Well, this is a very sad moment for me. I have realised just how hindering Mars Explorer (and any other online forum for that matter) is to my real life, and to my social life.
I am becoming busier and busier every day, and am rarely finding time to properly participate in the life of this forum anymore... Forums like these just eat up your time, far more than any other online activity like gaming or surfing; I can't let my life in this community have negative impacts on my real life, and I can't carry on kidding myself that I still have time for this.
This is why I am resigning from this forum once and for all. Thank you, everyone, for all the great times I've had here. Together, you guys really make up the spirit of Mars. Now I must fade away and make way for others.
Since I'm now leaving, I thought it would be appropriate to give a very brief summary of my time here on Mars:
When I arrived on the forums a little over a year ago, I was the worst n00b you could ever imagine (ask anyone who was around at the time). I won't go into detail on that episode. ;)
A few weeks after arriving though, I quickly interested myself in custom worlds, and particularly in the process of making a custom world. I released my first world ever, the Martian Airstrip (Block World), on the 24th August 2011, less than two months after arriving on the forum. After releasing a second Block World, I moved on to designing in Unity3d.
Since then, I have devoted all of my time here on Mars to delivering the best worlds possible to the Martian community, and striving to make more and more advanced custom worlds. It can also be noted that I was the "Pan" in the "AbiPan" world collaboration team, which comprised of Abister and myself.
I'd like to say thanks to a few people whom I consider to be the most epic people around here, and what really makes Mars Explorer:
- Flynn, thank you for giving me tips, or stepping in to help on so many of my scripting projects, such as the reporter system on Humor America, or several other projects such as the Interactive Whirld Catalogue, or the new Block World Creator, which sadly, will never be finished. Good luck remaking Mars now that you have the source code, I'm sure you will be able to make this place even awesomer than before!
- Oaky, I didn't see much of you, but I considered you to be the life and soul of Plexpedia. Thanks for cheering up this community in the moments when it needs it most. May your awesomeness never end!
- Ender, well, I never really knew you that well, but I'd like you to know that I always held you in high esteem, as many people here do. You've been here for a long time, but just like Eric, have never given up on this community. Thanks for making this place so great!
- Eric, as a moderator, you've had to deal with a lot of crap around here at some times, but have never given up on this community. I admire your patience and persistence, keep up the good work! I also wish you luck in remaking Mars with Flynn. I'm sorry I couldn't be of any further assistance in the project.
- Sven, I always considered you a great friend of mine, though I haven't seen you that much recently. You're one of the nicest people around here, and Mars wouldn't be what it is without you. Keep up the awesomeness!
- PointyBagels, there's no question about it, the two trailers you made for my worlds totally rocked. I'm sorry for abandoning Humor America like this; hopefully you will be able to find another moderator to replace me. In the meantime, I'm sure Eric will do a great job keeping the website clean.
- Abister, thank you for making my time here so awesome. I was very proud when our AbiPan collaboration became so successful, and it's been a true pleasure working with you. AbiPan's worlds exceeded anything either of us could have made on our own, and it really goes to show what can be achieved when we work together. It's a real shame we never got to finish our latest project, releasing a fourth AbiPan world would have totally rocked.
So this is it! I cannot express my emotion at having to leave now... With all the current excitement going on, and with all the projects I wanted to finish; I am truly torn at having to leave now, and I am sorry for any disappointment this will cause. Mars has given me so much, but now I must let it go.
To everyone else whom I did not personally say goodbye to, thank you for being part of this amazing online community. I hope Mars will thrive in years to come, and that creativity and camaradery will continue to flourish among all the players in this great game. Bye everyone! :(
Farewell, perhaps we shall meet again.
24 August 2012