Players who have chosen to play Orcs will sometimes grumble that Illyriad is a bad place to “be an Orc”. They say the game is too political, and doesn’t have enough fighting. I’d guess that Orc players have the highest level of drop-out of any race. But their complaint is misplaced.
First, the map is full of NPC enemies. The wild animals are easy click-and-kill enemies (as soon as you work out how many a Few, Horde, Legion, etc. is, you know what you can attack safely.) Faction Armies are more interesting, as they have to be scouted first, and then appropriate troops have to be selected to attack them based on the terrain.
Second, when little wars do break out, it is not unusual for people to seek mercenaries to help them. Most players avoid this “work” as it is politically dangerous, but I’m sure an Orc Mercenary alliance could be set up to get involved in a low-key, cunning sort of way. (I’d suggest: only ever get involved in blockades, defenses, and breaking siege camps – never, never, never actually help with a siege; and never work for anyone for more than 2 weeks in any month, so you never become a strategic ally to anyone; and openly, honestly publish employment information – who, for how long, but not tactical details – on your alliance page.) Of course you have to be clever about this. Devious, cunning Orcs are likely to survive; idiots are not.
And third, there are sometimes huge events, Tournaments, which benefit players who have built up (and are prepared to lose!) enormous armies. And some big Orc armies could make a big impact on a Tournament.
So, there is plenty of room to build and use Orc armies – if that’s what “being an Orc” involves. What Illyriad does not tolerate, however, if people who want to ruin others’ fun by launching pointless, idiotic attacks against undeserving targets – i.e. bullying.
So, “I wanna be an Orc!” Great – have fun. But be a cunning Orc! (Suggestion: as far as I can tell, the Black Skull Horde seem to have the right attitude; they are not yet a grand alliance, but you may want to consider joining them.)
“I wanna be a mindless bully!” – no, this is the wrong game for you.