This place was (still is, for now) a miracle, a divine gift in itself for the eyes of any 07th Expansion fan.
It’s a lost paradise, where newcomers could also experience for the first time whenever they want, without missing the collective train of thought, such as many of us in the past, the thrill of theory-crafting madness that Umineko as a whole was during its release.
And also, very importantly, not being spoiled accidentally by older readers like it used to happen to people just getting into the series and wanting to participate of said community and come with theories of their own, in their own pacing.
I screwed up in 2016 and accidentally did exactly that in here, by posting a covered spoiler about the meta in a Spoiler Free discussion of EP4 iirc. For you to imagine just how much it hurt me to ever have risked the paradise this place is in my eyes, I actually abandoned it for over an year in guilt (although still silently following every single activity around), until me and @edit_anon came from 4chan to organize the idea of the Umineko chessboard game in here.
That said, to me, Rokkenjima is (and will forever be) the ideal house for any new and old fans alike of all 07th Expansion (Ryukishi07’s works in general actually) works to date.
And although it’s very sad for me to see it go, I couldn’t be more grateful to you for even have created it, much less administrating it as a whole for all this time, even when doing the job alone, as you mentioned. I wish you all the best, Gamemaster @Aspirety, may the future of our kakera reserve you great things to look forward to in life.
If I myself wasn’t to also be in a complicated situation in real life, I would have helped you with whatever efforts in order to maintain this community together as it will probably be until the bitter end, so I can’t help but comprehend very well where are you coming from with this announcement.
And for last and definitely not least, for as long as it keeps running, Viva Rokkenjima! May its last days be the home of many great topics yet to come, which will hopefully be forever immortalized with all the other wonderful ones we already had in our run up to this point.
Farewell, my favorite forum. I myself will do my best to contribute with something to send you off in a great way as well. Hopefully I’ll finish said planned topics in time.