I'm okay with the system in place so far but I feel like the aesthetic of the ship with the alliance pennant flag is ruined.
The flag systems as of now is a mess, not only did it took away the customization option that the old pennants offered to match the main flag, but the main flag was also replace with the pennant LFG flag in order to give other players a clear visual cues that the ship is looking to form an Alliance. And once an alliance is formed, you have a pennant underneath the main flag which doesn't look right at all.
It was explained to me that this was an easy decision to make sure all players from a distance can see if a person is in an alliance or not and whether or not the crew is looking for more.
So I wanna suggest an alternative solution to in hopes to restore the old flag system on the mast(s) and create not only a new one, but also an even better, clearer, and bigger alliance flag system to complement the ship in a way that the aesthetic of the ship is still retained.
So ships had a giant flag on the back of their boat, this could be used for the new alliance flag system. And instead of giving the actual Alliance flag a pennant shape, use a regular flag shape so that it's clear whose in whose alliance. And the LFG pennant flag and still show up below the Alliance Flag which indicates you're still looking for more. From a distance, this should remain clear.
Sorry for my drawing, just trying to illustrate the point.
From a distance, you'll be able to distinguish if
- A crew is looking for an alliance
- Part of an alliance
- Part of an alliance already and looking for more.
Plus, since these alliance flags are bigger... it'll be easier to see what alliance they are currently in as the pennant flags are really small and hard to tell who is it apart of unless you go below deck and check your map with the current system as of now. But I can imagine if there's an alliance battle going on with all the ships being on top of each other, the pennant flags aren't gonna be enough as friendly fire is on.