Yes, you read the title correctly. No, this isn't fake and this isn't a troll thread.Secret's Goodbye ThreadTLDR Version:I'm leaving. I'm not going to be like copherfield, I'm not quitting EMC because I disagree with what they do. I don't disagree at all, actually. I'm quitting Minecraft altogether because I need to spend more time in the real world (gasp). I'm taking an increased course load this year, I need to focus on getting a new job and applying for college, and I need to spend more time with my friends and family. I will not be resetting my res nor having 'grief parties' nor giving away my rupees. I am leaving my shops open to benefit the community.Essay Version:Way back in January, I was looking for something to do. I was almost through my midterm exams, and I really didn't have anything to do. So, I decided to give the 'ol Minecraft a go again. (I hadn't played in at least 6 months at the time.) I had quit before because singleplayer got boring and my brother shut down his server. So I went around looking for servers to join. At the time, EmpireMinecraft was in the top 20 on MCSL, so, seeing as it was all the things I wanted, I decided to give it a try. I put in the IP, hit enter, and got an error message. It said, "Join now for free at www.empireminecraft.com". I'm lazy, so I almost didn't bother to join. I decided that hell, what else did I have to do?So I checked out the website. I read about all the different servers, the rules, everything. I read the guide, because I didn't want to bother anyone by not knowing the rules. So I joined the server. Deciding which server to join, I decided on SMP2, because I figured I was too much of a noob to play on SMP1, and didn't want to play on SMP3 and SMP4 with all the other 6 year olds and noobs. (At the time it suggested that new players join SMP4.)The first day, I looked around on the live map and saw a residence fairly close to spawn. I decided to claim it, and I met my first neighbor, Tallrascha. You might know him from his AMAZING res on 2 back before it was unclaimed.The next day, I had my brother join, and we stumbled upon Leowaste and his shop. I quickly made money by doing some odd jobs for him (cutting down trees and selling back to him) and felt really good about myself. My res was slowly coming along as well, even though I had no idea what to build. Within 15 days of joining, I decided to buy diamond, and I never looked back. It was great to support something as great as EMC is, and I cancelled my diamond subscription with great regret. It runs out tomorrow.Over the next few months, I built, chatted, bought, and did pretty much everything that all EMCers do. I started posting on the forums around 2 months after I joined, mainly because I saw "lol EMC say goodbye" (the original troll thread) and wanted to get in on all the action.I met a ton of great people here. Hayleycolgan, Leowaste, jeremy2d, Aikar, Maxarias, shade554, ItsMeMatheus, AlexChance, ninjaboy5656, WCG_Elite, PandasEatRamen, Steven7485, blazerocks, krysyyjane9191, Mrlegitslegit, xI_LIKE_A_PIGx, Inuyasha1204, butters89, mba2012, Zoebearfun105, and so many other great guys and girls. I'm truly going to miss it here.Who knows, I might come back, maybe for winter break, maybe next summer, maybe even in the middle of the school year. I might come back to update my shop for 1.4 (how exciting!), but no guarantees. I'll do my best to continue to check the forums in my spare time; that's not as much of a time vacuum.And here's a little picture of me. To everyone: Good luck with everything in life, from Minecraft, to girls, to real life, to getting into college, getting a job, and starting a family. EMC: I salute you.To Justin and Jeremy, the guys who made it all happen:You two are amazing. To be the creators of something so great that helps and connects so many people is something that I really wish I could do. Keep up the good work, and never let this community down.And to the staff:Stay strong. I know you guys get a lot of hate for things you DON'T do, but if people were to focus on what you DO do then they'd truly realize how lucky EMC is to have the staff that it does.--- If you would me to write you a personal little note, please just reply and say so. If you want it to be PMed to you just ask. --Peace. Secret out.