Introducing the Power-Up

So, you know in Super Mario Kart when you are racing around the track and you drive into those big glowy question-mark boxes? Those boxes are called power ups.

And now Empire Avenue has them, though our Power-Ups look and behave a little differently and you don’t have to drive into them to collect them.

Exceptions to the rule
Power-Ups are a new class of Upgrade Item in Empire Avenue — they’re found in the Shop under Purchase Upgrades.

Power-Ups are designed to help you do things you can’t normally do, but only for a short time or for a limited number of uses, or both.

Mmmm. Frappe!
The first Power Up is especially special πŸ˜€ Our good friends at Big Train are sponsoring the Break the Pie Power Up with their Frappe Range of products, make sure you check out their Empire Avenue profileΒ and buy some shares.

This limited time Power Up will be available only until Friday, November 25th, 2011.

Here’s how it works:

The Break the Pie Power Up allows you to break the limit of max shares possible in a person by 100. You must be maxed-out in them already for the power up to show. You can use this power up 10 times and must be used within 1 (One) week of purchasing!

How much?
Now here’s a really neat thing; the price of the Break the Pie Power Up is variable, and based on your Portfolio and Bank Values. Which means for players with a lower value, the Power Up is less expensive than for players with a higher value.

One more thing
The Break the Pie Power Up actually allows you to break ANY maximum limit by 100, even the Fresh Face limit.

So there you go. Β You’ve now got a new way to think about playing Empire Avenue, for a limited time only πŸ˜‰ So try them out, and let us know what you think! And if you’ve got some ideas for Power Ups, feel free to let us know!

44 Comments

  1. Great to introduce something novel in Empire Avenue, especially for long-timer players. It sounds fun to me but you might get a little griping about the variable pricing. But since that’s something that has never been done before, I applaud the experimentation.

  2. Yes, Brad, that’s what I meant by variable pricing. But I don’t think the rich players (who will most likely benefit the most here) will complain about paying more if it allows them to buy more than 600 shares. Most of them have too many eaves to spend as it is…always hard for me to believe but they assure me it’s true.

  3. Quick question about this:

    >>>The Break the Pie Power Up allows you to break the limit of max shares possible in a person by 100. You must be maxed-out in them already for the power up to show. >>>

    When you say ‘max shares’, do you mean our max or the max for the game (which would be 600 shares). Meaning if someone has pie# 1, meaning they can buy 250 shares in someone – does that mean they can now buy 350 shares…or do they have to already be at 600 shares and then go to 700?

    • Joanne, if you are currently at 250, and you currently hold 250 of (e)XXXXXX, then this Power-Up will let you buy an additional 100 in (e)XXXXXX. If you’re at 600 and currently hold 600 then the Power-Up will let you get an additional 100, which would make it 700. It is based on Your Current Max, not the game Max.

  4. OK I feel like the biggest idiot on the planet for buying into this.

    103,000 to be able to buy 1000 shares equals 103.00 per share surcharge to do it, love the idea Brad but I want a refund and I hope you reconsider the cost sans all the beers lol

    • Kevin, as in Mario Cart, not every Power-Up is appropriate for every character or situation. As this is our first one, and it’s a limited test, we are closely watching all the comments and use-cases that members are presenting to ensure that we can learn and improve the experience for everyone.

  5. I love the idea Brad. One question about how this plays out down the road if more slices of pie are added (700, 800, 900 and 1000). if we purchase the boost and buy 700 shares in a stock, when another pie is released, would we be able to hold 800 (100 above max) in that stock?

  6. i like this power up. It allowed me to go to 600 shares on 10 very high div paying people without plinking down 350k for the last piece of pie. I think it cost 42k for me, but I’ll get over 2000e/day from the stocks I added so that’s a 20 day payback period. I say keep em coming..

  7. Very nice, finaly I could spend my money I maxed the top 100 in my portfolio to 700

    But I have the same question as @Angler:

    “One question about how this plays out down the road if more slices of pie are added (700, 800, 900 and 1000). if we purchase the boost and buy 700 shares in a stock, when another pie is released, would we be able to hold 800 (100 above max) in that stock?”

  8. Along the lines of the question @Angler and Berrie asked. If we use the Power Up to purchase 300 shares in a newbie, once that player has been on EAv for a week, will we be able to purchase up to our pie or up to our pie + 100 of their shares?

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  10. I’ve got a clarification to the timing and use of the Power-Up. A question in a Facebook group caused us to go back and have a look at the codebase again.

    Upon that review, it’s obvious that I got the timing information wrong. Sorry ’bout that.

    The text on the achievement is correct; the expiry countdown clock starts on purchase, *not* as I have been saying, on first use.

    Unfortunately that means you can’t really buy and hold this Power-Up for future use.

    This Power-Up will be removed from the shop next Friday. If you were to buy the Power-Up next Friday, just before we remove it from the shop, it would remain in your account for 7 days and then would expire.

    If you’ve got specific concerns about this, I’d be happy to discuss them here, or you can email me (brad@empireavenue.com).

    My apologies for the confusion.

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  12. Love this power up but its a bit costly, anyways I have a suggestion: instead of allowing people to buy 100 more in 10 people they have already maxed, you could give a power up ability to buy 1000 shares in as many people as they want. This could mean I could buy 50 shares in 20 people I have already maxed, thus giving me ability to buy small quantities in as many people I want to.

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