I want to make it clear, I was not being abusive to any person in a personal capacity. I was being rude for their actions as a staff member. Unlike you, my comments are about you guys because you're in position of power in Sindome.
My point is that it my character was essentially slapped a -20,000 chyen penalty because the staff said, "Let's do that." I was busy RPing with many characters, multi-tasking to respond to everyone in a busy room, trying to build relationships with the characters which enhances RP. Most of all I was having fun: most of your global events happen an hour before I have to go to bed due to my timezone (e.g. the flood of 2099).
I am not going to apologize for my points which were valid and from someone who has seen this before. You didn't know who I am apparently, which means you disregarded someone's concerns who was a noobie. It's a common thing for you guys to say "Oh? They don't think something is fair? They're wrong and Sindome is not for them." as if this is Vietnam or something, where you just have to suck it up.
And if this was a PC caused situation I'd understand more. If this was a situation I put my character in, I'd understand. If it was consequences for something my character did, I'd understand. But it wasn't. Someone saw that a bunch of players were in the Drome RP-ing and decided "Let's throw a petrol bomb on them." That's not a global event. It only effected us in the drome directly, and then perhaps it'll send ripples to everyone else. A global event is something like the flood where it effects everyone GLOBALLY and isn't targetted at one small group of players.
Dynamic challenges I love. Conflict I love - it drives the story - and Cyberpunk I love. But that doesn't give staff the right to come in, force a character to have ebola, and then put them in debt 3 days into their character, when it's hard enough to get chyen as it is. Maybe not for you. Maybe not for some oldbies. But it is hard, especially when you miss the US rush.
I did OOC perm my character, but because it was late and I had no intention of returning because once again it's a case of the staff thinking that what they say is gospel, and anyone who even thinks of questioning it is automatically wrong and an idiot.
"Throwing a bone" is irrelevant. Would you go up to someone on the street, stab them and then give them a cookie, and they'd just go "Well hey! Thanks! A cookie!!!" I was at the last town hall, I've heard the staff make statements before going against them. And anyone who tries to say "But hey you said-" "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! YOU CAN'T BITCH! BAN!"
You can't go and say this is about RP and the staff's job is fuel RP, if your idea of that is walking in, disrupting an RP and giving them a penalty out of nowhere. I was shouting at Rychek to step in - because it's themely for his character to get his baseball bat out, the badass that he is - but no, that was ignored. The staff wanted a break-out of ebola and that's what was going to happen. That's not themely. That's not cyberpunk. That's just like throwing some crack in the middle of some crackheads and then enjoying them fighting over it.
My character lost all IC respect to those people they were RPing with. That was 3/4 people that my character would have no intention to RPing with in future: and that's not my decision; that's exactly how my character would of reacted. And yet, this is meant to enhance RP?
Don't forget that in cyberpunk the whole point is that a punk (in a cyber-world) faces a challenge and then overcomes it. But it's also the fact that they put their skills to use. Case was a hacker and he was forced into hacking: but he was a SKILLED hacker! Deckard was forced into hunting the replicants: but he was SKILLED in hunting replicants.
It's ironic how you also quote it's cyberpunk and not a flufflybunny game. The single person (once every few days) with a complaint about something is shut down by staff. They're essentially being a cyberpunk and you, the staff, are being the corporations shutting them down.
As for Jinx? No offense Jinx but I couldn't give a rat's ass if you were on or not. Am I supposed to be relieved you weren't online.
Let me make something very clear. You are staff. We are your customers. If a customer is disgruntled about a product, they have a right to call the staff and make their point. The staff don't turn around and say "Oh, well deal with it or fuck off!". In that same situation, if I bought a product and then the delivery van driver came and pissed on my wall and I complained about it - I wouldn't be met with "Get a grip!" by the company. If any of you are in jobs that deal with members of the public, then you really need to do a workshop on how to deal with complaints. But no. It's far too easy just to cut them lose. More will come. Who cares if we have a high turnover of members. They're just handle the game. It couldn't possibly be anything to do with us - we're fantastic.
You can't go an say "Oh well, no-one else complains!" so you must be wrong. People complain everyday over things and are shutdown. Usually the bitching people make, I can understand the staff replies. Again, if this was something as part of the game or the playerbase, then I'd just try to deal with it. But it wasn't. The staff messed up in making their NPC know IC info, through the means of the "Well people on SIC said about it". If my character is put into a situation because of a staff member, when nothing I did had any influence in me reaching that point, then that's a bad thing.
You are meant to help RP. Fuel RP. Puppet characters who can add depth, and drama and emotion to each player's story. You didn't and don't on a regular basis. It's just "Oh hey, I see you're having fun, RPing with other characters? Here's a ebola and you owe 20,000 to the doc or your character dies. It's not a fluffbunny game it's cyberpunk. Get over it.".
That is not cyberpunk. That's the staff just wanting to penalize a character for roleplaying rather than avoiding players all together. Is that the staff's attitude? Is that how Sindome is? If so, then it really needs to be addressed how wrong that is. You say "Get out there, roleplay!" one minute and then "We'll bring IC penalties for your character for engaging with other players, just.... cos...."
It seems that the staff live in a bubble. Someone complains, you say fuck off, they call bullshit on your position as a staff member (because you're meant to be there to help players) and then you ban them. And everyone goes a long with it. Why? Because they're fucking scared you're going to turn around and do the same thing to them. IC, I'm all for living in fear. But you're doing that to people, real people, who are on your game and enjoying it. But you act like it's Vietnam in that "We've been here years, you just deal with it."
BattleJenkins actually made a valid statement, a valid response and I appreciate that. That's customer service. I dunno if BattleJenkins is a staff member, but you should definitely make them one. It seems you guys are lacking in social skills. If someone is going to leave because of another player's actions or because "I can't kill the gangers, they're too hard." then that's their own fault. If someone is going to leave, because of a staff action, then it's not a failing on their part, it's yours! I knew right away when my feedback was met with "Oh, well cya, thanks" then it wasn't going to be taking into account. It never does. You say "Oh well, bye." and then ignore it because, hell, no other players saw it.
Seriously guys/gals. Stop walking around acting like you're gods. You're not. Some of the things you say to players - with legitimate concerns and complaints - on a daily basis, would get you punched in the face if you said it to someone's face. The fact you're behind a keyboard and have the ban button has created this attitude of "We're kings of Sindome and we rule this kingdom with an iron fist. You don't like it, go away." If that's the case, that should be on TMC/TMS as your slogan. "If you don't like it, fuck off."
Seriously. Take your finger out, lose the attitude and care about what players you have and gain each week. They're here to RP your product. Don't treat them like shit when you as staff do something to them. Treat them with respect just like you expect everyone else to treat each other respect (even after killing one another).
Don't worry about "newting" me because I'm not returning. Frankly, the attitude you guys display day-to-day is evidence enough that you're all incapable of running your game fairly and justly.
But again, this is a waste of time, as evident by previous events I've seen in the year or so I've seen how SD is run. You say one thing, do another, then make out to other members that anyone who called out your bullshit, "Oh they're wrong and idiots. You're having fun right? Well then, it's their fault. THIS IS CYBERPUNK". You take any criticism, constructive or a complaint, and throw it in the bin unless it's licking your arsehole of how great you are. I've watching it happened before and it looks like it'll continue to happen.
If this was a product, I'd ask for a refund. Not because "I can't handle it" but because you guys will say one thing, do another, ban someone for pointing it out, and then say something completely different. You have no uniformity as collective in how you staff and what is expected of us.
Get a grip. Have a staff workshop on customer service skills. And realize it's a game: the game is cyberpunk; not real-life. I shouldn't have the choice of dealing with feeling poorly treated as a player (because of another player/staff being a jerk) or leaving completely. The state of the world is shitty enough, without having to put up with your crap. Do your fucking job and stop being sociopaths.
That's all I have to say. Johnny will (hopefully this time) delete my OOC account. Despite all that, I wish everyone - staff and player alike - here all the best now and in the future.