The year was 2006. I was... much younger. I was involved in the Lego message board and I liked to think myself the voice of reason there. I was also ten and as such really quite stupid. Eventually I stumbled upon the post talking of a site known as BZPower; the guy was talking about this comedy he read there. My interests were a lot simpler so I went over to this site, back in the day when lagouts and old-timey version of the 2001 error appeared. It also was the days when bubblewrap was a thing. So there I was, sitting on a computer made before I was born, with a rural Oklahoma internet connection, and I started to read in the comedy forum. Good stuff, though I quickly became annoyed that the serial comedy I was reading vanished from the page after a day. I didn't really understand the concept of forums and posts moving about based on when they had a post and eventually I'd get fed up and forget about it.
Then in mid 2007, for reasons I don't actually remember, I joined BZP. Technically my parents didn't want me on forums so this involved a lot of trickery with my little computer and my mom's laptop, which had her e-mail. Once I was actually in it took me a while to figure out how this whole thing worked, but then it'd be many years more of me doing stuff. My first works was this comedy, "Job with Brutaka," that may still float around in the archives. It was... terrible, but I was quite proud of it at the time, and I even got some people to like it. Eventually I'd find a home in the COT, responding to topic and even making my first TBRPG. Spoiler alert, it was terrible. Good God it was terrible.
Eventually I even got into comic making, ran a few successful series, made plenty of strips. Amassed some minor fame for that, tried my hand at animated films with the comics, but that was really just too much effort on my poor little kid brain. I remember being jealous of Dark709 and his success, and was part of the "why is he so popular despite the fact that he only makes comics every half year?!" crowd. Not the proudest of my moments. I eventually grew out of that stage, saw new up and comers become famous like Galva. I think Galva Comics are still around actually.
So then I started to become more deeply involved in the TBRPG community in COT, and would begin what I consider my "modern" stay on BZP. After a few minor problems due to being an utter noob, I became more and more involved in the COTRPG scene. I was there when the Judging System was instituted, and remember like this was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen. Didn't quite live up to expectations but that's bureaucracy for you. My second RPG, Outbreak, was submitted for approval a day after the system was made and I suspect it only got through because no one knew what they were doing yet. It was a rapid success, though it died young. I quickly followed this up with a sequel, which was promptly eaten by the great datacalysm. I popped out Outbreak III, while continuing to be involved in a multitude of RPGs. Good times. Eventually Outbreak would die off, and my attempt at a reboot would end in flames and my fanbase generally loathing my heavy handed GMness. I'd go through a bad streak as a GM, having a number of flops, though Alkermpa would eventually show me that I could still get it right. I had, of course, been playing in the community through this. RPGs like Rise and Fall of the Titans, Kingdom G, the old timey Transformer RPGs, and so many more.
At this point the forum update came and made me go cold turkey for six months, though unlike some of my friends I would return after the forums came back. From then... yeah, not all that much interesting happened. Well, plenty of interesting things, but nothing my brain would like to recount. I derped around, stuck with the COTRPG scene, and now we're here today. Six(or seven) years later and so much has happened to me here and in life. I imagine the lack of a giant essay makes one wonder how much actually happened but the sad thing is I can't remember a lot of the stuff, only periods of time where I remember particular events. Can't even remember the years for most of these things. So where am I today? I'm an OTCRPG Judge, something I never would of imagined would actually happen to me. I applied a few times years ago but, well, I think it's a good thing I was given time to mature. I'm now part of a class of the staff that, while we lack any real authority, I always held high. That is something very special for me.
One might ask, with this coming to a close, why did Humva feel like infodumping a tl;dr of his time on BZP? Idunno. I've begun to feel more distant to BZP, but I know I'll never actually leave this place. It's really the only forum that I have any sort of feelings towards. It's where I have basically all of my online friends and to be completely honest, some of my friends here are better friends to me than my friends irl. Whatever I may continue to feel about this place and it's community, I know that I'll never be able to just drop those friendships. It's the sort of bonds that stick around for a very long time. That's more important than any other misgivings I have.
And besides, someone would make an epic RPG I'd want to play and I'd just have to come back.