Monday, 21 June 2010
I'd like to thank you all for your patience with this. Spot & I have been working very hard over the past few weeks, from setting up formulas to coding to testing. I'm really excited to get this rolling and hope you all like it.
It's been a feature which has been lightly suggested for a while but we thought if we're going to do something this big and game changing, we'll do it right, and do it well, and do it with depth. Yeah, we like depth.
It's funny because few weeks ago when Spot & I were on the drawing board with this thing loads of forum posts started popping up about it... we thought you were all onto us, he was giving me shit for telling people about it! (Complete lie btw, i love secrets). I imagine some of you could have guessed the feature, but here it is.
I present a brand new coven war system.
It will replace the current coven "battle system" which is a lazy mans way to get coven exp, i know lots of you like lazy, but lazy doesn't do your health any good.
If you don't want to read how it works, just skip past the italic text.
With the new Coven War System, it is no longer based on a coven's total attack and defence; it is up to the members of the coven to win the war. Each week a coven is given 1 War Declaration. The coven chooses another coven it wishes to declare war on. Only the coven owner will have the option of declaring war. Once war is declared, both covens are involved in a war that lasts 72 hours. In that time the members of each coven kill the opposing coven's members as much as possible. The coven who has drained the most blood at the end of the 72 hours will win the war. If you win the war, you will receive a large amount of coven exp based upon the opposing covens level, average member level, and their total members. If you lose the war, your coven will lose coven exp. Your coven exp will not go below 0/XXX,XXXX and you will not go down a coven level if you lose a battle and the amount of exp you lose is more than the amount of exp you had. Up to 3 covens can declare war on your coven a week (it is only possible for one coven to declare war on you at a time), so you will have to fight off other covens at the same time you are fighting the one that you declared war on. This means your coven may have to make a strategic decision whether to focus its members onto one battle, or to try and fight all of them at once. Not all covens are equal to each other, so we have designed a Tier based system.
Covens are assigned a tier based upon the amount of members they have in their coven.
Tier 1 = 1-50 members
Tier 2 = 51-100 members
Tier 3 = 101-200 members
Tier 4 = 201-500 members
Tier 5 = 501-1000 members
Tier 6 = 1001-2000 members
Tier 7 = 2000+ members
(includes both active and inactive members in the coven)
What tier you are in does not matter; It only matters what tier your opponent is in. You can declare war on covens that are not in your tier, however, to encourage more competitive battles, you receive the full amount of exp for defeating an opponent in the same tier as you, a slightly less amount for defeating someone who is in a tier that is +/-1 tiers from your coven, a less amount if they're +/-2 tiers from your coven, and even less if they are +/-3 tiers from your coven, and so on. The disadvantage applies to if they are further below your tier or further above your tier. This means the further the opposing coven is from your tier, the less exp the winner will receive. You will have to choose either to have an easy battle of a coven that is in a different tier and get less exp for winning, or take the risk to get the full exp and battle a coven in your own tier. Clicking on the info link will display that covens tier. You cannot attack the same coven twice in a row.
Members of both covens will be notified if their coven has declared war or has had war declared on them via a notification displayed when the players log in as well as a notification in the coven news log. Due to the resulting lag, it is not possible to automatically send out mass news or BL notifications to all members to alert them of the war. I am sorry. Please do not request this.
During the war, the scores (the amount of blood you drained) are not displayed to either coven. You won't know whether you are winning or losing. After the war is over, the scores is displayed to both covens on the archive pages.
A coven can surrender a war that is declared on them by another coven, but cannot surrender a war they started. Covens are given 2 white flags a month, they reset each month and are not rolled over. When a coven surrenders, the other team is automatically declared the winner, and you lose a much smaller amount of exp than if they were to continue the battle and lose. If the other team surrenders, it will still count as a win for you, however if you surrender, even though you still lose exp from it, it does not count as a loss, it is displayed as a surrender. The other coven only receives half of the experience they would have won if the other coven surrenders & you will lose half the exp you would have lost if you fought and lost. You can be attacked more in a month than the amount of white flags you receive, so the coven owner will have to decide carefully when to use their white flags.
Coven owners will see a link to the above guide on their coven pages if they want to read over it again.
- The "info" link on the coven hall now shows that covens tier
- Coven search page has been improved slightly as it'll probably be used more now
- Added a player guide to FAQ system (search "coven wars")
- Updated coven stats page to show war system results
- Update coven leaderboard pages too
- Added active wars & archive in the Dead City
Below is a video I made which basically explains it in action:
I'm not the errr best err speaker but i explained with my current 1.2mb internet (damn sky) an overview. Between the video and the above intro it should cover everything. Couple thing missed from the video, including surrenders, you get 2 white flags a month and can be used at any point during the war. Also that you can search any coven in the archive but it only show you the blood results if your coven was involved in the war.
This is the core of the new system, we've spent a lot of time working on this, the actual workings are so complicated and complex that we're not going to explain the inner workings of them. All you need to know is what's in the guide above.
We would love feedback on this, good or bad. I've setup a forum post where you can discuss feedback and we can reply to it.
I'll be tweaking the layout of the pages throughout the day, so you may see some small changes being made.
I hope you enjoy it, we've worked really hard on it!
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