The Event List is practically empty. Alliance chat feels dead. No one is doing anything but farming tiles. Your contact light number briefly increases and a glimmer of hope that something may happen…. Nope. They logged back off the game again. Ugh! I’m so boooorrred! What’s a player to do during game downtime?
It does happen on occasion. Sometimes all the excitement of kill events or raid bosses can make us wish we had a major event occur every night! Usually, the developers of World War Rising Give us a break one or two days a week, however. Sometimes we need it! Sometimes we don’t want it.
One of the scariest things for any Alliance Management is the fear that your alliance is dull and boring. The moment you haven’t seen a rally in a day if you are a battle alliance or no helps pop-up for a few hours if your alliance likes to build, thoughts of “maybe our alliance is dying” begin to creep into your head. In some instances, alliances do not survive these lulls. Members get bored and wander off to greener pastures.
What are some ways that you and the rest of your alliance can keep from being bored? Although downtime can be the bane of any alliance’s existence, in this article we will explore activities not necessarily sanctioned as events but are activities to play or do with your alliance to keep members engaged, entertained, and excitedly active.
No Wanted Events
There are ALWAYS events occurring. Sometimes they aren’t the events that we love. They aren’t the exciting kill events where you get to test your strategic prowess. They aren’t raid boss events that let you level heroes and get tons of items you can use in your base. Some are only maintenance events and can be considered less than illustrious, so what are some ways to make no BIG events seem like more fun?
Let’s be honest, non-stop kill events would be difficult to keep up with. We need a little downtime here and there if for no other reason than to take a forced break from killing all of our troops and using up all of our items.
So, what’s an Alliance to do?
Fun and Games
One of the most fun ways to fill downtime is to simply come up with different games to play with your alliance. The possibilities are endless. There are an unbelievable amount of things you can do. Throughout the years I have played many games, been in many alliances, and had plenty of days of downtime. I have often been amazed at the creativity of players to pull water from a rock, so to speak, and keep their members entertained while there is seemingly nothing to do. One of the most popular options was always games. Pick a fun prize for the winner and give one of the games below a try!
- Where in the World is the r5? Although it doesn’t actually need to be an r5, not only is this game fun to play, it’s actually a great way to help your alliance peeps train their eyes to hunt for targets on the world map. Simply pick a player to port somewhere randomly. The first player to find the base wins!
- Guess this Song! Everyone loves music. Ask peeps to chill on regular chat or have a dedicated “Games” room to play Guess this Song! To play, type in the first word of any song lyrics. Add one word until the song is guessed. The first to guess the song wins!
- Name That Movie!– Similar to Guess this Song, give your alliance members famous quotes or scenes from movies and see who can guess which movie it is the quickest. This could also be transformed into Name that Book! Or Famous Quotes From History! It all depends on what your Alliance enjoys.
- Code Games- Code Style games can be a lot of fun. Type in a code and you can play all sorts of mini style chat games to stay occupied. Codes are as follows:
- Magic 8 Ball- /8ball
- Rock, Paper, Scissors- /rps
- Poker- /poker
- Get a Number Between 1 and 100- /roll
- Dice- /dice
- Coin Flip- /flip
- Racing Heroes- This can be another fun way to help alliance members be more alert to what can be done in their base. Try to keep competing heroes as close as possible as far as Command Center and Hero level go. Recommend trying things that boost deployment speed such as skills, boosts, banners, or any other items available at a player’s disposal. It helps to use a farm base as a target if it may be a close race to have report times available. Have both players start at the same time and whoever arrives at the designated target first, wins!
- I Spy- This one is a well-known game from our past. Y’all remember it… “I spy with my little eye…” The difference is that this is in-game and not out the car window. This can be done with bases, syndicates, shapes of lakes, emblems, boosts, or anything that can be seen in the game. The item can be screenshot and sent to the alliance line room or cords can be given as examples of how to participate.
Keep in mind these are only a few suggestions of games you can play to help occupy your time with the alliance family. There really is no limit to the games or activities you can come up with!
One of my absolute favorite ways to kill time in between events is to test. Test anything and everything. Testing alone can keep you occupied literally for days. It is probably the number one way to productively spend that downtime we are trying to fill.
Be sure to check out my article for proper testing methods!
There are many things to test in your base both by yourself and with others. Involving the alliance helps your family to be aware of the possibilities within their own bases. Encourage as many participants as possible.
Some Testing Suggestions:
- Emblem Efficiency
- Which Banners Work Against Which Type of Troops Better?
- Do all Debuffs Work for Both Offense and Defense?
- Which Hero Works Better if Walls are Part of Your Defense?
- Which Squad is More Effective Against Aircraft?
- Which Frontline Troops Kill More of an Incoming Solo? What about a Rally?
- How Much Does a Banner Reduce Training Time?
- Does Different Gear Help with Tile Yields?
Research Parties, while possibly not sounding fun on the surface initially, can actually be a great way to bring the alliance together. Try to schedule an Alliance Research Party around events where players would benefit from doing research. Give notice, sending out an alliance mail, or making a line announcement that informs the alliance of the upcoming activity.
The main benefit of this activity is that players can chat together while working on their bases. More people are on at the same time, so alliance helps come much faster. This can help the alliance by saving speeds and getting research done in a much more timely manner. A very happy side effect is that the team is on. It’s a good time for people to chat since there are no-kill events occurring. Camaraderie helps an alliance work together in a much better fashion.
Another nice side effect is that a lot of people are on, so go hunting after the Research Party! People can try out their newly added research and plenty of people will be on to add to rallies.
Other Ways to Keep the Team Occupied
- Line Parties- Line Parties are a great activity for the more social alliances. Many people actually play this game solely for the friendships they develop. Be sure to know the alliance type you have to keep the alliance happy. Give notice to the alliance and start a call in alliance chat! This again is only limited by your imagination. One year my friends and I had a Line call party during the entire election night to watch the Presidential Race. You can liven it up in other ways that I will not state here, but I’m sure your imagination can figure out some adult fun.
- Rally Practice- Being able to Rally in World War Rising is absolutely crucial if your alliance participates in kill events or battles in any way. Timing is everything. As they say, practice makes perfect, so take the time to develop a set system and practice it until people can add to rallies with their eyes closed! (Ok, an exaggeration, but you catch my meaning!). You can also do a game similar to the hero race mentioned above and award prizes for the fastest, correct fill requested. Make it hard! Switch up troop requests so your team gets into the habit of carefully paying attention to what is sent to a rally.
Check out these Rally Technique Articles to help you on your way!
- “Classes”- Trying to multitask downtime activities is never a bad idea. Consider offering a weekly class on the slowest game day with varying topics each week. One week could be about Defense while the next week can be about how to properly skill a particular hero.
- Help a Friend- Partner up members in your alliance to help each other go over things in their accounts with each other. This is a good activity because it can help players to understand where they may be satisfactory or lacking when they see the accomplishments or inadequacy in other players’ accounts.
There truly is no limit to any idea you may have as long as it is enjoyed and it brings you closer together as an alliance.
What Comes Next
Check out the following links for more ideas on things to do during game downtime!
A Few Good Things to Test:
Read these Articles for Further Stat Boosting Items to Test for Yourself:
The Right Family and the Right Growth
Keep a Sense of Humor
Other Topics to Brush up On:
Some Key Areas to Learn About
No matter what is occurring, be sure safety is always first!
**NEVER PLAY WHILE DRIVING OR OPERATING A MOVING VEHICLE**
I hope this article will be a starting point for all of the fun activities you do with your alliance during downtime or non-kill events. Try to do activities that help improve the overall goal of the alliance, whatever that may be. If you have any suggestions for other players, feel free to add them in the comments below!
These suggestions are made in order to assist players in the process of playing WWR to fill downtime with fellow alliance members and is NOT a guarantee that your exact desired outcome will happen.
I would like to thank the awesome players from our Command Lines Rooms that helped me with the codes listed under Code Games Above for this article about how to help occupy downtime:
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