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  1. This is true. I've been truly horrid to all of them - mostly because they deserve it - and they still let me post here. I'm sure they politely roll their collective eyeballs.
  2. ''Seems'' ''Probably'' http://archive.is/KFlyG
  3. Wait, what? So you're saying players can play on Crestfall. Really? Is it a test realm? Is CF actually functioning? How come there have been no announcements over this? Is the realmlist sekrit? If you wanted to keep it sekrit then why did you make this post? Why not sticky it in your sekrit Discord channels? Secondly, after all the murky shit over the last what, two years? why would anyone trust anything you say, or anything downloadable associated with you, Crogge?
  4. Also I am no longer Outstanding thanks to 2FA and a phone issue. You'll get me at Malbekh#5943 on d'discord
  5. Hello. Long time no post. This might get modded in the unlikely event that a mod comes along. As it stands, I am the only member on at this time other than 29 ''guests''. So we all know that Blizzard Activision are going to reimagine Vanilla in some way that everyone will find fault and complain about. The only thing we can't complain about is that this iteration will be official, will not disappear up its own behind in a few hours/days/month, will be stable, and will have proper moderation with professional games masters. Everyone is all excited about it, I like others are modestly pleased to the point of giving a damn. There's no point in going into a guessing game on what iteration Blizz will produce, but there is a point in looking at a timeframe. I believe the latest money stealing bullshit extending release of WoW ''Battle for Azeroth'' is due out in September-ish. There is no way Blizz will release retro Vanilla in that time-frame, and clearly not before it. Assuming they want to go with another pandering to the masses expansion in September 2019, I am guessing that retro Vanilla release will be March 2019. You read it here first/you mocked me about this later. So that gives us a year and all the hoo-haa that goes with it. It is possible that CF will release before then. However, the current track record would indicate that it probably won't. As a great believer in making the best of a situation totally not of my own making, I am suggesting that the reasonably modest number of CF members that populated, sustained, participated and enjoyed the PvE forums who will play in retro Vanilla band together to form a guild on whatever EU PvE realm that becomes available. This way, we can continue to enjoy the binds bonds that keep us together. For reference as to what this guild will be like, I direct you to Yav's thread here: Elicas's thread here: My own thread here: It is likely to be Horde (but not definite). It is definitely going to be casual (but may raid depending on #members and #time available and #other guild associations etc). It will only have players who have the correct maturity (regardless of age) and social skills. I'll leave this thread here and might occasionally bump it if there are any developments. Think of it like the last chapter in the.... ...because if you liked that ending, then you'll like this guild. I will bring 5 players to the party (so to speak) of which 2 are actually competent players, clearly this does not include me. My expectations on Retro Vanilla can be discussed at a later point, however, my feelings are that the PvP realms will be dominated by ex-Pserver players/guilds in terms of raids/PvP/economy and this can be replicated on the PvE realm of our choice without the crassness normally associated. Please leave any comments below. I can be contacted by PM or alternatively, you can ping me on Discord from all our previous conversations. Whatever you do, have fun. Best, Outstanding
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  7. Well, that's a surprise for sure. I can see a wealth of CV's heading their way to California based on real experience on prepping Pservers and the database knowledge gained. It still might take a year+ for this to launch. I could see no reason to play on CF, but that would be dependent on what compromises and plans Blizzard had in place. Will it be PTE? Will they have standalone expansions? All very interesting. People will of course, continue to play on Pservers, but all this will fade away as we get closer to release. Kudos to Nostalrius, Kronos, even TRB for being the light in the darkness amongst many dark things like Elysium and other reprobate servers and individuals. Next announcement from Dark should be.....interesting. I hope their CV's get accepted as I reckon they are in the top 1% of candidates. If CF had launched successfully in 2017, it would have been interesting to see how things would have developed. But that conversation is over now.
  8. Any dealings I had with Crogge went pretty well, he always came across well in conversations and seemed a decent skin. He might have been a bit slow to respond to stuff from time to time, but there were plenty of people like that as it was, so effectively it was a norm. There was absolutely nothing apparent that indicated he was any more trustworthy than anyone else involved in this project. I was active when White Kidney came along and it was clear that the level of trust for him was at a far lower bar. There is no way you can gauge people on the internet, in fact, conrissidering how long Crogge has been around CF, you can't gauge people in RL either. Something about Pservers brings about the worst in people. Trusting someone like Crogge, Shenna or Whitekidney is foolish to the extreme. All past indications are that it will end in tears. Whether CF suffers the same fate remains to be seen. Most of the bad decisions are from naivety, innocence or gullibility. None of which are a crime. Truth be told I went off Crogge shortly before I left. On the Discord channel he intimated that he had treated some women really badly, but only because ''they deserved it''. From my perspective that's completely unacceptable.
  9. We're well past the above stage. Now we're at the naval gazing stage. There's nothing that can be done for the current position the project is in, for all I know, they may have made massive progress since I was around in April. Nobody knows. But at least we're having a conversation about it, which is 100% better than the mushroom treatment we normally get. I have no problem trashing what's left of my reputation just so the team can take into account that people still care about the project and want it to succeed.
  10. What community? Do you remember all the threads I used to do focussing on the number of members we had? Remember how we used to spilt it down to placeholders and active members? Do you think I did that for fun? That was to emphasise the correlation between activity and progress and #members. When we did something - like Open Beta - the numbers spiked, people got active, and the community grew and got focussed. That's good old fashioned PR. You slowly build up a head of steam by engaging with your player base in a defined and controlled manner. Two weeks ago you could log on here and therre'd be 4 people online and maybe a dozen guests. That's your communinty. Why did that happen? Because everything was ported over to that wonderful bunch of people in Elysium, including what was left of the community. The community was awesome. This is nothing to do with money - except that, you need money to run this thing. You just need to find a happy medium to get by, and that requires being honest where the money come from and what you do with it. It isn't a business, that's true. That's why servers fail. Did Gummy do a risk assessment on his server before he put months of work into it? Did he listen to the scores of people who told him it would never work in NA? No! Because he's not running a business! Why on earth should he bother his ass spending any time actually thinking about what the consequences of being American and hosting a server in the US would be. Let's just sprinkle magic pixie on the whole thing and hope for the best. You're 100% correct on lower cap base. Nobody want Nostalrius I or II (Elysium) or III (Let's Hope). They just want to have a stable server with a good core, a great community and the hope, because it can only be a hope, that we'll PTE to TBC and beyond. But hey, don't mind me, we'll just use Pixie Dust. #
  11. @Darkrasp I'm not going to apologise from my perspective no more than I'd expect you to back down from yours. Ultimately though, you'd have to admit that the community, those of us outside the staff, have been 100% correct with our assumptions and attitudes to how the project has progressed. LGN? Elysium Merger? Time and time again we've raised concerns only to get thrown under the bus. The core community you could have depended upon to kick-start the servers has long gone, never to return. You could have used this community to help you with progressing the game, but this wouldn't have suited the cliqueness of the project. The problem with the project was that the expectations were set at an unachievable bar from the very start. These weren't set by the community, they were set by Crestfall. You could easily have started the project through the foums on the basis that it might two years or longer to launch, a real hobby project. Now that would have been realistic and sensible. Asura has sworn blind that the server would launch in 2018, again, more expectations. I don't have an issue with hobby projects, but you have to manage those expectations and that was never thought through. Plus, the core issue was always the choke point along the way. ''Everybody has a plan until they get a punch in the face'' but there wasn't even a plan. I guess the thing that pisses me off is the lost opportunities. Crestfall may well launch at some stage this decade but the horse has bolted on to TBC and beyond.
  12. Asura isn't doing X at all unless there's been a change of plan. There was supposed to be a new head dev called Nico who never introduced himself and as far as I know, has disappeared in a puff of logic. Please stop the hobby project mantra. This was never a hobby project until the delays started. People shoudl remember, these forums started in April 2016 with the idea that we would have open Beta in August of that year. That didn't start until the end of the year. 10 months later we are still in open Beta. There's a reason the internal Discord channel was called ''Corecraft 2''
  13. I don't think the forums hosting is expensive, although this platform is more than most others. Similarly, the oft-expected website is the same. However, my limited understanding is that because of the clustering aspects of the Benedict Core, multiple servers are rrequired to run the separate parts, all of which need to be paid for. With Crogge off the financial menu, I'm afraid we're not going to get tangible results other than the work that was put in already, and continues to be put in every day. It's funny that people won't make a contribution and crowdfund a Pserver that shows great potentional. They'd prefer to see it die than take the risk. Yet the same people (not necessarily the people on this thread) will happily play on a free Pserver that becomes a circus like Nostalrius, Elysium and eventually Let's Hope.
  14. Subs/Donations call it what you like, I consider it to be a commitment from the community. To turn the question around, seeing as you've been here for quite some time, are you prepared to contribute to the project? If so, how much? Then you can call it a sub or call it a subscription. As I mentioned above, you could have 6-12 months before launch all of which has to be paid for. Where is the money coming from? The staff pay in time, the community pays in cash.
  15. The royal we of course, alternatively you could be kind and consider 'we' to be the community So first up, maybe I was unclear. Any one of the four people mentioned can be front of office. Personally I'd prefer Darkrasp but I don't think he's cool with all the PR and community minding part. Ideally you want a team of differing talents. In relation to professionalism, professionalism does not mean going to a Harvard business class and using the dubious lessons learned to run a project like this. For example, we're about to move into a house, I'll be doing the painting. The wife will choose the colours, I will organise my weekends and spare time, and I'll get it completed before the carpets and floors go in. I will do a professional job, I won't be as quick as a hired painter but you couldn't tell the difference. I take pride in my work thank you. Same goes for Pservers but the threshold is much higher, because the work you do means thousands of people are depending on the skillsets of your team. This is not the case in MANGoS servers, but it is definitely the case with this one, the first truly standalone core in what, 10 years? Just remember, the owners of Crestfall were the ones that hyped everything up. Numerous promises were made on how good the core would be, plus the DB, the scripts and all other ancillaries compared to MaNGOS. Personally, I don't doubt it is and it might/will be. So if you're going to bring in a better product then for the love of God bring it in with some form of competency = professionalism. There has always been plenty of people around in CF to get things done. I think the biggest issue before I left was getting a bunch of SQL programmers. The issue with the project was the bottleneck at lead-developer/project manager = Asura, and the fact that at least 50% of the testers were lazily bollixes who spend most of their time in Elysium doing raids or going AFK. Nothing wrong with the numbers, everything wrong with the dilligence and focus. Regardless of what you do Pserver-wise you will be targeted by Blizzard. Blizzard tried to shut down Kronos without success. They have (allegedly) tried to shut down Elysium without success unless WK is one of their agents. They might try to shut down Let's Hope, I don't know. They did shut down Nostalrius, except they didn't in the end. They did shut down Gummy but that was hardly a reach now, was it? Having subs, a vanity shop, a Paypal scam is all the same thing to Blizz. If you have the numbers and are succesful they want a piece of you. One final point on subs. I don't think the penny has clicked with people that Crogge was the main financial backer of the project. So this forum could disappear tonight should he wish to do so. Regardless of the matter, if the CF team decide to continue on with the show, they are going to need hard cash to host servers, run this forum, get a website up and running etc. No shop is going to pay for this, it wil ahve to be done on trust. Hence subs.