Server IP: 220.127.116.11:27015 Server Discord: https://discord.gg/vaUBmg9 Server Content: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=483955823 Server Map: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=171962560 Origins Networks HL2RP I would like to preface this 'review' by mentioning that before the day of writing, I had never played on Origins or any of the other servers EJ may have run in the past - though, as most people have, I've heard the whole story about how he once ran away with donation money. Despite this, it seems that in the past week Origins has gained a significant foothold in the community again and has a strong playerbase. I decided to join the server to check out what all this Origins hype has been about. End preface. At first glance, everything was normal when I joined. Made a character, walked out of the trainstation, then I realized that I hadn't had any messages pop up on my screen from chat. For some reason, even with roughly 60 ping, I was having horrible chat lag issues, but a quick reconnect fixed it. Once I was finally settled and everything was working properly, I took off to explore the city. Which was pretty barren for having 35 players connected. In the main part of the city I saw about 7 citizens after exploring for a little bit - and then I saw a random free vortigaunt run through the city towards me. He told me he was OOC, and later explained it was because none of the staff cared enough about admin requests to teleport him to the proper area or even make spawns for the vortigaunt faction, leaving them to spawn on the default map spawns in the trainstation. Later, I saw this same vortigaunt get S2K'd by a group of units who cared more about overusing VCs and S2K'ing than actually RPing at all. The player roleplaying as the vortigaunt also expressed concerns (http://prntscr.com/k840qs) about getting shot by an Overwatch unit who failed to RP at all also. This turned me off a little bit - the lack of roleplay so far was making the server seem boring, and it seemed that roughly three quarters of the population were either in the Nexus or in the Sewers, which were meant to be off-limits to the general public - but through one of the map vents, I was able to gain access to the sewers. In the sewers, I was surprised to find it, too, almost empty. I walked towards the beach, and found two rebels and a vortigaunt standing there - they paid me two thousand tokens to enter the beach and scout it out for them, which I did. I then proceeded to hide on the beach, and the rebels followed me out - only to immediately get S2K'd on the beach (it's a S2K zone while Overwatch is deployed) and promptly PK'd. One of the characters happened to be a superadmin - but not for long. Shortly after, he was demoted for general staff abuse, which started an argument, all of which happened in the global OOC chat, spamming the chat box. I took a break to write this review up to this point, eventually escaping back to the city through the sewers and through the NPC-filled Construction Zone to get rations. So far, the jist of the server seems to be full of just - weirdness, set-up wise. The staff seems to be either unsure of what they're doing or simply ignorant - it takes several requests to them to get things done, in the hour I've been connected, they've accidentally charbanned the wrong people twice, and the previously mentioned staff member (a superadmin) was demoted, someone's character name was "'More powerful then Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin Combined'" for about fourty minutes - among other things I noticed. Now, to give it credit - the server is only five days old. But some of these problems only show that the decay in staff quality that would normally happen over the course of a few months has either happened in the short run time of the server so far, or the staff that were brought on as the server was launched were poor quality to begin with. The MpF is another odd aspect of the server - it seems to be filled with either players who have little care for legitimate RP, or players who don't seem to have a good enough grasp of the game-mode to represent the server as such a core aspect of the world. If there are good players who roleplay as the faction, they are nowhere to be seen - all that I've seen of the faction in my time here is S2K, poor roleplay, and overuse of voice commands. (Update: as I was writing the following paragraph, players were told to stop commenting on the poor state of the MPF on the server by the Head of Staff and presumably MPF lead, who claims to be making attempts at improving the quality of roleplay.) I joined the discord, as mentioned earlier, and found a couple of things quite interesting. First of all, it seemed that the community made a previous attempt at a FalloutRP server in May, but that doesn't really matter much. Most of all what I noticed was that there was little actual stable formatting - I couldn't find a forum link on the discord server, so I had to ask in-game for one. I was given the link after about 4-5 admin requests, as expected, and still couldn't find what I was looking for on the forums - a set of rules! If I'm blind and just can't find the rules on the discord or forums, feel free to post them below in the comments and let me know. However, I'd like to continue discussing the discord. Here's a screenshot (http://prntscr.com/k84od5) of the discord posting rules, as outlined in the #information channel of their server. If you look at the screenshot, you'll see something mildly odd - in the red box lies their rule on NSFW content. From what it looks like, Origins doesn't even contain their NSFW content to a single, disgusting channel - from what the rule seems to me, they allow it in any channel as long as you simply say "Hey, this is NSFW." I don't need to say much more on this, other than that this just makes me sad at the state of this server while simultaneously reminding me of recent events involving other communities. Other noteworthy things I noticed were that the staff seem to have taken the side of a known carbonated beverage in the HL2RP community, defending him and silencing players on the discord who make comments towards him regarding his hobbies. They also seem to have made the choice to include donations through Paypal, despite any previous stigma involved with the server and donations. Overall, the server started off as a sort of mystery to me, not having had any real involvement with it in the past and only having heard about it and the owner through friends or people who were directly involved with it in the past. I came into it with good expectations about the roleplay quality despite what I had heard, and things slowly deteriorated to boredom and disappointment at the quality of the server and its roleplay opportunities.