Thursday, January 31, 2013

Things Are Looking Up in Home!

Today feels like the old days of Home. It’s nothing fancy, in fact it's rather simple. We have a new space from Diesel to run around in for some free, easy-to-get swaggarino (copyright lol), in contrast to the extended gouging process which usually comes along with a new space. We also have an actual quest! On the activity board! No seriously go look I’m not kidding =)

Although everything I’ve mentioned above is an essential cog in the Home machine, the point, the REAL point, is that what was intended as a simple quest has people buzzing about the various core spaces in abundance. People are hanging around longer than they may have initially intended in getting a simple reward, because they're making friends; all we needed was a reason to go. It’s a welcome change to see community in the Hub, Sportswalk, Adventure District, and the other core locations, rather than just movement.

You have no idea how much I miss times like this in Home… or maybe you do.


People will be doing this quest at different times throughout the week, meaning these spaces will be more populated, not simply with more people, but also people with an apparent sense of camaraderie between them. The results speak for themselves: the inclusion of non-third-party content appearing via the Activity Board is a positive contribution that makes Home better and more enjoyable. People are working together towards a common, simple goal; we are meeting, connecting, and having a great time doing it! We're also happily spending money. Are you listening, management?

I will acknowledge this was a particularly good update in terms of content as well, but I feel it's important to note aside from new activities, we’ve seen management take a more hands-on approach in the forums this past week, and I must say that's a huge step in the right direction.

The past few months have been tumultuous at best, and I can understand why replying to a thread full of unhappy people might feel like stepping into a bear trap, but I would like to extend an olive branch, and personally thank you for the most recent wave of changes. I hope we can build upon this level of contact. I’m also very much looking forward to more content from the Home Team IN Home. I truly hope we can take this momentum, and keep things more positive moving forward.

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