Etain wrote:I've got no stake in the war system, as my sole played character is Tower, and therefore not allowed to participate. From that perspective, while the war system has appeared to be good for creating activity on LS, it has been genuinely terrible for the community at large.
Ever since Round One, I've listened on globals to increasingly bitter and strident debates on the fairness of the system, accusations of cheating by one side or another, and personal attacks being traded with gleeful abandon. There was, in fact, an almost audible sigh of relief from a sizeable portion of the playerbase after the third round ended.
The system is presented as containing something for most of WoTMUD's player types: PK opportunities for the PKers, General hits for the smobbers, and openings to negotiate and create interaction for the RPers. In actuality, there has been no meaningful negotiation (the two attempts made in the last round were rejected out of hand), and General hits have been roundly criticized as 'smobbing to victory'. PK alone has received any kind of boost, and that's caused its own set of problems, such as wrangling over which scalps count toward war totals, complaints about AFK kills, and back-and-forth haranguing over methods and tactics used by rival factions.
In all three of the past rounds, the Children of the Light have declared war on multiple factions, and with one or two exceptions, beaten every one by almost comically wide margins. I'm not trying to stigmatize the CoL; on the contrary, bravo to them for their work at organizing both on the defense and the attack. The point I'm trying to make is that there's a glaringly obvious imbalance to the system, which so far has barely been addressed. There's a perception that the war system favors certain clans, not necessarily on purpose, but regardless it's a flaw with the potential to create an enormous amount of ill-will, as has already been seen.
I have little doubt that the war system is here to stay, despite what I or others like me might prefer. I'm not going to argue the point. What I am saying is that the system is in need of a major overhaul. Without it, I'd say that it's 50/50 at best whether the system will be a help or a hindrance to WoTMUD's community.
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