^^ The lists update every 30 minutes or so.
Also to the staff, can we have access the previous years' donation results? The homepage updates while the website looks nicer, has gotten rid of our ability to see things from the past, like past donation contest results. The only way someone is going to be able to access this year's results next year is if someone just HAPPENS to get a snapshot for wayback machine.
EDIT: I'm going to be doing daily snapshots of the each of the contests and archiving them. I suspect like the last contest we'll observe a valley effect / tapering once again. Doing this will provide concrete proof that either the contests need to be shortened or the distribution system needs to change.
EDIT2: After looking over my posts again, I have worded my posts to be less confrontational, and my emotions got the better of me. Real criticism deserves to be worded more fairly. For those of you who did catch my anger, I apologize if it was oft-putting. Or if you got a rise out of it, you can have it forever as one of many memorable AQ moments that are out there to remember.
1. Donating cooldown seems to have a much shorter cooldown than 5 minutes. [
b]I've consistently been able to donate with a wait time of 1 minute. However this is still extremely slow and the max rate one could expect to donate with perfect timing is 6b/hour which for those who have way more than that, is extremely cumbersome to deal with.
2. Donating other amounts has lowered cooldown as well.
3. For those of us who are saying that the Gold Contest isn't as Pay To Win as the Token contest is. This is fair, but there's *definitely* factors that make it much easier for you to pay your way to victory in a Gold Contest:
X-Boosts, Spirits of X and Hidden Power of Gold all increase your daily gold caps. All of these are only obtainable by paying money into the game. The later you can get for free with a common GGB from a Guardianship, but you bought Guardianship so it's still a premium thing. Or you paid at least 250 Z-tokens for it, which isn't easy to earn without paying.
Stuffing Gold Storage Chests requires purchasing inventory / vault space. Which costs Z-tokens. Which costs real money if you don't earn your tokens. Added up these aren't cheap. It is possible with many accounts to earn a significant amount of tokens without paying money, but it is much harder to do.
Addendum point to the above: Alt-Guardians get double the earnable tokens per day. Guardianship of course costs money.
Vaults cost Z-tokens.
Z-tokens give you access to farming spots like Void Paintings (Alpha Weredragon, Zardnado, Caecus, FruitCakeZard, etc) and specific housing ID's which have farmable mobs.
Of course, if you are diligent about playing AQ, then it's possible to overcome all these hurdles and advantages that you *can* pay for to get an advantage. But we shouldn't pretend that the Gold Contest doesn't have elements which make it *way* easier for paying players to win spots for. I will say overall though the Gold Contest is less problematic for AQ in the long run than the Token contests are. A mal-distribution of gold isn't nearly as awful for the game as the same for Tokens.
EDIT: Got the timeout to within 45 seconds.
< Message edited by PD -- 12/2/2021 2:03:14 >