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The Economist ~ A(nother) open letter to the admins

Day 1,783, 14:15 Published in Poland Poland by Spite313


Dear admins,


This is an open letter and a statement. Long ago when I first joined the game it was complex, it was developing, it had a future. Now like any business you had two main considerations. One was to make a profit, the other was to develop your company so it could grow.

Over time the growth aspect has become neglected, and the focus has shifted entirely towards making a profit out of the game we have today. All changes have thus been towards a simpler, lower-maintenance game. You have focused on sinking your claws into your existing userbase at the expense of playability and - dare I say it - fun.

The top-end complexity that made eRepublik a unique internet game experience has slowly eroded to the point where it’s simply pay-to-win clicking. Each desperate reshuffle of alliances and each mad anti-government party to form represents nothing more than a last-ditch attempt by the userbase to make the game interesting.

I’ve seen so many potential great ideas come and go whilst the admins have sat and ignored them. The only module that continues to exist in any sense of the word is the military module, and that has been made so meaningless and banal by changes that it’s almost a waste of effort fighting. In fact even those spending huge amounts of money on gold must realise that any gains made by their spending are arbitrary and doomed to backslide in a very short amount of time.

When I saw the introduction of Q3 training grounds to me it represented the tipping point in this collapse. Believe it or not, this was six months ago now! That’s right, six months of demanding 280 gold (or 100 euros) per player simply to keep up with the other players. And guess what, now you’ve demanded even more with Q4. Q5 is almost an inevitability now, and with each change you ask for more money for less game.



I couldn’t think of any other way to make myself clear about what I thought other than by stopping fighting and downgrading my training centres. Six months ago I was quite a strong player- if I’d kept training and fighting at the level I did I’d be God of War and about 25k strength right now. I knew that by stopping I was permanently excluding myself from that top tier of fighting society in eRep - I can never be a tank again, but it’s a choice I happily and freely made.

Each day I log in and I see the world like someone who just started did. My impact on the military module is none, and every other module is, as I said, worthless. I have thousands of gold worth of companies and assets, but the profits aren’t worth the expense a new player would go to to build them.

Fighting was always a major part of the game- the extension of politics by other means and so on. But these days it’s not that- not a way to resolve conflicts using a kind of mini-game. Now it IS the game. In the past it was expensive to start a war. Armies actually ran out of guns. The first conflict I was in, shortly after I was born, was lost because the American and allied troops actually ran out of guns halfway through the war and had nothing to fight with.

Now wars are a necessity, and must always be open. People need them to progress, but the actual outcome is mostly irrelevant. The economy is broken, so the actual value of bonuses is almost nil. The real purpose of war is to allow true patriot medals, NE bonuses and so on. The war itself is completely irrelevant, the purpose is gone, the meaning is gone, the co-ordination is gone. Countries go halfway round the world not to secure some region, but simply because they’re bored and there’s nothing better to do. The most exciting bit of international drama is whether or not PTOers will actually succeed in taking over America. The whole of Europe is basically dead.

The other day someone pointed me to some adverts that have appeared recently on google. They go something along the line of “The UK needs your help!”. Admins, the UK is doing just fine. We suck at this game for one reason- nobody in the RL UK wants to play a shit browser game like this. Why? If we wanted to play a war-game, there are better war games. If we wanted to play an MMO, there are better MMOs. The only selling point erepublik had was the size of its userbase, the political element and the economy. Now those are all gone, nobody here wants to play. Don’t waste your money advertising to a player-base that doesn’t give a *redacted*.

People who are still reading will be wondering why I’m still playing. It’s for the same reason all of you lot are still playing, really. Which is that we hope the admins will all wake up tomorrow and realise what a complete mess they’ve made of a good idea, reverse course and actually get some growth going in their company. But the sad thing is we all know secretly that this isn’t going to happen. Half the admin team have got no experience in the gaming industry, half are just coders with no marketing knowledge or development skills. It’s actually really embarrassing, and surprising they got this far at all. Really the only way eRepublik is going to grow is if they fire half their team and start again.

At the minute that’s not going to happen, because they are meeting income targets. That’s literally the only reason they’ve still got jobs/the site hasn’t been closed. So thanks, super-tanks, for propping up the incompetent people who continue to shaft us on a daily basis. I’m not going to tell you all to stop fighting, though you can if you want to. But stop buying their gold. Stop supporting the very thing you hate. It’s the only realistic way to force a change. But most importantly, when the next “offer” or “special event” comes out that DEMANDS rather than asks you to buy gold (Q5 training, Q8 weapons) just say no. Draw a line in the sand. Because it’s that, or give up that dream of a better game and quit.

Iain

 

Comments

fagyan
fagyan Day 1,783, 14:18

5 gold first admin who see this, will delete it !

djnewdream
djnewdream Day 1,783, 14:21

True!

iKoren
iKoren Day 1,783, 14:25

Sad truth.

Enenra
Enenra Day 1,783, 14:26

Big V !

andevelez
andevelez Day 1,783, 14:27

soon will be deleted. hope it come true LOL

KetamineOcean
KetamineOcean Day 1,783, 14:29

If only making these articles actually did anything, all of these ridiculous changes to the game since V2 (That was the end of Q1, Q2, Q3 resources if I remember correctly) would have been changed would of been stopped or made for the better.

Kolorowy
Kolorowy Day 1,783, 14:30

Hello Don Quixote :]

Danie Fox
Danie Fox Day 1,783, 14:32

"half are just coders with know marketing knowledge or development skills"

*no

: D

screamingslave
screamingslave Day 1,783, 14:32

nice article! I usually submit these thoughts in tickets. nothing ever comes of it but we have to try.

Hopefully this piece of constructive criticism is not censored!

Spite313
Spite313 Day 1,783, 14:32

I didn't just write articles, that's the point :p

Mininuns
Mininuns Day 1,783, 14:34

Tex_Willer
Tex_Willer Day 1,783, 14:34

I still live in hope that something will change. I don't "play" the game these days, months, even past year. I'm just maintaining account, in hope for better future.

Schwrzwolf
Schwrzwolf Day 1,783, 14:35

I support this message!

Baron 5
Baron 5 Day 1,783, 14:38

vote

Mire tica Feniks
Mire tica Feniks Day 1,783, 14:40

Vote

Arbooz
Arbooz Day 1,783, 14:48

o/

Niemand
Niemand Day 1,783, 14:55

Same for me: always thinking to stop playing soon if nothing will improve. Never buying gold, maintaining my account and friendships. Because of the friendships it is that I even stay now with the game is worsening and becoming less fun. For how long?
Voted!

armbeno
armbeno Day 1,783, 14:58

Erepublik got a big userbase. No one would play this game if it was completely new. We who once loved the game still love the community. That's why we are working on babybooms - we want OUR community to grow.

Grainne Ni Mhaille
Grainne Ni Mhaille Day 1,783, 15:02

I think their recent strategy, acquisition, and C level changes shows a commitment to mobile, and not to redevelopment here, other than straight revenue leakage and ARPU increase.
I think they're gobsmacked that any of us remain at all ;]

anjunaboy
anjunaboy Day 1,783, 15:04

Nice!

Alphabethis
Alphabethis Day 1,783, 15:18

agreed and supported .

Secretly hoping this asylum (xD) will turn into something more worthy, than is now... hoping, waiting,... Will to advance disappeared centuries ago. Chances are, we're to see "Sorry, but we shutdown bla bla", than anything else. The userbase that used to attract people to play; that very userbase shrunk to multies and inactives (80%) and "others", that small 20% that is losing the will every day.
That is the reason we will never have the real anti multi-account measures taken <>

Tiger Macedonia
Tiger Macedonia Day 1,783, 15:20

Iain did it again. Too bad the admins are blind to these articles.

<> or be introduced to SMS registrations, because they know what happened, and are avoiding to deal with the truth. Ads? They use ads to subconsciously please themselves, calling themselves successful. Successful my a**.
Recent news? eRepublik has turned into Mafia Wars >>> Welcome!
Game has gone to hell in terms of speed. That is the thing that utterly destroyed it in my eyes. Yes, it might be hard to conquer the whole world with tanks that ruin your strategy and stuff, but imagine <>

<> that someone was a "bit" stronger. Conquer the world in a matter of... weeks? 2 weeks top? Well if you can "complete" the game in 2 weeks, it's a bit disappointing, isn't it?

After all, if it's relieving, game was always really played on IRC and not in the game. Well, is it?

krispo
krispo Day 1,783, 15:26

Draw a line in the sand.
It's a dream, beautiful one anyway...

Geamspartincur
Geamspartincur Day 1,783, 15:33

BIG V!

New Faustian Man
New Faustian Man Day 1,783, 15:36

V

Cihat Ramazan OZASLAN
Cihat Ramazan OZASLAN Day 1,783, 15:39

true, sad, but true (:

Betxakademac
Betxakademac Day 1,783, 15:40

vote

P.S. Sophie
P.S. Sophie Day 1,783, 15:51

Vote

gnasher.armorer
gnasher.armorer Day 1,783, 15:59

Iain did it again. +1

qablo
qablo Day 1,783, 16:02

Don´t be innocent Ian, you´re too old in eR to know how things are and will be, worst and worst, end of story. So better play for some other reason, because the "hope" of a better efuture is just stupid

Spite313
Spite313 Day 1,783, 16:07

What possible other reason is there qablo

Master of Dojo
Master of Dojo Day 1,783, 16:24

game is dying because of idiots who are paying for this shit

Bond Guevara
Bond Guevara Day 1,783, 16:39

True Iain, this game is not a Free Multiplayer Strategy Game as they said before. This game is just pay-to win, singleplayer tanker win a battle, and no more strategy at all. Just burn your money to them and poof, win.
Now I smell an eDoomsday right on my face

Lemurio
Lemurio Day 1,783, 16:49

v
o/

Tyti Frutiti
Tyti Frutiti Day 1,783, 16:57

etljo stnov
etljo stnov Day 1,783, 17:00

Words of wisdom... a wall, actually, but is worth to read it... Got my vote and thanks for sharing the ugly truth... ; )

Bond Guevara
Bond Guevara Day 1,783, 17:08

And,, their neighbour game release their second world thats means second server too and they still releasing some shit and shit again and never learn what happened to them before. I want to leave this game too, but I'm stuc. But if they give me an oppurtunity to leave, i'll do it, and my fellow Indonesians would love it too.

VCS Hard+Reshout

Si Barda
Si Barda Day 1,783, 17:11

vote

Abdullah Korianteri
Abdullah Korianteri Day 1,783, 17:12

nuff said

Jermu Kaaleppi
Jermu Kaaleppi Day 1,783, 17:15

5/5 maistuu salami

Krater0s
Krater0s Day 1,783, 17:17

agreed and supported

Arcelven
Arcelven Day 1,783, 17:19

This is not community game, this is game for gold-buyer.

xenophob
xenophob Day 1,783, 17:50

yep

vosakz
vosakz Day 1,783, 18:03

sad but true

Bond Guevara
Bond Guevara Day 1,783, 18:45

And one thing I forgot, with this recent global economic worsening (in rl), eRep will surely die in a matter of time, fastly or slowly, and surely.

Mystela
Mystela Day 1,783, 19:00

o7

 
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