When surveying land deeds, players will have the option to purchase three starter packages for each land deed they are surveying. These packages will provide significant boosts for the players who purchase them when future phases of the Secret of Praetoria game are released. Each package can be purchased by burning 10,000 DEC or DEC-B tokens as part of the land deed survey operation.
One of each of these three packages can be purchased for each land deed at the time of survey. It will not be possible to go back and purchase these packages for a land deed after it has been surveyed, so players will need to decide which packages they would like to purchase when they are surveying their deeds. Additionally, these packages will only be available for purchase for 60 days after the date that land surveying is released. After 60 days, players may still survey their unsurveyed deeds, however the starter packages will no longer be available for purchase.
The Building in a Box package allows the purchaser to begin construction of a level 1 building on a single land plot without having to pay any DEC or other resources which would normally be required to begin construction of a building. This will only be applicable in phase 2 as phase 1.5 will not include any building construction.
Please note that it will still take the normal amount of time for the construction of the level 1 building to be completed, and worker cards will still be needed to be staked on the land plot in order to perform the construction. This package simply eliminates the resource cost to begin the upgrade.
For some context, we plan that even a level 1 building will be a significant boost to resource production as compared to having no building constructed, and as a result, resource production will be quite slow initially when land phase 2 is first released since no buildings would have been constructed yet.
Based on this, we expect that being able to immediately begin construction of level 1 buildings will provide a significant head start over players who have to wait until they are able to harvest enough resources to begin construction. Without the Building in a Box package, players will need to wait until enough Wood, Stone, and other resources are harvested and possibly refined - which will be quite slow on plots without any buildings - and those resources will be very expensive to purchase on the markets if they are even available at all.
This package will be linked to the land deed for which it was purchased, and the decision to purchase the package for a particular deed will happen before the deed is surveyed. It will only be able to be used on the land plot associated with that land deed and cannot be transferred or sold separately from the land deed. If the land deed is transferred or sold the Building in a Box package will remain linked to it and may be used on that land plot by the new owner.
Please note that this package will still be able to be used even if the land plot has a Castle or Keep on it. In that case the Power Source will still be able to be used in phase 1.5 and the free building will apply to the first level upgrade of the Castle or Keep building in phase 2.
The Time Vault package will offer purchasers 150 Time Crystal tokens as well as 15,000 Grain tokens.
While initially it was planned for Time Crystals to speed up construction projects by a fixed amount of time, we later realized that this didn't make sense due to the fact that construction time varies considerably based on the production output of the worker cards on the plot. Therefore, instead of speeding the projects by a fixed amount of time, each Time Crystal token will instead reduce the amount of Production Points necessary for a construction project to be completed by 10,000.
The only construction project available in phase 1.5 will be clearing land plots, and the Time Crystals can be used to speed up that process, or they can be saved for phase 2 when many other construction projects will be available. Time Crystals will also be available for purchase by burning 100 DEC or DEC-B each, which means that the 150 Time Crystals offered in this package will have a base value of 15,000 DEC.
In addition to a Power Source, manifestations summoned through the use of cards will also need a supply of Grain to remain corporeal and work on construction projects or produce resources. This package will also provide purchasers with 15,000 Grain in addition to the 150 Time Crystals mentioned above. When phase 1.5 is first released, players will not have any Grain tokens and will need to purchase them from local merchants at a price of 1 DEC or DEC-B each in order to clear their land plots and begin resource production. For more information about Grain, please see the Food section of this document.
Players who purchase the Time Vault package will already have Grain available to begin production immediately without purchasing them. At the 1 DEC price, the value of this perk is also 15,000 DEC, bringing the total value of the Time Vault package to 30,000 DEC for a total cost of only 10,000 DEC.
Finally, please note that, unlike the other two starter packages, the Time Crystals and Grain tokens from the Time Vault package will be fully transferrable tokens that will be added to the player's account for each package purchased. This means that they are not bound to a specific land plot and can be bought, sold, and traded at any time and separately from land deeds.
This package offers a temporary Totem that will double the production rate of any plot for a period of 30 days. These Unstable Totems will become active immediately when land phase 2 is released, and expire 30 days afterwards, so they cannot be saved and used later on. This package will not be able to be used in phase 1.5.
Similar to the Building in a Box package, the Unstable Totem package has the potential to provide a large head start for players who purchase them in the first month of the land phase 2 release, which is the time when resources will be the most scarce and will likely have the most demand.
This package will be linked to the land deed for which it was purchased, and the decision to purchase the package for a particular deed will happen before the deed is surveyed. It will only be able to be used on the land plot associated with that land deed and cannot be transferred or sold separately from the land deed. If the land deed is transferred or sold the Unstable Totem package will remain linked to it and may be used on that land plot by the new owner.