EQ2Wire: Aug 13 2008-September 8 2017

Written by Feldon on . Posted in Commentary

After 9 years, it is time for me to call it quits on this EQ2Wire News site.

I feel I have always put players first, and that choice has repeatedly cost me support I might have otherwise gotten from the EQ2 team and Sony Online Entertainment. At the last SOE Live, I was jokingly branded “chief shit-stirrer” by the Community Council for my constant vigilance of issues affecting customers, and my frequent and often uncomfortable requests for accountability.

I have often cast a bright spotlight on business and development choices that I felt negatively affect players. Even though all that, a mutual respect had been maintained for 7 years. And for every negative article, I spent as much time (or more) promoting Game Updates and Expansions and providing players with up-to-date information whenever possible.

A great many other things are going on in my life which bring me great satisfaction, from growing heirloom tomatoes, to judging and preparing competition BBQ, to developing circuit boards from Arduino projects. With limited time, something had to give. With my deteriorating relationship with Daybreak Games, and the fact I no longer play EverQuest II, that decision has come into sharp focus over the last few months. The hardest part has been the idea that I will be letting players down. All I’ve ever wanted to do for 9 years writing this site and 7 years flying to Las Vegas and writing about this game, is to help people.

I wish Norrath well and hope that the next expansion is successful and that players out there step up and document it and help others.

I will continue to maintain and update the EQ2U Players site, which still receives over 30,000 character lookups per day, as long as the EQ2 Census service remains available.

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Dellmon, Feldon, Kander, and Leko at SOE Live 2013

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Comments (181)

  • Endymion

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    • Deneb

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      Not so much a “shit-stirrer” but more a valiant knight protecting the people AND the kingdom. You promoted EQ2 more successfully than Sony or Daybreak ever did. I’m incredibly grateful for all of that, terribly sad that you’re going, and absolutely delighted that your life is too full for it. That’s karma baby!
      Thank you for all you have done for us and Godspeed. I hope our paths will cross again.

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    • Bladerunner

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      well, i dont blame you really…with what DB has done to the game since those idiots took over, im shocked its still up to be honest–all it is now is spending countless hours running the same zone multiple times in the “chance” that you get xyz item you want and even then, since nothing worth anything is heirloom, you have to do it all AGAIN on alts, not to mention they screwed up the pg’s from 30 mins to 3 hours, really? lol…

      i NO longer will run pg’s ..could care less if its a peice of god gear, which im sure is a .00.00.0000.0001% chance of getting anyway…, or many more hours throwing items at other players for a “chance” at getting the current uber mount,..and the whole, only 4 etheral coins a day thing– lol lol…well whatever, hate to see ya go feldon, but im sure the rest of us wont be far behind you.

      It says something when the whole revelations guild on maj dul server quits, this game is sure in its death thros. now the rest of ya’all? just make sure to buy the overpriced next xpac for that super duper uber mount or house painting, or a 1 per account use super potion lol lol–when in the game, like always, a better mount will drop and so on and so on.

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  • Mizgamer62

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    This is a sad day for the EQ community Feldon and I know that myself and many other players will strongly feel your loss. You have been a very important and positive part of the EQ experience for a long time now and I personally can’t imagine what it would have been like without you. I am glad you are happy in your life and I hope you know how much your contributions to the EQ community are appreciated. I will miss you Feldon and like you, I am ready to move on myself as so many others before us already have. Best of luck to you in whatever you do.

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  • Charlice

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    You will be missed.
    All the very best in everything you do, and thank you very much for all you’ve done.

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  • Arduatha

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    This is a very sad day. I am truly sorry to see you go. :(

    You have been an incredible source of information for the playerbase over the years.

    Good luck to you and those bbq competitions..

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  • Mermut

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    Thanks for all your hard work and effort. You’ll be sorely missed.
    I hope many new happy endeavors await you in the future.

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  • Shmogre

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    All the best, Feldon. Thank you for all you’ve given.

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  • Jak

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    Damn man.. this is the equivalent of the media quitting their coverage of politics… We have truly lost a voice of reason in you Feldon… A representative of the loyal player base. However, I still understand and will always look upon all your effort with admiration.

    You have left your mark on the MMO community, and one we will not forget. Best wishes to you and your life outside of EQ2.

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  • Archeria

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    Feldon,

    I’m truly sorry to see you go — you will be very sorely missed. You have given the community such a huge gift over the years and I truly think EQ2 would not be here today without your dedication. Please keep in touch and enjoy your retirement.

    Thank you again for everything you have done! *Ranger Salute!*

    Archeria

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  • Atan

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    Sorry to hear this Feldon, but I can completely understand why. I gave up over 2 years ago, anyone that still feels passionate about this game I really question their sanity.

    Thanks for all your hard work over the years, the EQ2 community was forever better off from your efforts.

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  • Revekk

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    Lots of emotions – but that’s me.
    Overall though, a huge thanks for all you have done. Good luck with everything in your life

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  • Jeehi

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    Thanks for all you have done and all the talks over the years both online at SoeLive and Fanfaire. Hope all your endeavors are fruitful.

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  • Captain Obvious

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    Thanks for all your work, Feldon.

    Since last expansion this game quickly became a pure cash grab and all the decisions taken by Daybreak Game executive staff are so out of touch with the players expectations.

    want some exemples : the pay to win ascension mechanic, the whole expac is a time gate with no catch up for new players, the level of amateurism displayed by the “Proving Grounds”, more and more boring grinds, worst expac itemisation with random potency numbers everywhere – no risk versus reward. ( a good player could do better itemisation plan in a few days.. laughable )

    The dev team dont even seem to care anyway as long as they get their money at the end of the month.

    https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Daybreak-Game-Company-Reviews-E973097.htm

    “If you dont like it, dont play it ” – Kander 2017

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  • Armageddoux

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    As far as I can remember, I have always known EQ2Wire as a player and then after as a webmaster of my EQ2 guild site. It is a great sadness for me (and also for the entire French player community) to see Feldon stop EQ2Wire. At the same time, I am well placed (at my modest scale) to know the time and energy required to manage such a website.

    Feldon, we miss you already!

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  • Knoxie

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    two things –

    first, feldon – thank you and best wishes – enjoy the BBQ! you will be missed.

    second – - – is that your REAL HAIR Kander??

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  • Chimeron

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    Safe travels Feldon, and thanks for your work :)

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  • Arderath

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    This is a huge loss for the EQ2 community. You’ve kept me informed and engaged ever since the site was launched, I’m incredibly sorry to see you go. Thanks for all your hard work, it has been deeply appreciated.

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  • Wurm

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    Thank you for all the hard work, thank you for shining the bright light into the dark corners for us over the years, and more importantly thank you for for the laughs you have given me in both private conversations and in the public forums.

    EQ2wire will be surely missed.

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  • Noctew

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    And with that, the last fan site covering EQ2 in depth goes. :( Thank you, Feldon, for your dedication over all these years and the best of luck with your other hobbies. Also thank you for offering to keep eq2u alive!

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  • Gilgamesch

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    I stopped playing EQ 2 a year ago, but I still looked up your site to keep in touch and see what is going on. I am sorry it had to be that way. Thank you so much for all your great work over the past years. It is a shame and a great loss for EQ2 – its players and makers.

    God bless you and your loved ones

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  • Soteria

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    Thank you for your many years of amazing work! This is a great loss to the community, but it makes sense and I think we all wish you the best in your other pursuits.

    Thanks for keeping the eq2u site, that’s a very valuable resource and your continued support for it is very much appreciated.

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  • Lejoni

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    Will miss you!

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  • Mortam

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    Well, I have to say, this has been a long time coming. EQ2 is a shadow of it’s former self. In my experience a lot of the people still playing are only there because they are in a holding pattern, waiting for Pantheon to come out.
    It is a sad day that you are giving up on the site, but I am surprised you kept up with it for so long, especially since you haven’t played in a long time. Good luck on your suture endeavors, and thank you for all your hard work over the years.

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  • Neave

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    I always enormously appreciated your website and the news and info it contained, as well as the way it was written. THANK YOU for all that you’ve done and I wish you good fortunes with your tomatoes ;)

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  • Anyai

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    Feldon, thank you for all you have done for the EQ2 community over the years. You will be missed by many. This is a great loss for the EQ2 player base.

    Enjoy your tomatoes and good luck in BBQ cook-offs! Best wishes in all your endeavors.

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  • Goodbye, EQ2 Wire

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    […] I’m incredibly sad to see him shutting his doors after so many years. I think it will be a hard niche to fill as well as he did and I think that Daybreak is worse off for his leaving especially with the demise of sites like ZAM. I do wish him all the best and I completely understand his branching off to pursue other hobbies, we all have them even though video games may encompass a large portion. […]

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  • killingELF

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    Played EQ2 on and off since it came out… Used to play with my dad!

    Great memories from this game, I still come back every year or two to check it out…

    Your website has always been an amazing source of information when I remembered the game or wanted to try it again.

    I wish you well with your life! You provided so much for this community over the years.

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  • Pipsissiwa

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    Very sad news, but completely understandable.

    I’ve been a regular reader of this site since it’s inception, and will miss it greatly, even tho I am no longer the obsessive EQ2 player that I once was.

    I quickly came to rely on the information here, with both editorials and articles providing details & clarity so often lacking in official announcements,

    Thank you so much, Feldon, for both this site, and your dedication to all of us players. And from a personal perspective, especially your support over the Prosieben debacle. You will be missed.

    I wish you every success in all your future endeavors!

    xx

    Pipsissiwa Nezumi
    Ratonga Assassin
    b. December 2004 on Highkeep Server

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  • Dano

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    I believe i first “stumbled” ;-) over you in EoF Feldon and ever since than i came here for information. Your contribution , dedication and work for the Eq2 community can not be highly appraised enough. For all of this Thank you.
    *Ranger Salute*

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  • Ritten

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    I rarely play anymore, but EQ2Wire always was my go to site for EQ2 news, thanks for all the time you put in Feldon.

    Do you write about your arduino projects?

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    • Feldon

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      I have thrown myself into Arduino in recent months, but I haven’t really written about it per se. I started out with Raspberry Pi and it’s great for large projects where you need the full power of a computer. But for small projects, wearables, etc. Arduino is where it’s at. The important think to note is the Arduino is just a support system for an Atmega328p microprocessor. You can buy one of these chips, add components, and get the same thing. There is a whole range of Atmega and Attiny chips all the way down to 8 pins and up to 64 pins. I’m really astonished at what can be done. I’ve got a circuit board ordered and on its way back from China this week. So excited!

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  • zzzz's

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    What an incredibly sad day for the EQ2 community. :cry:

    Feldon…thank you for all that you have done for the players, even after you quit playing yourself. Your presence will be missed by all. Good luck!

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  • Telwyn

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    Sad news indeed, I’m sorry to hear this Feldon. Thank you so much for keeping this invaluable EQ2 website updated all these years!

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  • Krozana

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    I wish you well. I quit playing / years ago when I met my husband but I’ve continued to read this site almost every day and remain connected. With this I turn a page of leaving the eq universe behind completely from release day of eq1 through years in eq2 it’s a sad day to let go.

    I found your site during the eq eclipse as I call it when eq was down after the woe hack and you have been my go to ever since.

    Thank you for keeping me connected to my one and only addictive game franchise and giving me small fixes for two years. Now the withdrawals really start ax any thought of returning someday fades from memory.

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  • Senya

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    This is a very, very sad day. :cry:

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  • Unsure

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    Thank you Feldon.

    May your tomatoes be plump, juicy and taste like they (really) should, may your BBQ duties always involve something tender and may your circuit boards be as elegant as your your writings on EQ2 have been.

    Travel well.

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  • Kuulei

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    Such sad news to awaken to this morning…
    Over the years, the wonderful work you have done to keep the community first and informed, was top-notch. Your articles and words of wisdom will be missed as well as you!
    Thank you for all you have done and good luck with your endeavors Feldon. You will be greatly missed my friend.

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  • Necromancer

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    We’ve had our battles in the past but I’ve always respected everything you’ve done for the EQ2 community. I’d challenge that you and all the contributors to EQ2 Wire over the years have done more for EverQuest 2 then SOE and DBG ever did.

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  • Kruzzen

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    This is a very sad day. I look to your site for news and a lot more. Your site is almost always ahead of Daybreak and it is sad to see this happening. I feel like the last great news site for eq2 is going away. Daybreak is loosing an important part of our community. :(

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  • Xalmat

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    As someone who swore off MMOs years ago, this was the very last EQ related website that I still visited out of habit and determination. Thank you for your candor and honesty.

    Unfortunately most MMO companies these days just don’t care about their communities anymore as long as they keep paying. The EQ community has been slowly crumbling for a long time. Only a matter of time until the plug is pulled on this once-great franchise, only to lose out on the latest Asian MMO F2P crap that lands in our shores.

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  • Faed

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    Thanks. So goes the voice of reason. We’ll miss you.

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  • Wulfen

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    I always used EQ22wire as a gateway to EQ2U to see characters, gujilds, leaderboard stats, gear, etc. As I am graphics oriented, that big yellow spanch in the top right corner of your site is easy to grab.
    Will it continue to receive data? And how do I access EQ2U?

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  • Asfera

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    it is truly a sad day in Norrath, You will be missed! I myself have chosen to not resubscribe due to abuse of power at Daybreak! This week i was banned from use of Discord for asking a question! so i have Unsubscribed and as of oct 1st will no longer play eq2… See you all on Youtube from Minecraft Land!!!!

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  • Runkimberlyrun

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    Wow. Stunned. Sad. Glad for you that you’re happy doing other stuff. But wow. I’m getting flashbacks to the Rohan expansion of LOTRO where a bunch of long time website owners quit. Arda, most painfully. You’re a pillar of this community and your actions have proven that people will not take any and all abuse just to play a video game because they’re invested. DBG should wake up and smell the coffee.

    As for you, best wishes. It’s just a game, we players will survive although we’ll miss you. Your wellbeing, each of our wellbeing, is more important than whether or not we’re playing a game or maintaining a site.

    Thank you for maintaining this site as long as you did and being the best news site for EQ2 ever. There will never be another Feldon.

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  • Taka

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    Feldon, your player site is better then the most premium paid player services site. Enjoy your hobbies but my all means you have a talent that the game pays for industry. Tray Isaac’s Maggie Krohn Brasse are all doing amazing things. It was just unfortunate they never greenlight your hiring. To the player base, you weren’t just an activist but a fansite dev who used/championed census to provide players stats in a way no one else was since allakhazam. So kudos to you, i don’t have a lot of money but I figured whitelist Eq2 wire on adblocker at least brings you financial return on your effort. No the less, I wish you extremely well in all your endeavors and thank you for your years of commitment to the player base.

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    • Feldon

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      I talked to Brasse but Rift didn’t haven’t development bandwidth to spin up an API service.

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  • Gixx

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    Good luck. This game sucks anymore and will sunset soon. I still pay but just to talk in chat (glorified chat service)

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  • Bhagpuss

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    Thanks for all your time and work over the years. We’re going to miss your efforts a lot. i hope someone else steps up and takes on the news role, at least. I do think that running a game site for a game you no longer play is something no-one should do, though, so I’m sure it’s the right decision.

    As someone who has played EQ2 continuously since mid-beta, however, I would like to say that, contrary to other opinions expressed above, I have found the game to be in better shape and more fun to play since DBG took over. As for the future of the game, nothing lasts forever, but I felt a lot more uncertain about its immediate future in the latter years of SOE than I have in the last two and a half.

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  • Ookabea

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    I don’t have adequate words for how much I will miss this site, but I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Thank you for keeping the EQ2U site available, it always has an open tab (or two) in my browser.

    Thank you!!

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  • Ellebeth (Taligia)

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    I have missed you in game for some time now, and the whole EQ2 community will definitely miss your presence with the end of EQ2 wire era. I wish you well with all your endeavors. Having had the privilege of tasting your BBQ and your home grown produce I am sure you will rock the gourmet world! Thank you for the phenomenal job you have done for nothing more than the love of game and the best interests of the players. We need a Feldon statue in Norrath.

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  • Finora

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    Thank you for all the work you’ve put in over the years. I’ll miss Eq2Wire, as it was always my go to site for information. Your voice on matters that are important to players will be missed as well.

    I appreciate you keeping up the Eq2U site, since that’s been incredibly useful as well for those of us who decide to continue to play.

    Most of all, I wish you well in the rest of your endeavors.

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  • Aabuggie

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    Thank you for all you done.
    Is the eq2 wire / EQ2u going too be taken offline?
    I would hope not. There are a lot of that rely on your website.

    Thank you again. Your work has been truly amazing!

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    • Feldon

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      Eq2u will continue. This site will stay up but receive minimal updates.

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      • Mizgamer62

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        Yay !!!! Thank you Feldon!!! Hope we will hear from you also from time to time. Much love! xoxoxoxo

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      • Betony

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        Yaaayyy! Great News!

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  • eq2nonsen

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    So admin mods removed the forum thread we had going over at the official forums for no reason at all? Everyone just appreciated how much work Feldon put into the game…

    What the hell?

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    • Ansom

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      aye, several topic are gone, not locked, just trashed. Any goodbye topic, or topic with some flame or even OT, or just severe criticism, are gone…

      So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Feldon! :grin:

      ps. guess what’s happened to the earth after :P

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    • Mizgamer62

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      That is so beyond sad. :sad:

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    • StormCitizen

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      Incredibly petty, if I had a Twitter account I’d comment about this.

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    • Feldon

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      Their new teenager in Community is doing significant damage to the community.

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      • Mizgamer62

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        I agree 100 percent. Its unbelievable.

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      • Corydonn

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        I just checked Discord the next day and I’ve been permabanned from the EQ2 discord for linking this article.

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        • Feldon

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          They are letting emotion rule, which is no way to run a business. They should at least pretend not to hate me. I’m giving them exactly what they want — my silence.

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          • Mizgamer62

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            I have never visited Discord and I never will.

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          • Runkimberlyrun

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            Agree. I just had to hear the name of it and I knew to stay off of it. What business calls a communication medium “discord”? Get real guys.

            How petty to mess with the forums like that. Speaking of forums, the epics were figured out on this forum. I’m pretty sure the forums here will go (too much work I’d think to keep them going), so where will we discuss new quests in peace?

            If they hadn’t been so petty, I’d have asked that (more politely) on the official forums. I”m aware of eq2flames, but I thought for some reason that forum died out. And I think reddit has some official status/control so that’s out.

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          • Feldon

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            EQ2Wire forums aren’t going anywhere.

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          • eq2nonsen

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            Why do they hate you? You been the real “community manager” for years, Actually voicing the concerns for most of the player base.

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          • Corydonn

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            I believe his opinions just made the community manager have more work to do so might as well ban people and put your fingers in your ears screaming la la la la

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    • Wurm

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      And I got threatened with another ban today for “questioning moderation” for my wink comment to Feldon “And you might get banned!”

      Got a lot of warm fuzzies from it, to be honest.

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      • Mizgamer62

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        I have decided that today will be the last day I post to the EQ2 forums. If Feldon keeps the forums open here, that is where I will go to comment on anything game related.

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        • Feldon

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          Will be happy to have new members. About 10 people post there right now. :)

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          • Runkimberlyrun

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            Wow, really? This is the first happy news I’ve had on this subject. :) :) :)

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  • Betony

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    Feldon you have done so much for the EQ2 community over the years, it will be strange not having your voice around. Very sorry to see you leave yet understand outside interests and growing bitterness about the game are excellent reasons to call a halt.
    Thank you for continuing EQ2U. My gosh, the blood, sweat, and tears put into getting that up and running are monuments of your dedication to the game and players. We will miss you so much.

    Best wishes with the Heirloom (gasp) tomato raising and the BBQ events. Ditto your other projects.

    Will Wire be completely gone or open for your peeps to publish articles (with your approval, of course) every now and again?

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  • Ratchick

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    That is very, very – unbelievably sad news. I feel like this is the most sobering of the bad news for this game.

    I I have met so many people, learned much about life beyond my small world, and have had the pleasure of meeting the man I want to be with through this game.
    I will hold on until the end, while continuing to hope that end does not come. I always joke that my best friends live in the box on my desk, but EQ2 has certainly opened a world to me – outside of Norrath- that I would never have experienced otherwise.

    Feldon, you have made every part of playing EQ2 much better for me. I have shamelessly plugged this site and information you provide because it was simply the BEST, simplest and most accurate thing I had to rely on. You helped keep “us” informed with so much news and helpful information, and sometimes the much needed humor along with it. I am greatly saddened to see you go, but I wish you the best of luck and happiness in all your endeavors.
    P.S.
    PLEASE DON’T GO! ;-)
    (Picture an adorable ratonga grasping your pant leg with all her might).

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  • Kaaria

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    Thanks for all the time you’ve dedicated to this game over the years.

    This website is what inspired me to start playing this game back in TSO.

    I no longer play the game because of the asshole devs that still direct this game like Kander, Gninja and Caith making terrible after terrible decision. They literally sucked all the passion and love I had for this game. They be grade A suckers.

    And not forgetting to mention Roshen and RadarX who was the worst community lead I’ve ever had to put up with. Worst thing that happened to eq2 community is losing Brasse and Luperza.

    Either way. It’s time to close this chapter completely. I’ll always miss checking my eq2 news from this website even though I no longer play.

    Thanks for everything, Morgan.

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  • Gwindire

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    Thank you Feldon for all the contributions you have made over the years. EQ2Wire has always been my #1 source of information, regarding EQ2. Your time here will be greatly missed and not forgotten!

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  • Calthine

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    Hard choices man, but I have been there and I totally get it. There’s nothing wrong with moving forward! Don’t be a stranger.

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  • Febrith

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    Wow I’m just going to echo everyone else and say I’m gutted to hear this news – and I truly wish you all the best for the future in everything you do

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  • Mezaka

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    Thanks for everything Feldon! Like many others, I wish you the best in your new hobbies!

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  • Karsten

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    Feldon, sincere thanks for all you’ve done on behalf of the EQ2 playerbase. Your efforts have been nothing short of heroic.

    Thank you also for the incredible awesomeness that is EQ2U!

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  • Darkmage

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    Thank you for all your support Feldon, to the community and personally as well. Without you, Eqdkp+ would not have a dedicated EQ2 game module that utilizes census. I learned everything from you. I also find myself spending more time playing RetroPie games than EQ2 lately as well.

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    • Feldon

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      Glad to have helped with eqdkp+.

      I built a Lakka setup to play NES and SNES games because it has some interesting features. The whole “grass is greener on the other side” but I think I’m going back to retropie. The new builds look fantastic.

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      • Darkmage

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        I tried Lakka, nice smooth Playstation like interface but unfortunately did not have Daphne support (yet). Need my Dragon’s Lair. Ya RetroPie has come a long way. Hyperpie is a nice version of it as well.

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  • Sands

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    Thanks for all that you have done for the players of what was once a great game!

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  • Santargria

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    Well since, my response in the other thread (dbg forums) was deleted – I’ll just say here…

    I really don’t have the words to say how helpful you and your site has been for me over the years,

    Probably without it I doubt, I would have gotten as far in game as I have!

    Thanks for everything and best wishes for your continued success (BBQ Yummy!!)

    Stop back once in awhile and let us know how you’re doing.

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  • Pijotre

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    Thank you so much Morgan and thank you for keeping eq2u running!

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  • Latena

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    You will be missed! Thank you for all your hard work.

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  • Carnifex

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    You let no one down, Feldon, I saw you living by the maxim of, “to thine own self be true”. This community, this game will be a far lesser place without your stalwart presence.

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  • dat

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    Thank you Feldon. You did a great job. =)
    Well enjoy your next journey!

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  • Ben

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    This site has been one of many sites that I visit regularly for some years now. Thank you for your contribution in the past many years, Feldon. I wish you all the best in all your endeavours. Farewell…

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  • Agaris

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    Thank you for your voice and your assistance in so many ways to players of the game. You’ve shouldered a great responsibility for a long time, and I am glad to see such appreciation as you announce the end of an era.

    I am sure we all wish you well with your future endeavours.

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  • Buffrat

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    And so eq2 is one step closer to the unplug. It’s kind of surprising how something as great as eq1 turned into a company shittier than most indie companies. Oh well. Thanks for fighting the good fight for as long as you did Feldon.

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  • Hateeternal

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    Wow, even though I haven’t been playing for over a year, I almost everyday check EQ2wire. This is hitting me pretty hard and it really is a sad day.
    On the other hand I can totally understand the time issue behind, cause time is always so limited, especially nowadays…
    I want to thank you for everything you’ve been doing and wish you all the best for your future.

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  • Juraiya

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    I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said a dozen times over.

    I will miss you, Feldon. Your posts were always on target, even though DBG devs and CMs never liked them. I hated how they treated you; they, like many others, assume that you’re only valuable if you yes-men them all the time. They didn’t seem capable of realizing the value of a good critic.

    Thank you for everything you have done over the years. I’ve often followed your posts about updates and other things, and I use EQ2U every day. It’s hard for me to believe we won’t see you posting in the forums anymore, although it’s so toxic (due to the CMs deleting threads if there’s anything in there they just don’t like), that I can’t really blame you.

    I wish you well in all of your future endeavors.

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  • Geezette

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    Many, many sincere thanks to everything you have done for the EQ2 community! Your presence will be greatly missed.

    Enjoy the direction life takes you, and of course, if you ever get that old EQ2 itch, you know we would be delighted to see you back, even for just a quick hello. Some of us will be here until the lights go out (ya..we sick like that!).

    Be well, laugh, and enjoy!

    /salute

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  • Grundge

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    I quit a few years back. I saw the iceberg and jumped ship back then.

    I always found your site so useful and greatly appreciated your work.

    Glad you are moving on. You have done more work promoting EQ2 than most DGB devs ever have. Wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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  • Datoon

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    Feldon You were the only person that supported me when my account got sent to Drunder, they hate me too! (Because I exposed DBG/Nova for who they really are) I thank you for that and EQwire, also the support you have dedicated to the community over the years. Exceptional.

    like you, I’ve decided it’s time to stop paying them to take what they like on a whim, with inpunity… I am sure there will be a rather large band of players following you/your example..

    Take care and enjoy my friend…

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  • Giventheirapparentvindictivenessoversuchtrivialthingsyoullunderstandtheannonymouscowardiceinthispart

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    Utterly disappointed by their action of deleting a thread that was 99.9% dedicated to wishing you well and thanking you for everything that you have and had done over the years for the game and the community.

    I am not so bothered that they deleted my post, but I do find it ludicrous that they would not allow good bye threads in general and that they will not let you question anything when it comes to moderation. If they are going to be that stupid over it, why not do everyone a favor and just delete their entire forum system and just keep a ticket support site going instead. Forums have no value when discussion is so flagrantly abused/stifled like that.

    So in case you did not see it, here is what I wrote plus some changes/additions.

    Thank you for running a fan site with one of the cleanest best laid out user interfaces even competing well against corporate website design, despite being in the blog format, I prefer the Wiki structure, but somehow due to your writing style your ability to aggregate links and information and present it in a structured and concise manner with good article flow, just makes your site seem more professional than most professional sites.

    A lot of your articles actually made me feel good about pre-ordering some of the previous expacs, certainly did a better job than any of their live streams ever did, I can not say any other fan site that I have used in the past really has had as much as a positive impact as yours on that front. They just lost one of their best ‘free’ promoters imo and in a round about way I think all the other fan sites just lost something too for it, as you all do syndicate somewhat with one another.

    I’ve used your EQ2U site a lot over the years and that is also something I wish to thank you for as well as the few other fan sites you collaborated with to help them make their character look up and gear suggestion help tools work better. I know that isn’t going away just yet, but I doubt I will get another chance to thank you for something I really have liked and enjoyed to use over the years.

    Even though I don’t know you personally, thank you for sharing your reasons and reasoning for moving on, you did not have to do that and in this day in age I want to say it is nice to see some people with good character that do the hard thing and keep above it all by acting like a real gentleman, pretty much at all times, you are a rare personality on the net at least in semi famous/public facing within its’ own niche community.

    Lastly you will be missed, though still sad to see this go, all journeys have an ending.

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    • Rosyposy

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      /agree

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    • 7rsly

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      “A lot of your articles actually made me feel good about pre-ordering some of the previous expacs, certainly did a better job than any of their live streams ever did…”

      I bet this, alone, describes a bunch of players. Damn.

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  • Sabinka

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    So sorry that your concerns have fallen on deaf ears Feldon. Thank you for all the work you’ve done and all the championing you’ve done for us. This site will be missed. Good luck with everything else you do!

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  • Archangel

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    To Feldon, the last of the last.

    отдание чести!

    “and that players out there step up and document it and help others.”

    One more thing. Any last suggestions on where to document things? Given Daybreak is actively suppressing any and all posts that don’t push the company line.

    And he steps away….
    http://archive.is/ZFyA8
    https://forums.daybreakgames.com/eq2/index.php?threads/and-he-steps-away.580751/

    Prashchaite.

    /*

    Burn Notice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SedQhW-8FY0

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  • Fuli

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    Thanks for all your help and hard work, Feldon!

    I don’t think anyone (with at least an ounce of empathy) would blame you one bit if you pulled the plug on eq2u as well.

    And the funny thing is, as aloof as this dev team and dbg can be toward their customers, if you did that, it would be interesting to clock just how much faster this game would die. I imagine, pretty damn fast.

    Safe travels, friend!

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  • Shell

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    Funny, all the same people that have been banned, muted, kicked off discord, kicked out of the game and otherwise drundered for one reason or another, are so sad, that a fellow, DBG & EQ2, hater is going bye bye. In the beginning I saw a LOT of help and usefulness of this website and contributions by Feldon. More so than any other site. But over time, it has deteriorated into to the, “it’s my way or the highway” mentality, and devolved from there. When speaking about the game, the company or any of it’s server models, there is no more joy in it for you and many of your hate worshipers. (Everything is gonna end, everything is gonna die, everything is gonna fail…)

    But for all intents and purposes, you have had enough, because DBG’s has finally had enough of you and people like you. NOW, let’s see if you are going to be just like them and delete my post, or if you will leave it, as you have always said on the forums, that opposition posts should be locked, but not deleted… we shall see. If i don’t see it, I’ll know why, and so will everyone who saw it before it was deleted. If it stays, then you at least live by your words.

    In any event, while you may find it hard to believe, I do wish you well. Hope you get enough fresh tomatoes to make and can your own BBQ sauces, and without all the pressures of the game contents and DBG, you get some rest. I am sure this will garner a crap ton of hate, but then again as I said, I would expect no less. Cheers Feldon.

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    • Feldon

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      Nope not going to delete your post, even though you haven’t got a clue and posts with far less bile in them have gotten people permanently banned from Discord and the official forums. People are getting banned for linking to this article. People are getting banned for asking basic questions.

      There are no adults at the helm of EQ2 right now. They’re designing it as if there were still 30 fan sites and hardcore raid guilds writing character guides and supporting the players. They came out with Proving Grounds which nobody asked for. The current direction of EQ2 is, make it so complicated that nobody can tell just how unbalanced everything is, and have people chasing player power on the Marketplace.

      The feedback shifting from positive to negative is not due to any other reason than the game is heading in the wrong direction. The criticism is completely justified and if the team actually listened to it, people wouldn’t be leaving in droves. When you have a chorus of feedback saying that things are going wrong, I guess there will always be some jackalope who stands with the company and says we’re all wrong.

      You’re like that one guy who liked New Coke.

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      • Dizzy

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        Many gaming companies are chasing whales currently and all of them think that there is an infinite supply. Its the in thing atm :smile:

        As I have expressed else where, I am very sorry to see you go Felden.

        Thank you very much for keeping eq2u and the forums going.

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    • Sands

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      But over time, it has deteriorated into to the, “it’s my way or the highway” mentality, and devolved from there.

      That sentence also perfectly describes the designers and developers of this game. You’re not allowed to share an opposing opinion or question their logic anymore without facing retaliation.

      What I see is a lot of people that were, and still are, very passionate about a game reacting with raw emotion to it being forced into a direction that they don’t enjoy.

      I’ve played since launch and have met some great people through this game, but now most of them have left due to the decisions by the designers. That definitely leaves me sour grapes towards the people responsible.

      I would rather replay Shattered Lands through Velious over and over than run a single alt through any of the last 5 expansions. I just don’t like what they are doing to the game, but I will still play it until they completely ruin the experience that I enjoy.

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    • Archangel

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      shell – the hard protective outer case of a mollusk
      mollusk – any of a large group of animals that have a soft body without a backbone

      Why is Daybreak Game Company having a summer meltdown on the forums? H1Z1 participation is declining; the cash cow is slowly drying up.

      Keep in mind, Renova Group (Viktor Vekselberg) > Columbus Nova > Daybreak Game Company.

      The unofficial word is a minion of a minion of a … minion is upset at this H1Z1 development, and a clamp down on negativity is a nominal Russian response.

      The irony(?) about the across all game forums suppression? The H1Z1 base is not declining because of negativity. The decline is due to the rise of the similar PvP themed PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battleground). This is known as competition/capitalism.

      PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – Peak Players 1,095,211
      Up from 874,171 (August) and 481,291 (July).
      http://steamcharts.com/app/578080

      H1Z1 King of the Kill – Peak Players 129,389
      Down from 141,064 (August) and 150,179 (peak July).
      http://steamcharts.com/app/433850

      Just Survive – Peak Players 5,516
      No change from 5,516 (August) and up from 3,270 (July).
      http://steamcharts.com/app/295110

      PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds player count surpassed H1Z1′s in May 2017. This moved from a possible statistical blip, to a profit eating trend by the Summer of 2017. Some businesses do react slowly.

      Yes, Steam statistics may not show a game’s full participation. But this will be true for all games. So a comparison between games is appropriate.

      It gets worse or better, of course.

      Destiny 2 racks up 1.2 million players online
      https://www.polygon.com/2017/9/10/16283336/destiny-2-concurrent-players-million
      “And it’s not out on PC for another month”

      In any event, I do wish you well Shell. You and your company are going to need it. Take the deal.

      /*

      H1Z1 Becomes 2 Separate Games: Is It a Money Grab? – The Know
      Feb 9, 2016
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK9loAMREzo

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      • Runkimberlyrun

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        I used o react the same way to the Columbus Nova thing. Then I got my re-up bill from The New Yorker – guess who owns them too? I’m not sure what to make of that. But it lowered my hostility toward the takeover. Part of me loves the idea that it’s a conspiracy to take over American media. Part of me thinks it’s just rich guys playing pass the buck with shell companies.

        I haven’t seen any politics chat in general in a long time. I’m really really happy about that. If drunder and the pay to play limits did one thing, it cleaned up general so I don’t have to keep it turned off now.

        I can’t fault them for designing games in a complicated way. That’s just where I want to be. I want it that way. But the inflexibility and never listening to feedback and banning people for asking questions, or saying goodbye to a beloved community member… that’s a lot of horse plotz. They do act like we have tons of online support for this game, and yet we are losing one more right now. Zam is already gone. Wikia merged with Fandom, and it’s still perfectly useable and the go to for step by step. But now it’s EQ2 library if you want to be serious and find the secrets out. I end up scouring people’s guild sites for guides but in this one week, I’ve found at least 5 subjects that were completely missing from all the available websites. There are some big loopholes in what we can find out online now.

        The High_Level channel is getting a lot more activity with people looking for more information on things. I don’t remember anyone using it before. But people are very helpful. I think we all feel it as a group, that things are not as they seem.

        Then as more of it is revealed to us (epic spell upgrades?), then, it finally makes sense what people say when they complain about “pay to win.” Because if you’re not up to that point yet, you don’t see it, so there’s nothing to say. I think what Feldon was doing was pointing this out, and instead of thanking him for being a sounding board and bringing reasonable concerns to them, they kicked him as he was leaving.

        Feldon has marketed this game to more people, and helped us feel better and find new ways to work around the problems for 9 years. If they can’t see how much he was helping them, then they’re incredibly deluded. These games are not a “product” they are a product of negotiation. The marketeers who drove the hate against Feldon need to stop and spend a few months playing D&D face to face on paper, so they will understand what it means to have a product of negotiation. They keep acting authoritarian, but that doesn’t work with gamers. This isn’t a casino. These rules are mutable, malleable and in the end the negotiation should lead to a tolerable fairness for all concerned. That’s what we learn from RPG’s that are ultimately based on the game rules and literary work of Mr Arneson and Gygaxx (and the many writers who helped develop those worlds).

        They keep acting like we’re buying a soda. We’re not. We’re buying pleasant memories.

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        • Rosyposy

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          Hear, hear!

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    • Narsikus

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      are so sad, that a fellow, DBG & EQ2, hater is going bye bye

      I hesitate to even reply to this as it has evidence of a troll post: make a confrontational statement with a child-like disclaimer trying to prevent it from being deleted.

      But just in case you didn’t actually know, Feldon is the complete opposite of a hater. He loves the game like the rest of us and has championed it for years. That’s obvious to anyone that has read and followed him here. He, like us, just hates what it’s becoming and the direction it continues to go as the devs ignore feedback/disagreement of any kind.

      Just know that Feldon has done way more to promote EQ2 than you ever have being a fanboy and towing the dbg company line.

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  • Pink Poodle

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    Press F to pay respects

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  • Adrastus

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    Feldon, thank you for all the years of keeping me interested in the game! The last few years, I have been an on and off player, only returning when your site would point out something interesting going on, since DBG can’t advertise themselves, I would only know when your site would highlight something. I think this may be the final glaring note that it is my turn to sunset myself from the game. I will be cancelling my only paying account left. Godspeed in the rest of life!

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  • Broomy

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    Thank you for the many years that you gave to keeping EQ2 players current with events, expansions and updates. We will miss you Feldon!

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  • Mike

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    Thanks for all you did! You will be missed

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  • Zorvan

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    Sorry to see you go bro, but totally understandable. I second the motion of an earlier poster for you to show off your arduino creations. Always been interested but never really looked into all the possibilities.

    And fuck D-Bag.

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  • Whilhelmina

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    You will be missed Feldon. Thank you for all the amazingly great work you did for the player base during those years.

    *hugs*

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  • Mark

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    Thanks for your time and work – much appreciated!

    (long time silent reader)

    all the best
    /salute

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  • Mrsteatime

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    A huge thank you to Feldon and all the others who have created content for Eq2wire and Eq2U over the years.

    /standingovation

    Long time reader and lurker… and all the best for the future feldon.

    Mrsteatime

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  • Sucha

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    Sorry to hear you have had enough Feldon but it is understandable. I wish you the best in all that you do going forward.

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  • Canth

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    Thanks much for everything, Feldon. The work on EQ2Wire and EQ2U have been awesome, but also the fun times and memories of Fan Faire and the late nights at Kelethin. All the best, my friend.

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  • Armate

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    Well you will be sorely missed my friend… thank you for backing us little folks for all those years and hopefully time will heal and see you back again. Thank you again and farewell in your journeys.

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  • Alarra

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    Thanks Feldon for, in my opinion, building the best EQ2 News and Character information site.

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  • Moose

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    Feldon,

    Thank you for the great work!

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    • Moose

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      Ok, my terrible views on this:

      Feldon- only person to help me stay in touch with what was going on at DBG with the dying eq2 game. DBG pretty much butchered the game with the last 5 expansions. Did my dumb ass buy them.. yes I did, why ?!?!?!?!

      Because of Feldon and those here that I respect, and yes I have had a few hot blooded moments here, did I get banned nope, did I lose credibility, hell yes, but I never lost respect for Feldon.

      I haven’t played EQ2 in almost 10 months, so I want to say Dec/Jan was the last time I played. As others here have said, DBG is driving the game to be unplugged, and I see that others have posted that DBG’s cash cow if you will, no longer makes milk.

      It is truly sad to see a game that had some much energy, fun, and enjoyment, turn into a player versus developer trash talking, people leaving, people getting butt hurt, dev’s getting butt hurt, us vs them mentality.

      Many here in the past, said, and I paraphrase like a bastard: “if you don’t like the game, take your money elsewhere” well, I did. After reading this full commentary here, and even the old articles, well older articles here with the direction the game went/is going, I am glad I left when I did. So much disappointment.

      Feldon, good luck mate in what ever you do, and where ever the gaming world may take you.

      Thank you for everything you have done for the community here.

      For those here who feel this post is disjointed as hell.. yeah I agree, too many different thoughts running about in my head and I apologize for the chaos.

      Truly some dark times in the EQ2 community and hopefully Pantheon will bring the burned community back.

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  • Aaron

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    I no longer play the game any more, but this brought me great sadness!

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  • ziboo

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    Bummer to read this but understandable.

    May you have every success in your new ventures. You will be missed.

    Thanks for all you’ve done over the years.

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  • Griffonlady

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    This site, Lera’s Furniture site, and Den Mother’s EQ2 traders site are the three most visited sites for me. This site’s been the best at keeping me up to date, particularly when DBG goes down for any amount of time (or that one time someone forgot to pay the domain bill at SOE, or the time Anonymous cause SONY to take every thing offline, or the times the little H1Z1 DDOS turds were throwing their tantrums… I still want to kick them in the face with rusty cleats…).

    So sad to see the site go. :\ Thank you for maintaining the EQ2u site though. At least when I see some flashy appearance gear that no other site has any info on, I can find it there and at least book mark it for later “research”.

    All good things come to an end. /..\

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    • 7rsly

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      Yeah, I’m not sure how Niami keeps at it, but, like Feldon, she’s contributed hugely to facilitating players’ continuted interest in this product.

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  • Nubek

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    Thanks for all the hard work and effort you’ve put into EQ2 all these years Feldon. I’ve been a regular visitor and avid user of EQ2U which has really been (and still is) an amazing and invaluable tool to players. Daybreak has been on a campaign to ban any and all criticism from all their official avenues of communication and it boggles the mind that they apparently see more value in trying to shut up/burn bridges with one of the stalwart champions of their own game and its community, rather than looking inwards and doing something with the valid criticism.

    I fully respect, agree with and understand your decision to stop devoting your time running EQ2Wire when clearly your efforts aren’t appreciated by the developers. At this point I’m not even sure Daybreak deserves your continued support of EQ2U, taking it down might actually send a powerful message (suddenly a lot of useful tools players have are no longer available, which would cause considerable outrage) and would put pressure on the devs to reconsider just what the hell they’re doing.

    In any case, I wish you all the best in your tomato farming and other endeavors!

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    • Feldon

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      Brilliant synopsis!

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      • Mizgamer62

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        Agreed.

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    • Griffonlady

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      But we always appreciated you Feldon! :smile:

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  • Grundy-Sheltem

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    As someone who hasn’t played in over 4 years I still came here to read up on EQ. I have been a fan of EQ going on about 18 years now or whenever EQ1 Beta was. I loved reading up on the news and just what has been going on. Such a rich lore that has an untapped potential. It’s such a shame.
    Thank you for devoting your time to this site to keep us informed.

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  • Faeonara

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    I wish you fair winds and following seas Feldon Many thanks for everything you have done for us. God speed .

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  • Junglewind

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    Oh feldon I’m gonna cry!

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  • Oxcy

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    Will miss the voice of reason over the din of incompetence at DBG.
    Thank you
    Oxcy

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  • Nothingmissed

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    Thank you much for all the efforts you have put into making a really helpful and enjoyable game information site. You will be missed by many….as you can see by the postings already. Good Luck with whatever you decide to chase around in your future!

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  • Narsikus

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    Thanks for everything over the years. I always kept up with your site, even in between playing the game. I started reading eq2wire daily back in 2010 when I won a sentinel’s fate beta key from the “escape from qeynos” contest – good times as those were the days back then. And being on butcherblock (before merging to maj’dul) we also grouped several times back in DoV in pools and ascent! Oh and I can’t forget your site and the live chat saving my sanity during that massive outage when soe was hacked and down for over a week.

    Anyway, I’ve always loved the eq2 universe and you and your site were a big part of that. I was hoping you’d be here until the end when the servers inevitably shutdown and go dark, but I understand. Best of luck to you!

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  • Einelinea

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    I will miss you !
    I still remember our conversation over the phone that day (one of only 3 I have ever had with the person ” behind the avatar” ) — how I “reamed” you out so to speak, —
    I am really a mild mannered person, sorry you saw that part of my personality — but like you, when I feel passionate about something, I let people know (maybe that is one reason I like you … ) — ( sheesh I can’t even remember what I reamed you out for — see? I forgive and forget super quickly … )
    — I am glad to have known you in some little way — good luck, best wishes, and be safe — may life bring you everything you want, kiddo !

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  • Targhan

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    Good hunt to you. You, and the services you performed out of a concern for the game and the community will be sorely missed.

    Also, thank you for the time you spent helping me work the u.eq2wire stuff into our raid’s website back when more stuff than Potency and Resolve mattered. It really did make a difference.

    Best Wishes,
    Targ

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  • Cyliena

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    Feldon :( I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said wonderfully by so many others. You know you’re loved, and you know your efforts have been valued by the community all of these years.

    Daybreak Games is much poorer for their continued failure in supporting fansites.

    In the meantime, looking forward to seeing more of your garden stuff around social media. :)

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  • Pengana

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    Thank-you Feldon for all of your hard work on behalf of the eq2 players! I will miss you very much. As a player who started with eq2 later in it’s life, your websites have been a tremendous help.

    I wish you the best in your future endeavors and hope you come back and visit.

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  • 7rsly

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    Judging BBQ*…Explaining the latest color adornment… hmmm… Yeah, that’s, uh…not a tough one. ;-)

    Thanks tons for everything.

    * #NeedsBourbon

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  • Mandragore

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    We will all miss you. But i know how it is with limited time. Something has to be left alone and after Kunark Ascending i’m also thinking about leaving. But i will try the next expansions and hope for the best.

    Thanks for your work Feldon.

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  • Gunthore

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    I got a link to this article from /r/MMORPG. I haven’t palyed EQ2 in 5 years or so, but when I did your site was a daily check for me, I continued to read every article you posted for months after I left the game and would check in from time to time for news over the years. EQ2U was always such an awesome tool.

    I wanted to come leave a comment thank you for all the years of service to a once (pretty) great game. I always valued your thoughts on topics and the work you did here. I wish you the best in whatever the future holds, and I’m sure you’ll be as amazing in anything you put your efforts into.

    Sidenote: Do you play or have you played any other MMOs? You may not have the time anymore.

    Thank you and best wishes.

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      • Thait

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        I’d say that if you do decide to try a different MMO to look at Pantheon Rise of the Fallen, or maybe Ashes of Creation. While EQ2 has been really fun for me and my friends we’re actively looking at those two as a possible place to go when they come out. Pantheon especially since it seems to be more like EQ and early EQ2.

        It actually seems like a lot of people have been talking about Pantheon. Even heard people discussing it on EQ2 a few nights ago and a lot of people were saying they were going to try it.

        I want to thank you for this site though, especially EQ2U as it’s been great for me and my friends. I’m sorry to see you go but i understand getting burned out on something. I hope you find a new game you enjoy or just spend you time doing the things you want from now on.

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      • Einelinea

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        I too am looking seriously at Pantheon — got on alpha and beta testing — “one of these days” it will get out there, MAYBE — come and look at it if you get bored ( but retirement is glorious … doubt if you’ll want to — but if you ever do … would be glad to see you again )
        I am playing EQ2 some — very, very casually — but the alpha / beta testing will take all my time if it ever gets here

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  • Jason M.

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    I have to say that I wasn’t sure who you were until finding a link to this letter on the EQ Forums. I had heard of your site in passing, mostly because I’ve never buckled down and been a serious member of the game.

    I came back recently and have gained some enjoyment out of it. I’m glad I got a chance to read your farewell letter and in turn visit your site. I signed up and it’s a really cool thing you do.

    It’s obvious by the well wishers on here that you have the respect you deserve from your peers. Someone taking on what you took on and making it so good and so extensive is what sets these games apart. Most games barely have functional sites run by their own company.

    What you’ve done here is truly remarkable and I salute your efforts. A hell of a job and thank you. I wish that I had gotten to know you over the years and had discovered you earlier. Enjoy your “retirement”, it’s clearly well deserved.

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  • Quelaag

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    Thank you for running this site for so long, I found it invaluable when I was actually playing EQ2. I still check it from time to time just in case the developers have decided to stop ruining a game I used to love, but I’m rapidly losing hope on that day ever coming anyway.

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  • Smallcorners

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    *hugs*

    You will be sorely missed, I truly do love your site and the information on it. Too many of the old guard are laying down our shields and walking away.

    Thank you so much for all your work on our behalf.

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  • Callme

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    well so much for coming to eq2 wire. Been playing eq since eq started.. came to eq2 wire alot for the last several years. i have no reasone to visit this web site anymore. good luck to you Feldon and wish you the best. you will be missed.

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  • tarb

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    I quit EQ2 a couple years ago but as someone said, you promoted the game more than the company ever did, you should be proud, this was/is a great news site. I know its more like EQ1 but will you be giving Pantheon a try? Us EQ vets are really looking forward to it.

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  • madrat x1000

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    I am sorry to hear that this site will be going away. I always come to eq2wire for news, and for straight talk about what was and was not working. It is unfortunate that the folks at daybreak did not recognize what you were trying to do for them and for the players.

    I had not played in months be a week or so back I started playing again. Funny thing I get mad at whats going on with eq2 and I always seem to come back.

    I wish you well Feldon.

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  • Lonsen

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    I know there’s no way in hell I’d have run a website to a game I no longer played, yet alone for several years. So from this fan, let me just say I can’t thank you enough for the hard and no doubt largely unrewarding work undertaken on our behalf. May your new interests bring you new joys and fewer frustrations!

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    • Feldon

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      The fans of this site were appreciative, even if the devs weren’t.

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      • Mizgamer62

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        Feldon, I am going to miss your insights and commentary so much. I think many of us will and do already and many more that might not post here, but visit your site. :cry: :cry: :cry:

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  • ziplock9000

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    Very sad news. This site has been exremely important to me

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    • Mizgamer62

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      Me too :cry:

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  • oldbaby

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    Strangely enough, EQ2Wire is always the site the first site I checked when I was thinking about coming back to EQ2. I never saw it as “negative” so much as just realistic. I don’t shop for an MMO by reading promotions written by people who want my money. I look for sites like these. Now that you’re riding into the sunset, I can’t really imagine that I’ll be looking in EQ2′s direction again. Thanks for keeping it real!

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    • Mizgamer62

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      Your post is spot on and exactly how I feel and I think many others do as well.

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    • Quelaag

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      Yeah when I decided to come back around the time they made AoM free it was because of this site.

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  • TrulyVexed

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    I haven’t played properly since the beginning of ascension-gate xpac but I still check on this site every week or so because I loved this game for a long time.

    Really sad to see this site go.

    All the best Feldon, hope you’re enjoying whatever you’re up to now!

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  • Jimbolini

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    Thank you for everything you did.

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  • Carnifex

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    Cancelled our remaining accounts last week, dumped all the kronos I had. For the first time since 1998 I will not be playing an Everquest game.

    Hello, Pantheon!

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    • Mizgamer62

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      I hear you. Try as I might, I just can’t drum up even a drop of enthusiasm when it comes to EQ2 any more. Even my stubborn friend who is too lazy to try any other games is at the point of no return. Pantheon can’t come soon enough.

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  • Zhaan

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    I’m late to say this because I’ve been taking a break from EQ2 (or I’ve quit but come back periodically for holiday events – take your pick). I wanted to thank you for all that you have done and I understand your decision but will miss your posts.

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  • Wirewhisker

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    Just happened to check here tonight on a whim out of boredom. I’ve been gone from the game probably 3 years and this hits me in the face first thing.

    EQ2 was already dead to me, but to see someone of Feldon’s dedication and stature make the decision to end his association seals it even deeper for me. What was once the greatest franchise in online gaming has faded beyond any hope of recovery or redemption.

    I wish you the best in everything you do, Feldon. Well played sir.

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  • Feyhammer

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    We all owe you a debt of gratitude for your generous support of the EQ2 community for so long. You have unquestionably provided the most professional website in the EQ2 webiverse. You will be missed, but I hope your new pursuits bring you happiness. Thanks for all you have shared.

    Well done sir, well done!

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  • Feldon

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    Thank you everyone for your graceful comments. It felt weird today to not be watching the livestream intently, collecting information and trying to put together a guide. In other words, doing the marketing for the expansion. :P Alas I am packing for a trip and it would have been extremely stressful to try to do both the same day. Hopefully someone else pops up with a website or summaries of what was revealed.

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  • Mikshana

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    Aww, this is sad news, though over the summer I haven’t played eq2 much to know until I can here because of the new xpack. I’m going to miss Feldon’s input, and I wish him luck in the stuff that does bring him joy!

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  • Hoot

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    A great shame and a heavy blow to EQ2. For many, this site was the only place to finding information about Everquest 2 due to SoE/DBG’s almost non-existent PR.

    I stopped playing EQ2 by early 2015. After SoE was sold and bought, I knew it was time to leave as I knew the game’s development team would once again be butchered all the way down to a skeleton crew as is common in the industry. Seems I banked well on that notion. It’s an absolute downright shame and it’s downright degrading how they directly mocked you despite the fact that you were one of the last support lines for this dying mmo.

    Pffft….”community council” who says they are a council of the average player? Who elected them? Oh wait, that’s just buzzword for “Shills paid by DBG”

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  • Phaedrix

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    Thanks for your great work, Feldon! Take care.

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  • Grumpy

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    Everytime I come here to the Website I begin hearing in my Mind the Cinderella song “Don’t know what you Got” (Till it’s Gone). You are missed Feldon!!! Good luck on all your new projects. Have any new games to recommend? Last Xpac DB gave us Ascensions that are almost impossible to upgrade except through years of research or spend real money to upgrade them. Now the latest Xpac will increase Tradeskills and Levels to 110. Want to bet the ability to upgrade spells will be as hard as ascensions are now to increase cash flow into DB.

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  • Melodius

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    Every day i first read your news. It was the best information about EQ2.
    Thank you very much for your long hard work Feldon!
    Melodius

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