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06/01/2022So, I recognize that I've shut myself almost completely outside the modern circle of collectors, from my refusal to join a social media platform. However Jim Leonard was kind enough to contact me and inform me that we have a newly discovered counterfeiter in our midst. I'm passing the information along to anyone else who might not have heard.

Enrico Ricciardi, also known as LordBritishDragon, was recently caught selling fake copies of rare Ultima and Sierra games, with a trail of suspicious activity that goes back almost a decade. The details are available in a Google Doc, with detailed photographs and notes on how the fakery was identified, mostly by comparing the materials and printing techniques against known originals, and the fact that the disks/cassettes were either blank or had non-game material recorded on them, in a callback to the Eyal Katz forgeries.

It's sickening to me that we can't trust other collectors, but once again greed has brought out the worst in one of our own. If you have ever traded or purchased rare items from Enrico Ricciardi, you should consider your items highly suspect, especially if they are ultra-rare pieces (Akalabeth, Escape from Mt Drash, early Sierra Hi-Res Adventures). And if you're considering buying anything like this... unfortunately you're taking your chances. Ask lots of questions. Where the seller got it from. Where that person got it from. Detailed pictures of everything.

For the record, I consider a small number of Eyal Katz sympathizers from back in the day to be partially responsible for this. Their hassling me on the old SWCollect forum every time I refused to trust Katz may have contributed to Enrico realizing he could get away with it too.

Enrico, I'd love to hear what you have to say for yourself. But you'll have to contact me, as I have no way to contact you. Because I refuse to join a social media platform.

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