Hang on a minute, I'm on holiday, so I'm not able to answer just like that.
So, please don't take that as a sign that I don't care, because I do.
Back to the point: The questions!
The fact that anyone likes and plays this game continues to be a point of great honor to me, and I want you all to know this is still the case before I dig deeper into the upcoming questions.
Your pleas do not go for deaf ears. However, lately those ears haven't been as present as they used to be. It's not that I don't want to listen, it's that I haven't been able to listen.
I actually told Samoth I'd get started on these issues and have the first set of patches ready before christmas, but I just couldn't do it. Partly because of the forum issues which have taken a lot of my time, and still hasn't produced any real results, but more importantly because of my new job. More on that later.
I do. Trust me.
My plans are to continue development and release bug fixing patches. Feature releases like new tiers, and stuff like that are not prioritised until the biggest balancing issues and bugs are fixed.
I don't see it as realistically possible. I struggle to even get enough time to help out and coordinate with the mods, so a dev team I fear just wouldn't be plausible.
Hopefully most of them. I've received invaluable help from @Samoht, who is making my life so much easier in the quest to fix these issues. I'll do my best to fix what I can in 2018.
I'm certainly not opposed to it, but it usually ends up being a time issue.
Yes. If people want to nominate candidates, I'd be happy to see a thread about it!
To be honest, I don't really know how that works, but if anyone wants to make one I can link it in the game.
I also want to expand a bit on why I've been so absent during the last few months. It does not have anything to do with Nations, you the players, or my ambitions about the game, but the simple fact that 1: I've got a new job, or more importantly, a new role. I'm now a partner with a management role in a relatively small company that makes web applications. And being a partner and manager has been way more labor intensive than I could ever imagine. 2: On top of that my fiance broke her ankle and had to go into surgery, so I've been taking care of her in the little time I've spent away from work.
My fiance will of course recover, and the workload in my full-time job will most likely be reduced to more normal levels in 2018, which means I can again spend some more time on Nations. That being said I don't think I'll ever be able to spend as much time on the game as I have done in the last 2-3 years.
I hope this post answers some questions.
I'm still here, and I still deeply care about the game, about you the players, and about the future of Nations. But in the end it's a hobby project, and hobby projects often get sacrificed when time runs short. Nations will continue to be a victim of this, but it's better to be a victim of harsh time priorities, than not existing at all. And to me, Nations not existing too weird to ever be possible.
Happy new year!