05/07/99 8:30 PM FOR THOSE WHO JUST VISIT THIS SITE FOR THE PREEETY PICKCHURS

Poorly lighted photographs from Britfest 99 have been scanned and posted to the Britfest page.

05/07/99 5:30 PM LUM'S EMAIL EXPLODES, YOU CAN STOP TELLING ME TWISTER PULLED THE STORY NOW

Looks like Dr. TwisTer decided to unring a bell. Instead of the Delusion story, we see

Currently Updating, please check back real soon

Of course, as long as all the rants ABOUT Delusion and TwisTer are up on this site, deleting the story is kind of pointless, unless he wants to make the point that he erred in posting it in the first place. Judging from the volume of email I got, he must have gotten slammed pretty hard about it. Then again maybe they just all wrote me instead of him like he asked them to?

Actually, I imagine he'll probably say to hell with "reporting on community concerns" and go back to reporting on the L33test bugz. Play to your strengths, I always say.

Anyway, as we all wait on needles and pinheads to find out what his Currently Updating is, I recommend you read this scary young woman's site. It's like mine, only with AK-47s.

05/07/99 11:00 AM NOT UO THE REALLY SCARY PART IS THAT I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP

A lot of you also play Magic: The Gathering, since UO and M:TG appeal to the same sort of geeks with no social skills and/or lives. You will find this page of interest. There's a few bad aspects of living in the middle of the Bible Belt, and this is one of 'em.

And it isn't a joke, someone actually wrote the email he's talking about; it's all over our workplace.

05/07/99 10:30 AM DELUSIONAL TWISTERS

Thanks for the emailed support. I do appreciate it, the site's not going anywhere, and I'll continue to only use my inhuman Spidey-powers for good.

I won't post what Samwise sent word for word, but his sentiments mirror mine pretty closely. Haven't heard from Delusion, don't really blame him.

As for your friend in space, Dr. Twister, got this one:

You remember a few months back when he was posting on his page about some program (TPP) that would allow you to cast with NO DELAY.....well it was true. The proggie actually existed. I have a friend who plays that is/was a counselor who knew the guy who made it and had access to it. He emailed twister about the fact that it did exist blah blah blah.....and guess what Twisters response was..........? You give up? Ok...well Twisty responded saying "OMG you HAVE TO GET IT FOR ME!!! I will post a message on my page saying IT WAS JUST A RUMOR and everyone will forget about it..blah blah blah"!

Ok....wanna get even with that fucker? Hehehehe......I am sure Delusion would...... I know Twisters Character name and what shard he plays on......so lemme know if you are ballsy enough to post it hehehe......

No, I'm not ballsy enough to post it. Insert lines about people in glass houses throwing stones, two wrongs not making right, etc. here.

Here's the best take on the whole thing:

Am I the only one who finds it just the SLIGHTEST bit hypocritical that Twister doesn't hesitate to "out" Delusion as a seer and hopefully make his life hell but is very careful and proud about not revealing the identity of his source? I guess that's what happens when people try to mix pretend journalism and sniffing glue. I doubt that given Dr. T translates "this skill can be easily macroed" into "unattended macroing is okay by me!" that he's capable of seeing the hypocrisy here, but hey...

And this:

As long as we're talking about journalistic ethics: You aren't under any ethical, moral, or legal obligation to keep your sources hidden unless they ask for that protection. In fact, it behooves you to ALWAYS give your sources when reporting something that might be challenged or dismissed as hearsay, or when passing on an opinion. If Delusion was in any way under the impression his e-mail was privileged, he should have made that clear -- and he's an idiot if he claims otherwise. What, was he passing his little rant on for your edification?

Well, yeah, actually, he was. I never made it that clear that it wasn't privileged information. I have gotten many emails that I HAVEN'T posted, both from within and without OSI. I do have some small amount of discretion. Real small. Thiiiiiiis big -> <-. And I know enough journalists to know that I'm not even fit to shine the shoes of a real reporter, much less pretend to be one. This is just a rants page, not CNN.

By the way, the letter above concludes;

I should also therefore state that I consider our conversations privileged although if you do want to copy anything I'm pretty good about not being an asshole about it. I would like a heads-up first though. However, feel free to tell anyone you want that I'm a Seer. That should fuck them up.

05/07/99 9:00 AM LUM SAYS A DIRTY WORLD

Fuck.

Twister pissed me off this morning. Nothing new there, we have this sort of love hate relationship anyway (he loves this site, I think his site should figure out if it's good or evil instead of this schizoid half-assed UO - Should - Be - More - Responsive - To - Its - Players - Oh - Wait - Here's - A - New - Way - To - Fuck - Your - Fellow - Players - Up - The - Ass - Sideways).

But now, in his continuing quest to make the pinheads in UO support seem even more screwed up then they actually are, he decided to "out" Delusion as a seer - note, I'm assuming his anonymous informant is correct; not being allowed in the Seekrit Channelz I have no way of personally confirming this.

However, I was told the same thing TwisTer was. The difference being, I had a FUCKING CLUE and KEPT IT TO MYSELF.

If Delusion IS in fact a seer, what benefit is it to the world at large to know this? Oooh, a green robed freak said bad things on Lum's site. Burn 'im! Burn the 'eretic! Naw, let's feed the gossip machine a little more.

And of course I'm sure, if Delusion is in fact a seer, he's having an AWFUL good day today, for daring to actually express an opinion. And for being stupid enough to send email to this page, which I was stupid enough to fucking post thinking people might actually, you know, want to read it and shit.

Ya know, when you talk about community, you talk about people. And every time you deal with people, you make choices. Those choices can be good, those choices can be bad. Those choices can help, those choices can hurt.

And you know what? UO may be a game, but people also exist in real life, and right now, in real life, I feel like a real fucking idiot.

Thanks a lot, Twisty.

05/07/99 9:00 AM YOU'RE IN WATERWORLD NOW (WANT A BEER? I MADE IT MYSELF)

Been playing EQ entirely too much lately. I'd include some EQ content in some of these rants since I suspect many if not most of you play both games (or you just play EQ and use this site to satiate your morbid curiosity about what's still hosed in UO). However, there's not a whole lot to rant about in EQ. "Boy, kobolds suck! I tell what, I sure am tired of those large rats! Woah, those load times! Yeehaw, gotta love those large rats! Hey, I found a shoe!"

In case you haven't seen it, Oldmanmurray.com has a pretty funny everquest rant, even though it has almost nothing to do with everquest.

EQ has potential, but right now it's only unfulfilled potential. UO is a far more realized world, with a somewhat working economy and robust player organizations (most of which spend more time outside UO than in). EQ lets you kill small harmless creatures.

In any event, my wife can't play EQ (3d engines make her literally ill from vertigo) so if I want to remain married I suspect I won't be giving up on UO any time soon. Besides, unattended macroing gives me a the same furtive sort of thrill now I used to get from buying crack on street corners.

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