Posted by: Brian
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that Acitius is for sale. I am selling the site for a few reasons, so I'll go into those here before discussing any possible sale. Basically, shortly after I purchased the website from Ace/Darryl back in March 2017, I started looking for a new layout designer. We ended up kind of having one fall into our lap by way of a former staff member in April 2017, and she quickly got to work on a new layout for the site that would be mobile friendly and much more functional than either of the current layouts. All of the staff were really excited for this, but unfortunately the layout designer got pretty busy with real life and was unable to complete the layout. As I've said repeatedly both publicly and privately: This is totally understandable, as real life should come first over an online game that she was volunteering on. Eventually, in January of this year, I decided to move on from waiting for that layout and consider other options. I started looking into what it would cost to get a similar layout designed, and after soliciting bids on a number of websites, as well as talking to several web designers, it became clear that the layout we were looking to buy would cost upwards of $2,000. The site has been consistently losing money, and I'm not really in a position to invest an additional $2,000+ into the site at this time.
Additionally, I have been kind of an absentee owner and administrator for repeated periods since buying the site, and I don't see that changing. I believed that it would change when I moved a few months ago, but unfortunately, it has not changed, and in fact, I have spent even less time on Acitius. We have a number of dedicated staff members who have, I believe, all felt at times somewhat defeated by our lack of a programmer and our inability to get major tasks done on the site. We had a lot of great ideas behind the scenes, and we tried to release new content, but our ability to do that was definitely limited by the lack of a programmer. Before anyone comments on this post, I know there were some people who volunteered publicly to help with programming for the site, but we didn't have anyone come forward who clearly had a strong command of the programming languages the site uses, and we didn't want to bring on someone who has learned a little of some of the coding languages, as that essentially describes the skills of Caspian and I.
With regard to the sale of the site, I am looking for someone who can either design a new layout or purchase a new layout. I'd like to hear about the ideas you have for the site, and how you would achieve them. Since it is a sale, any monetary offer for the site does matter, but I won't just take the highest bid. I'd really like to know I'm putting the site in better hands than it is in at the moment. If you are interested in buying the site, mail me. If you're a legitimate bidder and have some good ideas for the site, I'm happy to discuss more specifics with you regarding what would come with the sale of the site.
Finally, there has been talk previously of shutting down the site. This was something that was discussed and strongly considered internally amongst the staff a few months ago. The reason I am choosing to go with a sale at this time, instead of trying to shut down the site, is because I think the site could still be "revived" or even thrive with the right owner. That owner is someone who is willing to invest both time and money into the site, and that owner, unfortunately, isn't me.