A Race to Black Experience
1stJul 9, 2011
- First I want to say thank you for all the nice messages and positive feeedback I am receiving about the race!
So the account “Emmaleigh” was a little bored with the site and busy with real life. I barely logged on but I was told of this “Jubbzy black race thing” which really interested me! It sounded like a challenge that I was definitely up for. Often, people give me shit for doing well due to my “status” and “popularity” which I have always felt was not the case. I work hard in all games I play and usually do not join with premades. I felt this race would allow me to prove just that.
Jubbzys blogs stated who was in the race and gave karma updates which I hated, haha. I tried to fly under the radar so there was not a target on my back. Within the first week, some racers stated who they were and quickly joined numerous games but I thought the slow and steady pace would work best (as did Aduro). So, for the first week I had 0 karma when others already had 15. I figured for all the racers who stated who they were would shortly become a target because they were known racers and it appears that is what happened. The early front runners fell behind. It was only 3 days ago where everyone started to think Ahava was Emmaleigh. My skype and my tengaged inbox were bombarded! I tried to deny it or ignore it but if you had an inclination it was maybe obvious. Luckily I had Hack trying to be me which took some attention off of Ahava!
Anyway, being a newer member is hard! Most people dismiss you, do not pay attention to you, take advantage of you, skip your blogs (when you really need t’s) etc. If you want to be a newer successful member, you have to fight hard which I do not think most “newbs” would do. They would most likely get fed up and leave. In rookies, people would take advantage of you and there is almost no hope in doing well because usually it is a battle of 2 premades. Obviously with me knowing what a premade is, I knew how to “try” to deal with it but real new players would not. You try to get in with both sides, so as each one gets hoh you’re safe regardless as they knock each other out. I have such respect for newer rookie players, and guys please try to take at least 1 “newb” to final 4 :) It will instill their hope in the game and probably make them very happy. It would probably also help the tengaged community grow even more so! Also plus and comment on their blogs please!
Beside the negative aspect of being a newb, there are some individuals who are AMAZING! Most notable nicest “vet” to Ahava was Schmooboy! Emmaleigh didn’t really know Schmooboy but she has seen him around. He was so helpful. He helped out Ahava so much and consoled her when she was pissed about getting out of her first rookies game. He educated her on premades and was more than happy to help her out. I started getting to know him and it crossed my mind if I would wind up hurting him at the end. I did not want him to think I lied to him or deceived him happen because I have gained so much respect for him and genuinely enjoyed his company. Luckily he was not and he is still amazing! Ianfritz was also such a sweetheart to Ahava. He tried helping her out and was such a positive personality! Emmaleigh is friends with Ian but never saw that helpful, sweet side to him haha. Other notables that went out of their way to Ahava were Candaceglam, realityfreek, Tymu888, straspytlicek, shayybayy and bb5lover.
There was a game where I knew if I had said I was Emmaleigh I would not have been evicted, but to me that was not the point of this challenge/race. I wanted to depend on my brain and strategy. In this game http://www.tengaged.com/game/35460 I knew if I told King Mac who I was I would have been safe but I did not resort to that. Also Zmilner who took advantage of Ahava the newb also looks up and likes Emmaleigh but he evicted me and lied to me. Another player who loves Emmaleigh and was rude to Ahava was Johneh. After finding out he was in 2 alliances, we evicted him he said to Ahava,
[7/7/2011 1:46:29 PM] Johneh: you're a fucking nobody!
I know he would never say that to Emmaleigh. This just reinforces that people think newbs are less intelligent and less significant than them but you no idea people’s backgrounds. For all they knew I could have been a rocket scientist or a celebrity behind my avatar. Do not disrespect players if you have nothing to base your judgment on. If I did something dumb or rude in the past maybe that comment would have been warranted but I never displayed dumb behavior or met him and I certainly may be somebody. Everybody is somebody.
One of Ahava’s favorite and hardest games was a game she joined against a 7 man premade http://www.tengaged.com/game/35649. Akomes was the leader and was after Ahava but she won the first POV and decided to stall due to her -4s. Anyway I finally decided to use it and wound up getting HOH! This led to Akomes being nommed and being evicted 7-1 even with his premade present. He got himself banned after that display of embarrassment. Some of us in that game than reorganized and made a new alliance. My favorite part of that game is when Akomes told Ahava to get a life (while she was stalling) and then stated by Akomes 0 min ago
sorry sean, but i refused to go out with friends tonight to stay home and play a couple of games...and now i am at home and i have nothing to do
Akomes was another one that liked Emmaleigh and rude to Ahava.
I found it ironic that I became friends with people that Emmaleigh was not friends with (ie NexusCain) and actually did not get along with people that Emmaleigh does like (ie PinkKitten). It was so refreshing getting a new look at the site. I am sad this is over. It was such a positive experience for me, proving that you don’t need status to do well.
I want to thank Jubbzy for organzing this, it was a BRILLIANT idea. I apologize to anyone if they felt deceived if I lied about my identity. I know I have so much more to say about this experience and I feel like I am leaving so much out! Also if you have any questions for me/ahava about this experience feel free to ask and I will blog/vlog answers.
*totally understand if you do not read this, it is damn long*
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