I guess we're all aware of the problem here. Too many recipes use purple sludge (and red goo), even though the percentage chance of getting purple when you're melting materials is much lower than everything else.

The result is that the AH is flooded with ridiculously low priced yellow sludge but you have to take out a 2nd mortgage on your house to buy one purple sludge. It's also boring and frustrating to spend all day melting just to try and get that one purple sludge you need - with no guarantee you'll get it no matter how many items you melt.

I propose a recipe that makes purple sludge (and another recipe to make red goo - and maybe even blue goo) that uses up more common colors. E.g several yellow sludge and some common purple food item from the coli, to make 1 purple sludge.

If you didn't want to upset the balance of the economy at all, then keeping the ratio of common sludge needed to brew 1 purple equivalent to the percentage change of brewing yellow vs purple from scratch, then there would be no real impact. For example, if today the chance of brewing a yellow sludge is 1 in 2, and the chance of brewing a purple is 1 in 20, then a recipe that used 10 yellow sludges to brew 1 purple wouldn't really change anything.

But it would mean that people wouldn't be quite so fed up with brewing yet another yellow sludge that they have to offload on the AH for peanuts - because at least they'd see it as a step towards a purple sludge.

However, given that purple sludge is effectively too rare today, this is an opportunity to alter the balance a bit. Given that brewing the purple sludge would take extra time, cost a brew price, and have an extra purple food item from the coli, we could expect the ratio of yellow/purple for this recipe to be a bit more favorable than the current percentage chance of yellow/purple when melting.

The result is that the AH is flooded with ridiculously low priced yellow sludge but you have to take out a 2nd mortgage on your house to buy one purple sludge. It's also boring and frustrating to spend all day melting just to try and get that one purple sludge you need - with no guarantee you'll get it no matter how many items you melt.

I propose a recipe that makes purple sludge (and another recipe to make red goo - and maybe even blue goo) that uses up more common colors. E.g several yellow sludge and some common purple food item from the coli, to make 1 purple sludge.

If you didn't want to upset the balance of the economy at all, then keeping the ratio of common sludge needed to brew 1 purple equivalent to the percentage change of brewing yellow vs purple from scratch, then there would be no real impact. For example, if today the chance of brewing a yellow sludge is 1 in 2, and the chance of brewing a purple is 1 in 20, then a recipe that used 10 yellow sludges to brew 1 purple wouldn't really change anything.

But it would mean that people wouldn't be quite so fed up with brewing yet another yellow sludge that they have to offload on the AH for peanuts - because at least they'd see it as a step towards a purple sludge.

However, given that purple sludge is effectively too rare today, this is an opportunity to alter the balance a bit. Given that brewing the purple sludge would take extra time, cost a brew price, and have an extra purple food item from the coli, we could expect the ratio of yellow/purple for this recipe to be a bit more favorable than the current percentage chance of yellow/purple when melting.