23
Jul
09

Europe Stand Together!

To Order and Destruction on all European servers:

Monday 27th July, 7pm UK time / 8pm Server time:

Europe Stand Together!

Every Destruction player log a Magus on into Inevitable City.
Every Order player log a Shadow Warrior on into Altdorf.

Stand together for 30 minutes.

Mythic have bungled every step of the way since the release of WAR. They are in many ways no worse or better than any other average MMO provider but we do not pay for mediocrity. We pay for excellence and Mythic’s deployment of the much loved Warhammer intellectual property has not been a crowning achievement in the history of either Games Workshop or Electronic Arts.

Mythic make vague promises which are never delivered and they have appalling patching processes where they hurry versions through on the test servers without proper testing. Then we are subjected to all kinds of problems such as lag and shockingly unplayable gameplay conditions. They produce sloppy programming which inflicts misery on elements of the community for up to months at a time before they get around to doing ill-considered fixes where they tend to break nearly as much as they fix. All the while they dangle the carrot of ‘better times coming / good stuff on the way’ to appease people while their developers scratch their heads and hope.

There is not one thing that Mythic have implemented in the short history of this MMO that has been deployed to live servers and ‘just worked’. Every single update has been marred by shoddy quality control and embaressing bugs that should have been caught way before hitting production environments.

Mythic need to make their processes more transparent to us, the paying customers and show they are directly including our feedback in updates, not just bugs they missed because of poor internal quality procedures.

Mythic need to produce better scheduled reports of progress. RELIABLE information on what is going through the change process. Not just pipe dreams from developers who floated an idea at a meeting which hasn’t been tested but they felt it was cool to waffle about on a video blog.

Mythic need to show they are responding to player concerns directly. Rolling out comedians with silly sunglasses just doesn’t cut it any more.

Mythic need to increase the quality of their output drastically.

Mythic need to remove the knee-jerk balancing mentality prevelant in every patch to date. This is probably one of their biggest WAR crimes.

Electronic Arts need to show they are on the case and support the community. Because it is the community on which any MMO stands or falls and thus EA’s income. Mythic’s behaviour is killing the community. It is being eroded day by day as the players lose faith in Mythic to ever deliver.

If enough of us stand together before Mythic completely blow all confidence in Warhammer’s MMO incarnation we will send a clear message to this and every other MMO provider out there that we the gaming community want those who intend to create and provide MMO services that we will not just be fobbed off with vague promises, vague hints of future fixes if we just put up with the mediocre performance for now. We pay to play now. We pay for YOU, the MMO provider to deliver now.

We want and we have a right to expect.

I propose that every player in every guild in every alliance on every server in Europe stands together.

Most MMO providers listen to those that scream the loudest.

We’re not going to scream at you, Mythic. We’re not going to rant about how poorly you have handled this community and its ongoing concerns.

We’re going to stand quietly for 30 minutes, all of us…

…With the gaming media of the entire world watching.

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28 Responses to “Europe Stand Together!”


  1. 1 Roo Stercogburn
    July 23, 2009 at 23:22

    Insta ban on WHA

  2. 2 Roo Stercogburn
    July 23, 2009 at 23:27

    I have sent a query to the WHA Admins. I think when planning a continent-wide event, posting once on each server forum is entirely reasonable especially when I directed each post at that server specifically.

    The threads have also been deleted. Fortunately, I posted this blog entry here at the same time.

  3. July 23, 2009 at 23:56

    Its BS that they filtered your message as “spam”. Talk to people on different servers, try to get the word out.

  4. July 24, 2009 at 00:06

    Update: I posted on the Volkmar server about this, but only as a “hey look what Europe is up to” sort of thing, simply because as you already know we Americans are lazy waffles. I have little confidence that it would do much good to try here. Nonetheless, I wish you the best of luck.

    (I also contacted one of the WHA Admins, requesting that your ban be repealed, explaining that it isn’t spam if it is directed at each server individually.)

  5. July 24, 2009 at 07:08

    Will post it in my blog today!

  6. 6 Roo Stercogburn
    July 24, 2009 at 07:37

    Cheers for the support guys. We have just over 3 days to get the word out to as many people as possible.

  7. 8 Salvion
    July 24, 2009 at 13:03

    Will do my best to log in and try to support this even tho im working night but cant promisse, posted in old Valourforums to.

  8. 9 Roo Stercogburn
    July 24, 2009 at 15:51

    More US servers picking up on this:

    http://forums.warhammeronline.com/warhammer/board/message?board.id=chaos_mg&thread.id=4629

    BIG Thanks to our North American cousins pushing this. If there’s any way in which I can help, let me know.

  9. 10 shadowwar
    July 24, 2009 at 18:02

    Posted this on my blog as well, we’ll see if I can get any of my fellow fat-asses to join up for this.

  10. 11 Roo Stercogburn
    July 24, 2009 at 20:25

    It would appear at least one of the mods on WHA is actively undermining this effort. Posts are disappearing in less than mysterious ways.

  11. 12 Roo Stercogburn
    July 24, 2009 at 22:59

    Since stuff is disappearing on WHA, I’ll update on here for now. I’ve been posting on gaming websites and messaging people. I’ll continue to do so over the weekend.

    There’s been some threads deleted on the official GOA forums because they have strict rules for language of posting and I didn’t want to just shove the text through the likes of Babelfish. This is fair enough. This means we don’t currently have any confirmation that the German, Italian, and Spanish server players are aware of the event. I’ll work on that in the morning if nobody has done so beforehand.

    Props to CelticJim for making a US account for this. It is such a nice thing to do to support this and very much appreciated. Actually many of the actions by people helping to make this event work is incredible. Tremendous community spirit.

  12. July 25, 2009 at 13:27

    It’s appalling that it comes to this, and that GOA/WHA fight it off. It’s a WAR with backwards processes in a backwards world of making money. GOA/Mythic have every right to make loads of money, but theres a right way and a wrong way to do it.

  13. 14 Roo Stercogburn
    July 26, 2009 at 16:37

    Fene has kindly translated the post into German and I’ve now put it up on the official GOA German forums. Big thanks to GOA.

    Also props to CelticJim, who has even made a US account so he can spread the word on the US forums. Thats really awesome man and much appreciated. I’d post on WHA to thank you but this is impossible at the moment.

    I hope the WHA mods are really proud of themselves for actively undermining a very large effort supported by many players under the feeble guise of ‘strict’ modding. They are supposed to serve the community, not undermine it.

  14. 15 Roo Stercogburn
    July 26, 2009 at 16:37

    Bleh that should have read big thanks to Fene. I’ll get more coffee I think ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. July 26, 2009 at 17:15

    oi Roo ya git

    now i know you and me have not seen eye to eye on a lot of subjects.But this is some thing i have 100% argee on. mythic have been treating Eu community of warhammer online like dirt since beta.

    but i will be recording this moment and posting it on warhammermovies.com as well as screen shots from the order side of things on the 27th..

    but if mythic or goa dont take note i think we could add more to it. makeing all players on karak norn not log in to warhammer online for 1 week and so on

    But i kinda hope we do get a responce from mythic about this matter

    Peace love & Waaagh

    -tumka

  16. 17 Roo Stercogburn
    July 26, 2009 at 19:16

    Aye Gore. I know we often disagree which makes your support even more appreciated in light of this ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. July 27, 2009 at 18:52

    oi roo!!

    screen shots of the Europe Stand Together! event in altdroft are done and where posted here and wha

    Warning

    The screen shots are not brill since i was takeing them on my laptop so they might be crappy

    this was done when a big time ic push was done by order so not many people could trun up

  18. July 27, 2009 at 18:53

    1st off i would like to thank every one who did trun up in altdroft as a sw,

    Warning

    The screen shots are not brill since i was takeing them on my laptop so they might be crappy

    this was done when a big time ic push was done by order so not many people could trun up

  19. July 27, 2009 at 18:55

    hey mate screen shots are up on WHA check them out

    peace/love/Waagh!!

    -tumka

  20. July 28, 2009 at 02:18

    I just saw the video on Bootae’s blog. Great work Roo, well done.

  21. 24 Roo Stercogburn
    July 28, 2009 at 02:40

    Hey Firstto, I’m working on my own video as I type this. I did the music on Monday afternoon prior to the event with fingers crossed that I’d get decent footage. What I ended up with surpassed anything that I could have planned. The imagination and team spirit of the people I am lucky to spend my recreational time with is wonderful.

    I cannot speak for any other community on other factions/realms/etc on servers in this or any other game but Karak-Norn Destruction has an awesome community. You’ll see what I mean when I finish this video and get around to posting. I cannot thank the people that made the effort to join for this enough – many did not have Magus characters and made them specially for the event. I say without spin or glibness that I am humbled by the positive response of the people I play alongside.

  22. 25 Salvion
    July 28, 2009 at 03:23

    Was nice to follow all threads during the evening/night, to bad i haid to be at work to join you all :/
    Looking forward to see the vid.


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