IC NAME: Motti Tarkin
BYOND KEY: theXDkidoflol
DATE OF BAN: 2021-08-07 02:39:02
DURATION OF BAN: 184 days (Half a year)
ADMIN BYOND KEY: Sergei Koralev
REASON FOR BAN: Murdered the XO because they accidentally hit him with a tug, XDkid started trying to destroy the tug, then (xo) launched their fighter into space, then XD decided the appropriate course of action was to murder the XO “because he was being a shitter”. My friend, re-read the rules more carefully, you have half a year to do so. Appeal on the forums when you bother to if you feel like it.
YOUR APPEAL: For an introduction, here’s a (hopefully) unbiased explanation of the events that occurred leading to this ban as I remember them. If something is labeled ‘I believe’ then I can’t 100% confirm, but I have good reason to think so. Feel free to add corrections!
The XO, Brick Lowe, walked into the hangar with a midshipman following him. I do not know why the XO got into a tug, but I believe there was no rational reason for it, and there wasn’t a known rational reason to begin driving around the hanger in circles. I believed at the time it was simply to mess around for the hell of it. The XO hit me with the tug while driving, twice, so I grabbed a nearby oxygen tank and tried to hit the tug, to either signal him to get out or to at least stop his perceived fucking about. The admin told me he claimed to have hit me with the tug on accident. More on that later.
Eventually, the XO goes to my fighter, still in the tug, and due to a currently unknown reason (Possibly due to the fact I had hit the tug and could be perceived as aggressive), launched my heavy fighter into space with no pilot, effectively getting rid of it. I believe I was told he claimed to have done it on accident. When he got out and went to the airlock, I ended up shoving the midshipman with him to the ground, stealing their rifle, and shooting the XO. I critted him, before dragging him to the open hangar bay door, his last words saying the heavy fighter was replaceable, and then I spaced him.
At the time, no admins were on, so I ahelped against the XO for spacing my fighter and pinged someone on the discord. Eventually, Koralev came on, we discussed in the ahelp, and eventually, my game froze, signaling that I was banned when I tried to reconnect.
Let me start the proper appeal by saying that, as the end of the ban reason remarks, I didn’t read the rules that thoroughly. I read the primary ones that say to ‘read these if nothing else’ since I wasn’t sure if I’d like the server, and that was it, although I didn’t even really commit those to memory. It doesn’t help that, in the heat of the moment when there were no admins on, I didn’t want the XO to just get off scot-free for spacing my fighter. Shooting him to critical condition would easily have been more than enough, though, so I did definitely go overboard, and that definitely is my fault. I think I may have also believed at the time the XO would be able to be admin revived if he wasn’t at fault here, but I can’t be certain on that.
But, the lack of admins is something to note. At the time, no admins were online, and I didn’t want him going free for spacing my heavy fighter that, mind you, had at the time irreplaceable torpedoes (munitions was blown to all hell, not that there was muni crew anyway). It would have definitely been smarter to wait for an admin to come on, but I didn’t think they had a fast response time; I’m used to servers where the admins are either omnipresent or won’t respond to anything but pings if even that. Think of places like Beestation and Colonial Marines.
It’s also worth noting I’ve no note history on NSV; at least, not to my knowledge. I’m still new to the server, and a good amount of what’s in the rules is the culture of them, and how they’re treated. For example; the topic of ‘how much to escalate’ is left rather vague. The extremes are painted out clearly, but the specifics… Left vague. The best example is the entire “Precedents,exceptions, and clarification: Examples and exceptions to the main rules.“ section. A vast majority of the examples are clearly on one side or the other, thus not helping to aid against vagueness that can only be found out by playing the server for a while. Admittedly, I probably should have played safe instead, but again, the heat of the moment is a powerful thing.
Finally, I do genuinely believe still that he was just being a shitter, as I said in the admin PM. He claimed that he had only hit me and launched my fighter into space on accident, and I might believe he only hit me on accident or at least have reacted less harshly if he hadn’t been spamming *laugh as he did it. He also happened to space the only named fighter in the hangar bay at the time, when he had to go across the hangar bay to grab it. Earlier in the round as well, when power and comms were out, I asked him to announce to the engineers to fix it; he said he’d do it if I gave him 200 credits. He was also the XO when we jumped into a combat zone with no warning and did horribly, and while I believe he was in charge of the jump, I can’t verify it. He’s also got a recently accepted permaban appeal, though I only knew that after the fact.
To end this off; I do seriously believe he was being a shitter, and I still think he is one. The name does ring a bell as someone who mained maintenance technician, the CM version of assistant practically speaking, so maybe that also contributes to my distaste. However, I did react out of line. What I did was undoubtedly overkill, and while I thought at the moment it might be justifiable, I’ve since been shown it wasn’t.
I do feel the ban length was obscenely long. A note would certainly be light, a day ban would probably be appropriate, a week ban would be a bit heavy but understandable given the way NSV operates, but a half year ban…
I’m undoubtedly biased towards myself due to it being, well, me, but I do hope you can understand where I’m coming from here. I’ve learned since then, given the rules a more thorough reading, and I’m hoping to come back. NSV is a great server, and it feels novel enough to have new, fun, unique mechanics while being enough like old SS13 to still be fun to me. I don’t want to leave it already.