The slow but steady loss of players on SP was difficult to endure. I finally joined the procession and left about two years ago. I even gave away my primary account. I gave it to someone I knew would not be willing to maintain it and give it back later. I did that to avoid the temptation to return. So, here I am trying to return anyway, because I miss the challenges that are unique to UO in general and SP in particular. This is a place where people interact in ways that are not found elsewhere. I miss the people. Yet, the boards remain full of the same commentary. My biggest fear is returning to watch more of that same death march. Yet, as likely as that may be, I think I will have to experience it with whoever sticks around to the end. Can SP rebound? One of the greatest things about SP may also contribute to its demise. The personal interaction is fantastic. So much so that it is extremely demanding. The demands of the game seem to contribute to the loss of people as much as anything other issue. Which is why so many people go to extreme measures to cut ties here. I am going to try and find a balance that works. Wish me luck. If I stumble on a secret to renewing the shard, I will let everyone know.