Alright, First thing I've noticed in reading all this was that you are bored with the basic guilds and races. My question is, are you really bored or are just that much more interested in the other ones, that you haven't really given them a steady try? And what I mean by that is written up a few characters that would -keep- you interested.
If you haven't, try to put all the Muls, Magickers and D-elfs out of your mind and come up with concept with one of the basic roles that you think you will -really- enjoy. Then just play the role out. If you are playing a character for the purpose of the staff watching then you are cheating yourself two fold. First, there is no guarantee we are watching and second, you probably are not enjoying the role and it's going to show through your RP. We always see the very best RP from people that -love- the role they play.
Now to pick apart your original post Piece by piece.
My pc's have been members of Borsail, Byn, Salarr, Kadius and a few other smaller groups and have been played for (I'm talking my personal time, not game character time) weeks sometimes. To no avail. If I've received karma I've not received enough to get anything new and I think that's sorta (pardon my french) A crock.
You have played these roles, Ok. Have you done anything in these roles? Have you lasted in them for any significant period of time? Have you even enjoyed them? You can spend a week in every clan known in the game, but that does not mean experience in the clan nor does that mean that you will be looked at. I couldn't tell you half the names of the underlings in my clans. They come in, they stay a week, they die. The ones I do notice are those who -do- things with their PC's (ie: are self motivating, show exceptional rp, make the clan a fun place to play for themselves and others). The only things being in a clan does for you are that it gives you a singular place to ask questions, make inquires and gives you a central group to interact with. Clans are not the Karma gateway.
It (In my opinion again) appears that this game is designed around powergamers, not skillmax but powergamers, those who can devote 10 hours a day to playing a video game, which isn't me.. I've only personally met 4 half giants 2 muls and 2 magickers, possibly have met more but didn't know it. I feel that Karma is TOO hard to gain. And it's compounded by the fact that you NEVER know you have it till your character bites it.
So I guess my question is this. If you're a normal guy who doesn't have 10 hours a day to play your character "hoping" to find an immortal who is decent enough to give you some karma, is there a chance in hell of every playing a special character? EVER?
The reason why you will never know it until your PC dies is because we want you to -enjoy- your role. Again, if you are playing a role just in the hopes that it will give you Karma, you are playing for the wrong reason. As for powergamers within time played, No.. It's not the quantity of time you spend playing, it is the quality of the RP you put fourth. In some roles a good deal of playtime does help, especially leadership roles, but that comes with the responsibility of taking on that role and is not a mandatory flag for "karma worthy"
ALSO before you folks chime up and say "submit a special application" I'll have you know that I have now "twice" and I get the canned response, "you need to join a few houses and get more info about the game in general" or something to that effect. Which I have done, time and time again and still I guess, never received any attention to my high caliber of roleplay potential... heh. Sorry little tooting my own horn there.
A few things here, If you have been rejected for a special app a couple times you may want to ask the staff to send you your account notes. Sometimes those have insight as to what you are doing well or not so well.
And for special apps, what are you asking for? If you have 0 karma and have been playing the mud for less than a year and have no account notes, well, no.. we might not give you a magicker or mul. (Disclaimer here is that I am NOT Naiona and don't really have any say in why she does or does not accept people for special apps)
[/size] If you are asking for a d-elf.. well, maybe if you've no comments against you. Be realistic in what you ask for and be realistic about what your true game world experience is. One of the reasons why we have levels of Karma races is because we want those who play those levels of things to really -know- how the world works. Some of those High-end Karma roles are mysterious and intriguing, but truth be told, it's not the role that is that way, the role is just a set of skills. It is the player behind that role. Because those are the very -best- players in the game that have consistently shown it over and over again and they have the knowledge and background to take those roles and make something extraordinary with them.
Another reason that you "eyerolled" in a later post is trust. And trust is the most important factor in giving Karma. Yes, it is just a game, but the reason it is such a -good- game and the reason you like it so much is because of the serious responsibility the staff places on the players to play a realistic character, rewarded by the Karma system. You could just go play Hack n' Slash if you wanted to play an ordinary game. You could play a game where people break character to talk about the football game.. But you don't, you play here for the intensive RP and what I like to call the moving novel. It wouldn't be that way if we just passed out any role to anyone who wants it.
So that leaves me to believe there is only one other reason I'm stuck playing the kindergarten races and guilds. My rp must suck in the staff's eyes. If that's the case it might be nice to have the staff actually pay attention to the REVIEW command in game that's been on for 5 characters or so now. And actually tell me what the hell I'm doing wrong. I have been playing this game for some time now and I feel that it's not so much your rp ability that the staff is looking at, but just seeing how long you'll stick around to make sure you're hooked and addicted and if that's the case, well in my opinion, it's BS.
I'm going to take part as mostly frustration and impatiens. As I have said on a past thread, (that I will string up here cause I spent a day writing the post)
if you feel you have been overlooked and have superior RP skillz, email the staff to ask whats up. Explain that you feel a little neglected and would like to know what you can do to find out if your play is up to par. You are not a special little snowflake. There are some I don't know 200 or more active players we have to look at and only maybe 12-15 of us active. We -may- have missed you.
As for kindergarten roles, I have level 50 karma and can play a swirling vortex of clouds if I want. You know what I like to play? Human Rangers, best role in the game as far as I am concerned. Many of our big Karma folks actually enjoy those Kindergarten rolls a hell of a lot more than the Karma ones.
Also, this topic was just done to death less than a month ago. Lets try to close this down if we can.