Current issues with Hexathalons, and how to fix them
Hey @NianticBrian, I really appreciate what you're doing to try and fix the events with Umbra, and I think the Hexathalon approach is not a terrible way to try and fix this for starters, but the format poses a lot of potential issues. I'll bullet point the issues I, and a few others, have seen, and break them down in further detail. Hopefully, all of this works out and this does end up adding more to the game, and I'm willing to give it a chance :) The vast difference of these sites. and rule formats, from anomalies creates a format which is less involving than an Anomaly, and more like a First Saturday, which is okay, but it definitely creates some major issues.
For starters, these are way less involved than anomalies, and badging for each unique one feels like a great way to **** over badge hunters. PLEASE MAKE TIERED BADGES FOR THIS! You could make two badges for this, one that is tiered based on how many times you are in the top 10% of a given hexathalon and one based on how many you participate in, or some other form of tiered badges! Making tiered badges would make it easier for agents to obtain the badge for those who cannot attend a future one (like many, including myself) and would be greatly appreciated.
Hexathalons are just not frequent enough to merit attending them for many players, and more of them should be run. Only fifteen of them globally means people may have to drive upwards of ten hours to attend one, and there is no attached mission day, no teamwork, no planning and you run around and do your own thing for a few hours. I can convince myself a ten hour roadtrip is worth it for an anomaly, but I can't for these events. PLEASE HAVE MORE THAN FIFTEEN FOR EACH WAVE OF HEXATHALONS. There should be more of them so they are easier to access. If server load is an issue, you could offset the events by times or dates (have some on Saturday and some on Sunday), which would be miles better than having none at all!
To connect to the last issue, cities have no way to attempt to add themselves to the roster for a specific Hexathalon date, or at all. This should be rectified. PLEASE OPEN SIGNUPS FOR OTHER CITIES! Many cities did not have the ability to sign up during the field test and have now been seemingly left out of the mass majority of future events, with no way to participate. Rectifying this would be very appreciated.
If these are intended to be a sat anomaly replacement, there needs to be something more team-oriented to go with these! An event that allows teams of agents, not just factions, to work together (maybe in teams of 4-6, give or take some?) to compete in a more strategic way would be very appreciated and would make non-anomaly events much more appealing to others! Please consider something like that for the future! Having small teams coordinate on their own, rather than as an anomaly, for media, shards on a special target, making a longest link, etc, could be super cool! Maybe there could be mini, rainbow colored factions for such an event? Or just something more like a team-oriented mini-anomaly where the two factions compete would be cool!
Thanks Brian! I do hope these work out, your attempts are definitely appreciated. :)