Hey so I've been a scenario maker and diplo host for many years, and have come upon a recurring problem with the "giftblocking" rule: Nobody seems to agree on a definition, and arguments always pop up in chat when its called out. Instead of just writing "No giftblocking" I was thinking of defining it in the rules, but a few issues came up. Anyone have any input?
1. Is gifting a tile to a player who is also at war with your opponent giftblocking?
2. Is a tile gift that is far from the front lines still a giftblock?
3. If it is on the front lines, does it have to deny the advancement of troops to another area to be a giftblock?
((I bring this up because commerce has brought in an issue where players who are losing wars gift their farthest back tiles to other players for gold support (see: gold-gifting mod) that they hope will turn the tide of the war. Then when their enemy is like, "Hey! I was planning on owning that land!", the accused says its not in fear of conquest yet so he can do what he wants with it. Thoughts?))
Personally, my responses are "1: no. 2: no. 3: yes.", meaning that my definition for giftblocking has historically been "Gifting a non-at-war player to the front lines in such a way that blocks the opponent's advancement into a bonus"