W27: Blogs, Scandal and Cheekiness

October 10, 2010 in World 027 News, World News

Welcome guys and gals to the very first (proper) edition of the new W27 Blog. Done with the rigmarole of my introduction, I am here to eagerly encourage you folks to peep through this dusty window at the vicissitudes of W27. If that weren’t offer enough, and this rather fetching blue colour isn’t blowing your skirt up, I am beginning with everything a blog needs: Scandal.

Yes, nothing attracts an audience like the allure of debauchery or schadenfreude, and I know that’s why you came. So I thought, now they’re here, why don’t I throw in something large, shiny and colourful to keep them going? Nope, it’s not gem encrusted sword *wink* *wink*, but a cheeky little map for all those unfamiliar with W27:

As you can probably see, things aren’t exactly balanced in the W27 neck of the woods. Shadow has, for a long time, dominated the affairs of this world and resistance to it is slipping away. With the recent drop in noble prices, the expansion of Shadow has increased dramatically and hope for the rest of the world is thinly spread.

So what’s this bad news and scandal I alluded to? Well, in the last official TW newsletter, when it mentioned the victory of DNY, it also said that another world would soon be having its closure announced. Thinking that his job would soon be obsolete, but that he would have his life back, this author scanned the murky thicket of other worlds for tribes close to finishing their worlds. Until yesterday, I thought it would be W27.

Then, disaster struck. The days passed, and those in Shadow sat comfortably thinking that the announcement was coming that W27 would soon be closing and the endgame sequence would be initiated; how wrong they were.

You see, my scouting of other worlds was misguided. Whilst both 25 and 41 appeared to be coming closer to victory, the maps clearly showed W27 to be the most heavily dominated. When the news came in that W18 would be closing, I was decidedly bemused. It seems that alliances can claim victory together. And with that, I breathed a heavy sigh, noting that Shadow would be due for a bronze medal, where once it hoped for gold.

I suppose this is the part where I offer my congratulations to the folks of W18 and it is due to them. I hold up my hands, duped it seems, by pretty map colours and false pretences (I thought they were fighting each other, not allies). Does that mean W27 will be any less frenzied? No, no it will not. In fact, I’d like to think that W27 is the adopted child among the other worlds, spurned because it is different (yes, I note that 52 children is a considerable achievement in my extended metaphor, but this is the Middle Ages). Therefore it will be all the more interesting when one of TW’s strangest experiments [1] comes to an end.

Without further ado, let’s bring on this week’s war stats:

Shadow vs. SBM

Side 1: 62

Side 2: 0

Shadow vs. Dawn

Side 1: 85

Side 2: 1

Shadow vs. SKULL

Side 1: 64

Side 2: 2

Seasoned readers may well be noting the absence of BIP from the stats, and that sadly is down to the disbandment during the week. The pressure from Shadow finally did its work and its members are abandoned in the wilderness.

Talking of the wilderness, its Dawn who are furthest at sea this week, due mostly to the losses from what was their largest player – rosyka. It’s a loss the tribe can ill afford and how they remain in third place is anyone’s guess. Whilst activity at the top is solid, things are a little creaky lower down. The conquer in return gives them more to show than SBM, but a firm and merciless showing from Shadow will give them plenty to think about. Positives here are few and far between.

Shadow’s old favourite, SBM, find themselves faring better this week. Maybe it is a sign that if you are losing 62-0 and still class it as a better week, that hope has already evaporated. Whatever the case, apathy from the top and losses all over are doing them no  favours. Comfortable gains are being made in the West and there is an unfortunate lack of retaliation.

Coming finally to SKULL, it’s little better there. They have seemed a far tastier morsel in recent weeks with regards to Shadow’s palate and theirs is the largest proportional loss of points. With the tribe having halved in size over the last month, and with their largest player at just over 350k points, this author is struggling for positives. Activity is good, but that is nothing without the willingness to fight.

On the Shadow side, a slightly lower haul in terms of conquers this week. The story for them does however remain the same and the fate of the world is looking awfully foregone. Cheaper nobles have left their mark in an ameliorated activity and impressive personal totals from some members. It seems that they are refusing to relent on their world conquest, and that is bad news indeed for the rest of the world.

So what now for the future of World 27? Well, in my own mind, the thrilling blue colour of this blog has got to be worth something, and I’d be lying if I didn’t deny that I wouldn’t dislike not to have more publicity. Perhaps the fell sorcery of ‘WordPress’ will yet threaten me with insanity. I do recall a time when they said that we’d all be home by Christmas; whether that is the case for W27, remains to be seen.

In Other News…

  • Shadow’s total points exceed 200,000,000, a colossal milestone for them.
  • The closure of W18 is announced.
  • The W27 Weekly comes to its official and impromptu end; the consummate arsenal of tools at my disposal here, and my general tinkering with colours and formatting, have made me feel vaguely adulterous, but still, it was a pleasure to write there, and continues to be so here. I shall write a little something to commemorate my time on the usual W27 Weekly thread.

Stats

Tribes:

Ennoble Winner: Shadow (+422)

Ennoble Loser: Dawn (-90)

Players:

Ennoble Winner: lord trader (+62)

Ennoble Loser: rosyka (Abandoned) (-72)

Top Ten Tribes:

1

Shadow

198,171,238

200,967,721

44

4,567,448

20,304

9,898

2

SBM

7,184,435

7,184,435

35

205,270

915

7,852

3

Dawn

3,351,546

3,351,546

36

93,099

440

7,617

4

SKULL

2,701,049

2,701,049

30

90,035

390

6,926

5

[OBL]

1,312,083

1,312,083

38

34,529

188

6,979

6

NOS2

744,858

744,858

3

248,286

94

7,924

7

Dawn-A

541,918

543,283

51

10,653

146

3,721

8

+KN+

364,424

365,171

53

6,890

100

3,652

9

ROTW

293,540

293,540

6

48,923

48

6,115

10

SAM

217,390

217,390

11

19,763

36

6,039

Top Ten Players:

1

gerick6

Shadow

10,268,900

992

10,352

2

Zarin

Shadow

9,791,538

972

10,074

3

sstarkey

Shadow

8,622,719

874

9,866

4

mikestuntz

Shadow

8,365,322

831

10,067

5

Deciphered

Shadow

7,506,998

728

10,312

6

SusieJean

Shadow

7,373,729

744

9,911

7

Mande1992

Shadow

7,335,039

747

9,819

8

lord trader

Shadow

7,302,084

737

9,908

9

foghorn66

Shadow

6,980,707

696

10,030

10

BrobFellshank

Shadow

6,702,595

666

10,064

I think that about wraps up my first foray into W27 bloggery. Methinks you all have seen the mere limits of whatever demoniac entities preside within this contraption that mere mortals call ‘WordPress’; my powers of experimentation and divination have only led me hither thus far. Any mistakes and inconsistencies with format you’ll have to put up with for the moment, I am afraid. I shall concede that the Weekly was simpler, if less inviting.

I hope all enjoyed it and that W27 has been done its justice; for now I retire to simpler pursuits and the promise of bloodshed on the battlefield. To you all, I bid good day.

Zarin

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[1] W27 was the first and only world to have a lock on tribes. For a more detailed summary of the machinations and effects, do please consult the W27 History on the W27 Public Forum.