So the day has finally come, as I knew it eventually would. Of course, I didn't want to admit it to myself. I knew the day would come when Gaia would pull the plug on the zOMG! servers. Either to give up on it altogether or when the site itself went down.
I recall how timid and reluctant I was about the game at first. I remember how it seemed like everyone around me was so much stronger and more advanced than I. I remember once I decided to really get into it, how I struggled and pushed the envelope to advance into those more difficult levels. I remember the day I hit CL10, I was so very proud of myself. Then working to advance my other rings to CL10. Each time I did was something of a celebration. Spending day after day in Village Greens assisting new players. Countless hours in the forums answering questions and helping people who were stuck and needed advice. All those wonderful conversations and great times shared with my friends. All those Dev Meats I attended. The random JK spawns. The holidays I spent on Gaia and in zOMG! because I couldn't be with my real family.
I looked forward to the holiday events with eager anticipation. Often making plans for next year as soon as the current event ended. I adored hunting ghosts and Easter eggs, looking for the Golden Egg, and battling Jack. I made my first million while hunting ghosts on my own layer in Village Greens during the Halloween event. I developed a strategy, had specific rings I would use, and even mapped out a circuit I followed around the Greens for several hours each and every day of an event.
Oh and those signature licenses I made. I loved that they were so well received, and cried the day some ******** mod removed the thread. Made a big deal out of me charging for them. You know, I only made about a million gold in the year or so I spent making those licenses. Just a few days ago I hit the Daily Chance and one of them gave me a million gold. It didn't even phase me considering the state of the economy. A million gold won't get you squat on here, when most quest items are going for hundreds of millions or even billions of gold.
I've seen some very sad days on Gaia. My favorite Devs leaving, friends leaving, the economy going to s**t, but none compare to the announcement that zOMG! will not be returning. Fortunately I all but completely quit Gaia about six months ago, so I'm not nearly as impacted by the loss as I could have been. Although, I was really looking forward to coming back at some point just to get back into playing zOMG! again. I'll deeply miss hanging out in the Greens, Barton Town, Bill's Ranch, Zen Gardens, Gold Beach, and all the other areas. I'm going to miss the beauty of Deadman's Pass and Shadow. The camaraderie of teaming up to defeat bosses. Hanging out chatting with friends in the game.
There is definitely a hole in my heart that can never be filled. A hole that I knew was coming, but one I was never fully prepared for. Gaia, you ******** up big this time, and I really don't think you're going to be able to recover from this one.
Now I'm going to spend some time looking over zOMG! screenies and shed a tear for our huge loss.