So here it is Merry Christmas, everybody’s having….. STOP!!! Drat I’m a week early aren’t I? Oh well, guess that means there’s still time for me to send my Christmas letter to TinyCo. And here it is in the form of a blog post of course!!!
Dear TinyCo Santa,
So I’m finally getting round to chatting to you about one of the hottest topics of this fun, maddening, awesome, frustrating, addictive and totally bonkers game we all have in common. Yes, I’m going to ask you about creating a legacy for our premium characters. You’ll find full details below….
Now I know many of us addicts like to tag ourselves as premiums, freemiums, or somewhere inbetweens, a kind of hybrid of premium & freemium. But no matter how we define ourselves and play the game, we’ve probably all bought a premium character or two to wander our Quahog’s.
Now whether we got those premium characters by spending free clams we built up by working hard in our games, or whether we got them from clams we bought from working hard at the day job, the one thing we all seem to agree on is expensive premium characters need to have a better legacy than being useful for just a few weeks during an event.
Now we buy premium characters for all sorts of reasons, it could be they’re a favourite character in the Family Guy TV show. For example Consuela, how many of us threw 600 clams at TinyCo to have her in our games before they later gave her away for free. Or maybe it’s a character from another show or movie franchise you love. I bought Pinhead faster than I would run if the Hellraiser puzzle box dropped in my lap as I just love the character. Same with Freddy Kreuger, although I wouldn’t want to bump into him in my dreams, I wanted him in my Quahog. Hey I even bought Tinker Bell because my little niece loves her. So there’s no doubt sentiment or fond memories gets us to open our clam accounts and you know what I’ve never regretted any of these purchases, not even Tinker Bell.
At other times we buy characters to give us a helping hand in events, they drop much needed items or assist in attacks, I’m thinking back to buying Nathan Fillian for his harpoon drops to help defeat Demon Stewie during the Comic Con Event, or John McLane for his help in defeating the Yeti during the Christmas on Spooner Street Event. There’s no doubt they sometimes give us a real helping hand for those weeks, but are they really good value for our clams if they do nothing after? That’s the million clam question!!!
Of course some of us just buy premium characters as we need to have it all and are a game completionist. I sometimes look at this as a new strain of OCD caused by mobile gaming, I call it OCC, Obsessional Character Collecting and from what I see it’s a tough habit to break.
You will be reading this, nodding, agreeing or disagreeing with where you see yourself in the above, or maybe you will be in total denial about how seriously addicted you’ve become. That’s perfectly understandable, I would probably be embarrassed to admit to family & friends how much time I devote to this game, and the truth about all those trips to the toilet.
And it’s that devotion I think needs rewarded, we are a hard core group of players who have stayed loyal to the game whilst others have come and gone. We’ve stuck together and helped each other by supporting Bunny with this blog through our interaction, comments and sharing of tips.
We’ve gone through the hitches and glitches, and provided lots of feedback to TinyCo as they continually work to improve the game. Basically when it comes to this game we’ve done it all, seen it all and some of us will have bought it all.
TinyCo have said they are trying to find a way to reward us for those premium character buys but just haven’t come up with a “how” yet. Well let’s look at a few options.
Many have asked why can’t premium characters be used in all events, it’s a simple way to further utilise our past purchases but I can understand why TinyCo have pulled back from this. They don’t want to skew future events by giving players with many premium characters an easy ride whilst newer or freemium players fight over the scraps. That would see a rise in the “freemium vs premium” anger we’ve seen in the past. And I feel, in recent events especially, TinyCo has tried to level the premium vs freemium playing field a little. For example, purchasing premium characters did not give premium players a massive advantage in Peter’s Booty Haul, and only helped you get things quicker in There’s No Place Like Quahog.
One option is to give all premium characters a clam dropping task similar to Jesus, but the more I think of this, I think the downside is for those with many premium characters this would mean more work, having to set all the premium daily tasks at same time as we’re working through the full on events TinyCo throws at us. We want rewards for the work we’ve already done, not more work.
And sitting thinking about this, the answer came to me, and hey it’s so simple I don’t know why TinyCo haven’t already done it. To get an idea of what I’m suggesting, first think of Tan Lines, an area where we send our unused characters to relax, we check them in and sit back and collect the Stewie Bucks we’re rewarded daily. No work, no grind, no hassle. So why can’t we do the same with premium characters, only instead of Stewie Bucks we get a rare drop of clams, how many depends on how many premium characters we have checked in.
Imagine a private island, hey if it’s good enough for Mr Branson it’s good enough for us. Or an exclusive country club. Similar to the Tan Lines Resort we check in our premium characters and then collect from it daily in the hope of a clam or two dropping. Very little extra work for players, we just need to collect from it when we are in collecting from our Tan Line Resorts. So basically once your premium characters are checked in, it’s just one extra tap a day and suddenly all those premium characters we complain are useless have a legacy in our games.
So fellow addicts, what do you think, would you like to see a new hang-out that pays out clams for your premium characters? Take a moment to vote in the poll below and tell not just us what you think, but TinyCo as well. Remember they read this blog and want to know what players want, and by completing our polls and leaving feedback in the comments it is a great way to reach out to them.
And if you’ve any other ideas of how premium characters can have a legacy in our games please share your ideas in the comments. Maybe if we all work together, players and TinyCo alike, we can find the solution to this problem.
~ Russian Tigger