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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. 7 points
    Eminem - Lose Yourself (Diablo II Remix) His magefists are sweaty, knees weak, goreriders are heavy There's no oak charges on his hoto already, mom's spaghetti He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready To pk noobs, but he keeps on forgettin' What he hotkeyed, the whole team dies so fast He tries to precast, but the spells won't come out He's laggin', how, everybody's laughin' now The pots run out, duels up, over, blaow!
  3. 7 points
    I finished school this month and have signed a contract with a mobile game development company to work as a CSR Manager on salary, with a starting salary of $35,000 a year. I've been working for the company during my past year of school here on an hourly wage, and I was originally slated to have a performance review come December, but they've been so impressed with my performance that they held the review now instead and are switching me over to a salary-based contract starting September 1st. CSR is the role responsible for answering and resolving the issues of players who are playing the game, and working with the tech department and the development team to identify the common problems of the game and provide information on what improvements or changes are necessary. As the Manager I'll be directing a team of 4 initially, which will grow as needed depending on the popularity of the game and the number of players that play it. Full responsibility of the CSR department will be in my care, as long as the department fulfills its role well I have the freedom to run it however I see fit, there is no supervisor I need to answer to. I suppose at this point in their lives this is when most members and Commanders tend to phase out of the Clan life and focus on their budding new careers. But in my case actually the opposite will happen. My job is handled entirely by remote, including most of the conference meetings the development team holds, I can do all the work from my home computer even while interacting with OD at the same time. Additionally I can rearrange my work hours during the day however I like, I can work 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the evening, split them up into 2 hour segments each if I want, even work in the middle of the night if I choose. That maximum flexibility, and being done with school now, means my availability for OD will be more, not less, at least at this period of time. So, feeling pretty good lately.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 6 points
    Well! Sorry for the wait. But I have finally been able to finish these up. Right before our next awards ceremony too! If you notice a mistake, or don't see your award, please send me a PM and I will get it fixed as soon as I can. I hope y'all enjoy these. :) @Triny(OD) @Sassy @DBZ(OD) @Vanity(OD) @Terra @Dabomb(OD) @PJPotter(OD) @Ravemore(OD) @Badboi(OD) @Bedr(OD) @CompFreak(OD) @buckeyes47(OD) @LightningWolves(OD) @BioShock(OD) @MelodicRose(OD) @R.agnarok(OD) @Redvaine(OD) @SeriousWine(OD) Congrats to you all!
  9. 5 points
    Ballad of the Broken Hammerdin He had consumed the many who had come to slay him in his Durance dank and foul. Heroes corpses added to the sum, of bodies broken, scattered bone and bowel. Zealots charged and sorcerers let fly frozen orbs and glacial spikes galore, And though Mephisto yet refused to die, I vowed my hammer'd find the lethal score. And so I ventured through the jungle deep slaying monsters great and small alike, shedding blood my promises to keep, avoiding fire and deadly poison spike. Through sewers, fanes and temples I did go with hateful heart increasing ever more, my temper flaring hot with every blow, my spirit growing tainted by the gore. When finally the Durance did I find I knew that I would never be the same, corrupted by the fever in my mind, my sanity I knew I'd not reclaim. And yet I ventured forth to heed the call of glory, treasure, honor and the right, although I knew my destiny to fall, a broken man, I could not win the fight. My duty called me onward through the dark which now felt more like home to me than light, my hammer never failed to find its mark, and I avoided every lethal bite. Finally before them I did stand, his fearsome champions standing at the door, Sparkfist, Wyand, and the Dragonhand, they fell like all the others had before. A tow'ring apparition he did wait as I sprinted 'cross the great divide, I cast my hammer knowing it was fate, then took a blizzard to the face and died.
  10. 5 points
    My adventure started by warriv, ready to fight Traveled far and wide, deep into the night. I saved some old bald guy, cowaring in his cage His name is deckard cain, identifying items with rage. Catacombs here I come, looking for Andy Soon I hope to find the prince, surrounded by sandy. I slaughter ol' Andy, looking for those gems Some random noob popped in, he took all of thems. Off to act 2, need to get the staff Now I've been slaughtered by a scarab, the other 7 players just laugh. I make it to the tombs, time to fight duriel in his cave I kicked his butt, now its time to rave. Onwards to act 3, time to make khalim's will Hold on just a minute, I'm in Great Marsh Still. (o.o) Took out trav, time to face Mephy I try to remember in durance, usually go lefty. Watch out for dolls, $h!t I died again Didn't even get the waypoint, better call a friend. Now we took out Meph, time to go in the red vortex Been staring at the screen too long, kind of hurts my cortex. Time to take out D, the big red scaley lord of terror I'll even talk to Tyrael, revive my useless carer. This one was tricky, but time to move on I wonder if its too late, maybe I should have made a zon.. Gotta call my friend once more, I said meet me at the arreat One more boss to go, then my life is complete. Off to the throne, I hope I don't die More souls and dolls, now its time to cry. Wave one through five, easy as can be Now the lord of destruction, rougher than D. I yank and pull his tentacles, he slaps me around left and right I got his head, he put up one helluva fight. Now to go to nightmare and hell, oh what to do Thanks for reading, this was brought to you by Moo ;)
  11. 5 points
    Quit being so petty. I told everyone that they were to keep this thread on topic, or their content would be restricted from posting in these forums. You didn't listen, so I'll be removing your access for 1 week. You're lucky I'm not doing anymore because your status as a Senior Officer would have demanded higher expectations than some of what you've exhibited in this thread. As a Senior Officer, people will look up to you, whether you like it or not. After consideration, a warning in this thread to deter future bickering and banter wasn't enough. I and the other Commanders (obviously) strongly disagree with your stance of calling people retards for any reason. And I don't care if you're talking about OD members or non OD members. That kind of attitude, coupled with the rest of your attitude in this thread, is something we cannot tolerate in an officer. As a result, you're receiving a one (1) rank demotion from First Lieutenant to Second Lieutenant. You as an Officer are a role model to the members of this community, and you've done nothing in this thread but be antagonistic, problematic, and offensive. It is for these reasons coupled with your condescending words towards others in your PM to Triny that you voluntarily provided that you're receiving this demotion.
  12. 5 points
    Both you and Chris want to help out with the WoW remake, and yet by the looks of it you can't even seem to stand each other in one forum topic. If you are planning to step in as the leader then I'd like to ask, how do you imagine handling this? I'd prefer to make a WoW Squad, not a drama Squad, if it can be helped.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 4 points
    You were one of the few people I could talk and debate with and receive honest and well-thought replies from. On more than one occasion your input has given me pause to reconsider my own thoughts on something. You weren't afraid to be outspoken, and you were good at what you did. OD is the lesser for being without you.
  16. 4 points
    Thank you all, it's an honor to just be among such talented writers and poets. These poems were absolutely amazing and I enjoyed reading them all. Even though there were only two winners, everyone that wrote, read, and enjoyed these poems are winners. I'm very happy to be in a group that can appreciate such things. I've been playing Diablo 2 for a VERY long time yet I feel I only started really enjoying it when I joined OD.
  17. 4 points
    some of these are great, lol. It’s gonna be tough to judge!
  18. 4 points
    I plunged my hand deep into your heart And tore it out of your chest And when and only when you collapsed like A worthless, lifeless, toy, Did the flame of my hatred roar and Simmer to indelible ashes that stuck to me covered me in a thick dark silence that I couldn't wash off. “I bet it feels good.” The ghost Whispers in my ears, a century later. And I avoided looking into his eyes Because I knew I would only see Pain, death, sacrifice that went unnoticed But I couldn’t invent stabbing words When all inside me had already caved in. “I'll see you soon.” Your ghost murmured, And vanished with a smile. Now he wants to kill me too and There is nowhere left to run and my pleas Have crashed against his stone-deaf ears Before falling like rain at my feet. And before I can beg him to stop, he plunges his claws deep into my chest But finds nothing to claw out because It is a deep black cavity. “I guess I already ate it.” I smile emptily, and This gorge within me Swallows him whole. I am your bleeding heart now, I am your vacant soul.
  19. 4 points
    Have not done a poem in years, i'll give it a try. I wish i could be classy like Sassy However my gear is just a d2 blasphemy So now i'm a gamer tragedy Running low on things to do until next ladder ensues Most likely make a few more words to rune Until it becomes too cataclysmic After i will hel cube tp and repeat until i am thru Magical things happen from time to time Just a beautiful frame of mind Running lower on time The sky darkens and the sun dies down Play it safe maybe stay in town I try to create resplendent but always seem to become dependent Upon the grasp of something sumptuous Perhaps a perfect Infinity is made Should i keep it or trade ? Instead i decide to give it away unhindered to a good OD member This poem is almost over I hope it was something worth being sober Watching a sun set in September with a few Clan OD members No rain or clouds just a beautiful sky without pain Now i've got to go I feel drained..... D2 is now calling my name Thank you all for the fame Make this name last forever untamed - Ocelot(OD) -
  20. 4 points
    I was born at a campfire, chosen for my specialties Summoning the undead and cursing my enemies Quickly enough I had a name: Necromanster Somewhat original for an expansion character ! I've always had a thing for demons Brothers and Sisters, here I am ! Heard rumours about the Lord of destruction Let's do some tasty jams and potions Soon as I land as the rogue camp Warriv comes and greats me Seemingly not surprised That I'm already in my sixties Felt in love as I moved aside Ô Kashya you're such a beauty Why won't you trust my underwear I've beaten hairier monsters already I swear... Later, Akara told me about Andy Asked me for help, kind of blindly As I explored the camp a little further Met an odd man named Gheed, an old trader Gave him my scrolls and my only weapon 3 pieces of gold, that's all I could bargain So then I asked him if I could gamble He told me that I wasn't even worth his trull Naked, I went ahead and asked Charsi What she could do for like 3 penny Quite sadly she wouldn't help me Damn you Charsi, why are you so greedy ! I don't know what his wrong with this place Why is it that they treat me with such disgrace All they seem to want is for me to go die In a den where apparently evil lies I've been strolling at the camp ever since Years went by without a dire sense But as I glance at the last embers of this fire My heart is still burning with hot desires... P.S. I'm a Quebec's frenchy so sorry for the silly mistakes :)
  21. 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.
  22. 4 points
    these standards are tailored to worse than what casual players can push that maybe have 3 times to play a few hours of the week. we arn't conforming to just one person to just benefit them. standards need to be held and this standard is no where "fanatical" in any shape or form. playing the game is about mechanics, the whole reason for raiding. if you dont like this standard, find another gun club.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 3 points
    You can count on me! If I ever kill Jared in a duel I'll send you an SS.
  26. 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.
  27. 3 points
    The Unkillable Pker “Chocolate milk comes from brown cows” Midnight said in disbelief; he shook his head and tabbed out of Facebook. He couldn’t understand how at least 10% of Americans believed what he read. “You know, at least 10% of Americans also would like to see coffee pills banned. In fact, I used to take coffee pills, but I had to stop because there were all these weird side effects so yeah…I had to stop taking them. But, I did try Xanax a few times and that was just like woah you know? Hah, yeah, it’s weird stuff man.” Ocelot attempted to initiate yet another conversation about sleeping pills and other medication. MooMoo mooed. Sassy was immediately disengaged, but suddenly, a strange sound caught her attention. It sounded like a fat, bearded, and insecure man eating Doritos and drinking Mountain Dew; it was the sound of a pker. This was not any pker—this was an OD runs pker. A chill traveled down Julie’s spine. “Oi you lot, be careful. I know Aaron has killed the likes of LemonySnickets and Dakota-Indian a million times, but don’t let your guard down.” The British General cared greatly for her underlings. She also cherished her collection of LemonySnickets’ ears. The Teamspeak channel Ray’s House suddenly became quiet; there was a sense of dread, and Midnight didn’t want to see his sorc dead. He was about to hit level ninety-six on OD-Sparky. He continued running Baal while remaining vigilante for anyone who might attempt to pk his games. Julie would constantly stay in her corner carrying Ondal’s Wisdom, Aaron laid down traps and mooed, and Ray was microphone spamming Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s Baby’s Got Back. The Sassinator made it clear to Ray that she would not hesitate to kick him out his own channel if he didn’t stop his shenanigans. Midnight’s runs were quick, and would quickly fill up. Leechers were thoroughly enjoying his runs until the sound Julie heard earlier became gradually louder and louder. Everyone could hear the OD pker coming closer and closer. A Hammerdin named GodMode with the account name GG entered the next Baal run. He was level 99. When the Paladin first joined the game, he didn’t accept any party invitations. Once the other seven players were in the throne room, GodMode hostiles the party, and reaches them in a matter of moments. Aaron quickly laid traps around the pally, but they had no affect despite his mercenary being equipped with a perfect ethereal cryptic axe Infinity. Little did MooMoo know, GG equipped his character with two perfect Wisp Projectors and a Thundergod’s Vigor; he was able to heal from the lightning this way. OD-Aaron has been slain by GodMode. The others panicked, and returned to Harrogath as quickly as they could but to no avail. GodMode was modded to the point that he had met all max breakpoints that were available to Paladins. His faster cast rate prevented their escape and he quickly slaughtered all of them. Everyone was upset. The pker left afterwards. “What a MUG” Sassy said in disappointment. A storm of anger and confusion quickly swept the channel. GhostDog, who left a free pair of Trang-Oul’s Claws in dog//bark mentioned that if a game is bringing you more frustration than entertainment, then it’s best to log off for a bit and do something else. Midnight and company retrieved their bodies and gold. Ray, being the bastard that he is, stole Julie’s gold and tried to frame Khorne for it. Eventually, PoPs woke up from napping on his lawn, DBZ returned from being afk, and Purplez, being the generous soul that she is, made ten mule accounts for anyone in the clan who were in need of gear. The end.
  28. 3 points
    So where are these supposed applications? @MelodicRose(OD), @ChrisSpeck(OD)?
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    TODAY is the last day to enter the contest! The two winners will be announced tomorrow.
  31. 3 points
    I'm not sure, but I think they only show on the promotion list if it's been the right length of time between their promotions. I do know the list is alphabetic within games and by rank. It can get confusing lol Just my 2 cents worth. 2.3 Promotion Wait Times A wait time between promotions is enforced by the website, based on ranks Enlisted and Warrant Officers - 7 days between Promotions Officers and Senior Officers - 14 days between Promotions Generals 1-3* - Can only be promoted during an evaluation period, which take place every 3 months Generals 4* - Must wait 6 months upon receiving 4* rank before they are eligible for Commander rank. Afterwards they can be put up every eval period.
  32. 3 points
    Hi there clan mates, I am new I decided to play, Idk what to do I joined OD and My name is kappa I don't know what to make, maybe a trappa? I roll a new character, every other day This is getting really old, idk what to play New ladder is coming, I need to MF A blizz sorc will do, likely the best Shall I PvP or go for 99 But if I MF, i will fall behind Iso that eff gee is what I will say As I pwn andy and mephisto, day by day The ladder is ending, did I meet my goals? A bunch of broken dreams, the size of pot holes Maybe ill run cows, and hear them go moo My name is Kappa, Idk what to do!!!
  33. 3 points
    If horoxix was going to run the show, then why did you suggest yourself being made the leader of the squad? You should know just as well as the others that the squad leader is supposed to be the eventual division leader. You can't blame others for going by what you said, and then turn around and start talking down on them because you didn't say what you actually meant. You have been on your high horse this entire post, while everyone is, for the most part, trying to look past your bickering and trying to let the necessary parties get going. This isn't just about you, and if you had a genuine desire to help get OD WoW going, you could do so instead of starting another potential argument or quitting the second things didn't go your way. Good luck @horoxix(OD).
  34. 3 points
    I have to admit to being very surprised at the posts in this topic. @ChrisSpeck(OD) you are a First Lt and @Collin you are a Colonel. You both obviously have spent alot of time and effort to get to the ranks you are in this Clan. There is absolutely no way anybody can get along with everybody in the real world, but when you have to work to pay the bills, you compromise and decide what you can put up with. In Clan life, all we have to judge you by is your written words or if we happen to play your game, how you act in the game. And, sometimes, we get to talk on TS or Discord. In my work world, if you act like a child and throw tantrums and toss out aggressive words, you get fired, bottom line. If you approach any problem in an adult manner, you can usually find that solutions are there. I may be new to this clan, but I'm thinking you need to show us new members how you would resolve a dispute before we or I personally would ever come to you for advice or help.
  35. 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.
  36. 3 points
    Sooo... basically people will mf certain areas based on their builds. The spots they mf are typically bosses / cs / baal. But what if you aren't strong enough to do those yet and still want a chance at finding good gear? What is area level? It is how the game determines which items can drop and the prefixes / suffixes that go along with the item, along with monster stats and even chest drop rates So why does this matter? For a useful Diablo 2 Expansion (1.10+) example, grand charms that appear with a +skillbranch mod can only appear on monsters that have been killed from The Great Marsh in act 3 in nightmare difficulty onwards. Technically, the +skillbranch mod can only appear on items of ilvl 50+, and the ilvl of an item is equal to the mlvl of the monster that dropped it, and the mlvl is equal to the area level that the monster was spawned in. Via [1]: Ilevel 50+ = plain skillers (plain mosters NM Great Marsh onwards) ilevel 61+ = skillers with 31-35 life (plain monsters most of Act 5 NM onwards) ilevel 77+ = skiller with 36-40 life (plain monsters Hell Lost City onwards; Pindle) ilevel 91+ = skiller with 41-45 life (Hell Baal ilevel 99, Hell Nithy ilevel 95 and Hell Diablo ilevel 94) You can find skillers / lifers listed above - ideally you want the max area level (85) to drop the maximum possible item level. Monster levels are equal to the area level, with uniques (monsters that are always there, such as rakanishu) being the area level +3, and champions (the elite monster in groups with random enchantments such as extra strong or extra fast) being the area level +2. So for example, if you were to go to Halls of Vault in hell (area level 84), you would see normal monsters there equal to monster level 84, along with champions equal to a monster level of 86. Additionally, you would run into Nihl which has a fixed monster level of 95. Sure this is interesting, but how does it help me? For starters, the best way to get items is to know where you can get them (or have resources available to educate you) and how it can benefit you. As you can see above, skillers can spawn 41-45 life when dropped from hell baal, nihl, and diablo. Does that mean that you have to find a 45 lifer off of them? Not necessarily. You can find a gc with a crappy mod, lets say 1% mf, but as long as it was dropped by that high monster level, it can be rerolled (3x p gems in cube with gc / sc / lc) and potentially spawn more desirable mods. If you are planning on mf'ing a specific item you can look up the item level and find out where you would need to mf in order to get it. If you want to get a soj, sure you can get it off of hell baal, but there are also a ton of other unique rings that can drop at that area level. This is why it is ideal to mf nm andy if you are soj hunting. Soj item level is 39, so you would need a monster of level 39 or higher to drop it (which is later on in nm act 1). The drop rate is based on a rarity of the item and the available items to pool from. Since I cannot possibly explain it better than this article, I will copy and paste it here :) The "Rarity" odds assume that the monster dropping the ring is capable of dropping every unique ring in the game. Hence, if a monster able to drop the Wisp Projector drops a unique ring, there is a 1/75 chance it will be the Wisp Projector. If the monster's Mlvl isn't high enough to drop some of the rings, the rarity odds change accordingly. For example, an Mlvl 40 monster could only drop the first three rings, so it would have a 15/31 chance to drop Naglering, 15/31 to drop Manald Heal, and 1/31 to drop the Stone of Jordan, vs. the 1/59 chance that a unique ring from an Mlvl 84+ monster will be an SoJ. This is why it's best to hunt for some items (such as the Stone of Jordan) on lower levels. So basically since the rarity of nagelring and manald are both 15, and soj is 1, the best chance of finding a soj in the game is off of a monster that can only drop those 3 rings, which gives you a 1/31 chance of it dropping. So what else? Well we could go on all day discussing the depths of diablo 2, but I think the above highlights the important parts so I will just leave one last thought. When deciding where to mf, look at the area levels, monster levels, and figure out what type of immunities are in each area (click specific areas in below resources). So for my hc blizz sorc, I like to mf the Mausoleum in act 1 (by blood raven), the Ancient Tunnels in act 2 (in Lost City), river of flame when I am strong enough to take out the cold immune worms, and pindle (nihl's temple portal by anya - area level 83). I will also do bosses occasionally to keep me entertained, and after feeling comfortable at my survivability, worldstone levels 2 and 3. I hope this helps at least one person, and then it would be worth the time putting it together :) Useful resources: Item level - https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Item_level Area level - https://diablo2.diablowiki.net/Area_Level Enjoy! MooMoo(OD) / A-A-RON / Aaron
  37. 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!
  38. 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.
  39. 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
  40. 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.
  41. 3 points
    Shoes that will never be filled.....good luck Tris. you are someone im sure 100% of this clan admired in one way or another. Everything you said and did was for this place...this "clan"....this family of like minded gamers. for that we thank you
  42. 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:
  43. 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.
  44. 3 points
    Couldn't have said it any better =).
  45. 3 points
    So are we going to have some polls posted so we can vote on these nominations that were due 2 weeks ago or ? (j/k, I know people are busy with the holidays and all lol....)
  46. 3 points
    Tyler? Move them to our discord. If they're unwilling that's a you problem not a clan problem. Sorry bud.
  47. 3 points
    When you first approached me about trying to make SC2 a Division, in my very first post to you Opal I said the following: Speaking from the perspective of a person who has made Squads into Divisions before, it's great when there are people willing to help you recruit and organize it, but it's also rare. More often than not the leader is the one who has to put 99% of the effort in, especially at the start. A Squad/Division tends to take after its leader, and if you are putting in the hard work to make things happen and to help the members of your game then eventually your members will start to follow suit. But everything begins and ends with the leader, and the responsibility of a Division falls entirely on its Division Leaders. No one else is responsible for ensuring the well-being of their Division, not even the R&R Squad. You have to be the one that sets the example, who leads the charge, who makes it work. If members are leaving your Division then you need to make it more fun and interesting so that people stay. I did tell you it was going to be hard. That said... The R&R Squad is a commitment you made, you proposed this idea and said "I will use this to better OD". You don't get to renegade on that commitment now by saying you are too busy to fulfill it. If you are too busy to fulfill your responsibilities then drop the responsibilities and either hand the Squad over to someone else or disband it, but as long as it exists that is a commitment you agreed to take on, and you have to be true to that commitment. If you'll pardon me for speaking plainly but Opal isn't the only one who has questioned whether the R&R Squad is making a difference, I've been wondering the same thing myself for about a couple months now. In fact I've looked up the recruitment records of the R&R Squad members and in the past three months the R&R Squad as a whole has only recruited 6 members for Divisions that weren't their own, and 5 of those were just from Bedr. In fact only Bedr and pjpotter could be considered active recruiters at all, whether it be their own Division or otherwise, and if you take Bedr out of the equation entirely then the R&R Squad has only recruited one member for another Division EVER. Opal is responsible for the success of Starcraft 2, I'll make that clear enough, but the truth is I wouldn't advise him to rely on the R&R Squad to help with recruitment either way because the R&R Squad is wholly unreliable when it comes to recruitment help. And your front on the Retention end isn't much better. I've been to the Admin Meetings and I've heard your monthly updates that basically say "The clan is holding strong at 366 members still", and that is roughly the update you've given every single month. And yes, we are holding at 350+ members, but I haven't seen anything to give me reason to believe that the R&R Squad is the reason why, in fact I have a strong suspicion that if we were to remove the R&R Squad we'd still be holding over 350+ members. You could say that the D&D groups that Xayj put together for a while was the work of the R&R Squad, but I'm actually inclined to believe that he would have done that anyway. There was no planning in the R&R Squad board for an event, no one proposed the idea of a D&D group for discussion, Xayj put that together on his own, and to me that means the credit should go to Xayj entirely, not the R&R Squad. All you can really bring to the table is the Cards Against Humanity night, in which case you might as well just call this the Cards Against Humanity Squad. But again, if you ask me, it would just be better to take the R&R Squad out of it entirely and give full credit to you because you could still run it just as easily even if the R&R Squad wasn't a thing. When you take that into consideration, it's not surprising that Opal has put to question your Squad, it was inevitable that someone was going to question it sooner or later. We need to see some *real* evidence of the R&R Squad at work, we need to see the R&R Squad doing things and planning things that make a difference, that make the Clan better, and not just coming to the table every Admin Meeting and pretending that the Clan being successful is the same as the R&R Squad being successful. Otherwise, and I'll give you forewarning now, I will eventually request that the R&R Squad be disbanded due to inactivity.
  48. 3 points
    Oh this mother fucker better be wearing his brown pants when I find him
  49. 3 points
  50. 3 points
    Starcraft is an amazing game that has many facets of play, I am aware that it has changed a lot since launch but at it's core it remains the same. If we only cater to laddering players it will be hard to grow and build a community. My current plans are to use a few different methods to gain people and build community. First and foremost starcraft is at heart a comparative game and should reflect that in any community based around it. Building a community based on self betterment and individual growth is the main goal, to do this we will organize viewing parties for GSL and WCS as well as helping lower rank players learn with replay analysis and in clan 1v1s. Second, starcraft is a social game with more than just ladder play. Arcade and co-op are a large portion of starcrafts community. Having players dedicated to arcade and co-op will help us grow our clan to be a more eclectic community, especially with competitive arcade games such as marine arena and dessert strike. Lastly, I am going to be working on recruiting and building events for everyone in the clan but will be going fairly blindly without any input from others and basically will build what I want to see in a clan for now. Being active in the forums about starcraft will be the best way to have an impact in the community as well as to show your love for the wonderful game that has made so many passionate gamers fall in love. Lots of love for you all, Opal(OD)
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