Suggestions for CE Diplomacy:
Diplomatic Visibility - being able to set your “agenda” on display when meeting other “tribes”. It could be as simple as a colored emoji next to a name. Helps keep track of “friend” and “foe” recognition (and updated on events that may have happened when you were offline - such as the declaration of a friendship or that tribe just raided you an hour ago).
- Ally - at peace
- Friendly - declared friend by the tribe
- Neutral (first contact and default position)
- Unfriendly - denounced by the tribe
- Hostile - at war
Ability to establish an “embassy” in an ally’s base. Building restrictions reduced to minimum for an ally.
Ability to “see” inside an friend’s boxes, chests, and vaults (for purposes of looking to see if someone has something worth trading). Friends cannot remove objects, but they can see what’s available. Ally’s take it to the next step and can remove objects as needed (maybe cap what can be taken at any given time to prevent a “raid” in disguise.)
Ability to have “borders”. Tribal territory established by flags (and visible on the main map). Flags claim territory and produce bonuses for harvesting resources in that area. Maybe resources in a territory owned by a tribe produces twice as much as territory not owned by anyone (or by a foreign tribe). Flags can be easily destroyed by NPCs or enemy players. Only one flag can ‘claim’ an area. NPCs have territory flags, too. For example, the Darfari banner claims a camp area. To have a player tribe claim the resource area, those Darfari banners would need to be destroyed. The Darfari, who want to put their banner back, may send out a hunting party to remove the player tribe banner. Thus, the players would have started a ‘war’ with the Darfari encampment. If unsuccessful, the Darfari may recruit another camp to join their next ‘raid’. If unsuccessful, the Darfari may recruit a third camp to ‘raid’ the player claim. And so forth and so on. Players can establish their own flag (for the resource gathering bonus), or if they have learned how to make banners and flags of other NPC groups, could plant a flag on their behalf (say, a Darfari banner on an iron resource - when destroyed would “summon” a hunting party). Rules about how flags function would have to be worked out so as to prevent as much as possible players abusing the system (such as only one flag per X area - no, you don’t get to plant 500 Darfari banners next to a player’s base).
Ability to declare an “emergency” alliance when an alpha tribe has claimed too much territory. It would be server-wide to allow everyone (and NPCs) to work together to Purge the alpha tribe.
Ability for a tribe to announce a ‘trade day.’ A server-wide announcement inviting players to come trade goods (like a “market day”) at a specific location and time.
Ability for allies to use one another’s Thrall Pot/Feeding Box for thralls/pets.