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#1 May 03 2006 at 3:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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I have pointed everyone discussing this issue to this thread so that we will have a single place to answer the questions of all the communities we serve. Please post your questions or comments here and we will try to answer them as best as we can. Since I anticipate that this thread will get pretty long, I will try to move anything important to the top to make it easier for you.

(for those of you who don't like the style sheet, just add your site to the beginning and it will change. i.e. make allakhazam.com into ffxi.allakhazam.com)

First for those who don't read the front page, the news post we made:


Allakhazam is pleased to announce that we have added several new sites to our network and have joined them together to form the Zam.com Network which is now instantly the leading content destination for all MMO gamers.

The new Zam.com Network will consist of newly expanded and improved versions of Allakhazam.com and Thottbot.com. In addition, the assets and content of OGaming.com (and the interface sites) and L2Orphus.com will be integrated into the existing Allakhazam network. This will add multiple new games to our site, more than double our personnel and give us the flexibility to add more features, better service and expanded coverage.

In the coming months, we will be upgrading our server infrastructure, expanding our news and editorial coverage, adding sites for more games, and designing even better database services. We are committed to making this the premier destination for the entire MMORPG community.


Now the Q&A


Q: What does this mean for the Allakhazam network sites? What changes can we expect?

A: Expect a major expansion of our current services. By adding these new sites to our network, we are gaining resources and flexibility that we have never had before. The plan is to make Allakhazam.com and the Zam.com Network the only place you need to go to get any information about your game. Any changes we make will only be positive and will be ones that we think will make your site better.

First off, expect to see the site speed issues disappear. We have ordered a whole pile of new servers for us to handle any capacity and are installing them at a newer and better ISP than the one we are currently at. Also, expect to see more features get added to each game site. Our existing part time programmers are soon going to be full time, and will be joined by several newly hired programmers. This will allow us to develop many new features for our existing sites and also add sites for games we don’t yet cover.

Look at what we have accomplished now and think of what we will be able to do with ten times the brainpower working on our database features. On top of that, by merging OGaming into Allakhazam we get an instant experienced staff of writers and community managers that allows us to expand our service as never before. Expect to see more and better information faster, plus more features like news, editorials, interviews, guides, etc.

I want our network to always be the first to have new game information. I want to be the destination of choice for anything having to do with any game we cover. There have been many cool things we have discussed doing over the years that we have just not had the ability to do without stretching ourselves too thin. Now we can do all that and more. We have loads of exciting new plans for making your experience even better than before.


Q: How are you paying for all this? Who really owns Allakhazam now?

A: Combining the sites into the new Zam.com Network means that we can allocate resources in a more useful way and create additional services. Because of contractual obligations, I am not able to say much more about our financial situation. The details will come out over time. Suffice it to say that I am still completely in charge of this network, including the newly added sites that form the Zam.com Network.

Q: What does this mean for my premium membership?

A: 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. We also have some amazing plans in the works to expand our offerings and features for many of the games we cover. Our sheer size and diversity will now allow us to bring you features and offers that we would never have been able to make prior to this happening.


Q: I remember Allakhazam when you were just a small Everquest site. I hope you haven’t grown too big to remember those of us who got you there.

A: It has been an amazing ride, and it is still accelerating. We want to make sure you keep up with us and enjoy the ride too. Our site has always been about community first and business second, and that will never change. Keep in mind that every one of us is a gamer too. We understand your needs because we want the same things you do, and we value your continuing feedback and commitment. This is just the next step in our development. We appreciate your continuing support.


Q: What does this mean for OGaming.com and the other sites in the new Zam.com Network? Will they be shut down?

A: Initially, OGaming.com and the other sites in the new network will continue to operate normally while long term plans for integration are made. Over time, you will see additional changes that will create a more seamless online experience for visitors to all of the sites. Existing sites and content will remain available and in most cases even be improved – so you’ll always have access to the great tools and services you’ve come to rely upon.



Edited, Wed May 3 16:09:13 2006 by Allakhazam

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Better, faster, stronger? It's like the 6 million dollar website. I look forward to it. As they say in shorthand, "grats".
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#3 May 03 2006 at 3:19 PM Rating: Excellent
when does it go live?
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#5 May 03 2006 at 3:22 PM Rating: Good
Go live my foot. when does it become life and take over? WTG guys..Looking forward to all this.
#6 May 03 2006 at 3:23 PM Rating: Good
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Oh Lord, please say it ain't so. When we get another load of "1337 kiddies" in here this place is going to go straight to ****.

Congrats on the business move Alla, I personally am curious to see the impact on certian communities. I, for one, stayed away from sites like that for a reason.

Oh well.
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I don't like change. That's just me, though. I've always have issues with change once I got used to something.

We'll see. Hopefully, I don't have to adapt too much.
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#8 May 03 2006 at 3:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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We just purchased the domain and it is still being trasferred. We made the announcement now so that we would be able to be ready for E3. Expect Zam.com to be live in a week or two. But really for now it will just be a corporate placeholder to get you to the other sites.
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#9 May 03 2006 at 3:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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Gratz Allah on the business move! So.... no more lag on Tuesdays when WOW is down? Promise? Smiley: grin
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#10 May 03 2006 at 3:49 PM Rating: Excellent
rpgexpert's an ogaming site, right?

if you guys have it now, are you killing the scripting/exploit stuff on it? doesn't really matter to me, just curious. will you still be paying for article submissions? seems a little out of place on an alla-run site.

I know rpgexpert and some of the other ogaming sites were, at least originally, owned and operated by MSS/IGE. Is there still yantisian involvement somewhere along the line?
#11 May 03 2006 at 3:52 PM Rating: Excellent
Is there any plans for a change in premium membership fees?
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Well... ZAM!!. Nice. I like it.

It's like the Jeffersons. You're moving on up... ;)

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I'm sure this isn't a high priority but with the inclusion of the other sites, will there be an option to customize the Toolbar on the left? To add Custom links to FFXI, Wow, Zam.com and still keep the back ground to whatever style sheet we want?
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#14 May 03 2006 at 3:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Any chance of a Zam.com link button? Like <a href="http://www.playonline.com/" target="pol" style="border: 0px"><img src="imgs/pol_bnr_02.gif" alt="PlayOnline"></a>, if HTML was enabled
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This 'company' was created by IGE.
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#15 May 03 2006 at 3:59 PM Rating: Excellent
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All of the ogaming network sites are included, but we have not decided what to do with many of them. This will take time. RPGexpert will definitely not be part of the network. It may just exist on its own somewhere depending upon the contract it has. Not really sure.

We have talked about raising premium fees for a while now since they haven't changed in 5 years, but if that happens it would be further down the road, not right away.
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On to the important topics...

Do I have to change my bookmarks? Smiley: grin

Edit: Wow.. has Alla's really been Premium for five years now? Just yesterday, we were fielding hate-threads on the uBB from people who swore you were a money-grubbing Zionist and they'd never, ever return

Edited, Wed May 3 17:07:47 2006 by Jophiel
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Allakhazam Defender of Justice wrote:
All of the ogaming network sites are included, but we have not decided what to do with many of them. This will take time. RPGexpert will definitely not be part of the network. It may just exist on its own somewhere depending upon the contract it has. Not really sure.

We have talked about raising premium fees for a while now since they haven't changed in 5 years, but if that happens it would be further down the road, not right away.
Could you also perhaps tailor the fees on a per game/forum/option basis? I don't give a flying **** about anything other than forum=4. Can you have a package for people who have no interest in the games but are interested in giving you some money? Perhaps have a base fee, then an additional fee for each game you would like to have tools access for? It makes sense...
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Edited, Fri May 26 16:59:02 2006 by bodhisattva
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out of curiosity, will this also help increase the gaming info for EQ2? Sadly this site has been a bit lacking. It would be great to see a revamp and continued updating for that game as well as the more popular ones
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Jophiel wrote:
On to the important topics...

Do I have to change my bookmarks? Smiley: grin

Edit: Wow.. has Alla's really been Premium for five years now? Just yesterday, we were fielding hate-threads on the uBB from people who swore you were a money-grubbing Zionist and they'd never, ever return

Edited, Wed May 3 17:07:47 2006 by Jophiel



Dana said you shouldn't need to, they should redirect.
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This 'company' was created by IGE.
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Great move Alla. Grats on gittin R dun!

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Ogaming, they are involved with plat sellers and IGE? What does this mean for the relationships with Alla and plat sellers?
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tutanbriarpaw wrote:
Ogaming, they are involved with plat sellers and IGE? What does this mean for the relationships with Alla and plat sellers?


I'm curious about this as well.

Fire them? Yes.. yes.. you know you want to.
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Edited, Mon Jun 5 01:49:26 2006 by bodhisattva
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Wow, this is very exciting. Smiley: grin

So people can type in www.Zam.com to get what they need? No more "it's too hard to spell Allakhazam" excuses.

Congrats to the admin crew. This sounds like a big step.
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So Allakhazam finally sold out? Not surprising, hard to resist when a multi-million dollar corporation throws hundreds of thousands of dollars at you. I'm sure you will be well taken care of Allakhazam, while earning a hefty paycheck every month.

Not that I blame you, they've been after you long enough. They just had to wear you down... or offer you enough.

Edited, Wed May 3 17:43:24 2006 by Alesa
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Ogaming and Thotbot were active with IGE.


This is my biggest concern. On a personal level I find IGE's practices to be absolutely deplorable. How does the new zam.com network fit in with the whole plat farming/selling market?
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Edited, Mon Jun 5 01:42:14 2006 by bodhisattva
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I would just like to hear that wonderful 'we are in no way connected with IGE or selling gold, we also will make sure Thotbot and Ogaming are now gold selling free"


That's exactly what I want to see as well. If this means a collaberation with goldsellers, I'll have to do some rethinking about my premium account.





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Why would a very very vocal opponent against IGE, OGaming and Thottbot buy them out? For the betterment of mankind? Allakhazam does not need them. OGaming, on the other hand, is a beginning network struggling to grow. What faster way to grow then to go ahead and buy an all ready successful network.

The wording is all done by PR and marketing. That's the spin they put on it to keep down the voice of dissension.

As I said, they finally offered him enough :)
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The ownership issues here are convoluted. This is how deals like this get done. The size of this is pretty amazing. This is just the announcement for our own users, not the actual corporate announcement, which will likely come much later. We are now owned by a company that owns a bunch of stuff, including IGE. They bought both of us (and several other sites as well) and then split us into separate divisions so that there is no interaction between them. You know my stand on gold selling. Before agreeing to anything like this, I wanted to make sure that there would be no interaction between those divisions and that I would have complete control over the new network, including the sites that used to be part of ogaming. So this means that the Ogaming sites and Thottbot have been split off of IGE and into our network and no longer have any connection with them.
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Ogaming and Thotbot were active with IGE.

IGE also tried to purchase Allakhazam at one point as Allakhazam has mentioned in the past. It would be nice to see Alla reverse it on them, I would just like to hear that wonderful 'we are in no way connected with IGE or selling gold, we also will make sure Thotbot and Ogaming are now gold selling free"


I would like to here this also, I refuse to support any gold selling service in any form, even in a indirect way.
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Allakhazam purchases main sources of competition in order to consolidate market share and ruthlessly crush rivals, its not like he hasnt done it before, Pikko Pots ring a bell. She is now working as slave labour.
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Edited, Mon Jun 5 01:42:58 2006 by bodhisattva
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We are now owned by a company that owns a bunch of stuff, including IGE. They bought both of us (and several other sites as well) and then split us into separate divisions so that there is no interaction between them. You know my stand on gold selling. Before agreeing to anything like this, I wanted to make sure that there would be no interaction between those divisions and that I would have complete control over the new network, including the sites that used to be part of ogaming. So this means that the Ogaming sites and Thottbot have been split off of IGE and into our network and no longer have any connection with them.


So, in other words, Alla is now owned by the company that owns IGE. That's not what I wanted to hear at all.


#41 May 03 2006 at 4:53 PM Rating: Decent
Ya, RPG Holdings is seperate from IGE in the same way that Samual Clemens is seperate from Mark Twain. Good luck with this venture and make sure you keep about 10k around so you can afford to bid back the domain from the domainers when they let it lapse just like Shadowknight.org and a bunch of the other sites they originally aquired.
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I am sorry to hear that Allah. I have been premium for years not because I needed the extra goodies, but because I wanted to do my tiny bit to help you keep this site going. But I have a hatred of gold sellers and division or no division, you still have to pay homage to the head honchos.

Good luck with this, and I hope it allows you to turn this site into the premier MMORPG site that you dreamed it to be. I fear that you sold out to the devil to do it though.



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So it's okay to get a paycheck from the bad guys if you can't see the filth they're doing?

Oh, right...

Great way to look at things. I'll remember that for when I have kids some day.

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oooh not what I was hoping to hear at all. Whether or not the gold selling is a part of your division or not, you are now a part of the parent company that produces those sites and ability to buy plat/gil/etc.

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Hmmm, so if we as a community rate this down (and it will take much time and many sock puppets)....will it be like this never happened?


I hope you got a good contract from them, because it looks like it cost you your soul, even if you're too blind to see that.


Two weeks left on premium then goodbye avatar, thanks for the ride.

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We are now owned by a company that owns a bunch of stuff, including IGE. They bought both of us (and several other sites as well) and then split us into separate divisions so that there is no interaction between them.
But, at the end of the day, my money is still going to the guy who owns IGE. Correct?
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This is all a joke? Right? Please to god not Thotgoldsellingbots.com



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Bad news. Guess I won't be renewing my premium membership.

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I'm sad to say, now when mine runs out. It stays out. Shame I was content with what we had. Most others here to.

Oh well. Thats the way the internet crumbels.

Alla, please call it off or do something. At least give us proof that are money is not going to the gold selling Division of their filithy websites.

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