Haha yeah, I just got that a few hours ago and it's really useful.
Can someone explain the flow of the game? Sometimes I do auditions with songs, and they don't change in ranking at all. I don't really get it.
When you announce a new single, it will come out in 4 weeks time at night.
When it comes out, for the next 4 weeks it will sell based on the following formula:
Number of sales = ((((Spending power / 2)+High Score X 4) then round down the decimals) X Sales Bonus X Sales Coefficient) round down the decimals again).
Here's how the Spending Power and other stuff are calculated:
購買力 : 各地域の ファン数×注目度 の合計。 注目度は 赤:0.95 オレンジ:0.90 緑:0.85 青:0.80
ハイスコア : その楽曲のハイスコア。
セールスボーナス : 2曲目以降の売り上げボーナス。 2曲目:1.05 3曲目:1.10 4曲目:1.15 5曲目:1.20
セールス係数 : リリース後経過週での売上減衰。 セールス係数= (1－(リリース後経過週数－キープ発生回数)×0.25)
Spending Power: In every area, multiply the Number of Fans with Awareness level (the smiley). For Awareness, pink=0.95, orange=0.90, green=0.85, blue=0.80
High Score: the song's high score.
Sales Bonus: From the 2nd released single onwards, this increases. 2nd=1.05, 3rd=1.10, 4th=1.15, 5th=1.20
Sales Coefficient: Every week after release, the total sales for that week will drop. So Sales Coefficient = (1-(number of weeks released - number of weeks with Keep status)x0.25).
To simply things, basically what I always remember in my head while playing is that:
Sales for that week = more or less the total number of fans you have X Sales coefficient
Sales coefficient= if you did not manage to achieve a Keep, 1st week of release = 1.00, 2nd=0.75, 3rd=0.50, 4th=0.25, 5th week sales will completely stop)
High Score and the other stuff you don't really have to worry because you really can't do much about it to begin with.
So generally after I announce a new single, here's what I do:
-For 4 weeks before the song releases, accumulate as many fans as possible, and maybe do a National Audition the week it releases/the week before it releases to get all your Awareness levels as high as possible. During this time I'd also try for a best possible High Score (so don't go for Fes).
-After the song is released, for the next 3 or 4 weeks, keep going for Live so as to try and achieve a Keep. Note: Quintet Live is not applicable when trying for a Keep.
-When sales are coming to a halt, or if it doesn't seem profitable for you to try for a Keep anymore (i.e. you noticed that sales this week is only about 1/4 of the song's sales in the initial week - this is something you have to manually keep tab as the game only tracks total sales), start preparing for the next song by gathering more fans, accumulating war funds, going for lesson+promotion to up your stats AND Memory Appeals (very important), or try for one of the alternative strategies like Break (chances of it happening is higher the later it is in the game, according to President Takagi's email) or Revival.
You will not be told when you successfully achieve a Keep, Break, or Revival, so just keep track of how much sales increased for that week to see if your efforts are working.
As for the different Live/Fes/Audition/National Audition, you don't really need to worry too much about it. They're pretty much all the same.
National Audition - the hardest damn thing to pass, especially late in the game, but it will increase Awareness for all areas. Very, very useful for just before a song is released or if you have multiple areas with blue Awareness levels. But otherwise, you can just do area-specific auditions/quintet live/fes to bump up Awareness for each individual area (it sticks longer, I think for the latter 3 types, I think).
Live - only use if you want to achieve a Keep, as this thing usually gives you less fans than usual, and increases Awareness by just a little bit.
Audition/Quintet Live = gives you the best number of fans + Awareness level normally. In the instruction manual it's said that area-specific auditions don't give you much fans, but in general I've found that it gives just as much, especially late-game.
Fes = gives you best number of fans, but not much Awareness. Use when you want to try for a Break. *Or use to change song.
You can also do lesson+promotion to get a small number of fans + some awareness + parameter improvement + memory appeals.
Some other important notes:
-Doing Area Auditions/National Auditions with an older song will let you attempt a Revival.
-However, most of the time they don't give you the opportunity to change your currently producing song during an audition. *Live/Fes will definitely let you change it though, so you might want to do one of those before going to an audition for a Revival.
Some other important notes in the wiki that needs to be translated:
Sales during a Break
Keeping in mind the above formula, when the Break happens Sales Coefficient for the next couple of weeks is:
During Break: 1.2 -> 1.0 -> 0.6 -> 0.3
During Super Break: 2.5 -> 1.5 -> 1.0 -> 0.5
Decay in No. of Fans due to Awareness Level
Awareness levels can be pink, yellow, green or blue (S, A, B, C respectively)
And this following part I'm not too sure what it means... can someone else whose Japanese is better translate?