In what I can only call a blow to the extended EverQuest II community, Feldon of the site EQ2 Wire has decided to call it quits.
The site, which has been in operation for just over nine years, has been my go-to for news and updates about EverQuest II. Feldon has been something of a crutch for me, helping me keep track of a game I care about but haven’t played in any serious way in at least five years.
Unfortunately, Feldon has also moved away from the game. In his post announcing the end of his coverage, he pointed to that, his deteriorating relationship with Daybreak, and the fact that he has many other things going on in his life as factors that led to his decision.
It is sad to hear he his giving up his role in the EQII community. I have often repeated that I wish there was a Feldon for EverQuest and Rift and a few other MMOs out there. But it can be a lot of work and his efforts have not always been appreciated by SOE and Daybreak, so I can only thank his for all his has done and wish him well in whatever he chooses to pursue.
I do hope he will keep the site up for now, if only out of selfish reasons… I don’t need another raft of dead links here, as I have linked out to EQ2 Wire often.
He has stated that he will continue to maintain the EQ2U Players site for now as it still gets a significant amount of traffic from player look ups.
When fan sites like this depart, it points out both the strength and weakness of online gaming communities. On the one hand, the efforts of a single player can touch a wide swathe of the community. But our tendency to depend on such sites is exposed when they depart and we feel the hole they have left in our world.
And so it goes. Good luck Feldon and thank you for all you’ve done!