Once upon a time Crystal farming wasn’t allowed. It was clearly stated on the BD Wiki page: http://wiki.battledawn.com/index.php?title=The_Rules
But in September 2017 it seemed to be time to update the rules. Obviously the old rules led to a lot of discussions, because some moral based situations were not applicable to any written rule. Victims associated some of these rules to these situations, and their counterpart was eloquent enough to convince the admin that the rule(s) mentioned were not applicable.
So new rules were drawn up, and the old Wiki rules were not applicable anymore. But they are still there (check the previous link)!!
In the new rules, you cannot find anything about Crystal farming. So since 2017 it is allowed to influence the final ranking. Here is an example about Crystal farming…
Era 93 of F2 was dominated by XD. They got help from Alfu. So XD led the era, and Alfu held the 2nd spot… Until something happened unexpectedly…
One of the subs of MCFC managed to conquer Excel (leader of Alfu). They killed his army, took his relic and conquered him. By conquering him, they took about 158 crystals from him. In the end his score was 130 points…
The score of Alfu dropped significantly, leading to a drop of the alliance rank from 2nd to 4th!!
So suddenly the alliances 7CAV and GC climbed to the 2nd and 3rd rank.
Trinoid, leader of XD assured Excel and anyone else on the huge Skype BD group, that Alfu would end 2nd. No matter what.
Just about 10 ticks before the end of the era, we all noticed that a lot of conquered colonies became available again. Clearly someone with a lot of conquers was conquered… but who???
Checking the ranking list it became clear that Trinoid lost all his Crystals… and Excel was the one who got them. Alfu climbed to the 2nd spot again and every one was happy…
But were they? Is everyone really happy about this behaviour? I’m not. Thats for sure. 7CAV and GC didn’t get the tokens they would have gotten if Trinoid didn’t give his Crystals to Excel.
In my opinion behaviour like this - especially when its allowed - ruins this game. Final ranking will be decided at the start of an era; not at the end.
Now, we all know the principle of “families”. Alliances help each other and in return a top 3 spot will be assured for the lower ranked alliance(s). I hate this tbh, but its part of the game since Pinto introduced The Elements on Mars (somewhere in 2011-2012). But I haven’t experienced it before that xtls were handed over to another ally (otherwise I would have written this topic way earlier).
I think I made clear how I think about behaviour like this. So I discussed it with Joe… a long and tedious job because Joe is EXTREMELY BUSY with real life stuff, and therefore hasn’t time to do his BD job properly. It took MORE THAN A MONTH before he gave his verdict. Had to sent him multiple reminders, and when he answered he showed that he didn’t take the time to start the investigation… (to compare: this was discussed with Alex today in less than 2 hours)
Hm… I realise this is off topic… An officlal complain about Joe will be filed soon. His lack of dedication is unacceptable.
Back to the topic…
Here are two suggestions:
- Reintroduce the Crystal farming rule to prevent something similar happens again.
- If thats not going to happen, document this in a FAQ-list.
“Evidence” removed on advice of Alfie.
You can check HOF yourself: era 93 F2.