• Eichi

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    Dear players,

    I would like to inform all of you that my time with Arma modding has come to an end. I feel that it is just fair to make a public statement to counter all the false rumors and urban myths that are around these days. You simply deserve that. However, I cannot speak for my friends Grim and Vishpala here, but I think they feel the same.

    There are many reasons why I am stepping back now. Where do I begin?

    Exile has been my first game modification ever and I have spent all my love into it for more than one and a half year exclusively. I simply need something else now. This is like eating pasta for more than a year. Pasta sure is great, but I think we all agree that after that long time, you will want to eat something else. 

    I also just became a father this year and this little gnome needs my love more than everything else now. I have spent weeks of my private vacation time before his birth to finish version 1.0.0 and I simply do not have the time for that anymore. This truly is a life changer, but unfortunately, that is not it: Just hours after releasing the 1.0.2 update, I have suffered a stroke and ended up in the hospital. And the first message I have received in hospital: "Hey, your website was hacked and now shows swastikas!". Great. Thank you, I guess. Doctors say I might work and sit too much. I think I do. I work in another country and travel quite a lot. And sitting for about ten hours a day is definitely too much. I have also been working on Exile while sitting at the airports waiting for planes. To quote one of my favorite movies here: "I am too old for this shit!" (For you wondering, it is Lethal Weapon). I will now invest time in what really matters: Eichi Level 1.

    I am a developer by heart and it will always be my hobby. I will continue developing games in the little free time that I have left after my job and family, but it will not be related to Arma modding. I am simply too tired of restarting Arma over and over again just to tune a value in a config. I also cannot look at questionable error messages like "Error Type Number, Not a Number, Expected Number, Number" anymore. And as stated above, I simply do not have the time anymore to mess with things. I also remember that I once had a problem where infantry could walk through opened gates, but vehicles could not drive through. It took me three (god-damn) days to figure out something that was not documented to solve it. It just feels too unprofessional.

    On top of that, these days it is less frustrating (and sometimes easier) to create a new game from scratch than to modify an existing platform. Many mods are moving away from Arma as they have grown up, leaving little behind. Battle Royale turns into Battlegrounds, Altis Life turns into Identity, Breaking Point into a stand-alone and the talented 2017 guys have announced to do something with the Unreal Engine, too. The list continues. Modding is just too limited and failing to make your dreams come true is just frustrating in the long run. I am not teasing you (am I?), but the Unreal Engine is teasing me. But no, I am not planning to do an Exile stand-alone in case you ask. There is something else in my mind.

    We also never know what the next Arma update includes. The long awaited 2017 Mod , my favorite map called Taunus and even Namalsk were screwed by Arma updates and ended up in the trash bin. So it can turn out that months or even years of work turn into a big waste of time by the decisions of a third party you cannot influence. Some of you might remember my t-shirt saying "And then Arma updated". I have it for a reason. Bohemia Interactive seems to consider Arma 3 "done" and will deploy stabilization updates only. Let us hope the best for that. Maybe the shrubberies will be less lethal and walls might stop you from walking through them. 

    In case an update goes wild and breaks things again, I am willing to invest time to solve arising issues, but I will surely need help here. I have experienced update problems that took weeks to solve. Some updates went without problems, but we never know. If you would like to help out on making Exile compatible with upcoming Arma versions or maybe even continue developing it, feel free to get in touch with us. I suggest that we arrange a meeting in Teamspeak (ts.exilemod.com) and discuss the details. Maybe already this weekend? It would be great to talk to everybody again!

    I will keep this forum, the XM8 app and all backend servers alive, so in the end, nothing will really change. It will just stay in the current state. Everyone who needs my support with developing a Community is King project will get my support. I will be there if you need me.

    Overall, I believe that Exile is a great project. I have met amazing people and it was much more successful than I ever would have expected. Some of you may remember the first Wordpress website we have had. Yepp, see how bad we were prepared for the storm. You completely rekt our servers :)

    From the bottom of my heart; Thank you! You rock!

    /Eichi


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    Thanks Eichi / Grim / Vish and the community for making this mod awesome !

    I totally understand you Eichi and I wish you the best for the future... Family, well being and health come first obviously !

    Even tho I understand I have to say I'm very sad that this is (probably) the end of this great project (at least by Eichi views) !

     

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    Eichi,

    I'm sad to hear this, but at the same time I understand how much of a drain 24/7 development is. I stepped down from a programming position a year ago into a standard IT position because it was sucking the life out of me. Now it doesn't feel like work when I spend my free time coding. 

    I personally appreciate everything you've done. Just as I appreciated everything Deathly did before he ventured beyond ArmA. You've got a loyal fan base, and we'll be there when you look to venture on to bigger and better things. 

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    Thanks for the work but at the same time "about damn time"     get outta there and get some new blood in there. 

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    Hey Eichi, you take care of yourself and that new baby, We all thank you for all you have done for the Arma community. You have made it a better place.. for sure... Looking forward to whatever  your working on next.. whatever it is ...its going to be great!!

    Take care of yourself..

    Bruiser

    SagerGaming.com

     

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    wow mixed feeling about this, a sad day for the community, but I wish you good luck for the future, you have to do what's best for you, thank you for all your hard work, I really do hope someone picks this up and allows it to evolve.

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    1 hour ago, jmayr2000 said:

    @Eichi is anyone taking over the Development of Exile or will it just Dye like DayZ?

    No one is taking over right now. Who knows what the future will entail but a lot of people are done with Arma in general(coding wise)

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    @Eichi I'm sorry to see you go.  I understand your reasons though and wish you the best.  If I could make a final request of you PLEASE PLEASE encourage your other devs to make the wiki you guys were planning happen before you guys abandon this mod.  It will make all the difference to the rest of us.  Thank you for everything. - Saint Anthony

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    I've just finished work and seen the news; @Eichi, @Grim, @Vishpala, I just want to say thank you for such a fantastic mod and such love, kindness and attention from you all with our comments, feedback, bugs, complaints, and support. 

    Personally, Exile took me out of a horribly dark place in my life; I hadn't left my house in well over 6 months, I'd had a full mental break down ( not even Arma related..yet :P ), left my university course that I'd spent 5 years working towards (I'm a mature student), left my job, and I was struggling to find a reason to wake up each day. Exile, as silly as it may sound, gave me a reason to at least drag my sorry ass to my desk and tinker with my little servers. Through that I regained the ability to interact with people, I stretched myself out and offered help with other peoples servers and I met some amazing people I'd happily buy a drink any and every night of the week. Today I'm back in work (just went past the 6 month mark!!), the outside world no longer induces crippling panic attacks, and my servers are still humming along nicely. From the bottom of my heart, I just want to say thank you, a million times over.

    I wish you all the best, whatever you may do in the future.

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    All the best @Eichi, @Vishpala and @Grim.

     

    This has been by far my favourite Arma 3 mod EVAAA but more importantly my favourite community =]

    I didn't know much about anything Arma until Exile caught my eye and the help you get  from people here is awesome.

    So id like to thank all the Devs for Exile and the community for keeping it alive =]

    Respect to you all =]

    Kappa.

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    14 hours ago, wilderness said:

    wow mixed feeling about this, a sad day for the community, but I wish you good luck for the future, you have to do what's best for you, thank you for all your hard work, I really do hope someone picks this up and allows it to evolve.

    well I guess I could have phrased it better. I'm sad that he is finished, but glad he has chosen his health and family. It's really had to do both 24/7 programming and a family life after a stroke. I was just asking because Exile is such a great mod and it has come so much further then Dayz has. It would be sad to see it dye off, I hope someone can take it over and keep the mod alive.

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    You have made your mark on this world and have influenced hundreds of thousands of people Eichi.

    Rest assured you have succeeded in your life and in what you set your target on.

    You are complete here.

    Continue with the rest of your life in love and happiness and know we love you and will miss you.

    The name Eichi is in the books. Now go.... write another

    Allen

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    really sad news, also whats the plan with the update what was in the making are u pushing out or just leaving it? but good luck to all of the dev team.   but the mod is great how it is now tbh and i dont really want it to be taken on by anyone else, i think now server owners can make it to how they like it i.e adding little things and changing things. in the end i dont think you could of done much more as its so great atm 

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    25 minutes ago, Jameson said:

    also whats the plan with the update what was in the making are u pushing out or just leaving it?

    That's an interesting question, was looking forward to the fishing / hunting, but I think we will understand if it doesn't happen though, real life, health and family have to be the priority for each and every one of us.

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    FML, 

     does this mean Exile will die? 

    -F . . guess I will start looking at Epoch (GAG)

     

    Edited by Gattaca
    sadness

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    Hello Eichi ,

     

    I understand where you are coming from on all of this.  It probably would not have been this bad if the documentation/common sense for the scripting was were it should be.

    "...I also cannot look at questionable error messages like "Error Type Number, Not a Number, Expected Number, Number" anymore..."

     

    Pure silliness amongst many other 'ARMA' issues.  As a scripter much lower on the 'scripting scale' than you, I understand fully where you are coming from on this, for I have faced these same issues too.

     

    With you having a new kid and the health issues, I concur, it is time to 're-arrange your priorities' now.

     

    I appreciate the work you and the others have done.  I have been playing ARMA ever since OFP and your's/yall's mod is the best I have ever played.

     

    I only hope that others appreciate the great deal of time and effort you and the others placed into this.

     

    I hope that the next chapter in your life is a 'bigger and better success' than exile!

     

    Good luck and thanks again!

     

    :)

     

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    " I am simply too tired of restarting Arma over and over again just to tune a value in a config"

    ^This.  A thousand times this.  Unit testing in Arma takes an unreasonably, painfully long time.  It eats your life.

    Bohemia's technology seems stuck in 2002 but there's no reason the rest of us have to be.

    All the best, @Eichi

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    Thank you for your hard work in making this game and its community, will be sorry to see you go and im sure (hopefully) others will continue with your work.

    I can understand your decision to step away, family and your own health and happiness should and always should be priority.  

    We only get one go on this big old rock and if you are not happy doing what you then its time to change.

    All the best for the future.

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