Recent posts by Sir_Valimont on Kongregate

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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Limited Edition Cards

There are two different issues. One is a matter of good game design and one is a matter of fairness. Good game design is important but it’s something you can debate; you can decide whether you want it or not. Fairness is not really debatable though!


What is important for fairness is that when fighting in Platinum, against a strong opponent, the opponent should not have cards that are strong and also impossible for us to get. The rotation schedule needs to be adjusted so that this can’t happen. It is utterly stupid and unfair for one network to have a powerful card or set of cards that it is impossible for others to have. This does not increase the value of the cards and does not increase the desire to get them. This is an important point I hope Bytex recognizes and fixes.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Limited Edition Cards

p.s.2. Last thing is that when you make a very expensive pack of gift cards (for example 12 cards for 600 ounces), very few players will buy it and every player will still want to get free copies in CW. A card doesn’t have to be impossible to get to make it valuable.

Plus you can sell a gift card pack that each player can buy only once. That means people who won CW rewards would have 2 copies instead of just 1, giving them an advantage. A better compromise than what we have now.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Limited Edition Cards

p.s. In English the word “promo” is short for “promotional” and in card games “promotional” cards are supposed to be for collection only — but not usable in the game. Sometimes they are real cards but they are so weak no one would ever use them in the real game. Bytex has used the word “promo” in the opposite sense, which is a bit strange in English.

But this mistake shows something. It shows that Bytex believes it makes sense to create rare cards that are stronger than common cards. That is fine, if all cards are available. But when you make limited edition cards that are very strong it is bad for the game because all new players will be at a disadvantage forever. There are very few card games that exist who agree with this policy. Almost none. Personally I think it is a very bad policy, and I have said so many times for the last 3 years.

Before, Bytex sold us a pack with gift cards for ounces, and it was a great sale that everyone appreciated. It is false to believe that players want CW rewards to remain unique.

Most players want the game to be open. Just take a vote.

There are only a few exceptions — a few people who only think of themselves, selfishly. These are the wrong people to listen to. It is better for the health of the game and of the community for cards to be obtainable. That is why almost every other game does it that way.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Limited Edition Cards

Platinum events has people from one server fighting against people from another server. But on this server, some of the CW cards were never available for us — because we were not allowed to play Platinum twice in a row. So, for some of the CW cards it is impossible for us to have it. But, then we have to fight against players from other networks (VK, Facebook) who do have this card.

This is completely unfair. We never had a chance to get the card.

For example: No one on this server has Belarra. It is completely impossible for us to have, because it was the Platinum reward while we were playing Silver. So how is that fair? This policy favors bigger servers that have clans playing every Platinum. We do not have that because we have a smaller community. It is not our fault.

For cards that we didn’t have a chance to receive you should offer them on this server for kreds or ounces. You can do the same thing on other servers for cards they didn’t have a chance to receive.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Limited Edition Cards

Bytex,

In a different thread you claimed that you will not ever make limited-edition gift cards (like cw cards) available again.

Can you please explain to the community why you have this policy?

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Does anyone have a list of minisets?

Thanks clchan that’s interesting if nothing else! It seems like it was abandoned a while ago though, without too much info on this topic.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Does anyone have a list of minisets?

Hello all,

I am touching up my Berserk cards utility which, once finished, I will share with everyone, but I’m missing a bit of information on minisets. I thought I would ask if anyone had this info.

Does anyone have a list of past minisets and which cards were in each one? Or a list of which cards were in the Pro- versus Standard- set when Berserk came out three years ago? My memory is only so good.

Thanks,

- Sir V

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / PLEASE STOP

Maybe someday gift cards for holiays will be added to a free sale, but not CW reward cards.

Why do you have this stupid policy? This is supposed to be a strategy game. There is nothing strategic about having powerful cards (White Moon Children, Goblin Sorceror, Armadon, etc) be impossible to get for some players. If you made the CW cards bad, fine. Actually that is what “promotional” means in English. BAD cards.

This is against the principles of every normal card game I have ever seen. It is very annoying for players. What is even more stupid is that some cards are IMPOSSIBLE to have because it was impossible to join platinum unless it randomly was the correct month. This is not a reward for winning, but a reward for randomly being selected to participate.

This is a stupid, stupid, bad policy. I don’t understand why you insist on it. I have spoken against it for three years and will continue to do so.

 
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Topic: Monster Battles: TCG / New Card Suggestions Thread

I think guilio’s suggestion is really interesting. You could build a very stone-heavy deck with this card, taking the risk that you might draw stones-only hands. Actually I think his creature is underpowered, even, considering this risk.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / F this...in less then an hour...

Just give T_S_A_R the ounces and take a same amount of imperials for the price of the packs he bought.

No other players think this is unfair, we rather that T_S_A_R be happy. He is a loyal player for several years and it was obviously a mistake.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Clan War time. Voting

Please Bytex remember there are 5 more people who say + that posted in this thread: http://www.kongregate.com/forums/147-berserk-the-cataclysm/topics/476465-clan-wars-timing

I counted :) and they didn’t post here again because they didn’t realize there was another thread.

 
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Topic: Monster Battles: TCG / GYMS are Live!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4i8SpNgzA4

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / PLEASE STOP

Bytex,

Are you going to let us get those limited cards again? Lord of the Crypt, Goblin Sorceror, White Moon Children, etc?

The most successful sale in the past was when you sold the limited cards in an ounces-pack. It had Kolobok, Snegurochka, Arrowthrower … many things that were limited-edition. Even though the pack was expensive many players bought it. Will you please do that again for these new cards?

 
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Topic: Rise of Champions / Bugs

Originally posted by FrozenTorch:

We do not reimburse except for special circumstances (and 5 battles worth of skulls is certainly not a special circumstance, lol). Instead we give out new Torch Codes everyday for a bunch of free stuff. Make sure you grab them and you’ll come out wayyy ahead of anything you lose due to bugs.

No worries, but frankly this is a pretty bad bit of customer relations here. The proper answer is something more like “We’re sorry but it’s tough for us to track and we don’t usually reimburse except under special circumstances. Please contact us directly if there is a larger issue you’d like to discuss”

etc.

Seriously. Chiding me as if my concern for losing items thanks to bugs on YOUR end is meaningless … that should be handled with a lot more politeness. Just a point of friendly advice … considering the great game and great dev responsiveness (which is rare) I’m a bit shocked at how unapologetic you are. Big deal or not.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / * NEW PLAYER FAQ *

Best Elements for Newbs

When you start, forest and mountains are the easiest elements to build effective decks. You can try getting the Smashing Arrows pre-built squad if it appears in your store, if you like — Emerald Archers and Earlinde will help a lot. For mountains, cards like Byarghi and Ira can help early. Try finding them in packs when you buy packs (but remember, don’t buy too many packs — if you’re winning easily, you don’t need more cards right now so spend your money on more important things).

A little later plains, swamp and dark will be more useful. Actually the metagame changes frequently at the top and different elements become more or less useful depending on recent card releases and top-player strategies. Either way, it’s best to have a complete card set for special quests and so on. Plus, you won’t get to the top metagame for probably 6 months. Many of the top players you’ll be competing with have been here close to 3 years! It’s perfectly possible to advance to a pro, but you need to be patient and persistent.

Clan Wars

Clans are not really relevant until you have a strong card pool, and that usually takes at least a couple months of play. If you want to find out whether you are strong enough to join, just ask in the game’s chat or send a private message to a clan leader.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / * NEW PLAYER FAQ *

This is a quick guide for new players. Berserk is a complicated game by Russian developers and not everything is obvious in English. If you’re new, you should read this entire guide — it’s actually very brief — to get a better idea of how to play and be successful.


Quick Tips

- You need to log in every 12 hours at least. Otherwise, people will steal all your lands. After being active for a while they will add you to their friends list and stop stealing … but you really need to log in once every 12 hours either way. Most players log in twice a day.

- Remember not to waste your premium currency (ounces) on anything besides the list below.

- You should add every active player as a friend and make every active player your governor. There are several reasons this is important for success. You can always remove players from your friends list afterwards and still keep the benefits from having made them governor. Described in more detail below.

Basic Objectives

In this game there is a steady supply of both free currency (imperials – silver coins) and premium currency (ounces – gold coins). It will become easier for you to get free ounces later on as an advanced player; but actually the most important way to become stronger fast is to get more imperials. The main way to do this is to get as many lands as possible. Lands generate income for you every 12 hours when you visit your island.

Do not worry about your card pool early on. Worry about getting more lands. Worry about having good enough cards to win. If you have trouble winning, then buy some cards. Otherwise, save your money for more important purchases.

Income and your Island

The basic game objective is to get as many lands as possible, and you do that by stealing lands from other players. In this game there is a constant supply of inactive players whose lands you can take. You will never be stealing lands from your friends. Actually, you should be adding all active players to your friends list so that they are automatically filtered and your portals only lead you to the islands of inactives, from whom you can steal.

Here is a thread all about income in more detail:
http://www.kongregate.com/forums/147-berserk-the-cataclysm/topics/387135-information-on-governors-and-income-for-new-players

Remember that lands don’t generate anything worthwhile unless you appoint a “governor” on each one, which you do directly from your island view. For every friend who agrees you unlock 1 more governor slot, and you can also buy bots for ounces to govern your lands (don’t do this as a new player).

Priorities for your Money

Never spend your ounces (premium currency) on anything except the following, as a new player, and in this order:

1. Tower Levels
2. Imperials income upgrades on Level 2 (not elemental experience upgrade)
3. Portal energy upgrades on Level 4

Tower levels are important because every level gives you access to more possible account enhancements, but also unlocks 5 new portals. While you’re a new player, you automatically have access to better portals — the game filters for you — so you should try to get as many lands as possible while you’re still new.

Minisets are available in the “shop” for ounces and give a new set of cards. When the sale is over those cards enter into the normal set and you can get them in packs. Because of this, do not waste your money on these minisets while you’re still new — it is more important to spend your money on account improvements. Once you become a veteran, it will be worth buying minisets.

 
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Topic: Rise of Champions / Bugs

Bugs from during the last brawl cost me 20 skulls … I used them to start a brawl and both times the brawl never started … I wonder if these will be reimbursed ?

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / The New Forest Hero is Awesome!!

Bytex secretly putting new heroes into the United set!! Wow!!

http://imgur.com/5Vzmy2Q

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Clan War time. Voting

+ Please keep in mind that every American will say + … but not everyone posts …

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Your questions about the game

If you invent a new pack that drops only UR and promo, with a very slightly increased rate, top players would buy those packs and it would help everyone keep a lower card count.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Your questions about the game

Ok thank you Bytex

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Clan Wars Timing

Hi Bytex,

Now that the time has changed in Europe and the USA, the clan wars time is very bad for many players. It is 2:00 am on the East Coast of the USA, for example, where you probably have 20% of your Kongregate players at least.

Can you please adjust the time? The old times were much better. That means 2 hours earlier.

Thank you!

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Bug reports

Bytex will of course respond but let me reassure you that they do keep all login records so I’m sure you’ll be set straight. :)

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / PLEASE STOP

Originally posted by bytex:

The statistics shows that it’s useful for newbies to have a chance to purchase these cards. The offer takes not longer than 5 days, and then the mini-set returns back. It lets other players buy the mini-set if they need one. We’re in the middle of process of creating a new mini-set. We think you might enjoy it, so please have a little patience and stay more loyal about these offers if you don’t need them.

If you’re working on a new mini that’s good too. It is just a concern if you start making these new types of sets replace them.

 
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Topic: Berserk: The Cataclysm / Your questions about the game

Originally posted by Sir_Valimont:
Originally posted by bytex:

Maybe, what would you like to see in CW? Also, we are waiting for you answer about enhancing.)

I will reply via private message about enhancement. Thanks for the reminder.

Hi bytex, have you been able to look at my private message regarding enhancing? Are you able to enhance my heroes as requested?