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Originally posted by Gazwkd

This is very much about Smart. He has a vendetta against Chris Roberts and SC. HE can sugarcoat however he wants and try and deflect attention from it, he attacks the project whilst heavliy pushing his own current flop/mess of a game.

I also find it ironic he complains about how CIG has terminated business with him and refunded his money when stuff like this is out there:

 

Talk about irony ;)

 

This recent youtube vid sums things up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFTrr786M2I

He's a toxic individual and is simply out for his own gain - not for the benefit of gamers.

Nice try. Difference being that I have never - ever - posted on their forum. Period. I haven't committed ANY offense that requires banning, or any such action.

 

I have been following many a thread on the Internet since this shit-storm started. I knew, going in, that this is precisely what would happen once I raised these points. And because it's me raising the alarm, the attacks would be fast, and furious.

None of this bothers me. People, through the years, have shit talked me for decades. Meanwhile, I'm still here, doing what I love, making games.

And in all these shit-postings, they keep citing urban legend bullshit, passing it off as fact, and which is what prompted me to even write this blog, The Gaming Urban Legend after sitting down with legal to discuss what was about to be an industry-wide shit storm once I started writing these articles.

We knew that, right off the bat, if/when it gets to court, they were going to attack my credibility, experience, credentials (!) etc. So I put it all out there, so they don't waste their time going to court (or in depositions) and focusing on bullshit that they should already know. Also, so that they know they can't scare me into silence, by trying to use bullshit to discredit me. I am an exceptionally intelligent individual, and so I tend not to make decisions like this, without good reason. Not even in jest.

See, the thing is, attacking someone with nothing to lose, is a non-starter. And it doesn't kill the message, or the messenger.

The fact is, most of these complaints have been going on for some time now, in small forums, news posts etc. They had no effect. Well, guess what Susan, all it took was for me to write one single article, Interstellar Citizens, to get the ball rolling.

In fact, it was to be a single piece. I split it into two parts because in the interim, I reached out to my industry colleagues via Facebook, in order to see if there was a way to get CR on board with some transparency. I gave him a week. They ignored it.

That's why I wrote Interstellar Discourse, which was the original article which I had split up. Some in the media, and the industry, have had access to that second part all last week, while it was going back, and forth with legal. So they knew what was in there, and what was coming. And most in the media, told me they were doing their own investigations. Those articles are going to start hitting soon. And that's why the real fun begins.

These articles, at great risk of abuse to myself, were written because I believe it to be the right thing to do.  I wrote them out  of sheer love for this industry, and for the mere fact that a bunch of people in the industry Boys Club, were about to, once again, do profound stupid shit which would have long term ramifications (which I outlined in the second article) for us as gamers, and gamedevs. Many years from now, everyone will see that I was right.

And it was because of me, that all this is now being discussed. People are asking questions, asking for refunds etc

Others are just attacking me, dragging up my past (which is hilarious for so many reasons) in order to taint the message, and discredit the messenger through character assassination. It simply won't work. This is not Usenet. This is not last year. This is today, where we are way more prolific in seeking answers, and seeing beyond the bullshit.

The simple fact of the matter is that, this is now a wild fire. The chatter is going to continue, lawsuits are going to emerge, the FTC, from what I know, is going to get involved. ALL of this is going to happen, and NONE of it can be stopped.

I did that.

People keep saying that I am self-promoting. I mean, seriously, think about this. You don't ask a brain surgeon to comment on nuclear fusion. You don't rely on some anon person in a forum, if you want to get meaningful results.

Similarly, I mention MY history, and MY games, on MY blog, because I have that history of making massive, complex, multi-genre games. As such, I know all the pitfalls, the challenges etc. Line Of Defense, just so happens to be such a game, though a lot smaller in scope, and not as visually advanced. It is because this, that what I'm saying, keeps getting traction far and wide.

They know that I am the single most significant threat to this house of cards, simply because I have everything I need to challenge it all. All of it. Both from a business, and a dev perspective. Whether as an expert witness to someone else's lawsuit, testifying to the FTC etc, I have everything that's needed to be profoundly effective, and credible. And I'm going to do just that.

When my second article hit, they refunded my $250 pledge, without asking, nor without me requesting it. I never wanted, nor asked for, a refund. Various sites asked me about it, and PC Gamer decided to investigate.

I updated the Interstellar Discourse article to reflect what had happened; I also cited the sections used to justify the refund. It's at the very bottom.

They refunded my pledge through both KS and RSI.

Fact is, the KS one, is straightforward.

The RSI one, is bullshit. They had no cause to terminate my account, thereby robbing me of my tangible goods (which I could use, trade, sell). I didn't violate their TOS, and even then, I got no warning.

I have never - ever - posted on RSI forums. Like, never.

The only time I have ever been to that forum is to read the latest dev updates. My PA (Lisa) also used my account about a year ago, to report some defamatory "Derek Smart" threads, via the CS reporting tool. The threads were removed.

This is why, when asked by PCG in the above report, they had no immediate answer as to what I had violated.

Aside from that, after I got my refund, and tweeted about it, another person who had been trying for MONTHS to get a refund, decided to try as well. To his amazement, they did it - immediately.

So people thought that they were now refunding all the KS backers. That wasn't the case.

A word about this. The KS backers of the $2.1m pledge, have a stronger case than those who pledged $83 through the RSI site. Even though the TOS isn't worth the napkin they constructed it on. So this means that, having failed to deliver to KS backers, they have a much bigger problem there. But that's only $2.1m. They could very well refund all of it, if they had the money.

What they didn't plan for, was this poll. Which, initially, around 500 votes, had a whopping 31.5% of people pushing for the right to ask for a refund. Once they saw that, my guess is that they feared that if they allowed it, and opened the floodgates, they would be looking at a significant financial losses.

So, they did two things when they released this libelous statement

1. They used me as a scapegoat, saying that mine was a special case, because, you know, Derek Smart is the devil and all that. In other words, don't expect us to give you a refund just because you asked. 

2. They disparaged me by making FALSE statements implying that I had somehow violated the TOS, hence my account being yanked. Here's the problem they have now. It's FALSE.

3. They took me out of the equation, thinking that by not being a backer, takes away my right to question ANYTHING about the project, or its funding. It also made sure that I couldn't be part of any lawsuit, or FTC investigation, since I was no longer a backer, and thus had no cause.

In fact, in my second article, I asked for them to hire a forensic accountant hired by backers. Had they agreed to that, as a backer with the means to do it, I'd have made one phone call to my CA attorney's office, and made it happen. Just like that.

Aside from that, this person, is Eric "Wingman" Peterson, currently working on what my industry sources tell me, is another impending crowd-funding disaster, Descent Underground. Scroll to the end to see his bio. He goes way back with CR and others from back in the day. What he posted is FALSE. I would remember it. Because I tend to post shit like that online, not in email.

So, the Boys Club I wrote about in my article, are using their forum to libel me. Yet, I get my account yanked for writing an article seeking answers. And they are rallying their fanboys to attack, and discredit me, all across the net, in order to take attention away from the real issues with the project: ACCOUNTABILITY.

And setting aside the above, the scary thing here is that they yanked my accounts, took my items, and with NO justification other than the fact that I'm making noise. They are pretty much saying that neither I, nor anyone with a known RSI account, can badmouth them or the project, without running the risk of their account, and items, being yanked. And people cheering this action against me, are OK with this.

The other problem they have is, by being unable to PROVE - beyond a reasonable doubt - that they didn't yank my account because they didn't like me making noise, writing articles etc, they have created a very big legal, and public relations problem.

Setting aside the privacy violations of not only publicly shaming a customer, but also making false statements.

And on top of all this, they have pretty much given validation to the notion that, aside from all the hyperbole that some would say are evident in my articles, there is something that worries them in what I am writing in my articles. Why else would they attempt to kick me out, or to silence me? What did I do ON RSI SYSTEMS that would warrant such an action?

Here's the thing. It changes nothing. Them yanking my account, and items, doesn't change the fact that I owned them, they took them illegally, libeled me etc amid my articles, and the flurry of press and discussions surrounding them.  All they've done, is given me ammo, and cause to do something that I simply didn't want to do. That being either sue them, or join the lawsuit currently being worked on by the group in CA that I mentioned in my article.

They talk about transparency, yet, they haven't addressed a SINGLE one of the 7 issues I raised in the article. The fact that people don't think that CR allegedly flying around in private jets, or hiring his brother and wife to high profile positions, accounting for the money, etc let alone the issues with the project, is telling. 

I have two more articles in the works. The 4th and final, is going to be a lot worse than the the 2nd. The 3rd one is almost a recap this post, but with more information.

That is all.

ps: I will not be responding to anything. You have my email. If you want to reach out, you know where to find me.

 

Looks like they've started processing refunds for those who ask

https://twitter.com/SkyHuntersLLC/status/621007545050791936

According to this poll, as of now, 30% want their money back. That's how you start a revolution.

 

https://forums.robertsspaceindustries.com/discussion/271799/are-refunds-for-our-packages-ships-from-cig-now-okay-to-be-requested

 

The game has come along way, and it's improving in leaps and bounds. The Steam release opened it up to a whole slew of new gamers, and that's a good thing. Will keep at it for the time being, and see how it goes. But as long as there are people playing it, I am going to keep it going.

 

In case you missed the live stream, here is a YouTube video of it.

 

Hey guys, we send out keys one a week after the sign-ups close. Since we only took this live a week ago, it will close again today, and you will be getting your keys shortly!!

 

Originally posted by SlyLoK
I remember being in the alpha and beta of this game a long time ago. It had some promise. All that went out the window when Smart took over. It is only still going because it is pretty much free money for them to use on other " projects ".

Just goes to show that you don't know wtf you're talking about. The money going into Alganon, comes from me. 

And you have your history all screwed up. Completely. But don't let that stop you. Here, let someone help you out with that.

Firstly, I have nothing to do with Derek Smart or the company behind Alganon. What I do have is, as a player many hours over the years in this game. I am also aware of a lot of the troubled development/history of Alganon. 

The original person behind the development made a mess of it and whatever anyone thinks of Derek Smart, he stepped in and saved Alganon. 

To be honest, by then, a lot of damage had been done and it seems that it has been a uphill struggle to keep Alganon going and bring in a large population.

It seems the cards were stacked up against Alganon not because it is a bad MMO but of what the original main man did (or did not do). Kinda demonstrates how bad press can ruin even a good thing.

That is a shame because while Alganon is not a AAA MMO that will set the world on fire, it is still a decent respectable MMO that has a lot of good points to it. 

As far as it's development, I imagine much of the slow progress over the years on Alganon plus the expansion was done on a tight shoestring budget. But, apart from very low populations, it seems like a decent polished little MMO.

For me, the only reason I still do not play Alganon is the low population. I pop back in from time to time because it does have a special feeling for me.I know that if the population picks up in a real way, I will be back in.

So, try to ignore all the negative comments and just give it a try. It may not be your cup of tea but you may be positively surprised. Remember that populations may be low but if enough people give it a shot, that might change.

Kinda nice to see Alganon on Steam :)

 

Originally posted by DelCabon
Originally posted by headen

 


Originally posted by Nilden
This game is like the unkillable cockroach of literal WoW clones.

 

Is he wearing sneakers!?

LOL, that's hilarious!

 

LOL!! Ye....aahhh, I'm staying outta that one. :)

Originally posted by Necropsie
Originally posted by dsmart
 

Thanks.

As you probably know, my own games have been going on for years, and I tend to update them, do sequels etc. Since I took over Alganon in 2010, that hasn't changed for me. Which is why we added a lot of new content back in 2010 (the re-release) and I had an expansion developed and which was released last year.

The game doesn't have a large team that's burning through millions a month, while not earning millions to justify its existence. That's why most of these MMO games get shut down because of manpower costs, operational costs, bandwidth costs etc.

I always said that I would keep Alganon going for as long as I could. So I have been doing that since 2010. Yeah, things could be better, seeing as it is still struggling to grow, but it is what it is. My bringing it to Steam was in hopes that new people will discover it. Though, for the most part, since the Steam forums went up, I've been battling the usually nonsensical bullshit: it's a WoW clone. That never gets old. :(

 

I like your passion. I always did. Don't get me wrong, i don't like a lot of things about you, but they are not business related. Any developer out there would have shut down this game years ago. You didn't. You are stubborn as f... fluff and i like it.

That's why i purchased the expansion through Steam and i am excited about it. Well, we'll see, only 500 MB to go.

Thanks for your support. We're going to keep putting spit and polish on it. :)

Live On Steam!
General Discussion « Alganon
5/20/15 3:41:19 PM

Alganon and the expansion back are [url=http://steamcommunity.com/gid/103582791438121134/announcements/detail/164724171592880526]both now on Steam[/url]. It's lovely day to come back! :)

We're still dealing with the troll herd and review bombing, but all in all, it has been great in the forums.

 

 

Originally posted by Netspook
Originally posted by dsmart
Originally posted by Amjoco

I played the game for a while a couple years ago but quit mostly because of "the" management. The title had some unique features that I liked, and the community was great but didn't last very long.

Seems if they are going to Steam they could offer some Steam achievements with it. Just say'n! 

Achievements are not easy to do; especially for an MMO. Also, just because a game is on Steam, doesn't mean that it has to have them. In fact, the majority of games on Steam don't have any achievements.

 

When Blizzard added achievements to WoW, they said it was very easy contents to add, therefore we should expect a lot of it, if it got popular. But appearently it's way out of your league.

There are only 2 reasons why the majority of Steam games doesn't have achievements, and it's directly related to what happened after Valve opened the flood gates:

1. There are thousands of crappy indy games, most seems to have a microscopic budget, and barely any devs.

2. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of games that are much older than the achievement system. These games are mostly added to Steam with no updates whatsoever.

For newer games, almost every AAA title on Steam has achievements, and you know it. I have never seen any devs (apart from you) claiming it's not easy to add it.

Sorry to break it to you, but you're wrong. Just because you make an assertion, without any basic of fact, doesn't make it true.

The very notion that "almost every AAA title on Steam has achievementsis the sort of statement that tends to lead to arguments, because it's blatantly false.

As I said, achievements are not easy to do; especially for an MMO because of how they are designed. It has more to do with the game, than it does with SteamWorks. But you're not a developer (if you were, you'd know this), so I don't want to waste my time explaining it to you since you're just going to argue anyway.

 

Originally posted by Vesavius
Originally posted by dsmart
Originally posted by Vesavius

Yowzers... Honestly thought this game was gone.

Is Derek Smart still heading it up? I have always enjoyed his posts.

Nope, still running. The game is self-sustaining, so there is really no reason to shut it down at this point. It's not like we have millions of dollars in overhead like those other games. Right now, we're implementing Xsolla since Zeevex, our in-game payment processor is going out of business. Once that's done, the Steam release will go live.

We even did an expansion pack  which was released last year and I'm thinking of doing another one which will mostly be a graphics update.

And yes, I am still overseeing it; which is i) why it's still running ii) it's coming to Steam

 

TBH Derek, I know that you get a lot of grief, but kudos to you guys for keeping this going.

It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but what MMORPG is? 

Best of luck to you and Quest with it.

Thanks.

As you probably know, my own games have been going on for years, and I tend to update them, do sequels etc. Since I took over Alganon in 2010, that hasn't changed for me. Which is why we added a lot of new content back in 2010 (the re-release) and I had an expansion developed and which was released last year.

The game doesn't have a large team that's burning through millions a month, while not earning millions to justify its existence. That's why most of these MMO games get shut down because of manpower costs, operational costs, bandwidth costs etc.

I always said that I would keep Alganon going for as long as I could. So I have been doing that since 2010. Yeah, things could be better, seeing as it is still struggling to grow, but it is what it is. My bringing it to Steam was in hopes that new people will discover it. Though, for the most part, since the Steam forums went up, I've been battling the usually nonsensical bullshit: it's a WoW clone. That never gets old. :(

 

Ah OK. I was confused there for a minute :)
Originally posted by Amjoco

I played the game for a while a couple years ago but quit mostly because of "the" management. The title had some unique features that I liked, and the community was great but didn't last very long.

Seems if they are going to Steam they could offer some Steam achievements with it. Just say'n! 

Achievements are not easy to do; especially for an MMO. Also, just because a game is on Steam, doesn't mean that it has to have them. In fact, the majority of games on Steam don't have any achievements.

Originally posted by Netspook
Originally posted by dsmart
Originally posted by Vesavius

Yowzers... Honestly thought this game was gone.

Is Derek Smart still heading it up? I have always enjoyed his posts.

Nope, still running. The game is self-sustaining, so there is really no reason to shut it down at this point. It's not like we have millions of dollars in overhead like those other games. Right now, we're implementing Xsolla since Zeevex, our in-game payment processor is going out of business. Once that's done, the Steam release will go live.

We even did an expansion pack  which was released last year and I'm thinking of doing another one which will mostly be a graphics update.

And yes, I am still overseeing it; which is i) why it's still running ii) it's coming to Steam

 

 

Graphics update = expansion pack?

Lmfao!

 

Not sure why that's funny. You do realize that most expansion packs, including new game content, usually include lots of graphics improvements and enhancements, right ? So yeah, that's what I'm talking about. :)

Originally posted by Vesavius

Yowzers... Honestly thought this game was gone.

Is Derek Smart still heading it up? I have always enjoyed his posts.

Nope, still running. The game is self-sustaining, so there is really no reason to shut it down at this point. It's not like we have millions of dollars in overhead like those other games. Right now, we're implementing Xsolla since Zeevex, our in-game payment processor is going out of business. Once that's done, the Steam release will go live.

We even did an expansion pack  which was released last year and I'm thinking of doing another one which will mostly be a graphics update.

And yes, I am still overseeing it; which is i) why it's still running ii) it's coming to Steam

 

 

Originally posted by MMOExposed
Any way to bring this up from the Steam client?

I don't understand the question. The game is available directly from inside the Steam client

Is that what you were asking? Or are you have problems bringing it up in the client? Try that page or just search for "Line Of Defense"

If you are talking about the game docs, yes, they are accessible from the Steam client as well as in game and on the website.

Which is why when we did the free play weekend, I was surprised by people complaining about not knowing how to play. Which is why I wrote this blog post about that.

Originally posted by nariusseldon

wait .. this is a shooter, and requires a lot of reading? I usually read novels, not game manuals, and certainly not shooters. Is there a tutorial or something?

Don't mind me .. i guess i will pass. As pointed out before, I can always play PS2.

It doesn't require a lot of reading. Just some reading. The entire manual is online so you can see for yourself. In fact, the manual is smaller and less complex than PS2. Go look see for yourself.

The gameplay is straightforward, no tutorial needed; though we are planning on doing one. Plus it's pure PvP.

 

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