“Ooooh, in my day,” my granny used to grumble, “we knew how to make our own
entertainment….” Now, singing music hall songs around an out-of-tune piano never appealed to me, and I don’t believe that her playing solitaire for hours is any more creative than me playing video games, but….
Illyriad is a sandbox. It’s a world where you can make your own entertainment. People sometimes look at it and assume that this means attacking or thieving from other players… but this usually leads to war, and war in Illyriad is rarely pleasant, and few consider it remotely entertaining. There are tournaments, of course, but I’ve been playing for over a year and only remember three – two of which I was too small to engage with. And there are the little Mysteries and such dotted around the world, plus the Quests, which add a little interest, but they don’t have as much depth as the building or military parts of the games.
So, what should we do? We have a building game with a strong military element – but whenever the military element is invoked things just get nasty. If you just want to build then great, you can just build. But what if you want more?
The answer, I suspect, is to listen to my granny. We need to make our own entertainment.
So, I’ve started a blog detailing ways in which people can run their own mini-tournaments in Illyriad: Illyriad Olympics. My little alliance has already started one mini-tourney with one of the training alliances. Now, there is nothing stopping other alliances from kicking off other mini-tourneys with alliances of their own size.