Dear powers that be at Ludia, what gives? I’ve been playing dragons for over a year now and I’ve noticed some insidious trends in the game. I’m what you’d call a casual, but dedicated player. I don’t pay to be a privileged Dragon Rider, but I have paid a LOT of money buying packs and dragons over a period of time. Two things that have really disappointed me.
- The packs I would occasionally splurge on were really worth the high cost, and contained a generous rune and resource count. These sort of rewards are no longer available. Instead, there are expensive packs that give measely returns. You justify this by saying that players can now earn runes/rewards/resources inside the game itself. But at what cost? Which brings me to point no. 2.
- Gobber’s new daily and weekly duties. The old Gobber’s Duties were sometimes achievable and sometimes not. The time+cost:rewards ratio determined if I’d do it and the choice was mine. More importantly, not getting a Gobber’s Pack, wasn’t the end of the world. Now, everything centers around Gobber’s Duties. To add insult to injury, the new duties set us up to fail! This is a huge slap in the face of the casual player.
Some of the daily tasks are too expensive to regularly achieve. Spending 200M+ wood on 2 x Defend Berk missions at Meade Hall 13 when I’m battling a level 260 fleet? I should be using this wood to train dragons and gather iron, not squandering it to get Gobbers’ packs. The weekly duties are even worse. I’d need to spend a mind boggling number of runes to fulfill them. Being forced to buy items from Trader Johann? 20 keys from Defend Berk when I can’t defeat Lvl 260 fleet with my existing dragons? Everything has been built around the player having to do things in order to get the pack and run out of runes really fast. So…they’re forced to spend more money to buy runes.
In conclusion, I (and probably many others) cannot afford to perform Gobber’s Duties to try to get whatever comes from them.
Maybe you don’t care. Maybe you only want Dragon Riders who pay you monthly, and the rest of us are collateral damage. Ludia, if that’s your current business strategy, many players like me will be forced to stop playing. You’ve made us losers and we’re well aware of it.