Ahhh November 06 after reboot. For us pumpkin chasers and killers of Jerry it’s a calm, relaxing time. Not so much for Zistrosk and the quest to deliver the prizes.
I want to start today’s blog off by thanking him for his efforts on Oktoberquest 2018, as he put it, “it’s like a third job”. I know many of us felt like it was a part time job, constantly checking in on the pumpkins, coordinating our groups and on and on.
In the last blog I talked about some of the tricks people were using to get ahead, and I’d love to report that post-blogging things cleaned right up but alas, when the competitive spirit is in the air you can be sure that there will be people who will push every lever to try to get ahead. I’m not here to talk about that right now, I’m here to talk about the Trick that Zistrosk pulled on us. As the quest started to wind down some people figured out they could give away more than 5 helper points a day. It’s believed that Inconnu figured this out first, but we know that Mossweaver tripped over it by accidentally sharing his Jerry mob with more than 1 group in a single day. Do you know what that means? All the gold, all the trash talk, all of it was a waste of time and effort. It also made for a crazy last day where a room full of people banded together to swap points off each other. Even if you didn’t want to really work with some people, you had to be there to make sure you didn’t fall behind. After averaging 30-35 points a day to suddenly jump to 50 at a time when the next guy down is 60-80 points behind you?
Now certainly, if we had all just gotten along and all 67 questers had traded points evenly, then we’d all be bunched up in 1st place, so that wouldn’t work. There would be groups that would decide only to trade internally, or to restrict some people so that they had an edge, but there would be less incentive. Getting a good rapport with people and having them want to help you would mean more opportunities to trade points regularly.
Zistrosk … you bugger … you put a moral in the story!
He made good with the treats though. Most questers got some glory, 20+ seeming to be very common and 2 immortality potions in a jack o’lantern container. The next group up also received a piece of the drow equipment set, either the bracer or the earring. The next group up also received a piece of the Guardian’s Exigency. Finally, the very top tier people got a nifty anklet with 15 ac and aff protect on it. The top 10 were all over 1,000 points. To put that in perspective, 31 days of doing your 1-6 and taking your 21 points would be mean 651 points. The rest were either 1 at a time, or in bursts of 10 for a kill blow. My 14 pumpkin kills gave me 140 points which meant hundreds of helper points, 1 by 1. The top 20 all managed to be above the 651 marker, with #20 coming in at 746. Towards the bottom of the pack we do see people who game in for 1 or 2 days and then didn’t reappear. Thanks for helping and visiting. Come back soon 🙂
Let’s talk about some of the positive things I saw during this quest.
- As the need for more bodies to share Jerry points grew I saw people in several organizations reaching out to older players and getting them to log in. Getting people back and logged in is fantastic. Some might have left because of a specific thing that was going on at a time, something that’s long gone, and they have a chance to check it back out.
- I saw a real outreach to the solo questers to get them to be part of a team and band together. Yes, in some cases this will prove superficial, but in many others we’ve broken the ice. The newer players got to work with some experienced players and now feel comfortable asking for help or engaging in conversation.
- I saw a ton of cross order co-operation between groups that aren’t traditionally working together. That’s not to say one group locked to another – at one point Arcanes was working with Dragonslayer and other times with Ringbearers. Baali’s active members were well represented and competitive, even spotted an Ascendere or two, though one looked like a Guild of Origin character (teasing Bri!!).
Personally I got to chat with a few people who I don’t know that we’d regularly chat. People like Indious and Semiramia and Merit.
There were definitely caches of people who were playing hard but clean and I really appreciated that. When I started using Quantum Spike scrolls on Pumpkin Day because the mob tank switching was nerfing circle at DYING some people’s initial reaction was “cheese” or “trying too hard”. Fair enough. I disagree, you’ve gotta hit hard at the end and it still takes luck, but ok. A short time later many were doing it. Cool. To me though, the person who took that idea and innovated was Semiramia who switched to Quill mage so that she could recite spellbooks that cast 3 quantum spikes at a time. She stepped up and proved mages can get kbs on quest mobs. My hat is off.
I finished in the top 10, tied for the 2nd most kill blows on the pumpkins with 2 others. Dang it Sartanis, you got the 15th one! I’m pleased with that finish. More important than the finish though is that I’m glad I was part of a group that coalesced almost out of nothing and managed to challenge an contend in this quest. Good quest to Sartanis, Jethren, Morphina, Klaatu, Strador, Netherwood, Aisic, Brianey, Emrakuja, Ceir, and the many others we worked with. Today some of that group went an chilled out at Corsterix for a while, got some Nasrs and helped a couple new players with gear. That’s the big prize. For those already in working teams, tend your garden. It takes work to keep teams engaged, and lots of engaged teams fall apart. I hope all of our groups stay busy over the next while, busy groups are good for the Realms as a whole.
I offered Zistrosk the final word on today’s blog, he earned it:
Zistrosk tells you ‘I loved how everyone came together and helped each other, and it was great to see so much activity. More questors signed up for this quest and actively participated than any quest I’ve ever run before, which was totally awesome. I hope next year’s quest is as popular, and not as exhausting!’