Without too many specifics on IC detail, multiple characters attacked another using similar disguises, the same character build and identical shortdescs, the end result of which was multiple combatants named "hooded average geezer" simultaneously attacking a player. This situation would require the player to first recognise they are being attacked by more than one character (which is hard in the chaos of combat spam which I have a hard enough time differentiating from sic when taken by surprise) then, every time they want to target one of them, discern whether it is the 1st, 2nd, 3rd hooded average geezer they want to attack then type 1st, 2nd or 3rd in amongst the usual chaos of combat. Even as an outsider to the combat I only realised there was more than one attacker -after- the fight and would have found this an infuriating position to be in when my attempts to counter were met with the help multiples message.
It's a smart play on the part of the hooded average geezers but is it too great an advantage in the already cluttered field of combat rp to be considered fair? What do you all think?