In view of the imminent shutdown of Star Wars Galaxies: NGE, the once active battle ground which witnessed many ideologic as well as passionate conflicts between the NGE crowd (included here the "instant gratification", "SOE viral marketers" and "mentally challenged" groups) and the veterans (that is, the "serious gamers"), the aforementioned battle ground has become a deserted place where now few remaining peasants roam the land in search of what little source of motivation they find.
Amongst these remaining few, there are some who, naturally, far from enjoying their "beloved game", still find the motivation to carry on by pointing fingers to - who else? - the veteran players. To these people, SOE did not shut down SWG:NGE due to their previous mismanagement, nor because of licensing issues or due to whatever logical excuse any outsider would reach on his own - but rather they find that the demise of the NGE was caused by the nefarious and unjust campaign carried out by those who left years ago.
Given that these small number of deluded folks are just too, well, scarce to be taken seriously by anyone - and given that we've heard such preposterous claims multiple times in the past - the core of this blog will not the them.
The core of this blog will be to find out what happened to the "Generals" of old. Some of those immortalised on this site in the "Asshat Hall of Fame". So let us begin the journey of journalistic excellence which will take us to uncover the sercret of "what ever became of..."
Badgersmaker: The glorified "information" agent of the NGE who worked closely with infamous leading developers to sell the NGE via cheap propaganda and other dubious techniques (such as squelching opposing views using dodgy methods) was found trying to cash in his last paycheck from San Diego in a busy street in central London about a month ago. He drew attention to himself when the check bounced back and the bank clerk instantly found his desk covered in colourful charts - with something "stratics" written on them - which Badger attempted to use in order to explain his relationship to SOE.
He left the bank and headed to the telephone booth - presumably to contact SOE - and then went to the pub that brought his memory back to the "glory" days. Making himself comfortable at the table in the far corner, he ordered his pint of "Stella Artois" and flashes of the last NGE fanboy reunion appeared before him. Those where the days!, he pondered. The Iraq Information Minister from the days of S. Hussein would envy him nothing. He drifted his view to the table where they all once sat. All six of them. They wore SWG shirts and drank till closing time and had sent a thank you message to SOE HQ before they headed out. "Bloody vets", he spew out as he finished the beer. He stood up, paid the bill and headed outside. Before the reporter took the opposite direction, he was heard pronouncing the following words on this mobile phone: "Yes, I am an expert at online marketing, and I specialise in forum communication and damage control... When would you like me to start?"
Ummax: This undercover agent who at one point went to great lengths to defend the Trading Card Game was found leaving a casino in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. She had left her youngster at a cyber cafe near by because the "dense" security guard would not permit an under age working the slot machines. She had tried all sorts of ways to convince the guard that "inserting coins into a machine is not gambling because kids do it all the time in soda and candy machines" but alas, the guard would have none of it.
After releasing her frustration by compulsively dropping coins at the "Caribbean Fruits 500" machine in the casino, she picked up the minor and went straight to her apartment. Storming in, she turned on her PC began to frenetically type a thesis on "Why slot machines isn't gambling" which she was sure to hand over to the State authorities AND the guard once it was done.
The reporter then saw her dropping what appeared to be a 300 page monograph into the mailbox and taking a taxi back to the casino. She returned home many hours later.
...to be continued.