Credits, the fundamental unit of currency, are hard to come by in the world of metroplexity. This is an intentional design of the game to keep the prices of items from getting hyper-inflated - however there are a few ways to earn some quick cash fairly easily. The following is a breakdown of some of the most common and most profitable ways to earn some cash. I've divided it into strategies for farming in run and post-run, although many of these work for both.
Omnitech Supplies Crates
Omnitech supplies crates can be obtained from the Crate Shipment encounter on the waterfront. Each one contains a bunch of battered and fresh cred chips, which can be sold for 220 credits (on average). This encounter only shows up while you are in gang warfare and your gang is in control of the area, so be sure to have your other gang members clear the area for you first. While you're there, you can set the agenda to Shakedown for another ~50 cred a turn too.
If you have access to the VIP Room, the Slimy Man can be a quick source of credits. You need to be working for Dr. Thomas for him to show up, but you don't need to actually give any crates out. The slimy man will give you a fresh cred chip every time you ask, giving an average of 35 credits. Because of other non-combats in the area it's not the best place for long term farming, but if you're near the end of a run and just short of enough cash to finish it, a couple turns here might help. Boosting +chance of choice encounters could make him show up more.
Ancient Treasure Chests
Ancient Treasure Chests can be obtained on the tainted shoreline and the items inside them can be sold for an average of 146 cred. It can take a while to obtain your first one because you have to figure out which of the eight branches of the massive oil slick has the corpse on it, but after that it is a very quick source of credits. Note that you need to ask the corpse for more treasure each time you find a chest, which can slow you down a bit.
If you get Dr. Thomas as a contact while exploring the sewer hideout, you can work for her by delivering crates of eclipse. Not everyone will give great credit rewards but if you are in the area anyway, some people you might want to consider include:
- Carlos (100 cred) - if you have him as a contact, it doesn't even take a turn.
- Desperate Dock Guard (50 credits) - but note that you have to give eclipse to the Desperate Dockhand first.
- Slick Third Eye (100 cred) - requires you to have supplied the girl in the VIP Room, but that doesn't take too long.
As an additional minor reward, if you have given out enough crates then Dr. Thomas will sometimes give you a fresh cred chip once a day.
The ghost ship is probably currently the most effective place to farm in the whole game, although the opponents in the area can be tough to beat so it is not very practical in run or shortly after finishing a quick run. The spectral sailors drop ancient money pouches, which contain a bunch of ancient gold coins and golden keys. Although the keys can be sold directly, using them to open Treasure Chests is much more beneficial. The downsides to farming here is that you must be etheric the whole time, and you can close off this area if you finish the quest. By running away from the trio of hounds and some first aid, it is possible to farm here with out having to spend turns resting.
See Ghost Ship: Get Rich Quick for an excellent guide to farming here.
Many sites on the net have an option to steal credits from them. In general, the rewards are pretty low compared to the time it take to obtain them, but more spading is needed to see if there are ways to gain more credits from these sites.
The Omnimall can be an excellent source of credits from other players. Although the playerbase is still quite small in Metroplexity, there are some items that sell well. Difficult to obtain consumables such as Stimulant Dust and Kraken Rolls go quickly, and many people will pay a lot for items from limited time content. The going price for unearthly coins is currently about 40,000-50,000 credits, which can be obtained from a $5 donation to the game.