Quote from d0suYou're right. I probably misunderstood what Archangel was getting at, and I am still not sure I fully appreciate it. It is a given that in-game retribution is a fact of life in the acceptable political give-and-take of multiplayer, so I can see the similarity there. "Don't attack me or I'll Swords your guy" is not only common, but fundamental.
On the other hand, I think most of us would agree that retribution outside of the game to teach someone a lesson is probably just childish and unacceptable. To me, leveraging political power by making the transition between in-game and RL seems to fall between these two scenarios, so please understand why I am hesitant to accept it.
Like I said, under some circumstances, it could be fine. It just might be fine, period. However, there is a fine line between "aggressive scooping" and outright ragequitting, and it is vital to make sure you don't cross that line.
Quote from d0suSome online games don't record the results of a game if it ends due to connectivity issues. Does that make it okay to just unplug your ethernet cable whenever someone is about to beat you? Maybe some would argue yes, but just screwing people out of any kind of earned reward or satisfaction simply because you do not like losing is difficult to justify as anything other than poor sportsmanship.
Conceding for the benefit of the entire table (like you described) is one thing, and I would not classify it as a douchescoop. As a matter of fact, as long as everyone is cool with it, then I can see it being a useful tactic to add to my repertoire for the fun of all parties invovled. However, if at any point you kill yourself with the sole intention to harm another player, or your concession leaves a bad taste in anyone's mouth, it is not cool IMO.
The spiteful scoop is no better than screwing people over with "Armageddon, peace!" Just so I can better understand your position on the subject, would you be okay with such a play?
Quote from qaq456pretty cutthroat
Quote from Sheldon »"Let local groups decide" doesn't equal "let people in local groups force others to let them play banned cards." Playing exactly by the official rules is a viable local group choice. It's certainly easier, there isn't a bunch of negotiation or argument, and people don't feel like they have to go along just to not be the dissenting voice.