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[A Tear-Stained Letter from Scapes]: Click to read!

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A little over a year ago, I joined Trion Worlds to take point on building the online community for their newest game, ArcheAge. I had heard of the title years before, back when it was only a project name uttered in hushed whispers at my erstwhile studio while publishing a competing product. It was very poetic and a privilege to later shape the player experience on a game that thrills me with the richness of its features and openness of its gameplay.

Reviewing my notes from those early days, the second page of the first journal includes a one-liner I wrote down while FireCait and I designed the GDC 2014 press demo. It reads "the game players and developers create together". ArcheAge has evolved considerably since our service first opened its virtual doors to players worldwide during Alpha. My writings are filled with community achievements, chronicling game changes that were communicated and enacted based on the critical yet constructive insights from ArcheAge's passionate players. Early examples such as changing the trade pack loot division during Beta, increasing archeum availability days before launch, and adjusting the offline labor regeneration rate a few months ago come to mind. It was your feedback as ArcheAge's community that made these changes reality.

I fervently anticipate the changes still to come with the many-featured ArcheAge 2.0 game update on the near horizon but I will enjoy learning, testing, and playing this new content alongside you all as a member of this community. It is with bittersweet excitement that I announce I am joining FireCait on a new, as-of-yet-unannounced project. You may have seen our teaser for it last week: Taking up the mantle as your Senior Community Relations Manager is the utterly excellent Seraphina "Celestrata" Brennan, my friend for many years and now colleague as of this day. Her experience engaging fiercely zealous fanbases and championing proactive communications pairs her to the ArcheAge community perfectly.

ArcheAge has been a milestone title in my career and I will absolutely continue growing the empire of [NAME REDACTED], my character on Ollo. I may also continue hosting the weekly ArcheAge livestream alongside Khrolan and Amary from San Francisco until we finish construction of a second broadcasting studio in the Austin office. I eagerly look forward to meeting with you all at Gamescom and PAX Prime later this year to trade war stories and salty tales together over a mug of ale.

Wishing each and every one of you calm seas, safe travels, and may the wind be ever at your back!

Evan "Scapes" Berman
ArcheAge Senior Community Relations Manager Emeritus

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