John Smedley rallies the MMO community to help former EverQuest associate producer

    
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Former SOE head honcho John Smedley put out a S.O.S. on Sunday for one of his former employees who is recovering from alcoholism and an emergency trip to the ICU.

Gordon Wrinn, best known to the EverQuest community as Abashi, put up a GoFundMe page to help in his recovery from medical woes that left him penniless. Wrinn said that after 15 years of alcoholism, his body “decided that it was time to die” and sent him to the hospital for emergency treatment.

While he was able to pull through after a lengthy stay in the medical system, Wrinn admitted that it left him destitute with only a job and a computer. He is attempting to raise $4,500 to get back on his feet, out of which $3,403 has already been donated. “My situation is a Catch-22 in that I need a place to be able to work, and I need to have money to get a place,” he wrote.

Abashi worked on the original EverQuest as the associate producer for the base game and its first three expansions, and then moved on to EverQuest II in 2004 and 2005 as one of the MMORPG’s main programmers.

Source: Twitter, GoFundMe
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Totally Not Mike McLarty

I wish the man all the luck in the world. It is hard to humble oneself and ask for help. Those who think that his misfortune could not happen to them are kidding themselves. We’re all one unlucky or ill-timed day away from the gutter. Anyone and everyone can bottom out.

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kelvar

It’s heartening that a community can gather around someone and help them get back on their feet.

It’s quite sad that someone who’s struggling cannot count on their country to care for them.

I’m glad his goals have been met and he’s on the road to recovery.

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Fisty

Did not realize half the Massively commenters were so backwards. I’d just remove this.

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possum440 .

If you are going to post things like this Massively Op, I suggest killing the replies and just leaving it a read only with your link information.

I am sure the Humans on this planet can do without one or two posts in their lives and we would not see the train wreck you let happen below.

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Pål Einar Jensen

As sad as reading some of the comments.on this post has made me, I really appreciate what Smedley is doing and hope his old co-worker gets the help he needs.

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Armsbend

Call me jaded – everyone seems really comfortable begging the consumers for money for their video game dreams – now they have resorting to begging to support their philanthropic needs as well.

That is the depressing thing here – to me.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Hoping the best for him – alcoholism is not just an addiction, its a terrible sickness.

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Jack Pipsam

Hope Gordon pulls through, that’s a really unfortunate and tragic situation to be in.

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DJ

This guy sits on face book everyday talking about Trump. Alcholic… check … unemployed … check … left wing liberal … check.

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Bannex

Troll…check

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Leontes

… which makes you – a right wing *** ?!

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roo woods

You must be a very sad and pathetic kind of individual to leave a post like that here Dustin .

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Johnny

Ummm… hes much better off than me. I have family members I am helping, including some that are not actually family but I call them that. I have a disabled guy living in my home I take care of. Is Smed going to help him? Like… what makes this guy any more important than anyone else?

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Slaasher

He’s not more important. But Smed knows HIM and started a crowd funder.
You could do the same for the person living in your home (good for you btw :) /sincerely
Its got nothing to do with “more important than anyone else”

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Bannex

I typically don’t advocate for deleting posts but there is so much dangerous disinformation regarding addiction being thrown around it might be a public service to remove all of them including mine.

Bree’s was the best and most comprehensive and prob should remain as a deterrent.

As far as somebody’s personal battle, if you were able to kick an addiction that’s great but downplaying others is simply asinine. Grats on your sobriety and winning your battle but seriously stfu unless you work with this daily.

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CMDR Crow

There’s really only one source of actually damaging speech going on.

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Bannex

School isn’t out yet…

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Ket Viliano

I am rather against deletion, most of the ill communication is rather basic, and easily cleared up with a few kind words and some common decency.