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Foundation – How to Trade

Trading is an important mechanic in Foundation. Selling can give your economy a huge boost, and buying can give you some truly needed items. This is a guide on how to set up and use trade routes in Foundation.

How to set up trade routes

Trading is not possible in the beginning of the game. You have to set up trade routes with different cities before you can begin trading with them.

How to unlock trade routes

The first part of trading is unlocking trade routes with different cities. There are 3 different factions:

  • Northbury (Labor) – Costs 20 planks to unlock
  • Davenport (Kingdom) – Costs 20 bread to unlock
  • Myddle (Clergy) – Costs 20 shirts to unlock

Each city will offer to buy and sell different things. You will most likely unlock them in the following order; Northbury, Davenport, Myddle.

How to make buy and sell orders

Foundation resources trade tab
Resources tab in trade

Once you have unlocked your first trade route with a city you can start trading your goods with them. Head into the “resources” tab in the trade menu.

Buying

Find the item that you need, and select that amount that you want to buy. Once you have selected the amount, then click up arrow to start buying it.

Selling

Find the item that you want to sell and select an amount that you want to keep. Then click on the red arrow pointing down. Example: if you have 100 bread and select 20, then you will sell all your bread until you have 20 left = you sold 80 pieces of bread.

How to finish the trade

You have set up the trade orders, but you might still not receive or sell the items. This is because you need a warehouse where you keep the stock of items that you want to sell or receive. So go ahead and place a warehouse and choose to storage the items that you are trading with. Now it’s time to wait for the merchant to walk into your land and trade with you. He will walk over to your Lord Manor building.

FAQ

I can’t buy items

There can be 3 reasons that you are not receiving your items from a trade.

  • You don’t have enough coins to fulfill the trade
  • You don’t have a warehouse assigned to the specific item that you want to buy
  • You have blocked off the entry path of the traders with a wall. You can see the the traders path by looking at the map and following the path that goes way out of your town.

I can’t sell items

There can also be a number of reasons that you can’t sell your items to the merchant.

  • The trader might not want the item that you are trying to sell. Head into the trade menu and see what items the trader is looking to buy.
  • You have blocked off the entry path of the traders with a wall. You can see the the traders path by looking at the map and following the path that goes way out of your town.
2021-06-28

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