The BGs and Gandhi.

During the British occupation of India, in 1918, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, organized a movement of passive resistance known as Kheda Satyagraha. By this means, he was eventually able to free India from British rule.

In the battlegrounds, colloquially known as the BGs, invariably one will find oneself faced with premade groups. These groups tend to be geared exceptionally well. They also know how each member of the team will act in a given situation. To word it another way, perhaps a bit melodramatically, they are a well-oiled, face-rolling machine.

To their opponents, this can seem rather oppressive. Gandhi dealt with oppression by instituting Satyagraha. In the battlegrounds, in a manner which, although not identical to Satyagraha, has some similarities, the best way to deal with this is to get it over with in the speediest manner possible. The accepted way of doing this is to stand there and let them kill you.

However, it rankles me that these premade groups might think that their win is due to their own prowess instead of a conscious decision on the part of their opponents. Therefore, I propose that if you do choose to die in the BGs, do so in a manner that practically screams that you are throwing the match just to get it over with and find a, perhaps, more evenly matched battleground instance.

In Gears of Klakanon, this can be accomplished by kneeling and waiting for them to slaughter you.

In Battlefield of Ganak, take the entire raid to the side, completely clearing the way for them to get the flag. Kill anyone that gets near the raid, but make it obvious that you are letting them win.

In Smuggler’s Den, bring everyone to your team’s base and defend that, but allow the opponents to capture all the towers.

It might hurt your pride, but it will take less time, and you can eventually amass enough tokens to purchase the better gear.

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4 Responses to “The BGs and Gandhi.”


  1. 1 Azzaroth September 14, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I never before read such a nonsens.

    If i go to the battlegrounds then i do it for the fun of contest.
    Even an overwhealming opponent is a contest wich you have to deal with. I might not win the contest but i would never stop the fight. This is an arena i am fighting for fun. Even if the other group is overmighty there are always some that feel so mighty that they make mistakes. Find them, kill them.
    If you are a sheep go to Antonica and sit yourself into the green field.

    I know their are tons of people that just do battlegrounds to camp through it to get tokesn for gear. But i think they did misstake the concept of battlegrounds. Battlegrounds are for bloody fights and not for a camping trip. If you die take as many with you as you can.

    And btw this is a game. Putting such a noble man as Gandhi in this context is kind of questionable.

    Azzaroth
    Human in life.
    Beast in game.

    • 2 necrotherian September 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

      You are, of course, entitled to your opinion.

      However, in my opinion, being on the downside of a lopsided fight is not fun, and my time, which is spent between working full time, attending college with a full courseload, and trying to play my character when I get a chance to log in, is valuable enough that I would rather not be on the recieving end of the face-rolling. There are a number of times I have been in a group in BGs, and the consensus during the face-rolls was to just run forward and die to get it over with, in the case of GoK, stand aside, in the case of BoG, and just defend a single tower in SD.

      I wasn’t the person who suggested those strategies. All I was suggesting was that, if you decide to use that strategy, do so in a way that signals to the other team that you are allowing them to win quicker just so you can try to get a group which is a challenge, but not overwhelmingly so.

      The most fun that I have had in BGs was where we had two groups that were pretty evenly matched, and it ended up with the winner having less than 10 points more than the loser. It was challenging, but fun.

      I don’t expect you to change your opinion, and your vitriol will not cause me to change mine.

      BTW, it is called an analogy.

      Necrotherian Facepalmer

  2. 3 AntiOnan September 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Mahatma Gandhi’s “success” as a politician was only successful because his “enemy” the British possessed a conscience. Had he dared to try this tactic versus the Soviets, the Nazis, any Islamic enemy, the WW@ Japanese, even the fascist Italians, he would have received the shrift given to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nazi Germany, who were shot as they refused to make the oath of allegiance to Hitler as they had already made it to Jesus of Nazareth.

    Anyone with no intelligence handicap who looks at bullying, be it by nations, groups or individuals, will find very quickly that pacifism is adored by such as it makes it all so easy for them and they will frequently comment such while they bully.

    So the above tactic whether it is analogy. allegory or spoof, is a total load of rubbish, I am sorry to say.

  3. 4 necrotherian September 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    As I told the previous poster, you are, of course, entitled to your opinion.

    Basically, the whole point of my blog entry was to suggest a way, if your team decides, by consensus, to just go ahead and let the other team win to get it over with and get to the next one, that one can signal to the other team that they aren’t winning merely on prowess. It is letting them know that you have decided to throw the match.

    In essense, it is to take the fun out it for the other team. It is a way to say, “They are taking the fun out of it for us, so lets reciprocate.”

    As I mentioned in the blog entry, this method is not identical to Satyagraha. In all honesty, it has little to do with it.

    But, again, you are entitled to your opinion on the matter, as am I.


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