Alrighty, I do have something to say here, which basically boils down to this: Jacoby, you and Iliara are doing excellent jobs as moderators, which I knew you would. And don't blame yourselves for things that have happened under your watch. If this matters to the upper level staff, this is my vote of confidence: you two have proven yourselves well in doing this. I vote strongly for you two to continue, and not only that, I applaud the decision to place you both there.
And that's not a cheap thing for me to say, heh. Not cheap at all, and it must be said with understanding of what happened to a friend of mine, and if that friend responds to this statement...it has no bearing on what I just said. I want you two to succeed.
But to be honest, while I have confidence in Iliara and Jacoby, in another matter I'm losing my confidence. There's another reason why I tagged the staff on this post, and it's not just because I back you two - though that would be reason enough. I want to clarify what I voted about the forum being overrun with off-topic posts. And by that, I don't mean that there are a bunch of posts being posted in the wrong topics. I haven't seen too many of those - those seem to be very fiercely dealt with yonderabouts. I mean...we have loads of off-topic...topics. And those get all the replies.
But it's not Jacoby and Iliara's fault. Nor is the NARPs or NEARPs. These forum problems spring from an obvious source: we're losing the Aetherlight.
Now I don't think this is critical - I'm not trying to start a mass panic or bailout. But guys, seriously. I hate to be honest about this, but this game hasn't been updated in at least a year. We have a game-breaking bug (the great engine bug) that hasn't been fixed. I tried to do the Companion Engines the other day and got the developer console bug which I now need to shuffle though. While I've seen some really good moves over the past year (improved forum management, the merch store) we really need to get the game back moving again. This forums' biggest problem, hands down, no questions asked, is this: we need more Aetherlight to discuss. At this point, anything, no matter how small, would be welcome. Aetherlight team, please show us that you are out there, and that you are hearing us. We really need some action over here. It's 2019, guys. Show us what you got. Please.
I know you can do this and I know you have what it takes to update this game and fix this bug. You've done this before, extremely well. I saw one of my relatives over the holidays and I almost reccomended the game to him but I had to add the bug as a caveat. This used to be the game with the best customer support system I have ever seen. I was amazed. It feels eerie looking at the Great Engine bug topic. So please please please: we're your valued customers and we are waiting for you. You can quote me on that (or any part of this post, for that matter).
Typed paragraphs are cheap, but I do have the money to pay for season 2 when it comes out, so I hope that means something.