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[SPQR] Genesis

Day 1,876, 10:03 by Publius


Why have all the great players left us?

This world was never interesting. Imbued with great potential, it always struggled to realize even a fraction. Specialists could have delved deep into the economy, media, military, or politics and mastered their mechanizations. Cross-pollination is even possible. The perennial question of whether money or the media is more important in winning elections could have been settled in this virtual world as titans of industry squared off against media moguls.

Yet rather than live up to our potential as a sandbox, we plunged into the depths of its most unattractive corner. Racism, rage comics, and trolling replaced substantive content. In-depth history lessons on the nuances of disputed territories or country names replaced teamwork and accomplishments. And replacing the stressed syllable in a country name with “FAIL” is not interesting or exciting.

As architects, the wigs are largely to blame. V2 was undoubtedly disruptive and a failure, but in its own way V3 has been just as bad. Shining us on with the façade of fairness, decisions were made that broke down the community's trust, stripped away any sort of strategical play, and prioritized short-term profits over meaningful growth. Like Vincent Sarius' typical Saturday night, the community has been left milked, battered, and at diminished activity from the slow abrasion of a thousand papercuts.

And yet, great players were still produced. Great economists, historians, military tacticians and commanders, turncoats, and even leaders of the chosen people have graced this world. Battles used to be so compelling pre-dawn alarms clocks were set and armchair generals would spend thousands of words debating game mechanics and strategy.

I was one of these greats. And now I can't tell you the last important battle I fought in. I have grown weary.

After the Exodus, I returned home to tend to my factories and the local brewpub and to watch the characters weave the next generation's tale. Liberated of any real duties, young players should have advanced. And a subset of these players—freed from the old players' glass ceiling—should have achieved greatness. And yet not a single newish player has. This disappoints me.


My moment of clarity

Why have all the great players left us?

Some will claim the great players left us because they moved on with their lives. The truth is the great players left us because we failed them. Given this wire-frame to work with, people need to spend the effort to build something worth talking about. Something worth sharing with others. And something worth investing one's own effort in. The great players of the past have left us because they ran out of accomplishments.

But this not an article that seeks to dwell on the past.

Through raw charisma and sheer force of personality, I have brought together the current and future leaders of our country. Players have cast aside their prejudices and are working with their former enemies. A spontaneous social movement is sweeping this land. We are building a new narrative. A new republic. Nova Roma.



Until now you were not sure why you kept logging in every day. I offer you a simple answer to that basic question. I will make you and your friends links in the narrative mesh that I am weaving over this barren wasteland. You will be a part of something greater than yourself. A new empire is rising.


SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER
 

Comments

Publius
Publius Day 1,876, 10:03

in statu nascendi

John Bokinski
John Bokinski Day 1,876, 10:12

I will wait to see the follow up

BeachBunny
BeachBunny Day 1,876, 10:17

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

fingerguns
fingerguns Day 1,876, 10:18

This gave me a lady boner.

Kusuri Uri
Kusuri Uri Day 1,876, 10:24

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Oblige
Oblige Day 1,876, 10:25

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER!

Oblige
Oblige Day 1,876, 10:26

Swear the Oath of Allegiance to Nova Roma:

I accept Publius as my Savior.
I swear to uphold the ideals of the American Empire.
I promise to convert the unwashed to the ways of Nova Roma.
And I vow to vanquish barbarians!

Bucephalus92
Bucephalus92 Day 1,876, 10:27

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

LordRahl2
LordRahl2 Day 1,876, 10:27

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

vasmegye
vasmegye Day 1,876, 10:29

Nice start.

rainy sunday
rainy sunday Day 1,876, 10:30

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Azazel Romanov
Azazel Romanov Day 1,876, 10:30

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

fagyan
fagyan Day 1,876, 10:31

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER!

Aphroditea
Aphroditea Day 1,876, 10:32

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER!

One Sky
One Sky Day 1,876, 10:34

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

logamac
logamac Day 1,876, 10:36

SUSHI CAT IS OUR SAVIOUR

RAMEN!!!

Sir Gulden Draak
Sir Gulden Draak Day 1,876, 10:38

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

beerman616
beerman616 Day 1,876, 10:40

I think I like where this is headed. I'm just not ready to do the whole eReligion thing yet...

ElvenCRO
ElvenCRO Day 1,876, 10:49

Dio laughs at this in his Harem

Gnilraps
Gnilraps Day 1,876, 10:51

I think I like where this is headed. I'm just not ready to do the whole eReligion thing yet...

or probly ever

Sejanus Saturninus Lex
Sejanus Saturninus Lex Day 1,876, 11:08

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

@Gnilraps, clear your mind and allow it to embrace what your heart feels for Publius.

Lemon Vodka
Lemon Vodka Day 1,876, 11:10

meh

Thorin II Oakenshield
Thorin II Oakenshield Day 1,876, 11:25

nice

Israel Stevens
Israel Stevens Day 1,876, 11:42

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Dell Fargus
Dell Fargus Day 1,876, 11:45

PRIDE
POWER
PAKISTAN



Oh wait, wrong chant...

Xrune
Xrune Day 1,876, 11:53

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Sozo
Sozo Day 1,876, 12:08

We all bashed V2 because it was too time intensive and complex. Admin heard our cries and gave us V3, the other end of the spectrum. We got what we asked for, a simplified, watered down, pay-for-free game. I admire the effort to inject some interest and excitement into the metagame (though it's been tried before, like CRoy's great rebellion), but it can can only compensate for so much. Without an interesting and engaging foundation for it's players to build on, Erepublik will only continue to degenerate.

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,876, 12:23

You were pretty turd the first time round Publius, and the ego circlejerk that is this article only goes to confirm that.

onrop
onrop Day 1,876, 12:28

The game became boring because there are lopsided MPPs. Where is the balance? We had it when ONE faught against TEDEN. Now TEDEN ain't no more, but ONE is bigger than ever. The strongest countires joined together to fight Croatia, Romania, Greece. Where are the epic, thrilling battles?
The power-hungry people ruined this game and that is why the great players left.

TheJakal
TheJakal Day 1,876, 12:35

I AM SO EXCITED and im not even AMERICAN.
OBLIGE im a new player dude... risen quite nicely. :p

Wladimir Rote Sonne
Wladimir Rote Sonne Day 1,876, 12:38

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
UND TEARS IN THE EYES OF TODAY'S RUSSIA

P.S. Слава России! ^^

Mack Craft
Mack Craft Day 1,876, 13:16

the "great" player left because this game sucks

Roberrto
Roberrto Day 1,876, 13:18

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Inwegen
Inwegen Day 1,876, 13:23

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

n0s3
n0s3 Day 1,876, 13:27

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Mary Chan
Mary Chan Day 1,876, 13:36

~hyuu~

Julian Caesar
Julian Caesar Day 1,876, 14:03

I will not tolerate this. The Holy Sushi Lord will let Nova Roma come when the time comes. To force it upon the eWorld now would be blasphemy.

Mr. Jester
Mr. Jester Day 1,876, 15:31

Lead me, master!

PigInZen
PigInZen Day 1,876, 15:42

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

SColbert
SColbert Day 1,876, 15:42

"The problem of leadership is inevitably:Who will play God?"

Phoenix Quinn
Phoenix Quinn Day 1,876, 15:52

Hail the dog-emperor Ilphen!
All Pow3rs to the SFP!
Glory to the awesome super-heros of Fredhalla!

Arrden
Arrden Day 1,876, 15:56

Role Playing Faggots

Civil  Anarchy
Civil Anarchy Day 1,876, 16:14

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Evil.Elvis
Evil.Elvis Day 1,876, 16:15

like Visigoths shaved their legs....

Jefferson Locke
Jefferson Locke Day 1,876, 16:17

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Malpazar
Malpazar Day 1,876, 17:39

SPQR IN OUR HEARTS
SPQR IN OUR MINDS
NOW AND FOREVER

Devoid
Devoid Day 1,876, 18:20

^what they said

A Rock Star in Tanzania
A Rock Star in Tanzania Day 1,876, 18:21

basically you said nothing...

Chucky Norris
Chucky Norris Day 1,876, 18:32

Empty solution once again based on nothing substantial. You are not addressing the real problem. People would stay around should the establishement listen. What we have here is simply a new Dio rebranded.

A nice package I must say, but the content seems dissapointing so far.

Trogdorthetroll100
Trogdorthetroll100 Day 1,876, 18:32

wut

 
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