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Restius last won the day on May 25 2015

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  1. Being that I've already deleted my nation and said goodbye to my alliance and a few others, I figured I would officially announce it to the rest of PnW. I've had a lot of great times and rough times with everyone here. Shout Outs I've enjoyed getting to know many of you, and loved our conversations! To Cornerstone: I still remember getting that first mass-email from BritishDude and Les Paul Supreme about a recruitment challenge they had to get old CCC members back together. A lot of us answered that call, and I spent a lot of time learning with Rob Holmes during those opening days. To Aristide and Rache, It's been a privilege to see each of you continue to expand your knowledge and love for this game, I pray you, and everyone else in Cornerstone continue to do your best to keep the Cornerstone mission alive during these difficult times! To the boys over at the Coalition: We've had a lot of fun in the past, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you all, especially Shakyr and Bollocks! Learning how to create a cross-slack channel was a good time! Moonpie, we've had some great chats about a lot of issues, both in-game and about real life, and I often keep you in my prayers! I hope you and the rest of the VE community continue to do well! Partisan, I've enjoyed our conversations about the miscellaneous things we've discussed over time, I wish you all the best on your continued future! Steve, I still feel horrible about our demands during our fight with ya'll, I apologize for my part in the debacle, and I wish all the best. Alex, you've made a lot of great improvements to the game, and often have to deal with a rowdy crowd, I hope you continue to develop and update the game, and look forward to a potential return someday. The Good and the Bad Things changed, really changed. Our community as a whole didn't stand up for GPA or other neutral alliances when they were attacked for their play style, and I think that really affected things. Who knows how many of GPA's players quit after that war, but to me that was a signal that something wasn't right, but I didn't do anything about it. Actually, the first sign probably would've been the Proxy War, when Vanguard took the brunt of destruction because Mensa and Rose wouldn't actually fight each other. But since these events things continued to just decline, the community as a whole just started losing flavor. There's only one neutral alliance left, and even they are barely neutral. We've ostracized an entire playing style, and continue to go after anyone else that doesn't meet the status quo of kill or be killed. Sure the game doesn't have a neutral option, and to me that's a flaw that needs to be fixed. Now we have a player who had become the "butt of everyone's​ joke" and nothing is done about it. Furthermore, there are now ads publicly shaming him after he expressed frustration and quit the game. Seriously? where's the fun in that? I was involved in something like that once, and I felt horrible, I look back and wonder how I did something like that. Yet now we are going even further to continue to shame someone, that's not a community that we should be proud of...ever. If you guys don't think this would classify as cyber bullying, think again! You have run a player out of the game, regardless of the circumstances. Again I can guarantee you that isn't the first time, and unless things change it won't be the last. I do hope to come back and see more moments when this community binds together. We've done it before in the past when we all banded together for Digimon and hoisted the flag of Ireland to honor the loss of a player, we showed our solidarity for Paris, and we even helped contribute to a gofundme for one of our other players who/is was combating a disease. This is community I hope to see more of, and I'd love to be a part of. This is the Politics and War community I will remember. The Game Frustrations Likewise, the battle system of this game is extremely frustrating to me, the chances of "winning" an actual war are slim, as long as a player is active it's almost impossible to win. The way units fight is annoying, air can attack everything, but navy can only attack navy or infra, and ground can only attack ground. It doesn't make sense. Combine that with what in my mind, is annoying that alliance mates can't actually help each other out aside from declaring war on the opponent, and only if they have slots open. Alliance wars should be alliance wars, not hundreds of nations going at it. Find a way to have a way for alliance objectives within a conflict, say the first to get so many points or whatever...There just needs to be more in-game politics period. Treaties could actually have game impacts instead of seeing this all be done over things like Discord. War needs to have more rewards. You get some money and resources, but what a way to actually occupy someone for a while and limit their interactions? Wars can last forever in this game cause we just start a new round. Leaving So I'm leaving (have left?) and I hope to return someday to see things different, between the current state of the community and the game frustrations, there's no fun in the game for me, and especially for my play style. There's no reward in "winning" in the game, #1 slot for alliance or nation will just make you a target, there's no point in trying to excel, which is sad. I hope to return someday pending some changes, but until then, I wish all of you a happy future, and hope that somehow, this community will become stronger through the recent situation that has been blown out of proportion. All the best and God bless, Restius
  2. I went to VM because I was frustrated with the game and decided to take a hiatus until I decided whether or not to continue. Which I probably won't be will not be. Thalmor, I would generally agree with you, but my thought was lets find a way to get the majority and minority to enjoy the game together. Now as to the majority vs minority argument, 66,000 nations have been simulated to date, and only 5,500 are still alive, that's 8% of players that have started the game. But if we count active players, that's only 3,000, or 5% of the players that have ever started a game. Statistically that isn't the worst numbers out there, but let me ask you this, how can the community make it better? At it's current rate it's practically a single-style gameplay, there's room for other ways to play, but only if this majority allows other to enjoy the game too...again, this is not saying the majority has to change everything, but to be more tolerent. If the minority should adjust, why can't the majority too? But alas I see my opinion is not shared by anyone on the forums, so I will secede and will come back another day, maybe, to see what has come of this. Best of luck, Restius
  3. I understand everyone's point for wanting to fight him, and in some respect it has validity. Partisan said it very well, and I completely understand that, and personally, I'd love to see some sort of agreement be made to address the "he's too big" issue that many of you see. This game is politics and war, but sadly the only emphasis seems to be on war. Politics has become split into these two major spheres, with months of stagnation followed by a large outbreak, causing massive destruction, and frustrating the player base that enjoys the building to the point of quitting for some of them. I've encountered it time and time again with members, and I'm sure many others have as well. Then we rinse and repeat. Again, another confirmation to me that this community just isn't what I thought it was. I gave my ideas for a neutral community to Bollocks and Partisan, two players I greatly respect, but as long as this community continue to has the above mindset, I most likely won't be returning to the game following my VM time. So if you want to keep this community that thrives on fighting everyone, go ahead and continue, but if you want to have a more dynamic community, it's time to start allowing people to think outside the box and helping others to enjoy the game the way they'd like as well as the way you like. Finally just to clarify, this is my personal opinion, has nothing to do with CS, and I completely objected to the war, feel free to ask anyone in Cornerstone. I'm grateful for the many of you that I met, I've had good times and great conversations with a lot of you, and I wish everyone the best. -Restius
  4. Hey Partisan, everything is going as good as it can be IRL, lots of stuff going on, but it is what it is Your statement definitely makes sense, and I think that is something that I can bring to the CS government to talk about how do we handle the situation from the in-game effects. Personally I've had my own theory of an alliance I've been toying around with that would restrict growth of a neutral alliance and still allow them to play without having to fight. However, I feel as though this community is not conductive or receptive towards such an idea. I'll try and have more info later, but my main frustration is the amount of personal attacks that come from this game (yes, my statement itself was a bit too harsh), but also the amount of people that we have turned away from PnW for the lulz.
  5. This is my personal opinion, it has nothing to do with Cornerstone.
  6. I have done my best to keep my mouth shut for a lot of these LPS beatings, and other beatings in general, but this is getting ridiculous. You guys are sitting here bashing a guy for having a busy life, and trying to play a game the way he can. Now some of you may be able to still play and have busy lives, and all props to you for your ability! This community as a whole has become this bloodthirsty poisonous lot who goes after anybody who doesn't meet the status quo, who doesn't play the game the way we feel it's supposed to be played. How many players have we turned away cause we felt the need to bash them into the ground for not meeting the criteria? How many alliances have you all demolished and demoralized because they did something you don't like? And yet you just keep it going. Who cares if someone goes into VM because of a war, seriously, why bother? Let people play the game they want to and stop destroying the different types of communities that are trying to come to this game. The war in this game is broke, the politics are nothing but ego boosts, and instead of trying to make a friendly, exciting, and caring community, we shun and destroy anyone who thinks differently. We have united before, we have cared before, but I feel like that spirit is quickly fading.
  7. Restius

    The Orbis

    Amazing job Ripper!
  8. As the newly self-appointed unverified official cup tester of Cornerstone, I must first taste this drink to verify no poisons were added. Congrats to Rache and thank you Rob for all your hard work!!!
  9. I know part of the concern with all the API pulls is server overload, however what is some events were RSS instead of API? I cannot pretend to say whether or not RSS has less of a demand than API, but I think it would? Examples of RSS feeds: New Wars New Market Offers New Alliance Applicant In my train of thought, this could help A. Reduce the workload of API requests coming into the server B. Reduce the amount of hostile API attempts C. Eliminate API requests from those who want to just get notifications to those who want to build information/graphs/etc.
  10. Funny, I was just thinking of suggesting the addition of an espionage that blocks fortification for say 12 turns or something like that, of course make it a little difficult to land
  11. Restius

    A Call to Prayer

    As I stood holding my guitar yesterday following our Sunday morning worship service, our pastor stood up and started talking about how we as a nation (USA) really need to take time to pray for this election coming in a few weeks. He continued, saying, that Daniel spent 21 (Daniel 10) days praying and fasting after a great revelation. Daniel fasted often in other parts of his book, in response to events going on within his country, albeit a foreign country. His statements had me thinking about praying and fasting, even before he asked our church to join him in fasting something of value to us up to the elections. I remembered how Daniel wasn't the only one who fasted. We can read in the book of Esther, how the Jews in Susa (Esther 4) fasted for three days to give her wisdom. Nehemiah fasts after hearing about the status of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1), Ezra fasts for safe passage back to Jerusalem (Ezra 8), and the entire city of Nineveh fasted after hearing Jonah's word (Jonah 3). There's plenty of other scriptures dealing with fasting that I won't flood the page with it. So this is a simple request, I'm not looking for pledges, I'm not looking for political arguments or discussions, and this is not about which candidate should be in office. Now what do you fast? Often people fast food, but it doesn't have to be food, fasting in this case, is giving up something that you do daily, and this can be from 5-10 minutes to a couple hours, whatever you feel comfortable doing to replace that time with prayer. For me, I'll be giving up my personal project time in the mornings before I go to work. If you're willing to fast, I encourage you to find something over the next few weeks to fast and pray for our country. It's not about praying that a candidate in particular wins, throw all the politicians and opinions you know out of the equation. This is praying that God will protect our country and help us to focus on the right direction, to break down the internal barriers in our country and provide resolve so that we can be united again. To give our leaders guidance on where we can improve, and knowledge on handling crisis when it rears it's ugly head. To see our country to lift up the broken, to encourage the weak, and to be a positive light to help change the world in which we live. If you're not from the US, I'd still encourage you to join in prayer for our country, as we need much of it, but to also pray for your own countries, and the world as a whole, that we can make this world increasingly better for the next generation, and that God will continue to show our world leaders how to solve the problems that arise, and find the best solution for those involved now, and in the future. Thank you, Restius
  12. Congrats VE on the new government setup and lineup!
  13. While a interesting idea in concept I think the first mwasure, if not already in the works or being done, would be to have alliances pledge to follow a set of nuclear guidelines. Much like the UN and nukes IRL. Spying away nukes and getting caught will cause problems, and once the league gets in a state of war how will their alliances react? The idea is noble but the what ifs are undoubtedly numerous. I personally would much rather see alliances agree to limiting their current members to something like the 1/2 limit within their own personal charters and through a global agreement of nuclear armaments and usage.
  14. CS has "moved sides" simply due to relationship and leadership changes. Our treaty with UPN was cancelled because we remained neutral during a war due to conflict of interests, and thought it was respectful to cancel our treaty following that due to relationship strains following the end of that conflict, and out of respect to them for us not being able to hold our end of the bargain. The cancellation with VE was also a sad day for me because we had been friends with them for so long, but again during the last war our other allies needed help and we wound up attacking Sparta who was a direct ally of VE, which we are also. Their cancellation, as sad as it was, was completely justified and understandable. What good are creating allied relationships if they wind up attacking on another? Anywho, my point is, our relationships have less to do with sides more than the simple fact of creating relationships with other players. Our treaties are birthed from relationships and experiences between players and not on popularity contests. As For my Personal Opinion I find two-sided mega wars rather boring and sometimes predictable, but this goes with any game I've ever played. Three-sided setups are worse, and the one game I played that had a four-sided setup was actually rather awesome. Sometimes these sides would go two on two, other times it would be four on four or a variety of other conflicts like that happening at the same time. Regardless of all that, Orbis is created strictly by how the players interact and decide. Which is something that is pretty awesome! If our community decides two have two sides that duke it out for years, so be it. But we can also decide when and how this changes unlike other games where you must be a part of team a or team b. So as for the state of Orbis, it's pretty unique
  15. Glad to have tC at our side! We have a lot of vessels to privateer
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