Updated: November 2018
In my review of Ikémen Sengoku: Romances Across Time (iOS | Android), I didn’t go into great detail about how to play “campaign events” within the game, of which there are two general types: story events and collection events.
While some story events are based around a theme, such as “Raising a Child” or “What If We Were Married?”, some story events take place on the birthday of one of the romance options. This time, it’s Mitsunari Ishida.
Whenever a campaign event rolls around, the game will give you a heads up at least a couple days before it begins (when you log in) as well as the hour it activates (if you have mobile notifications turned on). This heads-up will explain how to play the event, but I’ll re-hash that explanation really quick and then give you a few tips.
For Story Events, you’ll have two or more standalone but thematically related stories to read, each with at least two endings: Sweet and Premium, but sometimes also Secret. (There are no Secret endings in Mitsunari’s B-Day Fest.) To read these stories, you don’t need Chapter Tickets and you don’t need to be currently romancing Mitsunari. However, each story has Love Challenges that require certain amounts of Glamour, so if you don’t have enough, you’ll need to earn more before continuing. Each story will also have a Love Challenge that you complete by buying an avatar item with Gold.
To earn Glamour, you need to do the equivalent of a Princess Lesson, only this time it’s called “Glam Off.” Glam Off uses the same stamina you spend on Princess Lessons, though, so if you hope to finish all of the story endings, you’ll need to abstain from Princess Lessons during Story Events and spend that stamina entirely on Glam Offs.
The glamour you earn during Glam Offs is your “Personal Glamour,” but your Total Glamour will include one-fifth of the Personal Glamour of your Event Friends. For obvious reasons, you’ll want event friends with decent amounts of glamour, which will help you pass Love Challenges faster.
Let’s look at some menus.
When you first enter a Story Event and get past the how-to-play explanation, you’ll be able to choose a mini-story to read, typically two initial chapters (with five parts each) and then two separate endings. If you have some energy items saved up, I would suggest using them in the first two hours of entering the event, which is always a double-the-glamour Lucky Time. You could also spend your saved up glamour items.
Once you’ve earned as much glamour as possible (for now) and read as much story as your glamour level allows, it’s time to make some event friends. While you can make event friends from your Main Story Friends List, I prefer to find players who, at that moment, have about as much glamour as me. First, tap on “Friends” on the story event home page.
The only time your Personal Glamour has to meet a certain minimum is when selecting the Premium ending, so the higher your friends’ glamour, the faster you can read the story (until you reach the Ending screen). While it’s tempting to try to find and befriend the players with really high amounts of glamour, I try to find event friends who are earning glamour at about the same rate as me.
I had 2800 glamour at the time I took the above screenshot, so “same level” is approximate. Note also that you’ll often be shown potential event friends who are currently maxed out on friends (e.g. “5/5”), meaning they can’t accept your friend request even if they wanted to. It’s annoying that these players appear in the results, but you’ll just have to ignore them.
I choose players 1) whose glamour is at or slightly above mine, 2) who have available friends slots, 3) who “Last Updated” as recently as possible (this means they’re very likely still using the app and will see your friend request), and 4) who have a “prettier” thumbnail. #4 is optional, of course, but I believe players with higher Beauty scores and prettier avatars tend to dedicate more time to the game, and thus will hopefully work hard for a high glamour, like me!
Another way to maximize your glamour (besides picking “quality” event friends, doing Glam Offs, and using glamour items) is to take advantage of Lucky Time. You can view the Lucky Time schedule from the menu. (Scroll up for the screenshot of the story event home screen to see where the “menu” button is.)
These Lucky Times always run for 24 hours starting at 6pm PST (5pm PST during Daylight Savings) on a certain date. If you earn additional stamina items (or buy them with Coins), be sure to use those items during Lucky Time. I also like to make sure I spend my available stamina on Glam Offs five hours prior to Lucky Time, which gives me five hours to reach 100 stamina right when Lucky Time starts.
One last thing. Whenever you complete an Ending (Sweet typically gives a stamina item, or a glamour item, or a voice clip while Premium typically gives an avatar item), your maximum number of event friends increases by 2, so be sure to add two new event friends each time you start a story.
On November 11th, another collection event began, so let’s use it as an example of how to play.
As with story events, the game will give you a heads up when one is about to begin. Unlike story events, you earn prizes as you read your Main Story romance route and as you do Princess Lessons, so if you’re keen to maximize how many stamps you earn, make sure you wait to use your daily chapter tickets on the day of the campaign’s launch until the collection event begins, and that your stamina is at 100 in order to get stamps for doing Princess Lessons.
When the event first launches, Sasuke will patiently explain how to earn stamps and, most importantly, how to turn them in. First, you’ll earn stamps every time you:
read 5 chapters of your Main Story romance route (5 stamps)
pass a Love Challenge (3 stamps)
complete 5 Princess Lessons (2 stamps)
visit the collection event campaign page (1 stamp in the morning, 1 in the afternoon)
You can also earn 10 stamps when you start a new romance route, so if you’re about to wrap up a romance route or haven’t started a new one yet, don’t hesitate to snap up your ten extra stamps!
Keep an eye on when Lucky Times start, too. There will be separate Lucky Times for Princess Lessons and for reading the Main Story, so manage your stamina and chapter tickets accordingly in order to maximize the double-the-stamps bonus.
Additionally, of course, you can buy as many stamps as you want using real-world money, a.k.a. Coins. The campaign store also sells stamps for 2000 Gold each, but you’re limited to 4 per day. If you’re sitting on a ton of extra Gold, why not spend it on stamps? (Note that if you purchase stamps with either Gold or Coins, they should appear in your Presents box, so you’ll need to collect them there before you can turn them in on the collection event page.)
As you see in the screenshot above, just tap on the large button on the collection event’s campaign page whenever you’ve earned 10 stamps. Doing so will give you a prompt for turning them in. In return, you’ll receive side stories that you can read any time in your Memories, avatar items, castle items, and lots more. By tapping on “Bonuses” on the main campaign page, you can see the full list of prizes and how many stamps you’ll need to earn them all.