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Ok, it's clear the game is but a mere shadow of it's former self, we all know why and know the state of the game won't change unless we come together as a community to fix it. Ultimately, there is a way to ensure a viable, and dare I say it, honorable way to restore this game to at least the guise of a functional, competitive, and, again dare I say, fun game. However, it would take full cooperation on all of our parts.
As you continue to read, please finish before you form your opinions, again, this can only work if we come together and form the dictatorship of the proletariat. Here's the [Wobba Treaty of 2018].
To start, all players would need to 'register' in a Public Forum thread that they intend to play in the next round. Kingdom names would have to match the name they provide in the PF, it would be best if we used our own PF name, therefore Kingdom names would be Wobba, Viva, Hazza, Dank so on and so forth.
Clearly, you've already seen potential issues. People making fake PF names with intent to use those KDs as farms. Well, to that I say the naturally vetting process of us as a community could easily weed these out. If no one's heard of x_Flapjack_x before and no one can seem to vouch for them, then it's probably being set up as a farm, therefore it would be eliminated. If there is doubt or reason to believe they are just a "returning player" as they can drift through occasionally, then it would be easy enough to monitor their build with SoB etc and a subsequent PF thread investigating the KD could determine if it's a farm or not. It would be impossible to hide a farm because all players would have registered their name already. This is not a 100% foolproof method but it is enough for potential farming of the KD to be ineffective.
Bot masters (I'm obviously thinking Rob and Civic) have set themselves apart from the rest of the community therefore they would have a unique responsibility. Due to their ability to regulate a sizable bot army that can remove any KD from the game, they would have to function as the "Peacekeepers." Since bots aren't going anywhere we must therefore incorporate them into the game. All bots would have to be named as such "RobBot1, RobBot2, CivicBot1, CivicBot2 etc." it would be the responsibility of the bot army to execute punishment on those who deviate from this Treaty. Judgements would be made in a stand alone investigative PF thread. Again, I can't stress how important it is for us all to come together to make this work.
The playerbase has shrunk tremendously over the years because of lack of accountability. However, it's nothing we can't attempt to reverse if we try hard enough. I know some of you are already laughing at this proposal but ask yourselves, is this idea really worse than hanging out in this sadistic, bot-coder dick measuring contest? Do you not long for the old days of SK? While this plan wouldn't bring them back, it could launch the New Days of SK which would be more enjoyable than the Current Days.
Those that have played with me and know me should be fully aware I have never cheated in this game. The only time I shared an IP address was when my wife played one time many rounds ago. The most important part of this plan is that old hatreds and rivalries must end. No more xROx or xMYx or whatever, this type of "grouping" is what led to SK's downfall in the first place. This part is a MUST, in order to step out of this sad SK shadow we have to leave behind what's keeping us there, and venture into the light. Alliances could return (perhaps 2 sectors each depending on player count) wars could come back, missiles could have a point again, PKs, KTs, we could restore this game. It could become more than just clicking through the buttons again.
I'm sure these ideas can be expanded on and I encourage you to add and do so. If you have a teardown, please follow it with a solution. I can't be the only one who wishes this game was a game again.