What do you think about adding a feature to hide the scores?
Several options are possible:
Hide all scores (individual and team)
Hide the individual scores but leave the team score visible.
The score being one of the fundamental elements of the game, I do not propose to hide the scores all the time. But simply to add a box allowing to propose games without scores for those who wish it.
I find that the score sometimes makes the game too predictable and it is very easy to know who is investing in an army in the feudal or early castle age.
On the other hand, and although it is a respectable strategy, it would be interesting to avoid the fact that a player with a high score finds himself the target of the whole opposing team at the same time.
This could also be interesting in ranked and be the subject of a new mode (in addition to random, deathmatch, empire wars).
I think this is just one of those things that people repeat without really think about it. Is really a fundamental thing? Or is something that players learned how exploit it to have some adventage?
I’m on a lost crusade to remove scores. I think that giving a game mode without scores will be useless. Nobody will use it because people not only are used to it but It gives info for free and some security feeling to know what could be the other player is doing.
In 1v1 you can supose with really good probability if the opponent is going drush, pushing deer or exploring, going CAstle age of Imp age if the score is even, etc.
In team, I didn’t really though it until you mentioned, is true, usually the highest score is the target.
Even in tier A tournaments some matches are decided by scores when they have time limit, so the players start researching any tech without any sense with the purpose of inflate the score instead of use others variables like relics, K/D, even I would prefer a kind of battle royal mechanic instead…
There was a feature to hide scores on Voobly. But as far as I know it was pretty much never used.
I played a few games using it to hide the score, but it didn’t really change much. In practice while the score can give you some information, you’re almost always aware of that information anyway if you’re paying attention while playing. It’s just a bit more fun to play with the score being displayed, especially in TGs with randoms where it can help you get a read on your teammates’ situations without needing to type to them.
If you would pay a bit more attention to the topic, you would probaly understand that the point was to hide scores to everyone. There is no point in taking away a valuable advantage by being the only one who does not see the scores.