The time has come to take a break. I'm calling it the "Active Sabbatical" lol. Since I have 2 Lifetime accounts I can still hop in anytime I want and I will. But for now it's time to set aside my online distractions and focus on my health, family, and work. This winter has been pretty rough on my old injuries and I've been finding it harder and harder to sit in front of the 'puter for very long without them bugging me.
It really sucks since I've been playing Lotro since before launch and am one of the only Founders left on the entire server. It's been a great long 5 year run and of course I'll be popping in regularly to make sure SoE is still on top as the single best group of human beings on the internet. I've made amazing friendships that have lasted - and will last - for years and I've agonized over this decision for several months now. I've sunk over 6 months of /played time, hundreds and hundreds of dollars (and countless offline hours as a diplomat, web designer, artist, manager, crisis counselor, confessor, and raving lunatic) into this game and it's very hard to walk away even if it's just a few steps to the side. But I know the time has come and it's time for new adventures out in that highest res of MMO's called reality.
I will be appointing Brad (aka Feristahl) as my successor, and I know that I leave the kin in very capable hands and will be assisting him in the transition so I expect everyone to treat him with the same awe and respect you gave me (so....very little ;) ) as SoE moves into our 12th year as a gaming organization. He has been learning the ropes of leading since I dragged him into DAoC many years ago and I have complete faith in his abilities to keep the family not only together but growing and prospering. And since he's my cousin I'll be watching most of it over his shoulder until he stops freaking out at how hard it REALLY is herding cats lol.
So, for now, I /salute and /thank you all as I hop on my keg-bearing Ale Association goat named DUI and wander (stagger?) off into the sunset...for now.