So I have started working on the new kingdom lot system. This affects only main lots, not the street lots. Those would remain as they are, maybe become a bit more expensive. Here is how it would work:
You get a lot by buying it. Once you are done with your build, and it satisfies some quality criteria, you can “give it back”. That means that you give it to me, it becomes a showcase like the builds in the city. Here are the details:
Getting a lot
Each kingdom lot would cost you progressively more. If I use the same formula as for the deposits and start at 10k Uncs, we get the following progression:
- 1 lot(s): 10’000 UNCs
- 2 lot(s): 80’000 UNCs
- 3 lot(s): 270’000 UNCs
- 4 lot(s): 640’000 UNCs
- 5 lot(s): 1’250’000 UNCs
- 6 lot(s): 2’160’000 UNCs
- 7 lot(s): 3’430’000 UNCs
- 8 lot(s): 5’120’000 UNCs
- 9 lot(s): 7’290’000 UNCs
- 10 lot(s): 10’000’000 UNCs
The formula is: (no. of lots)³ x 10’000. It’s the same as for the deposit boxes. This is of course quite steep. Another calculation option would be this one:
- 1 lot(s): 10’000 UNCs
- 2 lot(s): 40’000 UNCs
- 3 lot(s): 90’000 UNCs
- 4 lot(s): 160’000 UNCs
- 5 lot(s): 250’000 UNCs
- 6 lot(s): 360’000 UNCs
- 7 lot(s): 490’000 UNCs
- 8 lot(s): 640’000 UNCs
- 9 lot(s): 810’000 UNCs
- 10 lot(s): 1’000’000 UNCs
Here the formula is (no. of lots)² x 10’000. If find this almost too cheap. Essentially I want to make sure that the size of the build has a cost that is in proportion to the amount of work it would take to finish it – and the number of people it takes to do something like that. If you want to build a 4×4 build, you should not have 10 of those at the same time in the works, and a 9×9 build would rarely be a single person’s project.
It’s a draft and we have to see if we stick with that. However, there is another opportunity to get lots much cheaper: Join with others. If you anyhow plan to build with others something that is 4×4 lots, you can let other people buy 1 or more of the lots and let them pay for it. But the achievements/reward for finishing a lot would then also go to that person! I.e. we would not allow anymore to transfer lots to other people since there would be too much of an incentive to cheat the progression system by simply handing 10k to some settlers or secondary accounts and have them later give you the lot back once you gave back another of them to collect your reward.
Getting rid of a lot
There would be 3 ways of getting rid of a lot. Abandoning it, giving it to me or leaving the server. If you think you will never finish it, you can abandon it and it will be reset. If you think your lot is “done”, you can put it up for inspection. That means that Elders and myself would go to the lot and check it out. We would look if the lot is build well enough to be given to me. There would be a questionnaire that would ask questions along these lines:
- Is the space well used (or is there just a lonely hut?)
- Is it built along a theme (or is it just a clutter of random builds?)
- does it line up well with the neighbor lots (or are there massive gaps in the landscape)
- is it interesting to look at (or is it just a bunch of 1×1 noob towers)
Once this inspection is passed as successful, you would lose the lot and get rewards. This would be any possible yet to be decided reward, which could be physical (such as rare items (beacons, dragon eggs, whatever), perks (disguises) and achievement levels (badges on your user page etc) or donator status months etc.
The other way to get rid of a lot would be if you leave the server for good and the lot would be reset otherwise. That means that there would be no more resets due to people leaving. In that case the lot would go back into the pool of “free” lots and people could by them just like empty lots and decide if they want to finish the build or reset them.
What happens with the currently occupied lots?
Some people have a substantial number of main lots in the kingdom. Essentially, they would have the issue that they cannot buy any new lots since that has just become prohibitively expensive. Other lots, that are properly built, could be given back just like above.