***UPDATE*** As of July 7, the Mysterious Merchant should not be giving the same inventory selection unless the following circumstance occurs:
Summoning a new Mysterious Merchant in the ~15 second interval it takes for the previous store to be destroyed will cause the same inventory to appear. In other words, clicking a signpost as the merchant blows up, keeping it open, and then building a new one will result in the same inventory
We hope to address this in the future but, in the meantime, we urge players to wait until the previous merchant store is completely gone before attempting to build a new one. We will also be reviewing any new player feedback to make sure there are no additional edge cases that could be impacting inventory selection.
We wanted to clarify any confusion that may exist regarding how the Mysterious Merchant functions in regards to individual guilds and alliances.
The Mysterious Merchant works independently of Alliances, meaning guilds within the same alliance may have the same inventory selection at the same time.
The Mysterious Merchant should not offer duplicate inventory selections twice in a row for the same guild.
The example below doesn't cover every single selection permutation but is meant to show how Alliance should not influence the inventory of an individual guild.
Alliance ExamplePants has guilds: -FancyPants -SmartyPants -CutiePants
All the guilds in this Alliance summon the Merchant one week and get:
-Guild FancyPants: Inventory Selection X -Guild SmartyPants: Inventory Selection X -Guild CutiePants: Inventory Selection X
-Guild FancyPants: Inventory Selection B -Guild SmartyPants: Inventory Selection A -Guild CutiePants: Inventory Selection B
The following week, these guilds summon the Merchant again and get:
-Guild FancyPants: Inventory Selection Y -Guild SmartyPants: Inventory Selection Z -Guild CutiePants: Inventory Selection W
-Guild FancyPants: Inventory Selection A -Guild SmartyPants: Inventory Selection B -Guild CutiePants: Inventory Selection Y
On this second week, none of the guilds should get the inventory selection they got the week prior.
We hope this answers any questions or concerns with how the Mysterious Merchant works. We will continue to follow the community threads on this topic for any additional clarification needed!
This is a fictional example. Alliance and guild names are either the products of the Community Manager's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to Alliances or Guilds, active or dormant, is purely coincidental.
Cryptic Employee - Community Manager and Forum Admin.