First off, we would like to apologise for the time it took to process this report. Due to recent changes in the GM team, more pressing matters took the priority. We hope we can count on your understanding. But without further ado, let's disclose the verdict for this report.
There were a fair few accusations being brought up in this report, so the GM team has decided to look at the evidence provided and address the ones which had concrete evidence rather than hearsay. These will be as follows:
Malickay - No value for life, Bad RP
Safestring - Abuse of game mechanics
Zaraflowi - Powergaming, Dictating RP, Bad RP
Malickay: After being knocked out, you admit to running in the water in hopes of escaping via means of swimming. Adding to your point that the bearcat Zaraflowi was sitting on wouldn’t be able to swim, so this would be the best course of action. We understand from previous escapades from your character that he is analytical, looking for openings and calculating percentages of success. When looking at the situations your character was in, your character potentially suffering from head injury, disarmed, A dangerous animal and armed fighters in close proximity and a few other factors, we fail to see how swimming away at a pace many would be able to keep up at a leisure stroll would bring a percentage that would give a tangible chance of escape. This did not convince the team handling the report that you made these decisions for your character with Value for Life being kept in mind.
As for Avoiding Roleplay: Whether or not you wished to talk to the defending party as your character surfaced is no proof of. This led to the decision that as far as the staff team was aware, there is no evidence that RP was being avoided in this specific case.
Safestring: The team handling this report has decided that the skin bug that was used in the events of this report was undoubtedly an abuse of game mechanics. Not only did this bug give your weapons a beyond reasonable advantage over the default skinned item, the mod page of the skins that were used even specifically stated that these skins should have no effects on the numerical values of the items on which the skin was being used. This lead us to the decision that once the knowledge of this bug came out, the right course of action would have been to warn staff about this and at the least, wait with the usage of this bug until a decision has been made whether or not it was seen as abuse of game mechanics. However, in this case we feel it should have been abundantly obvious that this was not how the mod was intended to be used.
Zaraflowi: The accusations held against you have a correlation with each other, so we will address them all together. First off, we want to make clear that reporting someone for bad RP or no value for life(NVFL) does not automatically constitute dictating RP. If someone witnesses an action they perceive as bad RP or NVFL, they have every right to report this. Whether or not the accusations hold ground and are in fact offenses will be up to the discretion of the staff team handling the report. We did not perceive you to be dictating how Malickay should play his character by filing this report.
Second is bad RP claiming a bearcat should not be able to swim since assumedly it is a feline creature, which should hold no love for water. However, there is absolutely no scientific proof that the Thylacoleo in any way shared traits of modern cats other than its theorized climb-jump-kill technique. It looks slightly like a cat and was nicknamed "The Marsupial Lion" for this physical resemblance. The term 'Tree Cat' is a moniker given to the Thyla by Ark players and it is in no way a cat. Therefore it is more logical to assume this beast has the tendencies of more closely related animals such as a wombat, a possum, or a kangaroo. In that they have no inherent all-species fear of water whatsoever. Plus, the Thyla in game is a good swimmer. The fact of the matter is that we cannot tell for certain how the actual Thyla would have reacted around water since it’s an extinct creature. So claiming one way or another could always be attested. Given this issue, we have decided that since the animal in the game is given the ability to swim very efficiently, how the animal acts around water is up to the discretion of the player itself.
The following reasons have led the staff team to this verdict:
[align=center]No value for life -Guilty- [/align]
[align=center]Bad RP -Not Guilty-[/align]
[align=center]Abuse of game mechanics -Guilty-[/align]
[align=center]Powergaming -Not Guilty- [/align]
[align=center]Dictating RP -Not Guilty-[/align]
[align=center]Bad RP -Not Guilty-[/align]
[align=center]The following punishments shall be given:[/align]
[align=center]Malickay: Minor strike[/align]
[align=center]Safestring: Minor strike[/align]
If you feel that this verdict was unjust or unfair, please be aware that you are allowed to make an appeal on our appeal forums.
The ArkRP GM team