A Very Salty Starlord

“The Truth About The Split By Namsaknoi”

My Side Of The Story

There are always whispers and rumours of what happened between Starlord and me (Namsaknoi). For a long time now, I decided to take the high road and ignore the lies he spreads and the trash talk on his streams. I believed that over time he would get over it and move on. But his resentment only seems to grow. He genuinely thought his departure would be the collapse of Salty Zombies. Yet, it was the complete opposite. Nowadays, it seems like he and his little posse are putting more time and energy into an “Anti Salty Zombies Campaign” than they are into their new server. Either way, I feel it’s come to a point where I should not stay silent any longer.

His biggest claim is that he was the owner and founder of Salty Zombies simply because his name is “Salty”. Can you imagine if this was a court of law and a long term employee of McDonald’s claimed they are the owner and founder of McDonald’s because last week they changed their name to Donald? That’s pretty much what Starlord is saying, and I will debunk his name in just a moment.

But first, let’s talk about ownership for a second. I designed and created the Salty Zombies logo and posters. I created the Facebook page and Youtube channel under my account. I trademarked the logo under my name when I created and opened up the Salty Zombies shop on the website. I designed and created the website, and the SaltyZombies.com domain name is registered under my name. I created the Discord, Patreon page and the servers are registered to me. I also ran and managed the servers, the bot and built up the community.

So I am wondering, what did he do, create or own at Salty Zombies? What aspect of its entirety did he even make?… Well, actually, the PvP server was connected to his PayPal for a little while. So I guess that negates everything I did above, right? However, that soon changed when he was caught stealing donations for the 2nd time!… But more about that later.

I like how he tells everyone I “stole it” from him, as if I went around his house one day for a chat and on the way out, I slipped Salty Zombies into my pocket.

He also believes I had nothing to do with the success of Salty Zombies. So let’s put that into perspective. I already listed above some of the things I did. But who do you think had more to do with its success? Me, a guy whose profession is marketing with a history building successful brands or Starlord, a 30+ year old guy who can’t hold a job down for more than a few months and still lives off his parents?

Let’s look at it another way, Starlord has his own 7 Days to Die server right now that’s been open for about 6 months. Yet, he hasn’t been able to get more than 7 people on there. I maxed out Salty Zombies 30 slot server within our first 2 weeks of opening. Since his departure in January, we have opened up 3 more servers, totalling a number of 5. All of which are ranked top 10 servers in the world according to Battle Metrix. Starlord’s server, however, has not managed to get into the top 10,000. The proof is in the pudding, right?

Now I shouldn’t lower myself to his level and come out with insults and snide comments, but it is a touchy subject. I feel his actions as of late has forced me to write this article. Then again, I am happy to write this article explaining my side of the story. We all know there are 2 sides to every story, and the community has only heard from his side… the losing side. Oh, and if you are a fan of facts, figures and statistics, then let me end this intro with a graph of our Patreon Growth:

Patron Growth Since Starlord left

Salty Zombies and Salty

So now, let’s get the whole name thing out the way. I always knew Starlord as “Starlord” he changed his name to Salty when he began streaming in December 2019. Almost a year after we launched Salty Zombies. So the association of the name Salty Zombies is nothing to do with him calling himself “Salty”. However, he would like you to believe otherwise.

Salty Zombies name came from the famous saying “Don’t Be Salty” It is ubiquitous in the gaming world, yet Starlord claims he made it up, hence why his name is “Salty”. But a quick google search, and you will find the phrase has been around since 1938. Before he was even born, let alone the invention of computers. This is just the first of his many lies I will be disproving in this article.

We came up with the name because we wanted to go with something like “Crazy Zombies” or “Angry Zombies” like that game Angry Birds… We wanted to be light-hearted and comical with the name. I also stressed that having the .com domain name and Facebook URL was an essential factor. Eventually, after a day of thinking and research, we decided on Salty Zombies. It wasn’t our first choice, but it was a good one with the FB/URL and .com being available.

Who is “We”?

At the beginning of Salty Zombies, there was 3 of us, Me, Starlord and a guy named Devin. We met on the 7 Days To Die PC Facebook group and joined a PvP server called Apocalypse. Absolutely shit admin. He let his friends have access to live map, and they raided people via ground glitching.

It was evident because there were glitch holes next to their beds and boxes where they had their raiding gear stashed. There were also glitch holes all along the tunnel they dug to get into our base. The admin just said, “Prove it.” Apparently, the blatantly obvious wasn’t enough.

Ground Glitching A.K.A “X Raying” is where you put yourself and a block in a particular position so your character glitches through the earth allowing you can see everything underground. 

This is where we mostly hang out, but the story of playing on a server with shit admin A.K.A. “Badmins” is a common one. I had also personally played on many servers with friends for weeks, only to find the server disappeared one day, and we lost all our hard work.

Being tired of playing on servers like this is what sparked the idea of creating our own 7 days to die server. Devin nor Starlord had ever run a server before or knew where to start. However, I had run one with my friends a while back called “Zombie Lust”, just a small friend’s only server. So I had some experience in getting one up and running.


I told them how to do it, what’s needed to be done and how to make it happen. I explained about the bot, editing the XML files and using the file manager etc. But I soon realised none of this was entirely sinking in. Both these guys could barely use Google, let alone run a server.

It was at this point I realised “I been here before”. Many a time, I decided to do a project with friends where I invested the money, and we agreed to split the workload evenly. But in the end, I found myself doing 99.9% of the work because I still had to pay the bills, and they still asking for that equal share of the profits. I parted ways with a few friends and lost my passion for similar projects for this very reason. I didn’t want this to be a repeated scenario. I didn’t want to fall out with these guys or lose my enjoyment of playing 7 Days To Die.

So I took a step back and thought, let’s do this differently. If they really want to do it, I can guide and teach them. But I won’t physically do everything for them, nor will I take the financial strain this time. We all know how fast people disappear when times get tough and the financial burden isn’t theirs. So I set up our 7 Days to Die Discord. I told Devin he should buy the server bot and learn how to use it. It was a new bot, one I wasn’t familiar with. So I said to him, “this is your project”. I then showed Starlord where to buy a server, edit XML files, and do various other things he needed to know.

My job was to get people in, using my expertise in marketing, graphic design, SEO, web development, social media, content creation etc. I would build up the community and bring them to our server. Their job was to run the server and bot and keep it running smoothly. I gave them their roles, responsibilities and structure, and I did what I did best.

The Annoying Love Affair

Devin lasted only a few months. He was a strange fellow that ended up having a virtual relationship with one of the players called Brooke. It was cute for about 5 minutes, but in the end, it just annoyed everyone. Brooke acted like she was in charge of the server because she had this “Relationship” with Devin. She also used to have these crazy emotional outbursts and go mental at community members, Starlord included. Devin would abuse admin powers to get her anything she wanted out of the creative menu. He also had a massive attitude problem and wouldn’t bother doing his side of things whenever they argued. Which was unusually frequent considering they never met in real life and had only been “together” for a few weeks.

An issue arose, and despite being a tolerant guy, Devin overstepping the line with me. It was well overdue, but I eventually decided to kick Devin out, but he had sole custody of the bot. I told Starlord that this was going to happen, and it was happening now! Since Starlord was taking most of the donations, I told him he should buy the new bot. That way, all the financial ins and outs would be in one place.

Starlord quickly contacting High Hope, one of the guys at Botman and got him to transfer all data of the current bot to the new one. Once that was complete, I removed both Devin and Brooke from the Discord and the server. It was a huge drama, but it had to be done.

We were only a few months or so in, and already some epic drama happening. But it wasn’t over either. Brooke and Devin decided to make their own server and come into my Discord under fake accounts. They tried to contact every one and invite them over to their Discord. It didn’t go down too well, Devin was broke and didn’t know how to manage a server, and Brooke paid for the server but had no idea how to run one either. 2 weeks later, we heard they broke up, and both disappeared into the abyss never to be seen or heard of again.

The Admin Duo

So it was just Starlord and me. He was still struggling to figure things out. He was a nice and simple guy, but honestly, probably the most incompetent person I have ever met. I started to regret doing this because I was again on a project doing all the work. Now Devin’s work, most of Starlord’s work and mine. #StoryOfMyLife

Generally, at this point, I would be like, “Yea, I’m out”, but I really liked 7 Days to Die. It’s the only game I play. I pushed the marketing so hard I wasn’t prepared for the tremendous response. I put a lot of time and energy into the website to make it professional. When I designed the server posters, people said they looked better than TFP posters. People started to think I was one of the Fun Pimps and that the Salty Zombies Server was the “official” 7 Days To Die server. We had to keep upgrading our server to hold all the players.

I couldn’t abandon the community like that, I couldn’t leave them in incapable hands of Starlord… They would lose everything!

So I couldn’t leave, but I was literally doing everything, and Starlord took most of the credit. Salty Zombies became a full-time job for me, yet I had a full-time job already running my own company. Not to mention, I founded and ran 2 charities that were going global and needed my attention. If you have ever run a charity or volunteered for one, you know they are pretty full-on.

Yet, my partner in crime, Starlord, was a jobless, 30+ year old man-child. His girlfriend at the time was a single mum working as a full-time nurse. She would pay the rent, groceries and other bills whilst he drowned himself in Monster Energy Drink and chips and played computer games all day. But despite his personal life, he, at this point, hadn’t done anything “over the line” wrong. It was entirely my fault for starting a project with a guy who turned out to be an absolute idiot.

Where the real problems began.

The issues starting happening when it came down to the donations. At the start, when Devin was around, he took some donations to pay for the bot, $9 a month. Starlord was receiving contributions to pay for the server about $30 a month. Despite my expenses, I just paid for it with my own money, and I could see none of them kept track of anything. It was one aspect I didn’t want to get involved in, but I had no choice in the end.

With Devin gone, all the bills were going through Starlord, but he was incapable of keeping records. So I set up the Salty Zombies Patreon page and attached it to his PayPal but with just 1 rule.

 “1 Rule – All donations go through Patreon, no exceptions!”

He agreed to this rule and understood that we have to be open and record everything. But he kept asking, “How much is in the Patreon now?” “How much we got?” I would tell him, and he would say, “Ok, you wanna send that over to me?” I told him I would send it a day before the server bills come in. But he became very money orientated.

I then found out he was still taking donations on the side, $10 here, $20 there. So I got upset and told him it had to go through Patreon. He kept telling me, “Oh yea, I forgot.

A friend I used to play with on a couple of 7 Days To Die Servers called Grandpa John gave Starlord $100 towards server bills. I found it somewhat suspicious Starlord didn’t tell me such a big donation came in. I found out 2 days later in conversation with Grandpa John. I then started to wonder, “How many other donations did he get and didn’t tell me? I am running this entire operation, and he is taking all the money and being deceitful about it.

Starlord asked me to send him the money for the server about a week before it was due. I told him to use the cash Grandpa John sent him. That should cover us for the next 2 months. He didn’t like that and disputed the idea that Grandpa John gave him that for personal use and not the server. I immediately sent him the screenshot of Grandpa John telling me he sent him $100 to help with “the server bills”. Starlord then pretended to misunderstand and thought the donation was for his personal use. #Bullshit

Where is the money, Starlord?

Not long after, I woke up one day to a bombardment of messages “The server had been down all night”. I login into Blue Fang Solutions to see the server had been “suspended due to billing”. Starlord had spent the money I gave him via Patreon, Grandpa John’s $100 and the other donations. (The ones I knew about I estimate being around $60+) and when it came to auto-renew, there wasn’t enough money in his PayPal, so Blue Fang shut down the server.


The screenshot above says it all. Starlord had received about $260+ to pay a $50 bill that month, but he has spent the donations elsewhere. At this point, I knew I didn’t want Starlord to be involved in Salty Zombies in any way whatsoever. I needed to get rid of him, but how?

For a while, I lost all motivation to do anything with the server. I couldn’t be bothered to improve it. I didn’t bother doing the server-side of things that Starlord was supposed to do. I didn’t advertise it—all the ideas I had to take Salty Zombies to the next level I just abandoned. You could almost say I fell into a depression over it.

I would play 7 Days to Die single player either alone or with Miss Ocean to pass the time. Then it dawned on me; I missed playing PvE. I played 7 Days To Die PvP for so long, and our server was a 100% PvP. So I immediately bought a second server from Bluefang, this time on my account and created the Salty Zombies PvE server. Starlord was against the idea, but as per usual, I overruled him.

Having Starlord in Salty Zombies was like employing your wife’s useless brother. He couldn’t do anything right, but you couldn’t fire him either.

Along Came The Baptizer

Baptizer came on board as Admin in August 2019 and learned in 1 week what took Starlord a year. The guy is smart, efficient, motivate, hard-working and great at dealing with people. Over the next few months, he took over the server and bot side of things entirely, and everything was running consistently smooth. This was a massive weight off my shoulders. It gave me the time, energy and motivation to do what I do best and market the hell out of Salty Zombies.

We had other admins before, but they were all picked by Starlord. He didn’t even pick them. He just asked, “Who wants to be admin?” in Discord and then gave full admin powers to whoever replied. You think I’m joking, but I’m not. Disaster struck big time, multiple times, but this article is long enough as it is, so let’s move on.

Now anytime we do something stupid or have a “blonde” moment. Me and Bap call it “Doing a Starlord”

With the new PvE server and our new admin Baptizer, things were looking good. Starlord again tried to take a personal donation, but Baptizer caught him. I then force Starlord to transfer the PVP server over to my Bluefang account, so he had no reason to ask for money from players. For the most part, Starlord was just a “Token Admin”, acting like he was in charge but had no actual say in any decisions. He knew this deep down, and I could see the insecurity grow in him.

He started acting up and overemphasising the fact he was an admin. You could see it in his language “Namsaknoi does “MY” Marketing”, “Baptizer runs “MY” servers”, etc. If someone had an issue, he would ping us in the admin channel, we would fix it (because he didn’t know how), and then he would take the credit. “Hey, I fixed that for you. You should be good to go now”. Everything was “Me, My, I, Mine”, Yet he did nothing and contributed nothing.

Baptizer Miss Ocean and Namsaknoi

Let The Streaming Begin.

I am not an asshole. Starlord may be incompetent, slow and untrustworthy. But I am a sentimental guy, he was with me from the beginning, and we did have some fun times together. I always wanted to stream games on Twitch, and I thought it would be a great addition to the Salty Zombies empire. So to help Starlord with his feelings of inadequacy, I told him to look into it. I said I would do the marketing for him if he streamed via our Facebook and YouTube channel. 

I had no idea about “Streaming games” I told him this is now your project. It’s all up to you. But weeks went by and no streams, and yes, you guessed it, he couldn’t figure it out. It took Baptizer and me an entire 5 minutes to get the first test stream going. Then we showed him how to do it. After that, I started to feel like Starlord was my mentally challenged son, even though he was a few years older than me. But I was glad I found something he could do that contributed.

So Starlord, who is now perceiving himself as “Salty”, started streaming. I pushed his videos and did the graphic design and marketing etc. He got quite a few views on the Facebook streams, and it was a good start. But it went straight to his head! He, all of a sudden, was acting like he was a celebrity. It was comical, but his ego wasn’t destructive, so I ignored it… Until that day it was.

The Mistake

I decided to take Salty Zombies to the next level and invest in buying a dedicated server. Unfortunately, good game servers that are managed are super expensive, like $350+ a month! But I had a friend, Victoria, who was a wizard with Linux. She said she could manage it for us, allowing us to buy a better Dedicated server for half the price.

This ended up being a nightmare because Victoria wasn’t aware that 7 Days To Die was an Alpha game and was buggy as hell, and EAC had issues with Linux OS servers. We had weeks of problems, and she spent days diagnosing and writing custom scripts. And many members were upset, and rightfully so. It was a stressful situation for everyone, but to keep this short, when something went wrong, we had different ways to fix it. Victoria gave us a few custom commands to type into SSH depending on what was the issue.

Those who know about servers know SSH is the root core of the server. What you type in there matters a lot. Starlord had access to admin chat and knew the SSH password. Of course, without knowing what he was doing but wanted to appear he was a big boy. He logged into SSH, smashed in some random commands, not knowing the correct sequence, and fucked the entire server up.

The Fight

I know we all make mistakes, it happens, but Starlord was making a lot of them all the time. He never took a moment to think about anything, and it was always Baptizer and me cleaning up the mess. This day he wasn’t the only one online, and instead of PMing one of us, “Hey, how do I do this?” he went straight ahead, balls deep, ego first, “I’m Salty, and this is my Salty Zombies atitude” BOOM! Dead server. Victoria was asleep and on holiday for the next 6 days. I wasn’t sure what she could have done to fix it. I logged into iDrac for a cold boot, but nothing. 6 hours later, Victoria woke up and was able to sort it out a few hours after via her mobile phone. #LifeSaver

The argument between Starlord and me kicked off when I said I was changing the SSH password and only giving it to those who know how to use it. He woke up and read that in admin chat and went ape shit. He was super angry. Later on, I woke up after doing a 16-hour shift cleaning up his mess only to be demanded to join him and Baptizer in coms.

A brief argument erupted, and he demanded I apologise to him for saying I would change the SSH password so he couldn’t have access. It wasn’t my exact words, but yea, it was what I was implying. If I didn’t apologise to him that very instant, he would walk, he said.

StarlordYou apologies to me now, or I am gone!
Me“You promise?”
30 seconds of very awkward silence… Starlord exits discord coms.
Baptiser“That went well” 

Don’t get me wrong, Starlord and I had argued before. It’s just natural of 2 people who are very passionate about something. But this was a little bigger. I felt like the explosion wasn’t so much about his mistake. But the long drawn out tension between us. He felt insecure and inferior next to me, and Bap and his consistent fuck ups were purely driven by his want or need to look like the boss. Just like Devin, his ego was his demise, and he was doing more damage than good. I was not too fond of his new streaming persona either. “I’m Salty this my Salty Zombies and these are My admins, My servers, My moderators. Me, My, I, Mine etc. It was very disrespectful to me and all the hard work, time and expertise I had put in and to Baptizer as well.

I gave Starlord, or should I say now A Very Salty Starlord, a day to cool down. He didn’t talk to Baptizer or me, but we worked on the server and kept everyone happy. 3 days go by, and I message Starlord with an ultimatum. His non-reply was the answer I had wanted for months. I removed his admin privileges on the servers, Discord, Facebook and YouTube. I then removed his existence from the website. Perhaps I was a little salty too. I lost a friend that day, and I believe Starlord would have been a well-liked player in the Salty Zombies community. But only if he remained just a player.

UPDATE… 1 year later

2 weeks after this article was posted in his discord and Facebook group, his server shut down due to inactivity and his girlfriend, whom he was sponging of left him. He streams occasionally, but only on Twitch now. In his first 6 weeks of streaming with me marketing him, he earned over $1,000 in Facebook Stars, donations, bits and Twitch subs. Plus, one member bought him some nice streaming equipment worth a few hundred USD. In the year since his removal, he hasn’t earned even a quarter of that from streaming.

Sometimes I think after all this if I DM’ed him and asked, “Do you still believe you were the one that made Salty Zombies a success?” I wonder what he would say? Would his ego reply, “Yes, of cause!” or did he, over the 12 months, come to the realisation he had nothing to do with it and was carried by me the entire time?




Namsaknoi is the founder of Salty Zombies. He loves post-apocalyptic games like the Fallout series and zombie survival. He always says if he ever won the lottery he would love to make a game. You can check out his live streams on his Twitch Page

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