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  1. Hot off the press: On Viktor Vekselberg tail again.. Russian oligarch Vekselberg hit with US sanctions - SWI swissinfo.ch
  2. Georgy Chumburidze was perhaps in the Moscow elite in order to get into Harvard and Stanford after the Moscow degree. The seed money and a lot of very happy customer contacts came from commission selling "40 to 50" "money no object" luxury yachts to Muscovite Oligarchs each year between 2003 and 2008. If we learn nothing about oligarchy it's all about the yacht size. Cordoban has yet to reply to my email. You need lowlifes to round up the dissenters and send them off to the Gulag though. The duped citizenry can tell themselves that they must be subversives or they wouldn't have been treated so. Just as Russians are convinced their Ukrainian family members must have been nazified by it's leaders. But you can't save someone from their own stupidity. No one easily gets to admit they've been duped. The good news is that Georgy's 100 mil cut of EG7 is worth around 20 mill euros given the plummeting share price since. Seems it's not so easy to hang onto your money when you move out of Moscow and become a "Citizen of the World" in Monaco - LinkedIn. I feel for the Swedes at EG7 who must be wondering how they got themselves into this perplexing position, greed? A load of Russian studios that have staff and players who believe in the "rescue" and a bunch more in utter abhorrence of the attack. Can't have the revenue streams being interrupted by taking a stance though. But I haven't checked EG7's site today... Putin still needs his glorious videos of the freeing of Kyiv and Odessa (too many Russians know it well) in order to hold onto power so it's looks likely they'll be the target of the chemical weapons. Aleppo could be flattened before attacking the last places of safety, so I hope it can be different here with structures above ground to hide in. None of the staff at any of the studios is hired to ask questions. I'll miss your contributions if you do...
  3. So for the first time I decided to comment on my ban with CS. No begging apologies from me though. ME: "I seem to have been banned by mentioning the name of the major shareholder of EG7 with known interests in Russian Infrastructure and business associations with Russian Oligarchs. Namely Georgy Chumburidze - Ivan Tavrin "In response to a question about the origin of the three Cypriot companies that own Vertikal, Chumburidze replies that the company is fully controlled and managed by him. Chumburidze is one of the founders of another large company - Innova, the Russian localizer of global multiplayer games, as well as browser-based online games." "According to the latter, Georgy Chumburidze, the founder of Vertical, mentions friendship with Ivan Tavrin, CEO of MegaFon, at business meetings" Ivan Tavrin, long-term ally and business partner of Alisher Usmanov who ranks at No. 7 on Biden's newly released Oligarch Hit List. Is it still policy to hide such associations or Cordovan's utter ineptness and wilful ignorance on any subject?" Cordoban: " We do not permit political discussion on the forums, and you were not banned for that post but rather for your extensive fighting, insulting, and deliberately violating the rules knowing a moderator was not around to take action. We have no intention of allowing the kind of behavior you and others engaged in during that thread discussion to ever be permitted on these forums." ME: "Cordovan (Standing Stone Games Help) So you do get to make up the rules, police them and take on the task of dealing with complaints. Perhaps they aren't your rules though. I wasn't aware that a moderator wasn't around prior to this ban. I was aware that you have been away since. Perhaps you are confused once again. I do not have access to the forum's messaging to know what thread you are referring to, the messaging popup failure would be down to whoever is responsible for the forum's many quirks. If the current world events don't transcend the rules right now I don't know what else has to happen. The rock you were under obviously wasn't fallen masonry in Mariupol. Perhaps a google search on Viktor Vekselberg and Jason Epstein when you got the message that it was Daybreak taking over had you uneasy but you failed that test by using the "Indie" Studio suggestion in actively hiding the Daybreak link. The LLC you hide behind created by the Daybreak (LLC) Corporate Lawyer. Perhaps the Kiddies fundraising adjusts the karma a little in your favour. But you are set up like many other Studios; your keepers will handle all that backend stuff while you get on with developing your games, no need to bother your pretty little heads with the nasty stuff. No need for your players to worry about wider issues is your job. So you get to remove anyone that might disturb your flock. When Putin can fool most of Russia and a good deal of the US then people willingly playing or developing a fantasy games are an easy mark, especially with minions with more interest in their jobs than wider concerns to do their bidding. You reveal how much you lack an enquiring mind in your gameplay and total lack of context in all your game related comms. That you and your EP aligned yourselves so ineptly with the loathsome Jean Prior (your company hires the cohort who put her on the easy "grift" of followers as a recoup from pathological deficiencies) just tells your masters they have the right team in place. Then we have the EG7 a small Swedish company taken on a roller-coaster ride. Robin could have done some due-diligence but had the classic entrepreneur traits driving him. Now Jason had implausibly survived the previous Russian oligarch sanctioning so is another one just more water off a ducks' back? Perhaps once again no one did the due-diligence of the man they were inviting in. Jean once admitted to making up the "close/personal friend" thing after a Blizzard Con kind of shattered her game developer devotion, briefly. Is Georgy Chumburidze advocacy of friendship with Ivan Tavrin, the business associate of Alisher Usmanov just the same thing or a real friendship. Either way seeking the patronage would indicate an alignment of views, and very much put him in the pro Putin camp at least for some period of time. The utter lack of even a comment on Ukraine from EG7, Daybreak and yourselves when so many are making tangible changes in order to do what they can to stop Putin say much to me. The irony will have escaped you: you return to post that you will be reviewing posts that have broken your rules and players have a window to come into line or disappear. Very much the Putin playbook. You aren't the least equipped to handle any of this though are you? None of us can know if 2015 started syphoning off our western currencies into Putin's War Coffers. It was inexplicable when Putin started his "rescue" of Ukraine, is it inexplicable we have all contributed? You weren't so concerned for our Ukrainian brothers with not telling them it was Putin stopping their payments. When the LLC thing goes away and Putin's strung up it will all likely be revealed, you won't have the excuse you had no idea. You'll likely have Jean to worry about then though." P.S. I had a trawl through the thread on the forums that cordovan threatened and took a look see at the where the post history stopped. Jerry's been busy, lots off to the gulag and the dumb ones left to continue posting. He seems to have kicked the guy who's been wasting his life transcribing Cord's streams, he did mention all the Russian Studios now under the EG7 umbrella, though fell short at investigating the man behind them and his three steps to the Kremlin half those needed for a Kevin Bacon link. Mac
  4. I see Cordovan's back: with a warning to toe his line or you disappear from the forums. Why does that sound familiar? Surrounding yourself with sycophants who tell you what they think you want to hear, utterly miscalculate the prevailing situation and making up what is and isn't the the truth for the believers. An irony that will escape him! He can comment on Russian's inability to purchase as a result of new sanctions but ignored calls from Ukrainians as to why they'd been denied so long - Putin's sanctions on Ukraine... Still nothing out of EG7? Share price is too low to jump ship? Maybe they are taking that "neutral" Swedish line? I have to feel sorry for this little Swedish Company who get's taken on a roller-coaster by an "entrepreneur" dazzling them with promises. They invite the sharks into their little pond as if the shadow that's followed them since Viktor Vekselberg got sanctioned was beyond due diligence. Who then invites Georgy Chumburidze into the feeding frenzy. No wonder they have to employ invertebrates to do their bidding. I got the company I once bought some sheets from emailing me their promise to give all profits from yellow and blue product line purchases to the relief cause. And it's move along, nothing to see here from SSG.
  5. EG7's acquisition of Innova put Georgy Chumburidze it's 100% owner into the position of major shareholder of EG7, approx. 11% Jason Epstein is only at 7% Verticali - Wikipedia A long-time friend of Ivan Tavrin turned out to be the owner of an infrastructure company - Vedomosti Yay for google translate! A 99% owner of a Russian Infrastructure company? Top of the tree at EG7? The OF has peeps calling for Russian players to be prevented from playing while the Monaco domiciled primary shareholder of the group must be wondering where he is on the potential sanctions list. Players should be more concerned all US EG7 titles aren't shutdown. SSG aren't beyond astounding incompetence though. Maybe that 11% holding could be sold and proceeds spent on Ukraine relief efforts, following Abramovich's lead? I may have to ask a question on the Live stream unless someone wants to check my sources and add to that discussion.
  6. I'm less worried about a game account ban now. Irony will escape Cordovan that my penultimate post was mention of the oligarch investor at the top of EG7 and everyone in the West is taking the opposite line right now. Wielding Ill-deserved power surrounding yourself with sycophants who owe their standing in telling you what, in their corrupted ignorance, they think you want to hear. How bad can that get you? I guess it's his classic Pavlovian response to the pathetic loosing the argument and resorting to "report".
  7. I just got my 4th Forum Ban I have to come clean to you guys Ballie was all me, I just felt I needed to keep that one quiet. If you want to check out more recent contribution take a look through Braer post history. Don't know if I should keep it up or wait for new forums and open season for all of us to contribute once again. Mac
  8. They continue to just half-arse development. Except one or two who remain all arse with no better orifice for their comms. I'm stoned up on all main account characters due to the 130+ game being so toxic to character in-game progression. Given the server performance is down to it worst ever under a population load it's ironic that dual boxing is my easier path to LI building and their future upgrades. This artificial mote/ember boundary yells out for a reasoned mind to park up and access gearing before advancing. With SSG driving everyone into the near cap killing zone beyond, with valars, expack item exp boosts and general exp boosts it can only open them up for predation - via the dubious/further store offerings. They have taken it a step further with the new LIs in that unless you have sorted out LI traceries by 139 with easier lower set instance runs, capping your toon locks you into cap only instances for reasonable gains. Not an issue with this cap because of the "appraise" one time "bribe", just going to hit a load of numpties buying the next expansion and one level to traceries going red and their means to replace them gone with all those lost stats. Of course the game is still promoted by the narcissists Cord wallows in on the official streams, so it's only cretins they are drawing in, if anyone. Now the "NEW" instances have the various locking mechanisms in place to stop players farming them (with multi tiers to further hide the best drops at 4/5) but we had the standard few old unregulated instance dropping the traceries of choice still and farmed to hell by many. This mote/ember/figment rollback more signs of a half-arsed thought process; can't split the advancement/fluff in a single area when they are so intertwined everywhere else and can't implement without everything to back it up in-place - figment dailies/weeklies available outside of tedious lag feast festivals. The suggested 200k cap for Embers just smoke and mirrors that only morons the likes of Cord would swallow. The more they seeks to control acquisition of the variety of currencies we have to make advances we just find that it's not just one or two grinds it's every aspect of the game turning into a grind. And if you aren't one for the grind or willing to spend a fortune you may as well park up in your house or quit. Mostly it's about missions for all gains other than for LIs. Except the several rewards they offer, that can all benefit you, has us having to choose one only over another: Is it to be a shard or a solvents or a reclaim or VXP, or an extra enhancement? Just one mind... For me it's shards = embers as I'm parked up waiting for content completion/fixing and a few item level increases. The game is all about currency and those who fail to consider it.
  9. The Streamer in the coven who actually started her on the fund me path with the new furnace, McVeganPants, was hired by SSG. Jean got to supply a reference. And Dumberer himself still doesn't get he's being trolled every which way by the sycophants and his colleagues both. He's actually "enjoying" playing with the gift of New LIs just now but it's soon to return back to the purgatory of repeated defeats as he hasn't the means to understand the game's mechanics along with Jean and her ilk.
  10. I think it's enough for followers to be there basking in the close association with the team and Cord in particular, can't be actually listening to things of important they don't have a clue about. The rest of us were fine with someone breaking the normal squeaky clean spin narrative we get every other stream. Cord thinking their twitch community is the life blood would help if it wasn't the bunch of narcist hangers on he's let Druidsfire assemble. Mac P.S. Even Blud's gone overboard with his head up his arse of late. And the guy that was called PositivelyEvil with a array of caps has his room light up with new subs. But what can you do when the content is Lotro, hang up some bunting by all means!
  11. He's only the producer and shows some promise but has the weight of SSG against him. Sadly he's trying to change the monetisation model in the near future but really needs to look at making the game deserve our money rather than just prey on the whales. The call for more comms is just more spin and avoiding all the issues, a ramble through SoA content area over the wading through treacle in the latest content areas. Sapience's little helper has picked up the ball and is running with it like Forest Gump, but not the brainy one. Still doesn't get how every wrong choice he's made means constant defeats on level landscape. Still playing how Sapience and Druidsfire taught him, ineptly but more so if that's possible. Mac
  12. Thanks for hosting, thanks for the nod to passed shit storms. I have seen the drop and followed suit mostly. There might be a new shitstorm in the offing if any one is interested. An O-forum post message sent to Cordovan and Raninia the new Producer earlier to day "Cord Ah sorry I don't have popup enabled for messages else I might have taken a different line subsequently. First time I am reading this. Ah yes Jean Prior - what webs we weave when we practice to deceive? I don't suppose Raninia has had the Jean Prior conversation. I had hoped your distancing from from Druidsfire as co-host (her title?) was as a result of some realisation of what you were dealing with. The standard for dealing with a narcissist is to not provoke and distance yourself. You had invited her to your home so I could understand. I figured you were too scarred to remove her official stream and moderator privileges, she was in some fury at the time. Leaving her to prey on players was unforgivable though so it would seems that was too much to hope for and your remain under her influence. Please do some research and find what traits indicate borderline personality disorder. People go to extraordinary lengths to hide being the target of a confidence trick from others and themselves. The internet gives these sociopaths more chances to prey on others and a whole bunch of people ill-equipped to deal with them. I've put in the hours of research watching the lesser seen Druidsfire "content" and it's a sorry sight. Only a fraction of her whole output but with many gems to confirm my assertion. She does let her guard down and the mask drops but who's ever going to watch a video of her coloring in or her mulling over the debacle over her wonderful BlizzConn "personal friends" falling to sexual misconduct where she admits the friendships are made up, doesn't have a peer group so just pretends. Just as she pretended to be part of the WOW Classic streamer peer group and it was her choice not to be on the same early server invite for content providers. But she also has the classic traits for reckless behaviour that her followers are their to help with. From the made up progress bar for her BlizzConn trip to pressuring others to setup the furnace donations and latterly the full gofundme that sucked in a number of lotro players. That a school teacher with a number of children under her care playing lotro being duped could have cost her job, one real lowlight. The reckless playing of Lotro on company time, the whole day sorting out finances on company time and streaming it for any to see. Even ignoring job leads for months because of her elevated slot as the co-host, the desperation in her voice because SSG were giving her a platform no other would. You add in the constant disparagement of you and the professor on her own stream channel and suggesting neither of you could function in game without her, another common trait, shows how little you have done to police your streamers. I was astounded when you made that sexual predator an official streamer for a week, maybe you were out of that loop at the time, can't imagine what that staff member thought of that. My problem has always been that you've been duped as a company, using her flattering, sycophantic "journalism" for years (though it has tailed off) so have no idea if any of you have the sense or gumption to actually investigate. Your company default to deny suggests you will rather put off the consequences until they are far beyond addressing. As I can only think prior replies to admonishment have been deleted unread or read and dismissed I felt I should copy in the boss who would be certainly unsullied by Ms Prior. But she purports a peerage with so many, could it be actually true of SSG? If anyone is interested I'd need some lead time as my upload is dire. I still have some recordings from before she did a sweep of more damaging output. Just wish you'd do something to protect your players if you can't help Jean with her problems. I had thought Jean's sister could be a point of contact but it seems that the Community manager role she has and her streaming might be part of Jean's issues given her ambition to be Lotro's CM. Good Luck" please move to the old thread if you don't want me hijacking this thread though. I've been trying to poke her into working on LI main stat for the sake of her viewers because she's recently started this woeful "Completionist" deeding series because she got the wrong end of the stick about how useful virtues were and instead of using the valar 120s to harvest virtues for her main like everyone else does she took off on this deeding tangent. Used the valars to actually level more toons into her standard oblivion of ILIs with zero resources to make them work. Anyway I was a little too eager and didn't realise that the new Items of Legend in beta are to have the DPS stat, Tactic damage/healing advanced just by re-forging and all her struggles should go away. My problem has been she will never listen to any advice except that which produces an immediate effect so it's only via oblique messaging that kind of works but it's not fool proof, hence the current tangent. Needed a big poke and Cord caught it /slap. I would help if the old thread survived a few more weeks... Mac
  13. Seems she got sacked before illegibility for covid extras, there was some mention way back how she had received more than deserved and had to pay it back. I took a look at a no views sorting packs out stream. They're quite revealing as she rabbits on, she compares gear mostly for look but you get to see the stats and choices. Also the load of worthless crap she hordes. Because she has never bothered to actually achieve anything in game nothing is finished so no access to mote/embers sources. She obviously still gets some pointers from the forums but misconstrues, starts on another goose chase, no clue what to prioritise. It's like she doesn't know how to ID other players because legacy choices have no outside input, all her own work. All she manages are the free relics from extortionate xpacs. Hunter without focus and induction crits, melee legacies instead. No titles and no crystal input. The lack of funds seems to stirred her into action doing the 2nd half of crafting tiers and old deeds for LP, virtues and traits but not understanding the basic game mechanics means any gains are subverted by her woeful choices. And whatever she does it must be right because she knows it all. It was all talk of the new job and how great it is and how much they think of her. The narcissism making her tell it all. Got a free meal at the meet up, starts training on Tuesday... How long for her to have Lotro setup at work I wonder? LinkedIn feedback suggest supervision is lax so she'll be expecting to be ruling the roost very soon, likely will with her track record of manipulation, to the detriment of all others. Tap a few for her charity drives to be sure. Not sure even the IRS will be up to dealing with a sociopath. Once the Trump team have finished up they could move on it.
  14. I have not been inflicting myself so much of late so I missed this grift of 4 months ago: Fundraiser by Jean Prior : Help Druidsfire and Thiefkitty Stay Afloat (gofundme.com) $4200 on top of the covid relief extras; thank you muppets... I wonder if any will go toward furnace maintenance or Rav 4 servicing, no WOW conventions yet ofc?
  15. You can just buy 3 120 valars @$60 a piece. Each comes with a bunch of Virtue tokens. Pay enough and you never have to do another virtue deed or weekly for whatever future the game has for them. In pandering to a load of inept people who were clueless on how to go about building a functioning ILI they changed the max usage to 120 from 119. Because filling that request meant more sales. Now you can use your $$$ to circumvent the entire virtue grift that was to be the ILI grift replacement. However SSGRedPanda will have sold his grandma for profit some time ago if you're interest had been piqued. They are deleting a load of posts and slapping the usual bulling infractions on other posts to stifle things as it is. Pandering to the base is all they have and they are so deep in the shit trying to hide their utter incompetence from everyone, not least their bosses, old and new as well as themselves. RedPanda selling keel planking from the ship. Cord on his power trip denying the rising water up the mast is "sinking". But there's been no one at the helm for years and no one to step up and be captain, all hiding behind 3rd mate/rate Cord, incapacitated due to lack of sea legs but throwing dissenters overboard, the crew in chains. Kind of sums up the SSG politic currently.
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