I know using multi accounts is considered cheating but how does the community feel about players in real life using predetermined alliances in games? I’ve had a few experiences that have left me a little sour but I’d like to remain open minded and hear the other side of things.
I just played a game where 2 of the players were seemingly not acting rationally. I figured due to their ship position they were allied as they left their shared borders bare of ships. I had no chance taking them both on but thought I could persuade one of them to attack the other to take the lead at the right time. Maybe, just maybe, if I played my cards right I could pull ahead in the ensuing civil war. Then one of the players threw away 3000 ships into a fortified position with nothing to gain from it. This dropped his ship count to 3rd and left him completely open for a counter attack from his partner that would win them the game. Dispite this tactical blunder he continued bragging he was going to win. Turns out he and his partner had joined the game together and they had agreed he would take the win at the end of the game.
I don’t want to discourage people playing with friends or loved ones but I think all players should keep an open mind and be playing to win in order to keep with the spirit of the game. I’ve played an 8 player game where 4 of the players knew each other but they let me know and were willing to betray each other to get ahead and it worked out great. I think its fair to say that if you can’t attack someone under any circumstance then you shouldn’t play in a game with that person. At the very least not without announcing it to the rest of the players.
I would like to add that I miss the same IP warning that used to show up if different accounts used the same IP address in a game. I know there are reasons for turning it off but I’d love for it to be an option in open 8 player games.