So, not to be that person, but I guess now I will be.
We as players were told well over a year ago that there would soon be a solution to the commodities issue. Worried about city stockpiles and all that.
We're at the point now where I've had someone from each city ask me to speak to Enorian's leadership about trade. While that would be pretty cool to do, we're not in any place to offer any of the commodities needed by most cities at this point and the NPC cities don't release comms at a rate the puts a dent in the needs of the crafters of Aetolia. These aren't 'optional' comms either. (Not that there are many of those, each comm has practical uses)
Wood, cloth and steel are the ones I hear the most. Armor, vials and bandages require these. Even if you don't care about crafting as much as some, when the comms run dry, so do the means for cities to outfit their fighters.
So, basically, I'm hoping for an update. I play mainly to craft, and boy does it suck to feel guilty about doing something I enjoy or make something that may not be mandatory just because we don't have a solution to the comms issue yet. I can't claim to know what admin plans were or are. I don't know if it's a ploy to get people to invest money in permanent vials and pipes or whatever, but it's to the point where I don't dare to ask my minister to move wood over for purchase because I'm not usually making anything critical. I invested money into crafting and am now finding it to be more limited than it was when I spent the money because people are concerned about running out of things citywide.
Some communication would be great.
had no clue where to put this post, sorry