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Law Bringer
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So, I happened to look at the date today, and realize that it's been three years to the day since I registered. Needless to say, I was excited that I hadn't forgotten this completely (though my goal of reaching 3333 posts by now fell through). But anyway, that made me think about what's been said over here about the feeling that this place is fairly constant. And like I said there, I agree completely.

I mean, since I registered way back then, I've graduated high school and made it through almost two years of college, I've created an improv group, then joined two others, designed two (almost three) BoA scenarios, been to my grandfather's funeral, watched the St. Louis Cardinals play in the World Series twice (getting swept once and winning in 5 the other time), realized that a long-distance relationship with someone I didn't really love doesn't work, found someone that I do really love, very nearly lost my last shred of sanity to Saturday morning chemistry lab, and helplessly watched the fallout from one of my high school friends suddenly turning into a murderer. And that's only the major stuff.

Thus, in a similar vein to the Where You At Now? topic, anybody else feel like ranting about how much everything but SW has changed since they registered?

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Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Shake Before Using
Member # 75
Profile #1
This one is kinda weird to me, since I joined Spiderweb back in 1999. Of course, lots of stuff has changed in my life since then - like attending high school and college - but the Spiderweb community has changed a lot too.
Posts: 3234 | Registered: Thursday, October 4 2001 07:00
Shaper
Member # 5437
Profile #2
Life has changed significantly for me as well since joining SW. I went through three years of school, lost some pets, got some pets, and moved to a new home after 22 years.

So many things have changed about SW, and so many remain the same. I was sad to see some people were gone, including TM, but it's nice to see most of the familiar faces are still here,
Posts: 2032 | Registered: Wednesday, January 26 2005 08:00
Infiltrator
Member # 4826
Profile #3
Dolphy!

I, um, joined middle school?

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Posts: 458 | Registered: Friday, August 6 2004 07:00
Shaper
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It's been maybe 3 years and about 6 months since I registered. And, scarily, the time has flown. I remember making posts in my first summer, when I was still in complusary education. Then I had the best summer of my life - Summer '04. I've completed A Levels too, and tried a long distance relationship. I started writing properly, and completed a book. I've designed two BoA scenarios. I've fallen in love (which went nowhere, since it was an impossible match). I've moved house three times. I've made and lost so many friends that I feel a bit sick when I think about it.

And that's all off the top of my head.

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Posts: 2864 | Registered: Monday, September 8 2003 07:00
Off With Their Heads
Member # 4045
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Whew. This reminds me of the reason I joined Spidweb in the first place, and how dramatically that sort of stuff has changed in my life.

I joined at the beginning of college, in February of my first year (Feb. '04). Since then, I have had an online relationship (around March/April '04), gotten a really fun job (in July '04), settled on a Classics major (in I guess late '04, even if I didn't declare until late '05), had another online relationship and sworn them off for life (from mid-'05 to mid-'06), and decided to add an Astro major (in Nov. or Dec. '06).

I've also joined Desperance (around May '04), joined the Lyceum (around the same time as Desp), released the High Level Party Maker (May '04), remade the HLPM (July '04), become a moderator at Spidweb (Sept. '04), released Bahssikava (Feb. '05), released Lord Putidus (March '05), released Nine Variations on Point B (April '05), won the First BoA Contest (June '05), remade the HLPM again (Aug. '05), become a part of the HoFC (around Sept. '05), left Desp forever basically because of Alec (um, early '06 I think), released Exodus (Nov. '06), took dead last in the 8th Contest and quit designing (Dec. '06), and left the Lyceum forever basically because of Bain (Dec. '06).

That's not even to mention the PPPs, the mod elections, the coming and going of friendships (the one who comes to mind whom I really miss is ASD), and all the other crazy things that happen around here.

I hadn't noticed until I wrote all this up that 2005 was so much better than 2006 as far as Spidweb stuff for me. 2006 kinda sucked. Here's hoping that 2007 at least doesn't suck. :P

[ Monday, March 26, 2007 07:02: Message edited by: Kelandon ]

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Posts: 7968 | Registered: Saturday, February 28 2004 08:00
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
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Ephesos, happy birthday to your forum account. :)

As for reminiscences about the past, my entire outlook on life has changed a couple times over the past five and a half years. I won't go into too much detail, so I'll just mention that I had: thought about, and ended up not, applying to grad school; met, and lost touch with a lot of acquaintances; had several jobs and some unpleasant breaks between them; changed long term plans for the future several times; and a lot of more private things.

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Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Too Sexy for my Title
Member # 5654
Profile #7
I joined almost two years ago. I've certainly been here for more time than I ever thought I'd be. But then again, so have most of us. Since then I've nearly finished three years of college education (two more than when I first joined). I got a job. Fell in love for the first time and experienced my first heartache. I had the best yet worse summer of my life. Finally settled into a major, and got some idea of what to do with my future. I moved into the best Apt. ever. Found the perfect guy. My English and Grammar is now so much better. And now feel as if I have grown up so much from the person I was last year, certainly more than the 18 year old that joined two years ago.

I think, personally, it's not so much about the changes that have been in my life as it is about my way of thinking. I feel more mentally-adult. Mind, it still doesn't stop me from being childish. But I now see things differently. I've certainly learned a lot from SW and overall I'm glad I joined.

[ Monday, March 26, 2007 08:02: Message edited by: M. ]
Posts: 1035 | Registered: Friday, April 1 2005 08:00
Master
Member # 5977
Profile Homepage #8
Congrats Eph, may you stay with us for another three years.

Since I registered enormous things changed in my life, which may probably be witnessed from the way I act on the boards. I've gotten more social over time, have made heaps of new friends, lost others, witnessed changes in my friend's way of acting, got a new computer (yeah, I am very proud of my first computer that I paid for), have been getting better on my instrument, the trombone, finally played my first, real, solo at my last concert, a week or two ago, got seriously drunk and broke my leg...

and I could go on for another hour, but I won't bore you with more of this. To all of you: may you still be here in three years, your life changing, but not your style on the boards, may it's wit be preserved. Amen.

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Posts: 3029 | Registered: Saturday, June 18 2005 07:00
Shaper
Member # 73
Profile #9
Yikes. I never thought of that before. My Spidweb timeline and my real life timeline have always seemed separate to me, and I never thought about the way they line up.

Let me see... Around the end of 2001 I was 13 years old and in my first year of middle school. In that time, I changed from an ignorant Catholic sheep into an agnostic, hardcore liberal, thanks in no small part to the likes of Alec, Djur, and the other regular Spidweb debators who were then and are still far smarter than I am.

In rough, vaguely chronological order with some related stuff put together, I've made and lost friends (notably to this community, Johnnyfeds87, but others as well); got my first job at a relative's store, and eventually got a real job with a boss who could fire me without pissing off my family and even managed to hold it; lost my paternal grandparents; started and graduated high school; became suicidal and thereby met my schizophrenic first girlfriend, whom I had a long-distance relationship, at the psych ward; developed a love for music and art of all kinds, in addition to creating some of my own; came to terms with my Asperger's Syndrome and joined Aspies For Freedom, whose founders I pissed off in a bout of anger a few months later (I still post there occassionally though); started college; met, fell in love with, and started a relationship (which I guess I'm maintaining pretty well) with a wonderful woman whom I think is an undiagnosed Aspie herself; and got robbed at gunpoint on the subway. Lots of other stuff too, of course, but that's the big stuff that I can think of.

Wow, it's almost quarter past three and I haven't been working. Dammit.

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Posts: 2957 | Registered: Thursday, October 4 2001 07:00
Guardian
Member # 2080
Profile #10
If it makes anyone feel better, somewhere during the gap between now and the earlier 2000s(I honestly don't remember when I stopped coming here, but it's so far back that none of my old stuff is locatable-thank god-), I sacrificed much of my vocabulary to improve on my personality(and actually had some degree of success, except for my dot addiction). It's funny how life turns out... but I'm gonna stop there before I go into stuff that y'all'd care even less to hear about...

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Posts: 1918 | Registered: Sunday, October 13 2002 07:00
Infiltrator
Member # 2940
Profile Homepage #11
A lot has changed...

school > high school > and now finishing uni.
from Conce, Chile to Lincoln, England.

(I used to have an older account that I lost.)

[ Monday, March 26, 2007 09:48: Message edited by: The_Nazgul ]

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Posts: 469 | Registered: Thursday, May 1 2003 07:00
? Man, ? Amazing
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Profile #12
quote:
Originally written by The Almighty Do-er of Stuff:

joined Aspies For Freedom, whose founders I pissed off in a bout of anger a few months later (I still post there occassionally though);
You still crack me up.

quote:
Originally written by The Almighty Do-er of Stuff:

got robbed at gunpoint on the subway.
Orange? Blue always seemed cool to me, but I hated the Orange. It gave me the creeps.

Edit- Oh yeah. Congrats Ephesos for maintaining your focus and direction. It is nice to have seen your team get to the WS so frequently, I've personally only seen it twice in my life. :mad: :cool: :D :P

[ Monday, March 26, 2007 10:07: Message edited by: Spent Salmon ]

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Well, I'm at least pretty sure that Salmon is losing.


Posts: 4114 | Registered: Monday, April 25 2005 07:00
Veteran*
Member # 5
Profile #13
Well... since I joined SpidWeb... I found someone online at a completely random site who was impersonating my best friend. It was really creepy. She knew everything about her and was even posting naughty pictures of my best friend.

It was my best friend's mom... and my high school counselor. Fun times.

Lessee... what else. Since I joined Spidweb... my parents got divorced. My mom got remarried and had another baby... whom I am 18 years older than.

There is plenty more... I'm really not around enough to know the main happenings of the online community anymore. In some ways I feel that this is a blessing, but I kind of miss it sometimes.
Posts: 455 | Registered: Tuesday, May 17 2005 07:00
Shaper
Member # 73
Profile #14
quote:
Originally written by Spent Salmon:

quote:
Originally written by The Almighty Do-er of Stuff:

joined Aspies For Freedom, whose founders I pissed off in a bout of anger a few months later (I still post there occassionally though);
You still crack me up.

I don't get it.

quote:
quote:
Originally written by The Almighty Do-er of Stuff:

got robbed at gunpoint on the subway.
Orange? Blue always seemed cool to me, but I hated the Orange. It gave me the creeps.

I arrived at Downtown Crossing on the Red Line from JFK/UMass. On the stairs to the Orange Line, where I somehow ended up by myself except for the guy with the gun, is where I got robbed. Yes, the Orange Line sucks, and yes, the Blue Line is cool. Such nifty stations, except for Orient Heights which looks like a bathroom.

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The Lyceum - The Headquarters of the Blades designing community
The Louvre - The Blades of Avernum graphics database
Alexandria - The Blades of Exile Scenario database
BoE Webring - Self explanatory
Polaris - Free porn here
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Posts: 2957 | Registered: Thursday, October 4 2001 07:00
Agent
Member # 8030
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After joining the forum, I became more active on the internet. E-mail doesn't seem so foreign any more, and now I can safely discuss politics without thirty people indignantly yelling at me.

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Posts: 1384 | Registered: Tuesday, February 6 2007 08:00
Shock Trooper
Member # 303
Profile #16
Since joining the forums, I've aged 6 years (birthday's in December), grown nearly 5 in, got out of the Navy after 5 years, bought a car, started managing an online baseball team, and had three girlfriends (not at the same time).

There were a few others, but not really worth mentioning. ;) :cool:

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Posts: 385 | Registered: Tuesday, November 20 2001 08:00
Guardian
Member # 2080
Profile #17
quote:
Originally written by Arch-Mage Solberg:

had three girlfriends (not at the same time).

It probly would've been better if they had been all at the same time.

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Posts: 1918 | Registered: Sunday, October 13 2002 07:00
Law Bringer
Member # 6489
Profile Homepage #18
Let's see. I joined this community in November '05, dropped out of college a month later. (the two were unrelated, I swear :P ) In January, 2006, I wrote the [http://avernum.nethergate.net]A1 Quest List[/url] and attended my first Blades Chat. I started archiving chats at that point. A few weeks later, the general chats started, and Shadow Vale went online on February 28, 2006. In March 2006, A long-distance relationship ended rather badly for me. (I vow never to do that again). In April the SW Music Database went online, and in May I moved into my own apartment. In September, I started the BoA Database. In October, I got a decent job, and in January 2007, I startedShadow Vale Forums. In that time, I've made several friends here and hopefully no enemies. :P

That pretty much sums both my real ande online life in the past year and a half.

[ Monday, March 26, 2007 16:25: Message edited by: Tyranicus ]

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Posts: 1556 | Registered: Sunday, November 20 2005 08:00
Lifecrafter
Member # 6388
Profile #19
I joined the Exile community around the time of the Windows release of Blades of Exile. I was less than 10 years old.

I was 14 when I was a mod.

Food for thought.
Posts: 794 | Registered: Tuesday, October 11 2005 07:00
Infiltrator
Member # 65
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I was part of the old ikon boards for almost a year (9 months maybe) before it shut down and moved over here.

It always haunted me that both words in my original screen name had been spelt horrendously wrong and I only noticed a few months later

At the time I was in year 8. Since then I joined Polaris, won a few categories in a BOE graphic contest. I completed High school and got my School Certificate and HSC.

Attempted and failed the Learner's Driver test, my dad remarried and didn't tell any of us and found out he had mental problems.

Last year I started TAFE and learnt a High School teacher of mine had commited sucide.

This year, I just turned 19 and I'm currently in my second year of TAFE.

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Milla-Displacer Beastie

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Posts: 650 | Registered: Thursday, October 4 2001 07:00
E Equals MC What!!!!
Member # 5491
Profile Homepage #21
quote:
Originally written by Milla:

...my dad remarried and didn't tell any of us...
Holy crap. That's messed up.

Well, I gave a brief assessment in the other thread. Here's the long version.

I got into BoE shortly before leaving our Queensland property and moving to South Australia in 2000. I forget if I was on the boards at that stage. But in South Australia, I definitely was.

In between designing scenarios and posting a little, I milked cows for a bit, got sick of that and went to school instead (I had been homeschooled up to that point), and then got sick of that and went back to milking on the basis that if I was going to do something I hated I might as well make it something I'd get paid for. I did that for a few years. Made a fair bit of cash for a kid.

Then, my parents finished up with the dairy, and I got a job working in a stone quarry for five months. After that point, it suddenly occurred to me that there were no long term career prospects for me there on one hand, and there was no short term need for me to do it on the other hand, since I did have a fair amount of money. So I quit, with the intention of having a shot at amateur film making.

That didn't go so well. So I ended up not really doing much for a bit. Then after a while I started volunteering at the local Christian radio station (at the time I didn't even really listen to it, preferring the manufactured sounds of top 40 radio, but the commercial station wouldn't have let me on air :P ). I liked talking, and I liked listening to music, and I didn't have too much of an aversion to Christianity, so it seemed like fun.

Then the station, like so many small stations, got completely gutted with internal politics and garbage. Many people resigned, and I ended up taking responsibility for more stuff. After a while, realising I was spending far too much time there for a volunteer, I asked for a small wage so I wouldn't have to cut back on my commitment. I got it. My Dad had thought this whole radio lark wouldn't amount to much, so it was a lot of fun waving my first paycheck in his face. :)

It was only 5 weeks after that that I was offered my second radio job, at a Christian radio station in Canberra. People had heard about me, good things apparently. After some consideration, I took it.

And so, at the age of 19, I bought a car to go for a long drive to a new city, much bigger than any I'd previously lived in, where I knew only a couple of people, and not come back. The move also prompted me to seperate from "The Creator" and adopt this moniker (for the newbies: long story).

Moving out of home is a very interesting experience, and one I quite highly recommend to anyone who hasn't tried it yet. I went through a period of self-discovery in a sense. I had spent my life in a large family, and to suddenly be alone with absolutely no one to have any opinion at all on anything I did or said, I suddenly found that certain parts of my "personality" were reactions to my situation. Once the situation changed, they did too. I got to understand myself better, and dropped a few attitudes once I realised that I'd simply adopted them to be "rebellious" (I was a pretty good kid anyway, thus the quotation marks). Basically, I did a lot of growing up.

The job's going really well, too. I've learned a lot of skills, made a lot of contacts, developed management and leadership abilities, made money, and made lots and lots of great friends. It's also been great to help the place become a lot more successful. I take pride in my work.

Then I met this really sweet girl. We got along well and talked a lot. We got closer and shared a lot of personal secrets and talked more. We became best friends and talked even more. And then a while back while visiting family, I found myself missing her terribly and realised how attached I'd become to her, and I asked her to be my girlfriend. Thankfully, she agreed. :)

I've fallen even more deeply in love with her since then, and even though it's still comparatively early in our relationship, I really do think she's the girl I've been waiting for. We have an amazingly good relationship with absolute trust and honesty. She knows me better than anyone and loves me anyway. It's really sweet. She's my first girlfriend and I genuinely hope she's my only one. We're going on a holiday together in July, and I'm actually considering proposing to her during it.

Forgive the gushing. I'm just a romantic young man in love. :)

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Posts: 1861 | Registered: Friday, February 11 2005 08:00
Infiltrator
Member # 65
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Awww that was very sweet story Ash.

Speaking about the re-marriage thing it wasn't as bad as it sounds.

He'd been in a relationship with her for awhile and they were living together but it seems that he just neglected to tell us when he married or thought we knew. I only found out after coming back from visiting him via Mum.

Basically;
Mum: Hey did you know your father remarried? *Can't remember how she found out*
Me:...What?

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Milla-Displacer Beastie

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Posts: 650 | Registered: Thursday, October 4 2001 07:00
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #23
I came around the forums here in Sept. 2005 as "synergy67" after playing the Avernum trilogy and BoA and was wanting to look into BoA scenarios to keep feeding my addiction. I began here with my prophetically lengthy first post.

I moved on to dicussing party sizes and configurations in playing BoA. Kelandon was the very first person who responded to me here. I had five Karma points until I innocently asked what the heck this Karma thing was. I was amused by the ruckus that double-posting incited, but agreed to comply with community wishes, even if I found this particular anality absurd.

Soon after, I fell more into what is probably perceived as trademark Synergy stride with my adoring review of Canopy, which remains my favorite post here to date.

I was thereafter slowly drawn into the other abounding inanities beyond the pure gaming experience at SW and wound up beta testing Avernum 4.

At the same time, I was one year into a Masters in Psychology program here in Seattle, as I had decided to leave behind a perfectly good career as a union electrician to fulfill what I always sensed I was meant to do in my life. I had already had one near meltdown in the process. Not having an income for over a year, going into debt for the first time in life, and having been frustrated with failing to find someone I wanted to date, but feeling weary of being alone, SW games and fora were a nice distraction.

By Spring 2006, I felt I was wasting too much time and energy here and resolved to leave, at the very least until beta testing the next game came around. I was gone for around half a year and did more real life things again and things really picked up for me, especially when my best friends moved back into state for the second time in three years.

Then Geneforge 4 came out and I haven't been quite able to get away since. /:P But I feel it's in balance now, well, most of the time. I have two big goals at present: to build a private practice and to find my mate in life and get on with the business of loving someone wholly and forging my own family.

I really liked your heartfelt account, Ash. Good for you, man! You got me a little choked up. What I love about life and the passage of time, is that to my experience, especially once you embrace the notion, it just keeps getting better all the time. We can keep growing and evolving, even in dramatic ways for the rest of our lives. You never need dial it in and lock it down. There's always something more and a new way to look at things.

-Synergy-

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
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Member # 261
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quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

quote:
Originally written by Milla:

...my dad remarried and didn't tell any of us...
Holy crap. That's messed up.

I wasn't going to post in this thread, as pretty much the only thing that's happened to me has been moving from IL to NH and changing jobs, during my absence from spidweb. But the furtive dad remarriage thing actually happened to me as well, almost exactly the way Milla described it.

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