I think someone fooled my friend Darren over at The Common Sense Gamer.
As most of you know, I started off my online “career” doing a fan site for Vanguard. During that time, I got to read a LOT of Brad McQuaid’s essays, posts, and manifestos. After a while, I got to where I could easily recognize his style. So I was surprised today to see that Darren posted about how Brad was popping back up with a couple of posts on his blog at bradmcquaid.com.
Here’s what Darren and most of you probably didn’t know. bradmcquaid.com’s domain registration expired in February. What you also don’t know is that on a flyer, I took a shot at picking it up when it expired. I didn’t get it. It was scooped up by;
(Official Domain Registration Information follows;)
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: BRADMCQUAID.COM
Created on: 09-Feb-09
Expires on: 10-Feb-10
Last Updated on: 09-Feb-09
So, don’t fall for it. I’m calling bullshit on this one.
Between the very recognizably different writing style, the different registration, and just a gut feeling I don’t believe it’s Brad.
Now if it IS Brad, I’d like to offer him a chance to do an interview about the last 3 years including his last year at Sigil. I’ll be emailing “him” at the address provided on the blog to find out if he’ll go for it. I don’t think the “real” Brad McQuaid would turn that down if he was in the public eye.
After all, this blog is in the top 5 google searches for the words “Brad McQuaid.”
And to those of you who are throwing barbs at Salim “Silius” Grant in comment on that blog, get a clue. No one wanted that job and he’s done a commendable job with a very small team. He didn’t “ruin Vanguard”, but instead breathed life into a husk of a game that didn’t get made by Sigil in it’s time with the property.