I'm Done With Armageddon Oct 31, 2019 21:02:31 GMT -5
Post by sirra on Oct 31, 2019 21:02:31 GMT -5
Hell, I didn't even feel like its closure led to an increase in character density in Allanak, even though player numbers haven't changed much. You'd have thought that whatever portion of the playerbase resided in Tuluk would be shifted into Allanak, but either that didn't happen at all or it did so in a manner that failed to bring any appreciable change in activity levels. They probably shouldn't have left Morin's open as a pseudo-sphere, because anytime I've bothered to go there, there's always a handful of players sitting around being completely worthless to the game as a whole.
I suspect what happened was that without two cities to alternate between, players just grew more insular instead of congregating in Allanak's public scene. Many players used to switch cities when moving on to a new character just so they could be around new faces, and without that option, they may simply have started to play behind closed doors instead. It's no secret that players have increasingly done that in recent years, especially nobles who nowadays barely set foot in Allanak proper. Luir's is only a suitable sphere for members of Kurac, and Red Storm is really more of a suburb to Allanak.
I agree that the oddest thing about Tuluk shutting down was that it did not lead to a noticeable uptick in staff activity elsewhere. Although, the truth is, staff largely did the minimum regardless of how many clans there were at any given time, with very few exceptions. (A couple staffers have always been more active than others at times).
the weird thing was how adamant that staff was about it really happening. they blew past the deadline, blog posts got thinner and thinner, then you stopped hearing anything for 6+ months and staff were still saying no it's totally gonna happen! before things poofed.
IIRC, originally they said they'd be shutting Armageddon down in 6 months. That's why I stopped playing my dwarf Bynner at the time, Drake. It made it hard for me to enjoy him when everyone was suiciding and apping mindbenders.