Don’t get me wrong, I still believe they are pretty much the scum of the WoW player base, but I encountered something worse, something that unbelievably has taken my desire to play WoW away from me.
They are the…
A bigger bunch of arseholes you will never have the displeasure to encounter in your life.
A shiteful way to end the week.
I had a hard weekend. I did a heap of repairs on my house before Winter comes and trashes it, leaving me without a roof, leaving my son without a roof.
At the end of a long emotionally charged weekend I sat down to play WoW.
Unfortunately, when I logged in Aman’Thul, in fact all the Oceanic servers, in fact all of the Bloodlust Battlegroup was out for emergency maintenance, with no ETA.
To say the least I was disappointed, but I had an option.. I could join the folks over at Single Abstract Noun for a bit of R&R&R.
Rest & Relaxation & Roleplaying
I had already rolled a character on Argent Dawn US.
Not surprisingly it was a Gnome
Neither will it surprise you that it was a Gnome Mage
Would it surprise you if this Gnome Mage was called Gnomeaggedon?
No, I thought not!
The 1st night I joined SAN, I madly ran about trying to complete quests while spouting off my already forming backstory.
I don’t profess to be a great roleplayer… Hell, I was a great D&D player, but often roleplaying was left in the dust when I could sense the Dungeon Master’s fear.
However I had a story… and I was sticking to it!
I realized during the week, that my time on Argent Dawn didn’t have to be a race to 80, it didn’t have to be anything other than what it was. I decided if Gnomeaggedon received incidental XP while trotting around looking for help to return him to his once great status, then so be it… however there would be no rush to 80, no leveling guides, no selecting quests unless they truly fit in the spirit of my backstory and absolutely, under no circumstances, would there be any contact with Goblins unless there were 3 or 4 people to hold me back from roasting them slowly over a level 1 fireball.
So, Gnomeaggedon, the level 3 Gnomeaggedon, logged on and was greeted with 2 things.
- The cheerful hellos of the SAN Army, and
- The news of an invasion of Gnomes.. A Gnome army marching through the streets.
A Gnome Army.. Hooray!
What Gnome wouldn’t be proud that there was a Gnome army doing a procession through the cities?
I raced to see this…
Argent Dawn is a Roleplaying Server – How awesome would this be????
Ohhh the HORROR!
10 minutes later, I realized that not all was well.
These weren’t Gnomes, they were Trolls wearing the scalps of Gnomes.
These Gnomes were more destructive than a plague of locusts.
To me they destroyed the peaceful place, my haven, that was Argent Dawn.
I logged off, never to return.
That was it for me, I was tired and angry, you have no idea how angry. I am so angry I can’t express it in words – which just shows you how rational I was over the last couple of days about the goldbuyers.. I found words for them!
I would love to grab those players from Blackrock by the balls (no, not the characters, the players), stick them in stocks and throw tomatoes at them until they were thoroughly humiliated. I would love to call their Mum’s and tell them that their nice little boys are actually the bullies.. maybe they get bullied at school, so they take it out here.
I’d love to, but to be honest, I think they would take it as a badge of honor. I dare say when they discover this post they will come and spit all over the blog and feel proud of themselves.
I was angry with them, but now I hate Blizzard!
I’m a bit of a Blizzard fan boy… nothing too extreme, but a part from the occasional rant about how I still don’t have my roflcopter I love their work.
That was until tonight when I went looking for some reference to these dickwads called <Blackrock Exiles>.
That was when I discovered that this wasn’t a one-off isolated incident.
Unlike human beings, these guys don’t jump on their alts on other servers… they don’t even roll level 1 trolls and raid Ironforge.
No, they roll level 1 Gnomes and invade Ironforge, because then they are untouchable. No one in Ironforge can touch them because they are of the same faction, so they can grief to their hearts content, ruin a perfectly good night for other players without the fear of being oneshot by a level 3 Gnome Mage.
8. Account Suspension/Deletion.
but they don’t!
They would certainly have the grounds for it…
9. Code of Conduct.
B. Rules Related to “Chat” and Interaction With Other Users. Communicating in-game with other Users and Blizzard representatives, whether by text, voice or any other method, is an integral part of the Game and the Service and is referred to here as “Chat.” When engaging in Chat, you may not:
(i) Transmit or post any content or language which, in the sole and absolute discretion of Blizzard, is deemed to be offensive, including without limitation content or language that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, hateful, sexually explicit, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, nor may you use a misspelling or an alternative spelling to circumvent the content and language restrictions listed above;
(ii) Carry out any action with a disruptive effect, such as intentionally causing the Chat screen to scroll faster than other users are able to read, or setting up macros with large amounts of text that, when used, can have a disruptive effect on the normal flow of Chat;
(iii) Disrupt the normal flow of dialogue in Chat or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users including without limitation posting commercial solicitations and/or advertisements for goods and services available outside of the World of Warcraft universe;
(iv) Sending repeated unsolicited or unwelcome messages to a single user or repeatedly posting similar messages in a Chat area, including without limitation continuous advertisements to sell goods or services;
Of course, they don’t believe in griefing… cause you know, the game is all about interaction…
(iii) Anything that Blizzard considers contrary to the “essence” of the Game.
Ummm… isn’t this contrary to the “essence” of the game… being griefed by level 1 lowlives who have rolled the same faction as you purely because you can’t corpse camp them?
If only there were rules for RP servers…
Ohhh what the hell do you know… THERE ARE RULES SPECIFICALLY ABOUT RP SERVERS!
To be honest it isn’t worth my energy to go and copy and paste from the policy… if Blizzard doesn’t care, then why the hell should I?
What a harassment policy… be damned if the Blizzard staff have ever read that either!
I guess they never expected it would happen…
I guess they thought that just because the Blackrock servers were down, the sensible players from Blackrock wouldn’t come over and start harassing people… again… would they?
Blizzard you knew they were coming, yet you allowed your customers to suffer.
Quite simply, if you expect us to live by your terms of service, THEN BY FUCK YOU BETTER PROACTIVELY UPHOLD THEM!
Go buy gold folks.. hell, go hack accounts and sell it for all I care.
Blizzards inability to protect their customers from a known threat is inexcusable.
One GM right-clicking on the invading, spamming, harassing, Gnomes (come on if we can right-click report spam, you telling me they can’t right-click perma-ban?) would have stopped them in their tracks – if you took out the ringleaders the rest would have been left spamming “invite please”.
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