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[Guide] Game Mechanics Mastery 102

Day 1,794, 14:37 by Goku Jones
2nd March 2009: I joined eRepublik.
25th March 2009: I was first elected to eUK's Congress.
15th April 2009: I became Party President of the Radical Freethinker's Alliance.
5th May 2009: I became UK MoFA.

Today I will tell you how I managed such increidible quick progress as a newbie matched by only a handful of UK Citizens, what stopped my progress and how I started to progress again.

There is one pearl of wisdom here in paticular which I think is very relevant at the moment...

Created by years of dedicated effort!

First Lesson: Training Wars
As soon as I started, I immediatly started to master the mechanics of the game which super charged my progress from newb to congress ready in just 3 weeks.

Back then it took months to level up enough in the UK to run for Congres. This was because the UK was not invovled in any wars so we got no fighting experience points! I moved to the USA which had a war and fought against Mexico until I reached Congress level, luckily reaching it just a few days before the election!

I joined the 5th rank "Freethinking Party" which had lots of free space for Congressmen to candidiate, so even a new player like myself could get a good slot. Jackpot?

Game Mechanics Mastery 101: Training Wars
That wars are essential is the first lesson I learned in eRepublik, experience points, rankpoints and medalgold still flow from training and real wars today.

I invented the concept of "Training Wars" and presented some detailed maths and steps for implementation to the UK when I came back from my traning in the USA. I was sneered at by the forum elite of the time, they didn't get it. Thankfully USA also invented training wars in parallel to me and implemented the first a couple of months later, so I don't have to write an article on this today since we now have them!

If I was listened to back then though, the UK could have had the credit for the invention of training wars and may even be a little higher up the country rankings.

The lesson the elite should always remember is that I tend to be right :)

Second Lesson: Top 5 Parties
My joy at being selected for Congress so early was tempered with the immediate dissapointment that I was apparently one of three active people in the party (Vyett Yansir and Anaxima being the others). Worse, it was imminently going to drop to 6th place and lose it's Congress slots.

Many players had left the ruling UK Reform Party and created a brand new party as part of it's internal power struggles - Liberal Social Democrats (LSD). Now 6th place and gaining members, it was about to destroy my new player dreams of Congress.

I expended alot of effort campaigning in the next few days and got just enough new members to keep the Freethinking Party in the Top 5 for the Congress election, also getting myself elected Congressman. LSD would never gain any Congress slots and disbanded a few months later to rejoin UKRP, utterly destroyed by my personal efforts.

Game Mechanics Mastery 102: Top 5 Parties
The mistake which LSD made was to create a brand new party instead of taking over an old inactive party because of eMorals, not only does it waste gold, it stunts party growth in several ways:

1) Dead/Inactive/Multi Players pad the numbers.
Only a moderate percentage of the top parties are actually active. 100% of the smaller parties are active and they may even have more actives than the big parties, but they don't have any padding.

2) Newbies valuble ranking.
Newbies weight the rank of a party, it's name, it's avatar, contact with it's members and what they will gain when choosing a party to join. Ranking counts for alot and in paticular the #1 ranked party gets ALOT of "free" members who value ranking the best.

3) Active players want congress.
The active players who are the driving force behind your party want to run for congress, it's why they write articles, design graphics, recurit other players and suggest policies. If they lose out on running for congress month after month, they WILL leave.

Taken together, this means that your sub Top 5 party is probally not going to succeed. Let's look at those who did:
* BEP floundered around 5th spot for almost it's entire life battling the shadow of MDU and acheived nothing.
* ESO rose through the ranks quickly but it passed up the free ~50 member padding from RFA and passed up a significant amount of momentum which stopped it from taking on UKRP or TUP.
** UKPP and New Era grew over a few months because their leaders could afford to run a Military Unit in parallel to attract members, when they could have sprang into the Top 5 immediatly for free.

We are talking one successful attempt per YEAR to get Top 5 here, against an ever changing list of challengers.

Party rankings are the key...

So what do you suggest I do Goku?
Well firstly my progress stopped because I got bogged down in forum politics, it restarted when I left, creating a massive blackhole of wasted efforts as I chased that red herring laid by the forum elite. Just don't bother and keep your activities to the actual game.

Now, I understand the desire to have control and create your own party. It is fun! Simple as that. However I am all about long term thinking.

After a month or two of little progress because of the issues I have listed and no fault of their own, the sparkle may wear off leading to a talented and enthusiastic player quitting the game is frustration. Here are two options to make things a little easier.

1) My party idea is seriously amazing and/or I have some great guys to back me up.
Join an inactive Top 5 Party and have you and your friends take it over on the 15th during Party President elections. Screw claims of "eMorals", this is just Democracy. If you win then more people want your vision and you deserve the party and it's Congress slots more.

This is the method I used in the UK and in Japan to get Radical Freethinkers Alliance and Godzilla Party going, both were actually only slight modifications of the original parties but became quite succsessful because of my tweaks.

ESO, UKPP and NE would be bigger right now if they had done this. LSD and the other failed challengers would have made it if they used this method.
UKRP is currently the inactive Top 5 party to target.

2) I only have generic political ideas but I really want to get involved at a high level and have influence.
Most serious challengers for the Top 5 only have a basic name and ideas, but the players are driven and want to succeed.

Band together with other sub Top 5 parties and break through into Congress together. Your ideas may not actually be that different and such a concentration of active and hungry players is bound to breed great things. All of the players in all of the sub Top 5 parties merged together is a top 5 party!

PCP is currently the sub Top 5 party to gather in.
It only needs ~20 of you to read this and join PCP to bump it up into the Top 5, making you have real influence in the political makeup of the UK. PCP is small enough for you to get noticed and get your views heard and implemented, but established enough to have some of the padding and interesting party aspects which you will need to be a success.

So, give it a think and get yourself into the Top 5 ASAP.

Of course I would prefer you to join my party! New Era:


Kravenn Day 1,794, 14:38

Tomazim made better troll articles than you

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,794, 14:44

Constructive comment in a Guide article, thanks...

Alphabethis Day 1,794, 14:48

goku, you should have included a sentence like "efrench were treacherous again", that would make you win 5 kravenn-points. Another sentence saying " a couple of ex-secretary generals were on IRC at that time" and you would have won 5-keers-points. Another saying "killer2001 king of spam" and 5-killer-points and so on, so on,... Didn't they teach you how to properly flater when you were living in the realms of K ?

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,794, 14:49

How to PTO a party 101, nice. Btw I can think of a large number of players who are far more successful, so I wouldn't go so far to call yourself a master :p

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,794, 14:56

Well Iain I used to be a big fan of TUP as you know. You guys put alot of effort into overcoming UKRP's inhereant advantage of being #1 ranked party and taking their spot.

However since then you have done the same thing which led to UKRP's downfall and started coasting on the backs of the free newbie members you get for being rank #1, probally because of UKRP's jumping ship and infecting you as well as alliance politics going to your brain.

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,794, 14:59

It is a tragedy that the party which crusaded with me against the elitist forum construct called "The House of Lords", now proudly boasts of having the "King of eUK" as a member who runs it's replacement on the forums.

What happened to you!? Step back and take a look at what you are supporting now and what you fought against in the past. You are just like the old UKRP now...

Alphabethis Day 1,794, 15:03

did UKRP members wear icon of girls ? What a disgusting and confusing tradition? What about an icon of a dog?

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,794, 15:06

No I can't remember any UKRP members with creepy avatars like Invalidation of TUP has on the forums.

WayneKerr Day 1,794, 15:16

Wouldn't call it a masterclass guide tbh Goku, pretty basic in it's information.

Niemand Day 1,794, 15:17

Your memory fails, sad to hear it. (;

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,794, 15:19

Wayne: Well it is only 101 and 102. You wait till I tell you how I rigged elections in Japan!

Thedarkace: Yeah I posted a detailed TW concept in April 2009, first I am aware of but could be wrong. With LSD I DID destroy it personally though just as I destroyed Ergo Deus, absolutely no doubt. Call the rest into question but that one is fact.

WayneKerr Day 1,794, 15:26

You mean to tell me we gotta endure more of your ego driven rantings...

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,794, 15:44

Surely informative?

Niemand Day 1,794, 17:32

Must be a lot of LSD used. (;
Pigs do fly!

Madacaion Day 1,794, 17:57

The UKRP is not dead....

Yawn goku is yawn.

Madacaion Day 1,794, 17:58

.<.3 <- only way to post a heart on here to show its not all bad bru.

Emergy Maxfell
Emergy Maxfell Day 1,794, 18:06

I thought this article was going to be about natural enemy declarations, initiative rules, attacking, and resistance war strategy.

We need a good game mechanics guide.

Spygon Day 1,795, 00:26

Don't run against rivals like a proper democracy just PTO a party instead.

New Era heads up

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,795, 04:23

"An ego centric person tends to talk alot – often about themselves and their achievements, They dislike any criticism and are often insecure, though they hide this insecurity by trying to display their successes. Ego centric people can be a bit of a bore, but, it will not help to point out their shortcomings as they will not appreciate your intervention. Very insecure and egocentric people will try to put down other people to make themselves feel better. This is...

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,795, 04:24

... is pretty frustrating but, before taking it personally, it is worth being aware of why they are doing it so don’t take it to heart.

There is a saying ‘pride comes before a fall.’ If you feel someone’s ego is ballooning out of control, don’t despair or worry too much. Sooner or later they are sowing their own downfall."

- some advice from the internet for those reading this

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,795, 04:28

& I see you are back to buying votes again. There aren't 65 voters between midnight and noon, nor anywhere near enough comments, so I guess you probably bought 50 so they would be done before anyone came online and checked the voters club.

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,795, 06:02

He buys 50 votes for every article. He only earns about 10 real ones.

Jordee14 Day 1,795, 07:45

You are proud o the fact you hounded Ergo Deus out of the game thus depriving eUK of a valuable member of the community just because you feared he'd be candidating against you for next UK CP. Shame on you and shame on the suckers who have helped you!!
eUK needs people who want to build and provide value not over inflated egos who can only destroy.

Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,795, 08:19

Keers - He buys 50 votes for every article. He only earns about 10 real ones.

Shhh...TUP's Kravenn has been known to buy votes too ; )

Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,795, 08:21

Jordee Nobody forced Ergo out, he showed his true colours when he was exposed as a former banned player and TUP Congressman who cried he was unbiased...then left UKPP after it was disclosed and ended up at...shock horror...TUP.

There was no personal attacks on Ergo but he'll be back with a new account soon enough in another party...bad for Goku...okay for Ergo...go figure

Jordee14 Day 1,795, 08:55

The articles attacking his motives of being in UKPP when their members said openly there had been no take over & then comments on every article I've read in the past 2 weeks were attacks and nothing short of bullying to be honest.
I would imagine he was wounded up and worn down by it until he snapped, He worked hard in a number of roles which was probably why he took it personally, I know I would have been.
If I makes you feel better saying there weren't attacks then fine...

Jordee14 Day 1,795, 09:00

But as an outsider I thought it has gone too far & I guess he did.
This is supposed to be a game fun for all but at the moment there is a very nasty under current in eUK & I wonder if some people who are supposed to be grown up's and responsible members of RL society might just look back & be ashamed of their behaviour.

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,795, 09:24

Half the country has been in TUP at some point, doesn't mean they still like us or vice-versa. We really didn't want Jamesw to win when he ran for president, yet he had been a TUP CP before.

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,795, 09:37

Iain Keers: "He buys 50 votes for every article. He only earns about 10 real ones." -> Maths how does it work?

I only usually buy them for every other article, the prupose is to double article visibility from 24 to 48 hours as I always get Top 5 anyway. All of the articles I bought 50 votes for have over 100 votes, meaning that I got over 50 genuine. Ones with ~60 votes actually got ~60 votes.

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,795, 09:41

Danie Fox: I am happy to confront and meet critisism head on, even admitting my own failings. Check your wikipedia diagnosis again.

TUP: You have deluded yourself into thinking that I have a minority opininon supported by bought votes, when actually my articles tend to get more natural votes then yours. This suits me just fine as you underestimate us. Your recent increase in media activity shows that you guys ARE worried though.

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,795, 09:43

Jordee14: If you choose to be very outspoken and/or run for CP then unfortunatly you have to take the scrutiny associated with it. He would not have dealt well with being CP.

What TUP are posting in my articles is equal to if not far worse than what I posted in Ergo's. "You are supporting TUP an awful lot for a UKPP/Independant" is hardly harsh critisism.

Spygon Day 1,795, 10:09

Why Goku because you would have impersonated him in IRC to bring down another CP

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,795, 11:26

So did I bring down BigAnt, meaning that TUP need to give him an apology for trying to impeach him, or are you wrong?

Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,795, 11:32

Jordee14: If you choose to be very outspoken and/or run for CP then unfortunatly you have to take the scrutiny associated with it. He would not have dealt well with being CP.

What TUP are posting in my articles is equal to if not far worse than what I posted in Ergo's. "You are supporting TUP an awful lot for a UKPP/Independant" is hardly harsh critisism.


Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,795, 11:33

Jordee go on the forums and see the ersonal insults and trolling thrown about by keers and co...shame you dont tend to see that

Jordee14 Day 1,795, 12:56

To any neutral you've both behaved like sad school yard bullies, I can't be bothered to find the article but the perfect example was when you kept going on about his previous ban in one comment thread. He explained what he was banned for and suggested you take it up with admins but your pathetic defermation of character continued for another 10 comments or more!
There are many who have come back from bans Goku, Bigant, Jamesw wasn't banned but was supposedly a thief, at least Deus...

Jordee14 Day 1,795, 12:58

Had accepted his past behaviour hadn't been acceptable and had been looking to help eUK.
I wonder what you think your persecution of him has gained us?
And for the record I never really spoke to him, I just think this nasty eUK undercurrent and bullying needs to end.

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,795, 13:29

Where did he say that his past behaviour was unacceptable?

Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,795, 13:42

Where did he say that his past behaviour was unacceptable? He didnt, sadly Jordee thinks somewhere that he has. All i remember is Ergo denying he had a previous account when i asked him originally. And the reason I kept going on was because he began with the accusations after i refused to bow down to him in a PM. I'd get your facts right first mate before you declare that we have stopped the second coming

Jordee14 Day 1,795, 14:21

I think it was in some questions with Deus article but can't really remember there have been so many articles you & Goku have been posting hand in hand together.
As supposedly a 39yo ex politician I'll let you decide if you think your behaviour has really helped eUK.

Jordee14 Day 1,795, 14:23

"I'd get your facts right first mate before you declare that we have stopped the second coming"
Please don't call me mate as we're clearly not & if now belittling him is your main focus perhaps already you are thinking your behaviour over stepped the line as to most it clearly has.

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,795, 15:40

I'm 25 thanks.

Spygon Day 1,795, 16:16

That is what you said in your past article you impersonated a CP and faked he is was in IRC conversations he wasn't to "bring" him down.Impeachment is a normal Democratic process to remove someone from office when needed forgery and lies aren't .

You lie,cheat and steal Goku that you have already admitted in your egocentric anti-government return article and why the old guard are trying to stop you using the newer guys.The ones that have never actually had to put up with your bullshit before

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,795, 16:29

Oh OK. I await with interest the apologies which will now be going to BigAnt since he was innocent of all charges as you say Spygon. Will you inform the TUP members who hounded him out?

That I wrote an article exposing my own activities simply shows that I am fair, honest and treat everyone the same. I can't expose others if I do not also expose myself.

Goku Jones
Goku Jones Day 1,795, 16:29

I'm hardly abusing new members when it was ME who got them up to speed with what I have done and what my style is.

On one hand you imply that newer members don't know who I am and critise me for joining a party with some in, on the other you critise me for telling everyone just who I am. You can't have this both ways.

Spygon Day 1,795, 16:35

No i don't not say he was innocent of his charges of being not a great leader but no one else pretended to be him to bring him down.No one lied and cheated as you are know should know if your looking for TUP sympathizers your really barking up the wrong tree.Yes it was your ego centric article that showed them what you have done but then as always Goku you latch on to the cracks in the country and push them apart to try to rise to power.

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,795, 17:09

Nobody who remembers your previous stay in the UK has a good word to say about you, and that speaks volumes. Same with BigAnt's previous account, and we opposed him too.

Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,796, 02:11 is getting banned for an offence, starting a second account and then lying about it when asked behaviour of an honest man? If any other player did this you would want to know.

We did not hound out a good an honest player and there was no personal attacks. Find one that wasnt true (and it is proved he was a liar) and i will apologise. If not please stop being a hypocrite and making attacks when you are criticising ''alleged'' attacks.

Dr Hugh Jardon
Dr Hugh Jardon Day 1,796, 06:05

And for the record Jordeeee I was never a politician, I was a member of a political party not a politician. Again you seem to have this weird vision of the game but perhaps if you actually turned your monitor on and woke up you'd see a different reality. You have attacked myself and Goku for...attacking someone hypocrisy

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