I was a somewhat newer player to this era, not that I haven't played BD before but I hadn't interacted with a lot of the community. I was looking forward to fighting some solid wars like I had before when I was being taught the game, coordinated spy attacks and the like. I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice some skills and meet people. Well, that didn't happen. I was placed in LAN.
Within about 50 ticks of teams, we had an era-long alliance with BAR and an (I think also era-long) alliance with FIRE. So we're going to fight STRK all era, and BAR will fight FIRE? Great, I think to myself. With alliances this big, there should be fierce competition between us. For the first couple days, it looked promising. There was lots of movement on the front in NA, pushing back and forth. But then our strategy shifted to simply nuking them from a distance. Effective strategy? Sure. Fun, or like a war in normal BD with smaller alliances? I don't know, but I don't think so. Lots of their members simply quit after a day or two of that, at least from what my newer perspective saw. While STRK attempted to relocate to Africa and then Europe, we got a lot of 'kills' by sending at people who gave up and left their armies to be nuked.
So STRK is now in Europe. Great, I think to myself again. I have an army near there. I'll go start to fight them. Nope, says leadership. We're going to build a huge number of nukes and nuke them into submission. It took days and days of that for any of the veterans in my alliance to move their armies in. To give an indication of the level of STRK activity at that time, I took 75% of the OPs in their hive and razed them with almost no resistance.
All in all, I didn't get the experience I was looking for. However, I recognize that's partially because there were times that my army was simply not in the right place - like when the fight in NA happened, most of my army was far from there. I attempted to make a TB, but there wasn't much left to do but clean up people by the time I could make a few squads in NA. I did get some fighting in, lost my army once to a solid lockdown and got some okay kills.
But there were definitely some problems I want to highlight: All the vets in LAN seem to have agreed to this strategy I have highlighted above. I don't deny that it was effective, probably the most effective for increasing score. But it certainly deprived newer players of many of the experiences which they will need to fight wars - spy placement, attack coordination, et cetera. Furthermore, there was a ridiculous amount of team spying. I asked someone for a BR on some spams which happened in Asia, and instead I got a report from their spy about the number of units in the squads. I heard probably 10 ticks in advance that Senatus was going to attack us, to name a couple of instances. But lastly and most importantly, nobody in LAN wanted to do anything but sit and build and go for relics. It was disgusting. We have like 400 squads worth of units which sit dormant as their players afk, but suddenly magically everyone's active when Relics/Garrisons are out? I mean come on. I wish people had put fighting and teaching above their own score interests given what the event was about.There is literally someone sitting on rank 15 in this era who has never captured an OP.
Honestly, there were many times when I wished I was in BAR. They seemed to have a good time fighting FIRE all through Asia, and it looked a lot more interesting than clicking nukes onto peoples colonies all game. I was quite excited when they attacked us. I had been hoping we would fight them for a while.
All that said, I want to thank the admins and @Malicewolf for putting so much time and effort into the event. It was really interesting. It may very well be the case that I was simply inactive at the times when some of the major fighting took place, or that I don't fully comprehend the situation. I don't lay blame on anyone. But it seems like we've spent the past 400 or so ticks nuking STRK in Europe, and not doing much apart from that but snagging relics/garrisons. I hope that this input is helpful in deciding how future events can play out. Again, I am not laying the blame at anyone's feet here. I fully understand why people chose to act the way they did. They made the choices which seemed best to them, and I do not begrudge them that at all.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to play with many high caliber players, and I certainly picked up some knowledge along the way. Thank you all for that.