Just a short time after an event where Envy trolled the BMC guild on the Shroud of the Avatar forum, possibly with a fleet of forum alternate accounts, Portalarium return the paywall to access the Shroud of the Avatar Forum. You have to wonder about that coincidence don’t you?
- June 24, 2015 – Portalarium raise a paywall to post on their forum, claims it is required due to inability to protect users from spam.
- October 14, 2015 – It was noticed that the paywall was down.
- December 23rd, 2015 – paywall returns to SotA forum, 24hrs after Envy trolls BMC.
What’s a lich gotta do to get some truth up in here?
Just a quick update. I am not sure when this happened, but at some point in the past it appears that Portalarium had the time to update their Forum and protect against the exploits responsible for the SPAM issues they had. I say this because it appears that the one hit PvP wonders have returned to the forum:
hi pvp pls k thx bai
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.
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
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!
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!
1. Announcement by Dallas:
2. Steam Post by Starr
3. SotA Forum Discussion
4. Shroud Unlimited Forum Discussion
INSTRUCTIONS UNCLEAR – GOT DICK STUCK IN SOTA R16
One more time! One more time! Sixteen! Sixteen! Sixteen!
Shroud of the Avatar or sometimes abbreviated SotA has some instructions which were released and are available for Shroud of the Avatar Release 16, or sometimes written as sixteen and possibly R16. These instructions are probably the best SotA instructions available for any Shroud of the Avatar release involving instructions.
There are more than 16 instructions in this release of the Shroud of the Avatar instructions for R16. In fact, they may even add more instructions every release, so you can expect them to grow over time. New in the next SotA release instructions: HATS. Fucking so many fucking hats. Instructions on how to get hats. Instructions on how to wear hats. Instructions on who else needs hats. Way more than 16 hats are required in any carebear’s Shroud of the Avatar house.
Getting a house however in SotA is difficult. Instructions to get a house, or 16, aren’t available in Shroud of the Avatar Release 16 instructions, nor any other release instructions. You will likely have to just give all your money to Portalarium. That is the only instruction you need. It is over 16 dollars though. It is over 16 times 16 dollars. BUT DONT LOOSE FAITH! 16 dollars times 16, and then times another 16 will get you a decent house!! Not the best, but decent.
So I hope this helps you with R16 SotA release 16. I know a lot of people out there are googling for help on various Shroud of the Avatar releases, especially 16, and would hate for someone to totally not be able to find all their release 16 hats or something. Shroud of the Avatar hats are the whole game man, really, without a SotA hat in release 16, you are still somebody… A fucking loser.
This concludes the R16 Shroud SotA of the Release 16 Avatar Instructions.
INSTRUCTIONS UNCLEAR – GOT DICK STUCK IN SOTA R15
Shroud of the Avatar or sometimes abbreviated SotA has some instructions which were released and are available for Shroud of the Avatar Release 15, or sometimes written as fifteen and possibly R15. These instructions are probably the best SotA instructions available for any Shroud of the Avatar release involving instructions.
There are more than 15 instructions in this release of the Shroud of the Avatar instructions for R15. In fact, they may even add more instructions every release, so you can expect them to grow over time. New in the next SotA release instructions: HATS. Fucking so many fucking hats. Instructions on how to get hats. Instructions on how to wear hats. Instructions on who else needs hats. Way more than 15 hats are required in any carebear’s Shroud of the Avatar house.
Getting a house however in SotA is difficult. Instructions to get a house, or 15, aren’t available in Shroud of the Avatar Release 15 instructions, nor any other release instructions. You will likely have to just give all your money to Portalarium. That is the only instruction you need. It is over 15 dollars though. It is over 15 times 15 dollars. BUT DONT LOOSE FAITH! 15 dollars times 15, and then times another 15 will get you a decent house!! Not the best, but decent.
So I hope this helps you with R15 SotA release 15. I know a lot of people out there are googling for help on various Shroud of the Avatar releases, especially 15, and would hate for someone to totally not be able to find all their release 15 hats or something. Shroud of the Avatar hats are the whole game man, really, without a SotA hat in release 15, you are still somebody… A fucking loser.
This concludes the R15 Shroud SotA of the Release 15 Avatar Instructions.
The State of the Forum is Good. near 500 posts, 16 registered members and a few other “guest” posters.
Forum, I’m so in Lov- yeah ok enough of that shit. We got quite a bit of action in the first week alone, there is some randomness, some off the wall shit, some good insight, we have it all. But the most important thing is that it is open and free for everyone.
Most importantly in the early days of the forum, I need some positive feedback so you all have to vote for me at idontthinksobitch.forumrawks.com
There has been a few interesting things to write about recently so I haven’t gotten around to this post as of yet, but at the moment I’ve got nothing better to do than scratch ma bawlz so here we are with an insiders look to Violation. We had a small introduction to some information on Violation way back when R12 went live, he was briefly named on some shameful activities documented in there. So what kinda guy is Violation, does he follow Lord British’s Virtues and set an honourable example for all to follow? LAWL, naw. He’s a self centred little twat chasing gold and money while trying to jizz his name all over everything and every one.
Don’t believe me? Well, who creates a birthday party event..just for themselves?
“What: Yes, that’s right, Violation’s turning 30 years old on REDACTED and wants to give YOU presents to celebrate with him Vengeance style.”
birthdate has been redacted for privacy
Who complains when when an AFK macroer is better than him?
“…if I take on two fighters I get interrupted too frequently to be effective and I have to kyte them around like a sissy (as in, don’t hit me at all or I’ll die… omg please don’t hit me NPC). This guy can sit afk for over 5 minutes and he has over 90% hp?”
Who is always talking about money, money, money, and a fan of cutting everyone out of the Dev process if they haven’t been verified to have spent the money, claiming that they are just Forum alternate accounts?
“I hope more games do this in the future for others to experience but I do expect them to cut down their access so only backers can get access to the forums. I think it’s sad how many people have created accounts and made hateful posts as their first posts… people I’ve never seen in the game. I’m 99% sure those are alt accounts…”
The above three examples are simply appetisers my Shroudie friends. Just a few quick examples I captured when I read over the first page of his posts at the time. The forum is full of this shit. The article I linked above SotA Executive Producer Authorises Gold To High Level Backers – Pleb Chaos Ensues details the comical set of events which took place after people started wildly exploiting the Player Start Gold, it created a pretty interesting thread in the Dev+ forum. Where, of course it was also discovered that Violation was one of the bigger Exploiters of the start gold system and involved in the widespread distribution of such knowledge, possibly causing the crash of the Dev+ test. To boot, Volation was then the reciepieant of $500,000 of in-game gold on top of all that!
Let us start with a screen cap of what Violation had to say, and then we’ll break some of those quotes down. You can click all these for a bigger image by the way.
“I’m really happy to see this conversation!” – Violation
No, no you’re fucking not you cock holster. It is just clearly time for you to come in and for you to make an ass hat out of yourself by trying to defend an indefensible position.
“I was just talking with them about the fear that the community wouldn’t accept the change of not getting hand outs soon…” – Violation
What? Who are you to speak for the entire community. I didn’t appoint your silly ass to talk for me, nor did anyone else for that matter. If you’ve got to come to the table and say shit like this, you had better provide names and examples, times and places. You don’t speak for the Shroud of the Avatar community. No idea how they let you talk to them like you do either, I certainly wouldn’t deal with your fanaticism if I were them.
“that said I happily asked for and recieved some gold to purchase my lot and I think it is absolutely NOT going to effect anyone in the community negatively.”
Bhahahahaha, mother of god you’re funny. I am sure you happily asked for a fucking handout because you are a lazy privileged dick, but just one question Violation. Would you have had to come in and post anything defending this matter at all if you weren’t called out, and it didn’t affect the community? Nope, so disproved straight away, if affected us and some people who have donated more money to the game than you were offended by it also. Yes, you don’t own that spot Violation, others contributed a lot more than you have.
“I also gave out gold to players who have earned 3x what I gave them over the last couple of months. Is this a kickstart? Yes. Would they have had it already if the pledge rewards were in? Yes. Do I feel at all like it was in poor taste? No.”
Well. Thanks for coming right out of the closet and showing us that you are a douche bag. Shit you said it for me with that line, I don’t really have to say much more do I. Well I will just tell you all, if he uses that flawed logic in order to blatantly and repeatedly exploit Shroud of the Avatar once, he is going to do it again. It isn’t even a question of if, only when, and I’d like to have thought at least with exploits the Devs wouldn’t have kept stroking the cocks of these mother fuckers like Violation through the structure of favouritism already established between higher pledge level players and themselves.. Wrong, they do.
“Without these lots and the ability to start decorating the sandbox/player side of the game would feel empty and undeveloped with the incoming steam players. They just increased the number of lots to help solve the overcrowding issues. Hopefully everyone realizes this is still a pre-alpha and this all will likely get wiped again fairly soon.”
Here we go again, speaking for the entire community without a basis on reality. Blah blah fucking blah, more excuses to keep exploiting.
“Please remember that we’re all here for the same thing: a great experience and to have fun.”
For that to happen, self righteous privileged dick munchers like you will need to quiet down a fair bit. Some new players, you know the ones you are sooo worried about might be a bit taken back when they log in the first time and see you handing out gold from exploitation of the game and/or from begging Devs for gold. Doesn’t send a great message.