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Is there a Guiness World Record for the longest time 'actively' inactive?

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Bobar, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Bobar

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    Or to put it simply a record for the longest time logged into UO and doing exactly NOTHING.

    I am coming to the conclusion that there must be a prize or some accolade to be obtained as I watch the performance of a character on Europa.

    I am a long time Idocer and although I only do a few these days to keep my hand in I have a system of obtaining fall times developed over the years. Now I see 'normal' Idocers doing what they have always done and recalling in regularly to gather information as to when a house will go Idoc. I have noticed recently a player who apparently departs from this system and simply logs in hours before this will happen and just stays there hidden. Now it can be argued that this is normal, but it does seem that he is dedicated to breaking some kind of record for this activity. The most unusual aspect of this character is that at the last one I was at, other casual players were there and observed the house turn to Idoc and left to pursue other pursuits for the 7 hours until the house would fall.

    Not the case with our potential record breaker he persisted and stayed there hidden for hours after the event. Not for him a nice break until the house fell He kept himself from timing out and obsessively watched the Idoc sign. This leads me to the conclusion that there must be some reward for such persistence.

    Now today, if I am able to upload the pictures, we can all share in his endeavours. I am expecting the house in question to go Idoc around 8.50 to 9pm this evening. Our friend appeared at it at around 2pm so currently he has been 'active' for some 2 hours and has around another 4 and a half before it turns. I took a screenie earlier, which I will attempt to upload now, I can be seen and the hidden player indicated by the arrow.

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  2. Bobar

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    Not being particularly adept at posting images I try :)

    I took another screenie later and his attempt at the record is underway.

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  3. Bobar

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    Watch this space!.
     
  4. Vor

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    You're saying he's a scripter? Have you paged?
     
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  5. Bobar

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    I did not say he was a scripter! You might very well think that but I could not possibly comment.

    His attempt continues, 3 hours now, still there doggedly watching.
     
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    Go reveal him and take a screen shot for us so we all can praise this worthy endeavor with a backslapping once we know his/her name.
     
  7. Tanivar

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    Would other IDOCers or perhaps mobs be wandering by often enough to keep him logged in the way Luna bank sitters and script trainers do?
     
  8. Bobar

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    In answer to the posts.

    It is in Trammel Malas and so I cannot reveal and as they long ago nerfed the Lava Snakes that method is gone too. Probably just as well as one should not name characters on Stratics even for such worthy efforts as this.

    It is an area with very little spawn certainly not enough to keep someone logged in. I have actually timed out a couple of times myself while observing this valiant effort. What fortitude he must have to persevere this way. The reason I long ago worked on methods of reducing the waiting time at Idocs was because of the awful boring tedium of keeping logged in and doing nothing for ages.


    Four and a half hours now he has been 'actively' inactive surely the record will be his?
     
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  9. Thunderz

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    I think you got your timings wrong Bobar, its only greatly, surely its 7 hours from when it goes IDOC?

    Thunderz
     
  10. Eddie123

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    there are a few ways to reveal a hidden player in tram. :D i cannot tell you how on these boards tho.
     
  11. Bobar

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    I hope I have not :). I did not say it would FALL around 8.50ish I said it should GO IDOC at that time. Time will tell but I am not often far out, downtime can change things and sometimes they turn an hour longer than normal but 8.50 to 9 is my predicted time, maybe a little later cos of maintainence.
     
  12. Luvmylace

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    Maybe it is not a he ! Maybe it is a Giggles
     
  13. Bobar

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    How remiss of me :oops:

    Of course I cannot see the character so it could indeed be of the Feminine gender. They are not unknown to perform prodigous feats of endurance.
     
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    Well our contender has now completed 6 hours of 'active' inactivity. This is a magnificient feat, 6 hours logging in just to stare at a house sign with 'greatly' on it. As we approach the time when the house should turn Idoc the question is, will our pretender to the inactivity longevity title be satisfied with the hours he has amassed and come back in 6 hours and a bit for the fall or will he continue in an effort to establish a record for all time? Soon we will see, the tension mounts.......



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  15. Dragonater

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    Remind me how you can tell there's a hidden player, in Tram? Fel I know, "bumped" into many, but how in Tram? I'm sure it's something obvious.
     
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    I say the following only for the purpose of humor.......

    Who is the more persistent?
    The hidden IDOC'r? The person watching the IDOC'r? Or us, those that are following this thread?:pie:
     
  17. Vor

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    There is a skill called tracking. Let's you track players, monsters, NPCs etc.
     
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    You see them with tracking. When I made my Idoc character many years ago tracking was almost something you had to have. Not very important now but useful and probaly more so in Fel.

    LOL I have to admit my persistence is running low now and if he/she stays long after it goes Idoc I cannot compete. I shall retire gracefully and award him/her the title as I know of no other contender.
     
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  19. Dragonater

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    Thanks..Tho I've Never used it, I do know about tracking skill, just never thought you could use it on hidden (invis?) players. Think I'm going to have to take a another look at this skill, could be very handy in certain situations.
     
  20. Bobar

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    Well the house went Idoc at 9.5pm which aint bad for this prediction '8.50 to 9 is my predicted time, maybe a little later cos of maintainence' so my system still works well enough.

    By the time it turned there were several characters hidden as well as the title contender, but as usual after the turn they departed for other things, the exception being our challenger for the title of Legendary Longevity Inactivist. 25 minutes after the turn he is there, he will not give up, the endurance of this player is truly phenomenal. I am exhausted simply following his efforts. I now concede to him. His ability to keep logging in and doing nothing is beyond belief. A wonderful performance of staggering proportions which I suppose he/she will soon attempt to emulate or even exceed.

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  21. Gospel

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    The posts are funny but I don't really get the big deal? He's just hidden and not moving? So what? You've never seen the people sit at the bank for hours and not move? What's the big deal about this guy?
     
  22. Poo

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    i know when im watching a IDOC i have my 2nd or third account on my other computer and i have my guy hidden and i just hit my hide button every 5 or ten minutes.

    i would find it hard to think im the only one that has 3 computers side by side on my desk in my den.
    so while im playing on the middle one ill have the one on the left at a IDOC and the one on the right at the entrance to the fel dungeon im in so i can see if someone is coming in to raid me.

    surely i cant be the only person who has multiple accounts and runs multiple computers?

    and doing anything in game will stop you from logging out in game.
    rehiding.
    opening a spellbook.
    opening your backpack.
    heck... you can make a uoassist maco to hide and stretch that over HOURS.
    hide hide hide hide then go back and put massive pauses in it to pause like 5 minutes between hides.
    your uoassist macro can be like 200 or 400 lines.
    so with one macro you can effectively stay logged in for hours.

    now here is what i think your asking.... is the fella THERE!
    or better yet is he watching his screen enough to be able to respond to a GM.

    heck, that IDOC on GL i was at work on my laptop and watching the house and i got a call so i had to leave fast, i didnt log out i just took off.
    i came back 8 hours later and my guy was still sitting there.
    there was so much activity on the screen it kept me logged in the whole time.
    and of course anyone could have paged a GM on me and since i couldnt answer i would have gotten a 3 day holiday from UO.
    but unfortunately when someone calls 911 they expect me to drop everything and run, so i do. thankfully i have only gotten burned a couple times over the last 15 years due to it.
    usually i just die to some monster or get pked.
    *sigh*
     
  23. Flutter

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    Every time you logged in he was online?
    Or maybe every time he logged on YOU were online.
    Sounds like you spent as much time as he did, no?
    Pot meet kettle.
     
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    Flutter wins.
     
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  25. Goodmann

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    no one cares bobar. take your tissues elsewhere :sad2:
     
  26. Lythos-

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    Negative. The gm's have to prove you are doing an action.

    Standing there doing nothing is NOT against the ToS in luna, at idocs or anywhere else in the game. Else Luna banks would be emptied by the boatloads.

    OP sounds mad he has some competition. The other guy/girl definately hasn't done anything (literally) to justify being stalked and even less to have a thread made about him/her.
     
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    How do u add pauses in UOA? Just curious?
     
  28. Flutter

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    Record a macro under "macros" /Click on a line in the macro in the box to the right/ Click pause after/enter time/click OK/Stop recording.
     
  29. Poo

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    actually that is wrong.
    you can be doing nothing at all and if a GM comes and asks you a question you must answer, if you dont you get a 3 day holiday.
    i know this for a fact as i got nailed on this before and more then once!
    if you are unattended and dont answer its a 72 hour holiday.
     
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    So dont worry, 3 of us got something decent. 1 a woodworkers bench. 1 all the recources ( he placd a house near and had bags at 120k stone so I am only assuming) and I got a slew of gold, dyes, arties/marties, deco, and tokens ( I got the 1 good box). I didnt even see our friend there. He did make an appearance around the time it turned to IDOC and called a friend and I a couple of IDOC noobs. Ill take my noobie luck then.
     
  31. Bobar

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    OK consider this. I had no need whatever to log in at 2pm, I had a damn good idea when the house would go Idoc and that would be in some 7 hours time. I only logged in to see when this player would first appear to start his marathon. I then spent time doing other things and went there several times over the period until it went Idoc. So no, I did not spend as much time as he 'apparently' did. Of course if you believe that he simply happened to be there each time I checked despite the mathmatical improbability of that, that is your prerogative.

    As far as me regarding him as competition as has been suggested by another, I am so worried by competition that I freely advised the expected turn time of the house to all and sundry. I obtained as much as I need from Idocs years ago, indeed at that time for a while I used to post a few Idoc locations and fall times on the Europa board to spread the goods a little.
     
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    Exactly.

    But I care.
     
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    I've been using UOA forever and never knew that thanks a bunch that'll help lol
     
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    Find something else to do? Why are you stalking this guy? Do you see nothing wrong with what you're doing?
     
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    For all we know, the person in question is doing the exact same thing as Bobar (with exception of keeping track of someone) and watching the IDOC. Only instead of the OP, they decided to remain hidden. It's not exactly hard to remain logged into UO and doing other things on the computer.
     
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    To some, a prodigous feat of endurance may, in fact, be 15mins... To others, well......
     
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    Maybe the feat of endurance is how long one person can stalk another.
     
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    That could and should be argued with the higher ups.

    According to the ToS rule #6 "You may not leave an active character or pet in game while unattended. If your character is performing a skill, text or action, you must be able to respond to a Game Master when one attempts to speak to you."

    I would have argued your suspensions. Parking beside an idoc or anywhere is no different than parking at Luna/Brit/Haven bank.

    Off topic but I like the way this Flutter thinks!
     
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    I love the differences in opinion about camping IDOCs expressed in this thread and the now locked one regarding the GL IDOC. That is what makes this thread so entertaining. :popcorn:
     
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    Just remember there are some proper weird folks playing this game,,ive evn tried to help telling em to come back 5-6 hours later to noooooo avail....this is no were near un common..ive seen it all in my time....all u get is slagged off even though u like myslef know within the 15 minutes when its actually gonna fall
     
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    the GL dead duck idoc just shows how desperate folks aren for a slice of freebie pie...very sad indeed....
     
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    People aren't being weird, they simply don't believe you. They think you are trying to get them to leave so there will be less people there when it falls.
    Back in the day people used to hide at idocs so that no one else who happened by would notice that there were people gathered 'round a house and check the sign. Used to be people didn't "share" idoc times. If you wanted to be at an idoc you were expected to search for them on your own. It's not shocking in the least to think that someone would give a group the wrong information about when a house is going to fall. Especially if there are rares involved.
     
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    Guess idocs are the thing.


    This crazy talk about stalking and all just adds more flavor to the topic.


    Where is my popcorn?


    Happy trails to all you idocers :)


    OI! I found it -------------> :popcorn:
     
  44. startle

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    Eat quickly, I think this thing's about done to a crisp...