Month: June 2015

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.”

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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.