For more than a decade and headed toward two decades I've spent my life providing Ultima Online Freeshard software to our community. It started way back in 1997 with the Ultima Offline eXperiment and it ends here in 2014 with RunUO. It's been a great run with some of the most amazing people and by far and away the *best* Ultima Online community you could ever find. Our community was always our greatest asset, they've provided countless hours of work and effort to keep this project going and without them we would have never made it past Beta 1.
I want to send a special thank you to Krrios and Zippy for all of the hard work during the early days. Quite frankly between the three of us we launched this thing into the stratosphere and without their hard work it would have never been possible. Special thanks also goes to Mark who took the reins for many years here and kept the RunUO project moving forward. Another special thanks goes out to Eos and Suzy for maintaining Razor (now Razor @ UOGamers), you've been amazing to work with and I can't thank you enough for all you've done for the RunUO community in a time of need. To the many of you whom I call friends thank you all... to the moderators, the "special project" guys and those of you who put your heart and soul into RunUO I cannot thank you enough!
I've had the recent pleasure of spending a lot of time involved in Shroud of the Avatar and I can tell you it's an amazing project. I'm also currently in the early stages of forming a local startup here in Cincinnati, OH with a couple of friends and looking at the possibility of doing an indie game utilizing the Unity engine. I know there are many talented people here in the RunUO community and if you're interested in indie game development feel free to drop me a line, we're always looking for good developers!
I know over the years I've had the propensity to bloviate when it comes to community changes but this time, I'm keeping it short and sweet. There's not much to say really. I'll be keeping the forums up as an archive, there's a ton of valuable data there for the other variants of RunUO out there as well as the users who may need it when come upon it in a Google search or whatnot. The UOGamers shards will be staying online and will not be closed thanks in large part to Eos, our resident genius and Francis, our amazing admin at UOGamers.
Thank you all, each and every one of you for everything you've done to make this community an wonderful place. I hope the many derivatives of RunUO can last as long as we did... just know it's a tough road and a long journey.
Founder - RunUO