It was probably made against campers, so in my opinion it's good...
We decided to change throne system. Thieves won in HP and some in skills but lost in prices for FS and in time. Maybe we will polish the system a bit more.
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Posted by Chervey on 15 August 2017 - 04:03 PM
Posted by Chervey on 14 February 2017 - 07:18 AM
True story for the core community
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 , 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 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.
Happy birthday to us all!
Posted by Chervey on 19 December 2016 - 01:14 PM
King of Thieves has just opened a new project, this is a Facebook group called Community Chat — the first official group related to King of Thieves created by Zeptolab. Feel free to post questions, answers, find friends and guilds there. Also you may ask community managers and watchers about different King of Thieves things there. Welcome to official group for unofficial talking! We promise to deliver a lot of fun! The first contest is already running! Check and join the group to get more details and to win thousands of orbs and maze drops for you and for your friends! https://www.facebook...06023823189881/
Posted by Chervey on 15 July 2016 - 08:17 AM
Thieves in Ask a Friend group asked for answers to their questions. We're happy to deliver them.
Q1: Any info on guild battles matchmaking? I don't understand how we match SuperNoobs top guild being noobs.
Posted by Chervey on 18 May 2016 - 02:21 PM
There is no chance that old players don't know Shonkee, the brightest lady of our community. She has been playing KoT since the oldest times and she's the one who makes it homy for others. Some people call her mom, others quietly adore her. Read the text and know her a bit better.
Chervey: You’re nice person and an old-school player who is deeply involved in the community life and in the Game of Steals. It’s hard to find a core community player who’s never heard about you. Here’s a simple question, share your secret with us: What’s the reason why people in KOT community love you so much?
Shonkee: That’s not a simple question by the way. I guess it comes down to simple odds, if you spend everyday talking to a large group of people there will always be players who you bond with and overtime friendships are formed. I have made some true friends who I respect and love.
Chervey: That’s true, I mean that I lied when I called that a question simple an interview should always include hints of conflict. Have you got enemies or rivals in the community by the way?
Shonkee: The KOT community is a passionate one who’s emotions can sometimes spill over. I am a big personality and as much as I have a lot of friends it would be totally naive to think I wouldn’t have players that didn’t like me.
I think all in all though players know my heart is in the right place, I try to help as much as I can and I do a lot for the community, so maybe my haters maybe just tolerate me.
Chervey: There’s only one general question that remains open. Our actions here, both in the game and in the community, are often made by words. Where should we draw the line between words and deeds in a KOT world?
Shonkee: I really care and at times to my detriment, I have cried too many tears over things that have been said and events but you learn and grow and after being admin for so long you harden up. Now I find it easier to distance myself emotionally and at times it’s almost fun sparing with a troll or shutting down an insult with zero emotional cost.
Chervey: You were both active player from top 25 and celebrity of our community. And now you’re one of the most active community members around, but not in the list of top players. Your game should be drastically different now. So what are the goals in your King of Thieves today? Could you tell people about them?
Shonkee: When I started I wanted to be on the list of the top 10 players but unfortunately I only made it to the top 12 and due to a series of unfortunate events in the game, I gave up. I’ve had a love hate relationship ever since however now I have started a new account and I’m embracing my old addiction once more. My goal is to make my new account the most skilled it can be, I don’t need masses of delta or a crown, I’m already a total princess
Chervey: Instead of my traditional question regarding advices for newcomers I’m going to ask you another one. What's your biggest regrets in the game? This is the question you usually ask So.. some people regret about golden locks, other about gems lost or whatever. What do you regret about?
Shonkee: My biggest KOT regret was that my friends sold their gems to support my foolish actions, it fills me with so much guilt and maybe that’s also one of the reasons I work so hard to help others, atonement. If I could have one KOT wish it would be that they had them returned.
Chervey: Now, after you’ve mentioned it, it would only be polite to share the extended version of the story to people reading the interview, what do you think?
Shonkee: I reported a player for cheating and a few days later I was unofficially informed by a watcher (spoiler: watcher is a player who helps to shape our community) that the cheater would be let back into the game however he would lose half out of his total gem score. The player also confirmed he was not banned and 4 others contacted me telling me he had returned.
I tried to protect players and I felt that honest people had been betrayed by Zepto. My emotions spilled over and on impulse I very publicly sold my gems as a sign of protest. I was shocked that No name, Nimby and Chad sold theirs also to support me and to stand up for fairness.
I messaged Zepto however due to it being a weekend their reply came too late and the damage was done. We all paid a heavy price, the Watcher who distorted the information was fired, we lost our gems and the respect of others and all over a miscommunication.
Moral of the story never jump in, wait to get the full picture and if your emotions are that raw maybe just walk away all together, it’s just a game
Chervey: That’s a good advice both for new and old players. However I'd call that guy an exploit user, not a cheater. However in the end it doesn't matter. That’s good that you stay with us. You help to keep kaos... I meant chaos under control
Shonkee: lol, some things you can’t control. I would like to say one more thing (yes we all know I talk a lot). Zepto has built a great game but not only that, one of the best gaming communities I’ve ever seen. This doesn’t happen by accident and if it wasn’t for all the hard work, passion and care of your team, the watchers and your dedication it simply wouldn’t be what it is today. Each and every player is grateful even if you do get the old odd “Zepto<censored>” it’s only because we are such a passionate bunch and maybe also because we hate the spinner lol. Thank you guys
Posted by Chervey on 24 February 2016 - 05:19 PM
Posted by Chervey on 11 February 2016 - 04:47 PM
You asked for it many times and we deliver. Meet a legendary thief with 0,25B of gems in his pocket! You know him as Michael and he kindly agreed to answer our questions. We're glad to publish interview with top-1 player 1 day before the 1st anniversary of King of Thieves. Enjoy the longread!
Chervey: You're the current top-1 player with 240M+ rating points. How long did it take to get that high?
Michael: It is a bit fuzzy, but I believe I began playing King of Thieves in late February of 2015. I mostly played for fun and such. I remember Muscat was the top player in the game at the time. When I compared my gem count to his, I remember thinking that I would never be able to reach those heights.
Chervey: Muscat had 9M gems in April 2015. It was twice more than his closest rival Gohabsgo had... Have you ever imagined yourself on the top?
Michael: No, it was not a goal at the time. I really embraced the idea of making as many perfect gems as I could. Although I have the highest gem count and the most King of King's league crowns this is not my most cherished achievement in the game.
Chervey: Just for the record, how many kok crowns have you won?
Michael: 5 in total.
Chervey: That sounds hardcore. Ok, if the top position and all your crowns are not your source of inspiration, then what is?
Michael: Doing the impossible. Making 13 Perfect - 2 Semi-Perfect (13P-2S pre-vault storage) and sharing many memorable moments with my guild mates is what drove me to the top. I overtook No Name in mid-October and have not relinquished the lead since.
Chervey: Haha, not a single interview can avoid mentioning of No Name. Let's imagine he makes his way back to the top. What do you think, will it be possible to compete with him? Taking into consideration that he's stepped away willingly from 1st position and now he's got almost 100M gems.
Michael: Now that would be a very interesting storyline, to see No Name climb his way back to the top. lol, this might come off harsh... but would not a better question be, is it possible for No Name to compete with me if he managed to re-climb the ranks. No name is a very fierce competitor and can battle with the best of the best in a round. However, KoT is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Long-term there are only a handful of players in the game that show high level consistency each round and they happen to be my dear friends Evil, Zedoop and Claudia.
Chervey: That is a mystery for me, by the way: how you three marathoners manage to stay in one guild? Dracur, Zedoop and you... All of you are great leaders. Why don't you go separate ways in your own guilds? Is it not too overcrowded in Mishlo for top-3 players?
Michael: Honestly, the thought has never crossed my mind and probably not theirs either. We have grown to be good friends. Zedoop gave me the opportunity to join the most feared guild in all of KoT back in June at a mere 2M gem count. I was ranked 20th in the guild and I remember worrying a bit that I was not up to expectations. Yes, if we ever separated each of us would probably have good guilds; however, together we have an unstoppable force. We each have our roles in the guild.
Chervey: So, you share duties, don't you?
Michael: In some sense, our main focus is on what is best for the guild... Zedoop is a great organizer, mentor, and leader. Evil, I think of as the enforcer and he can really pump players up to reach their best. And myself... well, I am very much in the public eye of KoT, so I guess that helps us attract top talents. Overcrowded...no. And Claudia, we still want you too.
Chervey: Has Mishlo ever invited Claudia to join?
Michael: In general, most top players have received some interest from MISHLO...naturally, all guilds hope to attract the best in KoT to their guild. It is also about whether a player is a good fit for the guild. To make a strong guild it takes a team of 25 working together.
Chervey: Ok, I bet that thousands of guys would like to learn more about you in real life. What would you like to tell that people about yourself? Who is Mr. Michael away from KoT in broad lines?
Michael: Perhaps to some people's amazement. I am not some mega rich person, I do not live in my parent's basement, and I do not work for or get kickbacks from Zeptolab, not really a computer person so no clue how to cheat the system. I am from Wisconsin, USA, close to 30 years old, big into cars, and live a healthy lifestyle. I went to college for accounting, hold a master's degree in business, and I am the financial controller for a decently sized manufacturing company. My fiancé and I live together; we like to travel a little, get together with family and friends, and spend time making memories.
Chervey: You're a respected member of the core community. It's always interesting to know what people like you think about the game. What features would you like to see the most?
Michael: Great question Chervey. As you know, I really like this game and I have seen many great improvements already. My suggestions would be small. The Style-a-Thief machine can be a little vicious. Having the option to use a specified number of ingredients to get a specific outfit would probably make many thieves happy. Another, upgrade would be for thieves to be able to organize their gems within the gem vault. Sometimes we like to show off our collections and currently it is getting a bit messy. A topic Yuhan and I brought to your attention is the storage costs to seal gems is a bit high. Lastly, as thieves continue to store gems, it is getting problematic to take a picture of our collection. Perhaps a way address this is to do a "full screen" view of the vault. Right now, I am on my 14th row of the vault with many merged gems from the pre-vault days. That is more than a couple wishes
Chervey: Let's imagine that you're a noob once again Like me for that matter. What should one do to become a high-end player?
Michael: Well, all of us were noobs at one point. What I do, is focus on jumps or setups in the game that I am weak at. To get better, you must practice. In a majority of bases, there is a key trap, if disabled makes the base much easier. I will be the first to admit, that I cannot do every jump perfectly with a blindfold on while eating a sandwich. My goal when attacking a base is to eliminate what I am weakest at to improve my chances of stealing the gem. Perhaps, an idea that would help new players learn jumps is to have a section in the game to learn the jumps. I really like the video tutorials some players like Berndt Toast, Symedia, and Ash have complied. In summary, new players need to set realistic expectations, find themselves a good guild, and continue to upgrade traps. As mentioned many times, patience and determination are key factors finding those gold gems we all desire. Practicing layouts and learning jumps, understanding your own weaknesses and weak points in bases is what ultimately gets you more gem steals.
Posted by Chervey on 22 January 2016 - 05:26 PM
We bet you've guessed at least once what does Второй Шанс mean, because you always see this name in the Top Guilds tab at top-3 positions. Now you're about to know that in Russian it means the Second Chance. The Second Chance is one of top guilds in King of Thieves.
Posted by Chervey on 25 December 2015 - 05:01 PM
New Year is at hand! We wish you the best steals, green side of the spinner, beautiful outfits, easy dungeons to raid and closest friends to meet!
Posted by Chervey on 07 December 2015 - 01:46 PM
Thieves, please vote for one of options listed in the Poll. We need to understand what you feel about KoT perfomance.
It would be also nice to see details in comments. Maybe you don't like loading timing or you face disconnects after finishing attacks or whatever, feel free to share. At the same time we need to understand would you recommend KoT to your friends or not.
Thanks for your opinions.
Posted by Chervey on 25 November 2015 - 03:50 PM
No Name is one of the most famous top players, he's well known for his good temper and insane gem count. He was a top-1 player for several months in a row, he also is the first thief who managed to get the King of the King's crown. So he doesn't need additional introducing.
Chervey: I think that many people wondered who is No Name, where he's from and how many orbs has he spent. Obviously, if you'd like to answer that type of questions directly, you wouldn't have taken 'No Name' as a nickname. Nevertheless, questions are still there. Would you like to tell that curious people at least a couple of words about yourself?
No Name: Well, ever since I joined FB most of it was out in the open. So, they call me Tutti, from the Middle East. I spent what I think is reasonable for my favorite game. I mean when you've got really great friends in the game that you really enjoy, does it really matters? I'm playing right now to help my guild and my friends. And also to have a lot of fun!
Chervey: Perfect answer, Tutti. Clever people always give answers that put even more questions on the table! Often friends is the main reason we join and stay in communities. Could you tell us about thieves who became your first friends here?
No Name: When it comes to friends... just WOW! Honestly, a lot! I mean we even have plans to meet in real life. It's hard to mention their names without telling their stories, but almost every single one of them took their spot in my heart as a friend.
Chervey: ...and this should be also one of reasons why you joined Dictators, the top-3 guild with the cute name You've been playing KoT since the end of March. When have you joined Dictators? Who's in charge in there?
No Name: Actually I'm the founder of Dictators Yet the leadership is between me and our top player DOD.
Chervey: Is it easy to join your guild for a regular player?
No Name: Yes, nothing really easier than that. We only ask two questions: is he an active player and does he really like the game? Then it's all on him to prove that.
Chervey: You're setting the best example ever for every thief, since you're the King of King League champion, the first in the history of the game and in the line
No Name: Thanks!
Chervey: However Dictators is on the 3rd place in the list. Does that mean that Mishlo and Второй Шанс like KoT more than Dictators?
No Name: Not at all We've set Dictators as a top guild long ago, when we lost our first battle with Mishlo by less than 500K which was really cool. Other Guilds change their players way more than we do, they are amazing guilds which like to be on the top. However we are the guild which would like to keep our family and the community more than gems.
Chervey: Your guild mates and the vast majority of core community are really glad that you're here. At the same time some people were sure that you've quit KoT. They just checked your gem count that was more than 70M, and noticed that it became 40M. I heard people blame Zepto for it, some put the guild on you, others simply don't care. What was the reason of this dramatic change in the total score?
No Name: Well, the reason was what keeps me going in this game until now. I do care about my friends not just my gems count. I always say it's not just about the game but it's about the people in it. I don't know what Zepto expected from the KoT, but instead of just a game they manage to have the community of people from all over the world who care & love each other. So Zepto never did something to make me do it, it was simply an action to show my support to a friend that I really do care about.
Chervey: Without any doubts, It's always important to support people around us. Some of them need just a couple of words of advice given on time. By the way, is there any advices for regular players that want to make their way to the throne?
No Name: My advice is simple. I always say KoT is all about one golden rule: keep searching and never give up. Also I would like to thank all those who are behind the KoT. They are really doing an amazing job with their support to all of those thieves, updates and doing everything to keep it a fair and clean game. And for giving us what is without doubt the best game ever. My advice for them is to keep going in that direction. And never give up, of course
Posted by Chervey on 19 November 2015 - 10:22 AM
As you may heard before, Mishlo has reached 1 billion in total. That's why we decided to address several questions to Zedoop, the founder and the leader of Mishlo. He's ready to share several secrets with you in the interview below.
Chervey (community manager): Please tell us in couple of words how does Mishlo feel about their latest achievement of 1 billion gems?
Zedoop (guild leader): They're very excited about that Two months ago that number seemed too far and too impossible, but we've done our best to get this high We hit 0,5 billion gems on Sept 23 and exactly in that moment we decided to go forth to 1 billion.
Chervey: It's kind of a custom among top guilds to make satellite guilds. How do you transfer members between your guilds after the fix of the guild hopping issue?
Zedoop: The most active players are in Mishlo. Our second guild Ursa is a school for new players. If a newcomer shows himself from the best side, he goes to the main guild. In case of trips, vacations when active playing is not possible, players go to Ursa. Sometimes it is not so pleasant, but mostly everyone understand that it is necessary thing to do.
Chervey: How do you find new recruit for Ursa?
Zedoop: Mostly we find them naturally by leaving a couple of vacant places. Time after time we post ads in Ask A Friend.
Chervey: What're the requirements for joining and staying?
Zedoop: There's only one condition in Ursa. A player should make a 100k per round. If a player desires to advance and prove his loyalties to the guild, if he makes more than 400k per GVG, he may join Mishlo. If a player wants to play more casually, he goes to the recruit guild.
Chervey: If players get tired, where do they usually go? Do other guilds headhunt for your guildsmen?
Zedoop: Our top players receive invitations from other guilds on regular basis. However our guild is more the society of friends, we work and rise together, so they always decline that kind of offers. I've got such invitation in May 2015 from RioX (Hyrule leader during that period), but you may guess what I've answered Sometimes our members try to make the guild of their own and it's easy to understand, so I sincerely wish them good luck
Chervey: In any game, it is a usual stuff to hear a lot of crap about top-1 guilds from communities. They are charged for wide range of mortal sins like cheating, buying of developers or corrupting them to the core, or engaging in intercourse with local organized crime groups etc. How do you care about the guild reputation?
Zedoop: When we founded Mishlo, I've made a decision to avoid cheaters and to maintain the clear reputation by any means. Even during the time of troubles when high-end players used to create impossible dungeons, there was no one of this type in Mishlo. The best way to get the right reputation is to play fair. That's why the vast majority of community respects us. Of course people who feel envy and say that we make deals with mafia will always exist, I accept it with no worries. This only raises interest to the guild
Chervey: What about Второй Шанс (Second Chance, translation from Russian)? They're the second guild in the game. Are they strong rivals?
Zedoop: Второй Шанс is very strong guild. However the Evil Bear (Mishlo's blazon) will tear apart anyone who dares to stand on its way
Chervey: Ok, thanks for your time. Any advices for the new players?
Zedoop: The way to the top is very hard and long. That's why the main advice for the new players is to get patience and do not surrender. Play more in our lovely game. The more you play, the more often you find golden gems, is this the thing you dream about, don't you? And don't afraid of putting good gems in your totems, it makes the game more interesting. The whole game is about finding and losing gems