From the Vice President of Publishing, Stratics Lessie Z. “Kirthag” Mitch Greetings fellow gamers and supporters of Stratics! We are very pleased to announce a new direction for our beloved community which will take us through some changes to prepare our core systems for major overhauls and long overdue modernization. As can be expected, this could result in some service degradations or stoppages. Rest assured, we are doing this all very carefully so as to avoid any losses from our forums, content sites, and data bases - all which are vast and many. This is coming up very fast, so pay attention to our social channels (Facebook and Twitter) and of course these forums for alerts. Spearheading this change and direction is our new President and Owner, Ryan “RonBron” Nielson. His new vision is very unique and promises to inject new energy, excitement and entertainment into our longstanding community. There is not much more about this topic that I can say – don’t want to spoil the surprises – but if it’s gotten me excited (and yes, I very much am so _very_ psyched over what I already know), you know it’s got to be good! Ryan is the principal and owner of Baazaro Communities, Inc. Bazaaro Community, Inc. If anyone has made a donation (THANK YOU!) toward our operational costs over the past couple of days, you may have noticed a different company on your PayPal receipt. Baazaro Communities, Inc. is the holding company for our uber-secret projects currently under development into which our community will shift for future growth. Baazaro Communities, Inc. is a lot like what Valour Corp was to us - it is the company that owns all Stratics assets. What is not changing are the core software packages (Xenforo, WordPress) that run our sites, our crack Writing, Moderation and Administration teams, and hopefully the community (that’s you guys). The same people who are managing and running Stratics are involved in all aspects of migrations – not some outside firm who doesn’t know who we are or how we think. Stratics is, and will continue to be, by gamers for gamers and game producers alike. Stratics is not, nor has ever been, considered for deletion. Please, friends, set that far from your minds right now! Nasty Nargles are mischievous critters who apparently want to hex our beloved community! (Oops! Wrong reference!) Regardless, we’ve been here for 17 years (Yay! This month is our birthday!), and we plan to be here for 17 more - multiplied several time over! If you see “RonBron” floating around our forums, feel free to poke him, offer him cookies from the dark side, submit him to the welcome Stratics members are so jovially known for, and by all means - invite him to a duel in whatever game you happen to find him in! Yes, just like the rest of us, Ryan is a gamer. I’ll let him decide for hisself to broadcast where his mad skills can be witnessed. ;-) If there are any questions, concerns, wishes, dreams and awesome recipes you have, please don’t be shy! Share them – it is what communities like ours do. We share and grow to achieve a greatness few have ever considered would be possible. That is what we will continue to do. So, GAME ON! And may the Force of your Daemon Lord guide your Starships across the vast seas of your wildest imaginations! (Just don’t forget to share it with us all at Stratics!) As I signed in years past… Mair soar! Kirthag DiOrsae NKA: Lessie Z. Mitch, VP & EIC Stratics.com p.s. A formal press release will be published to Stratics.com and UO.Stratics to announce this change over on MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 after the full migration of all Stratics sites. The reason for that short delay is you - our brothers and sisters in gaming. YOU are important to us, and to express that - this "informal yet formal" notice is shared, first with all of you.