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Monday, September 26, 2005

Behind the Red Name

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Most of us read the dev tracker on the official forums and we see the posts made by the people with the red forum names, the SOE employees. Sometimes it's easy to forget that these are real people who, shockingly, have lives outside of the official forums.

I have to give credit for this whole post to the crew over at EQ2 Daily. Best known for their podcasts, they have also been doing a nice job of aggregating EQ2 news. Last week I came across a link on their site which led me to
this EBay auction of Everquest collectibles. Yeah, some nice stuff there I suppose, especially the sword. Not really my cup of tea. So what's the story?

Well, take a closer look. The person putting the stuff up for auction says, "I am a former employee of Sony Online Entertainment and was on the Dev team of EQII from pre-beta until last week." Sound familiar? Can you think of anyone who recently left the EQII team? Well, don't strain your brains too much, because she makes no mystery about it in
her Live Journal.

"So yeah. I was Faarwolf on the EQ2 forums, for those of you who might know the name. OMG I have been UNMASKED!" It's an interesting read as she discusses forum stalkers and reviews SOE, "Totally depends on the dept. Customer Service [is] awful QA isnt much better, Dev is pretty fun." I edited that quote slightly for language. Let me note here that this person is claiming to be Faarwolf, and I have no way of knowing for sure whether she really is. So please mentally add "allegedly" to every word in this post.

I wasn't really that familiar with Faarwolf's work on the official forums because I mainly read the Dev Tracker and occasionally the Wizard forum. But she seemed to do a good job. I could tell she had a bit of a fan base.

Her Li
vejournal info page (which also contains a chest x-ray), lists such varied interests as Neverwinter Nights, brass knuckles, women with small feet and, of course, violent porn. Oh, it gets better.

Apparently (and allegedly), Faarwolf, under the name Malice, also runs BeautyDestroyed, a soft-core porn site. Obviously, the link is not safe for work.
But here it is. I'd call it, I don't know, intellectual-goth bdsm porn? I can't keep up with the lingo. It's a pretty well designed and wordy site for a soft-core porn site and it seems to have a bit of a following.

Let me pause here to say I personally make no judgments on any sites of this nature. I only found this of interest because we're dealing with an ex-SOE employee who held a prominent public position. I just think it's kind of funny, to be honest.

There's plenty more biographical info (2 dense pages) on the biography page at BeautyDestroyed
but I kind of lost interest in playing internet detective at this point. And, um, frankly she kind of scares me. "My 3rd grade journal has an entry that states 'If I could be any animal, I'd be a gigantic wolf bigger than White Fang and no one would dare defy my power.' Some things just never change." That's kind of a coincidence because my 3rd grade journal has some squiggly lines and the sentence, "I hope we get cookies today!" Some things just never change.

I have no idea whether SOE knew about or cared about Faarwolf's extra-curricular activities. I'm guessing they didn't know. That would be too much of a public relations disaster waiting to happen and we all know they've had enough of those.

I actually thought twice about posting this entry, because I do have respect for people's privacy. But, I guess when you sell EQ stuff on EBay and post about it in your live journal, you don't mind the world knowing. Maybe this post will even net her a few bids.

By the way, I'm curious how the
EQ2-Daily gang found this link in the first place, so if you guys are reading, let me know. Be sure to check out their site for news and podcast action.

And, remember, I have no way of verifying that it's actually Faarwolf selling the stuff. I've found, much to my surprise, that not everything you read on the internet is true. Shocking!


Blogger jaipehg said...

I actually found that auction a few days ago (I was looking a map, I want one dammit!!) and I was all D:. The sword is neat-o.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im shocked. I'm sorta glad she quit. She wasn't a bad dev, but her hobbies are really bad for such a public position.

3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was a great moderator and did well to keep her private life out of the public eye. Especially when it's a private life of that sort. She'll be missed, but I agree with aggro me: That is some scary shit. Can't help feeling that it's a bit sad to be given such nice stuff and then to auction it off on eBay.

6:16 AM  
Blogger warm_machine said...

Since I haven't ingested enough caffeine this morning, I've failed to develop an opinion of the alleged Faarwolf's extra curricular activities. Hell, I think they should have a bdsm dungeon somewhere in Norrath, preferably Qeynos... 'cause wouldn't that be ironic?

To me, the best part of the post was the talk of 3rd grade journals. I'm with you Aggro, I too was more concerned with snacks and recess than absolute power.

Great post!!!

10:17 AM  
Blogger Quylein said...

Belive it or not I read up on this either Thursday or Friday last week. However, for the life of me I can't remeber how I ran across it.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She came back to the forums and made a few posts about a week after she quit. If you viewed her profile her homepage was listed as her myspace. Some amount of links from there I found the ebay site on Friday.

12:00 PM  
Blogger cyan said...

We have many ways of finding all things EQ2 on the internet... Muwahahah *insert evil laugh here* (actually we just aggregate a bunch of sources and have a small web spider that crawls a bunch of places looking for eq2 related content) and if you go to Google Blog Search you can find a pretty good run down of eq2 stuff happening on the web from people's blogs). I personally don't have an opinion on her other web activities and I don't think that SOE should either. They hire her to do some certain thing at SOE, and as long as she does it well (which I assume she did) she should be able to do whatever else she wants to outside of work (life should control work, not vice versa). I hope her the best in all her endeavors.

EQ2-Daily Podcast

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Septa Scarabae said...

The EQ2 sword is simply a Kit Rae sword with EQ2 inscribed on it:


Kind of dumb, honestly.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I figure as long as someone keeps that sort of private life & activity private & seperate from their work, it's no one's business
And I wrote things like that in my third grade journal except mine was more along the linees of using my atomic rifle (with attached schematics) to destroy those who opposed me.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Noone said...

If she did a good job why does it matter what she does in her spare time?

Hell, she even kept it out of your faces.

I love gaming and the gaming sub-cultures but this prudishness amongst you here is shocking and lame.

C'mon, get over it.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Lindsey said...

I always said that girl was a DITZ and this just seals that opinion. I'm a woman, I'm allowed to make that distinction. As a female, I don't do that lightly either. The stereotype is already there.

Oh sure, she comes up with some convincing arguments using flowery language to object to this article's portrayal of her (see here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/malice_bd/143511.html), but it's all tangled verbiage.

In her response, she plays the blame game depicting herself as the victim. Then she sprinkles in her egotistical view that men are all pigs. She goes so far as to say she didn't get her promotion for not sitting in their lap. Oh? I seriously doubt she would have quit if they dangled a new title over her head regardless of the lacking environment she "hated" to work in.

Yet, she claims she has morals and demonstrated that by quitting. Uh huh. *rolls eyes* Face it, she quit because she did a horrible job at something as simple as a moderating a game forum and was going nowhere. That was HER fault. She spent way too much time goofing around with the customers and loving the sexual overtones of threads. That's where you'd find Faarwolf instead doing what she was paid to do. I read it.

Sure SoE sucks, but for other reasons. She just knows everyone is fed up with SoE's game and so she plays that card to support her griefing.

All this rebuttal demonstrates to me is how this girl attempts to garner self-respect through manipulatively written articles.

I don't care what either of your articles choose to say, her pictures aren't worthy of respect. Respect comes to people who give it. She has shown me none. She's self-indulgent, vain and not surprising, admittedly psychologically seeking.

She's also retaliatory, as with her response. Given that attitude, I suspect her journalistic days are over. She'll be doing porn movies to make a living. That's my bet.

It's just so ironic they put a person like this in charge of censoring people.

Thanks for a place to add a voice that isn't so indiscriminately edited by the controlling bitch that was Faarwolf.

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder just how much free advertising you just gave her site?

No matter, all she'll get is bandwidth traffic. Everyone knows gamers wouldn't think of paying for porn.

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of sad really. This girl claims child abuse is so many different forms. Explains a lot to me now why that site is the way it is.

I'm sorry she didn't seek help from a religious avenue of some sort. A GOOD one. There's a sort of anger that's coming through from her site that is not healthy. She's obviously never recovered from the way she writes. She's bitter, angry and doesn't sound happy.

I wish her peace. The lasting kind that only comes from God.

Call me kooky or whatever you want. I've seen some of the things she's lived through and more. I know you can't do it alone.

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