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    A relaxing, non-linear adventure...
    
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    Stocks Guide
    
    Version 1.05
    by Kamatari47 (guitarotoko@gmail.com)
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    DISCLAIMER:
    
    This guide is intended for private, personal use.  Any unauthorized
    reproduction, publication, or distribution of this guide without my
    express written permission is strictly prohibited.  At this time, this
    guide may be published with permission by gamefaqs.com, neoseeker.com,
    and 1up.com: any other websites found publishing this guide is
    committing a violation of copyright.  All information included in this
    guide was collected by me personally through gameplay.
    
    Table of Contents:
    
    I.   Introduction
    II.  Stock Basics
    III. Stock Listings
    IV.  Update History/Special Thanks
    
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    I. Introduction
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    In Steambot Chronicles, the creative role-playing mecha adventure by
    Irem/Atlus, one of the steadiest ways to make money concerns playing
    the stock market -- buy low, sell high.  This guide explains how the
    securities exchange system in Steambot Chronicles works and provides
    all the pertinent information you need to become a successful king of
    the stock market.
    
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    II. Stock Basics
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    All stocks in Steambot Chronicles are traded in one lone location:
    the Stock Exchange building in East Happy Garland (across the road from
    the Garland Cathedral).  You will be able to access this building as
    soon as you enter Happy Garland for the first time, so feel free to
    dive knee-deep into stocks immediately.  Inside the Stock Exchange,
    look for the Knowledgeable Old Man (he's sitting on a crate in the
    corner), who will answer many of your questions regarding the stock
    market and who will also offer to sell you the "Stocks 101" book.  This
    book will further explain the market and stocks in general.  In short,
    buy as many shares as you can of any stock which you think has potential
    for growth (or any stock that you can personally cause to gain value;
    see section III), and be patient while the share price of the stock
    builds.  Once the per-share price reaches a satisfactory level (or when
    you feel that the stock has reached its "ceiling"), unload all your
    shares to make a fat profit.  Stocks fluctuate in value three times per
    day: during the morning, noon, and evening.  Note that stock values do
    not change at night nor during Sundays because the Stock Exchange is
    closed during those hours/days.  Each time a day passes, you will be
    paid a dividend for any stocks you own which have risen in value 
    against the previous day; the total amount of the dividends you make
    from each stock is equal to the amount of the per-share value increase
    multiplied by the number of shares multiplied by a small percentage
    value.  While I do not yet know the exact value of the percentage
    multiplier, it is not large -- I have 842668 UR in total stock value
    at the end of the game, and I only earn about 3500 UR per day from
    dividends.  The good thing about dividends is that if your stock shows
    a net loss in value for the day, you will not be penalized any money --
    you will merely receive no dividend from that stock the next day.
    
    There are 15 different stocks traded at the Stock Exchange, not all
    of which are initially available for trading (you can, through a
    sidequest, directly cause one of the fifteen companies to hold an
    IPO and join the exchange; there are two others whose stocks you may
    not purchase until you complete another sidequest).  Approximately
    half of these companies have a secret "trigger event", where an
    action you take in the game will cause their stock values to rise
    steadily over a prolonged period.  Note that when you complete a
    trigger event, the affected stock does not post a huge gain the next
    day -- rather, it will tent to post consecutive modest gains over many
    days.  By buying up stocks and then completing their trigger events,
    you can score some major dough when you dump your shares en masse after
    the period of steadily increasing value ends.
    
    To buy stock, simply speak to any of the three receptionists located
    in the inner chamber of the Stock Exchange building.  Note that the
    maximum number of shares you may own of any one stock is set at 400.
    You can, however, own more than 400 shares of certain stocks by buying
    up 400 shares of a stock and THEN completing any sidequest where you
    earn shares of that stock as a reward (e.g. buying 400 shares of
    Hayabusa Industries stock and then completing the Carpet Mill
    Modernization sidequest will result in a total of 470 shares of Hayabusa
    Industries stock held).  You will not be able to accumulate 400 shares
    of any stock from any one trip to the Stock Exchange: there is usually
    only about 150-200 shares (even fewer in some cases) of any one stock
    available for sale at any one time).  The higher the stock price, the
    fewer shares of it are available for sale.  In order to max out any
    stock (i.e. buy up to 400 shares of it), simply visit the Stock
    Exchange again and again during different times of the day (as long
    as the Stock Exchange is open during those hours) and keep buying
    until you hit 400 shares.  You will receive a Portfolio on your first
    trip to the Stock Exchange; the Portfolio lists the per share value,
    number of shares held, and total value of each stock you own.  View your
    Portfolio at any time by selecting it in the Item menu and choosing
    "Read".
    
    If you own at least 400 shares of each of the fifteen stocks, you will
    receive the "Stock King" nickname suffix the next day.
    
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    III. Stock Listings
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    This section lists the stocks available in the game.  Refer to the
    "Notes" heading to find out how to cause each stock to gain value
    (if possible).
    
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    Cuckoo Forestry
    
    Description: They sell lumber from Cuckoo Forest.
    
    Location: Cuckoo Forest
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 80 UR
    
    Notes: You can increase the probability of a price gain by visiting
           the lumberjack near Observation Point and buying Lumber from
           him.  The price of this stock will rise fairly steadily
           during the late game, especially if you visit the lumberjack
           for a supply mission or to buy Lumber for use in the
           construction of the Eurydika Hot Springs Resort.
    
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    Deloche Emporium
    
    Description: Delsen's desert trading company.
    
    Location: Fort Raven, Alcazar de Condor
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 50 UR
    
    Notes: The value of this stock will increase after you successfully
           escort the caravan across the Sabbia Desert.  You can choose
           to receive 15 shares of this stock from Joaquin  after beating
           the game if you've completed his sidequest.  Find him in
           Commander Bergamot's old office at the Ex-Bloody Mantis Hideout.
    
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    GTW Factory
    
    Description: A factory that specializes in everything steel.
    
    Location: Happy Garland
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 100 UR
    
    Notes: You can increase the probability of a price gain by buying
           Steel Beams from the Steel Manager at the GTW Factory.  You
           can choose to receive 15 shares of this stock from Joaquin
           after beating the game if you've completed his sidequest.
           Find him in Commander Bergamot's old office at the Ex-Bloody
           Mantis Hideout.
    
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    Garland Transport
    
    Description: Operates street cars in Happy Garland.
    
    Location: Happy Garland
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 120 UR
    
    Notes: You can choose to receive 10 shares of this stock from the Old
           Lady with a Hunchback at Garland Cathedral if you play the
           organ for her.
    
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    Hayabusa Industries
    
    Description: A carpet factory on Hayabusa Plateau.
    
    Location: Hayabusa Plateau
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 60 UR
    
    Notes: The price of this stock will rise after you complete the
           Hayabusa Carpet Mill Modernization sidequest.  Simply get the
           Weaving Machine Blueprints from the Awkward-Feeling Woman in
           Neuhafen (look in the Port Motors garage) and turn them over
           to Mr. Peregrine at the mill.  You will receive 70 shares of
           this stock as a reward for completing that sidequest.
    
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    McCullen Mines
    
    Description: A mining company in Eurydika.
    
    Location: Eurydika
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 40 UR
    
    Notes: Speak to the Mining Man standing outside the Eurydika Mines
           and agree to run a classified ad for him in the Urban Times.
           Go back to Happy Garland and see Lance in the Urban Times
           office.  After you run the ad, three new workers will appear
           in Eurydika at the rate of one per day (with the exception of
           the Brainy Miner, who took three days to show up).  Gable from
           Meme Village will appear as the fourth worker the day after
           you complete the Meme Village Railroad sidequest.  Speak to
           the Mining Man after each worker appears to get 10 shares of
           this stock and trigger a stock value increase.  You can also
           choose to receive 15 shares of this stock from Joaquin after
           beating the game (if you've completed his sidequest).
    
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    Merry Dairy Farms
    
    Description: They sell milk and cheese at Vision Ranch.
    
    Location: Vision Ranch
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 70 UR
    
    Notes: The value of this stock is tied to the business volume of the
           dairy farm at Vision Ranch.  You can increase the probability
           of a price gain by visiting Eric at Vision Ranch and buying
           Milk from him.  After you beat the game on the true hero path,
           the price of this stock will skyrocket as business really
           booms thanks to Otto and Willie's Flap Flyer III.
    
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    Nefro Burgers
    
    Description: A hamburger joint in Nefroburg.
    
    Location: Nefroburg
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 55 UR
    
    Notes: Speak to Timid Charles in Nefroburg (he's usually found in
           North Nefroburg) on consecutive days until he asks you to find
           out the name of the Strong-Minded Woman for him.  Find her
           and speak to her to learn her name.  Report back to Charles.
           After you liberate Nefroburg from the Killer Elephants, give
           Charles the Cooking Recipe you obtained from cooking for Boss
           Elephant.  The next morning, you can find his burger stand
           at the Nefro Bakery parking lot.  He will give you 5 shares
           of his stock, and his company is now available for trading
           at the Stock Exchange.  Buy food items from Nefro Burgers
           to increase the probability of a price increase for its
           stock the next day.
    
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    Nefro Theaters
    
    Description: A theater in Nefroburg that shows silent films.
    
    Location: Nefroburg
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 60 UR
    
    Notes: Speak to the Theater Owner at the Nefroburg Theater after the
           Killer Elephants attack the town.  He'll ask you to bring him
           any film reels you find.  There are 5 Film Reels in the game:
           
           - Film Reel 1: Speak to the Apprentice Projectionist and he'll
                          direct you to Dino, the manager of the Nefroburg
                          Arena.  Speak to Dino and ask him about film
                          reels to get the key to his room.  Go down the
                          stairs at the Siberian Musk Hotel and use the
                          key to enter the room to the right of the entrance
                          to the Aphrodite Bar.  Dino will give you the
                          film after you "spend some time" with him.
           - Film Reel 2: After you leave Neuhafen on the Sailing License
                          quest, stop by the Abandoned House on Zibala Hill
                          and speak to Rick.  Go back to Neuhafen and speak
                          to Don Puccini.  Return to Zibala Hill and
                          donate his letter to Sister Kate.  Return to
                          the Neuhafen Arena the next day and speak to Don
                          Puccini to receive the film.
           - Film Reel 3: Find in a treasure chest in the Bloody Mantis
                          Hideout.
           - Film Reel 4: Find in a chest hidden behind the counter in the
                          house left of Miner's Inn in Eurydika (use the
                          side door to get to the chest).
           - Film Reel 5: Return the first four films to the Theater Owner
                          and receive 10 shares of Nefro Theaters stock
                          for each film.  Now speak to the Apprentice
                          Projectionist to get the "pink" film he's hiding
                          and return it to the Theater Owner for 10 more
                          shares of Nefro Theaters stock.
           
           The value of Nefro Theaters stock will rise whenever you return
           a film reel to the Theater Owner.  You can also choose to
           receive 4 shares of this stock from Vladimir after you get rid
           of the man in black harassing him.
    
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    Nefroburg Transport
    
    Description: Operates Nefroburg's bus system.
    
    Location: Nefroburg
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 85 UR
    
    Notes: You can choose to receive 8 shares of this stock from Vladimir
           after you get rid of the man in black harassing him.
    
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    Pencil Railroad
    
    Description: Owns and operates this country's railroads.
    
    Location: Nefroburg, Happy Garland, Neuhafen, Vision Ranch,
              Meme Village
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 140 UR
    
    Notes: The price of this stock will fall until you clear the Quail
           Tunnel of bandits following the UTC event.  You can cause the
           price of this stock to rise if you complete the Meme Village
           Railroad sidequest.  Swim across Lake Luminoso to Meme
           Village, agree to deliver Mayor Marlow's letter, bring his
           letter to the Stationmaster at Nefroburg Station (and tell him
           that it's a good idea to open a railroad to Meme Village), and
           bring either Lumber or Steel Beams to the Railroad Foreman at
           Vision Ranch.  Return a day later and remove the boulder
           blocking the railroad at Meme Village.
    
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    Riverside Hotel
    
    Description: A river side hotel in Happy Garland.
    
    Location: Happy Garland
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 100 UR
    
    Notes: You will not be able to buy this stock initially.  When you
           first speak to Joaquin in Nefroburg, be sure to tell him that
           you believe that his dream of becoming a millionaire will
           come true.  Once you arrive at Happy Garland, speak to
           Algernon in the kitchen area of the Station Hotel to find out
           about his problems.  Speak to Rosa, his fiancee, at the
           check-in counter outside the Riverside Hotel's outdoor dining
           room.  Speak to William (Rosa's father) on the top floor of
           the Riverside Hotel, and then cross the street (or go through
           the connecting walkway) to return to the Station Hotel and
           speak to Brad (Algernon's father) on the second floor.  Speak
           to Rosa again at the Memorial Park at night.  After you clear
           the Quail Tunnel, keep speaking to Joaquin in the Steel
           Manufacturing Plant of the GTW Factory until he says he's
           looking to buy some stocks.  You will now find Rosa in the
           connecting walkway between the two hotels at night.  Suggest
           Joaquin as a candidate and she will give you 400 shares of each
           hotel's stock.  You can keep the stocks if you want, but to
           advance the sidequest, sell them to Joaquin for 8000 UR and the
           Pile Bunker frame.  Return to the connecting walkway and speak
           to Rosa.  Joaquin will appear and take possession of both hotels.
           The day after this event concludes, you will be able to buy
           shares of both hotels' stocks from the Stock Exchange.
    
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    Siberian Musk Hotel
    
    Description: Nefroburg's finest hotel.
    
    Location: Nefroburg
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 85 UR
    
    Notes: You can choose to receive 10 shares of this stock from the Old
           Lady with a Hunchback at Garland Cathedral if you play the
           organ for her.
    
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    Station Hotel
    
    Description: A hotel near Garland Station.
    
    Location: Happy Garland
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 100 UR
    
    Notes: You will not be able to buy this stock initially.  When you
           first speak to Joaquin in Nefroburg, be sure to tell him that
           you believe that his dream of becoming a millionaire will
           come true.  Once you arrive at Happy Garland, speak to
           Algernon in the kitchen area of the Station Hotel to find out
           about his problems.  Speak to Rosa, his fiancee, at the
           check-in counter outside the Riverside Hotel's outdoor dining
           room.  Speak to William (Rosa's father) on the top floor of
           the Riverside Hotel, and then cross the street (or go through
           the connecting walkway) to return to the Station Hotel and
           speak to Brad (Algernon's father) on the second floor.  Speak
           to Rosa again at the Memorial Park at night.  After you clear
           the Quail Tunnel, keep speaking to Joaquin in the Steel
           Manufacturing Plant of the GTW Factory until he says he's
           looking to buy some stocks.  You will now find Rosa in the
           connecting walkway between the two hotels at night.  Suggest
           Joaquin as a candidate and she will give you 400 shares of each
           hotel's stock.  You can keep the stocks if you want, but to
           advance the sidequest, sell them to Joaquin for 8000 UR and the
           Pile Bunker frame.  Return to the connecting walkway and speak
           to Rosa.  Joaquin will appear and take possession of both hotels.
           The day after this event concludes, you will be able to buy
           shares of both hotels' stocks from the Stock Exchange.
    
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    Urban Times
    
    Description: A newspaper company in Happy Garland.
    
    Location: Happy Garland
    
    Initial Price Per Share: 35 UR
    
    Notes: This company is on the brink of bankruptcy when you come to
           Happy Garland for the first time.  You can save them from
           extinction and cause the price of their stock to rise by
           bringing them three news stories: the liberation of Nefroburg
           from the Killer Elephants, the extermination of the bandits
           in the Quail Tunnel, and the battle between the Dirge Cruiser
           and the S.S. Symphony.  Enlist with the Editor-in-Chief and
           speak to (Miss) Betty to report your scoops.  You will cause
           rapid stock growth if you report all three stories, and you
           will also receive 50000 UR when you speak with the Editor-in-
           Chief again after you beat the game.  Note that you cannot
           report any news stories if you're a member of the Bloody Mantis.
           If you do not report any news stories before the game ends,
           the Urban Times will go bankrupt and close its doors for good.
           You can choose to receive 10 shares of this stock from the Old
           Lady with a Hunchback at Garland Cathedral if you play the
           organ for her.  You can also choose to receive 15 shares of
           this stock from Joaquin after you beat the game (if you've
           completed his sidequest).
    
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    IV. Update History/Special Thanks
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    March 21, 2007 -- Ugh, dangling space in the ASCII art header.
    March 20, 2007 -- Reformatted the Table of Contents for easier reading.
    August 8, 2006 -- Added some information to the Deloche Emporium stock
                      entry.
    July 17, 2006 -- Hosting permissions updated.
    July 16, 2006 -- Corrected the name of the plant Joaquin works in
                     after coming to Happy Garland.
    July 14, 2006 -- Version 1.0 completed.
    
    Special thanks to Irem and Atlus for producing and localizing this
    great game for us all to enjoy.
    
    Questions?  Comments?  Corrections? Or was there something I missed?
    Direct your inquiries to me via email at guitarotoko@gmail.com.
    
    (C) 2006-2007 Wei Chen

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