Ripard Teg has announced he is closing down Jester’s Trek.
It seemed so abrupt that I had to triple check it wasn’t April 1st, and even now I am still not sure I believe it.
Despite the shock, I am also not surprised. I thought many times over recent months that he appeared to have been worn down by the unfriendliness in the community. (In fact I’d stopped reading the comments on his posts due to the obvious attacks and trolling.)
There has been a general negative vibe across the blog sphere for a while now – something I have remarked on but tried not to harp about. ** Jester’s Trek going isn’t evidence that the game is dying, but it is a big loss non-the less
If I was to recommend to players just one blog to follow about EVE, his was it. I have always appreciated his efforts to promote EVE in an almost always calm and rational way – enough to quietly donate some of my ISK to his yearly drives.
A heartfelt thank you Ripard Teg, may you fly safe and find the happiness in game that you are currently missing.
(** Instead I’ve been concentrating a little harder on my little corner of the game, working to ensure I keep myself amused and happy.)