1) About shields:

We discussed that, DaveV and I, a long time ago, and agreed that 2 or 2.5 gold/shield is generally the most reasonable to assume (since you need 25 gold to buy a row of 10 shields, and 2 gold when there is 1 shield left to buy in a row).

1 gold = 1 beaker is what you get when you move the tax slider (without improvements, of course ).

2) About trade routes and bonuses:

Of course they are very important! (OldnSlow(?) sent an example the other day where more trade was derived from routes than from working all squares in the city radius: IIRC three '45 trade' routes ).

3) About Superhighways:

Of course they are very important! (provided that many squares already produce at least 2 arrows before you complete SH).

4) About 2.5 Einstein:

If you already have 16 Einstein busy in your SSC, 2.5 more bring nothing.

Conclusion:

I tried to answer the question asked by Elephant:

"How does that compare in terms of beakers in a full SSC?", but I tried to make a short answer and that was not a good idea.

Let me try a summary #2:

1) Wheat is worth 2.5 Einstein, which means 60 beakers in a full SSC, unless the SSC already has 16 Einstein (or could have them without wheat): wheat is worth nothing special in that case.

2) Silk is worth 3 more arrows, which means 24 beakers directly, but in fact much more than that if one takes into account the effects of SH, and the influence of those 3 arrows upon trade routes and bonuses.

We discussed that, DaveV and I, a long time ago, and agreed that 2 or 2.5 gold/shield is generally the most reasonable to assume (since you need 25 gold to buy a row of 10 shields, and 2 gold when there is 1 shield left to buy in a row).

1 gold = 1 beaker is what you get when you move the tax slider (without improvements, of course ).

2) About trade routes and bonuses:

Of course they are very important! (OldnSlow(?) sent an example the other day where more trade was derived from routes than from working all squares in the city radius: IIRC three '45 trade' routes ).

3) About Superhighways:

Of course they are very important! (provided that many squares already produce at least 2 arrows before you complete SH).

4) About 2.5 Einstein:

If you already have 16 Einstein busy in your SSC, 2.5 more bring nothing.

Conclusion:

I tried to answer the question asked by Elephant:

"How does that compare in terms of beakers in a full SSC?", but I tried to make a short answer and that was not a good idea.

Let me try a summary #2:

1) Wheat is worth 2.5 Einstein, which means 60 beakers in a full SSC, unless the SSC already has 16 Einstein (or could have them without wheat): wheat is worth nothing special in that case.

2) Silk is worth 3 more arrows, which means 24 beakers directly, but in fact much more than that if one takes into account the effects of SH, and the influence of those 3 arrows upon trade routes and bonuses.

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