Warning: This is partially a rant post. My opinions on certain matters are going to be very apparent with sarcasm used in some areas. Please read the entire post before commenting.
We've all seen them, they log on every single day. A brand-spanking new player that has logged in for the first time. You welcome him, you applaud him for choosing the best Tekkit Classic server ever, but what does he do? The player immediately moves past all the signs and boards to start his adventure when the very first thing he says in chat is, 'can I have some free stuff?'.
Now I've been playing on this server for over a year now and have really enjoyed my time. In fact, I've just recently donated to show my appreciation. To me the server, and video games in general, are a place to relax and have fun. And I'm sure many other players will agree. However, when players grief, raid, and are constantly complaining about why they can or can't do something, then it makes playing not fun at all. Especially when those questions are directly answered on the signs and info boards at spawn.
What's worse is when a player, not just starter, but expert, pro, and even donator ranks, are caught breaking a rule and their reply is 'I didn't know' or 'meh, I don't read rules'. Two different types of replies with the same effect, me wanting to reach through the internet and strangle the kid. Let's briefly review these two types of replies:
- The first type of reply is either truly meant or is just the prey's first excuse to try and escape. On certain occasions yes, a brand new player may have misinterpreted a grey area in the rules. Any other time and it's just the first thing the player though of to attempt to escape his minimal punishment.
- The second type of reply is the sarcastic reply. Hehe, very funny. After playing for over a year you've heard all the 'jokes' and it gets very old very quick. If in fact this player is being truly honest and has never read a rule in his entire life then he should be kicked/banned immediately because of his incompetence.
I don't know about anyone else, but I have had enough! This blatant disregard for the rules with only minimal consequences has gone on long enough! What's the result of this disregard you may ask? A world looking like our very own Terra world. I for one do not want my brand new Firma world to look exactly like ol' Terra in the next few weeks. It's time that us players and staff actually do something besides selling blaze rods, macerators, and condensers to starters or placing another wooden sign next to the rule board.
So, with all that being said, here is my proposed solution:
1. Have a separate spawn for brand new players, possibly in the minigames world. The minigames world is almost completely empty and escaping the rule spawn would be pointless. This new spawn should have a layout that is similar to the '/warp rulequiz' but have more questions answering some of the frequently asked questions like 'how to place an energy collector' , 'what is minimum value' etc.
While we're at it, throw everyone into this new spawn at least once. That way we know without a shadow of a doubt that everyone has read the rules and is therefore responsible for their actions, past and future.
2. Have harsher consequences. I've mentioned this in other posts, and I don't like it either. But for the sake of order and justice we must have real punishments. A 10 minute mute or jail is not going to cut it. In my personal opinion, there should be no mute or jail; Just kicks and bans, and not tiny 10-20 minute ones. I'm talking about whole days or even a week long kicks. By making the consequences greater it will deter players from breaking the rules in the first place.
Congratulations, you've reached the end of the post. Thank you for reading, I await your feedback.