The Pandemonium Saga ContinuedSo, when last we left our hero, he was stuck in a dilemma.
On the one hand, a group of players had lost an item that was incredibly difficult to obtain and [GM]Dave actually felt a little sorry for them.
On the other hand, they were now making GM calls and that makes [GM]Dave angry. People who make GM calls get fed to a dragon.
What will our hero do?
Stay tuned tomorrow and...
Okay, okay. I'm writing.
Put the knife down.
What the hell are you going to do with a knife anyway? Stab your monitor?
You're lucky I still talk to you, you know.
Anyway, this is where the story became a little bit annoying for me. Once I learned the full story from the linkshell leaders, I was on their side.
They made a mistake, but the system is designed to keep that mistake from totally making you cry.
Yes, there was some crying.
Besides, I had been fairly impressed by how quickly they obtained their key. It takes a lot to impress me, so I was actually hoping they'd pull it off.
Sure, the goblin thing made me laugh, but I always laugh at the pain of others.
I'm like Bob Saget, but without the wacky side effects.
So, [GM]Dave was on their side. Actually, quite a few of the GMs were on their side.
This would be a simple fix, right?
The fact that you're reading this right now should tell you that was wrong.
The actual people in charge of the linkshell contacted the GMs properly and made a formal request for us to investigate.
That was the right thing to do. We love it when people actually ask us to investigate stuff worth investigating.
Plus, I get to wear my sunglasses and make mildly-retarded comments.
But rather than wait quietly, while we conducted our investigation and moved the issue through the proper channels (believe it or not, we don't just hand out incredibly rare key items to anyone who just asks for them), many of the players involved started making GM calls.
LOTS of GM calls.
Then they posted the whole thing on a variety of forums.
Then OTHER PEOPLE started sending us even more GM calls.
Within days, we were absolutely flooded with calls from people who were nowhere even near their computer when this shit went down.
It was bad enough when people from the linkshell were sending us stupid GM calls. Then some guy from another server who was out of town that week had to start bitching about it.
What the hell was that about?
I mean people started sending us some nasty shit.
Those people were dealt with.
Any player that sent a message that started with "You have to..." ended up getting fed to Jormy and then banned.
He died of food poisoning three times.
Why would you start a message with "You have to..."?
I play video games for a living and I'm usually drunk before 10 am.
I don't have to do anything.
And why would you get belligerent?
It was weird enough that people who had nothing to do with the whole situation were sending GM calls about it. Then they started getting angry and insulting.
Why would you even do that?
From now on, if you want to get banned, just ask. Seriously, just send a GM call and say "Please ban me".
I'm not a plot kind of guy. When I watch porn, I just skip to the good parts.
I don't need a long or complex reason to ban you.
Once we actually had an opportunity to review the situation and discuss the matter with the linkshell leaders (and ban a bajillion people), we decided the best way to handle the situation was to return their key item and wish them good luck.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Next time: they did not all live happily ever after.
TO BE CONTINUED!