You asked - we answered! Here are the answers to the questions from November.
Q: I have to two questions. A new hero coming soon on a new update and new rare items for the heroes??
We would very much like to add new Unique Items, but we cannot yet say for sure if this will make it into the next update. As for new Heroes, it is more likely we will first introduce a new God, but we cannot yet say when this will be.
Q: Why unique items have different values for the same perk.
We are looking into ways of improving this discrepancy; however, we are unable to safely modify existing items, especially on a large scale across all players.
Q: From gameplay design why developers made Perseus most powerful defender?
Perseus’ power as a defender comes mainly from the issue with Life on Hit, which we intend to address with the next version.
Q: Are there plans to add a Facebook-App also (as RR2 has)?
It’s unlikely we will add this to OR.
Q: Will there ever be any kind of wagering/betting system installed? Like allowing players to bet gems (or something else) on the outcome of wars they’re not involved with?
We actually had ideas along these lines, however, doing so can lead to problems and risks when releasing in certain countries. We even thought of something along the lines of a stock market exchange, where you buy shares in the success of players or Alliances.
Q: Were the base stats of items modified in the past year? If so, were cursed item stats adjusted at the same time?
We have not modified the base stats of items in the past year.
Q: Why game provid** es only one **** chance to change IGN?**
Originally there was no option to change IGN, though we have considered allowing it at a Gem cost and this is not off our list. The main reasons for restricting name changes are:
- Players who are kicked from Alliances or are trolling other players can easily change their name, and re-enter the Alliances, or continue trolling.
- It becomes much harder to track players’ in-game activities based on user reports, if the person who is reported can easily change their in-game name.
- It becomes too easy for players, who have had their offensive name changed by support agents, to change their name to something equally offensive.
- It’s much easier to find circumventions to naming guidelines if you have infinite retries.
There are others, but that is the gist of it.
Q: how can nyx towers effectively be coun** tered o r what helps your troops from getting brain washed?**
There have been many discussions about Nyx counters within the forums, they contain many valid strategies. We believe that, unless you go in unprepared, Nyx Towers are usually not the biggest threat in a defence.
Q: is there something planned to give a protection perk against nyx**?**
There is nothing currently planned, but this is an interesting idea.
Q: right now I observe that (some) items with same perks do have different %-boosts when forged - why is this so?
Not sure exactly what you are asking here, but there could be several reasons for this:
- All items are not created equal, the same item with the same Perk can have a different strength, and the Perk on that item can also have a different strength (as in, you could have a weak item with a strong Perk, or a strong item with a weak Perk, or a strong item with a strong Perk). All of these things affect what happens when you forge.
- If you are forging an item you found before the last server update, and it has one of the Perks we boosted with the update, it will get a 1-time large boost to that Perk, which brings it in-line with the current values (non-uniques only).
Q: can we also have a list of internal hero modifiers (or resistances / weakness to elemental damage)?
There is no Hero with an inherent weakness, only differing amounts of resistances (which you can view in the Hero info screen). Any modifiers to speed, health, etc. are also all visible in the info screen.
Q: Do you have plans to put albino crows (e.g. “http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/whitecrows.htm” or “www.google.at/search?q=albino+crow”) into the game?
Albino Crows have been a feature since day 1, you just need to angle the camera upwards to see them.
Q: When the new LVLs are completed, will the values of the normal items be compared to the current “buggy” items? you have done some simulations so you have the results and you can communicate them?
A fully forged item at level 150 will be roughly the equivalent of 23 ascension levels better than a previously “superforged” item.
Q: Simulating uninterrupted updates with 4 workers, a lvl player 131 how long would it take us to reach the new lvl maximum?
If you do not rush a single upgrade, the new levels will bring you roughly 6 months of additional building upgrades.
Q: In addition to your kind ways (and thank you) do you think about answering these questions or will you just give speeches without going into merit and to respond concretely with numbers to the questions I have asked you? Where we can we will respond with numbers, if this is something which is going to detract heavily from the work we are doing due to the effort involved in creating those numbers, we often give the best answer we can within those constraints. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to give you all the information you would like, within the constraints of work hours and/or company policy.
Q: Do you think that systematically ignoring simple requests for transparency (and not only) can bring something positive to flaregames**?**
No. This is why we do what we can to be as transparent as possible within the above-mentioned constraints.
Q: Can we expect any surprises in the holiday season?
By definition, one cannot expect a surprise.
Q: While I like the battle markers, I’d like to be able to completely block an island from attack by my alliance. Is it possible to add this feature?
We decided against this feature as it could be too open to (intentional or unintentional) abuse, and issues. With the current system it’s not possible to block players from playing, and also means that more organised alliances perform better, which is a part of being a great Alliance.
Q: Is there any plan to put a hard cap on Ascension level?
Ascension level is already capped by the number of buildings you can build. The new maximum is 150. It is the same as if we raised the previous cap by 19. We don’t currently have a plan to say that this is definitely the final time we will raise level caps.
Q: I understand the need to not have an entirely predictable outcome but it would be a HUGE improvement if it could be guaranteed (or at least a high likelihood) that the result of the cursed unique would be an item not yet possessed by the player
This is highly requested and it is not completely off our list, but we cannot guarantee this will make it into the next version.
Q: I understand that once you select a chosen mastery from the two options given the likelihood of getting a high increase improves the more times you roll - that’s fair (though sometimes still VERY expensive in gold). But the wisdom expenditure to get an option you would like gets really high very fast and it is entirely random. I’d like to see some sort of ability to influence that outcome (e.g. advising whether or not you want the probability of options to be weighted TOWARD what you are already using or AWAY from it)
An interesting idea, we will discuss this amongst the team.
Q: Can you make dominance useful again?
We’ll brainstorm this and see if we agree on an idea.
Q: Can you add a new speedup to automatic combat? Just like x4 or x8?
Quite a cool idea which might not be too hard to implement. We’ll look into it.
Q: can you please give us the information in which ranges the values for the different base- and perk-attributes can drop out of chests, regarding to their color**?**
I’m afraid we can’t easily give you this information; it’s not handled by a single calculation in-game, but a series of calculations and tables.
Q: Can we please add the ability to see skull values for each island (enemy and our own) in the war, even if you’re not the captain (or higher) and also even if that island is not available for attack?
Cool idea. We’ll consider it for a future version.
Q: What’s the max limit of video chests in a day?
There is no real limit, rather a realistic limit based on chance, this depends on a many factors, including whether a video is available to show from our providers. Theoretically the maximum (if you are awake 24/7 and fulfil all the necessary factors all the time) would be 12, but 8 is a more realistic number.
Q: How many % of players are playing over 1 year? And over 2 years?
This is a difficult question to accurately answer without a lot of data digging, but a related number which we can easily tell you is that roughly 1/3 of our active players have played for over 1 year, and roughly 1/9 of our players have been Gods for at least 2 years. This only includes currently active players.
Q: are there any negative effects if I choose not to forge uniques every player level (not talking about refinement and despite that they don’t have their maximum values in those levels, of course)?
There are no negative effects (other than not having an up-to-date item for a level). It makes much more sense to wait several levels instead of using up the resources each level for minimal changes. The result will not be different.
Q: why can alliances keep their easier farmed torches when promoted to a higher league and benefit from their related boosts? or: why does the quality of boosts still depend on torches, since they can be gained in an uneven way?
We actually intend to remove the Alliance Hall of Gods as it is essentially no longer accurate; the Seasons table is much more accurate now, when looking for an indicator of Alliance strength.
Q: is there anything planned (or already implemented) that the top 3/4 teams meet each other more often?
This is entirely random, and will remain random, as is necessary in such a league system to maintain a non-biased matchup system.
Q: Since two the most recent updates, players worthy +15 trophies appear very rarely on the map. Why?
The number of +15 enemies relates only to your own Trophy number. If you have less people above you in the leaderboard, you will find less enemies with more than +3 Trophies. This was not changed.
One important thing to note about fully refined items, even if they are several levels old, is that they make *awesome* items to dismantle when refining a new item. A really well superforged old item will give a massive boost to a new 5* bronze item you refine to silver, or 5* silver item you refine to gold. This is probably the best use of old, unused, but heavily refined items, and they are among the best possible boosts you can get with refinement.
The costs of wisdom islands are somewhat random but loosely based on the perceived difficulty of the islands.