Habitats for the wee folk

Building releases continue to be slow, which is fine with me, but it limits the material I can write about. The fairies must have grown tired of the disproportionate elf representation because three new fairy items appeared this week.

The fairy tree residences caught my attention as yet another in a string of short term high yield properties. The cost twice as much as ruby groves but produce 150cp every hour on the hour. Other residences in this series include the Chinese, Japanese, Mayan and Persian residences.

You can stack and arrange some residences to produce a variety of interesting patterns, or simply fill otherwise empty realms.

The number of residences you can install vary from item to item. You can install only 50 Chinese, Japanese and Mayan residences but as many as 180 candy cane and fairy tree houses.

Why do I like them? I think any player looking to reach L30 quickly should give them a thought if you are willing to spend time with the game. If you check in three times a day like me, their value drops (although they still outperform other income generating properties). But if you check in every hour or two the coins and experience adds up quickly.

The levels between 25 and 30 can be frustrating to players. In the past you will have been able to climb levels quickly, but now you need hundreds of thousands of experience points to advance. Once you reach L30 you grow more accustomed to the slower pace, but those intermediate levels can leave you impatient to level up.

Find a realm with nothing in it and devote it to residences. You should get your north realm at L25 so this would be a good one. Add a three or four at every opportunity. By the time you have a dozen, check in every hour or so to harvest. Don’t try for pretty, try for experience points. The more you add, the more quickly the points and coins pour in.

The cabañas also have value because they are very cheap and take up almost no space. But they only turn over every three hours.

This doesn’t mean you should ignore ruby groves because they take longer to mature. You will earn slightly more when you can’t back to the game because of sleep or all-day training sessions at work.

If nothing else think of all those homeless cupids and fairies you will be helping out. You won’t get the back-breaking satisfaction of volunteering with Habitats for Humanity, and the elves and cupids won’t thank you because they don’t show their faces. But you will earn brownie points in We Rule’s digital heaven.

We Rule stops by Minnesota

It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. Quieter than usual. The developers at ngmoco:) booked a retreat for their staffers to help them recharge for the coming year. They soon realized they would have to switch travel agents because  when they arrived at the Sidetrack tap with all of their luggage and wireless equipment Wally had to explain that what he said to the booking agent was that “the Sidetrack is about as close as you can get to a bed and breakfast in Lake Wobegon,” which is, you have to admit, not at all the same as saying it was a bed and breakfast. 

It isn’t his fault that people make assumptions, he told Evelyn later that evening after they put up folding cots and old army sleeping bags in the cooler. The sleeping bags were the old mummy style sleeping bags that wrapped you like a cocoon to keep you warm as a toasted marshmallow over a campfire and the tourists couldn’t really complain since the cooler was still warmer than it was outside.

This did not prepare Wally for the outrage the next morning when he explained the Sidetrack was wireless, every appliance was run from a single outlet. Zimidar, the team leader, explained that educated people know wireless means computers can download data from the air. Wally shook his head and replied, “Who would a dreamed they’d come up with something like that.”

Of course, Wally and Evelyn knew what wireless meant. They’d been to the Starbucks in St. Cloud many times and seen all those busy people hunched over their laptops. But the booking agent didn’t ask, “do you have wireless?’ She evidently assumed that the patrons at the Sidetrack would want to use their iPads with their beers and bumps. The only ones using iPhones in the Sidetrack were the kids who came in to pester their parents for spending money.

So Wally called Pastor Ingqvist to see if the ngmoco:) team could use the church for their team building exercises, and then the team decided the church was more accommodating than the cooler at the Sidetrack. So they moved everything to the church, where they could pretty much work uninterrupted expect for altar guild and Wednesday prayer meeting. But they still didn’t have wireless which meant the only new items they could get ready for release were the Bridge o’ Love and Outdoor Cafe to celebrate Valentines.

To make it up to players they had a 20 percent off mojo sale over the weekend, which was about time. There hasn’t been one since Thanksgiving even though two events have passed.

When they left on Friday all of the team members agreed Lake Wobegon wasn’t a bad place to visit, the men were certainly good looking (although they would never arm wrestle the women again) and they hoped their own children would be as polite as the local kids. But they agreed that maybe they could try some place other than Minnesota for team building in the future. 

At least not until they upgraded their networks.

Valentine offerings slim

Not much news for blog’s return

I’m running behind on the articles I took time off to write, but I thought I should take the time to review the latest developments, or lack of them, in We Rule.

Once Christmas ended, and the incredible outpouring of items from the We Rule shop, ngmoco:) began to slow things down. Only three items have been introduced for Halloween, although they may still release some items on Valentine’s Day or Monday. Quite frankly, I’m relieved.

But I’ve also noticed that they’ve been sloppy and lax lately. They took a couple of days to add the splash screens to announce several items. Their blog and Facebook entries have been noticeably uninformative, especially about event rewards beyond the traditional two items.

Interestingly, they removed the experience point leaders from the leader boards but still have the leader listings for the Thanksgiving event (three events ago) without posting leaders for the two that followed. Okay, I had fallen a hundred places or so in the leaders when they dropped it, and perhaps they were afraid that new players would be scared off seeing leaders with three billion points. 

The landing strip and craft factory that were rewards for the most recent event were the coolest in a long time, maybe ever. I really liked the steam punk crafts as well. Too bad we won’t know who collected the most. ngmoco:) hasn’t updated event leaders since Thanksgiving.

Still, I have to think that’s a motivation. If Zimidar can earn three billion points, so can I. Admittedly he will probably have twelve billion by the time I collect my three, but still. I’ve never had a billion anything (except maybe molecules).

The rewards for events haven’t been that lucrative either. In the past you could count on the last reward for every second event producing the highest yield of any building in your realm. The return offered on the three events since Halloween have been decent, great for players at lower levels, but far less rewarding than shops available for coins at L60 and up.

So I have to wonder if DeNA isn’t growing as weary of We  Rule as some of the players seem to feel (or so it seems by their comments). I’m not sure what happened. Perhaps their ceaseless push to sell mojo finally put off a lot of players and they had to downsize the development, design and marketing teams.

Maybe they just decided to squeeze even more profit by cutting back. 

I am happy with the pace of new item releases, but I would like to think they’re responding to player requests to slow things down, not losing interest themselves.

Idle income bargains

I would like to point readers to two real bargains for generating idle income. The best, the golden temple, is only available to players at L59 or above and it’s very expensive. It’s also hidden next to the milliner’s shop in the build menu (at least in my build menu) and not with the items available around L60.

If you have coins to burn, this is a great way to burn them. The temple returns 430hcp (337 in xp) every 15 hours. You can add up to fifty a realm. Granted the cost is high (1 million coins) but by the time you reach L70, 337 xp hourly for a million coins is a good trade off. (It basically comes down to 750000 xp every two days for every realm with 50 temples).

Cupid’s cottage is another good deal, delivering 130cp every hour. You can get them at L23. Yes, you have to check in hourly to collect the full value, but let’s break down the numbers. One cottage costs 15000c, and delivers 780 points in six hours if you make every collection. Two ruby groves deliver 360 in six hours and cost 16000c.

That cute Cupid’s cottage can be incredibly lucrative if you’re willing to spend more time with the game. You can collect 130cp every hour.

When you’re at L23 you’re starting to get eager to level up because the number of experience points needed to jump starts to grow exponentially. If you want to install a Cupid’s cottage instead of 2 groves, and check in every hour or two, you will make the jump much more quickly. (If you only check in every six hours, the groves are the better deal.)