Lots of people have been asking about paying for resources, free-to-pay and what happens when Ironfell goes live.
I’m going to stick with paying for extra resources.
- All resources are available in-game, free.
- You can support Ironfell, by buying extra resources.
- You can save time, by buying extra resources.
- Uranium, will NOT be for sale. It will ONLY be found in-game.
This almost the opposite of farmville’s evil business model, they give you the basics for free, but you have to pay real money to get the Flamingos. Ironfell lets you have everything for free, and if you want to give me money, you can, and thankyou!
I won’t make as much money doing it this way, but I only want to earn enough to pay for food and rent anyway, and with a few more users that should be possible.
In the next expansion, Regal Realms there will be small and large castle realms added. I’d like to also add a 3rd type of castle, where you can design your own custom floor plan in a browser based tool. This would be a permanent and unique realm that users would have forever. So I could charge $ for these custom castle realms. But instead, I will make the castles cost in-game resources. And you can decide if you want to gather those resources in game or support Ironfell and buy the resources needed.
Hats are another thing people have been asking for. Or a way to choose a different style/theme for your units. Mongolian horsemen instead of knights for example. The problem with this is that the artwork costs me money. Each piece of art is $100 to $200 and that’s from a friend who’s giving me a discount. So I would rather spend the money on new units and realms (dinosaurs! mars!) than on fancy hats for Archers.
And here are some hard numbers to help put all of this into perspective:
All in USD and not taking the last 10 months of my time into account.
So yeah, please support Ironfell and give me all your money :)
And moving from Beta to Live… everything in the game will stay the same. The only change will be removing “beta” from the browser title.