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Posted: May 6th 2009 12:09PM Gaugamela said

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We will never know what actually happened in the backdoors or who is exactly telling the truth but i believe more in Garriot than in a greedy corporation.

Sue the hell out of them Garriot!!! And use that money to make a new MMO.

Posted: May 6th 2009 12:04PM (Unverified) said

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Personally I couldn't stand TR, but I wonder what the chances are that Garriott would settle for the rights to the game? I mean, it has his name on it and right now what he's suffering from more than anything (in my opinion) is bad PR. He'd get back a lot of that cred it it brought back TR and "fixed" it.

Posted: May 6th 2009 12:08PM Psychotic Storm said

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Ah harsh reality, smells like fresh wind and old blood....

Well as I had said at the start of the whole thing it was highly unlikely that it was something as easy and uncomplicated as RG going off and TR failing its target numbers, in the end it seems it was more complicated indeed.

I wonder why the delay thought, on one hand might be non disclosure period on the other it might actually got that much to compile the legal documents.

Posted: May 6th 2009 12:08PM (Unverified) said

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doesn't Robert Garriott still work for NCSoft in some manner?

Posted: May 6th 2009 12:16PM (Unverified) said

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Love him or hate him he is known as an incredibly determined guy. If they actually did this hes gonna own a big chunk of their collective butts.

Posted: May 6th 2009 1:28PM (Unverified) said

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I don't know about that. I'm sure there are plenty of companies who would understand.

The stories Richard Garriott is capable of weaving are still respected by many developers to this day. Just look at this video

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2008/06/12/apb-the-fashion-parade/

Take the Ultima series. Consider the depth of Ultima 5, 6 and 7. Now consider that the other great RPG convention developed at the time was the Curse of the Azure Bonds series. My opinion, and clearly that of the developers of APB, recognize Richard Garriott's creativity and innovation as luminary, at least to the degree that the creators of Fable and Mario are.

I played Tabula Rasa and for me it didn't catch on, mostly because of the lack of players and development. The story, however, was great, and the game offered the first PQ-type gameplay with the assault of Bane-held outposts. The biggest mistakes with Tabula Rasa came from the decision to go with NCSoft, a company that is notorious for stifling innovation, and a RG's tenancy to try to get too much out of existing technology (Remember VooDoo memory Management?)
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Posted: May 6th 2009 12:17PM Dblade said

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I'm betting this is more garriot trying to milk NC Soft because no one will touch him with a ten foot pole after tabula rasa. This will be the kiss of death for him though, not many people would hire someone who sued his former company like that.

Posted: May 6th 2009 12:32PM (Unverified) said

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I hope he wins, NCSoft has been a very poor company in my dealings with them.

Posted: May 6th 2009 12:59PM (Unverified) said

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So weird. It's like NCsoft just got free money with Tabula Rasa while everyone lost out. If this is indeed true I hope they crumble because they do have promising titles that deserve more than to have the trashy name of NCsoft on their software such as Guild Wars and possibly Aion. As long as NCsoft's name is on their products I will not be buying them in the future.

Posted: May 6th 2009 1:21PM (Unverified) said

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"Drama llama" gives this article "Win" status
That and NCSoft is making good games ><
Hope he sticks it too them but then again, I hope they dont go under either :S

Posted: May 6th 2009 1:27PM (Unverified) said

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That's... pretty damn incredible if any of it turns out to be true. Keep us informed Massively on how this proceeds.

Posted: May 6th 2009 2:45PM (Unverified) said

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The thread regarding this topic was locked and everything but the original post was deleted on the L2 forum. Since it was a private message I'm not going to post it, but the answer I got was that every NCsoft board is seeing the same moderation of this topic.

Now if we only had a "web" of other servers, forums, and websites to discuss this...

Posted: May 6th 2009 2:56PM Thac0 said

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Go get them General British the troops are behind you! Take the fight to the money sucking pig dogs that call themselves NCSoft and beat them down with piles of their own fetid arse biscuits!

Posted: May 6th 2009 3:25PM Interitus said

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I hope he gets NCSoft, they've turned into a scumbag of a company. Milking CoH with $10 costume packs, running Auto Assault and Tabula Rasa long enough to milk what they can and shut those down. And for extra good measures releasing all this amazing content for TR, and wiping it in the faces of the playerbase saying you would have gotten all this .. but we're shutting down the servers.. so here have a sample before we take it away.

I already promised myself I would never play a NCSoft game, this just enforces that.

Posted: May 11th 2009 11:50AM (Unverified) said

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The $10 costume packs for CoH are a good thing. You pay something, you get something. They make new content, they get rewarded. That's how it's supposed to work. It's optional content they're selling, while giving away the mandatory updates free. Don't fault them for that.

But Auto Assault and Tabula Rasa, that was just unacceptable. It's fraud to sell someone a game with a box price and then disable that game after the fact. If they can't or don't want to run the servers any more they can sell the game to another company, or even to fans, but they appear to have a policy of obtaining money up front from people based on false expectations, and that's wrong.

I'm quite happy to see Garriot make them pay. He may be a bit of a dork but he's not a criminal.
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Posted: May 6th 2009 4:19PM Cendres said

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LOL holy crap the hate for NCsoft on this site is blinding.

From my experiences with TR I have to say RG is yet again proving to have no grace whatsoever.

My sympathies goes more with NCsoft and not with Destination Games as their support and their studio was horrible when dealing with the English market. Correct if I'm wrong but wasn't NC Austin responsible for the NA version of Lineage 2? And wasn't their dealing with customers and bots much worse then Korea's? NCsoft Austin was lead by Destination Games...

There's just so much more going on then one guy worth millions fired under the 'voluntary' title and it's politics. Basically what I get from this is Garriot was responsible for certain tasks and did not complete them in a satisfactory manner and NCsoft got pissed and had enough.

We'll have to see what NCsoft has to say about this if anything. I have a suspicion the firing was arranged, they obviously did force RG to leave but I'm not so sure he didn't say "ok" at one point unlike what the claim says.

Posted: May 6th 2009 4:23PM TheJackman said

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"So, NCsoft - according to the court documents - terminates Garriott, sends the Destination Games team packing, shuts down TR, authors a letter they say is from Garriott to the community, then falsifies his termination paperwork stating that he left voluntarily - and was not terminated."

Sounds like a win too me but why did he wait so long?? There is some storyline missing here something else is going on!

Anyway Garriott take NCsoft by the nutes and twist them please!!!

Posted: May 6th 2009 5:06PM (Unverified) said

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"drama llama's" Heheheh i love that. I played to much of UO :P

Posted: May 6th 2009 5:09PM (Unverified) said

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When I read the headline I was ready to blast Richard Garriot, but after reading his assertions I'm inclined to take his side. I've been terminated by an employer and then had them tell unemployment I quit. Wish I had known I could have sued for fraud.

$24 million is a bit ridiculous though, unless that represents the peak market value of the stock options he holds.

Posted: May 6th 2009 5:30PM dudes said

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"You bastards! I could have died in space. And I did it all for you. Right, F U! Where's my lawyers number?"

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