Ok I am gonna try to write this without any kind of douchebag rants or over the top accusations or without using much if any foul language. Just gonna put this down so that hopefully some who see this may be warned ahead of time.
I started playing nodiatis back around July of 2008. The game was already out of beta version by then and of course there were plenty of players who had already started when it had first came out in May of that same year (or at least I am under the impression it was in May of 08, if I am wrong then I would stand to be corrected).
I watched civil chat daily but from how the player base acted with new players questions and just what seemed then bully tactics, I kept myself out of any conversations that would get me dragged into their mess. I played mostly solo, helping random players as time went on until clans came out in 2009, this was like 10 months after I started but again my exact time may be off by a month or so (would had to write all this down and had no clue I would need to then to be so accurate.
I had joined with a clan and in time some became alt war clans while others went dead and some I decided were not worth bothering with staying cause of how it had the good ole boy feel to it (I am sure many of you have played a game where it may be called a clan but only some matter while the rest are just numbers, well this was how it felt)
over the years there have been many scammers, cheaters, trolls and very unsavory people who have both lived in civil/uncivil chat and also seemed to be the popular people in game.
All the while there are rules that are said to be followed but all the while the mods in the game (if you can call them that) turn blind eye after blind eye to the things going on in civil chat.
Let me explain civil chat, it was to be used for game questions and game related talking only and Uncivil chat was to be used for anything goes. yet people continue to get in civil chat and have chat orgies, and sexual talk, bullying players, harassment and so much more.
The mods are unfair with their judgement s , days will go on where its a complete free for all and then people will get banned for the most simple and ridiculous things.
The rules state that Glitchless (the creator of the game) can ban you at any given time for any reason and does not have to give an excuse (see folks the law on the internet does not protect us so you have to watch out for games where you invest a ton of money and can be banned with no way to defend yourself.
Over the years there have been alot of botters, scammers and repeated rule breakers that have been removed from game, but also in that time there have been several who have been banned for speaking out against the game.
See the problem is, they want no negative feedback at all, if you question them to much you may get perma banned or banned for a day or several days, you never know how the mods will treat you.
I spent good money with this game for about the first 2 years and I mean buying multiple alts all upgrades, prem, virtues, the entire nine yards. At one time I was playing up to 14 toons.
I loved this game, I lived it, breathed it, slept it and ate it. I could not focus on anything else to play and it became my bar, my night out at the club, it became my entertainment. I worked, slept and played that game.
Make sure you understand this, I am not some troll that goes around bashing games just to cause issues and to try and sway people away, in all fairness I needed to come here and post my feelings and get it out so that maybe I could try to help at least someone else avoid the aggravation.
I have never been banned, never even been warned about my actions, this is very important to understand because of what i am about to say next. Lately I would say about the last good 3 months I have came undone with the game, lost interest, tired of repetitive game play, I mean people you can literally end up playing in the same area for years, imagine seeing the same two mobs everyday hours on end meanwhile the game forums go unanswered and many posts and questions and concerns are left without any answer. so the other day I was reading through the forums and saw a new player asking questions, it had been like 4 days and not one response, I opened up and let some of my true feelings go about how Glitchless handles the game in general. Now folks I was already aware I could have been banned for saying anything not all unicorns and rainbows about the company, but I had never even been warned and had been a decent paying player for years and I went tonight to check the forums and found myself permanent banned. When I went to log on it stated that no reason was given for being banned and that it would end never.
so if a person that spends as much time and money as I have with this game and has kept their nose clean for 4 years can be treated this way, anyone can be.
Mind you I never cursed or said blatent rude remarks, I stated facts and its funny that all my other posts are still on the forums, but the one I got banned for is no where to be seen to even defend me or prove me guilty.
Let me be honest, if it were not for the player base, this game would suck big time, same ole same ole over and over again.
One last thing, about a year ago I was having issues being harassed by another player in game which made tons of alts and went around doing things like getting close to others and getting promoted in clan so they would turn around and destroy it, or petty name calling and just so much crap that was wrong. I was bullied on the game forums mind you and I emailed the company several times with screen shots and even had other clan members (I started my own clan to ensure some peace of mind and to only have those I knew would bring to the table the same intentions I did) report him on forums.
Glitchless never responded to me and could have been cause I happen to have been bullied over the fact I am gay. It was funny that Glitchless answered all others back via email other then myself and my partner which ran the clan together. You all know what happened to the guy doing all the im's and forum posts? he got a 1 day ban from the forums which didn't even last an entire 24 hours.
This player was eventually banned from game for other actions but I felt like I mattered not one bit and with the new laws of today, gay people have almost as many rights as everyone else and I would have figured that meant players harrasing and demeaning and making up terrible lies about others would have been dealt with proper, but sadly it never was.
I have seen the game go downhill in the last year esp. another long time player who had actually taken a break from the game for a long time had come back more recent to play and PROMOTE the game HIMSELF, and just because he asked to many questions, which must have made Glitchless extremely uncomfortable in front of the entire game forum, he was also perma banned.
If you speak out at all, you are sure to be banned, if you pick on others and like to cause trouble and harass others and like to be in cliques then this game is just for you.
Many others who love this game will defend it to death but some have to agree with part of what I have said. I still love my clan members and thats the only hard part about walking away from this game, and it is very addictive no lie.
Btw I was not banned in game, although when I logged on my main it would not allow me to talk in clan chat or anywhere else, yet I had not received a message telling me I was squelched, but good ole Glitchless humor instead I got a message telling me I was not high enough level to talk ( I am level 85 which is the highest you can go in game)
Lastly Glitchless is very insulting to his player base at times, if you don't believe any of what I have said, before you play this game, go to the nodiatis forums and read over the last several years, may take some time to look over but even a few Glitchless post should have your blood boiling if you were to put yourself in the persons shoes he replied to.
life is life, can't stop others from playing but I hope I can at least give a good warning and at least you can't say you were not warned now :)
I am giving the game a 1 but my clan members deserve a 10, I will stress the game play is boring and very frustrating esp when the game continues to change after beta was said to be over. hey like pk rules they have been changed so much over the years and many are extremely unhappy with that system. Don't join this game thinking you are gonna have mad pvp happening very much other then arena where mostly the rich control it now anyway. so much unfairness and so much corruption to be uncovered.