I wanted to begin this thread as a game, a sharing of all of the good game memories and friendships we’ve built over the years. Everyone that comments has to tag another member of the forum, who will likewise have to post a response, their fond memories, and tag another. You don’t have to wait until you’re tagged to join this thread but try to limit your tags to one or two members at a time. Also, no tag-backs, so you can’t tag somebody that just tagged you. You can, however, re-tag somebody who has already been tagged by someone else.
I have many that I want to tag, but I will begin with @MaddCow, my fellow moderator (ahem, Mooderator). You were not just there as the calm, cool-headed mod, but also was one of my first Old Guard sidekicks in-game. Remember the first few dropship drops? Remember early access? Remember winking to each other while reading the forum as people speculated on the next hunter/monster/update and got VERY close to the truth but were unable to confirm nor deny (even though we already knew the truth)? You served as my monster inspiration, and I was honored to have you mentoring me for tournies with my former team. You were instrumental in developing game strategies and theory, tracking the numbers, and streaming information out to the public to help bring more people into the game. You hosted 24 hour jams and had prize pools as well, always the finest of content, and a helpful teacher to the newbs.
Beyond this, I feel we formed a close friendship outside of the game. I can talk to you about some things I can talk about with few others, and I’m glad we could be there during some of the harder forum times. I look forward to your new venture and hope it will be met with success for you and your family. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of starting their own company that focuses on helping honest game developers strengthen their work.
One of the best times I think we had was when trying to break the game in Deepest Dark, by forcing all of the Gorgons to spawn. Every new update was exciting, and we eagerly ran off to explore the new maps and content in customs.
Also, your monster game was never sub-par, and you were one of the scariest Wraith’s I’ve ever played against. I remember one match where I was literally looking everywhere around me, expecting your abduct…and somehow you STILL got the drop on me. I never knew when you were going to re-engage or how.
Also, you put this video together, and I listen to it every time I drive thinking of Evolve: