Just a thought which might be worth considering for the big 4 teams... (Malice, Malice II / Vanguard, Decadence, Storm Riders)
I've been playing for nearly a month... still new enough to be nowhere near a contender, and yet old enough to see how this game works. One of the observations that I have made is that we have basically entered into a "stable system" world. Malice has the same Obelisks it had a month ago... nothing has changed; Malice II has the same obelisks it had, nothing has changed. Decadence and storm riders have the same obelisks.... and notably... nothing has changed.
Obelisk attack and defence is supposed to be the critical "top end" part to the game... and yet, what we see in actuality is a stable system where you are not only content with what you have - but have ACTIVELY DECLARED NAP's with each other.
While obviously this provides an excellent opportunity for you to leverage your considerable advantages against the next level down (people level 50-70 odd in a disparate number of clans) without much loss - I was wondering whether you had considered some of the following:
1. A stable system is boring. Seriously - how can you not consider it boring? Either way, if all you do is pump the level 60's in other clans, they will eventually leave and your new targets will eventually get further away.
2. You yourself are failing to be able to enjoy the attack/defence aspects of the key clan portion of the game... last time you attacked an obelisk was..?
3. You will actually kill the game. If it just ends up with the old hands pumping out against new hands, this game cannot survive.
4. no other clans can really participate. They are just fodder.
This is just a thought; I'm neither upset nor bitter about anything - I think most people in your position would do the same sorts of things to preserve themselves. I just think that you might need to reconsider your domineering truce and perhaps take the game on somewhat more.
Happy hunting out there,Cooks.
What Blasphemy has said is 100% Accurate (and no, I'm not just siding with her because I'm in her Pirates game And we are on the same league in Stormfall (Knights Templar- Being Number 1).
Believe it or not, we are ALL starting to feel the impatience of Plarium Not dropping Obelisks by now. However, Im sure it's gonna happen. We all just have to be Paitient. Because after all, The clans aren't killing the game because no obelisks are dropping, Plarium is doing that (or perhaps it's the clan's who aren't doing anything). - - I'm sure when Plarium feel the need to drop them, they will.
I can't say (and don't expect Me to say) that when Obelisks Do eventually drop, what SRS is gonna do. You just have to play it smartly.
Anyway- To Address your Suggestions...
You said, "1. A stable system is boring. Seriously - how can you not consider it boring? Either way, if all you do is pump the level 60's in other clans, they will eventually leave and your new targets will eventually get further away."
That is a matter of Opinion. Peace can be boring, however lower level members can grow and Blossum into powerful people, with out spending any money in the game. They don't have to fear (as much) as losing theire troops to the other higher level players.
These people who are in a Safe enough Clan get all the Rewards of Holding an Obelisks. I can Not speak for them, but I don't think they consider it boring. Nothing is wrong with peace.... There are Tons of clans in this game, to the point where they have a problem, they are More then free/welcom to attack anybody at Any time.
Don't blame the top clans for this, blame the people who Don't want to Hit them and cause some Havoc. I mean, if your on top, why try to start a fire with so many people below you like that?
Your on top, your job is to maintain it.
You said, "2. You yourself are failing to be able to enjoy the attack/defence aspects of the key clan portion of the game... last time you attacked an obelisk was..?"
Strategy. There is no need to attack one another when the top clans can grow more powerful. We may not be able to attack eachothers obelisks for example, but that doesn't mean the REST of the Entire clans on Nords can't attack us...and Ohhh boy, they have. The clans who hold obelisks Defend the obelisks against all enemy threats. Thinking very smart here, it's better to lose some defense troops defending an obelisks, then to lose defense And offense in trying to take one.
This is a smart choice on those who spent money on theire troops and don't want to lose them. And anyway, if the great majority of the people within the clan are happy with the way things are set up between the Obelisks Clans... Then what ever they Are willing to miss out on means nothing to them. -(Obelisk Carnage)- They do have the Option to Leave if they want to do "more"...but nobody has left just to do That.
You said, 3. You will actually kill the game. If it just ends up with the old hands pumping out against new hands, this game cannot survive.
As I said earlier in my post, "we" aren't killing the game. The game (IMO) can Grow if Plarium Would drop more obelisks and get everybody Moving/shifting/planning/calculating/scheming etc... (Sounds like you work for Plarium and want people to start to Do something to spend money) Lol
You said, "4. no other clans can really participate. They are just fodder."
This I'm afraid is not true. If a Clan Wants to Participate... If they want to Do something, If they have the Money (yes that), and Members, -they can take out any clans on the clan map. But it comes down to more then that. It comes down to Sacrificing. If your not willing to Sacrifice and Make deals with other clans to help, then you get nothing. Nothing will happen, Nothing will Change.
You must have the power to change what you want, because if you don't...then there is no point.
If Other clans Want an Obelisks Bad enough, they'll take it... We can't stop them from taking anything they want to. We can't stop Anybody from hitting Any Obelisks.
Now if they do... will they have the defense to hold it, or the offense to take it if they lose it? There is too much to plan for ahead before anybody would have to do anything when it comes to taking an obelisk. *shrugs* Maybe no other clan wants it....
And to comment on your last part,
This being a War game as it is, it's not Strategically smart to fight a clan (or clans) if your gonna be out numbered. It doens't make Any Sense.
3 vs. 1 Is Not a wise move on anybodies part.......... So yeah, playing the game smart here. :~p
The top clans aren't killing the game, the players who aren't Doing anything about it (May) be the ones who are - IMO -.
Storm Riders, Advisor- Starless