Category: Economics

Modeling birth rate

Here’s an interesting question: how fast will Frasgird grow due to both birth rate and immigration? It strikes me that — absent both enabling technology and some sort of incentives — birth rate per se is going to be pretty low, perhaps at the rate of 5 live births per thousand women per year (which […]

What would make Frasgird fun?

After spending time in the last post talking a bit about what Frasgird isn’t, I think it’s important to talk about what makes Frasgird fun, or at least fascinating, and why people would want to play it. The stakes are, of course, survival — not just personal survival, but survival of humanity itself. There is […]

Modeling economics (first of many parts)

In Sundog (the game), there were 30 types of cargo that could be transported by the pod (and thus by the ship), plus nothing and cryogens (the ‘green ice’ pods) — 32 types in all (because, binary).¬†Each had an associated base price. Here’s the data from the original game, with the base price for each […]