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Title: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Brawnzy on January 29, 2018, 07:44:31 pm
I literally had to retype everything because the database issues but it's finally all here so enjoy.

R1: I have been a member for 1 year or more for GMs. 1 month or more for Testers.
Been on the server over 2 years.

R2: I am 18 years old or more.
I'm 23 almost 24

R3: I can be online at least 3 hours a day.
Yes

R4: You must have any kind of facebook in order to join VG staff group for proper and thorough staff communication
I don't live under a rock. So yea I have a facebook although you guys should think about making a Discord server (it's free! and better!)

Q1. What is your main character's in-game name?
Brawnzy

Q2. What is your real name?
Jesse

Q3. Where in the world are you located (time zone GMT+/-)?
California (UTC-7 PDT)

Q4. When are you available to work as a GM? (Be specific please: days/times)
Pretty much every day around evening times. 8-11pm on weekdays and any time on weekends really (besides raid times! which are 4:30-8pm my time)

Q5. How old are you?
23

Q6. How much time each day do you spend on WoW, on the forums or in-game?
5ish hours

Q7. Have you played Retail? If so, for how long?
Yea I played up to Legion but after Cataclysm I only played occasionally when a new expansion came out(because mists and up started to get worse). Legion was kinda fun though.

Q8. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a software engineer and am currently making an app for a farming company. I play league of laggends as well.

Q9. Have you had previous experience as a Gamemaster? If yes, please explain.
A long time ago maybe I was 13? My dad figured out how to run a private server and I would always mess around with the GM commands and fly around. It was a fun experience.

Q10. Explain why you think you would be a good Gamemaster.
I feel like the most important qualities of a GM are as follows: Ethical, Friendly, and Helpful. In all my pugs on vg I consistently stick to my rules so players don't feel cheated out of anything. I'm friendly with all the guilds on the server and I give every person a fair chance when I first meet them and treat everyone properly with respect. I've been playing on VG over 2 years now and my knowledge/experience with all the bugs will allow me to help anyone who has an issue.

Q11.What interests you most about becoming a Gamemaster ?
NA currently has no GM and is usually screwed over whenever something goes wrong. I can't tell you how many runs I've done where my raid gets combat bugged and I report it to get mail the next day saying just to alt-f4 (which doesn't always work when there is a mob constantly combat bugging you as soon as you come back online and the mob is under the world and unreachable) I feel the biggest reason that NA population is the lowest on the server is because there aren't any NA GM's to help people at those times.

Q12. Do you know WHAT a Gamemaster does? Please explain.
A Gamemaster is someone who is knowledgeable and has a powerful set of tools to help players experience the game as smoothly as possible. You wouldn't want to give those tools to a troll as well as someone who is inexperienced because they wouldn't know how to help players. Gamemasters have a queue of tickets which the better the Gamemaster's ability to troubleshoot the tickets the smoother the players experience will be without the frustration of sitting around for hours with no response.

Q13. What do you think the most important thing a Gamemaster can do?
Be polite, courteous, repsectful and don't ignore. Gamemasters should be friendly and helpful. If you don't know how to handle a situation or if it is a questionable issue you should just be open and honest with the player and people will usually respect you for it.

Q14. What will you do if a Player asks you for help?
Help them of course! Depending on what it is they want help with. If their raid is combat bugged or a million slimes are being spawned or a gate is stuck shut or etc... I'll help them fix the bugs preventing them from experiencing the game. If they have general questions then I'll answer them to the best of my ability and try to give them tips to try and avoid their issue in the future.

Q15. What will you do if you are unable to help?
So if there is a real bug that I'm unable to provide assistance to a player then I would try to replicate and test the bug and log it to be fixed at some point soon. If there is a language barrier I'll do my best to still help using tools (maybe google translate) and maybe try to contact another GM that speaks their language. Finally if I can't figure something out or just don't know what to do I'd contact more experienced GM's on how to handle the situation and be honest with the player about the difficulty of their problem and that we are on the case and try to suggest ways to avoid the problem in the meantime.

Q16. Gamemasters always use correct English spelling and grammar. Do you?
gAmemAsTers aLwAYs usE cOrreCt gRammAr... ahhh I'm just kidding. I always hated english class but I can write eloquently enough as long as I don't need to have any sub contextual meaning to my writings. I also usually reread what I type to make sure there are no mistakes.

Q17. If an event gets out of control, how would you handle the situation?
Call 911 and tell them VG is baby raging. But seriously I would do my best to diffuse the situation without any punishments (except punishments where completely necessary). VG's population is still pretty low but it's getting better and outright punishing people for a rare out of control situation may lead to lowering it. This question is pretty broad but if we use the example of the forum shitstorm that happened recently my best advice would be to respond. Coordinate with other GM's on what the issues are and look at the evidence objectively. Then come out with a well thought out statement and explain the reasoning behind it. No one can properly argue against that unless you're outrageously unethical with your response. This server needs clarity on issues.

Q18. Have you ever committed any act of fraud or dishonesty? If yes, please explain.
I pretended to be Erlocha once when ezpz was chasing my mage on his horde lock thinking I was Morgana. I did it so he'd stop chasing me and let me fish in peace >.< I did however tell him eventually and both of them are in my guild.

Q19. If you were going to submit a suggestion for us, what would it be?
Fix Gothik, Taerar, Patchwork's attack speed, combat bugs, don't let the server shut down for over 4 hours, don't let Nef's ghost stay alive after he's been defeated, don't let nef fly away for some reason if he walks over a skull in his room..... oh you said A suggestion... woops well I guess A suggestion I have would be to announce when the daily server restart happens about 5-10 min beforehand. It's easy to forget when exactly it's going to happen and that'll help people prepare for it.

Q20. What positive additions could you (ord do you already) make to the server/Community?
I run one of the only 2 raiding NA guilds on the server. I kept it going through the mass exodus of big guilds last year and somehow got it to where it is now(with my officers and core guildies help of course!). I believe that by keeping my guild alive and continuing to lead raids and pugs that I helped keep a significantly large amount of players on the server as well as old players who are coming back every now and then. I pug MC every Saturday at 19:00 ST and it's always first come first server (even if you have 0 gear). I sometimes pug BWL and Ony as well. My raids are all very new player friendly and as long as they listen to me about the major things (not pulling imps, pulling too many packs of respawning dogs, or ninja'ing tier 1 boe's/lootchest) I don't have any issues.

Q21. Professionalism, integrity and honesty are required at all times. In what ways do these words describe you?
Professionalism: I work as a software engineer and write programs for businesses. I know how to maintain an image and how to be courteous with people. I will treat everyone with respect no matter what quarrels they may have with me or I have with them.
Integrity: I feel like an in-game example of my integrity would be from my MC pugs. Every week I have the same rules to protect players from feeling cheated from items that they deserve just as much as anyone else. I let people know beforehand what is reserved so they know what they are getting into and I never push the boundaries of what I have the powers to do as a raid leader. I've accidentally mislooted once in all of my MC's and thats because of a specifc addon which I desperately need to keep using (WIM otherwise I'd never be able to respond to anyone properly). I felt so bad that I ended up giving him the choice between gold or some boe epic tier 1 pieces I've had left over from other raids.
Honesty: I think honesty is integrated a lot with integrity. I'm always honest with people. I belive that if I'm honest with people that they are more likely to be honest with me. My guildmates will usually let me know if they have made a mistake because they know how much I value their honesty. I have punishments in place that I usually go way below the expected punishment if they just come clean and I think it keeps us moving as a guild. There are a few people in my guild who've had major beef with eachother in the past and they all seem to get along fine in BiS and I think the environment I try to foster has some impact on that.

Q22. Have you ever been diciplined by a Gamemaster on VanillaGaming?
No, all my personal interactions with Gamemasters have been delightful and positive unless there is no interaction.(no response)

Q23. What can you do to help the server grow?
I believe that growth isn't the current issue with VG, it's retention of new players. My guild, although we are at the very end of content, provides a friendly atmosphere for new players to learn about the in's and out's of the server and help them run level 60 dungeons and get geared enough to start raiding with us. A lot of my guildmates are experienced and helpful as well and will usually give away their own hard earned materials/items for free to new people without any expectations of getting anything in return. This keeps new players interested in returning to play with our guild and continue running pugs with our guildies and finally raiding Naxx with us when they are ready. If they have no desire to do naxx then they can continue to be a social in our guild and play with us when the feel like it. I also believe that having an NA GM will help keep those new players on the server when they feel like they are being heard when they make a report at NA times.

Q24. Is there anything else that you would like the Staff to know?
I know that I have been a thorn in your side lately and this app might make it seem even more so but I just want to help improve the server. I've spent a good amount of my time playing on this server and I don't want to see it start to slide down the tubes. As a software engineer I can see the issues and it frustrates me to no end when I see well explained and elaborated posts on bugs that players spent time out of their day to test thoroughly just to go ignored for 3 years or more. It's not helping the server, it's not keeping players interested, and it's not fair to the person who worked really hard on the bug report.

Every time I check the VG site and see the rotating slides on the first screen I chuckle a little bit because it doesn't describe the current state of the server and I wish I was a part of this server back when it was.

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Blizzlike
To be and to work to be completely blizzlike with no expections is a driving philosophy for all our devs and staff members. As history has proven, Vanillagamings accomplishments on this path are alike to none; many vanilla aspects first introduced on the vanilla scene thorough the years.

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Active Development
Our goal has always been to provide quality fixes, updates and attention to the reports and contributions of our players to the finest blizzlike detail with full validation and verification of the blizzlike correspondance of the sources

First of all the spelling mistakes in this. "no expections" I assume exceptions which it seems like there's a lot on this server. Also "thorough the years" and "correspondance". Three spelling errors on the FRONT PAGE for the oldest Vanilla privates server there is!

Second these values aren't apparent in the recent way things have been handled. Zeard hasn't been online since November of last year and I haven't had any response on my posts for the Grey areas that we all want to know about. Bugs go untouched for years even after someone spent a lot of effort going into detail what is wrong with evidence that it is wrong. These bugs aren't blizzlike and they aren't actively being fixed.

Finally I just want to say one more time that I care about the server and want to help make it better. I don't care about these things in the past I just want to move forward and improve instead of letting it slide into the "maintain but not improve" side of things. When you stop trying to improve the server it's obvious to the players and you start to lose your population.



Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Accurate on January 29, 2018, 07:55:32 pm
VG needs a US timezone GM, +1!


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Brawnzy on January 29, 2018, 07:59:29 pm
If i try to post anything past question 8 i get database errors >.< and there are 0 reasons why I should be getting any


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Brawnzy on January 29, 2018, 09:15:19 pm
I literally had to retype everything to get it to finally work. In the future never write something in another text editor and try to copy it over otherwise it'll just keep throwing database errors.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Strawie on January 29, 2018, 10:03:29 pm
thats all fine, but what would u do if u thought a player double spawned rend but u werent sure and had no proof?


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Brawnzy on January 29, 2018, 10:51:42 pm
thats all fine, but what would u do if u thought a player double spawned rend but u werent sure and had no proof?

My goal was to not call anyone specifically out. There's a lot wrong and everyone is a bit responsible. However in that specific case I believe that someone should be considered innocent till proven guilty. If there isn't any evidence I wouldn't ban them until there was. However as stated in a post that they had evidence that they weren't providing so maybe he did do it and is playing dumb for outrage/not getting banned sake. I just wish they'd reveal what they had so we can know for sure.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: marm _ on January 29, 2018, 11:04:18 pm
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Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Ayag on January 29, 2018, 11:47:28 pm
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Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Pucchini on January 29, 2018, 11:55:08 pm
+1 considering he'll help the folks over the big pond. He also kinda deescalated the situation efficiently  when Bremius and I barked at each other :-)


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Lokka on January 30, 2018, 12:39:57 am
+1


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Slaymayne on January 30, 2018, 12:43:57 am
+1 very calm and collected person, knows alot about vanilla and has spent alot of time on VG. He is a very responsible person and would deffinately help the server prosper. Deffinately are in need of some more GM's for monitoring and helping with issues in game, especially NA GM's and i believe Brawnzy would be a very good choice.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: cthormann3 on January 30, 2018, 01:03:55 am
+1


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Leise on January 30, 2018, 01:11:33 am
thats all fine, but what would u do if u thought a player double spawned rend but u werent sure and had no proof?

My goal was to not call anyone specifically out. There's a lot wrong and everyone is a bit responsible. However in that specific case I believe that someone should be considered innocent till proven guilty. If there isn't any evidence I wouldn't ban them until there was. However as stated in a post that they had evidence that they weren't providing so maybe he did do it and is playing dumb for outrage/not getting banned sake. I just wish they'd reveal what they had so we can know for sure.

+++


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Unspoken on January 30, 2018, 01:29:47 am
+1 : very Nice dude and serious / mature.

But If he gets TF then SERV is corrupt


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Simplest on January 30, 2018, 02:00:29 am
+1 so you can be the one to unban my accounts


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Accurate on January 30, 2018, 02:01:55 am
+1 so you can be the one to unban my accounts

You're still banned?? Jesus


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: waygzhlol on January 30, 2018, 07:25:57 am
Brawnzy is capable of running MC PUGs without any wipes. GM material and part-time messiah right there.

+1

hashtagfreemarm


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Ancilla on January 30, 2018, 05:16:46 pm
+1

If you want NA people to play on this server and donate, you gotta answer their tickets and help them out with bugged quests etc. Brawnzy is perfect for the job. Respected member of the community, and a patient and responsible guy.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Oldngrumpy / Martimeg on January 30, 2018, 09:28:32 pm
+1, need at least one NA GM that's able to be on to help with tickets and bugs. Plus, Brawnzy is a good guy and wants what is best for VG.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Subdash on February 02, 2018, 01:12:37 am
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although you guys should think about making a Discord server (it's free! and better!)

Ha ha ha ha. Previous staff have tried. Seriously if you are thinking of applying for GM have a chat with me in game sometime.

Subsmash / Friggindots. (on horde)


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Liket on February 02, 2018, 01:33:21 am
+1
doesnt all gms get tf?


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Biological / Gorgeuss on February 02, 2018, 01:36:02 am
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although you guys should think about making a Discord server (it's free! and better!)

Ha ha ha ha. Previous staff have tried. Seriously if you are thinking of applying for GM have a chat with me in game sometime.

Subsmash / Friggindots. (on horde)

don't scare him away from contributing to the server with inactive owner/admins man


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: lilpunkin on February 02, 2018, 04:11:50 am
+1

The entire server would benefit from having someone like Brawnzy as a GM.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Brawnzy on February 27, 2018, 12:23:42 am
Thanks for all the support. Any response on this yet? or any of the other GM posts. Would love to have 1 NA GM.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Brawnzy on March 02, 2018, 11:32:49 am
NA when they need assistance with VG bugs
(https://thumbs.gfycat.com/UntimelyTintedAfricanrockpython-size_restricted.gif)


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: waygzhlol on March 12, 2018, 11:45:47 pm
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Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Brawnzy on March 19, 2018, 10:20:21 pm
I really don't understand this anymore. I reach out on the public forums to help, I reach out in private to help, I talk to a GM in person briefly for just a response and I'm just put off again and again. And someone from EU makes an app and it gets a response within a week.

I tried to highlight unclear things in a public forum to understand what is and isn't punishable and that gets locked, I try to promote growth in the server and it goes ignored. I don't know how much neglect one person can take but I'm reaching my limit.

I'm not sure what I did or what NA has done to make you hesitate this much in making a single GM that can help people enjoy the server during NA times however it's clear that you aren't going to do anything about it any time soon w/o any prodding or help.

Anyway, I'm done barking in the dark. I'll be taking myself out of the running in a week if there's no response. PM me or reply or anything. But I think its funny that the whole underlying point of this post is about being active and responsive to all players. Players continue to be ignored on a daily basis and this couldn't be a better example if I tried to make one up.

If worst comes to play then...
Sorry NA I tried,
-- Brawnzy


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Anatomic on March 19, 2018, 10:29:44 pm
Lol it's VG. Everything is pretty much fucked up. You did great, we saw your effort but as i always like to say big dogs just don't really give a fuck untill we don't quit this server massivly :')


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Lokka on March 19, 2018, 11:59:02 pm
If admins neglets/ignores this app it will be a huge setback for the server


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: sprinkle2 on March 20, 2018, 01:37:13 am
Part of selecting a GM is ignoring your app for extended periods of time to see how you react.

Imagine how hard it is to select a GM when they have power which clearly many want to abuse.

You literally said you flew around and messed with GM commands , also you are 23 that's bad.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Brawnzy on March 20, 2018, 01:53:09 am
Part of selecting a GM is ignoring your app for extended periods of time to see how you react.

Imagine how hard it is to select a GM when they have power which clearly many want to abuse.

You literally said you flew around and messed with GM commands , also you are 23 that's bad.
1) Part of selecting gm.... 1 week for puccini, so I don't think that's accurate. Also the biggest problem this server is facing (besides the multitude of bugs which none are being fixed) is the NA population and it'll continue to dwindle while NA has no GM.

2) I agree it's difficult for them to pick people who don't want to abuse but I've been on the server for 2 years and only now showing interest in being a GM for NA since I want to fix the dwindling population in NA. I've been helping out where I can by helping new recruits in my guild but can't help them with the bugs that they run into besides telling them how to avoid it in the future. And honestly I wish there was another person out there they could trust to do it because I don't think it has to be me. I just want someone to help so NA doesn't consist of just 40 people and 20 of them playing in multiple guilds.

3) I don't understand how being 23 is bad? (I'm actually 24 now!) I've been out of college and working for years now and I messed with GM commands on my own private server where there were no players at all?

Anyway I think I'm justified in what I said still however feel free to continue finding criticisms I'll gladly talk them through with you.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Fathertony on March 20, 2018, 04:09:44 am
Brawnzy has the patience, the drive, the availability, the maturity, and the knowledge to be a great GM here. It's not every day that you have a member of the server who genuinely wants to give back and help keep the server alive, and I would assert that it would be a huge mistake to not allow someone like Brawnzy to be in a position to help.

I vote +1 for Brawnzy.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Bremius on March 20, 2018, 04:22:57 am
Part of selecting a GM is ignoring your app for extended periods of time to see how you react.

Brawnzy's app was posted on January 29, 2018. No response yet.

Pucchini's app was posted on March 9, 2018. GM response on March 18, 2018.

So your comment makes no sense sprinkle.

Does the staff really just not care about NA players that much? Or do they hate NA players?

Brawnzy has been playing on the server for awhile and has offered to help out the staff because there is literally 0 support during NA hours. There are only EU GMs. The NA population just keeps getting worse because the bug ridden server provides no assistance for NA players whatsoever. I guess it's logical to recruit ANOTHER EU GM.

The fact that staff members are clearly browsing the forums and can't even provide a simple response is ridiculous. He submitted his app over a month before Pucchini. Pucchini got a response in about a week and Brawnzy still hasn't gotten anything. At least say something like "It's being discussed." Is that really so hard? Obviously it is for whatever reason. EU favoritism? NA distrust? Whatever the case may be, a response is still simple to provide.

On a side note, since I guess I didn't respond earlier, huge +1 if staff cares. He's a very knowledgeable and mature individual. Would be a great addition to the team.

Also, gz Pucchini for getting a response. Hope it comes out to be what you were looking for.


Title: Re: Brawnzy's GM app
Post by: Wingedhussar on March 20, 2018, 09:18:52 am
Greetings Brawnzy,

Thank you for application. We always appreciate players who want to support the server in any possible way.
However, we have to reject your application.
If you are interested to hear constructive feedback, on why your application was rejected, please write PM to me.


P.S. On the matter of an additional NA GM. I would like to point out that our goal is to hire a new NA GM, in the new future, to enhance the current team.