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# 61
08-30-2012, 11:40 AM
While I'll be sad to see you go, Spidermitch, I completely understand your reasons. And I think I speak for virtually everyone on these forums, in-game, and the podcasts, that we all love and enjoy all the hard work you've put into these charts. They are legendary, and worthy of people paying you for the level of detail (I'm not exaggerating in the slightest).

We all hope you'll enjoy whatever you decide to do next. And if circumstances are favorable, allowing you to return some day (should you choose to), we'll all cheer your return

May your stars always stay bright.
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# 62
08-30-2012, 11:53 AM
Very sad news. But some things are far more important.

The charts are unquestionably masterpiece, something which not many people are going to be able to follow. In all the countless hours of work, constant updates and new additions, slight changes; you still maintained a superb quality of work.

I do wonder how feasible it would be for you to pass your resources to someone else to continue your work. Regardless though, you have done a great service for the community. One that should always be appreciated.


See you out there.



Just noticed, my forum account has been reset :| Teach me to leave the game for a few months then come back and not check what has changed lol
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# 63
08-30-2012, 01:20 PM
Sorry to see you go. It is one of the most versatile resources you have created.
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# 64 Damn....
08-30-2012, 02:06 PM
Sorry to see you go SpiderMitch...

I can understand your feelings about it though. I also hope things improve IRL for you as well.

Let's just hope the Mods keep this thread stickied and that you'll be able to come back at some point. Your work, in a sense, was one of the few reasons I kept some what interested in STO, Post F2P. Even my own interest in the game has waned, but more of the Dev's (in)actions in the way things have gone.

Good luck and hope to see you return.

Thank you for the time...
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# 65
08-30-2012, 02:15 PM
I'm really really sorry to see you go.

Your charts are used so much. I loved them from the moment I first saw them.

Good luck, and best wishes.

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# 66
08-30-2012, 02:18 PM
What a bummer to see you stop these wonderful, and EXTREMELY detailed charts.

As a player since 2010, I have loved looking over your ship-charts, planning the course of my characters advancement.

I loved looking over your star charts as well, what an AWESOME map of the game universe. Helped me soooo many times when I got lost, or got a mission and said "where the *bleep* is that system?"

Cryptic should give you a commendation for the amazing work you did on these two projects.

They are truly a masterful piece of graphics.... *stand up and applause*
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# 67
08-30-2012, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by spidermitch0 View Post

Hey guys. Sorry for the lack of communication; it's been a rough few months. I finally have a few minutes to come on here and post something.

Recently things in real life have taken me away from doing updates on my ship charts. When Season 6 came out, I felt as though I was at a good point with these charts, and went into adding all the new ships (and even creating a new VA/Fleet chart - which I was going to surprise everyone with). As stated, however, things happened in RL which caused the production to halt a bit. No biggie, really. What's a month or so off from STO?

Apparently, a lot! So there's all these Tholian ships now, mirror universe ships, a new +1 Sovereign, plus all the fleet ships, a new currency for fleet ships, the changeover to Xen & price changes for each ship, removal of ship skins: Maelstrom, Nomad, Imperial, Hephaestus, Comet, Nimbus from non-fleet tiers - UNLESS you already purchased them at one point (if I've understood all the forum info correctly) & the price changes when you want to buy the fleet version if you've already purchased them at some point? very difficult to put up on a chart all these contingencies.

I've always tried not to get overwhelmed by this project, yet I find it takes many, many hours. Ironically enough, these hours are taken away from playing the game. I know like 3 people in-game. I've joined fleets and barely feel like apart of them because I'm never in & I feel like I'm missing out on a large portion of the game? especially now with the fleet advancement stuff. I've not had time to get my characters cool gear - let alone grind any amount of dilithium to buy anything worth-while. A few people have gifted me a few things which I cherish and enjoy every time I play - one person gave me an entire Aegis Set! Another actually gave me C-store points to buy an Excelsior! And further still, a few people have given me C-store gifts and donated dilithium through the foundry donation mission I created. For these contributions & donations, I can't express my gratitude. The kindness of the community always shocks me into awe.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy making these charts & contributing to the passion of this community. It's what's tied me to this game (in an unofficial capacity) and I've always looked at this project as a "labor of love." But moving forward, I don't think I can give the attention needed to continue making this resource - at least not in the capacity that everyone using it deserves. I used to keep track of the dev blogs and listen to podcasts, anticipating new ships as they came out (often showing on the shipcharts with "placeholders"). I was usually on tribble with the test ships AS SOON as they were available; those that weren't on Tribble, I'd beg others for screenshots of the latest and greatest ship. With time constraints on me and working two jobs just to make ends meet, I really don't think I can continue, no matter how much I wish I could. If it was a paid gig, then yeah! bring it on! but, as I said, it's always been a "labor of love" and sometimes, love just isn't enough. *sad panda*



Don't want to leave on a sad note though... I again want to thank everyone who's supported this project and gave me encouragement. Working on something like this for the better part of 2 years is a commitment I have enjoyed and held proudly. It's our love of Star Trek & it's ideals that unites us all - as a community and through our humanity, and I've learned so much through doing this for everyone.

Thanks & I'll see you all in the stars...
I totally sympathize with ya! I actually began revamping my own chart over the summer to get it back upto date, but then the fleet ships got added, along with more lockbox ships, it kind of got to the point where actually organising all the ships in an easy to understand way was becoming difficult to actually achieve!

The work on your chart was fantastic. i suppose the one glimmer to be taken from this is that the work we did on our charts got Cryptic to add the ship info window ingame, so poeple can still actually compare ships fairly easily (which was the original issue that created the need for the charts).

I still think we should maybe collaborate on a master PSD document that we can both work on, to perhaps help reduce the workload ;-)

My views are my own and may not represent those of Perfect World Entertainment
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# 68
08-30-2012, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by rifter1969 View Post

I loved looking over your star charts as well, what an AWESOME map of the game universe. Helped me soooo many times when I got lost, or got a mission and said "where the *bleep* is that system?"

Cryptic should give you a commendation for the amazing work you did on these two projects.

They are truly a masterful piece of graphics.... *stand up and applause*
I have a hunch you may be refering to my starcharts, I created the original ship tier charts that Spidermitch used as the basis for his, then I stopped working on mine as Spidermitch was doing such a great job and concentrated on the starcharts instead ;-)

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Lieutenant
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# 69
08-30-2012, 05:29 PM
well, i like making spreadsheets, if someone wants to make the graphics, i can gather the info in an organized way...but i suppose anyone could really do that. but yeah, you can message me if someone wanted to continue the work.
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# 70
08-31-2012, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by dradym View Post
well, i like making spreadsheets, if someone wants to make the graphics, i can gather the info in an organized way...but i suppose anyone could really do that. but yeah, you can message me if someone wanted to continue the work.
I could get shots of most ingame ships except the fleet ones.

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