The Pharae times Contents: introduction True Fear VS. Hug This Revolt cancelling Ocean analysis (with a map!) Grepolis memes conclusion Introduction This one is coming up a bit later than normal. i hope everyone is ok with that! I've actually got quite a lot on the paper this week so hopefully it will be a good one! Now lets go into the first article! True Fear VS. Hug This So first off we have the most important conflict of this server. TF VS. HT. This week TF Oped Hug This twice (i think). Once was nearer the start of the week and the other only happened recently. the current warscore sits at 109-6 to Hug This (who would have guessed?) This means that in one week True Fear have doubled the amount of cities they have taken from Hug This and have currently taken the most cities from the number 1 team. Alright, i know most people just rolled their eyes at that and rightfully so. I'm not sure whether this OP shows True Fears incompetence at attacking or how competent hugs are at defending. But, the numbers don't lie and right now they are starkly in hugs favour. Furthermore, James has gone under fire again this week for spamming Hug This players. Although, spamming is an unfortunate reality of Grepolis it is always a shame to see people using it. As of now i feel like Jamelongst and True Fear is kinda like Bethesda (its a gaming company) right now. They were doing very well and had a fair amount of goodwill built up and then they blew it all away with a string of bad games (like fallout 76). Similar situation with True Fear. Hopefully that analogy won't ruffle to many feathers Revolt cancelling Another fairly hot topic on the externals recently has been revolt cancelling. Therefore i am going to cover it. Revolt cancelling does have pros and cons which i will list here: Pros: Very effective when having a lack of defensive firepower halts an enemy revolt and from what i can tell thats about it. Chances are i missed one but the two pros i mentioned above are both extremely effective. An alliance like hugs has been on the offensive for most of this server. I can't imagine that many at all have much defence built up. This allows hugs to effectively defend cities with great co-ordination and planning (their greatest strengths) with relative ease. Cons: Generally bad BP exchange Takes a lot of co-ordination to pull off The first con is the one which i think is the most important. BP is arguably the most valuable resource in the game (alongside pop and gold). By losing a city you lose ALL the units inside it meaning you may have to prematurely kill a nuke or support a friend in the hope your troops get BP. This is not really that helpful at all. The second issue does not really apply to hugs as much as it does to other teams because they are really well organised. I would also be willing to bet that someone in the Hug This leadership had the infrastructure in place to pull off the cancelling with a high level of co-ordination on short notice. That is my personal take on revolt cancelling but please bear in mind i suck at this game so i probably missed something really obvious to the rest of you I think that it is a legitimate tactic and has its pros as well as its cons. My compliments to hug this' leadership for being able to pull it off so well. Ocean analysis First off we have a map (huge thank you to Jooser for providing it. Your the best.): Colours: White: Hug this Red: True Fear Light green: NONAME Dark green: Old Guard Light Blue: Crusaders Dark Blue: Mercenaries Whatever this colour is: Nightmares Purple: Hell Hounds If anyone is struggling to see the map here is the Lightshot link: https://prnt.sc/nzl2fq Now onto the analysis: North West (44, 43, 34 and 33) 44 has a split along the middle which kinda acts as the unofficial lines between Hell Hounds and Hug This. But, this line is not fully defined due to ex-MD and Oblivion cities being deep in hugs territory and Dave8/ Predator infiltrating Hounds core. This front has been scarily quiet of late with almost no action whatsoever. Although, predator is on VM so that may be part of the reason. It would be golden if any Hug This players could tell me when he is coming back so i can plan him a welcome home party Being a good neighbour to your local hugger is always important nothing of note is happening in 33 and 34 is under hound control. 43 is a bit interesting though. It has some hound players located in it but also has a large amount of crusader players. Their may very easily be some border conflicts popping up in between these two alliances in future. Then their is Grand Duchy of Lithuania which is nothing more than food that is fattening itself for the slaughter. South West (45, 35, 46, 36) Nothing to say really. True fear has full control over this area. South East (55, 56, 65, 66) This area is split between NONAME and mercs. NONAME controls a lot of the north of 55 with mercs controlling the south and most of 65. Personally i think this would make for a brilliant war and would be much better than the HT slaughter fest that has defined this server. North East (54, 53, 63, 64) My old haunts from previous servers are surprisingly interesting this time around. you would expect this area to be completely shut down by hugs but to my immense surprise Crusaders actually have a fairly strong presence in the north of 54 with nightmares also holding their ground in the east. Hugs could probably clean up nightmares fairly easily but Crusaders is another question. Also worth noting is Old Guard. My guess is that they will be able to hold the line but nothing else. Grepolis memes So this is a new section i am starting and i imagine it will be fairly self explanatory. Every week you can send me grepolis memes and i will post my favourites on this segment of the paper. last night i opened up a thread for my alliance to get this section started and here are the offerings they presented: Sorry if these are a tad slanted in my teams favour and against your team. That is bound to happen when only my team was offering memes. But, what better way to change that than to give me a meme? hopefully this can add a bit of fun to this external community I will be offering Res to the best memes. Conclusion That is it for this issue. i hoped you enjoyed reading and lets try and have another constructive conversation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, 1saaa. P.S very surprised that this is not over the character limit!