I'm one of the ones that meant to keep playing, but suddenly found... that I wasn't.
I was having a pretty good time, doing this, trying that, duo'ing a bunch with a guy I met in a linkshell I was in briefly. Decided to make myself some shoes... took me a week to level all the appropriate crafts and hunt up the mobs to get the material to make the leather to make the spetches - y'all know how it goes.
I ran out of room on myself and my retainer so many times, it got frustrating to have to stop constantly to craft or NPC what I couldn't immediately use. So at one point I thought I'd just take a break for a couple of days before frustration turned into real annoyance.
Those two days turned into four, then into a week... and then I realised I just wasn't interested in playing. Everything I wanted to do, I had to do four other things FIRST, and I just couldn't face it. I ended up downloading a half dozen F2P games for god's sake, looking for anything that didn't need a spreadsheet to play. I even poked my nose into EQII for the first time.
Now, I pretty much forced myself to log in twice after the patch and while I loved all the UI changes I saw, I realised I still had to concentrate on things I wasn't really interested in pursuing in order to continue. I haven't managed to make myself log in again, even though I truly meant to.
I like the game well enough. It's just incredibly difficult to maintain motivation to do anything, because the changes to the system didn't shift any of the underlying concepts. The micromanagement has quietly defeated me.
Not with a bang, but with a whimper, hmmm.