Oh, Out of Context Forum, how you continue to deliver. This thread describes all I do here!
Hello fellow passengers on the S.S Nostalgia!
Once upon a time - a time many have sworn testament to - these still and tepid waters boiled with a tempestuous, magnetic energy. In 2010, I approached the edge, an eager neophyte, and dove straight in!
Jumping on the Share-Wagon:
I made my little online home yonder, on the Role Play Boards. Initially, my visits were purely for DragonFable research before discovering a wondrous hub of roleplayers nestled at the foot of the index page. That (and an oddly versed fortune cookie ticket) motivated me to create an account. What kept me coming back the following years was a community of genuinely kind, funny and decent folk who also enjoyed embarking on unique adventures beyond the pixel-world. The concept of "spare time" now is darn near blasphemous, but back when I had some, I also enjoyed getting lost in the Legends & Lore section, where I once attempted that awesome Books challenge (then one-hit killed the promising project with an Absence to the gut), and occasionally followed the tracks this way.
As well as the great people around and general atmosphere hazed over by youth, I miss those days for the fact that they were simpler. Social media was still in pathogenesis, so you could go a week not knowing the contents of a friend's closet or bowels without suffering sudden onset existential dread. If you were part of the fortunate few, you were amongst the colourful culture here in the good ol' OoC, cultivating merriment and fancy, breaking bread over topics that don't fit anywhere else (sometimes because they're insane) and making the AK's want to break keyboards over their heads as they lament everything.
Only in the last few days have I made a serious attempt at getting back into the Artix Games, a venture that carries with it an undeniably bittersweet yearning to peek into the Battleon Forums. My post before this one was dated four years ago, although that isn't the last time I've laid eyes here. What is contributing to this slow descent into dormancy (I refuse to admit "demise"), in my opinion, is a combination of interest v.s function relating to the current generation(s, however you break them up). People from the same age groups we were in when our AEF lives began have all the effort removed from the process of locating groups to interact with. As far as my experiences online have gone, however, there is always, always, always a desire for congregating and sharing media based on a similar interest, and so I am deeply appreciative of modern ventures undertaken to expand the reach of BattleOn through various new game platforms. There is every possibility that the newer mobile and 3D games will cause gamers to come seeking answers or communities here. Call me hopelessly optimistic but that gives room to hope that these parts will once again flourish. What that looks like will be different from what we've had, but it's something worth investing time in, in whatever measure can be afforded.
Ugh, ever the blabbernaught, I've let post become overgrown (old habits) and so should end it. Heh.
Whether we've formed fond memories in the past, given a nod in the other's general direction, or have not yet had the pleasure of greeting one another, I send you my kind regards and sincere thanks for keeping the magic in this place alive through your memories and present day postings.
Stay well and keep Battling On!