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Force Majeure

On Player Interaction

I do not, as a rule, engage in idle conversation with players. This is particularly true when I am working and while I have tried to engage in some "docktarting" time now and again, I find it difficult to keep any sort of schedule given how much I work.

This does not mean that I dislike players. To the contrary, I enjoy players considerably and the interaction I do have with them. Often, however, at the end of a shift, when I have been working steadily and have other duties to finish up with, in those moments when I am not working, I often desire to leave the computer behind entirely. Chatting on the docks becomes difficult in such a situation.

The most notable lack of interaction is with tells. I do not respond to them unless I have initiated the conversation. Players will send me tells for various reasons, and I will take note on occasion, particularly if a vessel has been left without any means of motivation due to an officer disconnection. Often, however, these tells will not receive response and I may not notice them for quite some time if I am working in another window or ocean.

Some players understand this, and do not expect a response. They will drop a cheerful greeting wishing me a good morning and then proceed to other more piratey endeavors. Others do not quite understand and I have been berated, at length, for my non-responsive nature. There was one odd case where a player wanted to speak to me. After a few tells insisting on a response, this player decided to go ahead and have half of the conversation anyway. I confess that it was a rather fascinating look into another person's life, but had very little to do with Puzzle Pirates. I hope that, if nothing else, the diatribe was cathartic.

My favourite tell (and occasional petition) must be on those occasions when I am covering for another Ocean Master. This will usually happen during the "prime time" shifts during the American time-zone evenings. Every month or two someone will ask "Are you the new OM?"

I confess I am never quite certain how I should respond. If I were inclined to respond. But an examination of my logs shows that the tell came a good half hour ago and the player is now happily pillaging aboard the Sweet Grunion and has no wish to hear an explanation from an Ocean Master.

I suppose it is for the best.

While I am no longer a new Ocean Master, I am apparently a new one for these players. I hope that they will eventually take my lack of interaction in cheerful stride as the more veteran players do.

Comments:

Posted by Dangereux

Don't be fooled, fellow pirates; this ain't just in-game!

Bia, why won't you answer any of my calls?!

February 20, 2007 at 04:16 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Seb, aka Domokun

Docktarting vs Catching scammers out? I know which one I'd rather you spent your valuable time doing. Domokun

February 20, 2007 at 04:58 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Aur

Yes, but how do you respond to a quite healthy /pay from a player. I tried that a few days in a row. That's a no response too for players who wonder.

~Aur

February 20, 2007 at 09:29 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Allura

Stuff like that boggles me. If I "need" an OM, that's what petition is for. Otherwise, I figure you have, like, a job. :) I do admit that I frequently check to see who the OM on duty is, but that's more curiousity than anything else, and to get a feel for who works when.

I am somewhat curious about whether it's "normal" for an ocean to be OM-less for a few hours. I've noticed that occasionally with Viridian, and wasn't sure if it meant no one was on duty, or simply no one was logged into that ocean at the moment.

February 20, 2007 at 01:02 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Piplicus

So, anyway -

*Are* you the new OM? ;-)

February 21, 2007 at 04:30 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Randompanzy

Dont feel bad bia when i was newish i thought Lelantos was really new as i never seen him before but he sent me a tell saying he was like 3 years old and i felt bad :s

we love ya bia even if you use to scare me sometimes you dont anymore and are awesome ^_^

May 20, 2009 at 07:49 PM PDT | permalink

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