Thursday, December 1, 2016

Announcing the Thunderdome PvP Arena!

I have already written about my belief that n00bs should be encouraged to explore PvP in Illyriad. You can find my comments in Let the n00bs fight! and Don't apologize for war. Clearly many people will always believe that endorsing n00b fighting is a bad idea. I'm not one to tilt at windmills, even when I disagree strongly with the muggles of the Illyriad Community™. So how can the situation be remedied? The 300 agree that if we are to champion PvP, then we must put forward a better solution.

Therefore, we are pleased to present Thunderdome, brought to you by 300.

Fight without fear of destruction...

Thunderdome is a training regimen of military exercises and close range PvP fighting. New and existing players are welcomed for instruction.  From the new moon to the full moon, students will complete lessons on basic military combat: self defense, troops, terrain, equipment, diplomats, sovereignty, timing, magic. Training is mandatory. From the full moon to the new moon, players will engage in a free-for-all within Thunderdome. The only restriction is no catapults. Everything else is legal within Thunderdome, per the rules established below.

...except for the events where you destroy each other.

At every solistice and equinox, the Thunderdome PvP format will change to Last Man Standing. Cities within Thunderdome will fight to the death with live siege armies until a victor emerges. Participation is open to all warriors across Illyriad, as long as they obey the rules of the battle arena. Students may remain and fight, or may exodus outside Thunderdome during the seasonal battles, at their option. Once the event is completed, Thunderdome will be wiped clean, and then a fresh cycle of training and fighting will begin anew.

Keep your allegiances.
Alliance membership is not required to train at Thunderdome. Participants may remain in their current alliances or remain neutral. Approval from the 300 is required to enter the Thunderdome combat zone, and we require that students join our Slack training channel. To keep the playing field level, players are limited to a single city in Thunderdome. Although this may seem restrictive, one city is more than sufficient to learn all the basics of Illyriad combat. Tiny n00bs are welcome to join Thunderdome, although it is recommended that they enter early in the season so they have time to complete research and participate in training.

Active participation is mandatory.

Players joining Thunderdome are expected to fully participate in all training and fighting. There is no exception for established players. It is completely possible to play Illy FarmVille for half a decade and not really know anything useful about Illyriad combat mechanics. Therefore, existing players who desire instruction on advanced tactics will first have to prove their knowledge of the basics (easy) and their actual combat proficiency (not so easy). Any player who stops participating in the new moon training lessons may be removed from Thunderdome, at the discretion of the 300.

The Laws of Thunderdome
  1. Permission from the 300 is required to enter Thunderdome.
  2. Alliance membership is not required.
  3. Participants must join the 300 Slack training channel.
  4. Approved players may teleport, exodus or settle a single city into Thunderdome.
  5. Players are limited to a single city in Thunderdome, regardless of account size.
  6. Cities must have at least two adjacent passable squares that are not plains or small hills.
  7. The 10 square rule does not apply within Thunderdome.
  8. PvP is full contact. Anything goes inside Thunderdome.
  9. Catapults are specifically prohibited, except during the Solstice and Equinox events.
  10. Internal armies, diplomats, magic and other hostile actions cannot exit Thunderdome.
  11. External armies, diplomats, magic and other hostile actions cannot enter Thunderdome.
  12. Caravans may freely enter and exit Thunderdome.
  13. Inactive players may be removed at the discretion of the 300.
Break a deal, face the wheel. If you can't remember 13 rules, there is only one sentence.

It begins now!

Thunderdome will begin taking applicants on 1 December 2016. Due to the first cycle starting so close to the winter solstice, the inaugural Thunderdome: Last Man Standing event will begin on the vernal equinox, 20 March 2017.

Send an in-game mail to Ten Kulch or Tinkinator to discuss your membership.

Misbehave. Kill lots of stuff.

<^^^^^^^^||==O    Skint Jagblade


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