It took me 4 years but I finally left Planetside.
The straw that broke the camels back was having the morale of the outfit torn out of it during the Outfit Wars event. The Outfit Wars even was a tournament which required each outfit to gather 30 players together for a scheduled time and then duke it out over ownership of a couple of bases.
Leading up to the event I was incredibly excited, as was the rest of my outfit and I think the entire player base, populations were up, squads were full and battles were raging across the game world 24/7. We were asked to get the Vindicators to form up an hour before the first fight and we turned up with 45 members, all hoping to get a place in the tournament platoon and have a chance to help grab us victory. We all waited the hour and were ready to go, but the other team were not. 45 minutes later we were finally warped to the location and got ready to start; the other team had not amassed enough players from their own outfit and were scrounging up mercenaries to aid their cause. When the game started we rolled over the enemy and destroyed them utterly; it was a fantastic thing to see, our aircraft tore through the skies, tanks roared across the desert and our defence team sat back with very little to do apart from prepare explosive traps. Needless to say we won that round.
The next fight we had similar numbers show up to try out, and again we won easily. Except the enemy claimed that they were all warped back to sanctuary when they died rather than being allowed to respawn at their base.This was due to the fact that we had destroyed/disabled all of the enemy spawn points and they had NO WHERE TO SPAWN on the continent. This the GMs somehow took to mean that they could be awarded a draw rather than a loss and our victory was stolen from us, as well as any chance of winning with a clean sweep despite our own GM initially telling us we had won.
Following this our numbers turning up died down although only to the allowed maximum amount of players for the games. The next fight went well, we got another win which was a damned good and almost even fight if memory serves.
The next game was disastrous. However not due to our own failure, but by the GMs again. The fight itself was great, almost a stalemate but for the last minute where our troops got into the enemy based, disabled the spawn room and got a hack on the enemy control console. This action by the rules should have allowed us extra time to defend the hack and potentially win the game. 10 seconds after we placed the hack and it was announced one of the two GMs called time on the game. Our GM then called time also despite a flood of messages from us asking wtf was going on simply as due to the other GMs poor timekeeping that was it and it was over. Victory was snatched away yet again.
The next fight our available numbers dropped again and we had to scrounge a handful of members to fill our platoon, but we won.
The final fight was against a TR outfit that was famed for their skill and rapid assaults using fighter aircraft. They had won every previous game with the same tactics; massive air assault followed by parachuting onto the base and taking it rapidly. We adjusted our game plan to suit, we would blunt the enemy assault at our base by defending, then move out when we could to there base when the pressure let up. The fight itself went exactly as we planned; they came, they dropped into the base and then got fried by our defensive teams. Our spies overlooking their base reported back their activity; they simply grabbed another aircraft, waited for a group and then came again. Eventually they tired of dying and stopped bothering to attack, just hovering around the continent waiting for us to assault them so they could fly in behind our advancing forces and take our base. We made efforts to advance, but every time our defenders called us back to help fight off the aircraft and paratroops. They were outraged that we had scuppered their plans for a clean sweep (doing so also allowed a fellow VS outfit to win the tournament with a clean sweep) and hurled abuse at us on the forums, but we had done what no other outfit had managed and not let them beat us. Some of our members agreed with them in saying that we should have attacked more and part of me agrees with them to be honest. However there is little to no defence in Planetside against the tactics they were using unless you simply put guns in every entrance to a base; the aircraft cannot be killed fast enough to stop the pilots jumping out over your base if they come in numbers. Anyway I will talk about problems with PS in particular in a future post.
The two GM screw ups were enough to decimate our morale and our membership, enough to make me finally give up on the game (we had already all but rebuilt the outfit twice following WoWs release and the disaster that was BFRs).