The one constant for me, in my gaming, is relationships. More than the actual games I remember the people I played them with. I remember lan parties playing Diablo 2 with my friends from all over the state. We’d gather just to play for a weekend and then go back to life. I remember Allen, the guy who got me into EverQuest (and subsequently, EQ2).
Do you remember who got you into endgame of your favorite game? For me, that was Dewdrops, and she introduced me to raiding. We had a falling out over stupid guild drama, but she was and is a good raider and a good friend to have.
Do you remember the first group you ran around with that you really enjoyed? That group is still running around, and Oski’s still leading it, but the heart of it is still Herq. Herq’s one of the best people I’ve ever met through gaming.
Herq’s also the first person I knew originally from gaming that I met face to face. Do you remember yours?
The most recent relationship that I’ve found that will be sticking with me is with Stargrace. And the reason she’s on my list is that she challenged me to re-start submitting my writing for publication. If not for her challenge, my stories would still be gathering virtual dust in my hard drive, instead of being slated for publication.
Who do you have that you remember as a lasting influence on your life or your gaming?