OMG That rocked! I wish there was someone I could thank for this!
You're in luck! Agony pilots are not paid and give up their own PvP time to teach you. Classes take an enormous amount of effort, planning and preparation. Agony Unleashed provides this service because we enjoy teaching others our love of PvP.
So, make sure you thank your instructors and FCs! Usually a feedback thread will be started after the class where we ask for your views on what went well, what you enjoyed, and what you'd like to see done differently. Please take the time to give us your feedback! (You're also welcome to tip your instructor or FC if you have an especially good time - as I said, they don't get paid)!
Killmails - what are they and what should I do with them?
If you're lucky enough to get the final blow on a target, you will get what we call a 'killmail'. To find these, open your Character Sheet and go to the 'Combat Log' tab, then 'Kills'.
If you get a killmail on one of our classes, please post this mail on our public killboard. To do this, right click the entry in your combat log and select 'Copy Kill Information'. Then go to the Agony Unleashed website and follow the link to the Public Killboard.
Click on the 'Post Mail' tab, and paste the kill information you copied from your combat log. You will require a password in order to post this mail; to get this password simply ask in fleet chat during or after the class, and an Agony member will give it to you.
You should post both your kills and your losses (Updated Sep 2011: we used to ask for just kills because our old killboard couldn't tell the difference - the new one can, so you should post both!)
I see everyone has these neat links to their classes in their sigs, can I do that??
Sure! It's even necessary for the higher-level classes that have prerequisites that you link to your past classes.
A link is created in a forum post by using the following format in your post. The first step once you are ready to edit your post is to click the link button (it looks like a chain link, next to the bold button). That will give you starter code to fill in to create the link which looks like the following:
[ url=hyperlink url][/url]
NB I have added a space in the opening tag so that the forum doesn't process this, normally that would not be there!
From there, remove the "hyperlink url" section and put in the web address of the page you are linking. In between the "]" and the "[/url]" you enter in the text of the link. This can be a description, or the URL itself.
[ url=http://www.agony-unleashed.com]Agony Unleashed Web Site[/url]
Would show in your post as:
Now, armed with this new knowledge, this is how I would link your old course thread.
1. Open notepad or other simple text editor
2. Start your new enrollment post (helps to do this in a new window or browser tab)
3. Click the "Insert link" button to get the starter code
4. Cut and paste that code into notepad
5. Find your old course thread. You can do a search or check your post history
6. Once you have your old course thread opened, go to the first page that shows the graduate list
7. Copy the URL in your address bar and paste it over the "hyperlink url" in your notepad text
8. Find the course code from the course information, copy it, and paste it in between the brackets where the descriptor text goes
9. Once you have done this for all courses that need to be linked for the enrollment thread you are posting in, click Preview
10. Ensure that everything gets formatted correctly and test your links in the preview dialogue
11. After you have made sure everything is correct, click Submit
For example, if I wanted to attend the upcoming PVP-Wolfpacks course as an alumnus, my enrollment post would look like the following before I submitted or previewed it:
Azual - Azual Skoll (AGONY)
And it would render like this once I posted it:
I love you guys, do you think maybe I could fly with you again?!
Again you're in luck! Agony welcome alumni on all of our courses. Providing you have graduated a particular course already (i.e. you can't be an alumnus for a WOLFPACKS class if you've only taken BASIC), you can either sign up in the enrollment thread as usual (but adding that you are an alumnus), or just ask in the Agony Public channel on the day. As long as we're not totally overwhelmed with students, we'll be more than happy to have you along with us!
Oh and the best part? You don't need to pay for the class again!
For more information on returning as an alumnus, read HERE. (NB if you have not yet been granted access to the PVP-BASIC articles you will not be able to view this page!)
Where do I go from here?
Agony offer many more advanced courses, as well as a number of specialist seminars on topics from Capital Ship Support to Interdictors. You can find out more about our classes HERE.