Valco: A Lost Empire
Rumors have been circulating in the Game of War community about hidden kingdoms. Well, the rumors are true. Valco and Tempus are kingdoms that exist on their own terms and rules. When you’re there, you can’t see the world map and when you leave, it becomes invisible to you through the world map. These Kingdoms, in effect do not exist. So why do we see more and more players being sent to them when they download the game?
Tempus and Valco are not like the rest of Game of War, either. While the majority of players are ensconced in a city with Stronghold 1100 something, Valco and Tempus residents are still trying to reach Stronghold 21 or 30. Opening a regular T4 is the pinnacle of success for them, and Demigods do not exist in their world. We are all wondering, will these Kingdoms remain what they are? Or will they eventually join the rest of the Game of War Community? Aly and Cinder took a journey into Valco and explored to see exactly what was going on. Here’s what we found.
At first glance, it looks just like GOW 4 years ago. SH21 dot the landscape. There’s not a gold roof to be seen. Xena gear adorns Level 60 heros, along with golden chalices, and other economic options. It seems like a dream come true for players yearning for “days of GOW past”. A scan through the forge brings back delightful memories of calculating exactly which gear pieces to craft for the ultimate research boost. Even old world politics are in play, as the players are not able to escape the confines of their borders.
Valco seems to be a land lost in time. Although you are provided with a beginner’s port when creating an account, there is no world map to allow you to leave the kingdom. The gear is primarily Xena, Fire Age and old economic pieces. Although the ability to see newer sets is in the forge, there’s no opportunity to get the materials to craft them. Obtaining the materials to craft gear is very expensive as the packs only offer small amounts of chests. There are no monsters on the map to kill for materials, or to farm. In purchasing several packs, we discovered that growth in this kingdom seems to be prohibitively expensive.
Is Valco Worth it?
If you’re desperate for a dose of nostalgia and don’t mind a snail-like progression in growth (at a higher price-point), Valco may be the kingdom for you. If you are used to the fast pace of a “regular” GOW kingdom, you will most likely abandon your Valco account within a few days. While updates have begun to allow more players access to this RSS, it is very costly. Rumors continue to circulate the kingdom about this hidden kingdom. As of today, we don’t know if they will remain separate – or if strongholds of Valco could even compete in a world-map environment.
The Lost Empire
While we had a chance to journey into Valco, we are still left with many questions. Will these kingdoms eventually appear on the map and join in the Era of Demigods? Will new players continue to be sent to these kingdoms, while we continue to hope for more actives in ancient kingdoms? Or will Valco and Tempus remain simply stories the old folks tell of kingdoms, lost to time; we will have to wait and see.