Right, this forum is terribly sparse so I think I'll start making an occasional mechanics question thread to hopefully help populate it with more useful info-the wiki is scarce, and google screws up a number of the item names on the german forums(I finally figured out what it translated as "Blubber" meant fish oil-not that the individual word would ever translate).

So, a query-How to trade routes work? The automated ones. Do they cost gold coins? What affects them? It says guarenteed profit, but I assume you need to put some forethought into it? And any other info your bothered to add really would be appreciated, thanks.