We have had many good years of RP and community with the CV1, CV2, and CV3 crew. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. We have, with heavy hearts, decided to close Convergence: The Lost Planet. With it, the CV universe (on SL) will come to an end, though we do have some intents to hopefully publish games or books involving the universe down the line.
There's always a question of "why is this sim closing" when things like this happen. And truthfully, the answer is largely time, and exhaustion. We have been running or adminning sims since around 2008, and in the last 5 years with the three iterations of Convergence, very intensely. Things have changed in our lives to where we simply just don't have the free time anymore, with more intensive jobs demanding more and more of us, and with health concerns. But also, we're emotionally and psychologically drained from having to deal with all the various things associated with running a sim - from the many tickets and paperwork of applications and XP, to the staff management of hiring the best people for jobs, training them, keeping business ownerships straight, running stories and plots, to things like adjudications and player complaints. After a while, it wears you down.
Nonetheless, I must say that running this sim has been a labor of love not only for me, but (I think) for much of the staff, who have been so incredibly dedicated to doing thankless jobs behind the scenes. You are all amazing, and incredible people -- our staff is definitely the best in SL! Thank you to our mentors, our storytellers, our app handlers, our XP handlers, and our incredible faction leads! I wish I could call out every single person who has helped us, but since we had over 30 staff in CV3, and 20+ staff in CV2, we'd be here a while. There are a few people I want to especially thank though. I want to thank Shynne Nirvana for tirelessly being our head of applications since Batedbreath retired from the job in CV2. Her quiet patience in running her crack team of application handlers, all amazing, has allowed Pryar and I to not have to focus much on apps at all, which allowed us to get where we did. I'd like to thank Kairixian Moonshadow for building our HUD and maintaining it all this time. Without it, CV2 and CV3 would not have run. I'd like to thank Etienne Artaud, who knows what he did to get this sim up and running. And, of course, I'd like to thank Pryar Kirax, without whom I'd have imploded long ago.
And I'd like to thank our community. You've been amazing, and you should be proud of the stories you have made. More than that, you should be proud of the community you made, which was one of the most welcoming and kind and fun communities in SL, I think. You've given time, you've given donations, and you've given love to make this community grow. I know that people have found safety, and friendship, and even love at CV...so I think that makes all the hard work worthwhile.
CV will be closing on Dec. 6, 2018, and all items will need to be off the sim by Dec. 13. I will be refunding any rentals which still have paid time starting around Dec. 6. We will have a closing party on Dec. 8, which I hope everyone will attend! The discord will continue to be up at least for a while as people share where they will be going next. If you have any questions, please feel free to IM me inworld (Zekkiel Zerundi) or ask on the OOC channel or Discord general chat.
It's been an incredible journey! I hope the RP winds take you to another incredible journey soon.
Co-Owner of Convergence: The Lost Planet
(P.S. If you would like to post about where you are going, we have a channel for it on Discord. Feel free to mention it in a goodbye post here: End of an Era )