Zombie, Jim and Skippy,
I've enjoyed playing on the tds server over the last couple of years on and off, and over the last year exclusivley as there were mostly mature players, good mission setup, and the prefab bases provided a good goal to work toward by grinding for money, which in turn promoted loyalty to the server.
Over the last few months I have become busy running my own company, which has limited the amount of time I have been playing recently, but the core group that always seem to be on (reagan, navy, katzbii, jason, clontarf, bigdog, etc) and the chance to get my prefab base back up is the reason I keep coming back when i can.
Over the last few months I have just got my bank balance back up to 6.5 mil (on 2 seperate occasions) and the server was wiped before i could get a build request in. This has been a dissapointment each time (as im not able to be on all the time to generate the money, this literaly takes me weeks atm), but I thought i'd wait until the 1.0.6 server started before trying again.
For me, as the decision seems to have been under discussion before the new update went live, has provided the most disappontment. As had I known I wouldn't have spent the time over the last month playing for no goals, and the last couple of days identifying bugs on your behalf.
Sometimes it's hard to see issues from the inside, but from my outsiders perspective with a long playing history on the server, it seems that the admins don't enjoy playing arma2 epoch like they used to anymore, and that as i lurk on the forums, I have noticed that any critisim is met with a veiled hostility from a couple of your admins.
This hostility (or lack of the prior friendly service as there used to be), the lack of admins present on the server playing like they used to (creating and promoting events - like reagan, navy, katzbii and jason have been doing over the last while), and the recent run of server wipes, seem to be the reason that the old players are not returning to the server and new players not sticking around.
Also on a side note, the reason I found the server in the first place a couple of years ago was due to karlus bojangles videos, which I think may have been underestimated in promotional terms of how many players that brought to the server (I remember there being high numbers in the evenings and weekends while he was promoting the server).
I hope this message is taken in the spirit intended, as I believe was the intention of Jason's offer of help also (as one of constructive criticism, and a genuine effort to help you rethink your decision) as ive really enjoyed most aspects of the way tds is run (as you would notice from my clan recruitment application a few weeks agao) and would like to stick around and get to know everyone better!
Kind Regards and Merry Xmas