To incentivize players to work together during a challenge, Makahiki provides two types of bonuses: social and referral. The social bonus is discussed in Design the Smart Grid Game. This section presents the referral bonus, in which current players can earn points by getting new people on their team to login to the system and complete the first login process.
When enabled, the referral bonus is implemented as a step in the first login process. The following figure shows this step:
If the new player was referred to the challenge by another player, they can use this step to input their email address. Once the new player earns 30 points in the competition, both players are awarded a referral bonus of (typically) 10 points. Typically, going through the setup process gives you 25 points, so a threshold of 30 points means the new player has to complete at least one additional task in order to get the referral bonus.
You can disable the referral game mechanics by clicking on the “Referral Game Mechanics” link. If referral game mechanics is disabled, then this window is omitted from the first login wizard and players will not be able to get points by referring other players.
The referral bonus also has a “dynamic bonus” capability. If enabled, then you can vary the amount of points awarded depending upon the participation level of the team associated with the new player. This incentivizes players to not just recruit new players for their own team, but to also recruit players for other teams who might not have much participation.
If the referral game mechanics is enabled, which is true by default, you will see the “Referral settings” link in the Game Admin widget. After clicking on the “Referral Settings” link , You will see the overview of the referral settings, clicking on any of the links, will bring you to a page to change the settings:
By default, only the “Normal” referral points value is used. If you check the “Start dynamic bonus” setting, then the “Super” and “Mega” values are enabled depending upon the team participation rate of the new player.
Remember to click the Save button at the bottom of the page when finished to save your changes.