The Indie Stone Details the Break-in That Almost Killed Project Zomboid

July 6, 2012 -

At the very first session at this year's Rezzed event in Brighton, indie developer The Indie Stone picked the scabs off an old wound: last year's burglary that resulted in the loss of two months of development progress on its upcoming zombie apocalypse game Project Zomboid. Describing the 2011 break-in at its offices as "the incident," The Indie Stone writer Will Porter said that the whole ordeal was demoralizing to the development team and that many of the studios' staffer became depressed.

"We refer to it as The Incident," explained writer Will Porter. "It led to a lot of depression for the team. It's something that we can beg sympathy for if not forgiveness. The team returned late one night after getting a bit drunk and moving to a new flat in the middle of Newcastle. Someone, another tenant in the building, had seen the guys moving in and kicked through the fire door to steal credit cards and laptops."

When the company detailed the burglary online, some on the Internet thought The Indie Stone were trying to perpetrate some sort of scam.

"On Reddit, we were fraudsters and criminals. Then we bit back, but the internet can bite back harder," he said.

Porter went on to detail some unfortunate tweets made by Chris "Lemmy" Simpson - one of the company's key developers - suggesting that the company was "finished" - which began a stretch where it felt like the company had lost the good will of the community. At the end of the day Porter says that some good may have come out of the incident - despite the setbacks for the development team.

"The silver lining is we might have stopped this happening to other people in the future," he said. "It was such a public downfall. There were a few high-profile indie developers tweeting, 'I think we're going to make an off-site back-up.'"

You can read more about the Rezzed session at Eurogamer.

Source: Eurogamer


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Re: The Indie Stone Details the Break-in That Almost Killed ...

Wait. The culprit was another tenant in the building? If they already know this then they caught the culprit right?! If they say it was a specific person who lived there as well then they already solved this mystery and got their computers back or at least got the man to pay for his crimes. As the others said before, there are ways to get back your lost data on broken hardrives and if your a company that relies on computers its essential to know to BACKUP your work. They scream its hard for them, but its hard to feel sorry them when they have made so many mistakes and already caught the culprit.

Re: The Indie Stone Details the Break-in That Almost Killed ...

Just because they caught the person who broke in their house, does not mean that they got their stuff back.

As for the back ups, not everyone does them on a regular basis. As you can read in the article, they lost 2 months worth of work. Meaning they had performed backups before but neglected them for two months. That happens sometimes especially in small shops.

Not sure why you feel the need to trash these guys for making a mistake. They are trying to learn from it, move on and hopefully teach others to avoid the same mistakes.

Re: The Indie Stone Details the Break-in That Almost Killed ...

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Learn how to do backups the hard way.

Re: The Indie Stone Details the Break-in That Almost Killed ...

I work in IT, we do mostly break/fix stuff but we also manage the networks for some local small businesses. I just can't believe it that people with such important data didn't have an offsite backup. It is so easy and cheap to setup.

Re: The Indie Stone Details the Break-in That Almost Killed ...

"The silver lining is we might have stopped this happening to other people in the future," he said. "It was such a public downfall. There were a few high-profile indie developers tweeting, 'I think we're going to make an off-site back-up.'"

That's a good habit for anyone to get into. It's just too bad it took a break-in to hammer the lesson home.

Re: The Indie Stone Details the Break-in That Almost Killed ...

If Air Crash Investigation is any indication, most good habits do.

 
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