AuthorIamA journalist and author who spent 5 years delving into every murky corner of the dark web for my latest book “The Darkest Web”. AMA!
Apr 10th 2018 by OzFreelancer • 11 Questions • 69 Points
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As an expert in the Silk Road saga,
What would you say are the remaining mysteries, grey areas, irregularities surrounding the arrest of Ross Ulbricht and the shutdown of the Silk Road hidden service? What, from the "unknown", would you like to be certain about?
Has anything you've investigated on the dark web had a negative consequence in real life?
What keeps you going every day?
How do you decide when a game is "done"?
Will there be updates afterwards?
What will you do if the game isn't successful?
Well hello there, Mr Moustache!
There are so many unsolved mysteries from the Silk Road saga! The main one, of course, is who is the as-yet-unidentified rogue law enforcement agent, "Alpacino", who was feeding intel to Dread Pirate Roberts? And how much of Mongoose's story about that agent (whom he referred to as "Diamond") is true?
Then there is: what really happened with the 5 "hits" placed on FriendlyChemist, Tony76 and his roommates? Was it really Tony76 repeating the same scam over and over? How much did he get away with?
And of course, what ever happened to DPR2/St Exo?
I'm sure there's more, but they are the main ones.
What keeps me going? Hm...
When I close my eyes I see the complete game. Anyone that picks it up has plenty of fun and has a plethora of content available to them. Have they seen everything yet? No.
I imagine the real grinder, the guy like me that punches 900 hours. I want that guy to be able to still find something he hasn't seen before. A monster form, an ability, a unique transformation.
Because I'm that guy too - I don't ever want to stop exploring. And in games like this exploration isn't just physical - it's deeply rooted in the breeding, the battling, the experimenting.
At the same time, everything is hand-crafted, we're not using procedural generation of Monsters or anything.
The game will be done when we have everything in our MONSTER CROWN PLAN BOOK implemented. We've defined everything that will be in the game already, we're past the point of adding new features/scope.
There will be monthly free DLC for years, absolutely :)
If it isn't successful I'll feel really sad for a bit, but I know when I release it I'll be proud of it - that's all that really matters.
Has wider use of cryptocurrency had any notable effects on how the Dark Web operates?
Who is Shad? You don't mean Shadman, do you?
Is it possible to accidentally stumble upon the dark web or does one have to actively search for it? Do you ever worry about your safety?
You can't accidentally stumble upon the dark web - you need to download special software and then know exactly what you are looking for.
I've sometimes worried about things and certainly received a lot of threats over time, but try not to dwell on things too much.
Nope, just my team mate!
Shad_Noise is a common handle he uses.
I am absolutely shocked that the guy that ran multiple CP sites got less time than Ross. That doesn't make sense to me personally.
Have you ever seen a ghost?
Me either. Different jurisdiction I suppose had something to do with it. Maybe in the USA Lux would have received a similar sentence to Ross
No but my fiancee swears that she did.
Well not a ghost, but a white, whispy apparition that appeared only for a moment.
I believe her, but I also read a lot of creepypasta so I'm naturally inclined to believing all sorts of spooky stuff!