Are the dcity in-game events worth it?
Are the dcity in-game events worth it?
One of the most awesome features of dcity is the fact that other tokens can be used in the game. The BEER token, CCC token, Stem token, Weed token, Gamer token and the DEC token can all be used to fund an event in your dcity.
Since all these hive-engine tokens can be bought and sold. Their prices fluctuate. This means that a certain price point it is just not worth it, but also when the price is low enough it can be an absolute no-brainer.
I have compared the prices and the amount of tokens you need for an event and would like to share with you what I found out. I will list the event, the current price in Hive and SIM and the benefits of the event. Finally I will tell you if I think it is worth it to hold such an event in your dcity, or if you would be better of just buying cards from the market. Since these prices change constantly I might start doing a weekly update post to tell you if you should get some of these tokens.
I do use the lowest selling order price for the token to calculate the total price, since I assume that you would want to immediately buy the tokens. You could obviously try to get your tokens cheaper by setting a buy order that has a lower price than the highest sell order. But that makes my calculations a bit more complicated and I choose to not do that. If you can get the tokens cheaper, then you probably should.
The Beer Fest requires 5 BEER tokens and at the current selling price of 0,2 Hive (it is actually Swap.Hive on hive-engine) this makes the total cost 1 Hive or if you convert SIM for it then it costs you 675 SIM.
This gives you a 20% chance to get a worker or a hard worker every 2 hours. So on average you should get about 2,4 workers per event. But you can be very lucky with these events or not, so I cannot guarantee that it will work the first time. But by the time you had a 100 events, you should see that probability show up in the results.
Now Workers and especially Hard workers are really useful. When the 3rd edition comes out you will be able to put Hard workers in the new building Construction Company. A Hard worker produces 1 SIM income, but when you put them in the Construction Company, then you get 2 SIM income. So that is 1 SIM extra.
The average price for a Hard worker on the market in the last 30 days was 267 SIM, which is nice. So you could also decide to sell the Hard workers you get.
Finally, the BEER Fest also boosts your popularity, which means that you will likely also get some extra Homeless or Immigrants cards as well if your popularity isn't at the maximum rating.
All in all, I think that a BEER Fest is a good event at this price point and quite a good allocation for your funds.
The Science Convention requires 50 Stem tokens and at the current selling price of 0,0727 Hive (it is actually called Swap.Hive on hive-engine) this makes the total cost 3,635 Hive or if you convert SIM for it then it costs you 2456 SIM. This makes the Science convention in my opinion currently too expensive.
It gives you a 20% chance to get a scientist every 2 hours. So on average you should get about 2,4 scientists per event.
The great benefit of scientists is that they not only provide you with 1 Population, but also 1 Education, which is useful for discovering Technologies. Something that a lot of dcity players are very interested in.
The average price for a Scientist card on the market in the past 30 days was 213 SIM, so you would better buy them on the market than get them through this event. That would give you 11 scientists, rather than a chance for 2,4 of them.
Finally the Science convention will also give you an Education bonus for the duration of the event, so it will increase your chances to discover a Technology. This obviously only works if you have not maxed out the chances for discovery yet.
If you get a tier 3 or higher technology this way, then it is probably worth it. But you better buy the tier1 and 2 technologies on the market, since they have become really cheap.
So, I cannot really recommend this event at this price point. You better buy on the market what you need.
The Art convention requires 250 CCC tokens and at the current selling price of 0,00246 Hive (it is actually Swap.Hive on hive-engine) this makes the total cost 0,615 Hive or if you convert SIM for it then it costs you 415 SIM.
The Art Convention is currently the cheapest dcity event!
It gives you a 20% chance to get an Artist every 2 hours. So on average you should get about 2,4 artists per event. That is about 173 SIM per Artist. Considering that Artists are being sold for about 143 SIM, it means that the cheapest way to get them is by buying them on the market.
So, not a bad or expensive event, but you better buy those Artists on the market.
The Weed Fest requires 30 WEED tokens and at the current selling price of 0,028 Hive (it is actually Swap.Hive on hive-engine) this makes the total cost 0,84 Hive or if you convert SIM for it then it costs you 567 SIM.
The Weed Fest used to be extremely expensive, but thanks to a huge price drop for the token it is now a viable option.
The event gives you a 20% chance to get an Artist every 2 hours. So on average you should get about 2,4 Artists per event. That is about 237 SIM per Artist. As this is worse than the Art Convention I would prefer that one.
So why would anyone still start a Weed Fest? That is for the bonus it creates for Weed Farms. It doubles Weed Farm production. My Weed Farm produces about 0,006 WEED on average per day. So this means that even with the current price for WEED there is a break-even point for the Weed Fest. This is the point where your Weed Farms produce more than 75 WEED daily.
Because if you can spend 75 WEED to produce more than 75 WEED, then you make a profit. The extra backgrounds and Artists are just a bonus. You would need 12500 Weed farms for it though, so I guess no one will be able to accumulate such a number of Weed Farms. But it would be an interesting strategy.
Obviously when you sell the backgrounds and Artists, then you would reach the breakeven point sooner. Also when the price of WEED would go down further and more people would start these events, then the pool gets bigger and potentially the Weed farms produce more Weed.
For now I would advise new players to ignore the Weed Fest.
The Poker Night requires 20000 Gamer tokens and at the current selling price of 0,000055 Hive (it is actually Swap.Hive on hive-engine) this makes the total cost 1,1 Hive or if you convert SIM for it then it costs you 743 SIM.
This gives you a 15% chance to get a Gambler or 5% chance to get an Addicted Gambler every 2 hours. So on average you should get about 1,8 Gamblers and 0,6 Addicted Gamblers per event. These have negative popularity, so a Gambler is really the same as a Homeless. The Addicted Gambler will at least give you some income, so it is a bit more interesting. Personally I would sell them.
If you have some Casino’s in your dcity, then you will get some Gamer tokens for free and you can then use these to start the Poker Night events. Having Gamblers in your dcity will slightly increase your Casino’s Gamer income, so if you have Casino’s then you might want to hold on to the Gamblers, rather than selling them.
But other than that I would not recommend this event over the Beer Fest unless you want to use the special feature of the Poker Night: lowering the Crime Rate of your dcity. If you have a lot of bank’s, shopping malls or Casino’s, then regular poker nights could help you combat the crime in your dcity and it will likely be worth it, since it now costs only 1,1 Hive and you could sell the Gamblers to reduce the cost even more.
For big dcities with lots of banks, shopping malls and casino’s highly recommended.
The Splinter Fest requires 500 DEC tokens and at the current selling price of 0,00146 Hive (it is actually Swap.Hive on hive-engine) this makes the total cost 0,73 Hive or if you convert SIM for it then it costs you 493 SIM.
This gives you a 18% chance to get a Gamer or a 2% chance to get a Splinterlands Dice pack every 2 hours. So on average you should get about 2,16 Gamers per event. But you can be very lucky with these events or not, so I cannot guarantee that it will work the first time. But by the time you had a 100 events, you should see that probability show up in the results.
The Splinter Fest also increases Entry token production from your Stadiums by 5%. These Entry tokens are needed to take part in a Dcity-Splinterlands tournament with awesome prices. So if you are playing Splinterlands, it might be worth it. You can however also get them pretty cheap on the market.
The average price for a Gamer on the market in the last 30 days was 162 SIM, so compared to the price of the event they are not really worth selling. Every Gamer card will also slightly increase the entry production of your Stadiums, so they are worth holding on to.
For Splinterlands players, I think the Splinter Fest is a decent event if you like to participate in the tournament that requires Entry tokens. Also the chance to get a Dice Pack will be very nice for Splinterlands players. If you are not a player, then you can sell these pack's on Hive-engine. They are currently selling for 3,3-4,5 Hive, which is really nice.
If a player wants to buy a Dice Pack, then they have to get 2910 DEC, which costs about 4,2 Hive. So don't sell those pack's to cheap if you get them.
If you are looking for an event to get some population, then you should focus on the BEER Fest or the Art convention. At the current prices the Art convention looks best.
The Science convention is useful for boosting your education and increasing your chances of discovering Technologies, but is quite expensive at the moment. The Weed Fest is mostly useful for boosting your Weed Farm’s production. The Poker Night is mostly useful for reducing your crime rate and the Splinterfest is nice for Splinterlands players, especially if you are lucky enough to get a Dice pack.
Thank you for reading and see you next time!
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