Family and Friends of Convergence, longtime players and new, dreamers, staff, and admins.
We have been on an amazing journey together, through an incredible story spanning over three years. We have seen incredible RP, hilarious scenes, epic combats, stories that brought opposed characters together, conflict that drove them apart. But, even more than that, we've built an amazing community -- and that has been the center of everything we have done at Convergence, our desire to make Convergence not just an RP, but a home that you can come back to again and again. Even after all this time, we get apps every day, new people coming in to play with friends because those friends love CV. Because their stories are meaningful here, because their imagination counts here, and they can be more than just a cog in the wheel, but a navigator and a driver of the tremendous story you have all built.
Unfortunately, the time has come to close Convergence. The reasons are nothing bad...but actually a bit happy in some respects. They are as follows:
1) Mostly and mainly, we (Zekkiel and Pryar) have a lot going on in our lives that is going to need our attention for an extended period of time. We are getting married. (Hooray!) We're going to be attempting to buy a house. We both are undergoing or potentially undergoing big changes in our employment situation that require much more attention than when we started the sim. And, we really need more time to focus on health issues -- as a lot of the time we sacrifice eating well or exercising is dedicated to the sim. And most of all...we're tired. It takes a lot of constant dedication to run a sim, and we're just both mentally exhausted from it.
2) Convergence was never meant to last this long, or be this popular. The system we came up with was primed to run a sim with about 1/5th of the players we have consistently had, and for about 1/3rd of the time. In the beginning, this was fine. However, over time, the amount of magics, skills, races, and lore sort of...builds up a lot of artifacts. It becomes more unwieldy the longer time goes by and the more the population base grows. Despite having a sizable staff, this means that we can never quite get ahead on things like ST tickets, no matter how much time is sunk into them. We have always wanted to overhaul certain things, but that would be near impossible to do whilst people are still playing.
As such, we have decided to close Convergence: The Lost City. We will attempt to bring a conclusion to the Fae Arc over the next month and end with a huge OOC party to say goodbye...for now.
That's right, goodbye for now. Because we don't want this closing to be permanent. We think there is more story, and more adventure that we, as a community, can have together, and we want to eventually re-open. Our timeline for that is not certain, but we are projecting between six months and a year and a half. This will give us (Z and Pry) time to get some of those things in our lives settled a bit and sorted out. And it will give us some time to decide what the next sim will be.
So, without a lot of beating around the bush, let me answer some questions I know will be asked:
Q) Will the next sim be Convergence as well?
A) We don't know yet. It may be some other iteration of Convergence! It might be some continuation of the story in another way.
Q) Will we be able to bring our characters back?
A) Again, I can't say for certain, but I am hoping we can work something out which will allow this. However, due to the fact that it may be a new planet or realm, you may have to make changes to your character in order to continue.
Q) When are we closing?
A) Approximately one month give or take. We want to finish up stories and conclude the Fae Arc.
Q) Will there be ways to interact with friends from CV in the interim?
A) We will be keeping our OOC chat and Discord open. My guess is that they will go pretty quiet. However, Pry and Z will also be purchasing a small plot of land and putting the LZ there in some form. We will be having occasional CAH, and Rabbit Nights as well as potentially meetings to discuss the new project.
Q) Can I open a Convergence spin-off sim or use your lore to open my own sim?
A) Unfortunately, no. The world of Convergence and associated lore is copyrighted material. But we do encourage you to write your own original lore and open an RP sim if that feels like something you want to do.
Q) Is this actually a cover for financial problems for the sim? Or some sort of drama?
A) No, Convergence has been in the black every month since we bought the second sim. And no, there's no real juicy drama here, other than that Pry and Zekkiel are very, very worn out Alpacas.
Q) Can I get a rental refund?
A) We will make refunds available on rentals. However, if you don't ask for a refund, that money will go towards continuing the operation of the website, opening the LZ space, and eventually purchasing and setting up the new sim, so we do very much appreciate it if you can "let it ride", so to speak.
Q) What happens to all my XP?
A) We will be shutting down new XP requests AT THE END OF JANUARY, so that you can buy things for the final battles. Because of that, learning times are now instant. All other spending limits still apply. When there is a new sim, we are hoping to have something that lets players bring XP over with them in some form or fashion, but that really depends on if our Glow Cloud of Amazingness (Kai) is up to the task of it all.
Q) Are you sad? I'm sad.
A) No, man. That's just ducks cutting onions.
Q) When are we closing exactly?
A) Sometime after Feb 24. Feb 24 will be the CLOSING PARTY. Mark your calendars!
So, in conclusion, we have had...an amazing RP sim. We've had an amazing staff. Amazing players. An an amazing story. I have never played, or administrated, anywhere that the players have so whole-heartedly taken it upon themselves to make everyone feel welcome and included. There have been up and downs and the occasional bad time, or drama. But overall? Overall the smiles and the good times have been beyond what we could have ever hoped. Pry and Z hope you will continue this journey with us after the hiatus, but if you do not...we wish you the very best on your RP adventures and journeys elsewhere!
And, at the end, a very special thanks to our staff, who have over the years worked so incredibly hard. From the constant diligence of our apps handlers who every day, without fail, brought people into the sim... To the mentors who helped so many people with so many questions, their patience never-ending... To our XP people, who made it all work so seamlessly in the backend... To Kai, without whom nothing would ever work... To the absolutely tireless efforts of the faction leaders who dedicated day after day to pushing stories and who so often sacrificed their own stories... To the admins who worked unseen on adjudications day after day, making sure things were 'handled'... To the STs who brought us laughter, and sorrow, and pain, and incredible epic stories... We thank you, and we hope to see many of you back down the road.
Saucy Alpacas and Groovy Sloths,
Pryar Kirax and Zekkiel Zerundi