July 13th, 2005

Matrix Smith

Milestones

Kr0bar made it to level 20 last weekend! This is particularly nice because I now meet the minimum level requirement for a few rather nice weapons that I've been carrying around in my inventory. Niiiice...

In addition to my primary role of Operative (gunman), I'm now getting some real use out of my secondary specialization of Coder (programmer). This is nifty stuff. A coder is like a crafter in other MMORPGs, and since everything in the Matrix is code (including abilities!), this is a handy skill to have developed. I've gotten to the point where I seldom buy new skills from vendors anymore- I can write 'em myself, save some $info, and get a little experience as well. I've mostly been writing more coder abilities (to give bonuses for coding skills, weapons, clothing, items, etc.), but I've been able to improve my rifle ability as well.

I'm not a fan of PvP. There's no experience gained by it, it only widens the rift between the three organizations, and it's just not nice. However, after pretty much being everyone's bitch since hitting level 16 (when the PvP flag is turned on all the time on "hostile" servers like Enumerator), I'm happy to report my first PvP kill ever last night. Again, normally I don't attack other players, but a fellow Zionist was getting beaten up by two Machinists, and I had to represent. ;-) I took one of them down, the guy I was trying to help got killed anyway, and the remaining Machinist had an edge (I was injured and had been temporarily disarmed), so I left the area and continued about my business. The guy I dropped reconstructed, and I ended up running into the two of them again later. Well now I was outnumbered (we were all the same level), so they made pretty light work of me, with the guy I wasted administering the coup de grace. I can't really complain, though. It was fun.

Last night seemed to be unusually violent, even for the Matrix, but also a lot sillier than normal. I did get ambushed by a couple of level 50's, who thought it would be funny to immobilize me instead of kill me outright. (To put things into perspective, a level 20 character stands little chance against a level 25 character unless he flees. A level 20 against a level 50 is like a bunny rabbit with no legs against a T-1000, and a 20 against 2 50s is just bad comedy.) I can't say that they were wrong, actually. I couldn't flee, and was completely incapable of harming them in any way, so I started flipping them off (there are several emotes for that) and talking trash. The tirade turned into a pretty off-the-wall conversation about polyamory and game time vs having a life.

Then they killed me. Of course. But I continued taunting them good-naturedly for at least another 10 minutes.

Oh, during a later mission I also got ambushed by five honest-to-Neo Agents (level 255!) at once. Can you say "dead before I hit the ground"? Oh yeah.
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Matrix Smith

And speaking of MxO...

So here's the situation: There are four of us on a mission, and our current objective is to get into a building, find a particular server, and power it on. Long story short, the Machines could legitimately claim that opposing us in this mission is a defensive action, and hence allowable within the treaty, so we're being pursued by Agents the whole time (see previous post).

There are three of them guarding the entrance to the building. Somehow I managed to slip past them, but my cohorts kept getting gunned down. I took the elevator to the floor in question (the "mission area") and got the server up.

However, experience points for this leg of the mission are awarded as soon as the last team member leaves the mission area. I'm the only one who'd made it into the building, so if I leave the mission area then no XP for anyone else. Hardly ideal.

So I'm waiting, as the rest of the team makes futile effort after futile effort to get into the building. They can almost make it before the Agents take 'em out, and I realize that I can look out the window and see what's happening in the street below. I can also hear what's being said as a couple of random players wander by and see what's happening. (The other players aren't part of the mission, so the Agents are ignoring them.)

Stranger 1: "Wow. Are those Agents?"
Nibori (whose dead body is laying on the ground half in the doorway): "Yeah. We're on a mission."
Stranger 2: "Boy, they must be really pissed at you."
Nibori: "Yeah. Can you resurrect me?"
Stranger 2: "I don't know if I should."
Me (shouting from the upstairs window): "Don't do it! He stole their car! That's why they shot him! He'll steal your car too!"

Okay, I guess you had to be there. It was funny at the time. I promise.
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