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Topic: Global Assault: General / My two cents on balance - an open letter

Once upon a time there were freemium games where paying players paid for

a) getting to do things faster than f2p players, sometimes a lot faster (in this context speedups, which exist, perhaps a VIP option which lets you skip battles and get extra scans or something)
b) getting temporary boosts that were big enough to matter but small enough that skill would still prevail (and temporary in any case – they’d get used during events or wars etc.)
c) getting access to more tactical options (in GA this might mean that Shrapnel based T6s were pay only, but f2p could still get laster T6s and Shrapnel T5s for example)

At the end of the day though as long as people dump large amounts of cash on a game a lot of devs don’t mind losing the steady revenue acquired by smaller payers, and also seem content to make some quick cash rather than create an environment where f2p and p2w and everyone in between continues to play, which would prove a healthy game that attracts more players willing to spend cash to it (I guess with a saturated market the quick money-grab becomes more appealing and the long-term success harder to accomplish)

It would be nice if a few games appeared with the old way of doing things – it can potentially make a lot of money too and it’s not like Whales don’t still spend a tonne in those games, so they wouldn’t lose that cash. (plus sometimes in those games F2P players decide to spend money because they figure it’s worth it for a game of quality that they play lots, whereas those same players will never spend if it feels necessary to compete).

 
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Topic: Global Assault: General / GA Newbie Mentor/Help

Any tips on beating Eclipse (got to 6 so far) and Life Or Death 8?

I’m especially worried about Eclipse because of the timer.

I currently have Shoka, 3 Zeus, Trident, Spitfire, Kara, (2nd Spitfire being made in Armoury atm). They are all un-upgraded or on a single upgrade, though after Spitfire is finished will try and do some upgrading. I have 3 Razor Ammo (on Shoka, Spitfire, Trident) and the rest the basic +1 ATK ammo. Titanium Armour researching but won’t be done before Eclipse expires.

 
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Topic: Global Assault: General / What can you equip to command pod?

Did it actually fire off Strike or just have the equipment attached?

 
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Topic: Heroes of The Banner / Opinions on Best Heroes?

Hey,

So, I was wondering who people thought were the best heroes to keep/lvl up/use in the endgame?

It seems 4* endgamers are basically just those with PD?
Does anyone keep any other 4*s for non-trans purposes?
Which of the 5*s do you prefer to use/take to 6* and which just become trans-fodder?

I don’t have enough heroes yet to really input into this discussion but I feel it would be a helpful discussion to have to help new/mid-tier players, such as myself, work out who to invest in and who to use for fodder.

All thoughts appreciated.

 
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Topic: Heroes of The Banner / Explore Rewards

It’s started happening for me a lot lately. Where’s the best place to report it? Official forums?

 
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Topic: Heroes of The Banner / Do you have to buy gems?

I’ve been told you get 100 at the end of Week 2 and then 100 each week after. For 200 gems the Mine can be upgraded so it produces a few (no idea how many) as a regular source of income. (You have to do all the gold upgrades first).

Note: This is what I understand from others, haven’t got that far yet so no direct experience of it.

 
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Topic: World War II: TCG / Courageous Division Question

Promoting pretty much “heals” everything with the exception of the “captured” status i.e. can’t attack for one turn, which can’t be removed in any way.

I’m pretty sure it works as intended. Courageous Division is still incredibly useful however, in both missions and PvP. It can remove defensive abilities for long enough for you to kill a unit, it can force the opponent to promote when they’d rather spend points elsewhere, and of course it’s very strong against General units since they cannot promote any further and the effect becomes permanent.

Sure it makes it weaker, but it’s still a very strong card imho.

 
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Topic: World War II: TCG / BUG: Connection Lost "We have detected you've logged in from another device"

Thanks for the reply – atleast now I know it’s a problem with my internet!

It’s been dodgy for an while so guess it’s time to change ISP. I’ll avoid spending gold on missions until then :/

 
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Topic: World War II: TCG / BUG: Connection Lost "We have detected you've logged in from another device"

Happened again, this time on Iwo Hard (not sure I was going to win it this time, but still pretty annoying). I thought maybe it was my internet, but then I got the same message as last time.

 
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Topic: World War II: TCG / BUG: Connection Lost "We have detected you've logged in from another device"

Except I haven’t.

This has happened twice – the last time I was part way through a medium Iwo mission and was nicely set up. Since it booted me out it counted as a loss and my gold was also gone.

Pretty frustrating as the 180 gold entry fee is nothing to sneeze at for a new player.

 
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Topic: Battle Pirates / Starting tips

Re:changing your name – Go to base, click on your outpost building, click on View Profile

 
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Topic: Battle Pirates / Bug Reports

Retreat button has disappeared in combat

 
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Topic: Nightbanes / [Dev] October 22nd – No additional copies of cards needed for several decks

Thank you.

It’s nice to see devs who care about their player base, makes me want to stick around :)

 
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Topic: Battle Pirates / Bug Reports

Not really sure if this a bug or WAI, but interaction between Kixeye platform and Kong is a bit weird. It’s all one server, but when using Kong it only seems to interact with Friends and Guildies also on Kong. I tried linking to Kixeye via Discuss and registering, but although I get a profile and can add friends and chat on Kixeye, when I hit ‘Play’ it relaunches in Kong and friends from Kixeye don’t appear on my ‘relocate’ option (I’m also told they normally appear below the game, which they don’t do here either).

 
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Topic: The Gate / Share your invite codes!

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Topic: Nightbanes / Bug Reports

Dragonrise isn’t always bringing a creature out, even when I know there is definitely still one in my deck.

 
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Topic: General War: Memories / Minor nuisance after upgrade

A few of us also lost our daily salaries (was faded as if we’d already claimed it even though we hadn’t). IGM: GKZhukov and I know there are some others from chat.

 
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Topic: General War: Memories / 【GW Updates, 1 Jan 2014】

Since the update I also get constant prompts to post to facebook. Even if I cancel this it re-appears every couple of minutes – sometimes even interrupting battles and wasting my countdown.

I understand a one off prompt to help with your marketing strategy, but if we cancel it, it shouldn’t keep reappearing.

 
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Topic: General War: Memories / 【Hot Events for Server 1&2, Jan 9-15】

Hi, whilst the events are appreciated could you run the odd thing that isn’t from 18:00 server time please?

Land Rush itself would be better if it took place at different times instead of only 18:00-20:00, but to do the same for Good to Go just punishes players (most Europeans) who struggle to make these times. I don’t know what percentage of your player-base is European, but I’d imagine there’s a fair few.

 
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Topic: BloodRealm / Pack Rarity Distributions

The Premium Pack says there’s a 45% chance of getting a 4 or 5 star card. I’m not certain how many Premiums I’ve opened – just the quest reward ones, but there’s been a few of those. I’ve never got a 4 or 5 star card from them.

Then again I never have any kind of luck at these kind of things, but it certainly made me wonder – both whether the percentages are true, and also whether to continue playing. If the intent was to make me spend money to get more packs it backfired, as I’m now less likely to invest in the game then I was before when I believed the percentages to be accurate.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Archer AI settings not working

Edit to the above: – I realise I’ve put ‘must move 1 space’ rule, though I’m not sure if this is actually ‘must move entire movement’. I’ve been meaning to watch another couple of battles to check. Either way I’ve seen chargers run away when they could have engaged (using either interpretation) in the past.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Archer AI settings not working

> no. i did not word it badly. it was worded in that fashion because it was meant that way. i consider it far more probable that the pathing was simply done hastily and sloppily, and left untouched for reasons of expediency. the difference here is that you postulate intent. i postulate adjustment after the fact to accommodate sub-optimal programming.

Ah apologies, it’s the use of the word ‘deliberately’ (though I see what you mean by ‘deliberately left’ now) that threw me. Though expediency or no, if that’s so then it seems like something that should be ‘corrected’ still imho.

I agree that developers rarely want to reveal everything. However I disagree that leaving lots to chance in this particular model is good for revenue. Yes, of course when it comes to hero rolling and drawing – and skill activation is all probabilities (though you take those probabilities into account when setting up armies). But I don’t think having units behave erratically causes people to buy more stuff. One of the things that sets this apart from similar games out there is that there is more of an emphasis on strategy amidst the spending, rather than just spending, which I would argue is good for the long-term health and also long-term revenue stream of the game. I see quite a few people coming here from outright P2W games, because they want something more strategic, not just a highest payer wins (and yes many of these people are spenders too).

Now it may well be that there’s some sense behind chargers (either whatever hidden theory you have or something else). I’m just saying from what I’ve seen there are times they avoid combat when this doesn’t seem to be connected to either the ‘must move 1 space’ rule, nor to the player’s AI settings. That level of unreliability I personally don’t believe to be good for the game, however you spin it. Of course others such as yourself are, as always, free to disagree.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Suggestions

Thanks gypsy – not sure how I missed that :S

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Suggestions

Given how much clutter there is in the auction house even with current sort methods, perhaps a sort by equipment level would be helpful? After all if you’re searching for a weapon for your Lvl 20s, having to scroll through Lvl 5 equips is a bit pointless.

 
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Topic: Heroes of the Realm / Archer AI settings not working

The problem is, kaboomba, that none of your ‘explanations’ adequately explain charger or archer behaviour.

The exception being ‘deliberately poorly coded’ – although that’s a bad way of wording it, but I assume you actually mean ‘intentionally coded to select what we consider to be non-optimal targets’.

I actually think it may well be that (and at no point suggested there were any bugs/no system myself – in fact only the OP suggests this so I don’t know why you just lambasted everyone for repeating this assertion).

However I think the charger coding, deliberate or not, leads to far too much (seemingly) random behaviour to be good for the strategy element of the game. The archer coding I find less problematic, as I don’t recall ever seeing them just refuse to shoot. Chargers very often don’t attack at all even when a target is available, never mind failing to charge the available caster/ranger in favour of a defender etc.