Posts Tagged ‘Planet Partner’

Excerpt from an email that I received from Rafael Espinosa de los Monteros Iglesias, CEO of Pyxel Arts, on June 8, 2011:

“Our employees are playing (and some have played for a long time) in Entropia Universe. We believe it’s important for any planet partner to do so, to check and understand other planets and players’

The above quote was in response to an email I sent to him asking if planet partners, or their employees were allowed to participate in Entropia Universe with their own personal avatars…

This is very revealing since Planet Partners determine what items are in the various loot pools…

http://www.neverdie.com/neverdie-studio-news/6817-may-20011-q.html

19. Once and for all who determines items that drop in RT/NI loot is it MA or NDS (For example if you wanted to add A-3 punisher MKII to drop from Forum trolls is it you guys or MA who would add this)

We determine which Mobs drop which items, that is essential for game design, we don’t control how or when, so we can’t predict when something will drop

That sort of ‘insider knowledge’ could be very useful to individuals that work for planet partners using their own avatar to gain a bit of an unfair advantage vs the non-planet partner participants inside of the virtual universe…

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Since neverdie’s changed his web forum… copy of the Q&A is over at
http://narfi-willem.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-2011-q-from-neverdie.html

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http://www.planetcalypsoforum.com/forums/showthread.php?211360-2001-Mindark-Interview&p=2737764&viewfull=1#post2737764 – apparently Neverdie, or more correctly the company that made most of his movies that he’s the contact for, owns shares of Mindark itself?
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More on this topic over at http://www.planetcalypsoforum.com/forums/showthread.php?211360-2001-Mindark-Interview&p=2738879&viewfull=1#post2738879

RE: Golden Shadow Pictures, etc.

I don’t have any 1st hand knowledge, but based on some info I “think” I know, here’s what I see:

It’s common for small “entrepreneurs” in the movie industry make their own “distribution company”, especially when they can’t get the main distributors to call him back. So ND making Golden Shadow makes perfect sense to me. I assume he had that business long before he ever got involved in Entropia.

ND used to be in Warants, along with Bridge SilverFox Investor. Bridge Investor LLC invested in Mindark long ago, so it’s not a large leap to figure the topic of buying shares came up in soc chat.

Considering how much ND loves Entropia, it likely wasn’t a hard sell.

Since ND already “runs a company”, it makes good tax-sense for his investment to be through his corporation, instead of directly through himself.

And hey presto. Golden Shadow (alias ND) is a shareholder of Mindark.

Frankly, I don’t see anything that big at all. No conspiracies here. Unlike some folks, who seem to believe that owning stock in a company means you’re never allowed to do business with that company, I don’t have any problem with shareholders playing the game they invest in, so long as they get the exact same access to the loot algorithm we have (Read: None).

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To me, yes, the above quote does seem to make sense historically speaking, but that does not mean it’s right or should continue because it puts Neverdie in the position of being an OWNER of Mindark itself, a PLANET PARTNER, AND a PARTICIPANT all at the same time right now! That means he could have tons of insider info, and might possibly be using it right now. If ‘all avatars are equal’ as Marco has said they are or should be multiple times in the past, there needs to be some sort of check and/or balance in place to make sure that that is what is happening. Currently if there is a check and balance in place to make sure that it’s true, the presence of that check and balance and transparency of that to the community has not been made yet.