Hi.
My name's Eralam, and I'm an asshole.
To those of you that remember me from JvS, this admission comes as no surprise. I've butted heads with most of you at one time or another. The Chaos natives will figure it out soon enough, I promise. Given enough time and the right set of circumstances, I am a deeply unpleasant person who revels in making those who earn my wrath wail and gnash their teeth in eternal torment.
So why bring this up now? Why state the obvious instead of letting folks figure it out on their own?
The answer is simple: we've got a problem. And that problem is the fact that invasions seem to bring out the asshole in people.
It's only natural that tempers flare in competitive situations. Invasions are high stakes events, the current ones more so than normal. There's a lot on the line here, and no one wants to find themselves in a situation where someone else's scumbagassery puts them at a disadvantage.
On top of that, it's my understanding that relations between the warring parties have never been good, and have deteriorated dramatically over the last few months. There's been a lot of finger pointing and name calling, and I'm not even going to try to sort out who's to blame. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't sort that crap out with a time machine and a team of psychics.
What I will say is that I've seen some pretty heinous stuff from both sides.
I'll also go out on a limb and say it needs to stop. Now.
There is a time and a place for being an asshole. The invasion OOC and IC threads are neither.
Bitch about the bastards to your friends in private if you must, but keep it off the boards. Tensions are high enough as is, and the last thing we need are people trying to strike up a flame war. If someone does something you don't like, take it to a faction admin or owner. If the admins are the problem, take it to an RPJ. There are channels for handling disputes, and none of them involve being passive aggressive in public.
These events are about more than your personal agendas. Dozens of people from both sides are trying to kick ten shades of osik out of each other, and they're trying to have a good time doing it. All it takes are a couple of bad apples to spoil the barrel for everyone else.
And yes, I realize this is rich coming from me. There's at least one person out there reading this thinking "that son of a bitch, who does he think he is trying to tell others to watch their temper?!" Well, to that person, you'll note that I've been staying out of your way precisely because we don't need our grudge aired out for the world to see. And for the ones wondering where this upstart gets off telling old timers what to do, I'm gonna go out on yet another limb and say you're probably part of the problem. This ain't about seniority or Johnny come latelies trying to tell you how to conduct yourself.
This is a call for sanity and common sense. Invasions have a lot of potential to be awesome. Let's all agree not to spoil it for everyone else, mkay?