Im a F2P master, i wait to upgrade heros until a xp contests, then wait to farm gear scrap until a stamina or scrap contests. But the collect scrap contests are completely stupid, so im just going to start skipping all collect scrap contests from now on. But even while trying to kill 2 birds with one stone, I’m slowly falling behind from a lack of a decent resource stream.
I too miss the dungeon contests, but the thing about dungeon contests is they were completely fair. You had to play to win, you couldn’t buy 1st place, … so i guess they had to go.
Contests, for the most part are now a complete scam, their only purpose is to trick us into spending all our resources on mostly worthless rewards.
Even Portsl Lords is becoming littered with useless rewards. Stamps, old heroes, and a few pieces of gear scrap, not even a completely upgrade piece, just what you would get from raiding a campaign level once.
The sad truth is, Pb never really grasped the concept of leveling rewards with the game. Since the very beginning rewards never scaled properly until the community complained. Unfortunately there’s not enough activity in these forums anymore to make an impression.
Take Royal tournament, 40 or 60 thousand gold, so after a months worth of RT, you have enough gold to buy 1 or 2 level 250 skills. Or token based rewards. You get 10 tokens, while it takes 1000 to buy 5 epic gear scraps. So after a 100 defensive arena victories, you can buy the same amount of tokens you can get from 1 epic-epic dungeon boss victory. How long do you think it takes to get 100 defensive arena victories for the average joe? Never mind that arena is filled with basically the same lines and if you dont stay current, winning is near impossible. Why dont we get a new difficulty for tower and trial mode with every level cap update?
Silver chest??? What good are they, other then getting a free way to accomplish the daily quest. Does anyone actually buy them with gold anymore?
Ive got what seems like thousands of useless hero essence that just gets in the way of upgrading wild/wild essence, because pb made all the normal essence worthless. But they sit there with my 15 thousand gingerbeard shards.
And then there’s the guild shop, a place that could actually fix alot of these problems buy letting us trade in resources that are unnecessary for things like xp, or new hero shards, but guild shop is near worthless because you can only earn 3k script a day.
Im sick and tired of Perblue feeding us “cake”, give us some steak, or at least chicken. If Burger King can sell chicken nuggets for 10 cents each, Pb should at least be able to scale their d@mn rewards and still make money. Dont milk you loyally addicted customers because you lack the economic vision to sustain a game.
This game is mummified in cash grab mode,… (its the only new mode we get) its stagnant water thats poisonous to drink. Instead of adding new game modes, they’ve added a collection mode, so now instead of playing, we just collect stamps and costumes. But they cant even release costumes for every hero, they abandon the prestige items that were actually interesting and gave us chat stamps… how about a stamp to express our disappointment?
Ive watched the player base dwindle to a mere several hundred players who just aren’t ready to let it go. It used to be something amazing, the community was amazing and the interaction between both player and designer was respectable. Now its just going through the motions of existence.
I understand the economics completely, that there has to be a revenue stream for Pb to make everything work, but just because money has to be made doesn’t mean it has to be made like this…
I could go on forever, and I apologize to the OP for including my rant in this topic, but what’s a person supposed to do. Ive spent thousands on this game in 4 years, ive stopped spending money when i realized that Pb wasn’t going to add anything new. Thats what drove away the player base, everything became stale. I’ve witnessed the best of times this game has offered and sadly now see the worst. Just because Pb wants to milk a dead cow doesn’t mean i, or anybody for that matter has to stick around to watch. So as soon as my stockpile of research runs out, so will I. I don’t want to leave, but sadly i also dont want to stick around, so hopefully Pb doubles down on these contest costs, so i can get outta here sooner and find something better. There’s just nothing to stick around for, its stale, time consuming, and impossible for a F2P player to even compete in any event anymore. A game needs to create a sense of accomplishment, a desire to continue. Portal Quest has sadly lost these two very important gameplay elements.
When you live in a world that refuses to change, you need to change your world. I figure ive got about 3 months left before i can change mine.
Again, sorry for the rant.