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Patrons & Sponsored Projects

Printed From: Illyriad
Category: Miscellaneous
Forum Name: Suggestions & Game Enhancements
Forum Description: Got a great idea? A feature you'd like to see? Share it here!
Printed Date: 18 Jun 2018 at 16:28
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Topic: Patrons & Sponsored Projects
Posted By: John Louis
Subject: Patrons & Sponsored Projects
Date Posted: 19 May 2017 at 19:47
Ok, this may be a bit radical as it involves real life money, but give it a chance.

I have played this game for many a year now and it really is great, has the potential to be so much more.

I also pride myself in not paying a penny for this free game. Some may say I am therefore not truly supporting its development (which perhaps is true), however, this game sold itself to me by being a free game – and if you do want to want to spend money for ‘boosts’, then you can but in a very balanced way so that those that do not are largely unaffected.

Another type of loyalty to the game is rewarded by logging in to play regularly if not every day (and claim your daily prestige) as well as by referring the game to other players and sometimes even with prizes in tournaments.

In any event, the game has the potential to be so much more.

Ever since roads and ships were mentioned as possible additions to the game I have waited and waited and hoped that the idea would not fall by the wayside. I still hope with every update and with the increased player base that these additions will one day materialise.

I know there must be others out there who share my agonising wait, anguish and despair!!!

So, I suggest a new and radical possible game enhancement – Patrons and the sponsorship of projects:

Is there any way the Devs could indicate how much money from voluntarily donating players it would take to provide the funding necessary to amend/add to the game and make viable sponsored projects happen?

Patrons could even be acknowledged by being able to name their own roads or other discreet rewards (i.e. statues or bridges named after them) that give no in-game advantage.

Just a thought.

Posted By: Hyrdmoth
Date Posted: 20 May 2017 at 08:05
I wouldn't mind having a faction quest named after me. Something like, "The Quest for Hyrdmoth's Spear". I can see definite potential in this idea.

The obvious problem is the one that comes up on Kickstarter sometimes. What happens if the project turns out to be more difficult to deliver than anticipated?

Posted By: zolvon
Date Posted: 21 May 2017 at 01:43
I would be happy to hand over money to see development. Great thought! Thumbs Up

Posted By: eowan the short
Date Posted: 21 May 2017 at 01:58
how far would it go though? one minute you are naming bridges and statues after people and the next you  could be selling the naming rights of whole regions!!
Think about it, there would be regions with names like the Rill Archipelago.... hey...wait... are we sure they aren't doing this now?
Wake up sheeple! It is happening around us already! *puts on tinfoil hat*

In all seriousness, this sounds like a great idea and I'd love to see it implemented :)

Posted By: Derby
Date Posted: 21 May 2017 at 15:09
I have seen this done in a couple MMO games.  Not sure how it worked out for the improvement of the games - if there were issues in cost  versus donations received.  I do buy Prestige - generally use it to power build or speed vans when I need to do so.  But the other reason I buy monthly - is to support the game.  Not buying thousands of dollars - but just add a little to the Dev's kitty.  So if it would allow them to pursue enhancements to the game.  I think Sponsorship would be a good idea.  It is after all - voluntary.

Posted By: John Louis
Date Posted: 23 May 2017 at 21:56
Any thoughts from the Devs themselves...?

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