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Antiques Dealer

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Sovereign, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Sovereign

    Sovereign Inhouse Community Manager InnoGames

    Jan 26, 2012
    Going once. Going twice. Sold! The Antiques Dealer has come to town!
    On the outskirts of your city, just next to your Friend's Tavern, you will see a brand new collection of tents which house the Antiques Dealer and his auction house.
    What is the Antiques Dealer?

    The Antiques Dealer is a brand new feature in Forge of Empires which aims to help players use items in their inventory which have succumbed to the dust of ages past! The Antiques Dealer loves to collect artifacts from Forge's history, and will pay a pretty penny for the rarest finds! The Antiques Dealer becomes available when you unlock the technology Economics in the tech tree.

    Exchange your unwanted items!
    Select unwanted items from your inventory and offer them to the Antiques Dealer in exchange for Trade Coins that you can use within his shop. More valuable items will also provide you with a chance to earn rare and coveted Gemstones. You can increase the output of your exchange by taking more time to barter with the dealer, or accept a lower output to quickly earn your Trade Coins and Gemstones! Choose from 2, 8 or 24 hours to breakdown your items. You can also boost your output from the breakdown with Diamonds!
    To start a breakdown, click on the Antiques Dealer's tent, and then click on the hand icon on the right side of the screen.
    Click on the plus sign at the top, to choose which item you want to breakdown. More slots can be unlocked by performing breakdowns, meaning the more you use the feature, the more efficient your breakdowns can be! Hover over the question mark to see how many more successful breakdowns you need to perform to unlock the next slot.


    Once you've selected which item you want to breakdown, select the Breakdown Timer you want to use, and then click Barter. The estimated value of the breakdown in Trade Coins and Gemstones can be seen on the right side of the window before you start the Barter Process. Once you start breakdown process, your items will be removed from your inventory. If you change you mind, you can click cancel up to the point the timer runs out! Doing so will return the items to your inventory, so don't worry, you wont lose anything (except time) if you change your mind.

    Once the breakdown process is done, you can click on the collect button to receive your Trade Coins and Gemstones!

    Lastly, you will notice in your inventory, the delete button has been replaced with a button which directly takes you to the Antiques Dealer. This should make sure you don't accidentally delete the valuable items you can exchange. Of course, the delete button still exists for items which cant be exchanged via the Antiques Dealer, such as Forge Points packs.

    Shop for a bargain!

    So you've exchanged your old and dusty Face of the Ancient for some Trade Coins, now what?! The Antiques Dealer has a deal for you. Click on the building in your city to see what he has on offer. Some items can be bought with just Trade Coins, whilst more valuable items require Gemstones too. Don't see anything you like? The shop refreshes regularly, so be sure to check back, and not miss out on your favorites. If you're after something specific, you can also refresh the shop instantly for Diamonds.

    What about if you see something you really want, but you don't have enough Trade Coins? Fear not, you can buy additional Trade Coins for Diamonds. However, Gemstones can only be earned by parting ways with your rare inventory items, and can't be purchased for Diamonds.

    Sold to the highest bidder!

    The Antiques Dealer, as a connoisseur of all things Forge, also offers you the opportunity to win some exciting items, as well as some which are exclusive, by bidding in his auction. Bids can be made with Trade Coins only, and you're bidding against other players! For each auction, you will be added to a randomly selected pool of players who you're bidding against. If you're outbid, your Trade Coins will be returned to your stock for you to spend on another bid, or other items if you decide the price is too high. The player with the highest bid at the end of the auction wins the item. Once the auction is over, and a new one starts, the pool of players resets!

    So, what are you waiting for?! The Antiques Dealer is active in your Beta city right now! Go get yourself some awesome prizes.

    As this is a brand new, and substantial feature, we're looking to gather as much feedback as possible, so please be sure to share any issues or feedback in this thread.

    Thank you!

    The Forge of Empires Team

    P.S. Please note as is often the case, the new feature won't be immediately available for the mobile version of the game. We will update this announcement once the Antiques Dealer is ready for mobile!
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
  2. Zarok Dai

    Zarok Dai Community Manager

    Jul 4, 2014
    Diamonds have now been rewarded to all active accounts. Enjoy the new feature all :)
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  3. In.My.ConTroL

    In.My.ConTroL Inhouse Community Manager InnoGames

    May 8, 2019
    Greetings Beta,

    Please find below all changes we've done on Antiques Dealer feature since it's release on Beta:


    June 24th
    • Added thousand separators to the coin display on hover in the Antiques Dealer
    • Did some polishing to the item selection screen, including some graphic improvements, support for mouse wheel scrolling, and items being sorted by trade coins
    • Added some tool tips to the item exchange
    July 8th
    • Reduced the time between auctions to 30 minutes
    • Added an exchange timer
    • Added thousand separators to numbers
    • Added the ability to instant exchange using diamonds
    • Added tool tips to the selection screen. Now you can easily see the age of the buildings
    July 12th
    • Increased the auction timer to 30 seconds whenever a player puts in a bid in the last 30 seconds. This should make the end of auctions more exciting
    • Improved Trade Coin and Gemstone tool tips
    July 17th
    • We've made balancing changes to the Antiques Dealer's shop items
    July 18th
    • A blowing effect was added in the Antiques Dealer window to improve the experience by drawing your attention to the Exchange feature for the first time.

    Bug Fixes

    June 24th

    • Fixed an issue where when bartering defaulted to the 2 hour-time without having to select a time
    • Fixed an issue where the window graphics could break if you didn’t close the Antiques dealer window during the breakdown process
    • Fixed an issue where cities would flash when visited them from the Antiques Dealer
    • Fixed an issue in HTML5 when attacking neighbors, the army management window was not working correctly
    • Fixed an issue where the diamond boost in Antiques Dealer was not always applying correctly in some cases
    July 1st
    • Fixed an issue where outbid notifications weren’t being sent correctly
    • Fixed an issue where set buildings didn’t have set icons displayed in shop or exchange window
    • Fixed an issue where the auction timer above the Antiques Dealer was placed too high
    July 15th
    • Fixed an issue in Antiques Dealer where the 5 BP'1s were not supposed to cost any gemstones.
    • Fixed an alignment issue with currencies in the Antiques Dealer window.

    As always, please feel free to share any issues or feedback in this thread.

    Your Forge of Empires Team.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2019
  4. Sovereign

    Sovereign Inhouse Community Manager InnoGames

    Jan 26, 2012
    Hello Beta!

    We hope you are enjoying the Antiques Dealer so far! We wanted to let you all know of some changes which have come into effect with today's update. As you know, we've made some changes to the functionality of the Dealer, and with this in mind, we will also make some tweaks to the feature as a whole to ensure it remains balanced. Along with these changes, we will also reduce the cost to instantly refresh the items available in the Shop (this will be included in the next couple of days, but was not included in today's update).

    Additionally, we want to tease a little bit that we plan to release some exclusive rewards, available only via the Antiques Dealer, in the coming months which we will of course bring to Beta first! We hope this addition will add value to the feature, so watch this space for more details soon!

    Lastly, as we've made changes to the feature, and we'd like these changes tested before Antiques Dealer hits the live servers, we've added 500 Diamonds to all active account to aid you in this testing.

    As per usual, please leave any comments, concerns and feedback in this thread.

    Thank you once again for your valuable feedback and criticisms. With your help, you've shaped this feature for it's live release, making it an overall better experience for all!

    The Forge of Empires Team
  5. Zarok Dai

    Zarok Dai Community Manager

    Jul 4, 2014
    Greetings Beta,

    We want to let you know that we activated the Antique Dealer on our app today. Please note that the 30 second timer that is added at the end of an auction with a new bid is not functional on the app yet, but everything else should function as intended.
    Thanks all :)
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