Urgent Evoke

A crash course in changing the world.

As any economist will insist, economic behavior is about allocating limited resources - limited resources including giving your fellow Agents a hand with this or that aspect of preparing their Evokation or some other aspect of their involvement on Evoke. To that end and to promote the exchange of goods and services among Evoke Agents (strictly within the Terms of Service), I'd like to invite interested parties to step forward and bank some Evokians to make this market possible.

How can you spend an Evokian? It will be an in game currency that can be used to negotiate services that promote the accomplishment of Missions, Quests, and Evokations. They can not be used to pay for votes. When spending Evokian, you must notify this post with the number of Evokians spent and what they paid for. For example, I don't speak Hindi so I asked Agent Y to translate a doc**ent and I paid him 4 EVs for his time. Or I needed some expert advise from an engineering Agent on what it would take to manufacture this product for my Evokation - since it took her three hours to research it for me, I paid her 6 EVs.

What is the exchange rate of EVs to services? That will be decided by the marketplace, but paying someone a billion EVs will lead to runaway inflation (and now you owe the bank and thereby your fellow Agents a billion EVs).

Can I run a debt? Sure, but I would encourage other Agents who want to engage in the marketplace to check on someone's debt burden before accepting payment.

How long will this economic experiment go on? Provided it is promoting exchange and not inhibiting it and the moderators don't object, I will run it (with help if anyone wants to help) through May 12th.

How will the accounts be reconciled? Once a day, I will go through the days posts, tally up who gave what to whom, and a list of participating Agents with their EV balances will be posted.

How many EVs do I start with? None. The first time you exchange a EVs for a service, you will owe the bank that much.

What other rules apply? Beats me. This is an experiment. I invite others to help me refine the idea.


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Comment by Jen Shaffer on April 2, 2010 at 1:59pm
Great idea! A way to keep track of barter and exchange with a fungible credit. I haven't read everyone's comments, but a good next step might be a EVOKE version of Craig'sList (Alchemy's List??) where people could post the types of services they could offer.

And on that note, my offer of reading and offering constructive comments for EVOKATIONS is still going. More information is posted HERE - I want to help you succeed.
Comment by Kevin DiVico on April 2, 2010 at 2:40pm
@Jen - thanks... I'll look at your post...

To All - if we go through on this where need to talk to the people who control the brand-able IP (Evoke etc) who hold trademark, copyright etc... because they may not want to open up this exchange or be linked to it with the evoke brand...

Lets here some thoughts on Names that are our own..what we can turn in to a EVOKATION ....and build the network beyond the game brand.... remember ..we don't own as a collective the brand Evoke....just liek Star War fans dont own that IP...*snarky smile*

so names ideas anyone...
Comment by Ursula Kochanowsky on April 2, 2010 at 4:03pm
In the meantime..i'll add our first good to the trade.
I need to raise capital.
For 10 EVs each i'll send 5 agents in the us or canada one of my archival quality photographic art prints. They're 8 x 10, signed and part of a 14 print run.

First come first serve. Tell Mark you're giving me +10, specify which one you want, send me an email to wordstoworlds@gmail.com with your address and i'll send it to you.
Comment by Colinos on April 3, 2010 at 12:24am
Is this like how the first money was created?

Let there be a unit, that never expires, breaks or rots, that can be exchanged for less permanent objects... etc
Comment by Charis Brown on April 3, 2010 at 5:37pm
What a great idea!
Comment by Mark Mulkerin on April 3, 2010 at 11:24pm
@Ursula - Kevin is your first customer. He sent me his info which I've forwarded to you.

@Ethan - Great, I will have a look. Thanks.
Comment by Mark Mulkerin on April 3, 2010 at 11:28pm
Latest Market News:

Services offered:

Wintermute -
Graphic design(typesetting, logos, presentations, animated movies) 23EV/hour
Basic Computer Tech Help: 5EV/hour

Sarah Shaw Tatoun -
Czech translations (1000 words or less): 2 EV
Editing: 1 EV for up to 1 hour
Computer/gameplay help (help with Evoke-related web work): 1 EV for up to 1 hour
Anything else: just ask. I have a lot of skills

Mark Mulkerin -
Poem - 1 EV
Joke - 1 EV

Ursula Kochanowsky -

For 10 EVs each i'll send 5 agents in the us or canada one of my archival quality photographic art prints. They're 8 x 10, signed and part of a 14 print run.

Services requested (and compensation amount)

None at this time.

Accounts -

Mark Mulkerin +2
Ursula Kochanowsky +12
Sarah Shaw Tatoun -3
PJE -1
Kevin DiVico -10
Comment by Mark Mulkerin on April 3, 2010 at 11:32pm
@Jen - Yes on the Craigs List idea. We are toying around with how the best way to optimize it would be and appreciate all thoughts. Are your EVOKATION services pro bono or do you want me to attach a price? If pro bono, do you accept donations ... Thanks.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on April 4, 2010 at 12:37am
I offer Spanish - English translations (1000 words or less): 2 EV
I´m thinking on more stuff I can offer . . .
Comment by Ursula Kochanowsky on April 4, 2010 at 1:20am
Hahahahaha!!! I am currently on the leader board for most evokians!
The print will be sent out tomorrow.


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