Why You Can't Win Duels
Anyone whose played Iron Realms role playing games for any period of time has decided at some point that they wanted to learn how to join the illustrious ranks of the combatants, and get involved in a little PvP. However, it seems that no matter how good you get, or how many neat little tricks you learn, there's always some reason why people won't acknowledge you as a good combatant. Well, here's a list of reason why you may not be given the credit of being a good warrior in your favourite IRE game, even if you do get a lot of kills.
1) An overpowered skill set
A common problem in every IRE text game is that there will always be a class or specialization that is viewed as being inherently overpowered. People will maintain that these classes only stay as they are because the administrators have somehow forgotten to beat them to death with the infamous nerf stick. No one will give you the credit you deserve for winning a duel with such a skill set unless you go out of your way to use it, or if the administrators actually do nerf the text game skill set, just to keep people from complaining about it on the forums.
2) Cheap Tactics
Even if your skill set isn't overpowered, there's a good chance that hidden inside your seemingly innocent abilities is an unholy combination that is so effective, and so painful to your enemies that it's clearly obvious that the creators of the skill set never once intended for the skill to be used in such a way. The honourable thing to do is upon discovering such a combo is to immediately bug it, as a clearly effective tactic must be cheating, no matter how clever you were to think of it, and to never use it in combat. If you do use it in combat, your win will be ignored, and you'll be called a cheap fighter who has to rely on one trick to win.
3) Dishonourable Duels
Even if you don't have an overpowered rpg game skill tree, or use cheat tactics, it' still very possible to get an undeserved win by fighting dishonourably. Have you ever jumped someone while they were hunting? Ever started a fight when someone was hungry, or sleepy, or when you had some area defenses in effect? If you've ever done any of these things, then you're immediately counted as a dishonourable rpg game warrior, who can't fight anyone on equal grounds. The only way to avoid this horrific title is to fight someone when you have the exact same defenses as they do, when you both have the same level of hunger and sleepiness. Also, if you do happen to win a duel just because someone had a bit of lag, then you're an evil opportunist! You should have been able to see in the middle of combat that your opponent had lag.
4) Another Person's system
One thing that all combatants in all IRE games have in common is this: A good automated curing system. Most people have learned how to do some basic scripting so they can make a system that allows them to be competent at fighting. But, what if you want to be a warrior, but can't script? Well, you better learn! Although there's many system available for most IRE games either for free, or for credits, some people will simply shrug when you use these system, and say "Well, sure, they can fight, but only because of Scripty McScriptalot's system!" So, while your text game wins won't be discredited entirely, they will be credited not to you, but to the system you're using.
This is likely the main reason your duels will be declared cheap wins. Saying "he/she is a artifact whore" is the main way that people shrug off those who seem to be really good at combat. If you beat someone at combat, but then it gets out that you have an artefact or two to help you in combat, then not only is your win discredited, but you yourself, as a character, are discredited. I mean, how dare you spend a commodity other then time to help increase your skill in a text based game that is intended for fun anyway? Shameful!
If you still want to be a combatant, it's still possible, just make sure that you go into every duel without doing any of the above combat taboos, and maybe, just maybe, someone will pat you on the back for beating them once in a fight in an online game.
But don't hold your breath.