Thank you all for your kind words and support.
We at Merciless, agree patch 1.4 is a great thing except the fact that client side mods will be ceased. This is a double edged sword... client side mods have produced many budding texture artists, sounds modders, and even Desert Combat and Merciless 1942. Alas it has also allowed cheaters. We are asking Dice and EA for a stay of execution on our mod due to the amount of fans that we have and supports of us in the community. We want to be cheat proof and also want 1942 to be cheat free. There is a way we can exist as a secure client side mod along with patch 1.4 and the security it will include. I envision that our prior "open texturepacks" would become closed but we would accept this to continue to provide MC1942 to our fans and not be forced server side.
Patch 1.4 is a step in the right direction and also a step back for modders and Merciless. If there is any possible way to salvage this scenario, we hope that EA and Dice may consider this. Without mods, a game does not grow. Being forced into a server side mod does not yeild the freedom that Merciless 1942 had... just get on any server and play.
We are willing to work with EA and Dice towards a successful solution but it is up to them and you fans to ask EA and Dice to do so. Voice your opinions, you are the community... sign the petition... email them your thoughts on this. We can only hope to reach a secure truce on this matter for patch 1.4.