Before you read the following argument, I want everyone to know that I'm not targeting any players for their opinions or actions on the current AR-system that has been emplaced. I simply think that the army powers have been laid out ineffectively, and the promotions system which is awesome and rewarding for longtime service has been cheapened by this inefficiency and perhaps the lack of some of the cool stuff that could exist for soldiers!
I'm in the mindset that if you can be killed on sight for sanctions, then you should have the ability to disarm, regardless of who is online at the time. I think that at AR1, any person who has signed onto the military ought to be immediately able to disarm enemy tanks in the city. I don't understand any arguments other than perhaps "Learning how to disarm tanks via interacting with them". My proposed fix is that there is an introduction of an RP trainer. Perhaps you have to do a 'cutting the wires' quest with a city denizen (spark keepers?) to learn how to disarm tanks. Ultimately, I think powers should be separated from the current rank sets, so that the MoW be able to assign specific powers to specific ranks as he or she chooses, to give them some more flexibility over the army.
Now, pretending that I'd magically get everything I want in a forums post, I think it'd be nice to have some sort of city-unique item for army members that changes based on army rank of that member-some sort of free item that is nondecay, resettable for army members. If you do challenges or hit certain benchmarks, it changes and can be customized? Perhaps a ceremonial sword, like the dawnblade. Perhaps something as simple as an 'soldier card' where one can see his or her 'soldier stats and experience', listing achievements, times detonated in a city, etc. It'd be nice to know 'how close' one is to the next AR rank as well.
Let me know if you disagree or have other cool army ideas! There's very little salt here, I just felt like it'd make a bit more sense to have some changes with the new mechanics of retal raids and the ability to slay soldiers in sanction. Then I got excited about talking about ideas and threw in something I think would be cool to add. Thanks for reading!
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