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Oh my...

click for larger I have met my online Waterloo: Evony. Complete and utter crack for a simulation gamer like me. What Getteysburg, Axis and Allies, or Star Fleet Battles would have been had they been created in the digital age.

So, the promise of Evony is "always free to play". This is categorically true. So, where does the money come in? Time. The producers of Evony are banking (quite literally) on people becoming impatient with the pace of waiting for resources (food, lumber, stone, iron and gold) to accumulate, or for construction or research to complete. Their solution? Buy game coins. Pay real money to get game money with which you can buy items (such as speedups or production buffs) or get more resources outright.

I can only assume that these folks are raking it in. They even have a feature called "Auto Cents" where they will automatically charge your credit card... Indications inside the game are that players spending $100+ per month is not unusual. Wow.

Me? I'm taking the slow road.

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also_huey
Jan. 31st, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
The girl is hopelessly addicted to this, but has recently managed to cut back to only one account.

That said, if you're looking for a reasonably-powerful, reasonably well-run alliance, I can ask her which server she's on.
brianrogers
Jan. 31st, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
I can't take it seriously since it's on-line advertising imagery is pretty much

"Evony - my breasts are calling you, and they're always free. And they're heaving."
kriz1818
Jan. 31st, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
And they don't even provide eye candy for the girls! (Except the ones that really like full plate armor ...) Shame on them!
netcurmudgeon
Feb. 2nd, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
...And not a heaving bosom to be seen once you're in the game!

And x 2, the default male player image looks like some pithed magazine model.
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