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Posted by: KaisKais
« on: October 23, 2017, 12:22:17 pm »


I think it mostly started when erepublik admins changed how they advertised the game and started attracting a different kind of player.

2008/2009 a lot of people were uni students, or came from other games like cyber nations (Like me) so you had mostly nerdy guys that loved all the bureaucracy and sim.

Yeah, I can remember thinking that, to an outsider, our obsession with various forum-based bureaucratic things that seemed to have little if anything to do with the ingame engine must have seemed odd (the battles over the House of Lords being an always amusing example). But for us, things like that were part of the reason we were playing - the game in itself was relatively basic for the average player unless you built up a political community who cared enough about it to make it more than that. It's kind of why there was always a big backlash when people ("people" here usually meaning "Goku") tried to scrap it all or go around it.

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Sometime around 2011 onwards they seemed to shift to Facebook etc advertising and attracted a more general rabble of people, many that just wanted to click a button and not do all the sim stuff.
The general consensus/narrative among these anti-forum lot was that the forum users were elitist and didn't want to share power, which for some parties that was 100% correct.

Well, that was always a problem with the game from the start, or really with any politics/government sim. The people who'd been running the show from early on were inevitably still around years later and the top jobs clogged up a bit. But what I was getting at more was how an anti-forum movement could actually materialise - or, in other words, how could it be a "movement" with opinions as opposed to just a large bunch of non-forum-active new players?

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It has definitely been a slow death, I've been playing since Dec 2008, and I've seen it very very slowly decline. In 2009 when I ran the Navy we had like 1k active UK soldiers, 3k if you include Home Guard, then Legion in 2011-12ish we had 300odd active fighters but with the other MUs we had maybe 2 or 3 times that total. Now it's much much less something like less than 100 players actually fighting each day.

Yeah, I just logged on to check the stats, and couldn't believe the largest party in the world has ~250 members. I remember when TUP had 800+ and RFA had ~450 and were still only the 3rd or 4th largest party in the eUK.

But no single moment(s) which suddenly slashed activity then?


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I think, if the admins had left the game as it was before all the changes and just generally improve things we wouldn't have seen the decline we have now. The game is essentially just a cash cow for them now.

Yeah, I mean I don't know all the details, but I gathered that most of the changes made to the game were done with the intent of heavily pushing players to pay more RL cash.

Are any of the copycats claiming to replicate eRep V1 worth giving a shot, btw?

Also, would you mind giving me Archive access if you can? I've stuck up a comment on the thread, but can't rely on Butjam seeing it any time soon.
Posted by: RodneyMcKay
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:47:36 pm »

How'd that happen? I mean, how'd you organise a movement like that without a forum?

I think it mostly started when erepublik admins changed how they advertised the game and started attracting a different kind of player.

2008/2009 a lot of people were uni students, or came from other games like cyber nations (Like me) so you had mostly nerdy guys that loved all the bureaucracy and sim.

Sometime around 2011 onwards they seemed to shift to Facebook etc advertising and attracted a more general rabble of people, many that just wanted to click a button and not do all the sim stuff.
The general consensus/narrative among these anti-forum lot was that the forum users were elitist and didn't want to share power, which for some parties that was 100% correct.

It has definitely been a slow death, I've been playing since Dec 2008, and I've seen it very very slowly decline. In 2009 when I ran the Navy we had like 1k active UK soldiers, 3k if you include Home Guard, then Legion in 2011-12ish we had 300odd active fighters but with the other MUs we had maybe 2 or 3 times that total. Now it's much much less something like less than 100 players actually fighting each day.


I think, if the admins had left the game as it was before all the changes and just generally improve things we wouldn't have seen the decline we have now. The game is essentially just a cash cow for them now.
Posted by: KaisKais
« on: October 17, 2017, 03:02:52 am »

Ah, thought so. Seems the game hit peak ~2009-10 and just gradually sloped down from there. Just wondered if there'd been any particular event which had killed activity dead, but the more boring gradual answer probably makes more sense.

There was also a fairly popular anti-forum movement by a lot of the newer players

How'd that happen? I mean, how'd you organise a movement like that without a forum?
Posted by: RodneyMcKay
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:45:09 pm »

Nope

Why'd this place shut down, out of interest? If you've got the appetite for an explanation.

It didn't shut down from our end.

Erepublik as a game has been in massive decline for years now, 99.99% of the old players are gone, the ones that used this forum.
There was also a fairly popular anti-forum movement by a lot of the newer players, so there was less and less need/want for people to come here.

We also re branded the forums as a general gaming forum to try to help but we were pretty much in free fall.

The forums are practically dead but it's not going anywhere, I'm still gonna stick about and log in every other day or so and it's here and free for people to use if they want.

Posted by: KaisKais
« on: October 11, 2017, 08:07:37 pm »

Nope

Why'd this place shut down, out of interest? If you've got the appetite for an explanation.
Posted by: RodneyMcKay
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:40:11 pm »

Nope
Posted by: KaisKais
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:25:03 pm »

Well, this was a depressing return. Oh well, least I can win this game.
Posted by: vip b10
« on: August 26, 2017, 06:21:27 pm »

and to think it was actually fun for a while
Posted by: RodneyMcKay
« on: August 24, 2017, 08:55:17 pm »

I think we all wasted a lot of time.
Posted by: vip b10
« on: August 19, 2017, 11:56:32 am »

I randomly remembered I wasted alot of time on here back in the day
Posted by: Dishmcds
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:08:41 am »

>Oddinary

The flower?
Posted by: Dnouser
« on: June 10, 2017, 04:11:07 am »

Seriously, it the end of the world as we know it.  but I feel fine.
Posted by: Dishmcds
« on: June 06, 2017, 09:26:19 pm »

HI
Posted by: MarkTD
« on: June 06, 2017, 07:35:38 pm »

evening all
Posted by: CottonPicken
« on: June 03, 2017, 12:37:02 am »

Gravy?