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Unread 19 Sep 2013, 18:10   #1
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A hope for Change.

In hearing the news via
http://www.planetarion.com/news/news...shall-continue

That the PA team in the form of Ranul Tech LTD have control of planetarion.
I have some hope that The PA Team wont do a Jagex/Jolt/<insert_useless_company> and do nothing with the game. (hence there is expectation to live upto PA team)
I've haven't played in 10+ rounds and found Civilization 5 as a substitute for my gaming addiction.
I do miss playing PA and the community banter just not the 1-5am DCing sessions midweek from past rounds.

The problem with planetarion is that the player base is getting smaller and smaller as each round goes on I estimate that there cant be anymore than 500 active players left. the way PA is has to change to have a future.

One of the first things I would like to hear from the PA team on Friday(tomorrow) at 8pm game time @ #planetarion on IRC is the announcement of Implementing a research and Development team where they use the beta server to try out new ideas and improve existing ones. Get the Community envolved aswell it doesnt have to be a 1 man show of one of the PA team.

I would like to hear wha the PA team has for a short term and long term strategy. One thing to consider is for the PA team to have safeguards incase Jagex decides to try and take over the game (if make successful again) via non renewal of licence etc. if possible give option to buy into Ranul tech LTD to raise the capital to actually buy the game.

As a Business model the game needs updating, without it PA is doomed to fail eventually.
Like all businesses you have Existing customers / clientbase... at the same time you seek out new customers so the business can expand. Simple growth strategy 101. How do you make it appealing to the player?

One thing I would like to see is the use of competitive Speed games at weekends or a 8hour-1day event. (like you would do an I event, which I know some of the PA team are fond of) This could attract old players back to play at special occasions that had to give up playing rounds. It Gives casual players more appeal to play.
the business model is open to planning etc.

As for the Main game.
Make changes to keep the existing players happy.
Make changes to attract new players and keep a majority of them.

There has to be short term changes to be made, I would like to see the PA team have long term plans to morph the game.

Ideas I would like for the PA team to try via the R&D team (if they go for this.)
Like if I was in charge senario if you will.

*create an offline mode for players where they can opt fleets for alliance / galaxy ... (ideas to get out of the 1am-6am raid times and try and make it more 24/7 continously)
*DC / BC alliance remote Mode. (remote access to alliance players fleets) (maybe even a galaxy option)
*DC / BC Calc them up mode for alliance.
*open up C200/ roid farms to raids for low tier players. (makes it easier for noobs and learners)
*tweak the bash limit to favour low tier players (even galaxies).
*tweak the cost of initing roids (even free of charge for first 300 roids etc) as it would favour low tier players
*Private Gals of 8-10
*public gals of 12-20 (tweaking of exiling system required)
*alliance capture the flag / Golden roids for top tier planets/alliances. (try and make the mid - top tier more competitive)

Long term ideas would depend on PA team strategy.

What do you think the PA should do?
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Re: A hope for Change.

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Originally Posted by Paisley View Post
In hearing the news via
http://www.planetarion.com/news/news...shall-continue

That the PA team in the form of Ranul Tech LTD have control of planetarion.
I have some hope that The PA Team wont do a Jagex/Jolt/<insert_useless_company> and do nothing with the game. (hence there is expectation to live upto PA team)
I've haven't played in 10+ rounds and found Civilization 5 as a substitute for my gaming addiction.
I do miss playing PA and the community banter just not the 1-5am DCing sessions midweek from past rounds.

The problem with planetarion is that the player base is getting smaller and smaller as each round goes on I estimate that there cant be anymore than 500 active players left. the way PA is has to change to have a future.

One of the first things I would like to hear from the PA team on Friday(tomorrow) at 8pm game time @ #planetarion on IRC is the announcement of Implementing a research and Development team where they use the beta server to try out new ideas and improve existing ones. Get the Community envolved aswell it doesnt have to be a 1 man show of one of the PA team.

I would like to hear wha the PA team has for a short term and long term strategy. One thing to consider is for the PA team to have safeguards incase Jagex decides to try and take over the game (if make successful again) via non renewal of licence etc. if possible give option to buy into Ranul tech LTD to raise the capital to actually buy the game.

As a Business model the game needs updating, without it PA is doomed to fail eventually.
Like all businesses you have Existing customers / clientbase... at the same time you seek out new customers so the business can expand. Simple growth strategy 101. How do you make it appealing to the player?

One thing I would like to see is the use of competitive Speed games at weekends or a 8hour-1day event. (like you would do an I event, which I know some of the PA team are fond of) This could attract old players back to play at special occasions that had to give up playing rounds. It Gives casual players more appeal to play.
the business model is open to planning etc.

As for the Main game.
Make changes to keep the existing players happy.
Make changes to attract new players and keep a majority of them.

There has to be short term changes to be made, I would like to see the PA team have long term plans to morph the game.

Ideas I would like for the PA team to try via the R&D team (if they go for this.)
Like if I was in charge senario if you will.

*create an offline mode for players where they can opt fleets for alliance / galaxy ... (ideas to get out of the 1am-6am raid times and try and make it more 24/7 continously)
*DC / BC alliance remote Mode. (remote access to alliance players fleets) (maybe even a galaxy option)
*DC / BC Calc them up mode for alliance.
*open up C200/ roid farms to raids for low tier players. (makes it easier for noobs and learners)
*tweak the bash limit to favour low tier players (even galaxies).
*tweak the cost of initing roids (even free of charge for first 300 roids etc) as it would favour low tier players
*Private Gals of 8-10
*public gals of 12-20 (tweaking of exiling system required)
*alliance capture the flag / Golden roids for top tier planets/alliances. (try and make the mid - top tier more competitive)

Long term ideas would depend on PA team strategy.

What do you think the PA should do?
The first thing they gotta focus on is fixing the galaxy setup, and make new players valuable to alliances. The alliance limit must go up, it should be possibole to play semi active for old players with their alliances.
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Re: A hope for Change.

Just throwing stuff out there. Kinda brainstorming

More Xp for Defending.

eliminate the dead ticks, What really happens after eta 4 in an attack besides a landing scan in the first 40 ticks.

Remove a race, ETD specifically. They are misfits in a Rock Paper Scissors world


Add some sort of gravitational research where you generate Asteroids every (12) or (24) ticks?

Allow two planets per player for one round as a trial and charge credits for both planets, for extra income to spend on advertising
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Re: A hope for Change.

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The first thing they gotta focus on is fixing the galaxy setup,
*Private Gals of 8-10
*public gals of 12-20 (tweaking of exiling system required)

I agree with that.

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and make new players valuable to alliances. The alliance limit must go up, it should be possibole to play semi active for old players with their alliances.
unless player population grows increasing limit would be a bad thing imo.

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Re: A hope for Change.

As I have said many times, the way to improve the game is not a simple case of "tweaking this" or "changing that". All the issues that people mention are symptoms of the underlying problem, which is a problem of attitude. Unfortunately, PA Team and the community are scared of losing more players and obsessed with increasing the player base. Consequently, every decision is made on the basis of speculation on what would best increase the player base. This is absolutely the wrong approach, it is equivalent to a business focusing on increasing profit. In theory, it sounds like a good idea as that is what the ultimate goal is, however focusing on the goal is a serious distraction. What you have to do is focus on the product and, if you get that right, the final goal (be it more players or more profit) will look after itself.

What I am trying to say (in a very verbose way) is that basically, worrying about how many players there are is utterly pointless whilst the game is crap and the game is crap simply because both PA Team and the community have spent too much time worrying about how many players there are rather than how to make the game good. The distinction between the two approaches is pretty fine and I am sure many will argue that changes have been made to try and make the game better, however from every discussion I have had with Appoco (I am sure he looks forward to my regular "feedback" PMs with a real sense of anticipation and delight), it is obvious that whatever good ideas they take on board, PA Team then waters them down based on their perception of making the game attractive to new players.

As I said at the start, I have said this before many times. Whilst I always find a whole string of people who agree and share this viewpoint wholeheartedly with hardly anybody disagreeing, it doesn't seem to make the slightest bit of difference. Hopefully, this time will be different, but after >10 years, I doubt it.
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As I have said many times, the way to improve the game is not a simple case of "tweaking this" or "changing that". All the issues that people mention are symptoms of the underlying problem, which is a problem of attitude. Unfortunately, PA Team and the community are scared of losing more players and obsessed with increasing the player base. Consequently, every decision is made on the basis of speculation on what would best increase the player base. This is absolutely the wrong approach, it is equivalent to a business focusing on increasing profit. In theory, it sounds like a good idea as that is what the ultimate goal is, however focusing on the goal is a serious distraction. What you have to do is focus on the product and, if you get that right, the final goal (be it more players or more profit) will look after itself.

What I am trying to say (in a very verbose way) is that basically, worrying about how many players there are is utterly pointless whilst the game is crap and the game is crap simply because both PA Team and the community have spent too much time worrying about how many players there are rather than how to make the game good. The distinction between the two approaches is pretty fine and I am sure many will argue that changes have been made to try and make the game better, however from every discussion I have had with Appoco (I am sure he looks forward to my regular "feedback" PMs with a real sense of anticipation and delight), it is obvious that whatever good ideas they take on board, PA Team then waters them down based on their perception of making the game attractive to new players.

As I said at the start, I have said this before many times. Whilst I always find a whole string of people who agree and share this viewpoint wholeheartedly with hardly anybody disagreeing, it doesn't seem to make the slightest bit of difference. Hopefully, this time will be different, but after >10 years, I doubt it.
Question... If given the keys to pa tomorrow how would you go about improving pa?
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Question... If given the keys to pa tomorrow how would you go about improving pa?
Good question, the attitude change I mention would take time to settle and isn't a quick fix. The changes I would personally make would be starting off with the gal setup and exile. This post explains my thinking on the gal setup side of things (much the same as others have said). In addition, I would make exiling more difficult to stop it being so widely abused. Probably through an exponential cost increase after the first few so that people really consider whether or not they should exile themselves/their gal mate rather than a speculative "let's try and get someone better" or an attempt to make a pseudo-private galaxy.

I think after that, I would be removing startup & upgrade bonuses as they seem a bit too much like a "gimme more money!" cheat and I don't think they really add anything. I actually used to enjoy building my planet up and going roiding with only 100 ships. The 72 tick protection was a nice way of gently settling into the round and getting the "feel of it" after 6 weeks off. Plus building up a planet is the point of the game, having it all available at 1 click always has that bittersweet feeling of suddenly having everything you want without having earned it, the very reason why according to psychologists lots of lottery winners actually have a decrease in happiness and a feeling of low worth.

I would then have a rethink about XP. I have pondered it at great length and I can't decide whether or not I would like to see:
XP reduceable either through something like a cov op or just diminishing over time due to "retirement of experienced personnel" or similar.
Change it altogether (still have it gained in the same way) and make it so that certain aspects of a planet are more efficient, for example armour/damage multiplier, initiative decreases, construction/research acceleration, mining bonuses etc. These could then be automatic (with maybe some user input into how they are shared, a bit like population bonus atm) or spendable as if they were another resource. This would most closely mirror the real life concept of experience. This would be instead of contributing to score.
Change it like above, but have it so that experience gained from certain things has different effects. For example, experience gained from scanning/cov ops may make it cheaper to do research "because you've got greater experience and knowledge of the abilities and methods of others". Experience gained from roiding may make your mining more efficient.
As I said, I haven't worked out which I would like to see, and the examples in there are purely to demonstrate the concept rather than considered ideas of how to implement.

I think this would be my starting point, and I am not going to go on all night writing a post that will serve as nothing more than a point of interest (even though I easily could go on all night). Obviously I haven't got the keys and I also haven't got all the information available to PA Team, so there is an element of speculation about these ideas, but these are the areas that I would look at first. Hopefully that answers your question, although I do genuinely believe this is only fixing the symptoms and it is vital to address the attitude issue at the same time to prevent recurrence of the same issues.
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*Private Gals of 8-10
*public gals of 12-20 (tweaking of exiling system required)

I agree with that.



unless player population grows increasing limit would be a bad thing imo.



Ideas for R&D team if PA/Ranul tech impliment it
The population could be decreasing due to the limits.
Its just how it is, if you think decreasing the limit to meet the shrinking playerbase is helping us, then you live in backwards land tbh.
People quit cus they cant play in their usual alliance cus their usual alliance is playing for the win, and they have to have 60 hardcore players, instead of 60 hardcore players and 40 deadweight/newbie players.
PA crew should stop trying to please the active playerbase, and finaly do something about prelaunching, gal setup, and alliance limit if they are gonna try attract new players instead of redoing the game.
Allowing two planets per player will not help new players, it will only satisfy the few that puts time into this game now days.
Removing ETD shouldve been done rounds ago aswell.
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Removing ETD shouldve been done rounds ago aswell.
I should add that to my list.
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Re: A hope for Change.

how about actually ADVERTISING?
the amount of players will not increase if nobody hears about pa, it has been mentioned EVERY time pa had a change of owner yet it never actually happened.

Roughly pa has 1k planets atm of which 400 are in c200. I think it's safe to say of those remaining planets not even half logs in once a day. How many of those that do actually play ''active'' as in they care? I think between 0-75. There are no top alliances left anymore because these active players are spread around. Alliances like Apprime and Ultores have been the last 2 'top' alliances around, where the activity in Ultores has dropped dramatically lately (ND winning hello?). The only alliances you have left now are casual alliances who just survive but that's it.

These numbers will go down further quite fast. Alot of people who still sign up have been here on and off for a long time (since r1-r5). They are not 15 anymore and probably have a life/wife/kids/job etc. The only new signups you're getting now are ppl who hear about pa from this current playerbase.

If you don't start advertising today pa will be doomed very very quickly.
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The alliance limit must go up
Oh would you please shut up about the alliance limit, you're like a broken record.
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how about actually ADVERTISING?
There's no point advertising a broken game. Improving the game and avertising is must go hand in hand.
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Re: A hope for Change.

how about a new concept?

- make round length infinite
- make planets age (i.e. disappear after (say) 2 months)
- new planets would be placed in C200 and held there for 12 ticks. At the next login after that time, the planet would join the main universe.
- remove shuffle, exile and auto-exile. Make self-exile possible but limited (for example, once per two weeks).

your planet's score is then determined by the score it has when it dies.
the (current) score of a galaxy or alliance would be the highest counted score in the last x ticks.

changes in game mechanics (ship stats, galaxy size, tag limit, ...) would be announced early and be in effect at a fixed tick. If ship composition/stats change, PA team would have to make reasonable conversions from old to new ships.

The time you join PA then does no longer matter, as there is no early/late join. As a consequence, there is no need for late join bonuses.
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how about actually ADVERTISING?
the amount of players will not increase if nobody hears about pa, it has been mentioned EVERY time pa had a change of owner yet it never actually happened.

Roughly pa has 1k planets atm of which 400 are in c200. I think it's safe to say of those remaining planets not even half logs in once a day. How many of those that do actually play ''active'' as in they care? I think between 0-75. There are no top alliances left anymore because these active players are spread around. Alliances like Apprime and Ultores have been the last 2 'top' alliances around, where the activity in Ultores has dropped dramatically lately (ND winning hello?). The only alliances you have left now are casual alliances who just survive but that's it.

These numbers will go down further quite fast. Alot of people who still sign up have been here on and off for a long time (since r1-r5). They are not 15 anymore and probably have a life/wife/kids/job etc. The only new signups you're getting now are ppl who hear about pa from this current playerbase.

If you don't start advertising today pa will be doomed very very quickly.
Both Jagex and Jolt didn't want to advertise a game that was sub-standard. I agree that the game will need advertising, but the game itself needs fixing first. There is no point putting your resources into advertising something that needs a lot of work.
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Re: A hope for Change.

I decided to wait the PA team speech on friday to see where they are going before responding back. One point I would like to take from friday is this...


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<CH_Bot> (Q 7): <Cain> what are the short and long term plans for advertising pa?
<Lunar_Lamp> In the short term, I've already had a brief test of Facebook promotions to see how that works, and I think that might ahve potential (the amount invested was small).
<Lunar_Lamp> I also am currently working out a budget and the details of how to advertise for the next round.
<Lunar_Lamp> Amusingly, one of the things that is a small issue there is our lack of high quality images: banner ads and similar tend to need images!
<Lunar_Lamp> But, yes, it's in my budget, and the more the game grows, the more we can afford to spend on advertising!
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There's no point advertising a broken game. Improving the game and avertising is must go hand in hand.
First point I would like to make is what is the purpose of advertising.

To aim to get NEW players into playing PA. afterall you are advertising to new customers/players/game_as_it_is_new_meat_to_grind.
One you get new players in you want to keep them afterall you need them to play multiple rounds and buying credits to make a return on cost of advertising.

What experience will the new player get when playing PA?
Kicked out of top gals and into lower farms er I mean galaxies with little or no interaction with other gal mates... get farmed off their roids, with little options for alliances. harder to get roids due to roiding options compared to mid to top tier planets, cost of initing roids... etc.

Ofcourse most of the new players are going to lose interest.

I would like to PA team to look at the above point very closely.


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Good question, the attitude change I mention would take time to settle and isn't a quick fix. The changes I would personally make would be starting off with the gal setup and exile. This post explains my thinking on the gal setup side of things (much the same as others have said). In addition, I would make exiling more difficult to stop it being so widely abused. Probably through an exponential cost increase after the first few so that people really consider whether or not they should exile themselves/their gal mate rather than a speculative "let's try and get someone better" or an attempt to make a pseudo-private galaxy.
I do think that there is the issue of attitude.

the idea of galaxy management in PA is to get a Fenced Buddy Pack with all the major allies... (if they do raid the gal get the gal mate from respective ally to warn gal of raid, ground fleets etc.) kick out any folk who arent of a decent calibre...
compulsary mobile numbers and sms in Message from the Commanders.
I even know of some Buddy packs/top gals using VNC programs like logmein to remote access players computers etc so defence can be sent at peak (1-6am game time) for better gal/ally coverage without waking up most of the gal and it totally negates the Multihunters ability to take action for multiple account access. then it turns into a game of keeping up with Jones for top gal.
fenced so they don't get Inc, free to farm low to mid tier planets and no real intergal rivilary... I.E. An incentive to hit top gals.

Every few exceptions to this ... one example was r42 where Me, ManiacMagic, leska, shibby, and clouds (the BP) won top gal with 2 noobs in it (as far as im aware of no longer play PA) and several good to mid-tier players rather than an all elite BP/gal so to speak.

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Every galaxy that's active enough to educate and introduce new players to the PA community is active enough to exile those very same players. The more ruthless we are with our exiles, the more likely we are to get lucky. It's a contest in sociopathy, basically.
I know of some alliances like Vikings (before anyone asks no I am not at vikings) who have upto 5 apprentices as i would call them all t100 and would like to see this trend continue.

I would like the community take initiatives like this but the truth is that the game isn't Noob friendly as evident by the current exiling culture.

I know historically the PA team have put in measures to try and stop abuse... my all time favourite was making stealers die after r18. (had fun in r18 making my planet / battlegroup strategy was to fleetcatch uncovered alliance incoming and profit in value from the fleetcatches, in hindsight those fleetcatches would have ruin many a players round)

as for the galaxy situation I remember one of the xmas rounds where there was private and public gals and got a decent balance on them (Im having troubles remembering the ratios numbers) and it was fairly competitive from a galaxy perspective.

this may be a solution to the current gal set up.

Lets face facts that there are bawbags who play PA and lack the community spirit. There is no point in trying and force them to adopt a newbie.... just aint gonna happen. my suggestion is

*Private Gals of 8-10
*public gals of 12-20 (tweaking of exiling system required)

something similar to the xmas round.
let the bawbags have their private galaxies with the stagger of planets. have incentives for folk running public galaxies with closures in the loopholes of exile abuse.
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I think Paisley is very much spot on.
If we want players to get integrated we need higher alliance limits so alliances have room for new players.
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If we want players to get integrated we need higher alliance limits so alliances have room for new players.
I am not convinced by that argument at all. I think, on the contrary, much smaller alliance limits would be more likely to achieve the same thing. Alliance limits of 20-30 with gals of ~8 would make the current galaxy fence-sitting obsession impossible to achieve and force a change in the way people play. I doubt this would stop people exiling inactives round, though in my experience, it is inactives that get exiled. Those who come on IRC and speak get all the help they need, and these are the ones likely to stay.
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I am not convinced by that argument at all. I think, on the contrary, much smaller alliance limits would be more likely to achieve the same thing. Alliance limits of 20-30 with gals of ~8 would make the current galaxy fence-sitting obsession impossible to achieve and force a change in the way people play. I doubt this would stop people exiling inactives round, though in my experience, it is inactives that get exiled. Those who come on IRC and speak get all the help they need, and these are the ones likely to stay.
With higher limits you will most likely be able to create alliances wich can work with new players and less dedicated players.
The lowering of alliance limits has been something a small part of this game has wanted so quality will be more effective over quantity. The "elitism" wich the current setup has created is one of the major part this game is getting less newbie friendly.
Trying to actively recruit new players should pay off, and recruting new players with the current alliance limit might looks less effective as the ratio between dedicated or experince players is too big when it comes to taking chances with some new blood wich might not be helping the alliance.
The fact that active recruitment more or less stopped on a big scale in PaX/PaN has hampered the chances that new players to this game will stick.
The arguments some has been giving for smaller tags is not good enough for the PA team to continue with this strict limit.
"We want to only play with our friends, and we think quality should count instead of numbers" is not a good enough arguments to remove the possibilities to those that belive gathering new friends as fast as possibole is the way to go.
This is how alliances started out back in the days, this is what made PA, gathering players in larger groups is what made planetarion competetive, this is how PA can become good again.
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Re: A hope for Change.

I just want to point out that smaller galaxies mean 6 waves of 2-4 fleet incoming per wave when you do get incoming. I know that there are players that do it but no one really wants to sit online for 6 hours and try to dc that kind of incoming on themselves especially when its a ghost town online at night. And you have to function at work the next morning.

In order for the game to profit its going to have to cater to the casual player. Kinda like world of warcraft etc. A majority of the player base are in the 25+ age demographic now with Families and a lot of responsibility. I fall in this category, I love the game, I'll spend money on the game. So will they

I do agree with the attitude issue. Its simply a "me first" game. You defend so you'll get defended.

With regards to new players there is going to have to be some sort of benefit for the players in game to help the new guys. Its a different text based model game but KingsofChaos. com does this really well. I still prefer planetarion and the entire clicking thing is annoying. But its an example of what im talking about.
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I just want to point out that smaller galaxies mean 6 waves of 2-4 fleet incoming per wave when you do get incoming. I know that there are players that do it but no one really wants to sit online for 6 hours and try to dc that kind of incoming on themselves especially when its a ghost town online at night. And you have to function at work the next morning.

In order for the game to profit its going to have to cater to the casual player. Kinda like world of warcraft etc. A majority of the player base are in the 25+ age demographic now with Families and a lot of responsibility. I fall in this category, I love the game, I'll spend money on the game. So will they

I do agree with the attitude issue. Its simply a "me first" game. You defend so you'll get defended.

With regards to new players there is going to have to be some sort of benefit for the players in game to help the new guys. Its a different text based model game but KingsofChaos. com does this really well. I still prefer planetarion and the entire clicking thing is annoying. But its an example of what im talking about.
This is also one of the big issues with PA these days.
We need to get rid of the prelaunch how it works today, its not beneficial to the game.
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I just want to point out that smaller galaxies mean 6 waves of 2-4 fleet incoming per wave when you do get incoming.
Absolutely not. It means that alliances will attack as many gals as they can. By breaking gals into smaller denominations, it is easier for alliances to use their fleets properly rather than sending everything at one gal because they can't quite hit two. It would likely mean less incoming for gals when they do get hit, after all, nobody wants to be wave 6 on a 400 roid target, it simply isn't worthwhile bothering. The style of attack at the moment only started when the community shrunk and gals stayed the same size, as alliances have no other choice (and I am speaking as an HC/BC who picked targets for several prominent alliances from old style PA to present day PA).
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We need to get rid of the prelaunch how it works today, its not beneficial to the game.
Every time you've gone on about this before, I've always wondered what you were moaning about, however in that context, I see your point and you could actually be right.
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Absolutely not. It means that alliances will attack as many gals as they can. By breaking gals into smaller denominations, it is easier for alliances to use their fleets properly rather than sending everything at one gal because they can't quite hit two. It would likely mean less incoming for gals when they do get hit, after all, nobody wants to be wave 6 on a 400 roid target, it simply isn't worthwhile bothering. The style of attack at the moment only started when the community shrunk and gals stayed the same size, as alliances have no other choice (and I am speaking as an HC/BC who picked targets for several prominent alliances from old style PA to present day PA).

Well i certainly hope im wrong. The lolwave style of attack at the moment on 400 roid targets is lame lame lame. If shrinking the gals will solve it then there is absolutley no reason why we shouldnt do it.
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With higher limits you will most likely be able to create alliances wich can work with new players and less dedicated players.
The lowering of alliance limits has been something a small part of this game has wanted so quality will be more effective over quantity. The "elitism" wich the current setup has created is one of the major part this game is getting less newbie friendly.
Trying to actively recruit new players should pay off, and recruting new players with the current alliance limit might looks less effective as the ratio between dedicated or experince players is too big when it comes to taking chances with some new blood wich might not be helping the alliance.
The fact that active recruitment more or less stopped on a big scale in PaX/PaN has hampered the chances that new players to this game will stick.
The arguments some has been giving for smaller tags is not good enough for the PA team to continue with this strict limit.
"We want to only play with our friends, and we think quality should count instead of numbers" is not a good enough arguments to remove the possibilities to those that belive gathering new friends as fast as possibole is the way to go.
This is how alliances started out back in the days, this is what made PA, gathering players in larger groups is what made planetarion competetive, this is how PA can become good again.
Thats just my five cents.

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Coaching
I would set it up so when you create a planet you can go for the "newbie" option which has the advantages of being placed in an established alliance (who then have the responsibility of sorting you out), but you are limited to only two races (let's say Terran and Cathaar for argument sake) and given other perks which help you along the way (perhaps being able to undo initiation of roids or amend decisions). If you choose the "experienced" option then you get more races, a choice of alliance and if you want those Bonuses you need to officially coach a new player. These bonuses won't be a huge amount, but enough to make it worth helping someone else out. The alliances would be made up of something like 40 premade and 20 random.
I know the main argument against this is "what about security of coords?!?" - seriously guys, this isn't 2001. Nobody needs to fakenick and everybody knows the coords of every other alliance within 3 days anyway.


Rewarding activity without encouraging people to wake up at 4am
I like the prelaunch option. I (and many others) are older now and don't have the luxury of being able to screw up our sleep patterns for an online game. Games like this should reward people logging in often and checking often (remember the old amps/waves thing you'd have to do? Where the "best" way to do it was every tick?) but not people choosing to do things at antisocial hours. I know it's what you loved about this game in round 3 or whatever but that isn't where we are now and it doesn't make it fun.


Making stats simple yet subtle
Somehow the stats have become more complicated but are as tactical as a sledgehammer. You can have fun, interesting stats with only 3 or 4 races - this would make the game more challenging and lead to a bigger array of combinations of fleets.


Encourage people to work together
The biggest part of PA has been the social side. The main emphasis should be giving incentives to people who work together to achieve goals. If I'm playing an MMORPG and I'm a healer, I benefit from contributing to the group even though I'm not doing any damage. Could NPC gals be introduced which alliances have to try and take down? I don't know how this could work: possible huge XP bonuses or free upgrade bonuses if you successfully land? With short ETAs on the NPC gal so that MCs in alliances need to keep asking for new ships to add to the fray?
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The basic concept needs changed. Even when XP was introduced so you no longer had to play with the intention of complete annihilation of the player you were attacking it was still the easiest and safest way. So it was all too common to find players hitting those much smaller than themselves often in conjunction with another planet with the sole aim of wiping out the planets fleet if they weren't able to run their fleet. Once you lose all your fleet your rounds basically over and for many newer players it is enough to drive them away.

We need a game that forces smarter attacks and prevents complete annihilation while encouraging alliances of a similar level to go at it in a big way as the round developed. How to achieve this however I'm not sure but without a fundamental change its always going to be a game that almost requires it to be treated as a full time job rather than something that's fun
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galaxy and alliance size should be lowered to reflect the lower player numbers but because a lot of the remaining active players need their safety in numbers they will be very vocal opposing this
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galaxy and alliance size should be lowered to reflect the lower player numbers but because a lot of the remaining active players need their safety in numbers they will be very vocal opposing this
The active players would rather want to play With other active players, we need to increase the alliance limits and rework how galaxies is set up to have a chance of making this game better.
Its just a smaller part of this game wich has been vocaling lower limits, most of them allready playing in smaller tags or in "fenced" galaxies.
The alliances like HR/Innuendo should be able to recruit up to 100 if its anyone needing a alliance, and if they want more members.
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The active players would rather want to play With other active players, we need to increase the alliance limits and rework how galaxies is set up to have a chance of making this game better.
Its just a smaller part of this game wich has been vocaling lower limits, most of them allready playing in smaller tags or in "fenced" galaxies.
The alliances like HR/Innuendo should be able to recruit up to 100 if its anyone needing a alliance, and if they want more members.
thank you for proving my point
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thank you for proving my point
What you are saying that you will rather have new players to this game in smaller allies where the likelyhood of People being alive is smaller than in bigger alliances? Get a grip, and stop trolling me
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I agree with you. The smaller the playerbase of any game that collects players into opposing groups the smaller you need to make these factions. You don't want half the game split between two sides.

The only problem is that with the setup of the game as it is where total destruction is on the table so you need active players to help you out but that's a problem even with larger alliance sizes as well so its a more a fundemetal issue that needs fixed than an alliance size issue
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What you are saying that you will rather have new players to this game in smaller allies where the likelyhood of People being alive is smaller than in bigger alliances? Get a grip, and stop trolling me
really?
maybe I should troll you so you know the difference
a small playerbase cannot support large galaxy's /alliances and only the most retarded knobjockey fails to see this.
there are plenty of things that could be done to fix/improve the game but while there is a vocal minority (that's you btw) the game will continue to lose players and not have them replaced.
stop thinking about what suits your game play and think about what suits the game as a whole
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really?
maybe I should troll you so you know the difference
a small playerbase cannot support large galaxy's /alliances and only the most retarded knobjockey fails to see this.
there are plenty of things that could be done to fix/improve the game but while there is a vocal minority (that's you btw) the game will continue to lose players and not have them replaced.
stop thinking about what suits your game play and think about what suits the game as a whole
So what you are saying that more smaller less busy tags makes it easier for new players to suceed?
Ive been playing in smaller less dedicated the last few rounds due to there has not been any superpowers like Ulthores r45-r49 playing. If Ult would come back or any allie the same caliber id join a dedicated tag to do my part trying to leveling the battlefield
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look at it this way, what type of alliance would a new player prefer to join an elitist alliance (not that they would have any hope of getting in their first round) where they are just a number or a small tag where everyone pulls together and knows each other. within the smaller tag players will make more effort to integrate the new player because with limited numbers it benefits them to train/improve the new player for the good of the tag, eg tag size 30 with 5 extra newbie spots (to avoid exploitation the extra 5 places do not count to tag score) obviously this would not work with the current galaxy sizes which is why they need to be reduced aswell.
with 30/35 in alliance tag I would limit galaxy size to 8 and remove or adjust the exiling system
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look at it this way, what type of alliance would a new player prefer to join an elitist alliance (not that they would have any hope of getting in their first round) where they are just a number or a small tag where everyone pulls together and knows each other. within the smaller tag players will make more effort to integrate the new player because with limited numbers it benefits them to train/improve the new player for the good of the tag, eg tag size 30 with 5 extra newbie spots (to avoid exploitation the extra 5 places do not count to tag score) obviously this would not work with the current galaxy sizes which is why they need to be reduced aswell.
with 30/35 in alliance tag I would limit galaxy size to 8 and remove or adjust the exiling system
Small tags would mean a bigger risk taking in deadweight. Hardcoding newbie slots is hard, and will be abused.
How many new players did. Faceless have last round? or FI this round and last round?
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Small tags would mean a bigger risk taking in deadweight. Hardcoding newbie slots is hard, and will be abused.
How many new players did. Faceless have last round? or FI this round and last round?

last round 4 and this rd 2, we are happy to help anyone who wants it, keeping players in the game is worth the risk
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last round 4 and this rd 2, we are happy to help anyone who wants it, keeping players in the game is worth the risk
And these players are sticking With you and the game?
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Any chance of making this thread more Ideas productive rather than a bitchfest lads?
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Any chance of making this thread more Ideas productive rather than a bitchfest lads?
The main thing in this thread is that there is different views on BP size, tag size, and exile system
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