Thank god I can ramble about some VHL stuff for TPE; the creative juices aren't really flowing right now, so I'll go full meta and talk about some of my recent time (or lack thereof) on the site.
So @GustavMattias has been flaming me a tad for disappearing into thin air and I feel like I should at least say a little something about why that might be. In all honesty, it wasn't one specific thing that led me to step back for a while. Rather, it was a combination of a few factors:
Since Pepper had successfully combated all possible depreciation, there was no reason to keep earning and forcing stats to go up by a mere one point every week or two.
I'd put a lot of work into getting the VHL/M merch store up and running, from making hi-res logos for every team, to giving each one their own distressed-type look, to making sure all of the uploads were sized and positioned correctly on all of the products
There were few exciting things for Pepper to do, so I had no reason to actively check and follow sims.
That last one is probably the easiest to talk about, so we'll get that one out of the way first; as he entered his final season, there was little left for Pepper to accomplish. The only thing he has left to do is hit 300 wins, which at this point feels more like a matter of time than a potential question mark.
The second point is one that a lot of people probably aren't aware of. I did almost everything to set up the merch shop, minus the actual account setup and anything involving the monetization of sales. Aside from that, I had to make sure every team in both leagues was equally represented in terms of available merch, I had to make sure everything looked okay on the color choices we would provide by default, and I had to make corrections or changed when some logos got (somehow) flagged for copyright infringement. I put a lot of work into making sure everything was nice and presentable, and doing so much of it in such a small amount of time probably factored into my break quite a bit.
But the first one, by far, was probably the biggest contribution to the break. At some point, earning TPE did next to nothing for me, so i decided to back away and put my efforts into other things that I wanted to get done. By this point, I was just waiting for the trade deadline so I could recreate and start over with a fresh coat of paint, so I saw no reason to continue grinding and ruin my will to get a new player off the ground. While my overall activity suffered, I feel like it was something I probably needed to do in order to ensure a smooth TPE whoring process for Winter.
I think that about sums it up. I'm excited to get back to work, to get drafted to some new teams, and to meet some new faces as I climb through the ranks once again. Really looking forward to finally having proper linemates, I won't lie.