This is really, really long and kind-of a stream-of-consciousness rambling. I’ll hide my thoughts and give you the TL;DR.
I'm a week away from my 2 year anniversary with Empires and Puzzles.
I’m a week away from my 2 year anniversary with Empires and Puzzles.
Level 64, tons of maxed out heroes of all rarities, powers and colors. I know how to manage a board, have gotten over 100k on several titan hits, usually go 5/6 in wars, hit #1 with ease on the raid leaderboards, am a member of an alliance filled with great people (of which I happen to have the nearly-useless title of leader as we do things by committee). I can place high in any event (depending on money, time and saved materials) and can beat any challenge at any level that SG provides. Naturally, this means I’ve finished Season 2 on Hard as well.
But this post isn’t about all of that. Anyone can get to this point and, by my observation, anyone who plays the game for two years can reach all of these goals with ease-- no matter how much they pay.
The game still manages to be fun, but I have to work at it.
Let’s face it. There are so many things that aggravate me about the game, and not all of them are related to RNG.
I get tired of the ebb and flow of alliance members. There are good reasons to leave an alliance. If someone is nasty, racist, sexist or if the alliance stagnates or becomes apathetic… sure. Bail on them and find somewhere else. But… come on now… what the heck is the difference between one alliance or another? Most of us just want to play, get loot and chat a little. Just stay in one place and play the game. There really isn’t much difference between the alliances, no matter what they say. EVERYONE wants active players with 4500 team power and 3000 trophies. Alliance Recruitment is a joke with a boring punchline.
Yes I want people to join my alliance. But no, I can’t tell you that we give away prizes and your life will be better with us. It’s a game. We’ll be nice to you and play the best we can.
No, I don’t want people to leave my alliance. Trying to keep a certain level of play. No, I won’t beg you to stay. It’s a game. If you come back, you are welcome to stay. I just get frustrated with the back-and-forth of the alliance numbers when we try to hit higher-level titans.
It is a scam. Governments are considering legal restrictions.
Oh, and if you get the greatest possible hero roster… what do you really have? Some pictures that can beat some other pictures.
Do you really want to break the bank and spend your 15 minutes of fame on glorified bejeweled?
Have I spent? Sure. I know what I am doing. It’s entertainment, but I don’t take it so seriously that I get too angry about it or delude myself that I’m owed anything. Nobody forces me to thumbprint-authenticate those purchases for these stupid pictures. that’s all me. If it isn’t fun, I’ll stop… uhh… well… at least slow down a little
RNG is RNG and (as frustrating as it is) the game would be pointless without it. Still it “FEELS” like the boards are against me some days. Phone-shattering levels of frustration when I lose a raid/war flag, or get 2-3 total color matches vs a titan. It sucks some of the fun out of it when I bring the same team on the same titan and get 110k on one hit… then 10k on the next. Makes all of the time, effort, dollars spent seem pointless merely because it hinged upon the board. So whereas I UNDERSTAND RNG… it inspires apathy. What, then, really is the point?
War, what is it good for?
2 weeks to fill the best chest in the game. Would I like another scabbard? Sure, why not. It’ll keep the other 447 company. Oh, maybe I’ll get excited about the… ehhhh no. I’ll just take my 5 emblems, 3 loot tickets and 10 gems and shrug.
Make them rarer, remove the farmable loot. end of story.
Tired of getting excited about the stupid things, only to get friggin boots.
Am I jealous of those who get 50 emblems in a chest? Sure. I have never gotten 50. Only ever gotten 30 max. But that’s not really the point.
Yeah. I get it. The game is what it will be. Just gets boring. I end up playing like it is a job, filled with all the enjoyment of an automated factory pressing the same darn parts over and over again.
For my own enjoyment, I do some things that people think are either dumb or 'inefficient use of resources'.
Powerful heroes are fun in their own rite, and I have a great roster filled with heroes that many covet, but there are so many that I do not have and wish I were fortunate enough to get.
A list of powerful heroes that I would like but do not have:
Hel, Kageburado, Guinevere, Lady of the Lake, Brian, Master Lepus, Poseidon, Santa, Victor, Mother North, Marie-Therese, Miki, Finley, Kunchen, Grazul, Seshat2 (because I’m greedy), Mok-Arr (on a mono stack, yes he is, shut up), Mistuko, Athena, Delilah – the list goes on and on…
Since there is no “Hero Store” and I’m regularly confronted by lots of lucky people who get lots of lucky pulls… I become discontent. So I look for fun heroes that provide a different dimension of synergy or enjoyment.
But I shrug about some of my powerful heroes. They’re not “fun” even if they are effective. It’s not about winning with the powerful ones for me anymore. Not a single person in the entirety of E&P can build a defense to stop me. Go ahead. Bring on the +20 5*. I’ll still win, prove it and shrug it off because others can do the same thing. It’s kind of like two kids have a Ford Mustang. One has a v8 with aftermarket rims, one has a v6 with stock rims. Still a decent car. The v8 has a little more power, sure. But both would be crushed if I hit it with my 15 passenger van.
Cheshire Cat (@Razor knows the drill), The Hatter, Muggy— fun heroes that are recognized by many as valuable. Inari, Redhood-- love those cute little foxes. Danzaburo is fun to play with. if Jackal2 wasn’t stealing all other emblems, he’d get +20.
Valeria-- Can take a bit of strategy and setup, but I have maxed 3 and use her on a mono setup with Ariel and Misandra on any tank anywhere on raids.
Fun Heroes I’d like: Puss n Boots, Black Knight, Red Queen, Rumplestiltskin
Love the concept of the Puss N Boots card. 3 blind mice? COME ON… that’s the most fun hero in the whole E&P catalog.
We need more weird powers with interesting synergy and hidden power.
I get it. Strengthen a heroes strong points, don’t force a square peg in a round hole (something I’ll call “the Gobbler rule.”)
Does Cheshire Cat need 20 levels of a talent? Oh, man, people have actually told me that I was stupid for doing that. But now I can give him +15% mana boost with my troop. He has won many raids for me with his jacked DOT, and his shuffle is just plain fun, even if it isn’t ALWAYS useful. Does Layla need +20? I say so. Why? Because it’s my team AND she’s the best 2* in the whole kit. Will I tell YOU to take Layla to +20? No. I’ll spout conventional wisdom which states it isn’t a good idea.
The point? My heroes, my roster, my emblems, my choice. For reasons of fun.
I’ve been in the same alliance for 17 months. You know what’s not fun? Lack of coordination, lack of communication and drama. It’s one thing to be understanding and laid-back. It’s another to stagnate. I’ve said it before: This game is not fun enough on its own merit. My alliance is the only thing keeping me in the game at all. Good people, fun conversation. (GO HELIOS)
My advice to all of you? Don't take yourself too seriously and please don't ever act like you are better than any other member of the community. Play for fun, and inspire others to have fun, also. It's a game. Play it like it is an actual game.
People ask me for advice. I don’t give advice. I offer my suggestions and opinions, but I really do not care if people have alternate suggestions or other opinions. Whatever, join the conversation and make it a debate. I won’t get butt-hurt. Are there some things that are better ideas than others? Sure. I’ll share those, but you gotta play for you. Not me.
I am on the forum because it’s fun to talk about the game. I think the restrictions to be a regular are a bit much, so I didn’t try super hard to maintain the title when I got it. I do get tired of the idiots (yes, idiots who fall into the “MORON” category) who think there is some conspiracy or that boards aren’t random or that SG performs some micromanagement to prevent/promote certain outcomes.
It is my chosen missions to fight stupidity in all of its forms, where ever it lives. This may come at the cost of political correctness but I refuse to abide idiocy. The E&P forum is a game all of its own, and I play it when it suits me.
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