We made a pretty decent income from the game as well (don't ask how much, is secret) and if things continue to go this way in a year or two we might be able to actually work at EL full time.
Now, of course, we will have to pay taxes, which is the sucky part. I wouldn't mind if my tax money goes to good things, such as taking care of the poor, education, medical research and stuff. But it bothers me when my money is spent on killing people and military research.
In the last few days of the year, we had a poll, which was supposed to expire on 6th of January, regarding the fate of the cooldowns (let them or remove them). The oppinion was extremely even, about 50% of the players wanted them, and 50% didn't want them. With over 500 votes cast, it represented a lot of our active players population.
Anyway, today the poll has disspeared, we have no idea why. Could have been a sabotage, an accident, or an IPB bug. Nevertheless, I decided for the cooldowns to stay, and so far most of the players are OK with this decision (I told them about other plans we have to improve the game, such as some new magic weapons and armors, special areas for summoning, etc.)