I am in a 64 player game. I am the sole survivor of a trading alliance that never quite got its act together. To my immediate east and west are two mega-alliances. An empire in the western alliance was on course to wipe me out, when I managed to convince the leading empire of the eastern alliance that my collapse was not in his interest. I am now for all intents and purposes a vassal state of this player. This player and his ally have decimated one member of the western alliance, and is about 80 stars from the win. I have 45 stars, and I am a little nervous to be honest.
That is not my problem. I am happy to be alive. The leading empires of the eastern and western empires are about to engage, and this promises to be an end game for the ages. I am happy to be playing a role, however humble it may be at the moment. The following graphic displays the star count of the leading eastern (red) and western (purple) empires.
The western player who nearly annihilated me has to my surprise approached me. Without plainly saying so, I believe he is trying to assess my willingness to turn on my benefactor.
That is not my problem either. In principle I would have no qualms about backstabbing the leading player in order to forestall the win, if I thought it would be effective and I had a chance of prolonging my playing time and thus my chances to place (however remote the odds). I don’t know if that is the case in this game, but I am not losing sleep over it.
My problem is this chart:
This chart displays the star count of the four members of the western alliance. It plainly shows that three of the members are yielding stars to the leading empire in order to keep him competitive with the eastern player, and perhaps with the intent to steal the win. That this behavior is occurring has been corroborated to my satisfaction by multiple sources throughout the galaxy.
I personally believe that this is pathetic. I had described this as a “chickenshit maneuver” to @Brian_Flowers in the first team game, and I believe he adopted a gentlemen’s agreement against this behavior in the second team game. This is not a formal team game, but it is clear that in order to prosper in a regime of scan-trade limits you must have a well functioning team. This is instead a game where I believe you should play to win, yet three of those four empires are sacrificing their ability to place, let alone win, so that one of their own can steal the win. Am I overreacting?
More importantly, what should I do? Should I backstab the leading player, since clearly the odds are now higher that this tactic will be effective, and thereby help the western alliance steal the win? Should I suicide into the western alliance, and yield my stars to the leading player to counteract this poor behavior by engaging in poor behavior of my own? Should I do nothing and turtle in my pathetic little empire?
Please, Abby, help me. I am impaled on the horns of a dilemma. The pain of the impalement is causing me to lose sleep, and I am attempting to soothe the pain by increasing my Jameson intake (believe it or not). As a result I am sending large fleets in the wrong direction, shipping exorbitant tech transfer fees to the wrong players, and increasingly unable to make the damned battle calculator work properly. What should I do?
Nonplussed in NP2