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Originally posted by Ramblebrain


"Instead, we all remained focused on “The Plan” that I had constructed. These are people who I gave the voice, ability and authority to shape their game and vision for it."

 

Jesus MkII?

 

Jesus? Seriously? I thought something like that would come from baby-hugging politicians. :)

But no.

Unless you've actually worked in an environment where your input in disregarded, your ideas discarded - yet you are expect to excel at your job and take part of the blame when everything comes crashing down, you won't understand a word of what I said there.

For me, it was a matter of taking a "hands off" approach and letting them do their game. I don't get involved, other than to direct the course, work on schedules, debate what makes sense and what doesn't etc. What I said was the best way that I could articulate it.

At the end of the day, it's not my game. When I say "No" to something, they get to ask "Why?". Then make their case. If it holds up and makes sense, I let them run with it. I don't stand firm on something just because I'm boss. I don't work like that at all - and never have.

So that was the point of that missive. Hopefully it is clear enough now.

Obviously just because we are approaching the 100K active accounts mark, doesn't mean that they are all online at the same time. You either believe it or not, but yeah we're going to be hitting the number pretty soon.

And these are not numbers of created accounts. We have detailed metrics which track created accounts, activated accounts, accounts that have entered and played the game, accounts that have bought something, when, how etc.

I didn't want to, but I specifically revealed those numbers to make a point. The game is growing because of all the work that we've done on it, the marketing effort being put behind it and the fact that it is a good game. It's not for everyone and we don't profess that to be the case, but there it is.

Dissenting opinions are all well and good, but it is pointless to voice dissent just for the hell of it and because you don't like the game. We get it, you don't like it, you want thousands of people online at the same time. Whatever.

Yep, I finally got around to doing one. And as expected, it is quite massive. :)

You can read it over here. Enjoy!

You don't need to buy the Super Pak in order to play the game. That pak contains $30 worth of items for $19.95.

As the interview states, if you want to level past 30 and up to 50, you only need to buy a level pack. So a mere $5 takes you all the way to level 50 in the form of two level packs @ $2.50 each.

 

 

Thanks. We''re working very hard and I believe that 2011 will be an even better year for QOL and Alganon.

As I promised a few weeks back, now that the whole legal farce is behind us, I have put a lot of marketing into Alganon. Some of those campaigns (game magazines, Facebook, Google etc) are already starting while others are on track to start in January and will run through most of next year.

If you have a PC Gamer sub, you probably already saw this two page spread in the Jan 2011 issue. We're running these ads for the next few months as we continue to improve the game, build on the install base etc.

Yes, we've very committed to Alganon and a LOT exciting stuff are in the works. All will be revealed early next year. Promise.

Now that all that legal mumbo jumbo is behind us, I have done a batch of interviews in the past week and which are now starting to appear. The first one is up at Lorehound.

Enjoy!

Originally posted by rhinok

Nightvision's response to questions in "PvP Phase 1 is released" thread.

All-in-all, it's an interesting read.  Here are some highlights:

  • They're trying to attract players who won't play a game with no PvP
  • They're designing the system to be fun and engaging, but not mandatory
  • They're sensitive to PvE vs. PVP balance changes and take that into consideration when balancing abilities
  • PvP is not a bolt-on - it's going to be fully integrated into every major game system
Conspicuously absent, however, was any acknowledgement of my pay-to-win factor concerns.  I've posted them twice on the official boards and several times here, and haven't ever seen an official response.
 
~Ripper

Well, just because we didn't respond doesn't mean that we're not reading and listening. I read all those posts and discuss options with the team on a regular basis. We just can't ack every single forum post as that would be time consuming. Rest assured, we're listening.

hmmm, I'm not sure if you're talking about Battlecruiser (1996) or Universal Combat (2004), because the later came with a 69 (SIXTY NINE) page tutorial!

In fact, the free version of that UC game, has the same 69 page tutorial. You can download the free game over here. Give it another look when you get the chance.

Of course since that original 2004 game, there have been five more games in the series, followed by the lighter fare Galactic Command. Then we took a break from space games and did the AAW/AOA games.

The last game in the UC series was the Collector's Edition v2.0 released last year. The goal with GCO is to cater to our pre-existing fan base, but at the same time cater to a new audience. It is not going to be for casual gamers, but is not even close to the complexity of Eve. The Jumpgate Evolution and Black Prophecy games, imo, are not competitors because they cater to a different crowd. STO, on the other hand, is just rubbish.

Originally posted by geldonyetich

Last I heard, Derek Smart (3000AD Inc is pretty much his baby) was working on Alganon right now, so I'm betting this product is on the back burner right now.

Derek Smart has a reputation of putting out massively ambitious games that are unfortunately hobbled by somewhat obtuse interfaces and bugs.  People who can get over a massive learning curve and learn to cope with the technical glitches find the games quite impressive, although that kind of thick skin for gaming is far outside that of a typical audience.

Galactic Command Online is a very cool concept, basically a 3000AD Inc game with persistant state and massively multiplayer.  However, I can see it as being very difficult to pull off, what with massively multiplayer overhead being what it is.

Actually I'm NOT working on Alganon. My involvement is purely related to running the company, directing the team as well as plotting the course forward for Alganon. I don't do any programming or development work on it at all. The current QOL team that developed Alganon, under my guidance, direction and support, is doing a very find job of that indeed.

As for 3000AD, Inc. we're still very much working on GCO as well as an un-announced game for the iPad and another unannounced MMO project (a F2P fps shooter). So, all three of my teams are fully engaged on these games.

3000AD released two games (All Aspect Warfare & Angle Of Attack) in Summer 2009 and they have both done quite well. Couple that with the games in our long running space/planetary combat series (Universal Combat), our next game is on the way and more news will be available soon.

For more info, please go to the official Alpha site for GCO over at www.galactic-command.com

Thanks for your interest in the game; but we're working on it. It is going to be epic. :)

Originally posted by Daffid011
Originally posted by dsmart
Originally posted by rhinok

Since David Allen's "The Real History of Quest Online" was taken down due to a Temporary Restraining Order, but  Derek Smart's "Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men" post--which lambastes Mr. Allen--is still up on DerekSmart.com, it's a good bet the settlement didn't favor Mr. Allen.

~Ripper

It really wasn't even about that.

Ah, so according to your companies official press release. 

  • Your actions/words were in no way defamitory or libelous.
  • You had plenty of proof to show the David Allens actions/words were libel and causing harm to your company.
  • Your counter suit was strong.
 
If your case was so strong and nothing David Allen said was true, then why is YOUR company paying as a result of the settlement?
 
If you are so experienced and didn't "leave yourself open", then why is it your company is the one making payments to David Allen and not the reverse? 
 
 
 
Forgive me for not finding your words reinforced by the results of the legal system.

First, its not my company. I just happen to run it for the investors.

Second, read what I wrote in my blog from Sept. 28th. It's all there. In plain English no less.

This will be my final post about this. In fact, I only posted because of the topic of the thread and because some people were clearly ignoring the facts and posting the usual nonsense.

Originally posted by rhinok

Since David Allen's "The Real History of Quest Online" was taken down due to a Temporary Restraining Order, but  Derek Smart's "Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men" post--which lambastes Mr. Allen--is still up on DerekSmart.com, it's a good bet the settlement didn't favor Mr. Allen.

~Ripper

It really wasn't even about that.

Originally posted by negacrowbar

I have been playing RPGs, MMOs, and every console and computer game since Atari and Commodore VIC 20, so I have seen games in all form of basic graphics, pen and paper, and to high end games of today. What I learned is that it doesn't matter what is used to create a game, it is the people who play the game that matters.

When I started reading this thread, I was looking for how the release of Alganon was going. I like to read what people have to say about a game, both good and bad, and it helps me decide if I want to try it.As most intelligent people who read these forums, I can tell the difference between the fanbois, trollers, and typical flamers and can piece out the forums that really tell about a new game.

Most of time, I am still willing to give a game a shot despite what is posted, because, in the end, the game is still free to try, and costs me nothing to give it a shot. In this fashion, I have disliked some like Earth Eternal, Soul Master, and Fantasy Earht Zero, while playing and paying microtransactins for games like DDO and League of Legends. But not since the Allods debacle have I seen a developer treat those with opnions with such rude words.

I have twenty years experience in customer service and I have never seen a representative of a company go to such lengths as to make the comments that you have on this forum, Mr. Smart. Because of your actions, and your actions alone, I will not be trying Alganon, nor any other game you chose to represent.

In fact, if you were flipping burgers at Mc Donalds, I would turn around and go eat at Burger King and I can't stand Whoppers.

Yah OK, whatever.

Originally posted by madeux

My advice would be to ignore all advice on the subject and just try it for yourself. 

Indeed. But you'd think that should be as simply as employing common sense. Most gamers won't touch a game without playing a demo. Now you can play the game for free for as long as you like in order to make an informed decision as to whether or not it is worth your time and money.

The trial and the F2P model are totally different. The original trial (which could be converted by buying the $19.95 client) was way more restrictive.

Those clamouring are those who a) don't understand it b) never actually played the game; but have no problems posting nonsense not based in reality.

Just try it for yourself and if its not to your liking,  move on to what is. Games - by their very nature - are not made for everyone to like. Thats why some succeed and some don't. Even those with massive Triple-A budgets end up failing, while the smaller (and less overhead) games are still moving on with whatever install base they have and which pay the bills.

As long as Alganon can pay the company's bills, thats all we care about. We don't care about much else really.

 

Originally posted by Dapyx

After I raised same issues on their forums, you know what people responded? That if I want to play a high quality, "western-style", "made by americans" game, I have to pay.

Why should I care if a game is made by americans? Runes of Magic is made in Taiwan by chinese and is better than some "made by americans" games. And truly f2p, not free trial.

Aion is made in Koreea and it's a big hit. 

Want to bet against me? I bet 100€ that Alganon will shut down before the end of next year if they will continue to use this f2p - "free trial" model. Not only it will shut down, bu with some financial loss, too.

Alganon is not DDO, LOTRO or Everquest 2. And their team doesn't have the same resources of Sony or Turbine.

Thats just nonsense. No such thing was said.

And no, Aion is NOT a hit in the US.

If you're going to post, at least post something that has some basis in reality.

Alganon is steadily growing thank you very much. I remember back in Dec when most of you - who aren't even playing it - were saying that it was dead in a few months. It is now August - and we're still making strides.

The biz model is just fine and we have no intentions of changing it.

If you don't like the game, don't play it, don't post about it. What's so hard about that?

What nonsense. As I already said, please stop making shit up just because you can.

Originally posted by Cherise

Yes they did the refunds.  But refunds were for prepaid subscriptions.  Was never a refund for the client itself since you still had to purchase the client to play the game.

From the other post it sounds like they bought the game but didn't continue beyond beta (or much beyond) so there would have been no refund involved.

Thanks for pointing that but yes, we did in fact do the subscription refunds.

There was no refund of the game client because that was not the case. With the subscriptions removed and refunded, you could play the game for free. All you had to do was buy the client for $19.95.

And you're right, that previous poster didn't continue beyond the Beta period it seems.

Originally posted by alkarionlog

well pvp in a F2P is normally P2W, so I wouldn't care much, and even with the several problems I read and you can know from other places too, its better you just play another game.

 

I would recommend dynasty warriors online, if you like DW I guess it worth the test in the CB of aeria ^^

Since you haven't even played Alganon and have no idea what you're talking about either way, you are in no position to even comment on the game, let alone a currently non-existent PvP component.

[Mod Edit]

OK, I'll bite.

MOST of those complaining about being banned, censored, warned etc are the same ones who tend to think that they are above the rules. And so just keep breaking them with impunity.

I've been warned, flagged etc on these forums, but you don't see me complaining about it. Why? Well because people ALL perceive things differently. What one mod may see as passable commentary another may view as trolling etc.

For the most part, these forums have the worst rep of any MMO base forum on the Net. Period. There is a reason for that: popularity being the primary one.

If you're going to setup a forum, you should be prepared to police it otherwise you end up with the likes of NeoGaf, SA and their ilk which are pretty much the lawless frontiers of web forum chats.

There is a reason that here, when you go to report a post, there are numerous choices. That alone is clear indication that the mod who gets to read the report needs to have some moral fortitude in order to make the right call. Most of mods on the Net completely fail the moral fortitude test. How so? Well because, like all of us, they're only human. As such they too tend to fall victim to mistakes, favoritism, opinions, different values etc.

For e.g. the majority of the angst ridden posters here won't last a day anywhere else where second chances are as good a club to the head. But they get to repeat their actions with impunity because, lets face it, anonymity is pretty much a passport to bad behavior for anyone who is intent on harrassment, trolling, hate filled rhetoric etc.

I tend to treat forums like I treat the public. If I don't know you, there is a good chance that I don't want to or need to. So, unless you have something worthy of my attention, you don't exist. But if you try to force your existence on me - and in a hostile manner - don't be surprised if I reach into my pocket for my taser. Or at the very least, my writing and/or verbal skills.

As humans, the sociological implications of discourse on the net is no different from any bar room or school yard brawl. You can walk away or deal with it. Except that unless you buy into the whole premise that words have power, you're probably going to end up dealing with it nontheless.

Which brings me to this.

If someone trolls you, posts disparaging, inflammatory or otherwise libelous material, the first impulse is to engage - and usually in kind. That usually devolves into a flamewar and on moderated forums, someone is bound to get banned and a thread locked or deleted. By the time the dust settles, the energy expended on the pointless excercise of engaging some unknown alias becomes just another period of wasted time on the already limited time you have here on Earth.

As an example, this Erstok person who seems to be fixated on me, decided to post some rubbish on the news thread about me, among other things, hiring my cousin to work at QOL. For one thing, coming from a small family, not only do I not have very many cousins, but I am also the only person in my family tree that works in the industry, let alone in the computer field. So, he basically decided to make shit up just because it fits his agenda and because he can. Thats called libel. And yes, it is legally actionable.

Here, to save you the click, let me post his missive verbatim :

Originally posted by Erstok


Derek Smart

Derek Smart


Derek Smart


Has never made or even put together a good game. But that's just my opinion.

What classes did you take to acquire your PHD, along with the amount of time and years in college did you spend to achieve it? Did you get a loan or did you pay for it all yourself. Tell me, why did you give your cousin a job and pay them more money then other people? Why did you carry on arguments over the internet with ex-employees of this game instead of having the decency of doing it behind closed doors? Is it really everyone elses fault you can google the silly things you have posted yourself on the internet? I'm just curious is all.

What a flawed man sees. His hands make broken. /facepalm

 

Tell me thats not trolling. It is. And what is the relevance of that missive to the news bit in question? None.

Not to mention that the very mention of something that is not true is not only legally actionable (it is called libel and I've written extensively about it and sued people for it - and won).

Now if any of you - or even me - had posted that, it would have been removed by now because not only does it break at least NINE of the reasons for reporting a post (you can't report a post in a news item it seems) here, but also it would have devolved to a pointless flamewar if I even responded to it. So, I didn't.

More often than not, you can just ignore it and move on. But you see, thats why the law exists. Even though the owners of the forums - by law - are not responsible for content posted by others - just the very act of pointing that out to an attorney, costs money. So, just because you're not legally liable, is that stupid troll worth the time and money or do you just want to do the best that you can to police your forums to the best of your ability and resources?

It is the same thing with lawsuit threats, regardless of whether you are in the right or wrong, you still spend money either way. Case in point, Allen's attorneys were sending letters out last week to sites asking them to remove interviews in which I outlined Allen's actions that saw him being fired from the company. Most of the sites contacted us and as I suspected, they just ignored the letters. Others, such as MMMOFallout, decided to play it safe rather than have to spend money pointing out that there is NO legal precedent that requires them to pull the materials, decided to comply.

When someone that you're going to insult and attack decides to fight back, the general consensus is that all the friends of the perpetrator (I will leave the discussions about sociological group behavior for another time) will join in. Why? Because thats the nature of castes of a feather. So what you end up with is a lopsided discource in which a bunch of people - in a bid to back up their "buddy" - engages in pointless rhetoric that goes nowhere. By the time the dust settles, the result is either a locked thread or several bannings (or warnings). Nobody wins.

Yes, people have been sued, fired and even killed over online behavior like that. And there is a reason for that.

There is a big difference between stating an opinion and harrassing someone. Then there's that fine line between flat out lying and outright libel. At the end of the day, your opinions are only important to you and trying to force them on someone - through a forum post - is nothing short of anti-social behavior that borders on narcissistic behavioral traits.

Another example is Wraith. He was baneed from the Alganon forums. Of course it had nothing  to do with me, but he - like most - is comfortable in the thought that he has the right to state his opinions (however unwanted and/or unwarranted) on a forum which has clear rules of engagement and moderation. He is also of the opinion that the world - as he sees it - is just fine; in which case, he was wrongly banned and thus the mod who banned him (like the mods who ban people here) must be idiots because he's right and they are ALL wrong. THEN to pour gas on an already burning flame, he decides to take it one step further with flat our libel (or lying depending on your perspective) that he was banned because of me. Nothing could be farther from the truth. And yes, posts on our Alganon forums are not deleted, they are saved so we can refer back to them.

So, in closing, yet another set of threads created for the sole purpose of attacking someone (yours truly) was deleted/closed by the mods and what do the perpertrators do? Take a wild guess. Yes, you got it. They go and create an all new thread and this time - once again - call the mods idiots (remember all mods are wrong and evil) while resuming the same discource that got the previous threads locked/deleted in the first place.

As you were.

 

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