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Everything posted by Aly-DN

  1. Introducing Kibbelz

    Welcome. Actual photo of Kibbelz's first day..
  2. So there's no cap on the number of transfers?
  3. You two are, in fact, saying the same things. Maika speaks about well known players in the past that were nasty human beings that used people and how players allowed themselves to be used because they wanted to get ahead. FefeHulk points out that Maika is being used right now by the newest Alaryl/Pocos/et al. Maika acknowledges that. The point is.. you can't change it when people don't want it to change. NCWest could get involved, as they tried to in the past, but what's the point when players actively support the egotistical douche-canoes that are using them? There is a saying.. in a democracy, the people get the government that they deserve. I believe this goes for the players of Aion as well. We vote with our wallets and with our feet. We chose to be here. We chose to continue to pay to be here. And we chose to support vile human beings who use players for their own financial and in game progress gain. We don't need saving. We have the state of a game that we deserve.
  4. .. and round and round it goes. There are so many examples of this truth going as far back as 2009. It's just Aion. There was a time when I would get all tied in knots over these things happening. I participated in faction meetings and spoke calmly to egotistical dickheads who made my skin crawl all in an attempt to get our very under-represented faction to work together to get something nice and shiny for our faction. I was all about "You don't have to like the person you are sieging with. You just have to work with them for an hour so that we can all benefit." We even got attention from the staff who, like us, wanted to see Aion be a fair game where no one was locked completely out of content. You would think with the staff mediating between the two factions and actually coming into game on their days off to encourage unity that everything would have been sunshine and rainbows. And you would be wrong. This is AION, where we can't have nice things because ultimately we, the playerbase, don't want them. In the end the staff backed off when a large legion broke ranks and screwed the entire faction over.. a legion, btw, who couldn't have been bothered to actually participate in all the work that went into getting the faction together and working with the staff despite being invited to participate. Because in the end the flaw of Aion is that in order to have nice things, you have to get other players to act in a manner that doesn't screw you over. The names may have changed over the years but the toxic attitude remains. And worse, there will always be players who are otherwise nice people who support them because being included feels good and the potatoes know this. So here is the thing. What the OP is describing has always been around. It isn't going to get better and will, in fact, only get worse. Try not to let it bother you. Play your own game. Do what you can. Laugh at the tardastic gymnastics.
  5. Aion game files download

    Yup. I feel you there. In honor of the Cakemonster..
  6. Aion game files download

    Cake was paying for the space to keep those files herself. I believe she has stepped back from being unpaid Support.
  7. The lag is getting worse

    Did they really? Can't say I ever had that happen. What has changed that suddenly they want to load things on to your computer? 100% that is not cool.
  8. The lag is getting worse

    This is super weird. What programs exactly did they ask you to install? It would be interesting to find out. Thanks.
  9. Don't trust your shadow

  10. The great NC P2W divide

    It wasn't that pay2win when the game first went f2p in the US and EU. You have to understand, at that time and for several years after we went f2p, the game was still a sub game in Korea. That's why, for instance, a lot of skins we could buy at the shop were not sellable or tradeable. Those skins were actually rewards from events in Korea. They wanted players to actually play to get them since they were getting $$ the longer people played. That's why so many of the events were afk events. The Korean players were paying to stay online. It wasn't until the game went f2p in KOREA did we really kick our pay2win into high gear. That's when we finally saw what NCSoft would do with a game DESIGNED around a free to play model. And it stinks.
  11. The great NC P2W divide

    Damn you, Van! Poor little guy! + Both good posts and not really counter to one another. This (and all games) exist to make money. They are businesses, not charities. It's weird that that has to be pointed out so often. NCSoft exists to make money. As @Onggong-KT points out, developing and maintaining a game isn't cheap. And with a free-to-play model, the company has to entice the players to spend their money. Our model at Aion was one of the best ones I had seen.. up until Aion went f2p in Korea. Before that, we were playing a sub-game squeezed into a f2p model. Now we are playing what the Korean devs actually mean to be f2p. When that change happened, we suddenly started to see the boom in pay2win. And it's only gotten worse and worse. It's not going to change. And it's not going to get better. Unlike a company like Blizzard, which is pretty much run by gamers, NCWest is run by bean-counters. All they see is dollars and cents. The higher ups at Blizzard realize that if they do things like.. ban hackers.. gamers are more likely to stay, play and spend money. The higher ups at NCWest look at a whale getting banned for hacks and can only see the loss of that one player's money. What they don't see is that we see that the pay2win crowd is treated far differently than the casual spender or the totally free players. And though they may keep the whales, who are those people going to fight? Each other? As @Rapier-DN points out, the f2p crowd will just leave and even the casual spender will get sick of being beat to death by whales.
  12. What's happening with the game?

    What an odd connection to make. If you think about it, the majority of the work done on this current patch was done when Cyan was still our community manager. So if something doesn't work or there is lag, he was around when the patch was being tested. And even if you point out that he was around when the patch was working its way to us, he was a community manager. He wasn't a tester or a translator or a coder or anything of the sort. It was his job to communicate with us and, sadly, mostly his communications were to tell us that he had no information on things we wanted changed or fixed. It wasn't his job to get this patch to us or to make sure everything worked. Put away your tinfoil hat. It really isn't needed here.
  13. Adding the possibilty to turn on and off PVP

    We actually had something like that way back when in Sarpan/Tiamaranta. There was an hour or two where PvP was allowed everywhere but in the main town, which was shared. What it turned into was pretty much the same as the non-raised safe pads from Kata/Dan era. People attacked and then hoping back over the line right before they died. PvPers complained about people hoping in and out of the safe zone. PvEers complained that there was a few hours a day when they couldn't gather or do anything and were stuck sitting afk. It just didn't accomplish what anyone really wanted. You just aren't going to bridge the gap between what strict PvPers and strict PvEers want in a game designed like Aion is. The game is billed as a PvPvE game.. a mix of both. Anyone looking only for one or the other is always going to be disappointed. A toggle would be a disaster, imo. The only thing that might work would be to have a PvP server and a PvE server with no ability to ever transfer between the two. The PvE server would have no sieges and no PvP gear, since it is un-needed. The PvE server would have no arenas and no PvP instances. It would be a heaven for instances and PvE gearing and crafting. The PvP server would have what we have right now. If you look at games where PvP is totally optional, you can see why Aion as it is just wouldn't work. GW2 is just such a game. Open world is 100% PvP free. There is no toggle. It just isn't allowed. The world is huge and varied. Open world bosses have personal loot, so there is no competing for it. The crafting is profitable results in great gear. There are several modes of instanced PvP. The biggest is WvWvW which stands for World vs. World vs. World. The match ups reset every week, so you aren't constantly against the same worlds. Having three worlds helps any week from being a straight up slaughter. If one world is dominating, the other two worlds can gang up on them. You have to click a button to enter this. There are several maps you can enter. While there you can participate in a zerg or run solo or in small groups. You can help assault a big castle or a small outpost or just cut off supply routes. It's very dynamic and always fun. But it is 100% voluntary. There are players who never enter and those that never leave. But the game was designed to be that way. Aion wasn't. The PvP and the PvE are just too tangled up. Just my thoughts.
  14. @hime

    Thanks for the correction, Van!
  15. @hime

    He better since that "QA" before his name means.. Question & Answer. In other words, he's the guy that goes in and tests things. It's his job to know things.
  16. Game Update Maintenance - May 27, 2020

    Hello, Valedia/Valkarie/Whateveryouarecallingyourselftoday. My name is Aly. It might be helpful for you to understand that Hime is a CM.. just as Cyan was. Neither is a GM. But more than that, Hime is the CM. She is the lead CM of all the little CMs at NCWest. She was Cyan's direct boss. More than that, when Hime started at NCWest years and years ago, she was Aion's CM and was (and still is) highly respected. Now.. she will probably give -you- the benefit of the doubt and not write you off on this single rather silly threatening post. So try not to act like an "idiot". Game on!
  17. Ia AION becoming a only PvP game?

    If you made PvP voluntary at end-game, you take away the premise of Aion. That's the bottom line. I played through the prema-rifters and the twinks and all the measures Korean put in place to try and stop the whole-sale exit of players who left Aion because they 100% couldn't level because twinks were one-shotting them. I spent at least an hour each morning on my level 50 gladi in Eltnen killing kisks and camping rifts as I gathered. The whole twink mind-set is crap and characters that did it needs to be tossed into a virtual fire and roasted into ash which then would be flushed down the big ol' potty that is Aion today. BUT.. and it's a big butt.. Aion is designed around PvP. Everything at end-game is designed around getting players out into the open world so that they can act like quest mobs for PvP weeklies and dailies. The majority of players get their kills and leave. The -real- PvPers will respond when someone gives a shout that they are enemies killing them over and over. There are actually very few tardlets who only prey on the weak and will continue to kill them past their quest needs. If the devs were to make a flag system or some such that would make PvP totally voluntary, I believe more players would quit and not just the PvP players. Aion's PvE just isn't interesting enough to keep people's attention. So there has to be something else that keeps them focused and gets their heart racing. Since the instance itself isn't interesting, they make getting to the instance interesting. Since doing the same freaking repeat quest for the millionth time isn't interesting, the threat of PvP while doing the quest keeps it interesting. There just has to be a way to educate new players while they level that when they get to end-game, they will have to deal with PvP so that it isn't this horrible crushing surprise.
  18. Pin Problem is real

    This seems to happen on and off every week. Since you could just close the client and relog, as you pointed out, the issue wasn't a big problem. You are saying that, for you, this is no longer the case? Did you actually get locked out for 8 hours? Sadly, even blocking people out I doubt anything will be done about this. First, NCWest would need to figure out why this happens and then NCSoft Korea would have to put in a fix for it. That's a lot of hoops for management to jump through when they haven't shown a lot of willingness to put much time into the running of Aion.
  19. Name resets

    No. That wouldn't be great. You can't make the argument that someone is sitting on a name you want and has been inactive for years, since (as Arhangelos pointed out), names were totally reset with the last merge. Just be creative and chose a new name.
  20. Ia AION becoming a only PvP game?

    Aion has always been heavy on the PvP at end game. It has gotten away from leveling PvP, but that seems to have given players the false notion that PvP is completely optional and voluntary. At end game, it is neither. PvP will be forced on you from time to time once you hit max level. You can't 100% opt-out.
  21. Weekly Server Maintenance - May 20, 2020

    Wow! You could have just rerolled and been just as geared as you are now in that time.
  22. Asmodian incentives incoming soon?

    Both sides are "guilty" of everything you mention and it all depends on when you enter. With players playing both sides, incentives on either side is really not smart.
  23. HACK

    Wah? Oh! Hackers thread. Love those. (Aly) (Cakemonster) @DevilNest-KT Can't stop. Won't stop!
  24. Farewell Daevas!

    I don't think that complaining about the state of the game to the only person we had contact with (i.e. Cyan) prevents us from missing that person when they leave the game. It's not Cyan's fault that the game is in the state that it is in. He was just one of the community managers. He communicates with players. He didn't develop or manage the game. Sure. People often expressed their frustration at him, but I think most people realized that he didn't have the authority to make any of the changes that we wanted. All he could do is communicate what we wanted to Gideon, the only person at NCWest that works exclusively on Aion. As for "the new GM", I assume you mean CM that is tasked to listening to us. I honestly doubt we will get someone "new". Already we have seen Hime dealing with us, but I wouldn't be surprised if one of the other CMs from the other NCWest titles adds us to their workload. I don't think they will hire someone new.