As one tale ends, another begins…

Since I’ve left 9Dragons, I’ve found many ways to help others, and things which are way more worthy to fight for than an unprofessional publisher/developer or a promised role of the path less taken on an ancient computer online game. I’ve kept writing on this blog because Sedbona, the creator of this blog, kind of gave the blog to me, and because we had kind of many readers/visitors I didn’t want this blog to die.

My interests went away of 9Dragons and more into more important stuff (more important because on such things there are way more people to care about than there are on 9Dragons). Therefore I wanted to turn this blog to something else, less 9Dragons and more kind of activism related. I haven’t played 9Dragons since ages, and when I tried it once again there were the same, old issues… Offline maps, disconnections on map change, little communication from the publisher and/or developer with a very limited amount of informations, ignorant and hating community members, etc. Therefore, there’s not at all a reason for me to keep using my time on anything related to 9Dragons.

However, since Sedbona has returned to this blog and even already posted an article, I’ve decided to leave this blog totally to her, so this blog can keep being related to 9Dragons as it is since the beginning, and I can focus on a very own blog where I’ll write about some things I find important to know about. If you liked my last few posts on this blog, then you might be interested in visiting it from time to time – it will contain such kind of articles.

If you like to read about my thoughts, you can find me at http://noneofusallofus.wordpress.com/

May you all find in your life what you’re looking for, and for those who still play 9Dragons, much fun while it lasts.

Namaste,
Legend

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Official GC Server vs. Private Server (1)

Even if 9d  is considered by many a primitive game, when a change is up, people are mobilized and wants to see what adds on, if it is good or bad, or if there is a chance for this game to have a future…

9dragons passed through many changes in time and the fact that, changed too many publishers and gave to players too many broken hopes and fixes led to worse game playing and community.

Today I will speak about the community of both servers. There are some truths that can not be appealed :

1. Nerd, Geek & Non Lifers moved from one server to another and tried to impose its culture and ways of playing the game. The good thing is that, there are a lot of depressed cool kids…

2.The strong point of the official server is the social life generated by hero bands and parties. On the private server, bands and parties are bugged so the players are  deprived of the team work. The loney hero in a game for teams is hard to play…

3. The sense of community for both servers is disrupted.

4. The range of ROLES  is not well defined. Basically, there are five roles that people have that change over time:

a)Visitors need to be welcomed. On official forum they got scared by the old “mole”, on private forum they are “ignored”.
b)Novices need instruction.  On official forum they have guides, but also “shut up” button on. On private more, none.
c)Regulars need rewards and perks. Both servers don’t have a fair and balanced reward system.
d)Leaders need to be empowered. Same old routine : who knows “x”, have “y’.
e)Elders need to be appreciated and honored. Here’s something  only you education gives…

5.In the old days, asking questions and, if you didn’t know the answer, helping the person find the answer was part of the fun of the game. Helping total strangers with quests or helping them with their character’s profession was fun and you made new friends. Now  if you asked the wrong person question you are criticized and called a ‘noob.’ In both servers the sense of helping parished.

6.The lack of leadership. Both of communities are lacking in strong leaders. In fact,the leaders from old days left the game long time ago. If the community don’t have leaders to plead for the players claims, the game will not evolve. In old days even if there were bad players, that made lots of acts of injustice , the balance was maintained by the  leaders. People needs strong leadership to survive and have a direction. I see none.

7. Both communities have no story to tell…

Very First (Real) 9Dragons Private Server

Some years ago, when I used to play 9Dragons kinda daily, I thought to myself “It is just a matter of time until there will be a Private Server for 9Dragons“. I wish that would have happened back at Acclame times. Although, it doesn’t seem that much of a coincidence. If we think about it, the “new” MMORPG called Dream Dragons Online (or something like that), which isn’t new at all but merely a copy of 9Dragons with some new functions and options, appeared as closed beta just a few months before Indy21 gave up 9Dragons and Zerodin Games took it. Considering these facts and the “coincidence” of Dream Dragons Online appearing just a few months before Indy21 closed, it doesn’t appear to be that much of a coincidence either that now there’s somewhere someone with the 9Dragons server files and is able to put a 9Dragons Private Server online. As we know, the GM Tools have been leaked before as well.

However, that doesn’t have to be something bad. In fact, I think it is more worth to play on the Private Server than on the official servers. The official 9Dragons appears to be cursed – irony intended. Because no matter what publisher and/or developer is under control, the game keeps it’s prehistoric issues, and although new content gets added from time to time, the old bugs don’t get fixed. First Acclame, the worst publisher ever which kinda stole the customers money and “disappeared in the dust” just like its “spokesmen” who gave their worthless word over again. Then GamersFirst whose spokesman said over again “yes yes” but did “no no” and didn’t even had the courage to inform their moderators about their true intention – that they didn’t want to do much for one year, to see if it is worthy to keep 9Dragons. And now CamesCampus; Of course, I have to admit that GamesCampus does a lot things pretty good. Yet, they often don’t really have the interest to listen to criticism because they’re tired of complaints and therefore think every criticism is a complaint – Understandable, but not professional. Also their informative communication isn’t as good as it should be, and that is not understandable. It wasn’t understandable back at Acclame either.

To be honest, I haven’t played 9Dragons in a while, but what I hear from it… Well, there certainly are different opinions about it, so lets just say that there are many who quit 9Dragons and move(d) on. However, to those who want to play 9Dragons rather “just for fun”, they might like the 20x rates on the Private Server. An Item Mall is or will be available too, so if you want to waste some money on virtual things (no judgement intented – I wasted money on 9Dragons, too), you’ll be able to do so there as well.

The 20x rate counts for the experience and the skill rate, sadly not the drop rate as well. As far as I can tell after reading a bit on their forum, it has anything to do with the code they would need to adjust, something which is, as they say, not impossible but very hard to do.

The game itself appears to be called 9Dragons Reincarnation and/or Play9D. You can check out their website over at www.play9d.com or visit their forums at www.play9d.com/forum.

CISPA – The end of Internet privacy

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After some failed attempts to take control over the internet with SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, the US tries it once again and is poised to pass a new law that would permit US agents to spy on almost everything we do online. But we can stop them before the final vote.

Companies that we trust with our personal information, like Microsoft, IBM and Facebook, are key supporters of this bill that lets corporations share all user activity and content with US government agents without needing a warrant in the name of cyber-security – nullifying privacy guaranteed for almost everyone around the world, no matter where we live and surf online.

If enough of us speak out, we can stop companies that profit from our business from supporting cyber-spying.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would allow companies operating in the United States to gather accurate informations on all our online activities, and to pass it to the U.S. government without telling us that we are being watched. No court order, legal basis and due process would be necessary. And it gets worse: The law gives the government and corporations sweeping immunity in order to protect them from lawsuits for breach of privacy or other illegal acts.

CISPA will be taken forward in Congress and the vote will take place in just a few days. With a huge wave of protests we can restrain the corporations to give out private informations to the U.S. government and prevent them from monitoring our online activities. Sign the petition now!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa_corporate_global/?cl=1737688663&v=13688

Feel free to contact Facebook, IBM and Microsoft directly, urging them again to drop their support for this bill and protect our Internet freedom.

Sample message: As a concerned customer, I urge you to immediately drop your support for CISPA and block any attempt to allow private corporations and US agencies to spy on Internet users’ private information.

Facebook:
Click here to send Mark Zuckerberg a Facebook message
Click here to Tweet directly to Facebook
Or call: (+1) 650-543-4800 and then press “7” to leave a message.

IBM:
Click here to post on IBM’s Facebook page
Click here to Tweet directly to IBM
Or call: (+1) 914-499-190

Microsoft:
Click here to post on Microsoft’s Facebook page
Click here to Tweet directly to Microsoft
Or call: (+1) 800-426-9400 and say “personal” to be connected to a representative.

Bloody Plain – Safe Zones are safe at last

Taking once again a look at GamesCampus’ 9Dragons forum, I’ve noticed a complaining topic once again. However, this topic was rather interesting than controversial.

Anyone playing 9Dragons is aware of the catastrophical PvP state.  The roles were never balanced, Safe Zones never safe and even PvP events like Storm vs Storm can be abused per bugs (disbanding Hero League) and force the main Hero Band to keep the fortress and win the event – And I won’t even start with how stressful it is to complete the Bloody Flower quest in Bloody Plain.

My apologizes for revealing the “bug” to force the defensive Hero League to win at the Storm vs Storm, but it appears to be the only way to change it. As long as only few know it, only they can benefit from it, and apperently the whole League/Band does not get punished, let alone the bug getting fixed. And as long as no one gets punished for abusing bugs, only few will keep benefiting from it – while the honest players will keep to “suck”. Therefore, I would really love to see what happens if more than “just a few Leagues” use this bug. Maybe, but just maybe, it will be fixed THEN. And if not, then at least everyone’s the same by knowing the same and being able to do the same – Instead of having just a few individuals abusing a game error and getting lots of virtual money from it.

To come back to the point… After taking a look at the complaining topic, I took a look at the latest Update Notes. However, I did not find anything about any updated Safe Zone penalties being implemented.

*sigh* Again a perfect example for the bad informative communication between the publisher and the community. I’ve noticed this already a few times at GamesCampus (as well as at GamersFirst and especially the worst company ever Acclaim). GamesCampus might do a better job (on some cases) than the previous publishers, but too often some things “just happen” (in-game or community related) without any notice to the community. I mean, the majority of the 9Dragons community does not even know that GM Venus is the Community Manager – At least it was written so once at her Facebook profile. Or one of the newest Event Notices about the current Valentine in-game Event. Knowing Indy21 for their passion for “limited time” stuff, people did not even know if the event reward epithets are temporary or permanent – Although, to be fair, it appears that they’ve edited these news and added the note of the epithets being permanent.

Back to topic, again… Since there were no “official” words about that, I’ve tested it out with a friend of mine to let others know what exactly changed:

When you’re in a Safe Zone, you will receive the following “buff”:

Safe
You are in Safety zone.
Automatic Life recovery raised by 50 and Vital Energy raised by 10.

This is just in case you don’t know where the Safe Zone begins and where you should stop attacking others.

As soon as you attack another person in the Safe Zone, you will receive the following “buff”:

Regulation for a Minor Offense
You will be attacked by Guard since you broke the regulation of safety zone. Speed decreased by 50%
Duration: 10 Minutes

If you keep attacking and kill the person, you will get the following “buffs”:

Slowness
Movement speed decreased (Description is limited – no idea by how much it is decreased)
Duration: 11 Minutes

Disrupted Nerves
Cannot move (Description is misleading – You CAN move)
Duration: 3 Minutes

Confusion
Disoriented (Description is very misleading – Game camera works reversed)
Duration: 4 Minutes

Back Flow
You attacked notorious Deviant Clans (a field raid monster) which has lower achievement level compared to you. As a penalty, you will be afflicted with Confusion; you cannot Attack, and Speed is decrased by 600.000000 or 300 seconds. (Description is lulz)
Duration: 11 Minutes

Regulation for a Serious Offense
You will be attacked by Guard since you broke the regulation of safety zone. Defense and Dodge decreased by 30% and Speed decreased by 80%
Duration: 60 Minutes

AND, as one or another description says already, you can’t attack other people anymore as long as you got the penalty.

Well, I don’t know about you, but personally I think it is about time for the Safe Zone to work properly and to be safe – as it should be.

With this upgraded penalty, people will stop to “grind” karma in Safe Zones for once, and defenseless people will have the opportunity to stay somewhere safe.

Justice has been served.

Say no to ACTA! Spread the word

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Say no to ACTA! Inform yourself and others, become active, make your voice in the internet heard! Stop the data kraken!

What is ACTA?
Acta – What is ACTA? – YouTube
Acta Demonstration Call – 11th February 2012 in Germany – YouTube (german)

More informations:
StopActa.com
ACTA: The new danger for the internet – SIGN THE PETITION (Europe)
Stopp-Acta.info
StoppActa-Protest.info

Prevent the assassination attempt on freedom. Spread the word!

We are Anonymous – Support for Romania

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As you might have heard, there are several protests going on on the world right now – Also in Romania. People are protesting in the whole country, and even the mayor of Constanta, a city close to the romanian part of the black sea, joined the protests with people dressed in Che Guevara styled millitary clothes.

With a few videos we want to support our fellow humans in Romania – As well as other countries who need some inspiring words.


In other news: http://www.romaniantimes.at/news/General_News/2012-01-18/19265/Street_protests_continue_in_Romania

NOTE:
Knowing that we do have some readers who misunderstand every word we write as they wish, let me clarify some things:

There may be a group of hacktivists called Anonymous, but Anonymous is more than just a group of hacktivists – It is an idea. The idea of freedom. No domination.

Every idea, no matter how creative and unique it is, has already existed in any similar form. Ideas are free thoughts, and free thoughts are free to anyone. WE are Anonymous. WE are legion. WE ARE ONE!

The problem in our society – no matter where you live – is that the commonality, the “simple” people, do not have a voice. But WE are the society. WE are the country. WE are the world. And yet, WE give other people – mostly one leader or a group of leaders – the power to rule over ourselves.

We are Anonymous. Anonymous is NOT necessarily a hacktivist group. Therefore, we ARE NOT necessarily hackers. We ARE NOT necessarily bad people. WE are ALL individuals. But WE ARE Anonymous. And WE ARE Legion. YOU SHOULD Expect Us.