Hi Everyone, my name is Alcyonestus (I also go by CoolCat)
So recently, the dev team has put up ranks and claim blocks for sale in the shop. I won’t comment on ranks because as of right now, the perks list isn’t finished, but I do have some feedback on the claim block options available for purchase. Personally I feel that this should be its own discussion, but if the mods want to move it to the Random Suggestions thread please go ahead.
Now, to the actual substance: The claim block options are simply a bad deal when compared to the amount of protected blocks you got from Protection Stones in WoA (and lets face it, nearly everyone here is from WoA, so that’s what they will be used to).
For starters, 200 claim blocks gained an hour seems low to me. The basic PS/Sponge in WoA took 5 gold, 1 diamond, and 3 clay to make, and gave you 625 protected blocks. With a rate of 200 claim blocks an hour, it would take you a tad over 3 hours to gain that many protected blocks, which seems like an awful lot to me, as it definitely would not take most people 3 hours to get some gold, a diamond, and clay. Plus, if you’re building a medieval town, 25x25 is not a lot.
Now, I understand that the reason for the slow rate may be to give an incentive to buy the claim blocks from the shop, but the deals are, and pardon my harshness, terrible. The Metropolis pack, for example, costs $20 (discounted) and give you 15625 claim blocks. I know that may sound like a lot, but to give you a sense of perspective, that is a 125x125 area, the same size as a mega protection stone in WoA. Paying $20 for an item that was made with a few ghast tears, some eyes of ender, and glass seems like a lot. I know people in WoA used over 5 MegaPS for a single build, and now their only options are to either spend $100 or wait almost 400 (! ! !) hours to get that many claim blocks naturally.
As a final disclaimer, I am well aware this is not WoA, and I am not advocating for RoA to use Protection Stones. I’m just saying that the claim block rates and purchase options seem really harsh and grindy.
TL;DR: The claim blocks gained rate is too slow, the shop options for buying claim blocks are too expensive.
Thanks for reading