GM Iron Will

Iron Will and OSI mistreat, belittle, and challenge their intelligence

GM Iron Will decided that a cleanout in the counselorranks was needed. Counselor KewlDood responds to the application.

Surely game knowledge is important, but a letter such as this to the counselors is unprofessional and inexcusable. Here is the letter IW (IronWill) sent to the counselors. Below it is the letter i sent IW.

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Counselor Changes, Plan, and Application

As many of you know our counselor program has been under intense fire, some deserved, some not. However in light of this there have been some glaring holes within the program, and this needs fixing not only for the good of Ultima Online, but the good of each our personal standing. The following is an intensive questionnaire that will test the knowledge, the spirit, and the willingness of each person. This will see if he or she has not only the brains to be a counselor, but the desire to contribute and help a program that should not be where it is today. It is my desire that every single counselor be the best person they can be not only in-game, but out of the game. As a result there will be some modified changes to the program that will eliminate some inherent problems of the system as well as external problems which pertains to the general character of those that take away from the program.

Changes

No counselor will have a player on the shard that he counsels on. Too many problems have come out of this, but now those problems will be eliminated. You will be assigned a server on your recommendations as well as on need of that server.

Every counselor must dedicate one night a week to counsel 8-11 p.m. local time of that shard. Our base goal is to have at least three counselors to be on during the peak hours to maintain a constant level of support. The counselor must email their Senior Counselor with the days that he can work, and the Senior Counselor will try to plan accordingly. If the three hour on one night limit cannot be attained, then please do not respond to this form.3) The counselor must be in IRC at all times that he is counseling. Refusal to do this is grounds for immediate removal. This is a vital way to communicate immediate and vital issues, and when that chain is broken it weakens the entire team.

All issues must go to your Senior Counselor (which will be assigned to you next week if accepted), and then if needed he or she can elevate it to myself or another GM. We will be disseminating information down to you this way in a weekly report, which will increase the flow of communication along with planned weekly meetings and an upcoming message board.Plan

You as a counselor will have until the end of the Texas A&M-Nebraska game to return this form to me (or 72 hours). After that all applications will be discarded regardless of reason. We will sift through the applications and determine if you are someone that we need back. Counselors will be unrobed automatically next Wednesday or Thursday, and will then be rerobed hopefully on Thursday. You will be notified about the selection on Wednesday. IRC channels will also close down on Wednesday in order to reshuffle who is allowed in where.

Mind you I am doing these changes for all positive reasons. If this goes right then the counselors will be looked upon as people with respect and knowledge, not as points of disgust, anger, or frustration. I want you to be able to look at the person on the left and right of you and be proud of working alongside them, not embarrassed to be associated with them in any way. If you are somewhat nervous about this then good. It is a test, and I do not want to have anyone who cannot pull their own weight or hold down the group. The future is only as good as we make it to be, and I do not want any more blemishes upon this group.

Cut the application below and reply back to ironwill@owo.com with your answers. We will be using the answers that you give as well as past performance to judge if you are one that needs to be a part of the counselor program.

Good luck! Iron Will.

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  1. Why do you want to be a counselor?
  2. How long have you played Ultima Online?
  3. What shards to you play on and why?4) What type of characters do you have and which do you play normally?
  4. Do you experience with non-combat and trade skills? If so, name the ones you use.6) What do have to offer that would help other counselors, OSI, and fellow players?
  5. What do you contribute to the Ultima Online community right now?8) What edict would you enforce on the land if you were Lord British for one day?
  6. What was the worst event that has happened to you in Ultima Online?10) What values/attributes (if any) do you look for in looking for other players to play with in Ultima Online?
  7. If you had one wish for Ultima Online, what would it be?12) What do you think would make this game be more appealing to players who do not play the game?
  8. Why is it necessary or unnecessary to have player killing in Ultima Online?14) What character of yours do you like to play most and why?
  9. What events do you like to get involved with, OSI related or player run?16) Name three people that have been influential in your gaming experience in Ultima Online.
  10. When something goes wrong that is clearly out of control in Ultima Online that directly affects you, how do you react?18) What does an online community mean to you?
  11. Give three ways on how to make Ultima Online better today without any patch or update.20) What characteristics make up a good player in Ultima Online?
  12. How do you bake a cake?.
  13. What would I have to do to go from the Shrine of Valor to Trinsic?.
  14. What does it take to get into the City of Wind?.
  15. I want to buy a boat. Who do I talk to?.
  16. What would I have to do to make a clock?.

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This is in regard to what is happening to the counselors

The counselors in UO are great with the minimal powers provided to them. They pay to work as counselors, and yet all of the ones I have met have been more than happy to help. What needs to be looked into are the GM's. THAT my friend is where the problems occur. I have several years experience with online gaming. Not only do I play, but I have held a position such as yours. Can everyone in your management be so blind as to not see where the actual problem is occurring? Take a step back and just look.What you are asking of the Counselors in the upcoming week is ludacrous. These people work out of the goodness of their hearts, and what do they get, but a letter challenging their mentality and intelligence. You guys can't be more in the wrong.

From this point on, I will be posting anything and everything that goes to the counselors from your guys. No, I am not a counselor, nor would I be with such unacceptable management practices. I am just a player who feels that the counselors in the game are being VERY mistreated. Granted, a certain amount of game knowledge is important, but the manner in which you are requesting it is so unporfessional and obviously wrong that you should be ashamed of yourself.

Best of luck. I doubt you will be having many counselors after tonight and in the future. I suppose this is how you will see where the real problem is occurring.Counselor KeWldOOd took his time to fill out and respond to the application.

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Re: Iron Will and OSI mistreat, belittle, and chellenge their inteelligence

Posted by Counselor KeWld00d 10/09/1998

Why do you want to be a counselor?
So I can hook my boys up with cool shit by letting them in peeps' houses.

How long have you played Ultima Online?
I been pkin since early beta, dewd!

What shards to you play on and why?
Catskills, cuz dey got ez pikkins

What type of characters do you have and which do you play normally?
I got a mule to sell my l00t and make potions and fix armor, and 4 pk murderers to get me more loot!

Do you experiment with non-combat and trade skills? If so, name the ones you use?
Fuck no! I dont mess with that pussy shit!

What do have to offer that would help other counselors, OSI, and fellow players?
I got dah R337 WaReZ! I give them out to peeps I think is kewl!

What do you contribute to the Ultima Online community right now?
I give antis somethin to do, and I do pk attacks during those gay-ass community event thingies.

What edict would you enforce on the land if you were Lord British for one day?
No guardz, free for all pkin d00d!

What was the worst event that has happened to you in Ultima Online?
I got my duped castles broken into. Dewd that suxord!

What values/attributes (if any) do you look for in looking for other players to play with in Ultima Online?
They gotsta be able to kik AZZ and kill mass peeps!

If you had one wish for Ultima Online, what would it be?
That they'd fix these bugs dewd! But NOT the ones I use to break into houses or steal shit with, or hack my stats or dupe gold with! Just the ones that hurt me.

What do you think would make this game be more appealing to players who do not play the game?
Maybe if I wasnt here!

Why is it necessary or unnecessary to have player killing in Ultima Online?
Cuz we add realism to the game by killin everyone we see!

What character of yours do you like to play most and why?
My pks, cuzthey get me loot!

What events do you like to get involved with, OSI related or player run?
I like the player run pk dungeon raids where we get like 30 Dread Lord friends and go sweep the dungeons. OSI should puton more of those!

Name three people that have been influential in your gaming experience in Ultima Online
Rainz, cuz he killed that pussy Lord British, and KeWlD00d MaStAkIlLa cuz he taught me how to pk!

When something goes wrong that is clearly out of control in Ultima Online that directly affects you, how do you react?
I go on a killin spree and spam up the developer's message board at UO Crossroads.

What does an online community mean to you?
Dread Lords vs. Antis...All greys and oranges die

Give three ways on how to make Ultima Online better today without any patch or update.
I dont understand... Well you could make my UO better if you hook me up wit some loot like a castle and some Vanquishin Weapons!

What characteristics make up a good player in Ultima Online?
GM Mage/Resist/Tactics/Archery/Hiding

How do you bake a cake?
I just kill some newbie cook and take his.

What would I have to do to go from the shrine of Valor to Trinsic?
Just cast recall dewd

What does it take to get into the City of Wind?
A rune to inside

I want to buy a boat. Who do I talk to?
Dont buy a boat dewd, just steal one with that bug on Xsploitz.

What would I have to do to make a clock?
You can make a clock in this game?!? I just thought those newbies I found them on had GMs hook them up or somethin. GMs is always hookin up them lameass newbies. 

Zargar
(08.10.1998)

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