Get your design mojo on

and throw stacking out the window

We’ve gone from the peaks of Asgard to the molten depths in the last couple of weeks, and ngmoco:) really escalated the cash stakes since just about every high level building is 800k or higher.

They’re still 40-55 mojo though, about the same as shops that used to cost 100k. So clearly the push remains on spending real money to advance.

Even the wisdom trees are expensive at 160k and they generate almost no coins to help replenish the coffers. Fortunately ngmoco:) rethought the Poseidon founts and brought them back as a cheaper alternative.

In the meantime, as many readers know, ngmoco:) added a new design showcase to the leader boards. I’ve looked through their public blogs for any information on how they select the leaders (or assign design points), especially since they don’t seem to list my design points or those of my friends.

I found blogs explaining other leader boards but I couldn’t even find the design showcase image that showed up in the news tab. So I can’t really tell you how they decide or how burblegort moved from third to first on the board.

Personally, I think he belongs there, right along with jewingy, but many of the other designs were similar to kingdoms I’ve seen that didn’t make it. From what I saw, however, I sensed a few trends:

  • They love terracing. Many of the kingdoms experimented with creating a 3D terraced, or cliff-face approach, which may have been inspired by burblegort’s water falls (or he may have been inspired by someone else. I definitely remember stealing ideas from players (including Jolpet and ricknabby).

    Burblegort and jewingy are in first and second place on the design showcase leader board. They specialize in terracing, or creating dimensional layers. This is burblegort’s main realm and the bottom sample is from mockamore

  • If players don’t terrace, whoever is judging seems to like grids and patterns, with the grid boundaries created by decorative objects like flowers and trees.
  • They don’t like stacking, particularly grove stacking. I found a couple of exceptions, mostly with buildings. Jewingy created a heart with stacked rubies, which could be argued is a forgivable exception.

    Jewingy is one of the couple of design leaders accepted with stacking in his kingdom, but this example required stacking groves to make the heart. I think they let him off the hook. There may be another example with stacked groves (I didn’t look through every realm in every kingdom), but they seemed to be absent in the realms I checked.

If you want your crack at the leader board for design, these should provide you with a couple of starting points. For players who stacked everything, I certainly wouldn’t suggest tearing those groves and rows out, at least until ngmoco:) publishes the design guidelines on their blog. But if you think you have the design chops, start planning.

Update: Thanks to confuzed1 we have an answer to this from Joe Wagner the Mojo Farm site: ““We’re going to rotate a list of 10 players on that board at random intervals, so if you don’t see your name on there, or see it and it disappears you know what’s going on now. I’m also working on figuring out a way to best accept your nominations for this new leaderboard.” Evidently the numbers are meaningless and currently the nominations are internal. You can find more info in comments,

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. confuzed1
    May 16, 2011 @ 18:26:44

    Actually, I have he official answer for you.

    Ngmojoe, the public face of Ngmoco, said this, over at Mojo Farm:

    “We’re going to rotate a list of 10 players on that board at random intervals, so if you don’t see your name on there, or see it and it disappears you know what’s going on now.

    I’m also working on figuring out a way to best accept your nominations for this new leaderboard.”

    He also explained that the number beside the name is meaningless, as far as the leaderboard is concerned.

    That is the number of elements in the main realm. It’s only there because their programming needs a number there for their leaderboards to work.

    Joe later explained that, at this point, it’s an internal vote that has put the current leaders on the boards.

    They started out with nominations from this thread:

    http://www.serifwebresources.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4443&highlight=&forumid=339260

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  2. confuzed1
    May 16, 2011 @ 18:31:36

    Almost forgot…

    Come join us over at the Design Lovers Photo Album!

    http://www.serifwebresources.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3616&forumid=339260

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  3. blueMINIs
    May 18, 2011 @ 04:17:16

    Holy cow! I am more tempted to buy mojo than ever! I really, really, really want a kraken now, and I am millions of points away from level 55.
    I only bought mojo once, and I spent most of it on my gift cart addiction. That was when the gift cart began, and I have been content with slowly- very slowly- advancing through the levels at my own pace. I feel more satisfied with earning the coins to buy what I want (which is everything) even if it takes me a long time.
    However, I am so wanting to splurge on to mojo to get a kraken or two right now while they are temporarrily offered at level 15.
    Should I do it? Or should I hold true to my no mojo-buying convictions?

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    • Totalthinker
      May 19, 2011 @ 01:39:27

      It will bring your customers back. However, there are also high return buys in the L20s.

      And once you buy, you will always find an excuse to buy more. It’s more addictive than pot, heroin or pornohraphy, especially since the only one who really gets hurt is your bank account.

      But if you’re going to buy, buy the $20 carafe and invest in 3 Krakens. Then you will have none left over to fritter away like you would with the $10 bottle. You won’t experience the additional, “What the hell?” temptation to use mojo for more stuff and then say, “just one more flask.”

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  4. blueMINIs
    May 20, 2011 @ 05:28:01

    Well… I caved. I added 3 krakens with purchased mojo. So y’all come over and order from them this weekend! I’m level 48 so I have tons of other awesome shops, too!

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  5. jjboots
    May 20, 2011 @ 22:53:03

    Hi, Phillip, er, um, Total, what do you prefer, anyway? 🙂

    As the Confused1 posted above the DLPA (Design Lover Photo Album) is over at the Mojo-Farm fansite. Most of the pictures you see in that thread are design that incorporate all sorts of design styles, so check it out.

    FYI, the image that appeared on the News tab announcing the Design Spotlight was mine. It’s a little vignette was originally my runaway bridge after Princess Seraphina woke to find Kenny the Kraken in the lake behind the Sultan’s Castle as a pre-wedding gift from her Prince Hassan. She wasn’t amused. It’s in my Northeast realm, but since I use a different name on the M-F forum than my Plus+ name, I don’t think figured out whose it was.

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  6. Moontown
    May 23, 2011 @ 04:09:31

    I want to say sorry to any of my friends that ordered from me this last week and got canceled. My mom passed away and I spent the week in California and then Utah getting my dad settled. I felt bad when I had several spoiled businesses. I dont think I have ever had one before. I am home now and back to my favorite addiction. I was with my very large family on saturday, so I thought if the world was gonna end at least we would all go together. So much for perdictions. LOL Now we all have to wait til the end of the year for the next one. 🙂

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    • chezmah
      May 24, 2011 @ 06:51:36

      hi moontown,
      i admit i was concerned last week when i noticed that you were no longer on the forefront of the wr scene and am so sorry to hear that your mom passed away. i did write back to you on your new site and will do so again now that you have returned from CA.
      Welcome back, we missed you !

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    • Pjsplantation/V3gasvamp1
      May 25, 2011 @ 00:08:20

      Sorry to hear about your mom moontown. Welcome back!!!! What do you think of all the new stuff? I can’t keep up. Am heading for Utah tomorrow. Will hopefully be able to find some wifi. Not as much fun on my phone. Take care.

      Reply

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