Thursday, June 30, 2005

Here is how it happened:

This is how it started:

I used to be in an alliance of RL friends. We were a pretty small group, underpowered but for a few people who really had lots of time to play and powerlevel.

We were all friends, in and out of game. In fact, the whole reason many of us even play AC is because the monarch all bought us the game for Christmas 1999.

Eventually, I was in a RL conflict w/someone close to me. Friends claimed to have wished us both the best. Some meant it. Some didn't. I reach a truce/understanding, even in some ways a reconciliation with the person with whom I was in conflict.

But, as it turns out, friends still don't wish you well.

This is how it happened.

You send tells to people you thought were friends when you see them online. RL friends. At first they respond, but tersely. Then they respond in one or two word answers.

Then you do an experiment. You decide to not send them a tell until they speak to you first.

They log on. They stay logged on. Of course they see you.
No messages.
You mule.
You log on.
You log off.
They log off. Nothing is said to you.

Then it keeps up. Days pass, then weeks. You're not spoken to.

Because you're no longer their friend, and they didn't even have the decency to tell you that.


This is how you have it rubbed in your face:

Members of my former alliance were meeting in RL not too far from me. Despite things that we said and did for each other years ago (I called one couple the closest thing I had to "family," at one point), I'm now an un-person to them.

Now it appears I'm like that person you just don't talk about, don't acknowledge, don't even LIKE. Without so much as a work why. I know what the LIKELY reason they don't like me anymore is, but that's a RL issue, and the RL parties involved are settled, if not more than civil. But they can't be.

Forget it -- if I'm an un-person to them, so be it. But I never would have done this to them, had the situation been reversed. I'm bigger than that. I'm better than that.

I might be a gimp in-game, but I know a thing or two about doing The Right Thing in life.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

So let me get this straight:

The attention whores on the ACV TD boards are allowed to spam and spam (including of course, Kiaya, who still has to make a new thread every time she blasts gas). They're given free reign to spam the boards with OT threads, without any reprecussions.

@e re-reads the TOS.

Hmm.

One thing though -- other than Kiaya (and now PKhere), the constant OT posts have been SOMEWHAT cut down on. But not by much. However, it's noticeable enough.

Heh, what's funny (and sad) is that Kiaya still is enough of an attention whore that she is STILL "post bestower," lol.

ROFL -- Kiaya's at it again.

She's a "published author." Laff.

Her "publisher" is a POD publisher (it's called PublishAmerica). It's a "print on demand" system -- her books aren't in bookstores, until a book is requested. Oh, and EVERYONE who submits a manuscript gets accepted (see the link below). Frankly, you could just Google her publisher, and find out all sorts of stuff. I'm trying to learn to deal with the constant OT posts, but this swollen head of hers is flippin' pathetic.

She's "published" the way that "Grit" is a "magazine."

http://www.sfwa.org/beware/general.html#PA

Is it really so hard . . .

. . . to type out:

"Thank you!" or,

"Thanks,"

In the past 2-3 days, i've gone out of my way to help people. Big time outta my way. The result in EACH instance?

"ty"


Sigh.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Holy crap!

Jericho actually MIGHT be back! I'm freakin' psychic! =P

Tai's good, bad, and ugly of the weekend

I originally wanted to do a few blogs on the weekend, but I've been awfully tired as of late (work is crazed, again), and what little time I have causes me to pretty much just keep trying to earn XP (still trying to get to base 280 Magic D).

So:

The Good:
Kaos ran us through Bobo and G-Man. Hell didn't freeze over, but it sure as hell was a touch frosty -- I got the Bobo kill(!). I couldn't believe it. I'd been kicking myself for forgetting to use my CS bow (which has minor BT), but remembered this time. I casually asked Kaos to hit it with BD7 (I can no longer cast that while I'm working up XP for Magic D, long story). Bingo -- we landed in there, and I immediately just get plugging away at him -- and got 3 fingered paw! Woot!

Used all 3 on the healing kit idol. Result: 2.1 million XP into healing skill. :(

Sigh.

The Bad:
This is kinda bad, but not horrible. Basically, I went way outta my way to help this person find Aun Ralirea, because I had sent him to some coords earlier that night, only to have the landblock reset. Oops. So on my own, I decided to hit Marae Lassel and just frickin find him myself (my clan was out there on a QQ, so their eyes were open for me as well).

Note: I've found Aun Ralirea 4 times on my own. And EACH time, I've killed him, and taken the necklace/idol to "the guy," only to have my health drained 3 times because (this is true) I keep forgetting that I've already done the skill credit quest. Seriously, I don't know how I manage to find my pants every day.

Anyway. Kaos spotted Aun R., and I got the guy out to ML, where I had held the landblock long enough to help him get the skill credit. Woot. The reasons why the whole thing was "bad," should probably be left unsaid (I know this is essentially a diary to myself, but people do read this drivel, and I'd rather not have anything out there to cause more drama than normal).

The ugly:

After Bobo Sunday night, we did G-Man. I noted a couple of problems:

1. Kaos, our leader, was getting kicked offline every time he so much as sneezed.
2. I was the 2nd highest level in the fellow.
3. Which was only 5 people.

Uh oh.

So we did the quest, and Kaos stayed connected, which was good. I did the "CS" trick again (a la Bobo), but Kaos still got the kill (because this time he actually attacked -- if he hadn't, we'd STILL be there hitting Gaerlan, who would have leveled 50 times off of us all).

I hate being the weak link, but somehow, even in a gimpy G-Man fellow, I had to be healed by our "healer" like 20 times over the course of the fight. I wasn't even that fast with my own heals. WTF. :-(

Saturday, June 25, 2005

So Juzam's a mod now?

I actually wish him well -- that's a good choice. I wanted to be one myself, but I (a) didn't apply, and (b) would have probably caused a ton of trouble, because I think the use of the ban stick after a warning ought to be de rigeur, rather than a rare thing.

But Juzam's cool, and the extra help is sorely needed on the TD board.

P.S. One confession, which I've said before: So help me, if I were ever a mod, I'd unban Jericho. =P

Thursday, June 23, 2005

AAAAAUUUUGGGGGHHHH!!!!

Isn't the reason we log in to get AWAY from the drama of RL?!

Screw it. Off of work for the first time in days, and no desire to log in. What's on Tivo . . . ?

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

@e tips hat to the self-buffers

Those folks w/Life & Creature really have it pretty nice! I just bought a complete set of Ancient Armor for someone, and she buffed/baned it up.

AL 1300 to everything. :-O

Yowza.

Somehow, those life/creature/item archers really seem pretty cool all of a sudden. I mean . . . yikes.

@e is envious.

Friday, June 17, 2005

You may now call me . . .

. . . Bill Cosby.

FOR I AM THE MASTER OF ALL THINGS JELL-O.

I so heart killing Jellos in the VOD. I went through THREE full spawns of jellos in the VOD this morning. Cleaned em all out. Barely took a single hit from a spell, beyond debuffs and the odd drain. No wars. Woot. Only about 3 million plus XP, but it was FUN!

Bear in mind, as an archer (er, as a gimp), I can't seem to kill ANYTHING in the VOD, without it first being tied up, gagged, and otherwise lashed down to the ground like a Guantanemo inmate.

Except Jellos. I don't know why, but I freaking OWN those things with my slash rending bow. Granted, the only time I'll fight the things is when I have a grove of trees to hide in (I'm actually like a sniper then -- lean around corner of tree, shoot, quickly turn back behind it: lather, rinse, earn XP). I'm a dumbass on this game, but not SO dumb that I'll stand out in a field and do my impression of a wooden target drudge for those things.

I even like how they look. I mean, were the devs loopy on Mai-Tais (get it?) when they came up with these things? In fact, I wonder . . .

(sounds of harp music . . . cut to scene inside Turbine HQ)

======================
Developer Bob says, "Ok, we need a new monster.
Developer Les says, "But it has to be WEIRD and unexplainable! Like the success of Tom Petty!"
Developer Sean says, "(passes out face first into the 7-layer dip)"
Developer Lesl says, "Dibs on Sean's drink coupons!"
Developer Bob says, "Seriously, though -- what about, like, a BOX!"
Developers stare at Bob.
Developer Bob says, "No, really -- like just a polygonal BOX, but with color, so they can see that they're just FIGHTING BOXES, and that we've just GIVEN UP on monster design!"
Developer Kim says, "But they'll see THROUGH that! We need to give them cool lore."
Developer Matt says, "MATT DAMON!"
Developer Sandra says, "Haw -- how about "K'nath Tead?"
Developers stare at Sandra.
Developer Les says, "Death Tank? . . . you mean like the game, "Battlezone?"

HINT:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Arcade-atari-battlezone1.png
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlezone

ANYWAY, BACK TO OUR LITTLE PLAY:

Developer Sandra says, "Yup! THAT! They'll NEVER get it!" And we name the TYPES of Death Tanks after US! But with our names all scramblies!
Developer Matt says, "MATT DAMON!"
Developer Bob says, "But they'll tell it's me -- K'nath obb?" That won't work.
Developer Sandra says, "Well then Bob, you will HAVE TO DIE!"
(Sandra shoots Bob just above his right eye).
Developer Sandra says, "Well Kim? Think you'll be ok?
Developer Kim says, "Um, they'll NEVER get "K'nath I'km!" (sweats profusely)

Developer Sandra says, "But we have to make them IMPOSSIBLE to fight -- just like us!"
Developer Alan says, "I just blew up Frostfell's server! All characters deleted! But they'll still keep playing! Woo-hoo! I think I'll eat some more paint chips. LALALALALALALALALA."

Developer Sandra says, "Let's have them all cast war spells, including streaks, AT WILL, and CHAIN CAST drains!"

(all Devs): "(CHEEER!) WOO HOO!"
Developer Sandra says, "There -- I just drew a box on a piece of paper -- a "long cube," really. I just designed our monsters!"
Developer Alan says, "Woot! Monthly update completed then!"
Developer Sean says, "Mmmmwhahaph? What'd I miss? Where's my drink?"
Developer Matt says, "MATT DAMON!"
======================

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Hey, can I see your armor for a second?

I've never been stolen from in-game (not counting having kills stolen -- there are people playing "King's Quest I" would could outkill me right now). But anyway, me = never stolen from.

This is because (1) I tend not to trust anyone, and (2) Don't let go of my really important stuff (bows, armor, etc).

So within the past few months, as I've done up my life/creature covenant suit (with majors, as well!) I've had more and more people look at me, and say, "What kind of armor is that?" or "Nice armor." A few, however, say, "Hey, can I see your armor?"

I normally shrug it off. Isn't this something of an old scam? It sure used to be. Person asks to "see" your armor and opens trade window. Person kind of times it, and closes trade window just as it's expected that you're putting item in window, causing you to "set down" the piece. Person picks it up. Person laughs.

So I'm in the Marketplace tonight, and "Shadow-Spear," (not in my alliance) asks to see my armor. He's so insistent that while I'm pricing armor from the al-Thor bot, he's just standing there WAITING to "see" it (I know this, because he told me he was waiting for me to be done with the bot). I am all set to grill him when I'm done with the bot, to ask why he can't just "see" it from where he's standing, when an alliancemate runs into us both, and says, "Hey Shadow." Shadow greets him back?

Whatwhatwhat?

This got me thinking -- maybe it WAS an innocent request(!).

Wow. I decided not to bring it up and do anything w/the guy -- I just logged on as a mule to make my purchase (since the mule has all the cash, lol).

I guess it's interesting -- the guy could well have meant nothing by it, but isn't that funny -- he used a really vintage method that old thieves used to use, but didn't know he was doing that.

I r teh suspicious . . . but at least I've never been stolen from, lol. ;-)

Saturday, June 11, 2005

RL can be rough sometimes.

So, I don't go into too much detail re my job, as it's a sensitive position, but is in law enforcement. I got a call the other morning and the person on the other line said, "(redacted) is testifying before Congress today. Why don't you meet him at Dirksen (ooops, wrong building it turned out) and brief him quickly on (my area of expertise)? It's going to come up in his testimony and he wants to cut down on subsequent written submissions."

Um, ack.

So I scramble out the door of my office, grabbing about 10 binders filled with information I really didn't need in light of the questions later asked of me. After frantic cellphone calls, I found him and his surprisingly sparse entourage (although they asked more follow-ups than HE did(!)).

In fact, that's the kicker -- I really wasn't asked that much by this person. He just listened to me explain my end of the issue he was testifying about, then eventually said, "Ok, outstanding -- why don't you sit tight here and let's see if something else comes up. Is that ok?"

Fast forward DAYS later. I still haven't logged into AC, have been completely MIA for the most part, and otherwise have spent days (finally finishing up late Friday evening) putting together briefing materials for those pesky subsequent questions. Much of today has been spent doing stuff to clear my head -- I went for a nice run (was supposed to be much shorter, but I honestly think I was so spacey I didn't even do the math right), and then saw someone I hadn't seen for about a week.

Maybe I can finally log into AC tonight. Hope I remember how to play. :-/

Oh, wait -- I was never that good at it previously! :-P

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Damn . . .

. . . THAT was fun!

I spotted a post by Juzam saying he was running the "Tursh Totem Quest" (actually, I misread it as the "Tush" totem quest, and was immediately intrigued). I did a quick check @Maggie's to see what the heck it was ("Holy crap," I said, "It's an %age of XP quest!").

@e logs on and runs like hell for GW.

Juzam wasn't there, but I figured one of the people standing around was him (I'm always so impressed with folks who have like 5 126s, since I'm just well, ME, and I can't even see hitting 126 by the expansion).

Off we go, a fellowship of 7.

This was one of those quests that scare the poop outta me, because there are just TONS of debuffs

On the other hand, at one point, I was rebuffed by (two!) mages in the fellow, and I almost wanted to say, "It's cool, don't bother," because I wanted to show that even will full life/creature 6s I could survive.

The good:
There were more than a few times I beat the support mage to heals, and gave myself full heals after taking triple-digit damage (but I wasn't even debuffed!) from spells. There were also a few times where we "doubled up" (meaning I healed myself for say, 92 points, but SO did the mage(!?)). Weird. I got a LOT of kills on this trip, and I know that part of that reason was because the baddies were softened up, but that still felt good.

Oh, and I not only killed a lot of the "Big Bad Guy's"(tm) minions at the end, I killed the "Big Bad Guy"(tm) himself. Me. I even took a screenshot with my name as the kill. I wasn't even using FIRE. Just my tinked up Slash Rending bow.

You say to your fellowship, "Holy crap! I killed him!"

(At this point, there's a respawn, and I'm still too busy staring at the "killed by . . . " message. But everyone else is waiting for their Tursh Totem shard, but they can't open the body.

You say to no one in particular, except out loud to the computer, "Holy crap! I killed him!"
Computer says to you, "So open and loot, you idiot."
Oops. Which brings me to . . .


The bad:
I wasn't psyched that I had to be the one guy who had to have buffs put on him prior to the final push, as all I ended up thinking to myself was that I was having to be carried along. Like, well, a gimp. @e notices the name of this freaking blog and moves on to . . .


The ugly:
Oh, there just HAD to be a jump, didn't there? RIght at the beginning. And if you miss, there are TONS of these nasty ol' rats that do hella damage to you. So of course, when the quest leader (whom I later found out to be Juzam's alt char) told us to jump, I just --

1. Jumped full power.
2. Diagonally.

Note: The jump is onto a THIN BRIDGE. Strung between the MIDDLE parts of the ledge.

Did Tai "look before he leapt?" Um, that would be a "no." I went sailing WAY over the little thin bridge (again, diagonally, mind you), right into the pit. Someone must have told the rats that my armor was "cheesy," and they CLEARLY don't get metaphors. Because they came at me like I was freaking fermenting right in front of them.

So I ran like hell, wetting my armor and rubbing an Aphus Recall gem like it was one of Gwyd's kitties, the whole way up as I looked for some ramps (not knowing if I would even be BACK there, mind you, I just went left over and over again). I got to the top of the ledge again:

So of course, I shift/jumped from the middle, right?

@e looks at the name of this blog again. Is it ever that easy?

Seriously, it was like someone else was controlling me, because I just ran back to the top, and "CANNONBALL!" sailed over the bridge -- again. I actually thought I --WAS-- in the middle of the ledge, and well, for goodness sakes, WHY BOTHER LOOKING TO MAKE SURE?!

Lather, rinse, repeat.

The 3rd time was the charm (just like my 3 years in 3rd grade!).

So I must have learned my lesson, eh? Um, nope:

Late into the quest, there's another jump. A pit.

(Juzam's alt char) says to your fellowship, "Everyone jump in."

I'm the only one left at the top. I'm inching back and forth, left and right, with my back toward the pit, using a compass and protractor to get the jump just right. I'll show em.

You say to your fellowship, "So is this a stepping shift jump, or full power?
(Juzam's alt char) says to your fellowship, "It's a pit, just jump in."

Oops. Didn't notice that. Why? Someone again literally didn't look before he leapt.

@e listens to the grumbling of his fellow-mates as they fight for their lives in the pit, while Tai is still testing the wind with his wet finger at the top of the pit.

But even *I* can figure out a way to screw up just jumping into a pit. And I did.

@e bouncebouncebounce

>>>"You can't jump while in the air"<<< I so heart that message.

@e bouncebouncebounce
(Sounds of battle rage on below)
@e bouncebouncebounce
(Hack! Slash! Boom! Scream! Debuff! Spell! Kapow!)
@e bouncebouncebounce

ARRRRGH!

Anyway. I eventually defied all odds, and actually fell in a downward motion (seriously, I could jump off the Tou-Tou lighthouse and hit a cloud ABOVE it).

That was late in the quest. Things were smooth(er) at that point, and I got a nice chunk o' XP for the quest.

And maybe next time, just maybe -- I'll look before I leap.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Chiropractors.

Um, yuck. Can't post this on a VN thread that's already at 3 pages of mostly flames/pharming (thank you TOS, grr), but let's clear up a little bit. AynRand (who is a chiropractor, and an Ayn Rand devotee, so 2 strikes against her already) is pointing out billions of woes if you drink diet sodas containing aspartame.

Hmmmm . . .

http://www.quackwatch.org (do a search on "aspartame")

http://www.chirobase.org (points out the shortcomings of Chiropracty)

http://www.skepticreport.com/health/strokespinal.htm (even stronger article on these quacks)

I don't blame someone going if they are in pain, and want relief, but (other than attorneys and used car salesmen) I'm not sure of another profession with so much corruption, and so much utter hooey/drivel/poo driving it. And if someone's going to hold court on their views of health, let's consider the source.

Edit/Update: I just thought of something -- Gwyd posted an anecdote about a chiropractor, and I meant to point this out -- anecdotes mean JACK SQUAT in a logical argument:

http://www.skepticreport.com/print/natureanecdotes-p.htm

Show me some proof (other than chiropractors studying themselves and (gasp!) coming up with their own findings that they are helpful), and then we can talk.

WTF?!

Lokkie's banned?

Monday, June 06, 2005

Weird times in the 80+ hive as of late . . .

So two distinct incidents/weirdness in the 80+ hive as of late, and I'm not sure if it's commonplace, since I just don't go there that often.

The first involved someone named "Double Nickel," a mage. I can't say if the person's good or bad, because he simply didn't speak. As in, at all: I was in a fellow in the hive, and made it to the Matron. I saw him fighting her, and actually having a bit of a rough go at it. So I walk up behind him, and hit him with a blue healing kit for a triple digit heal.

Ok, so he says nothing. I've been there, I can understand furiously trying to click, press keys, and otherwise stay alive. But then everyone's dead. At this point, I repeat an invite to the fellow, and he's still playing Silent Bob.

*shrug* Recall to top, keep working in fellow.

I later found him in the hive, this time IN a fellow, but then the only time he spoke was when he had died, and another fellow member was pointing out/clearing his body (he said, "thanks," and never spoke again). Otherwise, he was silent. I'm really not chatty in a fellow either, but it just seemed weird. I thought of him tonight, because he passed me in the hive (judging by his direction) as he was headed for the Matron again (all of these times happened within the past 7 days, tops). He didn't even stop to see if there WAS a fellow (I'd have been happy to even be in a 2-person one, but no biggie).

*double shrug* Just struck me weird. I wouldn't have thought about it more, except for tonight:

This just happened. I had recalled to the top of the hive, and was not in a fellow (the one person I saw and asked if a fellow was open, said nothing, and just logged at the entrance). XP/hour = apx. 12mil/hr.

Then two people beam in, Zakfein Bonesplitter and Hope I Kancastit. The former was 126, the latter high 80s. I asked if there was a fellow, and after some fumbling by the level 80, she recruited me (no biggie, I can only imagine how hard it must be to be a mage in there). They seemed perfectly nice, although again quite silent.

So, I run off into the hive for good ol' bug-smashin.

After about 30 minutes, I look up on Infinity: XP/hour = apx 11 mil/hr.

Huh?

Look, I'm the FIRST person to bash XP wh0r3s. But this just seemed weird. Is it ok to do a "report" at that point? I spent some time just debating whether to even DO it. I decided against it, and instead looked to the fellow panel. Hmm, the 126 is --kinda-- damaged (at least noticeable), but the 80something seemed full.

I thought about it some more and made a decision -- this is the first time I've done something like this, but I just left the fellow without a word (and promptly saw my XP/hr increase). I stayed down below for a bit, and had a good ol'time, but after ANOTHER person passed me (not a member of a fellow, and didn't ask if there was one), I decided to recall to the LS and hit the 60+ hive to burn out my last arrows.

It's --ENTIRELY-- possible that I'm just wrong on this, but I thought the hives were places for fellows and general XP smashing? I have NO problem if you don't WANT to be in a fellow (in fact, I believe you still have a right to be there, even if you're just trying out/testing the waters). But do you really want to bring people into your fellow? Isn't it easier to say, "We're staying here at the entrance, just doing a shakedown cruise kinda thing." I don't blame those two at all -- it just seemed a little strange.

I wish I knew what the ettiquite on this type of thing was. :-( But then again, if I did, I'd probably be a lot higher than 109 after 5+ years at this. :-(

Sunday, June 05, 2005

VOD -- bo-ring!

I must be doing something wrong, because the VOD just isn't doing it for me, XP-wise, even with a mage imp'ing everything for me. I'm using a CS bow, or a rending bow, depending on whether the mage is able to both imp & vuln, but . . . sheesh. Quite low XP. It seems like people really go out there and rack up the points, but I sure don't see it.

And those VOD Olthoi HOIT! :-O

Friday, June 03, 2005

Thought.

LOL, this is too much:

Suppose you have a person, let's call him, "David."

David doesn't get along with Mary
David doesn't get along with Tom
David doesn't get along with Harry
David doesn't get along with Bob
David doesn't get along with George

Wouldn't David start to realize that the problem wasn't with THEM, but with David?

Guess it will only take a beatdown to set things straight. :-D

@e repeats to himself, "A promise is a promise, a promise is a promise, a promise is a promise."

@e *shakefist* at Thistle. =P

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Pathetic

When people make a post on VN that garners little to no replies, but then "bump" the post a day later -- that's just sad and more than a little pathetic. No one gave a rat's ass about what you had to say. Deal with it. It's even worse when a person bumps a post DAYS old. People saw it. They just didn't care.

(Excludes trade/auction/ISOs for items, vassals, etc.)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Um, I was FLETCHING!

I hit the 80+ hive last night, just to try and rev up some extra XP. I was there about 90 minutes. Fellow members came and went. There was 1 death the entire time. 3 guesses who it was.

Sigh.

I remember, as I was in a corner with every bug on the server attacking me, thinking, "Wow, I probably should fletch right soon. But in the meantime, I'm getting so low on health, so I'll just drink an elixir rather than heal."

Oops. Out of those. I wonder if I have any random health potions on me, picked up from the bugs?

Double oops. Out of those too.

Maybe I'll crack and Aphus reca

>>>Olthoi Swarm Mutilator runs you through!<<<

Oops.

Kontrolled Kaos says to your fellowship, "nooooooooooo"
You say to your fellowship, "Ah, np, that's what I get for trying to fletch during a fight."

Well, I was KIND of fletching! I mean, I did at the lifestone.

And then I forgot to pick up more health potions from home before recalling back there. I r teh smart. :-(