Here are some immediate reactions to the new alliances at Pennsic.
First of all, it's a creative, bold idea, and I think it will revitalize the war. Things had gotten into a rut.
Personally, I think it's great that we get to ally with the Midrealm, plan with them, fight with them and drink with them. For two long, fighters in the East have been told to dislike the Midrealm and beat Midrealmers at Pennsic. This will bind the kingdoms better.
I do not fear losing friendships with Atlantia and Aethelmearc, which were once part of the East. Those relationships are solid.
In terms of fighting and war points -- assuming those are in the plan -- it's all going to come down to additional allies. Ealdormere and Ansteorra will be among the keys. They tend to bring good, solid armies. In the past, Calontir has allied with Ansteorra by treaty. How about if Bloodguard is fighting behind the Calon Shield Wall? Norhshield will also carry some importance, and it will be interesting to see where the other kingdoms go.
In fencing, I feel even more strong that Ansteorra can change the tide. I hope they do fencing as they have been -- two mass battles and a champions' battle.
Ok, now to think some more.
What do you think?