I wanted to say goodbye and thank you to all who made my last server a joy. My health, both physical and mental is preventing me from making it to the end. The forums are my last stop. Everything else has been shut down, apps deleted. I've met some damn fine people over the years, and there's no way I can thank each and every one.
First BTDT. Thank you for your trust and faith in helping to lead you. I swore after S7 I would never, ever lead again. I do believe that server was the last, best server of Travian, second only to the Natar win here. I'm posting here because S1 has pretty much been my "home server"
There are many that touched and changed not only my Travian life, but real life too.
Boxy- my first buddy, in my first full server, and always my darlin'. He contacted me (leader) because our recruiter failed to respond to him. We played many servers together.
Erik - There are no words. Also met my first server. We were supporting Gemini and that somehow got overlooked. Another friend, Taid (Gemini) chewed him out for catting my villas down. "Kurtz" contacted me and that was my first experience with him. He explained any village NOT Gemini would be cleared. I said "OK, I understand, do what you need to do". He stopped catting me, putting trust in me that I was actually shipping rez to the WW and not building troops to attack them. He could have easily kept on catting. Only he knows why he didn't, I've never actually asked why he stopped. That single moment would forge an unbreakable tie, and almost 10 years of friendship (and 10 years of him talking me into playing). Since this is my final goodbye I want to say something else. Kurtz is an identity, not the real person. Erik is a brilliant, sweet, funny, caring person. I guess not everyone was as lucky as I to see it. He has touched and affected my life in so many ways over the years
The COLs - These ladies are the best of the best. They tried hard to turn me into one. I think I was just about there. It would be impossible to find better women on here, or anywhere. One can only strive to be as awesome as they are both in game and out.
BaronD - yes, I dualled with an atheist.(give you one guess who stuck us together) It was honestly one of the funniest and best servers ever (Natar win). I'm not supposed to say, but he's also a great man in person. Again, I was fortunate to see that side of him.
Dan Chak - purple thong. That just about sums him up. Another wonderful dual and person.
Woden - how boring and lackluster are the forums now? Brilliant and funny to boot.
Lurk - Also brilliant and funny. For some odd reason he likes me back. I dunno. Maybe he's crazy too. ;0)
Some special players of note in BTDT that I got to know and work with more than others. The most controversial: Tazz the leg humper. One quiet morning in chat I really got to know him. Hilarious, a darn good player and an awesome person. TPBZ - even though I booted them, they hung around. They have amazed me every step of the way. Jordan - very smart, also funny and dualing with my darlin' boxy. Always stepping up to the plate when needed. I simply can't list them all. Maddy, TB, MB, VM, Two ft, Namoo, Timmy, Laura who tried to get by with being an anvil, but just couldn't seem to stop herself from becoming hammer like. ;0)
Odinloki/Greg - a phenomenal guy. I have NOTHING but the utmost respect for him in game and out. He (almost) always keeps his cool. Very laid back, cool dude with great taste in music!
Moh - There is no stopping him. One of the most awesome players I've ever met. I can only say so much. Extremely dedicated to the alliance. RL has pulled him out a lot lately.
Which leads us to:
Nathan - quiet, sweet, thoughtful, hardworking, laid back, but swings his hammer with a vengeance.
Lord Bane - though I've known him for years starting with S2, the man has had me in terrified awe for years. This server was the first time I've gotten to work/play with him. It's crazy scary the way that man's mind works. Not only does he seem to remember everything ever seen, said or done, it's a sight to behold when he gets something in his crosshairs. I thank goodness I made it almost 10 years without that focus landing in me!
The best for last.
bugzy - the man who has constantly reached out to me for the past, what? Three servers? I'm so sorry. There are no other words. I wrote you in Skype. Please take serious my warning. Only trust people as far as you can throw them. Where the outer appearance may be that of a lamb, a predator lurks underneath. I know because it completely destroyed what was left of me early this morning. Thank you for letting me dual with you so often. You STILL couldn't turn me into a hammer. I was kinda lost without Erik to tell me who to dual with, then you came along! LOL. You're an amazing guy even though you wouldn't let me name a village after a Harley. I had fun, even the times I got frustrated. May you have FRESH POTS!!!! for life. Love ya!
feanor - for being my go to guy when Erik wasn't around.
Sparkels! Miss him so much. Those were the days when the game and forums rocked!
I know I've missed some people, I'm sorry if I did. My minds going blank now. That's also one of the side effects, my memory is crap these days. You know how you walk into a room and freeze because you can't remember what you went there for? That's me on a daily basis.
Love me or hate me. You get what you get. I am who I am. Despite what others say/think, I am honest and loyal to a fault. Either way, you can thank Erik. If not for him I would have quit this game years ago. I kept retiring, he kept pulling me in. It's not like I'm a fantastic, or hell, even a good player. I suck on a good day!
I love you all so much. I kinda feel like I did on my wedding day moving from VA to FL. My heart breaks, but y'all can manage just fine without me. And just think....no more Lori Stories! Goodbye and good luck. May all of you have happy, long lives filled with joy.