Shop Tutorial

Server Shops Tutorial Video

How Does the Economy Work?

Altitude has a simple economy that allows players to exchange items for currency and vice versa, either with the server or between each other. There is no inflation, taxation, or complicated economic concepts on Altitude - and our economy is not deeply integrated into the server. It is simply here to provide a way to exchange items for other more desirable items.

Our goal with the economy is to encourage trading among players by allowing players to set up their own shops and selling to each other. While players do have the option to sell to and buy from the server, it is discouraged because the server's prices will not be as good as another player's prices.

The Server Shops

You can also sell to and buy from the server. This is generally not recommended because the server sells items for an inflated price and buys items for a very low price. The server may be used as a last resort for some quick cash or some quick materials.

The first place to go to interact with the server's shops is Origin. You can get to Origin, the server's central town, by doing /spawn any time. Each building in Origin contains a certain category of items that can be purchased or sold. Not every item is available in Origin - only basic building materials, ores, and common necessities like saplings.

If you'd like a faster way to sell your items to the server you can use /sell. This command allows you to sell the item you are currently holding, your entire inventory, or just blocks to the server for in-game cash.

Screenshot of shops at spawn.

Useful Commands

  • /shop - General chest shop command
  • /sell [hand/inventory/blocks] - Sell items from your inventory to the server
  • /bal - Check your current balance
  • /pay <player> <amount> - Pay other players
  • /payconfirmtoggle <player> - Toggle whether you need to confirm a payment before it sends with /pay
  • /warps [apply] - See active warps or apply for your own

Creating a Chest Shop

To create a shop you will need a chest, sign, and an item you want to sell. First, place the chest where you want to create your shop and then place the sign on the chest. Fill out the sign with [shop] on the first line, the quantity of item being sold per transaction on the second, the price of each transaction on the third, and the word "sell" on the last line. Then, put the item you are selling inside of the chest. This is your inventory, make sure it never runs out!

Shops support enchanted items and potions, so get creative with what your selling! Specialized shops that players can trust to have the best prices for a certain type of item will get the most traffic. Players can create as many chest shops as they like, so don't worry about running out of space!

You can also create a shop that requests to buy an item, or to barter one item for another. To create one of these simply put "buy" or "barter" on the last line of the sign. If you are trading, be sure to fill the chest with the item you are giving away, but leave room for the incoming items!

Screenshot showing trading shop creation.

Applying for a Warp

Once you have a shop set up you will likely want to generate traffic to your shop. The best way to do this is with a warp that players can use to teleport directly to your shop. You can see all active warps with /warps. They are also marked on Dynmap.

​​Applying for a warp is simple. Just do /warps apply in-game and follow the prompts in chat. You will be asked for a name, description, and icon. Make sure you are standing where you want the warp to be when you initiate the command! Once your application is finished a staff member will review it and approve or deny it.

You may also choose to set up a town around the warp you have created and have others live with you. We recommend using claim subdivisions to do this, which you can learn more about on the claiming page.

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