Sunday, July 25, 2021

Tibia as a game made of people: relations and friendships in Tibia



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s there any other MMORPG where the relations between people are as important as they are in Tibia? We are all gamers and all of us have played different games than Tibia but there surely is a reason linewhy it is the game we always come back to and have the strongest feelings about. There is no doubt that Tibia is a game made of people.

Would I be extra saying that none of us would play Tibia if it was made of monsters and NPCs, only? Sure, we could go on solo hunts, we could continue making quests. Then, Tibia could be played without the internet. Can you imagine it? Now, how many people would actually enjoy it that way? Think of the times when we welcome our old friends back to Tibia. We always hear the same sentence that I believe most of us have heard: "It's not that I missed playing but I really miss my friends". When I think of the times I played Tibia the most and the peak of my addiction to the game, I always remember missing my friends and wanting to hang out with them, rather than feeling the need to take a level. 

I personally think that the popular slogan that "Tibia is not what it used to be" is not only the responsibility of CipSoft and the changes they introduced but the gamers themselves. We made Tibia great for ourselves back in the days. We were all much younger, had much more time to play and we were all more joyful, as kids are, willing to experience the new and having new adventures. Maybe it is just us who changed? 

Does it all sound interesting to you? Sit comfortably with a tea or a drink and let me take you on the journey within Tibian minds! 


I. How significant Tibia relations are for us?

I held a survey on my social media and according to the results,  62 people out of 99 (63%) voted that there is no point to play Tibia with no friends at all.  37% of them, however, are of an opinion that it's still fun to play the game alone. 

Before I elaborate on the reasons why Tibian relations are so important for us, it's worth discussing how important they actually are. 

Some tibian relations are strictly game-based, however, some of them escalate into strong internet friendships which sometimes evolve into real-life ones. 60% of the survey respondents met their tibian friends in real life which is a positive message for us saying that a great deal of tibian relations are rather personality-based rather than have their fundament in the game only.

Another case that speaks for tibian friendships being important for us is the answer to the question I enquired our respondents. Namely, I asked them if they felt bad when they argued with their tibian friend. To our surprise, 78% of them claimed to be upset and sad the whole day, in contrast to the remaining 22% only, who claimed that their friends were just people from a game. What follows, according to another response, 74% of them are eager to talk issues out in case of arguments in order to solve the problem, rather than move on and find another friend (10%). 

On the other hand, 17% of the respondents wouldn't give up the relation as well, but pretend that nothing happened, even in case of a problem. That could be an attempt to avoid 'drama' or they could simply want to let it slip, let the emotions coll down, and deal with the problem peacefully later. The way I gave our respondents the third option, of not talking to their friend again, was asked in a quite cold-hearted manner. I added a line 'There's other fish in the sea' to find out whether people could possibly treat their tibian friends rather episodically, with a conviction that friends come and go and everyone can be replaced.  



II. Types of Tibian friendships and relations


Regardless of the many similarities to the real world which we can find in Tibia, we have to remember the fact that it still is a game that focuses on progress and competition among players. Not only do we need to focus on making our characters stronger, becoming better players but the way Tibia works as an MMORPG, forces us to also be strategical if it comes to relations with other people. Some of the friendships begun in Tibia create beautiful bonds that last a lifetime. What is more, some of them even led to real-life marriages! However, the others originate strictly from the interests we have inside of the game.

In order to have an idea of how tibian relations are created, I asked the community how they met their friends. I gave them 4 options which I think are the most common in today's Tibia and I will elaborate on them in the further paragraphs. For now, let us analyze their responses. 42% of them said that they met their friends while hunting together. That could mean they met via the advertise channel in Tibia (e.g. 'looking for an EK!' etc.). That allows us to think that most Tibian relations have their base in a mutual gaming style. However, not many fewer responded that they met their tibian friends in protection zones - places that do not have a lot to do with playing the game. I think we cal all agree with the fact that spending a lot of time in depot results from our love t chatting and meeting new people. Such friendships I would define as those as personality-based. They do not have their fundament in playing together but results from the meeting of two people who start talking and turn out to vibe well together and continue their relationship. The third option from the left has the word 'so' in there on purpose. 'We are at the same war side so we are friends'. Those friendships could be defined as political-based - two people having the same in-game goal so they end up working on it together. Both of them are dependent on each other so the relation shall be filled with support and common respect but little does it have to do with an emotional bond, at least not until they start talking about different issues than their in-game goal. The last option from the right is the least popular as the percentage of fansite admins and other content creators is still very low comparing to the rest of the players.

What may be found interesting, I asked the players a similar question but this time I asked what relations they think are the most popular in Tibia. I skipped the fansite part because it wasn't as popular as the other, though. Most of the respondents claim that the most popular relations are personality-based whereas they responded that most of them made friends with their hunting buddies and such relations are rather connected with gaming style. In contrast, gaming-style-based relationships take second place if it comes to their popularity, according to the respondents. What can that mean? Perhaps, they answered the second question as they wished it was in Tibia when really it's different? I would definitely head towards the statement that most relations in Tibia do derive from the same gaming style which later on, of course, becomes personality-based if two sides discuss more personal matters while staying on the same spawn for hours.

Let us have a closer look at the relation types I mentioned above.


1. Relations and friendships politics based 

Tibia may be seen as a great reflection of real life. And, as in real life, there is also a little bit of politics in Tibia. Wait. Did I say a little bit? Tibia is literally all based on politics. Who owns the server? Who has the right to take your spawn? Who can force you to leave the server? Who is it worth sticking up with? Those questions are the very reason for all the Tibian wars. It is no news that some relations in Tibia are based on respect towards the powerful ones. You don't have to be nice to them but that may not serve you in your further gameplay so why not make friends with them just as well! It's good to also take a look at the friendships inside the fighting guilds. Most of these players get along and like each other due to having the same goal and fighting the same enemy. How powerful are such bonds, though? Well, they may break once the players decide to switch sides. Such friends may become enemies in a heartbeat and there is no one to blame. It's politics!
Our survey respondents have been asked whether they agree that players from dominant guilds have it easier to make friends in Tibia. The answers are pretty much 50/50. They also have very various opinions on high leveled players being more likely to make friends easier.
According to those results, only approximately 50% of players agree that political relations in Tibia are very frequent. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that some of the Tibian friendships do find their background in the political aspect

2. Relations and friendships vocation & gameplay based

Those friendships usually originate from the trade or guild channels, TeamSpeak, or mutual friends. When the bonus experience for being in a party with 3 different vocations has been introduced to the game, people started looking for perfect team members. Those had to be as high level as them, have as much time as them, and be able to play at the same time within the day. Who knows if we got to talk with so many people in Tibia if it wasn't for the party factor? Those friendships tend to get stronger because if you're an active player, you want to get rid of your bonus stamina daily. This means that you are committed to staying with the same people in a ts/discord channel for at least 2 hours every single day. You are talking to them, making jokes, and getting to know each other more and more. Such friendships may develop into very strong bonds but some of them may last only as long as both friends are willing to hunt!

Apart from hunting, we tend to have friends with the same in-game interests as us. If you're interested in PVP you will most likely make friends with people who like it, as well. If you like achievements, you will surely meet a lot of people as committed as you. It is always more fun to quest and do the RPG stuff together! If you're interested in house decoration, you and your friends will spend hours in one of your houses trying to create something cool.

3. Relations and friendships fansite/content creation based

Those mostly are started out of the game but the game itself has a great impact on them. The Tibian YouTubers community as well as the Tibia Fansites community has grown a lot throughout the recent years. The number of fansites is continuously increasing and what follows is that more and more people decide to write or talk about their passion for Tibia. Some YouTubers become partnered with each other or other fansites just like some fansites become partnered with each other. As the major topic of conversations between those is their content, the contests, and the support they have to offer to one another, those friendships aren't very personal although they have an 'unwritten contract' to remain loyal to one another. Therefore those are also slightly political.

4. Relations and friendships personality-based 

And finally, personality-based relations are those which either originated in protection zones or out of the game or evolved from politics-based, gameplay style based or fansite/content creation-based relations. Personality-based relations are those that take place after we have actually opened up to the other person. We have the same interests, the same points of view and begin to feel attached to one another which results in a great deal of support and understanding. Such friendships are hard to find but they're also difficult to fall apart. 


III. Friendships and relations according to both genders approach

After having asked for a newsticker for our article on friendships between girls, where I stated that girls are more eager to make friends with boys than with other girls, the CM Rejana suggested to us what could be the reason for that. Her thoughts on the issue gave us an idea to expand this section with the paragraph and to analyze community opinions in this matter. 

I decided to ask both genders separately who they make friends easier with. If it came to the boys, the votes were completely 50/50 as if it doesn't matter for them at all. In contrast, the votes among the girls are 10,5% to 89,5% which vary a lot. Clearly then, girls make friends with boys more frequently than with other girls. What could be the reason for that?

The first thought that comes to our minds is the obvious fact that there are many more boys in Tibia than girls. We could end our assumptions here for this fact is commonly known and can not be argued about. However, is this the only reason?

According to the chart below, 38,2% of the survey respondents believe that the higher number of boys in the game is the exact reason why there are so few friendships between the girls and so many between girls and boys. 57.3% however, believe that regardless that reason is true, it isn't the only one. 

Why is it like this, then? The second reason that came to our mind was that girls are more competitive by their nature so they could feel less comfortable among each other. However, are boys not? The survey results speak for the fact that both genders are equally competitive according to the community.

If competitivity also isn't the case, I decided to ask the players about concrete reasons that were the most common things I've heard within my 15 years long journey in Tibia:

1. more interests in common
2. loyalty
3. girls/boys being more fun
4. less negativity (drama) among boys/girls





According to the charts, the few girls who said that they make friends with other girls easier than with boys (10,5%), claim that friendships with girls are less negative (less drama or stress). They also claim that girls tend to be more loyal and they simply have more interests in common. That sounds reasonable as they probably simply get along with girls more due to similar vibe and other stress-free factors. Now, the girls who claimed that they prefer being friends with boys (89,5%) are quite consistent that relations with boys are usually less negative and drama-free. A great deal of them is also of an opinion that they have more interests in common with the boys and boys are more fun to be around. Minding the fact that almost 90% of the questioned girls claim they more frequently make friends with males, the fact that they have more interests in common with them makes a lot of sense. Namely, I would risk saying that gaming is much more popular among the boys in general so perhaps playing game belong to more 'boyish' hobbies. It is usually boys as children who play wars, shooting guns, or fight each other and since gaming usually does a lot with violence (killing monsters or other players) such interests are more likely among the men. 
Therefore, I would definitely go for the thesis that girl gamers have similar personalities to boys and that leads to them getting along very well with each other. That is also the case if we take a look at the upper right chart which says that 40% of men make friends with girls due to the exact same reason connected with similar interests. Of course, other boys and other girls who play Tibia also like gaming so the same hobby isn't the main reason why they get along so well so there obviously are also other personal and more individual reasons for such friendships. Nonetheless, 88.8% of players agree that intergender friendships are more frequent in Tibia.

IV. Falling apart

As proven above, tibian friendships mean a lot to us and a lot of us are willing to make effort to make them last as long as possible. That may be for the reason that 83% of the respondents claim that finding trustworthy friends in Tibia isn't the easiest thing to do. 

What's more, 77% of the respondents admit that they've lost their tibian friends and only 23% of them claim that they kept their friendships alive for years. 

Analyzing the results of the last chart, we can come to the conclusion that most of the tibian friendships end because both sides stopped talking. That could result from one of them going retired or, depending on the type of their friendship, losing interest in the things they friendship based on. The second most common reason is lack of loyalty which is also very common in real life. The third reason with just 10% votes was jealousy which may happen in a game due to competition, and the least-voted answer was switching sides at war.



V. Summary

Having analyzed the survey held among over 200 Tibians who agreed to vote, we can rest assured that tibian relations play a great part in our experience in Tibia, overall. We do strive to have close friends whom we can trust and we want to keep those friendships going. We may get emotional when our relations are threatened to fall apart and most of us feel upset after the argument with our friend.

Society plays a significant part in our real lives but it also does in tibia where a great number of us spent half of our lives. No matter if we're extraverted, or introverted, we like to surround ourselves with the right people, whether those are special individuals or large groups of them. 

Social life is important in Tibia and without it, the game wouldn't have its unique spirit. Tibia is a game of people.


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Thank you to everyone who contributed by voting!
Divine'Angel 
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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Tibian Girls: Breaking the stereotype - Tibian Girls Friendships

July is a month of friendship! Therefore, we prepared a small article to present you several long-lasting friendships between tibia girls! 

It is commonly believed that we, girl gamers, are more likely to make friends with men. There is some truth to that because finding girls for this interview was quite a challenge! After having made a survey asking if the players had a tibia best friend, the most of women I contacted directly answered that their best friend was male! Does that mean that the stereotype that girls only make friends with boys has some truth in it? It surely does. However, there are many exceptions to that stereotype and in this article, we will present you several couples of girls who talk about their friendships and what should a best friend be like!

We will start with our own friendship that is probably one of the most beautiful things that happened to us!


Lady Mass & Divine'Angel


How did you guys meet?

"We met on a Tibian fan page on Facebook, I was in the staff and some time later Kasia joined the staff too and I was asked to tell her how everything works, as we both were Polish, and that’s how we started talking. We also had another mutual friend, and we eventually created a group with the 3 of us and we talked more and more and felt more connected with each other everyday. Ever since that day, which was around 7 years back, we talk literally every day." - Lady Mass 

"When I met Justyna, I had the impression that she was the sweetest and the most feminine girl I had ever met. We started talking more and more and it turned out our personalities and our points of view were literally always the same. We had so much laugh together on Whatsapp and we ended up talking all day every day. I think that within the last 7 years, there wasn't a single day that we wouldn't talk. Nowadays, she is such a big part of me I simply cannot imagine my life without her in it!" - Divine'Angel

 

What makes your friend special?

"What makes Justyna special is that for all those years she witnessed both my downs and ups and she was there for me not only when my life wasn't the best but also when I started doing well, both in the game and also in my real life. Some people say you get to know a good friend when your life gets tough but I think that's not true. I think you recognize a good friend when you are at your best. No red flags, no competition. Just her cheering for me whatever I do. That makes her special because I think it's so rare between women. Especially in Tibia." - Divine'Angel

What personality traits should a good friend have? 

"I’ll not be too original with my answer, in my opinion a good friend should be loyal and trustworthy. It is crucial to know you can share your secrets with someone and to know that your secrets are safe with that person. A good friendship needs to be built on mutual respect and lack of jealousy. For me, my bff is basically like a sister to me. Now would you be jealous of your sister, or would you rather motivate her to succeed even more? I think friends should be happy for each other and hype each other up, even if it’s about something small, the positive vibes are really important. But we should also be natural. Every friendship is different and everyone expects something else from their friend. But long as there is an infinite trust and you both vibe nicely, then the friendship will most likely last the whole eternity." - Lady Mass

Do you have a passion in common? What is it?

"Our mutual passion is obviously TibiaGoals. I like comparing it to our "baby" because it strengthens our bond just like a child does between its parents, haha! We both have the same goals and ambitions if it comes to the page. We both want the best for it. It's good to have the same passion as your friend because when you both work hard for something and it becomes something big, you can enjoy it together. The happiness is stronger and it feels amazing to be able to share it with someone who knows exactly how it feels." - Divine'Angel

 

Ewrr & Claara

How did you guys meet?

"We met thanks to another friend, in Ventrilo, from there we made a match and started talking daily. I have known her for more than 10 years. We met in real life and we are planning to see each other again, I hope to visit her soon in Canada!" - Ewrr

What makes your friend special? 

"Her personality. She is too honest, when she doesn't like something, she says it immediately!"  Ewrr

What personality traits should a good friend have? 

"First of all honesty. I think there is no need to be similar, we can have totally different personalities and like each other, I think that a personality complements that of your friend, that the person understands and respects you, even if they have completely different ideas." Ewrr

Tell us about a funny situation that happened to you

"When we finally decided to meet, she currently lives in Canada, we met in a parking lot, I gave her the description of the car I was in, I think the nerves were too much that she mistakenly opened the door of another car, and she started saying Hello, all excited, then she realized that she was in the wrong car, she was very ashamed, then we started to laugh!" Ewrr

 

Geek Gisa & Lovelusck

How did you guys meet?

"In 2010, we both played Mythera and when we found out we lived on the same city (Rio de Janeiro) we decided to meet and hang out" - Geek Gisa 

What makes your friend special?

"Now we play in different servers and live in different cities but we still care for each other so much that we text every day and video chat all the time to check if we are good. We both have different schedules and busy lives but we always have time for each other and that’s very special and rare" - Geek Gisa

What personality traits should a good friend have?

"Empathetic, I believe in order to be a good friend you need be able to put yourself on someone’s shoes and understand it." - Geek Gisa

Tell us about a funny situation that happened to you

"The first day we met rl, it was supposed to be a group thing. There was a bunch of people from our city meeting on like a meet up scheduled on flogao and we decided to ditch and took the subway and just hung. It’s more cute than funny!" - Geek Gisa

 

Bambina & Lady Niiz

How did you guys meet?

"Well, I didn't make any friends at Garnera when I started to play in September 20', so I posted in a tibia Facebook group something like "any Brazilian playing at Garnera?" and a friend of her answered "message her, she will help you!"... so I messaged and we love each other since day 1! Denise and I created a very beautiful and strong bond, we were able to understand just with the tone of voice. We know when one is having a bad day, we know how to cheer us up and most of all, we know when one needs the other with just a word. We take great care of our friendship and I know that we'll keep it alive forever. Meeting her in RL was a very special and wonderful moment. That's why I suggest: give your Tibian friendship a chance, beautiful things can be born from there." - Bambina

 What makes your friend special?

"I think honesty and caring make us very special to each other. We can discuss anything, exchange experiences without judgment, and we respect each other's opinions. I absolutely know I can count on her, and that's reciprocated." - Bambina

 

What personality traits should a good friend have?

"I believe that to maintain a healthy friendship i's necessary to have a lot of patience, love and empathy. We need to take care of each other, respect the time, and be supportive. That's the essence, and when we realize we're in the same space, everything becomes easier and lighter. Storms can come, but like good friends, we surf them." - Bambina

Do you have any passion in common? What is it? 

"Of course, we do! DECORATION! we absolutely love this universe, we spend hours choosing each item carefully, and we can spend many hours just talking and enjoying each other's company." - Bambina 

 

Ala Nha & Supreme Bebesita

How did you guys meet and why is your friendship special?

"We met in Quintera and we were on the same team. Our friendship is special because we are always there support to each other. Like we don’t talk all day, not even every day, but we’re there whenever it is needed." - Ala Nha

 What personality traits should a good friend have?

"Loyal, trustworthy, supportive, good listener, and honest!" 

Ala Nha

Tell us about a funny situation that happened to you

"One day, Bebita and I went to level up our makers to Issavi. She died x4, but the funny thing is that the first 3 times she died, she bought blessings from the market to get them back quickly cause she didn’t have the inquisition quest done. The last time, she decided to buy an  AOL only cause blessings were too expensive. Well, she came back… and died. I ran to check her body and she lost everything with the AOL in her backpack. I started literally laughing my ass off and she got mad at me XD!" - Ala Nha

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

TibiaGoals Riddles E10R06


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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bug fixes

A couple of changes and bug fixes have been implemented today: Selecting the colour in the bottom right corner in the "Customise Character" dialog no longer resets the colour of presets to white. Missing colons have been added to the exported data of the party hunt analyser. The carnisylvan sapling has been removed from the bestiary. Augustin now buys carnisylvan fingers, carnisylvan bark and human teeth. Being a member of the Bigfoot company is now required for the Too Hot to Handle quest. Some graphical issues have also been fixed.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Anniversary Month: Prestigious Riddle Set III: Achievements - Winner announcement

That was quick! Congratulations to the player Norelli for providing 100% correct answers in less than 2 hours! Wow! 

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Good luck and stay tuned for the last set next Monday!

Prestigious Riddles Set III: Achievements

Anniversary Month: Prestigious Riddle Sets
SET 3: Achievements
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Your task is to guess the achievement name or to answer a question given. Provide the answers to all 10 riddles in ONE comment!

An example of correct submission:
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Name: Mariah the dragonslayer

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1. Allowance Collector

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If I win, I'll choose................



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