Joined: 26 Aug 2009
Topic: 7. Prestige
Posted: 21 Mar 2010 at 21:36
WHAT IS PRESTIGE?
Prestige is the ingame currency that you can spend on both instant effects as well as bonuses over time that provide benefits to your playing experience and your town's growth.
WHAT PRESTIGE CAN DO FOR YOU
You can see all the available spend options by clicking on the Prestige crown icon on the top right of your game screen.
HOW TO GET PRESTIGE
You are given 25 free Prestige when you start playing Illyriad, and you may spend this as you wish.
You can earn Prestige by referring players to Illyriad via our Buddy Programme - and you can find details about this ingame, on the "Prestige / About" page.
You can also buy Prestige via PayPal, Credit/Debit card or mobile phone payment.
OUR PHILOSOPHY REGARDING PRESTIGE
Illyriad is going to be around for a long time.
We have a very substantial development and expansion list, much of which is shared in these forums (so you can view, comment, and even influence what we're working on).
We believe that the most valuable players in Illyriad are not those who spend (or don't spend) their cash on buying Prestige.
The most valuable players are active players who participate both inside the game (active and growing their Empire/Alliance) and outside the game (active in the forums, helping new players, setting up fansites and wikis, etc).
We don't believe in trying to fleece players for a quick buck. We believe that if the game is good, rewarding to play and has a strong playerbase then the rewards for the company and our shareholders will follow naturally.
Don't get us wrong - at its core, Illyriad Games Limited earns money to pay for the servers, advertising, staff, graphic design, development costs, and everything else that keeps this game both running and developing further - by selling Prestige to players.
However, unlike some other games, we don't believe that the game should be unbalanced - or the game interface crippled - for players who do not choose to buy Prestige. We know that there are games out there that allow you to spend money on the equivalent of an "I win" button, and there are games out there that (eg) do not allow you to queue building orders unless you spend money with them. We found these games as frustrating as you did.
Sure, if we added a Prestige Spend option to (eg) instantly complete Research queues, or instantly build Settlers then we'd make some short-term money off of it. But it would be at the expense of the long term game, and you: our core playerbase.
And we're not going to do that.
We have chosen what we allow Prestige to be spent on (and how much it costs) very carefully indeed, and we hope that you think we've achieved a good balance.
We also believe that you should be able to earn Prestige by helping Illyriad to grow, which is why we have the Buddy Programme - where you earn Prestige by referring players to Illyriad.
Edited by GM Luna - 08 Mar 2012 at 19:24
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