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JTollers (SuperAdmin) 5/24/2014 12:07 AM EST : Into the West
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My Beloved Inklings,

I never realized on C.S. Lewis’s birthday, November 28, 2007 when the kinship was founded that it would lead to so many memories and emotions. I never considered an online space would provide such lasting and meaningful relationships. Together not only have we accomplished so much in an online experience, but we have accomplished so much together outside of the game whether that has been through Boston Children’s Hospital or in each of our lives.

So many of you have helped over the years to maintain and evolve the kinship. It certainly grew, it certainly became recognized on the server and within the LotRO community for its values. You have embraced and maintained its reputation. Thank you.

It also never occurred to us that we would ever create a brand and that brand would ever exist outside of Middle Earth. While many of us have done a lot to influence LotRO, embrace and create positivity out of what the game provided its customers, and make the most of the kinship as it lost established players or attracted new ones, it’s pretty amazing that our relationships and tenacity are of such strength that it can extend itself to new outlets both online and offline.

While multi-gaming is not abnormal for established guilds, I think our ability to maintain our focus and relationship attuned to “kinship” is moving to me. Many teams in the online space move their players and support their players across multiple games. The Inklings will follow this model, but be conscious of the depth it will invest as a balance.

As you know, I have always pursued transparency. I have tried to be a strong and positive force for our team, and I have honestly tried to think about keeping us whole. I would take a moment to say that it was not the intention that the kinship should see what transpired in the last couple months to be its way it hibernated in Middle Earth. I would have loved to have been at the center of us playing hard till launch of WildStar or helping folks find new homes. It was disappointing to experience dissolvement or to figure out ad hoc that I lost some of you. I want to thank those of you who did reach out to me ahead of time to let me know your needs and intention, but altogether my goal has always been to help our teammates find the outlet that helps them do best what they have done with us every day and night as a kinship and provide the outlet and relationship to be something that brought joy, positivity and peace.

While white shores are calling, and we may meet Middle Earth again, we have not abandoned, we are only sleeping. This has been an incredibly very difficult decision and impact on me. It has been jarring and emotional. Since we have created so many memories, it has been rather therapeutic to provide you all a gift based on those memories. Please accept these two videos as my gift to you for all the love, peace, fun, and impact you have all had in my life. May they bless you, too! I wish all were joining us in our new adventure, but extend my prayers to you and your families.

Always at your service,

Wise




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Oloron (Member) 5/24/2014 12:48 AM EST : RE: Into the West

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Hello Inks,

 

I just got a chance to watch the Into the West video.  Not only was I impressed by the quality, I was moved by the sentiment as well.  Thank you Wise, Py and everyone else who took time to put this together.  Hope to see all of you soon either here in Middle Earth or out in the Nexus.

I wish you well and may the sun shine on warm days for you. 


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Imrel (Council) 5/24/2014 12:50 AM EST : RE: Into the West
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Oloron said:

Hello Inks,

 I just got a chance to watch the Into the West video.  Not only was I impressed by the quality, I was moved by the sentiment as well.  Thank you Wise, Py and everyone else who took time to put this together.  Hope to see all of you soon either here in Middle Earth or out in the Nexus.

I wish you well and may the sun shine on warm days for you. 



I agree Z! Thank you for the videos Jake. 
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JTollers (SuperAdmin) 5/24/2014 1:09 AM EST : RE: Into the West
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Oloron said:

Hello Inks,

 

I just got a chance to watch the Into the West video.  Not only was I impressed by the quality, I was moved by the sentiment as well.  Thank you Wise, Py and everyone else who took time to put this together.  Hope to see all of you soon either here in Middle Earth or out in the Nexus.

I wish you well and may the sun shine on warm days for you. 



You are welcome. There are 2. The Seven years is a bit more upbeat

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Py (SuperAdmin) 5/24/2014 12:00 PM EST : RE: Into the West
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I know that usually I create all the magic graphically but in this case it was all Jake. Concept, filming, editing, and final production are all top notch and as you said Z it was very emotional to watch. 

Thank you Jake for taking so much time out of your busy life to create this piece of art for us. Superb!

Py
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Gilirwen (SuperAdmin) 5/24/2014 12:52 PM EST : RE: Into the West
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I just watched both videos and I'm in tears.  I will and do miss you all so very much.  I haven't logged into ME for weeks because it seems so desolate now that you all are gone.  May you all stay happy, healthy, and thrive in all you do.

Thank you Jake, I will always cherish your friendship and leadership. Py, I'll always be your head cheerleader. 

Take care all of you and I hope to someday see you back in ME.
Love to you all,
Angie (Gili)

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Apirel (Member) 5/24/2014 1:35 PM EST : RE: Into the West
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Wow!  Amazing job with the videos Wise. 
 
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Strygaldwyr (Member) 5/24/2014 5:36 PM EST : RE: Into the West
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Made me want to cry. Outstanding video and I seriously thought to myself...is this really it?  
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Nadine22 (Member) 5/26/2014 3:19 PM EST : RE: Into the West

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Totally made me cry. Thank you for everything you've always done Jake. You put your heart and soul into the Inks and the game. Thank you for making everyone feel like family. I hope we will all see each other again in ME one day....

Miss the INKS!!!
Love ya 
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Trormur (Member) 6/2/2014 11:18 PM EST : RE: Into the West

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Thanks for letting me be a part of the journey.  I miss ME, and the Inks. 

Be well all,

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