Dec 232013
 

I may have gone a little overboard on the gold coin thing. A little.

Last week I turned in 100 gold Festivult coins and live tweeted the results. While the resultant loot was within expected parameters, that’s all it was, and really, how excited can one get over loot that falls “within expected parameters”? The entire phrase and any related thoughts are yawn-inducing.

So I doubled down. To be technically correct, I quintupled down, and turned in 4 more stacks of 100 gold coins each.

I guess I got tired of watching them accumulate in my various banks. Not sure, but there I was, swapping from one character to the next and sending all my gold coins to Mawry.

No tweets this time, it added too much time, and I was afraid of further annoyance to anyone who is silly enough to follow me. It is bad enough they have to get occasional tweets of uselessness from me, but adding yet another endlessly mind-numbing pile of Gold Coin turn-ins seemed likely to make them all swear off of twitter forever.

For variety, and in order to make things interesting, I turned in each stack of 100 coins to a different instance of the Festivult Jester. There are five Jesters, I had five stacks of coins, it seemed a nice piece of symmetry. Plus, if one was broken and giving out all kinds of extra goodies, well, we’d need to know that, right?

But no such luck. There was quite a variance between one set of turn-ins and the next, but nothing out of expected norms and certainly nothing that seemed broken.

500 Gold Festivult Coins

You may note that the “Special” category eventually paid out: on my 287th turn-in I received a Dwarven Thrower. On my 500th turn-in I received one Purified Eberron Dragonshard Fragment. I am not kidding on that, it was the very last gold coin.

Special is as special does, and neither special item is breathtaking. Or probably even sell-able. But still, the DDO Wiki article promised me one special reward every 200 turn-ins and my experiences lived up to the promise. Even if in underwhelming style. Plus, getting a special on the very last turn-in added much drama to the whole thing.

In case anyone is a subscriber to the “different Jesters have different randomization theory”, my specials came from the Jester in the Harbor and the one in House P.

500 Festivult Gold Coin Rewards

In the end, there were some significant variances between some of the ten turn-in rewards. Is this due to a small sample size? 500 is a lot of gold coins but not enough randomization to thoroughly exercise the algorithm. Or are some of the items more rare or more common than other others?

I don’t know, but I like Shadow Cookies more than Succubus and Kobold Cookies regardless. Whether by coincidence or weighted die roll, I am happy with the outcome.

I’d like to keep the experiment going, but I’m down to only two more stacks of 100 gold coins, and I am saving them for an emergency. A 1-in-100000 chance at a +5 Tome (according to the Wiki) is not sufficiently emergent.

Good times nonetheless, fun and baked goods and even some drama. Good times indeed.

Merry Festivult everyone!

🙂 😀 🙂

  2 Responses to “Gold Coin Overload”

Comments (2)
  1. I always love a post with graphs 😛

  2. That is a cool thing that you did. I don’t have enough gold coins to do such a thing, and now that I know that their algorithm is right, then I know the dev’s didn’t bork it.

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