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I'm currently trying to earn my 5th Gold Star rating for my town, but the required income is a whopping 70,000. I figure the easiest way to get that number up is to get more adventurers to visit my town, but there must be a better way.

Beyond acquiring more adventurers and driving the appeal/cost of individual buildings up, are there other aspects of the game I should utilize to rapidly increase income?

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Came here to ask this very question. Thanks for doing it for me! – johnjon Apr 3 '12 at 14:36
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One of the simplest ways to garner more money is to wait until the majority of your adventurers are in town, and then move your highest GP building in front of the field entrance. This forces adventurers to go through the building to get out and fight monsters. Just keep in mind that doing so will trap them out in the field, so move it back once all your adventurers are out.

I suspect this might work for the exit offscreen as well, but I'm not completely sure of that one.

Keep in mind that the star requirement is for total income, not net after maintenance. I don't believe I have ever netted 70K GP after expenses in any single month, even with Draggi mobs.

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SPOILER ALERT: Don't read this section if you'd rather figure it out yourself you don't want a super effective strategy to beat the game.

Here's a couple of strategies for the game. First, in terms of game layout, I didn't build my town in blocks, but rather in one long road. The inn, and the houses were at the end of the road, so any time my adventurers needed to heal, or rest, they had to walk past EVERY building I had.

Second, early on use every misc. item you find to build up your town buildings instead of using it on your adventurers. This will pay off with income later, which you can use to buy misc items, and use them on the adventurers, but at a later stage in the game. Especially upgrade your inn, because, although you won't be able to get it up very high (it maxes out at 900) it gets the most use in the game.

Third, not every building is the same, and you really don't want every building. Each building has a "bonus" it gives to an attribute, so rather than pick a building like the cake shop that only gives a +1 to health, build things like the archery range, the circus, and the combat school that give multiple bonuses, and that cost a lot to use. In general, focusing on a fewer, high powered buildings, rather than one of everything, is definitely the way to go. By the end game, I had 20 buildings (not counting houses) and was very happy with my income.

Don't worry about the quests that much. They're good, but there's a lot to be said for not always focusing on them.

Once you've got your income up, buy lots of items each time they become available. This is useful for the cauldron, but when you give items, it's also a super boost to your popularity. I'd hand out a wave of items and when I came back to "real time" my popularity would jump 300 points, and I'd get 3 medals. I was getting 12-13 medals a year near the end. This gets a little boring doling out the gifts, but it works.

That's about it.

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All you have to do is destroy your lower performing shops. The mistake I was making was keeping one of everything in town. As soon as I pruned out 10 buildings that had the lowest price, I hit 5 stars the next month with an income of 80k+. So basically, just make sure your town has only a few buildings with high value.

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If you have obtained the last adventurer Lily Raven, max out her Satisfaction and make her a house, her present for making a house is the Castle, use everything to increase its appeal and price, max price is 4,500. Place it in front of the entrance to the battlefield as an incredibly fast way to boost that income up.

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Equip all your characters with the most expensive items! Remove all shops except the weapon, armour, and accessory shops! Your chararcter will buy what they are equipped with from the shop. I got 100k odd per month.

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