Is GhostOrb officially dead?

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Is GhostOrb officially dead?

Post by heruca » Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:47 pm

The GhostOrb website, which hadn't been updated since December 2005, appears now to be gone for good. Has anyone heard of this being officially cancelled? Did they refund the money paid by people who had already signed up? Were they affected by the recent move by WotC of revoking d20/D&D software licenses? Any info would be appreciated.

Erian_7, if you still visit here, what's the word?
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Post by Eldtrich Rogue » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:41 pm

I don't know about officially dead, but it's been functionally dead for months, like a mangled specimen of roadkill that lies there motionless by the side of the road, except for an occasional gasp for breath through the red froth around its mouth.

The Cold Steel Reign and Mad Hermit Games websites, which I believe were run by the same person or persons, (Mad Hermit published Cold Steel Reign) are also down. Mad Hermit published the player's guide for Cold Steel Reign back in early 2005, and took pre-production orders for the GM's guide at the same time, but never delivered anything. Ghostorb was guilty of doing pretty much the same thing, having signed people up for paying "Storm Crow" membership during beta testing, then never quite getting their program up and running properly.

Beware of ordering stuff that isn't on the shelves yet.

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Post by heruca » Thu Dec 14, 2006 4:55 pm

Welcome, Eldritch Rogue. Colorful description. :lol:
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Post by Eldtrich Rogue » Mon Dec 18, 2006 1:16 pm

Here's another entry for your virtual tabletop program list: dice-gamers.com (don't forget the dash). It appears to be under development, and in need of a proper English grammar lesson. The guy responsible for it spammed the rpgnet site and was soundly deprecated:

http://forums.rpghost.com/showthread.php?t=50315

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Post by heruca » Mon Dec 18, 2006 1:47 pm

Thanks for the tip, Eldritch Rogue, but I'm not seeing anything on the site or its forums about a virtual tabletop program.
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Post by Eldtrich Rogue » Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:32 pm

They refer to themselves as the "dominate" (dominant? dominating?) force in online gaming. They posted the following at .rpggateway.com:

"Dice Gamers - a massive hoard of gamers taking OpenRPG by storm. Offer D&D 3.5, D20 modern, D20 Star Wars, and Unisystem(Uni still in development!). Daily games, no matter when!"

In another post womewhere they were looking for online GMs. I deduce from all the above that they have some sort of online tabletop system in the works.

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Post by Eldtrich Rogue » Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:37 pm

PS: It's Eldtrich Rogue, not Eldritch. That isn't a typo (at least not in the way you think - the "d" actually isn't supposed to be there.

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Post by heruca » Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:53 pm

OK, that's what I thought. It's just good old OpenRPG, not a new VT app.

Sorry about the typo, btw.
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Post by erian_7 » Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:44 pm

Hey guys, a little delayed in my response but yes, from what I can tell GO is dead. I was a mod/admin on the forum, but received nothing notifying me the site was going down, and it's now been so for nearing a month. I've got no way of contacting the owner to find out what's up, but I know they were getting into dire straits. They didn't refund any of the Storm Crow (or other pre-reg) fees. I was only in for $21, and that was from April of 2005. So I got some good gaming in on their beta, met some nice folks, and basically am not worried about the cash. Other folks that signed up for longer subscriptions are probably more irritated.

Oh, and I can confirm it's the same guy doing both GO and Cold Steel Reign.
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Post by heruca » Mon Dec 25, 2006 3:22 am

Thanks for the info, Erian.

Any idea how large the GO community was before it died?
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Post by erian_7 » Mon Dec 25, 2006 4:25 am

heruca wrote:Thanks for the info, Erian.

Any idea how large the GO community was before it died?
Hard to say. Last I recall on the boards they were up into the 500-700 member range, but active posting was more in the 10-15 range.
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Post by Eldtrich Rogue » Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:32 pm

....and if you had looked at their membership list toward the end, you would have seen that 100 or so of their 700+ "members" were spammers who put links to porn and (censored) extenders on their signup pages, then left.

600 or so real members X $5 per month = $3000/month - just not enough to run a business on.

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Post by Shin » Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:17 pm

Usually you have to get out of beta in order to attract a sizeable body of customers. Also, anyone who gets into RPG business for the money... Isn't very bright. ;)

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