Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Goodgame Empire - Goodgame Studios Review - Warning & Beware!

Goodgame Empire / Goodgame Studios Review

 

I have been playing this game, hosted out of Germany, for almost three years. It was a decent war game that provided adequate interaction between members with the alliance option.

Over the months the game has gone downhill.  They have created problems that cost members points, resources and men with fixes long in the making.  This ploy is to make members have to spend real cash money to make repairs and to replace men in order to continue the game.

The levels have become harder and the tasks have become almost impossible at the higher levels unless, once again, you spend hard cash to buy what you need to level up.

Support is a joke.  They do not respond, and when they do it is sarcastic with only apathy towards members.  Very hostile and very WW2 German attitudes if you ask me... The air of arrogance and superiority towards all members. 

I would recommend that you steer well away from this game unless you are kin to Trump or Howard Hughes and have lots of cash to play.  Folks that have cash have turned into bullies and are allowed to just harass other members to the point of you have two choices.  Spend cash to become stronger, or quit the game.

GGE, Goodgame Empire, has become nothing but another cash guzzling spam game with no concern for members.  It has steadily gotten worse and worse over the past 18 months.  There was a time that they cared, then they did a revamp, shutting down various aspects of their so called "empire", to save costs. Again, all about THEM making money and nothing else.

Do a Google search for a better game.  If you find something, please do share it here in comments for others to also check out.

Personally, I have spent quite a bit of cash on the game, but in moderation.  Moderation is something they can not and will not accept or comprehend.  They want hundreds of dollars out of you to be a valid competitor on the game.

Again, beware.  Play if you want, spend cash if you want, but you have been warned against doing so by someone who has been there a while.

The ability to create groups, or alliances as they call them, was the most attractive part of this game.  However the most recent ploy to make you spend cash attacked and destroyed many alliances with the only hope of continuing to spend hard earned cash to recover.

Also, note that Goodgame Empire encourages those who spend cash, to become bullies, threatening and destroying other members who are weaker.  What is sad about this game is that many members are kids, children, who have no idea what is happening and the bullies are adults.  This should be enough to have the game shut down, or black listed on Google Search and other search engines.

The reason I do not link to my account nor to the game is simply I don't condone bullying and will not be a part of a gateway to Goodgame Empire.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What Are Pagan Paths? A Binding and Relationship With The Earth Mother

Eclectic Pagans Choose A Mix To Incorporate Into Their Spiritual and Magical Lives While Many Pagans Choose Specific Traditional Paths

Many Pagans take an eclectic approach to their faith, preferring to use material from a number of sources, rather than subscribing to one pantheon and a set ritual approach. Within Paganism there are, however, distinct paths such as: Wiccans, Asatru, Shamanic, Traditional Witches, Hedge Witches, Seax and Druids. All of them offering training and support. Through the work of their leading writers and others, they are gaining acceptance within society, and being regarded as a genuine form of religion.

Pagans practice a form of ancient and newly reformed spirituality, based on our relationship to the land as Goddess and Mother. Pagan groups often have a structured hierarchy, with a High Priestess and High Priest, although this is not always the case. We have clear moral guidelines, which are found in, for example, the Wiccan Rede (more on this in a later article).

We use ritual forms of worship, often performed outdoors, at sacred sites, or sites of importance to our traditions or to ourselves. The ritual calls on our Gods and Goddesses through careful re-enactment's of mythical stories, and other forms of worship. We also use methods of divination, and some may use spell work.

Pagans and Magic

 

Pagans believe that magic is a real force which exists in the world, that this power is our birthright and that it is in our best interests to try to remember how to use it to aid our own growth and learning. The operation of magic is defined as the art of causing a change in consciousness in accordance to will. In doing so, we grow and develop, but such change attracts personal challenges and difficulties. The road is not a smooth one, nor should it be. It is through problems and difficulties that we learn to grow as spiritual beings. Although at the time it may not feel like that. In fact, these personal problems will probably completely change the way we live. So one thing anyone needs to really consider carefully when deciding to follow a pagan path is: Are you ready for such change?

Magic is a flowing, creative force and Pagan traditions reflect this by being neither still nor dogmatic. They constantly evolve and change. Every person who studies Pagan ways has something to add to the resources and traditions that already exist. Personal growth is the aim of every Pagan and to achieve this you need to find the path and the ways of working that suit you best as a unique individual. The most important rule is that you follow your heart and always do what feels right to you.

Because we work closely with the natural forces of the world we develop a deep respect for the planet and often see Her as a living entity in Her own right, the Earth Mother. This deep devotion to the Earth means that Paganism usually becomes a way of life. This way of life influences most of the decisions we will make in this lifetime on various levels. It will become a natural way of life, with the influence happening without much thought given. Finding yourself in harmony with your surroundings and the Earth that provides us with much, is a very satisfying feeling at the end and beginning of every day.