First off, I apologize for leaving y'all hanging. Secondly, I do not actually remember having 12 games going on at the time when this all went down, so I don't understand that shoutbox message.
As best as I can make out from my messages with Lucifer's Hammer about subbing for me, the situation was the following. But first I preface this with the fact that I am over a year removed from the incidents, so I may have been exaggerating, but I take my own word for it:
Cardlinger was actively harming the game. We were in a bad place due to a metagaming incident in this game by Austria and then Cardlinger being extremely pretentious, annoying, mean, and oblivious that the replacement Austria also left. When I was leaving the country for a family trip, I messaged LH because I knew he could give it right back to Cardlinger and also make gains in the game. My instructions were to not give up the anti-France alliance and to also not let France dominate the public press with anonymous messages that we all knew were him. I was mad online, which is the worst possible thing to be.
Anyway, LH did well, until he had to auto-surrender due to either missing moves or being banned from the site again, for whatever reason. The surrender counted against me, which got reversed after some correspondence. I would like to publicly thank whoever that admin was for defending me in the shoutbox, but once again, I have no recollection of being in 12 games at once, because that's a heck of a lot - too many for me to have ever tried.
Anyway, I am glad of how the game turned out with regards to final result. I don't know what it was like for those playing, so I'm gonna hold off on making a giant sweeping statement.
Also, this was just a brief check in, so I'm not back on the site fully, and I doubt I ever will be. Engineering school is difficult and time consuming. But it was fun, and I will probably check in randomly in the future. If I ever do come back, I will make another invitational game, though it hopefully won't be as big of a shitshow and horrible thing as this one was.
Member of the Swag Bagels.
RIP me. Learning to be an engineer is difficult and time consuming.
Full return is an almost certain no. Random reappearances in forum are a touch more likely.