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Re: Sequels strife

by Borgie » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:33 pm

If there is one word to sum up Stardock’s CEO, it’s entitled.

Matthias, I think I agree with your assessment of how this all started. Although it seems more like someone uttering death threats, and then stalking, rather than just getting angry.

To me it appears that - early on - F&P’s responses have mostly been dismissive. Stardock’s CEO does not appear handle rejection well.

BTW, thanks for the links Elestan. Your comments are very insightful.

Re: Sequels strife

by Elestan » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:12 am

Matthias wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:05 am
...the impression I’m getting from his emails and such is that he felt he had bought himself a lot of favor and credit with his fandom.
He had. People were genuinely thrilled that a new SC game would finally be made, and many of the original fans became Stardock "Founders". But much of that fan enthusiasm was based on the assumption that this meant that we'd be getting a return to the UQM universe, and he seems to have been unable to admit (to himself or to the fans) that P&F were not going to permit that, and that Stardock's games would consequently never be more than "spiritual successors" in the eyes of those fans.
I think it’s clear that he is/was a genuine and sincere fan of P&F and Star Control...
I don't doubt that he enjoyed playing the games, but he wasn't active in the SC/UQM fan community until after he bought the Atari assets and was motivated to try to build a customer base for his upcoming game. His posts in the various forums have pretty much all been either marketing SC:O, or arguing about the legal dispute.
...and was, at least initially, as genuinely excited at the prospect of GotP as any of the rest of us.
I would like to think that, but his own emails say otherwise. Here is his Oct 9, 2017 post joyously announcing GotP to the UQM forum. But we now know that just two days earlier, he was threatening P&F and insisting that they weren't allowed to make any new UQM games - under any name - without his permission. So it's pretty clear that he was only feigning his support, most likely because he knew that open conflict with P&F would cost him sales. This is not the only time we've discovered that what he said in public differed from what he said in private.

Re: Sequels strife

by Matthias » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:05 am

You know Elestan, I saw something you said earlier about how Brad seemed genuinely shocked that P&F didn’t want to work with him. I’m going to take that a step further, that the impression I’m getting from his emails and such is that he felt he had bought himself a lot of favor and credit with his fandom. I think it’s clear that he is/was a genuine and sincere fan of P&F and Star Control and was, at least initially, as genuinely excited at the prospect of GotP as any of the rest of us. But the sense that I’m getting is that his fanboyism and general pedestal he placed P&F gave him the impression that he was free to take various liberties, like selling the classic games without P&F’s permission, without going through the proper channels, and is shocked and indignant that P&F is holding him back from what he feels he earned/deserves. Similar to a guy who pays for an expensive date with a girl and gets angry when she declines going home with him, which he feel he earned.

Re: Sequels strife

by Elestan » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:38 am

Matthias wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:50 am
Apparently, SCO is off GOG again, something about P&F DMCAing GOG’s ISP? Anyone have any insight?
All we know at this point is that the game is no longer available on GOG. We don't have any reliable information about the cause until/unless it shows up in a court filing, or somebody posts actual documents.

Re: Sequels strife

by Matthias » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:50 am

Apparently, SCO is off GOG again, something about P&F DMCAing GOG’s ISP? Anyone have any insight?

Re: Sequels strife

by Draxas » Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:03 pm

krulle wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:53 pm
Pity that the content of whatever discover material has been handed over falls under non-dislosure requirements...
Otherwise they could outsource sifting through e-mails to "us"....
Unless you (and the rest of us) are a lawyer, this would be a BAD idea. The concept of legal importance in any document, especially something as typically transient as an email, is very difficult to ascertain even for lawyers, never mind laypeople. For example, at my job, we are told to retain any documents or emails that might even be peripherally related when a subject becomes the topic of a legal hold. But we are only saving these items so they are not inadvertently deleted, it is the counsel's job to go through and determine what, if anything, is relevant. Trying to make that sort of judgment call, especially without having all of the details of an ongoing case, is nigh impossible without a legal background, and may whatever deity you believe in help you if you destroy something important, even inadvertently. The penalties for that are quite stiff.

Re: Sequels strife

by Borgie » Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:49 pm

Hi everyone. New forum member here, long time fan of SC/SC2.

I’ve got to say, when I first heard of Origins, I was quite excited. I was a little confused at some of the game play choices (planets), but I quickly found out it was not created by P&F. I still looked forward to buying it. SC3 was still entertaining to me.

After hearing about the lawsuit, I did a fair bit of research on the subject. I’m not a lawyer, but it’s pretty clear to me about how ownership was meant to be handled.

I’ll agree that F&P may not have handled this the best, but I doubt I’d have done any better in their situation.
Imagine going on holidays and letting your neighbour use your car. You come back, and your neighbour has sold his house. Your new neighbour is claiming they own your car. I don’t expect I would be happy about this.

Originally I was for both games being created. As it stands now, I’ve lost all respect for Stardock as a company, and for the CEO as an adult. How this plays out in court will likely depend on legal technicalities, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Re: Sequels strife

by krulle » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:53 pm

Pity that the content of whatever discover material has been handed over falls under non-dislosure requirements...
Otherwise they could outsource sifting through e-mails to "us"....

Re: Sequels strife

by Draxas » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:18 pm

Tactics indeed. Stardock, as expected, is trying to stall for as long as possible, hence requesting extensions and heaping immense amounts of "discovery evidence" on F & P's lawyers. The more billable hours they accrue, the less able F & P are to remain in the game. 10K emails is a slick way to try to get them to hemorrhage money in legal fees. Conversely, F & P appear to be trying to hurry things along at as brisk a pace as possible. They're likely "hiding" something (and being as obvious as possible about it, again, as a tactic) they think will be damning to Stardock's case, probably in the context of Fred's deposition which is why they are withholding it until afterward. Of course, this also is designed to make Stardock sweat a little, as well as keep them off guard for whatever is coming, with maybe a glimmer that perhaps they will be more apt to settle rather than deal with whatever this revelation will be.

I can imagine the judge is completely fed up with the back and forth bickering at this point, and almost certainly sees these ploys for what they are, which is why things are not being allowed to drag out for longer than they already have been.

Re: Sequels strife

by krulle » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:28 pm

One disclosing nothing, and the othr so much that nobody's able to review it with sufficient detail....

It's all about tactics....
No wonder the Judge wants to get rid of the case, and denied the blanket stay of depositions....

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