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#1 dipstick

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 02:34 PM

...ting testing one two three... TESTING TESTING ONE TWO THREE

 

This is Dipstick, ID Number 455, calling all Xenociders.  This is an automated emergency beacon to all Project Xenocide members deployed to all stations.   The Aurora Protocol is now in effect, I say
again, the Aurora Protocol is now in effect. 

 

Is anyone there?  Is there anyone left to hear this?  It took me a long time to follow the breadcrumbs through time and space, and finally found this place again.  It took finding some clues from SupSuper to get back here.  Most of the main roads aren't roads any more, and god knows what happened at the tunnel.  Looks like it got hit hard by people stampeding.  No idea what the heck happened, or even when it happened.

 

The Patio no longer looks stable enough, so based upon the local geology I am embedding this here, for safety reasons.  Looks like some tracks go past here, hopefully whoever made them might come back.  Setting an alarm off to one of the wardens would only mean someone would find it, I guess.

 

I got through the disaster.  I survived.  I should have come back more, and let people know I was still alive.  All I can say is that I am sorry, but you know what its been like since they came.  It has been a long time, I know.  Six years since I last got a message through, plenty more since regular contact.  My life has certainly changed over the time, same as for everyone.  I hope that I get the chance to talk to some of you again.

 

I am fixing down an emergency beacon here to get in contact again.  All my previous communication systems have long since died, some of them explosively.  Any message sent to me for...pfft, maybe a decade, unlikely to have reached me.  This system seems pretty robust, and I will make sure to monitor it.

 

https://discord.gg/fWayc3B

 

I will try to monitor this station, but I will be more frequently monitoring the secure channel.  Either works, but the local infrastructure as it is, not sure how long this will be here for...

 

 

This is Dipstick, ID Number 455, calling all Xenociders. This is an automated emergency beacon to all Project Xenocide members deployed to all stations.   The Aurora Protocol is now in effect, I say
again, the Aurora Protocol is now in effect. 

 

Edit: so, this actually posted.  More than I expected actually.  All this is a quick hello, and if anyone is about wanting to say hi, feel free to post here, or go to the above discord channel.  Might be a while before anyone sees this, so will just keep the channel up.


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 08:11 AM

Email notifications of new posts were broken until... yesterday :P So reaching out from here might be more successful now :)

 

Also you may wanted to have put this in a Xenocide subforum, not a minecraft subforum, haha.



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Posted 16 September 2018 - 03:20 PM

I posted wherever I could see activity that people might notice.  Couldn't see somewhere like the Patio, so figured anywhere that let me post was good.

 

Also helps being the Spamstick.  One last spam for the road never hurt anyone :P  The more I aggravate someone, more likely to get a response after all!

 

Good to see you again Micah.


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 05:31 PM

You still pardusing? :P



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 01:57 PM

It has been..six...years?  But I still attend the gatherings every year in London.  I am literally the old guard at the meetings now.  I was recruited back last Pard-tea, and got about stirring things up again, but the game has collapsed too far to be fun for me.  Few mechanics that were introduced over the years to placate the playerbase, and now the development team has basically retired.  I should never have left the game to be frank, could have got some more enjoyment out of it I am sure.  Spur of the moment decision taken under stress to delete my characters, but hey.


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Posted 19 September 2018 - 04:07 PM

My problem is I when I play something, I usually play it to win it by any means necessary. This invariably meant accumulating more and more accounts and spending more and more time online. Even though I had scripts that automated some trading and stocking activities, it got a little out of control. When I got married I gave away all my money, some proxies, some VMs, all the accounts, and haven't been back since. It's probably for the best :P



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Posted 20 September 2018 - 01:28 PM

I learnt the hard way that chasing nostalgia is fruitless.  You never get back the same experience.

 

I honestly thought you got banned, but yeah, screw you multi scum :P  Frankly, I would never have had the time to run more than one account.  I still recall the days before artemis and pegasus came out, spending sixteen hours a day on pardus on occasion.  Not even wartime!


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Posted 20 September 2018 - 10:21 PM

They didn't ban all of "me" the first time :P Then I returned in another, more abominable incarnation.



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Posted 21 September 2018 - 02:22 PM

Just had a quick look through my folders, but I couldn't see anything regarding Baar.  I was certainly ticked off that you got banned :D

 

I figure that half the rumours I heard over the years about people with multiple accounts were true.  It is a real shame that it was essentially impossible to detect all these, as well as the scripting.  It was the scripts that finally drove me away.  Fun little game, and lots of enjoyment over the years.  It lost its amusement for me when I realised the playing field wasn't only not level, but at 60 degrees and rising fast.  That and all the :biowaste: I had to put up with.


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Posted 22 September 2018 - 10:55 AM

To me, the scripting and multi accounting was just part of an ongoing arms race and the minimum that could be done to try to combat the people who started the game in alpha and had impossibly high skills, money, and developer connections.

 

After we took over the Baar nook, Baar was actually run by a real life friend who had a set of accounts he was really careless with, signing in from the same computer with the same IP, user agents, etc, so any simple investigation would have flagged him as trouble. I kept my ships in Daaya for the most part. But that was a whole generation ago. Since that time, I restarted in Artemis and then in Orion, working with different people doing different things, before selling it all off and giving away the billions of credits.

 

I think the devs could have done a lot more to squash the multiaccounting, actually. Patterns always come out eventually if they looked at a big enough dataset. In their shoes, I feel like I would have had a lot of fun examining the data and finding those trends and patterns and making predictions from them. Also using logs to re-enact ingame activity would have been pretty interesting, and could show you what players are doing from their own perspective relative to other players (and possible multiaccounts).