The attraction of double positives... and a hit for success!

Two atoms were walking when one of them said, "I think I lost an electron!" "Really!" the other replied, "Are you sure?" "Yes, I 'm absolutely positive."

Oh boy this was 'hilarious'! How is this relevant? Well, it appears Realm of Empires players are heavily attracted to double positives!

Players prefer the North East Quadrant
OK, geeky jokes aside; it appears that players, when presented with option to start in a particular quadrant, disproportionally choose to start in North East. In fact, 50% of the players choose this quadrant!

Here is an example of the break down in Realm 10 (this same pattern repeats in Realm 7,8 and 9)

Somewhat less consistently, South West is the second most popular choice.
Why is this the case?
There are probably a number of reasons but at least 2 stand out.
1. Firstly, this is the first option in the drop down box

2. Secondly, and in my perception more importantly, players prefer their village to have two positive coordinates. I suppose it is slightly easier to deal with village (44,33) then it is with (-44, 33). A feeling confirmed but a number of players.

So why should I care about this?
Well, our algorithm tries to populate the realm into a perfect circle. So the quadrant least chosen will have the most of:

1. Rebels
2. Brand new Realm of Empire players

Rebels are placed automatically and will be places in quadrants with fewer villages thus naturally gravitating to less popular quadrants.

New players do not get a choice to start in a quadrant in their first realm (we found that it only confused new players) therefore they too start in the less popular quadrants.

THUS you will be surround by more rebels, new player and abandoned villages while the North Easterners fight for every piece of the pie! :)

There you go! a recipe for success!

Have the lucky few took advantage?
Are the clans who started in quadrants other than North East more powerful? Have those who happen to start in the 'easier' areas been more successful or does constant conflict of North East forge stronger players? :)

Its an open question! What do you guys think?


Anonymous said...

First of all, you have a typo :P
"A feeling confirmed but a number of players." I do believe you mean "buy" not "but" Interesting post anyways..


Juss Sayin'

Anonymous2 said...

@ Anonymous

I do believe YOU mean 'by' not 'buy'... :)

Anonymous said...

I think ALL villages should be in the +/+ 'quadrant'. The '0/0' then would never be an option. To make this work, you would simply offset the realm by, say, +1000x +1000y.

Would this be confusing for people? I doubt it, not any more than forgetting to type a '-' in when you're attacking someone and there just HAPPENS to be a village there. Sure, you may clue in when the time is like a few hundred hours more than you thought...

Anonymous said...

I am south-west on realm 7 and so is everyone else by the look of it.

Anonymous said...

Someone is trying to push others away for North East.. ;-) nice try!

Somebody who has lasted long said...

NE and SW have traditionally been the power quadrants - NE has an edge because who wants to type in negative signs when they are attacking and supporting? :p

I personally favor the SW for nostalgic reasons. Veteran players always start SW :)