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Announcing New Award – Society of the New Britannia Den of Terror

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The Shroud of the Avatar community is currently suffering from a great deal of inbreeding or cronyism if not both. Here I will present awards to those amongst the community for their deeds which have gone unrecognised due to their inability to put cock to mouth for the Portalarium executive team and/or prominent members of the community who can hook them up through their inner networks. Feel free to blow the whistle if you think there is a member of the community getting shafted, and if I agree I’ll post an award here! Something better than nothing :P
The first awards have been handed out already, they go to Bubonic and Joviex for work on the in-game radio object which they built together. Without that the Avatars Radio, who’s owner and group have received more than one award(one ONBE to Amber and a Royal Warrant to the Avatars Radio team) now, would have no sound in the game at all yet! This is kind of a good example where the community(Amber/Radio) can do good and perhaps through no fault of their own be cast in an inglorious light from the mishandling of the Portalarium team. Congratulations to you both for the great work you’ve done but need me to award you for…
What is the world coming to I ask!?
You may find the individual rewards on my menu item of Infamy under the Society of the New Britannia Den of Terror.

 

You Get A Medal! Every! Body! Gets! A! Medal!

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Like, so, there are these things called The Order of New Britannia Empire and Royal Warrants. The concept is that if you are part of the Shroud of the Avatar community and you contribute, something, in a significant way then you will be rewarded with one of these. This is not too bad in concept, and truthfully I am quite envious of those who do receive it knowing that I shalt never receive one. Even in my true persona, let alone this one :P But hey, I made my choice and I’m walking the road as a highwayman because there has been a need. Don’t cry for me Britannia.
But you know me, I can’t just stop there now can I mofos? So what is the malfunction? Well seemingly pretty much the same shit different day story of the SotA community and this blog; Favouritism and unequal opportunity. There is one special inbred place in particular where this stems from, the Avatars’ Kentucky, for whom which I have designed a new logo:
AvatarsKentuckyYeah if you haven’t guessed by now or are new campers on the PK block, then I’m actually talking about the Avatars’ Circle/Portal. But the inbreeding is certainly not limited to Violation and his siblings within, there are many, many cousins around and “nothin says lovin like touchin your cousin” does it Violation? Come on bro, don’t even try not to laugh because I’ve seen you on every hangout going totally fucking laugh happy crazy, and sometimes to a disrespectful level to others who are talking about shit that doesn’t even concern you. Way to get noticed, you should keep that shit in check yo.
Frequently, I digress… No there is plenty of blame to go around on the favouritism issue, that entire area Avatars’ Circle/Portal with cousins in the Scholars of Novia,  SotA Wiki, Pax Lair, and Avatars’ Radio seem to suck the entire community dry. I’d like to see some new PKs and PKettes come in and shine. There are plenty of other people shining too, but aren’t being recognized, but again there is no space for most of them to fill as these awards keep going to the same people.
Literally! Almost everyone who got a Warrant already had an ONBE and nearly everyone who got an ONBE had a Warrant! I’m not positive who is going through and selecting these things, I doubt it is Lord British himself so whom ever is and if you are reading this you are not even scraping the barrel of the SotA community. Spend some more time out there because look, most of the people you just gave awards to have yet to actually produce assets based on their reward…
Two people come to mind who have actually benefited the Shroud of the Avatar GAME itself and thus for the community I can think of very readily are Amber Raine via Avatars Radio and Holt Ironfell via Poets Circle. We need to find others just like them, and get them working, forget about the little guys with websites which only tend to serve up regurgitated information and feed it back to the same community over and over and over.
DOO EEETTTT Portalarium!
Now, where is my fucking ONBE for making all you fuckers laugh?

 

enderandrew Returns – Ender’s FAQ is Back

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You may remember enderandrew. He was pushed out of the Shroud of the Avatar forums due to moderator abuse, an all too common story! You can read about some of it HERE in a previous post. Well he has returned, and has started work on his FAQ again! We shall see how this goes, but now that Junior Moderator Mystic has been asked to tone down his presence on the forum, hopefully enderandrew will have a better time of it!

 

Shroud of the Avatar Goes Steam Early Access

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There has been qutie a bit of resistance, for some reason, in the Shroud of the Avatar forum for taking SotA into Steam. Small minds. If anything is going to grab the cash from gamers at this point, it would be Steam so it is a great decision. Good luck SotA.

 

 

SotA Executive Producer Authorises Gold To High Level Backers – Pleb Chaos Ensues

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R12 Dev+ testing opened earlier this week and it was having some issues. You would expect that serious bugs in gameplay took prevented players from playing properly right? No fuckwit, haven’t you been paying attention to what I say here? Could it have been greedy fucking asshole players like Duke Violation? Yes, of course so! It turns out that the Dev+ players got so upset about not having their pledge rewards, they figured out that if you log in, give cash to a friend, log out re-create a character and log back in, you have a fresh $500 gold pile to play with. This in turn created such an unexpected load on the Shroud of the Avatar login servers, it prompted the Devs to take the game offline.
This is kind of comical what follows next. To try and stem the influx of login attempts from players smashing the exploit new characters for gold, some of the Devs logged in and started handing out massive wads of cash, lawl! That too went down about as good as a balloon filled with shit as you can imagine. Oh Insane, you’re over reacting, you are being a spoilt little bitch because you didn’t get any money too! Well, no not really. Duke Volation received 500,000 in gold coins. Yes boys and girls, I got the number of zeros right on that figure. But it is ok! It is fair because it is pre-alpha according to Duke Violation, and since none of this is permanent it doesn’t even really matter.
That is wrong Violation, you handing out fucking cash like welfare was popular, you are pulling people into your guild with that cash. Winning friends and influencing nubs. Don’t be a pathetic little bitch Violation, you know what you are getting out of this. Again, Duke Violation’s main reason for requesting the money is simply that in this pre-alpha, he is warrioring for people who are fucking pissed off because in the pre-alpha they don’t have access to their pledge rewards, mainly lot deeds and shit. Seriously, we have some Lord Marshals hating on Lords of the Manners and everyone who didn’t get cash hating on Darkstarr right now!

FUCK YOU YOU GREEDY FUCKING TWATS!!!

You can all hate on me as much as you want due to how I go about some things, but you know what, I was on the bandwagon against this long before it ever came to this. I was riding shotgun up there trying different methods of exposing these types of attitudes and individuals in different ways, hoping that it would matter and things would get changed. Instead I got perma-banned, twice :P
Let us go all the way back to May, 2013! Read this forum post on the SotA forum HERE:
https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/sota-civil-rights-and-lone-wolves-act-of-2013.1431/
Also I would like you all to know, that someone in the SotA staff keep a pretty close eye on this blog. There seems to be a trend of them locking threads I reference from here, LOLZ! They locked the above thread I think sometime after I posted around 28th of August 2014 :P  Glad to have influential readers!
In any case, here are some quotes from my thread!

“Personally I do think that the classification of any person or persons into any category at all for any reason is shameful. Let alone based on the contribution in which they could afford during a KS campaign, or whatever other idiotic thing is going to pop-up in the future.”

- InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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“It sounds like we are going to have a bit of a segregation issue. Kickstarters, non-KS backers, and non-bakers it has started already to boil down into. This is quite a bit of a shame, and the reason is that just as I am being excited for the first time about a game like this, the community(people in this forum) are making the continued excitement difficult. I can imagine that if I feel this strife, others can also and that is only going to spread if not checked.”

- InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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“It is a difficult subject, but I feel that everyone should feel like they should be included. Not only now but for the duration of SotA in the future. The direction we are currently headed however, looks like it is off the edge of a cliff!”

- InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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“In conclusion to the above, sharing experiences with other players in a guild setting is perfectly fine. However, I think that every player should be treated as an equal individual in the game weather in a guild or not, or having donated via KS / donated at all.”

- InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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“Basically I think what I am trying to say is this: I seem to now be willing to try and play a different play style with SotA. What have you done to me Richard Garriott!!! However, I wouldn?t go anywhere near SotA with THAT play style if it turns into a combination of an Oligarchical Lord of the Flies. Not at all. If it turns out that SotA is Lord of the Flies with Houses, then what needs to happen is the ability or me to PK everyone and create my own balance!”

- InsaneMembrane – March, 2013

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Guys, this was well over a year ago I posted these comments. Not only has the attitude continued unchecked by the people responsible for the community and development of the game, it has gotten way worse. In this case, I actually do feel a bit sorry for the Devs again. They should be trying to manage the game issues and project timelines, instead now they have to worry about all the raging greedy fat choads out there like Duke Violation who might just turn into large community areas of dissent if they don’t get what they feel they should be getting when they feel they should have it. What can they do when it has come so far down this road really?
That being said, I feel a bit worried and uneasy about how close some of these inbreed groups are to the Devs. Friendships are fine, but when friendships start turning into in-game advantage that is very not fine mofos. Taking and taking and taking at the same time you are benefiting from it, denying it has any effect at all, is just plain Privilege. Something you shouldn’t have ever had a taste of Violation, but something tells me that you are use to it.
The thread was locked up later on when some very high level backers started to voice their discomfort about what was going on. I respect them so much for this, and thank them for their voice. At this point that voice has not been deleted from the Dev+ forum and Dev+ members are still able to read it. But I will warn Portalarium, if you delete those posts, I’ll be their faithful proxy as always.
There is more to the story, especially since the discussion was picked up in non-dev forum by Bubonic. It too was locked up. Shame, seems as if Suppression of the Avatar continues at full pace.
Where is my fucking joint.

 

 

Poll Results – Portalarium Staff Insult SotA Community

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POLL RESULTS

Last week I posted an article asking a question, the results are above and are clear.
I’ve struggled with the idea to be honest, I still find myself not wanting to post the comment especially since anyone who comes here to read and may have voted most certainly identifies with the sort of things I already say I might guess!
In any case, I asked the question, you all voted and here it is:

“GD – tutorials and monkey juggling”

-FireLotus

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The above was posted in a thread where Devs copy and paste what they were working on during the previous week into what they are working on for this week. The comment isn’t evil or anything, but it really is kind of insulting.  Especially if you take into consideration that it was posted in Dev+ and that is “public” enough, so wonder what our “friendly” community manager FireLotus is saying behind closed doors?
This goes to a much deeper and darker place. This is what Portalarium staff think of you guys, and even most of us in Dev+ too. Do you honestly think they can take any of your ideas or posts seriously if that is their default position and stereotype?
I mean, go a head guys, start calling groups of people “monkeys” and see where that gets you on the forum. Moderated and banned at best, especially since it can easily be considered a racist word. I don’t think that Portalarium staff should call the community “monkeys” or anything else insulting is the short of it, and feel that the person who did owes the non-Dev+ community members a nice apology.