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#2091299 Is Arena.NET pulling a Jeremiah Tenton on Us?

Posted MazingerZ on 21 November 2012 - 06:40 PM

At the risk of driving this into a discussion on business vs. ethics, the reason people are tying this to Nexon/NCSoft is largely due to the sudden shift in philosophy governing the game implementation.  Very few things force a change in values, and keeping your job is one of them, especially with the rationalization that even if you resist, the only difference is you being unemployed and the changes going through anyway.

Furthermore, this that investors and part-owners who buy themselves a stake rarely... rarely... give a crap on how their return is earned, so long as it is earned.  And if their business strategies, as poor as they are for customers, actually yield results in the short time they are invested, then who cares about how the long term affects on the business or the customers.

The point is, if this is what is happening, if Nexon's pushing this... that is a pattern for the future.  If they get results, the lizard-brain is going to think "this is how we make money" and will keep trying it.  Which is why its important to invalidate this process of making money before it does, even if you are a "wait and see."  You can't wait and see.  You need to fight it if you are opposed to it and not give them a pass because of the blunder.

#2088769 Is Arena.NET pulling a Jeremiah Tenton on Us?

Posted ScoutMATH on 20 November 2012 - 04:21 AM


"A golem named BUY-4373, an NPC named Subdirector Blingg, and a jumping puzzle named Under New Management."

South Sun Cove waypoints are "Lion" and "Pride", maybe referring to the removed "Lion" statue in Lion's Arch and now replaced by wooden rubbles  (Can an amateur (or pro) cryptanalyst decipher the inscriptions (4 letter, 4 letter, 2 letter, 7 letter))? Lion Pride maybe refers to an inside group that is now dedicated to fight the evil powers of the Karkas/Crabs (maybe another symbolism).

http://en.wikipedia..../Crab_mentality (The analogy in human behavior is that members of a group will attempt to "pull down" (negate or diminish the importance of) any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy,[4] conspiracy or competitive feelings.)

Nexon being the crabs that pull down the projected success of GW2.

And the only way to achieve victory if "The Lion Pride installs the Lion in Lion's Arch again."

Prolly it was Nexon who insisted the Lion to be removed because of i dont know what.

I would rather roleplay a conspiracy theorist than to mindlessly grind items and punish myself for months.

EDIT: Jeremiah Denton*

#2089446 Is Arena.NET pulling a Jeremiah Tenton on Us?

Posted Roybe on 20 November 2012 - 03:47 PM

So Ms. Crystin Cox is possibly holding our beloved game and devs hostage?  She MUST be removed.  Quick community, to the forums!  Scream loud and long. What do we want?  No monetization! When do we want it? Now!

#2072185 Six Elder Dragons not Five * Spoilers *

Posted Konig Des Todes on 11 November 2012 - 01:01 AM

View PostVisteri, on 10 November 2012 - 09:40 PM, said:

That was always the impression I got of the NC from the interviews with Ree. It sounded like they wanted to make the Dream more balanced and inclusive, not that they believed that sylvari should be the exact opposite of what the Ventari Tablet said they should. Unless they really are supposed to be the GW2 equivalent of the Sith, just saying "nuh uh!" to everything, which would be really disappointing.
The thing to keep in mind with the NC is that they say one thing, then do another thing.

They preach the desire to become their "true selves" but their actions show otherwise. Take Malyck, for instance - when a Nightmare Court member finds out about it, she seeks to corrupt Malyck's tree, despite it not having been influenced by the Ventari Tablet.

View PostVisteri, on 10 November 2012 - 09:40 PM, said:

As for the Great Destroyer, it awoke exactly when it was meant to. And the Drakkar champion was probably around since the last time the dragons were awake. The seed that made the Pale Tree, on the other hand, was taken from the cave before it was supposed to be planted, unless the dragon influenced Ronan to take it, which would be dumb.
I fail to see how the Great Destroyer waking "exactly when it was meant to" should influence how it acts compared to how it would act if Primordus was awake.

Furthermore, if being asleep when a minion is made affects the mental state as your claim for a possibility revolving around the Pale Tree, then when it's made should be irrelevant - there will be a mental difference irregardless. Even moreso for Svanir, even if being made a minion (and yes, made a minion, as Elder Dragons do not create themselves from scratch - everything was something before being corrupted, but not the Pale Tree nor sylvari) before the Elder Dragons' hibernation causes a lack of mentality change, then Svanir's mental state should have still been vastly different from your standard icebrood champion - but it wasn't.

View PostVisteri, on 10 November 2012 - 09:40 PM, said:

1. The seed was taken and planted before it was ready
2. The Ventari Tablet, and being raised in a peaceful and caring environment, influenced its development
3. The dragon that controls it is still asleep, which means it can't control the Tree as much as it could if it were awake
4. Plants just plain work differently than lava, crystals, water, ice, and zombies--they create new plants from other materials (nutrients in soil, water, etc.)

But more than anything else, I think the fact that they're being so secretive about the sixth dragon, the true nature of the sylvari, and the reason the sylvari can't be corrupted is enough. I don't think they're going for simple answers, like the sylvari NPC's answer of "Oh, I suspect it's just because we're too new and the dragon's don't know what to do with us yet," because why would they bring up the question and then dismissively answer it immediately? Also, I'm skeptical of the idea that they're Tyria's natural reaction to the dragons, like white blood cells, because there's no evidence yet that they appeared the other times the dragons awoke
Something I noticed that is always overlooked is a rather simple but hard to answer, imo at least, question: Why would a dragon minion be a seed?

Seriously, why? Sure, the land and plants can be corrupted, but why would a seed be made into a dragon champion? I fail to see the logic behind that considering each and every dragon champion are hand-picked by the Elder Dragons.

Point 2 is debunked by Malyck.

Point 3 is debunked by Svanir, Great Destroyer, and Malyck combo breaker.

Point 4 is debunked by the fact that living creatures procreate too, and not all dragon minions are no longer living (icebrood and branded). Theoretically - and I say theoretically simply because it's never been presented to us yet - the icebrood and branded could potentially procreate. This is in a way implied, actually, as there are comments about how the Sentinels don't understand how the branded are increasing in numbers outside those they corrupt (actually, I think there is an event focused on a branded devourer queen laying corrupted eggs). However, the reason its debunked is simple:

They were all corrupted from something before. So where's that "something before" for the Pale Tree? If the Pale Tree was corrupted, then why wasn't Malyck's tree - and if it was, then obviously Ventari didn't do diddly squat to prevent corruption, and the Nightmare Court isn't even close to how the natural form should be. It would even give credence to the benevolent dragon idea, except for the fact that the sixth Elder Dragon is not benevolent - and this carries back into the last standing possibility of "it's because the ED is sleeping" which as proven by the Great Destroyer and Svanir, doesn't matter anyways.

Furthermore, dragon minions can corrupt each other. So the sylvari's immunity is actually proof against the "sylvari are dragon minions" motion.

And who's to say that, should the sylvari be Tyria's reaction to combat the Elder Dragons, that they had to be around during the last rise (or for that matter, that they weren't). First of all, when your body combats an illness as time progresses the white blood cells become better at its job (so long as you take care of your body) by creating means to better combat the illness. So if the illness were to return in the future, the white blood cells would be more effective. The sylvari could just as easily have been around before as they could be an evolution of Tyria's reaction from the previous rise of the Elder Dragons - improved from that time, and taking a different appearance even so as to co-exist with the modern inhabitants easier.

Take note of the constant references to giants living during the last ED rise - now, think, what creatures exist with no known background that are akin to sylvari? Treants - that is, oakhearts, pinesouls, etc. A possibility, I dare say - just as likely, if not more, than sylvari being dragon minions when there's no serious support for it - just blank spaces that people are filling with "dragon minion!"

#2059819 Why this and Not that!?!

Posted Strawberry Nubcake on 03 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

It's Holler...Hollow... It's Candy Day!

#2058894 The Black, the Storm, the Jade. T1 - round 2

Posted Quietnine on 02 November 2012 - 11:45 PM

if JQ wins, MMAC carried them... and if JQ loses, its only because the Jade Emporer made them lose on purpose to manipulate the rankings.
if BG wins, lol HoD 2.0 sever stacking... and if BG loses, its because we've all adapted to their cheesy cheep tactics.
if SBI wins, its because of asians, and if SBI loses, its because of europeans,

#2056166 Why the puny Hammers? Why not this!

Posted Pirralla on 01 November 2012 - 03:36 PM

Because it looks *ing ridiculous. Warhammers developed alongside the increased defensive armament of European knights (so full plate armour). They were designed to pierce through that armour, so maximum force delivered to a small area. If anything hammer heads should be even smaller. Similar thing could be said about greatswords, way too many 1' wide blades, animé style, and it just looks bad.

A real warhammer should look like this...

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Am I the only one who prefers realistic, medieval influenced aesthetics for weapons and armour?

#2047384 Mass stacking of players - legit or exploit?

Posted Kreen on 28 October 2012 - 02:43 AM

As others have said it is very bad game design and clever use of the existing game meta.

If the way to reduce area of effect damage on your group is to stack everyone on top of each other rather than spread out it plays counter to the common sense rules of mass combat that support aoe dmaage types. I know we are playing a fantasy game here but I personally want to play mass pvp where the tactics of pin and flank, rush and feint etc etc actually mean something.

I thought WvW would do this while I wait for PS2. Given this bad design it looks like super zerg portal bombs (nice phrasing DVSvictim) are going to be the fotm until Anet decide to act. Sure they can be countered with some tactics as well but I look forward to frapping two of them running into each other and seeing how they mix up and what colour they make :)

#2022027 JQQ vs Derpravi vs Stormpuffs - Tier of Tears: Reborn

Posted AzylynneN on 16 October 2012 - 02:50 AM

Hmm, honestly, I blame at least 50% of our problems on ANet...

Pre-release they had mentioned that they were going to allow free server transfers until the servers balanced out... no time frame was given, but there was a huge assumption by the WvW community that servers were going to lock right as we hit the two week match rotations (which are now weekly... which actually is fine).  However, free server transfers remain... even though during that first week or so we were freaking out trying to get our guildies and allied guilds into server... coming up with PSAs and stuff and trying to calm the hell everyone down.

Then the bandwagoners came... in mass...  Thanks ANet for HIGHLIGHTING JQ on their free transfer demo page (just kidding)... but like HoD, JQ faced some serious high numbers during launch.  JQ was one of the first FULL servers and remained top three high pop for a week or so (I was sorta checking sorry no SS).  When we started winning in WvW... likewise, a lot of Yak-herders came along and were just KILLING us out there.... seriously.  ANet at least resolved that issue fast.

During this time JQ's Daoc/War guilds were still building up.  Many didn't want to jump into WvW right away during the one-a-days, mainly since folks were leveling as fast as possible, getting their crap together, and for many, it was a reunion for the first time in a long time... many haven't seen each other since Daoc, or WAR... or just kinda made passing glances in SWTOR (but that game doesn't REALLY count, just like Rift as neither were serious WvW games).

What was really killing us were the queues though.  Waiting four hours plus during prime time hours right around the match switch was just... really really grueling.  And here, many of us had been building the momentum of JQ since BWE1 as others have mentioned.

Ale started the jq community site to bring players together.  Ahm along with many other Daocers were corraling old school players together... and a pretty solid community started to form up before release.  We got acquainted or reacquainted during the BWEs... leading up to launch.  That was actually A LOT of fun since the queues weren't too bad, and the match ups (I remember a good solid long fight against SBI and SoS - the Siege of Greenbriar!)... and on Guru, we (JQ) were cordial and and didn't smack talk... that bad... okay, at least me, Hess, Barab, Norse, Ahm, Ryden, Pariah, and a few others who were the more prolific JQers didn't.  We represented JQ well in those days.

And then release... /sigh.  ANet probably could have handled server transfers better.  I mean, it's great on some sense that they are free... for PvERs, for those that want to Guest (since Guesting has NOT been implemented yet), and for anything and everything MINUS WvW.  But for those of us who love and adore the smell of blood and battle... the lack of a lock down or cost for server transfers has hurt us tremendously.

A word to the bandwagoners... I do NOT blame you guys for what is going on.  Honestly, if I was with a small guild or a solo player (maybe with a few friends)... I would want to head to a server that did well in WvW... that had a strong community of players that in general were nice... although if you check out community site these days... it's ugly... very ugly.   The blame for me, lies with ANet.  They could have handled things A LOT better and actually talked about it a bit more... maybe they have been... I've been kinda ducked away off Guru and GW2's forums since release... so I am not as informed as I used to be prior to launch.

As for JQ now...

We are sorta headed to where HoD went after TA broke up.  First... several of our strong contributing guilds have left.  Tempest Wolves, Fate, Irony, and others...

TW actually led the charge in the first few weeks of WvW.  Indo, Daboss, and gang did a wonderful job trying their best to fight past queues, and a influx of yak herders, and WvW newbies into a somewhat more organized and effective server.  More so, many of our old school Daoc/War guilds were starting to emerge into WvW after the queues slightly died down.  It helped getting bumped to Tier 2 (4th)... we lost a lot of players during that down time, which was great.  Also after ANet's Yak banhammer our queues also dropped tremendously.  Silent Warriors Gaming donated a TS3 server for our JQ community...which was awesome.  and Jade Legion Alliance was up and running... albeit it possibly popping...  Likewise, a kind nice woman invited a nice kind man who in turn brought over 600+ Asian/Oceanic players to our server... which goes to show, solid friendships and bonds do have an impact in gaming.

Which leads me back to TW... Many of the old school guilds RESPECT Tempest Wolves, and Indo, and Daboss gang from the old school games.  This was a really crazy reunion of Daoc/War gamers... albeit we're older, balding, with kids, married, sorta, with careers, and a few grumpy retirees... but we're together again gaming...hell of a lot of fun... during beta, and a few weeks of WvW.   However, with the killer queues (again), and probably some infighting within server, things are looking a bit gloomy again.

JQ probably will NOT come apart like the Titan Alliance... after all, TA is an alliance, not a server made up of many small honey badger like stubborn guilds.  TA was a well oiled war machine that honestly, beat the living crap out of JQ for quite some time.  Hats off to them for their job well done, their coordinated tactics, their scouts EVERYWHERE.... and in general, good gameplay...  JQ still has many smaller guilds about... we still (for now) have a decent Asian/Oceanic base.  We have our large alliance about, and in a sense, the server is an alliance unto itself.  Menaace, for what he does with MMAC, has helped a lot.

JQ will probably remain... intact, for a few weeks at least (meaning the entire community will not blow apart and every leaves the community site, and players hate each other for life kinda crap)... and we'll see what happens.

Now where is ANet in all of this?  Are they even paying attention to what's going on?  Just curious.

and how, rant almost done...

Last note...to Menaace, in a public forum (mainly since I'm too lazy to type this as a private message)... to the Menaace posting on Guru, who the HELL are you?  You are NOT the Menaace I first met in the Red Borderlands still trying to find your way around things and still learning the man.  You are NOT the Menaace who was trying to broker some kind of peace with Calewyn for a few days...before you and others pounced on him (well, rightly so since he jumped on you first although it probably was a HUGE misunderstanding).  You are NOT the Menaace who worked with the other "WvW leaders" of JQ through TS3.  This is a trolling, arrogant Menaace whom I have never met.  Old Menaace...please come back... seriously.  You are losing a lot of social capital with many of the old school players who helped originally build our JQ community.  So come back, please.

#2021814 JQQ vs Derpravi vs Stormpuffs - Tier of Tears: Reborn

Posted Quietnine on 16 October 2012 - 12:30 AM

View Postangelrage, on 12 October 2012 - 08:12 PM, said:

going in to this match, SBI will be red.

MMAC will be on JQQBL, with occasional breaks to post on the boards. during these breaks, they will claim to be polite and professional. several hours later they will forget all that and talk about how they are the ones leading JQQ to victory and all the best guilds on SBI got owned by disorganized JQ pugs. they might even be claiming to have farmed War Machine in their spawn.

at least thats exactly what they did last week on the HoD thread.
either way, judging JQ by the tools in that guild is like judging ET by the tools in ruin. try not to, even though its tempting.

looks like you were right on target bro.

#2021606 JQQ vs Derpravi vs Stormpuffs - Tier of Tears: Reborn

Posted Barab on 15 October 2012 - 10:31 PM

View PostHoudii, on 15 October 2012 - 09:45 PM, said:

No TA was constantly trolled before anyone "rubbed it in." All we really did before was announce our win record and everyone bit the bait and drama ensued. If you were really professional you would of ignored it or congratulated us for what we achieved and moved on. Acting the way you are now isn't professional, it just stinks of someone finally high enough up the ladder to successfully mount their high horse.

Hell I've been more professional and it's against everything I want to be. I argued that you deserved your 1 win and any trolls were excuses while all we ever received were trolls. You couldn't even give us credit for 1/30 wins unless we put an asterisk next to it.

Can I ask how you're making the lower tiers stronger? Did MMAC transfer like we did? What a joke..

And you haven't had an influx of players? In the past you couldn't hold 100ppt off peak and now you're competitive and can win that bracket. Did everyone on JQ switch up their playtimes and stay up all night? It's good you guys got players for that timeslot, means more for me being oceanic but to act as if it's the same JQ playerbase.. come off it.

And yeah TA used the inspire line, and countless JQ said we were afraid of competition and 1000 other excuses.

I'll issue one final congrats, it's not often someone upstages me for undeserved ego but wow man, time for me to step it up.

Agreed, the good majority of HoD/TA were as humble as you will see an e-champion be. I hope you do know that most of the original JQ core respect what HoD accomplished. In the long term it will be healthy for the game hopefully that TA proper and militia have spread out some.

#2021421 JQQ vs Derpravi vs Stormpuffs - Tier of Tears: Reborn

Posted Nalano on 15 October 2012 - 08:54 PM

View PostErisLuciferia, on 15 October 2012 - 08:51 PM, said:

How dare anyone question the awesomeness of MMAC, I mean its not like they came to a t1 server that already had a pre-existing structure of a community site and TS, that was already being used by several strong guilds and pugs alike and had an pre launch alliance. I mean they had to build this up all by themselves guys! So lay off Menaace and his herculean task of doing all that (as well as causing TA disband) all by himself.

Don't listen to them Menaace, you are awesome. Even if you got busted out of mod status because you were to professional in your calling to ban all those horrible trolls (you know those people that didn't agree with you). But that is ok because your sponsors don't want you posting on the forums any more.

Nonsense! Menaace is the epitome of class and professionalism! Why, he even thanked the community... for leaving.

#2021414 JQQ vs Derpravi vs Stormpuffs - Tier of Tears: Reborn

Posted ErisLuciferia on 15 October 2012 - 08:51 PM

How dare anyone question the awesomeness of MMAC, I mean its not like they came to a t1 server that already had a pre-existing structure of a community site and TS, that was already being used by several strong guilds and pugs alike and had an pre launch alliance. I mean they had to build this up all by themselves guys! So lay off Menaace and his herculean task of doing all that (as well as causing TA disband) all by himself.

Don't listen to them Menaace, you are awesome. Even if you got busted out of mod status because you were to professional in your calling to ban all those horrible trolls (you know those people that didn't agree with you). But that is ok because your sponsors don't want you posting on the forums any more.

#2013449 "Play for fun" unviable

Posted JunoGuts on 12 October 2012 - 02:50 PM

View PostRed_Falcon, on 12 October 2012 - 02:44 PM, said:

Many guildies joined this protest, we're going to never touch paid waypoints and walk on foot until we're not forced to spend 1-2g per days just in travel fees.

Protest Ended i guess! since you are already walking around instead of using the waypoint system, you already realized by that statement that you are not FORCED to travel fast!

My experience: even though its expensive its no way leading me to bankruptcy!

#2007081 The Official HOD vs JQ vs ET Thread

Posted Fylix on 09 October 2012 - 10:41 PM

View Postkargun01, on 09 October 2012 - 09:10 PM, said:

I sure hope so. We will be on JQ tomorrow fighting beside them so I hope they can carry their own weight. I haven't been on a server that has lost and I don't plan on starting that now.

I feel embarrassed as a JQer from beta to have someone like you fighting along side with us... oh well, the down side of JQ being on top i guess...