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#76859 1000 cheaters got banned

Posted by Chervey on 19 June 2015 - 04:25 PM

We've already banned 1000 cheaters, who used teleports, god-mods, jumps and other things. According to our estimation, this was the vast majority of unfair players. However we continue to watch over the player base.




#70865 First 50 thieves were banned for cheating

Posted by Chervey on 08 June 2015 - 04:58 PM

Here is the list of 50 cheaters, who used third party software and violated the rules. The most of them used a bug with moving objects before. So these thieves are guilty twice:

Miga

Kazamaza
ESC
DanielMBT
King of Thieves
Ben10
tehnos3
Penguin
Tyrikmen
Chaonarak
DroiD
Gabe
SapkaaN
De Lol
Desk
GGzilla
Мать Тереза
Hobbitzinho
Ganso
Slow
Morjhik
Anonimo
Alenzi
4since301
Sveta
JlDulcey
amjd
Marco
superigrok2002
Sir Nose
Гидроксид
Kapitonov
Opium
Igoreshka7777
Al3Goulart
jonathan
TheThief
Yorx
Форми
Demid  #40
Supermamt
DanteKawaiiDesu
Cucullo
DiRezon
тест
щипач
X-Bacon
Гoмoсeкa
natasha
Blobbo Blaggins
 
Rest in peace.



#58773 MOST UNIQUE GEMS COLLECTION

Posted by subgoku on 18 May 2015 - 06:17 PM

Take long time and many orbs to make it , but it looks very pretty (^_^)

 

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#6 Primary FAQ

Posted by Chervey on 16 December 2014 - 03:08 PM

Basic FAQ’s

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Forum FAQS
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Guild FAQS
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Dungeon FAQs
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Technical FAQs
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In-Depth FAQ’s
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#17011 New suits for thieves

Posted by 1gga on 15 March 2015 - 11:34 PM

Hello, everybody!

 

I wanted to do a little tribute to this game, I love it so much! What I mostly miss is a bigger variety of outfits, so here are some of my ideas,

I was trying not to go far away from the original art style :)

 

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#75340 New software will detect cheaters who use a third party software

Posted by Chervey on 16 June 2015 - 04:10 PM

We receive your reports, thieves! Thank you for them. We promise that all hackers will be punished. However it will take some time.

 

We've got some good news for you. We're going to launch a new software today. Every cheater, who uses third party programs, will be found. We will test accuracy of this solution for two weeks. During this period of time we will ban cheaters with caution. And in case it's as good as we need it to be, we'll turn on an autoban feature in three weeks. Every player who has ever used known cheats, will be banned.




#139192 Progress recovering has been started

Posted by Stiv on 25 February 2016 - 05:47 PM

Thieves, we've uploaded backups from Feb 20 for players, who experienced the progress loss. After logging into the game, they will get back to the state on Feb 20.

 

Every affected player will also get 1000 keys and 1000 orbs as a gesture of our good will and the token of our gratitude for their patience. Moreover, they will receive a little present with the update 2.9 which is coming in March, by the way.

 

Our next step is restoring of in-app purchases to affected players, who bought them starting from Feb 20 to this day. As we told you before, it will take some extra time, but we'll do our best to complete it as fast as possible.




#56930 First 100 unbeatable dungeons were reset to default trap settings today

Posted by Chervey on 15 May 2015 - 03:58 PM

We've reset the first hundred unbeatable dungeons to default trap settings. When this occurs, rituals are not interrupted. Make sure to check your rivals to avenge them for your losses. Our script continues its work and it finds more bugged dungeons. We also receive your reports. So more cleaning to come.

 

Several really cool bug users will find some of their gems reduced to 1 point.

 

Thieves, please rob others with honour.

 

Thank you for your patience and help. We appreciate it a lot. Together we will make our game clean of cheaters and bug users.

 



#63787 The end is near

Posted by Chervey on 26 May 2015 - 04:04 PM

Thieves, we've just reset 25,000 impossible dungeons with the help of our script and we continue our crusade against bug users. The script is getting better day after day.

 
And remember, every time your dungeon get reset by the script you gain a special mark in our database. The more marks you earn, the 'better reward' you gain in the end. And the end is near.



#75738 First results of cheater detection

Posted by Chervey on 17 June 2015 - 11:12 AM

We've spotted over 600 cheaters during the last 12 hours. We will investigate their profiles and then they will get banned gradually. Estimation - several days. Winter is coming.

 

Also we don't need screenshots to 'highlight' accounts of cheaters anymore. Our program does the job. Anyway we'd like to thank you for your help, thieves!




#1774 New Thieves Incoming.....

Posted by wickedfool on 16 February 2015 - 06:58 PM

....not really but I thought I would share my ideas.

 

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#2072 The Big List of Questions, Tips, and Guides from, and for the community!

Posted by DakotaK_ on 17 February 2015 - 04:05 AM

Big List of Questions, Tips, and Guides from, and for the community!


Quick notice.
With the increase of "Hack posts" or "Hack Topics" saying that a dungeon was hacked. First if you have a question about a dungeon, then post a thread asking how a dungeon works, and not assuming it is a hack. Second Topics, stating hacking is not allowed, your thread will be locked, and moved. Finally if you think there is a bug or glitch, send an E-Mail to kingofthieves@zeptolab.com, they will help you there. That is all, and enjoy the forums.


1. Questions
  • Q: How do I get past the wood league? A: Rank top 3 when the league ends.
  • Q: What's the point of guilds? A: Guild wars are in place!
  • Q: On the 3 slot totem, there is not gem boost (EX. 100 + 100 + 100 ≠ <300 (+300)) like other totems do. A: The 3 slot totem just combines them to give you more space, this is not a glitch.
  • Q: How do I get different outfits? A: After a ritual, there is a spinner that will give you a random ingredient, use that to make outfits.
  • Q: How do I post pictures on the forums? A: Go to imgur.com, upload your picture, copy the BBCode, past it into your post.
  • Q: Can I buy a shield? A: No, not currently.
  • Q: Can I choose my traps? A: No, you are given 3 options of traps, each time you move, you must choose from those sets of traps.
  • Q: How do I join a guild? A: There is no guild search currently, but you should be able to find the guild in the Top Guilds section, once you find click join.
  • Q: Do I have to be offline to be raided? A: Yes, you do.
  • Q: Whats 9 + 10? A: 19.
  • Q: Can I buy a platform for my dungeon? A: Nope.
  • ​Q: Why does my trap disappear after a fe deaths? A: You're trap disappears after 7 deaths, and is the one the causes the most damage, this is a part of the game.
  • Q: Can I choose my dungeons layout? A: No, you can not currently.
  • Q: How long do skulls last? A: Forever.
  • Q: How do I get potions? A: By doing rituals with the same colour gems.
  • Q: What are all the Traps? A: From the first trap to last; Blades, Red Guard, Cannon, Fruit Fly (official name: Seeking Bird), Eye Cannon, Blue Guard.
  • Q: Will shield times be increased? A: Not clear, but possible.
  • Q: Why can people still attack, even at 0hp (health points)? A: It is currently how the game works, may change in the future.
  • Q: Where can I ask more questions? A: You can ask more by, PM (Private Message) ing me, commenting on this post, or just asking on the forums.
  • Q: How can I tell what gem will be stolen? A: You can not tell, it is randomized at the time the thief steals your gem.
  • Q: Do the gem rituals take longer, the further into the game? A: Yes, every dungeon the time increases.
  • Q: Do I have to re-level my traps up, ever new dungeon? A: No, your traps levels, will carry through all dungeons.
  • Q: What are the multipliers for the totems? A: The first totem is 2x, the second is 1.5x, the third is 1.2x, finally, fourth and, beyond is 1x .
  • Q: How much gold will they steal from my base? A: It is in quarters, (EX 400 in total, 3 stars equal 100, 2 stars equal 50, and 1 star equals 25). )Apparently No longer the case.
  • Q: How do I get 2K gems, in 30 minutes? A: There are three ways, raid like crazy, spend orbs, or get gems from mines.
  • Q: I'm on Android and my game keeps crashing, what do I do? A: This seems to happen, because of Google accounts, follow these steps.
  • Q: What is the max wait time for a ritual? A: 12 hours max.
  • Q: How many ad's do I get? A: It depends on where you live, and how many ad's are currently available, you may one time only get 2, or at another time get 34. It varies.
  • Q: I dislike the removal of super jumps, and other jumps. Please add them back! A: it is highly unlikely, that they will be added back, considering the majority of players (NOT limited to the forums) are happy with the update.
Open a web browser.
Go to Manage apps (https://plus.google.com/apps) on Google+.
Hover over "King of Thieves".
Click the Edit button .
Click Disconnect.


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2. Tips
  • Upgrade your lower gems before your higher gems, so if get robbed, you will not lose a high value gem.
  • DO NOT just upgrade 1 gem, because if it gets stolen, then you will drop down your league quite far.
  • If you don't get a gem when robbing someone, do not respin for 5 orbs, its not worth it.
  • ​Do not spend orbs on ingredients, it will usually cost less to respin at the end of a ritual.
  • Remember when making a defence "Simply beating your own base requires you to get luck... twice... in a row." ~Warriorman222
  • Often play the story, it does not remove your shield.
  • Only attack people you think you can beat.
  • Look at their base, and find a way to complete it before trying.
  • If you can, merge the same colour gems together, you get a potion by doing this (Upgrade low gems first still).
  • If you are having a really hard time getting gems, even following these tips, try just collecting from your mines (@menta's Tip)
  • For your first 3 totems (1, and 2 slot totems)always upgrading one gem can increase your gem level sinficently, ONLY if you can keep others from stealing your gem(s). (!DO AT OWN RISK, POSSIBLE GEM LOST!).THIS HAS BEEN PATCHED BY THE DEVELOPERS
3. Guides

How to get 20-30k gold in a hour (Skulling)
Sorry Ezekiel, but ✰puma✰ posted this first but I'll use your name for it :D .
Steps:
  • First, Create a really good base (the better, the better :D ).
  • Upgrade your skull gold to at least level 4.
  • Make sure you have at least 1 000 gold in your chest for the wood league, 3 000 for stone, 5 000 for bronze, and etc.
  • Let them attack :D .
  • After you are attacked, go on and click find match (DO NOT GET GOLD FROM CHEST OR SKULLS).
  • It will ask you if you want to get rid of your shield, click yes.
  • Repeat Steps 4 - 6 as many times as you want.
Tip: It is recommended not to have a ritual running when doing this.
Tip: If, you want to access your upgrade section without collecting your skulls, swipe down on the screen, and it will bring up your upgrades.

All the bases in the game (IMPORTANT: according to menta, these are not all the bases)
This is video guide by Ezekiel.SuperJump
!PLEASE NOTE, AS OF V2.1 THESE KNOW LONGER WORK!
This a written guide by Delekates.
That is the end of this list. If you have anymore Questions, Tips, or Guides that should be, or want added PM me, or Comment to this Post. Thanks.


#61916 Autoreset of bugged dungeons has been launched

Posted by Chervey on 23 May 2015 - 08:10 AM

We really took into consideration your multiple complaints and reports about people using bugs. You ask and we deliver. We made a tough decision to launch an automated dungeon reset system sooner than we planned. From now on, every time you try to save a dungeon, it is checked on server side and gets validation if it is possible to complete.

 

It will decrease the bug user number dramatically. However, there is a probability that some very tough dungeons will suffer the same measure and will be reset to defaults. In this rare cases, players also get 'Please stop use bugs' kind of message. We're very sorry for that. We continue working on polishing of the script.

 

PS Old dungeons are being checked and reset gradually.




#5865 FAQ's - answered!

Posted by JackBowe on 22 February 2015 - 01:03 PM

Hey there, today I will be assembling a thread to hopefully provide answers for the most commonly reported and asked subjects and topics, I will provide answers from myself, and direct you to similar threads which have had the FAQ solved. If the answer isn't in this thread, or anywhere on the forums and you're in need of assistance or technical support, email kingofthieves@zeptolab.com and they'll help you out.

If you're looking for anything trap related go here: Traps for noobs - By Liammagoo.
Have a question for the developers? Then hereis for you!
All ideas and proposals should be posted here and/or in the same designated forum you find that thread in. (Ideas & questions to Creators).

Any issues regarding account recovery or technical support: Tech troubleshooting by Chervey.

"I didn't get my wheel spin after I logged on due to my ritual finishing!"

Yeah, this happens. But you still will get an item, you won't, however, get the option to respin. Hopefully this will be addressed, as it's one of the most frequently asked questions on the forum; however, you don't actually lose out on your spin, you will have an extra material of some kind, so at least there's that to look forward to and you can know you're not actually losing out on anything.

"I disconnected while raiding and when I came back, I myself had been raided!"

This does happen, however, it's most likely due to your internet, the incongruities don't always lie within the game itself, but rather in your hands. Restart your internet, and then restart the game, see if it works, because if everyone else can connect, and you can't, chances are it's not anything to do with the servers or anything of the sort. There should be a 1-2 minute shield every time you log off to prevent this, but for now, just try the commonly recommended methods on every game and simply restart the internet and your device, it surprisingly can help with a ton of issues.

"Is it possible for me to use the same game on numerous devices?"

Yes, yes it is! With iCloud. If you'd like to go here there is a step by step on just how you can do so, it's a useful addition to the game; and now you can access your extravagant dungeon here, there and everywhere! :)

"Can I post a picture on this forum?"

Again, yes, yes you can! And again, Menta comes to the rescue with another useful thread! I'd recommend reading it; here! Have fun posting pictures of your best raids, best defences and highest gem caches! :D


"I need a better base, any ideas?"

iPaolino had the brilliant idea of showing off some of the best bases. The bases of different levels which will provide better defence than that of mediocrity! The site he put them on can be found here!

"Is it possible for me to get my stolen gem back? It was really high in value!"

Mhm, one word: Facebook! Adding friends on Facebook allows you to let them retrieve your gems for you, you get them back if they can complete the level of defences of those whom took it from you and if they're lucky enough to get it off the spin like a normal gem does every time you raid! To add people to your list who are looking to compile in the retrievable aspect of attaining your previous gems, look here! Also, there is now self retrieve and guild retrieve, getting your gem back has never been easier!

"Why can I only sometimes use advertisements to get free keys?"

The advertisements are dependent on your location, time zone and numerous other factors. You cannot always watch advertisements, and there won't always be the option to earn keys this way. There has to be a limit, or it'd be overpowered, but when you do have the option, it's a nice touch! :P

"What are guilds actually for?"

Numerous things, sometimes to be community oriented! But you can also try your best as a collaborative, unstoppable force to rise to the top like the predecessors of the number one spot! All hail! Also, there are Guild Wars - show other guilds your almighty power as one quadrant and smash them in your rising gem count over the course of three days!

"I keep losing my gems to people better than me, matchmaking is unfair!"

Well, it's not perfect, but no game is. If you're going out on the attack to steal some gems and you find an opponent worse than you in defences, level and experience, you'd attack them - hands down, easy money, it's what every thief wants. If you want to prevent this upgrade your gem defence and your defences themselves.

"What happens when you break your final totem?!"

Do not fear the losing of any progress due to not being able to go further, you will be placed in a random dungeon which you have previously occupied, it may have the same old layout, or a new one, but all with have 3 mixing slots in them, I believe, you will never run out of totems to mix your gems in!

"How do leagues work?"

The way leagues work are simple, all you have to do is be in the top 3 positions of your current league when your tournament ends (a timer is shown when viewing the leaderboard) and you'll advance to the next league. Advancing isn't always the best option, however, as you can't be demoted a league, so it may seem harder for you to hold it together due to there being more experienced and higher level players raiding your dungeon.

"Why does the last totem not enhance your gem value?"

It's how it works, it just combines three to provide an extra slot to steal from, or it'd be too easy to get a high amount, however, if you add in three of the same coloured gem you will be provided with a boost of a potion dependent on the colour, for example three red gems would give you a potion to remove one random trap from the field, 3 blue gems would give you a potion to spawn a gang of thieves!

"What do higher value gems look like, so I can spot them while raiding?"

The higher the gem value, the more detail it has, silver outlining is worth more than no lining, and gold is worth more than silver. Some good examples are on this thread: Gem values!

"Who thinks the IAP is unbalanced?!"

Nope. They're not. The ingredients are just really expensive, they don't want numerous people to get the top outfits, it'll be annoyingly ridiculous to the lower level players, besides, you get a free one after every ritual, nobody is forcing the IAP on you. :P

"Is it possible to have an alternate account on the same device?

Why yes, yes it is. I won't go into detail, I'd much rather refer you to the ultimate, completely comprehensive guide on this specific subject by Blizzard, props to him! The guide is located here!

"What happens if I proclaim a gem of higher value than my other gems and my slots are full?"

When you get a gem from a raid, or your mines, and one is of lower value, the lower value one will automatically be turned in for gold and replaced in the slots by the higher value one. If you get a gem and it's of lower value than all your others and you have no free slots, the one you earned will be automatically traded in for gold.

"Why don't I receive King of Thieves notifications?!"

You have to accept them when you first get the game. If you can open up your game via iCloud in another device, and them delete and reinstall the app, you should get the option again. You must download the game signed out of iCloud then sign in after going on and enabling notifications to recover your data.

"Are trap upgrades permanent?"

Yes! Fortunately, they are. Whenever you get a base, if you've had the trap before and upgraded it, you'll have the same level as before, same goes for the gold mine, character and all upgrades!

"What should I do if a see a hacked base?"

NEVER report it on the forum, it's against forum rule number 7, and you will be punished for it and your thread will be no more. If you wish for us to look into a hacked base, then PM me, any other member of staff or email the support desk and it'll be dealt with, but never report it publicly, we don't want exploits spreading.

"Why did you remove TST's in patch 2.1?"

Probably should've edited this one in as soon as the patch arose, but hey. The patch was to make things more balanced, triple spawn traps (TST) and some super jumps (SJ) we're too hard for new, casual and medium level players, and we got a lot of complaints about it. It was removed to balance things out and provide a level playing field. :)

"Are the spambots gone after their huge wave in March 2015?"

Spam will always be a problem on every forum, but we managed to find the loophole they were using and minimised the amount of them that are here, if we see them, they're dealt with immediately, if not, feel free to use the report function. Never reply to them, though! That just makes them an active to of conversation and doesn't contribute to the positive forum ethos!

"How does the prize of guild battles work?"

There is a prize of 300 orbs split between the top ten contributors of the guild battle, meaning 30 orbs each. There may also be none orb prizes for other contributors. :)

"How often can a guild battle with another guild?"

Every 72 hours, meaning you can expect a new one every league! Hoo hah!

"How many players are needed to compete in a guild battle?"

You only need one! However, the price is lowered. For example, one player would only be able to proclaim a prize of 30 orbs, such as Cylence: http://forum.kingoft...y-of-one-guild/

I will update this consistently with the new arising FAQ's. Feedback is appreciated and I'll take all suggested FAQ's into consideration.

Thanks!:)

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#184908 Happy birthday, King of Thieves!

Posted by Chervey on 14 February 2017 - 07:18 AM

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True story for the core community 1f631.png

 

I've taken this photo on my phone just before the global launch of KoT 2 years ago on Feb 12. This was very exciting launch for Zepto, because Zepto had no experience in the field of online game development, the company's main expertise was in offline single player games and here we can say ‘Hi’ to the brilliant Cut the Rope series, that gave its strong and some weak points to King of Thieves as a heritage.

 

The main difference between offline and online games lies not in development itself, but in operation — all activities that start after the launch. Telling the long lecture short, every online game is only 50% ready at the point of global release, and the rest 50% is what usually should be done after till its death. And you can’t predict everything, because every online game is a universe with its own laws. So that’s why the second part is all about evolution that may take years.

At the launch we were overflooded with support requests, because we had only one guy to cover that frontline, and it was me 1f602.png, because we didn’t expect _that_ fast growth of KoT, its fame and its community. We understood the mistake quickly enough, but almost during a year since that time our support management was like riding a bike: you’re burning, bike is burning, world around you is burning and you’re in hell.

 

As old grandpa thieves remember, KoT had no guild chat at the start. In spite of heavy PvP orientation, the game felt like single player mode and provided similar experience to its players, but way more irritating. That’s because competing a human is always more challenging than artificial intelligence. So it took a lot of efforts to help people find a way to communicate with each other and direct that communication in order to make the community cool, humble, helpful and alive.

 

In April 2015 we also faced a problem… THE PROBLEM of cheaters, which is always an issue if you set an online game protection on the same level as you usually set it for an offline game. We relied heavily on… noble cheaters and their reports to deal with it as fast as we could. We gave tons of rewards to that players, because they and their reports helped us to find crucial holes in KoT, that were exploited heavily with less honourable cheaters. We’ve built a huge network of dark watchers, who gave us away all cutting edge exploits and bugs.

 

The things have changed drastically since that time. There are dozens of agents in our support, our security system provides strong defense against cheaters. Ok, if you managed to come across one, you should know that usually they get banned soon enough. Almost all dark watchers have left, because they like to use exploits, so they do it in other games now. Some of them have stayed and still provide us interesting bugs and vital problems when they find any.

 

Ok, not everything has changed. I’m still with you 1f444.png     And low retrieve chance is here, sitting near me and crying, because nobody loves him. Some other problems are on the table too, but we promise to deal with them over time.

 

During all these two years we have been dealing with bugs, problems, game design issues, support and exploited weaknesses on the go. This is what operation usually requires from developers — react and direct the game development in the right way. We know that we’re not perfect, but perfection is not the goal, it’s a way. The same as massive multiplayer online game operation. And we’re doing our best to follow this way.

 

Thank you for your love, passion and patience, guys. You’re the greatest community I’ve ever met and helped to create during my 14 years of online gaming and work experience.

 

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#144133 Update 2.9 is coming today. What's new?

Posted by Stiv on 17 March 2016 - 09:30 AM

Here's the least of new features that will be available in 2.9:

 

NEW TRAP. Meet Lil’ Scorcher, an adorable little dragon that will burn your foes to ashes!
 
NEW LOCATION. Lay siege to the Ancient Castle with 16 new single-player levels full of deadly traps, three totem dungeons and one gem mine!
 
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#86646 Update 2.4 is being installed on servers. What's new?

Posted by Chervey on 16 July 2015 - 09:21 AM

NEW TRAPS. Meet the new traps! Gravity Switch inverts the gravity. Ricochet flies through the dungeon and bounces off its walls!

 

NEW LOCATION. Conquer the Ice World with 16 single-player levels, 3 totem dungeons, and 1 big gem mine!

 

GUILD LEVELS AND BONUSES. Level up your guild by winning guild battles and increasing guild rating! Guild levels grant special bonuses to all guild members.

 

GUILD SEARCH. Now you can find any guild by its name, so it's easier to recruit new players.

 

DUNGEON TESTING. Test dungeons of your friends and guildmates to help them assess if their defenses are set up properly.

 

REPORT BUTTON. Now you can report cheaters and inappropriate names with a special button placed near the player's nickname. Thanks for your help and continued support!

 

SKIP COST REDUCED. Now it grows up to 300 gold and fixes on this sum.

 

GUILD LEADERS CAN GIVE AWAY THE BUTTON to another guild member of their choice.

 

ABUSE OF EARLY TOTEMS was closed. It's no longer impossible to place large gems into first totems and start rituals.


SLIDING ON PLATFORMS IS NO MORE. Rest in peace.

 

NEGATIVE DELTA NO LONGER AFFECTS GUILD WARS. Leaving a guild to help winning a battle is no longer required.

 

HELPSHIFT INTEGRATED IN THE GAME. Get answers on your questions right faster.
 

 



#166633 Level 30 Traps

Posted by TinyPixel on 26 July 2016 - 09:50 PM

These are my suggestions. I didn't do the other traps because I ran out of ideas, and leaving it to your imagination. I got my inspiration from this post by Cyr. If you guys like it, do your part in bugging the devs. If not, then enjoy the ol' boney ones.  :lol:

 

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#144787 Comprehensive KoT Guide (De Rege Latronum)

Posted by Aluce on 20 March 2016 - 07:45 PM

Over the course of the last few months, I have compiled and expanded on a comprehensive and (more or less) complete document about King of Thieves, discussing about all things related to costs and probability as well as strategy and statistical tests:

De Rege Latronum

 

If you are on mobile and the file doesn't open in your browser, please try and save the file (hold the link) first.

 

The file is a work in progress. More details and tables will be added, by my own judgment. Requests are much appreciated!

 

Currently the file contains information on the following, in order of appearance:

  • Throne crafting costs and stats
  • Throne crafting strategy
  • Corrected gem pick chances
  • A complete list of unique gems (credits to Chaos; see also this thread)
  • All castle and trap upgrade costs, including Merchant correction
  • Included a complete table about trap upgrades beyond level 30
  • Included complete tables about Tree upgrades
  • A table showing which trap levels get certain thrones to one star after 7 deaths, 6 deaths (to correct for a Revitalizing Heartbeat trigger), as well as one for 5 deaths and for 4 deaths
  • Both the above tables now show trap levels beyond level 30
  • A summary showing which trap levels are most important to keep in mind (including >30)
  • Some information about the Maze and its spinner
  • A section listing information about seasons and loyalty statuses
  • A section about guild management and delta manipulation tips
  • A list of general tips and tricks concerning upgrades and trap placements
  • A table showing probabilities of Revitalizing Heartbeat kicking in 12, 3 or 4 times with varying chances per trigger
  • Respin strategies (for gems) showing a priori gem steal chances and orb efficiency
  • Tables showing the probability that your ritual will be interrupted (at least once)
  • Tables showing the expected amount of times your ritual will be interrupted
  • Descriptions and examples expanding on how the above tables should be interpreted
  • Probability of getting Foreseer 1 and 5 respectively after n total rituals given certain respin strategies for ingredients
  • Tables showing critical areas for statistical tests concerning the spinner's legitimacy (added columns for 15% and 30% spins to allow retrieve spinner testing)
  • Orb-sustainable strategies to craft Foreseer 1 or Foreseer 5 based on some assumptions on minimal orb income and average ritual completion time
  • Terminology (closely related to the dictionary thread)

 

Please, if you have any ideas for additions or corrections to this document, let me know in this thread (or by PM). I want this document to be as complete as possible, so that anyone who has any questions about probability, statistics and other information can simply open up this document and find their answer!

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#11823 Dungeon Creation 101

Posted by Cylence on 04 March 2015 - 07:42 PM

*updated on May 14, 2015 - crossed out fast fall start for version 2.2

*updated on April 23, 2015 - added fast fall start and links to section 102

*updated on April 6, 2015 for version 2.1

 

Dungeon Creation 101: Overview

 

 

Knowledge and Practice

  • Understand the physics, and what a thief can do.

    For example:

    1. Speed when jumping is slower than just gliding across the floor

    2. All the different jumps you can make.

    3. How and when can you change direction.

  • Play around a lot in edit mode. Look at different layouts of top players and test them out yourself. If you can't beat a great dungeon, you won't be able to save one.

  • All this research will allow you to create paths and use traps that force a thief to perform perfect execution of timing and jumps to get to your totem.

 

Layout and Pathing

  • The best dungeon layouts (not the traps but the paths and shape) will have the following features:

    1. Pits that once you fall into, you cannot escape from.

    2. Spaces that allow high jumps (jumping from corners)

    3. Allow door and totem placement to require a thief to double back and encounter your traps multiple times. (The worst layouts offer multiple paths to any location)
  • If you have a pit, make sure to create a path that makes them risk the pit multiple times.
  • You will have to move to a different layout at some point. Don't worry if you lose one or two great features, and just look to make the best of it.

 

Traps and Potions

  • Test each trap individually to understand the potential of a singular trap. It should be hard for you to get to your totem even if there's only one trap still working. Again, play around in edit mode. (If you only focus on making traps deadly in combinations, when one gets disabled, your other trap will be worthless)
  • Once you've understood what positions make each trap powerful on their own, you can then combine them with other traps to make it even more dangerous.

  • Understand that potions will be used against you. Make sure a single potion doesn't cripple your defenses.

     

Duration and Skulls

  • To invite more deaths, make the traps closer to the door, and the path to the totem seemingly short. If a thief feels like he can try many things in a short time, it is easier to die repeatedly and in high quantity.
  • Dungeons that allow waiting and watching trap timing OR allow dodging traps easily and looping infinitely will lessen the amount of skulls you will get.

 

The below example is no longer valid in v2.1.

For Dungeon Examples in v2.1, goto

http://forum.kingoft...ylence/?p=17371

and view dungeons starting with #12 and beyond.

 

Example and Explanation

  • This trap placement requires perfect timing and is usable in many different layouts.
  • The best trap here is the eye cannon as it creates the smallest window to escape. However, each trap can do well on their own if the other two get disabled.
  • It collects skulls easily since it allows for very fast deaths.
  • The slow motion potion does the best here since it'll allow players a better chance at the perfect timing

 

 

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Dungeon Creation 102: Improving Agility

 

Learn and Practice

  • Practice makes improvement. Without execution, you will not be able to save your great trap setup, let alone discover trap positioning that forces great execution.
  • Practice in edit mode, practice in single player, practice while thieving.

  • After you lose all your health it doesn't matter if you die more. Try to make runs as if the traps were still there (may be hard to do if cannons get disabled). If you get it right, kill yourself before you get to the chest, and try to do it again.

  • The ghost potion can show the way.

 

Research and Record

  • When you encounter great setups, note the position of the traps and the layout by taking a screenshot.
  • Test the copied layout in edit mode if you can, with each individual trap to see which trap has the best effect. You want to note down any positioning that is strong with just one trap.

  • The best positioning only gives a thief a small window to pass and be safe. If you have time to watch, do so before jumping in.

  • All this research of other traps will reinforce your practicing.

 

Walk and Jump

The following are techniques you should be able to do with enough practice. If you can't double tap fast enough, remember that two hands are faster than one. I will refer to spacing in the terms of the square units on the the edit grid.

Traps may force these moves to be required in order not to die. Traps will also cause timing jumps which are truly varied and not discussed below. (images of each are in this thread http://forum.kingoft...s-poll/?p=13253)

*Note: Moves removed in version 2.1 will be crossed out, moves still in question will have a ?, until I or someone else can verify

  • slow jump - jumping to slow yourself down and change the timing since walking is faster
  • 2.1 fast start jump - fast double tap to jump at the start of the game (http://forum.kingoft...double-tap-v21/)
  • fast start fall - dying mid jump to restart with a faster fall (http://forum.kingoft...istent-spinner/)
  • ceiling jump - bouncing off the ceiling to control jump distance since it cuts off the arch
  • long jump - jumping from a cliff so that you can reach a section 3 units away and 1 unit up
  • 2.0 high jump (ground corner) - landing onto a corner and jumping to reach 3 units up
  • 2.0 high jump (wall corner) - aiming for the corner to wall jump and reach a totem 3 units above the corner
  • 2.0 drop jump - sliding off a hanging corner to a horizontal or downward jump depending on timing
  • double jump - jumping twice on 2 unit wide, first on one edge, then on the other edge
  • platform edge jump - you can avoid falling through a platform if you are near the edge by timing a jump
  • high wall jump - ground to wall jump that allows maximum height to jump over a saw 3 units from the ground.
  • highest wall jump - performing a long jump to increase height before wall jump
  • low wall double jump - aiming a jump into the corner of the wall and ground, then jumping back with min height
  • 2.0 low wall jump - walking into a corner of the wall and ground, then fast double tap a pixel before you hit the wall to jump back with min height (http://forum.kingoft...you-double-tap/)
  • corner aiming - getting your jump to land perfectly on a corner from the wall or the ground which enables high jumps
  • hanging corner aiming - when using a bounce platform you can hit hanging corner without wall sliding which enables a quicker drop jump
  • dive aiming - jumping down 4 or more units and avoiding the walls as much as possible

 

Timing and Adjusting

  • Use the background details and moving traps to note the timing of your jumps. For example, you start your jumps when the spinning guard is at 3 o'clock and then die because you were too early. On your next try, make sure to start your jumps when the spinning guard is at 4 or 5 o'clock.

  • Cannon bullets and guards oscillate at different speeds. If you have time to watch, you'll want to note when the shots and guards overlap and move in the same direction.

  • When practicing, it helps to repeat and get into a good rhythm, making slight adjustments till it works.

 

 

 

Dungeon Creation 103: Analyzing Layouts

 

Terrain and Features

Every layout will have the below features. Understanding how each can be strong will allow you to fully utilize your layout.

Play around in edit mode with no traps. Try to get your character to jump to every location. You should be able to get everywhere easily since there are no traps. If you make a mistake, even a small one, and go where you did not intend, make note of it. These are the hints of a more difficult path.

  • row - a standard horizontal hallway. a thief can't change direction at all once he heads down one of these until he hits the end.
  • column - a vertical shaft that is usually harder to climb than descend, but can be harder to descend as well with traps.
  • stair - a jagged diagonal path, it is usually harder to go up that it is to go down
  • fork - where 3 paths intersect. wrong moves will lead a thief down the wrong path and force him to come back.
  • open - an area that can only be reached with high jumps (usually the 2 units above a row).
  • pit - an area that once you've entered, will not allow you to get back to the rest of the dungeon.
  • platform - movable terrain with collision from above but allows pass through underneath.
  • bounce platform - same as the platform, except jumping from here gives extra speed and height.
  • disappearing platform - same as the platform, except that after you land on it, it'll disappear. (if you land on one edge, you will have enough time make a long jump off the other edge before it disappears)

 

Pits and Platforms

  • The best feature is a pit. If you can force a thief to make a hard to perform execution jump over a pit, with a non perfect attempt landing them into the pit, then you've got a great dungeon even without any actual traps.
  • Do not place platforms so that thieves can escape a pit! Do not place platforms so that thieves can escape a pit! Do not place platforms so that thieves can escape a pit!
  • Do not place your totem inside the pit! Do not place your totem inside the pit! Do not place your totem inside the pit!
  • Seriously... Do not disable your free terrain based trap! Don't be that idiot.
  • Platforms are nice because you can shape the terrain. Be creative and understand what kind of feature you are creating and the pros/cons it provides.

 

Door and Totem

  • Thieves will always move right at the start. You can place a door halfway on a ledge to force them to either jump or fall in the first moments.
  • Force thieves to dodge your traps right away. This way, they will only learn the timing by dying instead of just sitting and watching.
  • If the door is to the right of the totem, it means the thief MUST reverse directions to get to it.
  • If possible, require a hard to perform jump to be mandatory before reaching the totem. This means placing the totem in the air, over a pit, or at the bottom of a column protected by traps. There are a many great bases that just rely on this hard to perform jump (usually a high jump), and just placing traps to protect and minimize the window that corner to jump from is free.

 

Examples and Explanations

I list the features and point out where I would place the door and totem for each of these layouts. They aren't the only way and I'm sure you'll be able to uncover and find even better placements!

Placements no longer valid will in version 2.1 will be crossed out and updated placements will be in italics.

 

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Features: 1 row, 4 columns, 3 forks. Place the door in the right column and the totem on the bottom to the far left or the column next to it. This maximizes the path causing mistakes to go down the wrong columns. Trap placement can focus on 3 different aspects, climbing out of the first column, moving horizontally along the top row, or forcing a very accurate dive jump to reach the totem.

 

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Features: 2 rows, 1 column, 1 stair, 1 fork. My original example is this layout. I chose to have the thief climb the column to the top row because he can easily make a mistake and end up in the bottom row and have to come back. An alternate path can take advantage of the long bottom row. Placing the totem on the far left with a door placement that forces movement to the right, you can force a thief to deal with your traps going right from the start and then having him have to turn around and face the gauntlet again to get to the totem.

 

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Features: 1 row, 2 columns, 2 stairs, 2 forks. Totem should be placed to the far left. The door has multiple options, however I prefer the position in the center of the row. This will cause the thief to have to double back, encountering the traps again and with the possibility of falling into the wrong path again.

 

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Features: 1 PIT!, 1 row (the bottom row is a pit), 4 small columns, 2 forks, 3 small open areas above the row. A good layout. Door placement can the be far right column or the right center column (pit danger!). Totem can be placed in the left most open or center open area requiring a high jump to reach. Totem can be placed in the left column to maximize pit time. The center can punish retries more with two possibilities of falling into the pit, while the left most placement makes the thief cross both forks before attempting a high jump.

Edit: Discovered a better placement. Totem in the left most open Totem in left most column, and the door hanging off the left edge of the second column. This would force the user to encounter both pit entrances and have to come back for a minimum of 3 chances to fall in the pit.

 

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Features: 1 PIT!, 1 row, 1 column, 1 large open area, 2 platforms. An awesome layout. Because of the movable platforms, there can be many configurations. The totem has many locations and the platforms should force multiple hard to perform jumps. The door can be anywhere that helps that out.

 

 

 

 

Dungeon Creation 104: Discovering Trap Potential

 

Goals and Focusing

  • The goal is to make it difficult to reach your totem with only one trap active.

  • Each individual trap should force a player to perform a hard to execute maneuver or only have a small window of timing to get by.

  • Focus on each trap by testing without the other two.

  • If there is an "open" area for you to put your totem and force a high jump (wall), you can try positioning a trap to defend the corner that the thief has to high jump off of.

 

Trial and Error

  • Start by placing a trap at the start of the path from the door to the totem and work you way towards the totem if needed.

  • When you find a position where you can't pass and you keep dying, you may have found a strong position.

  • Do not give up easily and assume that passing that position is impossible. Give it a few hundred varied attempts. The best positions are always going to be the ones that you seemingly can't pass.

  • After failing enough times, it may be impassable. You will still want to note that position and see if anyone else has it saved on their base for future reference.

  • Once you've found a position that you had to try a bunch of times to finally pass, you can now label it as a "strong" position.

  • Eventually you'll find multiple positions that are strong for each trap. Record each one.

  • Here is a great thread by fsdrobs on strong positions for the Buzz Saw (http://forum.kingoft...se-the-buzzsaw/) Some positions may be out of date, however, most are still good.

 

Combining and Saving

  • This is the hard part. You've made passing each individual trap hard. Passing all three should be incredibly difficult.
  • Pick your favorite locations of all the strong positions you found while testing each individual trap. Now, put them together.

  • You will have to try harder than you did in the previous testing of singular traps.

  • You will die A LOT.

  • You will probably have to test multiple combinations before you can get to one you can actually beat.

  • Save all your notes. You'll need them again when you move or encounter the same placement when thieving.

  • Good Luck!