Byond Account: SinfulBliss
Character Name(s): Axle Brady
Discord Name (ie: Name#1234): TreyJ#0265
Round ID of Ban: 15092
Ban Message (Gyazo/imgur or copy and paste):
“You have been banned by Bampotio from the server.
Reason: Round ID: 15092 Powergaming, every single shift you have a full toolbelt and combat knife as sec, you have been warned about power gaming.”
State your appeal: Honestly, before I start this appeal I would request that a headmin other than this particular admin look at it. This admin has basically been stalking my rounds and bwoinking me over complete nonsense, multiple times a round. E.g., I was ahelped earlier today because I grabbed (“powergamed”) a drake armor suit from the stasis bed beside me, and a jumpsuit – from a dusted miner that was right next to me. I was also nude, just murdered by poisons, and had reason to expect I’d be targeted again. But really I just wanted fuckin clothing.
The “previous warnings” about powergaming include one legitimate case, on one of my first Fulp rounds, where I ordered an autorifle without approval. The second was not powergaming and I appealed that note. The short of it was: I stopped a contractor who had looted the HoS gun and had the contractor space suit. According to this ruling Screenshot by Lightshot (you can read in the ahelp the admin was unaware of it since previously they stated all contraband was banned, then backtracked to only non-offensive contraband after I shared this), armor is allowed with permission from HoS or cap. I got HoS permission, so the contractor suit was legit (although I never used it once). The discussion then moved to the baton (is it lethal and does it threatens station-integrity, or is it a defensive weapon)? We argued but eventually I just accepted he was the admin and I was the player, and I gave it to HoS. During this time I hadn’t once used it. I was sitting completely still dealing with the ahelp. Once he confirmed it wouldn’t be allowed, I ditched it. Again, not powergaming - the HOS gun was stashed away in a smuggler satchel for safe keeping until the HoS actually joined the server, since armory and brig were destroyed from rods. I didn’t use one shot from it, you will find, nor did I pull it out to wield it.
Completely ridiculous confiscating grand theft items from traitors is considered “powergaming.” Powergaming is when you intentionally beef your character up to the highest level possible with 0 visible threat.
Another situation occured when a chemist broke into tele-room with thermite to steal the hand-tele. Obviously I grabbed it before he could, and stowed it away, never to be used or abused or “powergamed.” I actually got killed while SSD that round by the same chemist and ahelped it, and the admin ignored it entirely and said “why did you have a hand tele” (cue 15min round-ruining argument about a hand tele confiscated being powergaming). Seriously, if I wanted to powergame the hand tele, why not take it shiftstart when it’s least likely to be gone, and keep it? Why wait until the 2 hour mark? Just an inane argument.
Sec is safer throwing any traitor gear or high-risk items into [i]disposals[/i], or just spacing the shit, or even just leaving it on the fuckin ground, rather than holding onto it to prevent others from using it maliciously. How the hell is that right? There are logs that show whether a player uses an antag item or not, surely you don’t need to be “psychic,” as the admin suggested, to determine what the motive is behind carrying the item.
Now to this final ban, the most ridiculous of them all. I ordered a combat knife from cargo, since it’s in the goody-crate (i.e., any man can order one) and is extremely useful as a lethal option in a pinch without guns. I actually dehulked a guy in space and revived him as a human because I had the combat knife with me. As I already mentioned, I used this as a lethal option in my shoes since I wanted to mess around with a shove no-baton no-guns gimmick sec for a while (it worked VERY well, detained 2 lings and a wizard). Of course cablecuffs don’t always suffice and sometimes you need something that does more than 10 damage.
I also grab a toolbelt most shifts, or at least some tools. Why? Because I have over 800 hours in sec and I know how common the following situations are: get stuck in a room without AI to help and doors stuck (hence welder+wrench to avoid shocks); need to adjust flashbangs times (hence screwdriver); need to unfuck doors that might be bolted open or shocked (hence screwdriver+crowbar+multitool); want to quickly uncuff cablecuffed prisoners or cut malf AI cams (wirecutters). So the constant question of “why do you need tools as a sec officer” has a very obvious answer. Tools are cheap as shit in the autolathe, and you’re not doing any harm by taking them. Is it better for the game that people get stuck in vented rooms forever or have their dorms jammed open until 20 min later when engie arrived? No.
And EVEN IF you still think by some miracle a knife and secbelt are powergaming, this is literally the first I heard of this as “powergaming.” They are right, I did it most shifts- shifts they themselves were adminning - yet was never told it was wrong behavior. I suspect their decision was at least partially influenced by the toxic behavior some players were having towards me in-game, maybe in dead chat, maybe a deadmin who had bwoinked me for some other related reason earlier - I don’t really know. But to say nothing all this time and then suddenly ban me for it because of my “history of powergaming,” which I argue and I hope you can agree isn’t really a history at all, is completely unprofessional.
Maybe the admins on were talking about how much of a shitter I was for grabbing a sec belt and ordering a knife, maybe it became an echo chamber, but for Christ’s sake can someoene uninvolved in this step in and give an objective opinion on the matter? it’s just ridiculous. I even gave up stunbatons and guns specifically to prevent this from happening and was nabbed anyways.
Also, another immature and unprofessional admin moment: a traitor had spaced perma and broken into armory earlier in this round. Since the rules state that battles in space call for lethals, and since it was reasonable to assume the guy STOLE some of the several guns he spaced, I asked warden for lethals to go out and get the guy. Upon giving me an egun, I was immediately smited by admins. Here’s a clip: smited for given egun by warden as seccie (Fulpstation) - YouTube
It’s just really a totally unprofessional and childish way to handle people in adminhelps. I wish some of the more mature fulpmins gave their new junior mods more vetting, or found better mods. All-in-all this particular admin wasn’t terrible, it sounded more like he just didn’t know admin rulings perfectly and was influenced by his peers. But I would really appreciate if an unbiased third party took a look at this, because it’s just egregious no matter how you slice it.
If I wanted to powergame I’d just go HoS and get every gun in the armory, load up a shotgun, get all my stuff, and be done with it. But I refrain from that because I know I still need to get the vibe of Fulp sec before I could go HoS in it (despite some HoS’s being extremely, extremely daft and unrobust).
EDIT: The worst part about this is that the admin even admitted on the previous ahelp that I wasn’t banned right then because my “”“powergaming”"" didn’t ruin anyone’s rounds. Did me ordering a knife and getting a toolbelt ruin anyone’s rounds? No. If anything it helped peoples’ rounds since others benefit from the utility. The only rounds that were ruined were mine because of the constant bwoinking over things that didn’t deserve a bwoink. It’s just exhausting and I just want to play the game with tools and a knife. That’s literally it. The past several rounds I even removed stunbatons and ranged weapons to make myself as little power-gamey as possible. But still apparently a few people have it out for me because I rubbed them the wrong way in Discord DMs, IC, or something.