I'm not really sure where to put this, but I guess just here will be best. Before you continue reading this, please make sure you have read the following, in the order I present them.
1) My RP - https://insurgencywrestling.forumotion.com/t4733-gordon-fury-vs-brandon-macdonald
2) My match - https://insurgencywrestling.forumotion.com/t4790-from-the-ashes-iii
3) My final IC post - https://insurgencywrestling.forumotion.com/t4794-most-wanted-brandon-macdonald#16282
Those were the last three things that I will ever do involving the Brandon Macdonald character, and probably the last thing I will ever do efedding.
I don't know how many people actually knew this, but I've been planning on leaving at this time since about January 2013, if not before that. There was a reason that Corey and I gave Alex the site to run, not just because we were tired and burnt out. I'm in my final year of university, and I need to go balls to the wall to pass and graduate and get my degree. On top of that, my fiancee just transferred schools and moved in with me. Now a few of you actually know her, and as much as she thinks everyone here is cool, she can't stand that I spend all day on my computer jacking around and talking to people that I've never met, and writing stories and wrestling matches. And I completely understand her point of view. So I promised her that I would stop when she moved in.
I was pretty burnt out back in June, when Corey and I gave up control of the site. But I knew that this might be the last time I had a chance to do anything for IWF. So I ran this one final storyline, to completely end the Brandon Macdonald character, exactly three years after I started him (not that long but very eventful). I think this was the perfect way to end the character based on what I've done with him in those three years. I wrote it like this so that there is no possible way for him to return. I'm done with Brandon Macdonald being an active character forever.
I've spent two and a half years on and off running IWF and trying to make it the best it could be. I consider a lot of you to be really good friends of mine, and I'm so grateful for everything I've gotten from you. As much as I pass off my life as being great, there's been a ton of really bad times that IWF has helped me get through. So thank you to guys like Corey, Chuck, Tim, Hawk, Shark, Styg, Sean, even Steel for being with me since more or less the start. Obviously I've had great times with all the rest of you in the chatbox, I've just known these guys the longest. And hopefully I've been an awesome guy for you guys to hang out with and talk to as well.
Now, to Chuck and Corey specifically. I need to thank you guys. I don't know if I've ever done this before, and if I have, fuck it, I'm doing it again. Many people don't really know this, but Chuck and Corey were in NLWF and good friends long before I got there. They had both known each other for years, and been efedding for even longer. When IWF was formed, I had been efedding for maybe 4.5 months total. I barely knew these guys. And when they told me that they were going to make a new company, I offered my help. I was a pretty good RPer, and I had written a few matches in NLWF that were well-received. But I was in one single place for 4 months. I had no experience on even the concept of running a fed. But Corey and Chuck welcomed me in, and allowed me to be a part of it. They didn't need me, they could have done it themselves, or gotten someone who had been around longer to help them. But they let me, and guys, I can't tell you how grateful I am. IWF has been one of my proudest accomplishments (seriously LOL), and I owe it all to you. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Corey and Chuck.
If you haven't figured it out yet, this is essentially my goodbye post. That match I wrote was likely the final match I'll ever write for an efed. After I graduate this summer, I'm moving to Spain to teach sailing for a year, and then Anna and I are getting married (finally). So realistically, even though I haven't told anyone this really, I'm done efedding. For good. I know people (myself included) always say that and then eventually come back, but I can say for certainty that I am 100% done efedding for at least the next few years, and maybe 75% sure I'm done for good. There's always a chance that I come back years down the road, and I hope IWF is still around if I do
These have been some of the best and most fun years of my life, and I want to thank everyone for being a part of them. I love all you guys so much. I am slowly weening myself off of the chatbox every day, but even during the year, I'll try to stop by once a week or so, just to say hi to everyone and chat. I couldn't go that long without talking to you guys. If anyone wants to use my characters, or even just the Brandon drug dealer arc, I just ask that they please either PM me about it, or ask Molly on twitter (she's the only one I will check).
Much like Tim said in his post, I'm not really sure what I'm looking to get out of this. Maybe some feedback on my final storyline and RP (I thought it was my best ever LOL) and my final match (I also thought it was the best ever). Maybe just some goodbyes. I guess I really just wanted to let you guys know what was going on, and to thank you. I hope you guys have enjoyed what I've done for the last three years. I know I have.