Johnny first connected on Mon Sep 29 15:40:44 1997 PDT
He is 18 years old.
This character is 18 years old.
That's a lonnnnnggggg time. He's been the rock of this game, the driving force, the primary developer, the creator of the web-client, the website, huge swathes of the code-base, he's the guy that paid the bills year in and year out (server, domain name, advertising) long before we have donations and still pays them now, if we're ever short.
He brought on some of the best and most active GMs. Then he trained them how to be a success. And they trained more GMs and more Admin.
In my personal experience with Johnny, he taught me how to be a better coder. He taught me about various tools and methodologies. He gave me enough rope to hang myself with code wise and as a GM and later as a Head Game Master, and a $Justice. I would be a different person, in a very different line of work, had it not been for Johnny. He has always believed in me, and believed I could do better than I was already doing (which was pretty great, cause I'm awesome too, just saying).
Some of you may have never even interacted with him, but your In Character and Out of Character experiences were shaped, in no small part, by his vision for Sindome. Everything you see, everything you do, everything you interact with, has been touched by, coded by, influenced by or approved by Johnny, in one manner or another.
He has been the driving force behind just about every single innovation in the history of Sindome. He has taken a TEXT BASED GAME and shaped it into one of the most expansive, intelligent, in-depth, well developed, high technology masterpieces of a games I, and many of you, have ever played.
He never asks for thank yous or attaboys and accepts nothing less than what he asks of himself. His dedication and contributions to Sindome are literally beyond measure.
I think he deserves a big ole thank you, from all of us.
Thank you, Johnny.