Only 1% of the applicants do this in this stylish pin.
The last time I went into Valentine in Red Dead Online, I was shot, tied up, the knife bit and shot again. A few days is the life of Rockstar’s Wild West Wonderland, where the atmosphere is magnificent but the killer is unreasonable.
I usually spend most of my time in Red Dead Online alone against the world. hunting, fishing and simply surviving in the simulation. Sometimes I can saunter to solo in the cities without happening, but unfortunately things go regularly southwards faster than a stork tied to a scramjet. It is the risk that you drive riding alone.
Today, however, it is different. Today I am not alone.
“We tend to go in two-for-two formation just because it gives a bigger impression when we go into town,” explains DirtyWorka, president of Reaper Lord’s PS4 Charter, a GTA Online MC Club which then its most popular for Red Dead Online. “We won’t shoot at anyone unless they lift a weapon in our direction.”
“In any case, we will all blow up f-k out of them,” he added with a chuckle.
9659005] We usually ride in two-for-two formations just because it gives a greater impression when we go into town.
GTA Online gave birth to crews for almost all niches you can imagine, from BMX Stunt team that beat suspension avicionados to fighter jet squadrons, and everything in between, Reaper Lords was founded as a dedicated GTA Online Motorcycle Club back in December 2013 – nearly three years before Rockstar actually released the official cyclist’s update, for years they were just one of many, Many close-knit clubs, thriving in Rockstar’s expansive urban open world, however, developed an ability to be noticed.After riding them after their transition to Red Dead Online, it is not difficult to see why.
They’ve definitely done this once or twice before …
Reaper Lords has invited me to spend a night ll with them, walk me through how they play. When I crane my camera around, Lord’s column – as they call themselves – extends almost out of the question. There are almost 20 of them running smoothly and slowly in pairs. It’s quite a picture; certainly unlike anything I’ve ever seen in Red Dead Online. It has the appearance of a cutscene or, at least, some form of set bit. The arrival of a lot of real players who patiently and purposefully go their horses to the city is so fundamentally contrary to the typical online anarchy, where players dot like hummingbirds on a nectar bender, the handful of other random players already mucking about in Valentine is completely transfixed.
“You must see this man. This is not crazy.”
“God fucking, it’s cool as hell.”
“They did and arranged their entrance and everything!”
One random opponent also pulls out the game camera
The sound is beginning to overload and crack at this time, as the spectators continue to chat exciting but, otherwise, Red Dead Online takes the load of nearly 20 new desperados falling on the city at the same time in its battle.
The column is filmed into Valentine’s main street from the south and finally ends near the gun shop. On command, they perform a synchronized split in the middle and hitch up on the right and left side of the road. Several gentlemen have freshly hunted games to shop in the butcher, as they house from the backs of their horses to the shoulders. No running; The pace is relaxed and realistic.
“We kindly get a mixed bag,” says Dirty about the subject of the crew distinctive ways of moving from place to place. “Fifty percent of people see it and they are like” Wow! “They respect it and they are cool. And fifty percent are like” Oh my god, I want to kill them all. “Throw a dynamite stick.”
We like to have fun and we want others People should have fun too.
“I can tell you, when that happens, we shoot them out of the lobby. The thing about this game, if you have 20 people in a lobby, then no one can resist you. When that happens, we simply destroy them. But again, we are not looking for it. We like to have fun and we want other people to have fun too. We get respect, we respect. We get disrespect, you become disrespected. “
The main street was a little messy when Reaper Gentlemen arrived, but it was completely calm throughout his visit.
I’m just one crew member, but I feel that if I were merged by one of these sticky rods standing and watching the gentlemen do their thing, the consequences would be difficult, but nothing happens, counting the gentlemen, myself and the handful of advocates from our lobby, There must be more than two dozen players here in Valentine right now, and it hasn’t become a single gun, much less a bullet fired.
It’s the gentle, gentle West up here and I love every moment of it.  Reaper Lords has been playing Red Dead Online since its launch, which led to the gameplay philosophies they established in GTA Online for the world of RDO.
“We still play GTA sometimes,” says Dirty. it for events, and if we have friends who are still there who do things and want to go or we will go over. “
” Some of us more than others play a lot there. But as a crew we usually spend more of our time here. “
The crew has a base, which is a modest, abandoned farm situated between the valentine, Emerald Ranch and Fort Wallace, just north-east of the Heartland oil field. The house has a functional interior and the yard itself is in a relatively quiet area of RDO’s Big Map.
Don’t be afraid of Reapers they are all wonderful, really).
“There aren’t many people running into this area on the map, so it gives a chance to just cool down and get our layers before we go and do whatever we do, “says Dirty.
The house is blue, which is the crew’s color (all gentlemen who have been mounted on the trip today wear clothes with at least one blue article) and against the edge of the property There is a single grave.
“We had a Reaper Lord who was one of our earliest members, Lord DillingerCapone; he actually went away, in reality, “explains Dirty.” So it just seemed very fitting that we would choose a place like this so we could pay tribute to him and keep his memory alive. “
About one percent of applicants will make it a full member.
“We had over 970 applications only with the Los Santos charter only, and some 930 applications for the Paleto Bay Charter. This is literally over a twelve-month period, four years in. Back 2013, 2014 and 2015 we did it regularly several times, so that was when things had slowed a bit. But it just gives you an idea. To put it in context, today we have 100 members, and many of us have been here for several years. You literally look at about one percent of those who apply will make it a full member, and the people who make it a full member tend to be here for years and years after that. It is not easy to get in, and that is why we like it. “
The crew regularly rolls as deep as the riders on Back can no longer hear the leaders.
While Red Dead Online (and especially GTA Online before it) is primarily focused on murder, chaos and all forms of assault, it is loyalty, maturity and honesty that Reaper Lords values most. Dirty explains that a certain type of personality is required to be attracted to what the club is about.
” We don’t want starters and hackers and people to judge people on the internet and only engage in racist, misogynistic, and cancer emergencies, because we want to maintain our club’s reputation, Dirty says. “It has tremendous value for each of us. We are proud to be associated with it.” “GTA is crazy. Red Dead is crazy about the world around you. It’s a mess; it’s full from everything from 12-year-olds to sociopaths who run around blowing things, but there is a certain type of personality that really likes to have a sense of order and discipline and to be part of an organization. Examples, or law enforcement. It is people who want to be part of a family and part of an organization that has little order within this crazy world. “
Back at Lord Ranch, the day has turned to the night. The crew continues to stand in a loose circle, each waiting for their opportunity to talk. No one is interrupted. Several crew members pull out torches, which eject the inky black and light the collection with a soft, warm glow.
No one is idle with their controls. No spamming emotes and trying to pay attention to themselves. There is an unprecedented level of label here, which is wildly unlike my regular online experiences, which are generally related to a package of preschools struggling over a jungle gymnastics. I can see how the crew is mature, and it seems to be particularly good for the slower world of Red Dead Online.
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When Dirty first joined Reaper Lords, he was just looking for a sensible, high-heeled group of players to play with.
“I don’t care much about the fact that it was a motorcycle club at the time,” he says. “But I’ll tell you when my time went and you play with these people day in and day out and you see some of them more than you see your own family or more than you see your friends in reality, you start falsifying these relationships. That lovingly suddenly hugs it and you are like “Wow, this has become a very important part of my life and these people have become very important parts of my life.” If I can’t get online for a week or something, I really miss them. “
” I never thought I would find anything like this in online games. It never seemed like something that was reasonable to expect, but I’m so friggin grateful to all these guys. For me, that’s what it gets. It has become literally like a second family. “
It’s a sentiment echoed by several other crew members, although there are complementary reasons that people have gravitated to Reaper Lords.
” When I first started looking for a club to join, Reaper Lords popped up everywhere “, you see them on Kotaku articles, and on Vice and that type.”
KreeKree appreciates the club structure and knows that there will always be trustworthy people to play with.
“You never miss things to do,” she says. “There is always something going on, especially when you have small mini-club events. It makes you do, mainly.”
Current club secretary Assassin1 agreed to a whim after spitting the Reaper masters on YouTube but was consumed with the challenge of earning a seat in the intensely exclusive crew.
“I” I never really played GTA or any other games with a crew as such and I thought I would give it a whirl, “he says.” Little did I know that I applied for the hardest club to come in. “
” But then it became an obsession for me, I guess, where I had to prove to myself that I could get into this club so many people have failed to enter. And of course it paid for me. “
Another member, DBoy, was committing himself to Reaper Lords after it became apparent that the crew looked like it had its heart in the right place.”
I thought maybe the entire GTA society was like this; I didn’t understand until I became more active that this was something unique.
“My first interaction with any GTA title was the same day I had my decline,” DBoy says. “Someone gave me GTA and then I put it in, I went into a lobby, everyone shot me and I shut it off. Then Googled and I went there and I continued to see the Reaper Lord name appear and then I sent filed an application, and I did not replay the game until I heard back. “
The day after DBoy sent him had a medical emergency, but a Reaper Lords crewmember checked him every day he was in hospital.
“I thought it was pretty dope and I promised I would hold it out and not release it,” DBoy continues. “I thought maybe the whole GTA community was like this: I don’t realize until I became more active that this was something unique.”
Reaper Lords has some pretty solid ideas about the kind of tweaks that would suit their brand of gameplay – free target beer, a simpler way to distinguish between friends and strangers on minimap, and more prominent activities that can be done within the free power frame as a team – but there is definitely a strong sense of respect for the world of Red Dead Online as it is for currently standing.
“I’ve been here about a week and it is different from where we came from, in GTA,” says the Canadian member Duel. “I appreciate it. I like the atmosphere of it. The idea that the environment is more natural. I like the hunting part. I think it is very relaxing. You go out into the bush there with your rifle, and you track your appreciated animal, and when you get it that death is actually quite satisfactory in my opinion. “
I don’t need my funny spoon fed to me. The online experience for me is about the people you play with.
“When GTA came out, it was a mess when online came out, but it evolved into the largest online game ever, adds dirty. “As far as online is concerned, it is not for me that Rockstar needs to entertain me. They created this amazing environment that I can do what I want, so for me, the online experience is more environmentally friendly where I can have fun with my friends. do not have to have my fun spoon fed to me. The online experience for me is about the people you play with. “
After a night trip with thunderstorms that break in distance, much of the second hour of our session is dedicated to an entertaining, improvised camp club. The crew has taken over a Blackwater bar and the gentlemen claim it in brutal one-on-one fist fights. While not fighting, members are happy to wait for their turn on the balcony above and listen to the discussion, which is surprisingly easy to follow for a room full of nearly 20 people. Reaper Lords seems more than capable of finding or creating their own fun in Red Dead’s western sandbox. They are obviously not such players who need a checklist of official activities dangling at the end of a string to stave off boredom.
The losers were released and dumped in the street; I was one of them.
“It’s really unfortunate that so many people just see the Rockstar logo and they just assume it will be like GTA,” said crew sergeant, Firefoxkitt. “Everyone I’ve talked to, and the articles I’ve read they don’t appreciate the game for what it is. It’s a beautiful game and you can do so much in it.”
It’s a beautiful game and you can do so much in it.
Firefoxkitt believes that Red Dead Online should be allowed to remain separate from more madcap GTA Online, adamant that Red Dead Online is specially on its own path.
“I think many people are getting lost on that; they do not appreciate all the details of this game that are doing well, she says. “They just want this game to be like the other game they love.”
The night of battle ends with an all-in bar brawl; the piano player barely notices.
Back in Valentine, every player on my screen is part of the crew – but there are still a handful of people floating and watching the spectacle. One of them runs up to the leader group, standing in a rough semicircle, observing the scene.
“What do you even do?” He asks seriously.
“We just play Red Dö, bridge, answer Dirty, see that several other gentlemen deal with carcasses on the valentine’s slaughter.
” You have a horrible unique way to do it, “the player continues.” It’s a sweep by people. I do not even think I know these many people. “
Dirty asks the Ombudsman if he ever saw so many players in a lobby, everyone does their own things and does not quarrel others.
” I don’t have, guy; I’m really surprised by that man, honestly, “admits the player.” “We don’t shoot unless people become hostile with us,” Dirty explains. “We’re just trying to keep it quiet and have fun playing the game.”
“Yes, I will leave it,” replies the player.
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“God condemned who was a mighty mass of people.”
“That’s what a posse should be like” notes a second voice.
“It’s not a posse,” replies the player. “It’s an army.”
Luke is a gaming editor at IGN’s Sydney office. You can find him on Twitter in a few days @MrLukeReilly . Anyone who is interested in joining Reaper Lords can fill out an application on their website.