This really shouldn't be all that surprising to any of the admins or regulars. I've stopped hopping on the trade server and haven't really jumped in the Mumble either.
I'm not abandoning anyone. You are all still welcome to message me and to play games with me if you'd like. But I think it's time I hang it up. Without meaning to disrespect anyone, I honestly haven't enjoyed being on the trade server ever since Nino and Siren left. I can't bring myself to get on and talk to you guys like I did when I was first taken on as Siren's "minion". Things just simply aren't the same.
But what I did enjoy was spending time with Resin, Sinch, Ricket, Sweets, Eddie, Scumbelina, Shooter, Acorn, Voz, Dropbear, and everyone else who frequented Mumble. Whether it was downing kamikaze helicopters in DayZ or viciously pub-stomping in DotA2, those guys were a fucking blast to game with. And playing games with them was what really helped me to understand what this place is. When I first joined the server, I only saw it as a place to trade on TF2. But the reality of it is that The Black Market is just a group of friends who play games and do shit together. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in waiting for RC4 or the next event that we forget that.
I don't think I'll ever return to this. It was fun and I've met some of the coolest people here, but I was never a really good Slumlord. Sometimes I would get things done, but I lacked the motivation to properly enforce the rules. I would honestly rather spend my time playing games with all of you than telling you what not to do.
I'll leave you all with a bit of advice; join the Mumble. Take the time you spend in this community and make the most of it. There's more to it than just the trade server. There are some incredibly fun people sitting behind the scenes. You'll meet people that will keep you laughing for hours on end. Hell, you may even meet someone that you'll look up to.