Marketplace UI Guide

  • Marketplace UI Guide

    Marketplace UI

    Hey everyone!
    With Merlyn, along with other improvements, we’re reworking one of the most complex interfaces in Albion: the Marketplace UI.
    The new interface has a simplified, streamlined structure to make it easier to use for new players, while bringing the more experienced market users new features that allow access to critical information for better market playing.
    In addition to these new and changed functionalities, it was converted to the new UI look as well.

    Base Structure

    We have rearranged the order of our existing filter options. They now follow a more logical approach: First comes “Category”, then “Subcategory”, then “Tier”, then “Enchantment” and finally “Quality”.
    Also, whatever you type in the search field will now remain there as you move through other tabs.

    When it comes to the rest of the layout, we made some bigger adjustments. The new Marketplace UI is structured in five main tabs that you can find on the right-hand side as usual:
    • 1. Buy
    • 2. Sell
    • 3. Create Buy Order
    • 4. My Orders
    • 5. Completed (only shows up if you have purchased items)
    On top there’s also one Details window that will be explained after the tabs.

    1. Buy tab

    Here you can see a list of all the offers that are currently for sale at your local market. You can see information about the name, duration and price per item. Note that we removed the different duration options, so every offer is available for 30 days. Statistics and collected player feedback showed that the vast majority of players set their orders to 30 days, while the other options were barely used.

    The default sorting remains ascending by price, but you can now also order it by item ID (basically, the item's technical name), duration, or descending by price by clicking the according fields.

    The newly introduced pagination feature on the bottom of the window now allows you to see 20 pages of offers. Each page still consists of 50 entries. This should allow you to get a better overview of the current market situation.

    2. Sell tab

    This tab basically works like the Sell tab from the old interface. You’ll find all items that are currently in your inventory (excluding equipped ones) in this list. The list is sorted in the order of items in your inventory, from top left to bottom right.

    You can sort the list by item ID and the durability (so you can have all sellable items on top). Items still need full durability to be sold if they have a durability value.

    3. Create Buy Order

    This tab allows you to look for any item in the game. It’s essentially a reference list that allows you to access the details window of any item (even if it is not currently offered at the market) to create a Buy Order for that item or see its market data.

    4. My Orders

    This tab shows all the Orders you have currently running. The list is split into two parts, the top one being your Buy Orders, the bottom one your Sell Orders.
    This change was done so players wouldn’t have to look for the start of their Sell Orders list anymore, and instead would have a more compact view.

    The default sorting for this window is increasing duration time. In addition, you can see the price per item for your orders. This display is now consistent throughout the marketplace. Only when it actually comes to the total price do we display it (buying a number of items etc.).

    We added a new feature for Orders: Order editing. With this new addition, you can simply adjust the amount and price of your running Buy and Sell Orders.

    To do this, press the Edit button, adjust the values, and press the Update Order button. Note that you will have to pay the set-up fee and potential taxes again when updating your Orders! The updated Order will automatically reset to 30 days.

    5. Completed tab

    The completed tab will only appear if you have purchased items. You can take them either one at a time, or all at once by pressing the take all button.

    Details window

    You will reach this Details window by pressing either the Buy, Sell, or Buy Order button in the tabs that were mentioned before.

    In this window you will basically find all market interactions for one specific item. In this example, that would be the Guardian Helmet. You can change some aspects of your chosen item, however, while you are in the Details window. You can change the tier, enchantment level and quality of the item you’re looking at to get an easier overview of the market supply and demand once you’ve narrowed down your search to one item. This will be especially useful when expanding the Details view which will be explained a bit further down.

    One other goal of the Marketplace UI rework was to make it easier to switch between Buy and Sell options. That’s why we put all options right below each other. When choosing a different action by pressing one of the other round radio buttons, the information in the bottom of the window immediately updates to fit the new action. This way you can quickly get information about the supply and demand of the item you’re looking at.

    For example, in the screenshot above you can see the example for “Buy”. The interface displays the price of 830 Silver. This is the price for the cheapest Sell Order that you can buy from. It also updates the average price flag, which will either be brown if there’s no average available, green if the price you’d pay is less than the average price paid during the last 24 hours (per default), and red if you’d have to pay more than that.

    Note that the average price is now finally calculated by the actual transactions that have happened in a set timeframe (default: 24 hours) and not the available offers in the market.

    Now if you’d change the Action to Sell, the bottom part would update to show you the highest Buy Order price, so you’d get the most Silver someone is currently willing to pay. All information related to this will update as well. So the average price comparison is newly calculated (because you’re selling the item for less than you could buy it for). The tax and fee display will also be added when necessary.

    When changing to Sell Order or Buy Order, the default price in the editable field is set to the highest corresponding order that is currently listed, so you can make quick adjustments to offer a better price than your market competitors.

    For advanced users of the Marketplace, we've added even more information in the expanded Details window. You can access it by unfolding the fly-out window via the little arrow next to the closing button.

    Details window extension

    This extension allows you to see all Sell and Buy Orders of the chosen item, and shows the margin in a very compact manner. From here you can select the other Sell Orders with higher prices if you desire to do so.

    On top of that, we have integrated a market history for all items. You can see it in the bottom of the extension. Note: in the screenshot, you can only see one time slot. It will take 4 weeks to fill all of them once the system goes live. If an item doesn’t get sold during one or more time slots, the corresponding spaces also remain empty.

    On the left side of this graph you can see the price range in Silver (-5 to +5 Silver below/above peak and low prices). Inside the graph you can see the average price per slot in the chosen time frame. For example, the standard 24 hours is divided into 1-hour slots. Each of these slots has one average price. For 7 days, the slots are for each 6 hours; for 4 weeks it is 1 slot per day.

    Additionally, you can see the number of items per time slot that were sold when hovering over any point in the graph.

    The resulting average price on the bottom right of the details extension is the actual average price for the set timeframe. To the left of the price you can change the timeframe to 7 Days or 4 Weeks. All values will update accordingly. That also includes the average price comparison flag on the left-hand side: for example, 0% below average might change to -10% below average or +15% above average depending on the timeframe.

    That basically covers the new Marketplace UI. We hope that this explanation was helpful to you, and we will continue to improve the interface in the future.

    - Lino