Back in 2012, the #1 alliance in world EN38, world Naxos, was Organized Konfusion, led by Freaknasty022 (I was fortunate to be a leader, along for the ride). At OK's peak we were #1 in ABP, #1 in points, and engaged in multiple wars with core and rim alliances we bordered across multiple oceans.
What made Freaknasty022 such a fascinating alliance founder was that, when given the opportunity to run over the rest of the world the cheap way, he took responsibility to balance the server to make it fun as possible for everybody playing on it. For Organized Konfusion, this meant no pacts and don't recruit all the good players from other alliances in order to keep the competition interesting. I saved screenshots of a personal conversation where I asked about the decision not to recruit a pretty good player who asked to join OK, which I present here.
Why bring this up?
- Because there was a golden age of Grepolis when the top alliance leaders took responsibility to balance the server and make it fun for everyone on it. I was there. You can do it too!
- Because the game used to be focused on fighting and winning cities, not pacts with half the server so you could have some easy takes and then get a wonder victory (I still do not have a wonder victory on the Ituralde account and proud of it).
- Because I'm seeing Twisted Souls (#1), The Priory (#2), Kraken (#6) Twisted Minds (#7) Kraken. (#10) coordinating on conquests and defense. If you are the #1 or #2 alliance in abp and points why do you need so many allies in the top 10 alliances and top 30 players? Are you afraid to attack each other?
I am not saying that the golden age of grepolis has gone. It could return... but the top alliances need to make it so. Nobody will be remembered for hugging it out... and trust me... You have some really great players but your great players will get bored and move to a new server if you don't REALLY fight...and you'll be left with the simmers.
Not that I mind the attention. Jinsl001 is clearly the top player on the server but there is one category he can't quite seem to lock down... keep trying my friend!
So, back to the title: You can hug or you can fight, but win or lose you will only be remembered as a great alliance for your fighting. I look forward to seeing what the next round holds... and thanks for the BP!
Now here's where my threat has teeth: EN106 Gortyn is a speed 2 world with similar alliance size opening in 6 days. I've already been approached by at least one person putting together an alliance out of "the best players" on this server. My guess is you have 6 days to sort this out, otherwise your bored top players are going to move to that server in search of a challenge. And then you're really be up that creek, the one we all don't want to be up, without a paddle. The choice is yours. What kind of server do you want Epidamnos to be?
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