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It's official.

I'm shutting everything down tomorrow and turning the proverbial sign in the window to, "Sorry, We're Closed." Ownership of the domain is getting transferred, the catalogue is up in the air...the only good thing is that the stuff not on my computer is still mine. Which is to say, they can't take my brain (although I may have missed something in the fine print). Also, as my name has become synonymous with my work, I won't be posting anymore on various fora I frequent, at least not as "Jared A. Sorensen" with the skully logo. Which is weird, but so is life thus far. Look for JSorensen or some version thereof.

Never fear, True Believers. MMT will rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes of the old. We're not dead yet.

- J

Posting this early as my LJ account will be inaccessible as of tomorrow. :(
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benlehman From: benlehman Date: March 30th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
My condolences.
chadu From: chadu Date: March 30th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
What the hell?

Again, dude: you need anything, drop me an email.

jholloway From: jholloway Date: March 30th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait, what? Or can you not even talk about the what?
ifferjenn From: ifferjenn Date: March 30th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's up??
tirianmal From: tirianmal Date: March 30th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait, what the heck? they are taking your "name" too?

dude, that's some f'd up shit right there.
bull22 From: bull22 Date: March 30th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow dude, that sucks :( Here's to hoping things get sorted out soon!

kniedzw From: kniedzw Date: March 30th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is nearly beyond belief.

I'm really sorry to hear about this, Jared. This is moronic.
matt_m_mcelroy From: matt_m_mcelroy Date: March 30th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let us know when you get a new LJ and website up and running.


sdemory From: sdemory Date: March 30th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
If we were to make last-minute purchase (say, a PDF gift copy of OcTaNe) within the next three hours, would the money go to you? I expect that a few people might be willing to do one last burst before you go black.
semichrist From: semichrist Date: March 30th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just wanted to echo the offers of support. If you need any free advertising on Pen & Paper once you get back up and running, just let me know.
lambertbehnke From: lambertbehnke Date: March 30th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

That the day after I found you

My timing sucks ...

Jumping onto the end of the story means I haven't got a clue what just happened, but I know it's bad.

Good luck,

franktheavenger From: franktheavenger Date: March 30th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
What the FUCK. How the hell can they take your name?? Will your games even credit you as the qriter any more? For fuck's sake!
From: matt_snyder Date: March 30th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Goons, stop freaking out about his name. It's JARED we're talking about here. I believe roughly 37% of this bullshit.
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From: matt_snyder Date: April 1st, 2006 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Up yours, Sorensen.
judd_sonofbert From: judd_sonofbert Date: April 1st, 2006 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
You fucking called it.

And up your lacuna, Sorensen.
From: matt_snyder Date: April 1st, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I didn't call it enough. I take a little pride in the fact that Jared had to AIM me and lay the guilt trip card on me directly to quell my little uprising.

But, yeah, I smelled B.S. I am a colonel in the MMT army, after all.
From: psymbiotic Date: March 30th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
That fricken' blows! I'm sorry to hear about that!

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bdeakin From: bdeakin Date: March 30th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: mikegentry Date: March 30th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just wish I knew what was going on.

Well, scratch that -- mostly I wish this wasn't happening to Jared, but after that I really wish I knew what the hell was going on. That's not meant as a rebuke against Jared, either -- obviously, hi hands are tied. It's just painful when someone's taking pounding and they can't even tell you what the trouble is.

Anyway, my sympathies. If there's anything I can do to help you rebuild, let me know.
cartoon_goblin From: cartoon_goblin Date: March 30th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I said something like this on RPGnet, but I'll also say it here:

Jared, you were the guy got me reading and posting on RPGnet and Gaming Outpost, which led me to the Forge and onwards, which led me to meet some incredibly cool people (including you), play some incredibly cool games, and otherwise improve my experience playing games. You have this online persona: the punk, the rebel, the smartass, the Mean Man in Black. But I stayed with you at GenCon '01 and I know the truth: you're a very sweet, very funny, very sensitive guy. (Yeah, yeah, you've got the spiky hair and the big leather boots. But I've heard you talk to your wife on the phone, big guy. You can't fool me.) I'm really pissed off that this is happening to you. If there's anything I can do, any way I can help, let me know.
brahman_atman From: brahman_atman Date: March 30th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
As I said in our phone conversations, it's really too bad that this is all going down. But like you say, MMT will rise from the ashes.

See you on the other side, bro.
broin From: broin Date: March 30th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is all too damn strange. Best wishes, be well, and you've got support here too.
mind_of_richard From: mind_of_richard Date: March 30th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a fan of your work and of your talents as a writer and a game designer, this saddens me to no end.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 31st, 2006 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)

To write a strongly worded letter

Where do we write our strongly worded letters... I'm ready to call someone and tell them off.
metallian From: metallian Date: March 31st, 2006 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Whatever is happening, this is totally fucked. Fucked fucked fucked. I have never heard of such a thing, who are these people???? (I know you can't say, I'm just raging against the dying of the light...)
metallian From: metallian Date: March 31st, 2006 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Can you at least back up your LJ to save your thoughts and work?

Like so: http://www.livejournal.com/export.bml
zakarntson From: zakarntson Date: March 31st, 2006 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I have no idea what the situation is, but in any case, it's troubling that you can't use your name in the future. That smacks of insanity fightable in court. I can understand your name combined with the Skully and your website URL or some permutation thereof, regarding certain contracts signed with either web host providers or employers of a creative nature, would be kiboshed, but just your name? The mind reels.

Since roleplaying game rules are not covered under copyright, you can always release newly-branded Spirit Snatchers and Lucid Dream RPGs in the future under your name, no?

In any case, my heart goes out to you, man. Stealing someone else's hard work, even if it is based on some contractual bullshit, is still bullshit.
cygnoir From: cygnoir Date: March 31st, 2006 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear this is happening to you. Take care.
ad1066 From: ad1066 Date: March 31st, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's all there is to say, really. Dude...

You know.

-- Ben
From: mortician Date: March 31st, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Noy Jitat!

Let me just spread this out so I have something to hitch my brain. You work your ass off over the years, build a veritable indie rpg army around your ideas. You love these ideas passionately, as does the growing legions of this fan army. You use, not only your online moniker, but your given name in association with these games. Somewhere along the way, you get tangled up with some particularlly incideous fine print. A period of time later, you get snagged by said fine print, get the shit litigated out of you, and they TAKE YOUR GIVEN FUCKING NAME?

I can't even figure how that could work. The indie rpg community is fairly compact, like most other independant industries, I imagine. What good is it going to do? They plan on literally wiping every trace of you off your own work? Were these more joking times, I'd insist that Graveyard Greg had something to do with this.

Shit, man. Your fans are with you. Sorry about the ramble, just, Christ o' Hell...
ravenspoe From: ravenspoe Date: March 31st, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about all that is going on with MMT. Hell I remember when the site first came into the world... heck I still have my Memento-Mori tee shirt you brought back for Jon and I on your trip to Salem. I did not get a chance to talk to you at I-CON, but you seemed pretty quiet. Why they can take your name away, I will never figure out, it almost sounds like something from one of your settings. Well last weekend I bought the snack pack so I can have a copy of OctaNe to admire.

I feel bad in assuming that this was like the time you told the world that you were becoming a born again christian and giving up gaming.

Well good luck sir, know I will always have your back
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 1st, 2006 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Sorry to see this...

My condolences. Please let us know as quickly as possible whenyou get set back up. Hope this is something that subsides fairly quickly.
From: droog64 Date: April 1st, 2006 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Jared, Ilove you and I want to have your babies.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 2nd, 2006 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)

If only

Happy 0401
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 2nd, 2006 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
oh gee will u look at the what day it is. Now what do people usually do on april first again?
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