SHOPS - Achaea Online Help

6.8 SHOPS

(See also: HELP COMMSHOPS, HELP SELLING, HELP BUYING WEAPONS,
           HELP BUYING ARMOUR)


Commands
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   WARES [BRIEF] [<pattern>]
   BUY [<howmany>] <item> [CODE accesscode]
   ASK <denizen> WARES [<pattern>]
   BUY <item> FROM <denizen>
   PROBE <item>


Overview
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Once you've made some money, it will undoubtedly be burning a hole in your
pocket, and you'll want to spend it! Look at things with WARES or ASK ...
WARES; buy things with BUY!


Wares
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Many fine merchants inhabit the land, plying their trade in the various shops
of Achaea. When in a location that looks as if it may be a shop (Central Market
of Ashtan, for instance), WARES will tell you if it is. If it is a shop, it
will also show you the proprietor (owner) of the shop, and what is for sale.
Example:

Proprietor: Rurin the Crafter
--------(Item)-------(Description)----------------------------(Stock)-(Price)-
         pie13485: a lemon pie                                     2    500gp
        pike61672: a pike                                          5    300gp
      rapier20480: an ornate steel rapier                          5   2000gp
       vial122778: an elixir of health (blue ceramic vial)        21   1000gp
       myrrh85123: a group of 10 myrrh balls                      27    100gp

The first item on each line is what you use to buy it. The second item is a
description. The third is how many are in stock. The last item is the price,
either in gold (gp), credits (cr), or Mayan Crowns <mc>.

WARES <pattern> searches for things matching that pattern. For example WARES
SWORD will show you things with sword in the name somewhere, like longsword or
bastard sword.


Special
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If you have the vision ability of Weaponlist or Armourlist, then WARES
or WARES <pattern> will give substantially more information about the
weapons or armours listed.

WARES BRIEF [pattern] will suppress that extra information.


Buying
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Use the full name, with number, to be sure you're buying the right thing!

For example, BUY vial122778 to purchase a blue ceramic vial containing an
elixir of health. Never use two words. Don't BUY VIAL 23456, for example!


Buying in Quantity
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Buy more than one this way: BUY 7 PIKE to purchase 7 pikes (assuming that many
are for sale).


Buying From Master Shopkeepers With Codes
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Some master shopkeepers are able to set up special codes so that only those who
know the code can buy things, or even see that they are for sale. If you are
one of the privileged few to be given a code by a master shopkeeper, here's how
to use it:

   WARES CODE mycode
   BUY item12345 CODE mycode

If you use the proper code, then you will see new things in WARES, and you will
be able to purchase things with the BUY command.


Buying From Wandering Merchants
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Many denizen merchants wander the lands. They do not have visible shops, but
you can still buy direct from them. If you happen to meet one, try asking what
may be for sale:

   ASK <merchant> WARES [<pattern>]

As with other versions of the WARES command, the <pattern> helps you look at
only things that match the pattern.

If you wish to take a closer look at something that a denizen merchant has 
for sale, you may do so in this way:

   ASK <merchant> <item# of an item from the wares list>


(See also: HELP COMMSHOPS, HELP SELLING, HELP BUYING WEAPONS,
           HELP BUYING ARMOUR)