I have played NA since it's inception and early Steam delivery. I have gone through many past wipes. I don't have the rationale for the latest wipe. Assume from what I read that it could be financial. This wipe appears very drastic. Fortunately, I left the PVP version quite some time ago because I found that the large amount of time I consumed in attempting to be a good clan member and building on the game in buildings, ships, crafting and trading took up quite a bit of my time. I am retired, so I know that I may have more time than many of those who are still working. I recognize the many comments regarding the time devoted to the game. I'm in the same boat! What I become concerned with is having the unknown regarding when the next full wipe will take place. While building back up is fun in a manner, there is time spent doing so and there is a sense of accomplishment in the process. However, there comes a time when the hours devoted to the game have to be examined to see what the alternatives might be. Truthfully, I love the game and have talked it up with youngsters thinking about the game. In a way, I think some of those I have sold the game to are leery with the status of the game as being a beta and the continuous wipes taking all the rewards they have already attained. It would be great to continue with the game, but I am concerned that there comes a time when judgment must prevail regarding the future assurances that changes which set us all back won't be occurring with the same frequencies we have experienced since the early development of the game. At some time, the development has to come to a stage that says "That's it. You have a product that may face certain changes to make associated fixes and corrections, but the game will stay the basic game and future wipes will not become an annual event" Guess like many of you, I will have to see what occurs. This is not to say that I wouldn't go on to see how the latest wipes have made changes. But like many, I am starting to question my gaming time in an arena where at least annually the game is completely rebuilt and many of us lose what we've built. Take care Mates, see you on the high seas for as long as we can.