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Eric768's - My Story

Eric768 (US1)Eric768 (US1) US1 Posts: 7,183
edited 13.05.2015 in Off Topic
Hello readers.

I write this in the spur of the moment, but I've planned on writing this for quite some time, though more towards when I was planning on leaving the game.. But I think now is alright.

This is basically my story. How I started this game, what happened, controversy, betrayal, spies, and whatever else you can think of... You'll hear things I've kept inside for a long time, things that have stuck with me for many months. I hope you enjoy..

Well it all began as they all do. I joined the game, found it somewhat interesting, joined a small 5 member alliance about a week or less after the USA1 server. No one was a higher level than 25, no alliance larger than 20 members, and the powerhouse at the time was Bloody Blades. My alliance to start wasn't active, though I never thought of leaving them. Until one day I received a message from Bayou76. He was a strong player, a great mentor. I joined his alliance, Just Business. There I met some players named Suzzee, TwinkleToes, Lisa B., and some others.. We numbered about 12.

Two weeks after my joining, Bayou joined Bloody Blades who were growing in numbers. He said it was for the good of the alliance. He handed leadership to Twinkletoes, and she remained leader for a couple months until her real life called for her to leave. Now during this time, Bloody Blades had a split, and Bayou amongst others created The Unconformed. They opposed Bloody Blades, but later members split from the Unconformed to create Regulators.

I won't go into too much detail about the history of USA1, but these were some large power shifts..

Now, early in the game it was tough to accept getting hit. I became a farming target for someone 15 levels higher. His alliance surrounded me, numbering 20 or so. Due to my 100 distance from the nearest alliance member, I was meat. It was at this time that I began studying defense and attack.. At first I lost badly, but soon I began to kill more and more of his offense. One day an attack came in, around 400. I won with 200 deaths. The next day, 250 came in. I won with 150 losses. He attempted fewer and fewer attacks as time went on, as I continued to stand strong. Maybe 3 weeks later, the move castle function became available and I jumped to move by my allied partners. I never heard from him again..

Anyway, back in my little slice of Empire, Lisa B. assumed leadership. She and I basically upheld Just Business, now numbering 15. After some time, we began a war with a neighbouring alliance named The Agency. To be blunt, we slaughtered them. But we saw it mutually beneficial to join together. They were also a 15 member alliance. So one of their members dumped about 150-300 thousand rubies, and made our limit 29 members. It was at this time we became a sizeable force at the time of the server, but nothing at the top.

Our joint leadership of Lisa and Belrathius eventually landed us a position alongside the Total Collective Alliance (TCA). Bloody Blades, Regulators, THE MISC, Dream Legion, Leviathan, Team-Legends, The Agency, D8athG0ds, were among the mix. The most powerful force of allied alliances on the server...

Of course, the brief history is Majestic left Regulators with the capitol, made Dream Team, war broke out and we helped retake the capitol, etc.. A lot was happening around this time, it may have been before the TCA creation, don't quote me ;)

Then sometime later, THE MISC broke from the TCA, and the first war broke out. TCA vs. MISC and allies. The Agency faired well actually.. We operated as a joint attack force, taking a few targets each night and winning roughly 65% of our attacks. This war was called a draw, told to us by our TCA partners. Later, THE MISC snatched a capitol from a BB sub, and our second war broke out. This was the wedge driven between the TCA. After a long war, BB swapped sides and took the TCA capitol which they held for protection, and joined the side of BB. I still remember reading for the first time in the BB alliance description, "An independent alliance!"

So our alliance as a TCA alliance split from the TCA as it collapsed. We ourselves became independent. Lisa took full control of the alliance as Belrathius left the game.

We remained on the sidelines watching the history of our server unfold. Our alliance received generous donations from an unnamed source, allowing us to open up 43 slots. Later, this unnamed source tried a revolution, felt we weren't asserting ourselves. After it fell apart, he, alongside 2 other generals, left to join our sub alliance, The Agency 2. They claimed to be building them up, bringing them up in all bonuses, and numbering now 33 slots. Not long after, we at the main alliance finalized a merge between ourselves and a medium alliance. The 3 who left felt outraged they were not included in discussions, due to the complexity of their leaving and where their true membership positions stood.

The 2 generals came back, and the unnamed source moved into a large alliance. It was a messy break up, and I have spoken with this person maybe twice since, in over a year.

Now we sat in a precarious position.. We were in a state of minor rebuild. We took in some members who an ally warned us about, but we ignored their suggestions to exclude them.. A mistake.

A few weeks later, we realized due to various indications, we had a spy in our midst. Not one, but multiple spies. The pressure on Lisa was intense, and she soon handed off leadership to myself. I had little tolerance for spies, and so we relocated them immediately. They were a thorn for some time after, indirectly threatening war, as if the Cold War, but never actually launching attacks.

This was the busiest, toughest, and trying period of my time in the game. We were falling apart, I was messaging allies, new prospects, old contacts, etc.. I often sent 200-300 messages a day for about 3-5 weeks. I took a large burden for the sake of rebuild, but it was inevitable, our collapse.

Our core 8 decided to leave after a vote. Our alliance was becoming inactive, and the 49 slots we owned were filled by 21. So we voted, and moved into Prime Legends, the old PTR PRIME, numbering 24 out of 65 slots. It was months thereafter with a full alliance, where a war broke out with THE MISC and friends. I wasn't a fan, but I was 100%. I was slowly moving my way up in PL, and as the war raged on, I could see the Team-Legends family falling apart. Little action was being taken in our eyes, and I voiced my opinion along with my old core, against the war and for the path of peace. I awoke in the morning with my sand RVs stolen, sitting in the cold... I wasn't the only one, 3 or 4 others were thrown for agreeing with me. I was told later that day by someone inside, a mass mail was sent. I was called a CANCER. Something that needed to be cut out.. as if I was a disease, or a piece of trash. It hurt.

I found myself a short-term alliance, and received messages from about 10 or 12 people who wanted out of PL with me. I eventually got us back into one alliance, getting 7 of our core 8 into H.I.V.E United thanks to an old friend doing my a favour. (You rock friend who I will not name)

The others who wanted out moved into various large alliances.

H.I.V.E United was possibly the best alliance I ever joined.. The activity, the knowledge, and the power was astounding, standing to this day. About 2 weeks after joining, some issues came up in my life. These issues were depression, stress, self-harm, anxiety, some mild drinking, and many more mixed feelings. I moved into a HIVE sub for a month.

I made a return to H.I.V.E United after my break, and stayed for about a month and a half before I realized it wasn't working do to my ongoing issues. So I moved into 7 Realms, an old friends alliance, and that is where I have been for about 2 1/2 months. Relaxing, playing, and having fun.. So much stress comes with this game, I think everyone should take a break at one time or another. It isn't healthy sometimes, playing the amount of time we play.

Now where do I stand today? Well, I have reached out for help. And the first person was someone in the game, who helped me greatly.. I will not name this person, but they will always be known to me as one who may have saved my life. They eventually helped me move into getting help from friends and one family member, and it was what kept me going. I can say I am getting better, and my signature stands true in that if you need help, there is an inbox here waiting...

My current status; looking to rejoin my old alliance The Agency which is named something else now, but I won't share what. I want to restore them to their full glory, give back to the lower levels, and make right. Of course, they are reluctant to letting me in right now, as I did leave, so this is ongoing.. We'll see, but I will get back to where I consider to be home. I just want to be home once more...

So as you can see, it hasn't been easy. The thing I love about this game is the diplomacy. I think it was and is my strongest tool in this game. Constantly making contacts, making allies, making deals, getting on the same page, joint tasking, joining allies in war, etc... It was something I liked, where as not many others seem to enjoy the process.

So many times you forget these is another person on the other side of the screen. I really want to advocate, think before you press that send button.. Because during my leave, I wasn't sending out the nicest messages. Not only that, but sometimes I use putdowns to bring myself up. I will admit to my faults, it is part of the process, I do it here in the forums mainly jokingly, but we all sit there sometimes and think. I often seek attention, and I have a lot pride, also faults, and whenever I type things I often think of what kind of reaction I will get. Feel surreal, is this happening? Are they listening? How will they respond? Will they notice me?

I have many faults. What a cliché this is, but I am human. Listen to me when I say, this is a game, no matter how angry you are, do not take it out on your fellow players.. (Sorry about this little rant)

Here we are. I am still on "break," but I am becoming active once more, and I am making changes for the better. Now what, you may ask? I have spilled the beans of my story, and my thoughts, what does the future hold?

Well I don't know really. I don't know if I'll be here in a year, if I will get back to my true home, if you'll pay any attention to this, if you'll give two damns about this, click the red X, not think twice about it, shed a tear, warm your body, shriek inside, feel compassion... But what I do know is, we are all survivors, and I have an inbox.

So let's talk.
Post edited by Eric768 (US1) on
Proud to have been one of the longest serving members on USA1
Advocate of speaking up regarding mental health and seeking help
***Currently Retired from playing GGE***

Rest well Jason; a fantastic player and an even greater person. Gone but not forgotten.
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Comments

  • I Shall Rise (US1)I Shall Rise (US1) Posts: 318
    edited 26.01.2014
    All I can say is that is inspiring Eric. I hope you stick around for a long while more and continue to have fun in the game, and that our paths cross someday.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    I Shall Rise @ usa 1

    I vehemently detest the spy report update. Give us back our tool numbers on towers.
  • triangletriangle Posts: 425
    edited 26.01.2014
    You've definitely had a more rocky history than I have... I would agree with Rise that this is a rather inspiring text, especially as you seem to be one 'e the more experienced players on the forum.

    I am rather surprised though, that you don't seem to have had a "permanent" alliance in quite a while. I've always found the community to be one of the greatest things that this game has to offer, and it seems sad that you have had such a rough time in it.
    My Thoughts:
    Two years of Playing GGE: Independent Alliance and None Ruby Players
    How GGS handles our Feedback

    Why I decided to Leave
    Thoughts on the Legendary Update

    Achieved title of "the terrible", on the 8th of August 2014, without buying rubies, and while playing in an independent alliance.
  • coolman1012coolman1012 Posts: 257
    edited 26.01.2014
    Great story eric, it is truly inspirational.
    coolman1012 @ usa 1
    #THE DREAM LIVES ON
    #ANHILATE THE UPDATE!23.jpg
    My advice column:
    http://en.board.goodgamestudios.com/empire/showthread.php?106554-Coolman-s-Cool-Advice-Column&p=1208229#post1208229
  • edited 26.01.2014
    Hey Eric,

    I have to say when we first meet, I was a bit scared of the idea of having you in the alliance. Our family chain had a long history of keeping the game in the game and staying out of the forums as much as possible. While I knew you had some amazing connections and knew a lot of the history of a couple groups I did not. We worked out a way to take your love for the forums and what the alliance needed at the time to come to an agreement that would allow you to continue to come up in the ranks. You voiced your opinion which can be a blessing or curse... depending on who's side you were taking. (Take with a grain of salt... if we love if or not, you let people know exactly what you think and that is a rare quality that would help so many.) Yes, we got into some wars and we were not quiet all ready for the quick changes that came with the one. We had some fun and were building out well, when the latest war came along. I am sorry that some things happened and hope you find a place that works for you.

    Either way you had/have a passion that is undeniable for this game. You are a true asset to the game and forums. It would be a truly sad day for USA1 when you leave.
  • Lord PorkyLord Porky Posts: 2,967
    edited 26.01.2014
    Eric, very good post, to say the least. Remarkably free of "spin" and with wider application than just the game.

    Doug
  • Molson Beer (US1)Molson Beer (US1) US1 Posts: 8,443
    edited 26.01.2014
    Wow...I'd never have the courage to speak out like that, and I really admire you for that.

    Stay awesome Eric :)
  • KingBrito2493KingBrito2493 Posts: 139
    edited 26.01.2014
    Nice story, it was really inspiring.
    KingBrito2493 the Awesome!
    Who needs the Terrible?
    Server: USA 1
  • Jamie WhiteJamie White Posts: 471
    edited 26.01.2014
    Eric768 wrote: »
    Hello readers.

    I write this in the spur of the moment, but I've planned on writing this for quite some time, though more towards when I was planning on leaving the game.. But I think now is alright.

    This is basically my story. How I started this game, what happened, controversy, betrayal, spies, and whatever else you can think of... You'll hear things I've kept inside for a long time, things that have stuck with me for many months. I hope you enjoy..

    Well it all began as they all do. I joined the game, found it somewhat interesting, joined a small 5 member alliance about a week or less after the USA1 server. No one was a higher level than 25, no alliance larger than 20 members, and the powerhouse at the time was Bloody Blades. My alliance to start wasn't active, though I never thought of leaving them. Until one day I received a message from Bayou76. He was a strong player, a great mentor. I joined his alliance, Just Business. There I met some players named Suzzee, TwinkleToes, Lisa B., and some others.. We numbered about 12.

    Two weeks after my joining, Bayou joined Bloody Blades who were growing in numbers. He said it was for the good of the alliance. He handed leadership to Twinkletoes, and she remained leader for a couple months until her real life called for her to leave. Now during this time, Bloody Blades had a split, and Bayou amongst others created The Unconformed. They opposed Bloody Blades, but later members split from the Unconformed to create Regulators.

    I won't go into too much detail about the history of USA1, but these were some large power shifts..

    Now, early in the game it was tough to accept getting hit. I became a farming target for someone 15 levels higher. His alliance surrounded me, numbering 20 or so. Due to my 100 distance from the nearest alliance member, I was meat. It was at this time that I began studying defense and attack.. At first I lost badly, but soon I began to kill more and more of his offense. One day an attack came in, around 400. I won with 200 deaths. The next day, 250 came in. I won with 150 losses. He attempted fewer and fewer attacks as time went on, as I continued to stand strong. Maybe 3 weeks later, the move castle function became available and I jumped to move by my allied partners. I never heard from him again..

    Anyway, back in my little slice of Empire, Lisa B. assumed leadership. She and I basically upheld Just Business, now numbering 15. After some time, we began a war with a neighbouring alliance named The Agency. To be blunt, we slaughtered them. But we saw it mutually beneficial to join together. They were also a 15 member alliance. So one of their members dumped about 150-300 thousand rubies, and made our limit 29 members. It was at this time we became a sizeable force at the time of the server, but nothing at the top.

    Our joint leadership of Lisa and Belrathius eventually landed us a position alongside the Total Collective Alliance (TCA). Bloody Blades, Regulators, THE MISC, Dream Legion, Leviathan, Team-Legends, The Agency, D8athG0ds, were among the mix. The most powerful force of allied alliances on the server...

    Of course, the brief history is Majestic left Regulators with the capitol, made Dream Team, war broke out and we helped retake the capitol, etc.. A lot was happening around this time, it may have been before the TCA creation, don't quote me ;)

    Then sometime later, THE MISC broke from the TCA, and the first war broke out. TCA vs. MISC and allies. The Agency faired well actually.. We operated as a joint attack force, taking a few targets each night and winning roughly 65% of our attacks. This war was called a draw, told to us by our TCA partners. Later, THE MISC snatched a capitol from a BB sub, and our second war broke out. This was the wedge driven between the TCA. After a long war, BB swapped sides and took the TCA capitol which they held for protection, and joined the side of BB. I still remember reading for the first time in the BB alliance description, "An independent alliance!"

    So our alliance as a TCA alliance split from the TCA as it collapsed. We ourselves became independent. Lisa took full control of the alliance as Belrathius left the game.

    We remained on the sidelines watching the history of our server unfold. Our alliance received generous donations from an unnamed source, allowing us to open up 43 slots. Later, this unnamed source tried a revolution, felt we weren't asserting ourselves. After it fell apart, he, alongside 2 other generals, left to join our sub alliance, The Agency 2. They claimed to be building them up, bringing them up in all bonuses, and numbering now 33 slots. Not long after, we at the main alliance finalized a merge between ourselves and a medium alliance. The 3 who left felt outraged they were not included in discussions, due to the complexity of their leaving and where their true membership positions stood.

    The 2 generals came back, and the unnamed source moved into a large alliance. It was a messy break up, and I have spoken with this person maybe twice since, in over a year.

    Now we sat in a precarious position.. We were in a state of minor rebuild. We took in some members who an ally warned us about, but we ignored their suggestions to exclude them.. A mistake.

    A few weeks later, we realized due to various indications, we had a spy in our midst. Not one, but multiple spies. The pressure on Lisa was intense, and she soon handed off leadership to myself. I had little tolerance for spies, and so we relocated them immediately. They were a thorn for some time after, indirectly threatening war, as if the Cold War, but never actually launching attacks.

    This was the busiest, toughest, and trying period of my time in the game. We were falling apart, I was messaging allies, new prospects, old contacts, etc.. I often sent 200-300 messages a day for about 3-5 weeks. I took a large burden for the sake of rebuild, but it was inevitable, our collapse.

    Our core 8 decided to leave after a vote. Our alliance was becoming inactive, and the 49 slots we owned were filled by 21. So we voted, and moved into Prime Legends, the old PTR PRIME, numbering 24 out of 65 slots. It was months thereafter with a full alliance, where a war broke out with THE MISC and friends. I wasn't a fan, but I was 100%. I was slowly moving my way up in PL, and as the war raged on, I could see the Team-Legends family falling apart. Little action was being taken in our eyes, and I voiced my opinion along with my old core, against the war and for the path of peace. I awoke in the morning with my sand RVs stolen, sitting in the cold... I wasn't the only one, 3 or 4 others were thrown for agreeing with me. I was told later that day by someone inside, a mass mail was sent. I was called a CANCER. Something that needed to be cut out.. as if I was a disease, or a piece of trash. It hurt.

    I found myself a short-term alliance, and received messages from about 10 or 12 people who wanted out of PL with me. I eventually got us back into one alliance, getting 7 of our core 8 into H.I.V.E United thanks to an old friend doing my a favour. (You rock friend who I will not name)

    The others who wanted out moved into various large alliances.

    H.I.V.E United was possibly the best alliance I ever joined.. The activity, the knowledge, and the power was astounding, standing to this day. About 2 weeks after joining, some issues came up in my life. These issues were depression, stress, self-harm, anxiety, some mild drinking, and many more mixed feelings. I moved into a HIVE sub for a month.

    I made a return to H.I.V.E United after my break, and stayed for about a month and a half before I realized it wasn't working do to my ongoing issues. So I moved into 7 Realms, an old friends alliance, and that is where I have been for about 2 1/2 months. Relaxing, playing, and having fun.. So much stress comes with this game, I think everyone should take a break at one time or another. It isn't healthy sometimes, playing the amount of time we play.

    Now where do I stand today? Well, I have reached out for help. And the first person was someone in the game, who helped me greatly.. I will not name this person, but they will always be known to me as one who may have saved my life. They eventually helped me move into getting help from friends and one family member, and it was what kept me going. I can say I am getting better, and my signature stands true in that if you need help, there is an inbox here waiting...

    My current status; looking to rejoin my old alliance The Agency which is named something else now, but I won't share what. I want to restore them to their full glory, give back to the lower levels, and make right. Of course, they are reluctant to letting me in right now, as I did leave, so this is ongoing.. We'll see, but I will get back to where I consider to be home. I just want to be home once more...

    So as you can see, it hasn't been easy. The thing I love about this game is the diplomacy. I think it was and is my strongest tool in this game. Constantly making contacts, making allies, making deals, getting on the same page, joint tasking, joining allies in war, etc... It was something I liked, where as not many others seem to enjoy the process.

    So many times you forget these is another person on the other side of the screen. I really want to advocate, think before you press that send button.. Because during my leave, I wasn't sending out the nicest messages. Not only that, but sometimes I use putdowns to bring myself up. I will admit to my faults, it is part of the process, I do it here in the forums mainly jokingly, but we all sit there sometimes and think. I often seek attention, and I have a lot pride, also faults, and whenever I type things I often think of what kind of reaction I will get. Feel surreal, is this happening? Are they listening? How will they respond? Will they notice me?

    I have many faults. What a cliché this is, but I am human. Listen to me when I say, this is a game, no matter how angry you are, do not take it out on your fellow players.. (Sorry about this little rant)

    Here we are. I am still on "break," but I am becoming active once more, and I am making changes for the better. Now what, you may ask? I have spilled the beans of my story, and my thoughts, what does the future hold?

    Well I don't know really. I don't know if I'll be here in a year, if I will get back to my true home, if you'll pay any attention to this, if you'll give two damns about this, click the red X, not think twice about it, shed a tear, warm your body, shriek inside, feel compassion... But what I do know is, we are all survivors, and I have an inbox.

    So let's talk.

    Interesting.

    Just a question here. Didn't The Agency merge with House of Smokez? And then top players from HOS went to H.I.V.E Pact, then two (Dolce and Smokez) went to D8? Then, two players (459Killerbee and Naseem14) came to AoD Crew. Long story short, is The Agency now HOS?
    Proud Friend of Hanzolo/Molson Beer

    Nob pls.

    #TheDreamLivesOn
  • PraesentyaPraesentya Posts: 1,685
    edited 26.01.2014
    Eric - very, very good post. This has always been just a game, and it's too bad some individuals get so caught up they forget that - we all have RL's, we all come here to have fun, that's how it should be.

    As Porky said, 'free of spin,' I like that ;). Post was genuine and thoughtful, and I, personally, am glad that we've gotten to know each other Eric.

    -Henry
    Praesentya @ 'Murica1
  • dueltheabdul (INT1)dueltheabdul (INT1) Posts: 1,715
    edited 26.01.2014
    Wow, this actually made me tear up. I hope you get well and continue to inspire and help people.
    Please call me abdul Thanks

    abdul @ International 2
    abdul @ canada1
    #thedreamliveson


    The nice guy that attacks you and then sends resources. ^^ ----> Not anymore

    A proud non-ruby player

    Winner of 3 Nobility Contests, soon to be 4 (hopefully) :D

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • Urúvion (US1)Urúvion (US1) Posts: 13,858
    edited 26.01.2014
    Eric, you are, and always will be, my favorite poster. The day I started the forum I saw your posts and though "I want to be like that guy", and that has never changed.
    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
    -Albert Einstein
  • Billy962Billy962 Posts: 7,420
    edited 26.01.2014
    Great story Eric. It was interesting and gave me some of the history of USA that I missed out on. Thanks.
    FAQs
    http://en.board.goodgamestudios.com/empire/showthread.php?82159-FAQs&p=951186#post951186

    #TheDreamLivesOn

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    #GG$
    #GGreedy
    #GreedGameEmpire

    GGE is always trying to get players to buy rubies, and to do that, comes up with horrible updates. Put this in your siggy if you agree.
    Billy, I will crack you.

    R.I.P. in peace Billy962, King of the forums ;_;

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]TM
  • Eric768 (US1)Eric768 (US1) US1 Posts: 7,183
    edited 26.01.2014
    Interesting.

    Just a question here. Didn't The Agency merge with House of Smokez? And then top players from HOS went to H.I.V.E Pact, then two (Dolce and Smokez) went to D8? Then, two players (459Killerbee and Naseem14) came to AoD Crew. Long story short, is The Agency now HOS?

    Nope. HoS is still HoS, TA is something else.

    I appreciate the kind words all. Like it says at the top, I wrote this in the spur of the moment, but I am glad I did. I hope at least one person takes something from this, and holds onto that.. I am usually a reserved guy, but I am emotional reading the messages in-game and here.

    Learn from my mistakes.. I was told I burnt many bridges.. I own up to burning many bridges. But now I am rebuilding them all. And like I told them, all I need is a partner on the other side.
    Proud to have been one of the longest serving members on USA1
    Advocate of speaking up regarding mental health and seeking help
    ***Currently Retired from playing GGE***

    Rest well Jason; a fantastic player and an even greater person. Gone but not forgotten.
  • Jim_DJim_D Posts: 6
    edited 26.01.2014
    I am part of this story, I was one of the Generals in The Agency. We were a very tight group. We were all friends and at times I remember laughing until I cried at some of the funny moments we had. In my opinion, we were one of the best alliances in the early days of the game and we had Bel as leader. He was a great leader with awesome Generals, (I was just a rookie then). First person to leave us that left a huge dent was Ross, short tempered but a great player. Then Bel left us and we never really recovered from this loss. Lisa tried her best but as Eric said, the players weren't playing as much and this left the "core group" to always defend attacks. Longs story short, The Agency fell apart. Really a shame because I feel what the Agency had is what this game is all about, having fun.
    I now reside in one of the best alliances and I should be having fun but I am not. The friendship I had within The Agency has never been replaced. I am nobody in my alliance, I seldom speak in chat (this is not my norm) as I think Eric and others know I am vocal. What is lost is the fun and replaced with trying to be the best of the best in one of the best alliances. This consumes time (RL) and money (rubies).
    Eric, you were the guy who taught me defense and I can still remember my first attack on my main and you walking me through the setup, what a rush. You were the teacher to many others.
    I would love to feel like I did when I was in The Agency, feeling like I belonged and had the respect of others but the days of small alliances have been replaced by mega alliances with their mega subs and subs of subs.
    So, I hope I have not walked all over your post Eric by voicing my opinion. Just wanted you to know you were part of the greatest times I have had playing this game and I thank you.
    Jim_D @ usa 1
  • Dun Gon (INT2)Dun Gon (INT2) Posts: 3,656
    edited 26.01.2014
    This was one of the best posts I ever read. Your story is actually a bit like mine, except my story is always at the leadership part. Not as rocky as well, but time consuming, and the pressure is always on.
    Dun Gon @ WWW 2
    Retired from duties in September 2015.

    Once Leader of Phoenix Sword and the once prominent alliance empire, Phoenix. Proud member of now collapsed OU. All organizations mentioned above have collapsed or merged into other prominent alliances since. Co-founder of the Force family.

    "I have seen many wars fought through my four years on this server. I have seen families rise and fall. I have been members of prominent organizations in International 1 and International 2, and have played in United States 1 with my forum buddies as well. It has shown me many things, but mainly that every action that is partaken in this game and in the world can only be deemed right or wrong depending upon your perspective. Never pass the blame, fight hard to succeed. As a non-ruby player, I managed to create and nurture not one but two of the most successful alliance families in International 2. Believe, there is always another path. Success is determined by the amount of effort you are willing to put in"
  • tresieltresiel Posts: 545
    edited 26.01.2014
    Great post man. Sorry to hear you go through all that, but hey, it'll only make you stronger. Glad to still have you here.

    We're all gonna make it. Brah.
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  • FamousZack9FamousZack9 Posts: 2,943
    edited 26.01.2014
    Wow Eric, nice story of your past-present. Nice story/history you had in GGE.

    Quite funny, bad, good, etc.
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  • Lord PorkyLord Porky Posts: 2,967
    edited 26.01.2014
    Jim_D wrote: »
    I now reside in one of the best alliances and I should be having fun but I am not. The friendship I had within The Agency has never been replaced. I am nobody in my alliance, I seldom speak in chat (this is not my norm) as I think Eric and others know I am vocal. What is lost is the fun and replaced with trying to be the best of the best in one of the best alliances. This consumes time (RL) and money (rubies).

    Jim, very good comments. I think that within our 'lifetimes' within a game, there is a "childhood," and that toward the end of that, or perhaps in the beginning of "adulthood," there is a point where the increased understanding is just as you said - "what a rush" - and that is when we have the most fun.

    Just imagine what we could do if our focus and energy in other areas of life were what they are, at that point. Gotta love games....

    Praesentya wrote: »
    This has always been just a game, and it's too bad some individuals get so caught up they forget that - we all have RL's, we all come here to have fun, that's how it should be.

    Indeed, Henry, and no doubt that trying to ensure that most people have fun is a big part of game-designers' aims, in addition to making money for themselves, etc.

    I think, too, that there is much more here than just the contemplation of gaming and the "real life" realm. There is also the value in thought itself, and in the writing down of experience as Eric has done. There is the communication with other people - witness the appreciative comments on this thread. For almost all of us, communication has that 'a priori' positive value - it is a good thing in itself.

    And even beyond that, value exists - if nobody read Eric's post, there would still be positive value for Eric, in just the writing of it. I think this is often part and parcel of writing, itself.
  • Eric768 (US1)Eric768 (US1) US1 Posts: 7,183
    edited 26.01.2014
    Jim_D wrote: »
    So, I hope I have not walked all over your post Eric by voicing my opinion. Just wanted you to know you were part of the greatest times I have had playing this game and I thank you.

    Not at all Jimbo. I agree, those were the best days, before any real superpowers took charge. Basically all of what you said is dead on, and man do I miss those days.. The people are definitely what keep me in this game.. Those late night conversations, and the urgency at the littlest sign of trouble, working so tight knit.. It was something I can only hope I, as well as all of you, find at some point in your life.

    You being a seasoned man know all to well there is a lot more to life than this game. I look forward to sharing it with those around me.
    Proud to have been one of the longest serving members on USA1
    Advocate of speaking up regarding mental health and seeking help
    ***Currently Retired from playing GGE***

    Rest well Jason; a fantastic player and an even greater person. Gone but not forgotten.
  • cyberhencyberhen Posts: 329
    edited 26.01.2014
    An inspiring story eric :) I have to remind my alliance members sometimes that there are real people behind the pixelated castles.

    I had a recent semi melt down and gave up leadership of Fawlty Towers, passed on to my real life partner Lestat so I still have input but can take the back seat and recapture my enjoyment of the game.
    cyberhen @ en 1

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    Will I ever learn everything about this game?
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