So, when TU 1.3.0 was released, I noticed that some of the drinking games were no longer playable for silver, even though sometimes an NPC would literally mention money as the reward during the dialogue. With the release of the Siege of Paris expansion, I also noticed that there were no drinking games in Francia. Hmm... in vino veritas, but not games, eh? It seems that the French have standards when it comes drinking wine, at least in the AC universe.
When a Ubisoft Connect challenge to participate in drinking games showed up recently, I decided to see which games I could play for profit and which were a complete waste of time. I was already aware that the drinking game at Grantebridge was repeatable, but what of others, and how much silver could be had? Well, out of the 26 drinking locations in England, only 15 are repeatable to win money, which comes to a maximum of 3000 silver per drinking circuit, if one were so inclined, though it seems entirely more economical of one’s time to simply repeat the Grantebridge game. In any case, here are the locations with payouts and the number of cups it takes to win them...
Grantebridge, three cups.
Walden, four cups.
Quatford, five cups.
Saint Hadrian’s Priory, five cups.
Canterbury, six cups.
Colcestre, six cups.
Maeldun, six cups.
Boltophston, five cups.
Grimsby, four cups (twenty gulps per cup).
Jorvik, six cups.
Glowecestre, seven cups.
Wincestre, seven cups.
Hemthorpe, five cups (twenty gulps per cup).
Snotingham, eight cups.
Henge Farm, north of Wincestre, eight cups.
The above locations are listed by the power requirement of the regions they’re located in, which makes sense for Snotingham and Henge Farm to have the most cups per game. Aside from Grimsby and Hemthorpe, all games appear to have ten gulps per cup. The only functional drinking game in Norway, at Stavanger, is a bust, and all drinking games in Ireland are identical and unrepeatable for money. Eivor did leave Norway for a reason, but it is funny that Ireland’s luck dried up after one play-through.
I’ll conclude with a suggestion for gameplay improvement. Players will keep repeating the Grantebridge game for money because Ubisoft has not added an incentive to play the longer drinking games. It seems that maybe the map should have indicators for which games can be played for money, and have them ranked so that the greater the challenge, the higher the reward. For instance, the current betting is set at 100, 150, and 200 silver. Games with a greater number of cups could simply graduate the betting range, so if 3 cups is the base, then a 4 cup game could have bets at 150, 200, and 250. Ultimately, an 8 cup game would have a maximum betting range of 350, 400, and 450 silver. What do you think?