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Starr Goes Beserk – Shroud of the Avatar Dev Alt Accounts

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I’ve long suspected a few accounts out there to be fake Dev shells. But never one I’ve written about, until now. Katrina Bekers(Beserk). Funny too, as Katrina the symbol of all things Humility was selected for the name of this fake account. A few things over the past few days and a few key words have really flared up and made this a little too obvious.

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Shit, I’m not even surprised! Only in the fact that it was a bit easy to uncover this due to some pretty silly shit. Everyone has forum Alt accounts. Moderators aren’t allowed to post as their mod accounts, they have Alts. Carebears who wish to strengthen their agreement with how things are going have Alts. Those of us who have been banned for speaking the truth have Alts. Those who don’t see eye to eye and are afraid of being banned have Alts. I am myself an Alt, and I have Alts of Alts ffs. Alts are a thing.

Well, they were a thing. They are about to be severely cut back due to Starr’s policy of locking everyone out of the forum until they pay $5 to gain access. The people who run the show however like Startrina there, will still be free to speak as one of us, a wolf amongst the sheep, until the end. However it comes. And, we all fucking deserve it too. Who has stood up for everyone who hasn’t already backed the game? Not many.

Back to the good old Portalarium mission statement.

“Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

 

 

Portalarium Fail To Prevent Spammers – Start Charging Community For Access To Forums

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Portalarium has failed to surprise us after all. After a quick patch to their forum software they have, I think, declared defeat and will start charging the community access to the forums on June 29th 2015. Of course, it appears they have their signals crossed internally as usual and they have indicated different reasons for this.

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Starr long has gleefully indicated that this was a community decision! Of course, because that looks like Starr’s very own ecosystem at work, and I’m sure he’ll use that in the future because of course we asked for it right? They are only giving us all what we want, the ability to pay for something now which was fucking free before! LULZ, Starrfail:

“At the request of some community members we have created a new forum that is limited to Game Owners only.

– Starr Long

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Meanwhile over on the .COM(link at bottom of article) Dallas shows us the true reason behind charging access to the forums:

“…recent abuse of our public forums by spammers is forcing us to remove free posting privileges.”

– Dallas Snell

I didn’t actually think they would end up doing this. If I had to have placed money on it, I would have bet against them doing it. I guess the fact that they don’t have proper professional moderation staff or clearly someone who can manage a community(comes with the abilities and technologies that the community uses to communicate)  then that is a pretty serious drawback to clear and open communication between the community members. Who would have thought? Lawl.

This, is all wrong. But predictable. Portalarium have made zero effort in the past two years at fixing the community. It is on them. We are now off the cliff, as I indicated  in 2013 was the way it was headed.

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

My next question would be, where does this money go that they will be collecting for the registrations? Into tech time and software to fix the fucking problem they are charging their own community for? Into the game itself(how, where, what)? Into Portalarium chest for hookers and blow? Should the people paying for access now not have some say in how their money gets allocated to the game, especially if they are contributing to it with their ideas and cooperation?

I get a head of myself. They can’t even manage spam, why would we all assume they had a decent plan for this $$$$ they are stealing from us, silly me!

 

References:

1. Announcement by Dallas:

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=51431

2. Steam Post by Starr

http://steamcommunity.com/app/326160/discussions/0/598199244888806944/

3. SotA Forum Discussion

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/public-forum-posting-privileges-5-nice.32695/

4. Shroud Unlimited Forum Discussion

http://shroudunlimited.boards.net/thread/155/port-charge-forum-access-thoughts

 

 

InsaneMembrane Needs Makeover – Taking Suggestions

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InsaneMembrane needs a makeover. Someone got bored and decided to bitch about the image I use; I did a google search for Lich a while back while looking for an image to represent InsaneMembrane. The following came up in the big page of image results on google images:

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I used gimp to change it slightly to the one which you have seen recently, that I have now replaced, as yes I did not ask to use the image which I found in google images, with a modified Ultima 7 Character Portrait I used originally.

aram-dolOrig Aram-Dol portrait from U7P2.

I was thinking because I like Ultima so much and there is even a chance Denis Loubet may have even done the character portrait above, I should have Denis do an original InsaneMembrane for me. That might then be a good STFU for people looking to hassle me about what avatar I choose to use, and get me something I’ve always wanted; Custom Loubet.

What do you all think? Loubet? Better options? What should I look like?

Discuss HERE.

Portalarium Can’t Protect Their Forum – Punishes & Threatens Community

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So for over a week now the Shroud of the Avatar forum has been under spam attack, and over a week now the Portalarium team hasn’t had much luck defeating the attacks. The odd thing here is, instead of addressing the security issues of their forums they seem to be content with punishing their users to work around those issues.

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Greetings Avatars,

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As some of you noticed our forums have been repeatedly attacked by a series of spam bot attacks. To combat this (and other behavior issues) we are adding captcha to forum posting for some community members. Starting hopefully later this week anyone who does not have a paid account must answer a captcha before making any posts.

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For now it only applies to thread creation and for users that meet any of the following criteria:

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1. Less than 50 likes or 50 posts
2. Signed up less than a month ago

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We considered a more draconian policy of not allowing unpaid members to post at all but we felt that would be too restrictive. We hope to maintain the ability for non-paid members to contribute but we reserve the right to rescind this privilege if the attacks do not abate.

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https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/captcha-for-posting.27254/

 

So basically, Portalarium will cut off forum access to non-paid persons if Portalarium are unable to stop the spam attacks on their forum. No wait, that isn’t right. Let me try that a different way…

So basically, Portalarium will cut access to all non-paid community members if they keep getting attacked. Wait, that sounds pretty wrong too.

Everyone, I hope you understand how totally and utterly fucking crazy this is. I don’t know if Starr is just pissed off and can’t be fucked to properly form sentences right now and is just taking it out with the keyboard or if there is some other explanation, but at the moment his elevator isn’t going all the way to the top.

I simply cannot believe that due to their inability to meet the security needs of their community, they would even consider something like that. But not only consider it,  officially announce they would use that threat if the attacks persist and at the same time “feed the trolls”. I mean shit, if anyone who is behind those attacks is actually paying attention to what is being said, they have boners the size of the Washington monument right now! I now truly understand this RWE quote.

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Come on Portalarium, you can surprise me now any bloody day. I’m waiting.

Portalarium’s Shroud of the Avatar – HACKED

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Shroud of the Avatar services have been under constant disruption now for about a week. This has had a great deal of impact to all of their services including the “pre-alpha releases” themselves, with players unable to contact Support, play the game, or use the forums. They are keeping it quiet for the most part, but they have indicated they suspect a DDOS attack. Again this just goes to show how old school these guys thing, host the stuff and don’t use CloudFlare.

GG.

On top of that, either through the same mob or just a coincidence their forum is currently hacked and under attack as well.

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I was hoping that while this was happening I could sneak in a few shots at Junior Moderator Mystic(more to come later) but no such luck. Grand Wizard Darkblade was actually on the job.

Shroud of the Avatar Forum No Longer Serves Purpose As Forum!

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If I ask you what a forum is, you will probably come back and tell me that it is a place where you can go, create an account, and have a disucssion about the subject at hand. You would for the most part be correct for the most part:

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Why and how then after all this time, numerous complaints and outcries from the community, do Portalarium still not understand this simple concept? It isn’t a new word added to the English language in the past five years or anything but that clearly doesn’t have much of an impact on the novice moderation staff over there on the Shroud of the Avatar Forum Place of Positive Feedback.

Have a look at this here thread which was just locked by Koldar the Shitstorm:

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-overland-map-must-go.26194/

 

This was another topic started about the overland map. It is to be expected players don’t exactly expect to see this, ahem feature, in games today. As one might expect, conversations usually branch out from the central topic. They have to, fucking context and background is everything. Unless you’re a fucking idiot moderator on the SotA “forum” because they see the branching of a topic and multiple discussion points as great opportunities to lock the thread down.

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“Seeing as how there are many other threads that provide feedback on the overland map, I am closing this one. If you want to leave feedback on the current state of the overland map, I would recommend R17 Overland Map Feedback [Merged Thread].”

– Koldar

Of course they are untrained morons for it, and it is clear they have alternate reasons for locking this shit down. I could almost, ALMOST, understand it if they had either A) Sticky a main discussion post on the overland map so that users could easily see it or even B) have an overland map sub-forum – but no, what does he do instead? Link in ten, TEN, other mothafuckin threads about the overland map instead! Lulz, wtf!

You guys are so blooming unprofessional over there, it is really a bad thing to have the interface to your community so poorly and unprofessionally managed. What more can I say on the subject really? Go suck my John Thomas ye twats.

PaxLair Falls From Glory

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Lord Blake Blackstone has been rumoured to have withdrawn his castle from PaxLair. This doesn’t shock me, from what I’ve observed in the past, Blackstone is not just another yes ma’am follower of everything being pushed upon the community. By the way when I say community, I mean everyone other than the Dev cuckolds like Winfield and so forth.

The Devs are a lot more careful with how they do things and interact with the community now, but it is clearly still an issue. Blackstone leaving PaxLair is a pretty clear signal there, if I am to align the event with past markers. Now, Blackstone has a pretty big wad of cash tied up in this game to the degree it is pretty insane when you take your average pleb in today’s world and say, what would you think about that amount? To each his own I guess, maybe we will see what kind of man Blackstone is now. Is this a cordial, I agree to disagree with how things are getting done? Or is it, fuck you all I don’t like what you are doing and how you are doing it! Or, is this just a good rumour lulz. Either way I would love some more information on this so if you care to comment Blake, you know the drill!