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Thread: Friday with Means - January 7th, 2011: Unplanned But Exciting Event!

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    Friday with Means - January 7th, 2011: Unplanned But Exciting Event!

    It has been an interesting week. Any week in which I spend a full 30+ hour period in the office qualifies as "interesting". The "unplanned and unwanted volunteer event" some of you had the pleasure of enjoying on Tuesday night kept us pretty busy through until Thursday afternoon. For those of you who were not present someone got ahold of an account with GM powers and proceeded to have fun with it on the live servers for a period of almost two hours. Items like the "combined combined" armor that was never made available to the players was definitely available on Tuesday night. To be clear this is far from the first time something like this has happened. Over the years there have been many occasions where GM enabled accounts have brought havoc to the live servers...this is to be expected in an environment where we empower volunteers and was something we were always willing to live with and always cleaned up the mess as quickly as possible. This time was a little bit different in that this individual really did go out of his way to put on a spectacular show with special guest stars like The Beast and Tarasque making special appearances in Borealis...unfortunately with the distribution of unapproved loot and getting some individual characters stuck in a no-fight state through the use of fear effects they also created a significant mess to clean up. If it wasn't for the mess I would have said it was an exciting event enjoyed by a great many people...very creative. The subsequent spawning the next night of 100+ Christmas trees in Borealis was SOOO last year.

    Unfortunately in the aftermath we needed to suspend approximately 140+ accounts until we could have the opportunity to remove items they had the misfortune to get outside of normal game mechanics. These accounts will be restored to their owners without punishment and time credited as soon as possible. Customer service should be finished with these accounts at some point soon if they are not already finished. A great many people received items without their knowledge...if your account is/was suspended during this time this is probably why. We have been fixing people who are unable to fight as we become aware of these cases...if you have this issue please petition it and we will fix you as soon as we can. It is a bit upsetting the amount of time we have to dedicate to this kind of thing...I would have much preferred to have actually made something during this time. Dealing with this kind of mess is boring, time consuming and largely pointless. These kind of attacks are generally going on ALL the time...if anyone is reading this who is responsible for these attacks GIVE US A BREAK. All we are trying to do here is trying to continue to develop a game we all enjoy. If you are mad about your accounts being banned...or something like that...please try to grow up and accept the fact that you very likely deserved it. Please also keep in mind that a great many of these activities are illegal (regardless of whatever "experts" tell you on the "internet")...and while it isn't easy to motivate anyone in law enforcement to actually do something about it...eventually we'll speak with someone responsible and you are going to feel very stupid explaining to real criminal that you gave up your freedom and greatly impacted your future to "Hack a video game". Given the opportunity I will throw the entire book at any of you I get a reasonable chance at. To be clear here...this whole thing doesn't make me is simply depressing. I have also discovered that I am now officially too old to stay up all night anymore...this happened some time while I was working on AO... has it really been such a long time?

    In other more productive news the Doctor and Trader documents should be available NEXT Friday. Preparations for our move to Canada continue and it looks like the flights will actually be the week of January 24th.

    Have a great weekend involving no packing everyone!

    Kintaii Edit! Everybody please remember to take a moment and head over to's "Choose My Adventure" poll and cast your vote for Anarchy Online! No registration is required and it's just one click to cast your vote for AO to receive what could be a great series of articles about our favourite (not that we're biased or anything) MMORPG. Every vote counts and AO's quickly catching up to first place, so tell your friends, tell your org, tell your family, tell your dog - Vote for Anarchy Online! =D
    Colin Cragg
    This "Means" Cake
    Past Game Director (2008-2011)

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    Funcom employee

    And here’s the (Swiss)German translation of today’s FWM. Done by me today instead of Waldgeist so any found typos or unclear translations can be gathered and sent to taribtranslationsFTW

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    hmmmm tarib this wasn´t fair

    i missed the event, well not too bad i guess, i would have looted some strange items and wondered myself why i was banned.
    Last edited by ElBoogy; Jan 7th, 2011 at 16:43:29.

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    Point Blank

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    second.... guess not:P
    Thabeast 220 Engineer
    Rylourne 220 Enforcer
    Annasan 220 Soldier
    Annamorgane 220 doc
    Psyfreakout 220 crat
    Nanobots 220 Nano-Technician
    Shadowlordi 220 shade
    Ifixnotalot 220Fixer
    Milajojovich 213 Agent (soon to be 220)
    SneakyBeast 200 Agent


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    1st page
    Pheddex 220/30/70 trox agent equip

    Pheddy 220/30/70 soli crat equip

    Pheddette 164/19/42 opi trader equip

    Lavidaloco 150/17/30 opi agent equip

    Tinytall 200/25/70 opi advy equip

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    EDIT: Oh, wait. This is a year old FwM. January 7th, 2010!
    Also! Hello Macrosun! Stop being afk.

    EDITEDIT: aww, someone fixed it!
    Last edited by Sephiroth56; Jan 7th, 2011 at 16:45:36.
    Sephiroth56 - 220 NT Atlantean - equipment
    Articate - The Brave New World.

    Four enforcers
    trapped by the sea
    one teased the 'techi
    then they were three

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    sweet wall of text

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    Me? Trouble? No trouble..

    As Mae West said: "Never resist temptation, you don't know if you'll get another chance."

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    edit : thanks Ana
    Last edited by Gatess; Jan 7th, 2011 at 16:47:53.

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    Trader and doc documents? That's going to be an interesting read
    Veteran of Equilibrium

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    Opps 1st page
    Last edited by Valerija666; Jan 7th, 2011 at 16:46:10. Reason: typo

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    I was right - I am dissapointed cause this :/
    I like PvP
    TL6: Tereshkova 200 eng / Patrollerz 200 sol /
    TL5: Miazga
    150 sol / Piknababa 150 NM Enf 2he.
    TL4: Ladyrazor 112 fixer (retired) / Gentleheal 126 Support PVP doc / Shha 100 NT / Cycolina lvl 100 NM Enforcer / Hardwere 100 Trox Enf with Maul
    + Tons of other chars...
    I make weird TwInkz!
    Signature updated: 09/04/2013

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    Funcom employee

    Quote Originally Posted by Gatess View Post
    2010 ??
    Yeah, we did this for a bit last year. Probably gonna do it a bit this year as well. XD
    Brad L. McAtee / Kintaii
    Former Senior AO Designer & Jack of All Trades
    (2007 - 2012)
    ~~ Twitter :: Facebook :: Norse Noir ~~

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    The leet made me do "IT".
    Gustatus similis pullus.

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    still crashing after 18.4.0
    220/30 Ranged Advy, Neut 'n proud of it. Moxet
    220/25 NT Moxilla
    220/29 Moxdacrat
    150/14 Doc
    200/18 MP
    various other bits n bobs

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    wtf happened to my avatars eyebrows?

    I used to listen to Dubstep in the 90's... every time I connected to the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Means View Post
    Preparations for our move to Canada continue and it looks like the flights will actually be the week of January 24th.

    Have a great weekend involving no packing everyone!
    Yay canada!
    Jetson 220/30/70 Noobastank 220/30/70 Noobasdoc 220/29/65 Rodog 220/30/70 Politico 220/30/70 Sookie 220/25/64 Noobasmurf 200/30/70 Front242 200/24/60 Noobasknight 170/24/42 Noobastrad 150/20/42 Gruffies 150/20/42 Makeitbetter 150/7/42 Ladymeatball 110/11/28 Asset90 90/9/21 Ultragoombah 85/9/21 Falconi 55/6/14 Baneboobs 39/4/7 Grumpydwarf 29/3/7

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    this is to be expected in an environment where we empower volunteers and was something we were always willing to live with and always cleaned up the mess as quickly as possible.
    WTH? No, it's totally unacceptable. Please be more cautious with ur CR.
    All bad things must come to an end, still lubs j00

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