I have enjoyed playing Achaea these last 12 years as well as getting to know a handful of you out of character. My safety and livelihood has to be my priority though, and right now I feel as though my continued gameplay places both of those in jeopardy.
Recently, someone made out of character threats against me, which has now escalated to cyber stalking and attempted hacking of my personal internet accounts. When the need arose to involve the state police in this conflict, which resulted from nothing more than a two-minute roleplayed conversation in this online game, I realized I’d have to question my own sanity if I continued to play Achaea right now – regardless of how much time and money I’d invested in Bluef.
Complicating this situation is my strong belief that if my
character had acted in the same fashion as this other Achaean did recently,
issues would be ruled against me for speaking OOCly in the midst of RP
conflict, for attacking others without a good enough reason, and for
harassment. Bluef would have been shrubbed in less time than it takes Bonko to
destroy a city’s guard stacks.
But then no one likes Bluef IC. So who cares, right?
I have not only made a considerable monetary investment in my character here; I have worked hard for the game itself, serving as a Guide, a mortal builder, and House leader. I have submitted more roleplay events and general game ideas than I can recall – many of which have been implemented over the years. I am an active roleplayer, who also doesn’t generally shrink away from conflict or combat.
I am someone who Achaea should want to keep playing, but this
recent rash of IC and OOC incidents has made me think that I’m not the
playerbase they’re hoping to retain. With that in mind, I bid you all farewell
for now (how completely awesome and fitting that there is an academic paper on this very thing!).
I suppose whether or not I return depends on the successful resolution of the situation above. I may return later today. I may not be back for years. Regardless, I urge you all to consider the information you share with others here and on Facebook, Google, etc. There are people in Achaea who don’t recognize where to draw the line between the feelings that events in Achaea stir up in them and reality.
No one is going to protect you from them. You’re on your own, just as Bluef has been IC for more time than I care to recall. Take care of yourselves.