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|Posted by scupperer at Dec 13, 2011 5:45:54 PM|
Re: Give the (meta) game back to the players.
Two-team only; observers can't enter. Wanna play? Pony up. Doesn't cost much, not anymore. Wanna move up to mediums? Prove you can win a couple of outpost blockades first. Look at your flag's blockade ranking (not "fame"); you don't qualify for larges yet.
Got no experience? Practice at the blockade simulator on the parlor table...
Or whatever they decide to do... the details don't matter as much as the premise.
They aren't! So why should the pillager/trader/smh'er be forced to be the masochist in order to play?
Time to pipe up again, is all.
"We want more character of content, not more content for our characters!"
You state this like it's a given fact, but honestly - that's a profound, counter-intuitive observation about gaming that OOO would be wise to consider.
You know, having been one of the 1% in game, I don't necessarily have a problem with high concentrations of wealth in regards to game/team play, or even how that concentration comes about. If it weren't poker, it'd be something else. Wealth allowed me to do a great many meta-game things I would never have been able to do, and not just the never ending string of blockades. Maintaining such an income, though, is quite tiring, and led as much to my burn out as the broken blockades.
You are correct though, with the way blockades are now, that such a wealth concentration can be an obstacle to others entering the blockade game (power seeks to protect itself). Changing the mechanics of blockades so that they don't require a megawealth player to fund would solve the problem more certainly than attacking the wealth, and still allow the wealth to be used in a manner that contributes to the meta-game.
I believe that we are all, openly or secretly, struggling against one or another kind of nihilism. - Ellen Willis
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