Why GTX Gaming Is The Worst Hosting Company

GTX Gaming | the worst hosting Company

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There are many aspects when it comes to running a successful gaming community. But there are a few that most do not consider: consistency, reliability and stability. So, when I look for a good game server hosting company, I look for one that can help provide that.

Unfortunately, in my eternal search to continuously improve the service to my gaming community, I stumbled upon GTX Gaming. They hooked me in with a pretty good website, many “positive reviews” on the trust pilot and incredible prices on Dedicated Servers. For example, we rent 8 dedicated machines, and our two flagship machines are the Ryzen 7950x with the default 4.5Mhz speeds and 128GB of DDR 5 RAM, which are nearly $500 a month each. GTX Gaming is selling the same Ryzen 7950x but is calling it “Turbo” because the speed is 5.7 Mhz, which is quite impressive. Plus, it came with 192GB of DDR 5 RAM for only $300 a month.

So it was a much faster processor, and the additional 64GB of RAM would be suitable for both RUST and our 7 Days To Die Overhaul Modded servers.

So I contacted them on their websites and online chat messaging services and was connected to a guy called Lee. He seems like a nice chap, and when he found out I was the founder of Salty Zombies, at the time, ranked #1 and #2 on Battle Metrics for most popular 7 Days To Die servers and #1 for RUST PVE servers on the voting website. He got a little ecstatic. I mentioned we had 8 Dedicated Servers with Ping Perfect and were shopping around. I told him I would like to buy 2 of their Ryzens 7950x to start with. Within about 15 minutes of the conversation, the CEO of GTX Gaming, Mathew Griffin, joined the conversation.

Lee and Mathew are both excellent salesmen. They bigged me up and made me feel like a celebrity. They were practically laying out a virtual red carpet for me. I am not going lie, I fell for it. They both assured me they have great servers, fast support and good DDOS protection.

So I paid them $600+ for two Ryzens, one in the UK to expand our RUST PVE Servers and one in LA to expand on the 7 Days To Die Overhaul mods. The UK server login credentials came on the same day. But I noticed something a little weird with the ticket system.

GTX Gaming support tickets are public?

When replying to the tickets, I noticed that it asked me to enter my GTX Gaming login credentials each time I replied. I thought that was annoying. Then I realised it was not asking for my credentials to reply. It was because I was not logged in. But how can I view the ticket and chat history if I am not logged in? It’s because the tickets were public.

Yeah, that’s right. If you have the ticket URL, you can view the entire ticket. I thought this was a major security risk, so I replied and told them, and this is where I can introduce you to Robert Pearson, GTX Gaming’s Senior Network Engineer. This guy was the biggest moron in tech support I have ever had the displeasure of meeting. 

So Robbert, from GTX Gaming, replies to me and says, “It’s not public, this is for your own account only”. I sent him an image of a screenshot of my friend who could access the ticket if he was given the ticket URL. I was somewhat shocked he was being so dense about it. Again, he just dismissed me, stating, “I am not sure what your issue is here? I was just informing you of a delay earlier, and then I opened another ticket with your rdp info?”

So I reply a little harshly with an example of the Ping Perfect ticket and the GTX Gaming ticket, and the next thing I know, the CEO of GTX Gaming steps in. He tells me I am correct, apologises, and adds a fix immediately. Robert then follows up with a reply apologising and not understanding me. 

That’s ok, I thought. We all make mistakes. If Robert had spent more than 3.2 seconds reading the ticket, he would have realised what I was saying. But maybe he was too busy. However, if you ever had your server compromised at GTX Gaming and they blamed you, it could be that their ticket system has been public since 2021. I am not a hacker, but I know every hosting company uses WHMCS for their ticket system, and none have their ticket URLs public.

GTX Gaming CEO Admitting ticket security issue

Missing Server?

It was a rough start, but ok, I’m moving on. A few days went by whilst we were setting up the RUST UK server, and I noticed we still don’t have the LA Server login credentials. Robert said there would be a delay of 8 to 12 hours, but 4 days had passed and nothing. I sent a message to the ticket, and they came back with the wrong RAM sticks that were delivered; they sent 4x 32GB of RAM, not 4x 48GB of RAM. The new sticks should arrive in a few days.

1 week passes, 11 days after paying for the dedicated server in LA and still nothing. More excuses about the delay in delivering the RAM cards. GTX Gaming offered to set up a 128GB RAM server and then upgrade it when it’s ready. I didn’t want the downtime for an engineer to change the RAM sticks over just after we launched. So I decided to wait and push back the wipes on the 7D2D Overhaul mods by a week.

Caught In A Lie

Then, 3 days later, we asked again, and Robert, the GTX Gaming Senior Engineer, dropped a bomb. He said because of the Palworld and Enshrouded release, they have been swamped, stock is selling out everywhere, and it’s hard to get hold of the RAM.

So it’s over 2 weeks since we paid them, and they accidentally admitted that they haven’t even bought the RAM Sticks yet? I don’t think Robert realised he messed up, so we asked for the tracking information on this “delayed delivery“. We never got it. Even when the CEO said he would give it to us, he never did.

To keep this part short, 4 weeks passed, and the server was never delivered to us. To add insult to injury, their system invoiced us for the renewal of the LA server, which we never got in the first place. 4 weeks of the Robert, saying:

“8 to 12 hours” – “it will arrive any day now” – “ASAP” – “by the end of the day” – “I will update you in a few hours”

Only for him to never follow up until we reply days later asking “Well…So whats the update?”. We even decided to take them up on their offer of getting the 128GB and upgrading later. Did they do it? No, of course not. They instead tried to get us to buy another dedicated server in New York with promises of being ready in 24 to 48 hours.

Roberts’s reply was so ridiculous I could swear the GTX Gaming team had a poll going to see how long they could bullshit us before we finally gave up asking and cancelled the order. 

So what really happened to the LA server?

My personal opinion on what GTX Gaming did with our server. Is that like most hosting companys, they didn’t know Palworld was going to explode and 1000’s of customers were wanting Pal World Servers. So, I think the RAM Sticks arrived already, but they were running low on stock and decided to use our server we paid for to supplement their Palworld customers. I mean, think about it, why give us the server for $300 a month, when they could probably fit 25 Palworld servers on there for $40 a month?

Then they just kept lying to us, stringing us along. Offering the 128GB server instead, then denying that and asking us to buy another server in New York. Then their would be “delays/issues” with that server. Anything to buy them time until they Palworld rush clamed down.

4 weeks after their lies and bullshit I told them to cancel the order.

GTX Gaming’s $4,338 invoice for another server they didn’t have

Just as another example of GTX Gaming’s chief engineer incompetence, we were so excited about these new servers being such a good price we asked if they had any of them in Asia. The sales team said they didn’t. But we went through this once before, and the hosting company said they could get us an Asian server if we signed a 1-year contract. So, I asked GTX Gaming if we did the same thing. Next thing I knew, the GTX sales team passed me on to Rob, and he invoiced me $4,338.15

Before I was about to pay, I asked where in Asia will the server be. Robert replies we don’t have any servers in Asia.

I wanted to reach through the screen and strangle this idiot. I asked him if he could please just take more than 3 seconds to read a ticket and reply again. He did and replied in a few more words, “Sorry busy with Palworld. There are no servers in Asia”. I then replied, then why did you invoice me $4,338 for a 1 year contract. Not to mention $4,338 divided by the 12 months of the year = $361.5 a month. That’s like $60 a month, more expensive than what we are paying now!

The GTX Gaming team do not communicate with each other, and Robert is not readying the tickets properly. It’s like he doesn’t even care. But at least we have 1 working Server in the UK, and it’s ready for launch, right?… WRONG!

Invoicing me then telling they don't have any
4k invoice from GTX Gaming

Hardware Failure on the UK server.

After a few weeks of setting up the new RUST UK server. We launched it with the other RUST servers on forced wipe. The UK server was the smaller pop server since it was new, averaging 20 or so people, but there were complaints of lag and network time-outs. Which I thought was weird because its the only gaming running on there was the RUST UK server and it was barly using 1 out of the 16 cores we had and only 12GB to 15GB of the 192GB of RAM.

Then about 7 days into wipe, the server goes offline. I can’t access the game panel nor connect via SSH. I contacted them, and they confirmed it was offline and rebooted it via iDrac; one day later, it did the same thing, and again, it needed another reboot from the GTX Gaming team.

Next day it goes out for good. Not even the GTX Gaming staff can access it. They contacted the Data center and find the server has hardware failure. The RAM sticks need replacing. They asked me when is a good time to send an engineer to replace the sticks and gave me a time frame they were available. I said since the server is down and now is within their time frame, let’s do it ASAP. So they did, and half a day later, the server was back online for at least 12 hours anyway. Then, it goes offline for good again. 

Multiple Hardware Failure???

Another hardware failure, this time they didn’t tell me what it was. The GTX Gaming team just said they would need to move the harddrives into another machine. But since it was no Friday evening, no engineer would be available until Monday.

Move the hardrive to another machine!!! Hardware failure is quite rare of dedicated servers, but MULTIPLE HARDWARE FAILURE!!?!?! is virtually impossible especially on a new Machine. Ryzen 7950x release date at this point was just over a year old, and its only compatable with RAM and motherboard of simular ages.

So how in the world can a new Ryzen dedicated server have multiple hardware failure? And only within a few weeks of us using it? 

All the bullshit and issues you have read so far had pretty much happened within a month. If this was the first month with GTX Gaming, I can’t imagine being with them for another month or even a year. So At this point, I was done. I do not want to be in business with GTX Gaming or have anything to do with them.

I told them not to bother with fixing the server, I want out. Just refund me for the UK Server and the LA server that never same and lets just part our ways. We moved all the UK Servers back to the EU, and my team and I compensated every UK player for whatever they lost and even spent the weekend helping them rebuild their bases.

NO REFUNDS!!!

After demanding a refund, Robert refused it, saying it would not happen. He kept on saying something about he will talk to the Data Center to see if they will compensate them (GTX Gaming) for the issues. I told Robert that whether or not the data center refunds or compensates you has nothing to do with me. You sold me a broken server that didn’t just have network issues but had multiple hardware failures. Something that pretty much impossibe. 

He kept saying it was the Data Center’s fault and would talk to them about a refund. He follows up with how GTX Gaming uses the Data Center as a 3rd party, etc,.. I repeated my position that they act as a 3rd part of GTX Gaming, and if they don’t issue the refund, I will do a PayPal reversal.

Robert said if I were to do a reversal, GTX Gaming would fight it. I’m like yea good luck. Within 7 to 9 days of a launch or our RUST UK server, there were network issues, broken RAM sticks, and 2nd hardware failure. Even states on the GTX Gaming website, under the dedicated servers section, they ensure 100% uptime.

I am sure being down for an entire weekend with multiple hardware failures within 3 weeks of having the server doesn’t equate to 100% uptime.

No one at PayPal is going to deny me this reversal.

GTX Gaming refusing Refund because of Data Center
GTX Gaming guaranteeing 100percent uptime

GTX Gaming – “What hardware issue?”

I gave Robert a few days to talk to the Data Center, although I will fight for the refund regardless of the results. I would rather part ways with GTX Gaming amicably than drag out this fight for weeks with a PayPal dispute, so I was awaiting his reply on whether he would give the refund.

Do you know what he did instead? A few days later, he replied with an arbitrary statement about how the “Data Center couldn’t find any crashes in the logs but could see the reboot command being run.” Yeah, well, of course, RUST servers need regular reboots, especially the PVE ones with all the extra events and content plugins they have. But has that got to do with me awaiting my refund?

He truly believed he could ignore the fact that the machine was down for the entire weekend with multiple crashes that came from multiple hardware failures. Mind you, this is in the same Ticket thread where other members of the GTX Gaming team are telling me about the hardware failure, just 8 replies down.

 

GTX Gaming pretending the-hardware failure didn't happen

Email With The CEO of GTX Gaming

After they refused to refund me for the broken UK machine, I told them I would do a PayPal reversal. They ignored me and marketed the ticket as “Answered”. I thought the leading GTX Gaming network engineer, Robert, who had been lying and misleading us for over a month, was hiding the ongoings of this whole situation from the CEO but repeatedly marked the ticket as answered every time I replied. I worked with the WHMIC ticket system before; marketing it as answered hides it from everyone as technically it’s considered as “solved”, so no one can see it unless you go to review previously solved tickets.

So, I emailed the CEO of GTX Gaming directly. He replied, stating he knew of the situation and that my talking about doing a PayPal reversal was “threatening and tantamount to blackmail” and was willing to listen if I could list out why I had such a bad experience “succinctly”. Firstly, explaining your next steps if you didn’t get a refund for being sold a broken product is not even in the same realm as Blackmail. I am starting to see that he, too, doesn’t seem to be in the grasp of reality.

Regardless, I wrote all the issues respectfully and in bullet points, just as he asked. He didn’t even reply.

To add insult to injury, when I asked Robert to cancel the UK server since we don’t want anything to do with GTX Gaming, he kept marking the ticket as “Answered”. He didn’t cancel the order, and I was autocharged $310 for the UK server renewal.

GTX Gaming Lied in the PayPal Dispute

I opened the dispute with PayPal. Strangely, though, PayPal has no clear avenues to state “sold faulty product”. You can only open disputes under titles like “not as described”, “was not delivered”, or “not satisfied with services”. Then, there are subtitles under these main titles, none of which clearly allowed me to state “broken product”.

So I went with not as subscribed since GTX Gaming guarantees 100% uptime on their website. And within 9 days of launching the RUST UK server, it was down for the entire weekend. I then added in about the multiple hardware failures, network issues, etc. GTX Gaming had a week to reply, which they did on their last day.

Now, if they argued against the dispute with something legit, honest, or just their perspective of what happened, for example:

“We did our best to accommodate the customer, but hardware failure is something that happens. We fixed it as quickly as we could… we don’t feel our level of services warrants a refund, blah, blah.”

I would have at least respected them for having a different perspective on the matter. But they didn’t. They straight up lied to the PayPal dispute team, telling them they had already refunded me. They gave PayPal the refund transaction IDs of the LA server that never came and the auto-renewal of the UK Server that I asked them to cancel, knowing full well that I was asking for a refund of the original payment to the UK Server.

They knew EXACTLY what they were doing. I had literally sent the personal email to the GTX Gaming CEO a few days ago, and Robert closed my ticket yet again with no reply, only a day before that! They didn’t have a legitimate argument to come back with, so they tried to lie/trick the dispute team.

GTX Gaming pretending to Refund me

Final Thoughts

No hosting company will be perfect. Just as games you host have bugs you can’t fix or issues that are out of your control. Hosting companies will have similar problems with the different data centres they use. But I certainly have a new appreciation for Ping Perfect. We have been with them for 4 years, and I have checked out other hosting companies, like Tempest, Nitrado, BlueFang, and Packet Data and always decided that Ping Perfect do a good job all around. 

Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points

Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points

Free Give Away

Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points

“For everyone! New and old characters”

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  • How New Players Can Claim?
  • How Existing Players Can Claim?
  • How To Claim It In Game?
  • What Does The Recruiter Get?

Get You Free Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points! It sounds like one of those contract scams in Jita, right? That’s what I thought as well, but it is actually CCP’s new marketing strategy to bring new players to Eve Online. However, this isn’t just for new players. They didn’t leave out the current loyal players, past and present. Anyone can claim the free Eve Online 1 Million skill points, and below, I will show you how.

How to claim your Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points?

Get Your Free Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points

If you are a new player, you can claim your Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points by clicking the orange button. It will take you to a page with the signup forum, like the image here. Choose an email you can access, as it’s essential in case you lose your account info. Choose a username and password. The Username is not your in-game name, so don’t worry about that. Make it something you can remember.

Already an existing EVE Online Player?

If you are already an existing player, active or not. You, too, can claim Eve Online 1 million skill points. You can check the bottom section of the forum, where it says:

Already Have An Account?
Login To Become A Recruit

I have highlighted it in the red box in the image here. Click on that and log in as usual. Once you have done that, you can log in and get a confirmation screen. Then, you can log in to your character via the Eve Online launcher, and you will see the 1 million Eve Online skill points ready to be claimed.

Unclaimed 1,000,000 eve online skill points
Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points Forum

Claiming Your 1 Millions Skill Points In Eve Online

Claiming your Eve Online 1 Million Skill Points

Once you log in via the link, you can log in via your Eve Online account, and you will see the orange indicator in the bottom left of your screen. This icon is where all your unclaimed items will be. Once you click this icon, it will open up a window where you can claim your skill points.

It will ask if you want to redeem your Eve Online 1 million skill points in your current or home station. Since they are just skill points, it doesn’t matter, so just choose “current station”.

I Don’t See My 1 Million Skill Points In Eve Online.

If you still don’t see the 1 million Eve Online skill points, you must open a ticket with Eve Online Support. Regarding new accounts, the 1,000,000 unallocated skill points are always there. But for older players, it has failed a few times. The fastest way to get those skill points is to open a ticket with the Eve Online support team and tell them you signed up via this link:

https://www.eveonline.com/signup?invc=f8524bb5-2e8e-4d94-a423-d74dbcad08d4

which is the affiliate link that gains you the skill points, and tell them in the ticket that you have yet to receive them. They usually reply within 24 hours, and they will manually add the EVE Online 1 million skill points to your character’s account. If you have more than one toon on that account, you must specify which toon you want the 1 million skill points to be applied to.

Where to spend your free 1 million Eve Online Skill Points?

If you are a new player, I wouldn’t immediately blow the entire 1 million Eve Online Skill points. Not until you know what you want to do with your career. However, if you wish to be a fighter and shoot pirates all day or to be a miner/industrialist, there will be skills you will need regardless of the career. 

Can I become an Eve Online Affiliate?

Yes! This new marketing program is open to all Eve Online players. You can go to the Eve Online Recruit page and log in. There, you will be given a personalized affiliate link. Give this link to your friends, who can also get Eve Online 1 Million Skill points. You can also earn rewards for every one you get to sign up via your link.

Biggest Blessing In The Ugliest Disguise

Biggest Blessing In The Ugliest Disguise

SZ has been set free

Biggest Blessing In The Ugliest Disguise

“Greed is the lack of confidence in one’s own ability to create”

So, on the morning of the 31st of December 2022, I woke up to probably one of the most heart-wrenching days I have ever had. Baptizer, my friend and partner at Salty Zombies, and 3 other admins plotted to steal everything I had built at SZ and split the profits among them.

Most of you thought we were “two peas in a pod”. But in this article, you will learn how, for years, Baptizer regularly gave me ultimatums, threatened me with sabotage, and spent a lot of time trying to leverage and exploit his position.

I arose that morning to all my servers being sabotaged and my Discord spammed with his new server and Discord info. Besides Bap and the 3 admins, no other staff knew, and all were shocked. They didn’t know what was happening and just followed suit, and as for you, the community? He gave you an ultimatum by sabotaging my servers, too: “Play on my new server or lose all your progress”.

He then ran a script to delete all his messages in our DMs. Let me say that one more time. Baptizer ran a script to delete every single message he had ever sent to me in our DMs. If he had nothing to hide and was not guilty, why do that? No one deletes evidence unless they have something to hide.

The screenshots below are of the DMs between Bap and me. All you can see are my replies which, to be honest, is more than enough. If he tells you, they’re fake. I will be happy to get on Discord and screen share the DMs.

What I was Suppose To Do That Morning

That morning I was getting ready to go on a 45min flight to Bangkok (BKK) with my 6 year old daughter. I had planned a special New Year’s weekend to go to the new Harbor Land, Asia’s biggest kids’ playground. I was going to take her to the special kid’s New Year’s Day event and then fly back on the 2nd.

Whilst I am doing damage control on Discord and trying to fix the sabotaged servers, I hear the crazy loud excited knock of my daughter banging on my patio doors. I opened them, and her mum saw my face and said, “What’s wrong?”. Although we were not together anymore, we were still good friends, and she could tell something was up.

I explained to her what Bap had just done whilst my daughter was running around the house like crazy, excited about the upcoming adventure. I look at her and her mum and say, “I can’t, I can’t go. I have to fix this.” I had to salvage what I could, and I had to do it now. There is no way I could go. 1-hour drive to the airport, plus a flight and getting to the hotel, would be like 4 hours. Then try doing what I must do with the laptop with bad hotel Wi-Fi. How could I even enjoy the weekend knowing this was happening?

Bap knew about my special plans with my daughter as well. That’s why he executed his betrayal on this day, to maximize his success and, evidently, my pain. If you think that was a pretty low and vile move from Bap, then keep reading. It gets worse. So I hug my now crying daughter goodbye as she leaves for BKK with her mum.

The Communities Reaction

As you know, the first Friday of every other month is when the 7 Days To Die PVE Servers are wiped. But since I was supposed to be on a plane to BKK, he launched his servers that day, a week earlier. So I understand why you guys moved over since it was the last week, and most of you are just waiting for a fresh server.

But Bap also didn’t give you a choice. He gave you an ultimatum in disguise. Since he sabotaged my servers and moved all your Salty Coin savings and progress over to his, he was essentially telling you, “Join my server or lose months of work”. Some of you even bought those Salty Coins with money. He effectively stole them and put them on his server with the predisposition of, you either play on my server, or your money is gone.

Does that sound like someone who cares about you or someone out to inflict as much damage as possible, regardless of who it hurts? You guys are just here to play games, have fun, and most of you, like myself, do that to escape real-world drama and politics. Baptizer using you in his greedy plans to maximize damage was unfair to you. He should not have forced your hand, and I am sorry I didn’t do more to protect you.

If any of you want to come back SZ. Just do /wallet on Baps server, screenshot it, and I will apply those Salty Coins to your account.

Bap Sabotage The 7 Days To Die Servers

Baptizer ripped out the Server Manager Bot (CSMM), or what you guys know as J.A.R.V.I.S. (I named him Jarvis since I am a big Marvel fan). He transferred all the data to the new servers, leaving you with nothing. The CSMM bot was under Bap’s name, but I reimbursed him monthly, so I owned it and the data.

All mod files were there as if untouched. However, I knew Bap had sabotaged them, as he did with my RUST servers months before. But more on that later. I replaced what was broken and connected the new Bot, and everything seemed pretty simple. But we had a few features before that I wanted back.

That’s when RDois came in. He helps at CSMM in tech support. I told him I could probably get to grips with all this in a month or so, but I am pressed for time. I had less than a week to wipe all the servers. So I asked if he could help me with some features. He looked at all the CPM files and saw Bap had sabotaged them. RDois not only fixed the sabotage but replaced Baptizer’s entire legacy at Salty Zombies with improvements in 2 hours.

Then he started coding stuff that Bap could only dream of. I was shocked that CSMM even had these possibilities. Baptizers’ primary job at Salty Zombies for the last 3 years was running the CSMM Bot. While it has some decent features, RDois is taking us to a whole new level. We have so many cool and exciting features planned in the upcoming wipes. You PVP players already know what I’m talking about. And RDois does this for fun. His real job doesn’t even involve computers.

Baps work compared to Rdois

Kraag Sabotaging My RUST Servers

Kraag sabotaged my RUST servers by deleting all the config files. I didn’t know because the RUST servers don’t need rebooting. But sometimes, like most gaming servers, they crash, so when they did a few days later, the plugins didn’t detect the old config files they were running from and generated new default ones. So the 100’s of hours of work I had done to configure the 40+ plugins had all gone. RUST had nothing to do with any of them. I ran the RUST servers by myself, so attacking you RUST players was pure spitefulness, and Kraag was the only one who had access to them.

This shocked me for Kraag to be so malicious, but at the same time, it didn’t. Kraag was Bap’s lackey, he seemed very eager to please him, and I soon noticed him become more devious in nature. For example, If Kraag had ever popped into coms with you and randomly brought up a conversation about a situation or a particular person, he is recording you. He started to record so many private calls and public coms channels I began to think it a little weird.

If you tell Kraag something in confidence, he will tell Bap about it immediately.

Whenever we talked in admin chat about a situation that happened a long time ago, he could, within minutes, pull up a screenshot or mention the players involved and what happened. I just thought he had a good memory and was a bit of a screenshot hoarder. But I later discovered he has a personal Discord server with screenshots, notes and voice recordings of players that go back years, all dated and categorised. Does that sound like normal behaviour to you?

Robin and the ARK Sabotage

It was pretty heartbreaking to see Robin involved in this. I paid a guy $20 an hour to teach her and Cechri how to run the ARK servers. The lessons usually started around 1am or 2am my time and lasted 3 hours. I was with them at every session and recorded them so they could reference them later. Once I saw Robin had a firm grip on it all, I started doing the marketing and built up the ARK community.

I fronted nearly $2,000 to make it all happen, and the moment money started coming back. She sabotages the servers and moves all the data over to Bap’s server, forcing you ARK players to move unless they want to lose everything as well.

What’s ironic is that Baptizer doesn’t even like Robin. She is equally smart and capable as him, if not more, and I told him she would be the next SZ partner, so I guess he saw her as a threat. I used to tease him and say, “She is the female version of you”. I’d rather not repeat how he often referred to her as a “Cunt that thinks she’s better than everyone else”. His hate towards her in our DMs is probably the primary reason he ran that message-deleting script.

UPDATE:

Robin and I have started talking since this ordeal. She expressed quite a bit of remorse on her part. She has told me she has lost her taste for gaming and has elevated a good portion of the profits she gets in order to take a step back. She is leaving Bap’s new community, or rather what’s left of it.

Amaries Leaving Message

Amarie wrote up a nice little leaving message which she spammed in every Discord channel. Mentions how I don’t care about you, the community, and it’s all about the money etc. Let’s quickly disprove that with these snippets of conversations between Baptizer and me less the 2 months before their scam. If you could see his replies, you would see it was him who didn’t care about you guys, and since he had been unemployed for 3+ years, he didn’t want to invest back because he was desperate for money. And again, if anyone says these are fake or edited. I will gladly share my screen on Discord.

Invest Back Into The Community
I agree with Silkh
Community should be top priority

Amarie acted like she did what she did “for the community”. But she practically didn’t do anything at SZ from mid-2021. Ever since her friends got removed for leaking info from the Admin meetings. They started their own server, and because they and the players they took were Amarie’s biggest donors of her Twitch Streams, she played both sides of the field.

She didn’t want to lose her big donors but didn’t want to leave SZ because I promoted her Twitch channel and did events. She would get anything from 50 to 70 viewers and earn up to $1,000 a week. When I didn’t, it was less than 6 viewers. I wasn’t a fan of her playing both sides, especially since her friends were consistently stealing players and bad-mouthing us on her streams, even on the events I organised, which earned her a lot of money, and she said and did nothing about it. So, I stopped promoting, and she stopped helping SZ. She became a token admin at that point.

In all of 2022, she not once joined voice coms with the community. She barely answered any questions or tickets unless you were a subscriber of her Twitch Stream. So, what do you think? Did she do this for you, the community? Or was it because she would get a 25% cut from the profits?

I thought you guys were Friends?

Mine and Baptizer’s relationship has been a delicate one at best. He was the first player I met in real life. When he came to Thailand, he ate dinner with my daughter and me. When he first joined SZ, we were a thriving and up-and-coming community. Before Bap knew we existed, Salty Zombies was always in the world’s top 3 most popular 7D2D servers. We made more than enough money to cover the small shared hosting server. But instead of just pocketing the profit, I always reinvested back into the community and upgraded us to fully Dedicated Machines that were 10x the cost.

When I first met Baptizer, he didn’t even know how to access the creative menu. So I taught him how to wipe maps, reset regions, use the Debug Menu and use the 7 Days To Die Server Manager we used then (Botman). He was eager to learn and at the computer all day at work. So it was ideal. I noticed straight away he had this very bravado banterious nature.

But after one of the founders of Salty Zombies left, and Bap started taking over the new server manager bot (CSMM), he became somewhat sure of himself. I thought it was just part of his persona, but later on, his banterious nature turned into ultimatums and straight-up threats.

Wait a minute, hold up, go back… Threatening you?

Baptizer Unable To Expand Beyond CSMM

Oh yeah, not physically. But with the CSMM bot (JARVIS). I had a visioin for Salty Zombies, I wanted to be more then a gaming community. But Bap was more interested in the money he could get now rather than what we could become years later. He was very short-sighted. Whenever I talked about adding something or growing SZ, he got upset and told me to use my money to grow SZ so his profit share wasn’t affected. He would always respond with threats like, “You really want to go there?” “You sure you want to go down this path?”

What he meant by that was, unless he got his way, he would rip that Bot out, and you, the community, would lose your Salty Coins and progress. This was the type of relationship we had, I had to tip-toe around his ego, or the threats would come out. He often described our partnership to me and others as “We’re just holding a gun to each other’s head”.

His mentality was so wrong. Can you imagine my position of starting and founding Salty Zombies, working hard and having great success, only for Baptizer to come in years later and begin to threaten me with sabotage if I didn’t do what he wanted? Does Bap sound like a friend or business partner you would want?

As Salty Zombies Grew, Bap couldn’t

I expanded Salty Zombies in many ways, not just by growing in community members, staff, servers, games, etc. But as I developed Salty Zombies, my mind was constantly exploding with big ideas that could become a reality. I am talking about full-time employees, building a massive YouTube channel, huge cash prize events, community meet-ups, Salty Zombies booth at Twitch con. I am even learning to make my own game on Unreal Engine.

I was thinking and planning stuff for Salty Zombies 3 to 5 years down the line, and all Bap could do was think about protecting his one little corner, the CSMM bot. He didn’t want to teach anyone how to use it. He didn’t want to delegate any of that. When it came to wiping the maps, he did it all himself despite the admins offering to help. He would go off and do it on his own and then complain that no one had helped him. He didn’t want them to learn.

I can only assume he did that because he thought if they knew how to do his job, he wasn’t unique and was easily replaceable.

I always encourage him not to clutch on so tightly to the CSMM bot. I encouraged him to do online courses on C# or something or take over the events. I used to give him this speech about evolving into Bap 2.0 and Bap 3.0 and starting to expand and grow beyond this, but he couldn’t. His fixed mindset reminded me of Gollum from Lord of the Rings. “CSMM… my precious”

Let go and be a damn co owner

The Real Reason For His Betrayal?

What do you think? Bap got 50% of 7D2D but nothing else. He didn’t like that I wanted to spread the wealth to have other partners for the other games who would also get 50%. Then, A20.4 came out with its half-assed cross-platform preparations for the console update. That murdered every server’s capacity by more than half. We could get up to 60 or so players on a 7D2D server before the lag made it unplayable, and then all of a sudden, it was unplayable with just 25 players. So, the income from 7D2D dropped, and we had to buy more servers to compensate.

Amarie was broke and ran up so much debt that Capital One, a credit card company, sued her. Kraag had also told me that his income had dropped 35% over COVID-19, and with the 12% inflation over those years, he was practically 50% less off than he was a few years ago.

So, what is the answer to 99% of all questions? Money! They all had a financial incentive to do what they did. You can imagine the smile on my face when I see how empty their servers are and how full SZ are, not even 6 months after they screwed me over. I had plans to make Kraag the partner of RUST. He would kick himself now if he found out the 50% he is missing out on.

Who was Atlas For?

Besides the threats, one of the other things that started to make me realise Baps didn’t consider you as the community a priority was with Atlas. The games we decided to open were based on a few factors. If I had a way to market them, were they monetisable? Or fun ones that you guys wanted. Bap wanted to do an Atlas Server since he has been playing it with Katknip. Despite Bap having and living with his girlfriend/partner for the best part of a decade, he certainly liked spending a lot of time in private with a much younger, attractive blonde girl.

I would never judge someone for their lifestyle, married or not. But personally, I would never get romanticly involved with a member of the community and especially not a member of staff. To me, this was highly inappropriate and unprofessional.

When I did the market research about other games you guys played, I told him there were zero votes on Atlas. I also said there are no search terms for it, meaning hardly anyone was looking for Atlas servers on Google. So it really isn’t a popular game, and at the time, the reviews on steam were primarily negative. But despite that, he decided to go ahead and set up 25 instances across all our dedicated servers.

This turned out to be a huge ordeal, for example. One 7 Days To Die server, like the Darkness Falls server, is 1 instance. But to get a single Atlas map up and running, it required 25 instances to be installed, and they had to spread the map across all 5 of our dedicated servers. Including the Asia server. So he put a bulk in Asia, and the rest spread across different parts of the USA.

As a result, the performance drop was felt across all our games, and yet, next to no one ever played it besides him and Katknip. It took him about 2.5 months to set up, and in the meantime, the other staff and I were left to run and learn the other games. So if he wasn’t doing it for you guys or for potential new community members, who was he putting in all this effort for?

Then when he made Katknip an SZ Moderator outside of our standard recruitment protocols and gave her full admin powers, it all started to make sense.

Where is My Minecraft money?

Whilst Bap was busy with Atlas, I started learning Minecraft, and Robin, who had never played it, led the way in creating a Minecraft Java Server. She is a smart cookie and hard-working. People who played Minecraft a lot said she had made one of the best servers they played on. After getting some traction and the first of the 10 newly opened games to start earning income or at least pay for itself. Bap hears about this and starts sniffing around for a cut. He asks, “How much is MC making?” I’m like, “Why?” “Well, it’s on my server, isn’t it?”… Your servers!?!

With my marketing, newly formed communities outside of 7D2D were being created, with additional income revenues starting to merge. He began to realise his CSMM bot threat was getting less and less significant. His perception of “We’re just holding a gun to each other’s head” was changing in his mind. It turned into, “Nam’s gun is getting bigger, and mine turned into a pocket knife.”

His language change reminded me of when Starlord, one of the guys I started SZ with, also felt insignificant and began to use language like “Bap runs MY servers” and “Nams does MY marketing.” Now Bap was using the same language “They’re on MY servers, ain’t they?” He started to act like he owned SZ and its servers just because he got a commission. I am an Amazon associate, one of my incomes is working with Amazon, and I get about 5% commission on what I sell. Does that mean I own 5% of Amazon? I wish, but no!

I denied him what he believed was his cut. I told him it wasn’t fair on Robin or me to be doing this work on Minecraft and him not doing anything, yet demanding 50%. The audacity to even demand that was just insane. He didn’t want Robin or anyone else to get a percentage. He wanted it to be 50/50 between him and me and give her a financial kickback like we did Kraag and Amarie. However, I wanted to spread the wealth at Salty Zombies, but Bap didn’t, and when I started to push back, the friction between us started to escalate.

Bap Wanting A Cut Of Minecraft

RUST – THE BIGGEST FALLOUT WE EVER HAD!

My realisation of Bap’s true colours and greed came when we launched RUST. He saw I was expanding SZ very quickly, and his position of what he could threaten me with was getting smaller by the day. I found a niche in the market with RUST PVE Servers, and like the sucker I am, I thought, what if I allowed him to work with me on RUST rather than isolate him further? Perhaps giving him another revenue source might make him feel more comfortable since he was acting out from what seemed to be insecurities.

So I allowed him the opportunity to earn more money by coming in on RUST with me. But I am not doing this 50/50. So I told him I found a niche to enter the RUST market and asked if he wanted to do it with me. His reply was, “Absolutely”. But then I said. “First, we need to negotiate a deal because I am not doing this 50/50”. So he’s like, “Why not?” I said, “Because you have an empty RUST server without me. Do you want 50% of nothing or 30% of something?”

Letting him in on RUST

Another Thing To Threaten Me With

We agreed on a split and started working on the RUST servers, but then I began to notice something. I noticed I was doing a lot more work than him and showing him everything I had figured out and learned. But he wasn’t doing the same. Instead, he mainly did the in-game shop, an important feature, and we were already getting players on the server. So when they would ask to have something added to the shop, I remember saying to him, “Show me how to add items to the shop.” He replied, “Naa, I’ll add it later”.

Then it dawned on me after feeling bad for him being financially dependent on Salty Zombies and my innate compulsion to help my friends. He turns around and uses the RUST shop as another CSMM. He used my kindness against me to have another source to threaten and leverage me.

I built everything in the RUST servers besides the shop and kits. I was doing 75% to 80% of the work and giving him 35% of the profit. Fast forward a month later, my marketing was rocking in the players, and RUST started making money. Then his greed came out. Bap mentioned randomly in coms, “I think we need to renegotiation. This is becoming more work than I thought”, which was surprising since RUST was 90% automated.

Let’s Renegotiate

Like clockwork, he mentioned it repeatedly, but I addressed it. He listed a bunch of other concerns, but I debunked them all. The mods I bought worked together perfectly, with no problems. It was a breeze compared to running the 7 Days To Die Servers. He had no leg to stand on with his argument that it was too much work.

We spoke in coms for 4 hours, and he wanted 40%. I was like, no way. His position was that it was a lot of work. My debunk was that that’s exactly what I said it would be at the start, but smooth sailing after. His new argument then was, “It’s never smooth sailing. There will always be problems, and the more servers we have, the more problems”.

I even agreed with him and said, “That’s possible. If that ends up being the case, let’s renegotiate then. But right now, I am doing about 80% of the work and giving you 35% of the profit, and here you are, wanting more.”

He gave me this speech about, “You can’t negotiate later. It has to be now. You don’t negotiate to lower a salary. You always negotiate to increase it.” But, again, there was no logic in that statement. Because someone’s cut is going down whilst the other is going up. So what are you talking about? He sounded desperate, just random statements coming out of his mouth that had no logic or sense.

It was his ego talking now, he couldn’t take no for an answer, and then there it was. The new threat he had been saving up. “The Shop,” He said, “What about it?” “You couldn’t do it”. He replied, “What do you mean I couldn’t do it? There are 53,000+ RUST servers, and most have this shop Mod.” “You just couldn’t figure it out”, he continued, “and without me, there is no shop.”

AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

I was so fucking angry. I gave this ungrateful piece of shit who spent the last 3 years hovering this CSMM threat over my head an opportunity to feel better about himself and earn more money. Instead, he uses it to threaten me further! “I told him I was hungry and gonna get something to eat” I just had to walk away from my computer.

A few days pass, and I talk to a couple of friends about it. I mentioned the threats and that if we split, he would probably rip out the Bot and all the mods and maybe even sabotage the servers (precisely what he did). And they said, why risk that over 5%? It was true, but Salty Zombies is my passion project, I have a vision for it, and Baps threats are holding it back, and I already caved into his CSMM threats. So now I should yield to the RUST shop threat. What kind of “two peas in a pod” relationship is this?

After taking the time to cool down, I decided to keep the peace and budged. I DM’ed him and said, “I’ll give you your 5%. “He replied, “Ok, on one stipulation, though” “Stipulation?” I replied, “Yea, on the stipulation that later on, we will renegotiate.”

My Mind Just Fucking Explodes!

This fuck wit just spent 4 hours with me the other day on this big speech about people can’t negotiate later on, “People don’t negotiate down, they negotiate up blah blah blah” So, I budge to keep the peace and give him what he wanted. But, now he wants the option to negotiate later… for more!?!

I give him an inch, and he wants to take a mile! This is just some outrageous greed. I am fucking done! “No, we have to decide on the cut now, so we can just move on”, I said. It was so exhausting, but he didn’t want to. He kept trying to convince me he should be allowed to renegotiate later as if I had forgotten the 4 hour speech he had given just 2 days earlier.

So I got annoyed with him and said, “Take the new deal, or we go back to our original agreement of 30/70 but just on 1 RUST PVE Server, all the other RUST servers. I will do it myself and keep 100% of its income.”

He didn’t want that either. So he continues to negotiate with substanceless bullshit. Finally, “I’m done!” I said, “I’m tired of this, you either take the former option, or I force you to do the latter option”. (30/70 on 1 server). It wouldn’t be hard for me to do. I control who gets access to what servers. Nothing he could do about it.

He replied, “I don’t like to be forced to do anything, I’ll step down from RUST, and the shop is coming with me” He then paused, expecting me to change my mind and cave into the threat. “Fine, I’ll give you time to log in and remove it. Let me know when you’re done, and I’ll remove your access”. Remember at the start. I said Bap sabotaged the RUST servers? It was here.

RUST Sabotage

So, to remove his work, all he had to do was click on the files and delete them. Deleting the files would have taken 10 seconds and allowed the plugins to detect missing config files and generate new default ones, resetting all his work. But instead, Bap opened each config file individually and deleted all the content inside them, which probably took him 20 minutes. The plugins would not generate new default config files because it saw the files were there but empty. If you don’t understand what I am saying, he basically tried to trip me up and fuck me over as he left.

The shop took him 3 weeks. I redid the entire thing in 3 days, and 10x better. I added custom skins and items and have been running all the RUST servers myself ever since, and we have 2 of the busiest RUST PVE servers in the world. So his main argument about “it’s going to be a lot of work later on” was BS. He got greedy and wanted more money and, as usual, tried to threaten me to get his way.

Bap Pretending He Didnt Try To Trip Me Up On RUST

Oh, You Forgot? I’m Doing ARK With Katknip

Not even a few days later, we were in a staff meeting with all the mods, and they started enquiring about ARK. We had thought about it but were busy with the other games. Then all of Sudden Baptizer replies, yea, we are looking into servers now, and I’ll be getting into setting up with Kat since it’s so similar to Atlas. I’m thinking, what is he talking about? We never confirmed anything. The moderators start getting excited because Bap confirmed we are getting an ARK PVE server, and Coffins want to lead it. Robin jumped up and begged to get on that too. She clearly had enough of Minecraft.

Now, this was literally 4 days after he threatened me with the RUST shop, ripped it out, and then tried to trip me up by deleting the config content. After everyone cleared out of coms, I spoke with him, and I questioned him about telling them about ARK and that I never agreed to anything. He turns around and says, “Yea, we did, 60/40 your way.” I said, “No, we never even talked about it at all”. He tried to manipulate me by just giving me the majority share, assuming I would say, “Err… Yea ok”.

But even you know now what he was trying to do. He was trying to force himself into ARK as another way to leverage and threaten me. I would have marketed and built up the ARK community, and he would have just turned around and wanted to either “Renegotiate” or just straight up threaten me with it. So later, I told him I didn’t want to do it with him. I gave it to Coffins & Robin, Coffins later bailed, and Robin then took over.

Me Denying Bap ARK after what happened with RUST
Me and Bap Arguing About RUST again

HOW DID HE MANAGE TO TURN THE TEAM AGAINST YOU?

Have you ever been to a car mechanic shop and tried to explain something wrong with your car, and the mechanic looked at you and said, “ooooh yea, sounds like it’s a big job. It will be pricey”. He already sussed that you have no idea about cars and that it will probably take him 10min to fix. We have all been overcharged or ripped off at some point. Well, Bap is that guy, the guy that makes you think he is the best car mechanic in the world and your best friend whilst ripping you off.

So many times, he told the team how he “coded” something in the bot when I knew it was Prisma or Catalysm who showed him. I could see it from a mile away. And now I have been using the CSMM bot personally. It’s incredible what these guys have done, and most of what Bap said he “coded” were inbuilt features. He was always giving the team the perception that he was the Alpha and Omega of Salty Zombies when in reality, his contribution was about 10% of SZ’s entire operation.

I remember Bap spoke in the Admin chat about a new CSMM feature. He mentioned this new feature in the Moderator chat. I recall Robin, who was only a Moderator then, saying, “OMG Bap, you are a coding genius”. I expected Bap to reply that it was CSMM who added the feature. Did he? No! He just replied with a winking emoji.

Baptizer already had Kraag as his loyal puppy. He had been manipulating Amarie for god knows how long, and the only reason he coerced Robin was that he wanted a cut from the ARK money. Butler and Just In Time had been admins longer than Robin, but since they were not in charge of games that made money, he didn’t care about them. So with the Senior admins on his side, it wasn’t hard to pull in Robin, and that was all he needed.

Even though it was devastating to wake up to years of my work stolen, 95% of the community being forced to leave, and all the money/income gone, at the same time, it is also a huge relief. For the first time in years, I didn’t have this looming threat over my head. Bap was a dead weight, a dead weight on my ideas and creativity. He was pulling me down to his fixed mindset mentality.

From what I hear, things are not going well over there. Yet, at Salty Zombies, things have never been better. It truly was one of the biggest blessing in the ugliest disguise.

Final Thoughts

When the threats stopped working, and the strong-arming and manipulation weren’t enough. Baptizer, whose greed and ego burnt the bridges he needed with me to earn more, had no choice. His last resort was to destroy not only the servers and my reputation but you, the community.

I am not even mad that he tried to eradicate 5 years of my work, the loss of income he stole, or the corruption of long-term Admins and Moderators who I considered friends. What hurts the most is the clear betrayal and backstabbing of someone I considered a brother, someone I tried to make a business partner.

But what I will never forgive and what makes me angry the most. No, what was the most despicable part of it was that he did it all for money. And because of those extra dollars, what should have been a memorable loving weekend with my daughter has become an unforgettable moment seeing her cry whilst my life’s work was being stolen from me.

Greed is the lack of confidence in one’s own ability to create

The Aftermath… 6 Months Later

After Bap and the entire team left along with the community, some of the team that went over didn’t want to be moderators. What Bap and the admins did to me didn’t sit well with them, but they wanted to play with the community and the people they grew to love. Within 2 weeks of them moving over, Bap & Kraag fired some of them for apparently “asking too many questions”. It didn’t take long until other moderators left and returned to Salty Zombies as players.

Within months their servers had died out, and all the drama, negativity and in-house fighting seemed to have followed them. Bap had to reduce the wipe cycle from 2 months to 6 weeks because of how quickly their number dropped. When this first happened, they had 4 7D2D servers, all having around 20 or so players. All former Salty Zombies community. Now their entire 7D2D community can fit on one 30-slot server. 

I think that in itself says a lot. Bap and the most senior and experience admins of SZ stabbed me in the back and stole 5 years of my work, yet within a matter of months, Salty Zombies recovered and is bigger and better than ever, and they can barely fill a single 7D2D server.

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. If you don’t take care of your trauma, you will find yourself in a lot of trouble very quickly. A maxed-out medkit will only heal 15 trauma and costs around 300 to 350 coins, but the Medical Cabinets will heal 30 trauma and cost you 400 coins. You also get free charges on these medical cabinets. On Easy mode, you get 4 free uses, medium you get 2 free uses, hard you get 1. And on No Hope mode, you get no free charges.

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 

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 (Nam). For a long time, 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, he and his little posse seem to put 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 made the Facebook page and YouTube channel under my account. I trademarked the logo under my name and opened the Salty Zombies shop on the website. I designed and created the website, and the SaltyZombies.com domain is registered under my name. I made the Discord and Patreon, and the servers are registered to me. I also ran and managed the servers and the bot and built 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 gotten more than 7 people on there. I maxed out the 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 in the top 10 servers in the world according to Battle Metrix. Starlord’s server, however, has not reached 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 of 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 has 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 gaming, yet Starlord claims he made it up, hence why his name is “Salty”. But a quick Google search reveals that the phrase has existed 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 tried to be light-hearted and comical with the name. I also stressed that having the .com domain name and Facebook URL was essential. 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 typical. 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.

Tired of playing on servers like this 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 tiny 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, using the file manager, etc. But I soon realised none of this was entirely sinking in. Both guys could barely use Google, let alone run a server.

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 stepped back and thought, let’s do this differently. I can guide and teach them if they really want to do it. 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 and learn how to use the server bot. 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 on the servers, 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 Drinks 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 Moderator at the start of 2020 and learned in a few months what took Starlord a year. The guy is motivated and eager, plus his job allows him access to a computer all day long. Over the coming 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 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. We call it “Doing a Starlord.”

Things were looking good with the new PvE server and our new Moderator 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 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 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 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 later 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 knew 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?

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