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[quote] On 14-10-2009 10:39, Armand wrote: [quote]You missed a few. Thirdly pker will always enter the set sometime after you, assuming you refuse to play at the start of a reset or if the reset is tainted (a common scheme). Fourthly you can quit or hide if the situation looks grim (common also), the pk can't do this if he wants to pk.[/quote] Good points of course. I guess in my mind I was thinking of those as somewhat "sneaky" tactics so I didn't cover them. But they are indeed common and give the pker significant disadvantages. [quote]Players rarely think they are sneaking, how do you tell them what they are not doing is ineffective?[/quote] There's no easy answer to this, but if you are actively avoiding fights because you are afraid of losing, then you have the wrong approach. You can never hope to become better at fighting this way and even the fights you do have you will not learn from properly because the fear of losing points will override everything else and you won't be focussing properly on the fight. [quote]Why (b) - easier access to game knowledge?? Does this assume the PKer is that mythical beast a Wizmort? How does playing PK allow better access to game knowledge? Fighting experiance yes.. but lost me ( maybe 'cos I don't play PK ?? )[/quote] I think you answered your own question there.. not that there is any such thing as a wizmort :wink: [quote]Also, your astute summary assumes there is only 1 PKer after your highlife.. so the potential for others being on at sometime you are playing your highlife rises, and many players ( well, when we had many ) may come on as a nice personae but swap to the PKer when they see who is on ... [/quote] Actually whenever I referred to "the pker" etc I was using it as a loose term to cover whichever particular pker is after you in any one set. My assumption was not that there was only 1 pker, but that there was only 1 pker at [b]any given time[/b] i.e. no teaming. Of course if you are being teamed regularly then it becomes much harder, but chances are the wizrunner probably did something like sneaking to attract that kind of attention, in which case see above :) As you said, we don't have very many pkers these days anyway, so you are still going to get plenty of sets without being troubled, although of course you will get more attention on a mage than on a necro. [quote]I agree with Crowleys ceiling thing, after losing a few warlocks in a row ( not really wiz-running but going for mage ! ) I got wary of playing them and became a tea room warlock, or played lower levels just to play ... Put me off a bit. I'm not the best fighter / PKer by far and I got fed up losing points when attacked while doing some thing, so gave up and stayed low.[/quote] I would argue that this is not a real ceiling because you have further ground to cover in terms of fighting ability which you could gain by more practice. The kind of ceiling Crowley was describing is a hypothetical situation where it is impossible to advance any further in terms of ability and the only way to break through is by repeated attempts and eventually getting a good run of luck. In the situation you describe I think the best strategy would be to forget about trying to make mage, and run a pker yourself for a few months. It doesn't have to be a highlife, you could easily pk using a sorc/necro/low warlock. And if you can learn to mostly avoid death (definitely a realistic goal), your losses will be minimised. [/quote]
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