There comes a time when I think you just have to accept the obvious! It only took me 6+ years to get there - but nonetheless, I have finally arrived! Maybe this should go in achievements, eh? :D Let me sum this up in 3 words - I'm finally done! My initial plan was to give you the usual long-ass wall of text with the customary warning, but then I thought, what for? - it's really meaningless in the grand scheme of things, even though my past offerings were well-received. So where to from here? I'm going to join McCormick and the others at the bar, and watch the unfolding of this universe on the big screen to see just how far MindArk will stretch it. The EU community is nothing short of awesome, and why in the past I've only taken breaks and altered my game-play, but to be honest - I just can't justify my time and effort any more, which is really sad, but truthful. While I know some will celebrate this news, I also know from my relationship with the community for 6+ years that my contributions have been appreciated. To my fellow Entropians I say … keep on keeping on, and I hope that you get everything you deserve – eventually – I'm tired of clinging to strings of hope that intimate a better future, when all it ends up being is one step forward and two steps back as far as I'm concerned – I'm entitled to my opinion. In all fairness, I absolutely want to sing the praises of Dave Dobson (Ozi) and his A-Team, as well as Ed Robles for their amazing efforts and interaction with the community. Their level of communication and contributions have been nothing less than phenomenal, and the developers of Theryon Wars seem to be following in their footsteps as well. However, aside from aesthetics, I no longer have faith that MindArk will do what's right by this community, let alone the Planet Partners to the degree that it will foster the level of success that many hope it should be able to achieve. The player base is not respected, nor given the level of credit it so rightly deserves. For my money, MindArk is single-minded, and this self-serving approach without a deeper consideration for the players will only continue to cause them challenges. On a final note – my respect and deep love and affection go to Lykke and Peter for what they have been able to develop and share with this community. They are my best friends in this universe, and will continue to be. I still plan to make my trek to Denmark for a visit, and now that I won't be inundated with EU-related activities, perhaps I can accomplish what needs to be accomplished and make this happen. I had a personal chat with Peter last night as Lykke was preparing for her daughter's return home from vacation, but all info was shared with an understanding of my "EU State of Mind" and my decision going forward. With regard to the September issue of the magazine, I will be connecting with those I have already chatted with and divulge where we go from here, as well as what the plan is, so be on the look-out for an email or PM. Everything tentatively scheduled will go ahead as planned, but there might be an adjustment or two along the way. I just respectfully ask for cooperation so that we can accomplish what needs to be done in a timely manner without adding additional stress. I don't think some realize how much is involved in the production of the magazine, so respecting the time factor would be much appreciated. My most humble thank you goes to those who have supported my efforts and contributions over the past 6+ years, because it's what kept me going. I will be checking in on you at the forums just to see how everything evolves going forward, but I will not be participating, other than in this thread, or if there might be a topic of interest where I feel I have valid information to share. Just because I've made this decision, it doesn't mean that all knowledge and experience is lost. I wish everyone the best. PS ... I will not be posting this information elsewhere! If anyone has anything they would like to share, then I prefer that it be here at EP - thank you!