Happy belated new years everyone!
I wanted to post a real update this time, its been awhile since all of the drama and shit on Lockjaw. Thankfully most of the assholes are gone and Phinigel is the official home of the assholes in Everquest. It's nice to finally find peace and quiet in the game I have loved for all these years.
Since I started on the TLPs it has been a mad rush to catch up/get my box team where it needs to be and mixing that with work has been overwhelming. Luckily everything is starting to mellow out now and I think within the next few months, most likely by summer time 2016 I am going to be able to actively start updating Almarsguides.com again. People have given me feedback on my website over this past year about little minor things that need to be tweaked and this summer I plan to crack down on all of the things I left out from my last binge on the TLPs writing guides.
Being such a big boxer now versus before where I was just one Druid I am able to toy with a lot more shit on my own instead of having to ask people to waste their time to come help me write a guide. You should expect a lot from me this coming summer - raid guides, tradeskill guides etc etc. Once I get the ball rolling on Lockjaw and start raiding really nothing is going to stop me.
Also for all of you casuals out there that remember my idea for a guild involving showing people raid content who normally wouldn't have the time to do it, that'll be happening sometime in 2016. I'm sorry for the wait and the super long delay but selfish assholes hindered the entire process and I was forced to level/gear a lot of characters to counter it. As time goes on and preparation draws to a close action can finally start happening. I look forward to sharing the wonderful world of Everquest with as many of you in the future as possible.
After a lot of introspection and pondering of looking at boxing from a solo players angle I have reached an indisputable conclusion that most of you are right about boxers. As a boxer I was generally unable to understand why I was being treated so poorly until I read one specific post on the forums and also spoke to a friend ingame about boxers in general whom isn't a boxer. In this post Kartas said:
At 2am on a Saturday I should atleast have a chance of camping a Heirophant Cloak in Old Seb. Find a group and go. Oh it's camped .... by an AFK 6 bot Mage setup. That gets people upset. There is no person even behind the keyboard, just a macro response to "CC" in ooc. Atleast if it was an active group there I have a chance to get in.... they need to sleep sometime, in the old days we kept lists of people wanting in the group, when people needed replacing we took the longest wait time.
As a boxer I don't see this side of the argument - not because i am this side of the argument but rather because when I play I barely ever see anyone around. I don't generally camp nameds or do any group content outside of powerleveling my characters. Also I am not the type of boxer to be an asshole to another type of player cause I can, I just generally move along if something is camped or change picks. I've never with my own eyes see this behaviour transpire but after speaking to a friend ingame he told me how common it was
The reason this conversation stood out to me about boxers is someone whom i am friends with actually took the time to sit me down and explain things to me, logically, not emotionally. He didn't insult me, curse at me and belittle me but explained to me things he has seen personally and personally dealt with ingame. Most boxers out there are RMT hotspots. They pay their bills through the game thus act like total dicks to anyone in their camp or around them because your mere presence at their camp hinders their real life gain.
People think these boxers will not be around on phinny but the truth is they're going to be there and they're going to be as prevalent as ever. The inescapeable truth is assholes will be assholes. This stands for both sides of the argument, people who mistreat boxers just because some boxers are evil are just as bad as boxers who stomp all over regular players. Though now I am definitely capable of seeing why people treat boxers so poorly in general and understand why I have been trained and will continue to be trained just because I am a boxer.
All the hatred and animosity towards "my kind" has become clear as day now - warranted or unwarranted justified or unjustified I understand. I wish I could offer up some sort of solution or tell you guys Phinigel is going to be your safehaven from people like this but it isn't. I too am disgusted by people who act like this - I wish Phinigel was going to be the server you all want it to be. I wish boxers wouldn't go there but the truth is almost every boxer you hate is going to end up all on that server.
Until people who act like assholes are banned there will be no end to it. They will be on every server and will continue being assholes. With that I leave you with this which I feel eloquently summerizes boxing and the future of boxing in Everquest.
There are no more barriers to cross. All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it I have now surpassed. My pain is constant and sharp, and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape. But even after admitting this, there is no catharsis; my punishment continues to elude me, and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself. No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing.
I am doing other updates all around the progression sides I am not releasing to the public yet, since I don't have the time I used too I would like my updates to be large and staggered versus constant. Pretty much like how EQ has been working these past few years!
Other updates coming as well!
[Wed Oct 21 21:49:59 2015] Yawgmoth tells you, 'AFK Message: im just here so i dont get fined'
Take that Yawg!
And faceless takes the fight to real life!
My best friend training modest man in sky!
[Wed Oct 21 21:49:07 2015] You told Yawgmoth, 'did you see the page on my website i made for Darth yet?'
I am doing a giveaway in Everquest on the Lockjaw Server which hopefully will breath some new life into the server/keep others interested. More information is in the drop down for EQ, or will be in about an hour or so.
I made a guild on Lockjaw, if you're interested in joining send a tell to Kharl or Holtburg in game. Right now I am mostly looking for casual players whose schedule doesn't matter.
Fixed my grammatical error!
Go here for a better idea of what I mean/if you're interested message me ingame.
BTW Fuvi hit me up you I don't wanna do all this social shit - you do all of it, I'll give you some of the loot- deal?
I have decided to add a new section to my website for Everquest specifically made to point out people who deliberately go out of their way to ruin the enjoyment of others. It is called People who are not nice.
Due to the toxic environment of the TLPs I have decided to make a section that screenshots/shows people who deliberately go out of their way to ruin the play experience of other players whether it be in game or on the forums. This section is going to be filled with nothing but pure hatred from other players and is meant to publically display people who you should avoid at all costs. If your name is in this section you deserve to be in there. It is reserved ONLY for people who went out of their way to try and ruin the enjoyment of another player without initially being provoked by that other player.
As my guild tag states <I'll Be Nice If You Are> people will only end up in this section if they were the ones who provoked/started the negative behaviour. Anyone defending themselves will not be in here, again, only those players who intentionally tried to or successfully ruined the enjoyment of the game for someone else will be seen in here.
The reason I am making this section is because enough is enough. This is an online video game we all play for fun. Your behaviour fucking sickens me and if no one else is going to do anything about it I am. Until you stop acting like a child your posts/messages will not be removed from this section.
To see them removed I require you to prove you were provoked prior to ending up here or issue an apology to whomever you insulted/went out of your way to make feel like shit. There are a few different people that this section was made for, two threads really grabbed my attention and sickened me because of the behaviour displayed in them they are:
8/20 Modest Men breaks rotation - The behaviour in this thread is a prime example of why people don't want to join the top end guilds on the server. I haven't seen adults act like such children since I played WoW. This is something I would expect to see in High School not in a video game.
A picture is worth a thousand words - This thread was created for no other purpose than insulting a group of players (boxers) which seems to be an ongoing theme on the progression servers.
Lockjaw Trade Sanctions - While his intentions were pure, this is NOT the way to go about improving the server. All this is doing is creating more drama, more fighting and making an already terrible rotation idea even worse. You can't improve something by mistreating people, the only way to improve something is with positive actions.
As many of you know, I have been around for years, I just celebrated my 5 year anniversary for two whole years! Well, I have been thinking recently, most of you know why, Ragefire. If you don't know let me get you started:
This update and all future updates I think will be in regards to this server entirely. Before this server was announced Almar's Guides was pretty much an abandoned project as it just wasn't financially viable. The game I got the most attention for was Everquest, it was always Everquest I enjoyed writing guides for and actually kinda started writing guides for. This game is complex and I like explaining it to the average folks so they can enjoy it too.
I think I am going to start doing that again.
I am about 90% invested into this project but all of the tells I have gotten in game on Almar have really swayed me toward a full 100%. I mean really guys, all the love is much appreciated. If I honestly start writing guides again you would have single handedly pulled the website back from the brink of its death. Also, this would be the last hoorah for me so to speak. I'll most likely only ever do Everquest 1 and this progression server(s). I started writing guides because I thought it was going to be financially viable, it wasn't. It still isn't, it is up because I know how much it means to everyone and this server is huge.
Not without a putting in a ton more work than I wanted. I only had fun writing them in one game, EQ. There are a few things I want to do/am going to do if I come back.
1. I would like someone out there who is good at designing shit to make me a banner and some buttons strictly related to Everquest. Same sizes are a must as what is displayed up there. If you're smart enough to figure out the sizes and make them for me without asking me what the sizes are you're the guy I am looking for!
2. I am going to make guides for you on Everquest, no other games. In fact I would like to take down all my buttons and have them remade to each Expansion and I could spend time seperating and creating guides for each release.
3. I will tediously go through each guide and update them accordingly.
4. All old guides for all old games can and will still be accessable through a button, ill probably just mash them all together. Most of their traffic is google searches anyway and If I plan to go all EQ, yolo as the kids say.
5. I will create a leveling guide for each era, update tradeskill guides and create leveling locations probably before each expansion is released.
Like I said, I am going to be doing this for fun, not for profit because my website doesn't really even make me much anymore. You silly guys and your adblock you never unblock anyone's ads. Websites like Allakhazam and I think even Eqresource run on that. Even though Alla's has their premium membership. I can see within 10 years adblock is just gonna be built into every damn thing. You won't even be able to get an ad pop up on a damn porn website with internet explorer. Shit's gonna be nuts.
And I figure unless Daybreak makes campaigns really cool, what is left in it for EQ? Everyone is here, this server restabilized the entire economy of Everquest. We're all in it until at least GoD like always. Then we're done and what's next? Campaigns and stuff? Death?
If there's a PoP locked server.. Well. *sunglasses emoji*