I first heard of War Robots while playing another freemium game called Eternium: Mage and Minions. Despite the absurd title, it was a fairly entertaining Diablo clone with an interesting wealth generation tactic. Random enemies would drop “prize boxes” which, when clicked, invited you to watch a 15-30 second ad (invariably for another freemium game). In return for that temporal offering, you’d be rewarded with five “gems,” the game’s currency, which could be used for all of the usual things you’d expect (leveling abilities, expanding inventory, etc).
In what may well be a case of the device working too well, one of the ads I saw a number of times was for War Robots and, as a bygone Battletech player, curiosity got the better of me. Two weeks ago, I logged into War Robots for the first time- and I haven’t looked back. War Robots isn’t just a more enjoyable game, but it’s a better business model too, as I’ll address in a future post.
I had a lot of fun learning how to play War Robots, but what moved me from a dabbler to a hobbyist was a $5 deal that was offered to me a few days after playing. For just $5, I could land a good chunk of Silver and Gold (the game’s grind and premium currencies), as well as a new mech called a Gepard. Faster and stronger than many of its contemporaries- and thus the preferred bot of choice for those feeling the need to punch down in the matchmaking- the hook was in.
Flashing forward a fortnight or so, and here we are…
I’m in the Bronze tier, seeing a mix of Lights and Mediums each game, and have little desire at present to progress. There seems to be pressure, if not from Pixonix then at least from wide segments of the playerbase, to see the tiers as a progression rather than experiences to be enjoyed for their own sake. For the avoidance of doubt, I have no interest in “clubbing,” the practice of running a high-powered hangar (usually all of Gepards equipped with Magnums or Pinatas) in order to beat up on new players for easy gold and a cheap rush of superiority.
Rather, what has me enamored of my tier is the speed and mobility of it all. Blasting opponents back to Hell with the MagGep is a joy, sure, but I get as much if not more delight in dueling a fellow Cossack pilot- and taking them down. If Gold tier involves a bunch of fat mechs sitting on the horizon with long-range weapons melting the smaller bots in a hit, bully for Gold. I’m happy in Bronze. At some point I’ll field a “Silver hangar” to explore that game experience, but I’ll always keep a Bronze team at the ready.
So why a blog?
For me, writing has always been a part of my fandom for those things I’m most invested in. I’ve had a longtime love of Magic: the Gathering, so I started a blog and write for a major Magic website. I’ve written considerably about American soccer, and wrote for WizKids for awhile for Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing. Sure War Robots coverage seems largely through YouTube channels (and the amazing Wiki forum), but call me a romantic- I still enjoy the written word.
So Gepard Diary will be a place for me to chronicle my thoughts and experiences as I continue to explore the game. To give you an idea of what’s in store, here are some upcoming topics.
- The freemium game model and War Robots
- Why Bronze?
- Guidance for new players
- Seal Clubbing, and what can be done about it
- War Robots through the eyes of a six-year-old
- And of course, whatever strategy and tactics I can impart!
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy Gepard Diary!