Upheaval can happen without notice. Your day-to-day, happy alliance goes through the normal motions of events and burning bases. Everyone is happy, everyone is content. It’s a reliable getaway from the hustle and bustle of real-life and you enjoy the escape.
Then the unthinkable happens. Change…
At some point, it happens to every alliance. A major event that can not be ignored or looked over must suddenly be dealt with.
In this article, we will look at different game-changing events that can happen to you, your alliance, and the game itself, along with possible ways to deal with each.
How to Handle Major Game Changes
Changes from the Normal Routine
We always have gradual changes and updates that occur within the game. New gear, new events, and new heroes are all to be expected. What happens when a massive troop recalculation occurs? What do you do when the squad member you built a strategy around no longer has the ability you relied on for your entire approach to killing mass quantities of troops?
This can be frustrating to deal with. What you have become accustomed to and what you know for a fact, no longer works.
First, realize that it is normal to be angry and upset.
I am not a fan of change myself and when I am forced to detour from my normal processes, I’m not exactly a happy camper.
Recently, in the oldest timeline, we had a rather large troop recalculation in an attempt to rebalance combat. Immediately, it seemed as though the whole world was burning. Large players were being zeroed by solos. Taking a Rally was unthinkable. Troops were bounced out of CPs with what seemed barely a shove. Previously, that was not really a possibility anyone had thought about.
Last year, a Squad Member that had a major advantage with a special skill attackers used was reduced, and they no longer had the boost that many became accustomed to being able to use. Some attackers were extremely upset about the situation.
On occasion, you will even hear of players quitting over these sudden changes. It is not necessary! The main thing I have learned is that change should be embraced. It is an OPPORTUNITY and not a hindrance.
CHANGE SHOULD BE EMBRACED! IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY!
Try to view forced change as a chance to rework your base. Go over every detail once more. You will be surprised at all the things that may have gone to the wayside while the combat balance was in your favor.
How to Ease Alliance Fears
As has been said many times before, it is often the best idea to lead by example.
- Believe yourself that change can be positive.
- Review what has been changed carefully and talk with other Leaders or more advanced players dealing with the difference also.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something occurring.
Present your alliance with as many possibilities to handle what may be happening as possible. It is extremely unlikely a change will revert to the way it was before, so trying to understand what is new as soon as you are able is key.
When talking to your Alliance:
- Try to stay positive. The more gloom and doom you infer, the more stressed out and hopeless your team will feel.
- Empathize with their plight. Let the alliance know you understand.
- Present Options. Giving people choices lets them feel more in control of a situation.
- Offer Group Discussions. Whenever possible, try to schedule group training or discussions to work on things together. Not only can this build more comradery after you succeed, several heads together often find solutions faster.
- Schedule Testing as an Alliance. Give your team the opportunity to try new solutions before big events happen.
- Stick Together. Remember that you are a team and you will get through this together.
Remind your team that even though something may seem daunting at first, there is ALWAYS a solution.
How to Handle a Merge
Merges can be a great deal of fun! This is probably the most exciting change mentioned in this article. With a merge, there is an opportunity for new team members, targets, and things to do.
A Region Merge is a merge that takes place between two or more Regions. The number of Regions merging will vary based on a timeline’s economy and activity. During a Region Merge, new rivalries may present themselves. New alliances may form. Merges can be extremely exhilarating with all the possibilities.
Some things to help your alliance to prepare would be to make them aware to watch and understand the following:
- Know what’s coming. More than likely the Regions that you will be merging with will be the Regions that you have been competing with during RvR Events. These events may be anything from Building Events at the beginning of the game to kill events a little later on. Some merges occur between two different timelines that have been brought close in abilities.
- Begin to Socialize. Since you have an idea of who you may be merging with, it doesn’t hurt to begin speaking with other alliance leaders from the new region possibilities to help ease the transition once the merge happens.
- Remind your team to shield. One of the best things about region merges is all the new targets to choose from. This in turn means the possibility of you or your alliance being a target as well.
Once the blog announces a merge is imminent, be sure to have your alliance begin to prepare.
Alliance Merges are similar to Region Merges in some ways, but are more intimate on a team to team basis instead of many teams at once. Alliance Merges can happen at any time during the game. The only restriction is what you agree upon between the alliances merging.
When merging with another alliance, try to keep a few of the following recommendations in mind:
- Merge with another alliance that has a similar credo. While it is possible to merge a farming alliance with a fighting alliance depending on alliance needs, typically the most successful alliance merges are between alliances that have a similar game view.
- Communicate. Be sure to have both sides list expectations as well as a list of intolerable actions. If the lists do not match (as is often the case), be prepared to negotiate openly and honestly.
- Solidify expectations for the new alliance before the merge. Hot item topics such as leadership positions, tile hitting rules, and event expectations should all be settled on before the merge even occurs.
- Allow the potential alliances to mingle before the merge. If possible, set up in-game rooms or Line chat rooms to allow members to meet each other before the merge occurs. Chemistry is very important between team members and it is a good idea to make sure no surprises will occur once the merge officially happens.
Merges can be extremely exhilarating with all the possibilities!
How to Handle When Important Players Quit
It’s not unusual for a few stars to shine a little brighter within an alliance. They can be any type of player. An incredible attacker that leads the main rallies, a CP specialist that keeps the team competitive, a cheerleader who never fails to keep the team motivated, or a brain that figures out all of the strategies the alliance relies on, can all be tremendous losses to an alliance when they leave the game.
One thing to keep in mind is that eventually, almost all players leave throughout the course of time. Things happen in real life that changes previous schedules or financial responsibilities and becomes something that does not leave room for a gamer’s life any longer.
While it can be a crushing blow to lose such an important part of your core team, there are many other members remaining that rely on you to carry on. They are still a part of the same alliance. Remind yourself and your alliance family that while you may need to make some adjustments, with a little change in style your team will survive just as prosperously.
Consider some of the following actions when a valued member leaves:
- Give the person leaving a farewell celebration. This is only limited by your finances and your imagination.
- Have a line Call party.
- Send out farewell mail.
- Immortalize your departing family member on your alliance wall description.
- Consider keeping the member leaving in line chat to stay in touch.
- Consider recruiting new alliance members to help fill the hole. While no one can replace family, having new blood may help soften the blow of the loss you feel.
- Be there for each other. Again, communication and allowing people to talk about concerns may help everyone move forward faster than dwelling on the person you miss.
Although it can be very difficult at times, you must continue on. You made a commitment as a leader to look out for your family in good times and bad. Pull strength from those around you and keep moving forward.
How to Keep Players from Rage Quitting
A challenge many leaders face is people wanting to “rage quit”. Rage quitting typically happens when something bad in the game occurs and emotions overrule logic for a player.
Some of the occurrences that may cause a player to rage quit:
- Game changes. As mentioned above, for some, game changes may feel hopeless in the moment.
- A close friend leaves the game. When people form close bonds with others, it’s difficult to imagine playing without them.
- A game glitch occurred. This one can be difficult to handle for some players as a glitch is no one’s fault that you play with, similar to an “act of nature” in the real world.
- Losing. The number one reason a person will rage quit is a massive troop loss. This is especially true when a player is “zeroed” (losing all of your troops in one attack or one series of attacks at once.)
There are a few ways that these can be dealt with. This is very dependent on the player and your relationship with that player. If there may be any friction between you, it may be wise to ask another leader to attempt to talk with the upset player.
Consider the following:
- Offer sympathy. Often people feel better when they realize they are not alone and others understand what they may be going through.
- Offer support. Assuming it is not a regular occurrence (people that want to quit after a zero are not often “moochers”). Take an alliance inventory and see which members may be able to help assist the fallen comrade with RSS, Gifts, or any other things that may help the person rebuild.
- Offer encouragement. Again, focus on the positive. If the player was zeroed, focus on the fact that they now have the opportunity to completely redo their setup. Attempt to get them together with one of the brains of the alliance to rebuild even stronger.
- Offer solace. If the player lost badly due to a glitch that occurred, encourage them to write mail to customer support to make them aware of the problem. Oftentimes when the game is at fault, the customer support team can verify a glitch occurred and replace the army that was lost.
While you cannot prevent everyone from leaving, making the other player feel supported and cared about may go a long way in keeping them around.
How to Handle a Death in the Alliance
One of the most difficult things to deal with in gaming is the death of someone you know in the game. This can be someone you have just heard of, someone you have fought, someone you have learned from, or someone that just made you smile. It is surprising the impact we can have on each other’s lives and we don’t often realize the effects someone has on us until they are gone. We cannot deny that the social, very human, aspect of the game is a major draw for many.
When we lose someone in the game, while it is at a distance, it can still touch everyone a great deal. People deal with death in many ways.
While we know the person we cared about is gone, we are left to miss them or ponder the mysteries of life. Just like in real life, a range of emotions can occur. When a beloved member of your alliance family passes, the pain can be very real and felt acutely. Even if you may not feel as influenced by the situation as everyone else, keep in mind that everyone’s grieving process is different. In order to help your alliance move on, they must be allowed to go through the grieving process as they need.
There are a few different ways you can help your alliance family mourn.
- Allow comments on your alliance wall. While we are often tempted to clear comments, allow the respect others show to remain. This can be a great comfort to those in the alliance as they remember how much this person was cared about.
- Ask for a period of peace to grieve. While this may not always be possible, (there are always trolls that find others’ sadness amusing, unfortunately.) sometimes people just need a moment to catch their breath. Asking the other leaders of your region for a few days of peace is a request rarely denied.
- Burn the Region down. Contrary wise, if the passing alliance family member loved the battling aspect of the game, the best way to honor them may be to turn your region into one large bonfire. (It is stated in my will that this is how I wish to be honored in-game if I go before my time. Kill them all!)
- Create a Memorial. Through the years I have seen many types of memorials. The most common is similar to the image below where players change their name temporarily to honor the player that passed on and everyone gathers around the Control Point. I have also seen players of a region put encampments all around the deceased player’s Command Center. In one instance I have seen bases spell out “We will miss you _ _ _ _.” using their Command Centers to spell out the letters.
Whatever you decide to do, try to keep everyone’s thoughts and emotions in mind and try to be respectful through the difficult time.
Remember that all of these actions are to help those remaining to move on. The person gone will hardly care, but those left, that loved that person, do. One last major act for that person can really help some log back on and fight another day. Be respectful to the feelings of others in your alliance or region and realize it may affect some much harder.
What Comes Next
Check out the following links for more information on topics you may have questions about:
The Right Family and the Right Growth
Keep a Sense of Humor
Know your Future:
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Become a Stronger Defender
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Other Ways to Become Stronger
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No matter what is occurring, be sure safety is always first!
Major upheaval can be difficult to deal with but is not impossible. With a bit of determination, positivity, and creative thinking, you can help your alliance sore to even greater heights than before the change occurred. I hope this article helps you assist your alliance to be successful through it all, no matter how tough it may seem at the time.
Please remember that these suggestions are made in order to help players in the process of playing WWR by assisting players through difficult game situations with suggestions ONLY and is NOT a guarantee that your exact desired outcome will happen.
I would like to thank the awesome player experts who assisted with this article on ways to deal with difficult game situations:
Chrisschank (WPC) Region #547, Basalt Badlands
Boostcobra (~Ink) Region #535, Etamin
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