# Inaugural Voyage VP notes

**Main Findings**

a) Neither ship nor crew bonuses affect Encounter VPs in any way (neither through the raw amount or the multiplier). This pattern was true for varying combinations of crew and ships, though now that I think of it, I'm not sure my 0 bonus crew also had a ship with no bonus. I think it did, but I can't be sure in retrospect.

The VPs for each step of the Encounter are given by the formula

8 * #encounter * multiplier

for at least 12 encounters (the most I ever got to, entailing a 10 hour voyage) without ever failing an event to verify that how the current multiplier at play affected each Encounter step's VP drops.

b) Ship bonuses do not affect loot drop VPs between Encounters.

c) The magnitude of each crew's bonus does not affect the loot drop VPs.

d) Loot drop VPs appear to be awarded via these formulas for encounters 15m and after, where RND() rounds values to the nearest number, except that values of exactly 0.5 are rounded down, and MIN(x,y) is the smaller value of x or y:

RND(5+MIN(#bonusCrew/2+0.5,0)*(#encounter-2))

This formula explains why I kept getting multiples of 5 VP with 0 bonus crew but alternating 11 and 12 with 12 bonus crew. However, I didn't run a voyage with 1 or 2 bonus crew to test this thoroughly, nor did I run enough to generate equations for 1m and 5m Encounters with confidence. As detailed below, I had runs with 7, 3, 12, 4, 0, and 12 bonus crew; the last of these helped fill in a hole in initial data collection for 12 bonus crew.

**Recommendations**

1) I think a compromise between the beta and initial Voyage event VP would be to multiply all of the initial Voyage VP by 3 or 5. A value of 3 would make getting threshold rewards challenging for half of an event but doable. A value of 5 would be halfway between the stingy and generous VP values.

2) The existing formula for assigning VPs during loot drops only accounts for the number of crew giving bonuses. To make highly bonused crew (e.g., event crew) more valuable, the formula in d) should be adjusted to include the number of bonus increments (i.e., totalAntimatterBonus / minAntimatterBonus rather than #bonusCrew). For this event, minAntimatterBonus was 50, and Wizard Hemmer had 3 minAntimatterBonus increments.

3) Encounters felt like they contributed more to the overall event scores than in the beta, which made them more enjoyable. However, having the bonus crew not contribute to the scaling of their importance at all felt rather anticlimactic. The crit chance being tied to crew traits was a good choice, but I would also like to see a scaling factor of the VPs given for each Encounter step to reflect having better crew - say, MAX(RND(4*totalAntimatterBonus / minAntimatterBonus),1).

That way, crew with more than 4 bonus increments get bonuses to Encounter VP, but those without even that many bonus crew increments still get the base amount of Encounter VPs. I chose 4 here so that you'd have to have at least 1 other bonused crew besides a featured crew to get beyond the minimum Encounter VP (or another bonused crew with more than 1 bonus increment). Different people might prefer different values for that minimum number of crew bonus increments, but this scaling would create additional tension between crew bonuses, crew raw stats, and crew profiencies in selecting voyage rosters. It would also favor event crew rather strongly.

If this strategy is not adopted, Encounter VPs would need to be scaled by 24 or 40 instead of 8 to keep pace with loot drop VPs.

**Supporting Data (BC=Bonus Crew)**

*VP per loot drop after each Encounter time in minutes; no VP were dropped before the first Encounter*

BC 1 5 15 30 45 60 90 120 240 360 480 720

09 ? ? 9 18 27 36 45 54 63 72 81

03 1 2 7 14 21 28

12 ? 4 11 23 34 46

04 1 3 7 15 22 30 37 45 52 60 67 75

00 1 2 5 10 15

12 2 4 11 23 34

__VP__and__Multiplier__after each__En__counter's step in minutesEn 1 5 15 30 45 60 90 120 240 360 480 720

VP 8 32 72 128 200 288 392 512 648 800 968 1152

Mult 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

7

## Comments

Side note, its a disgrace that benny boy cant be bothered to post a quick FYI on this stuff here at the forum. Business as usual.

Apollo, I think that 10 points every minute would end up being a lot less than what is available now if you keep Voyage event voyages running for a while, especially when it's stacked with bonus crew.