Well, this sure is a tricky situation. I’m not sure how to handle this, so I’m going to open it up to the players.
For some background: in “last resort” type situations, players have asked us if they can start new in the game, creating a brand new account and disassociating themselves with a previous identity. Under normal rules, this is a multi and not allowed.
However, in very specific scenarios (typically involving harassment), it can make sense and has proven to be useful. In these scenarios, the player who wants a new identity has incentive to keep things under wraps, and everything goes smoothly.
Milky Way 73
Before #milky-way-73 @Airwing asked me if he could change his name, as he didn’t want to go by “Airwing” anymore. I explained that while we don’t do that, we can let him create a new identity, per the “feature” described above.
I also clearly explained that this is literally a new identity and that he should not discuss the process or that he is actually Airwing. This is not meant to be a loophole for playing undercover.
Well, I’ve since discovered that he has informed his family and allies of who he is, and that they drafted him in knowing that he was Airwing.
This is an advantage that literally nobody else in the galaxy had: being able to hide from enemies while your friends know who you are. It’s entirely agains the spirit of the feature, and imo is exploitative.
The question is: what is an appropriate course of action? At the bare minimum, if his friends know who he is, then everybody should. I’ve already adjusted is empire name to reflect this.
However, his family (#7155) have reaped the rewards of an advantage that no other family had. They are currently #1 in NW and #2 in size, which may be attributed to this advantage.
I can see an argument for removing Airwing’s empire to negate this, as he exploited a feature to get something he wanted that nobody else has: selective anonymity.
His family members themselves did not do anything wrong, as they were unaware of the details of this arrangement, as this whole thing was supposed to be secret.
This would have been totally fine if AW had kept his identity hidden, as was agreed upon.
I’m looking to the empires in #milky-way-73 to help guide this decision. Votes are anonymous, but I will be able to screen out non-MW73 votes.
What do the MW73 players think should be done?
- Let him play.
- Remove him.