My Time Has Come -- Updated 2016/12/13
by Twintop » 28 Sep 2016, 12:59
First of all, thank you all for the kind words over the last few months. I indeed did need to step away, though I wasn't able to fully remove myself (those in Discord know the wrath of my puns).
The community has, as I had suspected and hoped it would, responded to my retiring extremely well. Countless people have stepped up and taken over a lot of things that used to fall squarely on my shoulders, some even taking things further than I ever did. This has been exciting and fascinating to watch and be a part of from an advisory role.
This is why, after much consideration and putting strict boundaries on time and focus, I've decided to semi-unretire.
"But Twintop, how can you semi unretire? I thought it was an all or nothing thing?! This is a binary decision!"
The simple answer to this is: I'm not going to be stepping back in to all of the roles and responsibilities I previously occupied. Not by a long shot.
I will be playing much more of a support role than before. Things like maintaining H2P and the Discord, advising others on TC as needed, and doing a little bit of Shadow TC as well.
I will not be doing extensive work on SimulationCraft any more (Djriff, Anshlun, N1ghth4wk, and others have that covered), nor will I be doing my largescale simsets or providing a Best in Slot list. I'm still not returning to hardcore raiding, though I might go be a PvP baddie.
In the same vein of supporting others, I've turned Beotorch back on and made some improvements to the system to help with long load times. Sweetbox has been quite generous and offered to host the site on his VPS for free as well, further increasing the stability and responsiveness. Go give it a spin -- https://www.beotorch.com/
All in all, it is good to be back, even if I'm not returning to the same levels as before.
<3 You guys, and Merry Christmas
(Bonus Dank Meme)
I've been thinking about what to say and how to say it for a few days now without much luck, so I'm just going to take the keyboard fingers diarrhea approach to this and see where it takes me.
I'm retiring. From theorycrafting. From raiding. From WoW completely.
This has been a long time coming. With each passing expansion more and more of my time has been earmarked for Shadow, Priest, or just WoW related things in general. It has, in more recent times, become more like a second full time job (in both time spent and enjoyment) and less of a passionate hobby. The additions to the game itself in Legion have not helped this out either, with the day to day grind becoming more like a Korean MMO. There are other, more pressing things that need my attention and time at this point, so I am taking my leave. I want to be sure everyone understands: my retiring is not related to the buffnerfs we saw to Shadow this past week -- this was going to happen regardless.
Since I am retiring, there are many things that will have to change as a by product. Here's a quick rundown of what to expect, but is by no means a completely exhaustive list:
- The Best in Slot lists I have been producing every tier since T12 will be discontinued. If anyone else has the drive to create something similar, I have posted the source code to the tool that generates my list in a handy dandy BBCode ready copypasta format out on GitHub, as well as other tools that allowed me to update the "database" (a single table, completely denormalized) of items that feed it. I've also included the Cata+MoP and WoD databases if anyone is curious as to how things have changed on that front over the expansions (though there is not a lot of old source from the old DBs available anymore). It is released under the MIT License and can be found on GitHub ---> https://github.com/Twintop/PriestBestInSlot
- I will not be maintaining the Shadow part of the Priest module in SimulationCraft any longer. Any current or future APL, mechanics, or other issues with it should be directed to the remaining development volunteers on the project. ---> https://github.com/simulationcraft/simc
- Tied in to the last two points, there will be no more simulation runs from me for Shadow. I'm more than happy to outline my methodologies to help others who may wish to pick up the torch and run with it.
- I will no longer be maintaining any of my WeakAuras. If anyone decides to continue development on them when using my code as a base, I merely request you not yell at me for strange coding patterns you may find and to attribute the work back to me and not claim it as your own (that's just not cool, man!). All of my existing WAs are and will remain out on WAGO.IO. ---> https://wago.io/p/Twintop
- Any active theorycrafting of mine is done. If you are interested in the stat weights from before this week's nerfbuff hotfixes, I have posted them here ----> http://beotorch.com/7.0.3-heroic.xlsx
- Beotorch will be shutting down Soon(tm). If I am not going to be playing at all or developing SimulationCraft, my interest in continuing the project will wain. I have taken the source for the entire system and posted it to GitHub under the GNU GPL v3 License for anyone who is interested to have a peek at or set up their own version. You can find the source here ---> https://github.com/Twintop/beotorch
- If anyone has serious intentions of hosting their own version of Beotorch, I may be willing to provide a computation node.
I will not be around the forums or Discord much if at all going forward. This is not to say I won't be around some, just no active moderation or contributions to new TC or discussions...maybe just a random bad Dad Joke every now and again.
Finally, I'd like to thank all of you, members of H2P, the Priest community, and the larger World of Warcraft family, for all the years of fond memories. Through the good times and bad, it has been an honor to try and do my part to make everyone's knowledge of the game increase in whatever way I can. I started doing theorycraft semi-seriously back in Cataclysm because I had a drive to find answers others weren't providing to the community because I was a curious and driven player. I shared my findings because that's what I would have wanted others to do with me if they knew something. I have no doubt that many current players will rise to fill any void left in my absence if not eclipse any contributions I've been able to make to the community. Again, thank you for allowing me to try and help.
Stay Shadowy, Discy, Holy-y, and most of all, Priestly my friends.
by Sekse » 28 Sep 2016, 13:04
I wish you very best in your path, my friend!
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by Jakpot » 28 Sep 2016, 13:13
Thank you for all your contributions and helping every one of us be better players and enjoy this game more. Wish you the best in the next thing you find to occupy your free time (although I'm confident you'll be amazing at it too).
by Anshlun » 28 Sep 2016, 13:15
May you always find happiness in your path and remember, everytime you need the void (us) will be ready to embrace you! <3
by Klik » 28 Sep 2016, 13:15
Allow me to welcome you to the retirement club! I'd write you a long winded post about the titanic impact you've had (on me, all shadow priests, and everyone else who plays this game, with or without a clue as to how the work you've done has impacted WoW's development) but it would be really lame. My door (or, more accurately, cell phone) is open to you should you ever need a friend.
It's not your gearing choices or your choice among viable talents.
It's your Movement, Positioning, Planning, DoT Uptimes, Voidform Uptime, Mind Blasts per Minute, Void Bolts per Voidform-Minute, Shadow Word: Death Sniping, Void Torrent Timing & Shadow Crash Timing.
by Elvenbane » 28 Sep 2016, 13:17
Your contributions to Shadow have been immeasurable over the years. We'll keep a light on for ya.
Elvenbane's Priest Macros
by Tanned » 28 Sep 2016, 13:22
Hopefully I'll see you and BlizzCon (if you're still going) so I can buy you a well-earned drink.
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by publik » 28 Sep 2016, 13:45
Cannot tell you how thankful I am for all the work you have done. Making the decision to made shadow was partially made because of the wonderful work I've seen you do over the years on the outside looking in, and I'm incredibly glad I made this decision.
Your dedication and work to help foster the community really shows and I hope you find your passion with other projects and keep your drive going.
Thanks again for all your work,
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by Shardstorm » 28 Sep 2016, 13:47
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