Thank you fans of farms at our Facebook group, Farms of War Dragons for electing me to be interviewed this week. And thank you also for choosing the questions to ask. It was a pleasant surprise, and as always I'm delighted to answer your questions as best I can.
First and foremost, despite misconceptions about farm teams, the answer is teamwork. We rely on each other heavily. We might not be able to join every or even most attacks, but we will try. We cannot guarantee 100% of our resource transfers will arrive totally intact to the other player because of the constant attacks on most of us. Personally, in supply-based events I spend a lot of rubies on gold chests. From there, I get enough packs, elixirs, clocks and such to do pretty well. The most recent lumber event I even maxed out. I also set up a secret in game group (not so secret now I guess) where generous players from many other non-farm teams offer excess resources to farm players who chose to join the group. These enthusiastic farm fans will even dumb down their bases when needed for lower level farm players to get through solo and grab some resources. This is one of the only two in game group chats I'm part of, and it brings me a lot of joy to see the positive interaction and support between players and farms.
What keeps you going in the farms? And how do you deal with all those who don't follow the simple daily rule of losing 1st run?
What I named in the last question is one reason, the support from other players and teams keeps me going. I also enjoy the challenge of having to solo most of my runs but also the challenge of trying to join the runs of others when needed. Honestly, I don't keep track of who loses one. I can't. My replay list has been messed up for months, and it is a "known" issue to Support. Perhaps I'm attacked too much for the servers to keep up. My base goes boom about every 2-3 seconds. I have received kind email from team leadership before asking this question and trying to let me know that their team is 100% compliant about losing one daily. I find that especially endearing that some teams really try to enforce that even when it isn't a War Dragons rule, it's farm dogma that was player-invented. So I'm happy for those who want to lose one, and it helps a lot of farm players, but it certainly isn't the reason I'm a farm.
What is the best thing about being an XP farm? What is the worst?
The best thing about being a farm is you, the fans. I have never felt appreciation before like I do as a farm. 99% of the time, I receive kind notes in mail, welcoming remarks in League Chat, messages in email and social media thanking me. Constant thank yous. Truly, it is humbling. I believe in a concept I learned in a book I had to read in college for a psch class... that everyone speaks 1 of 5 languages (Gary Chapman's "The Five Love Languages"). Some people couldn't give a flip about "words of affirmation," but that must be one of my love languages.
This is another good question. We come across bases like anyone else and bookmark them. The cute thing that some of you do though is actually email me to be sure I'm a farm. Even more kind words in my opinion. I try to answer all my email even though I receive upwards of a hundred a day. A lot of times folks are surprised I reply (oh I was just tagging you). Anyway, I also use other farm teams. I have looked some up in the Team Hut and bookmarked a few. I can't get through most of them solo, but I really don't fret over it. Some players with farms I ended up recruiting to my team. PGKissMyAss and Omen are two farms I used to use but now are on my team, XPFarmsLooseX1.
What kinds of things do you require from your members of the Farm?
What was required before I joined and what I require are probably different. I'm not very strict though, and I don't regularly go about chastising people or throwing them out. I can tell you what I'd like though. I'd like folks to be Active or Low Activity at least. We do have several mains on our team, including me, and I'd like to increase that trend. I ask folks to try to do their war, if we have one, but I don't actively keep track of who misses. Our wars are either "gifts" or "accidents." A lot of people who are still active in the game actually chose to be on the farm because wars became too arduous for them with their real lives, myself included.
For what time you play wardragons and when did you decided to become a farm?
I started War Dragons in September of 2015. In October of 2017 before I was to go to San Francisco to visit the Pocket Gems headquarters, I was let go of my team (nothing against them, just that I might miss some wars during my trip), and on a whim I applied to XPFarmsLooseX1, remembering it as the best known farm team often mentioned by Pixxel on her Twitch streams. I was immediately accepted. No one knew who I was at first although the welcome was warmer than any team ever. Farm people do talk! Then "Wait, you're that Alleviates?!" Yeah.
When and why. When was explained above. Why. Why did I become a farm. I can say why I didn't. I didn't become a farm to retire or go on permanent vacation. I've always liked helping people, animals, the world, if I could. I'd always been curious about the farm. I wanted to know the mysteries of the farm. I had no preconceptions other than what stereotypes had always floated around: they were all defunct players/had quit the game. They were all inactive. They were all alts. None of that made sense to me anyway, but I was still pleasantly surprised by the welcome, the activity, and the family we have, the family that is still growing and bonding to this day. I became a farm to see if I could help in the game as a player, if I could do something no one else in the Creators Faction was doing, if I could sacrifice my comfy egg token payouts in Diamond and Sapphire, and make the game a little more interesting at the same time by making my life harder but helping so many others. There is this guy by the way lately, and I have to mention this, who keeps trying to talk me out of joining his team. His argument is all about anti-helping. I don't know the guy from Job. Who's Job? Read the Bible. Anyway, the player uses every argument about why I should not be a farm. You're active, you have dragons, you have a base. Yup, and I have a life, too, and a soul that wants to help other people not just 49. He doesn't stop asking, and he has even begun asking my teammate PGKissMyAss. Sigh.
This is a nice question, because someone cared to think about the fact I do more than just sit on the couch any play War Dragons all day. I am an IT director 8-10 hours a day. I try to fit an hour in to work on the website later. Then I try to play an hour. But my play time often turns into answer email and/or negotiate "accidental" wars. And this is okay. It is all okay. It is better to be appreciated than just be #50 on a team outside of which no one benefits from what I do, same with life. I make several websites for free as a volunteer. On WarDragons.Info, I offer free space for your blog, wiki, team site, if you want one. You just have to ask and send me a little information. I think I'm the opposite of the narcissist. And sometimes, I miss a day of working on the site, but there are dozens of others who work on it. Academy folks, Museum artists, bloggers, and others. Other days, I don't get on the game to even check in, but that is really rare and I shouldn't even have mentioned it. I think in 3 years I've missed a total of 5 days in the game.
How did you become officer of the farm team?
This is the easiest question! They just made me officer one day. I thanked them. As I mentioned, this has been the warmest team I've ever been on. No drama. Yes they talk. I've met some interesting people with similar giving spirits. Maybe why did they make me officer? I was pretty passionate when I saw how many wars were getting declared. That introduced me to coming out of my usually introverted shell and talking in League Chat. I call myself "The Negotiator." I'd also started promoting the farm on the Facebook group I created and was amazed at the following we received almost instantly. And of course the in game resource chat group I started took off very quickly. It is crazy how everything happens for a reason, and the destination is not always what you imagine it will be.
If someone said 2 years ago I'd be a farm, I'd have told them to go chew on their cowboy hat. But if you ask me today to join your Diamond One team, I'll congratulate you and ask if you want to join our farm fan group on Facebook or in game. And I bet you'll respond that you once used one of our members' bases. And finally, if you ever say to me that soon farms will be obsolete, I will tell you how wrong you are. Atlas will not go beyond Platinum, if it ever reaches it. Missions won't go away unless that feature is removed. Treasure farming won't go away. Farms will always be needed and appreciated.