So, I have been asked several times, by several folks to do this again, it has been... 18 months, or so? since my last edition. With war breaking out all across Planet Bob, now is as good a time as any. So... here goes...(neutrals will be excluded.)
IRON - When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. IRON made plenty of lemonade between last war and this war. They were, for all intents and purposes, intentionally set up to fail post-war. But, the best laid plans of our would be masters(the winner
Basically, this will be the last installment, in which I cover all significant remaining AAs. If your AA was not covered,. then I find you to be less relevant than even the crappiest of those I have covered(or you are just not in the top 80!.) So...
On we go...
TTK: I look back, and I cannot recall anything significant that you have done in the shaping of, or participation in , the larger political game. I do not say this is a disparaging comment about you, but you guys seem to be completely d
31-40.. Off we go....
House Baratheon - When I look down the member list, I see just about everything I liked about old CSN. That is a plus. You guys dont really make much of an effort to be heard though. That is not a bad thing, its just a cookie cutter thing, and some would even say its smart, because we all know that those who do something are universally hated. We have some common allies, but we have no real common ground or knowledge. I may get back to a judgement of you at a later date, j
Here we go
Pax Corvus - Um who??? Seriously, I dont even know who you are. Are you neutral?
TPF- Puzzling. But what nobody can say about you is that you jump to winning sides on a whim. IRON could learn a few things, sadly they will not. I spent so long hating you guys, its hard to let go of, and I am not sure if I am capable of it. But I at least respect you. So it's a start. Much like my alliance, our better days are probably behind us, it does not, however, make us not useful.
GOONS - For
Picking up where I left off.
TOP- Unquestionably the best military in the game. Anyone who debates this is a fool. This is your 2nd attempt at trying to be an empire-builder, and I honestly think it will fail this time. Not because you have poor FA people, not because you are inept, or incompetent, rather because you have built your foundation on a house of cards. You now need to rely on a vast assortment of people whom you are either a) in the process of rolling or b) have far more loyalties e
This will be a long , nearly WoT-esque blog. Usually, between wars, one or more "Grade other alliances" threads pops up on the OWF. This blog is sort of inspired by those, but instead of me rating 1-10 on any given alliance, I am just going to give a couple sentences (maybe more in some instances.) opinions on all of the non-neutral top 80. This is mostly because I am bored today, my SWTOR server is down for maintenance , and i have nothing better to do. So, off we go.....
IRON- Blind. A blind
Truth is, I am guilty of the implications of the title of this blog as well, so everyone understand, I am not coming down on anyone at all.
But seriously.. when did the management of FA become so lazy? I have spent a few days talking with alliance VIPs and leaders from everywhere on Bob asking if there were examples of FA moves by allies and close knit partners sprung on them at the last minute (either by themselves or others).... I found that nearly universally, every alliance has holes in th
I commented in an earlier OWF thread about the use(misuse) of the term lapdog as it applies to the politics at large of CN. It is almost as if people refuse to see reality. In every conflict, there are two sides. No more, no less. Even if you have 15 distinct spheres of power, a conflict comes down to two sides. 95% of all alliances will choose one of the 2 sides and fight (the other 5% that want to pretend to be above everyone else on honor, will foolishly help no ally, by fighting for all alli
So, I give this speech every war, and I will give it again, because its really become a pet peeve of mine.
Lets start with IC-OOC.
World Affairs and Alliance Announcements are in character. That means, of course, that as you post there, you are expected to post as the leader of your nation within the game.
Why is this important? Well, to me it seems simple. We allow, in this IC forum, people to spew nonsense about a classy war declaration, or an honorable war declaration, or that any particu
War. It is what it is. Its not meant to be pretty, its not meant to be honorable. We are in such a poor shape on planet Bob that we literally hail people who follow their treaties as honorable. Stop it Planet Bob, just stop it.
The job of a military in a war is to win. You win by killing people and breaking things. Friendships, treaties, all of that nonsense aside, you have two sides in a war. If you are not the same as a friend, you know what that makes you? An enemy. It may sound brutal, and
Here we sit, yet again. Waiting for the next controversial CB that 3/4 of both sides will think is absolute BS but will cite "obligations" as a reason to join the winning side (and lets be honest, there will be plenty of treaty conflicts, hence the winning side CAN be legitimately picked by anyone.)
Whoever started this nonsense of needing a "valid CB" to advance the political game here on Planet Bob should be stabbed in the face repeatedly. Its a broken, boring system. Yet here we all sit, pla
Tonight, my dear friends, we rest.
When we began this merger endeavor so many weeks ago, we had several discussions on what we predicted the final alliance would look like statistically. I am so pleased that we exceeded even the most generous internal expectation.
I am here before you tonight to report that the merger is complete. I am also here to inform the entire world, that the 3 alliance affiliations of Athens, League of Shadows Treaty, and Greenland Republic are all cleared and empty of
So, when exactly does any alliance on this game achieve the not-so-clearly-defined state of having paid for their mistakes?
9 months ago, to the day, Athens raided Knights of the Ni!. A dark moment in Athens history to be sure. So dark, in fact, that the single incident now stands as a rallying point to consolidate hatred of Athens as an alliance. I make no bones about the mistake that occurred. A select few members of our alliance grew bored, arrogant, and borderline stupid, all at the same ti
Since my rise to the position of MoFA of Athens, I have always made it a point to protect and repair Athens image in all of my dealings. To this end, I am exceedingly polite and diplomatic in all of my dealings. Even to the point of leading nearly every diplomatic inquiry with an apology for having to take peoples' time. In the end, this is a game, and those people within the game have a life going on around them. Today, my faith in the simplest of diplomacy was shattered.
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