Wow! BDT failed in defending against 10 alliances. That sucks for us. I thought I had about 60 cities left. I better log in and check to see what happened. I can't wait to click "restart".
Don't click 'restart', you're the best player on Omega..
I wouldn't say I am bored..
I would say I am somewhat disgusted..
Between the teenagers who can stay online 30+ hour straight and the majority of the top 20 ranked players who have dumped hundreds of dollars into buying gold - It makes it that much harder for those of us who have jobs, families, and a real social life to compete... But these variables exist on every grepo server out there, right?
6 months ago, this game was lots of fun.. Still learning how things work.. Expanding.. Teamwork.. There were even a handful of nights that I would stay up an extra 4 hours just to coordinate city attacks and see if my CS landed..
But over time we lost more and more good players because we were all "playing from a stacked deck" : Do this, don't do that, and by all means, never do anything that would compromise the UN. Ok, that took a lot of restraint and a lot of sim-building-button-pressing to conform to.. But it had it's purpose, and referring back to having a job and a family and a social life, it kept things less volatile..
Inevitably, more and more players became restless and blood thirsty. This is a war game after all, yes? Sure, we could stay the course and continue to sim build and secure our borders. But in the end, a course like that doesn't prove who the best players are, who the best alliance is, it simply would have shown which alliance would have been able to keep the peace and stick to the anti-war rules the best.
Sure, if that is all we had to contend with, it probably would have been tolerable.
But what we ended up with having to contend with, in no particular order... School buddies who are all of 12 years old who have almost no idea how grepolis actually works who trade secret alliance information with each other all day because it's way more exciting than actual game-play will ever be; because they have 3 cities and no idea how to get their 4th or more, alliance leaders who make assurances and commitments to their allies while making contraindicating deals and commitments with enemy alliances, players who 'accidentally' break treaties/agreements/UN rules, players who 'intentionally' break treaties/agreements/UN rules, alliances who forgive and forget and overlook those incidents for the greater good of the UN, alliances who keep track of all those incidents to eventually undermine and mock the UN, enemy players who pour intel to the alliances that give them 'safe harbor' - and sadly, alliances who use that intel against their actual allies... And now a great big alliance 'The UN' who chose the name to both Mock everything the actual UN has accomplished, and in attempts to convince the masses that they are the actual UN which makes their mass recruiting campaign a tad bit more effective.. But again, these variables exist on every server out there, right?
And lastly, the most disgusting part of the game - account trading. We have enemy players now playing accounts of our allies. We have absolutely clueless kids playing traded 400,000 point accounts simply because they are "active". We have accounts that have been traded multiple times. We have players who have multiple accounts who are in leadership positions of multiple different alliances. Who can keep track anymore? But, im sure these variables also exist on every server out there, right?
So as I have wasted the last 3 minutes of my life typing all of this, which any player skilled enough at grepolis to have created a forum account and/or to read the forums to begin with already knows - what is the point?
Well, given how much of a "stacked hand" the omega server has been dealing with for so long, and how many great players were lost due to this "stacked hand" and "rules" and "guidelines", it may be impossible to know who the best alliance and best players truly were. And given how many accounts have been traded and how much insider information has been thrown around and how many sneaky back door deals have been made, it will most likely continue to be impossible to know which alliance and which players will ever be considered the "best" ( not just the most successful at espionage and back door deals ), but I would guess this is the case with any other server out there too, right?
All I really know, I have a lot of house painting, a lot of backyard landscaping and a lot of beer drinking to do!