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Well it was bound to happen sooner or later I suppose. Rolf finally went off the deep end on pvp and it has cost him. It seems he can no longer afford to pay for a developer due to costs overruns across the board. He just bought new offices, spent months of time and money on a pvp concept that failed miserably, not once but twice and is now doubling down on a third attempt.
The challenge server was a complete disaster and the first attempt, only 2 weeks after it opened, had all of 9 people on it, just 9. I have seen more at a childs birthday party. However it did start off strong with around 250 players, good for Wurm numbers. The second attempt did manage to keep about an average of 38 people through its run, but only started with about 135 ish people, so at least it was better. LOL.
Rolfs fanaticisim about PVP and just plain bad management is running the game into the ground. He uses a terrible host and despite months and months of people doing tracert's and countless posts showing that his host is the cause of the problem, he is ignoring it. So people still experience, what Ill term, something like rolling blackouts. Some people will be fine and others will be constantly dissconnecting repeatedly throughout the day. The next day its a different set of people who experience it. Its just a mess, but every time, tracert's are done and posted, and its always his host.
The amount of bugs is getting towards the staggering side these days. While Wurm has always had a lot of bugs, these days its getting on the ridiculous side.
Players have been dropping like flies as of the past few months and nothing is being done to address it. Its as if he just ignores it and keeps plugging away for his handful of people that want to play his way. Its just crazy. No one can make much sense of it.
Meanwhile he has decided to get new offices. JUST LOL.
The whole thing reminds me of Brad McQuaid and his management of Vanguard. Its just crazy and it begs the question...how long till the doors shut and servers spin down. If you keep spending on things that dont improve the game at the cost of developers, really how long can such a thing be sustained.
I think he has lost his mind, or maybe he is following in Brad McQuaids footsteps with a drug issue, I dont know, but I do know that there is much trouble in Wurms future if this pattern of management does not change.