Today was a nice giveaway. No problems at all. We had a lot of great items to give as well. I got a large donation of DOFF packs from someone so in all likelihood you will see a few given away each day for some time.
One other thing I was to address here which doesn’t really have to do with the giveaway. There is a troll that has been harassing several players for some time now. Some of you know him as @joecool82 while others know him as @diabolica191 or @diabo1ical91. He also has been known to use other parody names as well. One thing I want to make clear is that there is another player named Esteban@diabolical91 that is NOT part of this person’s trolling activities. In fact, the real Esteban has been a target of this troll for about a month now, making parody accounts to bully and harass him.
Last night, I was finally able to get in touch with the leadership of a fleet called Omega Primary. The @joecool82 account was part of this fleet. After speaking with the leadership and showing them what this troll was doing, they immediately removed him from their fleet. They seem like good people so I want to make sure you all realize that they are NOT part of @joecool82′s trolling ways. As of right now, I have been able to get the community manager Captain Smirk involved in the investigation into the behavior of this player. I know some of you might be thinking he is just another troll, but he has gone beyond trolling and taken this into something that some might call criminal. He purposely creates fake, parody accounts for the sole purpose of harassing other players and ruining the reputation of a handful of us more popular and well known players.
Last night, after Omega Primary removed him from their fleet, he started in on me. He spammed fleet map invites and private challenges for over 4 hours. I am not kidding. Yes, really. Over 4 hours. Speaking to other players, they have been through similar situations where this player will spam them for hours on end, probably with the use of a macro or script that is programmed to spam the invites / request as long as they are running.
This sort of behavior is completely unacceptable. Even for a troll, this is pushing the boundaries of criminal action. Why? He is using the game and the Cryptic servers to stalk, bully, and harass players; in many cases, non stop.
If you have been a victim of this player and his harassment, I urge you to make your voice her on the forums. You can check out the thread by clicking here. Remember, you cannot name and shame on the forums so you have to keep the name out of the posts you make. Keep in mind though that Smirk is aware of this situation and has several of the names of the accounts this player uses. Express your concerns there. We need to come together as a community to rid ourselves of this troll once and for all. Also make sure you file a ticket through the standard means. Once they see your name on the forums as a victim, they can pool our names together and collect all the tickets that have been submitted because of this person. I think we may get somewhere on this because, at this point, the troll is costing Cryptic money now by having to have someone going through all these tickets.
I sincerely hope this issue is resolved. Also, here is a short video I put together after her was kicked from his fleet.
Now that this is all said, here are your donors for the giveaway today!
Here are some additional screen shots of the troll at work. (Notice he is using parody accounts to harass) He also made a fake fleet using the Saint Olivia name. Keep in mind there is only ONE Saint Olivia fleet.