Story Time: Of Polish Evil Islands servers
This is a very weird one. Evil Islands had a bunch of master-servers for its online component: Russian, English, German, Polish, French, some others. A few years after release, though, none of them were very active. None except the Polish master-server – it had games going on it all the time.
So what’s the problem? Just go to Polish master-servers and play, then! Well the problem was that they’d kick everybody who doesn’t know Polish language out. You could enter a German server and say you don’t know German and they’d be fine, but enter a Polish one and say that you don’t speak their language? A few seconds later you get kicked out from the server. Sometimes even just a simple ‘hi’ would lead to that. I don’t know what is it with Polish Evil Islands community, because, honestly, I have never encountered anything like this neither before nor since.
Months have passed, tons of unsuccessful attempts to play my favorite game with my Polish brethren (hey, I do have some Polish roots in me after all), and I have picked up a few things. Mainly that ‘cze’ means ‘hello’, ‘tak’ means ‘yes’, and ‘nie’ means ‘no’. What more do you need?
So, I’ve entered a server from Poland. And have sent a message in chat: ‘cze’. I was met with hellos back from the players on the server. Everything was fine! We were completing quests, playing together, saving each other from a bunch of crazy Lizardmen… And then something happened. Something that my genius plan to infiltrate the Polish servers didn’t account for. I was asked a question.
Oh shit. What do I do? They specifically asked me something, saw my ‘Farlander’ nickname in the message, but I have no idea what to say. Chances are that it’s a yes or no question, right? I didn’t know any other words in Polish anyway, so it’s not like it mattered if it wasn’t, I just had to choose either a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’… so I opened the chat window, and after a careful deliberation decided to send a ‘tak’. A few seconds later the chat was filled with ‘O_O’ types of messages. I don’t know what they asked. I don’t know what they deduced exactly with my ‘yes’. But I do know that a few seconds later I’ve been met with an all too familiar by this point message of being kicked out from the server.