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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Scrapper Class of 2022...Save Respecs

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Scrapper Class of 2006 2022... Save Respecs

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, saving respecs would be it. The long term benefits of having banked respecs have been proved, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your build; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your build until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 months you'll look back at screencaps of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how powerful you really were.

You are not as gimp as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to prevent nerfs by PMing Geko. The real nerfs in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you next Issue and were omitted in the patch notes.

Fight one thing every day that scares you.

/em sing

Dont be reckless on other people's teams, don't put up with people who are reckless on yours. Kick their stupid [censored].

Follow Up.

Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind, unless you're super reflexes, in which case you're screwed.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults on broadcast; kill everyone and let God sort them out.

Keep fighting no matter what, throw caution to the wind. If you want to play it safe, roll a FF defender.


Don't feel embarassed if you don't know what to do with your build when you're 50...the most interesting people I know didn't know at 28 whether to take Cloak of Fear or not, some of the most interesting 40's I know still don't.

Get plenty of HOs. Screw ED.

Savor your temp powers, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll level to 50, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have dozens of scrapper alts, maybe you won't, maybe you'll switch to blasters, maybe you'll /em the funky chicken after receiving Task Force Commander...what ever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either - but at least you didn't go to WoW.

Enjoy your scrapper, use it every way you can...don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, its the greatest character you'll ever play.

/em dance....but don't go afk inside the mission door when you do, [censored].

Read the manual, even if you can't with a straight face.

Do NOT read build guides, they will only make you feel stupid. And most date back to I3: if you follow them, you'll *really* feel stupid.

Get to know your tier 9 power, you'll never know when it'll be gone for good. Be careful about relying on power pools; they've been nerfed in the past and are likely to be nerfed in the future.

Understand that globalfriends come and go, but for the precious few that never log off ever and require therapy. Work hard to bridge the gaps in supergroups and timezones because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young to complain about the noobs to.

Join a PL group once, but leave before it makes you lazy; join an RP group once, but leave before it makes you crazy.

Travel power.

Accept certain inalienable truths, damage mitigation won't rise, the devs won't balance the secondaries, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young damage mitigation was higher, the devs used to listen, and newbs weren't noobs. You'd probably be right on the damage mitigation part: everyone else has been so far.

Don't respec unnecessarily.

Don't expect anyone else to PL you. Maybe you have a hundred alts, maybe you have played every mission; but its still pointless.

Don't mess too much with your costume, or by the time you're 40, it won't be the only thing with too much yellow and red.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing previous issues from the disposal, wiping them off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it was worth. Look at MoG.

But trust me on the respecs.





So a well known player by the name of Arcanaville posted this back on the old forums many years ago and I found a copy of it tonight while looking for something else and thought I'd share it with you all because it made me smile. Good times.


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