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Posted: Mar 18th 2010 8:10PM karnisov said

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well the original devs had their chance and it didn't work, so its derek's ballgame now. i'm very interested to see what kind of developments come out in the near future, pardon the pun.

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 8:12PM (Unverified) said

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nope, never saw that one coming..... /snark

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 8:28PM (Unverified) said

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When they said Alganon was going free-to-play, this is what they meant: that Alganon would be providing hours of quality entertainment, with no payment required. And that thread shows that they are delivering big time!

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 9:22PM archipelagos said

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You took the words directly from my mind! This entire thing has rapidly devolved into something both amusing and cringeworthy at the exact time. It's the equivalent of a PR car crash.
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Posted: Mar 18th 2010 8:29PM Bartlebe said

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I can hardly believe what I just read.

These gaming "professionals" get into a mud slinging match on a public forum?

They're harming their names and their products. Lets all be grown up and put on our grown up pants mmk?

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 8:40PM (Unverified) said

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@Bartlebe

Derek smart was legendary in the 90's for making Battlecruiser 3000, and the epic usenet fights he would get into over the development and promotion of said game.

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 9:13PM AlamoeJones said

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"...and the fans aren't the only ones with something to say."

Wait a minute, there are fans of Alganon?

/doublesnark

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 9:16PM Pingles said

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Check Derek Smart's history. This is what he is famous for.

I truly believe he is close to a gaming genius but housed in one of the most unstable, immature personalities ever.

Posted: Mar 19th 2010 12:22PM (Unverified) said

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Derek smart is probably the most unprofessional, childish individual ever. What he did on those forums is the equivilent of writing that someone is a slut on the highschool bathroom wall. Is it even legal to post why someone got fired anyways?
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Posted: Mar 18th 2010 9:47PM breezer said

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10/10! What a find!

It's strange to see such unprofessional behavior (kind of ironic coming from Smart, given the context) but if you read it, you'll see why Smart is so upset.

Mindblowingly incompetent game design is just the beginning... The fact that he was paying himself and his buds way above industry standards, hired his unqualified cousin and paid him more, oh and the whole bit about him getting caught trying to abandon ship before the (defunct) March relaunch... So satisfying.

Shadenfreude is human nature, can't help but enjoy this drama.

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 9:59PM Keen and Graev said

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I see a bunch of non-factors arguing over drama that resembles a raiding guild from WoW.

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 10:26PM (Unverified) said

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I think the hypocrisy of Derek Smart is the best part of it all... "blowing through millions of investors money..." Gee, isn't that exactly what he did when he went through 6 publishers for his Battlecruiser 3000 game?

"The constant lying..."

Gee, Derek Smart accusing someone of lying while not being able to come up with the name of the college he got his Associates, Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D. at is amazing. Then calling it "character assassination."

The backstabbing that he took place with while being an investor at QoL since November 2009 will be legendary too. Contacting other investors, assuring them you can get the job done where David Allen failed. How many games has Derek Smart successfully made? None. He hasn't programmed a line of code in years. Probably since his last BC3K patch. Doesn't matter to him, because he is a top notch developer who's games are universally acclaimed -- for creating buggy, top heavy, bloated pieces of shit that barely work if they work at all.

A man who once beat up a coke machine, who claimed to have a super model for a fiance (she was actually just some lady who happened to take a couple photos with him at E3 on year), and who went bankrupt in 2000 because of his need to launch lawsuits against everyone!

A man who got into a 7 year flame war and when people criticize his games all he does is yell and scream that they are idiots who shouldn't be allowed to play his masterpieces! Including releasing a game where the UK version was totally broken and instead of apologizing told the people who bought his game to "fuck themselves."

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 10:47PM wjowski said

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Just to add further fuel to the fire I do believe they ripped that portal graphic off from Istaria/Horizons.

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 11:04PM mko said

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Stargate?

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 11:04PM Stormwaltz said

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This is not surprising in the least. This is exactly the sort of unprofessional behavior Mr. Smart has been engaging in for 15-20 years.

It's a pity that someone of his drive and intelligence still hasn't learned to keep his mouth shut. Some of the stuff he said on that thread is legally actionable. I suspect that Quest Online is ruing their decision at the moment.

Posted: Mar 18th 2010 11:46PM DevilSei said

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Saying my piece right now.

I hope to god Alganon gets fixed. As a P2P game I wouldn't pay it, but with a system like Guild Wars I would. The game for the most part is alright, but my god are the character models fuckugly, there is zero customization with it. Hell, Every F2P game in the market has better customization.

And the interface for Studying needs to be fixed up, I've clicked a skill multiple times, right clicked and told it to add a skill to the list of to-study. The library system as well never really wanted to work for me either.


And yes... if that portal wasn't ripped out of WoW, it was ripped straight off the Stargate movie.

Posted: Mar 19th 2010 12:08AM (Unverified) said

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Oh this is an intro skit on our podcast justing WAITING to be written... :)

Posted: Mar 19th 2010 12:37AM SkuzBukit said

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There is a saying that "there is no such thing as bad publicity" this debacle seems to prove otherwise.

Mr Smart shouldn't be taken seriously, his "credentials" have as much weight as a thimble of helium, the only thing he can be relied upon to provide is controversy, but perhaps it is part of a PR scheme to put Alganon firmly in the minds of the gaming public & his ranting is all a part of a cleverly constructed ruse?

Still, the debacle is at least more entertaining than the game itself was prior to David leaving so there may something good to come out of this yet, though I feel sorry for the players caught up in this s**tstorm.

Posted: Mar 19th 2010 1:06AM (Unverified) said

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Hey Smart - I thought we (the internet) told you to GTFO years ago?

I'll tell you one thing; you've just done 100x more damage to the game than any of your previous employees did.
Carrying on like a spoiled brat in public makes you untrustworthy and unreliable. If I had anything to do with you I'd feel like I had to be watching my back all the time, fearful of what the hell you might say or do next.

This feeling translates to customers as well. There's absolutely no way in hell I'd go anywhere near Alganon now that you're around. I simply don't believe you're stable enough, and therefore I wouldn't want to invest any time in your game for fear of what 'radical' action you could take at any time.

You're clearly (still) a disturbed individual with some serious anger management and ego issues.
Whomever you are responsible to should insist you stay out of the public limelight permanently. You're simply an embarrassment to your brand, let alone yourself.

Here's some advice for you: Call up Bill Roper and organise some quality time. You two would get along like a house on fire as you exchange bouts of "DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!"

Posted: Mar 19th 2010 10:03AM Macabre 13 said

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Your last line is fuckin' priceless, lol.

Nice one.
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