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There is too much to list, but @Farrah and @Mezghar you know why, and my newfound family member @Elyra ...thanks for making a very weird time for Gurklukke filled with amusement, even if it is at Mezghar's expense most of the time. I have been having a fun time lurking around in Hashan, in between various other interactions....you know who you are @Twilight and @Pandora. I never thought the little frog would be in the position to want to make change in himself as he is, but character development is wild.
Also in that same regard to the numerous people who admittedly have given Gurk a headache after his leaving Cyrene, it is good to know that despite some of the questionable things I have done with my character, it has had some kind of impact on folks, and I would name you many people if I could remember everyone off the top of my head, but truthfully you are all good beans,
Also a special thank you to @Astarod for the ice cream. It was tasty.
Just let us know if anyone is giving you shit and harassing you OOC about leaving Cyrene.
You don’t have to put up with that, and it’s not okay. Please know that.
@Eryl Everyone has been nice OOCly, more a you do what you enjoy mentality.
ICly I fully expect some people to grumble, but even then, its been more a mix of disappointment and thoughtful discussions, or outright saying Corruption blah blah, manipulation....but not anything I could not roleplay out. I have thick skin, I have played far more toxic or controversial characters in MUD's. Gurk is a softboy in comparison.
Except that guy @Barrien the big jerk ...jk ily... see you on the battlefield.
OR THE SEAS FOR OUR EPIC SHIP BATTLE.
@Synthus You are an awesome sport and great person to RP with. Thanks for the patience and laughs with Rys' teasing , bluntness, and obliviousness, and Syn's endearing reactions. I laughed so much, you're awesome.
Ah, and I hope I made you facepalm at least once
Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the nuances of combat or city management, administration, you name it - things that may or may not get patched, balance issues, etc.
In what game can you go to someone else's city, kill someone in front of his cronies, and then get retribution in the form of spears thrown from within your own city. @Astarod :)
Made my freaking day!
If you take a step back and look at what combat is and how it functions as a whole, you really have to give credit to Achaea and its development team. In the last four decades I have not encountered a more complex in depth system, in person or virtually, with so much room for creativity.
I get excited trying to figure out how to commit the oldest sins in the newest ways. :D
Shecks snickers softly to himself.
Shecks lifts one hand to touch an earring of Sinope.
Blistered skin melting from his flesh, Shecks has succumbed to the effects of Novak, Trial-Elect of Antagony's darkshade.
@Novaki That was pretty great! Your pariah is coming on really well. We were hoping for retaliation for the Atlatl love tap, but there's always next time!
Nobody in Ashtan can complain about atlatls though @Penwize <3
@Novaki Sorry, forums is bugged. :(
Would also like to shout out @Astarod @Shecks @Shirim @Rakdos @Gribbit for the skirmishes today. I'm glad yall were super understanding and down for the 3v3 outside Hashan, and I know for a fact me, Rakdos, and Gribbit had a lot of fun.
@Nicola @Makarios and rest of the Garden Team
Major raves to all of you. That was a really great thing you all did for Grondson!! He will be surely missed by those in Eleusis and those that knew him well. It was a sad day. Thank you all for doing that!
Rave to counteract my rant.
I designed a whole new outfit for Vhaynna, and pretty much everything was approved when I logged back in after submitting. Except my blouse. I NEED MY BLOUSE.
I appreciate the new PROOF system too, even when it frustrates me with 'this does not belong in a Dropped description', while highlighting the word in the Examined description :D.
So thank you @AchaeaTeam for adding this feature.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with Aina, @Gaia and @Adrik , even if I almost had a heart attack when she got ripped so suddenly.
Dynamic interactions like these are what makes Achaea feel so alive.
Heart attacks are my bread and butter.
Glad you enjoyed yourself, @Aina Darke!
@Gaia really isn't kidding @Aina Darke.
I go AFK for like 2 minutes to have a bio break and get a go-gurt and come back to
Gaia, the Wildwood Queen says, "Wakey wakey My High Warden."
Gaia, the Wildwood Queen snaps Her fingers infront of you.
Gaia, the Wildwook Queen taps you on the shoulder.
Nearly gave me a damn heart attack. Just be glad that you are not one of the people who reports to CT when people snap their fingers infront of you.
My rave is that Gaia is awesome, and if @Mezghar tries to tell me his Dad is better than my Queen, I can shut him up by saying "WELL MY QUEEN KILLED UR DAD!"
Can confirm that Gaia loves the heart attacks!
I don't do the raves much, as I am an inherently negative person and it drags the whole vibe of the room down and that's a thing I need to work on.
BUT. CITY GUIDES. Love it. When they first came up, I thought it was just some Eleusian project and applied. Then a day or so later I checked HELP and went "Oh. OH." I was not convinced that it would do anything, but I actually know many of the Village newbies by name, and it has genuinely led to very interesting and educational interactions.
1200 renown a day ain't shabby, either
This has been a pretty exhausting like...month+? I'm so glad I'm not city leadership any more, I can't imagine how much more they're dealing with. There's always some tension or other, and while I don't always enjoy logging in to something new on fire, I really greatly appreciate all the effort that goes into making stuff happen.
So, raves to admin for focusing on Cyrene, even if it's a rough ride. Raves to Cyrene's leaders for hanging on and doing their best to get us all through this in one piece. And raves to all the players willing to hang on for dear life- we aren't the strongest city, not even close. But I'm always so proud that we will fight anybody in Cyrene, any time. And that there has been such a crazy flurry of activity- somebody is always trying something or getting into stuff.
I, too, look forward to Shallam 2.0
Her Royal Majesty, Queen Pandora, the Wayward Heir says, "Not as nice as green, but it will do."
You think to yourself, "This is insipid."
Poof! You have been turned into a Toad!
Your race is now that of Toad.
You feel your tongue lengthen and your body simultaneously shorten and widen, and warts pop into place across your skin. A deep desire to devour a fly overwhelms you.
Already loving the new THINK command. Great addition!
Reaching down with a massive hand, Sartan lifts your head and draws a taloned finger across your throat, the wound closing as He does so.
Yeah, I've always had a custom "think" alias (which of course produced nothing but a fancy echo). It's great that this is finally a serverside thing!
→My Mudlet Scripts
This was actually something I IDEA'd and failed the first time, then after talking to other RPers got it through the second time. Glad it's finally in the game, and was one of my favourite things from Aetolia! Thanks for adding the think command, Achaea team!
The primordial tones of the Earthmother echo within your mind, "It is pleasing to see you awake once more. I hope you make it a regular thing."
You tell Gaia, "Thank you so much, Earthmother!"
I just want to say, logging in [for Grondson's memorial] after over a year of not playing was so amazing. Although many of my old friends have disappeared (sad face), I was greeted so warmly by old friends and new friends alike, and I am so tempted to play again even though I don't really have the time. :P Thank you all, you are the best. (Naoma, Castien, Laedha, and others)
And thank you Lady @Gaia , that was a very cool and special interaction for Cailin.
I would like to extend a big thank you to Hashan.
I've only started playing again recently after a long, long break and they've been nothing but encouraging, helpful and supportive the whole time, often going well out of their way to help me and indulge my silly questions at every turn.
It really means a lot, and I couldn't have asked for a better reintroduction to Achaea.
@Mezghar @Farrah @Eryl - You guys make conflict incredibly fun and engaging, and truly have been a wealth of knowledge, comedy, seriousness and roleplay since coming to Hashan. Your wealth of knowledge, and personailities of each of your characters really brighten the City of Darkness and make it feel alive.... (Even amidst the spectres) All three of you bring in a genuine care for the citizenry and a drive to help better them by challenging them with a variety of different experiences. Hashan thrives with you guys.
@Ita - You are a machine, a very well oiled, overburdened, and delightful machine. Hashan culturally thrives on your inherent kindness and genuine enthusiasm for anything and EVERYTHING. You really are a treat and a reason I am thrilled each day to log in and see what kind of things you have discovered and shared. The dynamic between you and @Agramon is absolutely delightful, and I get to see it play out in your scientific endeavors...where his enthusiasm is equivalently exciting.
@Elyra My dearest cousin (No offense @Colgano ) but you are absolutely delightful and bring such a positive energy to things as well, be it amidst adversity or commonality you are just a treat, and Gurklukke is grateful to have a family member in his home he can banter with.
@Asria - Asria is like a business woman her professionalism is always amazing and she really encourages those to step forward and feel part of the whole. She is not as vocal as many others, but her actions and encouragement speak volumes when they do come forth. I truly love your admirable leadership quality and your encouragement.
@Embrelle I love being your punching bag, as much as I enjoy punching things with you. I am glad I have got to know you a bit and learn about you. You are a well-rounded character who has numerous dynamics which fit within the machine that Hashan is. You never back down from an opportunity and you are happy to bring along others to join for the ride.
@Gribbit and @Glathna - Combined we are giving Hashan 3G. Grooks at heart all of us, we are a comedic trio who genuinely share in a common experience of coming to Hashan from Elsewhere and thriving. I think it is awesome we get to share this experience and develop our character stories in a way that has found a similar foundation with different adventures stemming from it. I absolutely adore you guys.
I AM GOING TO FORGET PEOPLE.....
HASHAN AS A WHOLE....you are awesome, and you make such a fun and dynamic place to play, even if it is at Mezghar's expense most the time.
@Twilight - Your vocabulary is beautiful, your emotes pristine, and you are an intoxicating partner in roleplay. Your ability to juggle NPC's events, and people is astounding. You truly deserve far more praise than I could provide on here, but you make such a fun and interactive Patron, in such a variety of ways, and it truly makes the whole experience magical.
Seeing @Ictinus et al give some players way more than they deserve in an obvious effort to make this game more fun for them.
@Gurklukke how dare you. D: :P
Im still your pizza nugget @Colgano
This game has been entertaining to me whenever I play it. Recently it has become fun.
@Gurklukke Oh gosh, oh gosh, golly gee gosh! I"m going to hide in embarrasment. Thank you SO much for your sincere words. It is truly my delight! It is people like you that make me excited. I'm new, completely new, to such a game as this. So, I do find it all really thrilling - and I guess it bubbles over. It's remarkable really,Achaea is, and one of those reasons is you! Others like you to! Where I can share my enthuasism and awe!
Thank you so much for being awesome and letting me bounce off my ideas, energy, excitement off of you. You are one of the reasons I look forward to logging on to! Thank YOU for all you bring when you log on!
ALso, yes, @Agramon is absolutely my rock. I would be nothing in this game without him, his help, and patience! He's gone through it all with me. I'm so grateful for it, because the learning curve is harrrrddddd! And I still struggle. But struggle happily.
Wanna give major raves to @Ictinus, @Nicola, and @Makarios along with everyone else working in the background, it is a thankless job that is difficult to get applauded for and easy to get hated on. Players, myself included, will not always agree with decisions made, but the abuse you all inevitably put up with is unfair and unnecessary. The forums post was direct, open and honest and it was more then I personally think was deserved, despite knowing like all customer service know, that it will likely make no difference to a consumer who just wants to blame you because they can. Thank you for all you do, you are people and players too in many cases and I hope you get some measure of happiness between all the nonsense.
At the risk of ruining all of everybody's fun shittalking Cyrene, and fully recognizing the futility of it, they listed the questions and answered them. Which I genuinely appreciate. I wish they would have included the beginning and ending paragraph, but I understand that they were likely doing so to keep it anonymous- however, having seen the entire email myself? It starts by saying that it isn't really to "air grievances" like the Announce post invites, but rather trying to clear up some misconceptions going around. The list of questions are concerns and frustrations that have been voiced by various people in the last few weeks+, and the goal of the email was to get a public statement to point back to for people who have concerns.
These concerns are also not organically 'sprouting' out of Cyrene, in many cases. There has been a fairly significant campaign conducted via Discord and other means, with people claiming to have leaks or insider information about how Cyrene is "going to be deleted soon", or various other comments- if other people are getting even half the messages I am, I understand how they'd be feeling pretty paranoid. Especially in situations where treatment seems mismatched compared to other organizations.
So, take issue with the people spreading shit OOCly. Take issue with people threatening or insulting the admin- that's fair completely. No one currently playing in Cyrene can do anything about that. I don't get to see what tells people send, or how they use the think command. I'm plenty happy to take this opportunity to tell them to fuck off, but otherwise - as a player - I got limited options. However, that being said, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that email is how the admin would prefer this sort of stuff be handled. An adult reaching out to another adult, saying 'here is a list of stuff that is concerning that has been said, can you answer it?'
Archaeon's gone but not forgotten so tl;dr: lol