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  1. Opinion piece here: We warmly welcome any suggestions and opinions on how to combat rogue elements in the game. A lot of these suggestions have merit and are worthwhile considering. By and large though, don't expect us to indicate what we will do in specific terms because this allows the opposition to make plans to counter them. We're also not going to take a blasé attitude like other servers and tell you everything will be fine and it'll be a gold spamming and bot free experience, because it won't be. Gold selling/spamming/botting successfully on CF realms will be challenging, but it will be very much ''challenge accepted'' knowing them. As always, regardless of the measures put it in place the two key components are, the vigilance and assistance of the community to highlight spammers/botters, and the willingness of the staff to act upon this, having checked the facts first. We are after all, all in this together. So keep those suggestions, thoughts and opinions coming.
  2. I'll use @Blackrobe's patented emoji system Tauren, like most of the horde races at least you are getting something relatively unique to the game. Everyone likes Tauren as they are the most impressive, cool, relaxed and neutral of the races Night Elves bar the stupid ears and the fungus that the he-elves wear. Orcs for being honest. Dwarves for being honest. Female Drenai. Undead should have been cool but it doesn't work for me. Trolls scrape by as being OK. Gnomes I can tolerate. Humans, you're playing a fantasy game and you end up playing a human? Bet you like vanilla ice cream too. Male Drenai, the ugliest race ever. Blood Elves, I want to stomp on every one of their pathetic corpses.
  3. So I was wondering if you all wanted to go on a journey with me to the PTR for some Beta Testing? I can't hear you? Ah, OK now I can hear you... So here's the deal. There was a bit of negotiation behind the scenes but permission has now been granted. Before you all get excited I'll explain what is going to happen and then rain on your parade/dampen your enthusiasm. We're fully aware that there is a mild amount of frustration on our progress to server launch even though an awful lot is going on in the background. We could release a lot of amateur videos showing the work that's been done on the Beta realm, but this may reveal information and mechanics that we would prefer to keep to ourselves until closer to launch. Also, amateur videos are worse than no videos at all. So, as a small tidbit tossed to the ravenous community, I've got the go-ahead to do a fishing blog on the beta testing I will be doing on the PTR over the next few weeks. Fishing is about the only subject I know that compares with the class testers, even then, I've had to be trained on understanding the DB tables and data I have access to. Also, I've never done Beta testing before and I imagine I'll have a steep learning curve. But it will be amusing for you to see me make mistakes and assumptions and I'm fine with that. So what happens next? First I need to get my invite to the test realm. There is no fixed date on this but we'll assume some stage in April. Second, once I'm in I'll update this section of the blog and post a bump to highlight it. Third, I'll continue to give updates on a regular basis to show you what I've encountered, bugs that I've come across (may need permission for some of these to be highlighted) and keep a track on the amount of time it takes to do a full test. I'll achieve this by editing the thread and bumping it with the update. At the moment the intention is to go through the immersive element of testing by replicating what the players will go through, namely: Test skill-ups 1-300 ensuring that progress is linear depending on your skill level. Test for getaways to ensure they are consistent Test expert and artisan book and quest hub Test skill rating is correct for % catches related to skill level Test every, and I mean every, fishing location to ensure they reflect the correct zone and DB profile Test all associated non-fishing, fishing stuff (quests, items, recipes etc) Double check all valuable fish and associated drop points Feel free to ask any questions, correct my testing strategy, or ask me to take super secret pictures of specific locations. This would be a long, boring chore other than the fact that I'm really looking forward to it rather than while away the hours elsewhere. Depending on how things roll out, we may get more relaxed about releasing info from the beta test realm. Credits here go to Darkrasp and Nogar who have generated the DB and populated it. Let's take it for a test drive...
  4. So for further feedback. Another FFA Q&A session is extremely unlikely. There may well be more interview-style videos in the future but they will be pretty regulated. No issues in having a Q&A session as a video where the questions are known beforehand and answers can be prepared. So if you and the community would like to see that, I can start a thread or you can promote one yourselves. I realise this takes away from the cosy and relaxed atmosphere the community was based upon and becomes a little bit fake and controlled, but sadly that's a reflection on the toxic part of the wider Pserver community and not this one. I don't think that's necessarily a correct reflection of that wider community too, but the few toxic individuals and groups seem to be exceptionally vocal and obvious to the expense of everyone else. Last bit, we will update the FAQ to make it more current. This should happen shortly and I'll put a memo down to remind me. Cheers.
  5. A perfectly reasoned and rational post, thank you Thadius. I've only been a staff member for a few days so I'm still on my trial period. I'm also not privy to a lot of the plans here in terms of media and communication, but it would be fair to say that I am a key representative of staff on these forums and so obligated to give you a formal response. There is a video(s) in the making that's no big secret, but the guys got burnt bad by the toxicity of the Legacy Gaming Network fallout. Your summerisation ''trusting, near-naive honesty'' has had all the innocence removed in double quick time, so I would not expect to have open panel discussions in that light in the future, unless under a more rigid control mechanism. That being said, I'll put the suggestion to the staff members for feedback and we will revert with any news. One thing that does need updating is the FAQ on the forums too, Video suggestions are on this thread here after I successfully hijacked the one from Elicas: In addition, I have my own ''bridge building'' ideas in my head, currently being discussed with staff to see if we can make things a little bit more positive around here, development-wise. I shall now unsummon myself, and thank you
  6. I think I'll put an opinion piece here. Being a Beta tester for a Pserver is like the worst job ever. First of all, you're not a member of staff and have none of the privileges like shiny border lines on your posts. Yet, you're still expected to act as a staff member by keeping your nose clean and keeping your mouth shut at all times, lest someone on reddit use your opinion against the project. You are expected to do a very repetitive and pretty dull/boring set of tasks and manually fill in bug reports ad nauseum, so it's just like going back to school. Then, having been used up for all the talents you have, you'll get spat out eventually with a pat on the back and return to being a minor scrub. You don't even get to reserve your name, nor a shiny tabard, useless vanity pet or a special title. Understandably, good beta testers are as rare as hens teeth. Here in CF we are very fortunate to have some of the best around. Ser Elicas is one of those.
  7. This is a whole big curate's egg. I don't think there's any point in conjecture as to what the legal niceties are. We have some factual information on Blizzard's attitudes to the PS scene. First, that they issue Cease and Desist letters as a matter of habit Second, that they tend to take a more pro-active approach to shutting down servers based in the US Third, that they haven't shut down Elysium even though they use the same server-end provider OVH as Nostalrius did. Fourth, that the negative reaction Blizzard received in shutting down Nost has had a significant effect on their Pserver perspective, hence the dog and pony show for Nost staff at HQ Taking all this into account and the fact that there are far more options in hosting your own server these days (Open source from multiple sources) I can't see the point about Blizzard pursuing Pservers. Hearthstone has 50m accounts, Overwatch has 25m accounts. The age of subscription games has passed. I really don't think an EU based server with a small 5 figure sum community is going to cause Blizzard any sleepless nights or concern them enough to call in the lawyers. QED
  8. Donations would be hidden to all unless the individual(s) requested otherwise (this could be as part of the options available in the act of donating). Some people like it to be known that they are donating (albeit as their personae) but most don't At all times, the default would be hidden to all
  9. So this is a continual item open for discussion amongst staff. As I understand it, no donations will be sought from players until the realms are up, functioning and stable. All donations will go towards the cost of funding the servers and necessary precautions like anti-DDoS protection. No siphoning off funds for the devs. Ever. Conjecture: No cash or even vanity shop, if the server is as good as promised donations should cover all contingencies. If the server is as good as intended and donations do not match costs, then obviously we overestimated the willingness for players to make a fair contribution for a quality product. Donations are hidden unless requested otherwise Realms will run regardless of population if costs are covered by donations (this is particularly true for Zul'Dare) Absolute: This is not a standalone stock MaNGOS server (this is why we are still in closed Beta nearly a year after the forums opened). Working as intended, you'll be playing on Crestfall for years. To achieve stability we need a very good working relationship with the player base, so that donations are there to reward the work committed to that point as well as an investment for the work ahead. The only positive news is that the work gets progressively easier as we get further advanced in expansions, because more solid information is available or archived. From what I've seen recently the amount of work involved for a fresh vanilla server is absolutely obscene compared to a C&P MaNGOS version.
  10. Will do, though I'm not around that often these days
  11. Yeah, sorry about that. Just laziness. I'll morph the two for our purposes on suggestions.
  12. So just in case... there is no video in this thread this thread does not suggest or imply that any video will be released shortly this is just a fact-finding, opinion orientated thread to get feedback Right, now that we've got that out of the way we have some simple maths. This is the 21st March, if our devs deliver on their aspirations then CF will release in the next nine months, worst case scenario. Our expert media people will be required to provide a number of promotional events to highlight the server and its capabilities. The most potent of these formats will be by video. Looking at the timelines and based on the continuation of beta testing (now with vastly improved numbers), as a community you'd hope that we'd get our first new video before the start of the summer. That being the case, a list of very simple questions: What would you like to see in the video(s)? Why specifically do you want to see these things? Should the videos contain a number of different things or concentrate on one specific element? How long should the video be? Would you prefer the videos to be low-key, technical and minimalist or OMG flashy neon awesomeness? Somewhere in between? Lastly, should the video just let the facts speak for themselves or should we compare and contrast with stock MaNGOS servers? Again just to reiterate, the expectation is that the community here gives this some thought and comes back with some good ideas and suggestions. Not saying that we'll implement any of these, but I'll pass them on as a suggestion box, hopefully stuffed. I'd prefer to open this topic up early now, rather than have people put a lot of hard work into a video that the community give a collective meh to. As always, thanks for your time.
  13. Even Duki was right once (mostly).
  14. Welcome Eyedie. Even staff members are allowed to indulge in their factional preferences so it's great to see you here. I played on old Elysium (not very far) and started a month or two after release. I know there were a lot of issues at the start, but I found my experiences broadly positive and a lot of bugs were fixed or in the process of being fixed. It's a shame a lot of people weren't prepared to give it the time to sort itself out.