it’s been about 5-6 years but let’s be honest i’ve evaded here and there (to not much success)
on the occasion that i do play, TGMC (but it’s just not the same) and /vg/station. i really really enjoyed the original Bastion of Hestia and even had a stint as admin there briefly before Carl got tired of the snakes in his staff and shut the server down. i’ve been enjoying VtM 13 & I’ve played a couple rounds on Bubber
of course i have a history, i’ve been playing since i was 14 and i’m 24 now, but since returning to the game i’ve gotten all past bans lifted.
I started playing 9-10 years ago so I really couldn’t tell you – as Colonial Marines was my first ban in this game, the ban would’ve been about 8 years ago. I’ve evaded a few times, not to grief but just to enjoy, and have gotten caught every time either thru forgetting to change my CID, clear my cache, or just being too familiar w/ game mechanics on a fresh account.
I don’t know if that embed will work, but this was posted by Apophis some 3-4 years after my initial ban. Sharing for transparency’s sake, although I don’t agree with or respect his opinions of me for ancient reasons there’s no need to bring up
I have a full-time salaried job that demands 9-10 hours a day from me, 5 days a week. I am currently taking a Calculus 1 class and an Organic Chemistry class. As you’ll see if you want to link together my account’s telemetry to whatever evasion attempts, I hardly have time to play this game more than 2-3 rounds a week, much less spend that time griefing or being a shithead.
I won’t say I’ve “grown up” as that’s a lame excuse, because my (now lifted) ban from /tg/station was in 2019 – I was 20 and had just gotten out of basic military training. I should’ve been grown up then, no? I will say I’m more level-headed, although sure, during a moment of frustration I exchanged some pretty hurtful language w/ a CM admin that caught me evading.
I have never been banned from any server for griefing. Only for being a sometimes toxic, argumentative shithead. I find no benefit to this behavior anymore, as I live a professional life & have good friendships that fill out my desires more than being an asshole on the internet ever did.
None of my evasion attempts, if you can link them together, were caught because I was griefing, or cheating, or whatever. I have my own injector and have no interest in scripting some Lua bullshit for x-ray or wallhacks. I was involved in the development of Calamari many many years ago, but there’s a reason we made that unavailable: it was ruining the game.
So, simple as, I just want to play the game. I have expressed this every time I’ve been caught evading and I stand by it. I never appealed as, frankly, Feweh & Apophis made it clear that I would never, ever, ever be unbanned, largely because I was responsible for some shady shenanigans back when CM was closed-source. This was sort of burned into my brain and I figured it’d be easier to evade than appeal when I decided to finally return to the game this year. CM admins have proven that to not be the case.
What can I bring to the game? Experience, a general kindness to others, and a good sense for what’s fun and what’s not fun.