Aarinfel is struggling to stay open until the administrators have reviewed and redone the theme, and in the mean time three of the main creators of Aarinfel are creating Azhad, modelled on the original Aarinfel idea of a game of politics rather than high fantasy. Azhad is supposed to open July 9th.
Aarinfel is a frustrating experience now, no administrators to see to the daily running of the game: no backgrounds approved, no new players losing their newbie status, no plotlines approved, no favour points given for exellent role-play - the world is frozen in a situation where there can be no change, and as such the players have no influence - no power over their situation - or agency I guess Janet Murray would say.
Knowing this, Azhad is discreetely recruiting the oldest and/or best players. Logging on to Azhad is like going three-four years back in time. Not all the original people are there, but quite a bit I haven't seen for the better part of a year. It's like figuring out where your old friends have all drifted off to hang out. Odd.