Samurai Wars is my favorite game since chess. It is rare to find games that are so true to their intent. The community that has grown around SW is also genuine. I have been seeking a way to further enrich the community and would like the input of all who are interested.
I agree that a conventional leaderboard is not a good way to rank players in this game. Tournaments would be a better, but they are hard to organize. Roleplays are fun and easy for the community to create, but they are hard to moderate and not appealing to all players.
I propose a new community mechanic: an economy. If there were some sort of currency that reflected victory’s in battle many possibilities would be created. For instance, clans could sell ranks, have a joining fee, or monthly tuition. Roleplays could offer rewards. Currency would be traded by betting on matches.
A lot more thought needs to be put into this idea, but I don’t think it will be that complicated. I think this idea could work well with the spirit of the game. A currency only has value if people believe in it. I have another tournament idea in mind that might lend itself to this endeavor.