have CCP produce quafe for real as a healthy alternative soda, no aspartame or other chemicals like that and ship it out whole sale, follow the pepsi business plan where occasionally you do give aways or redemption codes, discounts on plex, redeeming cool implants maybe, skill injectors, etc.
would be a great way to bring new players into the game, once they get past that epic learning curve.
on the subject of which, if we’re not going to be able to voice chat with Aura, i still think a chat or pop up window for aura would be good, asking aura “how do i sell stuff” and have a basic learn through play tutorial of “here’s the button” “here’s the item” “right click and click, this item, the information laid out tells you how fast you’ll sell it” etc. simple and easy steps and let people take the game at their own pace rather than playing through the tutorial (its good, but floofing hell is it long)
break it down into activities
“what can I help you with today captain?”
edit: thinking more about the quafe idea, if ghost kitchens exist why can’t people strike up a similar deal for “ghost production” i’m sure one of the big soda companies would happily do a run, they have all the staff, you just provide them with ingredients and materials, they produce and ship it off, CCP distributes it.
step 1) create a healthy but tastey drink
step 2) figure out a way of doing ghost production in countries to cut down on logistics costs
step 3) sell the drink at standard RRP
step 4) find a big bag to put the money in.