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General Discussion / Re: A new dawn
« on: January 21, 2019, 04:39:02 PM »
Has Havelle reactivated his samurai steam controller which can show us how to get the fuck out of the way?

General Off Topic / Re: remarkable social media advertising
« on: January 10, 2019, 04:35:11 PM »
Rule #1, dont trust google about adverts

Although it is worth it if you pay them to get your project featured when people search for related terms. A lot of business the company where I work gets comes from people who just google search relevant stuff and we're the first to pop up.

General Discussion / Re: Top 5 NA all time lists
« on: January 05, 2019, 12:47:09 AM »
Top Five Players Of ALL Time: Definitive Edition

Top 5 Top 5 Players of ALL Time: Definitely Defining Definitive

General Discussion / Re: Top 5 NA all time lists
« on: January 04, 2019, 07:51:52 PM »
While I enjoy a good Jona post.

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I doubt the mod died because of Tydues or balancing(or lack thereof) The mod died because it was a niche mod and its playerbase got old and lame. It was like the same ~200 people everyday and here we are like 10 years later trying to figure out where it all went wrong.

I blame all the ex-neckbeards who shaved, grew up and got jobs and/or a family.

General Discussion / Re: Top 5 NA all time lists
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:55:03 PM »
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The Tydeus hatred is generally just a meme at this point as Cassi pointed out, and while I'll agree with many of your points I think the origin of the hate was relatively well-founded (at least at the time). It's a slow work day, so here's a little rant about it all below, from someone who was fully aboard the hate train in the past and gained slightly deeper insight upon joining the item advisers years back (which allowed me access to his posts in the balance section of the forum).

1) Strength/agiliity balance

He definitely "ruined" str builds in the great rebalancing of 2012-ish when wpf was reworked which greatly favored agi builds as you no longer got free wpf upon leveling up, and not only that, but high agi builds got more wpf than ever before which decently increased their max damage. Seeing how at the time 98% of melee players had been bandwagoning on the str-and-armor crutching meta it is easy to see why this change was widely met with disapproval. As someone who was an agi build at the time, and always had been, I'll be first to admit the change was probably too much - simultaneously nerfing rock while buffing scissors made for a rather massive balance shift, when it should have been a little more subtle. Nerfing str alone would have put balance in a pretty good place, imo. All that said, imho, the balance after the patch was better than before, but you still had a lot of angry players. Counter-meta changes in any game will always be poorly-received since you're obviously nerfing the way most people play

2) The new animations

I'm not sure if it was his intention, or just general laziness on his part, but his apparent philosophy when creating the new 1h stab (and 1h rightswing and polearm overhead) was that 2h had an absurdly busted stab that would be tricky to nerf further, so might as well just buff the other classes so that they too have busted animations. Now, in general I am in agreement with this philosophy... nerfs are widely disliked as it weakens the way people prefer to play (see above), while buffs to weaker playstyles are more favorable since the meta (2handers) aren't negatively affected, giving rise to more diversity among the "viable" builds/playstyles/classes. However, he just seemed lazy in his implementation of the new animations and adjusted sweetspots where at a certain point he just said "meh, its not game-breakingly OP and its certainly better than before, so it's good enough." What makes me think that? Well iirc (which I may very well not, but I sure ain't gonna go digging for any proof) even though 3 new animations were added (and potentially more had their sweetspots tweaked) he only adjusted a new animation once or twice, tops, after they went live. And that was one or two animations he changed total, not how many times he changed each new one. Imo the 1h stab (and potentially the polearm overhead) are too strong and should have been toned down from what he implemented, and yet all I can recall him ever updating was the 1h rightswing after he changed it initially, and for all I know he simply made it better since his first change might have been too weak. Look at how the 1h rightswing compares to the stab and polearm changes... much more balanced imo.

3) The ranged rollercoaster

I'm not as familiar with the balancing of ranged classes as it never applied to me, but I'd imagine that since Tydeus was lead balancer he implemented or at least approved the constant buffs/nerfs that ranged weapons received. Ranged weapon balance has always been a sore subject, and after knowing how many variables are involved in properly balancing it, and how they all stupidly affect other variables, I personally cut him some slack here. The code he had to work with was quite spaghetti to say the least, so it's no wonder his nerfs would generally break the class and the buffs were also too severe. Also the wide spread of ranged player skill is incredibly hard to balance around as well, and even with workable code I wonder if decent balance could have ever been achieved.

4) The inevitable population decrease

What killed crpg... time or poor balance? While plenty of players promised with each patch that they'd never come back since their build was broken, very few ever did. But that doesn't mean some didn't get fed up with the rollercoaster of changes and the dev's slow pace of fixing things, and while they might not have left after just one or two patches, they did eventually leave. This isn't really even his fault since at this time chadz and co. were already moving on to "project asinus" and afaik Tydeus never received the ability to patch the game himself so they were the bottleneck in this case.

5) Tydeus himself

The real reason why he drew so much hate his way, other than everything he got due to his position, is that he was kind of a dick. If you ever had a complaint about a change he'd often just say "lol you're just uninformed that's not even how it works." While perhaps true, that doesn't really help. I realize it was never his "job" to educate the masses, but it sure would have helped. Rarely, and more noticeably later on (at least for major changes) he would post graphs and show how damage is calculated and such... which at least helped alleviate any flack he got from level-headed individuals. Not to mention that he also just acted like an ass in other ways, not just his superiority complex. Reminds me of cmp in many ways, and desite cmp perhaps being the single most important dev of the donkey crew, he was probably also the most hated simply due to his behavior.

As mentioned by Chester, this also ties into how he wasn't at all transparent. His changes, and more importantly the reasoning behind them were rarely if ever revealed and people instead just had a  brief summary of what was changed in each patch along with the usual table of patch notes generated by chadz. I don't think Tydeus was ever seen asking the playerbase what their opinion was on something balance-related, and he seemed to think his way was the best, for everything. Maybe he spoke to his friends in CHAOS (aka the Great Plumbo Conspiracy) and EU and we outsiders just never saw his conversations, but even then he had a very small sample size (of players all with a similar skill level).

6) Overstepping his bounds

Last but not least, another nuisance is that while Tydeus was undeniably a skilled programmer and certainly knew his stuff with regards to models and animations, that doesn't necessarily mean he was the right guy for his job... any of his jobs. For instance, we now have a crpg "balancing team," it isn't just one guy doing it anymore (okay Tydeus was technically never the only balancer but judging from the posts on the forums at least for a number of years he did 99% of the work since the other guys were pseudo-retired and would just chime in now and again with "seems fine to me"). In our team of balancers some of us don't know a single bit of programming, and are just included in discussions for our (hopefully) valuable insight about the game from years of experience. We help provide the actual ideas while the code monkeys do their thing and implement it. It is easy to see why Tydeus was made balancer years back, he certainly had the required skills for the job, but why he was essentially the only person made a balancer is questionable decision-making on the donkey crews part.

Also, he wasn't just a balancer, he was an active admin as well, with many controversial decisions over the years (as any admin would). Nowadays balancers are given admin permissions but aren't allowed to use them because while we may qualify to balance the game, it doesn't mean we're qualified to police it. Back then however Tydeus was able to police as he wanted, and lets face it, admins are gonna get a lot of hate just from their job alone. Not to mention that he wasn't exactly the best at it...


All in all, I honestly think that if Tydeus had been given strictly a coding position as part of an active balancing team, didn't work as an admin, and kept his asshat comments to himself a bit more, he would be remembered in a much better, perhaps even good light. The man had more on his plate than he should have, and that alone led to most of his meme-worthy status. Did he make the mod better or worse in all his years of work? Did he alone kill the mod? No way to know, and although I hate to admit it he probably had at least a slightly positive impact on it in the long run. If absolutely nothing else he brought melee elitists and ranged my old friends together in their hatred of him.

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Announcements / Re: you to decide
« on: December 21, 2018, 04:33:15 PM »
website not showing the amount of slots used for shields is finally fixed!

Holy fucking shit... it only took 8 years. I must be dreaming, the patch that crpg needs is finally out!

General Discussion / Re: Last words from all c-rpg gamers.
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:52:56 PM »
I retired my character.  It's official; M0D 1S D3AD.  I finally got that sweet, sweet demigod title but I'm never going to get to see it.  I'll miss you cRPG-- you and those 7000 hours I ain't ever getting back.

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All hail Gallon, the weakest player to ever retire. Level 0.00 doesn't hold a candle to the mighty level 132.26 kinngrimm.  :lol:

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General Discussion / Re: Patch Notes
« on: November 06, 2018, 04:48:05 PM »
what about the 1h right swing? :)

left is the quick, shorter range attack and right should be the wide longer range attack.

when the "new" 1h right swing was introduced it was with the argument that it makes it easyer to hit the head and i think this is a very wrong reason to change the right swing. we lost the range that we used the right swing for to make it easier for noobs to hit the head, im sorry but its just stupid. learn to aim like we have to learn everything else in this game. i want my 1h wide flat right swing back!

i dont mean to offend anyone, i like several other changes this person made, but this 1h right swing is just very wrong and have always been very wrong, i hated it since day 1

That was changed by tydeus and without him around no one knows how to adjust animations (or rather no one is brave enough to mess with them). That said, the rightswing is still the longest reaching 1h swing and it can outrange any 2h or polearm of comparable length.

General Discussion / Re: EU / NA Multiclan Match
« on: October 31, 2018, 04:02:04 PM »

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you realize you're responding to NIKKLE, and giving advice to SCHOI? They are both MUCH, MUCH better players than you.

Whether they're better or not doesn't really matter since most of what he said was correct. In a game like crpg you can have lower ping and/or faster reflexes and perform "better" than someone else 9 times out of 10, and yet they can still be more knowledgeable than you. Game knowledge =/= skill =/= results in a game like this. And given the little snippet of footage from schoi and miley's duel that I watched, neither duelist did much to break the pattern of attack - block - attack - block. Maybe schoi had been doing stuff like nudging, feinting, holding or spamming earlier and had given up on those approaches by the time the duels were recorded, obviously those of us not there wouldn't know what went on before/after the recording.

But I forget that this is crpg where perception of skill is far more important than actual skill, so whatever we say won't change peoples' minds.

Diplomacy / Re: Me being a Dick
« on: October 26, 2018, 04:51:37 PM »
Turns out you were the genius all along.

Yah but that I already knew.

nah just need to make tournaments with teams, i.e. 2v2, 3v3, 5v5.

crpg aint a dueling game. its primarily team deathmatch. so tournaments should reflect that. group fights are so much more interesting than even the very peak performance players dueling 1v1. the possibilities expand so radically with multiple players.

Agree wholeheartedly. Imo 3v3+ is the best as even 2v2s can often divide into two separate 1v1s with the occasional target switching.

Tournies aren't dumb, just duel tournies.

Diplomacy / Re: Me being a Dick
« on: October 24, 2018, 05:33:49 PM »
the status quo.

I read this as "the strategus quo" and thought you were a genius for a second.

Yeah that's why duel tournies are dumb. Crpg isn't hard enough.

Dang cikel is going on a little bit of a run it seems (no offense but I didn't realize you were that good at dueling, I guess all that grinding in NA3 has payed off). That said, it is funny how he has (thus far) made it as far as uwu, especially when you compare the opponents they both faced.

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