Before anything else there was Leet. Well, 10,000 and 1 of them. In late 2021, and in preparation for developing Battle Leets, our trusty mascot Leet released 10,000 randomly generated Non-Fungible Leets into the world. All 10,000 sold out within two weeks!
- Eleets (9).
- Leets (24).
- Sentients (88).
- Automatons (3840).
- Service Units (6039).
Each variant contains a unique set of properties available to five slots that make up the Non-Fungible Leet:
Finally each Non-Fungible Leet has a rank applied to form 10,000 through to 1.
In building our army of Leets, we aimed to accomplish three goals: that every Leet be unique, that some accessories be more or less common than others, and that none of the accessories appear on too large a fraction of the population.
So we adopted a simple approach: generate a full set of 10000 Leets with random accessories, and then repeatedly remove duplicates and replace them with new randomly-generated Leets until no duplicates remain. To keep the probabilities of all the accessories low, with some rarer than others, we used hand-tailored probability distributions. (Specifically: the process of throwing out duplicates tends to over-sample the rarer accessories, so to compensate we simply lowered the probabilities as needed to achieve the target frequency for each attribute.)
In addition to the (visible) accessories given to each Leet, we assigned each Leet a rank from 1 to 10000, based on an overall 'rarity' score. This rarity score includes the rarity of the variant (Eleet, Sentient, Automaton, etc) and the rarities of each accessory the Leet carries. If the story ended there, then the rarity scores would have a very natural structure: the rarity score for a given Leet would correspond to the probability of randomly generating that exact Leet, using the attribute probabilities from the population at large.
However, the uniqueness constraint adds one other subtle form of rarity: there can only be a few 'naked' Leets -- ones with zero or perhaps one accessory. The rarity score as computed above would relegate these naked Leets to the bottom of the ranking, but we felt they deserved a bit of a bump. So we included into the rarity score an additional term based on the rarity of the number of accessories each Leet carries. Naked Leets are quite rare by this metric, while Leets with 3-4 accessories are the most common. So in total, the Leets are ranked by the combined rarity of their variant, accessories, and number of accessories.