Elitesoft, Realsoft, Erik. All these aliases come from the same individual. But lets refer to this individual as Erik for now.
Erik has been around the open tibia scene for many years now. He made many many short lasting 7.4-7.7 servers. As a result Erik does not have the best reputation and people are skeptical when playing his servers, as a result, forcing him to create new aliases when ever he felt confident in opening one. He even resulted to making new forum accounts to give himself positive opinion due to all the negativity and hate people were expressing towards him on his advertisement threads. Former Otland moderator Leftwing even called him out on it 🙂
His last server, and probably the most controversial was called mastercores. This server, like many before it has been reset multiple times. However, when Znote and Amoaz decided to join the team the server excelled. You might be wondering, so whats all the fuss about? Well mastercores was actually a very successful server. Probably the most successful Erik ever was involved with.
The online count eventually rose to almost 600 players.
What lead to the server being successful but eventfully closed? I talked to both Znote and Amoaz ,and they gave me inside info on the server, why it got closed and Erik.
(Full convos are available at the end of this post)
Znote: Well, Erik made a revolutionary good OT server, and he was the first one to use custom experience tables which works similar to exp stages. Instead of using high stages he reduced exp table requirements for levels. This resulted in way better OT performance. Many high stage OTs have a big problem when it comes to CPU load, because of massive damage and experience calculations. By reducing experience for level, instead of just increase experience with stages, he was able to create exp stages without stressing server with big calculations. This is what allowed him to have such a “highexp serv” without having performance issues.
However when Znote first got involved, there were many problems with the server.
Znote: There was several problems with mastercores tho, unstable engine, website vulnerabilities, DDoS attacks and server hardware to handle big attacks.
Since the server was ran on windows, Znote was given the task of converting the server to run on linux.
Znote: The distribution he used was Avesta, which did not have any native Linux support. And thats where I came into the project, I converted the sources to work in an Linux. And from that time I was working together with him, being in charge of handling the linux server. Working with security and optimal performance. All the haters and bad reputation lead to him being an interesting target for hackers.
When Znote started to work with Erik, and the online count rose and server became more succesful, as a result, several people started to ddos and hack the server. This forced the server to be reset, making many people unhappy.
[19:38] <Znote> I have confirmed hacking attempts on the server from Nottinghester~, after noticing through logs that he was sniffing around attempting to hack the website the same way we got hacked the first time.
[19:38] <Znote> But I don’t hold any grudges against him, its our fault the website was vulnerable, not his.
[19:39] <Znote> And because of him I kinda became a security genious. =D
[19:40] <Znote> For me there was no loss, only experience. Erik however was the one biting the dust and suffering from the hacking attempts.
[19:44] <Znote> He have not admitted that he is the hacker, and chances are there was multiple hackers. However I have confirmed with the logs and IP that several hacking attempts are directly connected to him. Since I am a global moderator on otland.net I have access to view all IPs connected to all accounts there.
As a result, Znote and Erik decided to hire Amoaz to help them make their server more secure.
Znote: Yeah, thats later on, when the mastercores had been hacker multiple times and I have verified that nothing was wrong with the server itself when it comes to hacking. And I found multiple potential holes in the websites, we needed someone with greater knowledge with website security, and thats where I got in contact with Amoaz.
I talked to Amoaz to get his side perspective 🙂
[20:50] <Amoaz> it all started with (as you might already know) they asked me to help them securing the website
[20:37] <Amoaz> I still have no clue who hacked it or why, since I arrived into the project after that, and it never happened again after my service
[20:38] <Amoaz> Also, pretty much whole site was an exploit, since Erik had made it himself with very poor knowledge
[20:53] <Amoaz> I did my part, spent 2-3 days almost 24 hours a day testing different methods on their site
[20:53] <Amoaz> Ive never had to put down so much work on a single server
After Amoaz secured the website, there were no more hacking incidents. However, that did not matter, because Erik himself wanted the server to fail.
[20:56] <Amoaz> Erik was always very arrogant imo, for example me and Znote pretty much ran the community alone and Erik worked on the hardware, but he still refused to hear our opinions regarding it
[20:58] <Amoaz> I charged 20 euros at that time for my service, and they (or Erik) promised me more if I actually managed to make it unhackable
[20:58] <Amoaz> When the server then started, everything went very smooth
[20:58] <Amoaz> No problems with the website and no hacking attacks against it
[20:59] <Amoaz> Im was kinda passive since I was happy with the server, the community and being a staff member of the OT, but I always thought about his words about paying me more
[21:00] <Amoaz> After 2-3 weeks I started asking him some questions about how much he made of the server etc, and he never really answered it, kinda dodged it
[21:00] <Amoaz> Then all of a sudden, he showed up (after not being online for 2-3 days) and gave me and Znote the cold hand
[21:01] <Amoaz> The server is going to close because of the mail he had received from “CipSoft”
Please respond to the sender directly regarding this issue.Also, please reply to this email in the next 48 hours to confirm you =
have received it. Failure to respond could lead to the suspension of =
your account.Begin forwarded message:> From: Stephan Vogler <email@example.com>
> Subject: Takedown notice c01.no-ip.org, c03.no-ip.org
> Date: March 6, 2012 9:49:06 AM PST
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> We, Cipsoft GmbH, are the owner of the trademark “Tibia”. Widespread
> use of the Tibia trade mark has been made in the field of exploitation
> of massively multiplayer online roleplaying games, to the extent that
> this trademark has acquired an extensive reputation and goodwill.
> The Tibia trademark is, accordingly, also a well-known mark for all
> relevant purposes of trademark law.
> It has come to our attention that our trademark is being used
> marketing a competitive massively multiplayer online roleplaying game
> utilizing the domain name “mastercores.com”, hosted on IP addresses:
> 22.214.171.124 (port 80, 7171, 7172)
> Despite previous cease and desist notices, our copyright and trademark
> remain infringed upon. The offender utilizes anonymous DNS hosters and
> WHOIS privacy services to masquarade his true identity.=20
> This trademark is confusingly and/or deceptively similar to our Tibia
> trademark and also constitutes a reproduction or imitation thereof.
> (United Kingdom Trade Marks Act 1994). In the circumstances, your use
> of the Tibia trademark will constitute an infringement of our civil
> and common law rights.
> In addition to the trademark violation, said internet website is
> flagrantly violating international copyright laws by distributing
> content (“MMORPG maps”) upon which the intellectual property is ours.
> In the circumstances, we demand that you immediately:
> 1. Immediately suspend the account(s) associated with the hostnames
> ‘c01.no-ip.org’ and ‘c03.no-ip.org’.
> 2. Keep on record any and all information in your custody or =
> pertaining the identity of the account holder utilizing said
> hostnames, including but not limited to his full name, payment
> records and logfiles.
> This is written without prejudice to our rights, all of which are
> hereby expressly reserved.
> Yours faithfully,
> Stephan V=F6gler
> Cipsoft GmbH
[21:01] <Amoaz> He seemed kinda freaked, and me and Znote tried to calm him down, telling im its possible to create such fakemails pretty easy
[21:02] <Amoaz> Erik didnt care about our thoughts once again (“He were the one facing HUGE amounts of law costs”) and shutted the server down, only five minutes after he had recived and read it
[21:03] <Amoaz> And thats pretty much the end of mastercores
[21:03] <Amoaz> I never heard anyone admiting to have sent the mail
[21:03] <Amoaz> But I would love to hear who did it (im not mad, but I just still think it was Erik himself who had fabricated it )
The email was indeed a fake, many people proved it by checking the creation of the domain, which turned out to have been crated a few hours before being sent to Erik.
[21:04] <Amoaz> Server shut down, erik dissapeared forever
[21:04] <Amoaz> Deleted me (and znote?) from Skype
[21:04] <Amoaz> We had a conversation like the day after about what would happend now
[21:04] <Amoaz> (all three of us)
[21:05] <Amoaz> and Erik said he was done with everything related to Tibia
[21:05] <Amoaz> he had met a new nice girl that he wanted to spend time with and take care of his real-life
[21:06] <Amoaz> I still only got 20 euros
[21:06] <Amoaz> And I was so mad at the time (I knew he must”ve made loads of cash out of Znote and me)
[21:06] <Amoaz> So me and Znote decided “ohwell atleast we could have the sources for the project”
[21:06] <Amoaz> And guess what
[21:07] <Amoaz> Erik asks us for a payment of 500 euros
[21:07] <Amoaz> to use those files and host a new mastercores
[21:08] <Amoaz> im not sure if Znote had backup of the files, or if Erik actually agree’d to postphone the “payment” until we could afford it
[21:09] <Amoaz> he didnt only use me and Znote
[21:09] <Amoaz> but he wasnt even man enough to hand over the project to us
[21:12] <Amoaz> Server ended almost 30 days after it started
[21:12] <Amoaz> Erik told us he had paid for the dedicated for two months
[21:13] <Amoaz> But when we asked for more files or if we perhaps could use that host to revive it again (putting Znote as the owner and him completly out of the picture)
[21:13] <Amoaz> he just told us he couldnt access the server for some reason, and blamed the hosting company for the issues
[21:13] <Amoaz> He said all files that were stored there couldnt be recovered
[21:14] <Amoaz> Such as the database (which we were most intressted in) since we didnt want to reset again
[21:14] <Amoaz> But erik gave us no choice, as he didnt let us get it
After Erik supposedly got the letter, Znote decided to contact Erik one last time in an effort to keep the project going. But he never replied.
[21:24] <Amoaz> Znote wrote to Erik
[21:24] <Amoaz> the same day server went down
[21:29] <Amoaz> His grandpa passed only some days after mastercores shut down
[21:30] <Amoaz> and he had to leave for awhile
[21:30] <Amoaz> people thought he just wanted to dissapear aswell
[21:30] <Amoaz> Which imo is very sad
So it looks like Erik made enough money from the server and decided to close it. Logical? not really, he could have many lots more is he continued the project. But with over 600 active players and reasonable donations, Erik made more than he ever though he could.
[19:36] <Znote> And the rumour that Erik resetted the server multiple times because he wanted to earn money is utter bullshit. If he would be able to run a server stable without any resets he would doubtless have earned way more money.
So who is Erik? Well according to Amoaz, his name might not even be Erik.
[21:20] <Amoaz> his name is not erik btw
[21:20] <Amoaz> as so many people may think
And if you recently looked, the domain mastercores.com has been redirected to a facebook profile that states that mastercores is coming back soon. So should we expect Erik to comeback soon? Things are looking like it.
Click HERE for full convos between Me, Znote, and Amoaz. They talk about a lot more than just mastercores!
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