Is there any profit in contesting at all? Now that ive moved up to 2 accounts ive blown through 400k with cashing in quests three times as much as before, in 2 days..
Any way to make a profit or is contesting only a profit if you sell the bp..?
There are ways but it takes a lot of fine tuning and patience. You would have to make sure that the contests you create/enter are very well suited for the majority of your ponies in order to allow them to level quickly. I find once I establish a questing account I usually brake even, sometimes I turn a small profit and sometimes I have a loss. It's all in the leveling.
Most of the gain tends to be from selling the BP. It's harder to make a profit from the PG because it takes fully completing a quest for several ponies in a row at just the right time. But if you have ponies with decent levels, good equipment, and the contests are suited to many of them, then it is possible. Basically the BP is the key way to profit but PG is still possible just not reliable unless you have your own contests, you hit the sweet spot, and the contests are always full.
What level quests are you doing? I've found medium quests to be extremely profitable, once you get past the initial level build-up. Hard quests are less so, but still turn a PG profit without having to sell the BP. On the other hand, I've found that I have to sell BP and items to break even with impossible quests, and I'm not sure there's any way to make them profitable.
That's with running my own contests, though. If you take the time to enter public contests and choose splits that your ponies are near the top of, they should level even faster than they would have with private contests.
Yes, it is very possible to make a profit. I started out with 200k in each questing account. Over the years, I've never had to add PG to them. In fact... I quest out when the account gets to nearly 0 pg (can no longer afford vetting), and almost always, I not only get back to the 200k, but I've got 100k+ extra I can move to my pg holding account. These accounts do not sell ponies or anything, so for every 200k spent, I was making 300k. And this went on for years!
Now, I'm doing a slight shift in strategy / pony organization, and it's taking time to settle out. But even there, I'm still breaking even in every account, while some are still making tidy profits.
It's all about skill, and placing your ponies appropriately. And part of it is, I make my own contests (and fill them with my own ponies), so I get every scrap of experience handed out in the contest.
I make all my money from contesting/questing and did at one point have about 5 million pg built up from scratch. I don't tend to make a lot from selling ponies, and I've only sold one or two BP.
I looked at a lot of the tutorials listed for advice on how to best get profit, and I would recommend doing that for sure.
The main points I would say are:
- Concentrate on medium quests only. They are by far the easiest way to make a profit.
- Start with a couple of ponies, as opposed to stables full.
- Try and build UDL's. I try and quest ponies with 15 and above UDL's, because you're more likely to get a run of several ponies completing quests per tick. I look for ponies with 20+udl's, and then work downwards from there (i.e. 19, 18, 17 etc).
- Ponies accrue xp on quests in a similar way to a watched kettle boiling. It seems easier to get udl's when a pony isn't on a quest, which is why I prefer to only make them accrue 1 or 2 levels on a quest as opposed to the entire quest.
- Splits are so so much better than Unlimited, and full splits are even better.
I really would read the tutorials though, because that's where I got all my tips from.
EDIT: Just a point, I happened to do the sums on one of my subs regarding if contesting had made me money today, and when I take into account the money gained from quests, minus the money spent on vetting bills I've made nearly 150k. So yes the answer is definitely yes, contesting is very highly profitable. I wasn't even remembering every tick with that lot.