Unfortunately, I was on a trip last week and didn't really get wind of Greg's departure until this week. I found out by reading the talkback threads in both this episode and 290. I've frankly been putting off listening to them because the news did sadden me, but I finally made myself finish them yesterday.
There's probably not much to add that already hasn't been said, but here goes...
Greg, thank you for your hard work and sacrifice to make this podcast something truly special. Just due the nature of my life currently, I probably end up spending more time listening to video game podcasts than I do with actual gaming at times. RFN has been consistently one of the best, if not the best podcast out there on this subject. As others have stated, your wit, demeanor and professionalism will be missed. I was amazed when I first heard about some of your monumental efforts to recreate missing audio or entire segments; I think your level of commitment speaks volumes about your character.
Even though I feel a little silly writing it, listening to 290 and 291 did feel a little like having to say goodbye to an old friend. Even though I've been fortunate enough to call in to one of the live shows and express (somewhat feebly) a little of my appreciation for RFN and your efforts, I've never taken the time to write the show with a question or just a note of appreciation. I regret that now. I hope that you'll continue to make appearances on RFN and other podcasts when you're adjusted and have obtained some of that rest that is certainly well-deserved. Good luck in whatever it is that you'll do with all of that spare time!
To the rest of you guys, I'd say that I'd feel the same way if any of you guys left as well. You guys really do all contribute to this podcast, and have all worked together to craft something that is truly special. I appreciate it! Given that RFN has been going so strong for a relative eternity (in internet years), I've been dreading something like this for a while. This has been consistently one of my favorite podcasts for the last four years or so of my life. I've always attempted to make time for RFN, even if I was a little late in listening to some of the episodes.
Guillaume, I've enjoyed your appearances on the show so far, and I'm sure that you'll do great as the newest addition. I've enjoyed your contributions on handheld and downloadable games in particular. It's not as if you need me to welcome you to the show, but I still say, "Welcome!" If Greg has faith in you, I'm certain that you'll do an outstanding job.