Transparent. Transparency. It is a word that is used by administrative positions rather often, and for good reason - it conveys a sense of wanting to draw in whomever they're overseeing and bring them along for the ride. To allow access, to whatever degree, that gives those of us without a complete view the ability to understand and look forward to different aspects of some activity.
It is also something that comes up rather often in Aetolia - new producers promise that it will be better, even if it is used as a buzzword.
ANNOUNCE NEWS #2672
Date: 4/14/2017 at 21:14
To : Everyone
Going forward expect me to continue the history of transparency and
interaction that Oleis and Razmael have had such success with.
It's not just producers that offer transparency, however, but other paid folks in the pools. I know that I'm not the only active member of the PK side of the game who messages Keroc with questions about how some skills function, when there are vague notions to them, or just thoughts on certain changes.
Message #3904 Sent By: Keroc Received On: 5/29/2019/1:41
"They are considered normal movement. Anything that'd block WEST (minus a direction) would
block it too."
Message #3875 Sent By: Keroc Received On: 5/25/2019/21:56
"I always thought they were strong, but I suppose if anything the feedback from the polling
thread I made tipped me over into changing it. Plus every time I've made adjacent skills they
never get used because, will, Pulling polarises that battle too much. Too easy to 'win' that
small scale battle with a Shaman."
Message #3801 Sent By: Keroc Received On: 5/08/2019/0:33
"Non-natural healing is skills that'll heal. So anything not elixirs, anabiotic, and
So when I see this happen to me..
Rhyot gives you the once over.
Rhyot uses Chaos Erupt on you.
Agony descends upon you as Rhyot gestures, reality itself violently reasserting its supremacy
within your frail, mortal frame. Magical power burns through you, scourging your nerves, your
eyes, even your mind itself.
Health Lost: 3083, unblockable, none
You have been slain by Rhyot.
You were afflicted by wraith, writhe impaled, and a broken left arm.
Naturally, I ask about it.@Emir
(and other forum shadow folks) - With the amount of complaints that overwhelm receives, and with knowing how it works, how would you feel about a skill that can do on par damage and have 0 idea how it scales that high, or how it works in general? I would imagine the same desire to want to know would be present.
I wasn't the only one to show some interest in the information, and this is the initial response we received:
Message #3877 Sent By: Keroc Received On: 5/25/2019/22:56
"(Mass: Oonagh, Iesid, Stine) I'll give some thought to it."
Hold up - every other skill in the game
is open to free, easy, quick response of information and yet this skill is not?
Unsatisfied, I replied noting some information as above on transparency, as well as comparing releasing a new class ( Chaos Lord ) to League of Legends, and how much information is immediately available to the game's players upon release.
Message #3878 Sent By: Stine Received On: 5/25/2019/23:05
"(To Keroc): (Mass: Keroc, Tiur, Oonagh, Iesid) One of the major selling points for the past
few years has been an effort to be more transparent - whether that is $$ promotions, class
changes/updates (nerfs/ buffs/tweaks), etc. You will never see league of legends release a hero
without showing the abilities, for example. There is no good reason that we should be forced to
go up against something that we don't know how it works."
We didn't hear anything back until 6/5/19, when Iesid followed up through message and we then received the following:
Message #3939 Sent By: Keroc Received On: 6/05/2019/5:33
"(Mass: Tiur, Iesid, Stine, Oonagh) Honestly, I am still undecided. I can understand why you
want to see it, and can agree to some extent. I would not mind seeing a forum thread about it,
to gather the community opinion on it. I don't feel it is a large enough problem right now to
warrant me stepping in without community feedback through forums and/or classleads (if you'd
like to wait until then). To put it into perspective, this is the first time I've been
officially contacted about the Chaos skillset secrecy to my knowledge."
Which brings us to this medium.
You cannot set a precedent for 99% of the game and refuse to budge on the 1%. Especially not something as community wide as PK. Will every person in the game see the Chaos Lord skillset? No. However, those that do should understand what the skills are and how they work, just as every single other class is available for such information. Additionally, it is against the entire spirit of PK where (Shadow/Spirit)'s job is to know what the other side can bring and be prepared for it.
We aren't asking for anything that is out of the realm of expected - open the skillsets to be viewable by everyone.