The Economic Levers of Star Atlas

By Published On: 6 February 2023Tags:

A list of the economic levers in Star Atlas that affect economic resource distribution. Star Atlas has touted that it has one of the most robust economic systems in any gaming MMO. Facilitating that dynamic economy are “30 levers” that Star Atlas economists have been quoted saying that they can use to maintain a relative equilibrium in the Star Atlas economy. Until now, what these levers were could be guessed at but were never truly known. That is, until Hologram networked data runners uncovered the mechanisms that these levers control.

Below is a list of the “30 economic levers” that can affect the economy of Star Atlas. Each lever name is in bold with a brief description underneath.

List of Star Atlas Economic Levers

1.) Resources Scalar Multiplication
Description: Global lever that scales the quantity of resources

2.) Emission Main Breaker
Global lever which impacts the distribution of effective emissions

3.) System Richness Emissions
Global lever which impacts the effect that system richness has on resource emissions

4.) Ship Size Weight
Global lever which impacts the effect that ship size has on resource emissions

5.) Resource Hardness
Global lever which impacts the effect that resource hardness has on resource emissions

6.) Fuel Warp Breaker
Module wide lever that directly impacts the nominal cost of warping

7.) Fuel Planet Breaker
Module wide lever that directly impacts the nominal cost of planet exit

8.) Fuel Refinement Efficiency
Module wide lever that impacts refinement from R20 (hydrogen) to R4 (fuel)

9.) Mining Food Breaker
Module wide lever that directly impacts the nominal cost of mining

10.) Combat Food Breaker
Module wide lever that directly impacts the nominal cost of combat

11.) Food Refinement Efficiency
Module wide lever that impacts refinement from R20 (organics) to R4 (food)

12.) Organics Scalar Multiplication
Module specific lever that scales the quantity of organics in the economy

13.) Combat Toolkit Breaker
Module wide lever that directly impacts the nominal cost of repairing during combat

14.) Ammo Refinement Efficiency
Module wide lever that impacts refinement from R20 (copper) to R4 (ammo)

15.) Toolkit Refinement Efficiency
Module wide lever that impacts refinement from R20 (iron) to R4 (toolkits)

16.) Combat Ammo Breaker
Module wide lever that directly impacts the nominal cost of firing a weapon

17.) Fuel Combat Breaker
Module wide lever that directly impacts the nominal cost of combat.

18.) HP Scaling Factor
Module wide lever that scales health bars

19.) Crafting UGM Multiplier
SB Upgrading Materials Crafting Main Breaker

20.) SB Upgrading Breaker
SB upgrade curve exponent

21.) SB Upgrading Multiplier
SB upgrade multiplier

22.) Fuel Impulse Breaker
Module wide lever that directly impacts the nominal cost of impulse movement

23.) XP Emissions Base
Null

24.) XP Emissions Main Breaker
Null

25.) XP Emissions Action Multiplier
Null

26.) XP Emissions Combat Discounter
Null

27.) LP Emissions Base
Use this to scale the amount of time it takes to achieve a store tier

28.) LP Emissions Main Breaker
Use this to increase the difficulty to obtain the higher LP store tiers

29.) LP Emissions Action Multiplier
Use this to scale the amount of LP dropped from a particular LP action

Impact to Star Atlas Economy

First and foremost, the combination of lever actuations means that there is a near limitless number of economic combinations that could result of these levers. More importantly, the Star Atlas economic teams has in place a robust set of tools should they need to loosen or tighten economic loops.

Second, data runners have uncovered assigned numerical values to these levers. These numerical values provide insight into economic costs. For example, based on assigned values, Food is used twice as much for Combat than it is for Mining. However these numerical values are subject to change in the future as a direct result from public play testing.

Lastly, these tools how a comprehensive approach to managing the Star Atlas economy. Certain tools like the Resource Scalar provide sweeping global changes to the economy. Contrast that with more precise tools like resource refinement efficiency that only effect one particular mechanism. Combined, the entire lever set highlights how the Economics team can either rapidly or gradually make changes to the overall state of the Star Atlas Economy.

About the Author: Krigs

An ardent supporter of emerging technologies, Krigs has been covering blockchain games for over two years and believes passionately in their power to revolutionize our collective gaming experience.

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