Given the high volume of inquiries I've received as of late as to what the future holds not only for POR, but for the POTCO community as a whole, I feel it necessary to no longer continue as if nothing important is happening when in fact something very significant is indeed about to come to pass. Today, as you all surely know by now, is a day of jubilation and excitement for some, and a day of disgust and horror for others. Today, the empire is finally striking back. Today, for better or for worse, is the day that TLOPO goes into semi-open Beta.
I will not downplay the relevance, nor the consequences of this event. Albeit I am disgusted by the management of TLOPO, and despise many of their actions towards myself, as well as countless others. I am pleased to see both of our projects making progress, and can attest that the community is more active as of right now than it has been in a very long time. Sometimes by losing a battle, you find a new way to win the war. Competition drives progress, and whilst I know many of the radical TLOPO fans have been misled into believing that I am "literally Hitler", I think we can all agree on one thing -- POR's inception is the sole reason that after 2 years of regression and failure, this community finally got its act together. This community was sick, and was being plagued by a pestilence of inactivity, corruption, and lies. POR was the cure that everyone needed.
As POR's project manager, I will always steadfastly argue on its behalf, and on behalf of the thousands of people within the POTCO community who have elected to support us in this bitter rivalry. We have persevered through purity Hell many times over, and we are not only still standing, but thriving, stronger than ever before. The bond that we share with each other is reminiscent of the bond that was shared for years between players on POTCO, and embodies all of the countless nostalgic memories that we are now able to relive all over again. After all, it is not the size of the community in the fight, but the size of the fight in the community that ultimately matters, and we above all others, have clearly shown over the months that we have quite a lot of it emboldened within us.
As a project that is only 1/10th as old as our competitor, of course, we have less done. Only a fool would say otherwise. Likewise, only an imbecile would argue against the obvious fact that we are catching up very, very fast and are arguably progressing at a rate much faster than that of TLOPO.
Today, I'd like to reassure you all that progress is still being made, and that I still am totally committed, as is our entire Staff team to seeing POR fully completed by May, of 2017. Frequent updates will still occur. GM events will still be hosted. New content will still be implemented. Thousands of new users will continue to fill our ranks, and before you know it, Pirates Online will be fully restored.
For many, we simply cannot and will not ever accept any version of Pirates Online under the corrupt, censored, and despotic reign of TLOPO's administration. Their actions are intolerable and indefensible. Their refusal to even acknowledge a large portion of them is disgraceful, and frankly, unforgivable. Even if every last one of POR's supporters abandoned us, my commitment and dedication to POR would not be shaken in the slightest bit. As some of the older POR players here may recall, TLOPO provoked a mutiny within our Staff back in June following the vandalization and defacement of the Forums by Gangstarr and Jacob O'Fury, who were paid off by JDP, and the DOXing and SWATTing of several members of my family. We lost over half of our Staff, development came to a screeching halt, and TLOPO's Staff sat back and laughed at us as our community was seemingly beginning to fall apart. I think it's safe to say that they aren't laughing anymore.
We've proven that we are a community not to be trifled with. We've shown our potential, our strength, our unity, and our willingness to persevere in the face of overwhelming and seemingly impossible odds. We will continue to do so no matter what is thrown at us. What has been started here, cannot be stopped. A victory achieved without adversities is just a victory. But a victory achieved in the face of extensive calamities and hardships is history, and that's what I intend to make.
Retribution is at hand!
Godspeed, Pearson Wright | Project Manager of POR/Pirates MC #1Pearson Wright, Dec 9, 2016
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