Hello to one and all! It's been months since the hiatus but I am back, and only for a brief while. The reason why I'm writing this post is because I want to update all on what's going on with me outside the game (the important stuff you lot should know) and a bit of in the game stuff since the hiatus (I did write then that if I came back I'd write another post). With the post I made in January, what I meant there stems from my past. I am a recovering addict (from a developing addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol in my case - I quit both cold turkey since '09 and '10 respectively) and that's what I'll always be known as with the stigma surrounding that. Regarding the game in relation to my past, it made me realise that if I were to constantly play the game and disregard everything else, I'd be putting loads of stuff on the line, including my line of work (I've been with the same employer for 19 years). As for the game, I have a decent amount of EX weapons since the last post but it's something some would either laugh at because it's a 'low' number (26) or scold me for going after my favourites more than the meta (I play the game more casually and am anti-meta). For anyone who is wondering, I pitied 3 EX weapons (Celes, Rem and Serah), was close to pitying 3 others (Lightning, Porom and Rydia) while WoL's EX was from the free multi back at anniversary. Setzer's EX - 5th ticket. I don't have loads of content to catch up on as some would think but I enjoy taking my time. Whatever I miss out on, it's not the end of the world. For those who are still enjoying the game - rock on! I'm glad that you're playing the game your way and I strive to not push my stance onto anyone because I couldn't forgive myself if I do One reason why I returned is to inform all that I may take a break from the game soon and think about my future with DFFOO if I do. Should I take the break it'll be after Golbez's LC banner. If you're wondering why, there's a few reasons I can reveal. First, some aspects of my health needs my attention. There's a chance I have Chronic Bronchitis. I never laid a finger on a cigarette but with me being with the same employer for so long, the work conditions could have played a role. I am monitoring the symptoms very closely; once I have the list of the exact symptoms I experience sorted out, I plan on seeing a doctor to get the correct diagnosis and treatment. With Chronic Bronchitis, there isn't a cure. Reason #2: I've lost interest. To be honest, I don't know what caused me to lose interest in DFFOO but that's what happened. With the accelerated pace Global's been doing, I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed. It's absolutely heartbreaking to say this but I'm not as into the game as I was at Day One. The final reason: my mother. I almost never post stuff about my family but it's time I come out with it. Some know (some don't) that my mother has Dementia, and she is slowly losing that battle. Knowing that I don't know how much longer she has, I am likely going to be spending more time preparing for varying things in that regard. Do I want to post this? No. Is a necessary thing for me to do by posting this? Yes. If anything, I need to be upfront about things like this, and that's more important than leaving everyone high and dry. I'll stay logged in for a few weeks in case anyone has questions about this for me to answer. Take care of yourselves and the BEST of luck with whoever you pull for!