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Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John C. Wright & Mercedes Lackey Support Save City Of Heroes Campaign

Jonathan Lester
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Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John C. Wright & Mercedes Lackey Support Save City Of Heroes Campaign

The fan campaign to save Paragon Studios and prevent City Of Heroes from shutting down is going from strength to strength, with several high-profile authors pledging support to the cause. Stardust author Neil Gaiman, Sci-Fi writer John C. Wright and bestselling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey have lent their voices to the endeavour, both in terms of tweets, blog posts and even direct pleas to NCsoft themselves.

We previously reported that the Save Paragon City! campaign had secured celebrity endorsement, but we know know the extent of their support thanks to another statement from coordinator Tony Vasquez.

Neil Gaiman and John Kovalic (notable Webcomic artist) have retweeted messages of support to over two million followers, originally sent from players desperate to 'save their home.'

Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John C. Wright & Mercedes Lackey Support Save City Of Heroes Campaign

Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John C. Wright & Mercedes Lackey Support Save City Of Heroes Campaign

John C. Wright (Chronicles Of Chaos, The Golden Age) posted about City Of Heroes on his personal blog, saying "this is practically the only online game I play. Between work and novel writing, I usually only allow myself to play on Wednesdays. Any kind hearted persons out there, please sign the petition."

Mercedes Lackey, an avid City Of Heroes player and prolific bestselling author, personally wrote to the CEO of NCsoft, literally promising to use her fame to help keep the game afloat - with no payment expected in return.

"This, like so many other letters, is a plea to save Paragon Studios and the City of Heroes, City of Villains, and Going Rogue games. And like so many others, I could tell you about the thousands of hours I have spent there with friends, the thousands of dollars I have spent within the games, or even how this game allows my husband and I to “meet” and play nearly every night with my father in law, the retired, and multi-medaled Master Sergeant Jim Dixon formerly of Delta Force. I could even tell you how this game is the only one ever to interest him."

"I am going to make you an offer. I am a multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling fantasy and science fiction author. And I will offer myself and my likeness to endorse and advertise, exclusively, all NCSoft products for a minimum term of five years and a maximum term of ten years, for no compensation or payment, if you will make it possible for the game and Paragon Studios (even in a reduced capacity) to continue to function, either once again under the NCSoft umbrella, or until a new owner comes forward."

"I had in mind something like this: Advertisements with a photo of myself, imposed over a transparent image of one of my more striking characters, both of us in the same pose. Text: “I am New York Times bestselling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey. Creating fantastic realms is hard work, and when I relax, I like to play in someone else’s world. I play NCSoft Games. Anything else is unimaginable.” The tagline for the ad campaign would be “NCSoft: anything else is unimaginable.”

Thanks to a threefold plan, celebrity endorsement and an inspiring degree of passion and coordination, Save Paragon City! is quickly becoming infinitely more than 'just another' fan campaign. We wish them the very best of success, and will keep an eye on whether NCsoft and Paragon Studios acknowledge their efforts. Naturally we've reached out to NCsoft for more than a standard form reply.

UPDATE: NCsoft has told us that "no one is available for comment on City of Heroes. For the latest updates about the game please visit www.cityofheroes.com."

We'll ask again soon.

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TonyV123  Sep. 9, 2012 at 06:10

Jonathan, I cannot express to you how much gratitude I have for you covering our community like this. The attention you've given our struggle is quite possibly the factor that will tip the scales in our favor in convincing NCsoft to work with us to save City of Heroes.

FrazierCoH  Sep. 9, 2012 at 06:22

Thank you for the coverage of our efforts and the support we have out there. This games means so much to so many, most of us will tell you it is more than just another "game". As a Licensed Master Social Worker I have rough days with my work. Some days I come home upset about the events of the day and just simply want to "hit something". In my house that comment is always followed by "what level you want to play". We log on the City of Heroes for stress relief, friendship and to "hit something". Both of us in this house have played for over 6 and a half years and have friends we play with today that we played with from the very first days. This isn't just a "game" we risk losing, it's the strongest and closest community of people I know and some of the kindest. I could go on for days about that. Anyway again thank you for the coverage and support of our efforts. @Fraizer (Liberty/Sisterhood SG)

ApocAlypse1  Sep. 9, 2012 at 07:34

Thank you for looking out for us and helping us we all appreciate your dedication and support.

Samuraiko  Sep. 9, 2012 at 07:45

Not only was Mr. Gaiman kind enough to retweet my request... but so was sf/horror author Laurell K Hamilton (author of the Anita Blake series). :) She boosted the signal of my Tweet to Neil to her own Twitter followers.

Falke  Sep. 9, 2012 at 08:31

Wow this is fantastic. I'll have to go thank every one of them. We might even have a chance to save our community with that sort of support.

emu265  Sep. 9, 2012 at 08:37

This is great coverage. Thanks so much! Helpin' us save Cities and all <3

Draeth  Sep. 9, 2012 at 08:45

Stellar article. I've been involved in the campaign since Day 0 and didn't even know about all of these. Seriously, thank you for your support and publication of our endeavors.
To readers: Please sign our petition, it takes only a few seconds and requires no commitment. It can be found here: http://www.change.org/petitions/ncsoft-keep-ncsoft-from-shutting-down-city-of-heroes

Stormeeok  Sep. 9, 2012 at 08:59

The attendance to our unity rally today was outstanding!! Please continue to help us save our City!

jbadd007  Sep. 9, 2012 at 09:13

Thank you for the coverage of our "Save the City" campaign. This is greatly appreciated :)

LaLocaMocha  Sep. 9, 2012 at 09:33

Oh Thank-you for highlighting the support & efforts made to save City of, it gives me hope that not only has our wonderful player community pulled together but so many around us has joined in. Kudos to all those Able to make the Virture Rally, last I heard there was 33 instances of Atlas Park!

CaptainElectric  Sep. 9, 2012 at 09:38

If someone from NCSoft reads this, I just want to say thank you for everything you gave to Cryptic and then to the wonderful Paragon Studios over the years, and by extension, gave to your customers. I greatly admire NCSoft for all that you have have accomplished over the last decade.

As a City of Heroes fan, it should come as no surprise that I admire stories that enrich the mind and spirit. There are books of such stories that have remained in print even after thousands of years, and will hopefully remain in print for as long as people exist who need to read them. I have no doubt that NCSoft's management has benefited from some of our species most ancient written wisdom. And, lo, how many publishers did it take to get those stories into your hands? A long lineage indeed. City of Heroes is full of stories that enrich the mind and spirit. Stories of honor and heroism unique to its fictional universe, stories which are in danger of forever disappearing from a world that desperately needs them. These stories made City of Heroes into what the Press has called a cult classic among MMOs: a much sought-after sentiment for publishers and their game studios.

Dear NCSoft, Paragon Studios and its customers are the most loyal developers and customers I have ever seen in any MMO since subscribing to Ultima Online in 1997 or any MMO since. They deserve special treatment, because by industry standards, they are special. They are honorable, and they deserve to be honored. They deserve a few extra miles, because they've gone a few extras miles. How many other games have City of Heroes retention rates? How many other games enjoy such respect by fans in multiple industries within and outside of MMOs?

NCSoft, if you and any potential investors will listen to our most passionate plea, let me assure you and them that after the dust settles, these players will still be here, doing what they they've done since the launch of City of Heroes: Freedom. Opening their wallets. Most of us don't seem to be going anywhere until you make us leave. And even then, most of the games that people are going to aren't NCSoft games. They're super hero MMOs. Please don't let that happen. Please help give City of Heroes a lasting legacy that will stand as a testament to NCSoft's ingenuity and commitment to its fans for many years to come. A home that can care for it. City of Heroes is so much more than just a product or service to so many thousands of your customers.

I just have to say, I'm SO PROUD that there are SO MANY players and groups within the game who are doing their best to keep people having fun, keep them together, and KEEP PLAYING CITY OF HEROES while it's still breathing. It's the end of their world and all of its stories, and they know it, but they're not leaving unless and until City of Heroes is ripped out of Paragon City's cold, dead streets. This is what any potential investor could have access to--the holy grail in this industry: customers who don't just like it here, but LOVE it here, and will fight tooth and nail to keep it.

There is a whole army of players who sprung to action immediately and are doing their DAMNEDEST right now to hold things together on their end, organizing impromptu events, trials, mission teams and parties 24/7. They're playing to their strengths, in the best way they know. Many of our community's biggest heroes right now have a post count of zero on the forums. The outpouring of support you see when you visit these forums is spectacularly immense, but what you might not know is that it isn't adequate to describe the overwhelming number of fans Paragon has--you're only seeing a fraction of it.

You'll never know just how much some fans have done, and are doing, never see how devastated they were and yet how quickly they got back up and started DOING something inside their beloved game and community. Their spirit and loyalty is greatly inspiring, and such spirit and loyalty should not be scattered to the winds.

Please don't forget them. Please don't send ANY of us away without hope. You have been so lucky to have them, NCSoft. I understand and respect that you're a big company with a big vision, and I fully support you making decisions that reflect your goals. When I ask that you consider giving the game another home, I do not do so in order to imply that you should be charitable to another publisher. I do so in order to request, with much respect and admiration, that you might consider a final charity to the fans of City of Heroes. Even though City of Heroes numbers and sales have naturally declined in the course of industry realities, many potential investors and publishers might still see a satisfactory benefit from having the game in their stable. Everyone would win, and your customers would show their respect and gratitude (and open wallets) to you in the years to come. By our perception, you would quickly become better than your competition. That perception would remain profitable for you, NCSoft, long after City of Heroes had moved to its new home under another publisher.

Kadra  Sep. 9, 2012 at 09:51

City of Hero's is a game I play with my family and friends both online and in real life. I want to thank you for the wonderful coverage... Win or Loose we will fight till the end after 8 plus years of a wonderful game and community we can do no less for ourselves or the developers who put there hearts and souls into creating this wonderful game/community.

Vulpy  Sep. 9, 2012 at 12:38

Thank you for the article, Jonathan and dealspwn.com!

Soundtrack  Sep. 9, 2012 at 13:48

Dear Mr. Lester,

It's with gratitude that I leave you this comment. This article demonstrates a support that needs to be recognized. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it and for doing it so eloquently. With much appreciation, Soundtrack.

Supasilvafoxy  Sep. 9, 2012 at 14:46

Wow! Wow! Wow!
Thank you so much for being the true, real life, hero we needed to try and help us save our beloved game.

I'm a 71year old female gamer who has played City of Hero's since beta. The only time I have not played it has been due to health problems where I could not even sit at my computer. It has been my savior in sleepless nights and my pain-killer. It has helped me fly, run at super speeds and super jump to my hearts content. It has freed my mind from worry and depression caused by worsening moblity problems that age and life have visited upon me. Without it I really don't know what I will do as I can't envisage another game which will do all the above. Once again thank you for your help in trying to save our game.

MsLith  Sep. 9, 2012 at 15:08

Thank you for posting this wonderful article. And thank you to Neil Gaiman, John Kovalic, John Writght and especially Mercedes Lackey for their support of City of Heroes. It means so much to so many of us.

@Ms Lith on Triumph server

pinkodyssey  Sep. 9, 2012 at 15:12

Thank you for the article and the demonstartion of support!

randoma  Sep. 9, 2012 at 15:42

Thank you so much for covering our cause! Please don't forget that this is also about the 80 people who lost their jobs. We are fighting for them too.

Frostyfrozen  Sep. 9, 2012 at 15:44

With damp eyes and from the bottom of my heart THANK-YOU for standing with us on this.
For CoH is truely special to have such a community and I'd hate to all we built fade away.
Frostyfrozen & Les Femmes SG's of Triumph server

Paindancer  Sep. 9, 2012 at 16:26

Thank you so much for the support.. everyone.

This wouldn't be working if it wasn't for everyone coming together.

Zortel  Sep. 9, 2012 at 17:10

Excellent article, thank you. It's great to see such support, and Mercedes Lackey's offer is incredibly generous.

Daggerjack  Sep. 9, 2012 at 17:12

Thank you for the support of the campaign to save City of Heroes. This is a wonderful article showing how best-selling authors are helping raise awareness about this.

EtOptimist  Sep. 9, 2012 at 17:29

Thank you for posting this article and following our efforts to save, not only a game, but the livelihoods of 80+ Paragon Studios employees. Your efforts are truly appreciated!

Notacatgirl  Sep. 9, 2012 at 19:26

Thank you so, so much for this article. It really captured the spirit of the campaign. Being a part of the rally was an experience I wouldn't have missed for anything.

I've never seen quite so many MMO players carry themselves with such dignity. I just sat there, beyond amazed to see the show of support our community put on. It was something very special, and TonyV and the Titans should be incredibly proud of themselves for what they have achieved.


OmegaMan7  Sep. 9, 2012 at 20:00

Thank you for covering our story! And thank you to those in the public eye who are using their sway to support our cause. Our community is truly amazing, and our efforts here to save our home are nothing short of groundbreaking.

We are Heroes. This is what we do.

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