Karma System Coming Nov 1st! Earn 10,000 Golden Karma!

Everyone, we are gearing up for a Nov 1st launch of the 1.0 version of the karma system discussed in our future reading model post from July!  We were originally intending for this system to be up in September, but the significant amount of bug-squashing the Technomancers have been engaged in w/r/t the Android app (iOS hopefully coming this month!) as well as with the previous round of changes occupied a great deal of our time.

For a reminder (as well as an update), here is how karma will work.  Starting Nov 1st, all completed novels will be locked, save for the first 10%/100 chapters, whichever is lower.  These changes do NOT impact ongoing novels.  These novels can be read in four ways

1) Buying the entire novel outright,
2) A 'free rotation' which changes every 3 months
3) Active VIP's selecting them as one of the 'free novels',
4) Purchasing chapters individually via karma.  

A lot of this has already been discussed in previous posts, so let me share with you the new updates.  The biggest pertains to free karma; we have settled on an initial method that allows every user to read up to 10 chapters a day for free.

What is Karma? Karma can be used to buy chapters.  You buy it (golden karma) or you earn it (free karma).  They have the same value.

Golden Karma Price: We are setting the value of paid karma to be 1 USD : 1000 golden karma, and you will be able to buy it via Paypal or credit card.  It does not expire, and each chapter should cost roughly 30 golden karma (depending on length).

Earning Karma: For the initial month or two, to get everyone 'used' to the new system, we are making it so that you can earn the equivalent of 300 free black/white karma each day just by doing two things - checking in once a day (100 karma) and leaving up to 5 comments on any chapters of any novels (40 karma each).  This means up to 10 chapters a day!  This is an artificially high level just for launch, I cannot stress this enough.  However, free karma comes with a few caveats!  First, you can only read 2 chapters/day/novel with free karma, BUT you can read multiple series; so for example, if you had 120 karma stockpiled, you would be able to read 2 chapters/day of Desolate Era and 2 chapters/day of ISSTH (for a total of 4 chapters/day).  Second, blatant spam comments can result in losing 5x the amount of earned karma; we want high-quality comments!  We will be judicious in applying this, and simple comments like 'thanks for the chapter' will never be marked as spam, but we all know what spam can look like ('karma karma karma', 'just commenting for karma', etc.).  Third, although free karma will not expire, it WILL max out at 3000; this is meant to be used, not stockpiled, and we've seen other sites that actually have people farming and selling accounts.  We want to avoid that!

Note that the current 'free karma' system is a very early 1.0 that doesn't actually generate any revenue for us; that will come later, after the system has been stabilized in the 1.0 era.  As that happens, we will be adding more ways to earn karma (rewarded videos, reviews, etc.) and also increase or get rid of the cap entirely, but we'll also most likely be drastically lowering the 'check-in' karma and the 'leave a comment' karma; we're starting with them valued at an artificially high level just for launch purposes!

Starting Nov 1st, VIP users will also be seeing a new 'monthly selection' button in their profile, where they can look at and set their self-selected monthly free novels.  This can be changed at the start of each month!


LAUNCH PROMOTION

Now, we're going to be looking at getting as many ways as possible for readers to earn karma, and I'm super excited to let you know that for launch, we are partnering once again with Perfect World for a free 10,000 golden karma promotion, equivalent to ~300+ free chapters!  They were very positive about the last one, and when they heard that we were launching the karma system, they decided to chip in as well!  Anyone who clicks on the WW/PW banner at the top of the home page and installs the game through it, and who then reaches level 60 (should only take a few days) in Perfect World Mobile before the end of the promotion (Nov 26) will be able to input their Perfect World UID into a special page (tentatively coming up Nov 1st) to automatically receive 10,000 golden karma! This golden karma will be exactly the same as regular golden karma that you yourself might've purchased!  Free karma for everyone*!

*Caveats - Each person/account is only eligible for this promotion once.  You must download the game via the Wuxiaworld link.  Additionally, although PWM is available in most (120+) countries, it is currently not yet available in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Phillippines, Russia, and the CIS countries.

"But wait!" You might say. "Ren, I already downloaded this game during the last promotion.  Am I still eligible!?" That's a great question! After discussing this subject with PWM, we came to this accord; if you downloaded/installed the game via Wuxiaworld and have yet to reach level 60, as soon as you hit level 60 you will still receive the 10,000 gold karma!  PWM, however, was understandably reluctant to extend this promotion to those who already hit the targets during the previous promotion, as their goal is to bring in more gamers.  Soooo... I decided, screw it, I'll foot the bill on this one.  Even if you already downloaded the game via the Wuxiaworld link in September and already hit level 60 or higher, you will still be eligible; Wuxiaworld will give you 10,000 golden karma out of our pockets!  We have to be fair to our first adopters and treat y'all right :)  Same as everyone else, all you will have to do is input your PWM user ID into the special redemptions page that is coming up November 1st!

I'm hoping this is just the first of many more promotions to come, and that this entire experiment will be a grand success.  Thanks to everyone for your support!  Oh - existing VIP's, per previous feedback from the last round, we're making it so that you just see the 'regular' Wuxiaworld banner up top, so if you are interested, make sure you are on the site anonymously or on a different account when downloading!