FAN FORUMS FOR WALL STREET RAIDER:
From time to time, various Wall Street Raider fans have set up forums or blogs
for players of W$R to swap stories, exchange ideas and game strategies, and check
for developments relating to W$R.
The current forum, opened in 2015, is at:
and is provided courtesy of Erick Gragg....
RONIN SOFTWARE DOES NOT SPONSOR OR OPERATE ANY SUCH FAN
SITES, AND THEIR CONTENT IS NOT CONTROLLED BY RONIN SOFTWARE.
Check this page from time to time for links to the above or any other W$R forums or blogs.
Any new releases of Wall Street Raider, such as for iPad/iPhone/Mac, should they become
available, will also be announced on this page.
A FREE BUG FIX (v. 7.72 for the 7.70 and 7.71 bugs) is available. Please e-mail me,
with your name and/or registration number, for a download link, at the e-mail address
at the bottom of this page. The same bugs were also fixed in the Shareware Version,
which shareware users can download at:
CURRENT RELEASE: On September 15, 2015, v. 7.80 was released, probably
the final significant upgrade, as we are about at the end of development of W$R, due to
health problems (somewhat under control now), dwindling sales, and having run out of good
ideas for any major new features. In this release, many of the changes were designed to
accommodate those players who are able to achieve net worths of quadrillions of $$ or
even a quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) or more. Even though W$R deals in millions
(or billions for some currencies), the numbers for some players, even without the last 6 or 9
digits, were causing problems when they got up to 11, 12, or even 13 digits that needed to be
displayed, and such large values were "busting" some calculations. Because of the lack
of realism with numbers of that size, compared to the real world, I felt I needed to
also plug a lot of the major loopholes that some users had taken advantage of in order
to generate those kinds of colossal wealth numbers, much of which came from manipulating
the stock index upward and taking 100% control of most or all industries. (I'm sure some
users will still find loopholes, but maybe not quite such large ones now.)
for details on some of the new features in 7.80 (other than the loophole plugging).
Versions 7.81 and 7.82 were released recently, with some slight modifications
from v. 7.80. In 7.81 and 7.82, companies that are on "autopilot" will no longer
engage in commodity hedging, since some players noticed some "bad trades" that
their companies on autopilot were making (like buying silver at $34), or were
closing hedges at inopportune price levels. (.81 or 7.82 are free "upgrades"
for anyone who bought 7.80, unless you prefer letting your "autopilot" companies
engage in futures hedging. (With 7.80, you can always turn off "autopilot" for
an individual company, to prevent it from initiating hedge positions, so you may
prefer to stick with 7.80, instead of the "upgrade.")
Version 7.82 further tightens the algorithm for selecting counterparties for
your options trades, to reduce the number of your counterparties that go bankrupt
after they sell you call options on a stock you are about to manipulate upwards
by several hundred percent. The latter change will slow down some players'
marches to quintillionaire or quadrillionaire status, by making it harder to
find counterparties for your gazillion dollar options trades, so if you don't
want the additional challenges, you may prefer 7.81 to 7.82. Most other players
will never notice the difference from 7.81.
NEW STOCK TRADING GAME:
I've finally put the finishing touches on Speculator: The Stock Market
Simulation, a "spin-off" from Wall Street Raider that has been a
parallel project for a long time, that I never seemed to get around to
finishing. In Speculator, you are not a billionaire tycoon
who can influence or manipulate stock prices, but just a small, middle-class
investor with a $100,000 inheritance to invest or speculate with. Rather than
having an emphasis on taking over and managing companies, this is a "pure"
trading game (which doesn't let you take over companies). It will that test
your ability to research companies and profitably trade or invest in them.
You may find it a lot more challenging than Wall Street Raider, as you have
to be a nimble trader in stocks, bonds (including convertibles), options
and futures. Besides which, we have made trading stocks or futures
considerably more treacherous and difficult.
For details, or to try out the free (shareware) version,
CLICK HERE. The shareware version (1.05)
now has short sales, options trading and futures trading enabled (but
you have to make some very good stock and bond trades in only 3 years
in the shareware version to become eligible for the more advanced
trading levels -- vs. 30 years to do so in the Registered Version).
W$R YOUTUBE VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE. An ardent fan of Wall
Street Raider has recently been posting very detailed videos on a new YouTube
channel, RakeM, showing users how to play (and win at!) Wall Street Raider,
using versions 7.60 and 7.8x. These are very well done, and Rakem (Mark Slatcher)
has now completed posting all 55 episodes for 7.60, in which he played a game
from start to finish (or to absurdity, with quintillions in net worth), showing
how to maximize the use of various features. He is a very accomplished player,
and found ingenious ways to generate unbelievable levels of net worth. The
creativity of some W$R players is truly remarkable. (But be aware, that thanks
to his discovery of some massive "loopholes," many of the tactics he shows
in v. 7.60 and 7.7x are now either not possible or have been significantly
restricted in 7.8x.)
Here is the link to Rakem's newer series on 7.8x, which links to all of his other W$R videos:
Wall $treet Raider YouTube VIDEOS
Rakem has also recently (Feb. 9, 2016) begun a (free)
on YouTube. The tutorial series will go through every feature of the simulation, showing how each
works. It is not about strategies, unlike his video series mentioned above.
NOTE FOR NEW PLAYERS -- RONINSOFT.COM TUTORIAL: A (free) step-by-step
online tutorial for getting started playing Wall Street Raider, at:
(The current release links from the W$R "Game Options" menu of W$R directly to the
RoninSoft.com tutorial.) This is a VERY basic tutorial for new players, like how to
buy or sell a stock, and so it may not be of much interest to experienced W$R "junkies."
ONE LAST NOTE: I thought v. 7.7x would be the final release
of W$R, but despite major health problems, and partly because of them (being
unable to do much of anything any more except sit in front of a computer or
TV), I was able to add a few more touches to the program, in 7.80/7.83, and also
fix a number of bugs and weaknesses in the simulation that Rakem uncovered in
the video series, which I felt had to be corrected.
After publishing Wall Street Raider continuously since 1986, I suppose
all good things must come to an end, eventually, and its time is about up.
W$R has been around longer than any other software program I can think of,
but technology marches on, and I lack the programming skills (and resources)
to create an online multiplayer version or a more up-to-date interface, or
Apple "app." My only regret is that I haven't yet been able to find a new
publisher that was able to "modernize" the program and get it to work
correctly, to carry on its development (and market it) for other platforms,
like iOS and Android-based devices. Software firms that have attempted to
"port" it up till now, even as simplified "dumbed-down" versions, have all
failed to create a version that worked, and have given up or run out of
After my continuously tweaking this program to massage every number in it
since I began work on W$R in 1984, it has gotten ridiculously complex, and
it is a minor miracle that it works at all. (However, I have been talking to
two software firms recently that have approached me about doing either an
enhanced, modernized Windows version or an iOS version, so we will see if
that works out.... However, don't hold your breath. We've tried that route
-- Michael Jenkins, May 16, 2016