lol at your conspiracy theory orange but I do think RDR contributed significantly -- glad your problem wasn't as serious as you thought!
gismo, terry and anyone else who's worried we're all leaving -- out of all the AVS members that got this game I think they'll always be people playing. Bro Grim, Big Orange and I have been playing pretty much throughout the "dry spell" and most recently been seeing geovanni on pretty often also. Last night I think we had just about everyone who's still regularly playing and had a full party so it was a good time even though we got whopped by what seemed like a clan all on one team.
jon, we were talking strictly rank, skill i know will be a different list
good to hear some are coming out of retirement soon