Although Mu’s resolution to restrict his hunting grounds would undoubtedley lead to boredom and repetitiveness, occasionally something new would spring up to try and kill him.  For example, these little fellas, named Gnawer Shreths by some insane zoologist, certainly appear to be fearsome critters, what with their spiked carapaces and bizarre clown noses.  However, they were not much more dangerous than your average drudge skulker, especially when dealt with in the standard method for honorable adventurers:  unloading attacks on them while their backs are turned.  Chivalry ho!

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"Hey!  Wake up you lout!"  A sharp kick in the thigh snapped Mu out of his slumber, and he stumbled into consciousness as he scrambled to avoid falling off the Spire of Serenity, where he had dozed off.  Sachiko, the spire’s caretaker, was most displeased, and she was as bad at maintaining decorum at such times as she was good at maintaining the Spire’s immaculate cleanliness.

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The 7th happened to be the day of the big in-game event which, like most RPG in-game events, consisted largely of a bunch of monsters attacking towns and lag becoming really bad.  Loose fellowships were formed, and Sashi Mu found his little level 3 sorceror self in the middle of a bunch of guys who were way more powerful than he.  Luckily, his crappy studded leather made it easy for everyone to know who to shout at when they wanted a drink or their armor polished.  However, Mu’s luck was shining today as usual, and after a couple of minor Banderling attacks, he felt his connection slipping.  Disgusted, he wandered off through the rest of the "big event", cursed to watch a rerun of "Arliss" until he felt it was safe to return to Dereth.

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Aha, a travesty is averted. Lum was asked by someone claiming to be GM Gabriel to remove the pic from the Darwin section, since it was in fact him and not Darwin. Or so he says… In a humorless, very official-sounding request, GM Gabriel cited the possibility of personal endangerment if he were to be recognized as “GM Darwin” outside of the OSI offices and maybe beaten up for his lunch money. In this spirit, I would like to lay all the blame for the mistake on the anonymous source for telling me it was GM Darwin in the first place. But what the hell… the pic is still funny.

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Had a few email exchanges with Lum, in which the identity of the mystery GM was debated. Mrs. Darwin insisted it was not him. Someone else thought it might have been Datura, but I can’t imagine Datura going to a player function without an EOD armored bodysuit and a waiting ambulance. Lum concurred… “If it was Datura I’m sure I would have had to bail Murm out of jail later.” I personally don’t really care that much, since as I said, it’s just a funny picture of a dorky GM staring off into space. However, there are more important things to worry about…… like the Asheron’s Call test has entered Beta One, and the NDA has been lifted!

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Muchos gracias to Lum the Mad for providing some positive ID’s on some of our suspects.

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A reader who will remain anonymous until he says he really wants his name here (so he can be recognized by the 5 people who read this page) sent in this clipped-out image from BritFest ’99, claiming it to be an accurate photographic representation of the former GM of the hour. He apparently gave himself away via a subtle clue (the name tag that said “GM Darwin”), and gave a short speech on why recalling into banks on Great Lakes had been temporarily disabled before dark-clad bodyguards hurried him into a waiting limo. Can this be real estate tycoon and ex-red-robed deity known only as “Darwin”? We may never know, but i still laugh when I look at those GM pictures, so I figured I’d post it. The presence of a cheesy red arrow just makes me laugh more.

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Late as usual. If you don’t know what’s going on in the world of crooked GM’s, I suggest you go over to the Official OSI Announcement, which is pretty much useless. Then jump over to Dr. TwisTer’s for more details. Finally, you can read an interview with GM Darwin at Lum’s. I was going to comment on this situation beforehand, since I had heard a few rumors but, uh, it kinda happened fast and I was busy playing a game that didn’t suck. The summary statement, as it appears on Dr. TwisTer…

“GM Darwin was creating house and castle deeds online, handing them off to a character and then selling those deeds for REAL US$ MONEY on Ebay.”

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I read an excellent rant on Dundee’s site (not the MoB Dundee, the RCGUO Dundee) about “roleplayers”. Damn if this doesn’t bother me about as much as it seems to bother him. After a boring weekend which consisted largely of replacing my car and wondering if it was worth it to ever attempt to run an RPG campaign ever again, this one just set me off. I started typing one of my typical super-long boring Mu replies to his message board, when I realized SitePowerUp would probably cut it in half, so here it is.The RP Nazi attitude is prevalent everywhere, even (and most disturbingly so) in the realm of pen and paper RPG’s. The problem lies in the term, “roleplaying”. It would seem pretty simple to define… “playing a role”. But people add all sorts of nonsense to the definition based on their experiences, what they’ve read in some really terrible fantasy fan fiction, and their own delusions. This is where the problem happens… people enter an “RPG”, whether it’s some tabletop thing, EQ, even UO, with an expectation that (1) it is a roleplaying game, and more importantly (2) it will fit perfectly with their idea of what roleplaying is. These people wear the badge of “roleplayer” proudly, and gives anyone who even thinks about roleplaying a bad name.

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It all started with a link posted on the board on 6/17/99 by Shayla Shayla of ATL, a regular on the Joy of Villainy forum. While the same post was made to other forums, for some unknown reason the Mu forum seemed to generate the widest variety of crackpot threads. They are being reproduced here for the edification of future generations who might wonder just how weird the forum can get sometimes.

Conspicuously absent from the debate was Mu himself, who was believed to have just purchased Aliens vs. Predator and didn’t have time for such claptrap. However, here are a few of the highlights, internally anchored for her pleasure…

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