First and most importantly this is not a "thump your chest" thread, or a "mine's bigger than your's" juvie contest. What it is... is.... ...hopefully a way to show all interested that empires still has a pulse. ... a post showing there are people spending real time and/or money on a hobby/game they enjoy and want to share. ... a small positive note to help cure some of the blues. ... a new minty wash that leaves your breath.... no wait..... NO!!! We are not all going to agree on what Empires should be. And that's not the point here either. But if you're here reading this, then we do agree that it should exist and continue to evolve. (yep, we agree... get over it) Some are coding, others mapping or modeling, or hosting servers at their own expense. (like this forum server, thanks Thexa) Duke for instance was spending some serious effort on Empires2. Other are fixing old maps or working on new ones. Some may want to contribute to this post, and I can understand others who probably wont. But maybe they can at least chime in with a "yep, I'm working on something too" to raise the tally. So I'm starting off..... a) Hosting a game server, now hoping you all come to play weekdays. (X is weekend maestro) b) couple hundred $$$ on software for textures/models (yes, just for empires) c) uncountable hours learning source for free when I could have been making minimum wage instead (yes I'm dumb) who else?