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That’s NOT Brad McQuaid

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;)

Registrant:
Keith Sharward
United States

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.

26 Comments

  1. Please point out a single exit interview/blog post that points to Brad Mcquaid providing any sort of positive leadership qualities during his time at Sigil.

  2. coppertopper :

    Please point out a single exit interview/blog post that points to Brad Mcquaid providing any sort of positive leadership qualities during his time at Sigil.

    How could I possibly do that? You need to read back through this blog if you think I’m a BMQ fan.

  3. And the site has “Made on a Mac” written all over it. I didn’t think Brad was a Mac guy?

  4. That does raise a red flag. Thanks for the info.

    It’s sad if that’s the case. As I said on that blog, I wouldn’t be blogging if Brad and others at Sigil hadn’t fostered design discussions on their forums.

  5. Turns out this Keith guy is a web developer. Not that you need to be one to make a website on a freaking Mac though: http://www.myspace.com/sharward

  6. Keith Sharward appears in one of the pictures in the gallery on the site, 2nd one (group shot) if I recall correctly.

  7. Could just be his ‘webmaster”. There is a picture of them together on the photo page.

  8. Isn’t it more interesting that the site is hosted on an official Apple server?

  9. Now Brad has commented about this topic.

  10. It’s either a real persistent hoaxer or the real deal according to Brad’s new blog.

  11. I should have said “Brad” instead of Brad. Cuz we don’t know for sure still, right? Right? He could still be faking us all out.

  12. Maybe it wasn’t Brad McQuaid that was in charge of Sigil all those years… Maybe the real Brad retired in the late 90′s and got a new boy to play the role of the dread pirate roberts…err…I mean the “Brad McQuaid”.

  13. Go to hell. Silius screwed VG. Maybe you think he breathed live into it, but he screwed it.

  14. Shit tard. Silius sucks.

  15. Well…Brad has said that he wants the past to be the past and that he has no interest in doing interviews or saying anything about the end of Sigil, etc. Hmm…didn’t his first post on his blog suggest to everyone to go play the 14 day trial?

    Wonder if part of his “putting out feelers” to the industry involved some sucking on the SOE teet and he is trying to build up the fanbase for Vanguard…

    Whatever the case, to the fanboyz who keep fawning over him and begging him to develop a new game and run (or should I say RUIN) another company…good luck and thanks for all the fish. Please continue waiting for Brad to develop a good game and stay away from Star Wars, WoW, EQ2, and any other game I might be playing. I am fairly confident you are the arse who sits around QQing about how some other character class is way overpowered because you can’t one shot them in a battleground.

  16. Maybe, but this link is on his facebook as well. And being lots of SOE employees are on his facebook either both are fakes or this is infact Brad’s blog.

    Writing styles do change. Mine has over the years so that is not as easily judged with exception to professional writers.

    I hope it is Brad and I hope he is ready to get back in the game.

  17. Hey :

    Go to hell. Silius screwed VG. Maybe you think he breathed live into it, but he screwed it.

    VgPlayer :

    Shit tard. Silius sucks.

    Speaking of ‘tards, both of these posts were from the same IP. I guess you think I don’t know how the intarwebz work.

    Look, I know there are still some Brad fans out there but it’s surprising to me just how strong the Kool Aid is in this case.

    The fact is if not for Silius and a small group of people (who, by the way, were not from SOE but from Sigil) there probably wouldn’t be a Vanguard right now. So you can hate on him all you want, it just shows you don’t have a grasp of the facts.

    To the rest of you; should I post this guy’s IP address here? That is what I would usually do with people who double-post under different names.

  18. actually Brad explains the registration here..

    http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=92106851482&h=i07jh&u=RcQdS&ref=mf

    If you look at Keiths myspace page and Brads blog photos you see they were at an event together and posed with the band Dream Theater.

    So all you bitter gamers hangin on to the past refusing to let it go, sorry but Brad is back.

  19. Oh, for Pete’s sake people: Brad and I have been friends since 1985. I offered to register a domain name for him, and he accepted, so I did. I’ll eventually transfer ownership and control of the domain name to him, probably next time we get together.

    And he bought a Mac recently for the fun of it. Red flag? Really? That he would buy a new computer toy? Red flag?

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled conspiracy theories! LOL

    Now, may I ask that my home address be pulled off this Web page?

  20. Keith :

    Oh, for Pete’s sake people: Brad and I have been friends since 1985. I offered to register a domain name for him, and he accepted, so I did. I’ll eventually transfer ownership and control of the domain name to him, probably next time we get together.

    And he bought a Mac recently for the fun of it. Red flag? Really? That he would buy a new computer toy? Red flag?

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled conspiracy theories! LOL

    Now, may I ask that my home address be pulled off this Web page?

    Thanks Keith

    Doing it now.

  21. Ya posting someones personal address not cool at all.

  22. kymers :

    Ya posting someones personal address not cool at all.

    It’s already posted a bunch of places, I just reposted it. But thank you for your opinion.

  23. But it’s a Mac not a computer!

    Personally, I think he should start working on a futuristic space MMO… maybe something where the world is going to end but only a few people survive. You could play the role of one of the survivors because you have some sort of psionic power! That’d be sweet!

    :)

  24. Genda. you are posting someone’s personal address and think it’s a good idea?

  25. Tyen :

    Genda. you are posting someone’s personal address and think it’s a good idea?

    I should clarify. I didn’t know it was his personal address. It was the address attached to the registration on the domain. As soon as I got to the computer and got the message from him that it was his home address I took it down. It IS still posted at several other places. That is the point I was trying to make. I don’t like posting personal information, and once I knew it was personal and not business I took it down.

  26. Relax everyone. A simple whois search on the domain name still brings up the address, it’s not like it’s top secret.

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