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  1. There's not just established well built factions and then nothing. We already have Pandora Corp, Sin Town, and The Vikings, as well as record labels, who are doing really well, submitting updates, getting starter packages, support, getting paid for their RP, and we're open to working with anyone in any faction to support them however they need to roleplay what they want. So, if someone isn't motivated to create a faction, I understand if it's because of a lack of scripts compared to MTA and such, but in terms of ability to just roleplay, there are lots of people doing exactly that, right now. Paleto Bay is not as conducive to illegal roleplay for black gangs, I agree, however, there is lots of illegal roleplay going on right now relative to the server activity. Seeing behind the scenes as an admin, there are lots of guns and drugs exchanging hands, operations being setup, etc. Stating illegal factions are non-existent is just not the case. Black gang roleplay is skewed by shows like The Wire or just impressions of how gangs should operate from outdated concepts of gang crime from games like GTASA. The Wire for example does a great job at portraying gangs in major cities, however, in the south here, places like Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, etc, there are LOTS of rural communities with black populations that have been there for generations that have gangs and various forms of organized crime. Roleplaying such in Paleto Bay and the county in general is not as idealistic as something out of a TV show, sure, and it might take a bit more creativity because people who don't live in the US don't see this kind of thing or even know about it, especially when they are European or Canadian, but it definitely does exist. I understand that many people still want that urban gang roleplay, but I just wanted to clarify that modern gangs are in fact very organized, and spread throughout the entire US, not just in major cities, and if someone wanted to roleplay that aspect, they shouldn't be discouraged by feeling it's unrealistic or something. Anyway, I don't want this to become a discussion about gang roleplay per say, but I want people to understand that we support gang roleplay just as much as more highly organized crime roleplay in the server.
  2. Seriously though anyone who hasn't done so before should join the government and see all the stuff that goes on and understand how it operates. It provides a lot of insight and it's fun roleplay. Not like there's a hiring shortage usually anyway. Good post though.
  3. Definitely! I went and collected all the coordinates for ATMs, gas stations, most banks, and some of the clothing stores out in the county. :)
  4. Haha, very funny guys, we get it. Let's keep it on topic though please.
  5. Nice this is fairly decent in length. Maybe it'll be in the next newsletter? When do you think you'll finish it?
  6. Trust me, we all want more customization. It's planned as some of the first big feature updates so don't worry. We've gotten a lot of messages about char customization.
  7. Lol that's a gangster GIF. Glad someone decided to take over the faction. The variety is nice.
  8. Really loving the vibe of the faction. Those screenshots are $$$. Keep it up for sure.
  9. September 2019 Newsletter Community & Script Updates Game Administration Team Update We've recently opened up administration applications. There are some community members who have expressed interest in becoming administrators for specific platforms (MTA and or V) and we encourage you to apply if this is the case. Faction Team Update Since our last newsletter, we've had two Faction Team updates, and another one is in the works for September. This upcoming newsletter will contain an update to http://docs.owlgaming.net/ to include a detailed tutorial on how to use the Virtual Market and how to progress as a faction in general for all of those new members who have joined since the launch of V and are not familiar with how the faction evaluation process works from MTA. Something I'd like to announce before it's mentioned in the upcoming September update is that the Faction Team is interested in continuing to provide support for new factions on V in the form of starter packages. If you are leading an active faction on the server and wish to take advantage of a starter package, please let us know through a Faction Contact. OwlV Script Updates We've had two script updates, two development updates, and eleven hotfixes since launch! The work done has been monumental so far. There have been enough updates that I won't link all of them but check out the latest script updates and development updates. You can check out the rest of the updates and hotfixes in THIS section. Launch of OwlV Beta The launch of OwlV on RageMP has been a very exciting event and a big step forward for OwlGaming. Since this beta launch, there have been several script updates and hotfixes. We hope this fast-paced progress has been evident. Scripting this much is nearly a full-time job for our development team and lots of things happen in the backend that are not necessarily so apparent at face value. The time taken to read reported bugs, reproduce them, figure out the case, and fix them is immense. We are prioritizing bugs that hinder the play experience first as well so the script is as smooth and bug-free as possible. This is as stated before, a beta launch. Your assistance in reporting bugs is GREATLY APPRECIATED! This can be done at https://bugs.owlgaming.net/my_view_page.php - Under the V section. GameCoins for Playing OwlV! We're offering GameCoins for players who showcase OwlV by streaming and videos. Some of you do this already and we'd like to say thanks! It helps spread the word and we're more than happy to reward you for your help in the community. Upcoming Elections We recently announced our plans on how we're going to handle elections on V. Keep an eye out for the announcement with dates and more details in the near future. Community Spotlight 9/11 Memorial Server Event The Los Santos County Government recently held an in-game memorial for 9/11 in Paleto Bay. It was some fun roleplay for the server, lots of players were there, including the Fire Department, Sheriff's Department, and lots of others to take advantage of the free food! This was the first official event of OwlV and we look forward to creating many more. @ItsMelodyy decided to stream the event as well! The Vikings Motorcycle Club A new faction has appeared from @Dougie, showing promising activity and roleplay with some great screenshots! Those of you interested in this style of RP are definitely encouraged to check them out. The biker style of roleplay really fits well into our roleplay area as well. The Vikings also have a really cool promotional video they've created. Cartel Del Suroeste The Cartel has been working towards implementing real-life stories into their roleplay, with the latest being focused on the recent article regarding Mexican crime syndicates spraying a banned pesticide on weed plants in the Californian mountains. This is bringing a lot of immersive roleplay for the faction as well as thinking outside the box in terms of the opportunities that this can bring. Articles Articles in character are always a great way to provide a certain level of immersion that really ties everyone's RP together through an event they all now know about. We encourage everyone to write articles about in character events and to submit them to the Faction Team to get paid VIA our entertainment / media VM! Media To have your media featured in the next newsletter, submit it on the #media channel on Discord!
  10. Just to be clear for others reading this thread, this is not the case. RageMP's scripting functionality is vast and doing a phone equal to what we had on MTA and better is certainly possible. Everything like that though takes time, lots and lots of time.
  11. I think it would be better to encourage people to simply put their photos in a spoiler instead. I don't wish to sound rude but the reality is that if you have a connection good enough to play on MTA or V, browse forums, and consume other media, you have internet good enough to load a page that has screenshots. Especially when you know people are likely to post screenshots in a faction thread, you should just prepare yourself for that accordingly.
  12. We're currently working on adjusting the credit system so things can be done to reduce the monthly payment. Also, the vehicle prices are a WIP currently in terms of being tweaked so they're more realistic. Finally, keep in mind you'll always pay more on credit because of the interest but the benefit is that you get the car sooner of course to balance it out. Anyone is free to contribute to the pricing adjustments by sending me a PM with a source to a vehicle's real life model equivalent. This is taking a bit longer than expected right now because we also want to adjust prices according to their performance in game too so it's balanced.
  13. We very specifically opened up GAT apps for those who focus on MTA. It even states in the recent post that you can specify which you prefer. The staff of OwlGaming do what they do out of their own time, voluntarily. As I said before, we cannot force admins to only choose to play one platform vs the other.
  14. MTA is not abandoned nor is it being abandoned. The reality is that MTA as a platform, as a whole, has a declining English speaking playerbase. This is evident by the top servers listed if you look at any given time. The vast majority of them are not roleplay and if they are, they are some other language, notably Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arabic. Other English roleplay servers of any stature are virtually non-existent, further showing that as well. The quality of applications received on MTA directly reflect this as well. Copy pasted applications are quite common and appeals made on denials in the UCP are almost impossible to read. The English MTA roleplay community as we all now know is relatively small. The same people transitioned from vG to rG to uG to Owl, etc. Many of those people roleplaying from years ago lost interest. I don't blame them, I've been on MTA since 2009 and it is an old platform, no doubt. This does not mean that we are abandoning MTA. There are plenty of people who still want to play it or who will experience it for the first time. This has been said dozens of times at this point in various announcements, Discord messages, etc. We will continue to have MTA for as long as people wish to play it. We cannot force staff members to play only on MTA or V, we cannot force players to log on. All we can do is continue to provide it as a platform to roleplay on, which we are doing. We even have very recent script updates for MTA, so the idea of it being abandoned is just not true.
  15. This is planned in the coming feature updates don't worry.
  16. This is planned in future feature updates.
  17. *Presuming the press release has been made online, the following comment would be made.* Name: IW Comment: This is great news! Will Mr. Roosevelt's contract be public record? He is an experienced Sheriff and I have seen a high presence of law enforcement as of late. Glad to see things are running well.
  18. Hate to bust up the bandwagon of support but there are some very serious flaws with this suggestion. First, I'd like to think we at Owl pride ourselves on having a very high standard of RP. Compared to past servers, especially the SA:MP competitors you could say, there was almost no comparison in the quality, thus, a mask that scrambled your ID was not really ever necessary. If you were targeted by a player after you robbed them and had never seen them before outside of that robbery, they'd have no justification to target you or seek revenge. It's metagame and anyone who is a decent roleplayer knows that and that was a deterrent from it happening. It happened very rarely. Sure, someone might metagame you by avoiding you if they know you're a criminal perhaps if you had robbed them in the past but the reality is that once someone knows anyone else is a criminal or suspects them of being a criminal, they can act that way. It's not really a quantifiable thing and it happened rarely enough that it's obvious how much of a non-issue it was on MTA. So, in general, I don't exactly think we need systems to prevent POTENTIAL MG when we already expect and enforce such a high RP standard. It's worth mentioning too that I know @Wright on one of his Russian street-level characters robbed over a million dollars in personal belongings for over 100 people and never really ran into an issue of brazen MG that would require a scripted mask fix. Second, this totally neglects the major downfalls of this which is the ability to recognize someone. There is a reason servers (Rage, SA:MP, MTA, etc.) that have this feature have a rampant issue with robbery. I don't mean to say this as in robbery is bad, it's perfectly fine illegal RP, but people are very overzealous with their robberies I've found in the past because they know it's literally impossible for anyone to RP recognize them. You could go to a club a dozen times and see the same person, notice their body shape, /look them, hear their voice, know their eye color, then they could rob you when you walk out of the club and with this totally scrambled mask, you'd never know who they are. Finally, a more appropriate solution in my opinion is some form of middle ground compromise, ASSUMING this is even necessary (which I don't honestly considering how infrequently this was an issue on MTA....) there are far better ways to go about it. A static mask ID in conjunction with some form of recognition would be more appropriate. This way, you'd easily recognize someone who was your friend especially if they had worn a mask before but you also had a chance to recognize someone who you frequently met or saw, especially if they spoke. I won't hijack this thread with an entirely new and alternate version of this suggestion but I think it's relatively safe to say the typical and generic ID / name scrambling mask system won't be a thing and I hope my explanation of the various shortcomings of this system show how it could definitely be thought out more and built / improved upon. P.S. Something similar to this as I described above will be heavily considered though.
  19. We have a locksmith job and whatnot planned, but as TheNeonGuy already said, just report IG for a spare key, an admin will be happy to help.
  20. @rosemarie can you please make each suggestion its own thread? Thanks.
  21. In real life a UPS driver, garbage man, etc, do not pay for the fuel in the vehicles they drive which they do not own... Moved to accepted.
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