Realm name: Pippo
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From the start of this one, I knew wanted to get at least one of each new item (same as all events) and predicting the Swirlicorn would act like the Pfefferknot Pony, I wanted to get it as early as possible. That way, I've got it checked off my inventory list and I can get the most use out of its Chocolate Coin drops or the rest of the event. That's really all the thought I put into it, lol.
Since I normally don't spend gems to complete events (other than purchasing one of each item for sale in the market) the biggest thing I had to decide was how many gems did I want to spend on this event. I have a small hoard of gems, but I needed to make sure I only spent an amount that I was okay with - which ended up being about 150 gems. I chose this number because this is roughly what limited time event items are normally sold at in our markets. I can easily part with that amount of gems and not hate myself or question my willpower for pixels, lol.
Anyway, I looked over my notes for the last event like this one and decided the best place for me to spend those gems wasn't on speeding up the crafts nor was it to use them to buy materials to start said crafts but to pour them into the mountain. I didn't work out the math or anything, just used my prior knowledge of where I personally wanted to put my efforts in this event and what would work best for my playing habits.
So, I spent yesterday using those 150 gems to speed up my ICM again and again when I had the free time. By doing so, I got a nice head start on my chocolate coin collection, started converting them to gold, upgraded ICM to level 8 and I ended up with enough sprinkles that when the time came to craft the sundaes I was ready.
The drops do get better the higher it's leveled and I've found that from level 5 on mine could drop 1-10 bronze, 1-2 silver and 1 gold. If I get a big bronze drop it was usually on its own, and single bronze drops brought with it either silver or gold. From level 7 on, most of the single drops disappeared and instead I mostly got drops of of 2 types of coins with the rare three at a time dropping though all three dropping is nearly a guarantee that it'll be one of each only. I ended last night with enough chocolate coins that I was placing my Swirlicorn before bed.
I plan to complete the rest of the event foregoing any gem spending. I'll finish upgrading the ICM today then I've nothing to focus on but chocolate coins and trades! I've set an alarm to notify me every 2 hours so I can faithfully collect from the mountain and it'll be a good reminder to check my trade drops as well.
I'm already having a blast. Love, love, love this type of event!!
Lv 8 Moiuntain just dropped 7 Bronze coins and 1 silver. So looks like drops may get better indeed.
Edit add: ASweets, I join the thanks to you for sharing the strategy! I was mulling over having a ?10 a month budget for such things, it isn't much and the enjoyment is pretty spectacular for me too (if Mr Sprinkles isn't locked up in the back of a cop car on the M25) : ) If some gems go on sale in the next couple of days, I will certainly deploy some strategy or another. What is your thought about buying sundaes? At L5 now, I need 8 more, (8x25) 200 gems, over your budget. I guess I answered my own question by thinking out loud.
It does, however, depend on the spawn rate for one's Mr Sprinkles. There is no way to know that in advance and it is a bit of a chocolate coin toss, as it were. Your thoughts welcome. : )
Last edited by wishtheywerereal; 08-17-19 at 11:40 AM. Reason: Fixing sundae maths
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