Ahoy crew! It has been brought to our attention that a dedicated group of role players is planning a new concept of RP guild warfare on Catskills. I want to introduce this concept to you, tell you what I think about it, and ask YOU for your opinion. To fully understand the concept, you first have to understand what an Alliance is: Alliances are formal relationships between guilds, and are managed by the guild designated as the Alliance Leader. Guilds can not have any wars declared when joining an alliance and a guild may only belong to one alliance at a time. Alliances share all wars declared by their Alliance Leader, and only the Alliance leader can declare war. Other guilds wishing to declare war on any guild in an Alliance must declare war on the Alliance Leader directly. If the Alliance Leader accepts the declaration of war, this will result in a war with the entire Alliance. Allies will highlight the same color as members of your own guild (a light green color). Two Alliance Leaders can declare war on each other, so all guilds under one Alliance will automatically be at war (highlight orange) with all guilds under the other Alliance. All guilds in one Alliance can communicate with one another through the Alliance Chat (which works just like guild chat). Concept: The basic idea is that all RP guilds on Catskills interested in guild interaction, events and warfare (according to the RoE) will join a system based on two Alliances: A "good" and an "evil" one. Not only does this allow to choose an allegiance, it also opens up a lot of possibilities of guild interaction and real guild conflicts/wars with a RP background. It would "unite" the RP guilds better and would make it easier for smaller guilds to join into the system, instead of having to handle all the highlighting business by themselves. (Aneirin should correct me if I misinterpreted something or left something out.) My Opinion: I think this idea has a lot of potential. I have suggested the exact same thing to the Catskills community 3 years ago, because I felt that the RP guilds mostly are kindof isolated. Building a shard-wide Alliance system would improve guild communication and interaction a lot. As you can see who in the Alliance is online and can easily chat with them, it makes it easier for guilds to plan something. It also makes it easier for new guilds to join into the RP fun on Catskills without the long-winded hassle of trying to contact and declare war on all the participating guilds by themselves. It also is a good roof under which the RP guilds on Catskills can unite. I know that most guild masters treasure their long list of guild war declarations, but 95% of the guilds in those lists are inactive or even don't exist anymore. And 99% of these guild wars are never used. If you look at the UP guild relations, you will see that we are at war with 19 guilds. But which of these guild wars do we actually utilize? Maybe 1 or 2 (PGoH and RBG). The other ones are obsolete. I wouldn't mind clearing this list and starting new, under a better system. I can understand that some guild masters may have a problem with "handing over control" to an Alliance Leader. The Alliance Leader is in charge of adding/removing guilds to the Alliance and has the responsibility of the relation to the other Alliance, including the guilds THEY add (and thus automatically will be at war, too). Instead of every guild master deciding for himself who will be part of the war system, this decision will be made by two Alliance Leaders. I personally have no problem with that, under two conditions: 1. The two Alliance Leaders must be people who are trustworthy and reliable, and who are AVAILABLE in a long term. Should this change, the Alliance Leadership must be passed on to a guild meeting these requirements. 2. The Alliance Leaders must be very strict about the Rules of Engagement, and enforce them. If drama happens (and it will happen), misunderstandings have to be cleared out immediately and constructively. If rules are deliberately broken (and it will happen), it must be made sure that the involved guild gets rid of that rule-breaking member. If the guild refuses to cooperate, it has to be removed from the Alliance. I'd have no problem with canceling all our guild wars and join the Alliance as long as the PGoH is part of it (as the only guild we currently interact with). What Say You?