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04 April 2008 @ 11:11 pm
All Good Things Must Come to an End  
Dearest fellow FI-participants,

We never, ever thought this day would come, but it has. As of today, we are closing our game to new applications, with the intention of winding down and closing the game, entirely, by June 15th. We want to give you, our existing players, the chance to try and tie up your existing plots and also perhaps find new homes for your characters in any of the other games 'out there'.

This has been an incredible experience and we have enjoyed getting to know each of you as creative writers and as friends. Unfortunately, it is simply no longer possible for us to continue to carry the administrative burden of this game. Additionally, we have poured so much of our hearts and souls and lives into this game, that to give it over to someone else to run would be like cutting out our own hearts.

The game will be locked on June 16, but will stand for you to reference at any time.

In keeping the game open until that time to allow you to play out your existing threads, we are extending the hand of trust that you will not do anything to sabotage the game world. Deliberate OoC behaviour or sabotage will result in immediate removal from posting-access to the game. We are trying to do this as painlessly as possible and will be here to assist in the transition in anyway we can.

It is especially painful to do this now, just as our own characters are reaching a plot-pinnacle on a personal level, but the stress simply cannot be borne any longer. Severus and Remus will be "written out" of Fiery Inception as they leave their Bonding celebrations. Whatever is done to finish out existing game plots, Severus and Remus will not be 'returning' to this game world. It can be assumed they have come back to finish their teaching obligations in the background, but they will not be involved in any future plots.

We know and understand that some - perhaps many! - of you will be hurt and angry over this decision, and for that we are deeply sorry. Sorry, too, for those folks who are very new and simply haven't had time to get to enjoy the incredible richness and depth that has been Fiery Inception.

I am certain that at least from my standpoint, I will never again be part of a rpg that has been so completely rich and vibrant and real in my heart and mind.

We would like to see Fiery Inception decline in a graceful swan-song of completed plots and 'happily ever afters' (or unhappily ever-afters as the case may be!) and wish each and every one of you all the best that the world and life has to offer. May your creativity continue to grow and flourish wherever you go.

With deepest affection and sincerity,
Lisa, JL and Adrianne
wolf_caleb on April 5th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
I can't deny that is breaks my heart, but I'm sorry that something that should be fun has become a burden and not so fun anymore for you all. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication you guys have put into things to make it wonderful place that it was.

Haven't much else to say, cuz still in a state of *blink blink*.

Thanks for everything and thanks for the time to wrap stuff up.

Juneau Connors: Heavenwardsightlesswolf on April 5th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Everything I have to say, I've pretty much already said to you guys. But just for the record - This has been the most active, most creative, most diligently and lovingly tended game I've ever had the honor to play in. I'm going to miss it terribly. But nobody here wants you to keep up the game if it's not fun for you guys anymore - what's the use in a game where people aren't having fun?

Thanks for giving us these two and a half years! I've loved every minute. And I hope to run into every single one of our talented players in other games in the near future.

Love to all,
about_abbottabout_abbott on April 5th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Wow! I can commpletely understand the lack of time and energy to run a game. While I am going to completely miss this game, I respect that you aren't going to let the game quality wane and that this will be an awesome game until the end.

Before FI, the games I'd played in were light and fun. They were there for amusement and never really challenged you to write beyond character interaction. Through FI, I have greatly improved my writing for my characters and have gone deeper into the character of my Hannah than I have any other character I've played over the years. Thank-you for that.

Stella Sinistra-Mooreprof_stargazer on April 5th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Ditto to all of the above.

FI is the FIRST online game I've ever been involved with, and has given me the opportunity to not only start writing again, but to push my creativity and character development beyond anything I thought I could ever reach. It (and you all) also helped me through a very rough period of my life, when I needed something else to focus on.

But I agree that a game without fun is just awful, and I know how much work and love you all have put into this, and I am just happy for all of the friends I've made, and hope to continue to run into all of you talented people!

Augustus Rookwoodsacredisprofane on April 5th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you...
So much, ups and downs, and still, I'm glad of the friendships, and I know I never would have had the love for my little Dragon had it not been for this game and your Severus, Lisa.

I'm sitting here crying, and it's silly, I know. It's a game, but there we are. I've never had this reaction to a game closing before, or leaving one, so I guess that says something.