Adding Voice to YouTube

Adding Voice to YouTube

So I have what I hope will be well received news by my followers. Whether you follow my blog, YouTube, or Facebook you count.

I have some videos from 207 KVK 25 with sound. What sound you ask? My voice! I’ve pondered this and asked others for their opinions. This is not a voiceover. This is my side of Discord during KVK.

So you won’t hear the others. Unless they were loud. But you’ll hear my one sided conversation of the action and what we were chatting about at the time.

I’d really like to record all of us and have previously gained permission for this from my teammates. So stay tuned for that fun! We are a rowdy bunch and have a blast.

Why this post? Because I’ve pondered this as I said for a while and I’m asking for your opinion. I mean KVK 25 was a month ago as we are approaching KVK 27 in a few days and I have yet to post any of those videos with my voice.

So. Drop a comment here, on YouTube, or on Facebook! No official poll and I’ll use the comments to make a final decision.

♡ 207

KVK Mistakes – Lesson One + Lesson Two

KVK Mistakes – Lesson One + Lesson Two

Oops

So this KVK round was disappointing but not in the way you’d imagine. I’ve been playing with various encoder setups because the Android Game Tools only lets you record to internal memory. This means I get maybe 4 hours of video and it kills my phone.

So I tried one called AZ Screen Recorder. I downloaded it just before KVK because real life had been busy. It had good reviews and my first tests were great… it allowed me to steam to YouTube privately and that video was saved on YouTube not my phone. For future editing.

Perhaps I had the settings wrong because the quality was shameful on the action I did capture. It is the action I missed that is more upsetting. It stopped recording all by itself after an hour.

So I tapped record again and this time 2 minutes. I checked my internal storage… nope it’s not taking space on my phone. That was the original thought. No time restrictions were active.

So in a nutshell I did not get any of the good stuff on camera and what I did get is so poor that I don’t think anything is salvageable. That’s okay. Lesson learned.

So no decent YouTube action for this KVK; however there is a gem from Round 25 you may enjoy. I’ll write another post when that is ready.

Back to KVK

Since KoA is fond of rotating between easy/equal matches to hard/impossible matches we knew that conquering this time may be off the list. No worries. We like our weekends too.

I created my spies and ventured into the unknown. We review leaderboards in each kingdom. Lord, dragon, power, stronghold; and evaluate from there. Rarely in a new hard match do we attempt to poke the bear.

All was calm the first hour and half. Everyone minded their own throne. We thought, maybe it’ll be a boring KVK. We had no real intent to invade after my spy run. Unless opportunity presented itself.

Then this happened. Let’s call them Moe, Larry, and Curly. We did because it was amusing.

Three sh35 against a sh33, 32, and a handful of 31s. Obviously we had 30s and down helping but we’re talking about t11 vs t10 here.

Spoiler Alert: t10 won.

We gave the good fight for an hour. They knocked North and West towers down after several solo hits and then rallied South. We pulled South because senseless death is counterproductive. East was solid and they weren’t taking that without a fight. Instead Tornado rallied the throne. It hurt but it wasn’t enough to reset us. It wasn’t a mega.

I guess that didn’t sit right with them. We were a bigger bite than they thought and not going down easy. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Then Wood aka Shemp pulled from 133’s throne and popped over to 207 to lead a mega rally on our throne. Yes. Their strongest player left their throne defenseless. We had not seen his stats but we had no doubt he was the power player.

So in true 207 style our fearless leader said, well if they think they can reset our throne I’m going to reset theirs. And he did. It was grand.

Of course ours was reset too because Slak had 207 locked in a mega garrison. We had no intent to sacrifice troops and the decision was made for Slak to pull and port to reset 133.

Lesson One: Do not leave your home throne vulnerable. Defense is Priority.

So we kept them busy with tower hockey. Tornado stacked the throne and Samson attempted to keep four towers from firing by his lonesome. It was hilarious. It seemed they may be new to invading but they were quick learners. Samson finally achieved keeping two of the towers from firing each rotation by sending cavalry to reset our one troop.

Slak smashed Tornado off our throne and then he and Samson disappeared. When they did not appear in 133, we checked 277’s shore and watched in glee as they were tossed around like debris in a storm. It did not end well for 133 and ended with 277 defending their throne first.

It was not over for 133 yet. 277 returned the favor and visited them for a spell. Watching the tower hits was a lovely thing. 133 also took some big hits, one a mega rally we all knew they’d lose.

Lesson Two: Do not take a hit you are not positive you will win.

Taking a mega rally is not something you should do if you can bubble or port.

133 claimed their throne second and 207 last. We had no further visits and after the first two thrones were won we hung out in Discord mapping out our reaction to various scenarios that never happened.

It was fun and personally I was glad for a short KVK weekend. It had been a long week at work and I was exhausted even though I slept a good seven hours before KVK started.

Stay tuned!

♡207

Creating New Farm

Creating New Farm

What if I told you that in less than five minutes you could level a brand new account to Lord 10, Dragon 23, and Dragon Spirit 18?  Without opening your pocketbook.  

You’d laugh; however I discovered this while creating spies for KVK.  I started two in 207 an hour before the new match started.  I always do so it is quicker to port over and review leaderboards.

However before I left each farm joined KVK to gain 200g for free and also collected all the kingdom quest rewards because why not?

Here is what I learned.  You can collect kingdom quest rewards in multiple kingdoms.  Up to 3 times on a brand new account.  Yes, I know you only get 2 beginner ports so how?

Well 3 times requires you start the farm on an accountless device.  Why?  So you can collect the rewards in the newest kingdom – hoping they aren’t that new and have completed the kingdom quest.  Collect rewards.  Join 2nd kingdom.  Collect rewards.  Join your home kingdom.  Collect rewards.

New farm – instant easy leveling to boost it without toiling over barbs.  Even if you collected just two – and started in your home kingdom, ported to another, and back home, you’d still get to Lord 9, Dragon 21, and Dragon Spirit 17.  Still not a bad deal

♡ 207

Mega Versus Mega

Mega Versus Mega

There was a lot of fun to be had this final round with k64 and k394.  Most of the fun was in the beginning, after our throne was secure.  We’d intended to take k394 along with defending 207; however we didn’t have as much man power this round due to the holidays and some people had other obligations they couldn’t get out of … such as work & Easter.

This post is all about the final round of this KVK match-up.  You’ll see more YouTube coverage of the first half than anything else.  207 does not give up without a fight and we are not scared to lose troops.  Not if it means we win.  Personally I lost only 20 million power this KVK.  8% of my power.  About 90 million food to rebuild.  Or in Purls terms, 3 days of food farming.

#Easy

It was the last round of an even match up and thus far we’d taken limited losses.  In the second round I lost less than 6k power.  Win.  But since this was an easy/equal match an impossible match will likely follow.  So we decided to have a little fun before potentially taking a vacation for the next two months.

Because the 25th KVK round marks an “anniversary” of a sorts; let’s provide some statistics:

  • We’ve lost our throne only 6 times and never lost all three rounds of any match.
  • We’ve conquered all kingdoms every round in 3 separate matchups.  9 rounds total.
  • We’ve won every other defense of home.  A total of 10 rounds.  You can’t always conquer but you can defend.

So our win percentage is 76%.  And we’ve always had the same king.

#Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa

– inside joke

Defending k207 and Invading k394

So we started in 207 of course because why you wouldn’t secure your home throne before invading…

Over the six weeks we were “at war” with k64 and k394 I maintained contact with several people in each.  Some would scout or attack my towers during the event and we’d swap friendly PMs.  If you’re ever in KVK with me – I’ll accept your contact if you’ll be pleasant.

One such person is DarkQueen.  You may have seen a shoutout to her in my KVK 24 post @DQ.  Her kingdom was a mess when we started our invasion the first round.  My spy joined her alliance as they were not aligned with the king.  Long story short they had a bully that collected tax of resources every week – per stronghold in an alliance.  They were a divided mess.  Not unusual.

They managed to pull together in the last round and I was happy to see it.  It’s a game and war is war and friends are friends.  The bully is gone and they are more united as a result.  I wish them the best in their future KVK rounds.  I will be watching you.

She got me good.  I even saw the speed but as usual you click in just the wrong spot and you’re delayed and boom.  Losses.  No worries.  I should have worried less about the spam attacks and scouts which are important when you’re like me and don’t want to be speed hit on your castle.

#GoodOneDarkQueen

Our goal was to start with k394 to start.  Same drill as last time.  First slak reset k64 and we started our invasion!  We held it down a bit but soon discovered that due to unfortunate circumstances me and Dew (GH) in the forest alone with an absent king on a mega garrisoned throne and only three towers manned by online peeps and we managed it for several hours.

So when they started taking towers we couldn’t reset we had to reevaluate.  People have real lives and believe me when I say that Slak, Dew, and I have soloed plenty of invasions – in terms of being the only ones online.  Trying to stay awake.

#BondingMoments

So we withdrew from k394 and waited until 207 was secure – or just abouts.  Doesn’t matter to us.  The longer we make the other kingdoms wait the more attrition affects them.  Doesn’t affect us.  The Core Team ensures their availability the entire KVK weekend.  If we must step away it is discussed ahead of time and worked into the plans.  We went into this one knowing that we may be able to take two at once; however if one at a time was required we were prepared.

So when our fearless king returned he went to play with towers in k64.  Because both kingdoms had mega garrisoned we had set up plans to mega rally both – one after the other.  Dewand I joined slak in firing on their throne.  Three towers firing every four minutes.  It vaporizes 1% of the power in the throne equally among all reinforcers per tower hit.

We were going to mega them anyways so we added a little insult to injury.  We didn’t put ourselves in harm’s way, just let them hit us with all sorts of spells that were soon realized as wasted.

FYI Defending Kingdoms – Don’t Waste Spell Power:

  • Angel of Death only affects wounded troops and only a stupid KVK team doesn’t heal after each loss.  #Waste
  • Doom Flame can be ported out of.  We were going to port to k394 anyways before it ticked off.  #Waste
  • Antiport does not work if the other kingdom we’re invading is open.  We can’t port home or anywhere in the kingdom we were frozen in, but we can port directly to k394 which is where we were heading anyway.  #Waste

Mega Rally vs. Mega Garrison x 2

Resetting k64 and k394

Some important points – we weren’t thinking when we all popped life preserver.  Don’t do this.  Only the rally leader needs to because mega means you get the leader’s stats – which includes this talent.  #Duh  we realized this seconds after we popped it

Really that was the action.  k394 kept the scouts, attacks, rallies and such going for a few hours and then it tapered and stopped.  The last six hours was boring.

#Attrition

We decided that because we had to do one at a time that we’d take a breather and sleep.  The Core Team is in different time zones and we decided to invade k64 ten hours after we wrapped up k394.  Of course they were reset strategically to allow for extra time.  They’d taken a lot of losses and while they still had troops it wasn’t enough to be a threat.

We hoped for some excitement and got it.  They lasted longer than k394.  I apparently attracted most of the nonsense attacking.  Someone let their farm’s bubble fall and I took them out – this person’s main was devoted to my tower the rest of the invasion.

Every chance they got they took.  Several towers were taken by @Evil Hellcat and @KALLE … and their farms were marching behind them.  Of course it was just Dew, Dude, and myself all alone playing with towers at this time.  I had to give our muscle a buzz – as prearranged.

Of course after that it was over.  In fact Game mega garrisoned the throne and slak took over North and East Tower and I took over South and West.  Game wasn’t available and they weren’t going to shake his garrison – we had enough people online to stack it if necessary.  Better to have tower teams online.  Since k64 had given up at that point it was just a matter of staying entertained.

Scrubalotimus was back as promised!  However our Unicorn Police followed him to k64 and ported him out of the forest before he reset the throne.  It was comical.  We have fun and things like this aren’t something you see everyday.  k64 I hope you enjoyed the show.

And that is it.  Another KVK done.

♡ 207

KVK Planning + FAQ

KVK Planning + FAQ

Okay, so this week I was up an hour early for KVK. A bit grumpy on four hours of sleep but up and awake. I’ll admit I’m annoyed at KVK planning. So I kinda half-assed this one. Sorry. Hindsight I spent so much time in mail explaining stuff for the umpteenth time that I regret not detailing every little thing.

These are the FAQ in Mail, Alliance Chat, and Discord maybe a few by me lol
Who am I reining? Where do I port? What troops am I sending? Do I need to bubble? Should I buff? Why are you sending my reins back? Hello, is anyone going to get that tower? Should I take this hit or bubble? What do you mean by minimal troops?

So I like to prepare mails to people in certain roles so they know. Down to troops to send based on the tiers they have. Shore to port to (invading) and Tower to hold (anywhere). It is highly organized and usually VERY smooth.

#ObviouslyMailsDidTheJob

#PurlsRegretsNotPlanning

So what does planning involve? I’m not sure what other kingdoms do but I visit every alliance that helps with KVK to Mail All. Usually a general plan and call for troops to defend home and invade. I also ask for peoples availability.

I get a lot of responses. Sometimes more sometimes less. I spreadsheet them and assign a role (throne, tower, reins) and assign a kingdom. I base assignments off when people are available. Certain roles have stat requirements such as being unbubbled in another kingdom.

Others have no stat requirements such as stacking a mega throne. For reins I like people with stats to boost defenses on those strongholds and this role favors people who are available only initially or when we invade.

It works well.  Then you have the handful of people that just *show up* with no courtesy head’s-up.  That gives me more stress than anything.  Like, why couldn’t you just say – I may come or I’m thinking about it.  So there is pressure to put these people in a role or fear they’ll be bored and never come again.

All in all we do well.  We have fun.  Discord makes the world go round.

I’ve taken a bit if video from the highlights of our current KVK.  It’ll take a while to create a highlight video

♡ 207

About 207

About 207

You have to understand that 207 is like a family.  We’ve had our ups and downs.  War and plunder.  But we’ve had really good times too.  So much history that I never documented.  It is like one of those series that never ends.  Full of drama and action.  Friendship and hatred.  It has all died down now, for the most part.

We’ve had our fair share of wars.  Wars over dominating and keeping the throne.  Wars over rulebreakers.  We’ve also had a lot of peace.  Goal is to maintain peace so that those who want to do KVK don’t have to worry about KE and those who want to do KE can do just that and those that want to be farmers can just be farmers.

KoA it is NOT a war game.  It is called King of Avalon NOT Avalon Wars.  It is a kingdom and as such we are like houses and there is a ruling house and houses that support the ruling house and others that don’t.  Even if you don’t agree with this statement you have to agree that in War you have warriors, farmers, blacksmiths, cooks, etc.  so by default no matter how you look at it this is not a war game.  It is a game that has war.

You also have to agree that not everyone plays games the same way – I mean it is a game.  It is about entertainment value.  As such you cannot force your way of playing on others – just as you wouldn’t want them to force it upon you.

In 207, slaughtering innocents for KE points is done.  That is mutually agreed upon.  We are not against KE – we are against a 30 going after a 21 and zeroing them because that person happens to have a real life and omg their kid is sick and so they forgot to get on and bubble.  So the time they put into the game the past year is gone – I don’t care what you think about free players but know they exist and have just as much of a right to play the game as you.

So we have BAR – Blood and Rage.  #1 alliance and ruling alliance.  However I don’t live at BAR anymore and neither does the king.  We live at KVK – Kingdom 207 but are still very much BAR.  Once upon a time everyone would join BAR for the throne event and we had to drop people every two weeks to make room  It was getting out of hand.  So we converted a farm alliance to be the new BAR – set it all up overnight undercover to prevent people from porting.  Then asked everyone to drop from old BAR to new BAR and port.  Old BAR is now KVK.  Plenty of room for people to join!

So for BAR leadership we have slaktarn, Callum, Gamealotimus, Necro Angel, Dew Hefner, and myself Purls.  We have two allies that we bounce ideas off of – DMW and LOR.  As a collective group we manage the kingdom as a team.   We each have different skill sets and as such our roles are based upon that.  Everyone has a part to play.

We also have WoA, SKy, and ImB that provide a lot of help. There are others that come and go and we don’t force participation but those that do and make a point to go above and beyond get rewarded. Especially if we take all three Thrones; that just means extra chests to distribute.

Titles are distributed to those who ask. My default is Spirituality. I love it. It’s never asked for by anyone else so I get to keep it for 2 weeks after KVK. It comes in handy for troops and the March speed goes well with my Relic.

Overall 207 is a great Kingdom and I’m very happy that it was where I landed when I first started just over a year ago. I’ve met a lot of great people and we have a lot of fun playing the game together.

♡ 207