Back 4 Blood Tips

Back 4 Blood Tips

Gaming Guides

Top 10 Back 4 Blood Tips & Tricks

“These are a must know for any B4B Players”

Table Of Contents

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  • Learn The Game
  • Save your money
  • Don’t snatch, share
  • Hordes Don’t Stack
  • Drop items if you go
  • Toolkits

Introduction

I decided to write this article on Back 4 Blood Tips because I seem to be addicted to the game. But one thing that frustrates me immensely that led me to write the article is teaming up with randoms who have less common sense than a 7-year-old. I get it. Maybe it’s your first time in the game, so of course, you will be bad. But, it seems 80% of the people I randomly join or join me are at another level of incompetence. So bad that you couldn’t tell the difference between their gameplay and a person who is purposely trying to sabotage your round. 

It’s clearly a predecessor to the L4D series, even though I played that a lot. I didn’t enjoy that as much as I do B4B

Back 4 Blood Tips #1 – Play on easy mode first

If you are brand new to the game, I envy you, it’s a great game, and you, hopefully, will have a lot of fun. But if you are new, keep to the beginner-level rounds. On the easy rounds, lots of mistakes can be made, and the team will be ok for the most part. However, the difficulty increases greatly at every level. So, making those same mistakes on intermediate or above could mean instant death for you and the entire team. So, learn the levels, and grind out all Acts on the easy a few times to quickly earn enough supply points to unlock the cards and make a killer deck.

Very few things are more frustrating than having a solid team and a random beginner joining a nightmare game who thinks they can piggyback on the 200% supply point bonus. But ends up killing us all by hitting every alarm, triggering every horde, running into every sleeper, and generally not knowing what to do… Don’t Be That Guy!

Back 4 Blood Tips #2 – Drop Your Stuff Before You Leave

This one is a little bit of B4B etiquette. Sometimes we only have time to play a few rounds, and most people dip out at the end of the round after they get their supply points. So instead, wait until you loaded into the next round, tell the team you got to go, thanks for the round and then proceed to drop all your money, guns, ammo, items etc., on the floor. Then, ping it, so the team knows you dropped your gear, and then leave. 

It’s a fantastic thing to do, and the team will really respect and appreciate you for doing it, and hopefully, they will learn to do the same. There have been numerous occasions I had seen people snatch money I was about to pick up, grab ammo and attachments out of loot boxes I opened before I got a chance to and then leave at the end of the round.

Back 4 Blood Tips #3 – Hordes Don’t Stack

If you set off an alarm or trigger a horde in some way, all hell will break loose. Zombies will come from every direction, and the special infected will also come to the party. However, I found it useful to know that if someone sets off an alarm, you may as well set up everything else that triggers a horde within 5 seconds of the first one, and it still only acts like 1 horde.

For example, say there is an alarmed police car or an alarmed door with stuff inside. But you can’t get it because you don’t want to trigger a horde. However, if someone triggered a horde accidently, you might as well shoot the alarmed car or door to trigger those alarms as well. As long as it’s within 5 seconds of the first one, these additional triggered alarms will not call in more zombies. Then, after all the chaos has settled, you can go grab the stuff from the police car or whatever was behind that alarmed door.

Another good example of using this sneaky Back 4 Blood tip would be when there are lots of birds around. If a teammate startles a set triggering a horde, I startle all the others and any other alarmed thing I can see. You could also time it with the time horde you get during some of the levels.

Back 4 Blood Tips #4 – How To Remove Birds

Back 4 Blood Tips Removing Birds Safely

Trauma is the dark red part at the end of your health bar. If you take lots of damage, it gives you trauma that lowers your maximum health. So you need to keep trauma under control because it will build up real quick. Having a good Doctor with a solid medical deck will be crucial. But if you don’t have one on your team, 

Back 4 Blood Tip #5 – Don’t Buy Things At The Vendor

You are probably thinking, WTF? Why Not? Well, what I mean is, don’t bother buying guns or attachments at the vendor. Attachments are all over the map, and so are guns. It’s such a waste when I see players buy guns or spend 200 to 400 coins on green attachments for the low-level starter gun, only to find similar attachments or a better gun 2 minutes later, which is a common occurrence.

I only invest in the top tier (Pink Colour) guns or attachments if their legendary gold ones. You can unbolt your attachments from your weapon and put them on another, but for a heavy coin cost. Instead, you and your team should be saving and pulling your money together to buy team upgrades at the vendor or cards you find during the rounds. Sometimes you find cards that affect the whole team, and you can all buy them for 500 each and the effects stacks.

Save every penny possible for upgrades and cards. The only things I would buy at the vendor besides upgrades would be pipebombs, toolkits and maybe medkits.

Back 4 Blood Tips #6 – Always Have A Tool Kit

Back 4 Blood Guide On Prepper Stashes

On every level, there is a “Prepper Stash”. These rooms are locked by an iron door that can only be opened with a tool kit. Inside each prepper stash is usually a First Aid Cabinet, ammo, attachments and guns. So one team member needs at least one Toolkit per level to open the doors. The doors are usually hidden or placed in not so obvious places and are marked with a yellow circle target-looking symbol.

Back 4 Blood Tips #7 – Don’t Get Grabby, Share

Another annoying thing is the players that hover over the attachment box or gun box as you open it and snatch the attachments without even looking at them. Or when you open an accessory box, they grab the medkit and run away. Don’t do this. Whoever opens the box should get first dibs. Let them have time to check it, and then, after 5 to 10 seconds or so, before you start picking things up.

The same goes for the player who invested about 300 coins in buying the Toolkits to open up the prepper stash on every level. Let them go in first and get the good stuff. There are plenty of guns, ammo and attachments on every level. Talk to your teammates, and communicate. For example, if you got a shotgun deck, tell them, “Hey guys, I need a better shotgun. If you find one, let me know.” 

If you are this type of guy and you find yourself in a lobby with me, you will get a warning, and after that, you will get dead, and no one on our team will want to save you at the respawn point. It’s ironic the number of times we asked players not to do that and confronted them about it, and they just ignored us. So then we shoot them or let them get knocked down by the zombies and leave them there, and suddenly, they can speak and are very communicative.

Back 4 Blood Tips #8 – First Aid Cabinets Heal Trauma

B4B Tips and Tricks First Aid Cabinet

Trauma is the dark red part at the end of your health bar. If you take lots of damage, it gives you trauma that lowers your maximum health. So you need to keep trauma under control because it will build up real quick. Having a good Doctor with a solid medical deck will be crucial. But if you don’t have one on your team, 

Back 4 Blood Tips #9 – Move Slow, But Keep Moving

In the more challenging levels, running and jumping around like a headless chicken, like most beginners seem to love to do, will get you and your entire team killed. But so will take too long since, on most levels, a horde will come every few minutes. The best solution is to move slowly but always keep moving. When I do Nightmare or No Hope levels, I am pretty much crouched most of the time.

When crouched, you will have better accuracy, make less noise and be able to hear sleepers and birds before turning that blind corner or entering the room. Crouching also gives you time to pick zombies off from afar, register things, like alarm doors or even see things you would usually miss if you are running.

Back 4 Blood Tips #10 – Punch Them When Reloading

When you are surrounded by zombies, back into a corner, and you’re just blasting away, there comes a time when you need to reload, and you still have a bunch of zombies hitting you. So punch them with the action key. This damages and stuns them for a moment, but more importantly, the punching animation doesn’t disrupt the reloading. So hit that reload button, then start punching. The zombies will stagger a moment, and your gun will be fully reloaded.

  • Hordes don’t stack
  • Use a bandage/med kit before the medical cabinet
  • Don’t buy anything at the shop except for upgrades.
  • Pipe bombs save your life.
  • always have something
  • Spacial awareness
  • Keep moving but slowly
  • Stay together
  • Dump your stuff if you quit
  • Grenades clear birds
  • Punching doesn’t disturber the reload 

Thailand Gaming

Thailand Gaming

During the pandemic, there was a massive increase in Thailand’s Gaming industry. With the lockdowns in place, most people didn’t have much to do for entertainment, so many turned to gaming. At Salty Zombies, we noticed an increase in people on our gaming servers. Of course, we always saw more players during the weekends, but this was like every day was a weekend.

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7 Days To Die Hackers

7 Days To Die Hacks & Hackers

7 Days To Die Hacks and Hackers

7 days to die Hacks… The end of game as we know it?

So, I get this phone call at 3am this morning from one of the admins telling me our 7 Days To Die Servers have been hit again by hackers. This is probably the 10th attack in the last month and the frequency is only increasing. And it’s not just us at Salty Zombies either, they are attacking everyone, but they are primarily targeting the most popular servers for maximum number of tears.

Now we not talking about the types of hackers that use wall hacks or aimbots to help them win a game of warzone, pubg or apex legends. Because at the end of the day when you come across hackers in these battle royal games what do you lose? Nothing really, those games only last 20 to 30 minutes start to end. You just lose that battle and you go onto the next one and the next one. Nor do they come into your server just so they can use the hacks to spawn in a couple stacks of iron or help themselves to some extra ammo or armour.

No, when these hackers come into your 7 Days To Die server they just have one thing in mind and that’s the uta annihilation of all your hard work. And you don’t lose a 20 or 30 minute battle royal game, you lose 100s and 100s of hours of work. Now multiply that by 120 to 150 people on 1 server and then multiply that again to the 30+ servers consistently under attack.

How are they destorying servers?

They can do this in many different ways, like spawning in the admin gun and shooting your base apart bit by bit. Or using the terrain tool to remove the terrain under your base dropping it completely. They can even reset entire regions losing 20 or 30 bases in an instance. Give them a solid 10 minutes and your entire map is wiped out.

How are they able to do all these and have such unlimited access? I dunno something to do with the Fun Pimps net code, not gonna pretend I have the slightest idea but the modding community do. After them sifting through log file after log file of attacked servers, they had a good idea of how it was happening and presented this information to the fun pimps on their official forms.

The entire thing was dismissed by Allocs one of the TFP members saying they needed more evidence, and this shouldn’t happen to EAC enabled servers.

The Invasion on Fubar Primes Stream

So that was the end of that, they refused to acknowledge this was a thing and everyone continues to just get invaded by hackers. I decided we needed to try and let the senior members of the TFP know about this. Surly they won’t dismiss the fact that 1,000 of their customers are getting screwed over every day. It just so happens FuBar Prime was going to be streaming the first showing of the new features coming out in A20 along side Joel. So, I decided to join the stream and ask if they were aware of this issue. But looks like I wasn’t the only one who had this idea and Primes stream got bombarded with Hacker victims.

Now you see in the 40 off minutes Joel was in the stream they acknowledge it 3 times because there was that much concern about it, seems to me there was more concern for the hackers raiding everyone then there was exciting to see the new A20 features. Surely this has to make them realise that maybe this is something they should be jumping on ASAP.

Also, take a quick look at the end of this stream where Joel was trying to read the comments and answer some of the A20 questions but instead was being spammed with Hacker Information… It looks like he just got tired of it and left the stream early. Its sad because I know him, and his team work hard on the game and these types of streams are supposed to be positive and exciting times for not just us but for them too… But that wasn’t the case here.

Back to the offical Forums We Go

So as suggest by Prime, we head back to the official forums with another post about the hackers again another reply from allocs just saying “Prove it” and then Roland steps in with a comment which kinda makes me realise why this issue isn’t getting the attention it needs.

Roland says in a nutshell “This is a You problem, we develop a game if your servers are under attack, that’s not on us.” He even goes on to say “There will be plenty of people enjoying single player and closed group servers. Which I am not sure what he means because hackers can bypass password protected servers, they can reset XML files so bans and whitelists are wiped. In essence, anything online is touchable to them.

7 Days To Die Hackers

Now what I feel perhaps they are missing is the bigger picture. That’s because no one at the Fun Pimps knows or does marketing in anyway shape or form. I bet if I asked any of them key marketing strategy is helping them grow the most, what are they doing that reaches out to new customers every day and increases the sales. None of them would be able to answer.

They don’t know how or why the game keeps getting more sales, it just does, so they get an income and they keep developing the game. The only form or marketing they have which is not something they do but something they have, is word of mouth. Which just so happens to be the most powerful form of marketing.

That’s you, that’s me, that’s the multiple communities that enjoy the game so much we are recommending it to our friends and family? How many of you have even bought they game 3 or 4 times for your friends to entice them to play the game with you?

Why?

Because we want them to join us in the online zombie apocalyptic world and survive together, we want to go looting together as a team, build a base together as a team, stand shoulder to shoulder fighting off the bloodmoon hordes together as a team, and it doesn’t just end there.

The online multiplayer aspect of the game enables us to meet new people from all round the world to share this experience with. On the Salty Zombies server, which is a US based server, we have people from all over the country on that server, we even have people from UK, Australia, Philopenas and Thailand playing on that one server.

The communities and friendships that we form in online multiplier world is drug that keeps us playing. Why we are dying for a friends and family to join the team, to join this community to join this survival world. We are their marketing; we are the single and only entirety increasing their sales and it that that is at risk of being destroyed by these hackers who are ruining the online servers so easily and effortless.

And Rolands response is “Yea we are ok with that… it’s not our priority”

Anyway this rant has gone on long enough, tell me what your opinion us, have you been effected by the hackers, have you been on a server that’s been hit by these hackers? If so, let me know in the comments below and if you want to discuss it more depth come and join me on twitch and lets chat about it… links all in the video description below.

Until then, stay dangerous

A Very Salty Starlord

A Very Salty Starlord

The Truth About The Split

A Very Salty Starlord

“You heard his lies, now hear my truth”

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 of 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 have 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 Zombie’s 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 were 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 access the 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 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.

In the BEGINNING

I told them how to do it, what 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’ve 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 were still asking for an 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 who ended up having a virtual relationship with one of the players, 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 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 had never met in real life and had only been “together” for a few weeks.

An issue arose, and despite being a tolerant guy, Devin overstepped 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 contacted 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 Devin and Brooke from 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 some epic drama was already 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 everyone 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 that I wasn’t prepared for the tremendous response. I put a lot of time and energy into making the website look 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 the 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 was a single mum working as a full-time nurse at the time. 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. So 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 started happening when it came down to 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 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 with just 1 rule.

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

He agreed to this rule and understood that we must 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 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 that Starlord didn’t tell me such a significant donation came in. I found out two days later in conversation with Grandpa John. I then wondered, “How many other contributions did he get and not 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 two 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 personal use. #Bullshit

Where is the money, Starlord?

Soon 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.

Starlord-Spend-Donation-Money

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?

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

I would play 7 Days to Die single-player, 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 intelligent, efficient, motivated, hard-working and great at dealing with people. Over the next few months, he took over the server and bot side of things, and everything ran smoothly. 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.”

Things were looking good with the new PvE server and our new admin Baptizer. Starlord again tried to take a personal donation, but Baptizer caught him. I then forced 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 his insecurity grow.

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 had some fun 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 channels. 

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 buy 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 was a nightmare because Victoria wasn’t aware that 7 Days To Die was an Alpha game and 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 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, did not know 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; it was always Baptizer and I 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 attitude” BOOM! Dead server. Victoria was asleep and on holiday for the next six 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, 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. He said that he would walk if I didn’t apologise to him that very instant.

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 for two 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 is my Salty Zombies, and these are My admins, My servers, and My moderators. Me, My, I, Mine,” etc. It was very disrespectful to me, all the hard work, time and expertise I had put in, and to Baptizer.

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. Three 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 Discord, Facebook and servers. 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

Two 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 from, left him. He streams occasionally, but only on Twitch now. He earned over $1,000 in Facebook Stars, donations, bits and Twitch subs in his first six weeks of streaming with me marketing him. Plus, one member bought him some nice streaming equipment worth a few hundred USD. But, 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, realise he had nothing to do with it and was carried by me the entire time?

Nams

Namsaknoi

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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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