CrystalMUSH Crystal Sorting Rules

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CrystalMUSH Crystal Sorting "Rules"

The groupings are based on geometric shapes, sizes, "notes" (from musical scales) and amount of flaw in the crystals.

The actual geometric shapes have no effect on making sorting choices as you may only group crystal of the same shape. However, they have a large effect on the sorting value as a middle or low market shape will be worth significantly less than a high market shape.

The notes should be familiar to any music student or those of us who remember the "Do a Deer" song from "The Sound of Music"

  • Do
  • Re
  • Mi
  • Fa
  • So
  • La
  • Ti
  • Dx - This is a second "do" note, dx is used to tell apart the first and last do's.

Groupings (Highest to Lowest Value)

  • Octave (Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Dx)
  • Five Chord (Do Mi So Ti Dx)
  • Five Row (Do Re Mi Fa So)
  • Four Chord (Do Mi So Dx)
  • Four Row (Do Re Mi Fa)
  • Three Chord (Do Mi So)
  • Three Row (Do Re mi)
  • Singles (any single note)

Levels of Flaw (Highest to Lowest Value)

  • Perfect
  • Very Slightly Flawed
  • Slightly Flawed
  • Flawed
  • Majorly Flawed

That's Nice Now How Do I Sort?

It's a little hard for me to explain how to sort, as it's basically a puzzle. I'll see if I can get a mathematician to help provide a technical explanation in the future. For now...

  1. Find all perfect octaves in the same note as the vein.
  2. Look for any perfect 5 chords or 5 rows in the same note as the vein. Also look for perfect 5 chords and 5 rows in other scales. If you find any, determine if there are any crystals with minimal flaw that would make an octave. Until you get a feel for the patterns, you'll need to use the sorting calculator for each potential grouping (including singles) in the pool.
  3. Do the same with 4 note groups, and 3 note groups. I can't think of a situation where a perfect 3 row or 3 chord would be improved by making it into a flawed octave, but it's possible to improve it by making a 5 row or 5 chord.
  4. Sell any singles.

This is a fairly simplistic description of a complicated process. Both the first and last steps tend to be blindingly obvious. It's steps 2 and 3 that are the "hard" part.