On January 31st, the various electors that are running the current MegaMekNet Campaign announced that it will be concluding soon. The Free Worlds League has won, and a new cycle will begin on March 1st. In the wake of the victory, several major announcements were made to increase the value of the campaign in the future. (MegaMekNet is an online campaign played through various shareware programs, you can download and check out)
The various members of the winning faction, as long as they had enough games to qualify, are going to win units for the next campaign, randomly pulled from a special reward unit list. This is the first time that the winning faction for one campaign gets rewards for the next one, no matter whether they remain Marik or not.
Meanwhile, the way victory is determined will shift in the future. Previously, one faction usually won when they assaulted and captured the capital of an enemy. This has always created an inequity in the game as those states with a smaller path the capital (like the Capellan Confederation) are easier to defeat. Meanwhile, it becomes pretty easy to know when one faction has “virtually” won and it’s hard to fight against that momentum. Sometimes players won’t continue to invest time, sweat, blood, and metal in the campaign if it won’t change the outcome.
So how is the online campaign going to shift? The goal won’t be to take capitals, but a new slate of “Victory Planets” that are placed on the borders. All you have to do is to capture a net of these worlds from various fronts, and once you do, then you win. Not only will this balance the books, not only will it keep the campaign in flux, but it also will allow the campaign to better resemble the main line BattleTech wars. Most wars and conflicts were ended by one side taking some key border planets from the other that were fought over. So the resulting changes will give players the ability to fight for border worlds that makes a campaign more dynamic as well as getting rewards for winning for the next one.
That’s a pretty spicy set of changes. March 1st will be a good time to check it out and try the new campaign. Check out their thread post for more info.