Hi. It looks like stuff has changed, so here's a Flufie update! Thanks to Mist who compiled some data on the initial spread of artefacts after they have been taken.
Here is an some general data around the groups which are being looked at, in order of total population:
The column on the far right shows the average number of combined off and def points per member, which could be argued as being a measure of how much fighting has been taking place. This could be disputed, as of course these points can come about in a number of ways. We, for the purposes of this post, are interpreting higher average as more aggressive/having to defend, and lower average as more simming/calm.
Flufie says we should no longer go quad by quad, as those artificial boundaries are not so important.
All diplomatic relations illustrated in the maps below are based upon what leading representatives from the alliances themselves describe.
Gunners are surely to be taken seriously, with the highest total population and the most offense points. And their biggest asset of course, Batman. Flufie says he'd like for Batman to write a novel concerning the adventures on com2.
Gunners have a disappoinntingly mediocre average kill rate. Are they just warming up?
TEN and 2.01
A leader of TEN describes the two as being allied. Here you see TEN in blue, and 2.01 in green.
Second largest alliance, TEN, and 2.01 between them are the largest group on the server. Will 2.01 end up being the subervient member of the team? Flufie thinks so.
I had two replies from GoW members, with nothing really to say. It is well documented they have been struggling to control Duat - what they will do now is a mystery to Flufie. They have a high average population, and are good at going somewhat unnoticed.
Diplomatic efforts were very dramatically affected at the time of the IKEA attacks. It seems that not only did Goats lose their ally in IKEA, but they became hesitant to do much of anything. Still, they are a large group with strong members, and managed to get the greatest number of artefacts.
Will Goats manage to move on from the betrayal, and will they have the impact on the server they are capable of? Flufie certainly hopes so.
Duat and IKEA
Here they are. The bad boys and girls of the server! Depending upon who you ask, you will get very different opinions of these alliances. It has been confirmed however, they are now allied, so here you see them together (IKEA in blue, Duat in green).
Their strategy is bold. Some say they might struggle to make friends, Flufie says they probably don't care about such trivial things as being popular. IKEA have a very high aggression score and average pop, Duat not so much. Maybe Duat just had an easier time? (I have included NoSpies and Strange with Duat, which will have affected the numbers.)
These come across as probably the best prepared and most well planned groups.
Perhaps as expected, they have taken the majority of the unique artefacts. Below is a further map making clear the extend of their ambition in this department, which may give some hint as to how well they think they can achieve more broadly.
Errm.. they don't like Gunners! Batman seems to know a lot about them.
They seem to be losing any significance. Heading the same way NE alliance and ZEN went?? Flufie thinks so.