01 December 2006

EL Lottery

Next server update, which will be probably Monday, will bring a new feature to the game: a lottery.
We had some player based lottery bots in the past, but the problem with them is the lack of trust from the players. They can't be sure the owner won't cheat.

Here is how it will work:
Players can buy a ticket, for 5000 gold coins. Everyone can buy as many tickets as they want, and the more they buy, the higher the chance to win.
There is a limit of 2000 tickets, on a first come first served basis. This brings the maximum prize to 9 million gold coins a week.
At the end of each week, the NPC will announce the winner. The winner has one week to collect the prize, if he or she doesn't, then they lose the prize, which gets transfered to the next week's prize.
If a player is not online at the moment of the announcement, he or she can check if they won by going to the lottery NPC. If they won, then a new dialogue option is available, so they can claim the prize. Some players suggested multiple announcements, but I don't want that. The reason for it is that it will force the players to go and check for themselves, and while doing so they might be willing to buy another ticket.

There are a few reasons for this lottery:
1. Money sink; only 90% of the ticket price goes into the prize, 10% is lost.
2. Redistribution of wealth; allows anyone to become very rich, so long as they participate and are very lucky.
3. Creates a new point of interest in the game (people will have to go there to buy the ticket and to claim the prize).
4. Brings something new to the game, and creates some anticipation for every weeked.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a cool idea! You should definetly put the NPC somewhere people normally don't go to get more traffic on the maps, maybe like Hurquin, I hear gnomes are greedy xD

1/12/06 19:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not put it far away in that sense. Personally I'd buy maybe 2 tickets a week, but not if I have to walk all the way there. Some map that is not highly used atm, or somewhere like Tarsengaard, would be the best in my humble opinion.

1/12/06 21:58  
Anonymous labrat said...

You already know I love the idea, but I'd just like to put it here anyway.

A sound idea, well thought out and the location has been mapmarked by me :)

I think the leadup to Christmas is going to be very exciting, a new client update coming (custom clothing!) and now this.

Keep the good stuff coming :)

2/12/06 15:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well will this exclude Antisocial people since it deals with an NPC, cause if it does more then dare i say 75% of El cant play

2/12/06 18:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm ... I'd like to see the 10% lost go into the 'Early Warning System'...

Just a thought.

2/12/06 23:22  
Anonymous Happy_G said...

i love this idea, i know ill buy some tickets. i dont think it maters where its put as long as it isnt a PK map or have HL monsters in it, you want everyone to be able to participate. not just those with MM.

awsome idea Radu. keep up the good work...i hope im back in-game soon....stupid laptop shop..

3/12/06 00:21  
Blogger Lieven said...

Hm. Nice idea, but I still think you should be quite an experienced player to be willing to spend 5000 gc on a lotery. Why don't you make a lotery that is a bit cheaper, and lets you win less money? 500gc for example?

5/1/07 12:32  

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