Two part contest, new players come by! (in Contests)

QBOddBird December 7 2011 12:05 AM EST

Welcome new players! For the purposes of this contest, btw, I count anyone who is still in their New User Bonus period to be a new player. The first part of this contest is simple.

New players, if you would, I'd like you to write just a short summary of your time here at CB. What do you like about it? Dislike? What do you think could be improved, and who has helped you the most since you started?

A good response could net you an easy 500k!

And veteran players, if you'd like, you can come by and let me know about a newbie that you've spoken to recently who really made an impact. Let me know if someone seemed particularly interested in the game, or if you saw another veteran player helping a newbie out. Again, good responses could equal CBD!

That's it for the first part of this contest. You'll find out about the second part at a later date in the future. :)

I'm not putting an end date or anything - this will be left open until I decide I'm ready to give out a prize.

Django December 7 2011 12:17 AM EST

I'll donate 500K to whoever OB decides is the winner.

BestNUB December 7 2011 12:34 AM EST

I think compared to CB1, this game has much more variety and seems to be going in the right direction in terms of game balance. However, it is a much more difficult game to grasp and therefore I would wish that the penalties to unlearning, disenchanting, etc were made lower so we can experiment with strategies more freely (At least to new players who know nothing about the mechanics of the game). I guess if there were more tournaments or something, this would not be an issue.

In terms of help, I think Areo and Mr Piper have helped me the most. They really taught me how to play the game. Without them, I think I would have had a much steeper learning curve. Even with them, it's been a struggle to grasp everything.

Goku December 7 2011 12:34 AM EST

Goku's CB life.

So far my cb life has been good having fun. The things i'd change is the stagnation of the game i've heard no changes in 2 years is QQ. Also i need to say that the NUB needs refineing as so much is wasted because you just don't know anything about cb.

Goku December 7 2011 12:35 AM EST

ps Areo an Zenai are my helpful MVPs

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] December 7 2011 7:54 AM EST

I'll donate 500K to whoever OB decides is the winner.


Xenogard [Chaotic Serenity] December 7 2011 7:58 AM EST

I'll add another 500k to the pot.

Waldo December 7 2011 11:41 AM EST

Hmmm my impression of CB.

Well I enjoy the game (should be obvious since I am still here) but there are definitely some issues that seem to need attention.

So here is my list of basic likes/dislikes for CB

5: Great learning curve...easy to pick-up basics while still having complex formulae & strategies

4: Variety of items (tho there are some dislikes associated with this, see below)

3: No glass ceiling...N*B (as much as people think it is unfair) makes getting into a game more attractive since you CAN reach the top with work & if you don't succeed on your first attempt (NUB) you can always try again with existing resources (NCB)

2: PG...sounds odd coming from me (I am definitely not PG in my real life) but having the PG rule is great. CB seems to have a little higher average intelligence than most other games. I think this is due in large part to the PG rule. It makes people think about what they are saying instead of just reciting all the foulness they know...those that don't (or can't) put in that extra bit of thought don't stay long.

1: You...what would CB be without the players? I don't get into chat much (java restrictions at work) but everyone I have interacted with has been friendly & helpful...even the arguments on here are (mostly) civil

5: Politics...this is definitely a personal thing for me but I hate seeing everyone arguing least not all the time. I don't have a problem talking politics or even debating but itメs rare to see a thread NOT get into a political debate (unless it is about a certain broken item I will not specifically mention)

4: Rarity...or more to the point the lack of "Rares"--this game seems to have 2 levels of gear: none or rare--even that is really a choice (challenge bonus or abilities) With so many ways for rares to appear in-game (random drops/system started auctions/black market) and so few players the ratio is way off making all "rares" more common than common

3: Gear/Lvl association...this would include NW/PR link, max tattoos, encumbrance, etc...I understand what it is for but when it comes down to it this system is broken. There are better ways to deal with this (if anyone cares to hear my idea CM me) but this is not the thread to get into solutions (not to mention...well, just see dislike #1)

2: Small player base (honestly, this is more a symptom of the rest but needs to be stated)...simply put CB needs more people playing to run it stands there are definite gaps in available active opponents at certain levels. Active players keep higher scores giving better rewards & a much better sense of competition as well as creating revenue for the game.

1: STAGNATION...lack of adaptability = lack of survivability...if no one is going to make changes to the game then it will die. I don't want to start the same old song and dance in this thread so will keep it intentionally vague but there are well-known broken items, countless useless items, broken mechanics, etc and there have also been various threads with people making suggestions on how these things could be fixed...and then nothing happens. I would be willing to bet this game is almost identical to what it looked like a year ago & what it will look like a year from now with the exception of a declining player-base. If the changes don't get made the game will die from it, PERIOD!

Oh & oddly the person that has helped me the most has not given me a single thing in-game. My cousin introduced me to the game but no longer plays (btw he said the only reason he doesn't play anymore is because of dislike #1) and has given me a lot of tips about mechanics and strategy

Quyen December 7 2011 12:05 PM EST

heh, the rares are actually items that are wanted but has high costs; TSA, AoI and such. or high level stuff :P

QBOddBird December 7 2011 11:09 PM EST

Great responses so far. :D I appreciate all the new players' responses, and the veteran players who have dropped by to offer donations to the prize pot.

And again, vets, if you'd like to drop by and put in a good word about a newer player, feel free to do so! This contest isn't just for the new players. You can win money too!

Fishead December 8 2011 7:46 PM EST

Here's a 500k bump from me.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] December 14 2011 6:05 PM EST


QBOddBird December 19 2011 4:31 PM EST

I'll end this contest in 2 days, so if anyone wants to make an entry, now's the time to do so!

QBOddBird December 28 2011 2:22 PM EST

QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) Waldo (Kings of Xanth) $500000 -- congrats! 2:21 PM EST
QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) zhegao (San Guo Yan Yi) $500000 -- congrats! 2:20 PM EST

Waldo and zhegao both gave thoughtful and helpful responses, so they are the winners! ^o^

BestNUB December 28 2011 3:35 PM EST

Thank you! :)

Waldo December 28 2011 5:38 PM EST

Thank you Bird. I just hope that the information can be used to improve the game

QBOddBird December 29 2011 10:42 AM EST

As he had mentioned earlier, Piper sent 500k toward the contest as well:

Piper (Piper at the Gates) QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) $500000 Dec 28

so that's 250k extra for each!

QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) zhegao (San Guo Yan Yi) $250000 10:42 AM EST
QBOddBird (Safety Deposit Box) Waldo (Kings of Xanth) $250000 10:42 AM EST

Xenogard [Chaotic Serenity] December 29 2011 11:45 AM EST

Xenogard (Burning Star IV) Waldo (Kings of Xanth) $250000 11:44 AM EST
Xenogard (Burning Star IV) zhegao (San Guo Yan Yi) $250000 11:44 AM EST

I also said I'd add to the pot ;)
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