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The Lounge / Re: Introducing the new CAs!
« on: March 15, 2018, 09:18:36 pm »
Hello everyone!

I'm TerrorDance, a new CA for Guns of Icarus Online! Very excited and proud to be here, supporting the community. I've been a player since 2014, and I've seen the game change so much over the years. One thing that remains constant is the awesome and intensely loyal playerbase, which I'm excited to help maintain and grow.

I play mostly pub matches. I love to teach new players who are willing to learn. The mechanics of this game are so familiar to me that sometimes I forget how obscure and sometimes counter-intuitive they can be to a player that comes from a background of twitch-type shooters, mobas, or strategy games. There really isn't a greater thrill to me than when my crew of ragtag noobs finally gets it, the gears start meshing correctly, and we finally get to slap that 45+stacked ship in their stupid meta build face secure a kill. The kiddos seem to love it too, and I've seen a lot of returning noobs friends to whom I have had the honor of showing the ropes.

I also think it's important to promote fairness in all conflicts. The random nature of the matchmaker, the auto team switch after games in lobby, as well as the huge gap in skill-sets between players, often necessitates a call for rebalance, and I shy not away from calling for ship swaps. Ensuring that new players as well as veterans have a good, hard-fought and even close match reaffirms the fun that can be had in-game for both new and old players.

I never thought I would apply to be a CA. Over the years I have gained nothing but respect and admiration for these brave souls who man the front against the trolls and the ragers, the boozers and the griefers, the temporarily insane and the chronically inappropriate. While I, being a generally pacifistic and cooperative person by nature, don't necessarily look forward to these sorts of unavoidable confrontations, I feel much more resilient and capable than the new player who doesn't have the perspective to understand that his drunken captain screaming obscenities is the exception, not the rule. I am not afraid to be screamed at and I have the temperament to keep cool (or mostly cool) while attempting to deescalate the situation through calm rationality and understanding.

Outside of GoIo, I enjoy reading, drinking good beer/boozes, and working as much as I need to so I can afford my luxurious lifestyle.

I, TerrorDance, before the presence of the Holy Whale of the skies, do hereby declare my unwavering faith, fealty and service to the community of Icarus.
I pledge to follow the orders of all Muse staff appointed over me, and field all the questions, great and small, difficult or annoying, addressed to me be they by the person, or the mob(ula).
I will keep myself mentally sane, reasonably sober and regularly available as is necessitated by the Community Ambassador agreements and forms to which I have pledged my unconditional adherence. 
So say we all.

Community Events / Re: Chaos Skirmish this Saturday, August 13, 2016.
« on: August 13, 2016, 10:05:23 pm »

The Docks / [ƬɌ] Team Rocket Blasting Off Again!
« on: April 28, 2016, 06:42:21 pm »
Team Rocket!
Now Accepting Members

Now Hiring!

ALL brigands, outlaws, knaves, pirates, robbers, highwaymen, ne'erdowells, desperados, criminals, vigilantes, thieves, bandits, raiders, plunderers, hijackers, men-at-arms, users, abusers, Musers, marauders, racketeers, villains, hooligans, crooks, fugitives and other pariah

WANTED to steal, swipe, pilfer, kidnap, abduct, loot, plunder, ransack, purloin, confiscate, appropriate, rip off or otherwise theive or obtain illegal possession of

AIRSHIPS but also accepting zeppelins, blimps, dirigibles, hot-air balloons, both lighter- and heavier-than-air craft including but not limited to flying machines, gliders, helicopters, choppers, airbuses, airliners, flying saucers, jets, stealth craft and kites.

Leaders: TheAngryMango, TerrorDance

Officers: Gazorpazorpfield, Cavalcante, Rafe-Winter

Goals: To form a group of friends who play Guns of Icarus Online, both together and separately, with a united mission:
      To protect the world from devastation,
      To unite all people within our nation,
      To denounce the evil of truth and love,
      To extend our reach to the stars of above,

      Team Rocket blast off at the speed of light!
      Surrender now or prepare to fight!

In all seriousness: we enjoy playing together because we are a light-hearted, entertaining group who play the game for the love of it. We have members from around the world and play at various hours of the day, but are mainly stationed in the United States and play evenings. We are semi-competitive and help all our members to improve their knowledge, mechanics, and game sense while playing, encouraging growth from all members in-game, but above all value good sportsmanship. Be gracious in both victory and loss, and strive to improve your skill regardless of the outcome. That's the Team Rocket way.

To Apply: just try to play with one of our officers, demonstrate your skill and your willingness to learn, and express your interest in joining. It's as simple as that! We're primarily a group of friends who play together, not a banner-waving clan.

Thanks for your time, Guns. Team Rocket will see you in the skies!

I agree with the sentiment of this post. The problem is new players joining in with seasoned pros in matches that are neither competitive nor instructive. I agree with Doctor Renaulde that locking any players out of any integral part of the game is the wrong way to look at it. His solution of a tutorial is probably the best one, but to be fully realized, GoIO will have to be reimagined with a single-player campaign which serves as both a game in-and-of itself for many, and the introduction to online combat which is necessary for competitive online play to prosper.

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