A Psuedo-farewell

KungFuSquirrelKungFuSquirrel Basher of Muttons Join Date: 2002-01-26 Member: 103Members, NS1 Playtester, Contributor
<div class="IPBDescription">on the eve of moving for my new job</div> This is mostly taken directly from my site with a personalized excerpt for the NS players at the end.


Imagine, if you will, being brought on board to play for your favorite sports team. Or joining your favorite band as a new member. Or starring in a re-make of your favorite movie. That is the level of indescribable joy I feel at this moment.

In little more than 24 hours I will begin the long drive to Madison, WI, and in little more than 48 hours, I will begin my first day on the job at Raven Software. I wouldn't call Raven my 'favorite' developer (as alluded to in the first paragraph), but the comparison still holds true. The near future is exciting beyond words, though I don't know yet how it will turn out.

To be perfectly honest, I'm terrified. I have no idea how I'll hold up in this setting. I have no fears of getting along with the other guys; I've had great experiences in my two visits there, but I can't shake the feeling that I haven't made anything I've been truly happy with in months... Hopefully a brand new engine and editor will kick-start that old creative motor.

I don't know what will happen from this point. I'd love to stay with Raven and raise a family with Maggie in the Madison area, but I know a lot of people, even at major companies, start out with such dreams but never get the chance to achieve them. It's a tumultuous industry right now, and the greatest disservice I can do to myself is take anything for granted.

I've had a blast working independently and in the mod community over the last few years, but as time goes on and on I keep getting more and more burned out by it. It's time to move on.

This is going to be fun.


To the NS community: Wow. Thank you. I know not all of you guys like my work, but the overwhelming response I have received towards Eclipse and Veil is just absolutely incredible. I never imagined that I could have created a single level to that sort of reception, let alone two.

It figures that I just start getting more involved in these forums as it's time for me to cut myself off. For the most part, at least. As with Ken, I'm sure I'll still post here, but just in case I wanted to leave this thread.

Eclipse and Veil have had their final 3.0 changes made and will be passed on for compiling and distributing after I have my internet connection restored June 29th. The new owner is.... *dun dun dunnnnn* Ben "MrBen" Ives. His style-matching work for Nightwatch is absolutely top-grade and he came to my mind as a successor with not a single second thought. I know he'll do fine on whatever revisions they may need.

Finally, to Flayra, if he still is out there reading this... After I get settled into Madison and my finances balance out again, I'll be making (what I consider to be, at least) a fairly significant donation to the Constellation program. I haven't done so yet, and have meant to for some time, and this seems the best time to do so. While NS was by no means the only factor in landing my new job, without NS many of those additional factors may not have existed. I figure the least I can do, then, is give Flay something back for that as he gets started with his own company. And to anyone else who hasn't done so - please consider doing the same.

Thank you everyone for a great couple years. It's been a blast being a part of this community and this mod as a whole, and I wish you all the best. Keep in touch, and I'll see you around. <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->


  • ComproxComprox *chortle* Canada Join Date: 2002-01-23 Member: 7Members, Super Administrators, Forum Admins, NS1 Playtester, NS2 Developer, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Silver, Subnautica Developer, Subnautica Playtester, Pistachionauts
    Ok, you forgot to include tissues for me to cry into here man D:
  • NecroticNecrotic Big Girl&#39;s Blouse Join Date: 2002-01-25 Member: 53Members, NS1 Playtester
    edited June 2004
    I wish you the best of luck in what must be the dream job of many a forumite and also with your wife and I'll be awaiting the thread full of pics of mini-KFS's running around the place making replicas of eclipse out of legos.
  • NeoMatrixj2NeoMatrixj2 Join Date: 2002-11-22 Member: 9638Members
    Sad it truly is. You'll always be remembered here kfs.
  • baconflapsbaconflaps Join Date: 2004-02-09 Member: 26314Members
    Best wishes, and good luck in all your endeavors. Isn't Raven making Quake 4? =P
  • ElvenThiefElvenThief aka Elven Thief (ex. NS Programmer) Join Date: 2002-11-15 Member: 8754Members, Retired Developer, NS1 Playtester, Constellation
    I will hunt you down and force you to show me screenshots of your latest maps when you get up here in Madison.
    Then I'll buy you a beer or something.
  • DreadDread Join Date: 2002-07-24 Member: 993Members
    edited June 2004
    Good bye and good luck with your new job and family. We're all going to miis you <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    Edit: And some might even miss you <!--emo&:D--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • ScytheScythe Join Date: 2002-01-25 Member: 46NS1 Playtester, Forum Moderators, Constellation, Reinforced - Silver
    /me cries onto his keyboard.

    You've been a big part of the NS community ever since I've been around. It makes me kinda depressed to see one of the favourite parts of my favourite online community go away even though I know it's for the better. I really hope you enjoy your new job and attached lifestyle and you and Maggie are happy together for the rest of your lives.

    Be sure to drop in occasionally and provide us with updates mmk? <!--emo&:(--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo-->

  • ThE_HeRoThE_HeRo Join Date: 2003-01-25 Member: 12723Members
    KFS, Good luck in life, you make EVERYONE'S favorite map. Veil and Eclipse are the two best NS maps ever made for public or clan play. Good luck with Raven, they might not be the best software company, but I know you'll knock some sense into them. Good luck sir.
  • laggerlagger Join Date: 2002-10-31 Member: 1805Members
    Good Luck, I hope everything works out.
  • NessNess Join Date: 2002-12-17 Member: 10935Members, Reinforced - Onos
    I'm going to miss bitching about various vents.... <!--emo&:(--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • tracknumberseventracknumberseven Join Date: 2002-12-12 Member: 10741Members
    edited June 2004
    Adios mate,
    Eclipse was my favourite map.

    Good luck with your dreams.
  • InfinitumInfinitum Anime Encyclopedia Join Date: 2002-08-08 Member: 1111Members, Constellation
  • BirdyBirdy Join Date: 2003-05-29 Member: 16825Members, Constellation
    Good luck and have fun!

    Eclipse also is my favorite map, thanks <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • CMEastCMEast Join Date: 2002-05-19 Member: 632Members
    Eclipse rocked and so do you. HF

    (if we do see those kids I bet they've got a number on the top of their heads as a birthmark... something like 1337 <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->)
  • orgazm0orgazm0 Join Date: 2003-10-04 Member: 21439Members
    sad for NS to lose its best mapper <!--emo&:(--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    eclipse and veil are by far the best maps, good luck in the future.
  • panda_de_malheureuxpanda_de_malheureux Join Date: 2003-12-26 Member: 24775Members
    i like your maps, they are fun.

    also i would like to see subtle anti-microsoft messages in games. just a simple "OMG eat shiz and die MS" on the intro to every game will do.
  • RaVeRaVe Join Date: 2003-06-20 Member: 17538Members
    Good luck with your job KFS. I'm sure you will be remembered within the NS community. If they don't....well....I'll try and get them back in line then.

    Good luck, and have fun mapping for them <!--emo&:D--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • LaCHiELaCHiE Join Date: 2003-02-22 Member: 13849Members, Constellation
    GG Mate, we all <3 you!
  • EvenFlowEvenFlow Join Date: 2002-12-18 Member: 11046Members
    We should be thanking you, so, thanks for all your input and good luck for the future!
  • Seph_KimaraSeph_Kimara Join Date: 2003-08-10 Member: 19359Members
    edited June 2004
    May you walk on warm sands, outlander.

    Good luck and all the best for the future.
  • BigMadSteveBigMadSteve Join Date: 2003-02-12 Member: 13472Members
    Thanks for your superb contribution towards the community and the mod. Though I disagree with some of the changes, Eclipse is still one of my favourite maps (along side Bast).

    Have fun at your new job! Do good!
  • SwiftspearSwiftspear Custim tital Join Date: 2003-10-29 Member: 22097Members
    Thanks for being awesome!

    Try to stick around, we will miss you too much if you just dissapear. Good luck and have fun with the new job, and when something you worked on comes out, advertize shamelessly for us all <!--emo&:p--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/tounge.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tounge.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • SuBSuB AusNS Forum Admin Join Date: 2003-02-18 Member: 13723Members
    Good luck in the future... thanks for making the two greatest NS maps there are, and for the countless hours you put into them.

    It's sad to see you go, but for a person with such talent it was inevitable really.

    GL HF for everything in the future! <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • spetznatzspetznatz Join Date: 2003-11-11 Member: 22472Members
    You are probably the sole reason I am still playing ns. Hadn't it have been for the first map I played (ns_eclipse), I would have written the game off as too complex and not worth my time. But no, remember how cool and different the map looked compared to tfc/cs I decided to play on and I haven't regretted it. Thank's and good luck with q4!
  • StavesacreStavesacre Join Date: 2003-09-13 Member: 20816Members, Constellation
    Here's to a bright future for you KFS!
    You've left your mark here, now go and leave that mark of talent on the big scene.
  • DY357LXDY357LX Playing since day 1. Still can&#39;t Comm. England Join Date: 2002-10-27 Member: 1651Members, Constellation
    Best of luck to you KungFuSquirrel. You definately deserve it.

    Let us know how you're getting on, when you get the chance.
  • Nemesis_ZeroNemesis_Zero Old European Join Date: 2002-01-25 Member: 75Members, Retired Developer, NS1 Playtester, Constellation
    As with Ken, I see no point in wishing you luck for your job - you just don't need it.

    I also won't say goodbye, I'd rather say 'see you'. As stress - and eventfull as your life is going to become now, I sincerely hope you'll stop by from time to time. Keep rocking, Andrew, and remember: You and Ken are the sole reasons I'm going to buy Quake 4, so you'd better do some good work or you owe me 50 bucks <!--emo&:D--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • DrfuzzyDrfuzzy FEW... MORE.... INCHES... Join Date: 2003-09-21 Member: 21094Members
    Good luck, keep us informed on all teh quake4 goodies <!--emo&:D--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    To think we chat with somoene whos going to be doing quake4 <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo--> Thats something to tell your friends when it comes out hehehe.
  • esunaesuna Rock Bottom Join Date: 2003-04-03 Member: 15175Members, Constellation
    He'll be back in a week. <!--emo&:D--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->

    Nah, i guess this is a little different from some clanner stopping playing. Good luck in the future, KFS, I hope everything goes well at Raven and we can see some kick-arse maps from you in the future. But don't forget about the NS community when you're gone. <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->
  • c0mpleXc0mpleX Join Date: 2003-09-17 Member: 20945Members
    glhf <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo--> Eclipse would be my favourite map if I hadn't played it so damned much <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://www.unknownworlds.com/forums/html//emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->
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