I will post my current strategy and chronicle where I am currently as a player, then conclude with remarks on how power and politics work in Kingdoms Live and other Storm 8 games.
(Terms to know: Camp – selling gear to keep upkeep low so u can buy more land; farmer – a player who attacks other players with no rules on how many times and tends to attack weaker players to take their gold; clan – a banded group of players who act as a unit, or have a common goal and set of values.)
(1) I am now level 81. I’ve seen averages for high impact players and how much gold they have per level. I figure if you have 1 million gold for every 10 levels you are, you are in the power players club. So at 81 I need 8 million gold. I will not level to 100 until I have 10 million gold per hour. To achieve this I am in a Defensive Camp that only costs me around 2 million gold per hour which leaves me about 5.7 million gold per hour to buy up land in my grab for 8 – 10 million gold per hour. (Gold is power – see previous blogs). If you want to see my Defensive camp setup add me (2ps1r) and then take a look at my setup. It is basically all high defense but low attack weapons, shields, and spells. I will be in defensive camp for one week after this blog posts or until I get 8.5 million gold hr.
(2) I am in a clan, and now am one of two people who lead up that clan. My clan spans across four storm8 games, and a war started in another game has been spilling over a little bit. Some particularly tenacious fighters have come over to Kingdoms Live to try and farm low levels in our clan. That’s okay, because in Kingdoms Live, we have plenty of farmers trying to steal our gold and we know how to deal with them.
Dealing with a Farmer? (A) Defensive camp or decide acceptable losses if in total (no weapon) camp. You get more gold from a total camp than a farmer can take from you. Your stats can always be made up, so have no fear. (B) Bank Gold if you have a weak stomach and don’t like to lose any gold. (C) Have a strong player farm your farmer, then Bounty List them when they are in the hospital. The farmer will not like you taking their gold (a friend of mine calls it liberating their gold ;). (D) Remember you are immortal. Keep a clear head. Think, reflect, decide, and act. Always good advice no matter what your situation in life.
(3) When I reach 15 – 20 million gold I am going to dash for Level 200. There are a few active level 200 players who do not really mess with each other as far as I can tell. In World War, the Level 200’s are active and create groups and wars that press the Drama. The Drama in Kingdoms Live all comes from the low to mid levels who are rising. This is because of the lack of Land and thanks to Storm 8 adding more and more items, this means that half the game is in an almost constant camp. This benefits farmers, who level up too fast and end up being weak high levels, which still makes for boring play at the top. So many players are constantly camping to grow stronger to defend against farmers. There doesn’t seem to be many clan battles like in Imobs (where cash flows like milk and honey), because the good clans are constantly fending off farmers from their low levels who are camping so they can rise strong.
Like in all Storm8 games, in Kingdoms Live, Gold is power. The more you have, the more weapons u support, and the better chance you have of victory, and your status and power go up, and your ability to be political increases as you are able to fend off the lame players and help others fend as well. The more friends you have, the more you create fences against these lame players, and instead of everyone individually fighting lots of people individually against farmer, you can deal constant damage from multiple players against one, which pushes the logical players away, leaving a few pests to constantly deal with until they log off or reset.
It is my hope that Storm 8 will release some more land, and allow players to get out of this constant camp that has lasted the last three or four months. The lower levels don’t realize how paralyzing this is to the game, but as you need 10 – 10 mil hr to support high end weapons, everything slows down as people are just trying to keep their gold matching their levels against farmers.
If you have a different perspective I’d like to hear it. Perhaps there are some corners of Kingdoms Live I have not surfed to that you would like to share. And your strategy may look very different. I hope to hear your thoughts.