TL; DR: I like my new running app! It’s gotten my now-less-toned ass out of bed to run twice this week, which is good! Here’s some stuff that ran through my brain about it below if you want to read more…
Questions Questions Questions
Using it the second time I had more questions than answers. Some things did answer themselves like “How do I pick up a gem?” Answer: enter the hex.
Can I run one day then switch to walk mode? Is that a permanent choice? I need to fiddle with the controls.
What happens if someone comes into my territory?? This is a big one. Nobody is playing yet. I can’t see any other empires out there.
Can I play elsewhere? What happens then? Can I switch from run mode to walk mode?
Playing The Game
I set out yesterday morning to do a second run with the app. I turned it on and noticed that you get bonus coins for running in a loop. Why is that? I don’t know. Runners typically run loops because they’re more interesting and you can follow familiar streets. However, in New England, we have a lot of rail trails too. If you run down one side of the trail and back up the other, technically that’s a loop!
Anyway I modified my run into a loop. No problem. Saw some neighborhoods that I had never seen. Cool. A deer stood right in the middle of the road at one point before I got too close. Love early morning runs.
I think the issue here is that the app maps my new budding Imperial lands onto hexes. When you run through a hex, you find things. And you get the fun playback at the end of the run where the hexes all jump up and down. Oddly, you only have to go through the smallest portion of the hex to get a treasure in it.
See the landscape is just littered with gems. Okay not littered but it had several that morning. I’ll report back on this later. You can get things with them. Maybe.
After my run I earned coins and spent them. I got to improve my empire! It’s kinda neat to be able to add new buildings. There were things I couldn’t buy yet. Have to enter the next age. Technically I’m in the Stone Age!
This left me with all sorts of questions about the controls and what I have to do to advance. My best guess on that is “keep running”. Heh. Seems obvious?
At the end of the run I got a little notification about hearts. You have 3 it seems. You use one up when you walk or run. However it regenerates within 4 hours. Okay. Does this mean that there’s combat coming?? It also said you can buy them, but I didn’t see them in the store. Do I have to unlock the ability to buy them? Build a building to let me grow them? Kill other runners and take their heart? Well maybe just take their phone. Oh wait no! That’s theft. Don’t want murder or theft with assault and battery – since I’m guessing to get someone’s phone that violence would be involved. The last act of violence – killing spiders aside – that I committed was a punch I threw when I was ten. I far prefer the peace and joy of running with no such things happening. So I’ll shelve this question for a bit.
I also want to know things about my territory. I think the darker greens areas are now “mine”. I’ve added stuff to them. But are they really? Can others invade and take them away?? I see a fort on the map. I’m definitely going to run there next time to see if I can conquer it. Who owns it? I’m looking forward to finding out more.
The app tracked my splits. This is neat. I was really happy to see my times improving at the end of my run. Part of this was going down a hill – let’s be real here – but part of it is that my muscles warmed up and I got into it.
I also ran longer than I intended! That was good. Very good. I enjoy long runs where my brain works. I compose poems, imagine D&D games, and let the workings go to all sorts of interesting places. Getting out and moving and running longer is great.
Okay Where’s The Strategy Part?
This is a great question. I’d love to be able to discuss it with others. Has anyone seen forums yet? I sent feedback to the company suggesting that they need a place to discuss. It’s just come out in America. Lots of us will try it and master it. Sharing information improves that. It seems odd that a gaming company didn’t get a free or mostly free forum site yet.
Back to strategy: Yeah I’m thinking it’s in how you explore, conquer and manage your empire, but I haven’t figured that out yet. I’ll noodle on that. Maybe it’s part of holding your territory. The blog on the app’s site mentioned that you have to keep running through your territory to hold your hexes. Otherwise they slowly degrade away from your influence. Hm.
I also earned coins while I was away! Lots by my (new) standards. See the screen shot. But note that I’m still in the Stone Age! I can’t wait to spend my wealth. If I can figure out how to switch modes. Otherwise my next run is Monday.
Hm. This could get me running every day again.
I’m sticking with the app. I need to learn more. Since I’m stuck in the Stone Age maybe my caveman brain must evolve before I get this sorted. 😉