• 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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    20 hours ago, huss_ said:

    Can't we donate to help you keep devolving as your primary job ? You have such a huge fan base and supporters for this mod and all it's glory, I believe you can easily raise $20,000 in order to continue this dream... I believe that you should not dedicate 10 hours worth of sitting a day... because that is just bad for you. Please don't let this be the end :(

    This, my friend, will probably not be possible. Just look at the donation goal for December. We have 77€ a month for this website and set the goal to 80€. We have raised 35€ in December.

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    Eichi,  I understand your pain, I have ran a server for players, spent endless hours/days getting it just right for them and all they do is moan moan moan,  So I deleted the server/clan/website ,  then they start there own server and blocked me :):)

     

    But now I don't have all the hassle :) :): )

     

    Take care Eichi, 

    We still love you :)

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    On 1/1/2017 at 8:59 AM, Eichi said:

    This, my friend, will probably not be possible. Just look at the donation goal for December. We have 77€ a month for this website and set the goal to 80€. We have raised 35€ in December.

    Ok.

    Can't do much more than that, but at least it'll help keep this place online. 

    Edited by The Raging Kerfuffle

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    On 16.1.2017 at 4:22 AM, FallingSheep said:

    what about a kick starter campaign to help fund the dev process and stuff?

    "Community is King"

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    1 hour ago, MrWhite said:

    "Community is King"

    What a bullshit.. Exile development is dead!

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    Wow. I was just starting to get back into Exile and have just started renting a server again. Very shocked and sad to see this. But I completely understand. I wish you all the best with your health and your recently expanded family. They truly do come first.
    Thanks for all the hard work. Just working on customizing a rented server I can't imagine the amount of effort it took to get Exile this far. Perhaps we will see more of your work in the future.

    Peace.

    ~Vert

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    I'm also in a position where I'm about to start a server, but this kind of uncertainty isn't very encouraging. ArmA 3 mods seem to be gaining popularity as more people buy the game and come back to it. It just seems too soon to quit, hopefully development can continue somehow.

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    I am not saying we are not thinking about not adding GitHub at no point, but I have never said we will neither ignore nor add GitHub support in the near future. If you understand what I mean... :) 

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    What Arma Is Just Making It Hard On Modders So They Wont Us Them Thats All And Namalsk Works Just Fine I Have A Guide On It On This Website But To Add Congrats On The Child But To Add To That All Those Games You Stated That Are Leaving Arma 3 How ABout They Stole Arma 3 Programming To Make There Own Titles None Of Those Would Of Worked With Out Arma Exile Is Great An All But Like You Say it Does Get Boring But See Like Me Ive Been Adding Things To Exile Like Teleporters and Stuff Like That More Futuristic Specially How Its Based In 2039 Those Games Are Moving Away Because There Tired Of Fighting With Arma But Its Not A Fight Its More Of A New Addition To There Maps Thats All Specially How They Are Trying To Fix The Lighting Problem Where It Shines Thru Buildings.

    Dont Just Give Up So Fast Specially Arma 4 Is Coming So I Hope To See Exile On There

     

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    Very sad you let this great mod out ... don't know what i can say ...

    Sry for my bad english ... i'm a frenchie :)

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    On ‎01‎/‎01‎/‎2017 at 1:59 PM, Eichi said:

    This, my friend, will probably not be possible. Just look at the donation goal for December. We have 77€ a month for this website and set the goal to 80€. We have raised 35€ in December.

    Look at your donations now O.o

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    3 hours ago, K9G said:

    Look at your donations now O.o

    Was thinking the same a few hours ago, currently i'm not in the position to donate. I even run my servers from home, lol. But if not i would really considered donating to keep ppl convinced that Exile still needs some dev's to ensure the ongoing support. More then half the servers i see on Arma are either heavily modified or run a mod like Exile, Altis life or whatever. I only bought Arma in dec 2016 and recently I've setup a server to mess around with. 

    I'm not that guy that is really into community shizzle but a few ppl around here helped me get ready with some stuff and vice versa. Some ended up in my friends list on steam and we're still goofing around about what we need to change or can eventually add to our servers. 

    On the other hand i do however wanna do something for this community especially because for what i wanted, and that was a step by step guide for Linux wannabe's like me. I did not had to much problem figuring it all out but ended up screwing my server over a few times and had to change my approach on howto get it all done ( Meaning searching this forum allot and googling allot ).
    ..... And i still don't have everything working correctly :D....

    So in the next few weeks i'm still gonna gather some information and learn howto work with all the amazing mods the community made, after that post some in-depth guides on howto create a A3 Exile server on Linux, maintain them and some useful information about whatever I've read and used from this community to made that happen.
    Focused on Debian based Linux distributions, because that is what we used, i will in the next month post something and any comments or information added will be very appreciated.

    I hope in the future Exile will still go on strong and keep people motivated to do something for others around here. 

    @@Eichi, love you're work man!

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