Just a few Questions I have Oliver if you don't mind answering
1) What do you mean by people hiding their Gems/ how is this done and what is the point?
1) hiding gems is a procedure based on one thing. If you lose a gem during a ritual, your delta will decrease. When you retrieve it in the same round, your delta jumps back.
Also stolen gems are placed in your retrieve log and do not occupy a space in your inventory untill they are retrieved.
With this tactic, you can play however you want, for example store 2 semiperfects in your log and retrieve them when you want to show the others.
The one and only purpose of this tactic is psycological warfare
. That is why i cannot explain how and when to use it, as it may differ in every situation. I believe it is most effective when there is a strong gap between 1st and 2nd place, for BOTH of the players to consider this as a factor.
2) What country are you in and what time are you playing to find all these big gems?
I am in Hungary, thats GMT +1. Most of europe can ignore time zone differences for this reason. However if you play for many hours straight, then you time zone wont matter, you will just find the same gems at a different timestamp.
3) How much gold coins do you spend in skipping roughly per day would you say?
Since the amount of gold coins i spent is so many times larger than the maximum of 500k, that i cannot count, i made a rough estimate of 10M gold coins spent skipping per day
. It could be half or double that number. But logarithmicly i believe that number is quite on the spot.
4) How long would you say you spent skipping in respect of time before you would find a big gem? (For example, you find a big gem, steal it whatever, then you carry on skipping through dungeons - how long would you say it took roughly untill you found another gold gem?)
This is a very interesting question. My belief is that they come and go in groups, so if you steal one, the best thing to do is to keep skipping. In the gold rush hours i often found two gold gems within 10 minutes (max once per day).
However in the mid-day/early afternoon hours i sometimes went 5/6 hours only finding maximum one gold gem.
For this reason i think the system is consistent, as the results probably vary depending on the number of active, online players.
I think I can speak on behalf of alot of players when I say this but the way in which you've been lucky to find as many gold gems as you have is impeccible.
I just find it absolutley incredible and its completley beyond me as I pretty much follow the same rule of thumb as you do and yet can only find 1 or maybe 2 gold gems.
On a good day I can spend anything up to 2 million coins in skipping yet I only ever find no more then 2 or 3 gold gems. I'd like a clearer understanding as why this is as (no offence) the way you've illustrated it in your post seems too clear cut and very easy on the eye to say the least. I once spent literally 5 hours skipping without any break and didn't find a single gold gem. In this instance, I must of spent around 1.5 mill in coins on skipping so the last question I have for you is, what is it your doing that for some reason the people that are doing the exact same thing arnt able to achieve what you've just achieved?
You read my mind. I had the same thoughts also. For example on the totemius league before KOK, i spent millions of gold coins before i finally found a semiperfect that won me the round. One gold gem in 3 days (even though i was trying to clear my gem slots to prepare for KOK).
I have two things that may answer this.
1) Skipping with brute force
. If it costs 2M gold to find 1 gold gem, just skip 20M gold to find 10 gold gems. Of course in practice it isnt that simple, but there is a obviously relation between skipping and finding gold gems.
2) mathematical model
. Lets say this is the maths problem: player Alice is skipping for 30 minutes
. Another player Bob has a gold gem in his totem, but we do not know how long the shield of up to 45 minutes
is. Lets say as soon as Bobs shield goes down, Alices next skip will reveal Bobs golden gem. with these over optimistic conditions, no matter how fast Alice skips, she will have a 33.3% chance of not finding the golden gem
This means that in practice players who play less, and for shorter times, will have some (not 33%!!!) disadvantage to players who skip more other than a mere statistical greater number of skips.
Edited by Oliver666666, 13 March 2016 - 10:10 AM.