Well, I can sum up my emotions in one word right now: DOH!!!
After my high moment of completing my first suicidal victory, I quickly came on to the forums, which I haven't done (due to midterms) for the past 2-3 weeks, other than quick checks to reassure myself that a game wasn't required til the 19th. Upon reaching said forums, I did a quick review of this thread, seeing what I had missed, only to realize that Ferrel had posted a tech victory. Again, as I said, DOH!
At the moment, I actually find this amusing, no doubt because of the late hour. What factors led to this event? Well, the aforementioned midterms, the fact that the family apparently moved without me realizing it (I thought the ToE forums I was on were pretty quiet, now I know why), and the fact that I could've sworn that I had seen two games from Team B posted before my hiatus, neither of which were Tech wins (after looking throughout the thread, I see I was hallucinating at the time).
And now, of course, come the "if onlys." If only I had tried to get in contact with the team when I didn't see any discussion on the board; if only I had logged in when checking the forums, so I could've seen Justin's pm to me about the changing of ToE's website; if only I had checked more than the round's end date a few days ago, so I could've seen Ferrel's posted game; etc. Still, I'm in fairly good spirits right now; overtiredness tends to have that effect. Murpy's Law: Anything that can possibly go wrong, will go wrong. Not that I couldn't have avoided this by just trying to stay in contact with my team; it's totally my fault. However slogging through my first Suicidal game only to have it not count has a sort of fitting justice to it. Way to go, Veg.
Anywho, my first response at seeing the dire events that had transpired was "Quick! Get another game in!" but that's not going to happen, where I have my choice between the military win and the Diplo win (I still don't have TA). Not happening in less than 10 hours. However, even before I came to the forums, I was considering this being my last MVL game. Along the way, I stopped seeing the MVL as a fun distraction from life, and more as one of my college assignments, as evidenced by my looking online only to check the due date. This latest debacle on my part only reinforces that decision. Were I really into the spirit of the MVL at this point, I would've been sure to get in contact with my team, and these events would never have transpired.
I certainly gained a lot from the MVL, moving up from the tough difficulty setting all the way to Suicidal, and I'm thankful to all that I've learned from, but I'm just not in the MVL spirit at the moment.