> I wanted an amicable solution
> to the problem that would let people like Nicky come back
Remember, I did come back, at AJ's behest. It lasted for about a week, at which point I was banned again by persons unknown for reasons unspecified, despite not having broken any of the agreed rules for return. Despite several emails to AJ in which he claimed to know nothing about the ban and said he would sort it out, it's still in place four months later. AJ pays lip service to wanting the forums run properly, but his actions demonstrate the truth of the situation.
VP Forums are beyond saving. The Getaway release proves that beyond the remotest doubt. Someone with no bad reputation makes a significant new contribution to a table that is freely moddable. The reaction of the moderators? Ludicrous hairsplitting and covering each other's backs when they were shown to have screwed up.
I see also that the v3.3 version I posted yesterday has been deleted from IR Pinball (but the older version hasn't), despite the table being perfectly "legitimate" for mods and it not breaking any of IR Pinball's rules either.
I hope you keep releasing new work, PacDude, but I hope you simply choose to do it here and not VP Forums. If people have to come here for it, it might open their eyes to the fact that forums about Visual Pinball DON'T have to be run by egomaniac arseholes, and the "community" might yet get to live again the way it used to before it was hijacked by a bunch of power-crazed hypocrites.