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Tristan Delaney

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About Tristan Delaney

  • Birthday 12/22/1995

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    United Kingdom, UK
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    Roller derby, Fencing, cycling, Medieval combat reenactment, videogaming, reading books, loving my partner & listening to music.

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  1. Tristan Delaney

    Why do YOU play SAO-RPG?

    An interesting topic to see while having a glance at the site while on lunch break. I'd trace it back to some years ago, when I had a nigh epiphany in the world of roleplay, starting with a section on it on the classic Minegarde forums, long dead now but infamous at the time. I did a few roleplay stuff, nothing special, but it lit a spark. From there I had during May 2014 discovered a different RP site, which I used to be on a LOT. I didn't like the rules there much but I made several friends and my writing addiction to roleplay my fantasies practically exploded. I accrued several thousand posts there in the bursts of activity I had, both in long and small posts. However the nature of the place meant while RPs could start easily, they died easily too. I needed longevity and development. During the summer holiday of 2014, amid stress with job searching having finished school and otherwise wasting my life away playing Destiny and such, I read SAO the light novel, for the anime was famously crap and I wondered what the hype was all about. Meh read, it's basically the famous shitty YA of light novels. But I've always loved making my own stories, and SAO was a great universe to do it in. Lo and behold, I did a google and found this site. I actually came at a really interesting time as it was relatively close to the arse end of the switch from phpBB to Invision Board. As an more experienced programmer now, I can only dread Erron's job of having to deal with the shitshow that is MySQL, PHP itself not being that awful. MySQL can go die in a fire, all hail the Elephant. Anyhow, a lot of the site in links and guides were broken, but there were a few passionate players and I was super keen to forge my own story. I'll admit, I was quite a cunt about it, but it was fun. I am generally open minded, but I get terribly headstrong sometimes over my own fantasy world ideas and it is terrible of me. But, I had passion and somehow managed to get to be a PST, along with a reasonable tank. The system was frankly slipshod and very easy to exploit, but it was better than the earlier no system, and I know what it's like to make and balance this stuff. However work at the time got really busy and it killed my motivation after a while, so I took a hiatus from the site for I think a year or less, memory is fuzzy. Wind forward to uh...2015? 2016? I don't even bloody remember anymore. Anyway, I came back, apparently flew completely around some staff explosion, as they sometimes do, and decided to RP again. I got sick of the little change that happened and bulldozed ahead to try and bring more, with mixed success. But as I had most of the time no job and was busy with UK college, which I was sailing through (I got a Distinction in IT Practitioners Level 3 from that 2 year course last year :D), I had energy to RP and did so. Was great fun, many ups and downs, many clashes and so much thinking and stress, but it was great. After a while though, I burned out, a mixture of stuff not really going how I assumed or anticipated it to and a job at the time while in college made me eventually quit again, as I felt I had run the Tristan story through its entire course and done near everything I wanted. Honestly, I'm happy seeing work being still put into the site and how that has all been going. Now whether I'll return to RP here, I don't know. I'm somewhat unsure where to go with Tristan but really don't have the energy to make a new character. Personality switch may be interesting though. Because of twice now also getting involved in the system, one time wholly revamping it with aid from Zero, I also have a burning curiosity constantly at what is being done under the hood and get messy with it. Alas, I'm not a staff member :P To add to that, my roleplaying has been mostly consumed by regular Thursday and Sunday RL tabletop games such as D&D 4th edition (the most mathy of all D&D but I love it because [censored] Vancian casting from all other D&D), Alternity and Numenera. That...was more wordy than intended, but hey ho. I hope the site thrives well. Edit: I feel to an extent this retrospect explanation is also warranted. For what it's worth despite my efforts of trying to make a fairly balanced system at the time, that still adhered as much as possible to the canon, I was at times at colossal cunt or obstinate. I won't reject that and I won't reject that especially in the early game, tanking was indeed quite OP and various other stuff. There were intents for many of this, tanking was actually scaled down from what it could have been due to seriously wonky curves (before reworking) that meant tanking viability fell off at later levels and I had to consider the generally low damage output of tanks too. My solo or not with a DPS threads were sometimes stupid long and tired me the [censored] out eventually because I was getting so bored while stabbing for little damage. I still feel I wish there was better class focus to "not be everything" eventually, but SAO as a canon outright didn't have this for what it's worth and mostly depended on equipment and "What you spent the skill points you had on", see broken Kirito. A lot of time and consideration went into my choices and I wouldn't go back on many of them, but understand also there is so much more I would have done if this forum had automated maths over trying to make it possible to figure out in your head. I'd certainly use percentiles far more for one. I won't apologise for it all as that's dumb and vapid, honesty is key. But I will say, I wish I could have executed it better. There's a lot of things I just wish I had more time to think on and develop. I mean frankly for one, a lot of what I was given to work with before releases was....minimal and many spreadsheets and the like had to be figured out and slaved over to make some sort of coherent sense out of it. In a weird way, I suppose I always wished to be like a Kayaba and not have to focus on the game part of it because I wanted to work on the mechanics so much.
  2. Tristan Delaney

    Real Life Picture Thread

    I got the beard and the girl nailed ;) As promised, an album of pictures from when the Tristan and @Flints power couple became RL. As you can see, fell asleep several times while we watched films or anime. She didn't quite manage ice skating either regardless of how much Yuri on Ice we watched, though I was okay at it and (tried) teaching her. Featuring fast and slow doggos also.
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    Real Life Picture Thread

    I had many beard, then i shaved. May the hair rest in peace.
  4. Hey can I get some help I'm new

    1. Takao


      This is a great place to start:


  5. I love you, my tank<3 

    1. Tristan Delaney

      Tristan Delaney

      I love you too my wife <3

  6. From today onwards will be taking a break from staff duties for some personal time for about a month or less, please direct concerns to other staff.

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    2. Tristan Delaney

      Tristan Delaney

      I'm hoping it doesn't burn either *house on fire because of his shield* Damn it!

    3. Mack


      Now that he's gone I can enact my evil scheme to take over the world! *rubs hands together evilly*

    4. Calrex


      Sounds good Tristan, enjoy the personal time! XD

  7. Tristan Delaney

    SAO-RPG Staff Team feedback

    Just jumping in to explain some stuff. Erron changed sub forums because it left the site less fragmented which gives the site better Search Engine Optimisation. He's the one to consult on that. The level system was changed for 2 reasons. The first is that during the site shift from IPB3 to 4, several users got huge jumps in level due to posts, Calrex for one gained thousands of post count from somewhere no one could figure. Thus many users had levels not representative of what they actually should of had. Secondly it was to discourage to an extent spammy RPing of small posts since post count mattered and to lean more into what is effectively an 'XP' system, so doing quests gets you to high levels quicker. Topic creators can indeed choose not to give rewards to a user in a topic who say did a single post then nothing else, or quit half way through without sensible reasoning, like say mid quest is bad but mid long party thingy is fine. If users are unsure, consult staff. Also making notes based on stuff written here for future work. Already currently working on a small patch releasing hopefully tomorrow and there are plans for bigger reviews and how to approach it underway.
  8. Tristan Delaney

    [F10] «Wail of the Banshee»

    Taking this with Flints.
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    [PP-F1] Easter Event Boss

    Tristan smiled when he saw Flints appear, coming up to her and kissing her on the head and hugging. "Glad you could come my dear. I'll make sure to keep you safe. Plus I guess you get to see my infamous tanking for the first time on the frontlines. I will absolutely make sure my wife does not die on me.". He smiled at her once more, then said "Alright, I have a boss to distract. Just focus on the attack when your opening comes, that is if Zelrius or such don't kill it first...". Tristan stepped forward towards the boss, shield in front and spear beside him and faced the...oh for goodness sake. Guess Rect Progress really liked their references. Tristan sighed to himself, then used Howl to attract the attention of the boss to himself. Howl used, 3 Hate generated. 1 Hate from Fighting Spirit, 1 Hate from Taunt. Tristan 281/281 Hate : 5 Zelrius 220/220 Takao 205/205 Manta 148/148 (Boss) Ssendom 193/193 Jomei 169/169 Opal 160/160 Ebony 116/116 (Boss) Mack 157/157 Oikawa 169/169 Ariel 185/185 Macradon 153/153 (Boss) Zandra 168/168 Hikoru 104/104 Flints 92/92 Zero 120/120 (Boss)
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    [PP-F1] Easter Event Boss

    Tristan got a strange message, thinking it must be time for one of those weird bosses again. He just hoped it wasn't too bad, since he as usual would likely play the role of main tank, but as it was a festive boss he felt it was unlikely such would occur. Tristan rolled his shoulders and equipped all his gear as he entered where the boss room was, his bloodstained armor, burning shield and golden spear with the blue glow around the arm that held it. It sure felt pretty badass to be covered in demonics, he had to admit. Stats and extra skill info in spoiler:
  11. New Easter boss! Sign up within three days! Special loot for every person who joins at the end! http://www.sao-rpg.com/topic/11652-pp-f1-easter-event-boss/


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    2. Ratatosk


      I'm not cut out for stuff like that yet, I guess I'll try my hardest to level up as much as possible then see if I want to join the event.

    3. Seul


      Trying to send more lambs to the slaughter Manta? :P

    4. Amira


      Nope.I do my best to save/help everyone. Heck, I was giving out free safeguards for the boss battle, it seems like no one wanted them though. 

  12. Tristan Delaney

    [PP-F1] Easter Event Boss

    This is the official sign up for the Easter Event. It is Strongly recommended you do not apply unless you are at least level 25 with T2 equipment. Under-leveled applicants run the risk of their immediate death. NO MORE PLAYERS MAY NOW JOIN THE FIGHT AS THE FIGHT HAS STARTED Players have received a player wide notification with a message, saying only "Come to this plain for a big Easter Surprise, on a journey travelled by kings of old." with a location shown on a map to a green plains on Floor 1. A rock akin to a cave sticking out the ground appears to be sitting there out of the plains, with an eerie quiet as though something will soon arrive. Rules: You have 24 hours to post or are skipped Anyone who does not post in the boss fight within 24 hours of their turn will be skipped and receive 10 damage. The damage for being skipped is something that is being trailed for this boss battle; it is an incentive to keep an eye on the thread you are in, to ensure that you are not skipped. It is also an incentive to promote activity within the boss fight and to demote users joining then abandoning the thread. If you are skipped three times you void any rewards but will still sustain damage You have three days to post here and declare your equipment or you will be considered absent. You may post without double posting as often as wanted to eat buffs etc.The boss will appear on 31st of March, after which no more players may join.
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    Flaws and virtues must be at least 2 lines long each, which is roughly 3-4 long developed sentences.