let it be said that at no point in the entirity were any of the vague rules ever truly clarified. Instead of clarifications BlueCrab has provided vague us with responses and ultimately excused himself, which was for the best since he failed to state anything worth reading... including his rules. Rather than appeal to requests for revisions, clarifications, and fruitful changes he then proceeded to go and post this on his twitter account:
BlueCrab wrote:Apparently I'm a Nazi-Communist Totalitarian for setting up democratically-defined PSO server rules that suggest everyone get along.
- Clarification of EP -
EP = Enhancement Pack
A modification patch for PSO developed by Aleron Ives that simplifies PSO.
While permitted as an acceptable game modification on Schthack and now Sylverant servers, it is not now nor has it ever been a legitimate play form of PSO. The EP is a modification patch that alters virtually all enemy stats and most item drop rates among other things to make the game easier. Think of it as a CodeBreaker/ActionReplay/GameShark cheat code that can never be tunred off once installed unless you perform a clean re-installation of the game.
Why are legit players mad that EP players aren't designated or even segregated on the servers?
If an EP player creates a team and an unsuspecting player who wishes to play legit joins that team the drop rates of the team are set as the drop rates ofthe EP player. If an EP player is involved in combat all non-EP players will experience enemy lag as the client-side stats for the EP player are calculatng for varied enemy weaknesses than of that a legit copy of PSO.
Just as an example, let's say an EP player and a non-EP player have both just engaged a Booma that has 100HP. A legit copy of PSO may have just calculated that the Booma was hit by the EP player for 80 damage, and the enemy at this point freezes and momentary lag is experienced. But, what has just happened is that for the EP player he see's that he's dealt the Booma 120 damage. This results in a Booma that, accordig to the non-EP copy of PSO, should still be alive and should still be able to take a hit and give experience points suddenly being reported as dead. Call it an unwelcomed system hiccup if you will.
In short, EP players unintentionally mess the game up for players who wish to enjoy playing the game legit. I don't have a problem with anyone playing using EP, but I personally play legit and would prefer to not be in teams with EP users in course of normal game play. Most legit players share in this sentiment.
'~=-Message to BlueCrab-=~'
A laughable claim to have been aiming at having a rule set based upon the government of France. You've missed the geographical mark by several miles east.
Frankly, BlueCrab, your attitude of unwillingness to even consider distinguishing EP players is pathetic. You've done far more harm than good by pushing your own agenda onto everyone that we should all just get along. We can get along just fine, and would so even better if we can tell without having to ask what our fellow players' preferentual play style is while were still in the lobby. You tried to throw my own words back at me accussing me of Nazi-ideals in labeling the EP players by making their names blue in the lobby. Wow, were you way off the mark. What you're presently enforcing is a state of communism by trying to pretend that all PSO V2 players and all PSO EP players are playing on equal terms. If changing the colors of a different version PSO players names to a color other than orange is such a serious issue to you, then does that mean you're going to patch the server to make all the V1 players names orange so they won't feel like they're being ostricized by V2 and EP players? So you'll stick up for the EP players, but not the V1 players. In the real world, that's called a double standard.
If you read this far down, I ask that you butt out and not post in this topic ever unless you are willing to intelligently discuss your intollerable Server-Wide Rules Set. You know what is being contested and why as the posts of everyone are very much still available for your reading pleasure in the prequel to this topic. I'm sick of your lazy attitude towards the rules you yourself wrote in what I can only at this point determine as being intentionally vague. If it's your intent to punish legit players for rejecting EP modified PSO as a legit form of play, then just come out and say so. Stop beating around the poverbial bush with rules that encourage the EP, and far worse, and flat out state your intentions to the enitrity of the PSO community.
The rules as they stand spell out one thing, legit players are not welcome on Sylverant.