I think you may just have overcooked this one – I agree that events should be challenging, but there must be a chance for players to complete a good part of the contracts and to gain a fair number of achievements. I think this time there is little chance that I will do that – indeed, some achievements are clearly impossible for me – and I believe that others will find themselves in the same situation.
Please consider this:
I’m at Level 93, with a fleet of 16 ships (one 2-anchor – Titanic) and a total of 535x cargo. I believe I’m probably an average or below-average player, based on what I read in the forums. During events, I try to earn as many gem rewards as possible to buy event ships as these offer best value for money. My aim is to do this without buying gems with real money – although so far I have made one 10-dollar purchase as I believe in supporting the game, which clearly costs money to run.
Right now, I’m working on task 27 of the Jules Verne contract; for me, this requires a total of 1,214x cargo to deliver the required material; I started this yesterday and I might just finish it today. Task 28 requires 932x cargo and task 29 requires 1,495x cargo. You can see that all of these tasks require two or three times my total fleet cargo.
The final task requires 6,390 sailors! Since the total crew of my 16 best ships (including La Pensée at 200 crew) is only 1,600 it will require four voyages to a two-hour destination for every ship in my fleet just to complete the final task. That’s a day or more of real-world time for me without completing any other missions – social contracts, treasure chests, collecting event materials and managing my warehouses. In practice, it will take at least a couple of days to complete.
If the next contractor in this event is more challenging (as was the case with Titanic), then I can’t imagine what the requirements will be. I won’t have finished the Jules Verne contract before tomorrow, so it will have to wait anyway. If I reach Level 100 before the end of the event – which on current progress I expect I will – it gets worse as the requirements increase.
Is there any scope for some adjustment to the proportionality to make things more achievable?
I also have an issue with achievements, but I’ll save that for a separate post as this is long enough already. What do others like (@9EVoVE9 and @JacquesBichler) think?