R.I.P. SimYard
December 1, 2007 - February 13, 2014

Dear SimYard.com members,

SimYard is shutting down permanently. If you had remaining permits, I have provided a claim form to request unused funds be returned. I'm sorry that it has ended this way.

Our database machine has suffered an unrecoverable error, and there is no other option here. I would definitely like to thank everyone who has been a part of SimYard for the past six years. It has been a tremendous run. I have learned a lot, enjoyed creating and running this site, and I hope that everyone had a lot of fun playing.

I regret that the game came to an end this way. In a way, it's fitting though. This whole site has been an amateur production since the beginning. In its later years, when I had the experience to know better, it was too much of a mess to fix. And now, it ends in about the most amateurish way possible.

This site started out as a business experiment for me. When I had to return to full time work in 2009, I was left with a pile of debt. Between full time work, and my family, I have had almost no time for development since then. I know some of you have put up with some crazy bugs and problems, especially this past year, and I just hope you all had fun with the game in the meantime.

I appreciate the people who have played on this site, both those who left and those who stuck it out to the end. I hope ultimately everyone has good memories of playing SimYard, even with the problems that the site had. The experience that I gained working on this site has proved very valuable to me, and my next entry into the space will be far more professional of a production.

Until we meet again,

Erick Robertson

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