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  1. It took me a while, but despite going away/coming back a couple of times and taking part in various 'crusades' I just don't care anymore. Five+ years is quite enough time to have wasted here.
  2. And now I'm thinking about how much I miss living in New Mexico....
  3. I'm going to say this one more time in the hope that someone actually reads it. It does not matter how many times one has re-rolled. It does not matter how many times one has played. What matters is whether or not one joins an alliance that genuinely encourages growth. Also, please don't try your hand at neologisms by typing 'alot'. Every time you do that you shave days off of the life of anyone who has ever taught English.
  4. I'm going to assume you're not being serious, because if you really mean this then you're clueless. I've belonged to many alliances on different parts of the web over the years. Some are great at helping out new members. Others are terrible. Who their friends are is unimportant. Again, my situation within my alliance is not unique. It is something available to all members. Again....the speed of a nation's growth is directly related to an alliance's growth program(s) and members' participation in them. The same is true of the 'missing trades' argument used in the OP's reply to my initial comment. If an alliance has its (economic) act together, all of this will come together very, very quickly. If it doesn't, then sucks to be one of its members, I guess.
  5. I deny it. My (current) nation is eighteen months old and I have fourteen Wonders. If new players are unable to grow quickly and start buying Wonders a couple of months after signing up, they're in the wrong alliance.
  6. Had it since I was about four when, on a typical morning, my parents would awaken in the morning, discover that I was missing, and then see me riding up and down our street in my pyjamas. Last 'night' I nodded off around 0400. At 0715 I was up getting the kids' breakfast and packing lunches. Pretty normal night for me, really. The only time I sleep well is while I'm camping, which I'll be doing in a couple of weeks' time.
  7. A. It became the norm with respect to you when you made unintentionally hilarious statements like that in my sig and those above. B. And yes, you were being obtuse and, I should add, insulting with respect to your former allies in Ragnarok and their allies in Mj. Perhaps you will learn from this that tossing out accusations because they 'seem' right -- although if you read the entire discussion and possessed the reading comprehension of a fourth-grader, you would have known this was not the case -- merely makes you look like even more of a clown when you're shown to be 100% wrong. I do hope I've been clear enough. If not, please enjoy this precis of my commentary with respect to your 'arguments' made in the posts above: 1. Your defense of Xiphosis would have merit were it not for the fact that he has personally alienated so many people. (If you are unaware of this by now, there's little hope for you.) 2. You should re-read at least three times before hitting 'add comment'. 3. You seem unable to either read or digest information adequately. 4. Accusing me of 'name calling' for observing that you are obtuse is a bit ridiculous when, in the very next sentence, you admit that what you said was wrong. I can make it even shorter if you like: "Stop trying. You'll only hurt yourself and accomplish nothing."
  8. Mmmm, a fancily dressed up 'No U'. Purty. You really are quite obtuse.
  9. Oh, and.... Ok I know I'll just be called a "Xiph apologist" or w/e, but just being fair you guys did form a block with 3 NOIR alliances, a former SF member who Xiph probably feels like you stole from him, (especially considering according to some people the last straw was asking RoK to drop you guys and Polar) and Valhalla an alliance that has said several times they dislike Xiph and were known to be fairly angry over Xiph's troll incident (yea I would have been too). So if I was Xiph, I would have probably came to the same conclusion as well. Correlation is not causation. RoK and GOD/SF might still be pals if Xiphosis hadn't gone the high-risk gambit route. Had he not done that, his position would be considerably more secure than it (apparently) is now. I don't know what the final straw was in the RoK-GOD/SF relationship. Neither am I aware of everything that happened before RoK's withdrawal. I can't imagine that it eroded owing solely to a treaty between Nordreich and Ragnarok. Many of our relationships with NOIR members -- and leaders of NOIR alliances -- pre-dated the formation of Nordreich and its admission to that economic bloc. (This is particularly true with respect to DT.) The Valhalla treaty was first broached by Bud (in Val) not long after our reformation. Not much came of our conversations, which didn't so much end as fizzle. Then we found ourselves fighting them in a war, and there we were speaking again. It's not the first time friendships were formed during a war. It likely won't be the last. Except for the ongoing conspiracy that exists solely in the mind of one person, GOD has been surprisingly absent from Nordreich's foreign affairs discussions. Perhaps this is some kind of 'meta' game that Xiphosis is playing: RL < CN < XiphWorld. His world seems like a very scary place, though, so I'm rather glad not to be a part of it.
  10. Oh wow. Haven't thought about that one in a very long time. Still don't know why that was deleted. I guess he sent an e-mail to Photobucket saying, "I'm crazy and say so in this forum post. but I don't want this guy to have it." Perhaps, but I'm not sure the lesson would 'take'. I have no problem keeping secrets, but the whole skullduggery thing is lost on me. Yes, yes they are.
  11. And then today someone send me these links, if only to prove how bad I am at this: http://i.imgur.com/B7Vq8.png]http://i.imgur.com/B7Vq8.png - "If any of this finds it's [sic] way around CN I will personally never put anything up on SF ever again...." Something tells me that this was an empty threat. http://i.imgur.com/qEVzg.png]http://i.imgur.com/qEVzg.png http://i.imgur.com/CPHVc.png]http://i.imgur.com/CPHVc.png http://i.imgur.com/rndLd.png]http://i.imgur.com/rndLd.png http://i.imgur.com/ThxC5.png - "It's my personal opinion [which I think will come to be validated in the coming year or so] that NoR is recruiting alliances, particularly within NOIR, to their own web which they can pull with them to the other side in the event of a war they think is winnable against us." First, I need to get something off my chest. Despite being a self-declared 'writer', Xiphosis' work is littered with basic grammatical errors. Second, lol. Seriously, lol. Let's ignore the paranoia for a moment and speak about a little place I like to call 'Reality'. Since Nordreich's Reformation, our priority has been to look after our own interests. Period. There's been no plotting to isolate GOD or, indeed, any other alliance. As I've said many times before, if Xiphosis wants to find the cause of GOD's problems, the best place to start is a mirror. The gems found in many of these images is proof of that. http://i.imgur.com/5r6Tu.png]http://i.imgur.com/5r6Tu.png
  12. I know. Alright, so how come everyone remembers this but me? /me looks at pill bottle of 'morning' meds "Side effects include a hopeless blurring of the years." Ah. 1. Predict who will 'abandon' you. 2. Do your best to alienate them. 3. When you are 'abandoned', say I told you so. Hmmm....there's something wrong with this model, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I do note, however that 4/9 of the alliances are Nordreich and close allies of Nordreich. I can't think of a single thing* Xiphosis has done to intentionally antagonize us since our reformation. You should probably retire as an apologist. This gem, along with the quote in my signature, would tend to indicate you're not really up to the job. * - That's because I can think of at least two things.
  13. I figured as much. Just wondering why I didn't notice that I had it until today. (btw....my curiosity got the better of me, so I made the arduous walk to my netbook. I've had this file since January of this year. Still no clue where I got it, though.)
  14. I have two computers. The first is my brand new PC that I built this year and am continuing to fine tune. The other is a netbook I picked up a couple of years ago. I have it for those occasions when the missus hijacks my desktop because she wants to do something 'graphics intensive' like harvest in Farmville. *sigh* Anyway.... The netbook came with WinXP, which I immediately removed and replaced with Ubuntu. I don't really store anything on it. It is solely for the purpose of connecting to the 'Net and doing a bit of surfing. So imagine my surprise when I opened my 'Documents' folder for the first time in months and saw a folder labeled 'Cyber Nations'. "Oooh," I thought. "What goodies lurk therein?" It was mostly disappointing. Some war-related graphs from the last conflict, one of those war charts that shows who is being attacked by whom and, well, this: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/gfgraham/Cybernations/erwhat.png There are 'no no words' on this image. Don't say you weren't warned. In this, we travel back eleven months to see a remarkably paranoid Xiphosis planning the end of his alliance. The only thing missing is the part where he blames everyone else for his problems and then gets married the day before he shoots himself in his underground bunker. Some high points: - "CnG is basically worthless" - "....go in hard on NPO and disband them. Outright." And once again we see this idea of alliances 'defecting'. In Xiph-speak, it means they're no longer a chain away from backing up his sad excuse for an alliance. Boo freaking hoo. What's surprising to me is that no one jumps in and says, "This is a really stupid idea." There's Liz from CSN, basically agreeing with whatever Xiphosis proposes because CSN is totally not a GOD puppet. Goose likes the idea, says WickedJ likes to run his mouth, and then backtracks when he realizes it's a really stupid idea. It's like a written train-of-thought. Clearly he needs an editor, if only to avoid saying what amounts to "I like it" and "I don't like it" in the same damn post. R&R and RIA seem to be trying to speak to Xiphosis as one would take to a guy cradling a loaded firearm. But you know what really shocks me? It's not that they have such little respect for supposed friends and allies. No, what makes me pause is the fact that they speak so poorly of their own bloc. As someone who is now a lowly ordinary member of Nordreich, I'd be a bit dismayed if I learned that the leaders of Mj pretty much agreed that everyone in it kinda sucked. Is it exciting? I've no idea. Parts of it are very, very funny. To me, at least. No clue who gave this to me or when I received it. It may have come from CNtel. Or not. (I'm not registered there, and the quality of what I've seen coming out of there is pretty crappy, so probably not.) I could turn on my netbook and check the date when it was created, but the netbook must be at least ten feet away. That sin't gonna happen. This would have been much more exciting if I were posting it sometime in the third week of October in 2010. Half-way through September of the following year, it's not terribly relevant but good for a chuckle or two. By now much of this -- Xiphosis' feelings toward GOONS, the NPO, CnG and anyone who thinks he's a clown -- are rather well known. So, if the parties involved would like to declare me a spy for receiving information and releasing it publicly well after it's of any real interest to anyone but some kind of CN historian, I believe my official response is: "Suck it."
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