The UR community seems to have a lot of questions about RB cards. What role will they ultimately play in the game? Will RB always be very rare and expensive? Why were these things implemented in such a manner? Here, we will try to answer all of these questions and more.
Q: What is an RB card?
A: RB stands for ""Rebirth."" They are rare versions of existing cards with the same stats, but alternate art and a blue nameplate to differentiate their status.
Q: The first RB card was really hard to get, and it's very expensive! Are they all going to be like that?
A: In a word, no. RB cards will have varying availability.
Q: I want some RB cards. How can I get them?
A: Each RB card will have a unique way of being awarded. Some will be given as rewards to top achievers in certain modes, others may drop at a low rate from packs. Generally speaking, they will be released in a very limited way, but additional RB cards may be produced at times.
Q: The Leader Wars event in which Nanook RB was made available was very expensive! Will other events that award RB cards be priced similarly?
A: We are considering lowering the prices for many of these events. We have been paying special attention to community feedback regarding this matter.
Q: Will RB cards do anything special?
A: Collecting 100% of normal cards and all RB cards will grant a special new ranking, Phoenix. This rank is higher than Colossus and lower than Divinity.
Q: Why did Boostr decide to introduce such rare items into a game that's supposed to be free to play? They are very difficult to get for an ordinary player. Is it fair?
A: Every online game needs end-game content. Players who have met many of the big goals that UR has to offer will appreciate having another very challenging goal to aim for. This will also forge new relationships between skilled players who are able to win these cards through special events, and superstar collectors. Meanwhile, RB cards don't take anything away from a typical player, as the regular versions of these cards are still readily available at their normal price, and it's possible to enjoy the great new art on these cards without having them in your collection. You can compare them to a foil version of a card in a physical card game.
This particular part of the event rewarded the first 10 players who obtained both the cards and posted on the forum about it. I think it went exactly as announced and intended. I also don't think it would have been wise to stretch it out over several days, as that would have meant the 10 copies of Nanook Rb would have to be awarded randomly (so we would just be doing a lot of work to replace one random system with another.)
Ok so now back to one of the original inquiry i had
will this be avoided in the future???
sounds like you are speculating though.... i think you are. the deadline was 4 days later, and it took a few hours, maybe less
if this was designed and unfolded exactly how it was intended, then i ask... WHY??? why do something that is timezone sensitive that favours EU? It is not as blatant as Dounia Cr which was French biased, but EN community spans multiple timezones.
i can verify to a point, not sure admin can... im hoping they can, but im not sure
In the case of things such as announcements, it's can be difficult to coordinate things in such a way that no community is favored. As UR is a game with a global audience, any time we make an announcement is bound to be inconvenient for some percentage of our players. All I can say is that we try to conduct such things as fairly as we can.
As stated in the FAQ, these expensive cards are completely optional content that doesn't diminish the experience of any player not able to obtain it. Keep in mind that it's still very, very hard to say where the price for these cards will settle down, as they're very new to the game. I think we will see a fair bit of variety in RB prices, just like we do with CRs.
Heres a suggestion
announce a future time..... rather than hey announcement it starts NOW!
make the start times or announcement times happen on a weekend --- allows most people to see it before it ends
to honest this is one of the reasons why decisions by staff can often come across as something cobbled together with minimal forethought. done on the fly, rather than with some longer term thinking -- some of latest changes this year would be evidence enough i think
waaaaaay more fair, and not difficult to implement.
edited by wasteroftime friday 13/02/2015, 06:47
I kinda understand why given the thread topic, but I wasn't talking about Rbs so you completely failed to answer my question.
I am asking in the context of a trend I started to notice since Dounia Cr, and I'm sure some of the older and more observant players might be able to point to instances before that. I would like to know the goal behind all these obtuse strategies Boostr is using to limit the supply of hyped cards.
Dounia Cr was just a move to throw us all off the Cr speculation. I had no issues with that one. And obviously it is a way to sell more packs. Again i have no issues with that. If anything, grabbing NB packs was probably better than normal Cr announcements where you are having to grab elites or whatever
remember, the game does need sales
a Dounia Cr announcement is not radically different from other Cr announcements -- the price is not in UR hands, but the super rich -- and it has already fluctuated from 800 down to what it is now
does that answer the question? whether or not you are satisfied with it is up to you
the only issue with Dounia Cr was it was freely available except the French community got it communicated to them directly, the EN.... well that didnt happen.