Anyway - I have one simple suggestion that could offer new possibilities. Is there scope to set up "unrated games" so that no points would swap hands? This might encourage more mixing amongst different ranks and the opportunity for new people to play with and learn from those who are more experienced.
This sounds like a pretty good idea actually to have unranked games for practice, don't know how hard it would be to execute of course.
perfect idea....I posted about having practice games years ago but it was ignored
This is the single biggest thing we need to encourage newbies to go premium.
even though i have been playing on here for many years i still hate to play certain new maps because they just look so damn complicated. It must be easy to setup a non ranking section or fun section so people can play all the crazy new maps and learn to play them without the risk of being farmed. It would make it a much more fun place to be if no one cared about losing points. In all sports and games they practice so it would make sense to have it here also. Many new people would get to enjoy the games and the chat without the stress of getting raged at by rank whores for their bad moves, surely it would even be better for the more experienced played too as they dont get "noobed" as they say
Also he mentioned about clickies and bob, yes they give a huge advantage especially in the farmers favourite "freestyle" games. Just think how a new guy feels to take his go and end with a nice bonus only to start his next turn and find his opponent has cashed his bonus deployed his troops and took 10 of his territories before he has even had a chance to click start. Yeah freestyle can be fun but not clickies vs non clickies, they rarely would ever have a chance. I personally will not use any script as i feel if its not an integral part of the game then its a "cheat" not in the true sense of the word but certainly an unfair advantage. I some sort of clickies has been incorporated into the actual game itself but it is far inferior in speed to the clickables script which some use. Many high ranking players use these to great advantage in farming points from unsuspecting or honest players, is this a true reflection of their skill or just a person who a number/rank means more to them than a fair good fun game as it should be. "Yes im a colonel/brigadier i farm newbies all day on freestyle" no sir you are the noob, in my opinion
i for one like to feel i have earned my points, we should all at least start on a fair playing field. And before the clickies users get up in arms at me i have no problem with you playing your mass freestyle games with each other, im sure its great fun but is there no way of marking a game for script users or just add whatever to the actual game and ban all other external scripts.
Im a hardcore old school gamer and i dont know many games where scripts are allowed if not positively frowned upon, im all for making the game easier and more fun but not with the loss of fair play.
That leads me to answer the original post, yes clans and very rank hungry people and dodgy game settings can drive people away from this site. There are far too many elitists on here, far more than there used to be, with there own private little clubs of gangers.i have nothing against either but i feel there should be some sort of separation. Also point farming which is rife here must certainly lead some people to think whats the point and also leave.
Practice games would at least allow people to get up to speed and have FUN aint that what we all came here for in the first place?
I dont think there are many people who can say they know all the maps. Help the newbies learn without fear and abuse, unless your scared of the coming competition
or losing out on all them lovely easy points
We need practice games...who agrees?
F**k me i've got writers cramp, time for a smoke
PS ... One last point on new guys, if they come on the forums to ask a question or learn something why do certain people just put em down, too many haters. Welcome them into the fold maybe they will stay a while
After all its only a game