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Yay, 1,111,111 people in City of Wonder!
And I'm glad I still made it this year, it's much more appropriate for 11 than it would be for 12 ;-)
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You've totally pwned my achievement per your population size. In 30 more wins I'll have the same pop as you but 1200+ less military wins. You need to scrap a ton of those buildings for Imax's though so you have more space for military attacks.
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Gifting - Tips and Tricks... Legen... dary :-)

I think we all agree that this week's gift set is pretty and useless - or pretty useless? (was looking for a pun here, but couldn't find one... Paris Hilton gift set? :-) Nope, she's worth a lot of money...)
So we can stop sending gifts - or we try to make the best of it...

Here's the best I could come up with:
If you receive a mystery legend, you can see which one it is before you click "return gift". If it's a really good one and both players cooperate, you can send the same legend forth and back forever! Do several Emperor Qin per day sound good? Or are you the Leonidas type? :-) Read on...

This will be a lot more complicated than the regular gifting, but I think it could be worth it. Here's how you can do it:
Short version : If you do daily gifting, wait until the 24 hours have passed. Do not accept any legends during the day! When it's time to send gifts, go through your stream, accept all the legends and click "return gift" only for the good ones.

Long version:
- I don't know if everybody knows this, but in the "My Allies" list, you can actually see if you can currently send a gift to somebody. If there is a "send gift" button, you can send a gift, otherwise, you can't (duh...). The buttons only change when you load the game, so you should restart before gifting.
- Before you accept any legend from an ally, you should make sure you can return it if it's good. You can check the allies list - or you can just send gifts once a day for less work... also, the allies list only works for allies people in your circles some people in your circles. Accepting and sending gifts once a day should work for everybody.
- Accept all the legends in your stream. There will be four types: "Good" legends somebody returned to you, "bad" legends somebody returned to you, mystery legends that turn out to be something nice and mystery legends that are useless... Obviously, you only return the good ones. Instead of returning the bad ones, you send a new mystery legend. In theory, we will be sending lots of good legends after a couple of days :-)

Here are the challenges:
- it will be more work - you cannot really send 100 gifts per day this way
- it only works really well if both players follow the system and if they agree which legend is good and which one isn't...

So guys... do you think this is a good idea and worth trying? And if you do, which legends do you like?

I'd think the military defense legends will be good for everybody, especially because they last 12 and 24 hours and offer real protection from attacks (50% or 100% defense boost!). Also, fire in the city is annoying for everybody while many people don't care about losing trades... The short term culture and trade legends (30 minutes, 1 hour) will only be good for attack and therefore, only for players who do expeditions in that category... and can we all agree that the "collect/clean 40% of whatever" legends are useless? Well, maybe not useless, but not valuable?

Go ahead, tell me what you think...

P.S.: random note: I've noticed that one bunch of mystery legends seem to always be the same! If you click "Free gifts", then select 50 people and click send, all of them will receive the same legend... so unless you want to put 50 chips on black number 35, you should probably send more separate sets... even if you don't want to follow my system at all...
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+David Crutchley Huh? You mean this page https://plus.google.com/games/notifications ? Yeah, getting there is pretty complicated *scnr* :-)
You know... you could put a bookmark on your toolbar. You can probably even assign a hotkey, but I haven't done that...
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In Honor of the date of 11-11-11 :-))))
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You have to much time on your hands - just saying
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Mission(s) accomplished :-)
I'm a little bored in CoW recently, so I make up my own little missions...
After my city just didn't have enough space to store all the loot from military expeditions, we entered peace talks and concentrated on economic exploitation relations just like any modern economy.
Yes, that's me at number one - I'll put it next to the military trophy earned two weeks ago :-)
And yes, that's my actual silver balance in the background, thanks for noticing :-)))
Just for the fun of it, I collected 61 coins from a Jamestown field and then spent 60 on roads :-)
Next goals: 1,000 economic wins, then 99% wins overall (will probably have to be something like 3,100 wins, 31 losses, we'll see...)
Have I mentioned that I'm bored? I don't wanna build 20 identical buildings, so I've run out of buildings to increase happiness... now waiting for Jazz clubs...
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Yeah, gotta do something to keep it interesting... (might get 11,111,111 silver soon :-))
I can live with a little staleness, most games have some of that... (that's the point where they want you to spend money :-)).
What I'm worried about is the game-design (among others, the "borg problem") and long-term motivation / fun...
The game is not "balanced", it seems like they had a few ideas and didn't consider the implications / consequences...

It recently occurred to me that they really got the whole culture/population thing backwards: Wouldn't it make so much more sense if the cultural buildings attracted the population and you needed residential buildings to keep them???! I think that's how it actually works in real life? :-) Building 50 IMAX or 50 police stations (or 50 whatever) doesn't make any sense (especially if you only have one house or none at all). However, I wouldn't really have an issue with building 50 residential buildings or larger residential areas... That's what real cities look like, duh... Then, at a very basic level (not going to SimCity complexity just yet), you could require a few cultural buildings close to the residential buildings and you'd get much much nicer cities (then of course, if you removed the cultural buildings, the population would slowly drop as sad people moved away... (and it would all start to make sense) - and it would drop quickly if you removed residential buildings...)

It seems like they wanted to make it better in the colony and got it wrong again: Why does the price of items increase? To make it more expensive to build a borg city? Well yeah, but it still doesn't change anything (as you can easily see in existing colonies), it just takes a little longer. The "opposite" would've been more effective: reduce a building's happiness if you build (too) many of them. First IMAX could be 5,000 happiness, the second is only 4,500 and the tenth is only 500. For one thing, that's pretty much how it works "in the real world" (when the first IMAX opens, everybody is happy. When the fifth one opens, nobody cares and probably one of them will go bankrupt...). Also, it would really help against the borg problem: It would make you use many many different buildings and only a few of each type...
There are more problems like these... this is probably not the right place to complain about it, but I might sooner or later write a little "game review / analysis" just to see if my allies agree :-)
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So - these are my little side missions :-)
Can you tell I like puzzles? :-)
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nice achievements ^^
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Oh look: 888,888 citizens! And they're all happy! :-)
I'm so glad. You'd think they'd be happy when I built that concert hall for them. Or when I funded jazz clubs... the Apollo or the Globe Theater. Built a Roman Garden. A university. Or when the funding for that Opera House went through... (research has already started) But noooo... what does it take nowadays to make the people happy? 100 IMAX theaters... little cretins :-( I mean, beloved citizens, I'm so glad I have you :-)

Btw., if you want to come visit, I'll keep that population for the next 4½ hours :-)
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Can you please send me an ally request? I don't think mine went through. Thanks!
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Ohhh yeah, I'm frickin' rich :-) #CoW
And still going for the fun numbers, I like the first one with silver AND XP nicely lined up... (extra bonus challenge...)
And I still have to wait for more than 2 more levels before anything useful becomes available at level 30 *bored*

On a separate note: I was number 1 in the military charts (7 days, main city) this morning, but there's a bug and the Great Cities list hasn't been updated in about 5 days *annoyed* and most of the time, you don't even get a ranking... Being number one is "hard work", but what's the point if there's no (visible) ranking?! (not even for me) On the other hand, it takes a full week to get to the top, so I don't wanna stop now before they fix it... *stillannoyed*
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Forgot about this. I now have about 25.5 mil silver, and I'm level 27 with 483,820xp...so I'm keeping a similar pace :)
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My Magic Moment in TripleTown - my first glowing castle (ever) and it's gonna be right in the corner! :-) I'm kinda proud of myself :-) (and it's still only my fourth game and it's taking forever...)

If you haven't tried TripleTown (https://plus.google.com/games/209089085730/source/5) yet, you should! And you shouldn't abandon it before you reach about 300,000 - 500,000 points - that's when you really understand how things work and when it gets even better :-D
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beautiful setup!
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I probably shouldn't have, but I laughed really hard when I saw that one ;-)
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current games: Glory of Rome, City of Wonder
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Games:
  • GoR: Mostly Glory of Rome at the moment :-)
  • CoW: I DO play CoW. Not as much as I used to, mostly because I think I'm done with it... I'm not really looking for new allies, but if you send me gifts, I will return them (if they are useful and sell for more than 100 silver...)
  • ZL: I do not play ZL at the moment. Hope V is done, there's nothing to do atm. Update: The latest update was so badly broken that I stopped playing. Seriously: How can they release it after *months* of testing (supposedly) and then _nothing_ works? Then they spend more weeks testing it, re-release it and it's _still_ not usable? I might go back to ZL if I'm really really bored...
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