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“These were malicious attacks on me” says Chris Avellone

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Chris Avellone, best known for writing Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords, commented on the harassment allegations from several girls in June 2020.

Then two women spoke about his inappropriate behavior: Karissa Barrows and indie developer Kelly Bristol. The first claimed that Avellone had drunk her heavily and tried to have sex with her, the second – that he repeatedly touched her below her back without permission and intended to take her to his room.

In addition, Karissa stated that her friend Jackie Collins, whom she introduced Avellone to, had been the victim of “emotional abuse” by the screenwriter for over a year.

In the immediate aftermath of these allegations, Chris Avellone publicly apologized to the girl he allegedly harmed emotionally. However, in June 2021, the screenwriter stated that the stories of Karissa Barrows and Kelly Bristol about how he behaved with them were “malicious attacks” on him, and detailed his version of what happened.

We chose the main thing from his story:

  • The developer explained why he decided to comment on the allegations only a year after they appeared. According to Avellone, at first, he convinced himself that there was no malice in the stories of Karissa and Kelly, that their accusations were the result of delusions. But in the end, he came to the conclusion that the girls deliberately wanted to defame him, and for a year he collected evidence of his innocence.
  • Avellone first met Karissa Barrows at Dragon Con in 2012. After the event, he saw her again at the bar and later accompanied her to her hotel room with two other developers. Avellone claims he did not spend the night with Karissa – they broke up after kissing in the hallway. During the festival, they met again and had fun. According to Avellone, they liked each other, the girl considered him her friend.

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  • Avellone and Karissa continued to communicate for a year and a half and met at other events. In 2013, Karissa introduced the developer to her friend Jackie Collins and advised him to “hit” her.
  • Jackie and Avellone spent the night together, fell in love with each other, and began dating each other from time to time. Avellone claims that there was no relationship between them – he worked a lot at that time and was under stress because of this. Because of this, the developer, he said, told Jackie that he could not give her more than periodic meetings.
    Six months after they started seeing each other, Jackie began to feel unhappy. Avellone did not rule out the possibility that the girl’s problems arose due to the fact that she wanted more from him than he could offer.
  • A disagreement with Jackie led his friend Carissa to become hostile to Avellone. As a result, in 2014, the screenwriter stopped communicating with her. Due to Karissa’s interference, Avellone claims he soon fell out with Jackie and stopped seeing her.
    In June 2020, Karissa revealed that Chris Avellone allegedly behaved inappropriately towards her, and also mentioned her friend Jackie (although she did not call her by name). After that, another girl, Kelly, spoke about her negative experience of communicating with the developer.
  • According to Avellone, Karissa decided that he was unfair, dishonestly treated her friend, and tried to get her justice. However, the developer believes that Karissa’s actions did not meet the wishes of Jackie, who wanted to continue to meet with him. Karissa was convinced that Avellone and Jackie should part – which ultimately happened.
    Avellone also drew attention to the fact that when he met with Jackie she had no problems yet, Karissa wrote in her social networks that she had never encountered harassment and inappropriate behavior. However, in 2020, she removed the post from Twitter about this – as well as 60 thousand other publications in which there could be inconsistencies between her past behavior and the charges later brought against Avellone.

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  • With Kelly, who spoke about Avellone’s inappropriate behavior after Karissa, the developer, he said, never spoke. The girl stated that he touched her in the bar without permission, but no one could confirm her story, because, according to Kelly herself, there were no witnesses.
    But when Kelly told the story later, she did name some of the people who allegedly saw Avellone treat her. When Avellone himself contacted these people, they were surprised to hear Kelly’s version and said that nothing of the kind had happened.
  • Avellone believes that Kelly, being a friend of Karissa and Jackie, deliberately decided to defame him – in order to convince other people that he repeatedly behaved inappropriately.
    After the charges brought against him in 2020, Avellone tried to contact Karissa and find out why she lied about their relationship. However, the girl stated that he was not worthy of her answer.
  • Chris Avellone noted that after the accusations, colleagues and relatives advised him to do two things, which, he said, were contrary to his character. First, don’t apologize. As noted by the developer, it seemed inhuman to him, but after he publicly apologized to Jackie, and users of social networks and the media perverted the essence of his words and decided that he apologized to Karissa, he realized that he was wrong. Secondly, to defend your interests in court. At first Avellone did not want to bring it to this, as he believed that it was better to let Karissa and Kelly speak out, to explain their actions. But in the end, Chris Avellone came to the conclusion that his approach was wrong, and now he is ready to defend himself in different
  • ways.
    The developer also rebuked the media, in particular The Gamer, for not verifying the facts and thus exposed him as guilty of the story with Karissa and Kelly. Avellone also said that not all journalists tried to get comments from him. However, some still turned to him, but at first he could not answer them anything, as he was depressed by what had happened.
    Avellone also mentioned the studios that decided to end cooperation with him even before he spoke about the situation. According to Avellone, he does not hold a grudge, for example, at the same Techland, but it was painful to read the studio’s public comment about the breakdown of cooperation with him.
  • Chris Avellone noted that he intends to tell more in the future. Karissa at the time of publication of the note did not react to the developer’s story. A few hours after Avellone posted his story, the girl closed access to her Twitter and Instagram profiles.

On the evening of June 26, a lawsuit was found in the database of the California Supreme Court, which Chris Avellone had filed against Karissa Barrows and Kelly Bristol 10 days earlier.

In the lawsuit, Avellone said that the statements of both women about harassment on his part were deliberately false. Because of them, according to the developer, his reputation was undermined, he lost and continues to lose his job; the information spread by Bristol and Barrows humiliates his honor and dignity.

Based on this, Chris Avellone asked the court to award him compensation for real and general damage, as well as non-pecuniary damage, reimbursement of legal costs, impose a fine and a binding injunction against Carissa Barrows and Kelly Bristol.

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Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play

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On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

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Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online

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Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

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New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark

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Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

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