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Is it TABOO to guild recruit on my blog?

Yesterday I did a post, The title was “Hopi Tribe of Xsyon, Recruitment Message“, I added one of them little things that hides a part of the post till you click Read more », I even put a disclaimer on it.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer, That’s me Alik Steel, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Hopi tribe of Xsyon.


You can find the post just under this one here on my site. I thought I did a good job on this post, I never thought it would be read like a major league  gaming blogger. I’m not even in the minor leagues of blogging yet, And don’t know if I would like being read by tens of hundreds or even thousands like some may have. To be honest, I don’t have that much to say about gaming. But when I do want to say something, Well I always have my blog. In the past I have a lot of bad comments and emails telling me to stop blogging, That I was making game bloggers look bad by how bad I was. And I yelled back to all that would read me. GET BENT, I AM ALIK STEEL AND I WILL DO WHAT I WISH. Well as time has move on I don’t get that type of stuff any more, Till last night. This time it was not about how bad I spell words or How I use punctuation marks wrong. No this time it was about what I had talked about. This person told me that I should never recruit for my guild on a blog! My first thought was Damn, I didn’t know. Then it hit me, Damn straight I didn’t know, Because it’s bullshit. This is my blog, I should be able to do what ever I wish with it. OK maybe not anything I want, Not that I would want to do anything bad with it, Hell you know what I mean.

Any way, As I do feel like this is my blog, And I can do with it as I see fit, And will do so no matter what is said. Now I know what you are thinking, And yes for me if I piss my readership off I lose like 10 people. LOL Not saying I want to lose y’all, You know I love you guys and gals. But I would like to know your thoughts on this, Am I wrong and blogs, Especially the ones that has no history of guild recruiting, Be able to recruit for guilds?

-Alik Steel


December 28, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | 5 Comments

Advancement beyond the fun

I remember back a few years ago, How so many of us talked about how we was so fortunate to be apart of a unique business like the MMO business. Where they really listen to us, As to what we want in our games. But that was then, This is now. MMO’s have advanced to the point that for a “company” wanting to start a MMO, It will take a few million dollars just to create the basics that we are all so use to having. Granted there are smaller mmo company’s that are making it with far less money, But for a MMO to achieve the benchmark that many would call AAA(or call it top shelf MMO are even a premium MMO), It takes a long time and many people to make this happen. Back before the AAA MMO standard, It seemed like the creators had as much fun making the game as we did playing them. Not so much now, With money being the only bottom line. Yes even “back in the day” their bottom line was still money, But they seemed to have a lot more wiggle room. That flexibility seemed to help them give us more of what we wanted. Now it seems that there is nothing but dead lines and needing to make a minimal amount of money by a certain date that has hurt the industry.

To me, It seems that we are responsible for the way things are turning out. We are the ones that said we wanted this and that. We are the ones that said you must have this in your new MMO for me to play it. And for them to give us what we want, It takes large backing an that takes the wiggle room out of their hands. We have forced them to advance beyond the point that they can give us what we want now, because they are to busy giving us what we wanted back then.

Alik Steel

September 26, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | 1 Comment

The difference is all in the way we think.

As I sit back and try not to jump in and start yelling and screaming that you just don’t understand. I have come across something that I am sure most of you all ready know. But it hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s the way we think, Each of us sees the world in a different way.  The way I see it now, Most fall into two groups. Think about the MMO world as a wagon going down a trail. Now think about two groups of people on this same wagon. Half of them are yelling to go faster, And the other half is yelling to slow it down. But the wagon just keeps on going down that tail at the same speed it always did. Both groups is seeing the ride in a different way. The half that wants to speed up, Thinks there is some great right around the corner, The other half just thinks that they will never make it around that corner and the wagon will flip. So both groups are all ways not understanding why the other half is not wanting the same thing they do.

Finding it hard to get out what I am thinking, Let me try this.

Back when I was a kid, I had a lot of friends, And a few miles down the road was a bridge crossing a creek. One of the older boys jumped off the bridge. As he popped his head out of the water he let out a loud whoop, Making most of us want to do the same thing. We jumped off that bridge for hours till one of my friends jump off and hit a stump. It killed him instantly, He broke his neck when he hit the stump. I’ll never know how in the world we had been able to jump off the bridge and swim for so many hours and no one ever saw or felt that damn stump.

There was another time back when I was young when two men can around to my neighborhood selling stock to a company no one knew about. They had start making some type of computer chip that they thought people would want. They just didn’t have the money to start mass production. Don’t know if any of you will know the name, But it was QMS. And they was just wanting to sell each person $1,000 worth of stock. There was a lot of people in my neighborhood that could have spent that sum of money without even blinking. My dad was one of them. But with no one really knowing any thing about what it was they wanted to do. No one helped them out, And they guys moved on. A year or two later, The people who did put money into it, Became millionaires. A few years after that, QMS sold out and made even more money for all there investors.

So both groups are right and wrong. If we would have taken our time and checked that creek out, My friend may still be alive, But if my dad would have jump without looking. And went on and bought stock in QMS. My family would have never hurt for money.

I think the next time I see something that is so obviously stupid, I’ll just keep my mouth shut.

Alik Steel

August 28, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | 1 Comment

Hardcore PvP gamers should thank carebear gamers!

Solely PvP MMOs does not work, If you wish a MMO to have staying power. You most have what pvp gamers call carebear features in the MMO.
As hard as some MMOs have tried to make it work. It just does not work. IMO There is not enough of you to go around. If you all was to only play in one MMO, Then it may have enough to be able to happen. But you all are just like the rest of us. Not every one will like the same things. Yes you all like PvP but that’s where it ends.

So instead of making a fuss about us carebears, You need to thank us for making it possible for you to have your features that you want in our MMOs.

August 13, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | , , , , | 1 Comment

Where is the gray area?

Fanboy/Fangirl vs Hater

That’s the way I see other bloggers. There is very few people out there that seem to play with-in the gray areas. I can’t seem to find my way into that gray area myself. Every time I talk about games it seems I am talking from the fanboy side or haters side of things. And I just don’t see how I can change the way I see things. It’s like I either love it or hate it, Very few times do I ever find myself in that gray area where I see both sides as equal.

There is also something I see out their that a great number of you do.  There is gaming company’s out their that you hate or love, And no matter how great or terrible there actions are. You still see them the same way. All though it is easier to fall from grace, Than it is to climb out of the pits of hell. See SOE and the NGE deal, or Bioware and their world wide event. I use them as I hear more hate towards SOE and so much love for Bioware. It seems to me for a lot of bloggers it’s hard to let go of old ideas. I was a fanboy for SOE for a very long time, But they have lost a lot of there shine. But not because of NGE or Vanguard, But more from the way they run EQ2. And I have a dislike towards Bioware and Blizzard just because so many people seem to talk about them as if they can do no wrong.

I would love to learn how to turn off my feelings towards games and game company’s. It would help to see the real truth.

July 20, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | , , , , | 3 Comments

Rubs me the wrong way

Do I need a reason to dislike a game?
Can’t I just say, I don’t like that game? For most of the people on this site. I would think that most of you like, or at lest at one time liked WOW. I have tried time and time again to get into WOW, And every time I have walked way from the game thinking that I really dislike the game. I use to say it was because it looked to cartoony, But that can’t be it. I have played other games that was as much, or even more cartoony than WOW, And I liked them. So what is it that makes me not like WOW? No idea, It just rubs me the wrong way.

The same goes for Guild Wars, And I think that it looks great, Had no lag and the fighting was great. And yet, I just never liked the game, and I may have even tried harder to like GW than I did WOW.

So is this just me, Are does other’s feel the same way about some games?

June 27, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | 2 Comments

So you think your a gamer?

What makes a gamer, A gamer?
I know some people who only think that (Forgive me for saying this) hardcore players are gamers. I know, I know, What is the definition of hardcore. Well ask ten people and you will come up with ten different definitions for it. But like I found out yesterday at work, That at lest one person that plays Farmville thinks of herself as a gamer. We found out that we had went to high school together and so she found me on Facebook, We friends each other and bam, the Farmville spam started coming from her. So yesterday, I was picking with her about it, And she started telling me all about the game. At some point I let her know that I was a gamer. But that I played (here it comes) real games. When we was done(work stuff) and she was about to walk out the door, She said that it was real nice to find another gamer like herself. So as any good gamer does, As she walked out and the door was closing. I yell, We’ll have to hook up some night and game together. After the door closed, I set there laughing to myself thinking how weird it was that she thought she was a gamer. Later on, I started thinking, What makes a gamer a gamer?

So here is my thought, If you enjoy games in any way, You are a gamer. Take me, I enjoy playing mainly one game at a time. But I do have my times when I like to bounce around from game to game, Just to see what else is going on. I would call myself a gamer. Then look at some one like Beau Turnkey from MMO Voices. If the game is online and is multiplayer he plays it. Most people would not even blink if you called him a gamer. Now look at Karen from Shut Up We’re Talking podcast. From what I know of her, She plays only one game EQ2. Is she a gamer with only playing one game? Yea I think so. But then there are people out there that blog, and comment more than they play games. I still think that they are gamers. Because they are still playing some and they are talking about games. Here is the last state of being a gamer as I see it. The lurker, The people who don’t blog, They don’t comment, They don’t ever play games, But they still love to read the blogs, comments and listen to podcast about games. Why would I think they are gamers? Because they are in the gamer world. Plane and simple, If you spend any real amount of time in the gaming world, You are a gamer.

June 27, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | | 1 Comment

I’m Back (or At lest I hope I am)

So where did I go? No where really, I wish I coud tell you how I went on a trip and had all kinds of fun. But I didn’t, I ran out of money and had to drop some stuff so I could do fun things like eat. The internet was one of the things I had to drop for a while. Sorry for not letting every one know what was going on at the time, But when your back up against the wall like that. Well, I just didn’t want the “hope things get better for you” type of comments. This was not the first time I have found myself against that wall, And sad to say with the way things are. I will be there again. But what can you do, You have to take care of your family. And if dropping something like the internet will help. You do, What you can do, When you can do it.

So what does a gamer do when they can’t game, Are should I say what does a MMO gamer do when he can’t game. For me, I thought a lot about games. Sure at first it was all about just wanting to play, But after a few weeks that fades away and you start thinking more about the world you are not apart of any more. So as much as I wanted to read and comment on a lot of stuff I stayed away. I found out last that it just makes it harder when you’re in that world 100%. Like now, I am sitting at work writing this on some down time. And even with the net being down at my house I could read some things here, But even that is starting to hard to do. This old work PC has it where I can’t upgrade things and I only have IE6. Most sites don’t even work with IE6 any more, Are if they do, Only a little of the site can be read. So I would sneak in and lurk around on some sites I could read. I did play a little on some off-line games, But after a few hours of that, It’s like whats the point. I need other people to have fun with games. It’s not the same when you pull off something tricky and have no one to tell. I love telling my friends in the game how I did this, that, or what ever. because only your friend in that game can understand what it is you’re talking about. So as much as I tried to play the off-line games, It just didn’t last. So I found myself, When I had free time, Thinking about the gaming world.

I’m sorry, But I am still hung up on the Sub vs Cash Shop deal. I still can’t see how the cash shops are good. For me to play the same way I play with a sub (more on sub’s in a bit). It will cost me way more than my $15 a month. When I log into the game, I want to be able to do every thing that every one else can do. Just calling a game Free to Play and having cash shops in it that you have to buy race, class, armor, zones, or what ever is a slap to the face, As i see it. There is nothing free about it. And more to the point, With juggernauts like WOW and now EQ2 pricing things up as high as $25. It’s just going to go down hill from here. I know people like Beau Turkey will say, We have been paying that much for a long time with server changes and things like that. Yes we have, But it’s has never hit so close to home. I myself have never even thought of paying to change servers. The few times I did, I did like all good little boys and made me a new toon on that server. So no I don’t see paying for things like that as bad, and I don’t see server changes hurting me. I may think it was a bad thing if I still played EQ2 on the AB server. That’s where it seems every one is moving to and it’s killing the server. Any way, When you start adding things like $25 mounts, You start hitting close to home. I love the thought that every one playing the game should have the same chance at having every thing that is in the game. I can see faction based stuff being made that only this, Or that faction can have. But when you add mount’s that can only be had by paying $25 for. Well now you start adding a new layer to the game. Now you have the poor people not being able to have what other’s can. And only because they don’t make as much money as the next person. That’s what I like about Sub’s. I know all I have to pay each month(other than the internet bill) is that $15 a month. And every one can do and have every thing the other guy can have. I would not mind cash shop’s if they let the other people who don’t like, or Maybe don’t have the money for them to be able to still have the same thing in-game. But they pay the price of having to put the time in the game to have it.

I had a falling out with EQ2 one time about their cash shop selling furniture in-game, That my carpenter could not make in-game. I ask why they was trying to put my toon out of business. Why would some one want to pay in-game plat for something that did not look as good as something that could buy from the cash shop for just a few dollars. They first locked my post on the forums so no one could comment then they took it off the forums. I tried asking again, Just to find that post had been removed from the forums as well. Now I would not have minded as much about them selling furniture as much if I could have made the same furniture in-game and could sell it for some plat. From what I am told they still sell furniture that carpenters can’t make.

Here’s the bottom line, If they are selling things for $25 today, What do you think you will be paying in a year? The $25 price tag did not slow many people down from paying for a mount in WOW or EQ2. So why would they not go up another $5, $10, $25. If enough people is willing to pay the price, Why on earth would they lower the price. No the price will go up again, The real question is, When, and How much. Again sorry, I know this is old stuff to you all, But I had to get it out.

June 26, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | | 3 Comments

Xsyon (Zion)

Hey guy’s, Long time no see. As a few of you who read my post from here and over at MMO Voices know. Out of nowhere one day I just stopped posting. As you all know I have been back looking for a new MMO to play. Fallen Earth was great, But this little laptop of mine just had a hard time playing it. The few people I did play with moved on to other games or moved on up in the game. So when I did play I was by myself. As a lot of you will note from past post. I am a group type of person. Even if you don’t have any thing to group for. I love it for the fun of playing with other people. That’s one of the reasons I play MMO’s. That is also the reason why I left Star Trek Online.  So what have I been doing? I’ll tell ya.

Twenty two days ago I was listening to the MMOVoices#23 Podcast and heard Cindy talking about a MMO that I had never heard of before.  Xsyon, Before you hurt yourself, The way you say it is Zion, Like that city in the Matrix. Any way, I went right then and checked out the About Page and the Features Page, I was floored by what I was reading. It was as if some one had been reading all the times I would say what I wanted out of a MMO.  I Pre-Ordered that very same night, And started digging in the forums for the game. There was very little to see as I had jump on the forum only after it had opened to every one a week before. As the community grew, So did our info. Not much is still known about the game, And most of the community thought that us pre-orders would be in-game by now. That didn’t happen, As with all things with MMO’s the time frames will side around. Unlike most MMO’s this man who is making Xsyon for us, Does not have a bunch of white-collar, Suit wearing men breathing down his neck, Yelling at him to release the damn game. Jooky, the man who is running the show for Xsyon has said a few times now, That he does not want to hype the game, and that he will not release the game till it all works and every thing on the features list is in-game and working the way it should. So to me that’s good new and bad news. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to jump into a new MMO and it be broke, Oops, Been there done that, Time and time again. But I am so freaking excited at what we have been told that I want in the game NOW!!! I am glad that he will make us wait till it is ready, and upset that I’m not in-game all ready.

From day one I had started thinking as I always do here lately with in any new MMO game. What type of guild I would want to be in. And yes, I had started to think about making my own guild, But it’s called Tribes in this game, And the tribe is more like a town. So as I was thinking about this I came across some one that had an idea for a tribe that sounded a lot like what I wanted.  So I would not be fighting with this new tribe for members, I joined. Hopi Tribe is the name of it, It was said that it meant “peaceful person,” or “civilized person”. In a world of ganking PVP ass wipes I was thinking this would be a good place for every one who likes to play like me to join.

As soon as I can get in-game and see what is what, I will start posting again.

Alik Steel

March 22, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | , , | Leave a comment

Xsyon “War has destroyed life as we know it. The Apocalypse is at hand!”

“War has destroyed life as we know it. The Apocalypse is at hand!

Will you fight for justice to stop the chaos or will you join in the ranks of evil to bring upon the ultimate destruction of the earth?

Modern technology has consumed itself. War has ravaged the planet, opening a rift to another reality. The survivors of the grisly destruction rise from the ashes of ruin to encounter a world that has changed. A world that once existed only in the realm of mythology, legend and imagination has become concrete and very real. You have forgotten the past and are welcomed by a new primitive future.

With the disruption of the planet, ancient gods awake to once again exert their powers over the earth. The lords of nature have revived the wastelands, eradicating and subverting the remnants of modern technology. Creatures of mutation and mythology now populate the land. The ways of swords and sorcery have replaced the path of science and progress.

You are a survivor. Your youth was spent lost in times of war. Your memories of the past with its machines, computers, bright lights and buildings reaching for the skies are vague and ever fading, a distant and unreal dream. You grow accustomed to ancient ways that now once again rule the world.

The new world hangs in a moment of uncertainty. Though the rift in reality has called forth many benevolent gods and creatures, this truly is the time of the Apocalypse. The seven seals are about to be broken. The Four Horsemen loom over the land awaiting their chance to spread destruction and chaos. Devils and angels vie for control of their earthly battlefield.

You know nothing. You’ve forgotten the past and have yet to learn the future. You are a lost soul in a strange barren world with little more than the shirt on your back. Little do you know you are destined to become a hero.

Your path is one of choice. Will your actions help heal the planet or will you play a part in its ultimate doom? What will be the destiny of the Xsyon, the promised land?

The future is in your hands.”

Cindy from MMOVoices Podcast told us in the show#23 about a new MMO that I had never heard of. Xsyon is the name and it say’s it’s a Dynamic world, That it is an ever changing world. Players affect the environment by gathering resources, chopping down trees, hunting animals, building towns and developing trade. Players hold the power to create and destroy, to maintain a balance with nature or to cultivate a new civilization.

The game is built around environmental, natural, economic, questing, and social systems. These systems are in constant flux and it’s the players interacting with these systems that determine the current state of the virtual world.

It sounds a lot like Wurm, and maybe some Craft of God added in there, And that’s not a bad thing. It also is a player run quest/mission base game. Think SWG new mission add-on. It seems to have put all most every thing in that I want out of a game. Go check it out for yourself at Xsyon.

Alik Steel

March 2, 2010 Posted by | General MMO stuff | , , | Leave a comment