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    Default Definition of an MRA

    Im going to put this up for discussion as everyone is jumping on the bandwaggon and using the term so loosely that every alliance over 100 people is being branded as an MRA and this is not so.

    In my experience in these type of games i tend to put this description to an alliance that invites Hundreds of people without the thought of late game support and locality.
    They will spread everywhere and in every ocean/world they can recruit in. What seems to have happened in this game is even alliances that are in One ocean are being branded as such just because they have plenty of members.
    MRA,s (and i have to accept this term) are badly run with at least 50% of inactive members that run as an individual ingame and never help each other. Im not naming names but i can think of several alliances across Grep that has been branded as such just because of size and nothing else.
    All you newer players dont run away from an alliance just because of what is written ask questions, check locality and check out member activity, that way you can make your own decisions

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    Those are excellent points to make. Not every large alliance is an MRA. The connotation of the word is actually more important than the literal meaning of the words making up the acronym. The thoughtlessness in the recruiting of the MRA that the term conjures is the key characteristic of the MRA, not the number of members.

    It's just a consequence of the thoughtless recruitment that results in a large number of members.

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    check out uow in eta, has 128 members but 110k average with no inactives
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    Every alliance has a small amount of inactive players it's the way the game goes, it's best just to keep them to a minimum and take the larger players villages inhouse.
    What i'm talking about is the missuse of the term MRA, its thrown about in all the world forums like its some type of plague.
    Yes MRA,s are bad but stop branding all large aliances as MRA,s . I cant beleive the amount of people that use the term and when you speak to them they don't understand what the term means, they use it because they think it sounds right to.

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    It's become part of the "cool speak" of Grepolis. It's as handy of a forum-legal insult as "noob." To say things like that publicly make one appear (at least in that person's mind) to be part of the "in" crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike62 View Post
    What i'm talking about is the missuse of the term MRA, its thrown about in all the world forums like its some type of plague.
    Yes MRA,s are bad but stop branding all large aliances as MRA,s . I cant beleive the amount of people that use the term and when you speak to them they don't understand what the term means, they use it because they think it sounds right to.
    Exactly MRA should be used only for massively recruiting indiscriminately, a large alliance that recruited carefully is just...a large alliance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Herculatides View Post
    a large alliance that recruited carefully is just...a large alliance.

    Exactly. I tried to get at that in a previous post, but you have posted much more clearly. And humorously.

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    The one main thing about this is that so-called elitist players will never accept this and they will always see any alliance over 100 members as an MRA.
    This is the sad fact of it, and yes i do think some of them say this because they think it's right to do so and it makes them look good.

    This term is a term that seemed to find its way over from Tribal wars, i accept the term the way its used in there but not in here.
    And nobody is going to change my mind on this, i get sick to death of seeing this plastered everywhere.
    What makes elitist alliances think they are playing the correct way

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    Elitism (the attitude) requires a certain amount of...hubris.

    Honestly, elitism and the elitist idea of playing with small, very capable units is a matter of pride. You'd have to pull an elite in here to get that person to explain just what makes them think that they are playing correctly, though.

    That idea, the small, elite unit, is a valid one, though, and it has been pulled off to massive effect. Just look at Just For Laughs (JFL) in Theta. They've staved off alliances FAR bigger than they are, and they have grown off those battles.

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    If we pulled any Elite member in here you would get a very One sided view on things.
    I agree that Elitist alliances can cause massive amounts of damage if run properly but a large well run alliance can do the same thing.
    I am the founder of a large alliance that has been at war since it started, we have slowly moved up the rankings and all we get is insults because of our 250 members of which 90% are in One ocean.
    This is what is annoying the Elitist just wont accept that there is room for the 2 types of alliance Elitist and Large well run aliance.

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