Curious what you guys do when you run into a player that is blatantly cheating from the start. I recently started a game (https://np.ironhelmet.com/game/6458614396223488) over the weekend, and right at the start of the game (tick 0) the cheating player (pink) got 9 econ / 5 ind / 5 sci + 5 carriers.
Obviously just doing the math means:
9 econ (minus the 5 base) = 12 + 14 + 16 + 25 = 67
5 sci (minus the 1 base) = 100 + 114 + 133 + 145 = 492
5 carriers (minus the 1 base) = 4*25 = 100
in total 659 credits, which is of course more than the initial 500 credit start (he added a bunch more to infrastructure investments before the first payday which I didnt bother to record)
As expected on tick 47 the green player (which I suspect is the feeder account) went afk. When green went afk his stats were 5 econ / 5 ind / 1 sci and 1 carrier.
So now the game is ruined, since there is the cheating player who is now out producing everyone else with a huge sci and industry lead.
I guess my question to the community is - when you run into situation like this, what do you do? Do you slug it out anyways knowing that this was an uneven game from the start and be a knowing participant to play the role of the cheater’s punching bag the whole game? or do you just call it bad luck and just concede and join a new game without wasting anymore time?
It just sucks since this was a weekend game and it actually started on a time that worked out for me (and not something silly like in the middle of the night).
Suggestion to the developer: Perhaps only allow trading after the first payday? Because honestly, there is nothing to trade anyways before then and leaving it open only makes it easy for cheaters to gain an advantage via tick 0 gifts of credits. I understand the possibility to cheat is still there on tick 24, but at least its not as detrimental and could be easier to catch up.