New Bastogne Explodes, and it’s all your fault.

While I was hoping for some upbeat story or pleasant review to hit the first page of the new site sometimes things just happen and you have to roll with it.

Despite my requests for people to “Please Stop” I was flooded with images, notecards and IM’s regarding this, so my review of Cubey Terra’s Atom will have to wait as i cover this wondrous pile of Drama.

In order to keep you upbeat and positive and me from becoming suicidal I’ve replaced all the images in this Article with pictures of Puppies.

New Bastogne Explodes, and it’s all your fault.

Those few residents still members of the “Vice is a Monopoly” group will be wearing their “I Told you So Hats” with pride today. The Region of New Bastogne, a WWII Themed combat region for the VICE system, has flipped on it’s axis and turned to sun worshiping, if the reports from it’s playerbase are to be believed, fire now rains from the sky, dinosaurs are everywhere, the rivers run red with blood, cats chase dogs, cows eat people and the four horsemen of the Apocalypse have been seen shaking hands with Zombie Hitler.

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A puppies Impression of the Anguish felt by such news

Of course one must remember that any regions playbase will automatically assume the Death of a Region is Nigh for any reason regardless of context, I once ran a Combat Region where all the players assumed the Place was dead when I had a date one night and didn’t log into SL for several hours.

So what the hell is this all about and why is it so important?

Let me break this down for you.

What has happened?

The Region has created a new policy that requires players to only use weapons in combat from a strict Whitelist of builders.

In this day and age of Modified Vice guns where cheat weapons are a plenty and any idiot with a vague understanding of scripting (or an understanding of how to use the LSL Wiki to get freebie gun scripts) can make a number of Overpowered or Hacked VICE weapons, it would seem like a sensible policy, New Bastogne has taken flack before for allowing it’s players to use hacked Vice weaponry, which almost led to the region being shut down back in 2013, so one would feel this Policy long overdue and something to be welcomed by the playerbase.

So why the Hysterics?

The Puppy clearly doesn't understand what all the fuss is about.

The Puppy clearly doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.

Turns out, at the time of writing, only one company has been whitelisted, Minstrel Munitions. Vendors who want their equipment whitelisted are being requested to submit their builds for inspection to Sera Otoro, who owns Minstrel Munitions.

Sera has been testing the Weapons against his own and allegedly demanding full permission versions of weapons and scripts to check them for hacks and cheats and many builders feel this is a step too far; “it’s like the inquisition” one builder told us “Sera doesn’t want to check guns for fair play he wants our scripts and to make sure our guns are always inferior to his, to boost his own sales.”

Sera wasn’t available for comment but we spoke to Vickster Kuhn, the owner of the WWII region New Bastogne.

“[22:33] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): you
[22:33] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): never paid me a dime
[22:33] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): so fuck all y’all
[22:34] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): understand that?
[22:34] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): cause you don’t know shit
[22:34] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): and you definitely don’t know me”

We then stopped speaking to Vickster, and we got banned from the region, go figure.

This puppy is upset at Vickster use of foul language.

This puppy is upset at Vickster use of foul language.

Several other Allied players have reported being banned for asking questions regarding the Whitelist system, one player claimed “Several of our players have been banned for questioning the system ans why it’s taking so long, I mean some of us don’t use [Minstrel Munitions] guns, we use our own or [Other Vendors] and we can’t fight because our guns are banned?”

“All we wanted was balance and to bring back the fairness of what this region used to be like, but we can’t even do that now, one day there will be no-one around because of it.”

“This region is dead, it’s been dead for years and this is just another nail in the coffin”

“We’ve been told that Vickster pays the rent so Vickster makes the Laws and if we don’t like it we can fuck off, so we are”

Several other builders have claimed the situation is all overblown and have been working with Vickster to provide a more logical solution. Citing that the Drama was only being caused by an over reaction to a “not well thought out plan but with good intentions”.

“Players will be players, but if they just step back, relax and let the Admins handle this, sensible thoughts will prevail.”

In over five years New Bastogne has always taken a stance against the Monopolization of Vice and took a harsh view on other regions which adopted a similar whitelist policy. Many are confused to why such a system would be put in place with almost no warning, with all decisions being made by a supposedly independent Vendor that could easily change the system for his own financial game as opposed to a team of players and admins, who presumably wouldn’t.

Could this be an act of simple desperation as New Bastogne ,like many other WWII regions, fail to pull the players and struggle to meet the bills?

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Since we’re still lerning to potty it would be wrong to speculate but New Bastogne is no stranger to drama and controversy and has suffered because of it, going from a region of nearly 12 Sims and over 300 players on weekends to three sims and only a handful of players then finally back up to five just recently and a steady recovery of player numbers.

We would simply pass this off as an ill-thought out decision thats backfired and now no-one wants to take the wrap for it, which seems more likely rather than a blatent attempt to monopolise VICE.

Thats it, go away.

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