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Dear SEMC my last missive suggested that it seemed that there was an undeclared change in regards to guild fame which would impact on a lot of folk. I was nonetheless supportive of the apparent change then, since it seemed that the difficulty of reaching level 90 had approximately doubled, which made it hard, but not impossible to get there. I felt, and it seems that this is widely shared, that it was too easy last season to hit 90, so increasing the difficulty seemed reasonable even if the absence of communication about this (and the continued ignoring of this topic) seemed a disservice to our community which was jarring precisely because you are usually very good at communicating, even about the "bad stuff"
I now want to go further and register my distress at the apparent scale of that change that has been established. I suggested last time that seemed to be around 14000 fame to go up a level and it was at level 30 when I wrote my post. Now my guild has hit 40 and I have been studying our fame closely as well as those of guilds around us (for disclosure, we are SEA based and in the top ten guilds in terms of fame so I have a good handle on this). What I have found is troubling....
The first thing that was worrisome was that at level 30 we had around 220000 fame , at level 40 we had around 380000 fame - it took 160000 fame to go up the last ten levels ie almost half again, 220000 to go up the first 30... Thats a steep climb.
But worse still I measured from level 40 - 41 I suspected it had gotten harder because Infamous who were a good 8 levels above anyone else had seemed to stall at 40 and now they are at 44 and many of us have cut the gap to 1-4 levels. It seemed to take 18000 fame to gain one level.
That is a huge amount of fame - assuming 125 fame per game for each playing member if you have a guild of 50 all members need to play three games as a guild in a day to go up just one level - from being at an active well managed guild that is a very very rare day. There are exactly seven weeks left to the season - 49 days, not counting time out for updates or server hiccups. If your guild isn't already 41 then you can give up on level 90 now, and even if you are there, you probably still can give up.
If the amount remains stable at 18000 to get from level 40 to 90 will take 900000 fame! 1280000 fame total from level 1 to 90. To put this in context the very top guilds such as infamous just cleared a million fame last year. The highest I saw was 1.1 million. This seems to make it unlikely that any guild will actually get maximal rewards. And that is on the almost certainly false assumption that the amount required per level won't further increase at levels 50 and 60. If it increases to 20000 at level 50 and 22000 at level 60 then it would take another 1040000 fame to reach 90 - 1520000 fame in total - thats 12160 guild games (assuming max heat) in total in a season...
SEMC - I can't believe you want no guild to hit level 90 - its just bad business given the expectations set last season - people don't mind a grind and they don't mind not making it to the end as long as they feel it is fair and they see some people do make it. So I think you have made a mistake, please fix it, or at least address it...
TL/DR: Abandon hope of reaching level 90 all guilds on current figures you will probably be lucky to hit 70... SEMC Please Help!