My dear Benses and Bruces, and my dear Savas and Mnemneths, and Falcons, and Black Knights, and Lionses, and Fright Knights, and Morcians, Ankorians, Dragon Masters, Forestmen and Wolfpacks--WolfPACK. Also my good Elephant_Knight that I welcome back at last to Bag End. Today is my fifth anniversary: I am five today!
I hope you are all enjoying yourselves on the forum as much as I am. I shall not keep you long. I have called you all together for a Purpose. Indeed, for Three Purposes! First of all, to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that five years is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable AFOLs. I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
Secondly, to celebrate my anniversary. I should say: OUR birthday. For it is, of course, also the birthday of my alter ego, Formendacil. This name comes of age and into its maturity today. Together we score ten years online. Your numbers* were chosen to fit this remarkable total: two handfuls, if I may use the expression.
Thirdly and finally, he said, I wish to make an ANNOUNCEMENT. I regret to announce that--though, as I said, five years is far too short a time to spend among you--this is the END. I am going. I am leaving my ambitions to make great MOCs NOW.
INSTEAD, I've admitted my preference is for playing or storytelling. Head over to the Stories Forum for the official release of my first public attempt
*The maximum number I actually expect to reply...