I'm apparition. Here's my Tronography.
I found Armagetron in October 2006
when I was 20 years old and in my second year of college in Michigan, USA. I had just bought my first Mac laptop in September and had learned all the obvious secrets of Apple products, so I started looking for some games. I loved Fallout and Fallout 2 for PC so I bought them and played them through. I played some other nostalgic games and decided to find some freeware games on the Apple website and I found 0.3.0 Armagetron there.
Of course, I played locally for a few hours before getting bored and then out of curiosity I tried Network game. I definitely had my fair share of kicks from fortress servers and whatnot before I found Durka Durka Land
. I quickly changed my name to apparition, and started saying "toot toot" after I killed anyone. At first my only gridskill was comedy and making people laugh, so I made friends quickly
Everyone was really cool there and helped me learn the rules and physics of the game, silly concepts like digging and camping, and gamer speak. I never played any online games before this, just Nintendo and whatnot, so "admin
" and "wd" and "nt" and "stfu" and "gtfo", etc. were all foreign to me
I played there day after day and really late into the night, too. I met Durka within a few days and being similar ages and whatnot, we got along. After two weeks he was messing with some map options in DDL and made a very small tunnel that went to a secret room. The whole "Admin
" thing seemed like it was the coolest thing in the world, so a bunch of us in the server made Durka say the first person who gets into the secret room would become moderator in his server. Someone made it into the tunnel before me, but they died before getting to the room. I made it to the room and he made me an Admin. That was great incentive to keep playing. I met Hans and Custang and we played together a lot. They were always yelling "wall bug" whenever they would die on the rim. I told them that no wall bug could kill me, only a wall tiger, which eventually lead us to the creation of the DDL clan Wall Tigers
I think the site is still floating around somewhere.
After a month in wT I got sick of "rubber" servers and tried Capture the Flag
. I left wT because I was never playing in DDL and stopped caring about admining the server. Capture the Flag was really fun for a while, but people just didn't know strategy or anything, so I gave it up as a bad job. I used to follow Durka around a lot and chat with him while playing and he lead me to Crazy Tronners Wild Fortress
. Here I played with lots of awesome tronners, but the most memorable for me was Chubb Chubb, who was the friendliest tronner ever. I always felt special because he only spoke in seemingly nonsensical symbols that I learned to understand. He was the one who started: "D. He had symbols for "Go Attack!" and "I'm Def, you attack!" and "Hole!". It was really funny. CTWF was great for me because I learned how to grind and gain speed and learn fort physics before finding the ultimate game modes.
In early December 2006
I joined the forums and started tooting around there. I found the wiki and forum topics about fortress stuff and decided to give it a try. I only played when Durka was in the server so he could stick up for me when people were trying to kick me
So I think Durka got sick of me making him look bad, so he and Legit started to train me. We'd go into a server just the three of us and they'd teach me how to defend so they could practice attack. The really odd thing that they taught me is not to "hide" behind my tail so that they could at least have some chance of breaking my def. I still defend most often in fort these days just because it's comfortable for me. I don't even think it's my best position, and you wanna know the reason why? Durka and Legit taught me all that BS about not hiding!
I ended up really wanting to join a clan at some point. I don't remember really when, but I was talking with |x| clan about joining when ~ X ~, Goodygumdrops, Sagelord, and I decided to start Twisted Rats
. I'm really proud of all the time we put into that clan. I'm proud of where it is today, too. Anyway, shortly after starting TR, |x| started talking about how they wanted me to join and I was dealing with a lot of personal crap having just started a really difficult program at the University of Michigan. So, I gave it all up and left tron for a few months.
I came back to tron in 2007
and worked my way back into the good graces of ~ X ~ and Sagelord. I asked to be reconsidered to join TR. Goody didn't like me and he told me so. He told me if I rejoined I'd have to deal with him not liking me, but I'd be good for the clan so he left it up to me to decide. I rejoined thinking it would be cool. I left after a few months.
Freako and hoop asked if I'd join Arrow
, so I did, but I wasn't happy with being the only American in a clan that was starting from the ground up. I felt I didn't belong and I left after two weeks.
I started playing with my college roommates in late 2007
. My best friends to this day. We started di^
clan and played in shooting servers. That lasted two hours. Then we started playing sumo and once they were good enough, we started the joke clan bA (backwards Animals)
. I still play under my bA name (bÅ.kråhS) when I play with them because real life > interwebz life, right?
bÅ. regiT and bÅ.owL are those old roommates and best friends. I played casually for a few months, but mainly focused on having an amazing time in college.
after playing a lot with Owned, I thought about joining Crazy Tronners
. Funny story, one of my roommates played 1v1 fortress with Owned and was just getting murdered when I came home from work. I laughed and took his place, told Owned it wasn't me and started killin' him. That would never happen today as he is very clearly superior
So I submitted an application to CT and then disappeared.
I went inactive because I started studying neurophysiology after college. It's honestly an amazing field of study and practice, so I had to give it my fullest attention. I barely played from April 2009 to October 2009
. I started playing again heavily in January 2010
and Concord asked me to join Plus+ team
. Concord, noob saibot, 1200, sine.wav, hoop, and Radian. We weren't the best team but we had some interesting and fun ideas. I played some great Ladles with them, but we lost our momentum when we decided to expand our clan and let players who weren't really ready for our level of fortress onto the team. I definitely took my aggression out on ~*SP*~
when I started some really in depth discussions on the Arma forums about strategies to use against their holing and it shined a bad light on me...
Anyway, we had our core group SNATCH (sine, noob sai, appa, twelvehund, concord, hoop), and we tried to salvage it, but it was lost...
I did my own thing for a while and then started thinking seriously about joining Crazy Tronners
again. I hounded Owned (who is now Woned, for the dumbest reason evarrr
) about my chances of getting in, whether I should even try after having a controversial light shining on me about the ~*SP*~ holing stuff, and then decided to swallow any pride I might have had as an longtime tronner and applied.
I don't know how I'm still in CT, they are too good for me. These days I'm doing my best to bring innovation to the clan in any way possible, but these guys are like my digital family now. I'm blessed to be a Crazy Tronner