Tycoon Tips and Help
by Joe Tracy, Publisher of NEWSdial.com
should be embarrassed that they didn't include a manual for
Tabloid Tycoon. Not including a game manual is usually reflective
on the quality of the game. The following tips should help
you with the game.
Q: On the main
game screen there is a picture of a boy's face with a number
next to it. What does that mean?
A: That is
"public perception". It is reflective of what the public thinks
about your tabloid. You want this number to be as high as possible.
You raise the number by printing stories that are high in areas
like "truth" and "credibility". Raising this number improves
public perception of your tabloid and subscriptions (which is
also determined by the price you charge for your tabloid and
Q: On the main
game screen there is a picture of a crown with a number next
to it. What does that mean?
A: The crown symbolizes how "famous" your tabloid
is. The higher the number, the more famous it is. Raise this
number by putting
out top notch issues - stories that are high in Amusement, Believability,
Credibility, Drama, and Truth.
Q: In the Leads
Investigation Menu, what do the ABCD and % sign mean?
A: Here are what each mean:
A = Amusement
B = Believability
C = Credibility
D = Drama
% = Truth
Your goal is to raise these numbers in your stories to 10 for
A, B, C, D and 100 for Truth. That is a "perfect" story. You do
this by assigning Reporters and Photographers who are really high
in these same numbers.
Q: What do the colored triangles attached to each lead mean?
A: The color represents how difficult the story is to research.
If you are able to get high A, B, C, D and % numbers on very
difficult stories, then your issue rating will go up and help
affect the number of people that buy your paper and the overall
fame of your paper. Here are the difficulty settings according
to the color of the triangle:
Black = Very Hard
Red = Hard
Purple = Normal
Blue = Easy
Green = Very Easy
Q: How do I
raise the A, B, C, D, and %?
A: Use Staff Management to hire reporters and
photographers who are better skilled. These are the ones that
cost the most money.
Get rid of your low paid staff and replace them with highly paid
and highly skilled staff. Also, use the Freelance Reporter. He
is the guy with a pony tail looking out the window. Click on
him every Monday and buy all three of his leads. Don't worry,
you'll make a lot more money selling the stories from his leads
than you lose through buying the leads. Keep in mind that when
you start the game you have a small paper. This means four stories
per issue. Hire four good reporters and photographers and assign
each to a story. You need to assign three of them to the three
leads you buy from the Freelance writer. Assign your best reporter
and best photographer to the most difficult story. Develop these
stories throughout the week (and delete photos that don't add
high A, B, C, D, or % to your story. When it comes time to put
your issue together, use the four stories you developed. Select
the photo that raises the stories A, B, C, D, and % the most.
Once all four stories are placed, raise the issue price to about
$3 (as your paper grows in fame, subscribers, and size you should
raise this number). Now publish the paper and watch the money
roll in! Keep checking Staff Management to hire better reporters
and photographers, while getting rid of less talented reporters
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