The pharae times Contents: Introduction Hug This wars update interview with That Guy Interview with Jameslongst (when he responds) Mercs VS true fear Memes conclusion Introduction Welcome to the least biased paper on the Pharae external forums PM me with your bets on when this thread descends into trash talk. Quite a lot to cover this issue especially with the biggest surprise of the week (mercs collapse). On a serious note it would be amazing if the respectful discussion that ended up happening on the previous thread carried over to this one (leave your salt at the door please)! Hug This war update First off an update on Hug This' wars. Hug This has had two major engagements in this past week. the first one was a major engagement with Crusaders which went down on the tale end of last week. Crusaders lost 31 cities over the course of one OP and the aftershocks. Many crusaders players seem to be jumping ship to Old guard (next on the list?). My guess is that hugs will take the rest of the cities in 54 and the remaining crusaders players will be split up by neighbouring alliances. A shame but honestly it was going to happen eventually. Also this week is another hugs OP on NONAME. By the time this paper is out NONAME will have probably overtaken True Fear in competition for the worst warscore against hugs reward Well done guys! Those who get beaten down but still pick themselves back up are the true heroes of this server. Interview with that guy That guy is a former mercs leader who is now picking up the bits when mercs fell apart. he is currently leading the alliance Illuminaughty. Here is my interview with him on the fall of mercs: Spoiler: Interview with That Guy Question 1: Mercenaries lost a lot of cities in a very short time. What do you think was the main reason contributing towards those loses? Answer: We lost so many cities for two main reasons. First, and more importantly, was because people weren't communicating what was happening to their cities. If you look at who lost cities, the majority of the losses happened to certain individuals. Instead of keeping a constant flow of updates, we mostly had to guess with what was happening. This obviously made it extremely difficult to properly defend these people and their cities. I wouldn't even call it defending so much as hoping that everything will be okay. It really was comparable to defending a ghost. Second, I believe that we should've immediately started to internalize someone if they got hit and weren't posting or updating. With active players in control of the city, it certainly would've slowed down the rate at which we lost cities. Had these two things been different, I do believe TF wouldn't have gotten anywhere near as much from us. Yes, we did lose a lot of cities, but if anything it was narrowing down the group to the players we had that were playing as a team. We were getting to a point where TF was going to be stopped because they'd only have active targets remaining but sadly the merge happened before that could. Question 2: Speaking of the merge. What the hell happened over their? Answer: Honestly, I'm not sure. I saw no mention of the merge anywhere in the forums before it happened outside of TF was trying to force us to merge. We were lead to believe that it was time to dig in and fight. To say the least, I'm disappointed that this happened. I'm beyond disappointed in those responsible for what happened. I know one thing is for sure though, I'm not going to lay down. This is wrong, I know it's wrong, Mercs leadership knows it's wrong, and TF knows that what they did was wrong. This will haunt them, not just in this server but every server to come. Question 3: What are your plans for the rest of this server? Answer: My plans are the same as they've always been: to win or get rimmed trying. Question 4: Any final statements to direct towards True Fear or its leaders? Answer: "Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." -John Donne Not gonna lie i found the response to question 2 quite powerful. I also interviewed Jameslongst to get True Fears perspective on this issue. here are the answers he provided me with: Spoiler: Interview with Jameslongst Question 1: What do you think is the main reason for your offensive success against mercs? Answer: I have one of the best teams in the history of Grepo. Question 2: question 2: Could you describe a bit about your merger (i am just going to use that word because i have no idea what else to call it) with mercs? Answer: You have no idea what else to call it because I haven't told you what to call it yet. This whole server revolves around True Fear. What will we do? What haven't we done? Just try to keep up is all I can say...or ask Thizzle he will tell you what to think. question 3: do you have any final statement you would like to make to mercs or this server in general? Answer: Final statement? Am I going somewhere? There isn't another team in grepo right now quite like True Fear. I love all of them very much. Everyone else can get bent. I have to say that was a very interesting interview. A very very interesting one... Now onto the actual analysis!