Alright, so I was thinking of ways that we can implement a way to allow user-hosted contests. After all, it would increase activity on the forums, making it more lively. It would also make it more important, so people would naturally join, increasing the number of people as well. More people, and more activity, Win-win! Now, you may be thinking that nobody would want to get rid of their arks…well, what if they want to restart? What if they are quitting? What if they are feeling great? What if it’s to celebrate something? What if they have extra stuff they’d like to see put to good use? These are all reasons to implement this. I’d definitely contest some of my spare S Dreadwolves, some of my spare egg-only monsters, maybe a S Omegawyrm or two as a birthday celebration.
Now then, there’s the matter of actually getting the monsters to the winner’s account. I agree that open trading would be a TERRIBLE idea. It would promote cheating, getting the starting dragon from the first egg and then sending it to another savefile and getting infinite amounts of dragons, etc. Terribly flawed.
However, there is a better way. Moderators here can be made into moderators on the actual game itself. Therefore, I suggest that the devs grant them transferring abilities. Why will this work? Simple. We just make a rule saying that members should NOT ask mods for a random transfer, and only do it for contests. This would also make switching between devices much easier, as long as the player has undeniable proof. Finally, there’s the question of abuse by the mods…oh wait, does that sound wrong? Of course it does. They’re mods for a reason - they wouldn’t abuse it. Therefore, all is good. You might say that mods might get flooded with requests…but they’re mods…they’re active…there are many of them…not many people want to give up 9+ star monsters frequently…they don’t have to approve requests…etc.
Once the contest is over, the player gives his/her gamecenter ID and they transfer it over to the given account. Sound good?
Summary: Allows wealth to be distributed, boosts activity, increases number of members, makes forums more important, adds another aspect to the game. No reasons that it won’t work, as far as I can tell, except for the fact that it may be too hard to implement. Just my opinion though.