Yep, "All Good Things" - best episode of, anything ever, maybe almost tied with Best of Both Worlds. Funny thing about All Good Things is they mentioned anti-time, that's almost like saying anti-energy LoL, doesn't exist in my opinion (the Vulcan Ministry of Science has judged time travel to be impossible).
Just today ended my global online use of the username "Elrond". I'll be keeping it here of course, but everywhere else I'm pretty much going to be going to a new screen name. I'm going to make that a complete mystery. As some here know, I was called something else on AFC before I was Elrond, but that was over half a decade ago. Since Armada is upon its demise, I've also closed up shop on my site and will be getting a new domain name for what will replace it. There were about 300 reasons for doing it too (members loathed me with a passion, but not as much as the community in general did).
One thing I think can be brought up in this is that maybe some of the things changing are changing for the better. Obviously, the earth is being taken out by global warming (not caused altogether by humanity, but we're sure not helping), political bs, the end of days, asteroids, gamma ray bursts, pandemics of disease that will make people explode by the millions just weeks after getting it, God saying "check mate" on this realm of existence, etc. But besides that, some other things are changing for the better.
Think of how AFC once was - just html pages for the downloads, then it got Nuke for the system and a forum and all that stuff. I don't think it's the end for AFC, not in the least. Armada Fleet Command won't just be for Star Trek Armada in the future. There's already some discussion about Legacy (which is a game that fails at life, but regardless, other games will inevitably replace those available). The next Star Trek RTS game will not be called Armada. I don't doubt that EA Games wants a shot at picking up something having to do with Star Trek, in order to be taken as heroes in the Star Trek fan base (as they've done with C&C and the Lord of the Rings games).
The next Star Trek RTS (or series of them), when we get it, hopefully will be released around the time Star Trek 11 comes out this December (don't quote me on that figure of time). Who knows who's doing it though. I've heard of Bethesda thinking about it and even Maddoc perhaps. EA definitely wants its hands on it (here we go, another EA absorbs Westword / Activision absorbs Blizzard event). No matter what, with a better engine, probably more dynamic scripting and stuff, it'd be one hell of an awesome Christmas present! But, unfortunately it's pretty hard to ask for a Christmas present 11 months ahead of time whilst not even knowing IF that game will even happen until years from now.
Change is sometimes necessary as well. I can label about three hundred things about the United States that can stand a vast improvement. The way it's going now, this country will be dead in a matter of a decade. We have an extreme economic collapse to look forward to, not to mention the increasing level of crime, ignorance, and arrogance in the nation (some of which I've been guilty of myself). Too much concern over what celebrity did this and that instead of the concern over healthcare, education, the court system, balance of power issues (which every realm of government and corporate entities especially, have), family values, abuse of religion in and of itself (a condition often attributed to terrorists), abuse of funding, and doing things that waste a lot of time. #1 is survival, #2 is security, and #3 is freedom. We're failing at #1 because we don't concern ourselves over what is really happening to the environment and the fact that, eventhough we may not be responsible for all of it, we still have the ability to put a stop to it if we try, but alas we do not try. We're failing at #2 because we're basically opening the nation and our allies to attacks now and in the future; defense is best done by actually *cough* defending through covert means and defending the shores and borders, and pretty much doing your job (if you're a security agent or whatever) and not being too lazy to do something to stop things from going wrong. We're failing at #3 because health care is something that's left to C average doctors who know less than some citizens do about medicine. They tell you to pop pills - they get a big kick back from that, but I'm not saying from what source. And of course the uninsured are left in devastation when things start to go wrong. Terrible, just terrible.
So when change does happen, somehow, it must be for the better, because though things aren't as bad as they can get, there's very little more humanity could do to screw it up worse than it has been. So change is needed, in almost everything.
Standards aren't always a bad thing to follow. Some say that standards are bad - well if they're standards that result in tons of errors then I'd agree. But it's not standards that are the problem (I would prefer it if America switched everything to the metric system overnight). We need professional jurors in court - those whose money is on the line - if they screw up, they're fired. We need the court system to promote evidence over bogus add-on charges that come with many court cases (most of those aren't monitored so closely anymore by higher forms of government). In education, yes, there can be standards. But now there is also structure - too much structure not only creates a race of zombies who are blind to reason and logic, but presents an obvious challenge - no one's personal talents and gifts are ever recognized. For those who are gifted, No Child Left Behind (the act thrown into law in 2002 or something) leaves them behind. For those who are minimally exceptional, it increases the likelihood that the average and gifted students will not learn all that much and will be left behind. The gifted will get bored and get lower grades. And they lower the standards whilst promoting endless structure. See, every school system gets paid by the government by how "well" their students do. If you lower the standards, then the government pays more for different schools because it's more likely for students to pass these standardized tests (with the standards lowered I might add).
I might quote Gandalf (loosely of course, to add more emphasis to the condition of things): "All has turned to vane ambition.......Once this nation was great, yet under the will of a madman it will fall, in the grip of complacency and bold arrogance."
Yep, change, if we don't change with it, we'll be left behind, for change is the only constant of this universe and all of its realms, known and unknown, conquered, explored, or otherwise unexplored.
AFC seems empty at the moment, and has seen better and brighter days. In mid-2005, there were probably 200 to 300 posts a day some days, and thankfully it wasn't all in general discussion either. Back then, when the mods being worked on then were just getting started, there was a lot to talk about. And now it's pretty sad to see most of those mods have already been canceled. Teams like Future Tense and Fleet Ops are keeping it going.
I might remind some of the Armada II Patch Project
that's been recently released. It includes a great number of new features, along with fixing Armada II Patch 1.1 that was released in 2002. It's backward-compatible with Patch 1.1, but prevents out of memory errors, stack overload crashes, multiplayer/online with Vista crash fixed, enhanced exception catching engine as a plus, and now modular stations and stuff you originally saw in Armada 1. I tested it and it's looking more and more promising. It's the patch 1.2 project, now at version 1.2.5.
The point of showing that is that despite what may be thought, Armada isn't quite dead yet. Future Tense for Armada 1 and the patch project for Armada 2 will help keep the games around, for a while.
But it is still sad to report that a couple of modding teams, which shall go nameless in the context of this post, have just decided to call it quits as of the last 48 hours. For the many that start, very few finish these days.