Last weekend, myself and a few others had the privilege of visiting GLU. While we did sign NDAs, there are some things that should be safe to discuss. I'm sure I'll forget things, but here are some things that may be of interest:
As expected, android is simply more difficult to work with than Ios due to the nature of how each OS operates. Obviously, it's disappointing, but it doesn't appear that a 'fix' is in store anytime soon. I know they're constantly working on things, but I got the impression that they've already exhausted their options for this year's version. I sure hope I'm wrong and I know an update is in the works so here's hoping!
I feel like keepers are great as is, but I was the minority voice. Many in the group felt that keepers, relative to their place in the game, weren't worth the the resources required to level them. If I had to guess, I think keepers will get stronger at a faster pace moving forward.
ML was briefly talked about and I left with the impression that he's not meant to be an end game player. I brought up that ML is 10x of '18's cost at platinum and diamond, but they didn't bat an eye. By that, I mean, they didn't seem surprise which suggests that it was intentional. To that end, I'd be absolutely shocked if he gets a 2nd skill.
This was talked about at length and personally, I was all over this topic. I also brought up specific things that made for an unpleasant experience with Royale. To sum it up, I gave plenty of reasons why the current Royale system needs to change. Time will tell if changes will be made.
Fortunately, this appears to be a thing moving forward. I got the impression that gold battles will happen more frequently and potentially, on a bigger scale. I was a tad passionate on the topic and even compared cash battles to playing scrabble w/o keep score. I also suggested that the draft picks get updated to include the sluggers from the SF events. Once again, here's hoping!
This was probably the most common complaint. There was plenty of voices on this topic so I didn't get too involved. From my perspective, either the resources or the player needs to be chased. My guess is that things will continue to get more accessible.
They've put EB on hold, but I expect it'll be back soon. There were some bugs that they wanted to get addressed. Royale on the weekend also got mentioned, but I don't think it was well received. I got the impression that while the weekend event will remain unchanged this year, they're always looking to add new things to keep us busy.
The experience itself was nothing short of amazing. The GLU team really gave us the red carpet treatment and couldn't have been more pleasant. They showered us with gifts in the game and in person! I loved that they're always thinking of the next step. They appeared to really value our opinions on current and potential products. I also got to meet @snowy24
and the rest of the guys were great too. Oh and of course, I got to meet the one and only, blue leopard. Blue was much, much different than I had imagined. He was super chill and no different than any of us: he's a passionate gamer. A bit of an understatement, but I really enjoyed my time in SF.