I didn't want to make this thread, as it would be far easier to continue what I have been doing the last month or so; but the easy thing is seldom the right thing to do - and this is no exception.
Basically, I'm done with LotRO. I'm not the type to leave "I quit!" threads in forums, and this is no exception; but I've obviously done more here than simply play the game, so it's only fair to let those of you who use my creations know. To be honest, I really haven't played the game since a couple of weeks after RoI was released, and while I thought it was a solid expansion, it wasn't enough to rekindle my interest in playing it. I honestly thought though, that my admiration of Turbine, and the enjoyment I've had with creating LotRO related projects would continue to carry me through. Unfortunately it's well past the time where I know this isn't going to happen.
Don't get me wrong, I still have a lot of admiration for Turbine, LotRO, and of course, the community. I admit that maybe I expected too much - the same mistake countless of other players have done with the game itself. While I can't control those expectations, or the frustrations I've felt as a result of that, the end result is still the same. I no longer have the patience to put up with, in my opinion, Turbine shooting themselves in the foot. Maybe I'm wrong - maybe Turbine will fix and improve the data API. Maybe they'll start to actually put some much needed focus to the plugin system. I really do hope that's true - this game deserves the tools and utilities that could make use of it. Sadly, I'm done playing the wait and see game, and it's time for me to move on.
As far as my projects go, any developer is more than welcome to use the code as they see fit, or provide a similar offering. Credit (if applicable) would be appreciated; but it's certainly not necessary. It's more important to me that the community continues to take advantage of the niche these projects filled. Again, I really didn't want it to come down to this - I would've rather continued to improve and update these projects all the way to Mordor and beyond. It just finally got to the point where I couldn't bear to put forth the effort, as it was no longer fun and became a chore.
I will monitor this thread for the next week or so, and reply to any questions anybody might have. After that point, please feel free to email any questions or comments to [email protected]
, and I'll try to respond to the best of my ability.
Thank you all for the support you've given me, and I wish LotRO and you the best.