I just recently rejoined Illarion, having finally getting my computer. I'm really enjoying the new version, though I still really miss Gobaith and the system we had back then. Nostalgia, I guess? Anyways.. Players seem to be a lot more active, and all the systems that are actually in place seem to work really smoothly. The roleplay is great, all in all, Illarion is still what it used to be: The place I dream about when I'm not logged in.
Now, that's all well and good. But who do we have to thank for it? The coders, the testers, everyone that worked on the VBU and, as I am sure, continue to work on it. However, I remember looking at the "online list" frequently when my pc wasn't capable of running Illarion, and seeing so many GM quests planned, and most of them took place, from what I saw. In my mind, those very quests are what have inspired players to start making their own quests, as well as log in more often.
Also, I have used the !gm command about.. Four times since my coming back? Each and every time, without fail, I have been received a swift and friendly response without even a shred of condescension directed at me. You don't find that in many games, ESPECIALLY role-playing games where people are actually meant to role-play.
As you can see by the threads title and contents, this is a thank you to the Game Masters. Everyone else who has helped as well, but the GM's in particular. So from me and (I'm sure) the rest of the player base, thank you, thank you, thank you GM's! Here's to you, here's to another thousand years of RP, here's to Illarion!
I know this sounds like me sucking up, but I would like to note I have not received, or asked for, special benefits, or items or whatever. This is a legitimate "Thank you".
So about that flaming mirinium sword of instakill awesomesauce doom..