Not all Shadows of Isildur staff were do-nothings. Just the ones who won the war of attrition to hold onto the server.
Also, as much as I love a good conspiracy theory, there's no way the current staff are the same as the old staff with changed names. And if Icarus/Hal and Kite were the same person (again, wrong continents) ... then I witnessed some very disturbingly self-abusive conversations on the wizchat
Arm isn't going to change, staff are entrenched and think they're doing the best thing and any criticism is just ungrateful trolls shitting on their great ideas. Shade was/is an awesome dude who was really receptive to feedback about the game, balance, bugs, etc and got things done really quickily. Even when there was a small pbase, the staff was running events frequently and with a good attitude despite there being kinks in it with crashes and item loss. I had close to just as much staff animated interactions in the short time I played Black Sands as I have my entire time on Arm.
I would play SoI if it was set literally anywhere else in middle-earth
Laketown is the most boringest shit
Yeah. The most boring location, in the most boring timeframe ... of the entire Middle Earth.
The zones are pretty fucked up there too. I will say staff was pretty pleasant to me but other players were practically non-existent. I saw, maybe, one other person my entire time there and they harassed me and threatened to put me in jail if they caught me selling something without a license.
skip SoI. Play HL. Basically the same thing (there's practically nothing Tolkien about SoI...), but with better code, more players, and decent staff.
I have a dwarf pc on SoI that I haven't touched for like...4-5 months. Just so painful watching my old hobby rot itself beyond recognition.
Like, the writings on the wall when the key staff members spend their mudding hours playing (edit: other muds) instead of..you know, putting effort into their mud.
RPIs are AIDS to me. I can’t even play them anymore without getting an eye twitch. They’re all just..sooooo bad and cheesy and gamey.
The last time I played Harshlands, I started in Trobridge and as an Agrikian. I even spent a couple days reading up on the lore and some of that shitty SCA like game world called Harn. lol. I probably should’ve just jumped in without reading anything. My need for making a character that actually belongs in the game world foiled me again.
I roll up my character. Get started, hook up with the Agrikians and was immediately appalled at 1) how little the person I was talking to understood the religion. 2) how the person I did talk to above them basically told me in a meta way. “I know they kinda suck, but I have all of the followers I need. We need to make them stronger with followers. Maybe you can kinda help them out with the lore stuff by nudging them in the right direction?”
Um, nope eye started twitching. I knew what would’ve happened. Two months later, the person I was supposed to follow would’ve died horrifically or got bored and then I’d end up being the leader and would’ve had to undo all of the two months of damage they did. Nope, been there, done that many times before; saw it coming. Got the T-shirt and burned it.
I just wanted to be a hunter for my first couple of characters. But after being mercilessly mauled with semi-permanent wounds I couldn't find anyone to heal and returning triumphant with a wolf skin that nobody would buy ... I gave up.
qwerty: and if someone is unexplainably hostile to you for no good reason. Chalk it off to being an asshole and slit their throat
Sept 5, 2019 12:41:42 GMT -5
qwerty: All in all, in my observation. OOC relativity comes about cliques, then hostility. As in, players might not care if you offed their previous character. But they might like and include another PC whom they talk to more often ooc.
Sept 5, 2019 12:42:44 GMT -5
qwerty: But again. You cant control it. Cant prove it. The nagging suspicion will ruin your gameplay. I just try not to worry about it and react to the gameworld events as if there is no ooc influence. Doing anything else makes for a really shitty experience
Sept 5, 2019 13:01:26 GMT -5
qwerty: You cant stop people from talking ooc. And if people talk ooc, it's bound to happen that they cooperate ooc. Or ... or not. But you wont know and therefore, you'll suspect. And this suspicion will kill the game for you.
Sept 5, 2019 17:46:21 GMT -5
qwerty: 4/5 times someone rages against staff, staff had nothing to do with it. It's just number one suspicion people go to.
Sept 5, 2019 17:47:19 GMT -5
mehtastic: Ignorance is bliss.
Sept 5, 2019 17:50:44 GMT -5
delerak: I recently accused staff of some nonsense. They showed me the log and I felt embarrassed. It's hard to shake the paranoia of days gone by when you were slayed by staff for going afk and using a script to forage wood.
Sept 5, 2019 18:32:02 GMT -5
jkarr: look east. near: agafari forest. far: agafari forest. very far: the ghost of halaster is here grinning evilly
Sept 5, 2019 22:30:43 GMT -5
mehtastic: I posted it on the Discord server a long time ago, but unfortunately I don't use Discord much anymore. If you can get a Discord invite you can get the code, probably.
Sept 26, 2019 19:33:50 GMT -5
qwerty: ask jcarter. I think he's giving it away
Sept 27, 2019 17:34:42 GMT -5
mehtastic: I am back on Discord. If you want a copy of the code dump, join the shadowboard Discord and ask, or DM me: meh#0490. Feel free to DM if you feel addicted to Armageddon and want help detaching yourself from it, too.
Oct 10, 2019 9:01:42 GMT -5