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  1. 11 points
    As many of you have probably heard by now, I am officially resigning from OD on Monday January 22nd. This day marks 5 years as a Commander in OD and 7 years in the clan and I request that Commander Badboi(OD) do the job. My stay in OD has been some of the best years in my life. I have acquired quite a few memories I will never forget and some friends that I will have the rest of my life. I have been truly blessed to be able to be apart of this history of this great community and am proud of what we have been able to accomplish. However, it's time to start focusing more on other aspects of my life. Of course, being the first Commander to officially, 'resign' in as long as I remember, I must make it long and juicy. Why am I leaving Focusing more on my future I am the luckiest guy in the world and have found a great gal that I will be marrying this summer. She supports my gaming habits and has always been very supportive of me in OD. Despite not being in the clan, she knows a lot about a lot of the inner workings of the clan, other Commanders and my trials and tribulations that I have endured. She has been great about everything. However, there comes a time where I have to consider where my priorities are and frankly, when it comes to OD and her, she wins every time. She made it very clear that I do not have to quit and that she doesn't want anyone to think she might be making me quit. She isn't. She is just that awesome. I take my career very seriously. In fact, my boss called me about an hour ago (yeah late at night) just to tell me that he wants to work with me to build a future with the company. I always strive to be the best at everything I do and my career is no different. I've had quite a few sleepless nights in the last year specifically (OD related) that have been counterproductive for me. I want to give myself the best shot I can to be the best that I can be. I am not the commander I once was One of my biggest achievements as a Commander was the development of what we we all know today as the self evaluations. This system was created out of necessity, not only to reward those officers that had been working so hard but to also hold accountable the Generals and Commanders that had been complacent for months or even years. When we made the evaluation system, I knew it would be hard for my fellow generals to oust me with my own system. So I promised myself and others that I would step away on top, rather then begrudgingly held onto long past my due date. This due date probably passed a long time ago. I did try to leave. A few times in fact. However, the generals in their infinite wisdom always had a reason to urge me to stay. It used to be a lack of experience among the generals, then there was a question of instability. Then it was just asking me to make sure I attend meetings and make sure they don't do anything stupid. Over the years (although probably this year more specifically) I have felt like I was doing everyone a favor by committing more time to this clan then I felt comfortable and staying a Commander. Over time, however, many people started to think they were doing my a favor by keeping me a Commander. I do not want any of that nonsense on my conscience. It's a good opportunity for the community With me stepping down, I believe this will open the door to opportunity for new leadership. With this comes new faces, younger and more innovative ideas. Some will be bad, yes, but many of them will be great and those that are not will be a learning experience It's been a long time but I finally feel comfortable leaving the generals in charge that are here. There has been a dramatic swing from 'gaming generals' to 'admin generals' in the last few years. I think this was very dangerous and is part of the reason I stayed on board. I finally think that the pendulum has started to slow or even stop which allows for gaming generals to continue to hold a vital role among the generals. I was often the voice of reason against the majority who had not fully thought out their ideas. I often turned an entire debate on it's head and left people questioning themselves and their beliefs. I often found solutions that some could not see. I always thought of this as one of my biggest strengths. I hope someone takes up the torch. My Highlights in OD Starcraft 2 I joined the SC2 division back in January of 2011. In my trial game I was so nervous that in my 1v1 trial game I opened with 2 Cybernetics Cores. I still won the game but everyone got a good laugh about it. The majority of leadership in SC2 left very shortly after I joined. I was left holding the reigns hosting all sorts of events. This was some of the most exciting things for me to host. They included things like: Clan Wars TTE (Tris' Tuesday Event) Practice nights Squad Wars Tournaments Streaming/Shoutcasting I got to meet Lozer(OD), Rathorne(OD) and Towlee(OD) at MLG Columbus in 2012. The story is awesome. It can be found here: Clan Overdosed was the #1 clan in NA for a looooong time. We were the most competitive division this Clan has seen thus far. Under Badboi(OD), Clan Overdosed took a pro team (Evil Geniuses) to a game 7 in a Bo7. They had to wake up their star player, Idra to win it for them. It was a sad loss but still awesome. I met a young man named Bailey who sent me a touching letter that I shared in this thread: League Of Legends I put together a ranked 5s team that played EVERY WEEK for like 2 years. It was awesome. For anyone who knows competitive 5's league they know that if you play ranked 5's you're effectively going to (as a team) going to be roughly at least 1 whole tier below your average individual player rank. This is mostly due to the fact that ranked 5's are far more competitive in general. We had so much team synergy and trust in each other with teamwork and developed plans that we (average rank of low gold) were able to get to gold 1 and faced platinum/diamond solo players every game. Winning against players who are so much better on an individual level due to teamwork is such a rush. I created the biggest Spreadsheet I have ever seen. I'm serious. I hosted Tuesday night inhouses for like 2 years. I kept stats of every player, in every role with every champion. I put probably 200-300 hours of work into developing this spreadsheet. I got it to a science. I got it to the point where all I had to do was type in one command and literally 80 different sheets would automatically update with stats for every player and ranked against each other by wins/loss/champion/roll/kda whatever you wanted. I did end up getting quite a bit of help though on this near the end (Tachikoma and Verg helped a lot with this). In less then a year, I joined the LoL division we took it from about 13 active members to about 50-60 active members. They were really a great group of people to game with. I had a lot of fun meeting new people and inviting them to inhouses and other competitions we would host. Sidenote, as a commander, inhouses are not advised. People over value you as a pick and then people love to gank the commanders nonstop. It's a tough gig. Commander Hosting events has always been what brought me the most joy, it's also probably why so many people pushed me up the ranks. It's a really easy way to be recognized. However, the Commander position has also earned me a few memories that are worth sharing. Working as a Commander I got to work with some truly great people. I started to name them all here but really there is too many to try and tag and I am sure I'd forget a lot. I will try and make an effort to reach out to some of you to bid my farewells. When I was first a general/commander, general meetings were not as well organized as they are now. I remember getting on Teamspeak on my phone while driving to and from school and having impromptu Generals meetings to iron down things like the General Evaluations. "Tris Signal" I remember when I had the time to sit down and talk with all the Generals on a more personal level. It saddens me I have not been able to do that for some time now. 'Drunken Rocket League' Making this Clan a better place I am very grateful that you have all given me the wonderful opportunity to serve all of you and wish OD the best of luck and I am sure you will all hear from me again at some point.
  2. 6 points
    I'm sure many of you have heard by now of the former "eggplant" situation on Discord in which some people were accused of sexual harassment, and some of you have had pretty strong feelings about what has transpired. To make sure that we, as a community, are on the same page, I am going to fill everyone in on the specifics of what happened, and what this situation is really about. We have spoken to all individuals involved and confirmed that the eggplant emojis were a group of people trolling in response to some users who were unintentionally using a server-wide notification to ping all members on the Discord. Although trolling and teasing can be considered inappropriate themselves in certain circumstances, all people who were doing it mentioned that there was no indication that the other side was upset, and if they had known then they would have stopped. As it turns out they didn't know the other side was upset because at the time the other side wasn't upset. We have spoken to Rose, who was the primary target of the teasing, and those who were with her during the time it happened, and they confirmed that they didn't regard it as a problem at the time, they never felt there was any kind of sexual implication from it, and never had any intention of persecuting or reporting those who were doing it. The incident started as commonplace gamer trolling, and ended with people rolling their eyes and shaking their head, as is so often the case. The suggestion that it was an act of sexual harassment came afterwards, and this notion came from a single individual who was neither a target nor an involved part of what transpired. Out of courtesy I will refrain from mentioning this individual by name, however they took it upon themselves to spread the word that this was a case of sexual harassment (because the people used eggplant emojis, and there are often pictures on the internet of eggplants resembling male genitalia), under the pretense of acting on behalf of Rose this individual first spoke to TypeReaL, then to Xayj, then PoPs, then Sassy in a dramatic fashion to spin a tale of how these individuals were sex abusers that picked on Rose, before finally bringing it to the attention of the Commanders in a group PM with them, and demanding action be taken. The Commanders launched an investigation into the situation, led by Badboi, to determine the events that occurred. During this occasion the individual in question spoke to certain people with what some have described as bragging that he was about to get several people disabled, including a General. But the Commanders did not find sufficient evidence of intended sexual harassment, and instead we punished the individuals for the act of trolling itself while under the belief that the actions themselves were still upsetting to Rose and others. We were unaware at the time that Rose never had anything to do with these allegations. Upon discovering this, the individual responsible for spreading the idea of sexual harassment threatened to resign, and continued to rile up certain circles of people with claims that the Commanders were not taking acts of sexual harassment seriously and were letting "sex offenders" off with a slap on the wrist, leading to others considering the idea of resignation, presumably in an effort to force our hand. However shortly after we came across new information that revealed to us that no one on the receiving end of the eggplant troll had been upset about it from the start, and that the claims of this individual acting on behalf of Rose was entirely false. This prompted a new investigation that led to this discovery that the allegations of sexual harassment were the machinations of a single person who was actively misleading people and leaders in an effort to rally people behind a false cause, and unjustifiably destroy the reputations of several individuals who became the target of his crusade. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now this leads us to the aftermath. It is important to understand that accusations of sexual harassment are taken seriously by this community, however the severity of such accusations mean that they should also never be made carelessly either, without a strong measure of certainty. There was no such certainty in these accusations, they were a result of an outside party's observations whose motives have since become extremely suspect. The people involved in the eggplant emojis were originally punished under the belief that they had antagonized certain individuals who were reporting them for their trolling. However in light of new information it is clear that at the time of the occurrence this was not actually the case, and that the severity of their punishments no longer appropriately reflect what had transpired, and will be reversed. Trolling itself is generally a discouraged act when done to people outside your circle of friends, and to some extent the people involved in this issue could have conducted themselves better, however it is determined that the 2-day suspension that they have already received is already appropriate recompense for whatever misconduct occurred at the time. Lastly, some people have taken to accusing Rose as the person responsible for the sexual harassment accusations and the persecution of the people involved. Let the record be clear that Rose had no part at all in bringing these accusations to leadership, she was not involved in any step of this ordeal and never wished to be a part of it. If you are one of the people that have accused her of being soft, two-faced, or anything else related to the incident, then you owe her an apology because you were wrong. Anyone with questions or doubts about this incident are free to post in this thread, or send me a PM in private, and I strongly encourage all people to ask the questions that they need to because all of us need to make sure we are informed, and that we do not jump to any unfair conclusions. Please and thank you.
  3. 6 points
    I apologize to the eggplanters and the eggplantees. I take full responsibility. I will take more steps in the future to further verify sources and not falsely punch the nuclear warning button.
  4. 6 points
    I want to start of by saying that this whole situation could have been avoided if we opened up more and talked to each other instead of spreading rumors or falsities around like wildfire. If you have a question about something someone did or how something was handled. Then go to the person directly and talk to them. Ask them their intentions, ask them the reasoning behind what was done or said. Build your own opinion based off information you have collected. Do not let someone control your narrative and decide for you what could be done. I want this to be something we can all laugh about in the distant future and say remember that one time we all let ourselves get riled up.. It was crazy!! Aside from that I want to personally say Rose I hope you take the time to read this and know that there is no doubt in my mind you were not the cause of this. It has not changed my opinion of you in the least. In fact it has done the exact opposite I think of you more highly. The way you have handled yourself throughout this whole mess of a situation has given me a way better representation of what kind of person you are. I was glad I got the chance to speak to you and we could kind of laugh at how this situation got blown up and just say holy hell.. what a mess. So anyways I am glad that you can look past this and continue to be a part of the community. Furthermore I want to say that sexual harassment should not be tolerated in any fashion and if you feel someone has done something to wrong another member talk to them first. Talk to the person that was wronged in your eyes. Ask them if they would like to pursue it. But for all gods glory do not go on your own personal crusade and start a shit storm. Do not speak for someone or act on behalf of someone especially without their consent. Sexual harassment allegations are a very serious allegation and they will not be handled lightly. In the same breath do not try to abuse the system. I want to thank @Terra for the transparency on this situation so that the community as a whole can see what steps were taken what the conclusions were and the truth about what has happened and what is going on and @Badboi(OD) for spearheading the investigation and collecting as much information as he could. Hopefully we can all move past this and learn from this situation. There are many lessons that we can take away from this situation and learn from at all ranks.
  5. 6 points
    All right, speaking out and making a bold stance on something takes some kahunas, and I can appreciate that. But for the record let's not mistake courage for being correct. And before this topic slides into any unsettling directions I think it's time I made a few things clear. Just so we have an understanding here, this topic was not created out of a necessity to deal with a problem, it was created out of an individual's lack of understanding and information. Not knowing what the Generals and Commanders are doing is very different from the Generals and Commanders being complacent and not doing anything, and just because someone doesn't take the time to find out what they do, or what kind of expectations they hold each other to, does not mean they get to expect the higher ranks to take time out to fill them in instead. Maybe if such people were a bit more proactive about finding the answers for themselves, instead of expecting others to report it to them, then they would be one of the people in those high ranks. But being that I am such a generous person I am going to willingly share some enlightenment freely, and without any effort needed to learn. To begin with, anyone who thinks the Generals and Commanders don't already hold each other accountable has a total lack of understanding as to what happens in the higher ranks, as nothing could be further from the truth. We hold each other to a very clear and definite standard, and those in the higher ranks who have failed to meet those standards *have* been removed in the past, and we have had our share of critiques and complaints to each other. Some might even say a bit too much for those who are aware of the full extent of it. The evals are just one of those ways we hold each other accountable. But before some people get the idea that the evals are their personal court of law, I will state for the record that the reason evals are transparent are to help members better see and understand some extent of the expectations that the higher ranks hold each other to, and generously are allowed to participate with their comments and thoughts. It is a courtesy. But the evals don't exist because Commanders and Generals have to answer and explain themselves to the members, they exist because Commanders and Generals have to answer and explain themselves to Commanders and Generals, that is why only the vote of Generals and up count during the evaluation part. If every member in the Clan was capable and in a position to judge the work standard and ability of a Commander then every member in the Clan would be a Commander. They are not, and they can not. Enlisted can't promote Officers because they are not in a position to understand the responsibilities and expectations of Officers. Officers can't promote Generals because they are not in a position to understand the responsibilities and expectations of Generals. If you want the right to judge the performance of those in important positions then you must prove to this community and the people in it that you have the judgement needed to do so. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, setting aside today's lesson, here is just some helpful advice from a fellow outspoken person. If you want to take a stand and call out something about the Clan you don't like, then strictly speaking you can. The smart way to do it, and the proper way to do it, is to talk to people within the ranks and find out if there is a moderate solution or plan of action that can be worked out. But I won't deny that there have been times where public call-outs have (rarely) had some measure of success (although radical action always comes with its form of consequences). But the secret is in the presentation, building up a strong case and being willing to bet all or nothing on what you have. So if you want to call out the Commanders then all right. If you want to demand that Commanders write evaluations annually or bi-annually, then all right. But that means when you go public you are absolutely ready to prove that this needs to be done. You prove that the Commanders have done nothing, that they do nothing to hold each other accountable, and that they need to be held accountable. You prove that you have been watching, that you have meticulously learned all that can be learned, that your understanding is complete and without flaw, and that all of your findings suggest that a radical change is the only course of action. You present a case so solid, so airtight, that nothing they can say has a chance against the overwhelming truth of it all. That is how you make a public call out. But if you are going to stand before the community and openly demand accountability from the highest Administration armed with nothing but your own ignorance, if you are going to stand here and simply say "I don't know what you do, so tell me or resign from your rank", then Good Sir you best prepare to be struck down from your would-be pedestal because you are in for nothing but a world of hurt.
  6. 5 points
    I don't usually post on the forums much, but I would like to say hats off, and thank you, to Raged(OD) for all the hard work you put in recruiting new members for our division. It's an honor to be in such a thriving community with so many great clansmen. I would also like to mention the great work you do in rank promotions and I try to vote at every opportunity. We are now hovering around 140+ members in game and around 60-65 members on OD site the last time I looked, that's even with "cleaning house" on folks who don't log in/play anymore. That said, for those who read my post, for those who take pride in being a member of Overdosed Gaming Community, we could all learn from the above mentioned Raged (OD) and start giving more time to or community, let's support each other. When someone comes up for a well earned promotion, vote for them, if a new member meets there trial requirements and shows promise, vote for them. Even if they already have enough votes..... We do a great job of helping each other out in game, we should also show our support for each other on OD site. I challenge everyone to give a little more time, your input is a valuable asset to the strength of the division as it grows. Vote, recruit, post on forum, and lets do all we can to try and get the other half of our D3 community to register on OD site! Thank you for your time, Tex
  7. 5 points
    Today began as everyday usually, Woke up had my coffee, my dabs and then to my phone I go checking all the things I had missed sleeping and such. Well I open a Snap and it says something that is absolute awesomeness Defined. Our Very own one and only @Sassy says hell yeah I beat the shit out of Cancer to me in a snap Which Is absolutely awesome, We all knew that it would never be able to take you on and win Julie, You have been braver than brave during the time in Treatment and with this being said I hope you go out and enjoy everything you missed. I know I speak for all of us In OD when We say its as much as a relief to you as it is us, We wouldn't be the same place without your presence. Now Lets celebrate like its 1488 and cut the power ! I got the dabs
  8. 4 points
    Sorry to Necro Thread this, however, now that I finished my schooling and over my busy work time, I can post. I have yet to give my tribute to the Bat@Tris(OD). Thanks for staying when I had asked you to. With all of those leaving, we needed your help transitioning new leadership. Thank you. That was a mistake. I got the last troll. Alas, I am honored for the offer; as you were my closest friend in OD. Sorry it took me a while to type this out. Just like you, real life gets in the way; but I wouldn't miss this. I understand why you left. OD was like a bad smoking habit: you couldn't kick the habit unless you quick cold turkey. You have a bright future ahead of you and if we're ever in the same area, I hope to hang with you sometime. You have my number, hit me up whenever. I admired Tris when we both started together in the SC2 division. I hosted the Tourneys and he made the division glue together. That was the height of competitive OD and I was glad to be a part of it with him for the wild ride it was. When my carpal forced me to pick up LoL, he stayed; even when our star players were signed to pro teams and competing in Korea (FOR REAL!!!) When you joined LoL, it was even better. You and I (along with others) worked on the evaluation system and other important clan reforms that took the clan from To This I really enjoyed having someone that would thoughtfully debate, could think many steps ahead, and think of many shortfalls. It was great, but all good things have to come to an end. Thanks for all you've done and all the good times we have had together. I'm going to miss hanging out on vent/TS3 together, but I'm sure we will in the future. I enjoy watching your stream, even though I go incognito and don't say hi. I know as much as you, that after work/school gets real, there's little time to dedicate to OD and you'd rather end on a high note. I can't believe it has been 3 months already. In these 3 months, I felt that there was a gigantic power/logic/wisdom/friendship vacuum that you have left. We were struggling for a while, but finally, have stabilized. OD will never be the same without you, but I'd think you'd enjoy knowing that we are back at it again. New leaders and old have stepped up their game to help fill the leadership crater. I'd like it if you stopped by every quarter or two to say hi. TLDR: I really enjoyed our friendship and the badass times we had together. I'll remember it forever. Thank you and good luck to a promising future. Possibly in 20 years, when I need an executive for my company, you may be getting a call. Again, Thank you my Friend.
  9. 4 points
    I always have connection issues with DIscord. Discord also takes far too long to launch, the sound quality is awful. I avoid Discord whenever possible. I just don't see the appeal of Discord at all and IMO I feel like people like and use Discord just because others use it.
  10. 4 points
    A new rule was established by the Generals today in regards to name changes, and has been added to the Clan section of the Guide to Everything, along with a new sub-section called "Additional Rules of Note" (as this particular rule didn't fit under any other categories). This rule actually reflects the common practice of name changes in OD over the course of previous years, it was only in this past year that a measure of leniency has been allowed for name changes. Given the increasing number of members requesting name changes lately, and the added level of confusion that it has been creating, the Generals have decided to formally instate the old restrictions of name changes as a rule of the Clan, starting today.
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    I began this ladder season with a zealer (sucked) then tried a necromancer (sucked) and then got smart, and realized that all of the fun builds are a tad bit gear-intensive, so I started reading. I've always been skeptical as to the effect of magic find in game and I believe a quick explanation of how it works is in order. Magic find does NOT change the type of item dropped. For instance, if mephisto decides to drop a cap, he's dropping that cap regardless if your magic find is 0 or 1000. Your magic find helps to determine though, if you're going to get a regular, magic, rare, set, or unique cap! So in part, magic find does exactly what it says, helps you find magic items. The profitability of this process is questionable i'm sure, but in less than 50 runs (Which are very very short) at a mf of around 300, i've found a tal's ammy, half of trangs, a hoz, shako, and two facets. The Process: Get a sorceress, they can kill meph from a screen away, have a built in nigma, and the best magic find equipment in the game is geared towards them. Do nightmare baal runs until level 75-80 In hell difficulty Beat act 1 and 2, and kill the high council, getting the durance waypoint. Join other people's games that have already killed mephisto, and kill him there. Receive quest-level drops every time you kill meph. I don't know why exactly it works, but it does, I have not seen a shitty all magic drop yet. How to kill mephisto without dying: Make a fire sorceress: Use either a hydra, fireball, or meteor build (I use meteor) Use the Rising sun amulet. (The fire absorb makes the hydras from the council heal you, even if you have -100 resists, so you can ignore them if they spawn in the middle) Teleport here: Run to here: Teleport to here: Drop spells on meph until he is dead. Finding meph is easy, if your waypoint exits to the northeast, D3 will be facing southeast Waypoint exits southeast, D3 will be facing Southwest Waypoint exits Southwest, D3 will be facing northwest Waypoint exits Northwest, D3 will be facing northeast (Go counter clockwise) And now you know, start making that FG.
  13. 3 points
    Recruitment Challenge All divisions are invited to join this game, each division can have a winner. This is a little game, the rules are simple, you must recruit 2 new overdosed Community members. This your entrance fee for the game after that the recruiter with the most new recruits wins. The Recruits only count if they are in the community at the end of the Game. At the end of the game please submit to me to verify the recruiters numbers. Now you will want to know What you will win. You will win a promotion, not a chance of a promotion, but a full set rank and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and a signature award. This is for each division winner. The Game will go on for two months from the start to the end, with a 14 day grace period to get any last minute trial members through. The Game will be open to all sergeants thru chief warrant officers (cwo4). If you are not a recruiter and would like to be one please let me know "Dave(OD)" or contact a general. This is the first of two Games. The prizes will be different. If you win the first game you will not be eligible to win the second. The game Will run from May 4, 2018 to July 4, 2018 with the grace period to July 18, 2018. Good luck every one.
  14. 3 points
    Thank you @Tex46(OD) I am truly thankful and appreciative of all your kind words. I agree with @Purplez(OD) that it is a team effort because I can recruit all I want, but if it weren't for you and all of our other members being so kind, helpful, and an all around pleasure to game with then we wouldn't retain even half of them. I also agree that every should take their time to vote on trials, promotions, etc. Everyone likes to be recognized for their efforts and hard work. Our division is doing awesome, and I only can hope that it continues thriving like it is right now. -Raged(OD)😁
  15. 3 points
    Times were pretty different back then. Large amounts of members brought a much more palpable sense of spam and immature fighting, the potential for "spies" from other Clans who wanted to mess up your stuff and then flood or load your channels. More than that, however, I think we are much more well-adapted to handle a large, diverse populace of members now. Members of different Divisions and ranks are represented in Admin Meetings, which went from originally just being Generals, to being Generals and Officers, to being Generals and Officers and Division Leaders, to being pretty much everyone who is invited or has a distinct reason for participating. The Rules Committee was formed which originally included an equal number of members from all ranks. Setranks became more strictly regulated, leadership has become more transparent, and the Clan as a whole has a much greater say in the promotions and advancement of every individual General. This has all come with its own set of challenges, but what it has allowed us to do is manage the interests and needs of our members in ways that no previous generations of OD were capable of, and most of our key problems of today aren't a result of trying to manage more people than we can handle, but rather it is more about trying to find that balance of flexibility against the somewhat more bureaucratic nature our processes have ended up becoming, as well as being able to better filter out the massive amounts of interests, opinions, and requests from our members and separating the good and needed ideas from those that aren't so needed. Therefore closing recruitment wouldn't really change our situation, we would still have the same problems that we struggle with daily. The heavy ratio of D2 members compare to the rest of the Clan has certainly had some noticeable effects as well, and in some aspects of the Clan does give them a leg up from other Divisions. But if you've ever seen the amount of daily disputes, trolling, and member management they have to deal with as a result of that large population, I think one would say it is a pretty fair trade-off in the end. Everyone can easily see the multitude of votes they can get in promotions and Award ceremonies, but not everyone can see the day-to-day hassles of their Division, so it is easy to mistake what they have earned as freebies handed to them on a silver platter when in actuality they work pretty hard to make sure the Division is held together with all those members. Having so many generous members willing to pitch in and help host events and games certainly helps with that too, and in that regard they are lucky to have them. So, rather than closing recruitment I think it is just more a matter of continuing to adapt and refine the way things are to better accommodate the people of the community. There are always things that could be better, and there is always room for improvement. The improvements of the past are what allow us to do what we do today, and as we continue to improve upon the flaws and systems of today, there is no telling what we'll be able to do in the future to come.
  16. 3 points
    Nothing like be blown by in ranks by guys who don't host events, run divisions, and revitalize a division. I quit caring about rank when I recognized the pattern. Now your just stuck dealing with my truth be spoken approach, rather then me contributing time and dedication towards divisions. Effort vs reward is non existent in OD these days. Hence why people complain or go back to "the golden age". Where guys putting in the work were rewarded as "leaders" and promoted accordingly. Now All you have to do is login, accept whatever guy you never met selected you as a recruiter, and hang out on teamspeak with your favorite general. This clan has moved towards favoritism at a sickening rate. And yah I could leave and start my own group, but I've been around since the inception of OD. Witnessed the clan wars between OD and DL (where all the originals branched from). Saw the rise and fall of divisions. I stick around because hopefully people get their head out of their ass and appreciate their peers for hard work, rather then just logging in. Ranks mean squat, outside of getting into higher ranked forums. Giving a label to a rank isn't going to change how this clan evolves. The clan will grow in a positive direction, when we start showing appreciation to guys/girls devoting time and management, towards developing new divisions, and introducing new events and ideas. Until then we will rely heavily on ODD2 to mass recruit, and hope some of their recruits branch out into other divisions. Ps mass recruiting the way we currently are is what brought DL to it's knees. The guys who contributed brought you OD. Here's something that should raise an eyebrow We have 394 members. 226 come of D2 How long until we've moved enough un warranted members into leadership positions, that we start losing the members doing the leg work.
  17. 3 points
    Indeed, you're not even the first person to publicly target me. Although it never went so well for your predecessors either. But let's focus on you. Originally I was pretty content to just ignore your outburst (except for the occasional troll post of course). After all, everyone else was already doing a pretty good job of explaining your mistakes for you. But you are apparently so head over heels in trying to get me to talk to you that you'll even invade my channel to rant at me. So very well, I will grant you your one true wish. Just to make sure I understand your story correctly here, you are an everyday Enlisted member who spends half his time gaming and chatting with the community. But the other half of your time is spent staring longingly at that forlorn Commander in the Gamer's Lounge Channel. "Who is she?" You wonder. "When will she come talk to me?" Day after day you wait, wondering when the Commander you espy in the distance will come to meet you. When you can finally speak to her, and ask her all those things that have been on your mind for so long, "What does she do?", "Why does she keep to herself?". The questions race around your mind in a vigorous torrent of emotions, just waiting for release. But she does not come. The days go by, and she does not come speak to you. It is as if you exist in a world outside of hers, doomed forever to stare at her from a distance. Never to reach her, never to connect with her. No! It must not be so! IT MUST NOT BE SO! Like an uncontrollable storm your emotions pour forth. She WILL acknowledge you! She will know you exist! She must! You will make sure she does, be it damn you and damn the world, it will happen! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Which brings us to your post. I'm pretty sure I got your story right, based on what you were saying here, but do correct me if I'm off on a few points. So anyway, if your objective is to try and encourage leadership to come talk to members more, then I have to say, you sure aren't making a very good case for it. I'm going to optimistically choose to believe that this is one of those occasions like when little boys pick on the girls they secretly like because they don't know how to express their emotions very well, because on some level that might actually be forgivable. And for the record, it is a bit weird that someone who complains about me never speaking to them goes so out of their way to hide their identity so that I don't know who they are. But I'm sure you are just very shy, so let's go over a few things together shall we? This whole thing revolves around what I do for the Clan, and how much more work certain others have done than I have. First - I know you haven't asked those people you feel work harder than me about what I do, otherwise they would have told you. Second - I know you haven't read my evaluations that have explicitly outlined what I've recently done, NOR are you familiar with the expectations of each rank, because you have only just created a forum account today with the purpose of targeting me Third - I know you've never talked to me to ask me what I do, or to ask me to join you in a game or channel, because well.. who in their right mind would actually go talk to someone instead of just expect them to come talk to you? Which begs the question, what do you know then? Proceeding under the educated assumption that the answer to that question is "nothing" let me help explain a few things. First of all, the role of a Commander is not to come talk to you. That is what your therapist is for, and on a side note you may want to schedule another visit soon. As some very bright individuals have pointed out here, 4 Commanders divided by 400 members means you are expecting each Commander to speak regularly to at least a hundred people, if not all of them, which is far from the realm of realistic. The role of the Commander is to maintain the values and integrity of the community, to support or create developments or endeavors that benefit the community, to manage key community assets, and to help resolve the problems or arbitrate the disputes that Generals and Division Leaders are not able to absolve themselves. Most of this is outlined in the expectations written in the Overdosed - Guide to Everything, which I'm pretty familiar with being that I wrote the entire thing. But now I am digressing, and it looks like class is almost over, so let me end with giving you a bit of reading material for homework. To understand how the Clan works and the expectations of each rank please read up on: the OD Guide to Everything To understand a *little* of what I do, you can read up on: My recent evaluation posted in January. Or you can ask any of the Generals and other Commanders. Or maybe just.. you know.. listen to everyone replying to your topic here. Your options for enlightenment are endless! So go forth, learn, and remember: our children are our future!
  18. 3 points
    So our shooting deaths, as a first world country, is comparable to Iraq, a country that is literally in a civil war. Boy, those loose gun laws sure are helping to keep the peace and people safe.
  19. 3 points
    Hello everyone in the Diablo 3 division, I am posting this up because on reset weekend from the 23rd to the 25th I will be playing Diablo 3 nonstop while raising money for Charity alongside many other streamers for LevelWithACause. I did this last reset as well and we had a huge turn out - raising almost $8,000 dollars. This time we are working to raise money for Save the Children, an organization that believes every child deserves a future, and works in over 120 countries world wide to achieve that goal. I take great pride in having the opportunity to once again stream and raise money for a wonderful cause like this, and hope to see many of you stop by the stream -- Even if you don't donate, taking time out of your day to support with your viewership still means a lot to me. Moreover, I am posting this in the Diablo 3 Division area because I was wondering if some of you would like to party with me opening night, or over the weekend as we enjoy the ladder reset together. Hope to see you there! Sarnith Links for streams [I multi-platform so both will have live feeds]: www.twitch.tv/sarnith https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIw6b7qVvkbA27lXUYLJjNg
  20. 3 points
    There is no easy route through your circumstances, it is a difficult situation to be in. However it is important that you balance your moments of stress with your moments of calm and relaxation to the best that you can. It is a hard thing to do sometimes, but the truth is you can't help anyone if you aren't capable of helping yourself first. You often stop by the Gamer's Lounge channel, but you only ever stay for a few minutes at a time. You should stick around a bit longer next time, have a drink with us (It is a lounge after all, right?) and let the stress of recent ordeals wash away. It isn't selfish to see to your own needs, rather it is instead foolish not to. The failing health or eventual passing of a loved one is an ordeal that we will all have to face at some point in our lives, it is a trial we cannot avoid and it will test us for all that we are. But for the sake of those who are afflicted or cannot follow after it is a test we must overcome. If your sister helped shape you into the person you are today, then today you must be a person that can endure this trial, as there is no better reflection of the true value of her life and the worth of her struggles than in the vivid difference she has made to those around her. We must be the strength of those whose strength is failing, the resilience of those whose resilience is weakening, and the future of those whose future approaches. Until such a day as someone else must be ours for us.
  21. 3 points
    DH here with your now regularly scheduled source of being an Asshole having now been promoted to WO1(To those who it may concern, you were warned :D). This has been simmering for awhile now but since its now a new year, I felt the need to enlighten the rest of the clan about the expectations we hold for our Leadership. To quote your own guidelines: TLDR: All Generals are to be evaluated every 3 to 6 months. Guideline expressly states every 3 months but I give leeway and if memory serves it was 3 to 6. Triny meets that criteria, as does Dabomb and Pops(with Compfreak and Xayj(as a Colonel) falling within the last 6 months). The rest of the General staff, unfortunately, does not have an Evaluation recent enough to satisfy your own Guidelines. The biggest culprits of them all? Our very own 5-Star Generals(aka Commanders), some of which have unacceptable DSL for their rank. The last Commander to be evaluated was Terra and that was when she was looking to get her 5th star over a year ago. Rest of the Commanders haven't been evaluated in roughly 2 years(if not longer). Are Commanders exempt from the Evaluation process or do we get to hold their ass to the fire like every other General? Lets face it folks, either they get evaluated or they need to resign as Commanders because not being able to hold everyone accountable amounts to tyranny and the Libertarian in me just can't have that. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way so what say you Commanders? For the record, I was doing the following this morning: PS: If I get demoted for this, I take full responsibility. Do take into consideration I may be doing this just for that reason . Also if I'm stuck as a WO, may I get bumped to the correct usergroup here, on Discord and Teamspeak? Also to anyone reading this:
  22. 3 points
    When I helped members in my guilds during the mmorpg Divisions I played, a lot of them would be reluctant or self-conscious about receiving free stuff or free help all the time as well. I would tell them that a Guild is only as strong as the members that are a part of it, and as they were a part of our Guild then anything that made them better was making the Guild better overall. There is no "you" and "I", there is only "us". We are all one team, and the effort we put into that team is what makes us the best at what we do. In turn it falls to you to use the power and privileges you are given to help others who come after, and continue the legacy.
  23. 3 points
    Couldn't have said it any better =).
  24. 3 points
    On second thought, maybe Discord isn't such a bad idea after all.
  25. 3 points
    There's another reason to bump this ;). Not only are you a cancer survivor(which is monumental in its own right) but you will have been in OD 3 years as of tomorrow :). Dear lord has it really been that long?