Somebody said to me on skype that my name got mentioned here (and btw I HATE 3 word forum games) and I was thinking about replying or not.
I really wanted to reply immediately since it was always a hot topic over here, and I really wanted to hold my breath and don't reply as I am simply gone and have absolutely nothing to do with the game anymore.
Well, guess which small devil on my shoulder has won
During all the years as admin, CM, head of admins, or PM, I sticked to my rules. You can probably still wake me up in the middle of the night and ask me if something would be bannable and I could tell you yay or nay (from my side).
But I am disconnected to the game and to the company and I believe its now with Alex in very good hands.
All I can distribute to this discussion is how I handled it. This I'll write down as I do think the poll in the other topic about it is misleading and unclear.
I don't know if I am much of a help, but here are my (old fashioned) standards to which most of you played on my servers:
- handing them over just to boost someones rank and getting him/them a benefit - BAN for both parties
- taking them from allies or even teammates when they are under attack - OKAY
- Taking them from an inactive member who will/already did quit an era - OKAY
OPs and resources OPs:
- taking them from subs and allies just for the benefit - BAN
- sniping them when under attack (even from subs) - Okay if ETA was matched or -1+
- in any case OKAY. The player(s) used an ingame mechanic and this cannot be banable
Placing op's on water etc:
- okay. Same as above - ingame mechanics that everyone can use as well
Changing teammates late/recruiting last minute:
- All fine
I could add more, but imo it would just confuse more.
What I would like to say before I leave again for months or years is:
Every time one admin changed something or established a new rule on his server, he f**ed it up for all others.
As for example the tick1 bonus. What the heck is the purpose? How does that help???
It makes players angry who joined later as they were barely able to catch up, it doesn't help the income for Tacticsoft, it creates anger if not given out on tick 1 or 2.
But well, one admin started it and so all players demanded it on all servers. GRRRR
Same with the bonus for taking all relics.
It was established by one admin on one server which was stalled and boring.
For other servers, it added a shitstorm to the game: Subs handing over relics, Relics got bought etc etc.
In my opinion, as a player of the game as well as an ex-admin I would say the following now:
I don't want to have any admin doing any decision or any change of rules on his own.
I wasn't perfect - for sure I wasn't and so are they. No one can foresee all alone the impact of a new rule and mid-game there should never be one. I do agree with the majority here that simple rules should be implemented and must be followed on all servers.
The simplest one is (again my old fashioned thinking): If an action has a huge benefit for one party and there was no urge to do it - it can't be right.
That's my 2 cents- Ilona out again