Hi, I’m S. Bentley. I’m a 17 year old female, and I’m addicted to video games. MMORPGs, to be more specific. There’s this one game, AQ3D (adventure quest 3D), that I’ve been playing ever since the tech demo was released nearly 2 years ago.
If you know anything about the creators of the game, Artix Entertainment, then you know that they’ve made plenty of other games, such as the original Adventure Quest, Adventure Quest Worlds, Dragon Fable, Over Soul, ect.
Well, before I started playing AQ3D, I started playing AQW (adv. quest worlds), and I joined a guild called Sophos. We didn’t originally start out with that name, but eventually, after name hopping, we decided on that name, and it just sort of stuck.
After I practically tore the whole guild apart because I was going through some emotional problems at the time that made me very angry most of the time, and me and the guild leader’s girlfriend had some beef, I stopped playing the game, and I moved on to the next best thing: AQ3D.
Well, eventually after I mellowed out, I started talking to the guild leader again, and we made up, and became friends again. So, me, him, and my boyfriend at the time, got together and decided to rebuild Sophos for AQ3D and made a discord server to run the guild out of, because a guild system hasn’t been implemented into the game just yet.
So, about a year or 2 has gone by, and the guild has gotten much bigger than us initial creators (I use this term loosely, because, technically, my bf at the time and I didn’t create the guild, but we helped make it stable enough for more members to start to join), there was a major shift in power.
My now ex boyfriend was kicked out of the guild for starting shit with me in the main guild chat, I was demoted to just being a regular guild member, and our leader is no longer our leader anymore. His friend has taken over in his place and became the new face of our guild, while the old leader runs the guild from the shadows through us few in the guild that he trusts most. And yes, I am one of those people.
So, there was a point in time where I just sort of gave up on the guild and the game. The game got boring, and since I’m in a different part of the world than every body else in the guild, I was never on while the others were. But, over the summer, my activity started to pick back up. Mainly because I was threatened that if I don’t get active soon, then I’ll get kicked out of the guild, but also because the game had undergone some major updates and it actually seemed fun to play again.
Little did I know, that playing again and getting involved with other players would get me in some deep shit. I mean, nothing ever really happened, but I learned fast not to fuck around with people that know how to hack your shit and get your information.
During that summer that I was active, I got pretty bad. Not in the misbehaving or getting in fights kind of sense, but a “I’m gonna do some illegal shit that could get somebody thrown in prison for seeing this” kind of sense. And I did this kind of stuff with multiple people. I had my “stuff” floating around through DMs of people in both mine and other people’s guilds, so it was only a matter of time before somebody got a hold of those specific things. If you still haven’t caught onto what I’m talking about, then you’re probably too young to know what it was. But if you have, then you can probably see my concern about this.
But, alas, I kept exchanging my things for other people’s things. But, by then, I was in too deep to stop. My former guild leader had instructed me to do this with other people in our guild so that I could get blackmail material in case anybody in our guild decided to turn around and destroy the guild like I had once did.
But, there was this one person. I had never met him in-game, but my former guild leader knew him from playing AQW with him. For privacy reasons, I’m gonna call this shady kinda guy Iffy.
My former guild leader had put himself, me, Iffy, and 4 other people into a group on discord that was titled “Troll Squad.” The group was initially created before I had anything to do with it, but I was still dumped in it out of the blue, with my former guild leader demanding that I release one of the…things…I had gotten from a former guild member that had pissed off the new guild leader.
So, I posted it in the group chat, then I closed out discord so that I could go back play AQ3D and start trying to reach the level cap again with some friends, because I had been having a hard time lately trying to reach it on my own. But not even 15 minutes later, I opened back up discord to see more messages in the group chat.
I went back to go read some of it, and Iffy said, right before I got on, “I wanna fuck around…should I dm Bloo’s (my ign) things to her parent’s friends?”
At that very second, my heart started to speed up. Before I could reply, my former guild leader replied back and said, “You don’t even know her real name, let alone her parent’s friends’ Facebook.”
And, without even a second after he had sent that message, Iffy starts going off in the chat. He post my ign, my real name, my mother’s name, what country I’m in, what city I’m in, and hell, he even put in my IP address.
At this point, I was freaking out. I was about to have a mental breakdown. I was about ready to delete everything that I had. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Discord, any online games that I played, my Xbox Live account, everything that I could think of. I was ready to erase my whole life online.
But then, suddenly, he deleted everything that he had posted, and said “I wouldn’t do that to you, Bloo. I’m feeling good today, so you’re off the hook.”
I felt like I had dodged a bullet right there. There scariest moment of my entire life (besides the many near-death experiences I’ve had), was over. I was, at least for that moment, safe.
That experience taught me that I’m seriously hanging out with the wrong crowd, and I really need to fix my ways, because next time, if my stuff gets out again and into the wrong hands, I may not get off so easy.
So be careful who you meet in games and talk to online, and be careful about who they get you to talk to as well. They could just end up dragging you into less than ideal situations for information on other people, and putting both you and other people at risk of serious legal problems.