Someone neomailed me over the weekend saying:
First I replied to the user briefly, telling them thanks for letting me know. Then I performed the search, and sure enough, there was a blog with pages and pages of entries of games ending abnormally. They were all screenshots, with the offending player's token and screenname in full view, while the original player's name was redacted. And there was one of me-- a screenshot in January of me on the Moltara board, leaving a game one minute in.I just saw your article about Key Quest Quitters in the Neopian Times. I had to laugh because your name is on a quitters list! Do a search for [site name] and you'll see. hehe
I have never quit a Key Quest game because I was losing, ever. But the game is glitchy as hell and I've certainly had things happen before, like my internet cutting out. This particular game I remembered. The other player had taken their first turn, landed on their alignment square and received a super key grabber. Then I rolled, and I was about to land on my own alignment square when midway from moving through my turn, I was shot back to the main game screen without warning. This happens to me sometimes, usually after a glitchy minigame, but refreshing my browser window is all it takes to fix it. Unfortunately I can't tell if this is going to happen before I go into a game.
I thought about neomailing the other user, but I refreshed my browser too quickly (almost by rote) and lost their usernames. Besides, it was literally less than a minute in, and I hoped the fact that I was midturn and about to land on my alignment square would be enough for them to realize I hadn't quit with malicious intent. Apparently not!
That was the totally weird thing. All the posts would say "Thank you submitter" or "Our submitter says" but nearly all the screenshots were of a green kau token, and occasionally a Hannah token-- interestingly enough, the same tokens appearing in the case of the user who had neomailed me. Who now had me blocked. How now, Green Kau.Wow! Another one that left early in the game! Within the first minute! Amazing. Iniuria left after the submitter got a Super Key Grabber – check the chat log. Remember, you can enlarge these shots if you click on them. Thank you, submitter.
The updated text on my entry was ridiculous, full of outraged exclamation points and using words like "hypocrisy." I wish I had saved a screenshot, it was kind of amazing. Then there was another entry, with a screenshot of my neomailed reply, along with how I was a liar, posing as a victim while being a perpetrator, on and on and on. I explained what happened, apologized for ruining their minute, and went on my way. They then sent me this email:
Well, I did not quit, on purpose anyway, but I am laughing right now. I thought I'd post the situation for anyone else who enjoys the level of crazy you can find on Neopets. My sister was full of "I told you so"s.Hello Iniuria,
I may regret this but I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt only because your account is so old and I haven't had any previous reports about you. I have made both posts about you "Private" so no one will be able to see them. But please know that if I get more screen shots from someone, I'll have no choice but to put all of them back up again. If you truly did quit and you're laughing right now because I took them down, then take caution on whom you play because they may be taking screen shots. But if you were telling the truth, then please accept my sincere apologies.
I went to play some Key Quest yesterday, and who should I find in the game I speedily clicked on? None other than Green Kau/Hannah herself (Hannah that day). I beat her on the Moltara board. It was a pretty sweet victory, although I have to say that as I was heading for the door, I was so tempted to have the game "end abnormally". Never been more tempted in my life! Can you imagine the glory of the post that would then have appeared? I'm still kind of kicking myself for not doing that, I mean neggs and codestones are cool but opportunities like that don't come around every day.