I know what you are saying. You do a lot of Crests. You want to be in one of the highly active kingdoms and reap all the rich rewards that you would expect from being in a full group of like minded folk! Be careful what you wish for!
Let’s look at the Kingdom benefits overall and the specific benefits to highly active Kingdoms at maximum capacity:
Keys from Crests - This is the benefit most people think of first. It sounds nice! A couple of extra Ruby Keys a week. But let’s take a look at the reward structure. You get the following keys at each of these total Kingdom Crest counts:
- 6,000 Crests - Gold Key
- 9,000 Crests - Gold Key
- 12,000 Crests - Ruby Key
- 15,000 Crests - Ruby Key
- 18,000 Crests - Diamond Key
What does it take to reach these rewards? The expected weekly Crest value of a daily player who does one-at-a-time selection of Bounties to maximize Crests is about ~460. Choosing first available for all 4 is about ~400. For the sake of averages let’s say a daily player can expect to earn 425 Crests weekly (completing at minimum 4 Bounties a day). A Kingdom with 30 active players all contributing Crests weekly through Daily Play can expect to hit ~12,750, enough to reach that first Ruby Key reward. A Kingdom with somewhere between 1/3 or 1/2 of its players who are willing to spend Gems to get those extra Silver/Gold Bounties when available can likely hit the next Ruby Key reward. The Diamond Key reward is pretty much out of reach unless you have all players spending significant number of gems to to get those extra daily bounties. It’s nice, but unlikely to be achieved on a weekly basis (or at all). For contrast, a Kingdom with 20 active players doing daily bounties can typically hit the 9k Gold Key reward on a weekly basis.
So it seems pretty clear that the amount of the benefit from being in a highly active kingdom at maximum capacity is:
Approximately 1-2 Ruby Keys / Week
Currently there are 3 Titles listed here along with their benefit:
- Master of Coin - 5% Gold bonus to whomever spent the most in the Bazaar last week. This seems like a nice bonus to encourage people to spend resources in the Kingdom bazaar which should in theory benefit everyone. But as we all know, it is mostly now a badge of identification for who spent the most on the Food Deal (not always!). More on that later.
Master of Arms - 5% Honor bonus to the player with the Highest Hero & Citadel Level - As I stated in this post, this title is seemingly meaningless:
Does Master of Arms even matter?
Also, the title is never really a point of competition; it’s typically the same person week after week
Master of Crests - 5% XP bonus to the player who earned the most Kingdom Crests the prior week. Again, this seems like a nice bonus to encourage players to do Bounties and contribute Crests to the Kingdom for the aforementioned Key rewards. But the reality is a Kingdom with 30 players putting in 400+ Crests a week are going to have one winner (unless you manufacture a tie through extraordinary effort, like this!):
Cool Screenshot Thread - #29 by Sibelios
A Kingdom with 15 players doing barely anything are still going to have a Master of Crests
Each of these Titles is conferred to one (or more in the case of a tie) player and is independent of the player count or activity level of the players. So it seems pretty clear that the amount of the benefit from Titles from being in a highly active kingdom at maximum capacity is:
Kingdom Bazaar Deals
There are currently 3 Kingdom Bazaar Deals so let’s look at the benefits of each one separately:
This is arguably the worst issue for highly active kingdoms. Most players in established guilds have maxed their followers to the allowable limit until more crystals are found. Beyond levelling followers the only use whatsoever in the game for Food is the Kingdom Bazaar Food Deal. The max Food Deal (Food Deal VII) allows you to spend 600 Food to receive 35 Ruby Marks which translates to 1 Ruby Chest when using earned Marks in the Shop. To repeat: 600 Food spent = 1 x Ruby Chest. How much Food can a player earn? A player with a maxed Brie at Epic level can earn 68 Food/hour or 1,632 Food/day. A player with a maxed Brie at Legendary level can earn 88 Food/hour or 2,112 Food/day. Given that many highly active guilds have players who have follower progression higher than the current model would assume but also taking into account that Crystals are much more obtainable now since 0.36, let’s split the difference and assume that the average player in a highly active guild could be earning as much as 1,900 Food/day. That’s enough purchasing power to buy 3x Food Deal daily. Essentially, 10 players can buy out the Food Deal every day. A highly active Kingdom with maximum capacity is therefore highly disadvantaged with this deal as they must make a choice: either allow a “Lord of the Flies” first-come-first-serve approach that engenders bitterness or ask that everyone limit their purchases to allow for all to participate. This latter alternative sounds wonderful until you realize that there are no kingdom tracking tools therefore there will always be “bad actors” taking more than is agreed to which engenders bitterness amongst the kingdom members all the same. Add into all this that the time to run Dungeons has increased dramatically so the ability to earn marks has decreased dramatically making the Food Deal one of the principal ways in the game to earn Marks and thus making the allure of the Food Deal all the more attractive.
So we can generalize that the amount of the benefit from the Food Deal from being in a highly active kingdom at maximum capacity is:
A LOSS of 1-2 Ruby Chests per day compared to an active kingdom of 10-20 members instead
This deal would appear to be ideal for a highly active kingdom. Using the same metrics for Adhakus (the Miner) that we used in the Food Deal example with Brie (the Farmer), we can assume that the average daily player in a highly active guild can earn approximately 950 Ore/day. In contrast to Food, Ore has numerous uses, but one of the best uses overall is the Ore Deal, especially given that evolutions are (in theory) more possible, therefore the need to find Greater/Major shards is greater than it’s ever been. The problem with the Ore Deal for highly active kingdoms is it’s lack of flexibility. What if the consensus is that Greater Shards are needed more than Major Shards? well then you are forced into rubber banding between a less valuable deal (Ore Deal V) and the better value Deal (Ore Deal VI). The problem there of course is that demand is high. So more likely than not, you will end up back at Ore Deal VII (20 random Major Shards for 300 Ore). Given the high demand for these shards as well, the deal will often get “stuck” at Ore Deal VII while others are waiting for have a chance at Ore Deal VI. A less active Kingdom may never even hit Ore Deal VII but that is not really an issue as that is what demand dictates. The fact is, given the structure of Ore Deal VII and the inability for kingdom leaders to direct options about the availability of Deals, it’s a constant source of irritation. I would argue that the current Ore Deal Structure is best suited to a group of about 20 highly active players who can push the deal around more ably and satisfy the overall wants of their members.
So we can generalize that the amount of the benefit from the Ore Deal from being in a highly active kingdom at maximum capacity is:
A tug-of-war choice that results in players waiting days to purchase the chance! (random shards being random shards) on a first-come-first-serve basis to acquire the Shard rarity they prefer
This is arguably the deal that benefits a highly active kingdom at maximum capacity the most. However, it is structured in such a way to be problematic as well. Honor Deals I through III are essentially a wasted cost as the following table shows:
So first you have to agree to waste almost 1,800 Honor on keys you dont need to hit Honor Deal IV, then you have to spend another 4,200 Honor on Deals VI and V which provide the real value. However, as opposed to the Food Deal and the Ore Deal, the Honor Deal is much more difficult to maintain. The average daily player with an Epic level Gong follower can earn ~240 Honor/day assuming they participate in all 3 tourneys, play all available tokens and don’t lose any matches. That seems like more than enough to maintain the deal you say! But two factors are conspiring against the availability of Honor resources to invest in the Honor Deal: 1) PVP gameplay is much much slower than before and is bordering on tedious. Add in the increased playtime costs to do other daily content (Events, Challenges), many players are choosing to play less PVP daily to earn Honor. 2) with the significant reduction to Ore earned in 0.36 (halved from 0.35), players are now faced with considering spending Honor more often on Ore from the Shop (50 Honor buys 100 Ore). These twin pressures make it harder to maintain the Honor Deal for the benefit of the players. Perhaps you can let the Honor Deal drop for a period of time to allow players to accumulate more Honor. Then you are faced again with wasting Honor just to get back to a benefit once again
So we can generalize that the amount of the benefit from the Honor Deal from being in a highly active kingdom at maximum capacity is:
Ruby/Gold Keys at the expense of Ore and most likely a lessening benefit due to the time necessary to run dungeons/skirmishes to produce Ruby/Gold Chests
All in all, players who are in highly active kingdoms at maximum capacity essentially get the benefit of additional keys (1-2 Ruby keys/week which is somewhat lessened as a benefit by the ability to buy as many additional Gold/Ruby keys as a player wants based on the expenditure of Honor) but sacrifice 1-2 Ruby Chests / day as well as limits on spending Ore on desired Shards due to high demand. That’s it. That’s all you get. Additionally, in the current game state, Ruby Chests are actually much harder to come by then Ruby Keys. Is it worth it then to be in a maximum capacity highly active kingdom? The answer is likely no .And that should concern developers because if your highly active players decide that the game is disadvantaged against them (look at the Relic situation as well), then they are likely to abandon the game and take their money and their advocacy with them.