As I'm sure most of you already noticed, I have now deleted off the server. I want to first say thank you to everyone who gave me their trust and help as we navigated the often turbulent waters of us1, both in-game and on the forums.
To them, I also wish to extend the most sincere apology for being unable to deliver to you what I think you deserved: a win. I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made along the way, the list of which is too numerous to count.
To those in BTDT, good game. You guys were/have always been formidable foes and though I disagree with your tactics here on the forum I understand them, and you guys defend your own. I respect that, and obviously a bunch of respect to your coordinators on both the defense and offense side.
To Lord Bane, I'm sure you know how I feel about your decision to sabotage the piece of GONE that you did. That aside, I'd like to extend a sincere apology for however it is you believe that I've wronged you, and know that my goal in this game is not to create lasting enemies. Instead, to me, it is a big chess game with which I would pick up and play with anyone. The personal insults were uncalled for, as were my alluding to people's personal lives at times.
Several of my life experiences have contributed to the stubbornness and my need to "always be right". I say that not as an excuse for that behavior but instead to share a bit of perspective. I grew up in a lousy neighborhood, was the first in my family to graduate high school/college, and so I've always had to "prove" myself in life both to my teachers and to my peers - in very real, physical terms, and in academia.
I share this to hopefully provide some closure to the server, to those who may not understand why I act the way I do at times, and in hopes that we can begin a substantive discussion on whatever it is anyone may have questions about in regards to this round of us1.
Finally, to those still playing, have tons of fun! I am taking a break from all in-game activity for a few weeks, if not longer. Catch me on skype if you want to talk 1 on 1.
To those interested, I'd love to field your questions here and learn in any way possible.