I think I'm done. This game is not good for my mental health. For all the arguments and disagreements I've had with other people in the past, I've never had a game, in memory - or players - trigger long periods of depression. The the lack of empathy and the callous disregard for others is more than I can take. I don't want to compete with nor roleplay with people that I hate on an ooc level. And while that's not true for all of the players on "the other side" - maybe not even a majority - it's enough that it's not worth it.
Sorry to those who are trying- @Nelras
, and also @Malarious
, who fixed the game for all of 10 minutes - but when large portions of the community simply don't care if anyone else is having fun - not that they're not winning, but that it's not fun - then it's no longer a game, but volunteering to be bullied by people who hate us. I didn't sign up for that, and I don't recognize this community anymore.
I know, I'm sure somewhere there will be said some version of the following: "You've said mean things!" Sure. Some of it I regret, some of it I don't. For much of it... strangely, people who are talked down to, gaslit, and insulted tend to get angry about it. Go figure. And I as I neither want to experience any of the former or the latter over a game, it seems that leaving is the only option.
Xenthos, I wish I'd never met you.