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  1. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    What? We're not derailing the topic, my hmmmms just go on a little longer than other peoples hmmmmms. =p
  2. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    At the moment, the concept of discussion. Now don't go giving me the whole "stop picking on us!" line, we are having a good debate! This is how people collaborate to become smarter, wiser, more knowledgeable and more open-minded. You have to be open about hearing the perspectives and thoughts of others! Maybe there are some parts of what I said you agree with, maybe there are some you don't, you have the freedom to pick and choose which parts make sense to you and what to accept, but either way you can't tell me this hasn't been an insightful conversation, right? 😮 It is difficult to say how well humanity would unite in the face of extra-terrestrial threats. Sure, your favorite Sci-Fi movies make it seem pretty simple and glorious, but in these Hollywood-based films the world tends to universally and unconditionally follow the leadership of the United States (If a movie even depicts anyone other than Americans at all), which from the perspective of an American probably does seem like the perfect concept. =P Obviously in the real world it's a bit more complicated. That said there is no reason to believe humanity couldn't act in a united and collaborative way, there are certainly plenty of examples in which the United Nations does just that. And movies aside, I'm sure that's more what you had in mind anyway. Unfortunately we can't form an adversity with something that isn't there. Possibility alone isn't enough to unite people, it has to become something real first. That's not likely to ever be aliens, and as for global catastrophes well.. you can see how well that's uniting us already with global warming. The asteroid impact is the only realistic form of outer-planetary threat we have a chance of being faced with, but this probably won't actually unite people. Most developed nations can and have already put together their own plans for dealing with the threat of an oncoming asteroid, and can act upon their solutions independent of other countries. At most it would be a collaborative project of the UN, and as long as we catch an incoming asteroid early enough we're more than capable of dealing with it. (Unless it's really really big, that would be bad) Once the asteroid is dealt with, it's back to business as usual on Earth. I like to think I'm preserving the art of conversation just fine right here! 😄 I don't think social media is causing people to lose the art of conversation, people who are strong conversationalists still have their avenues to converse in. What social media is doing is providing an overwhelming outlet for the many people who are not strong conversationalists. These people were always there, we just didn't have to read what they said everywhere we went before. Does language affect our thinking? As in does someone's native language influence the way they think? Probably not. But the culture they grew up in, in which that language is derived from, most certainly would.
  3. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    I disagree with your disagreement! People will set aside smaller conflicts in the face of greater adversity, that much is true. But in the absence of a greater threat, smaller conflicts develop a lot more frequently. When the groups or organizations or countries you affiliate yourself with are not in jeopardy, when the interests of the whole are not at stake, then the interests of yourself and those you are more strongly connected to become more relevant and more worth sinking limited time and resources into pursuing. We've never attained true peace, but we've certainly transitioned between times of greater conflict and times of greater peace and can see the patterns that emerge the further we go in either direction. Well it probably isn't what you said, because I wasn't actually responding to what you said. I was responding to what Purplez said. Your scenario is similar but it has some differences. All right, though. Let's look at what you said. Actually our limits would be profound. The free market is a zone of fierce competition, businesses are in a constant struggle to outdo and surpass each other. And without question this leads to some of the greatest forms of greed and corruption that plague our species. It is not only inevitable but necessary, any company that does not make profit and success its top priority will lose to any company that does, and as such ethics and morality often take a secondary role. But while businesses are pretty cut-throat to each other, and seemingly pretty greedy with their constant vying for money and profits, overall this actually works in favor of the consumer. The people and the world as a whole benefits greatly from a system in which businesses and corporations compete, because it is only in the process of constantly outdoing each other that advances are created and built upon. Let's take a look at cars, for example. A marvel of technological ingenuity, it was nevertheless pretty limited in its ability when first created. Fortunately for us, it was created in a world with a competing market. Where one company manufactured and sold these new inventions, another looked at what they were doing and said "I bet we could make it faster, and then people would buy ours instead". And they did, and people did. And then another company made another improvement so people would buy from them instead. Cars were developed to be faster, travel further, be more fuel efficient, more aerodynamic, better handling, more comfortable seating, better carrying capacity, and on and on and on. Each one a direct result of businesses improving on a design for the sole purpose of outdoing the other and turning a greater profit, eventually going from that first old-timey car from before, to this: This is the result of economic competition, the conflict of the open market. Now I know what you are thinking; "But Terra, my whole point is that we would be so much better if people just did these things anyway to make humanity better, instead of competing." Except, my dear Compfreak, we can't. Conflict paves the way for production and progress in a way simple good intention never can. Advancement only comes when preceded by need, and profit is among the most fundamental of all needs. Still skeptical? Well let's look at two examples of humanity, one of conflict and economic competition, and one centered on values and greater good. Look at the history of the Eastern world compare to the history of the Western. On the one hand you have in the East, civilizations of people forming kingdoms and empires. In the west, communities of first nations with their balanced cultures and unity with nature. The very culture and tradition of the first nations people revolved around working for the greater good. Tribes did not hunt and gather for money and profit, they did it to feed their people, promote their way of life, and live in comfort. But while they worked for their greater good, the East was rife with conflict. Kingdoms warred, Empires subjugated, kings and warlords alike cut bloody conquests again and again. Although the first nations people had their moments of skirmishes between tribes, for the vast majority of their history they lived relatively peaceful lives, and their problems were limited to the natural causes of food and resources. But in the East, people developed swords and shields and plate armors to better subjugate. Then they developed stone and brick castles and fortresses to better prevent subjugation. Then they developed catapults and trebuchets to better subjugate again. The free market took root, businesses competed for profits, and technology developed. Bows became crossbows, crossbows became muskets. There are other factors that influenced eastern culture and development as well, but there is no doubt that conflict and economic competition played insurmountable roles. And by the time Eastern humanity crossed the ocean and came to the lands of Western humanity, the cultures of peace and unity stood no chance against the superior technological development and methods of the culture forged in conflict. So, what would the human race look like if everyone worked solely for the greater good of all? Something more or less along the lines of this: Exactly like many secluded tribes still in existence in places like South America today, who have kept to their ways of working for the greater good of the whole, like they always have for thousands of years. Because once again, it is only through adversity that humanity can achieve its greatest potential.
  4. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    Which is exactly what I'll say about you in this topic. =P I'm starting to think you are really just a purple care bear now. Don't get me wrong though, it's certainly better to see an overwhelming waterfall of compassion and positivity gushing out of someone rather than the much-more-common ignorant and short-sighted vitriol that every internet troll likes to spout. The world could use a bit more positivity in it. But would a world ruled by compassion and positivity really be better, do you think? Is flooding the world with kindness and selflessness really what is best for humanity? Consider this: an act of heroism can only exist in moments of strife. The greatest heroes we cherish in human history, Joan of Arc, William Wallace, George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr, Alexander the Great, all of them are the iconic heroes of their times because they were faced with situations of great conflict and suffering. In similar fashion, every great story and adventure is great precisely because of the challenges, conflicts, or moral contrasts within them. We measure our greatest feats and ideals by the horrors in which they are a contrast to. As people, we grow to detest conflict and depression. We see the hardships and suffering it creates, and it makes us wish that such things would disappear so that no one need ever have to experience such pain. But the truth is that humanity's greatest potential comes out only in times of greatest hardships. There is no greater source of perseverance than that of resolve, no stronger motivator than that of great need, no country more united than the one which is threatened. In the face of a common threat people tend to rally together, focusing on a common objective, and historically many of our greatest achievements and advancements come during times of conflict. I've seen it myself, and I've also seen what happens when you take away the common enemies and problems from a populace. Unity becomes division, progress becomes stagnation, interest becomes indifference. The truth is we need conflict. It is as much a part of what makes us who we are as our bonds. There is no good without evil, humanity can only reach its full potential with the existence of unity and adversity both. True conflict can destroy the human race. But make no mistake, true peace could destroy us just as easily. Don't be too quick to reach for it.
  5. Terra

    Tutorial on Trading

    Youtube video on trading in Black Desert Trading chart
  6. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    Free will is real within the bounds of how we experience life, if we are to consider free will to be an illusion then we must redefine what we interpret to be reality. (Which if you are going to include the possibility of parallel universes branching out from every possibility, like a lot of theories of the quantum world suggest, then we might have to) But assuming we are not including that, then in the world we perceive we are free to make our choices based on our information and feelings, and will similarly be held accountable for those choices based on the free will of others. Succeeded. It's a trick question because it tries to impose a "right answer/wrong answer" concept on a subject of personal principle. The choices that define our direction and objectives aren't measured as being correct or incorrect, it's just a question of which direction we want to go and what objectives we want to pursue. The choices we make in pursuit of those objectives can be regarded as correct or incorrect, based on whether they contributed to that desired objective. In regards to this statement, the moment the person in question changed their objective from fulfilling a task to failing the task, they were pursuing a different objective from the one aligned with fulfilling the task. It isn't correct or incorrect, just a different choice. And in the pursuit of that new objective, they succeeded. If it was the objective of someone else to get this person to succeed at the task, then they consequently failed.
  7. Terra

    Tutorial on Trading

    How about a snapshot of my amazing lightning magic in action? Who could resist then?
  8. Terra

    Whale Spawn Locations

    Map with Whale Spawn locations
  9. Terra

    Map for Gathering Wood

    Map image for Gathering Wood and Guild Missions
  10. Terra

    Nodes and Workers Guide

    Written guide on Nodes and workers http://www.blackdesertfoundry.com/workers/ Youtube video on setting up Nodes
  11. Terra

    Horse-Breeding Guide

    Written Guide on Horse Breeding http://dulfy.net/2016/03/03/black-desert-online-horse-taming-and-breeding-guide/ Youtube video on Horse Breeding
  12. Guide for improving gear. https://www.blackdesertfoundry.com/upgrading-gearfailstacking-guide/
  13. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    Seems you got it figured out.
  14. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    I've created Black Desert as a Squad on the website for us. The website unfortunately doesn't allow Corporals to be Squad Leaders, so I have *temporarily* assigned lead to myself and XO to Aerineth. Once you reach Staff Sergeant rank or higher, Mono, I will switch leadership to you and I'll place myself as the XO. I've also created a chat channel for us in Discord so that we can talk easier and leave messages for each other, rather than having to continue to use this topic on the forum here. Our Discord is: discord.overdosed.net You'll find the Black Desert channel down in the active squads section.
  15. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    That's the plan. Character name: ArilynSkye Family name: TerraOD We'll start putting things together tomorrow (later today, being that its past midnight) Altros says he's fine with us using his boat to hunt some early sea monsters and get some good starting money for our guild. I have to re-learn basically everything, so I'm going to be pretty rusty, but I'm sure we'll figure it out.
  16. Terra

    A Young Man's Resignation

    It's been a good run, Onee. It's too bad you are leaving but I understand. If you ever decide to return you'll be welcome.
  17. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    No pretty much just me will have access to the Olivia server. Baha's already been playing on and off a while, so he doesn't have it. You don't have it. And if Mono has been playing a while he won't have it. And I don't think Remsen is going to be joining us, at least initially. But that's okay because I'm usually a pretty good recruiter, so I can see about taking advantage of that.
  18. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    I see. Thanks for the info guys. It looks like the best approach then, from the sounds of it, is to work towards building boats and hunting sea monsters in the long-term, and in the meantime while we prepare for that maybe there are some guild boss scrolls we can get and regularly do. Being able to get guild members together once a week to run guild bosses would go a long ways towards promoting unity and group activity. Does that sound feasible to you guys?
  19. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    We need to establish a direction for ourselves in the game, achievements in this game aren't as linear as in other games, it's not as simple as just running the next level dungeon over again to get the gear you need. We need to create an objective for ourselves to work towards as a group. @Altros(OD) What are our options? If we wanted to go PvP what would we have to aim for? If we wanted strong economic dominance, what should we do for better resources? Is there a benefit to PvP in the form of banditry or pirates, or is it better to aim for larger-scale PvP? What other things can players do in BDO?
  20. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    That makes things simple then.
  21. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    I'll finish my nightly Age of Wonders game with Bahafresh and Remsen, and then we'll take a look at BDO again and see what potential it has to offer. We probably still have a left-over guild from when we last played it, but if you want to create and lead a new guild, Mono, then you can go ahead and make one and we'll join yours if we decide to get back into the game.
  22. It occurs to me that I've never really explained the process or expectations involved with the ability to vote on people's promotions, which becomes available at Staff Sergeant rank. And being that some of our ESO members are starting to appear in the pending promotions page, it will be important for us to understand how it works so that we can place the votes we want on the people we feel deserve it. You can place a vote by clicking the Console button and selecting the Promotions section. There are two buttons of interest in this section. The top one is the Promotion List, which will take you to the list of members who are already placed up for promotion. The lower one titled "Promote Member" is when you want to place someone up for promotion. Putting a member up for promotion is pretty straight-forward, you just locate them on the list, select their name, and then place your initial vote and reasons (same rules as placing votes in the Promotion List apply). It will then put the member into the Promotion List, where other people may place their votes on whether this member has earned their next rank or not. So let's take a look at the Promotion List. Here is an example. As one might expect this now provides a list of the members who are up for promotion. From here you can choose which member you want to place a vote for by selecting their name. There is nothing wrong with voting for people who are in other Divisions, however you should be familiar with the people you place votes for, if you go on a voting spree and just start voting for everyone because you can, we are going to be having a talk. And every time Terra needs to have one of "those" kinds of talks with someone, the end of the world draws just a little closer. So try not to do that. Clicking on a name will bring up the person and the list of votes they have already obtained. On here you can see who has already placed a vote for this person, and why they have given their vote. A person's probability of being promoted is entirely dependent on the impact they've had on those around them, people who don't associate much with others, or get involved with Clan or Division activities, aren't going to be noticed by many people, and as such not so many people will vote on their right to be promoted. On the other hand, people who are well-connected or exceptionally talented at blackmailing others will often wind up with an abundance of votes. Typically a member only needs to meet the required number of votes before their time on the Promotion List is up, which lasts 5 days. However, members who received substantially more votes than the required amount will have days taken off of their waiting time, making it possible for a member to receive their promotion in 3 days instead of 5 since being placed on the Promotion List. Once a member is promoted, or if a member fails to acquire the minimum amount of votes needed, they must wait 7 days before they can be placed back into the Promotion List. Members of Officer rank must wait 14 days. And members of General rank can only be promoted once every 3 months, and must provide a self-evaluation, but that isn't something you need to worry about right now. Needless to say members of OD tend to take note of people already on the Promotion List, since they are more noticeable. Members can have less of a habit of scanning the list of members eligible for promotion and actually putting them up for promotion. As such, it's possible to put yourself up for promotion, and add yourself to the Promotion List, if you feel you've earned it. But this should only happen if it's been a period of a month or two and you feel as if your hard work has gone somewhat unnoticed. If you are an Officer rank then putting yourself up for promotion is considered severely frowned upon. Back on the subject of placing votes, once you're inside someone's vote page you can add your own vote using a button at the bottom, which will then bring you to where you write out your vote. In here you can tailor the type of vote you want to provide for the individual. The "Vote Worth" number determines how many points you want your vote to be worth. Starting at Staff Sergeant your vote is only worth 1, but as you climb into higher ranks, the weight of your vote can be worth increasingly more. Members may not always want to vote with their full strength, they will vote stronger on people they are more impressed by. Once you determine the worth of your vote, next is to determine whether you want to Deny or Approve the promotion (it defaults on Deny, so make sure to adjust this if you are supporting the promotion). If you choose Deny, then your vote will actually subtract from a person's accumulated votes equal to the worth you designated, if it is greater than their accumulated votes then their acquired vote count will even go into negatives. Use this if you feel the member has demonstrated behavior or performance that makes them unworthy of a promotion, such as disrespect or periods of extreme inactivity. Lastly you must provide a reason for your vote. When supporting someone's promotion you must provide at least 3 reasons for why they deserve to be promoted. It doesn't matter what those reasons are, but if you don't provide at least three legitimate reasons then your vote may be removed by administration. Neg voting only requires one reason, so long as it's a valid reason. When you are finished hit the "Submit my Decision" to get a preview of your Vote, then hit the Approve button to actually place the Vote. Overdosed is a Clan of karma. If you take time out to acknowledge people's efforts then they in turn will take the time to acknowledge yours when you become eligible for promotion. Only by looking after one another will we be able to grow and develop into an increasingly more sophisticated Division. So every OD member should take time every so often to look over the Promotion List and vote for the people they support! Of course, there are some OD members who take a different approach...
  23. On the course of cleverness, I don't think you have a passing grade yet.
  24. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    It's basically as Xayj said. It's a really good mmorpg aside from the fact that it is less a massive multiplayer and more a massive singleplayer online role-playing game. Something the developers have been critiqued for, but decided to focus on improving the game graphics instead. (Ironically, the one thing no one did complain about) The lack of group content makes it difficult to form any kind of community on it, and caused some of us to become disinterested. That said, both Bahafresh and Altros have started picking the game up again, and I've given it serious consideration as well. Primarily because despite its group-related problems it is the closest thing to a decent mmorpg available right now, and we've been searching for a long time to find a game we can found a new Division on.
  25. Added in a link to a tutorial on how voting on promotions work as well.
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