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Weak EM Events / Schwache EM Events

Discussion in 'UO Drachenfels' started by Merion, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Merion

    Merion Lore Master
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    As my thread on this was closed over on the german board, I repost my (as I thought) constructive criticism here.

    I try to give an english translation further down, for the non-german speaking crowd. Here goes:

    German Version:

    Vorweg:
    Ich weiß dass die EMs das ehrenamtlich machen und bin sehr froh, dass es das EM Programm gibt und dass unsere EM sich diese Arbeit antun.

    Dennoch muss ich etwas über die Events meckern. Am Anfang war ich noch sehr enthusiastisch und hatte viel Spass bei den Events. Aber in letzter Zeit gehe ich oft gar nicht mehr hin. Der Grund ist, dass es immer das Gleiche ist. Balthasar sucht irgendwas oder irgendwen und man hüft von gate zu gate um an jedem ort scheinbar zufällig zusammengewürfelte Monsterhorden zu killen. Das ist ziemlich öde. Besonders stört mich daran folgendes:

    * Die Figur des Totengräbers
    Er wurde ursprünglich erdacht während des Live Events "Cascas Burial" um den bösen Elfen Casca zu beerdigen. Alle fanden den Totengräber cool, starkes Outfit, lockere Sprüche, also gab es mehr Events mit ihm. Soweit so gut. Aber inzwischen scheint es grundsätzlich nur noch Events mit Balthasar zu geben. Und ganz ehrlich - das langweilt. Von EM Events erwarte ich etwas RP, eine kleine Story, die sich gut in die UO Welt einfügt. Wenn irgendjemand verschwunden ist, dann erwarte ich, dass der Ehemann oder die Kinder oder Freunde oder vielleicht sogar die Wache nach ihm sucht. Und nicht ein Totengräber... Und ein Totengräber der Schätze sammelt klingt auch irgendwie unglaubwürdig. Klingt irgendwie eher nach Grabräuber...
    Langer Rede kurzer Sinn: Die EMs müssen sich mal neue NPCs einfallen lassen.
    * Die austauschbare Story
    Die Story an sich ist völlig egal, da es eh immer aufs gleiche rausläuft, womit ich schon beim nächsten Punkt wäre:
    * Der immer gleiche Ablauf
    Geht nach X, sucht Y und killt ne Menge Guardians. Moment... geht nach X stimmt ja nicht, man wird ja gegatet und sucht Y ist auch egal, man soll nur guardians killen. Ehrlich mal - da ist ja Leder farmen in Destard spannender! Wie wäre es mal mit einer Geschichte? Eine Eskorte, die überfallen wird. Ein Dieb der etwas geklaut hat und gejagt werden muss. Eine Verschwörung die aufgedeckt werden muss. Was auch immer immer, Hauptsache mal ein wenig Abwechslung und eine bisschen Story die auch relevant ist.
    Von mir aus auch gerne Fun-Events, wie das Rennen von Umbra nach Luna oder Bootsrennen. Oder mal nen Naked Dungeon Run oder Sosaria from A to Z oder n Bagball Turnier. Einfach mal auf andere Shards schauen. Die EMs dort sind deutlich kreativer...
    * Die wahllosen Monster
    Fast immer erwarten einen Horden von Guardians, die scheinbar nichts mit dem Event zu tun haben. Oder kann mir einer sagen, was Schlangen, Adler, Gargoyles, Maddening Horrors, Elementals, Lichs, Dragons, Wyrms, etc. mit Lady Rose zu tun hatten? Es wäre besser, wenn die Monster einer Art entstammen würden und storytechnisch irgendeine Bewandtnis hätten. Wenn zum Beispiel Orks einen Händlerzug überfallen, dann erwarte ich Orks in allen Variationen, gerne auch gebuffte Superorks und vielleicht zum Schluss den Orkhäuptling der nochmal krasser ist. Aber bitte dann keine Dragon, Troll, Titan, Hydra, oder was weiß ich für Guardians.


    So, das musste ich jetzt einfach mal los werden, da ich es schade finde, dass die EMs so wenig aus den Events machen und viele die ich kenne inzwischen gelangweilt oder frustiert von den Events sind.

    Über Lag oder das es "nur" Deko Items gibt, will ich mich ja gar nicht beschweren, das liegt ausserhalb ihrer Macht oder Kompetenz. Aber aus Dingen die sie beeinflussen können, könnten sie wirklich ein bisschen mehr machen.


    English Version:

    First off:
    I know that the EMs are working voluntarily and am very happy that the EM program exists and that our EMs are doing all this work.

    Nonetheless I have to gripe about the events. In the beginning I was very enthusiastic and had a lot of fun at the events. But lately I often don't even go there anymore. The reason being, that it's always the same. Balthazar searches for something or someone, you jump from gate to gate in order to kill seemingly random hordes of guardian monsters. That's pretty dull. I'm especially bothered by:
    • The Character of Balthazar
      Originally introduced during the "Cascas Burial" Live Event to bury the evil elf Casca. Everybody thought the Gravediggar to be pretty cool, great outfit, mellow one-liners, so there were more events with him. So far so good. But by now, there only seem to be Balthazar events. And to be honest - that's boring. I expect a little roleplay from EM events, some small story that fits into our UO world. If someone disappears I expect the husband or the children or friends to go looking for him or maybe even the guard. But not a gravedigger... And a gravedigger thats hunting for treasures isn't very plausible either. Sounds more like a grave robber to me....
      Long story short: the EMs need to come up with new NPCs.
    • The interchangeable story
      The story is completely in vain as it always leads to the same, which leads me to the next point:
    • The always identical conduct
      Go to X, search for Y and kill masses of guardians. Wait... go to X is not true as you are gated there and search for Y is useless to, you're only expectet to kill guardians. Seriously - farming leather in destard is more exciting! How about an escort that gets raided. A thief that has to be hunted down. A conspiracy that has to be uncovered. Whatever, the main thing is we get a little variety and a little story that's somehow relevant.
      I'd like fun events too, like the race from umbra to luna or boat races. Or how about a naked dungeon run or Sosaria from A to Z or a bagball tournament? Just take a look at other shard. The EMs there are a bit more creative...
    • The random monsters
      Nearly everytime you're running into hordes of guardians that seeminly have connection to the event. Or can somone tell me what snakes, eagles, gargoyles, maddening horrors, elementals, lichs, dragons, wyrms, etc. have to do with Lady Rose? It would be better if all the monsters would be of a similar type and had some relation to the storyline. If for example, orcs are raiding a merchant trek, I expect orcs in all forms. Give me some buffed super orc or an even harder orc chief in the end. But no dragon, troll, titan, hydra or whatnot kind of guardians.

    There! I had to vent vor a little, cause it's a pity that the EMs make so little out of the events and many people I know are bored or frustrated by the events by now.

    I don't complain about lag or that we get "only" deco items, because that's beyond the power of the EMs. But they could make more out of their possibilies.
     
  2. Demonous

    Demonous Rares Fest Host | Ches Jul 2010
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    EMs get paid, they aren't volunteers
     
  3. Merion

    Merion Lore Master
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    Well, that only makes it worse!
     
  4. Merion

    Merion Lore Master
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    So after quite some time, I attended a EM event again. I liked the idea of a pirate event, what with the upcoming booster and all. But in the end, it was the same old, same old again. Jump to X, fight Y guardians for hours. So my (hopefully constructive) criticism from above still stays vaild.

    That the EMs haven't bothered to comment on it for two month speaks for itself...

    Sincerely disappointed,
    Merion

    *edit*
    I have to admit, at least there was no gravedigger there and the monsters had a piraty theme. But the overall event design is still somewhat uninspired.
     
  5. Restroom Cowboy

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    Welp...that is two of us. I was happily whacking away at one of the bosses when magically it was teleported to a new location (away from me). I was happily attacking another boss...guess what...it was teled away. Guess the EM is still upset that I called them out on the boating event...

    Here it was I thought the EMs were not supposed to hold a grudge. Anyway, was rather dull regardless.
     
  6. EM Ealia Tiefwasser

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    Hello Merion

    I'm sorry but i'm very busy and can't give on all things an answer (for this we have the Meet and Greets).
    Please remember that i was some Months alone.
    I don't understand why you never joined our Meet and Greets to talk about this issues.
    The other Players of Drachenfels and other Shards who joined our Events are happy here.
    This is what we hear after each Event and at the Meet and Greets.
    We ask at every Meet and Greet for suggestions to make Events better or talk about bad things at Events.

    About the Gravedigger i can say that you don't know anything about him ;)
    You are right the Gravedigger was too much at Events but he will come back later with his own Events.

    About your criticism with the jump from a to b and then to c.
    The problem on Drachenfels is if we loose Players you can't kill the next Boss.
    This is the reason why we Gate to the near of the next Spot or lead you all.
    At our Scavenger Hunts 50% of the People leave the Event after short Time because they dont know some answers and don't find the next Spot.
    At the end we have 3 or 4 Players and the other 20+ quit the Event early.
    The only thing what worked is we lead them or we use a Ship.
    There is the next problem that we can't run 30 minutes across the wilderness to reach the next Boss.
    Your criticism about the missing Races , Bagball Events , Boat Races is not ok.
    We had alot of different fun events with all this and more.

    About the missing creativity you accuse me i can only shake my head.
    I dont need to look on other Shards for EM Events.
    We are on Drachenfels and we have our own Events.
    When you think what you wrote that other EMs are more creative i can only say the following.
    All EM's do their best to give you all special experiences at the Events and we have all different styles.
    No one compels you or anyone to join my Events when you dont like them.
    I can only repeat the comments we get after Events and Meet and Greets.
    The Players and our Guests from other Shards are happy with this Events.
    Come to our next Meet and Greet and we can talk with all about this issues and can try to find solutions.

    Greetings
    Ealia
     
  7. EM Ealia Tiefwasser

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    Hello Restroom Cowboy

    I'm sorry for the problems you had with some Bosses but we didn't Teleport them away from any Players or you.
    Our Bosses were bound to a point and when you lure them too far away they bounced back after short Time to the start location.

    Greetings
    Ealia