When Did You Stop Beating Your Wife?


For the past three days I've sat idly by and let the tidal wave of events surrounding comments I made over on Crossing Zebras pass over me. I've sat idly by while the Reddit threads went way up and over 1,200 comments or more. I've sat idly by while The Mittani publicly called me every name in the book, and while a certain legit ex-con raved and ranted about me everywhere, including last night on the Open Comms Show.

There is no way to "win" against a tidal wave. The best course is to let it make landfall and pick up the pieces afterwards. This is what I am doing. The more certain people speak the deeper the hole gets.

But I do start to wonder. What exactly do I owe these people? This bully who runs a prominent Eve Corporation clearly is not interested in the truth. He has insulted me, my wife, my family and everything that I've stood for in the Eve Community. He clearly has no problem with this attitude based on lies. He hates me for the wrong reasons. And before you start thinking that "hate" is a strong word, please listen to him rant and rave about me on the Open Comms show. This is a person who clearly doesn't care that everything he is mad about, everything he is clearly jealous about, is a lie.

So how much of my personal life do I owe you? This bully has stated clearly that he deserves to know everything about me, in fact he seems to believe it is his right to know. And yet, despite my attempts to be an open book and answer any question anyone has ever had - that isn't enough.

Clearly these Haters/Bullies/JealousRageMonsters share one thing in common, they are not interested in truth. They are only interested in protecting their own side of an argument they know I cannot "win". Whatever winning means in cases like this. What they all fail to realize or understand, is that I have zero interest in winning. I can't fight Pandemic Legion in-game and they know this. I can't fight 60,000 Goons, and they know this also. I actually have no interest in fighting them. I'm a low sec Pirate because I choose to be one. This is the game play I've chosen. So they know they are protected by their own largesse inside of Eve. Which is a great position from which to be a Bully, isn't it?

And so they make the assumption that such largesse protects them outside of the game as well. Which, granted, it largely does. There are no Police out here in the community. No one monitors or protects or guards against the words they choose to say. No one except me.

So, what do I owe them? Nothing. I owe them nothing.

In fact their words and actions accomplish the opposite of what they intend. Being bullied only reinforces what I have always known, you have to stand up for yourself in this world. You can't let people roll all over you. In these pages I've done just that over the past eight years, I've stood up to bullies. I've fought what I believe to be the good fight both in-game and out. I've called people to the carpet for idiocy, for aggression, for mistakes, and for picking on the little guy. And I learned a valuable lesson yesterday listening to Mittens on his show, it actually works. It was a surprise to learn just how much of my activity he is aware of and how much it bothers him. Turns out he not only reads this blog, but it bothers him. Let that sink in for a minute.

I am going to stop doing one thing however. I'm going to stop trying to appease the bullies. I'm going to stop trying to explain, when clearly they have no interest in listening. Let them rant. Let them rave. They are all clearly jealous and upset by the fact that this great community of ours reached out to me in my time of need. And that it worked. It worked when their own pet projects failed. My projects do not fail. When I set out to work with CCP I did it. When I set out to accomplish something I do it. I left the Tuskers because someone made fun of my children and leadership refused to do anything about it. So I set out to build a better Pirate corporation built around a great alliance that is WITHOUT Drama, and I did it. When the Vagabond needed its Frills back? Done. When we wanted Hats in-game? Done. When I set out to accomplish something it gets done. And yes, my GoFundMe campaigns (initiated by the community) succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. They also got done.

If you step out, if you expose yourself, if you stand up for what you believe in, you will be attacked. This is the way the world works. Eve isn't special, it works that way here too. I've always said what I believe and stood up for what I believe in, and some people do not like that. Those people tend to be very vocal, angry, jealous, and filled with rage. That's how it works sadly. There is nothing I can do about it.

Believe me when I say this is how I am in real life also. People have always told me that it can't be done. I can't be who I am. You can't create a Card Game. You can't write, produce and direct. You can't be the writer AND the creative director. You can't start your own agency. You can't do it. And yet, I did.

If you hear me and understand what I am saying then you are the silent majority. Do not despair, there are more of us than there are of them. Bullies are always outnumbered. They only thrive when intimidation works, when the threat is greater than our resolve.

A certain percentage of Eve thinks I'm a lying piece of shit? So be it.

The rest of you know the truth. I'm going to keep hanging out with you. I'm proud of you. I'm proud of the fact that you saved me when I needed it most. Nothing anyone ever says will ever change that. I'm not ashamed of how the community stood up and helped me and my family.

I am not ashamed.

And I never begged.

I didn't need to.







25 comments:

  1. "Living well is the best revenge" - George Herbert

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    1. "Where I come from, someone's head in a bag is generally considered the best revenge." - Miles Vorkosigan (Lois McMaster Bujold, Cryoburn)

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  2. Keep fighting the good fight Rixx. Never let the demagogues hold us back.

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  3. Haters gonna hate. I was the subject of reddit rage this week as well, so I feel ya. Stay frosty

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  4. I always find it ironic when the greifers and other assholes in the game state "what I do in-game does not reflect on how I am in real life". I think that the loser from PL and the failed lawyer have just poked a big big hole in that lie.

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    1. You could fly Mitten's ego through that hole actually.

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  5. Never give up Sir, more power to you!

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  6. you are shit. your shit is shit. and so is your shitter.

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    1. Gonna leave your comment up Anon, it meant so much to me. Thanks

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  7. The backstory is missing here. Now I have to search crossingzebras and reddit if I want to know what some people are salty about.

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    1. Sorry, I didn't feel like linking back to all that stuff. I probably should though.

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    2. Ok just found that conversation with Grath. Glad I never associated with his kind when I was playing EVE.
      Attacking Rixx is fine, attacking Bryan Ward through his wife and children is not.

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    3. Rixx likes when people attack him, its his way

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  8. You already know, but the best you can do with these people is to let them hang from their own rope.

    We know Rixx Javix and we know and respect Bryan Ward. Those other people who hide behind internet anonimity are nobody and they mean nothing.

    Stay frosty. The more they talk, the better we know them.

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  9. Could someone explain to me what is going on?

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    1. TL;DR: I made a normal comment on a post over on CZ and immediately got bushwacked by the CEO of Sniggerdly(PL). He called my wife out as a beggar and falsely claimed I owed Child Support and was a deadbeat father, none of which is true. Essentially he told me never to comment anywhere again. So I called him on it and told him to tell that to my face. At which point he went ballistic and made threats against me, like needing to feed from a tube, etc. So I tried to make peace both in comments and on Twitter, but he would have none of it.

      So it turned into a thing on Reddit and he essentially came out the worst for it.

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    2. ok thank you. I did find the 1300+ comment reddit thread that was referenced a few minutes after I posted.

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    3. To be fair, the phrase "tell me that to my face" is a kind of backdoor implicit threat among the chest beating alpha chimpanzee types like Grath Telkin. I've had plenty of that type of threat thrown at me irl by these types of bullies, when they can't get what they want by civilized means so they resort to threats of violence, so I recognize the meme. Maybe you don't understand that because you've never dealt with it in the social history/world of your life. I simply don't know enough about you to know that social history/world but it doesn't strike me that alpha chimps (read- legit ex-cons) belong there.

      Still, Grath was the in-the-wrong party to that exchange, not you. Stay Frosty

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  10. Hey my friend, your mindset is the right one. Some people can't leave without spreading rage as that is their only way to feel important. You, Bryan, is way above that and as all of us have your own faults, but honest to yourself and to your family. In RL we all have the raters and the likes, just go with the flow and look on the bright side: Your Family! Cheers. Krull

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    1. Thank you my friend. I honestly do try. I enjoy stirring pots from time to time but only in the context of the game, never out here in RL.

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  11. I saw the CZ comment thread with Grath. He made himself look like a prize idiot.
    I've personally donated to help Brian with problems for lots of reasons, not least of which is that you actually add something unique to the Eve community. I'd challenge your detractors to do the same!

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    1. And thank you for that. I like to believe that in the past nine years of playing this game and being a part of Eve that I have contributed to it in many, many ways. And that in some way, I've helped to make it more interesting.

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  12. Man I couldn't really believe it I sometimes check /r/eve and saw you at the top of the drama pile and have been following it a bit. The absolute shit show grath displayed is quite truly amazing. What's even more amazing is the amount of people that stood behind him (albeit not many) and talked shit about you in return. You and your corp has practically been my only real source of enjoyment out of this game, you're a good person as opposed to those 'edgelords' as they would say who take EVE a notch too seriously. No shame asking for help either, if that makes someone 'scum' then this world has gone mad.

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    1. Thanks Skine, I really appreciate your comment. There is always hope.

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