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Thank you to everyone who attended our final farewell party.

Today is only the first step beyond Free Realms. Don't let your lives be full of grief for too long. Hold on to the memories you have created, the friends you have earned, and the community you built.

You can check out the pictures of our final party HERE. It has been an honour to work with you all in this community, you will all keep the Insiders spirit living long after its passing.

“Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska

So, Free Realms officially shuts down at 6:00 PM Pacific Time (6:00 PDT) tomorrow... It's time for one last party.

What: Free Realms: The Final Party

Where: Downtown Sanctuary

When: Starting at 4:30 PDT (That's 6:30 CDT and 7:30 EDT), until the game goes down.

Theme: Blue, Green & Orange, and your favorite items with the most memories.

I hope to see each and everyone of you there so that we can spend the last few hours in the Realms together. :)

~Annie Hawkclaw, Free Realms Insider Moderator

It is with very heavy hearts that we report SOE's announcement of Free Realms official closure. On March 31st (2014), Free Realms will go dark. Further closures of SOE's long list of MMORPG titles include Clone Wars, Vanguard, and Wizardry online. Many Free Realms fans will be asking why the sudden closure of their favourite game. John Smedley answered on a popular Reddit AMA, that the reason was simply "we need our resources elsewhere right now." While this may not be the answer our fans are looking for, I would like to share some personal advice on the situation you find yourself in, both as a long-term administrator of this fan site and a fellow gamer myself.

First, I understand the grieving process. I have walked away from many games in the past decade, this has been because of personal time constraints, but also because of games 'going dark' after years of time put into it. It will feel very soul crushing when you first hear the news, and you will be upset about it. I know this may not be the best way to start, but I think it's important that we recognize it is a tangible thing we are grieving for. No, it is not the game itself. It is your memories of playing this game. For many players it brought joy and laughter through events, game play, playing with family members, and especially making new friends on Free Realms. Your grief is not over the game itself, but over the memories you have made playing it, and that is Okay.

Second, please go out and enjoy your last few weeks with your guild, your friends, and the community of Free Realms. It's going to be very tempting to get riled up & angry about the game shutting down. There is a time and place for that, but I want to encourage you all to celebrate what you have created on Free Realms. Having played on many different MMORPGs and Online games I can assure you that the best part is always the communities. Free Realms had a great community spirit to it. We may not have always gotten along, but I would like to believe that there has been many more positive memories that will last.

Many will be asking what the future of FreeRealmsInsider.com is. This community was never built to be focused around the staff, without you all it wouldn't have made it as far as it did. Thank you. For the time being, the site will remain operational and a place to share your final memories with the community. We will speak further to the future operations of Freerealmsinsider.com (FRI) in the near future, but for the time being please enjoy it and help us to celebrate the community we have built together. It would be an absolute delight for you all to share your past images, stories, and favourite events that have taken place in the previous four years of Free Realms. Let's reminisce together.

I hope that you will treat the team at SOE with respect, and understand that this was a business decision and not a target at the Free Realms community. From our discussions in the past with the SOE team I can assure you that there is a strong passion for this game, and a love for many of their players. The relationship we have had with SOE has been very pleasurable, and I can only wish them the best on their next adventure.

On a final, and very personal note, please let me extend my thanks to the community here on FRI. My time as administrator on Free Realms Insider has brought a great deal of joy to my life. I can't say I did everything perfectly, and that I always put as much time into the community as I would have liked to. But I can say it that my time in Free Realms & on the site here was very enjoyable. I loved every moment within the guild, and I have been nothing but proud of the community we built both in-game and within our forums. Each one of our insider sites are very unique, and bring different qualities to its community. The Insider site has always been referred to as a family, and families may fight, but in the end we all resolve our differences and enjoy our time together.

My heart is very heavy tonight having to write this final update. I can only hope that it has expressed the gratitude the staff here at FRI has for spending your time with us, and sticking it out with us for such a long period of time. It has not always been a smooth journey, but it has been one we all will look back on with fondness.

May your next journey online be as charming as this one, and may you always look back on this time with fondness.

From your family to yours,

Ashley Preciousfable & The Insider team.

As I have said before, guild applications are coming back to Free Realms Insider. Soon I will reopen the thread and begin to check over new applications.

When is this all happening? Well, no time is as good as RIGHT NOW!

That's right, guild applications are back!

Now you can be a part of the official Free Realms Insiders guild, !

Want to join? First, check to make sure you have met all of the requirements. The requirements for joining the guild are as follows.

1.) You need 50 helpful posts on FreeRealmsInsider.com

2.) You need to be a member of FreeRealmsInsider.com for two weeks.

3.) You must respect the rules of Freerealmsinsider.com and Free Realms.

4.) You must be an active member of the community.

5.) You must post your character name with your application.

If you meet the requirements and wish to be a part of the guild, you can apply in the application thread in the guild section, here: http://www.freerealmsinsider.com/forum/f152/insiders-applying-pc-mac-guild-please-read-all-4-posts-before-applying-4187/

This section also includes a FAQ section if you have a question.

As soon as applications start coming, I will start sending out Private Messages to those who are accepted. If you get a PM, congratulations on being accepted in the the guild! In this case, we will find a time when we can both get in game to add you to the guild. If you did not get a PM allowing you to join the guild, you did not meet one of the requirements to join. Please review the rules and apply again as soon as you meet them.

*NOTE* Some days I may not be able to get online at a time that works for both of us. No need to worry, we will figure out a time to add you to the guild. Feel free to add me (Annie Hawkclaw) as a friend to see when I am online.

Come apply to today to join the fun!

Also... keep an eye out for information about FRI party planning, coming within a week.

-Annie

*This weekend only, log in to find everything in the Station Cash shop at 50% off. (Now is the best time to buy that Banana Suit you have always wanted...!)

*The next few updates will include fun stuff such as a new chapter and boss for Hero Rises, a new combiner ride, and a new (very cool) mystery chest. Curious? Find the full set of details in one of our member's threads, located here http://www.freerealmsinsider.com/forum/f69/cool-stuff-coming-soon-61352/.

*As I have teased before, fun is coming to FRI this summer. Details on guild applications reopening and member hosted events coming very, very soon... keep an eye out for them on the front page!

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