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Simfish
Squire
posted 04-11-17 10:43 PM CT (US)         
OMG.. I would have done SO much differently. Like, I would have tried to anticipate the rise of YouTube and social media.. and justin.tv.. and then tried to popularize shimo/diplomacy style across all games. I'd also serve as THE superconnector between AOK and other communities (and even try to hook up w/ppl in the RoN/AoM/AoE3/other RTS communities) and then try to invite them to play AoK (or AoKers to play with them). And then set up a long-lasting community of people who kept on revisiting these communities over decades. I'd also stop trying so hard to appear smart when I didn't need to do so!

Oh, and I would TOTALLY be less neurotic. Like, AoKH formed *so* many of the happiest memories of my life. Though I'd also be careful not to be overspecialized within AoK - I think people who have more varied interests are generally more robustly interesting over time.

I think that consistently being a "big fish" was a comparatively easy problem for me (even trying to become the "big fish" on the ENTIRE Internet - I think that was a solveable problem TOO) It was actually remarkably easy to get people here to like me (I mean, I managed to be pretty well-liked despite doing stupid things). I'd just be the enabler for everyone. I could have used this as a preliminary platform for what some could call as "paradise engineering".

Also I'd have copied some of the old chatlogs from Agincourt - some of those were so EPIC and I still daydream about these. Especially some of those automated quizzes.. haha..

I'd also have tried harder to improve over time.. and not asymptote.. E.g. actually USE the hotkeys, and be more aggressive about hotkey labeling, and even get others to comment on how I could improve on my recorded games (while not playing TOO frequently in intense spurts of time - research now shows that people improve the most when they DON'T train too hard in intense periods of time).

OH - and there are old recorded games where I still intensely regret my actions. Like this one where I could have teamed up with Tonto_TechDude to attack Adder, rather than attack the only remaining enemy across the map (Alyantis, who WAS a friend of mine!) Adder had no enemies at the time and I *had* the highest score - wasn't it logical for me to expect Adder to attack me??? I still have that embarrassingly stupid recorded game years later. Sometimes I think my dumb actions in old AoK recorded games are also reflected in dumb actions I make in real life.. Like this one other recorded game where I could have EASILY owned Tonto_Stendecca when he was chasing down Toastabal... Rather than wait for Stendecca to pwn Toastabal and then only to unally him later..

I think managing my time would be a TRICK challenge though.. Like, I would TOTALLY do early entrance to college again (GOD, K-12 education was child abuse on me), but then use THAT as a period to basically unschool myself and become huge on the Internet (and then later Quora when **that** became huge). I would just be the ULTRA-CURIOUS curator of the entire Internet - and thank AOKH as the starting ground of it all, enshrining AoKH permanently in eternal fame as strong AGI permanently changes the world (and then we have millions of conscious agents permanently playing AoK in paradise).

I'd also have talked to many AoKHers/AoMHers/EEHers more. Especially people like Matei (don't you know Matei is CHANGING THE WORLD RIGHT NOW? He even has a WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE for himself!! ). And Soccy. I've always been of the belief that AoKHers were of much-higher-than-normal-intelligence, and are capable of having vast Internet footprints, and I'd have done more to help more of them have sustained Internet footprints that last over decades.

(though drama, of course, is difficult to deal with).

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Cataphract887
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:03 PM CT (US)     1 / 65       
Be less of a ******* in semi competitive games, especially those shimo matches. Oh wait, i dont do that part any differently these days


Be less of a coward and embrace the competitive game more aggressively, i think. I did have some talent at this game once, but i never took it seriously enough. I wonder if i could have gotten better if i really gave it my all for once. Nowadays my physical micro speed is noticeably slower at games. Hmm, old man syndrome i guess.


I do remember you making some random posts like this back in the day;guess that hasnt changed

"Excellent could be any map that has the quality of a ES random map or ES scenario. AoK is an excellent, award winning game. That's where I'd start." -AnastasiaKafka

"Hard work is evil. Bitmaps are stupid. Working on a scenario for more than one afternoon is stupid. Triggers are stupid. Testing your own scenario is stupid. The world is stupid. You are the Greatest." -Ingo Van Thiel
Simfish
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:10 PM CT (US)     2 / 65       
LOL, how were you an ass? Was it you utilizing the "king bug"? Do you still keep all your old recorded games? I SO regret losing some of my recorded games in old formats even though I've managed to keep 70% of them. I definitely remember that you were QUITE a character.. I also don't remember any shimos we played together, though I def remember some of our team games (particularly that 1v1 game where you almost resigned and made a comeback on me).

Yeah I would have ALSO have been less of a COWARD and tried giving it my all for once too.. I think most of us AoKHers were cowards compared with ppl in the other communities. Dear god, how did Evil_Viking get so ****ing good and dominate the **** out of EVERYONE in those shimo games?

How do you notice if your physical micro speed is worse? I think you can still play decently well at AoK even if older - I remember MacDaddy was a pretty formidable player b/c he was good at the large-scale stuff, even if he wasn't quite to Evil_Viking level..

LOL I make these random posts across the ENTIRE INTERNET. I've become well-known for this randomness..

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Hmm I'd also play fewer custom scenarios. Those aren't as memorable as real games. I'd also not obsess over playing all the scenarios from the Blacksmith (though some were worth it).

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Simfish
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:20 PM CT (US)     3 / 65       
I do have to admit.. that not as many AoKHers have become as Internet-famous as I'd like to have seen. I wish I could have magically made a way to make this happen.. especially on highly impressionable teens who would have believed in me.. we would have the DESTINY of creating an empire that was Internet famous.. And we'd be the perennial early adopters of ALL novel exciting communities on the Internet - from reddit to YouTube to bitcoin to Quora [1].

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Oh and I'm always so split over my decision to join Tonto (or my loyalty to it, thereof). Do you know what I would have done the next time around? I would have just joined ALL the clans under different accounts. I know that LKS_Cyanide and Railroad both sent infiltrators into the Tonto forums.. it's not the biggest deal.

I would have TOTALLY archived up the Tonto and LKS forums before they both died - they are such a rich source of memories of me and my early thinking. And then used them as storytelling devices for the next person (or AI agent) who obsesses over me (if that ever happens).

I think I would have hung out at INTL more.. but been careful not to get too emotionally involved with it. Just use it as a grounds of using breaching experiments.

There was a period of time when I got really into trolling [to the TOTAL shock of everyone who knew me as the "nicest forumer" at age 12].. I probably would have done something to get banned, and then apologized a few years on.

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[1] not that it would have actually happened, but I like to dream (a bit) anyways.

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Cataphract887
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:25 PM CT (US)     4 / 65       
LOL, how were you an ass? Was it you utilizing the "king bug"?
The one where you assassinate the king by using the bug to ungarrison allied units? Yeah i actually taught it to petard_rusher and within a week everyone on the zone used it Its a bit fuzzy, but i remember being a *really* poor sportsman in some of those games
(particularly that 1v1 game where you almost resigned and made a comeback on me).
Lol, was that you? I remember a viking vs viking game where i lost hope and GGed, and the other guy said he was happy to beat me for the first time, and i got motivation to the max to unleash everything and pull out the win. Sorry!
How do you notice if your physical micro speed is worse? I think you can still play decently well at AoK even if older - I remember MacDaddy was a pretty formidable player b/c he was good at the large-scale stuff, even if he wasn't quite to Evil_Viking level..
True, Daut is older than i and does OK. But i cant shake the impression i really struggle to input commands in nearly any games, and i definitely cannot see the screen update as quickly as before. However, my vision is somewhat damaged so maybe thats why. Playing some speed games like one finger death punch or other indie games like superhot, i struggle to beat the lower levels on easy difficulties.
Hmm I'd also play fewer custom scenarios. Those aren't as memorable as real games. I'd also not obsess over playing all the scenarios from the Blacksmith (though some were worth it).
Ive been playing a ton of these lately and spamming reviews like mad;my main claim to fame i guess is making over 100 reviews in a 52 day span a month ago They do lack compared to multiplayer but i felt like doing something AoE2 related a few months ago

"Excellent could be any map that has the quality of a ES random map or ES scenario. AoK is an excellent, award winning game. That's where I'd start." -AnastasiaKafka

"Hard work is evil. Bitmaps are stupid. Working on a scenario for more than one afternoon is stupid. Triggers are stupid. Testing your own scenario is stupid. The world is stupid. You are the Greatest." -Ingo Van Thiel
Simfish
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:28 PM CT (US)     5 / 65       
Yeah - you're not **that** old - yet... Starcraft skill peaks at age 24 -http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/starcraft-2/448141-study-players-start-slowing-down-at-age-24 . You're probably older than that age now, but not by much. What I'd REALLY be interested in.. is at what age RTS skill declines to the level that it is at age 12/13. Because that was the age when AOE2 made the STRONGEST impression on us!!

But yeah - to slow skill-based decline I'd REALLY watch one's own diet. I've become a carb-hating vegan for precisely that reason - and can still easily pass off as 15/16. If I ever get huge into RTS again, I think I can play better than I could play at age 12/13, which would be enough to have fun (even though I would never want to invest the energy/opportunity costs it takes to get into the competitive scene)

Evil_Viking doesn't get any special status points anymore for being so ****ing amazing at the game, but he will always hold a special place in my heart for his skills.

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Cataphract887
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:33 PM CT (US)     6 / 65       
Yeah my vision is damaged for other medical reasons, not age.

The real problem is when i was 12-and i remember making an account on the zone that summer and falsely clicking the 'yes i am 13' button-i only played black forest games And my first TC game was with korea on a arena map...i remember how cool it was to have some bonus range on my mangonels lol

"Excellent could be any map that has the quality of a ES random map or ES scenario. AoK is an excellent, award winning game. That's where I'd start." -AnastasiaKafka

"Hard work is evil. Bitmaps are stupid. Working on a scenario for more than one afternoon is stupid. Triggers are stupid. Testing your own scenario is stupid. The world is stupid. You are the Greatest." -Ingo Van Thiel
Simfish
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:33 PM CT (US)     7 / 65       
Oh damn. I'm sorry to hear that.

BTW - do you have a Steam account?

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Cataphract887
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:36 PM CT (US)     8 / 65       
Yeah but it has hardly any games on it;and the bigger problem is i have satelite internet. Its got good bandwidth but a built in 700 ping latency. So all multiplayer gaming is off the table. Good old rural USA

"Excellent could be any map that has the quality of a ES random map or ES scenario. AoK is an excellent, award winning game. That's where I'd start." -AnastasiaKafka

"Hard work is evil. Bitmaps are stupid. Working on a scenario for more than one afternoon is stupid. Triggers are stupid. Testing your own scenario is stupid. The world is stupid. You are the Greatest." -Ingo Van Thiel

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Simfish
Squire
posted 04-11-17 11:38 PM CT (US)     9 / 65       
Aw damn. I'd like to add you anyways!

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BTW.. I will say.. I INFINITELY MISS AND LOVE EVERYONE I ONCE KNEW FROM HERE!!!!

ALSO BTW: if anyone else has old recorded games from years ago, I'd be INFINITELY GRATEFUL if they could upload them sometime.

==

I'd also have used a handle different from Simfish simply b/c Simfish is too common/un-googleable of a handle

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Cataphract887
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posted 04-11-17 11:40 PM CT (US)     10 / 65       
Sorry gonna keep it secret


And unfortunately all those recs got lost, from me! There was some really good ones too, doh.

"Excellent could be any map that has the quality of a ES random map or ES scenario. AoK is an excellent, award winning game. That's where I'd start." -AnastasiaKafka

"Hard work is evil. Bitmaps are stupid. Working on a scenario for more than one afternoon is stupid. Triggers are stupid. Testing your own scenario is stupid. The world is stupid. You are the Greatest." -Ingo Van Thiel
Aro
AoKH Dictator
posted 04-12-17 10:45 AM CT (US)     11 / 65       
Oh man, a lot of things I'd have done differently with the knowledge I have now, but I don't know that they would've ended with a better result. For instance, a lot of my posts under the moniker "Dark_Aro" were ridiculous, but I don't regret them because the bad reaction to them showed me how NOT to be. I was definitely a bit too try-hard in becoming staff back in 2002, but I actually did become staff as a result of that persistence. I could've not taken on AoE3H as a Seraph, but I learned my limitations, and was able to take all of the energy I built up during my subsequent burn-out to revamp AoKH. There were numerous times where I should've resigned and/or continued being a staff member, but I feel like they all happened at the appropriate times in my life so I could focus on other things.

So here's an interesting question for you, Sim. If you look into it... how did some of these decisions benefit you? What's the positive result of you having made them, even though you'd rather have made a different decision?
Oh, and I would TOTALLY be less neurotic. Like, AoKH formed *so* many of the happiest memories of my life. Though I'd also be careful not to be overspecialized within AoK - I think people who have more varied interests are generally more robustly interesting over time.
What I find fascinating is that AoK (and by extension, AoKH) actually branched me off into several different interests. I developed a love of history, a love of writing, a love of design/art, a love of reading, and AoKH gave me a head start on career skills and a profitable career in web development. Prior to AoK, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living.

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Moff
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posted 04-12-17 10:46 AM CT (US)     12 / 65       
I would be a little nicer to Sipia and Popey.

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Lord Sipia
Knight
posted 04-12-17 11:32 AM CT (US)     13 / 65       
I would be more deserving of such kindness.

Because let's be honest, I was an annoying little shit and I'm pretty sure I realized that even at the time at some level. I just didn't care because being annoying was my identity or something like that; it made me stand out among the rest. ...As if being annoying is a unique trait.

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Moff
(id: Moff Yittreas)
posted 04-12-17 11:37 AM CT (US)     14 / 65       
Mmm... been there, done that. Still learning how to quit.

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Popeychops
"Cool" Huskarl
posted 04-12-17 12:27 PM CT (US)     15 / 65       
I regret almost everything, but making the mistakes here have made me into the person I am today.

I wish I'd been less argumentative, especially with my friends. I might not have lost them.

I wish, during my first year as moderator, I'd been more cautious about my attitude towards the colour of my name. I kind of dislike how staff have coloured names here (as opposed to reddit, where only posts flagged as moderation are highlighted in green). I think I was too big for my boots by half.

I know it's impossible to please everyone, but there are times when I'm afraid that I've driven people away from AoKH. I wish I could say I knew it wasn't true.

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Neochud
Squire
(id: Taichud)
posted 04-12-17 12:28 PM CT (US)     16 / 65       
There's nothing I'd change. I acted like an idiot at times but I learned from it.

Aleph
Squire
posted 04-12-17 01:14 PM CT (US)     17 / 65       
I would've learned about the existence of userpatch earlier)))
Lilthbehr
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posted 04-12-17 01:47 PM CT (US)     18 / 65       
Oh hell! Where should I start...

I've gotten into heated arguments about my "twisted" views on politics. Shouldn't have done that. It always end up with me and the counterpart being upset.

I've posted stupid things (repeatedly) while being drunk (I tried to troll Popey once, worst hangover of my life that morning btw.)

I posted the highly questionable SS about Marijuana. Some people liked it, but I kind of went overboard there.

etc....


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Simfish
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posted 04-12-17 08:51 PM CT (US)     19 / 65       
So here's an interesting question for you, Sim. If you look into it... how did some of these decisions benefit you? What's the positive result of you having made them, even though you'd rather have made a different decision?
So I think I've come to realize that I was too try-hard'ish in academic pursuits, and tried to force things in when I could have learned things more slowly and more organically, while having a lot more fun in the process. I think I could have entered a state of paradise after entering college early - a paradise of learning and exploring all the amazing rich environments of the world - while having lots of amazing friends I could have fun with.

I also wish I took fewer courses, majored in Computer Science and developed programming skills more robustly - they're more applicable in case a tragedy completely upends your academic career. Getting into a top grad school (if it is a desirable thing) was really a comparatively easy problem for me (and for the people who should have been my closest friends to me in middle school), and could have easily been done with much lower levels of stress/more online Internet activity.

I don't think trying to study all the time really robustly helped me much in the end - I think I would come out as super-knowledgeable in a huge range of domains irrespective of how much I tried to study. I think I found a different set of interesting people by moving onto College Confidential, but I would have found that set of interesting people (later on) on Quora, irrespective of whether I did CC.

I was an approval-seeking person though - and I think it would have led me to emotional distress during some times in my social evolution here (this could be alleviated given perfect advising, though I don't think it would have been easy to find).

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Simfish
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posted 04-12-17 08:52 PM CT (US)     20 / 65       
I think there might have actually been a decent chance of my becoming staff (Lol becoming a cherub is the MOST EXCITING THING EVER to a 12-year old) if I didn't have the blow-up I had due to that COGAT score, but I'm not sure if I would be happier as staff, as prestigious as it would seem at the time. Most staff end up underappreciated over time.

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CarolKarine
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posted 04-13-17 00:30 AM CT (US)     21 / 65       
I acted my age and while I wish I was never 16 at one point, I was, and I can't really wish that I never was 16 either.

I do wish that in recent times I'd stay more connected with you guys, but honestly a lot of our interests don't overlap (I'm not big on anime and can't stand constant political discussion. what else do we talk about? Maybe I should make a car thread.) I think I'll try to make a more concerted effort to post more often.

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Popeychops
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posted 04-13-17 05:57 AM CT (US)     22 / 65       
You should make a car thread 😉

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Mr Wednesday
Cavalier
(id: matty12345)
posted 04-13-17 07:58 AM CT (US)     23 / 65       
I know it's impossible to please everyone, but there are times when I'm afraid that I've driven people away from AoKH. I wish I could say I knew it wasn't true.
I wouldn't carry that. back in the day people were permabanned. That is actually driving people away. I found a lot of mods annoying and just stayed by working around them. If people leave it is because they are moving on. At the most a moderator can be a contributing factor to a decision they would have made anyway.

As for me, I would like to have lurked less. I really don't post much, but I read a lot more than I comment on. This makes me have the wrong impression that I know forummers better than they think they know me, and I end up taking liberties being blunt or dismissive that they probably aren't cool with.

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Popeychops
"Cool" Huskarl
posted 04-13-17 10:42 AM CT (US)     24 / 65       
I know that, but I feel personally responsible for some of the fights which led to people who I truly liked leaving for good. It haunts me at times, which is partly why I'm less active now than I was a couple of years ago.

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and The Seas of Egressa (4.8) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
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"Hooray for Dear Leader-Comrade-Generalissimo-Presidente-Lord Protector Popey!" - Lord Sipia, on my benevolent, iron-fisted rule
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Aro
AoKH Dictator
posted 04-13-17 10:53 AM CT (US)     25 / 65       
So I think I've come to realize that I was too try-hard'ish in academic pursuits, and tried to force things in when I could have learned things more slowly and more organically, while having a lot more fun in the process.
Hehe I don't think you really understood my question. The past and those regrettable decisions also made you into who you are today, and I'm sure you're not completely unlikable in the real world! You've likely developed into a functioning adult. I say likely because I don't know, and if you try to prove me wrong, I'll throw a wrench at you. So what parts of your past do you value that helped you adjust into said functioning adult human? (I understand the original topic had negative intent, but I'm trying to bring out your inner optimist... HELP ME!!)
I do wish that in recent times I'd stay more connected with you guys, but honestly a lot of our interests don't overlap (I'm not big on anime and can't stand constant political discussion. what else do we talk about? Maybe I should make a car thread.) I think I'll try to make a more concerted effort to post more often.
I think that's sort of why I left last time and prolly why I'll end up disappearing again in the future. It's tough to keep interest when you literally have nothing to say about a topic. Not that I'm discouraging any of those existing threads - do what you do! If those weren't around, this forum could end up a deserted wasteland, and it's not like I'm jumping to create any topics.
I wouldn't carry that. back in the day people were permabanned. That is actually driving people away. I found a lot of mods annoying and just stayed by working around them. If people leave it is because they are moving on. At the most a moderator can be a contributing factor to a decision they would have made anyway.
I'm pretty sure I stand behind any permabans I inflicted. Sometimes people are just shitty and add no value to a community. Sure, there's a chance that they'll change or improve (see: Colosseum), but I wasn't about to wait out 2 years of testicles slowly descending for that to happen. But then again, who was I to judge somebody's worth?

... I WAS AOKH'S GRANDPA-DAD! RECOGNIZE, BITCHES!
As for me, I would like to have lurked less. I really don't post much, but I read a lot more than I comment on. This makes me have the wrong impression that I know forummers better than they think they know me, and I end up taking liberties being blunt or dismissive that they probably aren't cool with.
I've definitely noticed this. Ya asshole. More like Mr Tuesday. Cuz you're Tue damn blunt or dismissive.

I do miss that beautifully judgmental baritone though.
I know that, but I feel personally responsible for some of the fights which led to people who I truly liked leaving for good. It haunts me at times, which is partly why I'm less active now than I was a couple of years ago.
Those that left would've ended up leaving one way or another. It's partially you, partially them. Human psychology likes to make us remember every time we've said "you too" when a waitress told us to enjoy our food. Don't be a human psychology. Be a you. Move on. They have!

Your attractive master.
"Because I before E is a LIE!!!"
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