The first thing I’m going to do is ditto everyone else. If you don’t take care of yourself & family, then the BV had no chance. And I really want it to survive. I was in college from 1998 - 2003 & spent most of my evenings (and quite a few days if my gpa is to tell you anything) on sites like Neopets & Gaia Online & the like, building community within the world we shared. Frankly, until I met my now-wife in 2008 & no longer has evenings & weekends free, I stayed active, and have since lamented that loss.
Then I found this site & these books, and that all came back with a new world, a world supplements by BOOKS and an opportunity to be an active player in those books. I’m hooked & in for the long haul.
But, and you asked for our input, so I’ll be honest, one of my challenges has been consistency in content. Life happens & I don’t blame or begrudge. In fact, I like the breaks except that I feel panic when everything is happening all at once and we need to solve the puzzle right now or everything goes kablooey. I have 2 jobs, a wife & a 4 year old, so I become complacent here while life happens, then feel like I’m letting everyone down by not being present in either world the way that I want to be.
All that to say, I think the idea of holding off on IATC is a great idea–finish it properly & without rush, create marketing & build-up to it’s release. WE, the Briars, know what happened (ish) so we can spend the next year interacting with a story that is less pressured, more world-building & establishing connections with the Mountaineers (I miss Lions Heart), who are the next-level of people who are already willing to buy the books & content. The BV is in peril, we know that & are working to combat the bad guys, but even they have to sleep sometimes Let yourself sleep, let’s actually build those timelines & all that none of us have had time for, create opportunities for all of us to remember & explore. Let newbies have time to explore & interact in a way that they don’t feel “behind.”
The great stories never end, and this is a great story. But one problem I’ve always had with stories is that they have a trajectory & we don’t get to know what happens after the main characters have left a scene. I want to know what’s next; not only for Endri et al, but Alis & Ben, Marjorie, the other Six, Lions Heart, Reader, even Catherine, Deidre & Cole, King Rabbit, all the characters we’ve ever met. I know you can’t write all of that & I don’t expect you to, I’m more illustrating the fact that we as participants can have a wonderful & satisfying immersive experience without the need for a million puzzles & deadlines.
I hope that made sense, I’m typing on my train home from work fighting off potential motion sickness because telling you how much you & this means to me is more important than a possible headache.