Salvador I can answer some of your questions. Unlike you or some here who were able to grasp the concept right away I didn't get good at fighting til way late into my Avalon career. I spent a nice ample share in the ok but squish territory.
When we had our fight the other day and I was getting angry when it was hitting the hour three mark because it was reminding me too much of an incident which drove me from the game. I was mid sized willing and raring to go but this was back when Babidi was being his jerkiest.
Babidi was one of first people to play the Bard Class successfully in years! He was smart and creative and had a mean streak. I became friends with him because I was eager to soak up all the knowledge I could. Nobody knew how to fight bards then and it was a delight to hear him theory craft on how to push this unused skill set to it's maximum usefulness.
We ended up having a falling out. (well I attacked him for attacking a guildmate) and then that fight we had? It was every single day for a month. Hours and hours and hours of him killing and stripping and it was hard to even see a motivation behind it because he wasn't giving one. One day we were cool and the next he wanted me gone.
Feared out of treetops, bard skills where you couldn't move just spammed non stop and then bathed at the Pool before you could get dp. The difference in skills was so much that I was truly stumped on how to defend against his attacks and there wasn't really anybody I could ask. I had to stop playing Avalon because I couldn't even get a chance to learn how to improve just due to the sheer relentlessness of it all. I heard he got banned for doing the same to a half dozen other players. His style. The she
er crushing and depersonalization of it is the opposite of inspiration. We've all emulated that behavior as well when we've had a bad day and just want to take it out on someone or to teach someone a lesson.
Throwing yourself into the fray - Well does it mean one fight? or 3? or 20? With some people you just don't know that if you pick a fight you are signing a contract that you have to fight this person 5 times every single day because they are coming after you wether you like it or not. Some people just don't want to make that sort of commitment. Do they have the supplies to endure all this fighting or will they run out 10 minutes in and have to ship to prepare for 10 hours to have it happen again tomorr
ow. It's a lot of work for a little bit of fun.
Knowledge - It takes some time to get your combos right and to even read the spam. I still don't know what's going on most of the time just... OW whatever spammed half my screen really fucking hurt. I just have muscle memory to type in the correct herbs when my eyes glance over a word or two and that comes from a LOT of years. I do thing young fighters should be more pushy in getting the older ones to help them. Send them logs, ask questions, ask defenses, ask for a way to write a setting. Get a variety
of people who are good for different things and hound them! I know I have to drag Ithikul (who is very blood lusty) kicking and screaming to fight sometimes.
It takes longer for some then others - Some other people I know of became amazing almost overnight. I remember Tempre being more into politics and chilling and then WHAM. I remember Pahn being a mellow cub doing comm work then WHAM. I left Elmak as a know it all cub and after two years I came back to him being a know it all ass kicker. Zooka was a prankster who was terrible then it was like he was possessed. The idea of actually penting at the right times was a huge thing for me. Who knows when that li
ghtning will strike for some.
Also it really sucks when you work with someone on combos and then they decide to use the information you helped them gather against you later. A lot of people don't even risk this and avoid friendly spars.
Written and shown unedited exactly as rendered by text based game bulletin board on Avalon Online RPG and by my hand on the 26th of Hindyear, in the year 1349.