Nine Rings is a festival game found on the Shing Jea Boardwalk and available during special festivals. The game costs 10 Festival Tickets per round to play. Nine rings stand in a three by three square arrangement, and every round, one ring is chosen. Those in the chosen ring receive 25 tickets if they are standing in the center ring, 40 tickets if they are standing in an edge ring, and 55 tickets if they are standing on a corner ring. Those in rings orthogonally adjacent to the chosen ring receive 15 tickets. Every 19 rounds, there is a pause just long enough for participants to buy more tickets if necessary. With the pause added in, the average time per 19 rounds is about 3 minutes.
The corner ring is the best option for players looking to gain points towards their Unlucky title. On average, each ring generates the same number of tickets for progressing the Lucky title, but standing in a corner ring generates more progress in the Unlucky title track because they lose more often.
- Each ring is the same for the Lucky title
- Each ring rewards on average 85 tickets for every 90 tickets spent, resulting in a net loss of 5 tickets (75) for every 85 points earned for the title.
- Standing in the center stays closer to the average than the edge and corner rings.
- Standing on a corner will stray from the average more frequently (up or down), although it has the same average earnings.
- The corner is better for Unlucky
- The center ring will lose 4 of 9 rounds on average.
- The edge rings will lose 5 of 9 rounds on average.
- The corner rings will lose 6 of 9 rounds on average.
The following table outlines the different landmarks for the Lucky title playing the Nine Rings game. The statistics presented apply regardless of which ring the player stands on.
|Lucky Rank||# Tickets won (gross)||# Tickets lost (net)1||# Rounds Played2||Net Gold Spent3||Time Passed on Pads4|
1On average, 1 ticket is lost for every 17 Lucky points gained.
2On average, 9.444 tickets are won per round.
3The price of a ticket is 15 gold.
4On average, 3 minutes and 7 seconds pass for every 19 rounds played (including announcements), or ~2 minutes and 31 seconds without announcements.
The following table outlines the different landmarks for the Unlucky title playing the Nine Rings game. The statistics presented apply for the corner ring.
|Unlucky Rank||# Games lost||# Tickets lost (net)1||# Rounds Played2||Net Gold Spent3||Time Passed on Pads4|
1On average, 5 tickets are consumed for every 9 games played.
2On average, 6 games are lost for every 9 games played.
3The price of a ticket is 15 gold.
4On average, 3 minutes and 7 seconds pass per 19 rounds played (including announcements), or ~2 minutes and 31 seconds without announcements.
- The Nine Rings is the fastest source of Lucky points of the boardwalk games. Running chests with lockpicks is potentially faster, but requires active play rather than just AFK'ing.
- The overall variance is high, ie. the points you earn over the length of a event may differ significantly from those predicted.
- For gaining Lucky points, it does not matter where you stand; on average, each circle earns the same amount. However, variance (from the predictions) is greatest on the corners and lowest in the center.
- For unlucky points, the best place to stand is the corner, which yields approximately 244 unlucky points per hour, compared to 203 on an edge ring, or 163 on a center ring.
- Approximately 8,780 rounds are played in a 24 hour period.
- If you do not have room in your inventory for the tickets you win, they will drop on the ground, assigned to your character and they can be picked up later.
- If your tickets are on the ground and you wait too long, or don't have the required space to put them into your inventory or storage, they will become unassigned and someone else can pick them up.
- The default time between being assigned to a player, and becoming free to pick up is approx. 10 minutes.
- If you are on the corner ring (where variance is highest) and plan on going AFK, try to have at least 5 empty slots to prevent your inventory from becoming full.
- If the Extra Luck Bonus is active, the received title points are doubled (but not the cards won).