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"You Have Just Been Gangbanged" by FBI Paco
It has happened to the best of us. We get home from work / school / non-Utopian activity, nonchalantly login to our account, and wait for the page to load. We might even drum our fingers on the table and curse at our ISP, eager to re-enter that world we know and love. What new messages await us in the forum? Is our weary army back from their successful conquest? (remember when we saw that SoM, calculated feverishly, optimized our attack, and then watched smugly as we broke through their defenses again and again?)

And then we see the news.

Four different provinces, all from the same kingdom (the same kingdom of that province we hit before), all broke through your defenses, and grabbed you.

Welcome to the club - you have just been gangbanged.

The first reaction after such a devestating loss is to hit back whoever hit you. "I gotta get my backs" is the thought rushing through your head as you wildly go to the offenders' kingdom page. But reflection will conclude that this is not necessarily the best course of action. If the actions of these provinces show something, it has to be that they are not just oppurtunistic, they are unified and work together. Their retaliatory actions show that their kingdom is solid (if not in land, power, or fame, at least in team spirit). They stick together, and look out for their kingdom-mates. No one attacks their kingdom and gets away with it. In short, they are worthy opponents in this crazy world we call Utopia.

Of course, incidents such as this are what make Utopia interesting and fun. Dealing with these gangbangers and the miscreant kingdom is where the challenge and fun of Utopia lie. I have found myself enjoying Utopia all the more when presented with problems such as these to solve.

Note: This does not pertain to gangbanging by a multi. That is just cheating, and is an utterly reprehensible act.

But gangbangers cannot (and should not) be able to get away with their gangbanging ways unscathed. Most probably your teammates have noticed this untoward action, and are willing to help. The victim of a gangbang should receive as much aid as possible. The most important form of aid one can receive, in my opinion, is food (unless the province is undead). Since built lands can be taken in conquests, it is a good possibility that you have lost some farms; if you were low on food to begin with, your people could start starving in the streets, and in the most drastic cases, your army could begin to desert. After food, soldiers and gc should be sent (the urgency of these two commodites is different from province to province).

Obviously, a retaliatory effort must be made against the gangbangers, whether in landgrabs or in the form of theivery/magic. Any monarch worth his salt should be enraged at one of his provinces being gangbanged; an organized retaliation effort should be underway within 24 hours. There should be communication between monarchs about this (or even between the victims and perpretrators). Some monarchs are happy with an even number of retaliations; others prefer a short war to clear the air. A good war is enough to clean the slate and leave everyone with a sense of closure (except if you're the type who holds grudges). As long as the war doesn't become destructive, this is often a fitting end to the issue. The problem arises when things turn ugly and a bitter feud erupts. This, like an extended war, can be destructive for both kingdoms. Both kingdoms could be caught in a vicious cycle of attack/counterattack that will eventually become stagnant.

Remember, Utopia is a game, meant for enjoyment. Every situation should be seen as a challenge that you and your kingdom-mates should work through. Hopefully, you have a supportive, unified kingdom that will help you and that you can contribute to. Having a unified strategy makes your kingdom more than the sum of its provinces. That is the spirit of the game: interacting with your teammates and other players and teams. Happy gaming, and good luck against the gangbangers!

- FBI Paco (16-Oct-2000)

Readers' Comments

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The Tiny One
Posts: 33
(13-Dec-2001 11:17 am)
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i have never GBed any1, but it always happens to me, it sucks...but then i do propaganda and piss them off more
Lady Labrinx
Posts: 3
(29-Dec-2001 02:11 am)
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I'm torn on this issue. Personally I believe that any province that suicides deserves to be gb'ed. But a province which legitimately attacks another province of equal stature should not be gb'ed on principal alone. This does not seem to be the honorable thing to do. I prefer to stay away from any province/kingdom that is part of an alliance and try to keep my defense at a comparitive figure to the offense of those attackers which may take a lot of land from me.
myname01
Posts: 1
(02-Jan-2002 02:31 am)
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i know what you guys mean about suicides being GBed, and i think sometimes it just happens that one person finds a province with low defence and attacks it and the others in his kingdom join in after finding the same thing without the first guy telling anyone about it. that happend to me once i lost half my land overnight to attacks mostly by one kingdom (this is my first age and i started late and im not very good and it was a while ago so i only had 1000 acre which got cut down to 500) but when i asked the guy (after i had retaled by takeing about 100-150 acres frolm him and casting repeted fireballs and inciteing riots and stealing all his runes and gold.) he said he had told noone. sometime you just get unlucky.
SmartThinking
Posts: 28
(13-Jan-2002 01:56 pm)
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keep enought troops home :p
BaBaC
Posts: 4
(01-Feb-2002 08:54 am)
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I am not a gangbang victim normally
I am a gangbanging ppl

Once an orc left with 16 peasents after being gangbang by me and my 12 kd mates
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