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SotA KS Pledge Reward “Create your NPC” Walked Back – Enderandrew Writes All NPC Dialogue

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Remember that one time, at SotA camp, Portalarium got caught changing the text of their Kickstarter pledge tiers after the fact to help them walk back certain things? You can read about that HERE if you do not. That event was what turned me from calling out people in the community for being less than reputable to expanding my horizons and looking at everything including the company and Devs. If you walk through a pile of dog crap, there is sure to be dog around there somewhere who put it there.

I went on to declare NPC Companions “dead” on November 9th, 2014. Now that you are all caught up, you are aware that even if you have pledged as Developer tier or above, you know that Portalarium have no intention of giving you access to information, tools, or opportunities required to fulfil this kick start promise. In fact, even if you took it upon yourself to create your NPC and sent it to them, it would imply fall onto deaf ears.

Unless. Unless your name is enderandrew.

So, have you ever been to Ardoris? Ever talk to an NPC there? If you have, then you’ve actually been reading enderandrew’s work. Astonishingly the Portalarium Devs, for the most part Lum, have ignored everyone else’s pleas for action on this matter while at the same time accepting and implementing a very large body of work from enderandrew. 95,000 words just for Ardoris NPCs alone by enderandrew’s own admissions.

How did enderandrew leverage his work to be put into the game? There was no announcement on this, there was no community competition or interview process for this. How did Portalarium take that body of work, review it, edit it, and input it into Shroud of the Avatar? Is enderandrew’s writing flawless and perfectly formatted always? No. The answers are, it doesn’t matter! It was done, it is in the game, and purely from a crazy place in my head I can simply come to one conclusion: enderandrew did it, that means I can too. But wait… Can I? Because Lum is not accepting writing from anyone else, and nobody really knows why.

There are other writers out there. No, not me. Go have a look at the Writer Round Table. There is more than one person there, they have some convincingly skilled people doing certain tasks, and the work is good. So again, why only enderandrew? As usual the answers from Portalarium here have been non-existent, transparency is not something Portalarium have been very good at in the past and it just continues to get worse. Their only course of action seems to be to ignore problems and when poked hard enough the answer is? Yes: “We’re too busy.”

The phrase Situation Normal needs to be changed to Situation Portalarium.

Poets Circle – To Destroy Scholars of Novia?

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That’s no Moon… That’s a Guild.

The Poets’ Circle. Put together by Holt Ironfell is seemingly an aggregate of creative talent of all kinds. Despite having some rather large and looming names behind them like the Space Bards, Ember Isolte, and Sharm with guest stars like Lord Baldrith and Amber Raine… I know very little about them! Memory takes me back to a time in a thread in a Shroud of the Avatar forum not so far away though, to when SotA Forum Junior Moderator and general all around ass clown Mystic was taking a shit on Lord Baldrith’s thread and some of Holt’s advice/statements about voice acting. Well, Lord Baldrith turned that around and smashed out Echos of the Caverns and Holt turned around and with the people in the Circle smashed out a very large number of songs for the SotA soundtrack. Like %99 of it? What did Mystic do? Well of course he persisted to bully people on the forum until finally he was forum PKd and shut up. I will take some credit for that, please applause.
I digress. Let us begin with some recent news about Poets then! As I had to do some research and I had a Blown Whistle in my inbox this morning containing some of the deleted data from the Poets’ new Competition thread. You can get the non-sanitized content which was removed by the Moderators by going to my Backup Page or by a direct download HERE.
Let us begin with some selections from Holt’s post itself on the Competition.

You will tell a tale of adventure, or of mayhem, filled with conflict and suspense. But you will do so in the voice of a Bard, telling the tale in your choice of location, and audience.

 

So the stories will be judged on two primary merits:

 

1) Is it a story of conflict and suspense we can’t put down?

 

2) Is your narrative voice, the Bard character who is telling this story, spellbinding?

 

– Holt

It is hard to get me Membranes excited about ANYTHING other than PKing. I mean it is going to be pretty epic when I take my axes and slash Bowen’s in-game Avatar into a few thousand pieces. I wouldn’t say I was overly excited about any kind of writing though, yeah no shit and despite this here blog it ain’t really a thing this clown does, but the topic and criteria have been done well enough to even make me take notice.
Now here is the really interesting bit.

JUDGEMENT:

The stories shall be divided randomly and given anonymously to our Council of Masters. They will not know the authors names, only the story on its own merits. The involved Masters will then send their favourite to the Grandmaster Bard, who will make the final selections and decide on first, second and third place.

 

-Holt

There we have it. Finally, a measure of impartiality in the Shroud of the Avatar community! But, I seem to remember Holt doing something similar with anonymity in the Poets’ Valentine day competition, but it was Valentine day… Fuck that, I didn’t pay attention lulz. Look, this isn’t %100 perfect as it isn’t %100 anonymous, but it is a step in the right direction and an example to follow and improve on for everyone. I assume there are two reasons why Holt has the final say. Look at the line at the top of the post “Mass Murdering Psychotic Jesters” – As I have mentioned before in the comments, Holt is an easily locatable published author and with references to psychotic jesters, he’s got to have the ability to judge this shit properly and well.
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As for impartiality, how could this be better? Easily a 3rd party could get involved, a single person, which can be the submission point for stories. That person can anonymize the submissions. This does a few things. Nobody would be able to recuse Holt for one, everything he gets would be from a number which matches back to a name which is held by the 3rd party. The other great thing it would do is open the competition up to the rest of the Poets’ Circle guild and everyone affiliated with it! Maybe they wish to write too, I doubt the Council of Masters would be submitting their own stories to Holt with the current rules… That would be very bad. This suggestion is the way to get these competitions done where you wont have mothafuckas like me all over in your shit. Here are the prizes.

PRIZES:

1st place – Narration by the Grandmaster Bard and custom music score that goes with the pace of the story. Find our music at http://poetscircle.net

2nd place – Narration by one of our Founders and Master Bards: Ember Isolte!

3rd place – Narration by another recent Master Bard who climbed the ranks from apprentice: Grand Duke Kailef!

 

All three stories will be presented on the Poets’ Circle showcase alongside many other great works, for all eternity, so long as the lore of bards touch the hearts of mortal men.

 

– Holt

Those don’t really appeal to me, but then I mean they seem to be a measure better than the awards everyone else gives out. Why are they and why do I think that? Because it takes them a bit of personal time to spend reading your shitty stories by utilizing their own in-house talent with voice/music skills. So I’ll say this, the Circle does seem to know how to leverage the people within it. That leads me to my next line of thought.
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The Scholars of Novia Vs Poets’ Circle, coming to a community near you? I fucking hope so it would give me material for weeks and I’d love to see a little Bard on Bard action, BOWWW WOWW CHICKA WOWW WOWW. Oh yeah. Also what about the other Round Table group which has popped up out of Stile’s Y2K website farm? I can easily see this competition being a pilot program for the Poets’ to test the waters in terms of the writing community, checking to see if it would be the right fit for them.
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With the failed Scribes and Scholars effort, the blood is in the water and the sharks have some massive bloody hard-ons. I can predict the outcome of this with certainty at this point. How you ask? Check out this quote from Lord british:
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“THE POETS’ CIRCLE […] IS TO ME THE GOLD STANDARD OF COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION AND CONNECTION BETWEEN A CROWDFUNDED/CROWDSOURCED PROJECT TEAM AND THE COMMUNITY ITSELF.”

– RICHARD GARRIOTT

If the Poets’ Circle guild wants take writing, it will, and it will have the backing of some pretty powerful motherfuckers. Just look at LB’s woody for them. If they don’t take up the reigns of the writing with the community, it will be because they think it is more trouble than it is worth. Right now to me, more trouble than it is worth really looks to be the case! To be perfectly honest, I hope the Poets pass on the writing so I can keep pounding on the Scholars 😛
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Membrane – Savin the fuckin day, yeah!