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I Think it Might Be Time For Me to Retire From LaTale (Rant) (LaTale)

Posted 03-13-2010 at 07:45 PM by TheHYBIRD
(Fair waring, if you do not have the attention span to read longer than 1 paragraph, I ask you to turn away now, I expect this to be a long post)

I've been playing OGP's version of LaTale since its Closed Beta stage. I've made so many characters that I lost count of the ones below level 80. I've had fun with the game, the design of attacking and stringing combos brought me back to my Sega Genesis days.

However, with every positive in the game, the negatives have done quite a bit of damage on my mentality. It wasn't until today, when I nearly became what I hated the most in LaTale, that I realized that it's probably time to step away. I'm not certain if I will or not, but it might be time.

To be honest, I should have seen it coming. With the implementation of Spooky, as long as I found a party, I didn't have to deal with finding a quiet grinding spot. But when my Guardian hit level 120, I knew Goblins would no longer suffice as decent exp. I knew Ninjas was the only decent place to grind.

So, of course I started grinding at Dark Ninjas' room, I was the at first, and was there for a good 40 minutes before 4 PM. However, 5 minutes before 2X was supposed to start, another person came in, and started fighting. Regardless of the fact that the room was a small one, most of you on the forums know that I would still prefer sharing a map rather than telling somebody to leave, I simply do not like doing it.

For the first minute, things were fine, I stayed on the right, he was busy on the left. But, Dark Ninjas in this particular area apparently do have a semi-random spawn rate, at least below the ladder, and 4 so happened spawn on me, and killed me. No big deal, had Iron Wills, was saved at the Owl Castle save point, I could easily get back within 15 seconds.

This is where the trouble began.

I came back, and he was on the right side, fine with me, I'll take the left, stay out his way. He knew I was there before, we were grinding in peace, I thought everything was cool. Normally, this would be the end of it. But, this person told me to leave. My reply was simple "I've been here, and I have no intention to leave."

In retrospect, probably not a good thing to say, because regardless of it being true or not, I have yet seen a LaTale player take that as "ok, just leave this person alone and move on."

So the person starts trying to KS me. As I normally do, I just keep grinding, what monsters I got first hit on, I kill, what monsters he got first hit on, I leave alone, KS me all you want, you won't slow me down. But then the person leaves, and some level 150 GS from the same guild starts to KS me. Initially, I say nothing, I continue to grind, even with her KSing me, I get about 30-40k, not a bad output of exp on average, and with my knowledge of tricking KSers to do the work for me, it's rather easy to get exp.

Then the GS says "Have fun trying to earn 10k"

Funny, I laughed, because I got 10k 5 minutes ago when she began to KS me. And I replied "Already got 10k" Again, bad decision to reply.

Then a Blader came in, same guild, began to KS me too. *Sigh* I know where this was going, still, I was able to manipulate them.

They told me I was KSing their guildmate. I did no such thing, and again, I made the mistake of replying and explaining that I was there first, and was accosted for being a Guardian that died fighting a mob of ninjas solo. For those of you who do not understand why I say it's a bad decision, it's because a silent rule of dealing with KSers is to NOT talk to them. Let them run their mouths, and most likely they'll overstep their boundaries, and you can report them for Harassment. But I did not, so any screenshot I could have taken to report, is worthless.

This goes on, for 20 minutes. Quite honestly, if a guildmate didn't beg me to help them on something, I would have stayed there and continued to be KSed for 2 hours straight.

So after helping the guildmate out, I went back to owl castle, I stayed outside and risked dealing with the white ninja to grind. Again, was there alone, somebody came in, told me to leave, ksed me to hell. I changed channels, back at dark ninjas, alone, Map Hoggers jump in, KS me until I leave. Fourth time, I changed channels, I was, again, alone. For a whole half hour, I actually had some alone time to kill freely. Then another person came in, this time, the person did not KS me, but they did ask me to change channels, because They wanted to use the whole bottom map to lure the white ninja.

I nearly lost it.

I was just booted out of four other ninja maps because people wanted to keep all the ninjas to themselves. My temper was, understandably (to me at least) hot. HOWEVER, the fact that I nearly exploded and actually had the temptation to verbally cuss this individual out, even say to this person the two words I hate the most in this game "change channels" is absolutely unacceptable for me. I nearly went off on a person without even so much as thinking of telling them "No, I would prefer to stay here can we please get along peacefully".

It was at that point that could feel myself twitching in anger. This is not normal for me. Admittedly, I have a temper, and I will in fact express it, but I always handled it more as telling a person to back off or think about what they are saying, rather than just going into an absolute tirade on the person. The fact I almost could not control myself today was a sickening wake up call. I nearly became the same exact people I have fought against in this game since day 1.

So... I think it's time for me to step back, if not away from LaTale. This, along with being guild leader, trying to upgrade my armor, my crafting, and keeping up with the rising prices, is becoming a bit much. I do not want a MMO of all things to add to the level of stress I'm already on. I do not want another MS incident where I was rude to people the same way people were rude to me. I'm not having it.

So, to my friends, guild, people that know me in game in general, if I disappear for a while, you know why now. Sorry guys, I know my thinking about leaving is a sudden thing, but if I do go, it might just be for the best.

MadV, Shippo, and WarezLocke, OkiZen, and RainyHell in particular, thanks for keeping my sanity in check. [GA]Mushudragon, thanks for crafting all that great armor for my Guardian. To HeadphoneKids Guild, don't worry, just because I'm gone doesn't mean I'll let the guild die, I'll check up on you guys once in a while.

As for my GGFTW Blog, I have maybe 1 LaTale Related post I wanted to do, and I wanted to try to write one or two articles. But other than that, if I do leave the game, I'll still be blogging.

And to everybody who actually read this rant. Thank you, I am grateful for you taking the time out of your day to actually listen to what I had to say.


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  1. 7hatGuy's Avatar
    Sucks to hear that man

    I don't know how it is being a GM, but why not just play LT casually? I morbidly obsess over LT one week then cut back on play time and get back into it when I feel like logging in. It's a nice break from other games if I don't feel like playing em.

    LT isn't meant to be serious. You're not paying a monthly fee to play, nobodies telling you that you have to play it. If you're gonna play a game you should take time to cut back and enjoy it. Hell, I don't know how many times I've gone into a safe spot while I'm grinding to just hang around and chat with meh guildies.

    Whatever you do man is your choice. If a games not fun for you either stop playing or just cut back on it
    Posted 03-14-2010 at 11:26 AM by 7hatGuy 7hatGuy is offline
  2. Sandrie's Avatar
    Well if you feel like there's so much drama in Latale, it's best just to stop playing for a while or just quit. Games are meant to be fun, not stressful.

    Although, if you have ks problems, you should go somewhere where it isn't crowded/jerks around. At 110, you could try Red Ninjas (with a party), or maybe Gandolfs.
    Posted 03-14-2010 at 05:44 PM by Sandrie Sandrie is offline
  3. Johnnywup's Avatar
    oh man, I got mentioned in the post and I didn't even know. Sorry you left, I think I might have just come back now. I'm glad I could help with everything though.
    Posted 09-08-2010 at 11:31 PM by Johnnywup Johnnywup is offline
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