unfortunately, people are not always reliable. In every Multiplayer campaign I’ve played and hosted there has always been people who quit or leave for whatever reason; sometimes its real life personal things, others might be just a lack of interest.
This is expected. However, to ensure that the game does not stall I have come up with a few rules that will help the game progress despite these hiccups.
48 hour deadline – Everyone will have 48 hours to play their turn once it has been posted on the board, please don’t wait till the last seconds to play your turn, the faster you play the turn and post it the quicker the game will progress. However if your unable to play for whatever reason you will be Subbed by another active player, if it’s your second time in a row of being inactive during your turn your kingdom will become Regent by another player (more detailed in this post). I will try to make sure that everyone receives a private message after 24 hours to remind them of their turn. Please keep posted to the game at all times, to avoid being accidently subbed.
Substitution – Substitution or subbing someone is important aspect to the game. Often these campaigns last for months and even years, so it’s not unheard of if someone is inactive during their 48 hour deadline for a turn. There are two types of Substitution, Request Substitution and Inactive Substitution.
Requested Substitution: If you are unable to play your turn, gone on a business trip or vacation or will be away for a period of time, you may request that someone sub your turn (he may be anyone in the game or outside of it). You may ask this person to do whatever you please, declare war, diplomacy etc...
This requested subbed person has to play the turn he was requested to play within the 48 hour deadline, if he does not however, your kingdom will be sent to regency, so it’s important that whoever you choose to sub you is a reliable player and that you trust him fully.
Inactive Substitution: If the player misses his 48 hour deadline and has not told anyone or requested a substitute, one will be found for him. Unlike the requested substitute, this substitute must not have a conflict of interest with this kingdom, (for example you cannot sub someone you border, allied with or at war with). The person who subs this kingdom must be in the game and far away from the kingdom they are subbing not to sabotage them or use them for their own personal gain. They are also not allowed to partake in diplomacy or to declare war on anyone (they can defend however if they are attacked and should).
For those who are a requested Sub, they are allowed to sub for no more than 3 turns, after the 3 turns have occurred and the main player has not yet returned, their kingdom will become Regency. (Exception will be made if specific time frame has been made for the players return). However for inactive sub, they will only sub the player for one turn, after if the inactive main player still has not returned and his turn comes up again his kingdom will go to Regency.
Regency – Regency is when the original player has left on his own will or has been inactive for a considerable period. What this means is that player no longer controls his kingdom and a replacement will be searched for. In the mean time someone will take over as Regent, this person has to be in the game currently and not have a conflict of interest with this kingdom. He is not allowed to partake in diplomacy or declare war as Regent. The period of regency is only 3 turns, and is dependent on how fast a replacement is found. Once the replacement is found that person replaces the regent and takes full control of the Kingdom and may do as he pleases. Now if there is an instance where the pervious inactive player comes back to find his kingdom as a Regent, he may reclaim his kingdom, but will be given a warning; if his kingdom ever goes back to regent he will not be allowed to reclaim it. Finally if no replacement is found after 3 turns a new artificial king will be created.
Artificial King – After 3 turns have passed as regency and nobody as claimed the Kingdom then it will be given to an Artificial King (AI), the kingdom once it has been given to the AI will never be retrievable again.
All of these rules may seem overwhelming, but it is to ensure that the game continues and does not stall for any reason,
All you have to ensure if you don’t want to get in trouble is to play your turn every 48 hours, if you do this you will not have any trouble
Diplomacy is encouraged, You are now king/emperor/caliphate/sultan etc.. of your new kingdom, so act like it, diplomacy both publically and privately is encouraged, but keep it in character, try not to pretend to be a Muslim if you’re the ERE or a Christian crusader if you’re the Ghorid empire.
This includes espionage, diplomatic insults, pacts, alliances, truces ect…
you may attack or insult the King of Abbasid, but do not make the treats or attack personal on the person playing the Abbasids.
Any personal attacks won’t be accepted and you will be replaced
Don’t cheat –
This is obvious, cheating is just sad, and you don’t need to do it.. it takes a good player to win, but anyone can win if they cheat, don’t do it.
Remember thought, Bugs like merchant forts, forts spies, assassins and other bugs of the game may be annoying and seem unfair, but if they can do it.. so can you!. This isn’t considered cheating.