A regrettable yet inevitable aspect of modern play is the use of suspect packages
. Favoured by new players who see the immediate destructive effect as a major advantage, use of suspect package bombing is generally frowned upon by purists. Mass-dropping of suspect packages around home stations
– known as 'sponging
' the station – led to such a problem that IMCS
were forced to take direct action, forbidding the use of any more than three packages in a game at any time, and reducing the destructive effects to a mere block
on the station with a penalty to players in the vicinity. Nevertheless, use of chain-reactions with suspect packages has become increasingly common. The usual counter-play here is to invoke controlled detonation.
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