I guess this is the end of WB's. I logged in 3 times tonight and less than 10 players flying. It all had to end sometime.
If I had to put a finger on why it just didn't keep up, I'd say the biggest reason was that the WB staff was so unresponsive to players. Take the 110 G that is in the arena right now. Finn has shown just how out of whack it is, flying better than a Spit 14, and yet it still is in the line-up. I understand that WILBIL doesn't have the staff to fix the issues, but at least pull it until it can be fixed.
The fact that WB was so easily compromised and unsecure allowing those with weaker minds to install their particular brand of hack, just made for a miserable game experience. I asked a "guest" how he was able to beat the security, he told me all he did was switch some game files, made his off-line files into his on-line files and he was having a grand ol time. His only regret was that there was not enough enemy planes to go after.
Combine that with the gaming (i.e. pop up Lancaster and GV that trail a mysterious colored smoke over a snow filled terrain) I can see why we don't keep anybody.
For me it was more about the guys on TS. I gave WB a try each night to listen to the players gab about he regrets about not voting for Trump (dbng + rekkof) and hearing about their particular part of the world. I didn't realize how much it all meant until foss passed away. I'll miss his 10 minute answer to my simple questions and accept defeat that he never understood the word "uber". For some reason he would pronounce it "ubber". I have no idea why.
Another problem is that at my time, the arena is lopsided 6 or 7 to 1. I realized that I might as well be playing offline, dropping on fields that are not defended.
I've been playing since 1992. In the beginning, there was as many as 250 on, 4 colors and I'm sure you all have heard the stories, but I guess that sim is now dead.
I'm not saying I won't be playing, but I stop at the arena roster. I see 9 players and I go find something else. I think the day that WILBIL suddenly turns off the server is coming at us fast.