I started playing this game about 3 months ago and I very quickly became an addict!
The Tactics, the Diplomacy, the cooperation, the betrayal, the waiting for epic battles, all add up to good little game packed full of different out comes.
But now there seems to be a scourge that threatens the very foundations of the game. ALTS! yes you know who you are.Those people that sign into a game twice with 2 different accounts.“So and so” shares an IP address with bob etc etc “!” “!” “!”
I only just noticed Alts about 1 - 2 months ago in my first 64 player game, and then shortly after I’ve noticed more and more people sharing IP addresses with others. But in the last 2 - 3 games that I’ve started, Its almost as though I’m the only person that didn’t sign up with an alt!? and if there was one or two with out an alt they would just quit strait away.
Now I’ve herd all the excuses under that sun about how its 2 different people that are playing e.g. “My son plays to”, or “I share a dorm with my friend and they play”, “I’m in the army and my army buddy plays”, “My grandma plays on my computer”, O yea and “my dog wrinkles play’s also” etc etc. yea yea what ever.
I didn’t really mind to much when there was just 1 person using an alt per game, in fact there’s nothing more fun than taking them down even though they have an advantage. But when everyone but you has one ? and any one that didn’t have one just quits strait away !
Its getting to the stage where you have to create an alt just to keep up, and that’s just sad. The game is losing its Nostalgia. People that have been playing for ages a moving on to different games, and less people are being introduced to this one. And I’m sure it wouldn’t be very fun for new players to simply get squished by veteran account registers! That would surely be a quick way to get bored and move on to the next game.
A possible solution to the problem :
Wouldn’t It be good If you could start/create a game with an option that turned off IP sharing. That way People can still play with there alts if they see fit, but then you could also have a more serious game that requires you to rely on wit and cunning to win rather than how many ships you can build with multiple empires. I’m sure there would be a few people interested in joining those type of games. Or just Ban Multiple IP account sharing would be fine by me >8)