Fearless RP - The Fish Market
2011… After a long and very bitter-fight on SGC’s Naval Play for the return of Aircraft, I had finally decided that it was time to spread my horizons and start venturing back into the world of Garry’s Mod RP. At first it started off with me jumping back and forth between multiple communities that had passed my mind, but then an old friend of mine contacted me with an offer. He wanted to restart our trading group, the Kumonryu Trading Guild, on a server we had left earlier in the year known as Fearless RP.
I was stunned to be brutally honest! He spent about two days talking me into it, and after some convincing, I said screw it, and packed my bags from SGC’s Naval Play, and joined him on Fearless RP.
This wasn’t my first experience with Fearless. Earlier in the year, I was apart of another group with this same friend known as Yakuza. A medium sized group formed around Gambling, Cyber Prostitution Rings, and organization of a Satanic Church within Fearless RP. Our little group though had supposedly stepped into another group’s “Clan Claims” and from that we had became acquainted with a group known as the Semper Fi. This organization was mostly admin maintained, with about roughly 90% of the members being moderators, admins, or super admins, and thanks to this it held a very deep control over the server. No one really barked at the admins for doing “wrong” and doing so usually got you shunned or banned.
By the time I had joined the server though, just that had happened. Yakuza was embroiled in a two month long war with Semper Fi, in a conflict nicknamed the “Bouncer War” for how the war was primarily started thanks to bars and racketeering operations. I never got to experience much fighting outside of a few drivebys, but my experience can be summed up with saying that this conflict was very much a battle between to proletariat and landed elites. The admins who were not apart of Semper Fi were with us, and most of the servers population was either fighting and supporting Yakuza, or was fighting and supporting Semper Fi. It was truly a civil war in the server, and by the time it ended in March 2011, half the admin was demoted or quit, almost 100+ players had received marks and bans on their records, and the server was highly fragmented with a lot of players now unable to trust what the admins were saying to them. It was at this point my friend and I had left the server. We had figured that the server was close to closing down thanks to how the whole conflict was handled. No one was donating, and honestly… It just looked like the light in the tunnel went out.
Few stories rose from what happened after my friend and I left, and how exactly Fearless managed to bring back any form of patriotism or loyalty to its server, but from what I understand, a few weeks after we had left, a massive string of botnet attacks had occurred, and gave a rallying cry to the server for everyone to set aside their differences and to find a common enemy with those which were attacking the server. It’s truly strange to think that a Pearl Harbor event of sorts would actually be a rallying cry for a community. It goes completely against the logic of using botnets really… Anyway though, back to the story.
Periodically through out the year, we attempted to return and set up again. First we came back in August, and started up a group called, the Czechnyen Rebels. This group started out as the basis for what was to come with the fish market, but at first this group was nothing more then us trying to remain Passive-Aggressive in the server, hoping to not attract to much attention from the admins. We started off with making tents in the EvoCity forest, and sat back playing guitar, drinking ingame and in real life, occasionally going fishing. It was just a good time. We tried our best to remain outside the scope of pretty much everyone, but then one day we had spotted someone walking around the trees in the forest with a camera out. We thought at first it may of just been someone who saw our tents from the road, and was just wondering what we were doing, so we approached him, and asked him if he wanted any fish and to come sing a few Mongolian throat songs with us.
This guy though quickly shouted “NO” over the mic and bolted off and jumped into his sportscar, and bolted off. Everyone thought it was also kind of odd that this guy had his name set to “Redacted” as well as several other bits of information on his usertag. Things such as his clan tag was set to redacted, his appearance was “Wearing Black Clothes and Mask” it was just very off-putting. After about ten minutes though, those feeling subsided and we went back to singing our Mongolian throat music as a government paramedic named Pilot had joined us at our campfire, and began to play his acoustic guitar over microphone. While we were all having our good time with about roughly ten to fifteen people, we started to hear rustling around the bushes again. This time my friend Shabbizle, who was the guy who introduced me to Fearless RP, decided to check it out. This time he was met with a player with a normal name, setting up redacted stuff on all of his user ID, and as plain as day we could see on his description tag, “6’3” | Brown Hair | Semper Fi Affiliate Tag".
My buddy Shabbizle finally was sorta curious, and asked him, “Why is Semper Fi following us?” at this point the kid didn’t even notice Shabbizle was there, but he then whacked his head up, and saw him and he just froze. Not typing, not using voice chat, not moving his mouse, nothing. He then finally opened up and said, “I don’t understand what you are talking about” and I walked down there with a tranquilizer rifle in hand, and asked what was going on.
“We can see you have a Semper Fi affiliate tag… What are you doing here?” Shabbizle reiterated now pretty worried that we had shaken up something.
“Nothing!” the guy shouted back and I sorta just escalated the situation by saying, “Bullshit. Answer his question… What are you doing here?” the kid sat there and looked between Shab and myself, and slowly everyone of the Czechnyen Rebels came over the hill-line to see whats going on, asking questions like, “Is he friendly…?” “Does he want fish?” “Whats going on guys?”
I then finally look behind my shoulder, and said, “Don’t worry about it, were just asking him to leave” and I turned back to the kid and said, “Sir, can you please leave? Unless you are here to chill out with us, or here to purchase fish, we are going to have to consider you as a trespasser, and need to call the Police.” and with that… He exploded.
“Who the fuck do you think you are to tell me to leave!? This isn’t your property!”
“Actually we own the bar, and the admin said we can own the surrounding property, which includes the forest.” Shab stated kinda clueless as to why the kid exploded. “By the way, you really should calm down, we are not threatening you, just asking you to leave considering you do not have business here.”
“No, fuck you and your little Yakuza!” the guy said and Shab and I both went silent over Skype, and then started laughing at the top of our lungs
“Yakuza? Joey, I think he thinks we are the Yakuza!” Shab blurted over game, “Yeah, whats this guy a fucking idiot!?” I shouted back, laughing very heartily.
“You are the Yakuza!” the kid shouted back obviously stuttering in his voice from embarrassment
“Bo, we are the Czechnyen Rebels” I said before all the guys behind us started chanting, “The Red Bear Claws!”
“No, fuck you!” the kid yelled before taking out a TMP to shoot at us, and I tranq-rifled him and tied him up.
“And like that you are now under civilian arrest. Anything you say or do is now being recorded, and in the case of rule break it will be used on the forums.” I started and Shabbizle added on the last part, “You are allowed to use /pms to contact your friends or the police to come pick you up, after that we are using /me to remove your communication equipment. Attempts to use communication equipment after this is deemed against the rules by Fearless RP.” we then threw him into a jail tent we had behind a few trees and fence, and waited ten minutes. His friends never came to pick him up. As we didn’t really want to watch him for another hour, we called the Police Department to go pick him up for being a trespasser, and they came and arrested him for ownership of a TMP and attempted murder.
We later got contacted by a member of the new Semper Fi who apologized for their agents actions, and told us that they understand we are not trying to form the Yakuza anymore, and they left us alone. We did keep our guard up after the incident, but they did keep to their word, but eventually that same player managed to somehow convince the admins that we handled the situation “too aggressively” and we were banned for the reason of “Aggressive Nature” for two months.
It was with these bans that we began to plan out our next group in Fearless. Instead of a group that was considered a “gang” or “cult” or “security organization” we decided to take a path which has cemented the foundations of every other group in Fearless from then on. We forged the Kumonryu Trading Guild.
Our organization was based on creating a safe-haven for traders and merchants of all types, to create a place where players could play music and not be ridiculed for “mic spam”, we created something which allowed people to work outside of the money printer farming business. Our plan though was hampered by one thing… Fearless RP, like every other RP gamemode, lacked an economy. This is something which I have complained about for as long as I was fighting for Aircraft Rights on SGC - Naval Play. The lack of an economy in Garry’s Mod roleplay has stagnated the possibility of creating a true trading organization or any form of trade at all, but when we came back to Fearless with concerns that our group would never take off, we had discovered something amazing! The fish that we would once eat at our campfires at the Czechnyen Rebels, now had to be caught. Better yet, these fish had no set price on them. Nothing was defining how much the fish costed, and from that a hybrid economy was born!
Before we started up the Kumonryu, Shabbizle and I spent three days non-stop of fishing, building a sushi bar, building the Kumonryu Trading Hall… With that little hope that our gamble of creating an economy based on fish would explode. Our first Sushi Stall was placed behind the BP of EvoCity_V2D, and we had set the price of each fish to $500. At first, no one was buying our fish, and we realized that something had to be done to convince people that fish was a better alternative to every other food on the server, or at the very least explain the price to the fish.
We tried for days to figure out a way to do this, and nothing really came to mind, but then it hit me… The government.
In Fearless, the government can do nothing against contrafarmers. They are underarmed with a crappy pistol, lack of armor, and no proper organization, but they do control one sector of the server. They control the taxes. Fearless’s Taxes are pretty odd in how they work. If you set the taxes to $30, non-donator players only get $20 for each paycheck. This doesn’t effect contrafarmers all that much, but people who just run gun shops, food shops, or medical shops get hit really hard. Its with this that we figured out how we plan on making people pay $500 per fish. Our first motion into this was that we enacted two laws and legal divisions. The first law was called, the Evocity Conservation Order or ECO for short. This law made it so that players may only catch 10 fish every hour, and each fishing trip would cost a player $1000. We had three game wardens enforcing these rules, each of these game wardens were apart of the Kumonryu Trading Guild. The second law was based on the taxes… This law was called the Evocity Sales Act. The basis of this law was that every store had to report how much products they were selling. Every thirty minutes we would do the numbers to see if less products were being sold. If their was a decrease in products sold, we would automatically raise taxes to the maximum and state that we are taking taxes because no one is buying anything, and therefore we are not receiving sales tax.
The plan behind these two laws were to cause chefs to lose money, and therefore either quit their jobs, or raise the price of their products. We sometimes had cooks raise the prices of their fish from $250 to $400, but it wasn’t close to what we were trying to achieve. We had to constantly push and peck these players to raise the price of their fish over one week, and finally we had reached the $500 mark, and while playing the government we declared a period of no taxes as the price of products had taken away the requirement for taxes. With that, we locked the prices of fish and raises the prices of guns and medical supplies by about $250 to $500 per each item. Our markets now primed, and with the players who originally tried to avoid high priced food by stockpiling on non-pricey food, going through all the food they purchased before, we had the ace in the hole.
We had set up our Sushi Shop, got our guitarist Pilot to play some Asian themed guitar music, and placed adverts. In seconds we had ten players lining up for a little bit of Passive RP, and to purchase ten to two hundred fish for each purchase, and with each time we sold, we reminded them that the price is at $500 to ensure that Passive RP’ers are able to survive in the server. The constant propaganda pushed by us managed to convince players that fish must remain at this price to ensure that Passive RP’ers exist in the server, and that any attack on us would require the community to purchase fish at $600 to help us rebuild our lost money. Everything was set, and perfect! On the sideline we also had other businesses running, such as selling duplicated firearms and scammed items to new players for discounted prices, selling exploits and glitches to minge raiding parties for several hundreds of thousands of dollars on the server, hell we even ran a house and fort construction business.
With our constant success we had other “trading groups” spring up and eventually the fish market was dominated by five major trading groups. The Kumonryu Trading Guild, Quicksilver Industries, FUMUKU International, Black Mesa Traders, and Gold Banking. Fearless RP had entered a golden age in the month of December 2011, and everyone knew it. For that month, contrafarming had died down, bans went from hundreds per week, to only about ten or twenty per week. It seemed almost as if, nothing would stop this great Fish Market, but then on December 29th, 2011, someone discovered a glitch within the Fishing System. The glitch known as “+reload” allowed players to AFK Fish and avoid being kicked from the server for AFK’ing. At first the founders of the glitch didn’t mention it, but then one day they opened their mouths infront of a giant crowd, and players rushed to the lake and caught 100’s of fish, never stopping and then tried to deposit these fish on several trading groups at “discounted prices” or $50 per fish.
Several of the trading groups quickly stopped purchasing fish, even the Kumonryu was quick to not buy anymore fish after the first person made that $50 offer, and then all hell broke loose. With no one purchasing any of the fish, and their being a surplus of tens if not hundred of thousands of fish in the server, the entire Fish Market collapsed. Over night the fish went from $620 to $20… The shock within the server was almost immediate. Riots began running through the server with players setting fire to fisherman stalls, and setting fire to whatever business or enterprise they could get their hands on. The current government forces attempted to stop and arrest most of the rioters, but they were no match against the twenty to thirty crowbar and molotov armed rioters. At first it just seemed like a normal riot, but then the dark underbelly began to show itself. Some of the contrafarming groups which had been effected by the Fish Market, began to whisper tales of the Big Five Trading Groups organizing this entire crash so that they could buy out all the fish in the server, and sell it back for $750. What was once a riot against all trade, began to be directed at the Big Five. By this point, Shabbizle and I had ordered every member of the Kumonryu Trading Guild to stay out of Fearless, and go play other servers for a little bit while the riots calm down, but we then we had gotten a story which we were horrified by.
The story went like this…
Three SS Agents had been called to deal with a store burning, and quickly got themselves organized and went to deal with it. On arrival two of the SS Agents were killed, and one of them was captured with a tranq rifle, and forced to obey FearRP. The player was then dragged back to a base at the UM which had been fortified with sniper-towers, five meter high walls with shooting holes, and several patrol guys who would shoot anyone who was armed or government. Inside of this base they took this SS Agent who was apparently only fourteen, and they tossed him in a cage. At first it seemed like it was just a normal hostage situation, but when the mayor attempted to contact him over Steam, the player kept going offline and online, and after about thirty minutes he finally sent a message detailing what happened. I don’t have the exact quote, but…
“They forced me into a cage, and showed me that an admin was with them. I at first went with it thinking it was a normal hostage situation with ransom and all that, but they told me that they wanted all my items and money, when I refused, they started to DDoS me, and kept threatening me with higher attacks. I didn’t care at first, but then they started saying my real name and home address, and threatened to ‘do the same thing we did to the stores in the server’ I finally gave in my stuff because I didn’t want anyone hurting my family”
It was with that horrifying message that Shabbizle and I realized what had to be done. We had organized up remnants of the Yakuza, some friends from CSS, and other games and began our hunt with a name we took off a Vietnam War Unit… Kumonryu Tiger Force. Our goal, out minge the minge. We chased down every member involved in those attacks, and with the help of some admins we did the same type of shit(without DDoSing and RL Threats) to them in revenge. The server from that point on degraded into a pure brawl between KTF and the “Anti-Fish” groups roaming the server.