Ramblings from the Gryphon Rose

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Well, that sucked

My Blizzplanet Q&A was tonight, at 9pm. I showed up a few minutes early, just to make sure I had IRC set up correctly. There were over 300 people in attendance.

Too bad one of them was apparently a flaming *sshole.

The Q&A started and I answered a question or two—and then my connection went down. Not just to the chat but to IRC, the Internet, cable, and phone. They’re all through the same router.

It took something like fifteen minutes before I could reconnect to the Q&A. Answered another question—and was kicked offline again.

And this kept happening. The moderator told me that someone had apparently decided to target my IP specifically—every time I set foot in the main channel he sent packets of information to my IP, bombarding it until it was forced to disconnect.

End result? After an hour or more I only managed to answer maybe five questions.

The moderator apologized—he hadn’t expected anyone to try sabotaging the Q&A, and certainly not that thoroughly. He’s collecting the questions, his and everyone else’s, and emailing them to me, so I will still get to respond to everyone. Just not live and in real-time.

I’m pissed. Not at the moderator—it’s not his fault. But at whomever thought it’d be funny to sabotage my Q&A. I figure either it’s some pathetic little loser who gets off on destroying things for other people, or it’s some pathetic little loser who wishes he were a writer but can barely string two words together and so has it in for anyone who actually possesses talent and gets published. Either way, it’s pathetic.


  • At 2/20/2007 6:43 PM, Anonymous James Wallis said…

    Just this last week an old friend and colleague who's retraining as a journalist interviewed me about fans, a group I once described as "psychotic fuckwits". They're not all that bad, but a measurable minority of them are, and the interview brought much of my bile on the subject back to the surface. One RPG 'fan' once tried to have me banned from entering the USA (this was in the mid-90s), and that's only a sample of the fuckwittery that I've experienced, and I'm sure you have as well, as has anyone who's worked in escapism-based entertainment. These people need to be punched in the face, and I mean that absolutely literally.

  • At 2/22/2007 1:35 PM, Blogger Gryphon Rose said…

    It's definitely one of those situations where a very vocal minority gives everyone else a bad name. There were 350+ people at the Q&A, and only one *sshole. Oh well. The Q&A's up anyway, and as far as anyone reading it can tell nothing untoward happened. Another friend pointed out that was the best possible outcome, to deny the *sshole his moment by not even mentioning him.


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