About Silence Dogood

Born on board a ship sailing to Boston, lost father celebrating her birth the very day. Married to a Country Minister/Bachelor for nearly seven years with 2 girls and a boy, until his death. Now remained in a state of widowhood for several years. "I have a natural Inclination to observe and reprove the Faults of others, at which I have an excellent Faculty."

Open Beta Coming Soon?

salem concept art _ galleon

Salem Concept Art Copyrighted by Paradox Interactive

Directly from the Salem Facebook Announcement:

Future pilgrims and excited colonists to be!

As you might have noticed there are no longer ships leaving daily from England to bring you to the New World. But do not fret!

Our great King Charles I has stated that He, in all His Holiness, “Can’t wait to get rid of those wretched Puritans and criminals!” — which we at court interpreted as “There will be more ships leaving soon, carrying many to the New World!”

Salem Facebook Announcement

Account Issue & A Bug Fix

Those of you who have either played alpha or Pre-Commercial Salem and have decided to recently come back and play may have find that they are unable to transfer their old Paradox accounts over to the new system.
loftar said that Paradox Connect has stopped responding as of October 2nd, and TotalyMoo confirmed that Connect is down permanently. If you are unable to play the game now, but were able to before should try contacting TotalyMoo at support@paradoxplaza.com with your account details, although you will most likely lose your original account name.

Forum thread

Ass_Kraken, also known as DDDsDD999, has managed to uncover a new server crashing bug involving looms on Sunday, October 14th, reported in IRC.
Fortunately loftar was around when Kraken accidentally crashed the server and was able to fix this bug immediately.


He had tried to contact loftar earlier in IRC about this strange and serious bug before the bug managed to crash the server. Well done, Kraken!
Let us congratulate you on your beta testing ability, please accept this fancy memorial loom picture as a gift!

“There you go again”

Just the same old same old.

There you go again!

Cheif Poop is still rambling on about his newb killing spree even after he was killed multiple times. Badich and Co. seem to have had a lot of fun with it, damaging The Apple pretty harshly, but it’s just another key to the midway; the Scalping thread still goes on forever with fabulous tribal photo-shopping (or MS-paint) skills.
Forum thread

Big Apple bitten by Samsung

“Round 2″ of Russians vs Chief, that Wildvlad mentioned in MrEllu’s trap thread proved to be a fake, and it seems it had nothing to do with the Chief at all, unfortunately for them. Hopefully we will hear of a real Round 2 soon.
Forum thread

 

There you go again!

Just another boring rehash of Chief’s rampage is told by alloin, known under a multitude of names such as Wishy, Zacchaeus, TaxCollector, King Charles and so on.

Thank You town, darkness modified by MvGulik

The difference, though, is that this self-appointed King and his slaves hide deep in the darkness town called Thank You. They claim to be collecting taxes from us puritans, who are no longer subjects after Cromwell cut Charles’ head off at Whitehall on 30 January 1649 and ended the absolute monarch forever.

Taxation without Representation

But just like Chief, they only go after the poor players for taxes and never visit rich towns even after staxjax invited them officially by giving away his coordinates for free.
Forum thread
Forum thread

~ Editorial Notice ~
We regret to inform our readers of the cancellation of the article “Interview with the Dead” dealing with the vile child-killer known as Chief Poop, and 2 other articles on BTK due to a strange epidemic of coma attacking all three writers in charge. We suspect some foul magic is at work here.

Potpourri

lennfinan said he had spotted a Conquistador in Boston. But with no plate, tall boots, nor gloves.

According to Glenn, this mysterious Conquistador, who could possibly be checking if there were any demands for slaves, offered to sell his red-and-yellow-striped outfit to Glenn for a million silver and his “soul”. It’s a relief that he didn’t accept the offer, or our colony could have been doomed.

 

Vigilance had some fun stealing peaks. He might tell us what he was peeking at in later news. We do not know what yet, but he should be entertaining us all, hopefully.
Forum thread

 

ometimes players surprise us with how charitable they are, but often you forget such surprises after running across horrible events or taking a look at the most active threads.

anox, a pious puritan doing good deeds in the New World, has tried to share such random acts of compassion on the forums. However, the thread hasn’t gained the sympathy of many and is stuck at one page. These actions may be too common for some puritans to talk about, but if you ever feel like sharing such experiences with others, feel free to share. No matter how much we love drama, it is nice to feel warm about your fellow players sometimes.
Forum thread

Tumbleweed Rolling

he race for the next MPD award has been more heated than we had expected. Several candidates are pushing hard to win one in the forums every day, getting hinnomed one by one, but none seem to give up. Who would you vote for the next MPD award?
Forum thread
The MPD Award

cammers seem to be prospering in Boston. Since most traders use alts, kinning before transaction does not seem to help. However, making a list of scammer’s names is not a bad thing and posting their names should be more encouraged. A describe option would really help as well, and hopefully we will see that implemented very soon.

The best thing you can do right now to stop scammers is to ask for their identity through forum pms and look through their posting history before making a deal. Confirm that the individual you are messaging on the forums is the same guy you are trading with in game. Many trustworthy traders make use of the forum, and value their reputations there. Still, there are some traders who love to be “notorious”, or may have many alt accounts, and will try to trick you. Following these steps will help bring us one step closer to eradicating scammers, even if it is a slow process.
Forum thread
Forum thread for discussion
Failed thread but nonetheless

Flying Brazier spotted by Charmander

he Ragers of Lumberwood, yet again let rogoku, aka coonman, create another thread despite knowing his horrible reputation on the forums and IRC. According to the thread, rogoku and his mates have been threatening his neighbors of Trinity where wrath lives. Wrath is known to be naughty, “borrowing” stuff from neighbors without consent, so it is entirely possible that rogoku was only trying to re-obtain what belonged to him after being robbed.

coonman is dead again

People of Trinity do not seem to read the forums and did not respond nor ask for help from available rangers, all of which wanted a reason to smack rogoku. In the end, rogoku and Arcanist were tricked into a fight and killed by Vigilance disguised as Chief and Gunnar.

Vigi vs Yasso & Tim

Yasso, the leader of TROL has promised me on IRC that we would be seeing some new entertainment presented by them on the forums in the near future. I only hope that he will not let rogoku write up their story this time.

As of October 24th, Vigilance and Gunnar were summon-killed by Mushibag. Hopefully we can present you another story on this in the next issue.
Forum thread
Misplaced posts
Forum thread

exar is currently looking for a ranger to take care of a robber. He has posted a bounty of “900 gold”, people are still unclear if he means to offer 900 silver, or some other unknown currency. I hope some noble rangers will help you, no matter what you are offering, Lexar!
Forum thread

arwoth and his crew planned a trap, and it seems they managed to catch a few Russian players in it. MrEllu started a thread showing the site of the crime and put a stress on one of them saying “Entering Trinsic“, which is the name of one of the bases Darwoth was using, and shows a screenshot of this familiar hermit base as the criminal’s home.
The thread itself was pretty strange from the start when MrEllu was mentioning Chief Poop in OP and more so when one of the russians, Wildvlad said “Russia VS Cheif round 2″, because most forumers who had read the thread knew that this place did not belong to Chief, unless of course he was playing with Darwoth. “Oh forum drama… first thing to read when i woke up”, MrEllu once said in IRC. How can he pretend to be unknowing, and leave his rangers uninformed?
“Russian mafia hitmen are an endless resource”, MrEllu said in one of his posts after Darwoth successfully killed those Russian rangers. Would a noble citizen choose such a phrase to talk about the noble rangers he hired with his petty amount of silver? I cannot help but doubt it.
Forum thread

ylan started his literature in CoH, called “A Pilgrim’s Journal” and it currently has 5 entries. It deals with the traumatic misadventures of a young pilgrim, related in the form of a diary. The Courant eagerly awaits the next episode of this dark tale.
Forum thread

re our volunteer moderators abusing their power on the forums? Maybe, maybe not. You can laugh out loud with sabinati‘s new thread in CoH on this and you may be able to find out if they are actually abusing or not. You find it bizarre? Maybe you need to learn the true fun of trolling and being trolled!
Forum thread

amerZakh started making his videos again. One of his latest videos introduced the Courant in it! Thanks, GamerZakh! (you cannot die from swimming though! you get KO’d when you run out of phlegm.)

GamerZakh’s youtube video

Obituary

Karen's public domain image
R.I.P. Mushibag
Slain at the hands of Time Warner Cable Internet on October 3rd, along with his alt, Raoul_Duke. Many alts were sacrificed to save him, but it was all in vain.

by Anonymous » Oct 4, 2012

 

Karen's public domain imageR.I.P.
Pilgrim Robed Player
Your character will be forgotten but your Scalping Screenshot lasts forever

The Chief will never forget the light in your eyes and the pep in your step when promised 200 silver to step off the boston claim. Never has somebody loved by so few provided laughs to so many. May you make it more than 4 hours in your next life.

by jwhitehorn » Fri Oct 19, 2012

Karen's public domain imageHomosexual lovers, Gunnær and Vigilance, age 10 and 58 respectively, were cut down after a night of rough yet tender loving. They were killed with Mushibag‘s sword, Akalimainijahd, given to him by Bait. The two lovers managed to whisper “I love you” to each other before their last breath.

Gunnær enjoyed pumpkin seeds, snake-skin boots and blazing braziers for the light they made while he made love with Vigilance, and for their haunting mooing sound.

Vigilance enjoyed tumbleweeds, pocket watches and singing logs for how they sang Barry White upon request and for their haunting mooing sound.

by Ass_Kraken » Wed Oct 24, 2012

Forum thread

Potpourri

aoul_Duke is offering a bounty of 10,000 silver for destroying the whole town of Blind The King, now run by baronbowden. He was exiled from BTK and was trapped inside, and is looking for someone to rescue him.

On the other hand, baronbowden says they are quite certain that Raoul is a thief, taking advantage of the claim permissions. Whether it was a false accusation is blurred by MPD award holder Realak taking on the mission.

Raoul said that jwhitehorn, aka Chief Poop, had agreed to take the contract, but recently changed his mind.

“I can’t believe the Chief backed out. I thought for sure he was going to be able to handle it, as big as he talks,” Said Raoul in IRC.

In attempt to excuse his actions, jwhitehorn finally admitted his own death caused by Bait.

Bait said that he would take on the mission if nobody else did within 24 hours and continued killing more of Chief’s Doppelgängers.
Forum thread

rath, one of the IRC regulars, claims to have started building walls on South Boston Beach. He is considering of putting up a sign that reads, “all pass here die”. Wrath was looking for a well-secured fortress to settle in while trying to bug new players with his walls when he was killed last Friday.

South Boston Beach after an alt massacre

Despite the situation on South Boston Beach, Wrath said that the bodies piling up at the beach, where he was suposed to have his walls up, were not because of him. Some randoms killed alts for lolz calling it the “Milky Way”. Cause of Wrath’s death is for a yet unknown and unrelated problem.

the final moment of wrath

He was known to steal from unguarded settlements nearby. He was trading in Boston Centre for overpriced wheat seeds when fate finally caught up after his crime buff disappeared.

T-T-T, or Tyrone Tyrese Thomson, provided the picture and said, “Guess theres no retarded fence going around Boston”.

T-T-T, however, denied persecuting him. “Only pmed him to go to Boston”, he said.

reg0418, who lost 3 iron bars due to an unlucky encounter with a bear, scammed someone else in Boston for 5 iron bars with 10% higher purity, and called the victim “an idiot” last Tuesday. He claims to have scammed about 1500 silver in the last few days.

“The only people who get scammed for a lot are just idiots who deserve it. I’ve been scammed before, but never for more than like 50s,” he said.

He often appears in IRC and Trade Winds, and readers who ever decide to trade with him should be wary. His bragging in IRC gets more exaggerated by the day. Just last Saturday he changed his talk about scamming as to average 1k silver a day, and added his highest as 7k.
greg0418’s post

n the last issue of the Courant, I reported about the raid on Oin32 and his friends by Verde Selva as part of a Potpourri article. darnokpl objected to the event I described and left a complaint on the article and in the Courant thread.

He was not happy about the line, “destroyed the whole camp” and challenged the town bell feature by making Oin32 or a friend of his become the rightful mayor of the town bell he placed when he raided them.

In Pre-com Beta world, Sevenless had issues with a town bell whose charter belonged to someone else.  Although we have not heard any news on this bugfix so far, darnokpl claimed it was already fixed.

I promise my sincerest apology when/if darnokpl proves the feature to be fixed already and succeeds in making Oin32 or his friend a mayor.

We do not know, however, if Oin32 has agreed to this testing, nor if darnokpl has made any progress.
The said article of the last issue with comments
Forum thread where the wager is made
Sevenless’s Paradoxplaza thread on town bell issue

here has been some confusion on certain criminal acts as to which crime leaves what kind of scents. According to an unnamed source, jorb has confirmed that the “Waste” skill in Salem is the equivalent of “Vandalism” in Haven, thus vandalizing acts such as harvesting from claimed farms or digging soil from claimed land would be using “Waste”.

However, there seems to be an oversight on mining feature and currently mining ore from a claimed mine does not leave any scents. A prompt fix is expected.

unnar, known as one of the friendliest and most trustworthy players in Old World, has written the very first piece of Salem literature recently, after his long awaited come-back.

He gives his thanks to the kind hermit Stellar, who rescued him from a cricket and gifted him a backpack.
Gunnar’s comeback thread
Salem’s first literature

  ranger collected the bounty Ikpeip had offered and the deed was dealt.The background story is not known.

The perpetrator resided in town of AS, located at South end of the lake at [-26, 95] according to his thread. Lesser bounties for damaging the town and towns people are still available.
Ikpeip’s bounty thread

rakuleg is looking for a man with the nickname Owyn. Orakuleg’s village was attacked and he was killed. He unfortunately does not remember the name of Owyn’s village, but should start with “New Kv ***”.
Forum thread

our NPCs in the game are appealing to be named, according to Dallane. Three of them stay at the port of England to see you off to the New World, wishing you luck, another stands in front of bank in Boston, helping you for your silver needs.

Tylan has shown his talent of giving them well-thought out names. Whether he will be the Godfather of the NPCs or not is yet to be seen.

jorb said, “We’re going to eventually personalize and diversify the ingame shops a bit. Names will be had at one point or another”.
Forum thread

he man pretending to be loftar, that I mentioned in one of the articles in last issue of the Courant, turned out to be an important person of Paradox.

Gordon Van Dyke is head producer of WotR and industry veteran, according to TotalyMoo.

It seems Swedes love plaid shirts so much that the community became confused.
Silence Dogood might be in a deep trouble.
Check the pic at the bottom of the page
Gordon Van Dyke

Update : Swimming and Boats Implemented

The long awaited update has finally arrived and gifted us the ability of swimming and row boats to navigate through waterways in Salem world.

Announcement thread

Some players are saddened to hear that they could not walk on water like Jesus any more, but many others stepped in deep water to congratulate and enjoy this new feature. You would love this swimming animation for sure, as long as you have enough phlegm not to drown and get KO.

above – beautifully made video recorded by Lusewing

The severity of the phlegm use is rather mild compared to the one of the Old World, and unfortunately it does not seem to be lethal enough to drown a witchy woman for her innocence as King James I of England suggested in his book THE DAEMONOLOGIE.

Some players built boats right away and enjoyed their first voyages here and there.
First Voyage by Droj
Forum thread by Droj

In case your graphics are not behaving well with boats, Jorb mentioned to update clients for a better experience. Also, don’t forget, “Ctrl + Click” to get off the boat.

Obituary

Karen's public domain image

Found bones on a beach,
Made the long walk to the church.
Now my friend can rest.

Goodman Lefalas, 30, died of dysentery earlier this month. Having suffered a sword wound to the stomach, he made it as far as the ocean before expiring upon the sand.

The Goodman was a great lover of inspirationals and exploration. He had dreams of mountain climbing which, alas, will never be fulfilled. He was also highly appreciative of women, and would often idle outside of the unused building in Boston that he insisted would be the town brothel.

Goodman Lefalas is left and mourned by no kin. His friend Tylan extends an invitation to the citizens of Boston to pay their respects during this Sunday’s mass.

by Tylan » Thu Sep 27

 

Karen's public domain imageR.I.P. Coronado
Was just another hermit trying to mind his own business.
Should have kept up to date on the game announcements.
You got your revenge, escaped the law, but could not outrun karma…

by pushedx » Sat Sep 29

 

Forum thread

Bugfix: Porta-alts & Tracking

Summoning a character without a homestead will now instantly kill that character.
by jorb » Wed Sep 25

The fix is implemented due to the abusive porta-alts, which raiders seem to have used for carrying loots back and forth quickly until very the fix. Many raiders had taken it as a feature, but this new patch shows it was never intended to exist for that purpose.

When in doubt, report!
Announcement thread
First thread that brought up the potential abuse of alts by painhertz

(On Tracking bug)
This bug should be fixed now.
by TotalyMoo » Wed Sep 26

According to many in the community, there was a tracking bug where you could track by using one clue alone. It was promptly fixed as soon as it was known to exist.

“This is still a beta so you are supposed to report these things as you find them, not use them for personal gain!” Said TotalyMoo in regards to bug abuse.
the split thread for the tracking bug

The MPD Award

It is with great pride we announce that Realak has been awarded the very first Most Pathetic Douchebag (MPD) Award.

MPD trophy designed by Sacre

The MPD Award is an award that recognizes exceptional douchebaggery worldwide who actively share their  in-game activities and/or forum posts with others.

The editorial board of the Tumbleweed Courant offically recognize and appreciate Realak’s extraordinary contributions and want to take this opportunity to share our appreciation with all the subscribers.

Realak, known to be an ex-fanboi of Painhertz, set out on his vision quest to be a bigger douche than his master last March, and was said to be spamming dozens of fan letters and stalking the veteran douche, asking to live with him in game.

When Realak realized his master was too scared of being surpassed, he started his new vision quest; harrassing his master.

He tried hiding his real identity to join his master’s town (but exiled shortly after being found out), revealing the coordinates of his whereabouts, exposing private skype logs, &c. His incredible adventure includes walking around randomly in Salem world until he actually bumped into his old master’s new claim, in order to kiss someone else’s arse (most likely Darwoth’s, mentioned later) by giving out the info.

The most notable achievement Realak has made during his vision-quest to shame himself so far is when he claimed to have summoned, fought and murdered Darwoth, another douche-master newb-killer. While Realak couldn’t even kill his old master Painhertz himself.

He also accused the rightful persecutors of Darwoth as some randoms asking for the reward with fake proof.

Realak’s imaginary talk in one of the related thread, time stamp@utc+9

Our agent has succeeded in making contact with the real persecutor group of dignified rangers, who successfuly hunted down and murdered Darwoth but wish to stay anonymous for their humility. They confirmed their work as well as the fact that Realak never belonged to this group.

Upon informing Realak of this honoroble award he was to receive, we had him visiting in our thread. He said enthusiastically and proudly,
“Considering all the spies I have in most of the “big” active towns, pretty sure I’ll be just fine. I’ll know your coming. You know that guy that works hard and logs in now and then, but isn’t truly active? yeah, that’s me.”
He never fails to entertain.

Congratulations to Realak. We are excited to recognize your amazing accomplishments and are proud that we selected you over your masters for this award. Even legendary names such as xweetok and shadowchris in Old World cannot match your douchiness!

Warning to the Community:
Realak of course has an alt account or two on the forums. Be very careful when you recruit a stranger. You wouldn’t want this idiot in your village now would you?

Sources
Realak’s latest douche thread
Raoul’s bounty and Realak’s another fiction attempt
Urughak’s thread with Realak’s Salem debut as a douche
(Realak’s amusing fictions in the above thread)
related : Darwoth getting summon-killed
RAGERS of the lumberwood thread, derailed madness
Realak’s wonderful critique on The Tumbleweed Courant
Hinnomed gibberish
Realak’s another fiction on his own ip ban

Special thanks to Painhertz and the anonymous rangers who accepted our interviews.