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  1. IMHO both those are rather lazy, dead-hand solutions. There is a place for taxes (mostly in ensuring that players remain **active** and are not just sandbagging on resources that the economy needs to be churning-over and active, for the benefit of other players. But taxes are not what I would call a decent 'money-sink'. Money-sinks done right, are where there are irresistible purchases, chances to take, risks to run, and you can't sit by and let other people claim the kudos for having done them; trophy-tasks, badges, items, titles, achievements - all that kind of thing. Some need to just be damned expensive, aimed at bleeding the rich... but in a 'fair chance' (or seemingly so) kind of way. Others need to be risks that anyone can take that sometimes pay big, and sometimes lose big too - but the payoff is a huge 'dick-swinging moment' that you can use to crow in the face of your friends or enemies about having won, while they are too pussy to try it. Taxes are a blunt instrument; scaled challenges are where it's at. Trust me; I'm a doctor.
  2. Personally dead against any sort of wipe. We've worked really, really hard to ensure that as much new code is migrated, with as limited effect on people's status, accrued earnings, backstories and whatnot as is humanly possible, and writing that kind of 'backwards-compatibility' stuff is really bloody hard. Speaking as a dev who has invested many hours into the creation of this world (but not nearly as much as some of the other devs who have invested many more) I think it would be a total cringe for all that effort spent 'preserving the past' to have been in vain. I'd rather focus on solutions that increase the levels of challenge for the super-rich people. Money-sinks is just an ugly phrase, that doesn't really convey the effort that goes into plausible ideas that cause players to gamble harder with their futures while creating good basis for roleplay and believability - but that is, of course, basically what they are. Ideally, you won't even realise they're money sinks; and if that happens, we've done it right - but you'll still want to take your chances with them. There is much left to do, many facets still to write and concepts to implement. We are barely started down this road; AltisLife ran for more than seven years without a deliberate wipe, and was still a popular success by any standard, long after we thought it was past its sell-by-date. FiveM/GTA5 is an even more sound foundation, with much greater scope, so I'd really hope we could tweak and balance continuously going forward, without reaching for such 'dead hand of the designer' hammers like wipes.
  3. Slight change to the Adult Community intro section to reflect our general policy on age/maturity now that we are a FiveM only community.
  4. You're not meant to be able to store local cars! Have the cars you've been repairing and having this smashed-window effect on also been local cars? No, Norman, I don't believe it is. That thread, FWIW, is about the effect that when a vehicle is removed from storage and has been previously recorded with X amount of damage to bodyshell and Y amount of damage to engine, we cannot, alas, track precisely which panels are dented, which windows are smashed, which tyres have popped, etc, etc. When we pull the vehicle from the garage we do a quick examination of the overall levels of these damages and do a bit of a 'scaled random damage' to the vehicle to represent it. This is what results in its windows smashing upon retrieval, and the tyres being popped. It's the server's 'best guess' at visually recreating SOME degree of damage that is vaguely similar to the level of damage that it had when it went it. Long, long ago, the garages auto-fixed all damage upon storage, which is BS, but because the system doesn't give us absolute precision, this is as near as we can get. It's basically your signal as a driver that "this vehicle is a bit/a lot/very ill, do something about it!"
  5. I'm pretty sure the devs are aware - remember it happened to me when I was in Bay View Lodge with you that time! Unfortunately we have not been able to reliably recreate this bug to order, so we've been unable to find out where the bug might be hiding. If you can help with that, it would be great.
  6. Hardest post I've ever had to write here. For once, I don't have the words handy. I've been chewing over what to write ever since you posted, and it's been impossible. There's too much to say, too many good times to recall, such a long journey we've been on together over the years. Can't possibly hope to do justice to it all here in one 'TBJ Special'. All I can say is that I know why you've decided to leave, and I understand completely. As well as being very, very sad, I am also filled with hope, and really pleased that you're in a good place and making a really smart life call. I hope with every ounce of my being that it works out as you want, and I'm sure that it will. Enjoy your new-found romance, make hay while the sun shines, paint the town red, and do all that shit that makes life fun before you turn forty! Trust me - you only get one bite at the cherry, so make it a fucking great big one, and enjoy every moment. Worst case, when you're a sad old fuck like me at the sunset end of things, you'll still find us here, I hope, and you can RP in your retirement and pretend you know what 'yoof of today' is on about half the time, and be dissed for being old the rest of it. The show ain't over till the obesity-challenged person of unimportant gender sings, as they say these days. Thank you for everything you did to set this place up in the way that meant it's still here, seven years down the road. Don't be too far away, and make sure you keep DMing me with tales from the Wilco journey. But that said... you know I feel like this right now, and will do for many more days: Bon voyage, my friend. Travel safe, and may the road rise with you. x
  7. Your report is currently being reviewed, Please be patient while the evidence is reviewed Please keep checking this report regularly just in case the reviewing staff member has any questions Thank you for your report and you doing your part to keep our community clean!
  8. My desire to give you an AMSR orgasm fest is on a par with my desire to drive nails through my bellend with a 7lb lump hammer. That is to say, nil. Begone, THOT.
  9. Your report has been dealt with, but perhaps not in the way you originally envisaged. Whether this is beneficial or disadvantageous to you will depend entirely on the situation, and staff will have taken the most-appropriate action in the circumstances.
  10. Points all noted. The decision on outcome is currently under review by all the relevant parties. This single report is not the only ball in play on this event, as I am sure everyone is aware. I'm going to close this report and mark it under the 'Alternative Action Taken' category, given that you two have reached a resolution, and other steps are in-progress already.
  11. The Diamond Casino & Resort wishes to express their sincere condolences to the friends and family of one of their most-active patrons, Mr. Joan Koff, whom they have recently heard has passed away in a tragic urban climbing accident. Mr. Koof was one of the casino's friendliest faces, and was regularly seen mingling with a whole host of interesting friends of all different persuasions, gangs and was only very rarely carried out in a sack or asked to leave for touching the casino dealers inappropriately. His unique, disarming style meant that he could often be seen in the company of people in rival 'colours', betting his little heart out, and plunging his wedge in for all he was worth. Bless him for his great gusto and joy for life, and we're so sorry to hear that he remained a plunger all the way to his untimely recent demise. Mr. Kife was a regular high-rolling blackjack player and was seen betting the full million-pound hand no less than fifty-nine times! In his long run of success, he placed bets to the value of almost £310,000,000 and managed to narrow his losses overall to a mere two million. We'd call that a great success! Well done, Mr Kaff - your legacy* will not be forgotten! (*All bets placed at time of betting are binding and cannot be returned especially after death, whether to law enforcement, family or beneficiaries) We would also like to take this opportunity to remind readers that The Diamond Casino and Resort continues to offer the loosest slot machines in the whole of Los Santos, and the hottest blackjack dealers this side of Atlantic City. Why not come down, go big, and never go home? We also offer a range of hotel facilities (currently under refurbishment, but our casino staff would be happy to take bookings), and the finest rooftop gardens in the whole city. Planning a social event? Maybe a wedding, bar-mitzvah, or even a funeral? Have a fabulous day relaxing by our classic skyline firepit, drinking tequila and huffing coke enjoying the view. Maybe even take a dip in our infinity pool and gaze wistfully at the distant horizon and the huge drop to the street below. Rather like Mr. Kiff. He will be sadly missed - and so will you be, if you don't pay a visit to The Diamond Casino & Resort, where the fun never stops! (I dunno what else to write, Mr Churchill. I mean, I barely saw the geezer. He came in with a mask on a few hundred times and every bloody time I had to tell him to take it off for the cameras, yet I can't find a single decent photo of him on the security file. Had to nick one off of Weazel News, FFS. Man was a bloody mystery, right? Always surrounded by totty yet never seemed to buy the drinks. I don't get it. Why was he so successful? I mean, he just used to sit there, lick his eyebrows, and all the ladies flocked around him. Meh. Maybe that's why some jealous bastard threw him off a roof? Can I stop writing this now? I've done the promo piece for the casino and said a few 'heartfelt condolence words, and now my arm is hurting.)
  12. Date / Time: 17/05/2021 Release: Are you local? Smallish update tonight Wedding Event Clothing @Loyalty Fixes for chair sitting animations @Mike Polo/ @TinyBigJacko LostMC Meeting-room alterations @Mike Polo Keys supplied with spawned event vehicles @Stealthee Local behaviour test @TinyBigJacko Final notes: Testing: https://www.roleplay.co.uk/topic/128250-gta-rp-game-testers/ Suggestions: https://www.roleplay.co.uk/forum/506-suggestions/ Bugs: https://www.roleplay.co.uk/forum/93-report-a-bug/
  13. Quality, not quantity, is what counts. And he had neither. Locking this, because the best thing that can happen from here, is that we all just move on, and forget this nonsense ever existed.
  14. I agree with you here, tbh. I believe the anagram of her name and the leftover H thing is another red-herring clue left by Jed just to keep us diehards on our toes. But it makes for a good wow reaction or two, which is precisely what he's after. This is a very good spot indeed. Marcus Thurwell is played by James Nesbitt, who is not, as far as I'm aware, a 'bit player' actor. He's usually frontline. Now, that doesn't mean a thing (there have been a lot of top class actors in supporting roles in LOD), but it would imply that there is more to Thurwell than meets the eye, possibly. The actor also lied about being in the show - which was part of a plot to throw people off the scent. This was when Thurwell was under suspicion for involvement in the cover-up of the Sands View abuse case, and he managed to retire and get away after the investigation into Fairbanks took prime focus. He is definately a loose end and therefore one to watch, imho.
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