Phil

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  1. Never fear GhostMan .. Halloween will be here ! Last year there were two events staged around the time of Halloween 🎃 👻 First there was a Grand Prix event (finishing on 28 October) .. followed by an All Stars event (finishing on 2 November). The All Stars event would have started just prior to Halloween (31 October). So .. as well as facing children eager to get their hands on your candy .. rest assured that Zeptolab will be as determined as ever to get their hands on your money ! Unlike the kids, Zeptolab don’t have to wear costumes for Halloween .. they’re always dressed as witches 🧙‍♀️, evil wizards 🧙‍♂️ etc .. it’s their corporate uniform 😂
  2. ... with quite a bit of help from Zeptolab ! Not only are Zeptolab steadily and surely ruining the game of CATS .. and City Kings in particular .. but they have also contributed significantly to killing off this Forum by not allowing new members to join 😡 Almost 4 months ago I created a second account .. and applied to join the Forum. I was informed that an approval process had been introduced .. and to wait for that approval. Two weeks later I wrote to Support .. following up on what was going on ! Support’s response was truly surprising .. “ The Forum isn’t active anymore, so we recommend to join our Discord server ...” 😱 (if you don’t allow new members to join, the Forum can’t possibly become active again .. because so many old members have left the game !) In the absence of new members .. and with old members dwindling away .. I, NotANewb and you are destined to remain the top 3 contributors to this Forum, until death we do part 😀
  3. For about the last 3 days, Zeptolab have been running one of their Ultimate Ticket events 😡 These events are staged every 3 months or so (from memory) .. and are nothing more than yet another cynical cash grab 💰 by Zeptolab ! The ultimate ticket limit has temporarily been increased to 15 (from 5) .. but much more significantly, there is an offer to buy ultimate tickets (10 tickets, gems and other goodies). Clearly, a number of p2w players are buying this offer .. and not just once ! The impact on recent ultimate leagues is very clear .. the points score required to make the top 8 has increased substantially .. and well beyond the free ticket limit in most cases ! F2p competitors in ultimate leagues will therefore be unlikely to finish in the top 8 for the duration of this Ultimate Ticket event ☹️ The only good news is that this totally pointless event (other than lining Zeptolab’s pockets with more ill-gotten gain) ends in less than 2 days. Normal ultimate league competition will then resume 😀
  4. GreedyCat You are undoubtedly an optimist .. and often provide interesting, alternative views on the state of the game 😀 On this occasion, however, I am reminded of a famous quote from an iconic Australian movie 🎥 (The Castle) .. “ tell him he’s dreaming” 😂 Why do I think you’re dreaming ? 1. It is simply not possible for f2p (free to play) players to reach level 13 on all ultimate parts. A significant number of crucial ultimate parts can ONLY be purchased, or obtained from events (All Stars, Grand Prix, Scrap Run). For example, I have a significant number of level 13 parts, but don’t have the stop sign 🛑 at all ! 2. Ultimate toolboxes are not evenly distributed among players ! The most valuable 40% toolboxes (lasting 36 hours) are reserved for gang members who win CK matches in District 10. Gangs reaching District 10 in City Kings invariably have significant numbers of p2w players. 3. As a longer term player, you are out of touch with more recent developments in the game. Sadly, new players are now subjected to forced ads .. these ads literally do pop up during normal game play, and they are incredibly frustrating 😡 The good news is that you can remove them .. for AUD 2.99 (in the case of my new alternative account). Another nice little earner for Zeptolab 💰. Rather than fantasising that CATS is still as enjoyable to play as it was in 2017 and early 2018, why not “join the revolution” .. and contribute to making CATS a better game for all of us ?
  5. Hi there Brunno Roughly translated into English, I understand that you said .. Update the blue paws, I have 1210 and I have nothing to do with them Could add to supreme machines A few points to note 📝 .. 1. The issue of blue paws (skill points) has been extensively debated on this Forum (including in the last post in the Ideas Section). 2. Adding skills to supreme machines (which I take to be ultimate machines) is problematic .. because it would only increase the gap between long term players and new players (in terms of the relative strength of their cars). 3. For a number of reasons (including fairness and ease of implementation), I favour converting unused skill points into gems 💎. A simple solution to the skill points problem may encourage Zeptolab to act 😀.
  6. Good to hear from you again Flyfisher 😀 It’s true that CATS isn’t for everyone .. but I still enjoy it .. and there are so many video games out there that are so much worse ! That said, Zeptolab continue to ruin CATS as a competitive game for those of us who remain f2p (free to play) ☹️ To be a top 100 player (ultimate league) or a top 100 gang (city kings) you now have to be p2w (pay to win). In the case of city kings (CK), your gang must either have players who have bought offers to enhance their ultimate cars, or who buy heals/scouts during a match to gain a competitive advantage. The rationale for spending money on a game that offers no monetary reward is very difficult to understand .. but it seems like more and more players are prepared to do this ! I can only hope that many of these players also get girlfriends 😂 Fellow Foxes 🦊 (ranked #116 in CK) recently played the #100 ranked gang. We were completely overpowered .. illustrating the significant gap between p2w and f2p gangs (despite just 16 places separating us on the CK leaderboard). Until there are separate CK divisions for p2w and f2p gangs, this “competition” will continue to be a joke 🤡.
  7. I’ve been playing CATS actively and continuously since 27 May 2017 .. just over 3 years now 😀. Despite advancing to Prestige 77, I find that the top pay to win players have ultimate cars that are virtually unplayable ! Fortunately, our gang doesn’t play the top 10 gangs very often 😂. I do my best to compete .. and that’s all I ask of any Fox 🦊 The screenshot below (from an earlier post in this topic) provides the discord server link for Fellow Foxes 🦊 .. one of the very few original gangs that still has some original members, and is still competitive in City Kings as we contest our 8th city 😀
  8. Hi Satrancci Welcome back 😀 CATS has changed a lot since it was first launched over 3 years ago ! While trophies remain important, City Kings (CK) is now the only meaningful competition for gangs. As a result, the strength of your ultimate cars .. and playing CK actively .. are the two key criteria for getting into a good gang. Communication during CK matches has also become increasingly important .. and Zeptolab’s in-game chat remains woefully unfit for purpose ! Joining discord will therefore be very helpful, particularly if you aspire to join a top 100 CK gang. My gang .. Fellow Foxes 🦊 .. is currently ranked #116 in City Kings (and #110 on trophies). Maintaining a spot in the top 100 of City Kings is a tough gig these days, as CATS has become increasingly pay to win (p2w). You either need to spend money 💵 .. or play very actively .. to remain a competitive player. Good luck 😀
  9. Hi GreedyCat There was indeed a major server crash that affected most, if not all, gang functions .. including City Kings and gang fighting ! The official announcements on the CATS discord server are shown below. Some (small) compensation to all players for the inconvenience would be greatly appreciated .. but I’m not holding my breath 😂
  10. LOL chimbombo 😂 1. Lasers hit with 2.5 times the face value of their damage ! (although the damage dealt by toolboxes added to lasers was changed quite a while ago). 2. In the video above, Tyler quite clearly one-shots his opponent .. while adma’s laser doesn’t fire at all ??? 3. The $64 question is why does Tyler’s laser fire first ? The accepted answer is that this is randomly determined .. the same result applies for the duration of a Championship .. but the outcome can be changed by changing parts on your car, and re-fighting your opponent. 4. Good news ! This “problem” is rarely encountered .. even in ultimate league, where I still use a traditional whale and laser (even though this combination is fast becoming an endangered species) 😂
  11. Please allow me to make a few points in response to the above comments on this issue. 1. By far the most valuable use of paw points would be to allow their conversion into gems ! The currency of CATS is gems .. and with gems, you can do anything in the game (generate ultimate cash, improve normal cars, buy ultimate parts, etc). So Presto’s suggestion of 20 gems per paw point is an excellent one .. easy to implement, and valuable to all players 🏆 2. I agree with TheMexican that CATS is a great game .. but reform is still urgently needed ! However, none of that reform should involve normal cars .. because normal cars are a mere sideshow to the main event. Ultimate cars are the only cars that matter in CATS ! To make any changes to normal cars would be a total waste of scarce development resources at Zeptolab ! 3. I disagree strongly that Zeptolab are doing a “fantastic job” with CATS. They are clearly making City Kings (the premier and only important gang competition .. in fact, the only important competition in the game) more and more pay to win .. and that is a great pity indeed ! There is no balance whatsoever in a CK match between a top 10 gang and any other gang below top 25. 4. So it’s a NAY from me ! Rather than wasting time on the trivia of normal car design, paw points should be convertible into gems, and Zeptolab should focus on creating multiple CK divisions (with paid healing eliminated from lower divisions). Playing CK will then become fun again .. rather than the lop-sided, uncompetitive farce that most CK matches have become ☹️ Can we dare to dream ? 😀
  12. Hi Jacklost The new maximum prestige level is 80. So .. 21 prestige levels to go 😀
  13. Until the Scrap Run event held recently to celebrate the third anniversary of CATS, the maximum prestige level was 75. The announcement below (on CATS discord) indicates that further prestige levels have been opened up .. but does not specify the new maximum. I’ll find out (one of the mechanics is sure to know) .. and let you know 😀
  14. I finished the Scrap Run with 580 bolts 😀 One of the NP players (formerly known as Non Prestigers 😂) scored 588 bolts 🏆 The maximum possible score for a free player (who didn’t buy Zeptolab’s bolt offer) was 590 bolts (14 initial bolts plus 6 bolts per hour for 96 hours) !
  15. Hi Jijok A very good question ! My understanding is the 20 ticket limit applies to any 24 hour period .. so the count starts from the minute you receive your first league ticket. If you accumulate 20 tickets within the next 20 hours (for example), you must wait 4 more hours to receive your next ticket ! This free ticket limit is, of course, a ridiculous and unnecessary limit 😡 In practice, active players are likely to generate 20 to 25 league tickets a day .. they should clearly be allowed to use them all. However, Zeptolab seek at every opportunity to favour pay-to-win (p2w) players over free players .. so they “rob” us of free tickets in the hope that we will buy more tickets (at 50 gems for 5 tickets, initially). The removal of the free ticket limit is one of many changes Zeptolab should make to restore some balance between p2w and free players. I’m not holding my breath .. but it’s nice to dream (of a better, fairer CATS world) 😀
  16. Hi there 😀 There have been two relevant changes to the game since you last played (among many changes, most to the detriment of free players) .. 1. You now get a gang box only if you have been with the gang for the entire 3 days of a gang box period. If you join a gang part way through the gang box period, you can contribute trophies .. but you will not get a gang box ! This change was designed to stop the practice (used by some players) of jumping into a gang just before the gang box was due. 2. Your name now changes colour from black to green whenever you are online. So your name will always be green when you check the gang list .. the other “green” players are also online ! “Today”, “Yesterday”, “2 days ago” etc next to a player’s name indicates when they were last online .. providing some indication of player activity for gang leaders. Welcome back 😀
  17. Reward list for Purris 2 is .. District 1 - Ice Cream Mace x2 District 2 - Corsair Drive Tire x2 District 3 - Frost Sprinkler x1 District 4 - Anti-gravity Scooter (X-70) x2 District 5 - Slow Scooter x3 District 6 - Santa’s Double Rocket x2 District 7 - Glacial Menace x2 District 8 - Flue x1 District 9 - Golem Fist x1 District 10 - Diamond Slow Scooter x1 Wishing you another successful mission to conquer Purris 2 😀
  18. LOL .. Flyfisher 😂 I take a lot of screenshots .. which helps jog my memory ! And I have always had a love of statistics, and the history of various sports and games ! Sadly, the history of CATS is very straightforward .. it is the story of an excessively greedy Zeptolab developing an initially great game (that was fun for all to play) into a farcical game where only big spenders can truly be competitive ☹️ Unlike major sports and games, all CATS competitions (particularly the flagship City Kings competition) have degenerated into a test of spending power only .. proving nothing more than which players and gangs have the deepest pockets. Zeptolab are gradually destroying CATS as a fun game .. which tested the skill and strategy of players. The best days of CATS are long gone .. and won’t return until Zeptolab creates two divisions in City Kings (one for the p2w fraternity .. and one where paid heals and scouts and ultimate toolboxes cannot be used, so that City Kings is once again a test of skill and strategy).
  19. LOL .. GhostMan, have you forgotten ALL the seasonal events Zeptolab have run over the past 12 months ? 😂 To jog your memory, here’s a list .. and I may have forgotten some !! 1. Christmas 2018 2. New Year 2019 3. Chinese New Year 2019 4. Easter 5. American Independence Day (4 July) 6. Halloween Most, if not all, of these events have been in All Stars format, rather than the new super-shitty Grand Prix format (which is a massive pile of steaming 💩) But wait .. there’s more ! To celebrate a new contract with Hot Wheels, we have been subjected to two All Stars and two Grand Prix events in a month long “horror show” 😱 Unless you were prepared to spend money, there was nothing to see from these events ! Maybe, just maybe, Furry Road (the final Hot Wheels event) will be fun .. and offer a few decent prizes for active players (who have no intention of donating their hard earned cash to Zeptolab). And rest assured, Zeptolab will be wheeling out Scrooge again for Christmas 2019 🎄 Seasonal events ? There will continue to be more than enough ! Awesome events ? Not a chance !! They died with the last Furry Road event over a year ago .. and all we can do is reminisce about Halloween 2017 (the greatest event in CATS history). Merry Christmas 😀
  20. There may be a ray of hope out there for you 😀 I have never used Zeptolab’s gang search function (having joined the most famous gang in CATS .. Fellow Foxes 🦊 .. from the very creation of gangs way back in August 2017). However, I do use the Forum’s search function .. and a simple search for “Line” (the communication app you love so much) .. yielded the post below. I don’t know if you speak French .. but it shouldn’t matter ! Line, apparently the “bees’ knees” of communication apps, will no doubt have a language translator to solve this potential problem. I also don’t know if this gang is still active .. but it’s worth a shot ! “Line lovers of the world .. UNITE” 😀
  21. There are two circumstances where Steevy’s boxes provide no ultimate league tickets .. 1. You’re holding 5/5 tickets 2. You have already earned the daily limit of 20 tickets. Otherwise .. it’s a bug 🐛
  22. You’ve missed the point here ! Even a one star carbon part is seven stages above the Championship level that GreedyCat was fighting in. That cannot possibly be normal .. or promoting in Championships would become very difficult indeed ! I know one of my gang mates received a carbon attack toolbox as a reward during the recent Grand Prix event. He was in a wooden stage at the time .. so was able to score multiple instant promotions very quickly 😂 Whether the carbon drill in military stages was a Grand Prix reward bug, or a different bug, it is clear that some players occasionally benefit from a Zeptolab bug in their favour 😀 Good luck to them .. most of the time, we receive parts three stages below our current level.
  23. Apparently “Error 17” is quite widespread 😡 So much so that Zeptolab have now sent all players an in-game message ! They are working to fix the problem .. which means it will be fixed in time for the next Grand Prix .. or Garbage Prix, as I like to call this event, because it contains so many bugs .. and so many ridiculously weak builds for us to fight with 😂 The real answer to fixing this garbage event ? Either make radical changes .. or consign the GP event to the dustbin of history !
  24. Reward list for Meowscow 2 is .. District 1 - Ice Cream Truck Guide Scooter x1 District 2 - Cutter Repulse x2 District 3 - Gatling Gun x3 District 4 - Anti-gravity Roller x2 District 5 - Santa’s Double Rocket x3 District 6 - Frost Sprinkler x1 District 7 - Santa’s Laser Bell x2 District 8 - Hero’s Bow x4 District 9 - Hearth x1 District 10 - Russian Stove x3 All the best for the new city 😀
  25. Excellent news 👍 The Foxes 🦊 discord server address is .. discord.gg/DBunBBm .. which will enable you to access a range of different channels. Alternatively, you can send direct messages to individuals on discord. I am Grandpa Phil #5345 Chatting with the gang is entirely optional .. but reading our specific channel for City Kings matches (kings-chat) will be very helpful. I also highly recommend joining the CATS discord server .. there are many channels there that provide extremely valuable information about the game, and its future direction.