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If you could start NS again, what would you do differently?

Postby Intelligeneria » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:32 am

If you could restart your NationStates career, with all the knowledge you have now, what would you do differently? Would you make different decisions, join different regions, etc.? Or are you happy with how your NS life has gone so far, and don't wish anything had gone differently?
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Postby Guyohkohnyo » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:43 am

Generally, I'm happy with my course. I started as a specialist in dystopias, got drawn into a tight-knit group of roleplayers. Started branching out to explore other forms of storytelling, and am currently on trying to weave a good story around a democracy (a lot of work to do! Just founded!) now.

Only thing I really regret is how little I knew about how the stats would affect some of my countries, especially as seriously as I take NS stats and use them as the main inspiration for the direction I take in incidents.
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Postby Pollaetorian » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:31 am

Become the delegate of TRR and Lazarus. 8)
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Postby Pergamon » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:33 am

Join NPO earlier.

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Postby UKCS » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:34 am

Make sure my nation isn't stuck with a god-awful, inaccurate, name.
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Postby Arthropol » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:41 am

My nation would be around the same. I would have started my own region earlier, and tried to get more of my friends to play, and some of my puppet nations would be named differently. Also, I would have started in GE&T a lot faster, and used F7 less.
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Todd McCloud » Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:44 am

Probably just stick to roleplay, and maybe RP on the main forums, too. Gameplay ended up being rather stressful for me the last few years.
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Capitalist Paradise

Postby Free Republics » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:26 am

If I could restart NS from scratch, I'd make sure the nation name isn't a primary key in the gameside database... Oh wait, that's not the question you're asking.

The main thing I wish I'd done differently was avoiding off-site political arguments altogether. Its sad that people can't hold different views on RL politics and still get along but that's the world we now live in (thank the news media and the comedians for that). Everybody already knows where they stand on that stuff these days and the only thing talking about it seems to do is make people dislike each other (and sometimes make other bad decisions when angry).
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Nova Roma et agros captos
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Postby Nova Roma et agros captos » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:29 am

i'd have a shorter name
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Coalition of North American States
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Founded: May 31, 2017
Corporate Bordello

Postby Coalition of North American States » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:31 am

Nova Roma et agros captos wrote:i'd have a shorter name

I know what you mean. I wish I had added "The" to the beginning of my name. Other than that, I wouldn't change much.
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Antarctic Commonwealth of Equality
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Postby Antarctic Commonwealth of Equality » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:53 am

Nova Roma et agros captos wrote:i'd have a shorter name

Same for me. It's a pain to log in.
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United States of Vietnam
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Left-wing Utopia

Postby United States of Vietnam » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:00 am

- Don't use a real-life country name as nation's name
- Make my nation anime-themed
- Become a raider

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Postby Southern Bellz » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:34 am

nothing, I had fun the entire time

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Democratic Socialists

Postby Lenlyvit » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:03 am

Despite all the friends I've made, I would've just answered issues and not get involved in R/D or regional politics. I would've avoided both like they were the plague.
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Democratic Socialists

Postby Ransium » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:13 am

I would have spent more than 0.3 seconds coming up with a name. I would also have gotten involved on the forums/GI from the get-go.

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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Zitravgrad » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:16 am

I would write a clearer history and leader bio from the start...
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Jar Wattinree
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Jar Wattinree » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:17 am

So far there's nothing I've done to regret anything in NS. GP, I'm still a sideliner, where I'm perfectly happy to stay at. Only thing that could possibly count is keeping my FB friends here but they found the game boring. But I suppose it's not for everyone.
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Postby Gig em Aggies » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:21 am

I would have probably would have kept two of my nations alive instead of dying then rebounding them; they would have been my oldest and biggest since I created them in 2007 & 2008
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Postby Tim-Opolis » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:48 am

Ransium wrote:I would have spent more than 0.3 seconds coming up with a name.

100% this

Additionally, I'd probably have posted way less on the forums my first couple years. Those early posts from 13/14 year old Tim are cringe as fuck.
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Corporate Police State

Postby Destructive Government Economic System » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:53 am

I would completely isolate myself from the actual game and strictly immerse myself in the forums, since it's so hellishly addicting. I would also rename myself "The Everlasting Burden of Atlas" while changing my flag to this:

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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Nunavutialand » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:57 am

Not get stuck with Nunavut in my name.

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Corrupt Dictatorship

Postby Reventus Koth » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:09 am

I would have never...
  • Ever let Biyah into Osiris again, no matter what anyone else wanted.
  • Touched the Predator tool.
  • Given the password to the first region I ever joined to a long-term native.
  • Let the first region I founded get hawked by Nazis.
  • Let Funkadelia hawk the Sekhmet Legion's first refound.
  • Treated my friend Rinamir like shit for founding his own region...I was such a dumb noob.

Hard to think of any other major regrets I have. My other screwups have worked out okay in the end, and I wouldn't have done those differently. I can't think of anything positive that came from any of the things above, except having to come up with a new nation name (Reventus Koth) when I was deleted helped me flesh out my RP world and led to a D&D campaign based around it.
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Postby Cormactopia Prime » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:16 am

I wouldn't have started, lol.
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Todd McCloud
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Todd McCloud » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:17 am

Yeah I wish I would've thought up a better name too, lol. I just liked Starfox and it was the first thing I thought of.
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Stellar Colonies
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New York Times Democracy

Postby Stellar Colonies » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:20 am

I'd make less puppet nations or none at all, focusing completely on a single nation.
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