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And if visitors don’t, don’t cry for them

I remember when I was teaching at ACC we closed the visual design labs to hold teacher workshops. We announced the labs would be closed in classes, posted signs that the lab would be closed a week before on all the building’s outer doors, in the lab hall way, in every classroom, and on both lab doors. Big signs too. They were hard too miss.

Students still interrupted the workshops wanting to know why they couldn’t use the damn labs, and were pissed that we hadn’t warned them.

I don’t think people are dumb, but I do think there are a lot of dumb people.

Ellylons525 is hardly the first player to notice that visitors continue to place orders even when the Gone Fishing sign is posted (I made that comment recently). She shut a kingdom down and had to move everything into inventory because people kept ordering even though she had posted the sign.

I did that with We City and We Farm. I didn’t inventory Adventure Bay because, well, you can’t yet (at least not since I last looked a month or two ago,)

ngmoco:) could actually set up a database that you could notify when you’re on vacation. It could post a dialogue saying “This player has (gone fishing)(is on vacation)(is no longer taking your orders.”) It would be nice, but they would probably charge mojo to do so.

I finally came to the conclusion that if players place orders even when your fields are empty and “Gone Fishing” signs are posted in every realm, don’t cry for them. Let their orders spoil. Half will go back and realize they screwed up.

The other half will think it’s your fault and stop ordering altogether. This is a shame if you’re trying to build a customer base, but, believe me, others will show up.

The real irritation is the push notifications that keep popping up, and the solution to that is easy. Go into the iPad or iPhone settings, find “Notifications” and turn them off for We Rule.

Indian items

This week’s theme is Indian items for a limited time only. This is also an attempt to get less experienced players who aren’t floating in cash to spend mojo. Don’t fall for it. By the time you have decent cash reserves, the Indian items might be gone, but something equally cool will be available.

Yet another floater from the ngmoco:) design team. She should at least sing half the duet from Lakme, wouldn’t you think?

Plus, ngmoco:) recycles discontinued items as gifts, or special sales. So if you miss the Indian temple this week, you’ll probably see it again. I suspect that every Halloween and Christmas item from last year will return.

We will also see brand new Halloween and Christmas items because ngmoco:) doesn’t want those of us who have the old ones in inventory to recycle old items back into our realms.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 13:46:28

    Floater, lol


  2. Clarabowtie
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 14:22:49

    Thank you for this blog, totalthinker! I must ask, though, because I fear the end might be coming, but has ngmoco put you off the game more so than usual these days? You seem to not enjoy it as much as your earlier posts (before the shift to mojo-centered gameplay, I guess). As a new(er) player, I feel like I missed out on the glory days of this game! Thanks again for all your work.


    • Totalthinker
      Jul 22, 2011 @ 02:20:15

      After more than a year, anything get’s repetitive, but the game’s still fun. I do think that ngmoco:) has done more to make the game more commercial than more fun. Getting rid of the quests for the goals was one example, and the gift lottery seems to benefit players with money far more than anything else they’ve done. But I’m not bailing anytime soon. In fact, I may have a surprise announcement after the summer break.


  3. jjboots
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 18:13:19

    I recently decided to stop playing, not for any reason other than I had auto-capped to level 65 when they added the levels and changes in work and real life made it so I didn’t have a much time to play WR anymore. The game is fun and as long as you play it in a manner that suits you and provides enjoyment, it’s great.

    In the end I used up the remaining mojo I had to speed up orders, removed the high-end goodies in my Main realm and put “Gone” in my Main in road pieces and just rejected any incoming orders. After a 2 days I figured it was long enough and deleted WR from my iPad and my apps in iTunes.

    Of course wouldn’t you know it that after I quit, ngmoco:) came out with a bunch of Harry Potter inspired content that lots pretty amazing. I’ll just live vicariously through my real-life friends that are still playing and ooo and aah at their screens 😀


  4. ravenpuff
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 04:53:08

    I’m a bit miffed they cycled through Indian items so quickly to pull them out. Not enough time to earn enough to save up for all of them, so bought mojo to get them before they disappeared. Grrrr.

    I do notice a lot of Harry Potter themed items, which I’m thrilled about, as you can tell by my game name. The Azkaban prison is a bit modernistic looking. Wonder if they’ll have a wand maker’s shop. Can’t have wizards if they can’t buy wands! At least I can use the Kraken for the Giant Squid when I get around to creating an HP themed realm. I want a “Giant’s Hut” (*wink*Hagrid*wink*). Maybe I can use a broomstick boutique for a Three Broomsticks stand-in. I have three of them, so I could pile all three together, I suppose. I can use a chocolate shop for Honeyduke’s in Hogsmeade. I guess all we need is a Quidditch pitch, but I suppose a broomstick game field might do to avoid copyright infringement, though they are barely doing that with the Owlery, Herbology Lab and Stone Serpent Vault (*cough*ChamberOfSecrets*cough*). A cauldron shop would be great, but if they want to wait until Halloween to introduce that, I guess I could wait until then.


  5. Moontown
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 04:59:16

    I have been playing from the beginning and some changes I like and some I dont but I play because I enjoy it. If they didnt keep changing the game it might get boring. I enjoy reading about the game from other gamers views. Thats why I like this blog. I play other games but this one is still my favorite. So thumbs up to We Rule.


  6. chezmah
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 17:57:41

    am i dreaming or did they change the cauliflower from 13 hrs to 12hrs ???
    its better for me as i would love lo have a high yield crop that coincide with my “sleep / morning coffee time” that is to say 9 or 10 hrs…. oh well ! c’est la vie !!!


  7. chezmah
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 19:09:57

    am i dreaming or did they change the cauliflower from 13 hrs to 12hrs ??? i’m not complaining, its better for me as 13hrs was a tad,long. I would love to have a high yield crop that coincides with my “sleep / morning coffee time” that is to say 9 or 10 hrs…. oh well ! c’est la vie !!!
    happy ruling to all, and to all a good night !


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