Well, this conversation has to come eventually in every server. I knew it would when I started Encore all the way back in Season 1, and I knew I would have to have it again when I started things back up for Seasons 2 and 3. Even when you hope it never does, in the back of your head you always know it will come one day when the time is right.
A lot of things have changed in the last year, for me and for Encore. Ashlie moved from the west coast to live with me in Nebraska, we have both changed jobs several times, and then we moved even further east to Florida. In Encore we've grown from 300 members and 2 team members to over 2,000 members and 7 team members. We've released hundreds of innovative new features, and continually raised the bar for what a FiveM server can be. People have come and gone, alliances built and broken down, and countless stories told in the most incredible fashion beyond my wildest dreams.
Ultimately, I am tired. I'm tired of 8 hour days at work, and then 10 more hours working on Encore. I'm tired of having to split my time between my passion - development - and managing a community. I'm tired of support tickets. I'm tired of putting out fires. I'm tired of working my ass off to grow and keep the community engaged. I'm tired of having to be "on" 24/7. I'm tired of being tired.
Our move to Florida has caused me to re-evaluate my priorities. Sunshine and blue skies has helped me a lot. I'm happier, I'm healthier, my relationships with the people that matter most are stronger. But my drive to obsessively work on Encore at the cost of everything else in my life has waned.
I can also say that I'm content. Maybe specific features or ideas never came to fruition, but when I look back over the last couple of years I can confidently say that I've accomplished everything I set out to. I learned an incredible amount. I became a better developer. I became a better person. I raised the bar for what a FiveM server can be again and again. I built things nobody else thought possible. I built things I didn't think possible. I started Encore to challenge myself, and I feel fulfilled in those challenges.
And so, it's time to close the book on this chapter of my life. I think the time is right. And while it hurts, I want to end Encore on a high note. I want it to go out on top, and be remembered for what an incredible place it was, not what it would inevitably become without my continued motivation and dedication.
Encore RP will cease operations on April 8, 2022 at 10:00 PM. Until then, I ask that you keep the quality of roleplay high and continue to uphold our values, honoring what Encore is all about.
As for the future, I'm not leaving FiveM. After a bit of a break from everything to recharge, I'll be joining Snow, Katie, and the rest of the team at PurpleRP. Without the burden of managing a community, I'm looking forward to being able to focus on what I truly love - building amazing experiences. PurpleRP are compiling a world-class team, one which values seamless, intentional experiences and raising the bar as much as I do. Anyone who has spent time in Encore knows my relentless obsession with quality and PurpleRP is one of the only places I have found that not only shares those values, but also has the talent to execute them exceptionally.
For those of you who plan to continue your roleplay journey, the PurpleRP team has been gracious enough to grant whitelist to all whitelisted members of Encore without requiring an application. We're still working out the exact details on that process, but I should have more to share with you soon.
Words cannot express my gratitude to the entire Encore community. A server is nothing without it's members, and I could not have asked for a better group of people to roleplay with for the last few years. Thank you for putting your trust in me.
With all the love, Charles Hacks