Dirty Little Secret - Pay or Quit
Perhaps someone can tell me how to minimize or eliminate the cost of playing Throne or any Plarium game. From what I have observed, the cost of this "free-to-play" game increases bit-by-bit from $10 per month to $100+ per month to $100s per month. You pay or get frustrated and quit.
Let's take Throne as an example. There are several one time purchases for things like Supremacy Armor, which are great for new players, but become less important as you advance and build/study times become weeks then months.
The key to Plarium's profitability is recurring monthly purchases, like the Trading Guild then later:
- Platinum, essential for building levels 27 to 31
- Empire Ingots, essential for building levels 32 to 35
- Grants, essential for advanced studies
- Pearls, essential for Tier VI warrior studies
- Sulfurum, essential for Tier VII warrior studies
- Hero's Crystals, essential to increase Hero's level from 61 to 70
- Royal Edicts, essential for building Military Camp, necessary for large Raids.
You may get thousands of each of the above from completing Errands and Event rewards. However, Millions then BILLIONS are required as your level increases. The increase happens gradually, 10%-30% with each additional level. So does the amount of REAL MONEY you must pay monthly.
For example, from the beginning Killing Assailants (and to a lesser extent Apostates) is a critical feature, necessary to level-up your hero, getting essential bonuses. Having enough Stamina (and Faith) is necessary to do this. The cheapest way to get that Stamina is to join the Trading Guild for $10 per month. The real money begins above level-26.
Beginning level-27, through level-31, Platnium is required for building, and then Empire ingots. For advanced studies required to obtain the most powerful warriors, Grants, Pearls, and Sulfurum are required, which all costs real money. The cost increases 10%-30% with each additional level. There is simple psychology to gradually increasing the cost, keeping players interested until they are "hooked".
A similar pattern follows for Hero's Crystals, Royal Edicts, and any other items that I may have failed to mention. It all adds up. This is also why Plarnium allows one person to have multiple accounts, prohibited by many other online games. More profit for Plarnium.
Most Level-35 (max level today, but this may increase) are paying $100s per month every month to stay competitive.
The only real alternative is to quit, unless you cheat by hacking the game to get the above items, which will get you banned.
Now you know Plarium's "Dirty Little Secret". Psst: It's all perfectly legal too.
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