Kingdom Peace

Kingdom Peace

Forgive me. It has been a busy week. Might have something to do with being on vacation holiday last week. Perhaps. Likely. So this will be long. Don’t complain. I gave you three days off.

So this week was eventful in game; however I’m not gossip nor am I interested in putting people’s business out there. So any screenshots I share of 207 will have names and pictures cropped out. Unless I have permission. Or it is publically obtainable data – such as profiles and leaderboards.

It is no secret that I have been working towards Kingdom Peace for months now. I stopped participating in Kill Event on December 2, 2017. That is the day we started a war with TRW. No need to get in the details, too bad I wasn’t blogging back then. Old history and no real reason to rehash it.

Anyways before that date I wasn’t an aggressor but a protector. When I accepted KVK tags it was a big deal. I don’t remember the exact date and I’ve long since purged the mail I saved to mark the occasion. Even though that was months ago it is still a big deal to be accepted as a core member. You pretty much have to prove yourself as a KVK player by being there and participating.

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Our board is pretty simple. KVK tags do not participate in KE. We are neutral in that and if our tags are attacked we will strike with a vengeance whenever is most convenient – and least expected. Most of us have stats, if not we’re actively acquiring them. We also live for KVK and that is our sole focus. As such killing our kingdom is counterproductive. It takes a team to conquer other thrones and if you kill all the kingdom troops you’re lucky to keep your own.

It was so much senseless slaughter. I stopped wanting to kill. People had been quitting left and right for months. Players that had built up power slowly since the kingdom opened – gone in an instant. Not players that had the means or knowledge to speed it back. We lost a lot of good people who had a real life and forgot to refresh a bubble.

The aggressors were having a ball. GH was an offender. To this day I’ll never understand a person attacking a stronghold half their size with a quarter of the stats – over and over and over again. For kills. For leaderboards. What happened to honor and fair fights?

So I started planting seeds. It wasn’t just my idea and I won’t take credit for that; however as most INFJ’s I am very persistent and passionate about causes I take to heart and as such this was something I fought for. The resistance was less. You just have to find the right words to use when discussing it so that people understand.

I also pushed KVK. Heavy. This is when I started my KVK Tour. Visiting allies to recruit for the upcoming event. Then more than allies – other alliances that wanted to participate. These days I join more every event and I don’t even need to mail an r4. I just apply to every alliance I haven’t visited yet and wait for one to take me in. Since they are all contacts anyways I have a guess on who is on or not.

The contacts are because I started a Kingdom Mailing List. The r5/4 of alliances that help in KVK. At the moment I have 41 contacts; however 9 are in other kingdoms. It’s easier to send mail by tapping down my contact list than down the leaderboard list. I share news on the upcoming event and these days just general kingdom news.

We had 55 people join us for our last KVK. And they had fun. Previously KVKs saw a lot of people join; however it has only been the last few that we’ve pushed for everyone interested. Any stats and any troops – that is what I put in my Mail All when I join each alliance. We just want people who want to participate.

I’ll find a role for them. Even if all they have are t1. You never know. It was not like this previously. I was also not in charge of the entire event prior to starting my tours.

Unintentionally we’d always recruited t8 and up. This left out a lot of people. We also relied on the r5s to communicate who was coming and what troops. I decided one point person was necessary and the Purls KVK Tour was born.

Dropping tags every two weeks sucks. I miss out on a lot, such as Portal and Fallen Knights. I do use that time to clean my farms since they are also tagged for KVK. I also have a blast in KC with my various tags of the moment. I post there intentionally to show – it isn’t the tags you wear but the person behind them. It isn’t a drag to drop anymore. I look forward to it. I get to visit all my friends.

And those seeds that I’ve been planting for months? They are blooming. And spreading seeds of their own. We’ve napped KE before – by continuing the Kingdom NAP that is in effect otherwise. The first was as a Holiday NAP – so people could spend time with their families. This wasn’t kingdom-wide and the message was that BAR and BAR Allies would not attack for KE – or be attacked because we can do that.

However this week marks the second KE in a row we’ve enforced a Kingdom NAP for. The first instance was KVK related. The second, well it has been request by many. I guess people do like to farm and grow. We’re all friends and we want to continue being friends. How you can not after a year together is beyond me.

We’re over 24 hours in on this second one and zero incidents. There were a few minor mishaps on the last one – mains on farms that weren’t notified and another who just doesn’t pay attention. There have been complaints; however this time it isn’t just me pushing peace. It is others I’ve converted to the cause. Not because we don’t want to kill but we don’t see the purpose of slaughtering our own kingdom.

In fact kingdom leadership has been informed of future KE options to discuss among their people. Just ideas to have fun, get the gold, and not murder innocents. Honestly after this KE I don’t know that we’ll need two of them. The tent wars seems to work just fine.

Tent Wars. This happens in KC. Someone lays out a tent and posts coords. They advise of the # of troops inside and the # of troops others should send.

And that is how we roll. Since it is the first time 207 has done this the response has been well received. A few grumbles here and there; mostly from people who have no business going out and attacking tbh. The same people who whine when they get reined against or attacked. To each their own. I’m just trying to lead by example and hope it catches on!

The other two ideas were; however they have more admin requirements than simple tent wars.  I’d prefer we NOT; however if it is required for the kingdom to succeed I will happily take on the burden.  I’ll have help.  We have a great leadership team.

  1. Each alliance polls itself internally and majority vote determines if they are a KE or KVK alliance. If you are in a KVK alliance you cannot participate in KE with their tags. You must drop and join a KE alliance and remain all three days. Only KE alliances can participate and attack each only only.
  2. Create/repurpose two alliances and they are used for KE only. Those who wish to participate in KE would mail their intent and all participates would be mailed an alliance assignment – via random number generation. So who ends up in these two alliances is based on chance. So what if you’re against allies – you don’t have to hit them. This also means farms are off-limits and only the people who want to participate in KE do.

Time will tell!

♡207

Golem Fun

Golem Fun

It is no secret I like Golem. I fully buff with blade. Full war gear and Lord. Dragon reset for monster.

That would be the king in first, GH in second, and myself in third. The xp is worth the expense in gold. I used to spend 11,400 gold every Friday for Golem. I’d reset Lord and Dragon for Golem and set them back to what they were previously.

The mines have changed this. I get Lord and Dragon resets easy. Cause why stay in war on Lord if there is no war. Just for KVK. That cost includes porting unless my relic is on cooldown.

Now I just spend 6,600 or so. Considering I get over 8 million Lord xp this is a very good return on investment. With barbs I can level my Lord every week or two. Closer to two weeks now that more do is required to jump these days.

I have been saving coins from the Dragon Lab for my Dragon Spirit. I was going to use them on refining stones but decided it was time to boost my Dragon Spirit’s level.

Not bad for a few coins. I wasn’t serious on Dragon Spirit until just before the Undead Trader update was released. I was Knight but switched to Mage with the update.

Gold Event Woe

Gold Event Woe

Today marked Day One in the Gold Event.  Gathering Stage.

Long story short I have not received the gold in this stage in a long time.  This started shortly after our war against TRW which mean full war 24/7 and five marches out in reins 24/7 to protect my peeps.  This lasted about four months.  They recently quit.

So I only started gathering again in the last few weeks on my main.  I mean that is what farms are for, right?  I don’t even own gathering gear … even on farms.  Regardless when Slak popped the gather boost I dropped a 24 hour boost and went to town.

I did well to start, then the silver mine depleted.  I lost almost an hour there.  Plus there is this thing called work and since I was on vacation last week today was a bit busy.  So here I was 100k points from getting the gold.  I’d intended to instant recall and go back out. Push the points.

That was until I saw this guy unbubbled.  I decided to port instead to break gather.  Why not.

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To make another long story short, let us just say he has a hot temper and takes his rage out on innocents.  He was with BAR for a while but then decided to murder Baby BAR because he was accidently tile hit by one of them.  By murder I mean it was bad.  In his defense, which doesn’t count, he was raging because he was accidently hit by TRW the day before – we were not at war with them yet and KVK allies.

He was promised full reparations.  They started trading to farm almost immediately for Karter – as he was called at the time.  Then his tile was hit and so he hit his own allies.  Yes, so the rss he was getting for being hit by another ended up going to the alliance he murdered.  Smart.

Regardless.  He left and went to LOR.  One of our allies.  He has been there since.  A few KVK ago his hive was cleaning out inactives.  #Boot&Burn.  Karter had left his farm untagged.  Someone in LOR hit it in error.  When it was discovered as such the attacker offered reparations in rss.

This did not satisfy Bam Bam aka Karter.  No.  He took his main and hit the other guy’s main flat out.  Hurt him bad.  Then left for KVK the next day like nothing happened.  Until we found out.  He was booted so fast, him and his farm that he snuck in.  The rss from that plundering went the the person he’d killed.  Used racial slurs as justification.  Yes.  I know.  You don’t have to tell me, tell him.

This was about a month ago, he fell off our radar.  Harmless.  Didn’t have any teeth.  Until he popped into KC a few days ago.  Talking smack.  As usual we don’t feed trolls unless we need amusement.  He attracted a follower, this Lost guy.  Then Bam Bam decided to hit KvK tags!  Now if you’ve seen our alliance board you know we are immune from all attacks.  Who’d want to hit some of the biggest players anyway?  It is mostly for KE – we don’t participate so unless you want to die daily outside KE leave us be.

KvK is not our farms in KVK – those are in KVK.  KvK is a group of people who just want to farm.  They don’t want to war or anything like that.  And they farm good.  So we struck a deal – they give us rss and we protect them.  Our tags are usually more than sufficient but in most cases kingdom nap breakers don’t listen to rules.  Their board is fashioned after ours.

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KE or not hits are not allowed.  I promised to leave Karter alone and let KvK deal with him.  But I did request coords in case they were offline and I wasn’t and he dropped bubble.  So when I saw him unbubbled I messaged them immediately; however they were not available.  Was it really worth the 4k gold to port?  Not really.  But it sends  a message.  Don’t. Fuck. With. Us. Period.

Remember how I said I was trying to get gold in the event? I didn’t bother switching my dragon to brutal or buffing. He has no relevant stats against me. I also haven’t completed my new PVP formation since SH 31 – bigger march cap – so I used my PVE formation. Which has limited infantry. I don’t really care about my miniscule losses tbh.  Mostly a disclaimer that Purls attacked like a noob because she didn’t give a fuck.

Oh, and gold for the gathering stage?  Never happened.  However I did manage to rank 80.

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♡ 207

Invading Kingdoms

Invading Kingdoms

Bad Start

I slept in.  I was quite upset with my wake up call and that my comrades had waited until 45 mins after bubble drop to give me a buzz on Line Chat.  I had been up the day before since 7am and went to sleep around 3am – KVK starting at 6am for me.  I’m up an hour before KVK starts and had planned on a 2 hour nap. Not a good start to invading kingdoms.

I obviously slept through my alarm and I assume GH turned his off in error rather than snooze.  I also missed a few Lines and text messages.  I immediately jumped out of bed and jumped on Discord and logged into my account.

I let my teammates have it.  They decided it was better for me to sleep as I earned it and I wasn’t needed until 45 mins after (true) bubble drop.  That I’d done all the hard planning work and everyone knew what to do.  Except in our first invasion.  NO ONE ported to the right shore and people were just everywhere!

Forgivable sure if I had not sent the roadmap for where people should be, who they should rein or would be reined by, etc. before I took my “nap”.  Really I’d had about 3 hours of sleep and I’m a huge control freak.  Yes, I admit it.  And in our previous 23 KVK events so far I have NEVER been LATE!

Sigh.

I’m over it.  Got over it rather quickly.  Lack of sleep.  I’ve played with these people for almost a year.  Abouts.  All forgiven on all sides as what is a slight grumpiness between friends?

Side note, we ranked #10 overall globally for Alliance Power.  This reset just after KVK started so this is accurate considering others also acquired a lot of power for KVK purposes.  Very proud of our team!  Go 207 ♡

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Conquering K394

So the k394 was uneventful.  I logged into my spy there and reviewed KC and AC.  I have a host alliance who is against the king’s alliance.  Their leader was taking FULL advantage of us in their forest and she went ninja on their people left at home.  They popped their alliance bubble while battling us for the throne.  It was quite hilarious.  @DQ you rock!  Made my morning.

We chatted in Discord for a while and the first few hours flew by.  We did tackle the easier kingdom first because we were also defending k207 at the same time.  This didn’t stop k64 from attempting a reset on k207!  Twice…

Interlude in K199

k199 was part of our last match.  It was fun.  It was not an even match and we did lose our thone the first round.  And the second.  The third we got lucky and took advantage of  the k199 king being indisposed and snagged the throne in the final round of the match.

I left my spy account in k199.  I started in a host alliance against the king; however I soon made friends with him.  We’ve talked a bit after our match ended and I decided to stay in k199.  I joined their alliance and spent this KVK with them as well.  I’m only a SH 11; however I was known for my main account and my KVK experience so when I asked if I could take the South Tower that was currently empty the answer was yes.

So me as 黑玫瑰® – Black Rose ® – took South Tower with my silver dragon and a thousand or so of cavalry.  I won one attack and lost the second.  It was fun and filled in the boredom.

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Playing with K64

We decided we wanted to try and shorten our KVK time investment by conquering k64 with just one and half hours on k207 and two hours on k394.  Great thing is k64 wasted a lot of spell power by putting an antiport on our resetter and sent a mega rally at him.  So he bubbled.  Obviously.  However he could still port so he went back to the k394.

When k207 finished there was a thirty minute gap between k207 going to k64 and those in k394 being able to.  We saved the harder kingdom for last and decided to at least reset them.

First k64 put a mega rally on our resetter; who ported in and out of his spot to break it.  Easy.  Foolish waste of spell power.  Then k64 wasted another antiport spell on our resetter and started a mega rally.

See the thing about being able to break antiport is it generally requires three open kingdoms.  However this does not apply if your home kingdom is already closed and you are spelled in another.   You cannot port home but you can port to the other open kingdom.  There was fifteen minutes left on the k394 throne so he ported there and back to k64.  It was comical.

Their reaction?  To spell us with Angel of Death.  Which only works if you have wounded troops in your personal hospital.  We had none.  Those that did were minimal and even then a whole hour was available to take care of them.  At this point k394 was finishing and so we focused on where our tower people would port because k394 thought flooding would be an effective measure in round two.

Watching Paint Dry in K64

Really, that is what we did.  After our force ported in they did their obligatory scouting and sacrificing troops for the buff.  And we sat for the remaining six hours it was like watching paint dry.  So we made up fun games to entertain ourselves.  Bets.

Example: I have # troops with dragon and they are sending # troops with/out dragon and their research is % times worse than mine.  How many will they wound?  This entertained us the first few hours.

Soon flooders started disappearing.  It was like they came online and said, nope we’re not winning and I’m not bubbling, and ported home.  At this point there was zero action and porting closer to the shore was irrelevant.

When faced with hours of nothing but each other in Discord you come up with all sorts of things to pass the time.  Love my friends ♡  This of course lead to antics in k64 KC by moi fashioned by @Chris.  It was a nice stab followed by nothing as you can see.

Planning KVK 25

The last two hours was spent planning our next round.  We had taken all we learned in this second round combined with round one and started our initial planning since all the people required were already present.  We will of course have a formal meeting early next week to lay it out and discuss positions required.  Then off I’ll go on another KVK tour!

Obviously I cannot disclose these plans here; however these details will be available in my KVK 25 post.  In reality I wrote this post in the last hour – fresh on my mind and nothing better to do.

I honestly wish I had started this blog a year ago.  I thought about it.  Many times.  Better late than never?  You really haven’t missed much.  Just me finding my feet and learning the game and making new friends.

Why am I home as throne ends? Because a free port is a free port and I had 2k troops in a tower not the throne. I went home a minute early as did others. First I had to clear the tents lol. I don’t usually farm during KVK and this is why.

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Until next time!

♡ 207

Happy Birthday Purls!

Happy Birthday Purls!

Today I finally sent out KVK role mails.  I take my job seriously.  It started last week when we laid out the plans for Round 2 vs k394 and k64.  We are typically unified and since we started accepting all troops and stats for KVK the interest has only peaked.  In fact we napped KE last week because we didn’t want to hear the, “I want to do KVK but I still have troops in the alliance hospital”, story.

Monday I started my KVK tour across k207 visiting at least 10 alliances to recruit.  I use Mail All in every alliance to send a canned message – basic plan and roles I need to fill.  This way the replies go to me and not the r5 of the alliance who then has to mail me the details.  Things get lost in translation.  I usually stay anywhere from 2 to 12 hours in each alliance.  Most like to just chit chat and others ask for advice.  It is fun.

I basically interview everyone who responds and ask them for availability – gold for ports to other kingdoms, troop counts, and preference.  99.9% of the time everyone who responds gets a role.  I guarantee it.

Of course I use a spreadsheet!  How else could I possibly review the massive data and organize it logically to ensure everyone gets a role based on their available time to play, troops, and general knowledge of the event?  I use the spreadsheet for mailing templates.  You can copy a row of cells and paste them in game – instant custom message!

It helps people to know exactly what is expected of them.  We usually get a handful of first timers and even people that have participated in the past may have a new role this time around.  Sampling below of actual mails.  It takes several hours to format the data correctly but once that is done it only took me 30 minutes to send 45 mail messages.  Individually.  Makes people feel important when it’s customized.

On to the birthday celebration.  I haven’t yet put together the secret post with videos that talk about some big thing.  If you read my About ♡ Purls page recently you’d know already.  The post is in draft format and it does talk about an early birthday present from GH.

Speaking of, here he is in action.  He knows I dislike being the center of attention.  I also dislike birthdays … so of course he went into KC.  He also blew up Line Chat in every room we share … love the man.

 

Best. Husband. Ever.  He went out of his way to make me feel special.  I appreciate it as much as I dislike it lol.

Overall a good day.

 

♡ 207
Gemstone Experience

Gemstone Experience

After much deliberation & with the advice of friends; I opted to replace one of my Attack Valor +6 with an Attack Chivalry +5.

I had done well so far on gems, I was full Valor and Conquest long before Valor + 4 were available.  I’ve spent my fair share of $$ to acquire these beauties and again another fair share to level them.

Initially I wanted to take the massive uptick on stats with Defense or Health.  The logic that stuck with me was – once you have all your Valor +6 you will wish for an Attack Chivalry and regret going Defense or Health.  Plus it isn’t like I’m going to acquire more of these babies – I’m on a budget and share this budget with Gamer Husband (GH).

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I ended up with +4.5% on attack stats.  Minimal. But it is only +5.  It’ll be the last one I upgrade to 6.  And my friend was right.  In the end you only get 4 Attack gems and it is far wiser to place your first Chivalry there – always think end game.  @slaknoob

However I did manage to upgrade two more gems to 6, Defense and Health Valor.  +15 to Health and Defense with a +4.5% increase on Attack is favorable when you consider I swapped a Valor +6 out.  I ended up using that +6 to level a +4 – cause I hate wasting XP.  I also had several +4 Valor and other gems/stones laying around and finished another Valor +6.

Which brings us to the second part of this post; how much XP is gained by level of gem or refining stone.  This is not the XP needed to level each gem, just what you when you roll up a Refining Stone, Gem, or Valor into another gem.

LevelStone/GemValor
110
240
3260
4690690
52,7702,770
68,34020,550

There is more news to share; however until the videos are edited patience is required.

No hints … sorry (not).

♡ 207

Stronghold Upgrades

Stronghold Upgrades

This week has seen many stronghold upgrades – I managed to record three.  I like to document things.

First up is Seattle who went to Stronghold 35 this week!  I met him during our last KVK matchup.  It was brutal – for 207 that is.  We managed to grab our throne during the last round due to systems issues.  Being the social online butterfly I am … I reached out and we’ve been chatty since.

That match up was fun though – here are highlights from the first or second round.

Next up is GH – Stronghold 31!

My darling husband and I have gone back and forth on this.  He has had the badges for some time; however I did not.  I was still 494 short when this video was shot; however I upgraded the same night.

We didn’t want to waste speeds so close to KVK in case of losses and we certainly weren’t sure on depleting our food stores.  Our last KVK round depleted my stores by 200 million food.  I have been stockpiling for SH 31 and one account had 170 million still and I had tons of food items on farmers plus 50 million here, 20 million there.  I ended up hitting one of GH farms for 75 million food so that he and I would have equal stores remaining.

Of course my video is much longer because you get a peek as I speed and such.  A side note, before this was taken I had already reset my lord, checked gear, heros, and purchased the relic.  Since KVK needs to retain spell power for KVK I joined a farm alliance to use the construction buff.

The last step was acquiring badges.  Since my birthday two days away GH “forced” to purchase 510 badges as a present.  Side benefit was GOLD.  I spend so much in KVK that I deplete my stores fast.

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The video can speak for itself.  Ignore the Line message.  That was just GH sending me a snip of my Stronghold upgrade in Alliance Help for posterity.  Yes, I yelled at him for sending it while recording … ♡