Sindome is not the game it used to be. Staff in the upper echelons are corrupt. As long as Slither/Fengshui and Cerberus can get along or pretend to get along Johnny is happy. They actually had a dinner on the games expense some months back to help them get along better, approved by Johnny.
Which brings me to my second point. The staff have shifted their policy/view on things since 6 years ago -- when I first started out. It's not beyond them to get rid of the ones that don't see eye to eye with them but abide the rules, to mantain their status quo and retain numbers. All they care about is money. Apartments are extremely expensive, so you're forced to donate real money to even have a chance of stashing chyen (in game money) for a clone (a second chance at life). As a new player/character you have to play it extremely safe just to save up. You will get 2 weeks protection exempting you from being attacked as long as you don't attack anyone, which is useless and severely undocumented. Staff will tell you to take risks and be CP then chastise you when you fail and hold it over your head, going back on their word. They will tell you to play it safe and be thoughtful about the risks you take the next day. This game is run for their amusement and unless you're an admin pet, your roleplay, the way the world responds to you, won't make much sense. You will eventually see the favoritism, see SD for what it is. My advice is to stay away from this game. Cerberus has in the past, told me to not focus on the favoritism going on OOC'ly for the best IC experience possible. A response to my offhanded remark aimed at no one in particular, over the community's OOC channel.
The entire staff is picked out by Cerberus and it shows. As the head GM, he carefully picks prospects who have applied with traits similar in line with his, to keep him in power, and to keep his OOC favoritism going. So long as you are like Cerb and puppet NPC's for his pets as he would when he's not available, you're good for staff. It's the entire reason their application form for Staff has a in-depth personality test. If you're not a pet, again, be prepared for a hard life.
It's not beyond Cerberus to kill characters who roleplayed, and put in the effort for their in game items and chyen, to roll out the ubermax UE NPC's to stomp characters any time they set foot outside their apartment. Costing them millions in loses (Yes millions) of their hard earned, rightfully deserving payoffs to keep his two characters enemies in check, and also stunt RP and the ability of these victims to do anything meaningful. The game is, as I hinted at, micromanaged. Staff will bait you constantly, to see you fail, and if you learn to pick out what bait is and never act on it they will get annoyed and frustrated and it will show. You do not have the ability to create your own story, that is just an illusion. The day you're able to write your own story is the day staff stop meddling in IC affairs through NPC's and leave their favoritism at the door.
Cerb has also created plots to benefit one of his characters at the early stages of development. His same character runs the entire city's law enforcement and upper levels of the city and his second underaged character, a 14/yo, runs the Mix, the lower levels of the city. It's not unlike him to use his loli character to murder Judges in plain daylight on the upper levels of the city right outside the headquarters and then get away with it by conveniently not pursuing it/burying it as his character who runs said law enforcement.
I'm not even sure why Cerb still staffs or returned as he has influenced Slither heavily, for the bad, which lead to Slither framing me and banning me on made up cases and reasonings since they couldn't get it done honestly, as I was a honest player who followed rules. Cerb is only a builder and GM. That is all, yet holds the most senior rank possible. His presence to the game is toxic and destructive. If you cheat as a Judge (the most trusted staff position IC'ly attainable) by using off game communications to affect IC roleplay, Cerb will keep you on if you are a pet. This is the most sacred rule. It is seen right after logging in and carries a one year ban, yet he never banned anyone and attempted to bury it, however the staff team obviously has one or two discontened people, due to the way he runs things, and he was caught out.
All in all. Stay away. Your time will be wasted if you don't become a pet. The staff play favorites and the game is already harsh without staff taking sides. Play for six months to see what I'm talking about.
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