Thursday January 31st, 2019
Today we’d like to talk about the past and future of meta events. These refer to events like the 2018 Winter Event.
During the Winter Event, you were able to collect countless free bonuses as well as diamonds in the game. Diamonds can be seen as a form of score or event prestige, showing your progress in the event. They stay with you even after the end of the event.
The number of diamonds also determines the level of the event building, which gives a small bonus on event quests.
In the Winter Event, we focused on trade as the most effective strategy. Lots of players liked the idea and, with a perfected strategy and lots of work, gained many more diamonds than we could have imagined even in our wildest dreams.
This led to discussion within the community as to why some players had considerably more diamonds than most others. Of course, this is quite a big advantage for any future events and it may result in a situation where those players extend their lead with every event, thereby making it impossible for other players to win an event.
However, there are some possible solutions to this issue.
- Some players suggested resetting all players’ diamonds and starting again from zero. We think this is too drastic a decision, especially for those players who worked really hard on collecting lots of diamonds. Their efforts shouldn’t have been for nothing.
- A different solution proposed was to inflate the number of diamonds in future events: this would mean increasing the number of diamonds awarded massively, making the record amounts of the Winter Event no longer a special occurrence. This solution would likewise have the disadvantage of essentially undoing the time and effort players put into the Winter Event. Additionally, for those players with normal amounts of diamonds, their efforts during the Winter Event would become irrelevant after the next event.
- Eventually, we decided on a compromise. We closely checked the statistics of the diamonds that were handed out to players and decided to draw a line at 500 diamonds. Everything above that figure will be reset to 500 before the next event. The rewards (including achievements) that players received will not, however, be touched and will remain intact. We chose 500 as the point to draw the line because that is the amount that allows players who have traded effectively and cooperatively to still stand out from the crowd. Yet, it’s not an amount so high that it can never be caught up to. This method also avoids making smaller amounts irrelevant. It still makes a difference if a player gained 50 or 200 diamonds.
Finally, we’d like to say a few words about the future: due to the extraordinarily positive feedback in general, we plan to add more meta events to the game. We also want to emphasise cooperation in events – at least for most of them, even if perhaps not for all. And of course, we’ll make sure that future events will have a theoretical maximum number of diamonds that players can receive. A final piece of information: although the Winter Event was tied to a season, that doesn’t need to be the case for all events. There are already multiple concepts for future events. Currently, we’re not yet able to tell you when the next event will take place.
We hope you’re looking forward to more meta events as much as we are!
Your RN Team!