Golden Rule #2 – Know your customers

Every customer is different and there is no fixed path of actions that makes you always get the best deal from every customer. You have to adapt the bargaining process to your customer. A good way to do this is stare at him and get some clues about his personality. Your Insight skill does help in this but keep in mind that your customer’s appearance isn’t just there so you can look at it for pleasure. If you’re smart enough you could eventually understand that certain details in appearance reflect in specific psychological traits, so one day you could end up recognizing them by merely looking at your customer! That will be a pleasure!

Ok, now you know your customer’s personality… but what for? How can it help you in haggling with him? Well, this is also a tricky part as you’ll have to figure it out. You will never get told that your customer’s lowest limit of acceptance for your offers is a certain amount, but you can get an average idea by knowing that:

  • greedy customers won’t move too far from their starting offer, and usually tend to be… well, greedier than other customers.
  • competent customers will look for the real price of the item they came to buy or sell, while not competent customers will easily shot a random price. This second case could lead to impossible haggling fights as well as epic deals. If you encounter a really not competent customer that is also not greedy at all, you could probably make one of the best deals you ever made if you push it well!
  • impatient customers have no time to waste and should you start from a too low offer they will easily quit the haggle and go away. You should be quite careful with them and do not exaggerate.
  • collectors are what you dream to have as buyers and what you’d happily avoid as sellers. They do not seem to have a sober idea of value for the items they own or desire, as they always overestimate every single thing.
You don’t look competent…

This four points lead us to some clear conclusions: if you encounter a really greedy seller which is not competent at all and also an impatient collector you should check your real life luck, man, because you got the worst case ever. On the other hand, if you get a buyer which is a calm, not greedy and not competent collector you can prepare to shot ridiculous offers!

Golden Rule #3 – Employees are not shoes…

… That means you should not keep changing them all the time. There are tons of useful employees out there that could really help you out getting the most from your deals, but every one of them has a price that you pay every week and every time you hire a new one. That could lead to some serious problems especially in early game, when you don’t have much money to trash in bad decisions and second thoughts. Good experienced employees are expensive and not always available though, so it’s up to you to decide if and when to hire someone. Do not haste the decision, take your time to think about two or three employees that could help you most and look for them in the Daily Journal.

Here are a couple of tips you could find useful:

  • employees that passively provide some kind of bonuses may not seem as attractive as other employees like the restorer or the expert but the true thing is that, no matter what, they’ll always be “on duty” and provide their bonuses. The restorer could become idle if he doesn’t have items to repair, and the expert… well, the expert is actually useful even if he’s idle, so go for experts! XD
  • if you’re in early game think about hiring employees with a few experience: they may not excel in their job but hey, they’re damn cheap and are better than nothing, right?

Golden Rule #4 – The right shop at the right time

Shops are great: they provide you a big inventory, a bunch of working locations, they can even influence the amount of customers you can receive every day! The problem is their cost. They’re really expensive. If you move to a new shop too early you will sure have a new shiny look for your interiors and some more space to fill, but you could end up with no more money to invest in new items. Without them and without a good amount of items to sell in your inventory… let’s be honest: you’re ready to bankrupt.

Golden Rule #5 – Go with the flow

Last but not least, my favourite rule! XD
In Dealer’s Life you often cannot have what you want when you want it. To tell the truth, you more often get what you do not want right in the most irritating time. The Daily Journal is a damn paper thing that pops out mostly useless to bad news (this is a simulation game, we couldn’t make it any different, sorry for that…) and a far lot of sellers out there are eager to bring you their embarrassingly ugly and crappy trash with no value at all, just to make you waste your time. And what about those hatred accidents that happen too often and make you lose your only and most valuable item you just repaired in a week of hard work? That’s really bad… but that’s how life could be and how Dealer’s Life is: though! If you dream of your best game ever with that great shop and those fantastic, top experienced employees and all those legendary items to repair for ridiculous deals… well, you’ll probably be disappointed. My suggestion here, as many good dudes before me already said in far and near pasts, is to abide. Accept what comes and adapt. Take every little chance you get and try to make the best gain possible from it. If you look only for the best item you could ever encounter and ignore the “trash tide” of less valuable items you are actually losing money, because even from the littlest item could come a gain, if you perform well. That could sound like a lesson of life… and maybe it is, my friends, maybe it is…

Finally, let me give you a last tip: infinite mode is fun, but if you ask me, making a new game from scratch is surely better. Procedural generation is a wild thing: sometimes the game is way too easy and forgiving, some other times it brings you more than a trouble. If you found your game quite easy and fast to win (or too difficult and apparently impossible to win) I encourage you to give another try. I cannot assure you it will be that easy (or that hard) next time but surely it will be different! ;D

Thank you for reading all this, I hope you found some useful hints to better enjoy Dealer’s Life! And don’t forget to comment with your favourite strategy and your tips!

See you on our next update for the upcoming release and keep up the good deals!