A Very Salty Starlord
“The Truth About The Split By Namsaknoi”
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” then 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 employing of McDonald’s claimed they are the owner and founder of McDonald’s because last week they change 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 open 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 run 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, 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, totally a number of 5. All of which are in the top 10 servers in the world according to Battle Metrix. Starlord’s server, however, has not surpassed the rank of 2,200. 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 just end this intro with a graph of our Patreon Growth:
Salty Zombies and Salty
So now let’s just 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”… Though he likes you to believe otherwise.
Salty Zombies name came from the famous saying “Don’t Be Salty” It ubiquitous in the gaming world and 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 important 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 join a PvP server named Apocalypse. Absolutely shit admin, he let his friends have access to live map, and they raided people via ground glitching.
It was so 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. I had run one with my friends a while back called “Zombie Lust” just a small friend’s only closed server. So I had some experience in getting one up and running.
In the BEGINNING
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 along 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 invest the money and we agree to split the workload evenly. But in the end, I find 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 for playing 7 Days To Die.
So I took a step back and thought, let’s do this differently. If they really wanted 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, I said to him “this is your project”. I then showed Starlord where to buy a server and how to edit XML files and various other things he needed to know.
My job was to get the people by 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 about 4 weeks. 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 was acting 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 members of the community, 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 only been “together” for 2 weeks.
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 is what was going to happen, and it was happening now! An issue arose, and despite being a tolerant guy, Devin overstepping the line with me. Since Starlord was taken 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 month or so in and already some epic drama happening, 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 inviting them over to their Discord. Didn’t go down to 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 in 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 T.F.P. 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.
So I didn’t want to abandon it, but I was literally doing everything and Starlord was taking 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 really done anything 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 donations 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 was keeping track of anything. It was one aspect I didn’t want to get involved in, but in the end, I had no choice.
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 keep a record of 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. He became very money orientated.
I then found out he was still taking donation on the side, $10 here, $20 there. I got angry and told him it has to go through Patreon. He kept telling me “Oh yea I forgot“
Then there was a friend of mine I used to play with on a couple 7 Days To Die Servers, called Grandpa John. He gave Starlord $100 towards the 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 about? 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 saying Grandpa John gave him that for personal use and not for 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 wake up one day to a bombarded 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 any money in his PayPal, so Blue Fang shut down the server.
The screenshot above says it all. In that month Starlord had received about $260+ to pay a $50 bill but he has spent the donations elsewhere. It was at this point I knew I didn’t want Starlord to be involved in Salty Zombies in anyway way whats so ever. 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. 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.
To pass the time, I would play 7 Days to Die single player either alone or with Miss Ocean. Then it dawned on me; I missed playing PvE. I had been playing 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 with dealing with people. Over the next few months, he took over the server and bot side of things completely and everything was running consistently smooth. This was a huge weight off my shoulders, it gave me the time, energy and motivation to do what I do best and market the fuck out of Salty Zombies.
We had other admins before, but they were all picked by Starlord. I don’t think he even picked 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 over emphasising 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 PM us in 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.
Let The Streaming Begin.
I am not an asshole, Starlord maybe incompetent, slow and untrustworthy. But I am sentimental guy, he was with me from the beginning and we did have some fun times together. Something I always wanted to do was game streaming 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 will do the marketing for it if it was done via our Facebook and YouTube channel.
I had no idea about “Streaming games” I told him this is now your project its all up to you. But weeks went by and no streams and yes you guessed it, he couldn’t figure it out. It took me and Baptizer an entire 5 minutes to get the first test stream going, then we showed him how to do it. I started to feel like Starlord was my mentally challenged son, even though he is 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 really destructive so I ignored it… Until that day it was.
I decided to take Salty Zombies to the next level and invest in buying a dedicated server. 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 and that allowed 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 a lot of 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.
For 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 cause, without knowing what he was doing but wanted to appear he was a big boy. He logged into to SSH smashed in some random commands not knowing the sequence and fucked the entire server up.
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 me and Baptizer 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 Salty Zombies, I’m in chaaaarge!” 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 me and Starlord kicked off when I said I am 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 coms with him and Baptizer.
In coms, a brief argument erupted and he demanded I apologies 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 apologies to him that very instant, he would walk he said.
Starlord – “You apologies to me now or I am gone!“
Me – “You promise?”
***30 seconds of a very awkward silence…
***Starlord exits discord coms.
Baptizer – “That went well”
Don’t get me wrong, I and Starlord had argued before. Its 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 didn’t like 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 blah blah blah. 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 me or Baptizer but we both carried on working on the server and keeping 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 on the Salty Zombies server… but only if he remained just a player.
Namsaknoi is the founder of Salty Zombies. Him and co-owner Baptizer are the driving force to the gaming communities success. You can check Namsaknoi’s streams via his Twitch Page.