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  • Question to empire managers

    How are you all dealing with account-switching building defenders these days? A member of our empire switched toons yesterday while that toon was defending a building. It wasn't an accident, they *thought* there would be time. There wasn't.

    How many of you have booted the lot on these circumstances? What policies have you had to come up with to deal with this problem?

    I know I am likely a minority, but I can't stand not being able to rely on players anymore because they switched to a mini that isn't even in the same empire. I can't stand the new 3 minute switchovers as it is turning empire management into a nightmare.

    I have had to juggle once primary defenders out into offensive slots simply because I will never know what toon they will be in and when. I have about 10 of these types in our group now and it is chaos. I can't tell you how many matches have been lost simply because someone was in the wrong toon at the wrong time.

  • #2
    Re: Question to empire managers

    Our policy is to announce when you are leaving especially if you are a key healer. Can't stop them but better than them quitting.


    • #3
      Re: Question to empire managers

      If they only own one device then its a bit harder to manage things and judge things, but a bit of common sense is needed too, if the enemy is going for for your building and your a key defender then thats not on really and I'd be pissed with them too.

      If you have multiple devices like I do then its easy to manage as I have 4 accounts but only 3 devices so if I need the 4th then I switch to the one thats not under fire and safe in another building.


      • #4
        Re: Question to empire managers

        Guess I'm lucky regarding this. Most of my empire have multiple toons but almost all our in our empire. Our defenders almost always stick with holding their building til they have to let it go. Only thing that gets in our way is real life (our only rule, real life comes first)


        • #5
          Re: Question to empire managers

          For the most part at our empire, the 2 key healers are on. If it a team that is going to crush us anyways (LS, RM, AF) then if they leave it just means we get beat a little faster.

          On a couple of teams it is the difference between a win and a loss....we expect you to be there except for RL issues.

          Most it's who cares, the secondary can hold just fine and they need the practice.


          • #6
            Re: Question to empire managers

            This is a topic that rarely graces itself on these forums. How do we play this game and be "active" while a war is going down during work/school hours? This new 3 minute rule of switching characters has made it 1000 times easier than it was before if we are carrying only 1 device. I dont know about you guys but I cant carry my ipad around work with my eyes glued to war logs. Wouldve been fired the first week. What I did in the past was keep my ipad at my desk and incase of emergency use a lame excuse as to why I had to leave the sales floor and dump tokes or defend...even if it was for a little bit.

            I think what it comes down to is how casual is your empire? The OP stated that he cant stand not being able to rely on players that are switching toons during a war. My advice is to ask yourself what kind of empire you are running? Is it casual? Or is it hardcore? If promoting a casual empire these things happen all too often with players showing up late, switching defending toons to get CC with thier mini demo or "accidently" shooting off target with the excuse of "sorry, busy at work...had to dump fast." Casual empire leaders eventually find themselves surrounded by like-minded individuals who are serious about thier accounts and the empire but have bigger responsibilities than this game. Basically you win some, lose some with casual empires and it should be ok. When it comes to a hardcore empire it should be in stone what is expected of everybody. As leader you need to set aside a list of rules your members follow to make that empire a better place for everybody. In a game like this one I see it almost absolutely impossible to run a hardcore empire without high level players. I've seen one casual empire with a average level player of 400-500 place top 50 in Legend. They had a set of rules and had huge activity. Not one person was over level 550 but as a team and activity they smashed the competition.

            In summary your empires fate is in your hands and thats why you have rules (whether casual or not) that players follow. Like Dr death stated they have a rule to state if a healer is switching toons. This makes it easier for the one calling shots to understand what is happening on his side of the battlefield. I myself have fallen prey to losing a building by switching toons the exact moment the enemy funneled attacks. What Im doing to fix that is have multiple defenders understanding of the situation and with communication the ones that usually dont defend know when they need to and vice versa.

            Edit: How I handle these situations is utilizing Facebook and have a free website that you can pin to the top of page. I call this our War Compendium. This lists the rules I want all empire members to follow. It is a place I ask all new recruits to go and read (you do not need a FB account to access your empires web page). In game the URL is posted in the newsfeed under donation targets. It has saved tons of time with new members that 1. didnt think they had to go and read rule requirements for a app game 2. recruits who thought we were too casual 3. recruits who didnt agree with how we run wars. It saves a ton of time and is a great way to start to build a group of like minded individuals
            Last edited by Aprilwine; 08-10-2016, 07:15 PM.