Hello. This is @PeachyKeen, the hopeless idealist, reporter and overall mediocre guy.
Preamble, hidden for those bored by lots of words.
This is a discussion. About what, you say? Alternatives.
Empires and Puzzles is not a great game, by any means, let’s not fool ourselves. However, it is a good game when the right people get together and enjoy each other’s company.
To prove to ourselves that we can have a civilized discussion, we can mention the choice and then discuss an alternative. Notice anywhere in here that I state you will agree to anything anyone says? No. In fact I want you to disagree. As humans, we’re all really good at that: in megatons, no less.
But how will we disagree in THIS thread? By just not saying anything. Oh, I’m sure a few could break the rules and that will suck. Would be nice if they just did not.
Mention a choice, then discuss an alternative.
I’ll give us a head start with several examples, but choose new ones if you like.
Choice 1: Personal Attacks
Alternative: Remove the person from the problem. Discuss the facts not the people. You really aren’t a better quality person than the person on the other side of the argument, stop kidding yourself, you’re just not.
Choice 2: Bench Telluria, Vela, Gobbler, Brian, Atomos or any of the altered heroes in protest of St. Petri’s day.
Alternative: Assess your challenge, be it raids, war, titans, tournament, build the best team from what you have. You aren’t proving anything to anyone, least of all SG.
Choice 3: Post a long rant about quitting the game.
Alternative: Find a new game that is more fun and let your interest grow in that. If it is more fun than E/P, quit quietly.
Choice 4: See the hero balancing the the narrow lens of a single hero.
Alternative: Consider the difficult challenge that the developers have to both create new and exciting heroes but also keep the game balanced. Understand that it is a hard thing to both keep that balance and to foresee all of the synergies that could make the game (at the very least) monotonous.
Choice 5: Create a thread about Telluria
Alternative: Take a walk around the block,enjoy the fresh air, take your nose out of your device and avoid thinking about the topic for the rest of your life.
Choice 6: Write a painfully self-aware, satirical topic about alternatives
Alternative: Do pretty much anything else with your life. Learn a new skill. Work at your actual job. Anything.
Choice 7: Expect compensation for every little thing SG does that ruffles your feathers.
Alternative: Combine the previous concept of a long walk, but involve a short pier somewhere in the process.
Any to add?