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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Crown shop and modernization, what can be done?

Hi, long time no see! Been kind of busy in real life with work and moving but I thought I would take the time to offer my thoughts on a pressing issue. No not spell nerfs but something older, the crown shop and paid currency. I'll be looking at why the crown shop should change, how it can change and why what I'm suggesting is beneficial to both us and KI. Let's begin! And do keep in mind I'm not the best at explaining things.

So, let's establish my focus, packs. Packs are rng based lootboxes that while cheap don't guarantee anything good. This is caused a lot of frustration due to that fact. People can pout hundreds of dollars into one and get nothing.  While it was their decision it is a turn off to the average consumer. So what are we going to look at in them? The answer is gear and mounts.

Now not all packs are good, many people don't open lore packs and instead farm lore master or craft the spells. As for hoard packs only 2 or 3 are worth it and 1 of those you can farm a housing gauntlet. So there is no real reason to open most packs other than a mount or stitch. Thats where the problem lies, there is no reason to buy crowns when the big ticket stuff is hard to get and limited. So here is where the solution comes in.

What if you took the gear and mounts out of packs, put them into gear bundles and mounts as crown items and then put all packs into one big one, which you add new pack stuff into. Gear and mounts would also be in that big pack but you aren't forced to buy said pack. The pack gear and mounts could alternate in crown shop so there is still incentive to buy a pack or 2 and everyone wins.

That seems like an easy solution where both parties are winning, players aren't upset by rng as much and KI potentially gets more money. But if you think it can't be done let me prove you wrong. This system is common practice in many mmos. I won't give names but in my experience those systems make me want to spend more money on the game than wizard101 or pirate101. I know what I'm getting so I feel like it's worth it to buy in game currency. And it isn't just me, many people I know prefer that style.

So what would be the plan? There is no real way to do it but an immediate revamp. Doing it slowly hurts both parties. KI wastes resources and the player base gets impatient and gives up on a good idea.

So to recap: there would be gear bundles and pack mounts sold separately and rotated in crown shop, while all packs are put into one big pack with all the items still inside. This provides more reason to buy crowns since you know what you are getting and KI would gain money.

Overall I think this wouldn't necessarily solve the p2w approach of wizard101 but it would help. RNG is a problem in both games given how integrated they are in them but lessening the amout in paid items certainly should happen.

Tell me what you think! Cya in the spiral!

-Jack

Thursday, April 2, 2020

My PERSONAL opinion on the wizard101 2020 spring update (test)

The wizard101 2020 spring update notes

Hello everyone! Guess i'm back. First off these are my personal thoughts on the update, I won't include pvp topics much since I rarely pvp but I can go over some of the highlights and briefly discuss them. What i'm going to do is pick parts that affect me (PVE, Pets, Crafting etc.) and discuss my personal thoughts on it. And again, this is just my opinion, its fine if you disagree and I will try and respect it. Lets begin!

1. Pet updates: Play as your pet, locked talents, egg timers and hatching.
So here is my thoughts, and keep in mind this is test and these could change.

Playing as your pet seems like something I will never do unless the story requires it. Its a fun gimmick don't get me wrong but I really see no point. Some people might enjoy it but personally its something I'm never going to use. Nothing really to say except that.

Locked talents is a no from me, it seems it will be bad talents that you will need reagents to unlock. To me this is a bad decision that might put off new players from doing pets. I personally don't want to try and get reagents for talents I don't want. Some people might but it seems you get them every time you level up a pet (ancient+) and dropped from enemies, scroll of fortune, pet promenade and packs. I personally don't want to train pets just for this, I don't want to farm enemies I normally wouldn't for this and I don't do scroll of fortune stuff or open packs often. What could be done to improve this however is treat it like jewel socketing. Pay a small amount of crowns or certain sockets to unlock it, Reagent farming is a pain in itself so this in my opinion is a better solution that wouldn't create much of a problem. But thats just my two cents.

Egg timers and hatching gold price changes are horrible in test right now. Hatching with yourself with 2 mega pets costs nearly 80k gold and kiosk hatching cost has been tripled (150k gold) and kiosk talent search has been limited to 2 at a time to reduce times you get "pet is unavailable" messages. I do hope this changes before test goes live because this is going to cause a lot of problems for PVE as well as new players in my opinion. Its super useful to have a good pet early on and late game pets help a ton. So by making the gold price so high it means new players might have a tougher time and if you are high level and don't already have a good pet its going to be tough for you. I get the fact that timers are gone but that means nothing if I understand right. Most people hatch from the kiosk and only have to wait 5 minutes for a pet to hatch. If they got rid of the timer to hatch multiple pets I would actually be fine with the cost, but its not and thats the problem, My 2 cents on fixing this would just be to double the price for kiosk at most. To me making it 150k gold for 5 minutes gone isn't worth it.  Other than that this is fine.

Gear Set bonuses

In my opinion this isn't bad, at most for pve everyone uses dragoon hat, boots and ring so we will get some bonuses but thats about it so i'm fine with that. One of the best parts about this update to me and I would only add darkmoor gear bonuses.

Buy now on inspect

Basically see where the gear is from and buy it there if you can. You can also now tell what item is stitched. Best part about the update by far. Not enough unique stitches and no more looking on wiki for items. Plus if something is stitched I can finally tell where its from. Love it.

Khrysalis fishing

I'll do the quest and thats it since I don't fish. Its nice for the fishers I bet though.

Move items for decorators.
 
Its the rug glitch but its better. I don't decorate on wiz but I might now.

PvP and Beastmoon.

Turn based combat for PvP looks promising so now its more of an equal chance to win which sound great and new beastmoon maps which sounds good for them. 

Overall not a great update for me, I can see how some people may like it but in my opinion a lot of things are being taken away for almost no improvement. I still love this game but I hope they listen and change the big problems, thats all for now! Cya in the spiral!

-Jack

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New Pirate101 Side world?! Exclusive teaser!

I HAVE RETURNED! And I have returned just to provide you with this teaser... Pirate101 has had no story for awhile as we all know, but I was contacted by KI and was told to give you all a sneak peak of a new side world, no images unfortunately since this is top secret but I hope you all are as excited for this as I am!

Introducing...
The world of AURUM PULLUM

In this lost world an empire dwells, one with spiral domination on its mind. Recently discovered by the ever exploring marlybonians the shining world of Aurum Pullum was exposed to the spiral, trade soon prospered and the emperor of the world amassed a large wealth, which he spent on building a military might that dwarfs great worlds such as marleybone and valencia. With no one to stop him its up to you to destroy this new threat and once again save the spiral!

This was all I was given, Very Exciting news if I do say so myself. It seems like its going to be an epic saga but I feel like if its shortened the story would feel kind of rushed. Never the less its something! This is all I can say now and I hope to see you in the spiral!



-Jack




APRIL FOOLS!