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GM Rikoo View Drop Down
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    Posted: 13 Feb 2017 at 02:15
Hello all!

It's with a heavy orc heart that I announce my time with the game is
coming to an end. I will be leaving to concentrate on other projects,
but not to worry: GM Cerberus will be taking over and, even as we
speak, is in the process of formulating his own community game plan.
He might do things differently than I do, but I can assure you that he
truly cares about the game and its players.

I am still here through the end of the month, and will take that time
to answer any outstanding IGMs or forum posts. I am also working on
tidying up all the corners so GM Cerberus can take over without any
hitches. That means you can still contact me, but the general rule
still applies: if you have a technical issue, fill out a
petition. If you have an emergency (say, someone is being quite
abusive in chat) then write an IGM to GM Cerberus.

He might ask you to do it differently later on, but for now use the
IGM. If you cannot get into the game, write

It was a blast taking over the community from GM Luna, and I'm sure GM
Cerberus will have as much fun taking over from me. The community is
the greatest thing about Illy, so I will miss it!

Please take it easy on GM Cerberus at least at first; no bear magic or
trying to pick the locks to his office. I am not sure if he will take
over my office at the top of the balcony near the General Chat tavern,
or if he will knock it down to make room for a massive new open-air
art studio. Time will tell.

If you have any questions, feel free to let us know in this thread.
You can still contact me until the end of this month.

See you on the other side!

GM Rikoo

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Hi everyone,

I'd like to take this opportunity, both personally and on behalf of the company, to thank GM Rikoo for the excellent job he's done in moderating our awesome community.

It's been nearly three years since GM Luna (our first Community Manager) handed over to Rikoo.  He's continued building on her solid foundation: not only clarifying the rules, but also developing our interactions with you guys through innovations such as the Player Spotlight interviews and the competitions that have spawned such excellent creative writing, let alone managing the day-to-day responses to petitions, questions, complaints etc via igm, forum post, email, and in GC.

GM Rikoo will be sorely missed in the company and the game at large, and we wish him all the best with his new job.

Of course, the ultimate success of the Illy Community is down to the community itself - you, the players - for developing and enforcing your own set of norms for gameplay conduct, and for making Illyriad such a welcoming place for newbies. 

It is absolutely no surprise to me that, under Rikoo's watch, we won Editor's Choice for Best Community in the 2014 SlideDB awards, and that's entirely thanks to the extremely successful ongoing collaboration between the players and our team. Long may it continue.

Please all join me in welcoming GM Cerberus into his expanded role as our new Community Manager.  Cerb's been part of the Illy team for more than 5 years now, and we know he'll continue the excellent job performed by his predecessors.

Best wishes,

GM Stormcrow
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Hey folks!

I'd like to give a huge thanks to GM Rikoo for the years he spent managing our wonderful community.  I have some big shoes to fill but I have a feeling it's going to be a blast!

I feel like I have a bit of an advantage over predecessors as I've known the community for the past (near) 6 years!  As Rikoo mentioned above, please feel free to send me an in game mail or shoot an email to if you have any questions or issues that I can address.  

We're all going to miss you Rikoo, farts from the balcony and all.


GM Cerberus
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wartow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2017 at 13:26
Can I claim dibs on Rikooooo's cities or does DEVS have plans for them?  How many alliances are currently in a declared war with DEVS?

Good luck to Rikooooo and his banhammer to wherever he takes it next!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Starry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2017 at 00:57
Best of luck to you Rikoo, thank you for your balcony speeches and trying to keep GC sane, well as sane as it can be.  :)
CEO, Harmless?
Founder of Toothless?

"Truth never dies."

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote abstractdream Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2017 at 02:57
Things surely look different from the point of view of the player than from the point of view of a GM and during some of my more flamboyant moments, you were extremely fair and overall, quite honestly balanced and competent. You truthfully pulled off a job I'd never want to even try because sometimes it's just insane.

Rikoo, good luck in your next endeavor. 
Bonfyr Verboo
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alti Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Feb 2017 at 07:08
Will Rikoo be playing as a non-GM?  Incognito or otherwise?
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