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An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
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Submitted By kruncher on 13/05/12
Mars Explorer, kruncher, Community, Player Chatter, Flynn, flyclub, Aubrey 
This Document originally posted in the "Mars Explorer" Group

For those of you who don't know, Flynn (flyclub) has vanished, and this letter is meant to encourage his return. Or, at least to encourage him to communicate with us.
 
@Flynn, my friend, sometimes people need to make a clean break, despite that it may cause confusion for those left behind. I understand why you left and therefore, I hold no ill will toward you for it. You worked yourself into a frenzy and became too deeply involved, trying to do too much to revive our beloved game.
 
Maybe, you have other things taking all your time. That's fine too. However, it is my (and others') sincere hope that you want to and will come to Mars even for a little bit. Or, at least post a comment here?
 
You have helped countless people on this game. We miss you for your contributions, for your great playing style and evil but friendly sense of humor and we'd love to have you back if that works for you!
 
Please know that, if you ever feel the urge, I for one, will not ask questions about the past and I hope others will pledge to do the same. Hopefully, this may ease any reservations you may have and make you feel welcome to click that "Join Game" button to come play and visit with old friends.
 
Sincerely, kruncher

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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/12 - 16:11 GMT
Flyclub,

3.0 does not matter. We believe you firmly tried to do what's best, but just overextended yourself. Or, if the issue is medical or IRL, we understand completely.
Please comment once, just maybe to say goodbye?
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 22,204v
Posted 2013/05/12 - 18:28 GMT
Flynn,
 
Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me.
 
Sincerely, Spiffy
6 days - 21,100v
Posted 2013/05/12 - 20:13 GMT
Most dearest Flynn,
 
Your lack of communication with us martians is causing me to worry greatly about you.  Oftten times I fear the worst knowing that a hiatus of this magnitude is unlike you. 
 
But if the latter isn't the reason, please do know that we still respect you and your goodness at programin' and playin' n everything!  If the reason of you absence is because of stress working on mars explorer, do not fret!  As we understand that you do not have an easy job with all the programing and especially the networking.  At times maybe we get out of hand but don't let that bring you down.  
 
Just like what kruncher said, join a game if you see familiar faces (or usernames in this case) and come n chat n play!  Mars Explorers greatness will have a hard time succeeding without you!
 
Wif supa kind regards n much sincerity,
cheezburger 
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 day - 5,173v
Posted 2013/05/12 - 21:41 GMT
Hello,
 
I would like to say that I think that the mars community would much rather have you back as a friend than have you absent as a programmer (and we are VERY worried about you). If you want to stop working on mars, for any reason, then go right ahead. The work you have put into this community and the game is very valuable and you have my thanks. :)
 
-Ssemodnar
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/12 - 22:39 GMT
I've accepted that Flynn may be deceased because this disappearing is unlike him in every way I imagined. If he's still alive, I hope he follows through with his gratuitous leaving.
 

Edit: I want to make something very clear. I do not mean what I said above in a harsh way. There are several  reasons (some personal between him and me) why I would be shocked if Flynn had actually abandoned us. But I'll emphasize one in particular, which alone should justify my feelings toward this situation:
 
Flynn said that he would do his best for Mars, but in particular he told me that he would do his best not to make the mistake Aubrey did, which was essentially abandoning us. This is why Flynn started making frequent posts and update threads, answering many PMs, making a Skype group, and even updating a Twitter feed. He was even going to make an open source so that if something bad happened and he could no longer develop, we would at least be able to continue without him. Everything about what he was doing was for us to succeed. 
 
If Flynn intentionally vanished, he must have good reasoning. His leaving us with no source, forcing us to start from scratch after months of work and anticipation is a very unfortunate ordeal. If the Flynn I thought I knew had done this, I hope he gets the most out of his choice.
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le blunt letter lol
6 days - 21,100v
Posted 2013/05/13 - 2:57 GMT
umm..... reading what you are saying makes me think that I'm missin' something here. lol
 
 
EDIT:  ah  ok i see where you are coming from.  Especialy since you worked a lot with him setting up the new website n stuff.   I will be honest.  I to am a bit frustrated that he just left with no word as to why.  
 
I also cant really think of how to feel about him because i have no idea as to why he is gone.  If i knew why he left so abruptly and for so long, i would have a stronger opinion about his absence and weather or not it was resonable.  But the fact that he may very well be deceased is hindering my thoughts at the moment.
 
But if he is alive and well and returns with good intensions and a good reason as to why he was gone, then we should forgive him and move on wif teh production of mars!   
 
But if he returns and says that he just abandoned us for some reason, then things may get a little messy.  :/
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 day - 5,491v
Posted 2013/05/14 - 21:47 GMT
Flynn doesn't owe the community that much, surely? Certainly not so much that it overrides his personal life. It would be better to put things in perspective and see that Mars Explorer may not be at the utmost of his mind. Everybody can make an effort. If he has tragically passed away, and I pray he hasn't of course, then may he rest in peace.
 
You say it's an unfortunate ordeal - I'm sure that if he felt he had to leave that was an ordeal for him (though a message about it would have been preferable). An ordeal for us? No. Flynn hasn't failed anyone in this community; he set himself the task when he had no obligation to. The fact that he couldn't complete it could only possibly be a failure to himself if he believed it is. I do not blame Flynn. 
 
Considering how serious this matter might be, I believe it would be overly critical and thoroughly inappropriate for the time being to berate Flynn. There's a real possibility that he has died, and I think it would be wisest and most compassionate to just pray that he is still with us in this world. That's what I'd ask of this entire community - to pray for Flynn.
 
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/13 - 0:42 GMT
Flynn, if you're there, please say something. Don't linger in hibernation programming the most epic game of all time, take some time off and say hello to your friends.
 
If Flynn is dead, that is a possibility, and if he isn't, he's been gone long enough for the community to start development by itself.
 
Dammit Flynn.
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 31,391v
Posted 2013/05/13 - 0:42 GMT
I say lets stare at him till he responds. Ready! Go! O_O
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/13 - 1:06 GMT
O_O
o_o
-__-
O_O
 
Why isn't be back yet?
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dis iz a double post comment thing
6 days - 21,100v
Posted 2013/05/13 - 0:43 GMT
umm..... reading what you are saying makes me think that I'm missin' something here. lol
 
plz ignore dis message.  i replyed to the wrong comment.  :P  lol
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/13 - 3:56 GMT
I have made an edit to my previous comment in order to clarify some things.
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/13 - 14:09 GMT
I've tried everything from white pages to google hangouts ooking for him. No luck.
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
2 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/14 - 22:16 GMT
Greetings, 
 
First off, Flyclub is indeed alive and well. Why he has taken off from Marsxplr is beyond me, and I do not wish to interfere myself in personal affairs that do not involve me. 
 
This is not the first time a player has left the community unannounced, and will not be the last time. There have been thousands of players whose names are long forgotten that have left this game without any announcement. Many registered players have simply vanished as well. 
 
Many of these players have also returned in time, which I am confident that Flyclub will as well. 
As with many of us, Marsxplr is too intertwined within us to just leave permanently. 
 
With Warm Regards,
TheDude, Marsxplr.com Site Moderator
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 day - 3,804v
Posted 2013/05/16 - 9:57 GMT
Dear theDude,
 
I am very pleased to here that Flynn is indeed well.  If this had not been posted I would have assumed the worst as indeed this abrupt leaving is unexpected of Flynn.
 
Now I address Flynn himself,
 
You've taught me pretty much everything I know (certainly got me started along the road) about Unity, Blender, and indeed programming.  I know of course that the programming and networking of Mars Explorer must be/have been pretty tough, both working on the actual programming very late into the night and often morning (I know due to the extortianate skype chats we had sometimes until 10 am in the morning for me (me being British)).
I suppose I know the feeling of leaving Mars for a while, not having been properly engaged for a few months now, and am sure, like me, you have personal reasons or otherwise to do so.
I just wanted to show my support for Flynn's work and of course his friendship through my time here.
 
I'll be off now,
Aper
;D
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
16 hours - 2,148v
Posted 2013/05/15 - 0:17 GMT
I'm never one to say much, so I'll say this much. We all have our reasons for stuff. So if Flynn wants to comeback he will, don't get me wrong I miss him to but I don't wanna force him. But he still better comeback >insert better comment here<
 
Sonyoshi
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/15 - 3:16 GMT
The first few members that commented seemed to have fully understood the precise intention behind this post.
Sure, lots of people leave, but not in the context that they've announce they're working on a new version of the game and not after promising not to leave.
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/15 - 4:34 GMT
I am very glad that Flynn is alive and well :D I really wish he had warned us of his leaving. It's too bad there's no way for us to tell him that we have restarted development.
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
2 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/15 - 7:41 GMT
ah he will be back... knowing that i sort of left with out saying anything a while back now... and just because, heads up i will vanish again with out warning as sometimes there just isn't enough time in life for everything, so it would be nice of flynn to return to you people of mars, but thats up to him, as there may be other things that are taking up his time, like there are in my life.... so dare i say it even though kruncher had good intentions in making this post i dont see that it will help bring back flynn anytime soon... as for when/if he come's back is up to him, and him alone... if time allows him to come back
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 22,204v
Posted 2013/05/16 - 2:12 GMT
After reading through some of these, I don't see why Flynn would ever come back. In fact, if he didn't, I would be proud of him for moving on.
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
2 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/16 - 6:29 GMT
the only thing keeping me here really is sketchup.. i like making things in my free time, then posting a few of the things i have made here on this site cause i can
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
21 hours - 2,420v
Posted 2013/05/18 - 0:18 GMT
This is an open letter, right? So i can add anything i want to say here, right?
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
6 days - 15,269v
Posted 2013/05/20 - 7:18 GMT
Flyclub,
 
Without a doubt you've done more for Mars than any other player. Heck, your spirit and talent are too good for this place! Thanks for everything. :D
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/05/21 - 18:45 GMT
What happened to Flynn? Internet knocked out? or something... worse...? :S
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 day - 4,998v
Posted 2013/05/22 - 2:59 GMT
Read the other comments. 
 
Flynn,
 
You made me interested in everything technical about world-making, programming, and computer stuff in general. I think that you changed my life for the better. I would really like to see you back here as a community member.
 
Thanks for your contributions to this community, and we'd all like to see what more you can make. Although, seriously, there is absolutely no hard feelings if you can't.
 
Sincerely,
Gub
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2013/06/16 - 7:15 GMT
Sat, June 15 - Friends, I saw Flynn on the game tonight and we talked in a private server. He was in a state of agonizing inner conflict about possibly returning to Mars and he was trying unsuccessfully to make a permanent decision to return or to leave forever. He feels that he can't return without becoming hopelessly addicted to it all over again. And, he believes that time will not heal this fear. He flat refuses to look at the forum even to read this post for fear of being pulled back in.
 
@Cyber - He was hoping to find you (without logging onto the usual channels) in order to apologize to you for breaking his promise not to leave.
 
We exchanged last goodbyes and best wishes. Then, after nearly five years of folly and friendship on Mars Explorer, Flynn (flyclub) and I parted ways.
 
sad and exhausted, kruncher
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2013/06/16 - 12:06 GMT
I just spent about six hours chatting with Flynn on Mars Explorer. My heart is saddened because of his leaving, but I am relieved that he is well and supports Terrium. He will always be a good friend of mine.
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Re: An Open Letter To Flynn (flyclub)
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2013/06/16 - 15:01 GMT
@TheCyberMan - Thanks for your comment.
 
I pasted it on an update post here: http://marsxplr.com/view-id-13773-c-0#c0
 
 
 
 
 


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