World of Warcraft Elysium emulator disbands, reforms under cloud of corruption

    
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Same old story.

The drawn-out story of Project Elysium, one of the more notable World of Warcraft emulators that rose to prominence in the wake of last year’s Nostalrius saga that saw the legit WoW community agitate unsuccessfully for vanilla servers, has taken a brutal turn this week. No, Blizzard didn’t issue a cease-and-desist takedown, but rather the emulator operators themselves tanked their own project.

The implosion of Elysium was reportedly born from an “environment of mistrust and shadiness” that led to the staff engaging in gold and account sales as well as one staff member outright stealing PayPal funds from the project, or so the caretakers now say. The remaining staff apparently decided that the best course of action would be to disband Elysium and reform as a new emulator called Light’s Hope.

“The Elysium Project as it exists today is no longer a viable project due to the systemic problem of lack of oversight on those with the most access to the servers,” the new team posted. “Due to failures to uphold the projects ideals and integrity, the Elysium Project is being dissolved and relaunched out of the control of those who have abused the trust of the staff, community, and legacy movement as a whole.” So, an emulator, then.

You can listen to the Elysium staff meeting that culminated in this disaster after the break.

Source: Light’s Hope. Thanks LazyLex, Tamanous!
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keyvis

Elysium has not disbanded. They are working on recovering data destroyed by Light’s Hope team, after stealing it to create a new server: https://elysium-project.org/

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Tamanous

I’ve come to expect this drama once or twice a year. New server currently has no lag and pretty much all the players back (Online services still are in the works and I’m shocked at how fast they are getting all this going).

Just a couple days of excitement more than anything. Blizzard still can take ownership of all the interest in classic versions of Wow in a blink of an eye if they wanted to.

Honestly though, I am starting to believe Blizzard would only destroy the philosophy behind Nost/LH vanilla servers. Activision just patented a more efficient microtransaction tech to make players spend more. Blizzard is forever moving toward such models.

I need to point out that the goal of Nost, what Elysium promised but failed and Lights Hope is to offer fair game play without cash shop interference. Does anyone here actually believe Blizzard is even capable of this anymore?

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Bruno Brito

*WK looks over info*

Whitekidney: Hmm…It profits. Leak it to the interwebs.

Shenna: ENOUGH! You have run rampant for far too long, Whitekidney, but that stops now!

Whitekidney: *laughs* Step aside, “friend”, you face a server beyond reckoning!

Shenna: Nostalrius dabbled in servers beyond reckoning. Where are they. Now?

Whitekidney: RAAAAAAAAARGH!

*slapfight*

Shenna: I MODERATED ALONGSIDE PHOOSY, POTTU AND OTHERS! YOU ARE NOTHING LIKE THEM!

Whitekidney: they…are no longer part…OF YOUR SERVER!

Shenna: *coughs* The players…will hear of this…they will come for you…

Whitekidney: Yes. I’m counting on it. The armies of idiotic players will come for me. And within my server, they’ll face all the terrible schemes i have wrought! The boundless power of bots i have mastered! And one by one, they’ll fall at r14s feets…Anyone who would rise against my new Light, WILL BE EXILED TOWARDS THE DED SERVERS OF TWINSTAR!

Whitekidney: You Elysium try to bury your corruption and your moneymaking. But such schemes cannot be contained. IT MUST BE LEAKED!

Shenna: You will…answer…for your betrayal.

Whitekidney: I ANSWER…TO NO ONE!

” ALL THAT CHALLENGE ME WILL BURN IN THE LIGHT OF MY HOPE ”

World of Warcraft. Patch 1.12.1 – Shadows of Corruption

I had a lot of fun with this.

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Rottenrotny

Meanwhile all of us happily playing on Kronos are pointing and laughing and saying ‘We told you so!’ while we prepare to roll fresh characters on the new Twinstar TBC server Ares. Which launches on Oct 21. B)

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Bruno Brito

Yep. I’m thinking of going back to Kronos.

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Tamanous

Entire population was playing with no lag the very next day. Technically this has all been an improvement.

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Rottenrotny

I’d rather not play on a china/russia infested server run by gold selling devs, but that’s just me.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Brother Maynard

I was half expecting the trail of orange dots to lead us through a dozen MOP articles and then end up where all good internet investigations inevitably lead.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

;) well played Brother.

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rafael12104

Awe man… and it’s a hot day too.

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Jeff

I am respecting Blizzards decision more and more everyday

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Lorgarn

How so, because a few rotten apples decided to take advantage of their situation and profit off of it? Unfortunately this happens everywhere, all of the time, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the position they exploited rested on an unworthy foundation or cause.

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Armsbend

Those aren’t a few rotten apples. They are running the show. It is a rotten apple factory.

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Bruno Brito

I rarely agree with you, but such is the case. The pserver community is a cesspool.

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Lorgarn

Alright, so there is a bunch of rotten apples (in a heap of thousands and thousands) that is taking advantage of the size and popularity of the game/scene. Exploting the fact that people want to play this game and reaping benefits for themselves.

Looking at that from the outside, how could that possibly make you respect Blizzards decision more/less? All I see is a very large group of gamers being exploited by a select few. It makes me sad if anything.

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lokoma

i hope blizzard cleans house with all these private servers

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rafael12104

Ah, well. Hate be a buzzard on this, but…

So, here it is ladies and man folks. MMOs aren’t charities. The fallacy here is that an MMO, any online game for that matter, can be maintained on donations alone when there are running costs. Further, the idea that volunteers can sustain such an operation is just pie in the sky.

I’m no fan of Blizz and their heavy handed ways when it comes to vanilla. But, I have not doubts about why they don’t just “let the players run it,” a mantra I have heard many times before.

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Lorgarn

“The fallacy here is that an MMO, any online game for that matter, can be maintained on donations alone when there are running costs.”

One of the Light’s Hope ops (Phoosy) in a Discord Q&A answered a question touching on this subject. According to him Elysium were well off finacially and he refuted the common notion that they couldn’t survive on donations alone. (Shenna admitted to withdrawing from the Elysium PayPal $2,5-3k and an additional $500-700 on a monthly basis to pay for her livelihood. Which alone is enough to pay for hosting, so they weren’t hurting for cash.)

They were continously bleeding of large amounts of money and providing services “outside” the project for their own benefits and not for the server project as a whole. This turn of events doesn’t confirm what you’re implying at all.

The volounteer idea might definitely be a pie in the sky scenario though, you could very well be right with that one. Which is very unfortunate indeed.

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rafael12104

Hmm. And yet donations alone did not work in this case.

Let me clarify, it isn’t just money coming in that is required for a non-profit to work. It is a solid group of professionals. Yes, pros, because to do it right, they need to get paid. They need to have organizational skills.

So running costs is the wrong term. It’s more like operation expenses and that includes employees.

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Lorgarn

And yet, they did. In fact, they worked so well that one of the operators (Shenna) saw an opportunity to skim hundreds of dollars off the top on a monthly basis for her own benefit. (And withdrawing a lump sum of a couple of thousands) These people didn’t “need” to get paid, they chose to get paid by stealing money and/or delivering unsanctioned services outside of the project.

I agree with the sentiment though that if you’re hoping to have some resemblence of a professional team, they most likely need to get paid in some way or another.

I’m not going to play on Light’s Hope, but I’m going to follow this break-off closely. Apparently they will be very transparent with the donations and running costs of the project, it’ll be interesting to see where they stand finacially in a couple of months. (If they survive that long, who knows what can happen with these guys behind the wheel)

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Bruno Brito

Take really good care with whatever Phoosy says, he was booted from the GM team for being, putting nicely enough, a troll.

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Lorgarn

Yep, I agree with you on that one but I see no reason why he (and everyone else) has to lie about this. If anything, lying about it may increase cashflow from donations. Having said that though, if it were only him – I wouldn’t believe it. Together with the facts presented in the leak you can only come to one conclusion – they we’re certainly not hurting for cash.

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Loopy

Well that’s unfortunate. I had high hopes for Elysium being one of the more stable private servers. Given how long it takes to level in vanilla, i really don’t feel like jumping ship at this point, so i guess i’ll have to see what happens with Light’s Hope project.

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Doubleplusgood

So I’m confused. There is old elysium still running, new lights hope and nostarlius? So there are 3 now?

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Oleg Chebeneev

Old Nostalrius is long gone. Light Hope devs want to change Anathema and Darrowshire servers (that ran along with ELysium and were less known/popular) to Nostlarius PvP and Nostalrius PvE. Its still unclear if old Elysium devs will relaunch Elysium after all that corruption scandal and lost data