Amira Navaras wrote:
The only fair solution I know to this is shoving the starter skylands farther apart (or making the taxes worse but that's not much fun). They're just so close to each other that trades between them edge toward division by zero.
What about having stockpile limits vary proportional to distance from a source? For example, if Pisa is a tool factory and Alpha 17 is next door, make the stockpile limit at 17 something tiny, like 200 tools... A single load in a tier 1 plane would push it from bloo up to purple, eliminating any possibility of further profit. Meanwhile, Getty is slightly farther and could have a limit of 250... Echo is much farther and could have a limit of 1000, etc.
This would have the benefit of retaining the high-profit arbitrage, but only for people in small, slow planes who can't hop halfway across the map in a few hours. It also makes sense - if the next Skyland over makes tools, you're not concerned about running out because you can be there and back in an hour. If it's a day away, you might have some more on hand.