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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...buuut...

  • Zeuzio
  • 09/26/2013 02:53 AM
  • 3526 views
Welp, last March, someone decided they liked my game so much that they simply changed the title and hosted it on another site, claiming it as theirs. Fun, right? So for basically the last 24 hours, I've been chatting with the good people at Game Jolt, the site the fake was posted on, and bringing the theft to their attention. While I'm pretty sure everything is cleared up there, there are still traces of "Aura Tome" on the internet. "Aura Tome" is the name given to my game by the thief, in case you didn't guess. So, what I'm trying to say is, keep your eyes out for it, and maybe point out its a stolen game if you see it on any sites. I'll try to do my part, too, but man today has been stressful and I'm not exactly keen on exacting revenge right now.

Here's its..."official site": http://aura-tome.webs.com/


It's not all bad news, though!

I uploaded a minor(or maybe not)update to Vagabond today that solves the issue in the Crystal Cavern where you might not be able to progress if you use the Gate Orb in the wrong place. Also, some minor dialogue fixes. Yay!

Also, Vagabond is now on Game Jolt!

http://gamejolt.com/games/rpg/vagabond/17860/

Leave a comment and rating if you happen to frequent that site, I guess!


Well, that's it for this really random blog post. Thanks a lot to the certain someone who showed me the stolen game...really, you don't know how much I appreciate that this guy is getting what should have come to him a long time ago.

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Glad you got all that cleared up, Zeuzio! I'll definitely keep an eye out for this if I see it. And maybe I'll finish Vagabond too one day over the rainbow~<3
edchuy
You the practice of self-promotion
1624
Jez, we should that round up that cheater and have Kyle flogged in our RMN public square. Good thing somebody gave you the heads up, Zeuzio! You seem to be taking this whole ordeal quite philosophically ...
It would of been unintentionally hilarious if he posted a gamepage here. On the bright side, at least you know who your number one fan is. D:
Ratty524
The 524 is for 524 Stone Crabs
12652
Glad you got the situation with the art theif sorted out!

Now if only I could beat your game... xD
LockeZ
I'd really like to get rid of LockeZ. His play style is way too unpredictable. He's always like this too. If he ran a country, he'd just kill and imprison people at random until crime stopped.
5146
Oh Jesus and here I was posting in the theft topic where someone was worried about this, saying stuff like "this is impossible, this doesn't actually ever happen"

He put a good day's worth of work into this fake website, too! It's nicer than my real website.

You're a living myth, Zeuzio.
Thanks guys. ;w;

I sent in a report to the people in charge of the website that hosts his site, so maybe it'll be taken down? I sure hope so.

author=Gourd_Clae
Glad you got all that cleared up, Zeuzio! I'll definitely keep an eye out for this if I see it. And maybe I'll finish Vagabond too one day over the rainbow~<3


author=Ratty524
Glad you got the situation with the art theif sorted out!

Now if only I could beat your game... xD


Just abuse the Monster Arena and watch the game be broken before your very eyes! XD

author=edchuy
Jez, we should that round up that cheater and have Kyle flogged in our RMN public square. Good thing somebody gave you the heads up, Zeuzio! You seem to be taking this whole ordeal quite philosophically ...


Maybe...it definitely has given me a lot to think about in terms of creation, and why it's important.

author=StarSkipping
It would of been unintentionally hilarious if he posted a gamepage here. On the bright side, at least you know who your number one fan is. D:


Haha...ha...

author=LockeZ
Oh Jesus and here I was posting in the theft topic where someone was worried about this, saying stuff like "this is impossible, this doesn't actually ever happen"

He put a good day's worth of work into this fake website, too! It's nicer than my real website.

You're a living myth, Zeuzio.


I guess my game was just good enough yet just totally obscure enough to be a pretty easy target. That's my theory anyway.
Someone made a video on that game who stole you : http://www.jeuxvideo.com/chroniques-video/0005/00050655/l-univers-du-jeu-independant-aura-tome-pc-un-air-de-jeu-de-role-japonais-a-l-ancienne-00116548.htm

You may want to ask this person to take down his video, here's his twitter : https://twitter.com/At0mium_

Here's the twitter of the website which host the video : https://twitter.com/JVCom

Huh. Just checked and it seems the guy has completely given up on taking credit for the game. Finally.
I see

We're sorry, this site is unavailable, because it has used up it's monthly bandwidth.

That's one way to deal with that site, use up all his bandwidth in the first day of each cycle!


Then there's this http://www.lemonpunch.net/threads/aura-tome-free-rpg-game.1247/

author=the thief
Sorry for bringing up this old thread, but I'd thought I'd make this clear to those who've messaged me about recording the game, advertising, etc.

Yes, you have my permission, just don't forget to give me credit. :)

haha He's banned, but nobody seems to have called out that he stole the game.

The game is on a few other sites too.
author=A poor duped soul
I'm gonna give it a shot...really looks like you've put a lot of effort into it.

Sad stuff, isn't it? the blatancy is something else, laughable really. but seriously-

It's on a damn German tech site! how?
Poor Christian Schwalb... you REALLY gotta wonder how much 'der dieb' tried to advertise "seine" game for it to get 'dort'
Max McGee
with sorrow down past the fence
9219
author=the thief
Sorry for bringing up this old thread, but I'd thought I'd make this clear to those who've messaged me about recording the game, advertising, etc.

Yes, you have my permission, just don't forget to give me credit. :)


ok that's it guys let's find this bitch and burn him alive
masterofmayhem
I can defiantly see where you’re coming from
3105
"Pitchforks, come get your pitchforks. You can't be a lynch mob without pitchforks."
Yeah this depresses me just thinking about it. I guess I just won't ever make an un-encrypted game again. (If I ever make a game again)
Just imbed your name into many key parts of the game.
Have NPC's and hidden events that say "this game was made by X". Someone is sure to stumble on one of them.
Have the game stop mid way and force the player to email you for the code to continue.
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