Ok so hands up if anyone is just a little bit confused over the changes to the badges over the last few days?
Thought so. Therefore let me explain.
Before the Revolution.
Long, long ago in a land that time forgot there were CTP badges, lots of them. It was decreed that whomever should be the first to collect the badge should be King of the Badge and no man should have claim on the kingship for as long as the stars twinkled in the night sky.
The great thing about this was that if you owned a badge you could choose to allow someone to claim it first and thus be king. People who were kings of the badge remembered this and were quite rightly proud of the fact that this honor had been bestowed upon them.
The not so great thing is that was about it. There was one king (or queen) and nothing else much happened.
After the Revolution.
(i) The Goats of the Mountain
The kings were stripped of their kingships and there was much consternation throughout the land and many learned scribes made their feelings known on the Blog of CTP Teams, in the great chatrooms of Skype and on the mysterious Twitter in 140 characters or less.
A meeting was called of all the great learned minds and Tim of Tech declared that all the goats of the mountain should be sent out in search of the missing kingships which has been ‘scattered to the four corners of the kingdom’ and many of them in places which were very hard indeed to reach.
However the goats of the mountain were fit for the task and it took them less than four days to gather up all the missing kingships, even those ones which had fallen in places which were very hard indeed to reach.
(ii) The Rise of the Pioneers of Greatness
When the kingships had been returned to the great counting house of numbers Tim of Tech announced that in honor of this great achievement the original badgeholders would be known as “honored and revered pioneers of greatness” or simply Pioneers for short.
A homeless bird was summoned for each of the badges and they were told to return them, with all possible haste, to their rightful owners…those Pioneers who claimed them first.
Tim said: “Badge Pioneers are the savvy badge collectors who were first to claim a badge. Now as for the name, a Pioneer is a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area. I feel that fits the concept better than King.” Tim’s full missive is right here.
You can see how many times you have been first to claim a badge on the new Pioneers box which can be found on the left of your CTP profile page:
If you are the Pioneer of a badge then this honor is yours and it cannot be taken from you (for as long as the stars twinkle in the night sky, that is.)
(iii) The New Generation of CTP Badge Kings (and Queens)
It is still possible to be King or Queen of a badge and this is shown in the Kingships box on your CTP profile page. The honor of King will be bestowed upon you if you claim any badge more than other badge hunters in the realm.
The ancient scrolls state:
- for as long as thou shalt have claimed the badge more times than others then the Kingship shall be yours and you shall have this achievement proudly highlighted for all to see on the badge’s very own page of claimedness.
- However Kings must be dutiful and continue to claim the badge to protect their position. Should they slip up and allow another to claim their badge more times they they, then they shall forfeit the badge and a new king will be crowned.
- The new king (or queen) shall keep this badge until such time as another claims it more than they and so the process shall continue.
- There is no limit to how many badges you can be king of at any given time.
(iv) Kingships and Earning XP for your CTP Teaam
Now that kingships can be won and lost this makes them dynamic and means that your efforts in gaining sought-after kingships can translate into bonus XP for your team.
- For each kingship you collect in any given week you shall earn a two per cent bonus for your team
- The bonuses of each team member are all added up and shown in red at the top of the team profile page.
- By way of example, at the time of writing this SurfAholics Alpha had two members with one kingship each, one member with six, one with 15 and one with 30 kingships. This is a total of 42 kingships each giving a five per cent bonus. 53 x 2 = 106 so the Alphas were getting a 106 per cent bonus due to the kingships their members had won.
- That’s it.
Sharp eyed readers may recall that the bonus for each kingship badge was initially set at five per cent. This was changed to two per cent to make it fair to all teams as with five per cent per kingship earned the most active teams could have received a disproportionate bonus.