Steve Hutchison (foomf) wrote,
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Another gaming rant

Don't click the cut link if you get offended by pissing and moaning.
You have no excuse for complaining to me if you do, because I warned you.

Ranting

OK. I ought to know better than to expect a bunch of volunteers to be consistent, even equitable. But I'd love it if they were at least literate.
Here's the thing. Back in October, I participated in a Halloween scene on XMA mux, X-Men Alpha. Due to some miscalculations, I had my character, Cal Rankin (Mimic) operating at a higher power level than I should have - the person he was copying was listed in traits at a particular level, and I misread the level. The scene continued but at the end I got a summons by the staffers there, complaining about (1) me not playing my character's flaws (bullshit) and (2) imposing some new limits that weren't part of my application in the first place. Specifically, I was forbidden to have Cal, whose power is to make a weaker copy of other mutants' powers, making copies of characters who could be expected to be around and within range, but whose players were not connected, unless continuing a scene which had already started and been paused.
Oh, and I couldn't do it without the OOC consent of the other character's player.
Oh, and all the training I'd done with Cal 'off panel' was invalidated, I could only have him copy someone IN SCENE to have it count towards his training levels, which were the built-in way he would get better with another character's power.
Basically this threw away almost a year's worth of RP.
So I played the guy's flaws for a month. His worst power flaw was that he could not copy someone more than a certain percent or for longer than four hours at a stretch without their personality beginning to creep in and override his own. So, he stopped copying. Still able to sense mutants and tell what their power was, but not to actually take a copy without migraines.
Then I started trying to figure out what would make things work for the character to still be Mimic. And the answer was pretty obvious.
In his Exiles appearances, the character has the power to copy up to five people's powers at fifty percent. The limit is that he cannot uncopy once he's made a copy, so he's stuck with it.
I offered that he could copy four people at fifty percent, permanent except for staff-approved changes, and that they had to approve anything he archived.
I was told this would not be acceptable, as it was too much power for him to be able to do that when living among a group of so many mutants, and if I should ever come up with something else that did work for me to be sure to contact them about it.
What the fuck? Does "cannot uncopy" and "Staff approval only" mean squat to these nimrods?
OK. I talked it out with a friend of mine who's on staff there. Alias is Nuke. And got nothing, no encouragement to continue, no suggestion for what might be satisfactory. What I did get was the impression that staff there would be happy to see me go away forever. See, I had made two big stinks about the way they did some things, first when they had someone playing a key character in a way that's consistent with the comics, but not with the character as played in the game before - that caused some turbulence - and secondly by objecting loudly and in public to the decision to let another character violate the policy of 'no outsiders' that had been put in place in the place where my character lived. So. Too disruptive, go away.

Not a problem. Glad to oblige. Thanks for the hint, friend. As of tomorrow, after having given two week's notice, Calvin Rankin will be retired from play on XMA and they will probably not let him be re-applied.
After all, only certain select staffers can be trusted to play characters who have a modicum of power there. Oh, do I sound bitter? Too bad. Bite me.
I don't have any other characters there, nor do I want to try for one.

The other thing I want to rant about is simply the same shit on a different forum. This didn't happen to me, it happened to a friend. I figured out who the player was, by coincidence and timing. Anyway, they had two players on Brave and Bold (BNB) ... yeah, another mux ... trying for the role of Lois Lane. The character is a key character, so they had an interview-off between the two players, and my friend was the one whose interview was best.
She had the right to do the character application.
What nobody bothered to tell her is that she wasn't the personal friend of the staffer in charge of Metropolis, so no way in hell would she be allowed to succeed with that application.
She put together an amazingly complete app, and was rejected in SEVEN pages that included such genius as "The car, you say it's fire engine red. It is not, it's metallic red." ...
Say what? You can tell that from a fucking COMIC BOOK PAGE?
So she decided, quite rightly, that it wouldn't be worth it.
The other person was approved within two days. Amazing. And her description of the car in question just says "red".
I'll avoid Metropolis, should I ever get a character finished there.
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