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Trykon
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  New beginnings
February 6, 2014 4:51:15 PM    View the profile of Trykon 
Hi, everybody.

Today is my VE birthday, the three year anniversary of me joining the Vast Empire.  And I wanted to take this opportunity to thank every single member of this community, including people who may have since left, and even newcomers who see this post long after I write it.

The Vast Empire has been good to me.  In early 2011, I was looking for an online writers’ group that worked in an established fictional setting.  I had a tendency to obsess over worldbuilding for every new story (especially science fiction), and therefore I’d get distracted from actually writing stories populated by believable characters doing interesting things.  My hope was that in a writing/play-by-post role-playing club that focused on an established, shared setting, I would be freed from that temptation to worldbuild ad infinitum, and could therefore practice the actual craft of writing with more regularity.  The Vast Empire - and particularly the mysterious Dark Jedi Order - seemed to fit the bill, and three years later, I’m convinced that joining this little Star Wars fan club was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Hyperbole Alert!  No really, though, it’s true.  This community has helped me build skills I use daily in my professional life, ranging from written communications and workplace etiquette to management and counseling techniques to graphic design programs and theory, and therefore the Vast Empire shares some of the credit for my recent career successes.  And comparing my working life now to the limited scope and small number of commissions I was bringing in before the VE… let’s just say it’s been a good few years.  So thank you, again, to everyone who makes/has made/will continue to make this community what it is.

That’s as good a transition as any, I suppose, for me to talk about what this community actually is (now, and in the future), and to discuss my continuing/changing role within this amazing, diverse, dynamic group of Star Wars fans.

As even a cursory look at the ComNet will tell you, the Vast Empire has been hit club-wide with a slump in activity, the past few months.  Looks can be deceiving, though, and I’d like to officially announce a large community development project that has been keeping many of the VE’s commanders and divisional leaders busy behind the scenes, away from the ComNet:

www.EmpiresEdge.com, the homepage of the brand-new Empire’s Edge writing, role-playing, gaming, and fiction club, is up and running.  The new club takes the lessons we’ve collectively learned from our time spent hereabouts, and makes slight changes to the VE model, hopefully enabling Imperial-themed Star Wars role-play and writing to continue for a long time to come.

For years, VE members have struggled to find ways to update www.vastempire.com, as part of an integrated recruitment initiative, but a variety of factors have made that update impossible.  The current site is an acknowledged stumbling block for recruitment, and we’ve watched membership numbers dwindle, despite a real renaissance of quality prose and unprecedented camaraderie, in the past couple years.  Given that situation, a cabal of VE members in leadership positions banded together months ago to create new infrastructure that was more reflective of our resilient, passionate community, and that cabal created Empire’s Edge.  The cabal elected me as the first Chief Executive Officer of the EE (roughly analogous to Kadann’s position as the head of the VEHC), and with my new responsibilities I have to announce that I will be retiring from the Vast Empire, after the conclusion of Chapter 9.

It’s been an incredibly fulfilling, enriching three years.  I hope most of you will join me - and many other members of the Vast Empire - out on the Empire’s Edge.  For now, I hope we can all finish Chapter 9 well, but either way that story goes I’m comforted by the knowledge that this community is going to continue, whether here on the ComNet or on the new Imperial Holonet forum of Empire’s Edge.

Thanks, y'all.

    -Trick
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  RE: New beginnings
February 7, 2014 2:17:38 PM    View the profile of Aeos 
This year May, will mark 9 years with the Vast Empire for me.
I was 14 years old, still only learning English at school and not speaking it. I would like to add to Trykon's words.

For anyone still here, listen, or rather read into what Trykon says about what the Vast Empire gave him. Alot of things I've achieved in the past few years, was a as result of my involvement with the VE. Qualifying as a graphic designer, pro-bono writer and my first job.

In my interview, my now-boss perked up when I mentioned that I wrote online Star Wars fiction as part of an online community. Why I said that in an interview goes beyond me, but it grabbed his attention and he was curious and it seemed to be a turning point in the interview.

Besides the professional skills, I've learned how to deal with people, make friends and engage with concepts I otherwise would not have been exposed to. I had a small online digital corner to escape to when life had it going too hard for me.

Thank you VE for everything that I learned here, and how it contributed to my life in the physical world. It was bluddy awesome.

For anyone reading this, I'll see you in the EE. Otherwise, adios.

Signed-
Aeos

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  RE: New beginnings
February 7, 2014 3:55:46 PM    View the profile of Avalar 
I will also follow suit in this.

This community has been amazing even though I have joined, left, returned, left again, and so on. My best friend and boyfriend have heard all of my stories in the VE. They have helped me with OOC drama and been excited for my writing. While I have not yet been able to show the skills i have earned in a more formal business setting, I have been able to learn how to cope with people of all kinds, whether they shared my beliefs or not, had a mental disability, etc. I have gained a respect for every person here, misfit or not. And I thank you guys for shattering my worldviews every so often.

Now, after 3 years, I am also retiring from the VE. While lessons here might have been worthwhile and sorely needed, the other side of the coin also exists on this site. My dealings with a banned member, former member, and Regents are all part of the VE, and they are things I finally want to move on from.

Thus, the EE has become my new home. There I can start anew without the memories of my past self. I hope to see you all there as I attempt this journey on a new foot. As much as I would like to finish up Ch 9, I cannot bring myself to force something my soul has been straying away from. So I hope to see y'all in the EE if you so choose that path. We will always welcome you.
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  RE: New beginnings
February 8, 2014 2:00:54 AM    View the profile of Skarr 
To be honest, there's not much more I can add. Two days ago marked my fourth year with the Vast Empire. And if I'm not mistaken, I never did ever go on official leave here. Besides a few down points, I was really committed to this site. And I never thought I'd leave. I had high hopes of continuing onwards on this site for a long time, but I must also admit that the time has come to an end.

From the moment I joined in 2010 up to right now, I have loved this club and the people in it. You've been great friends and a safe haven for when things sucked in my life. This club has allowed me to improve my writing to a level that surprises even me. These past few months and the slump this site has been in has made me fearful. I was afraid that it'd end. That I would have to find the courage to look for another community that could ever match up to this one.

Luckily, my answer is the Empire's Edge. A new beginning with the people I've come to enjoy spending time with and writing with. I would love to stay here, but to be honest, there aren't many people actually in the Army that I could stay for anymore. If any of you are still out here and waiting for something, anything to be done, come join us. Start fresh with the rest of us. Be a part of our club canon and prepare the way for other writers like ourselves.

Effective as of right now, I am going into retirement. This might not be the last the VE will ever see of me. But that will depend on how well this place does in the future. For now, however, Skarr and Vexus has a new home. And wherever my creations go, I must follow! So good bye everyone!
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  RE: New beginnings
February 8, 2014 7:10:54 AM    View the profile of Hades 
Wow, the feels from this post!

Where can I start? I joined in November, two and a bit years ago. From day one I was made to feel welcome and I knew without a doubt that here was my new home for writing, and indeed in other ways as well. I've made a tonne of friends who have been more than just writing partners - they've helped me through hard times and I can say that they are as much friends to me as my RL friends.

I've had a lot of fun here, there've been both ups and downs - as with any journey - and I can echo many here in saying the VE has helped me develop my writing and people skills tenfold. Even for an atheist, the VE was a godsend. I've written a lot of different scenarios while here and really widened my perspectives of not only writing but a lot of RL issues.

As with those above, however, I too have migrated to the Empire's Edge. The lull that the VE is in now and has been in for several months has been too much for even an optimist like me to continue my positive outlook. Understandably, I jumped at the opportunity of the EE!

Like the legend of the phoenix, great things are reborn anew and often grow to be stronger than ever. So too are my hopes for the EE; while I hate to leave the VE, a place that has given so much to me, even I must admit I will be resigning at the close of Chapter Nine and not returning in the foreseeable future. As Skarr said, that may not be the last the VE sees of me...

I will do my best to continue Chapter 9, but with new responsibilities amidst the building of the EE, I am unsure if it will ever reach a desirable conclusion (Ch. 9) for any of my characters.

I hope to see everyone soon at the EE.. and it's been fun.

-Hades.

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  RE: New beginnings
February 9, 2014 8:16:33 PM    View the profile of Havock 
I just think Tryk is the man, he is awesome. And you all smell like green stuff.
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  RE: New beginnings
February 10, 2014 8:25:29 PM    View the profile of crimson-nexus 
Well I have not the word and memories here at the VE you guys have. The Veteran writers are some of the greatest people I have had the honor to work with.

I can't offer the words of the others but I do pose a question about EE.

Are us rookies invited?
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  RE: New beginnings
February 10, 2014 9:44:43 PM    View the profile of Luckystar 
Trykon
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  RE: New beginnings
February 11, 2014 2:08:13 AM    View the profile of Trykon 
Of course you're welcome, crimson!  I'm sorry that wasn't clear.  All are welcome, with a very, very few exceptions.  Specifically, anyone who managed to earn themselves a lifetime ban from the VE will see that carry over to the EE.  Because any conduct egregious enough to warrant that kind of disciplinary action and/or community protection action is serious enough that it violates the EE's policies governing safety and mutual respect, which we take very seriously.

VE vets should ask any questions on the EE's forum, The Imperial Holonet.  Out of respect for the Vast Empire Axiom, I'm not going to do much advertising/explaining here on the ComNet; technically the EE is now a bit a rival club.  For the record, though, the intent was simply to create new, modern web infrastructure and club systems that are more responsive to the needs/concerns of the existing community; we're not trying to poach members from the VE, and indeed I personally plan on finishing out Chapter 9 in style here, before retiring to focus on the EE, if that is at all possible.
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  RE: New beginnings
February 17, 2014 8:15:59 PM    View the profile of Dusk 
Well... it seems my fears have been realized... I have finally stopped denying the truth. The 12th of next month marks my 3rd year of VE and it sad to see that we didn't make it there... I'll see you guys on the other side on EE. And like so many others, I will be sticking around through Ch. 9 and most likely go into retirement as well.
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  RE: New beginnings
February 17, 2014 9:18:33 PM    View the profile of Norsedragoon 
I fully intend to remain here for as long as I am able, while also participating in EE... no retirement for the evil cyber squid.
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  RE: New beginnings
February 18, 2014 12:12:22 AM    View the profile of crimson-nexus 
Like Norse I am staying 'til I can't post no more.
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  RE: New beginnings
February 21, 2014 11:20:38 PM    View the profile of Balac 
Oh, the feels!

This past December marks my third year "here". While my activity over the past year has been on the worst side of sporadic, this does so intrigue me. Not a day goes by that my mind doesn't wonder to Balac, the VE, and the amazing joy I've had as a amateur writer, wording stories with you amazing men and women. That real life thing tends to get in the way for me so much (most recently job loss, place of business closed down), that I can't find the drive to come back (or if I do, I find myself unable to write anything).

Anyway, rambling aside, perhaps this is a step in the right direction, and I hope will help set my heart once more on writing.

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  RE: New beginnings
March 9, 2014 6:52:14 PM    View the profile of HammerHead 
Well, this sucks. I just passed two years in the service, and it's all gone downhill. I'm too attached to abandon ship, so I going to stay onboard as long as I can. That being said, I'm joining EE as fast as my fingers can type, expect my appearance in the next few days.
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  RE: New beginnings
March 9, 2014 10:38:38 PM    View the profile of Trykon 
If it helps, Hammerhead, try not to think of it as "it's all gone downhill."  In reality, "it's all" just moved to the next hill over. 

The community is actually more active than it has been in a long time, as these statistics from the EE's forum indicate:
2,399 posts
235 topics
37 members
all in just two-three months.

And that's before any organized recruitment drive (which is in the works) has been launched.

By all means, those who want to stay should do so.  But it looks like most members of the community that began here are finding the Star Wars Imperial role-playing and writing they crave primarily through the EE, at this point.  In other words, the VE lives on - with slight but positive changes - at a different web address.
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  RE: New beginnings
March 25, 2014 9:49:21 PM    View the profile of Legit 
First of all, great thread. I haven't been active for years now, but felt compelled to share my two cents.

I joined my Sophmore year (23 now) with my high school buddy Leon. I had little to no writing skills and struggled a lot in English class (I had less than 8 years in this country) I was always a fan of forums during my teenage years and got into Star Wars pretty late in the game, compared to most Americans my age. I had the opportunity to learn from writers such as Rizzit, Riqimo, Talon, Aeos (who showed me the ropes at one point), Zafos, Sandwich Sam, and the old Dark Dragoons squad back in '06.

Not only did my writing improve, but prose became my strongest asset in college and now in the "real world". For many of us, it did not only improve our lives, but created lasting memories. I had a lot of cool memories in mIRC and I'm sure so did many people in this forum.

Some mIRC shenanigans: http://quotes.vastempire.com/?searchq=Legit&sort=0&show=25

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  RE: New beginnings
March 29, 2014 2:29:03 PM    View the profile of Gunnay 
^^^ Nice quotes. Curious, there was a topic from must be 4+ years ago. It had all sorts of quotes from the past 10+ years. Anyone know what I'm talking about/where I might find it?
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  RE: New beginnings
March 29, 2014 2:38:14 PM    View the profile of Gunnay 
Never mind, found it, links below if anyone's interested. Keep in mind, different time, different age groups, different maturity level/humor.

http://comnet.imperialnetwork.com/topic/3619/

and

http://comnet.imperialnetwork.com/topic/3739/
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  RE: New beginnings
April 15, 2014 2:49:57 PM    View the profile of Raziel 
That reminds me, I need to set Swomz on the word censor, for old times' sake.

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  RE: New beginnings
October 28, 2014 4:32:40 PM    View the profile of Jaden 
SWOMZ!

I do miss this place, every now and again.

Seems she's finally dieing off eh?

A toast, my friends...to the glory days!

This place will forever live on my heart, that's for sure.
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  RE: New beginnings
October 28, 2014 4:45:26 PM    View the profile of Trykon 
I'll share the toast - I'm nostalgic for the ComNet, too - but I don't think the community has died... we've just moved on to a different web address! 

To any and all VE veterans who remember this place fondly, I encourage you to check out www.EmpiresEdge.com, and our forum The Imperial Holonet.  November is going to be a month of NaNoWriMo-style long-form writing, in the EE, but the community of play-by-post roleplaying as Imperials in the Star Wars galaxy hasn't disappeared!  Merely changed our name.  If you ever feel the urge to write/play, you're welcome in the EE any time. 
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  RE: New beginnings
October 28, 2014 5:19:59 PM    View the profile of Jaden 
Well, if nobody minds me asking...

Why has everything moved then? If this forum is still up and running...why isn't anyone using it?

Juzt a thought. Just hate to see VE die off.
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  RE: New beginnings
October 28, 2014 6:24:28 PM    View the profile of Luckystar 
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  RE: New beginnings
October 28, 2014 9:20:11 PM    View the profile of Trykon 
With the exception of some die-hard lurkers - myself and apparently Luckystar included - the ComNet has been largely abandoned, and the reason is the embarrassingly out-of-date, typo-ridden front page for the VE family of sites, www.VastEmpire.com.  Despite a real renaissance around here in 2012 and 2013, with great camaraderie between and within the divisions after a long period of overly competitive strife, and with very well-written, record-breaking stories being posted to the forum all the time, membership numbers kept getting smaller, year after year.  And it's because we couldn't really get a recruitment drive going.  If someone posted a link to "an awesome roleplaying club" that they wanted to recommend to you, and it led you to a Flash introduction and a landing page with a hit counter on it, would you bother exploring that messy site, reading through decade-old "testimonials" to find links you could click through until you eventually found the awesome forum?

The only two people who have access to the site to update it are Kadann and Talon, and they stopped answering messages on here and Facebook, over a year and a half ago.  The divisional leadership of the VEN, VEA, and DJO all agreed: the community had to have a new main page if we were going to stay viable, and with nobody able to contact Kadann or Talon to update the main VE site, we reluctantly resolved to start a new family of sites elsewhere.  We didn't want to leave the wonderful ComNet behind, nor the integrated family of sites with functionality like bank accounts and the store... but we didn't see any way to bring in new members (at a rate sufficient to keep up with the inevitable attrition that comes from real life conflicts sending members into retirement) without changing the main page.

Now that we HAVE rebuilt a main page, a forum, and a wiki over at EmpiresEdge.com, though, the community is stronger than it's been in years!  We just celebrated our one year anniversary, as a club independent of the VE, and for the first time in the four years I've been a part of it, the community didn't get smaller, this year.  We had a lot of people retire or go into the reserves, as real life changed and they lost the time for Star Wars Imperial rping... but at least as many people returned to the community, or joined it for the first time.

Again: the VE community still lives.  Just under a new name, and at a new web address.  You should join us!
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  RE: New beginnings
November 10, 2014 3:45:49 AM    View the profile of Jaden 
Well it would be nice to see a revival in the site. Maybe a kick from Fury to Kad or Tal might get some things accomplished maybe? I could never just abandon all hope on VE. Though it is great to remain a community, and continue writing together. I understand where youre coming from.

Alas, this will be the place I lurk until she rises from the ashes againe'!

Tis a special place in me heart.

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  RE: New beginnings
December 1, 2014 5:28:32 PM    View the profile of Trykon 
Hey, if this place is ever viable again, I'm liable to return, myself!  In the meantime, though, I'll go where the writing/role-playing is happening! 
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  RE: New beginnings
December 2, 2014 12:17:46 AM    View the profile of Fury 
Honestly, I know Kad is obviously still paying for the site, but, yes, other than old school trolls trying to sign back up, things are very, very dead here.

The wiki is basically shut down to new members as all I was doing was spending time blocking spam accounts.

Basically, I'm just cleaning up my notes, occasionally checking the store for traffic, and watching Rebels with my kid.

I think you guys have a good thing going at the Edge, and that's nice, but yeah, a total revamp and kick in the pants would be good around here. I'd love to see this old heap get back in the game. And yeah, that heap includes me. I miss the conversations and the creativity but I certainly don't have the time to do it justice.

I could go all archivist and pitch in where possible but real life really is a time suck when you are stretched thin.
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  RE: New beginnings
December 2, 2014 2:22:39 PM    View the profile of Trykon 
If nothing else, the birth of the EE has proven that we're capable of effecting a total overhaul, as a community... if we could just get access to the VE web infrastructure, there's no reason we couldn't implement the same kind of upgrades here in the VE.  The place could be resurrected.  But as far as I can tell, it can't happen without Kadann or Talon.
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  RE: New beginnings
December 3, 2014 12:16:35 AM    View the profile of Fury 
Yeah, I gave up that level of access in 2008 and never got it back. Not really sure I even wanted it back to be quite fair.
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  RE: New beginnings
December 3, 2014 6:10:23 PM    View the profile of Virius 
It's a shame that it had to come to making a whole new site, but I am looking forward to maybe participating. I have seem to lost my writing artistic ability since I joined the Army (US Army). Maybe this might help re-kindle it.
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