I (standing in a circle of fellow sindome players.) am a newbie.
I haven't been playing the murder and mutilate like reality �of sindome for very long and unlike most newbies I will freely admit that I don't know everything.
Yes theres always a question point of a post like this. I made my character with what I thought was a high charisma and rp to that effect. I did this or rather I am still doing this at the expense of futhuring my other skills or stats or general joy of running around in fields of drugs the size of a small country..... wait...ummm.. yeah... I sure it involved a hat somewhere... maybe it was blue.
Well the despite my high charisma(for a newbie atleast.) I find that whenever I ask Bruce for a job I find that I get the usual response of;
"Sorry no jobs at this time"
"Bah stop taunting me, because me and clipboard boy here won't to go out back and do strange things to flossy the sheep".
Now it was my understanding that SHI was to get you some cash to get your character abit more free flowing across the dome, unlike the drugs and money that don't flow so freely into my country. But once abit of cash has been aquired you move on and do a job or two a day for Bruce. However if all you ever seem to get is grief from the jolly round man and clipboard boy that is forever at his side is it possible that the charisma requirements are set too high ?
Now the idea that the clones are high price... I have no problem with that because the prices had gone up before I had joined and I didn't know any different. I blame my late start in sindome on Beer and the constant search for the meaning of life at the bottom of each glass of said beer.
But I ramble.
The point is by the time I earn enough money to buy a clone, I will have either been killed by a Pc character because I was forever trying to raise my charisma to get better work from bruce and haven't developed any evil combat skills. Or I'll need to start renting an apartment and the idea of working 24/7 in SHI is not one I like the look of.
Midway point --- I'm getting to the point... Honest
Now, I've been roleplaying for many many years. I blame my addiction to Coffee, Coke and Pizza on this fact and would more than happily roleplay my way out of the current situation, But due to a lack of non newbie like skills my options are limited. It's suggested that I look on the NLM terms... Which have a lack of rescent work on them(If there is, I missed it due to it being far too obvious.) and to try asking the NPC's around in the various companies, Now I've walked around most of the buildings on Gold and find that there are a great lack of NPC receptionist of which to ask in a polite non gun toting like manner "do you have any work". The other is of course meeting people and asking them for work. But yet again the character is still in it's new and fresh out of the foil packet like stage and as such is still learning the skills of life. So what use is he to characters that have been around for years and can't really generate random low level tasks for some low level junky that they took pity on.
So theres the insight into the wonderful and painful world of a newbie today in sindome. It appears that if you can survive the first few months things get slightly better, But the question is, how many newbies that join get fed up when everyone else is swimming like a dolphin on speed and your getting no where like a bat floating in acid.
Don't say it because they didn't have a vision for their characters either or that thier heart wasn't in the sprite of the game or something godly like that because everyone has grand plans for thier characters when they start. It's not completely thier fault that the system just like the system in real life is designed to destory that.
Well that's how I see it... You don't have to agree to the view or even disagree with it. But I would rather fling open the doors to the cinema just about to show the film 'Newbie takes on SinDome' that stand on the side lines and let nothing happen.
End - See the end... hahaahahh....ha.
Damn I knew I'd think of something else.
Maybe gold could do with another newbie like job. Very much like the SHI factory where you scanin and work etc etc... Have it pay just like 150 an hour, just something alittle bit more than the hell hole of a work place on Red. Telephone support desk operator or something, a job that fits in with gold like clean standards, Impose an age limit on it. So when a character has been playing for say 2 months just disallow him from working there with the polite message;
"Fuck off and roleplay."
Ok I've finished ranting and raving about stuff now...