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Default Chapter 33 - Facility Chains Description/Benefits


This is a new feature of the game where you will be able to create chains from your facilites to make more products for sale and also export or import products to neighbours facilites which will earn you even more coins. This feature is available at levels 200 and higher.

You have from Monday 12:00AM up to the next Monday 12:00AM to add a chain. If you don't do it in that time period nothing happens, you just missed the opportunity to have another chain.


There is a new Facility Chains Manager icon in the Tool Box, right above the Facility Manager icon, that will give you access to the Facility Chains Manager.

Benefits of *Regular* facility chains:

1. Chains of coins regular facilities will generate 40% more production.
2. Chains of farm cash regular facilities will generate 80% more production.

Extra production will be added to your storage and those products will have the ( Export ) suffix in their name.

3. ( Export ) products can not be consumed by your own service facilities, you can either:

a) Sell them at the market (Notice these products generate pure profit because they didn't cost you any ingredients or time).

OR

b) Export them to a neighbour who has a chain of the facility that can consume those products. In this case the Mayor will compensate you with an extra 100% of the sale price for helping others.

Benefits of *Service* facility chains:

1. Chains of coins service facilities will be 75% more profitable instead of the standard 50%.
2. Chains of farm cash service facilities will be 100% more profitable instead of the standard 50%.
3. If you need help stocking a service facility chain with products, you may chose to import those products from a neighbour who has a chain of the facility that can produce them. Notice these imported products have the advantage that you didn't have to spend time producing them and will also be extra profitable due to the increased profitability of the service facilities that are part of a chain.

Note: Any facilites you enter into the Facility Chains still produce the regular amounts you need for your facilities. By entering them into the Facility Chains you are getting EXTRA product on top of that, in the (export) section of storage, which you can sell or use in the rest of the Facility Chains feature. The (export) products are pure profit and totally free as they did not use any of your ingredients to make them.



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Default Facility Chains Rules

This is the phase one of this feature.
Export and Import of products between neighbours will be completed over the next releases.
Here is how it works:

1. Every week the Facility Chains Manager will present to you a different subset of the facilities that you own.
2. From that subset you will select one facility to convert into a chain.
3. There are two criteria to reach "Chain Status"
  • You need to have 2 of the same facility, each located on a different farm from the other. If you have more than 2 facilities only the first 2 will be part of the chain, based on the farm order where they are located at any given time.
  • You also need to achieve Dan 7th Degree on each product produced or used in that facility.
4. The subset of the facilities for you to choose from will vary each week. It could be any of the following combinations:
a) Regular facilities in coins
b) Regular facilities in farm cash
c) Service facilities in coins
d) Service facilities in farm cash
However, in order to maintain a balance between factories and services it is possible for the regular/service order to change.

The selection process considers how many chains of each type (factories or services) you have. Once it is determined which currency of the chain will be available in the current week (coins or farmcash), we then calculate how many chains the user already have for each type *for that particular currency*.

If your next chain is a Farm Cash chain and you already have 2 farm cash regular chains and 2 farm cash services, then that is an equal amount and you next chain will be a farm cash regular chain.

If the amount of factory chains you have is *less or equal* to the amount of service chains you have then the current week chain type will be a factory, if not, it will be a service.
5. The first week we will show you only coins facilities, the second week only farm cash facilities and so on. Whether we show you regular or service facilities will depend on the types of facility chains you have created in the past as described above.

6. Only those facilities that have a *strong* supply/consumption relationship to another facility can be converted into chains, for example:

a) The Medical Supplies Factory can be a chain because it supplies the Hospital. The Music Conservatory can be a chain because it consumes from the Musical Instruments Factory.
b) However the Healthy Juice Stand can not be a chain because is not related to any other facility. The Rubber Factory can not be a chain because is related to too many facilities.

7. The Add Chains tab shows one row for each pair of related facilities, regular facilities in the left and service facilities in the right.
8. One final and important rule is that if facility X is related to facility Y, at any given time you can have a chain of facility X or a chain of facility Y but not both. This will incentivize players owning a chain of X to trade products with neighbours owning a chain of Y.
9. The My Chains tab will show you the status of each of your facility chains.

Additional Info #1

When players eventually become familiar with the feature, it's likely that neighbours would talk between them and agree on which chains they are going to create in order to collaborate better, for example:

- Neighbour A create chains of Musical Instruments Factories and Hospitals
- Neighbour B create chains of Medical Supplies Factories and Music Conservatories

This way:

- Neighbour A can export products produced in its Musical Instruments Factory chain to Neighbour B Music Conservatory chain
- Neighbour B can export products produced in its Medical Supplies Factory chain to Neighbour A Hospital chain

Additional Info #2

- The pending production in a factory are not discarded when creating a chain of that factory, only the finished products need to be moved to storage but you don't need to do it manually, the game will do it for you when you click the green tick.

- There is no specific time limit in the week to create the chains, you have from Monday 12:00AM up to the next Monday 12:00AM. If you don't do it in that period nothing happens, you just missed the opportunity to have another chain.

- When you create a chain, it will stay that way, offering the same benefits, until you decide to delete that chain. Assuming facility X is related to Y, may be you had a chain of X for too long and want to have a chain of Y, in that case you will have to delete your chain of X in order to create the new chain of Y.

- When we implement the Export/Import functionality, you will see exactly which of your neighbours owns a particular chain



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How do i start a Chain?

1. Every week the Facility Chains Manager will present to you a different subset of the facilities that you own.
2. From that subset you will select one facility to convert into a chain.
3. There are two criteria to reach "Chain Status"
  • You need to have 2 of the same facility, each located on a different farm from the other. If you have more than 2 facilities only the first 2 will be part of the chain, based on the farm order where they are located at any given time.
  • You also need to achieve Dan 7th Degree on each product produced or used in that facility.
4. The subset of the facilities for you to choose from will vary each week. It could be any of the following combinations:

a) Regular facilities in coins
b) Regular facilities in farm cash
c) Service facilities in coins
d) Service facilities in farm cash

NOTE: For those of you who only have coin facilites, you will be able to start a chain every other week...

Week 1 you will be able to start a regular coin facility chain.
Week 2 you will skip if you have no regular Farm Cash facilites.
Week 3 you will be able to start a coin service facility chain.
Week 4 you will skip if you have no Farm Cash service facilites.



Open the Facility Chain Manager located in your tool box.
It looks like this. . .



You will then see a list of some of your facilites from this list you can choose which ones to make into a chain. Remember you must own at least 2 of the same facilites and you must have reached 7th Dan on those products.

In the "Add Chains" tab you will see something similar to this list, but it will be a list of your facilites. They could be regular facilites as shown below or service facilites.



The A-Z filter top right lets you chose to show your facilites by Default, Name, Facility Count, 7th Dan Progress or Available Trending Neighbours.

There are two blue buttons at the top right of the box that when clicked on will allow you to Check Rules or Check Benefits.

In each facility box you will see at the top corners if the facility is a coin facility or Farm Cash facility.
  • coin facility
  • Farm Cash facility
The number next to this icon shows you how many neighbours you will be able to Export products to or Import products from. If you click the icon it will show you the info of each of those neighbours that you could potentially import/export products to.
Next to the name of the facility it will tell you, between parenthesis, how many of that facility you have.

At the bottom corner of each box you will see how many products with Dan 7th you have achieved and how many are missing.

The following picture shows you a service facility which hasn't reached chain status. This Fishing Tackle shop shows only one facility owned and 9 out of 11 products at 7th Dan.


As you scroll down the list a red box will appear around each set of facilites allowing you to select it if that's the set you want to make into a chain. A black "Create Chain" button will appear. Either use your mouse wheel to scroll the list or use the scroll bar to the right.



Click on "Create Chain" and you will see something similar to the following pop-up.



Click the green check mark to store all products to storage. You must do this to be able to continue.




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My Chains

In the Facility Chains Manager click on the "My Chains" tab at the top of the box. This view shows you your chains.



You will see your chosen facility chain and in the box it will also show you which facility you can either import from or export to.

The A-Z filter top right lets you chose to show your facilites by Default or Name.

will show you what you can earn from regular and service facilites.

will show you which farms the facilites in the chain are on.

COMING SOON

will allow you to remove that set of facilites from the chains.
If you are deleting a chain created in the current week you will see a pop-up similar to this>>



Clicking the green check mark will remove the chain. You will then be able to pick another chain for the current week.

If you are deleting a chain from a previous week, you will see the following pop-up >>



Clicking the green check mark will remove the chain. You will have to wait until the following week to add a new chain.

Note: When you delete a chain that has reached chain status, all the (Export) products generated by that chain will be sold in the Market automatically.


OR will show you your neighbours facilites that you can import from or export to. Go to the next post #6 for more details on how to import/export.




If you see any of the following messages in your chains, the writing in black will tell you what you need to achieve chain status >>

When creating either regular facility chains or Service facility chains you will see this if you do not have 2 of the same facility.

In this case you need to add one more facility to a different farm.
will let you see which farm your facility in the chain is on.

When creating a Regular facility chain and you do not have all of the Dans needed to reach chain status , you will see the following. . .

In this case you need to work on getting the other products all to 7th Dan Degree.

will open the facility and let you see those products and what dans you have for them. Dans are shown in the lower left side of each box. You will be able to start batches for those products in the facility from that screen.

When creating a Service chain and you do not have the Dans needed to reach chain status, you will see the following. . .

In the case of Service Facilites when you click the 'Check Dan Degrees' button, you will be taken to the regular facility that makes the products your service facility needs. Dans are shown in the lower left side of each box. You will be able to start batches for those products in the facility from that screen.

If a Service facility is supplied by multiple regular facilites, when you click on Check Dan Degrees you will be able to select which of the Regular Facilities that supply the Service Facility you want to open.



When you open one of those facilities only products that are used in that particular Service Facility will be shown. Dans are shown in the lower left corner of each box. You will be able to start batches for those products in the facility from that screen.



If you do not meet the requirements for Chain Status, for the current week, you may delete the chain and pick another one. When you click "Delete Chain" you will see a warning pop-up telling you what you are about to do. If you proceed the chain will be removed. If you are deleting a chain from a previous week you will have to wait until the following week to add a new chain.

Until you have reached Chain Status, you will not store any products to the (export) section of storage and you will not be able to participate in the import/export part of the feature.







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Default Benefits and Summary of Import or Export

Benefits and Summary of Import or Export

a) If you own a regular facility chain you are now able to export the (Export) products produced on that chain to any neighbour with a service facility chain that can stock those products. This way you will double your revenue compared to just selling those (Export) products in the market. The extra revenue comes as a bonus from the Mayor, your neighbour just pay regular price.

b) The 'Export Products To' button for a regular chain will turn green whenever you have (Export) products available in your storage *and* at least one of your neighbours owns a service chain that can stock those products. There is another factor that can still restrict you from exporting products which is the free space available in the staging areas of your neighbours, more on this below.

c) When you export products they are temporarily stored in the staging areas of your neighbours. Each product type on each service facility chain have a staging area holding up to 30 days’ worth of stock.

For example, the Hospital consumes 100 Stethoscopes every 6 hours, 400 in a day and 12000 in 30 days. This means that the staging area capacity for the Stethoscopes in the Hospital is 12000, therefore your neighbours will be able to export to you 12000 Stethoscopes before you need to empty your Stethoscopes staging area by importing them all to your main storage. If your staging areas become full players will not be able to continue exporting products to you.

So when you are exporting products to a particular neighbour you will see 2 lines:

1) Products ready to export
2) This neighbour can import

The first line will tell you how many of your (Export) products can be exported to that particular neighbour *without considering* the limitation of that neighbour staging areas.

The second line will tell you how many of your (Export) products can be exported to that particular neighbour *considering* the limitation of the staging areas.

So if you see 1000 in the first line but 200 on the second line, it means that this neighbour have it's staging areas almost full and needs to be emptied soon.

d) If you own a service facility chain you are now able to import products from your neighbours consumed in that service chain, although you pay regular price in coins for those products, they will be much more profitable to you when you stock them in your service chain and then cash out because service facility chains are from 50% to 100% more profitable than service facilities that are not part of a chain.

e) The 'Import Products From' button for a service chain will turn green whenever there are products available in your staging areas that can be stocked on that service chain. When you click the Import button those products will be moved to your main storage. From there you can use them to stock your service facility chain as usual.

f) Right now you can decide when and to whom to export your products. However you have no control over when or which players can export products to you, we may introduce some level of control for this in the future.





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Default How do i Import/Export?

How do i Import/Export?

Once you have reached Chain Status you will start being able to store (export) products which will be used in this part of the feature. Before you try to Import or Export, make sure you store your products from your facility chains so you have something to be able use. You can see those in a separate section of storage called "From Facilites (Export)"

Go to the My Chains section of the Facility Chains Manager.

Note: If to the right of the 'Import Products From' button or 'Export Products To' button you see the following generic facility icon instead of the picture of the facility, this means that you can import or export to multiple chains. When you mouse over the generic facility icon you will see a full list of chains to which that factory chain can import from or export products to.



To Import:

The 'Import Products From' button for a service chain will turn green whenever there are products available in your staging areas that can be stocked on that service chain. When you click the Import button those products will be moved to your main storage. From there you can use them to stock your service facility chain as usual.

Click on Import Products From and you will see who you can import from, similar to the following picture, but they will be your neighbours.



The information in each box will tell you how many products you can import from that neighbour.

The blue button underneath the profile picture shows you the kind of relationship you have with that person: neighbour/buddy/friend/non-friend, you can click on that button to visit the owners farm. In the picture above it shows that person is a Neighbour.
If you do not wish to interact with that person you can remove yourself from being their neighbour or buddy. Click on the blue button beneath their picture to take yourself to their farm, then look bottom left of the screen for a yellow tool box and click on it. You will then see this >>


Click on this to remove yourself as their neighbour.
Click on this to remove yourself as their buddy.

Clicking 'Show Staging Areas' will show you the content of the staging area for each product used in that chain, including the staging area used space and free space. It shows you what has been exported to you for each product in that chain, and how much free space there is left. This is where the products that neighbours export to you go to before you import them. It holds up to 30 days worth of stock. You need to import regularly to keep your staging area free for anyone to be able to export to you.

This will show you which products that neighbour has exported to you and that are currently stored in your staging areas ready to be imported to your storage. The following picture is an example of what you could see >>


Click this blue button to import products from your neighbour.

You will then see a popup similar to this >>



Click the Green check mark to proceed. Coins for importing will be deducted from your coins total and the products added to your storage. Remember although you pay regular price in coins for those products, they will be much more profitable to you when you stock them in your service chain and then cash out because service facility chains are from 50% to 100% more profitable than service facilities that are not part of a chain.


To Export:

Go to the My Chains section of the Facility Chains Manager.

The 'Export Products To' button for a regular chain will turn green whenever you have (Export) products available in your storage *and* at least one of your neighbours owns a service chain that can stock those products as long as they have space for those products.

If you have products to Export but there is no room in your neighbours staging area the 'Export Products To' button will be pale blue and you will not be able to export to them until they have room in their staging area.


Click on the Green Export Products To and you will see who you can export to, similar to the following picture, but they will be your neighbours.



There is information in each of your neighbours boxes >>

The first line will tell you how many of your (Export) products can be exported to that particular neighbour *without considering* the limitation of that neighbour staging areas.

The second line will tell you how many of your (Export) products can be exported to that particular neighbour *considering* the limitation of the staging areas. If there is a 0 in this line it means that this neighbour has their staging areas full and they need to be emptied.

top right of the Export window. This will show you all the (Export) products produced in that chain that you have in storage ready to export.

This will show you which products will be exported to each neighbour and how many. Also, when you click "Check Products" each product has an 'Export' button that will allow you to export only that product to your neighbour.


Click this blue button to export products to your neighbour.

You will then see a popup similar to this >>



Click the Green check mark to proceed. Your Profit in coins will then be added to your coins total.







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Facility Manager and (export) Storage

You can now sort your Facility Manger to show just the facilities that are part of a chain. Open the Facility Manger and click on the Funnel icon. A box will open called "Facility Filter". Look under Regular facilites and under Service facilities for a drop down arrow to the right of "All". Click on it and you will see "Part of a Chain".



When you look in the regular Facility Manager with it sorted to "Part of a Chain" any facilites participating in a chain will show up and those that have achieved chain status will have a blue background and a chain link in the box.



When you hover over the box you will see the regular buttons needed for starting/loading/storing/cash out.

The products you store from your facilites chains are stored in a separate section of storage called "From Facilites (Export)". The following picture is an example of what you could see >>



You can either keep these items for import or export to neighbours facilites, earning you even more coins, OR you can sell them at market. Remember, the products shown in this section of storage are the EXTRA products you gained by entering the facilites into a chain.




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