April 2012. Almost two years ago, Chronicles of Tyria was founded and I could not have hoped for a better outcome. I’ve met wonderful people, we all formed an amazing team and today, I am proud that CoT is still standing tall amongst other Guild Wars 2 communities. We started as a one person fan fiction site and have become a full blown GuildWars 2 fansite with forums, a podcast, community events and more.
I am proud of what Chronicles of Tyria has become and I could never have done it without everyone. However, with new opportunities and the ongoing (but very awesome!) challenge of being the mother of the cutest little Guild Wars spawn ever and being wife to an amazing husband who works hard and away from home weeks at a time, I am writing this post to announce my ‘retirement’ from CoT. While I love and adore this community, I feel like I can’t keep up with everything. The patches, the community events, the work within CoT… I would love to participate in all of this but unfortunately, I am only slowing things down. I promised to be present to several people only to let them down because there isn’t enough time for me to fully work on said events. An MMO community is a big task to take on.
So, I came to a stop, realizing that the path I was on had separated into two and I needed to make a choice. I have thought about this for days, if not weeks actually, weighing the pros and cons of each different path. On one path, I have everything I’ve created and the story that lead me here, chances to participate in great community events and more. On the other, new doors, new horizons and an opportunity to learn new things and become someone even better. There is no 50/50 in this. It’s total dedication, in my case. And I have opted for the new path.
Chronicles of Tyria is my ‘baby’, and always will be but I leave it in very capable hands.
Lagwyn has been with me through this from almost the very beginning. Together, we’ve started CoTPodcast and many other projects through the past two years. He’s always been there for the community, always has been a friend to me and, well, always dealt with my craziness. I know he’ll do a great job at keeping CoT alive and well. He’ll be working with Jalinar, who is Editor-in-Chief for Chronicles of Tyria, Kaysee, Bromms and many others who have been giving tons and tons to this little community.
I’d like to personally thank the whole ArenaNet community team who have always been willing to help CoT whenever they could through events, retweets, Facebook posts, etc. A very special thank you to Rubi Bayer who has helped me get CoT where it is today. Rubi has always been a good friend but she is also an amazing person and great at what she does. Maybe one day I’ll be just as good of a community manager as she is
Thank you to everyone who has been, and still are, part of the community. You are all the reason why I kept going and, without you, Chronicles of Tyria would never have been so successful.
May Kormir guide you,
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