GOA news translation

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by PJS, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. PJS

    PJS Fledgling Freddie

    Two years !

    Hello all,

    Yes, two years ago we started running the European version of Dark Age of Camelot.
    We use the term 'running' loosely of course.
    It was about 8PM,
    Late as usual
    the technicians had this tired look from the… very long days, shall we say…
    partying hard all week
    and as the more devout amongst us
    the one guy who actually does some work occasionally while the rest of us laugh at him
    were finishing our prayers to the great God of Informatics
    youre guess is as good as mine here
    , a horde of avid players
    The three Frenchies who had managed to get hold of a box on time
    onto our barely opened servers.

    This 21st of January 2002 was the beginning of a great adventure.
    for the French only, everyone else had to wait a few weeks
    A lot of things have happened during these two years on the European servers
    If only
    , and, as we say in France, a lot of water has passed under the bridge.
    Newsflash, this isn't a French only saying
    A flow of water, a river in spate even,
    Poetry contest is over mate
    when you see the list of major changes which have occurred since version 1.36, the one that was on the servers at the time.
    Gamestopping bug fixes that should have been done before release

    Let's see : in 1.45, the defenders of all realms discovered new epic zones,
    Finally got the some of the content they paid for
    jealously guarded by the most fearsome predators : the terrible dragons. After some fierce and terrible attempts, which unfortunately often ended in bursts of flame and smouldering boots
    after Hibs got tired of fighting an impossible foe
    , the heroes generally
    'hero', very fitting description
    decided to go and explore Darkness Falls, in order to try and hunt Legion, who had settled there with 1.49.
    decided to check out the cool graphics on the portal they rarely get to use due to Dun PingPong then go down the local tavern instead

    Well equipped, (the 40 to 50 epic quests being finally accessible)
    finally written and bugfixed
    , and well trained, (the trainers having agreed to teach them a couple of RAs), it was time for our heroes to find new challenges.
    Farm RP's for the win
    By a happy coincidence,
    By a clever marketing ploy
    Morgana, Balor, the Drakorans, the Morvalts and the Fomorians had chosen this moment to reveal their evil schemes. Under this menace, Avalonians, Valkyns and Sylvans called for help, which the realms promptly answered.
    ... called for rerolling and more subs
    Thus began the time of exploration of the Shrouded Isles, with version 1.57.
    Thus began the time of overpowered untested new classes

    With the dangers averted for a while,
    With our jobs safe for a while
    the wise men of the realms plunged back into their beloved studies.
    The zerkers disappeared to powerlevel savages
    After some long hours of often painful experimentations, they finally mastered what the common adventurers would later call Spellcrafting and Alchemy.
    We finally made it easier for powergames to pwn more

    It was the beginning of a most prosperous era for the three realms
    We made bags of cash raising subs and lowering service
    , and, encouraged by the authorities' clever and opportunist policy of attractive prices,
    the brave adventurers finally decided to invest their hard earned gold pieces in a parcel of land to build their dream house. This was Foundations and 1.63.
    Finally got the housing they had been promised for years

    And now ? The heroes can finally enjoy a well deserved rest.
    can finally RvR ML free while they can
    Well, unless the latest rumours of far away islands, forgotten secrets and buried artefacts urge them to leave their cosy houses…
    Until Timesinks of Atlantis forces them to PvE for countless hours in large groups in order to keep thier wtfpwn status
    Yes, I am anticipating a bit, that's true.
    Hey we gave bullshit release dates in the past, why stop now?
    This is indeed another story, which won't begin before the end of next month…
    Start of March

    Some really impressive additions, indeed.
    I'm applying for a spindoctor job, this is going on my CV as an example of my work
    However there were big changes outside of the game too during these two years
    For instance, Opentransit going downhill in quality.
    : the number of players steadily increasing, 250.000 boxes sold
    125,000 buffbot accounts sold, yippee
    , and the consecutive opening of 5 more servers,
    oops forgot this is the English section, no more servers for j00!
    including the bloodiest and fiercest of them, Camlann.
    COOP anyone? Nah
    Last but not least, we have seen peaks of almost 30.000 players simultaneously.
    for the few minutes before the servers keeled over from the strain

    This of course led to a constant growth of the GOA teams working on the project.
    More managers, less workers
    They have almost tripled in size to better follow your wishes, to handle the bugs and community problems, to write more than 600 FAQs, publish 120 roleplaying texts, an on-line manual, three sites dedicated to the expansions, handle multiple animations and a campaign, all this in three languages !
    AND fast patching, XML chronicles that work more often than not, subscription pages that aren't down when you most need them. We even hired someone who speaks English as a FIRST language to deal with a large portion of our customer base...............NOT!
    All right, all right, as for the campaign it turned out to take a bit longer than was originally foreseen.
    Just like everything else we do

    Our translation teams deserve credits too.
    They've spent so much time slacking off playing SWG that its only fair
    The translation has had its share of problems and funny anecdotes and as for today, to give a few numbers, we have more than 1.000.000 words translated
    Babelfish sent us a bill because of the amount of bandwidth we use
    , three terminally crashed computers,
    We had a fg vs fg fight on them, then the Albs showed up and the GFX cards commited suicide
    two broken keyboards,
    coffee spills ofc
    and last but not least 327 litres of bad French coffee drunk.
    the other 3 litres are floating around inside a few keyboards (see above)

    There were difficult moments, we have to admit it.
    We have to admit it now with all the serious competition out this coming year
    We have been through tricky releases of new versions
    Tricky, nice one :p
    , the game has suffered from various bugs, with sometimes delicate consequences
    Few pages out in the dictionary there. I think disastrous was the word you were aiming for
    - we are by the way currently working on the ones that have not been corrected yet -
    we are grudgingly getting off our arses now the axe is hovering
    the animation campaign took too much time indeed, and the Chronicles of Camelot suffered from… chronic problems indeed.
    Look I made a funny! See you've forgotten already

    We don't bury our heads in the sand.
    Hey, sometimes you just can't spin. The only thing that will do is an out and out lie.
    Sometimes we have been confronted with totally unexpected situations
    Like a server of a TWENTY FOUR / SEVEN game needing a reboot on a weekend. Bolt from the blue, that one. Who would have thought, honestly?
    and have made our share of mistakes, we will assume all of them.
    We will assume all of them ... never happened perhaps?
    We are totally aware that being the first European firm to run a fully localised MMORPG is not in itself an excuse, and we of course wish to better the quality of our services in the future.
    Amazing what competition and redundancy can do for motivation

    For yes, we have learned a lot during these last two years.
    How to get paid for getting away with murder, for instance.
    Please believe me, I've got 5 kids to feed
    For instance we reorganised the animations thanks to what we learned this past year, as you will soon see with the introduction of the weddings.
    Probably another new definition of soon we weren't previously aware of
    We will also reinforce our collaboration with Mythic, the American development team - in fact two of our fellow workers just left for the US to meet them this week.
    2 of our workers just got a free holiday

    Now here comes a third year rich in developments and additions, with for starters : Trials of Atlantis coming soon.
    Even more bugs, enjoy

    Before that we have to give you our biggest thanks.
    Thanks to the Eyes and Ears, our volunteer team, for so many things, too much to list on one page.
    Not enough space left after all this waffle
    Thanks to all of you whoever you are
    Oops we lost the list
    , from those who are following us since the beginning to the ones who jumped into the boat later.
    Bet you wish you had stayed on dry land
    Thank you for having lived with us these 27 versions since that 21st of January 2002.
    Am I talking to the customers or my flatmate?
    Thanks for your support, your encouragements, and your critics too when we went through tricky times.
    We enjoyed your 'critics' so much we closed the messageboards
    It is by keeping you in mind that we are looking, day after day, to better the quality of the services we offer you.
    When we find someone capable of doing it we will stop looking

    Thanks, have a nice game, and know that we wish this third year, for you as for us, to be as successful and exciting as the last one !
    But mostly us

    The Dark Age of Camelot European Team

    PS : a last big thanks to Morgana, without whom nothing could have been possible. Thanks for your dark, twisted, evil schemes, keep it up !
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  2. Smurflord

    Smurflord Fledgling Freddie

    I sense the whine is strong in this one, master.
  3. PJS

    PJS Fledgling Freddie

    Soooo. I have a ... sissssster. :twak:
  4. Smurflord

    Smurflord Fledgling Freddie

    She attractive? :wub:
  5. SilverHood

    SilverHood Part of the furniture

    I seem to recall the game not being released before March?
    And even then, they had the Open beta in the December month previously
  6. Iskander

    Iskander Fledgling Freddie

  7. Addlcove

    Addlcove Fledgling Freddie

    funny one
  8. old.FIN

    old.FIN Banned

    whine all the time dont u understand

    when milk is 6 day old you still buying it stupid imo no lifes

    go outsde find a chic and leaf daoc :m00:
  9. Reno

    Reno One of Freddy's beloved

    The french servers opened 2 years ago afaik. English servers didn't open till late march though.

  10. Jaapi

    Jaapi Fledgling Freddie

    When milk is 6 days old it's removed from stores because they can't guarantee the quality. GOA does and doesn't come up with it.

    If you have found this so called life, why are you in here making a dumbass out of yourself?
  11. Addlcove

    Addlcove Fledgling Freddie


    french 21st jan 2002
    german 1st of feb 2002
    english 14th of feb 2002
  12. Pudzy

    Pudzy Can't get enough of FH

  13. Adari

    Adari Part of the furniture


    That is utter whine, you can fo if you don't like GOA, no one is forcing you to pay them.

    Apart form that, it isn't even remotely funny.

  14. Smurflord

    Smurflord Fledgling Freddie

    English servers went live 15th Feb 2002.
  15. Eliz

    Eliz Regular Freddie

    Hahaha...pwnage post PJS.
  16. Addlcove

    Addlcove Fledgling Freddie

    lighten up Adari

    I disagree with what he says but I still found it funny
  17. xoboll

    xoboll Fledgling Freddie

  18. Flimgoblin

    Flimgoblin It's my birthday today!

    mid-february was the UK release, they had distribution problems I think?

    aha someone posted it as 15th :)
  19. Flimgoblin

    Flimgoblin It's my birthday today!

    as much as I hate it I have to agree with Adari ;) whine is better when it's funny...

    that was just

    you suck!
    you suck!


    though it did improve towards the end actually :)

    gifv alternative friday news imho.
  20. Stallion

    Stallion Can't get enough of FH

    hirrhirr :D :wub:
  21. Raven

    Raven Brrrrr!

    adari the goa pet :)
  22. Ssera

    Ssera Fledgling Freddie

    iirc there was some problem with the cd-keys being messed up and them having to print a whole new load, or smt like that.
  23. Cadiva

    Cadiva Part of the furniture

    The English servers opened on February 15th as it was my birthday and I was bought a copy of DAoC for my present.
  24. punchy

    punchy Fledgling Freddie

    the heady and piquant bouquet of STLONG WHINEZ

    rich fruit with subtle oak and tannins etc... :cheers:
  25. old.FIN

    old.FIN Banned

    why you remove my post
  26. Sharma

    Sharma Can't get enough of FH

    Because you're an idiot who inconsistently flames DAoC players for having no life and SWG being uber etc, if its so great, WHY are you here whinging and WHY are you not fucking playing SWG?

    Simple, because you're a twat who gets kicks out of flaming others IE a troll and whinges when his flame gets removed because he thinks he hasnt done anything, you also came onto this board as a DAoC player so basically you're a hypocrit.
  27. Derric

    Derric Fledgling Freddie

    A chic? Like the hairy "girlie" you showed us in the RL picture thread? :)
  28. Iskander

    Iskander Fledgling Freddie

    so, does the E&E title comes with a build in attitude problem?
    lighten up.
  29. PJS

    PJS Fledgling Freddie

    Adari. Remember to remind GOA that you're an E&E volunteer, apparently they have forgotten. :p

    Maybe it would be funnier if it wasn't true. I dunno. :drink:

    You can still enjoy the game even if you don't like the company running it. Don't worry when something better comes out this year WoW/EQ2/Darkfall/Dragon Empires/Dark and Light etc. I'm gone. And even if the game of the millenium comes out, if GOA have anything to do with it I won't be playing it on principle.
  30. Adari

    Adari Part of the furniture

    E&E has nothing to do with it

    I just find it a pathetic attempt to be funny.

    I would have said the same if it was abotu SWG/DE/WOW and their company or whatever else you want to spread retard comments about

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