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#1 Apr 27 2007 at 5:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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There are rumors going around about the sale of IGE, so I figured I ought to address them. It is my understanding that last week Affinity Media sold IGE. What does this mean for Allakhazam? Well basically nothing, since as I've said all along we never had any connection to IGE other than mutual ownership. However, for those of you who were bothered by what little connection there was between our companies, you can now rest easy. We are no longer even owned by the same company. If you have questions that I know the answer to, I'll try to answer them as best as I can. Keep in mind though that my focus is on Allakhazam and I am not privy to everything that goes on at Affinity Media.

Edited, Apr 27th 2007 9:36pm by Allakhazam

Edited, Sep 13th 2007 2:20pm by Allakhazam
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#2 Apr 27 2007 at 5:13 PM Rating: Decent
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So are the folks who dropped paying for the site, going to sign back up now ?

I know you can not answer that but alot of posters said since the site was associated with IGE they stopped paying for Alla. I was just curious what those folks are going to do now?



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#3 Apr 27 2007 at 5:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Well, here's the first one that comes to mind:

If Feba comes back and begs to be unbanned, will he be, or will he have to start from the bottom again (this time with no chance of having his post count moved over)?

Yeah, I know it doesn't have much relevance to this, but considering how he acted when the original situation came up, it'd be worth finding out an answer to. Any answer. (It's not like I'd jump ship over him coming back.)
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#4 Apr 27 2007 at 5:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Well, here's the first one that comes to mind:

If Feba comes back and begs to be unbanned, will he be, or will he have to start from the bottom again (this time with no chance of having his post count moved over)?


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#5 Apr 27 2007 at 5:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Funny thing is, nothing changed.

God, I love being so non dramatical when it comes to sales.
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What do you mean nothing changed? Smiley: frown Now I can update the site without falling asleep while waiting for pages to load.
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#7 Apr 27 2007 at 5:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Ha! I was right all along. Take that, naysayers! Smiley: clap (It's funny that this happened just under a year ago... about 2 weeks after I had renewed my yearly membership, which will be renewed again on Monday).
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#8 Apr 27 2007 at 6:05 PM Rating: Decent
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So as I understand it I will no longer be able to say...

Aegis wrote:

Buying a premium membership to this site supports the RMT industry.





I still will







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#9 Apr 27 2007 at 6:09 PM Rating: Decent
If you look at my former Post name and look in the FFXI forums a year ago....I was right all along!

Umm well nm. I never liked the tie though I honestly said if someone drove a dumptruck full of money into my front yard I would have done the same thing.

I've always liked the community here. 3 cheers for stuff!
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#10 Apr 27 2007 at 6:22 PM Rating: Decent
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Meh, I didn't care much either way.

I've been touch-and-go with the Alla site since I came in. Not because of it's business reputation or it's non-existent ties to gilselling. If I had such opposition to that, I wouldn't post in KI.


No, my points against the site were that parts were glitchly, the information was flawed, the majority of people were ********, and moderation was terrible.

I could over look the second to last part.

But nowadays, thanks to Pikko, and Imperial helping out Exo, things have turned around nicely, and a lot of the issues have been resolved. I'm glad these stupid 'ties to IGE' have been severed so the stupid association can be dispelled.

Anyways, things like improving a site is an ongoing and never ending journey. Good luck in future endeavors.
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So are the folks who dropped paying for the site, going to sign back up now ?


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#12 Apr 27 2007 at 7:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Meh.

The shock and awe that Zam.com promised still hasn't arrived. WoW reader has been eclipsed by The Armory. EQ2reader has been promised for 5 months now pending artwork for the sig. WoWhead is more functional and they are even starting to beat y'all in certain areas in terms of quest information. The promise of Allakhazam premium working on Thotbot hasn't happened (too my knowledge).

Kudos on the servers being stable, except for the times they crash. The gamestop/allakhazam premium thing which never really happened. The rapidly aging interface. Oh and the horrible stigma that will continue to be part of the site despite Affinity selling IGE, because you were too shady to be open and transparent about ownership until after the fact.


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#13 Apr 27 2007 at 7:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Meh.

The shock and awe that Zam.com promised still hasn't arrived.


How do you know? It seems like a lot of new posters have shown up lately, just by looking at some of the posts on the Main Forum and their post count.

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WoW reader has been eclipsed by The Armory.


How so. What does The Armory give you that WoW reader does not.

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EQ2reader has been promised for 5 months now pending artwork for the sig.


I don't play EQ2 so this is not my issue.

bodhisattva wrote:
WoWhead is more functional and they are even starting to beat y'all in certain areas in terms of quest information.


I still do not see how WoWhead is beating Alla at all?

bodhisattva wrote:
The promise of Allakhazam premium working on Thotbot hasn't happened (too my knowledge).


So you just made something up and you thought it was worthy enough to post about or just worthy enough to stir the pot?

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Kudos on the servers being stable, except for the times they crash.


No equipment is perfect, every site has maintance and unexpected down time. I must of been lucky as I have never seen a "crash" here.

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The gamestop/allakhazam premium thing which never really happened.


Not sure what your talking about, but I got my Mag just fine when I got Premium.

bodhisattva wrote:
The rapidly aging interface.


Personal opinion, I like it just fine.

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Oh and the horrible stigma that will continue to be part of the site despite Affinity selling IGE, because you were too shady to be open and transparent about ownership until after the fact.


Sounds like your holding a big grude here. I see no Stigma on Allakhazam at all. It was a business decision that had no effect on the web site. We never had gold selling banners/ads/emails thrown at us.

I just do not see Allakhazam having all the problems you see. Maybe I'm just **** lucky when I surf the site, maybe I like the way it looks, maybe I just know how to use the site to find all the information I will ever need in the World of Warcraft. Maybe I'm just comfortable. /shrug
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#14 Apr 27 2007 at 7:53 PM Rating: Default
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How do you know?


Cause I have been posting here for 4 years now you thick cnut.

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What does The Armory give you that WoW reader does not.


Besides aesthetic appeal, I can tell you logged out in Shadowform and a couple other nifty things.

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I don't play EQ2 so this is not my issue.


But it is still an issue, regardless of whether it affects you or not.

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I still do not see how WoWhead is beating Alla at all?


Other than faster load times, easier to access info, better search function? Well type in "ravaged caravan" on WoWhead. Then look on Allakhazam. Notice what is missing. One example, becoming all too regular though.

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So you just made something up


Allakhazam wrote - Your membership just got significantly more valuable. If you play World of Warcraft, your Allakhazam premium membership will soon allow you to use some exciting new features on not just our site, but Thottbot as well.

It seems to me that you are the one trying to stir things up by slandering me by saying that I make false claims. /shrug

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I must of been lucky as I have never seen a "crash" here.


While they are not as common as before they do crash. I believe there was one last week.

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Not sure what your talking about,


Obviously, you come off as ignorant. Gamestop and Alla had a deal where people buying TBC and other MMO's at Gamestop retail locations were supposed to get 1 month free premium. It was a complete clstr f'uck that didnt happen.

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Sounds like your holding a big grude here. I see no Stigma on Allakhazam at all.


That is because your head is up your own ***. If you haven't seen the massive drubbing that Alla took on a number of MMO boards both official and non official then you need to pull your thumb out of your *** and put it onto the pulse of the MMO community. This could have been easily avoided if Alla had been more open and forthright with information. Now they have a year of bad publicity to live down that a simple sale of IGE will never cure.
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#15 Apr 27 2007 at 8:02 PM Rating: Decent
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What do you mean nothing changed? Smiley: frown Now I can update the site without falling asleep while waiting for pages to load.


Smiley: laugh Okay, ONE things changed :P
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So is it safe to say everything in Brael's post HERE has nothing to do with Allakhazam.com? As in there's no past or present IGE/Ogaming/Thottbott nitwits still cashing zam.com paychecks? or was simply the name "ige dot com" sold and the pack leaders of old are still in control?
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Obviously, you come off as ignorant. Gamestop and Alla had a deal where people buying TBC and other MMO's at Gamestop retail locations were supposed to get 1 month free premium. It was a complete clstr f'uck that didnt happen.


Of course I don't know this for sure, but wasn't that more a problem with Gamestop being incompetent? Certainly you could say that Allakhazam didn't plan it properly, but I'm thinking (with my past experiences with Gamestop as a reference) that Allakhazam was blameless at least for that incident.
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How do you know?


Cause I have been posting here for 4 years now you thick cnut.


Ok and just what I said, I don't see it. I see plenty of new posters here on Allakhazam.
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Besides aesthetic appeal, I can tell you logged out in Shadowform and a couple other nifty things.


Well what does that tell you though that you could not tell by my Talent Tree.

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Other than faster load times, easier to access info, better search function? Well type in "ravaged caravan" on WoWhead. Then look on Allakhazam. Notice what is missing. One example, becoming all too regular though.


Yes I do see that search issue for this one quest. It is easly findable by searching for the Quest Givers name. Every site will have it's glitches.

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So you just made something up


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Allakhazam wrote - Your membership just got significantly more valuable. If you play World of Warcraft, your Allakhazam premium membership will soon allow you to use some exciting new features on not just our site, but Thottbot as well.

It seems to me that you are the one trying to stir things up by slandering me by saying that I make false claims. /shrug


I have not slandered you at all. You yourself wrote
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The promise of Allakhazam premium working on Thotbot hasn't happened (too my knowledge).
So you don't know if it was working or not, but you felt it was worthy to bring up something you did not know.

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While they are not as common as before they do crash. I believe there was one last week.


The only thing I saw was site maintance going on, longer then was expected, but that is all I saw.

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Obviously, you come off as ignorant. Gamestop and Alla had a deal where people buying TBC and other MMO's at Gamestop retail locations were supposed to get 1 month free premium. It was a complete clstr f'uck that didnt happen.


Why do I come off a ignorant, I asked a question about something I did not know, or I did not completly understand what you were refering to. I was always told there is no stupid question.

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That is because your head is up your own ***. If you haven't seen the massive drubbing that Alla took on a number of MMO boards both official and non official then you need to pull your thumb out of your *** and put it onto the pulse of the MMO community. This could have been easily avoided if Alla had been more open and forthright with information. Now they have a year of bad publicity to live down that a simple sale of IGE will never cure.


My head is not up my ***, I simply asked some questions and posted my own feelings on a few things you had typed out. As for the pulse of the MMO community, that is mainly personal feelings about what went on. No one knows for sure except for the people involved. Why some details were keep quiet, is up to them. There were many folks here who defended Alla and how things were done, it all came down to personal feelings on the subject. I read that nothing about the site would change, even though the were under the umbrella with IGE, and nothing did change to this site that I could see.

Allakhazam will make changes to the site when they can and when they feel it is needed. We can suggest changes for the site but they may or may not happen. I'm still pleased with Allakhazam and all the site has to offer me.
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I checked out the Thotbot thing after I posted. I was right.

There is no point going back and forth. The facts still stand, a number of promised features were never implemented. The ones that were implemented took much longer than promised. The site is starting to lag behind others in terms of content as well as aesthetic appeal.

52 weeks ago as of May 3rd an announcement was made heralding the new age of Allakhazam. Other than new servers, the turbulent eq2ogaming merge, a couple new smilies and some rather unimpressive bells and whistles for WoW premium subscribers the site is relatively the same. It only looks a year older.
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#20 Apr 27 2007 at 9:56 PM Rating: Good
With IGE being sold off, is it likely that Allakhazam.com (or "Zam.com") is likely to be sold off too in the future to another entity?

Edited because apparently IGE (dot) com is bad-worded.

Edited, Apr 28th 2007 1:56am by Nightsintdreams
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As long as we're all chatting, could any mods shed light onto what a Mythiran is? It was just something that popped up when I was Googling various things relation to Affinity back a week or so ago, I'm not implying that it is/was anything seedy.
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What do you mean nothing changed? Smiley: frown Now I can update the site without falling asleep while waiting for pages to load.


Smiley: laugh Okay, ONE things changed :P


Small derail...

I'm sitting here reading this thread when I hear my daughter exclaim excitedly behind me, "Mommy, look!! Barney is on your computer!! Can I sit on your lap so that I can see Barney?!"

Thank god she can't read yet.
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As long as we're all chatting, could any mods shed light onto what a Mythiran is? It was just something that popped up when I was Googling various things relation to Affinity back a week or so ago, I'm not implying that it is/was anything seedy.


Fancy EverQuest term for "www"??

Never heard of it until now.
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Jophiel wrote:
As long as we're all chatting, could any mods shed light onto what a Mythiran is? It was just something that popped up when I was Googling various things relation to Affinity back a week or so ago, I'm not implying that it is/was anything seedy.


http://ige.allakhazam.com/

Bwahahahahaha
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Jophiel wrote:
As long as we're all chatting, could any mods shed light onto what a Mythiran is? It was just something that popped up when I was Googling various things relation to Affinity back a week or so ago, I'm not implying that it is/was anything seedy.


That was once upon a time the placeholder for the old Mythrian tower EQ 1 spell research page. Now anything that isn't recognized by the site gets redirected to the news template.
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Jophiel wrote:
As long as we're all chatting, could any mods shed light onto what a Mythiran is? It was just something that popped up when I was Googling various things relation to Affinity back a week or so ago, I'm not implying that it is/was anything seedy.


http://ige.allakhazam.com/

Bwahahahahaha


http://deadguyisastupididiottryingtogettheconspiracytheoristsworkedup.allakhazam.com/

any thing you put in there that doesn't have another redirect goes to the news site.
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