GW2, STO, SWTOR, NWO, Others: Tico (4/0/0)

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

Which game(s) are you applying in?
GW2, Star Trek Online, World of Tanks, Star Wars MMO thing, L4D(2), Battlefield(s)

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

Do you have friends or family in the guild? If so what is their forum name?
Artemis Alpha

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.
I have stayed up 6 days in a row without sleep on two occasions, neither on purpose. During one of the episodes, apparently a friend found me taking my brakes apart down to the rotors. My car maintenance skills (when sane) are not quite to the level of oil changes.

What's the coolest job you've ever had? What's the worst? (And why?)
I currently work at the IRS, and I've had $500K pass my desk in a day....

Used to work at a hospital in IT. Reported manager for legal and ethical violations. Was told by HR that my manager A) was allowed to lie to her chain of command as long as it went to all the people it was supposed to reach, and B) wasn't going to be confronted about the violations because corporate was ok with how things were run.

Name three video games you'll replay no matter how old they get. (And why?)
Space Empires V, Postal 2, and Aliens vs Predator (almost any version)

Tell us about the most annoying person you've ever met, and why he/she annoyed you.
I met a friend of friends once while in town on a road trip, and he managed to make the two most even-tempered friends I've ever had get into a screaming argument with each other by changing sides in the issue and provoking further argument whenever they seemed to reach an agreement.

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 a scar on my back from falling off a castle wall in Germany as a teenager.

Why choose the Unrepentant Gaming Community over just a regular gaming guild?
My gaming time is iffy and random, so trying to schedule certain nights to meet people is tricky. Also, I have problems with pick-up teams sometimes.

BONUS: Ask us some questions! We're sure you've got some.
Is there a Ventrillo setup or something similar for group gaming?

Almost done!

do you wear pants?
Yes
 
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Welcome to the app process. To answer your question, we don't use Vent, but we do use Mumble. The information is located in the guild hall. Feel free to jump in and bounce through channels giving yourself some cheap shameless plugs.

As far as your story reporting a superior, I commend you on that. I've been in that situation before, and lost that job because of it.
 
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6 days without sleep eh? Tell me more. Are you an insomniac or were you just tweaking really bad?

We're quite relaxed about playtimes and such so don't worry too much about the sporadic nature of your gaming time. It may make this app process take a little longer if we can't seem to catch you in game but there's no rush so no worries :)

I don't think I've ever met anyone who works for the IRS. Are you guys on spring break right now post-april 15?
 
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Hi, and welcome. I didn't think it was possible to go that long without sleep. I miss one day, and I am out of it. However did you manage to do that, and why would you want to?

I don't like the IRS. I don't know anyone who does. What is your job there?

We don't wear pants while gaming, and sometimes our toons don't either. How do you feel about that?
 
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Heyo, fellow Ueys. Tico's one of my oldest friends, we met in college, and were roommates for many a year after that. Now, we're in different cities, but still manage to game together from time to time.

Tico! This app is the toughest thing that you'll do with the U! After that, it's all good stuff. For the moment, keep active in your thread. Remember that scene in the Gladiator where Russel Crowe just flat killed some dudes and then demanded of the crowd "Are you not entertained?!" Well, the questions and comments kicked your way, they're the dudes you've got to slay. And us, hanging out in the bleachers... we're the ones who need to be entertained. :D
 
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Remember that scene in the Gladiator where Russel Crowe just flat killed some dudes and then demanded of the crowd "Are you not entertained?!" Well, the questions and comments kicked your way, they're the dudes you've got to slay. And us, hanging out in the bleachers... we're the ones who need to be entertained. :D
Best. Description. Ever.
 
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Hey Tico, what's the story behind falling off the castle wall? Which castle was it? What else did you do in Germany? What else is there to do in Germany other than drink beer and climb on castles? Do you do those things? In that order?
 
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I am a serious caffeine addict, and I generally go through 2 or 3 cokes a day. I've been at that level for nigh on 20 years now, so I can honestly say that it doesn't affect my sleep one way or the other any more, On those two particular occasions, I have no idea what set me off. I literally could not sleep. The first couple of nights I went to bed as normal, stared at the ceiling for 4 or 5 hours, then got bored and went to Walmart, as it was the only thing open in College Station at 3am. I ended up with several family-sized 100-packs of boxes of matches, for some reason. After the first 3 days it got kind of fuzzy, and I rely on reports from friends encountering me wandering around after that. I think one episode ended with a friend finding me in several inches of water, fully dressed, in the shower. Which surprised the hell out of both of us.

As for the IRs, it was a short-term job, which has already ended. Cool for a while, though, and I still have government clearance and background checks, so..... meh.
 
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I didn't stay up on PURPOSE. The longest I was up on PURPOSE would be a 4-day weekend working security at a con. (Our motto: we don't do this shit because it's fun, we do it to have cool stories later).

I worked in sorting. I quite literally shuffled papers. Open package, determine contents, put contents in different order, stamp and staple for flavor, shove contents and original package into larger package, and send to some other department. I found out that although I work in Austin, TX, that their definition of `Austin campus' is quite broad, encompassing Dallas, San Antonio, and Puerto Rico.

As long as whatever camera gear you're using to game with stays strictly above the desktop, your preference in costuming makes no never mind to me.

Tico
 
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Hey Tico, what's the story behind falling off the castle wall? Which castle was it? What else did you do in Germany? What else is there to do in Germany other than drink beer and climb on castles? Do you do those things? In that order?
SO, I was 13, back in 86. My stepmom's side of the family travelled a lot, and I had an aunt who was graduating from a university in Brussels, Belgium. Since I was spending the summer with my dad and stepmom anyway, the family decided to make an event of it and tour Europe for a couple months.

Of course, there are different levels of `tour Europe'. My stepmom and for that matter (sorry, but it's the truth) the female members of the family all wanted to do touristy shopping, see some castles, see some museums, and so on and so forth. So there was a certain amount of touristing, B&B hotels, taking pictures of flowers and dogs and lederhosen and little old ladies making lace by hand, etc.

My dad, grandad, and I, opted for the Patton approach.

My dad's a military historian, and a big picture book had just come out recently. The author had collected all the war footage and photos he could find from the Battle of the Bulge (if you don't know, look it up), and for the 40th anniversary he had gone around to the battlesites and taken pictures of how the terrain looked today. A lot of it was unrecognizable, or `yup, still a cornfield', and stuff like that, but there were a lot of places where old vehicles or gun emplacements had been left where they died and just been polished and labeled. Turns out, in the 1940's if you lived in a village of 250 people and a 45-ton German tank had the engine blown out in your town square...... well, it wasn't going anywhere. You plant flowers around it, re-cobble your roads, and make a sign.

So in honor of this glorious book, we traveled around to these same sites, and took pictures of our own in all the places we could identify where we could match the angle and everything. Including parking our yellow 4-door BMW in place of whatever vehicle was most prominent in the battle photos. I have pictures in a box somewhere of me posing next to a blown-out Tiger and sitting in the turret of a dead Sherman.

Right. Castle story. It's been so long I don't remember which castle it was, we must have visited a dozen or so, easily. I remember it was on top of a hill (of course), and the walkway up to it meandered back and forth, making a really easy slope for wheelchairs and such. So you would walk 50 yards or so to one side, turn the corner, walk the same distance back, and end up 20 feet or so higher.

Coming back down, I was bored. This castle, like many of the others we'd been to, had displays of armor and historical markers up, but they were mostly in German and I had seen enough swords already. My dad and stepmom were walking at slow-adult speed, which is always annoying to teens. I decided to do something interesting and take a shortcut down the hill. The stone walls along the side of the walkway were only chest high on me (call it 4 feet), and on the UPHILL side of where I was standing, the grass was only a couple feet down from the top of the wall, so how hard could it be? Teen logic, right? So I hoisted myself up on the downhill side, flipped my legs over, and jumped down the other side without looking first.

Turns out, on the DOWNHILL side, it was about 20 feet down from the wall to the first ground, which was about a 60-degree slope. I landed on my ass on a bunch of slate sticking out of the ground and my back slid down it like a letter opener. I ended up in a heap against the wall on the next downhill leg of the walkway, in a great deal of pain, no real idea of what had happened, and no idea what to do next. I managed to get over the wall onto the walkway, but every movement made my back, which already felt like it was on fire, spasm worse. I was terrified I was on the verge of paralyzing myself or bleeding to death or something, so I started back up the walkway to meet with the parents at a stiff shamble, as fast as I could while moving my body as little as possible.

We eventually met back up, but I was too hysterical to actually speak. They figured it out by context. And the blood. Now, my memory of the aftermath is fuzzy in a lot of respects, but as I remember it our insurance wasn't accepted anywhere but an American base, which was nowhere nearby. And the injury didn't look that bad to them, whatever I felt about it. So we went back to the hotel and my stepmom sewed it up with her travel sewing kit.

And no, I had no beer.
 
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Can I call you the next time I have a brake problem?
I was afraid to get back in that car until someone who WAS a qualified mechanic came over and inspected it. I don't even rotate my own tires. FEAR unconscious maintenance.
 
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Woah, woah - you're dangerously close to me liking you. Quick, kill a kitten! :eek:

What kind of friends do you have that they would let you just wander away in a state like that? Assclowns should have grabbed a camera and followed you!

What did your parents do to you after that little "jumping out of the castle" incident? Looking back as an adult, what would you do to your child if they did that?

You were a security goon to have cool stories for later eh? Prove it.
 
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Woah, woah - you're dangerously close to me liking you. Quick, kill a kitten! :eek:

What kind of friends do you have that they would let you just wander away in a state like that? Assclowns should have grabbed a camera and followed you!

What did your parents do to you after that little "jumping out of the castle" incident? Looking back as an adult, what would you do to your child if they did that?

You were a security goon to have cool stories for later eh? Prove it.

Huh. Security stories.

We had 2 cons in an airport hotel, which is federal FAA territory technically, and I know we had guests and staff bring many handguns, some black powder rifles, a bipod MG42, a Thompson, and several sword canes. Not to mention enough alcohol to require more than one pickup trip to move it. This was before 2001, of course.

We had an underaged con guest pass out in his room after drinking a half-gallon of vodka he "found".

One con we were in a hotel where the radios security was using wouldn't transmit floor-to-floor through the concrete, but would transmit outside the hotel just fine, so we had someone stationed in the parking lot all night to relay messages.

Several cons, our biggest problems were with other staff that we were told to let slide, and at one point I got so tensed up I shattered a wisdom tooth.

At one point we had a staff head from another department walking around with his mug of "just Coke", offering to share it with anyone who would stop and talk with him. "This? This is just Coke.... wait, you're over 21, right?"

We had security mix up a concoction they called `Damn' out of ingredients I never heard about, which was more than enough caffeine and sugar to keep you awake the whole weekend but would also eat through styrofoam in about 15 minutes if left unattended.

We had a hotel change owners on the Friday night of a three-day con. As in, early Saturday morning maintenance guys were out in the front yard changing the "Sheraton" sign to "Radison".

We had someone drop their kid off at an anime con (early-teen girl) in a shirt with "some cartoon character" on it and come back the next day looking for her, prompting another staff head who worked for CPS to bellow "I get paid to take kids away from people like you!"

We had a staff head who told us she had filed a restraining order against her husband, who was prone to be violent, so we assigned a couple of security to her for the weekend. Saturday night, said husband showed up.... with his students from his dojo.

We had a Cyberpunk LARP, where the players had squirt guns painted black. Two of our security people were standing inside at the door to the bar where the game took place with Airsoft assault rifles, to make sure nobody took guns out of the bar area where other people could see them, and in-game to be the corporate enforcers maintaining security. Two Dallas cops were at the hotel dealing with a drunken disturbance in the hotel bar, and one heard a door open behind them and turned to see two guys with AR-15s apparently holding a room full of people at gunpoint.

One of our security guys has had really bad asthma from childhood, and had been taking anabolic steroids for it his whole life. He wasn't really bulky, but he didn't need a jack to change tires. One girl who was trying to hit on him offered him some chocolate-covered espresso beans, and within 20 minutes he was cranked up so high his pupils were A) not the same size, and B) not pointed the same direction.

We had sci-fi guests come to our cons, and security escorted them around to make sure they didn't get mobbed and got into events they wanted to see. This led to one con where we had Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi from Babylon 5) going to loud hotel rooms with the patrols, banging on the door and bellowing "Security! Open up!"

We had a Japanese rock star as an anime guest one time, and she liked Captain Chemistry (from the steroid story above) so much she flew him to Japan with her for two weeks of debauchery and meeting her friends and family.

We had a 3-day anime/gaming con one weekend, where the hotel booked all our rooms on the top two floors and the ground floor was all our events and parties. The hotel was built around a central courtyard with a pool, which meant noise echoed up through the whole structure pretty well. The weekend we were there, the second and third floors were booked by airline pilots studying to pass their FAA qualifications Saturday afternoon, and the 5th and 6th floors were blocked out for a junior high school cheerleading competition.

Those are off the top of my head. I know I and Artemis Alpha have more.

Tico
 
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Woah, woah - you're dangerously close to me liking you. Quick, kill a kitten! :eek:

What kind of friends do you have that they would let you just wander away in a state like that? Assclowns should have grabbed a camera and followed you!

What did your parents do to you after that little "jumping out of the castle" incident? Looking back as an adult, what would you do to your child if they did that?

You were a security goon to have cool stories for later eh? Prove it.

I don't deal well with kids, so I probably would have bandaged me up and sent me on my way, too. And we were back on schedule the next day. They figured that grievous bodily harm is pretty much it's own reward/lesson.

Tico
 
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I must say, you tell GREAT stories!
Seriously. Almost want to vote you in just for that..

Have you managed to get any in-game time with people yet? Be sure to let them know you're an app. A lot of people assume you're a member if you don't let them know otherwise, particularly if you're fitting in well. Pull out your inner security goon and order some peons to report! ;)
 

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I don't know that Tico's going to be getting much in game time with the U until Tuesday, but I'm going to be doing my best to drag him into the Neverwinter branch
 
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Cool stories, very entertaining! Now for questions. I see swtor and was wondering where you are with the game? Haven't started? or already ingame? Server, class(es), levels, or whatever you'd like to share. How much of a Star Wars fan are ya? Read E.U. novels? just seen the movies? Watch the clone wars? Most memorable meal you've ever had? Why?


The Unrepentant branch in Swtor is on Prophecy of the Five, Republic. And fairly active from 3-10 members during the week, US prime times and 4-12 members on the weekends. My characters names are below if you decide to give Swtor a try! Just send a /w or jump in mumble, i'm usually in there when i'm ingame.
 
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