Year 1: FTP. I won’t spend a dime on pixels. I will never spend a dime. I have a deep understanding of marketing, psychology and gacha, loot boxes and in game currency traps.
I pick up my first year: marjana, joon, lianna, victor and kin Arthur. I am excited. All for free!
I finish map one, solid on the buildings and working on season 2.
Year 2: 1 gift card for my birthday. Spend VIP for the year. Get nothing. Oh well. Working on season 2 and will save for a chance at any season 2. Get all the 4* and 3s. Excited! Tried hard for Seshat, Kingston. Nope. No HOTM either. A couple more season 1 5s.
Year 3: A saved 20 summon at the end of Christmas. Vela x 2! She is amazing! Save for a chance at JF. (Beta version) my game is going to change! I can start to really compete! Finish events! Aim for top whatever! Telly from beta looks amazing. I will spend a little and with those 3 I’ll be holding my own in the leader boards. Valhalla is coming when Telly’s out. Kismet! Telly is released I spend the equivalent of a good night out with friends. I’m talking dinner, movies, drinks, desserts all on me. Can’t go anywhere so why not? I get telly and tyr. I am going to win now! …
Not winning. Why? Troops, emblems, time to level, ascension mats, food, iron, recruits…
But wait new heroes in Valhalla. They’re amazing and much needed. So are the HOTM. Each have there very own use. Some good some ok. But I’ve got them all so far. I’ll try to get the rest. And GRAVEMAKER is here soon. Him and Clarissa will be OP! I’ll enjoy myself even more! Easier to beat events, win tournaments …
GRAVEMAKER costs a weekend trip away with the girls. COVID right? So who cares. My budget blown each and every event. But I tell myself. Just this year. By December your roster will be amazing and you will be in the top of things. Then December hits. New heroes. I’ll get them. Good odds 1.5%! When I have them I’ll be set.
Lord loki comes out. He is like every hero wrapped into one. Odin was missed. A week away on holidays but a no show. Loki or Odin might pop out this round. Another weekend away worth spent and I get mad because I got my 3rd gefjon. I read about season 4. I read about league of villains. That’s it. I sit down and actually calculate what I have spent. It is the equivalent of; a small affordable car. Or 4 one wheels all kitted out. A trip for 4 to all inclusive in a warm climate. A years worth of dinners, movies, lunches, gifts, shopping trips, events.
I blink. My whole life I have had difficulty spending large amounts of money due to my upbringing. I have been careful and manage my money well. I know all the odds, read every warning, understand the psychological marketing strategies and yet here I am. I have lost against the team of SG and their insidious practices. Me, who has been careful my whole life. I thought I gave myself permission this year to treat myself in this lockdown, but instead I imprisoned myself. I forgot the cardinal rule.
The house always wins.
I have a great roster. But I can never win. so long, as my experiment of paying to play failed for me, but it’s a total win for SG. !