App: Kaedian - DDO (4/0)

Would you have a drink with them? (the results have no bearing on whether they get in or not)


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Membership Application
Are you over 18? (You must be 18+ to apply.)
Yes

What are some games you plan on playing with us?
DDO

What is the character or account name you’re joining that game with?
Vhaas

Do you have friends or family in the Unrepentant community? If so what is their forum name?
Not that I know of.

So... let's talk! What follows are a bunch of questions that give us a sense of your personality, and give us something to talk about. If your answers are boring or short, we’ll assume you’re boring (and probably short).

Tell us the story of one of the dumbest, funniest or most embarrassing things you've done as an adult.
Hmph, I skipped this to give it some thought, then forgot all about it and hit enter. The mind may very well be the first thing to go.

A couple of years ago, my eldest son was receiving an award at his college and as he got called up to receive it and give a speech, he looked across the table to me while he was standing up. Naturally, being the cool dad that I am, I "chucked up the deuces" with one hand, while sipping a beverage with the other. Except, my index finger decided it wanted a moment to consider the action before doing so, and I instead flipped him the bird, sideways, but still ...

Funny enough on it's own, compounded not only by the look on his face, and the look on one of my daughters's faces, but even more-so by the look on the Dean's face that was also seated at the table with us.

My daughter likes to remind me of that night ... every chance she gets.

What's the coolest job you've ever had? What's the worst? (And why?)
Current job is probably the coolest, in that I own an engineering/land surveying company despite being booted from college twice (no degree, no regrets, no problem).

Worst? Same job, but one of our long time projects has been checking the grades of the interior of cooling pipes for a power plant to ensure they haven't shifted over time (to give warning before they crack and split.) I'm 6'4", the pipes are 6' diameter, slippery as hell AND typically filled with seawater. Claustrophobia aside, needing to supply your own light sources, plus carry equipment 12' under ground down a rickety ladder and then get it set up accurately on a curved slippery surface while being hunched over for hours at a time, is bad enough. Now factor in the stink of low tide, stagnant seawater.

My predecessors underbid that job by a long shot. I'll be tripling it the next time if not more.

Name three video games you'll replay no matter how old they get. (And why?)
NHL whatever, I am a hockey fanatic (Let's GO Rangers!) and will buy each new release like a mindless sheep, because its HOCKEY!

D3. Mindless clickfest of fun. Can easily play it one handed (no, not for THAT reason, but so I can hold a whiskey in the off hand)

FalloutX. I do love me some apocalyptic fun. Can't say I've finished a single one since Fallout2, but I do enjoy the time spent in each version.

Technically the NHL and Fallout answers aren't replaying, but technically they are as well since the general gameplay is the same.

Tell us about the most annoying person you've ever met, and why he/she annoyed you.
Sue, a landscape architect employed by my firm before I came into ownership. self considered an expert in all things cad drafting, she was the source of so many corrupted drawings and missing files that we are still dealing with the fallout years after she (thankfully) moved on. Her hallmark was requesting survey data to the one thousandth of a foot (0.001'), for design drawings to be built by contractors happy to build roads/sidewalks/planters within 1/4" (0.02').

Tell us something cool about yourself that has nothing to do with gaming. (Free hint: responding to your application thread with photo or video supporting evidence is a plus!)
I have safety-conscious hardcore squirrels in my trees.

http://i64.tinypic.com/10yi39h.jpg

You have to respect the helmets, guess they're not nuts after all.

Why choose the Unrepentant Gaming Community over just a regular gaming guild?
I look forward to joining a group of like-minded individuals to play games alongside. If that extends to multiple games, even better. If not, then that's fine too. I've been happily married for nearly 27 years now, I know all about finding a happy medium.

BONUS: Ask us some questions! We're sure you've got some.
How active is the DDO branch? Although a veteran of MMO's I am brand spanking new to DDO and unsure of character selection. My elf bard Vhaas, may very well get deleted, and I'm unsure of playing FTP or dropping the cash for the VIP version. I played LotRO for a while so I understand Turbines game management pretty well.

Do you have any games on the horizon that you plan to support? I am VERY interested in Pantheon as I feel it comes as close to a true version of EQ2 as possible.

Almost done!

You enter a cave before starting an adventure. A wise old man tells you "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this." What does he hand you and why?
A Desert Eagle .50 cal, wooden swords are so 1986.
 
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Hi and welcome. I know how you can get back at your daughter for bringing that up over and over again. Be sure to show up at one of her significant life events (birthday, graduation, wedding, etc etc) dressed as a pimp. Like, purple suit with giant shoulder pads, white shoes, cane, snow tiger pattern hat, shades, extra chest hair, and a glittering medallion. Then chuck the deuce and say "aww yeah, baby" in response to every question that comes your way.

It worked for my Dad.
 
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Be sure to show up at one of her significant life events (birthday, graduation, wedding, etc etc) dressed as a pimp.
I just dropped her off at college last Friday and it still smarts. I'm going to have to chain watch Old Yeller and Brian's Song to prepare for her wedding when that day comes.
 
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Regarding your DDO question, we have a small but pretty avid group of players. One of them will be in be in your app to tell you how great we are, but they're sinfully lazy and let the more capable, more attractive, more warrior-poety officers make first contact. Such as myself. :D

Glad to hear your kids are smart and college material. I hope she brings home some A's, and not too many boys. Boys like Steve, who is flirting with her even now. He's cute, she thinks, but can he shotgun 6 beers and jump a 1981 corvette over a train to escape the cops? I likes 'em bad. Haha, that's probably not happening right now. Just wait 'til Saturday though.

Where are you from? How did you get into surveying and doing inspections and such? Sounds like you need some drones for that underground stuff.
 

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Hey Kaedian,

As chef B predicted I'm here to tell you how awesome we are :) (and to tell you never to get into a van with him no matter how much free candy and puppies he say he has)

We're pretty awesome... but seriously hi and welcome to the app process, while it may seem a bit convoluted its our way of ensuring that we're a good fit for you as a gaming community, as much as your are for us.

The DDO branch in question is a pretty laid back bunch and while we don't have the grand numbers we did have back when DDO was a new game we're still looking quite healthy. There are still quite a few of us playing regular and you should find at least a couple of us on most evenings depending on time zones.

Your first port of call should be to find us on the Sarlona server using the "who" interface anyone who has the guild tag The Unrepentant is one of the guys your looking for. They should be able to sort you out with an in-game guild invite and help you navigate around the place, make sure you tell them you're an applicant so they know who you are.

Failing that you can let me know which toons your going to be playing with and I'll send you guild invites through the in-game mail system.

As the whole application process try to enjoy it and stay active here on the boards, in game and in mumble our voice chat system of choice.

Most applicants that fail here, fail because they don't visit their application thread enough and don't interact with the wider community on the boards and in game.

We're quite an easy going bunch so we promise the only thing we will ever ask any one to do is the app process, every thing else after that is voluntary. This is why we take it quite seriously (once some one's in, it's all gimp suits, soapy frogs and mud / KY jelly wrestling).


Your first port of call should be to get your self an avatar as this will help us to identify you in your posts and makes you seem like a real person :)

Any questions let me know

Dave

PS why DDO? do you have a wider D&D back ground or did it just randomlly take you fancy?
 
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Hi there great to see a new face...once we catch up in game or you get an avatar...at the moment its a non-face.

I am one of the more active players and officer but based in the UK may have more limited overlap playing times.

Still if we do get to overlap let me know if I dont spot you and I'll try and run some lowbie stuff with you...you said you were new to DDO right?

Other than that do try an dinteract with the wider community, you'll need to in order to garner the 4 officer "yes" votes you'll need to get in.

Other than that have fun and call back to your app thread regularly.

Is that Ice Hockey then (see I'm a Brit...), no grass involved? Isn't it just violence thinly wrapped with a sport to make it presentable :) Or if not, name another sport that's more violent (boxing is not an acceptable answer)
 
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Where are you from? How did you get into surveying and doing inspections and such? Sounds like you need some drones for that underground stuff.
Currently Connecticut. Born in NY, have lived in Vermont and New Hampshire as well. Land Surveying? Well like most in the profession I fell into it. Following my second half-assed attempt at college (1987), I was building decks for a living (80 hours a week, good times) and then saw an add for an entry level position in land surveying. 10 years later I applied for professional licensure and passed the exam. I worked for three different private firms of varying sizes, then did a stint as a Town Surveyor for a smaller town here in CT. Then I got the opportunity to come into a firm created in 1892 and bring it into the present as the owners at the time were looking to retire in a couple years and they were still hand drafting half of their work and were recording most of their field data by hand as well. Fast forward another 12 years and here we are. It took time and effort, but success was found sans college diploma.

Drones would:
A) Lose signal and crash.
B) Not enough room in the pipes to get the redundancy required to attain any sort of accuracy.
C) Vertical accuracy (which was the key in this case) is lower than horizontal in any case due to the fact you have no way to measure from the opposite side, hence why GPS is great for horizontal locations, but terrible (comparably) for vertical information (the concept is similar to pushing rope).

PS why DDO? do you have a wider D&D back ground or did it just randomlly take you fancy?
I'm 50 and a geek at heart, so yeah I played D&D back in the day in various friends basements. I've dabbled in Neverwinter a couple of times but each time I've gotten discouraged by the FTP model there. I love MMOs for the interaction with other people and currently none of the games out there really grab me. I'm playing GW2 a bit as well, but not sure whether I'm enjoying it as mcuh as I expected. Having played LotRO for a while, I found Turbines FTP model to be one of the best in the business and figured I'd give it a whirl.

Is that Ice Hockey then (see I'm a Brit...), no grass involved? Isn't it just violence thinly wrapped with a sport to make it presentable :) Or if not, name another sport that's more violent (boxing is not an acceptable answer)
There's grass under the ice we played hockey on when I was a kid in VT. To me it's hockey and field hockey. My youngest daughter tried field hockey her freshman year in HS but the coaches were absolutely horrible and so she switched to volleyball the following year with her older sister. Very long story, but ultimately frustrating as I still think she'd make a better FH player than VB, but terrible coaching is a death knell in HS sports (Plot Twist, the VB coaches aren't much better).

As for violence, yeah hockey can be brutal, but the game is moving away from the physical and moving more towards speed and finesse. They've actually really clamped down on fighting in the AHL (the primary farm team system in the US for the NHL) for this upcoming season as some fringe talent players have tried to punch their way into the NHL to varying degrees of success. I'm a fan of having fighting allowed as a means to self-police dirty play. I'm against orchestrated premeditated fights. There is boxing and MMA for that.


Lastly, avatar selected for now. I have been known to be a grumpy old man at times, my children will tell you my most popular word/answer is "No", seconded by, "Ask your mother". I am a cynical realist with a low bullshit tolerance. That said, I love a good prank, and will give as good as I get when it comes to ball breaking etc. 50 years old, married 27 years in October, two sons 24 and 22, two daughters 18 and 16. An english springer spaniel, Dupree (aka BDE, Best Dog Ever) and a chocolate lab, Bandit (aka Moron, Idiot, Dummy, stupidest dog ever, and I mean that in a lovingly yet ... he DEFINES stupid ... but he's lovable too) a 50 gal tank of cichlids and a rabbit (Sven) that needs to have his teeth cut by the vet every three weeks (they grow too fast for him to keep them at the proper length with chewing stuffs, if he wasn't so damned cute he'd be Stew instead of Sven.

Next?


PS I remade my bard more inline with the spec I was interested in (swashbuckler, c'mon who doesn't love a well-buckled swash?), Ghord Steelsong is the name.
 
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There's always room in my van for an older gentleman. The candy really is free!
Is it all the way in the back with the puppies? That's where I keep mine.


Edit: PS I have acquired an invite to the guild :)
 
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Welcome Kaedian.
Great first read on the application to Uey.

BEST EMBARRASSING STORY EVER!

I too am thinking of moving back to DDO. I started there before trying out NWO. Not sure i like the economics and end game character building as the focus of one's efforts. It feels very grindy compared to DDO.
I read that Lotro has really fallen off the map with very few people left around. DDO has also dropped in popularity as mentioned, but its content is really diverse and lots of it.
Perhaps if you are starting fresh, i'll pop on over and we can do some low level gaming together. I really hate the thought of starting all over again (my 5 year working toons are on a different server and it cost real $ to get them moved) but if there are one or two others starting fresh, maybe i'll join you.
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I'm merely level 3 so far so sure, the more the merrier :) I have set up Mumble but need the password and so am requesting it via pm per the directions!
 
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Sear him to seal in the juices, then slow roast him, turning throughout for even heating. Serve with a strong whiskey to kill the taste.
 
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Sear him to seal in the juices, then slow roast him, turning throughout for even heating. Serve with a strong whiskey to kill the taste.
A most excellent response!
Perhaps my first new toon will be a gnome.
 
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I'm merely level 3 so far so sure, the more the merrier :) I have set up Mumble but need the password and so am requesting it via pm per the directions!
I can help you with Mumble if we connect.

If i recall, if we get more than 3 levels apart, the level limiting kicks in. A person more than 3 levels less won't earn xp when power leveled through a quest by a more powerful character.
If i don't join soon, you will be too far ahead of me in level to play together.
 
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I can help you with Mumble if we connect.

If i recall, if we get more than 3 levels apart, the level limiting kicks in. A person more than 3 levels less won't earn xp when power leveled through a quest by a more powerful character.
If i don't join soon, you will be too far ahead of me in level to play together.
I have a paladin at level 3 as well, I doubt I'll be leveling both all that rapidly as I'm learning as I go =)
 
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Kaedian, when you're not gaming or watching hockey or using your surveyor's scope to peek in the windows of scantily clad coeds, what are you into? I imagine 4 kids kept you busy during the past 24 years - are you finding more time for porn things now that you're down to one school age kid?

My son is about to turn 5 and start kindergarten. I foresee a good 1-2 decades of him continuing to be a pain in my ass. I actually find myself bored very easily when he's not around. I've gotten accustomed to having someone around to entertain all the time. If I can just get him to sit still-ish for 90 minutes, I can't wait to start seeing movies again, in the actual theater. With giant rumbling round and explosions and alien guts flying through the air.
 
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Hi Kaedian, good to read up your app. Anything fun and exciting happen this summer?
 

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While I'm mostly farmng stuff for my epic (level, not that I'm epic) toon I do have a reasonable spread of toons across the levels so if i see you on, I'll give you a shout.
 

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So as a grading foreman and grader operator i have had lots of experience with your type.... and that lady you described as the most annoying i think she was in charge of just about every project i was ever on. I have left the construction industry a few years back, i couldn't do the horrible long hours any more. i always had some favorite surveyors to work with some that made my job much easier and some that made me feel like i was talking to a wall. As an owner do you still get out in the field?
 
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