So, you just finished your first ten adventures? Well, let me introduce you to The Auction System.
At the auctions, players can buy and sell items that they discovered on adventures. Everything from cages, to armor, to artwork sells, some items for substantially more or less than others. The currency used in these purchases is silver, which is new to T4. Silver can be obtained one of four ways:
- Completing certain quests
- Finding silver during adventures
- Selling your own items at auction
- Exchanging your gold into silver via the Exchange Office
Note: Gold can be exchanged for silver at a rate of 1:100, and Silver can be exchanged for Gold at a rate of 200:1.
Generally, the more valuable an item is, the more it will sell for. Left or right handed items such as Pennants or swords, or armor such as Scale Armor or helmets will typically sell more than items like cages, Books of Wisdom, or ointments. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and occasionally an item you sell will get an arguably ludicrous return. For a complete list of hero items, see Kirilloid or TravianTale.
Placing a Bid
Participating in an auctions is rather easy, but it could be confusing if it’s your first time, so I’ll walk you through the process. First thing is first, click the small gavel in the top right of your screen attached to your hero.
This will bring you to the main auction page, where you can see all the items for sale. Here you can filter through by item type. Nearest to the top of the page will be auctions that are nearly complete, and further down will be items with more time remaining. A description of the items for sale will be displayed, as well as the number of bids, current highest bid, time remaining in the auction, and lastly the bid button. If you have an adequate amount of silver to place a bid, you will see a small green button and the word “Bid”. Clicking this will open a dropdown in which the current bid, name of the highest bidder, and an area to place your own bid, are displayed.
Naturally, you must outbid other players looking to obtain that same item. A minimum bid is displayed on the right, however, simply bidding the minimum will not always do the trick.
Let’s say, for example, that an item is currently going for 100 silver. The minimum bid displayed would be 101, yet the highest bidder at the time may have bid anything over 99 silver. You must then bid more than the previous bidder. If you do not bid more, at the top of the auction screen in red letters will be the words, “You got outbid”.
You can either give up then, or if the item is worth the higher price to you, then keep on bidding until you are now the highest bidder. If, when the time runs out for an item which you are the highest bidder, you will then have that item in your possession, and the amount of silver that you bid will be transferred to the player who sold the item. Please note that you can not "snipe" a bid by placing he highest bid with just seconds left in an auction. When a new high bid is placed with under five minutes left, the time resets up to five minutes with your new bid as the high bid.
Selling an Item
The next tab over is the sell tab. Clearly, here is where you can put up your own items acquired during adventures or purchased in auctions up for sale. Simply click on the item, confirm that you would like to put it up for sale, and your item will be placed on the auction list. Beware though, after the first bid has been placed on your item, it is there permanently. Your item will be up for 24 hours, and then the highest bidder will receive your item, and you will get their silver. Items you sell will be kept track of in a list with all the information pertaining to the sale such as number of bids, time and date, item type, etc.
It is believed by some that putting an item up for auction during the hours when most people are online after work/school/etc (say 5 - 10 PM EST), resulting in your item being on the first page of bidding when the majority of players are online, will net you the largest reward. As with everything, this is not always the case, but has shown to be true in several instances.
The last tab is the Bids tab. This will show you an up-to-date view of any items you have placed a bid on, allowing you to easily keep up with your bidding. Below that finished auctions are shown, and you will see the results of all auctions that you participated in, whether you were the highest bidder in the end or not.
Well, that's that. The Auction System explained. Hopefully with this you can go out there and sell sell sell! Best of luck!