From lame devs to lame players!
So, recently we got invited to play on one of the Star Wars Galaxies (SWG) Emulator (EMU) servers.
My brother and I loved this game and it was my first MMO ever so we decided to give it a shot.
A server, run and edited by players who also love(d) this game. What could go wrong? Hah, here we go:
Both of us having a jedi on the live servers back in the days and thinking about how much fun (winning or losing) fighting enemy jedi or bountyhunters we decided to go straight for jedi. It didn't seem as hard as it used to be, so why not? Prerequisites were: Finish either Rebel or Imperial themepark, Jabba's themepark and visit all the POI's listed in the character bio. We finished up all that within the first week after rolling toons. We could have done it within 2 days, but hey: gotta work AND sleep sometime in between. Grinding out full template took just another 4 days. Considering the grind on live servers this is ridiculously short. In between we used our bountyhunter alts to check the bh terminals to check for jedi to pop up. THIS is where we came across the first bunch of douches. I am not going to mention names here, but damn sure I noted all these sad sacks to make sure to never happen to play WITH them anytime, EVER.
Both of us had several crafting alts and a couple different classes. That way we found out some of the exploits that existed on the live servers worked here as well. Such as overloading your force bar, overloading sabers with pearls, slicing sabers. Just...some are even WORSE than they used to be. Slicing a saber for example would raise the damage on it EVERY TIME you'd put a dmg crystal in. Resulting in dealing ridiculous amounts of damage, also against other players. So...back on track.
Uncertain of how broken or not the classes actually are both of us pick the same mission, send out our droids and track down some jedi.
Turns out the timer on the "avoid incap" is broken so the jedi can use this skill pretty much endlessly and never die.
What can I say...both of us are stubborn dicks, so we keep fighting. Eventually his buffs will run out and/or he will miss a click on his skill (hopefully). He did not. Instead all of a sudden I got insta killed, short after this happens to Wiped. WTF?
Scrolling through the combat log reveals it: During like 30 minutes of fighting the jedi is doing the same amount of damage: around 400 to 600 hitpoints, which is fine. Both of us are def stacked to the teeth and also have medic so we can heal ourselves a little. But then there are some weird hits for about 4 to 4.5k....Sliced lightsaber. WTF?
We report this kinda crap to the GM's and the guy gets his jedi deleted. So far so good. Impressed by the GM actions we keep playing.
LITTLE DID WE KNOW ABOUT SOME GM's!
Short time later we are finished with our templates and I decide to go to a cantina with a lot of NPC's, use some force sensitive skills inside and my name pops up on the bh terminal. Not long of a wait and a bh appears and attacks. After like 45 or so seconds into the fight he starts running and takes off to his house (which of course is locked to me) and logs off. WTF?
Some german guy finds out while being a jedi one can use the skills of the Swordsman class and still gain full jedi xp AND maintain his force pool this way. Grinds forever (on mostly useless skills, but that's just a btw) until those skills are changed into consuming insane amounts of force, making using them pointless. Goes back to LEGIT grinding and still needs a week and a half to finish his template. WTF?
Friend of the german guy is also a jedi and appears on the terminals. I decide to try him solo and find him in Coronet close to the starport.
He recognizes (or assumes) my character is a bh, sees me heading his way, turns his speederbike around and takes off. I chase him quite a ways to....yeah....HIS HOUSE. Runs inside and sends me a tell: "I'm not coming out, sorry.". WTF?
At Master Lightsaber jedi has the ability to block 85% of incoming ranged attacks. Someone finds out the intimidate skill completely negates this ability. Now, on this server the amount of overpowered weapons is pretty high. A bh comes up with my mission and attacks. He hits me with intimidate and kills me within 2 shots. only like 5 minutes later everyone and their mother changes their bountyhunter class into something-melee-bh just to have intimidate. Really? 5 minutes after it becomes public everyone resorts to the latest bug/exploit? WTF?
EDIT: From reading through original patchnotes Intimidate apparently WAS intended to work like this. I never noticed this on the live servers, but honestly...not many bountyhunters went for ranged, about 95% of them were melee def stacks. This still remains a "WTF" since everyone and their mother respecs their character to "something-bh--brawler" just so they can have the intimidation skill and then PURELY RELY ON IT. If it fails and/or gets cured off they are left clueless and are like "wtf am I going to do now?" and just keep spamming it, making them an easy target for the jedi since they HAVE TO STAND STILL for a moment....and die.
Bountyhunter comes up to my jedi with my mission and attacks:
I am grouped with Wiped (who meanwhile changed template, because of the intimidate crap). BH intimidates me, Wiped heals it off, I hit the guy.
He's like "WTF?" and tries again and again, but Wiped keeps chainhealing the intimidate off me. BH takes off into his house and logs out. WTF?
You can't get your cheap tactics through and you take your ball and run home? WTF? THAT'S A DOUBLE WTF!
WTF 8 (Yes, I am counting right):
I am hungry and log off my toon to go grab some food. Of course while I am gone Wiped is having all the fun....
Wiped's jedi is imperial and overt (attackable by players of the enemy faction) and 5 rebels show up and are like "Let's go lolpwn that guy."
He kills 2 of them in less than a minute and keeps the other 3 busy for another 25 minutes until they decide to leave and start running.
At least get some numbers and kill the enemy...WTF?
ANOTHER OP weapon is introduced to the server. This time a lightsaber. Dropping from the very last mob inside a certain rebel AND a certain imperial base it requires you to be overt (attackable by enemy faction players) to even get inside. Basically what happens is this: If you are imperial you go to the rebel base, fight your way down, kill the mob and hope for it to drop. Rebels vice versa.
Wiped and I group up and start clearing when we notice an enemy player coming in, being some weird mix of jedi and pikeman or some such.
He throws all kinds of DoT's on us, but they are not killing us, when Wiped all of a sudden says:" WTF did all my force go?".
Turns out this sad sack built his toon around the broken "Drain Force" skill which has no cooldown whatsoever. Basically you can just spam (or macro it) and drain a jedi's forcepool completely dry, making him defenseless. REALLY? How sad is that? You build your character around an exploit to be able to kill people? HAHAha!
Anyways...noticing WHAT HE DID during the fight we come to the conclusion "Lame tactics demand for lame responses."!
Me not being able to heal others (knowing me, you KNOW you don't want to rely on me as a healer anyways. I have HIGHEST respect for any decent player. I just can't do it.), Wiped trying to stay alive with the little force he is slowly regnerating I start spamming "Drain Force" on this guy, sucking him completely dry and....guess what? He starts running! We chase him out of the base to his house (a cantina), where he hides and tries to regen force himself. This way we find out this broken skill works THROUGH WALLS! I decide to stay there until a GM shows up, still spamming the skill to lock him down in his house. After almost an hour we decide to end this and leave. Meanwhile my jedi's forcepool (which is normally at 7100) is at 44k of force. Speaking of overloading your forcebar! Long short story: You build your toon around an exploit and when you can't win that way: run for them hills and hide your sorry ass. WTF?
WTF 10 (and my favourite):
...and also back on the "GM" subject:
Wiped and I are down at the bottom of the rebel base, waiting for thesaber-dropping mob to spawn, when we notice someone is inside the imperial base doing the same. Remembering you are ATTACKABLE by the enemy faction we decide to take the "Sartok Way": DENY CONTENT!!!
So we abandon our plan and head over to the imperial base to flush them out and look who is there: some jedi and above mentioned jedi-pikeman-something! We kill both of them and decide to camp this spot until the boss in the other base spawns (disclaimer: We cannot kill the one in the imperial base because it is of the same faction as we are). Meanwhile we switch to alt toons in the nearby city to check bh terminals and see who's around and if he/she's a possible threat. We notice that jedi that was with Mr. jedi-pikeman-something is on the bountyhunter terminals and both of us pick his mission...you'll never know.
Wiped sees the two guys we killed come out of the cloner (this is where you respawn after you died) and head for their cantina. But the interesting thing he notices is that a GM toon comes online and the two guys leave the cantina with changed factions: they are not rebels anymore, they are now imperials. WTF? Turns out Mr. jedi-pikeman-something actually IS A GM and decided "Hey, if I can't go get my uberleetlewts without PvP I just abuse my GM powers and switch faction and then go do it the easy way where these evil PvP'ers can't attack us!" WTF AGAIN!
Fail plan though: The dev has changed the mobs protecting the bases a while ago, gave them more hitpoints and made them hit harder.
As soon as Wiped an me notice them heading straight for the rebel base we are on the move. We pop all the defensive foods we have on us, run past them, gather a boatload of mobs and train them on them. They die, we live and kill all the mobs we trained, run down to the boss spawn, park our jedi at the boss spawn, knowing it will not spawn for a good while, switch to our bountyhunters, buff up and engage the jedi guy.
At first he tries to fight back a bit, but we incapacitate him 2 times. Then takes off to regen, but comes back a little later to our surprise. We incap him a third time resultiung in his death. He clones and logs out. MR. GM-jedi-pikeman-something starts whining a bit, then logs out as well. Doesn't log on his GM toon anymore either. WTF?
I can only speak for myself, but after 4 years of dealing with exploiters, cheaters and other lame-ass crap in Vanguard I was pretty much burnt out with all the garbage going on in MMO's. I was not - in no fricken way - willing to deal with this kinda stuff ever again.
But thinking of all the stuff mentioned above....this is becoming fun again. I like it!
Knowing I am not the best PvP'er under the sun I start to enjoy FINDING and EXPOSING some of these sad sacks that are worse players than I am and feel the need to rely on cheap tactics, exploits and cheats....AND STILL FAIL!