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Esteemed Denizens of the Donut, I took a hard look at my productivity lately, and it was just embarrassing. I compared the five years at the start of my Admin career to the last five: ========================================================================= 2005 - 2010: Character creation revamped, Tutorial built, Quest Orbs implemented, Mapping system created, Sparkle redesigned, Wednesday Market quests built, Mercenary Guild re-created, Imbuement system designed 2015 - 2020: New Sparkle Pub created ========================================================================= *laugh!!* *sigh* *scratch head* No ... it is time to go back to 2007 and remember why I wanted to become Keeper in the first place. At that time, Tintin and Mrpr - two of our amazing founders, who stood on their incredible years of work that literally created the game, and all the systems and design we use every day in the development and gameplay of Genesis - were exactly where I am now. They no longer had the time or energy for Genesis leadership, and were maintaining their Keeper positions at the expense of progress. It is clear that I have now fallen prey to this very same issue! And so, it is time to look for new leadership. Fortunately, I have not needed to look farther than the end of the hallway outside the Admin Lounge where Cherek likes to hide behind the grandfather clock and make Armageddon jump when he walks by (it never gets old ... to him.) These types of shennanigans point to the fact that Cherek has all this energy, enthusiasm, spirit, and zest for Genesis ready to roll, and, as we have seen over the years, quite a lot of vision, leadership, creativity, and community-building expertise as well! Cotillion, Arman, Mirandus and I all feel that Cherek is the person we would like to see as a new Keeper. Fortunately, Cherek agrees, and I can already see the (dangerous) gleam in his eye as he edges toward my trusty Keeper Couch. So, it is not without a fair measure of grief that I post this, my final note as Keeper of Genesis. It is also not without an immense amount of gratitude. Having the opportunity to work to build the Genesis I always felt was possible has been, easily, the most fun I have ever had in my life. Thank you for working with me over the years, and for your patience with my many failed attempts at this or that. We've enjoyed a lot of great successes together, fortunately, not least of which was the truly this-cannot-be-happening event when we landed in the pages of PC Gamer magazine (one of the great moments of my time on earth!) Genesis is very strong, and we keep showing up to have fun together. Oh, I do plan to keep showing up. In fact, I am going to go back to being a wizard, and the only thing I'll have to think about when I log in is my one project - completing the Cult of Chemosh Necromancer guild. You will all die horribly when it opens - you're welcome. And so ... I toss the keys to Cherek. We have a new Keeper for a new decade, and I am so excited to see where he will take Genesis in the 2020s! Warmly, G.