With Heavy Hearts…. sad News for Our Family

gotik-collageIt pains me to make this post…it’s not a post I would ever want to make. But it must be made. This will pertain mostly to the Archeage crowd, but some of you in other games may have known Gotik or PrincessGotik (who’s real name is Julio), too.

Maria and I discovered today that Julio passed away yesterday unexpectedly. For those of you who played Archeage, Julio went by Princessgotik/Gotikguilda in-game. He was an officer, incredibly friendly and supportive, and had been playing with us for quite a long time.

Julio was much more than just someone who played Archeage for many of us…just as most of you who are associated with TLP are much more than just people we play with. He was a father, a husband, and someone who had emigrated to the United States all the way from Venezuela to seek a better life.

In-game, he was never much for PvP. Despite that, he learned to hold his own and was one of the most dedicated players I’ve seen when it came to trade runs and making money. It wasn’t all that unusual to see him still on at 8 am in the morning.

When I logged into Archeage earlier today, I found him AFKing, just as he always did, sitting on a bench in the Marianople hall. I suspect no one has realized just yet that he’s still logged in.

Julio leaves behind a 16-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old daughter who also plays in game. Gentle reminder to people who play that if you are approached or messaged by Sofisticated, I would appreciate it if you treat her patiently and kindly. She is friendly and has often reached out to me or others in-game…and having just lost her dad, she may do so again because of the connection we had. If she does and you are uncomfortable in any way, let me know and I’ll be happy to talk to her. Please don’t approach her on your own with questions about Julio.

When we get more information about what happened, I’ll update you guys and try to give you more detail. Right now, all we know is that he passed away unexpectedly.