eXplorminate e4X
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The 4Xplorer Jun 25, 2016 @ 10:18am
My Likely Permanent Exit
Hey guys,

I've been giving this a lot of hard thought as a result of my career change, life situation and many other factors, and I've come to the conclusion that I will likely permanently leave eXplorminate.

I'm proud of what Nate and I have created, but in a lot of ways, it has carried with it a stress that I simply don't want any more. More internet hate, more PM's of "your site is a shill", more time away from family and more money out of my pocket than I had imagined.

As a result, I've simply lost a lot of the passion I once had for 4X games. I don't play them to enjoy them any more, I play them to be critical and consider their score. It gets old.

Not to mention the fact that I frequently get messages via email, Reddit and Twitter about how wrong I am or the site is about something. I get that elsewhere, but I don't have to take it here.

I will likely be offering Nate and company full ownership of the site and group in the coming days. Beyond that, I'll likely be unfriending people aside from a select few and getting back to making this part of my life more simple. No more podcasts, except maybe a few guest appearances, no more beta testing, and no more managing the site or this group.

I apologize if this upsets or offends anyone. That simply isn't the desired result here. I just want to focus on my family and my career, in order to stay alive for my family. I'd also like to get back to enjoying my favorite hobby, which I haven't really done in some time.

Thanks for the ride, everyone. Good luck, have fun, and enjoy your life and family to its fullest.
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WollieG Jun 25, 2016 @ 10:27am 
Hi Devildog, i am very sad to hear this and i cannot believe all the crap you took from people, mail and sites etc. Never even knew so many people can be like this. I understand why you want to go and i will miss all your input and what you have done here for us. Thank you.
Hope to still see you around in Steam and Steam forums and i hope we would still talk like we did as friends as well. Anyway all the best and look after your health and family.
FireStorm20 Jun 25, 2016 @ 10:58am 
:( sad but tottaly understandable, work and family is most important, and if you feel it hurts it...
Thanks for all the work and getting us together, its impressive waht you have built, hope you keep being around.

PS Some poeple are such jerks its incredible.They just will try to destroy anything. even tough they dont have the strengh and will to build anything themselves...
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Army Pea Jun 25, 2016 @ 11:02am 
I think you did an outstanding job putting explorminate on the 4x map.
Be proud brother.

I hope to see you sooner than later.
BitGamerX Jun 25, 2016 @ 11:22am 
Sorry to hear this news. I've really enjoyed the work you have put into explorminate and your enthusiasm for the genre. This stuff should be fun and if it's not fun then you're making the right decision. When you're ready I hope you maintain some sort of presence on social media such as Twitter. Be well and see you around. :)
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Mr.Kill Jun 25, 2016 @ 11:51am 
Sad to see you go. I wish you well in future endeavors.

Still surprised to see so much name-calling though.
Long Dead Fingers Jun 25, 2016 @ 12:15pm 
Sad to read this but I wish you all the best, Devildog. Watching your LP's and listening to you and Nate in your podcasts over the last year or so, I've learned a lot and am glad to have gotten to know you (just a little bit) through those... I will really miss the banter.

There's no doubt you've got your priorities right, though. It's just upsetting that there's so much hate out there and that much of it was directed at you personally as a reward for all your efforts. Sorry that was part of what wrecked the fun for you. I'd find that horrible, too.

Thank you always, DevilDog, for the great work you put into eXplorminate!
MizzouRah Jun 25, 2016 @ 12:32pm 
Do what's best for YOU and your family, DD.. nothing wrong with that. I love what you have done for us 4x gamers and I know it will be in good hands. Semper Fi Devil Dog, Ooh Rah!
Mansen Jun 25, 2016 @ 12:33pm 
Originally posted by Army Pea:
I think you did an outstanding job putting explorminate on the 4x map.
Be proud brother.

I hope to see you sooner than later.

Hear hear. Sad to see you go, Devildog. But you gotta do what works for you after all. :)
echo2361 Jun 25, 2016 @ 12:43pm 
Adios DD. I remember the Stardrive beta testing days together before explorminate when you had so much enthusiasm for 4x games and beta testing. Sometimes it's best to step away when the things you do no longer bring you the same joy they once did. Best of luck in life's future adventures!
I'm Spartacus Jun 25, 2016 @ 1:02pm 
I'm just really upset that an ultra decent, stand up guy like you has had to deal with it at all Rob.
Though having owned a retail business myself for over 20 years I can't say it's a surprise.

I hope ( but am pessimistic ) that said hate and friction will just not be passed on to Nate and Troy and the others if you are not available.

In any case good luck with your new career, and your family plans and hope that after a break from it you will be recharged.

Roarke Jun 25, 2016 @ 1:26pm 
You definitely should be proud of Explorminate. It has become much more then I thought it would.
It sucks that it's success also brings in these... issues.

Best wishes to you.
Gregorovitch Jun 25, 2016 @ 2:44pm 
I am very sorry to hear this news. I can understand the pressure of doing everything you do for eXplorminate in your spare time - family and career must come first - and if you're not enjoying the games anymore 'cos they feel more like work than fun, that too.

What I can't understand is someone like you getting shit from the internet etc. WTF?

This is a great group you've built DD, and I hope that even if you scale back your input you'll still be around 'cos you belong here.
hurleybird Jun 25, 2016 @ 2:59pm 
Sad to see you go, but it sounds like you're focusing on the important stuff. Hopefully you will still pop your head in from time to time.

In any case, you should be proud of what you've been able to accomplish here!
Nasarog Jun 25, 2016 @ 3:10pm 
I'm hoping to work something out with Rob as far as his participation in e4x, but until I do, I won't discuss it openly.

I'll discuss it here more openly once I do.
harley9699 Jun 25, 2016 @ 4:44pm 
Well, you always have to do what's in you and your family's best interests. I know I've become a huge eXplorminate fan, with a lot of it having to do with the time and effort you've put in here.
Wish you the absolute best in your endeavors. Hopefully, you can pop in every once in a while and let us know what's been going on with you. Sorry to see you go, but you have to do what's right for you. The best of luck to you!
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