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Dirt road Joe
09-08-2013, 06:21 PM
//If your not one to read just understand that I am done with KA This is simply just a very long way to say goodbye. Also note... I am not very good with grammar and my thoughts tend to shoot all over the place. So bear with me.

Well my fellow KA goers, the time has come. I Dirt Road Joe or as others know me 'MoC' Dirty Joe, am officially retiring from KA and other Gree games. The reasons are many, but I will post only the ones that mean the most.

Most of you should know, but in case you don't, I am a member and Officer of MoC. This position didn't come easy as I was "on thin ice" with Big Weezy for quite some time. But eventually the old Bloke came around with the agreement of other officers of MoC. So there I was, not only a member of one of the well known Guilds in KA(I am not saying the best) but an Officer as well. This role as an Officer brought me closer to many of the members in MoC. These members have been an Incredible influence to me.

Many of you would never guess it but I am only a 21 year old guy. Yes this may shock many of you long timers. I have been gaming for the past 12 years of my life. I have played on many consoles and handheld devices as well as a wide range of genres. KA was one of the first games on my Ipad. When I first downloaded this game it wasn't quite my forte. It wasn't an extremely action pact game, but I gave it a chance. After about a week, yes a Week, I was hooked. I made my first purchase ingame only 8 days after I installed the game (this was a bag of gold.[To date I have spent almost $2300]). This purchase was very premature but I made it anyway.

After about a month of playing KA I was starting to "understand" the mechanics of the game and how it all worked. I was upgrading the necessary and putting my gold where needed. I was leveling relatively fast but I wanted to increase my alliance count to better make use of my units. I played this game with a large amount of strategy. Not the best, but it was the strategy I had in place and I saw myself going far. This style of gaming continued until about November of 2012. in about the middle of November I made a radical change in my gameplay in hopes to get the edge on my rivals. This change was camping.

Well, I was able to keep this up till about February of 2013. This is when I realized all the LTQs that had been popping up were not slowing down and that I should start taking advantage of them. At about this time Guilds were introduced which radically change KA. This change led me to join a Guild calle "The Brood" for my first war. After the first war was up I decided I wanted to go farther with guilds. So I applied to MoC and the rest is history.

Let me back up a bit on the timeline. I joined these forums in October of 2012. I had been a lurker long before that. My first few posts on this forum, like many other newbies, were out of place and in the wrong threads. But the community at that time was incredible. Although my questions were out of place they were answered quickly and people put thoughtful answers into their replies. This was just the beginning. I had laid low from the forums after that until about January. This is when I was transferred to a night shift position at my current employer. Naturally nights are a bit slower. So with this free time I was able to connect better in the forums and assist people the way I was months before. Although I may come off as a bit harsh in some of my posts, I have all the intention to help and assist, rather than bash someone down. This has been my attitude towards these forums ever since, make this a place of resource and knowledge so that others can find their answers and improve in their gaming experience.

Just like any other business. Funzio and Gree have had their times. Not every company can please people 100% of the time. I mean come on, how many times have you ordered a food at a restaurant only to receive it in an overcooked and burnt state. Not everything can be perfect every time. But everyone and every business has room to improve. Many of you may have read a post by another forum member recently stating all the improvement Gree has made to this game based on Customer requests. This is 100% true. This game is nothing like it was 12 months ago. Thus being one of the reasons I am leaving the game. Gree has done a great job of supplying new things for their customers to enjoy. But the major problem with the direction Gree is heading is that many of us just want to be players of the game... not just customers. The style of gameplay used to be pay $ to get a lead on your opponents. But the lead that you gained will not last forever. After a bit of time they would be even again. This is how it was 12 months ago. Today, if you didn't spend money yet, then you are far behind. I don't know actual numbers. these are just a guess. But 12 months ago a good rivalry was between 2 player with stats of about 50 to 70k this was about normal. if you were below that you had work to do and if you were above that then you were doing well. This was how close free and paid players were. Now the numbers have changed. The numbers are closer to 2.5 mil to 3 mil. Like before, the player below these numbers find it hard to compete, while the players above these numbers are doing very well. But here is the catch, the average free player only has about 1.5 - 2.0 mil stats. So EVERY free player is below this line(except for a very select and lucky players). The fact the average competitive numbers are far above the average free player is shocking. This is what has disrupted the old gameplay. Before as a free player you had a chance. Now, your better off hiding somehow...

Now, every piece of software has bugs. This is simply the unavoidable nature of code. Just like written language code can have the same errors. Just look back at everything I have written. I have no doubt there are a thousand grammatical errors within this little farewell address. But it is still legible and you can still understand what I am saying. Coding is different. If you have one error, one bit of punctuation in the wrong spot it can cause the program to fail. This seems to be a very common occurrence with this game. Out of the numerous LTQs and Events that run, there always seems to be some kind of bug. QA is supposed to pick these things up before they are live. To have a well established and bug free game, you must first run it through tests. This is what Grees QA and all the brave Beta testers are supposed to accomplish. They are supposed to find and address the bugs. The developers should then be able to find any errors and correct them before they are live. I actually requested to be part of Beta back in June. After a few emails back and forth and after empty promises, still here I am no Beta and nothing but ignored when the time came for Gree to make a move. This is another reason why I am cashing in now...

Here is the shocker for everyone. Gree is completely against Hackers and Cheaters. This has been a sensitive subject for a while now. But the truth is, there is a huge, I repeat HUGE number of players that are exploiting different aspects of this game daily. These players are people you see daily. These people are the players that are against cheater and hackers. But these are simply bugs within the game. They are not a manipulation of code or anything against the TOS. So although the exploits are wrong, they are simply not illegal. With that said. These exploits have been around for a long time. I found a few back in October of last year and a few more in January. Now, before everyone gets emotional. EVERY exploit or potential exploit I find is always reported to Gree immediately. I have only wanted to help Gree construct the best game possible, so anytime there was a game threatening bug I would report it... even reported the wyverns that never show up on maps.. and still don't... Yes, I used the exploits that I found for a while. But the frequency has decreased to almost never in the last 4 months. Now, with this said, if anyone has any questions. Be sure to address me directly. I will answer any questions regarding the nature of the exploits. But I will not give instructions on how to perform any of them. PM me only. These exploits have been around for over a year... Yet another reason...

Now to get everything wrapped up and get a little mushy, mushy. The relationships I have built within MoC have been incredible. Like I said before I have played many games throughout the years, but this one has by far taken the experience to a much more personal level. I have played xbox live for over 8 years now. I have been in the social part of gaming for some time. But the player I play and communicate with on there are at about the same age group as I am. In KA, the average age of a player is much older than me... with age comes wisdom and there is a lot of that in MoC.

Now, throughout highschool and the first few years of my adult life I have not been the most proactive person in the world. In school I was lazy. I never did my work and I never had good grades... actually failing a math course due to laziness... and boy do I regret that now. One of my issues throughout the last few years has been finding what I want to do with my life. I currently have a good well paying job. But it is not the dream job I had in mind. Well, over the last few months while being a part of MoC I have been nothing but encouraged. There are a variety of people in MoC. There are Developers, Musicians, Architects and Medical Personnel. With this large variety of knowledge came I wide variety of encouragement. The influence and encouragement I have received has pushed me to make changes in my life. I have finally figured out what it is I would like to do with my life. Over the last few months with the help of MoC I have finally began to pursue a career for the future. Even though the steps are small right at the moment. A small step in the right direction is a step that can change the future. So I have no one else to thank other than the incredible friends I have in MoC.

Finally, with stats about to hit the 4 mil. mark, I am throwing in the towel. The journey this far has been incredible. The game has been an experience unlike any other. For me, KA isn't as much a Game as much as it has been a life changer. With the assistance of Gree and their frequent Bugs and the encouragement of MoC, I see nothing but the experiences and influences ultimately getting me to my goals and improving my life. So as cheesy as this entire rant/Farewell has been I have meant every word. With my departure I ask that someone take my position in MoC and see how incredible those people really are. Now, I don't plan on leaving for good. I will still click on KA every now and again as well as read these forums. This place will always hold a place in my heart and I will always strive to help any member I can. So even though I may not be a part of the action all the time. I will still be lingering. So seriously, to any member that is afraid to ask questions publically, feel free to PM me. I will do my best to assist you in any way possible.

Farewell my friends and family its been a pleasure. I'm leaving this game only to make the time for the more important things in life and pursue my career goals. But I will say, it has been one hell of a ride.
Dirt Road Joe - 'MoC' Dirty Joe

Tarsus
09-08-2013, 06:39 PM
Joe, I will miss playing this game with you, but our friendship will go on.

I wish I had the opportunity to retire when I was 21. I certainly didn't possess the common sense and maturity that you already have, back then... or maybe still.

Cola3
09-08-2013, 06:41 PM
You are the biggest reason this game became interesting again to me

Rastlin
09-08-2013, 07:07 PM
Joe..... that is all I can say right now...... Just Joe.... Me sad....

Shmuckdegraff
09-08-2013, 07:22 PM
DRJ

Wish you best in your goals, ambitions, and life. I respect this post and find it very admirable.

Shmuck

VVolf
09-08-2013, 07:25 PM
Haha, I always thought you were older because of your forum picture. Turns out you're only a few years my junior! Anyways... I'm glad MoC had such a positive impact on your life, even outside of KA.

Good luck Joe in whatever you end up doing! Stick around in guild chat though :D

JoeDaddy
09-08-2013, 08:02 PM
That was one of the classiest farewells I've ever read. Ever. Happy trails Dirt Road Joe, it truly sounds like you've found the right path. Congratulations on finding a new passion, and best of luck. MoC is worse without you, but the real world is lucky to have you. Cheers and fond farewells!

Zenobia
09-08-2013, 08:15 PM
We love you, Joe. Miss you already. While keeping your promise and staying in touch, be sure to keep sending us terribly, terribly wrong video clips as well. ;)

Bluedood
09-08-2013, 08:33 PM
Dirt Road Joe, much respect to you for such a well written and thoughtful post. I have played many games in my life and been a part of many online forum communities, and farewell posts come with the territory. Yours is one of the best I have seen, thank you for sharing and best of luck with your future goals and dreams!

Alleran
09-09-2013, 12:20 AM
No need to take such drastic measures, Joe. You'll feel better in the morning.

KA has its problems, but it's not so bad. Don't quit on an impulse.

King Ben
09-09-2013, 12:50 AM
Very well written and thanks for sharing. All the best, young man !

echus14
09-09-2013, 01:03 AM
All the best for the future DRJ!

It's all a dream
09-09-2013, 03:04 AM
sorry to see you go Joe. Youll be missed!

MindMachine
09-09-2013, 04:34 AM
Goodluck in your future endeavors DRJ..Glad to battle alongside with you even for 1 war..Take care!😁

Dirt road Joe
09-09-2013, 04:51 PM
No need to take such drastic measures, Joe. You'll feel better in the morning.

KA has its problems, but it's not so bad. Don't quit on an impulse.
Trust me... This decision has been a difficult one. I have been holding on for about 2 months now...

CCC
09-09-2013, 05:12 PM
Too long, didn't read it. A simply goodbye would have sufficed.
Good riddance.

Spydrax
09-09-2013, 05:39 PM
Dirt Road Joe,
You appear to be a young man with a new found direction. To take a first step is the biggest and hardest thing in life to do. That's why there's such a drastic difference between the hero and the coward. The only difference, is that knowing the risk and danger, the hero moves and acts while the coward does nothing.

You and I have had little to no communication in this game, but I've always respected you. Not for your MoC connection, whom I have very high respect for, but because of you.

Take that step DRJ and don't stop walking, don't ever stop walking!

OM-Kingdom Age
09-09-2013, 07:40 PM
Too long, didn't read it. A simply goodbye would have sufficed.
Good riddance. Seriously! You ?..! . KA is a community of players who have battled on the field but managed to show solidarity and compassion to each others. We all will leave this game one day, and hope to be remembered by friends or to have left an impact on the game . If you have been long enough in this forum, you have realized the contributions by players like Dirt Road Joe..
hopefully you will be remembered by Something else than this useless comment

OM-Kingdom Age
09-09-2013, 07:42 PM
Dirt Road Joe, I wish you good luck in your new chapter of this journey of life. Thank you for your contribution to this community and your helpful comments .

KingKeith
09-09-2013, 08:36 PM
Wish you the best of luck! I am sure MoC will miss you a lot!

Totalwar
09-10-2013, 01:17 AM
All the best m8 your be back lol

Julius Wheezer
09-10-2013, 04:53 AM
[COLOR="#5b84ff"]// The influence and encouragement I have received has pushed me to make changes in my life. I have finally figured out what it is I would like to do with my life. Over the last few months with the help of MoC I have finally began to pursue a career for the future. Even though the steps are small right at the moment. A small step in the right direction is a step that can change the future. So I have no one else to thank other than the incredible friends I have in MoC.


The very best of luck with that, Joe. One of the greatest gifts you can have in life is knowing what to do with it!

rsd007
09-10-2013, 06:15 AM
I am sure we will stay in touch outside the game, so no goodbyes here, but nice playing KA with u bro

bgood
09-10-2013, 07:42 AM
Well written and articulate exit. Wish you all the best with future endeavors.

zach123
09-10-2013, 01:54 PM
It sucks to see yet another person leave the game but I am glad you cured your addiction. I only hope the rest of us have the strength to do what you have done. You will be missed.

NinjaHonu
09-10-2013, 04:20 PM
DRJ,
I just wanted to say thank you for being such a good forum member. You have helped me numerous times when I started out. Reading these forums has guided my character to where it is at today. I too have a battle within to step away from the game. Some day I hope to overcome this addicted game. LOL. It does consume RL and RL progress. I wish you the best of luck in reaching your goals. You're a young dude, you will succeed and find the dream career you are looking for. All you have to do is never give up.


Side note: I don't remember who said something like they didn't read this and it was too long or some bull crap. If you didn't read it... dont f'n comment on the thread. Show some respect to people who actually bring value to the forums. People like DRJ who give up their free time to help people they don't even know.

Proprioc3ption
09-11-2013, 02:37 AM
I don't come here much anymore but wanted to say congrats on winning the game Joe 👍😎
Read every word and you are spot on mate.

What's most important is that you met some great ppl on your journey here. It's the community that we build that makes this all worth while. I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing you.

We'll keep in touch every now and then out there in cyber world.

God bless mate and go for what is most important in life for you... I wish you all the success in that👍

DragCro
09-11-2013, 07:06 PM
You are here so i didnt lost you as a friend or as a forumite so im glad you are poping here and in chat rooms for talk.
You are young in mind and heart and enjoy life.Go and do what young people do :).
Im speaking as i am old man but im young too just not in my twenties :)

Rastlin
09-12-2013, 10:30 PM
DRJ,


Side note: I don't remember who said something like they didn't read this and it was too long or some bull crap. If you didn't read it... dont f'n comment on the thread. Show some respect to people who actually bring value to the forums. People like DRJ who give up their free time to help people they don't even know.
Thank you for your comment! Joe is very missed in MoC, and the forums...

Rastlin
09-12-2013, 10:35 PM
I don't come here much anymore but wanted to say congrats on winning the game Joe ����
Read every word and you are spot on mate.

What's most important is that you met some great ppl on your journey here. It's the community that we build that makes this all worth while. I'm glad I had the pleasure of knowing you.

We'll keep in touch every now and then out there in cyber world.

God bless mate and go for what is most important in life for you... I wish you all the success in that��
Proprioc3ption, we miss you too! For those that do not know, THIS is the real Hammer, and a real Forum United Nation (which means all of us) member. Some how since your retiring, FUN has turned on MoC... I remember why FUN was created, and you were part of that! Miss you Bro! But glad to see you post! :)

Ms Pickles
09-14-2013, 10:40 PM
This seemed a long rant about an insignificant phone game. I am constantly amaze by people here who take it too serious like is something that define their life. I think Gree does a great job to exploit dumb players who waste their time & money on such things. They are a business and I think they are clever to do this. So good luck to you but I think you will be forgotten very soon and game will go on as always has.