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Re: Happy 15th Anniversary - GOF Forum!
« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2018, 08:45:21 pm »
The fact that it has taken me a week to finally reply here is perhaps a good example why this place isn't quite as high a priority for me as it once was. Don't get me wrong, I still like this site very much, and I'm proud that I could stick around for such a long time. (And I noticed you guys decided to celebrate by putting party hats on all of the post rank images. Am I the first one here to actually point that out?)

GoF is actually only the second forum I ever joined, the first one being the Bionicle fan site BZPower back in 2004. Not long after I had joined that site, I at the age of 13 had to learn the hard way about the importance of actually respecting other people on the internet. Thankfully, I quickly learned my lesson and avoided any further trouble, so by the time I joined GoF at the end of 2007, I was capable of and willing to follow the rules.

My early years here were dominated by the fanfiction I wrote, which was basically a crossover of LBT and Bionicle. As I progressed with it, I eventually managed to receive some helpful advice from fellow member Pangaea, which greatly improved my writing abilities. Even though I never got many comments on my fanfiction, and my efforts of joining the RP section didn't last long, I never really demanded any attention and was actually okay with being one of those guys who just lurked in the background.

In 2013, back when Malte was the most active admin, I knew about his fascination with the American Civil War, so when I got an opportunity to visit Gettysburg that summer (only a month away from the 150th anniversary of that famous battle), I decided to do a few nice things for him, such as sharing a few pictures and even mailing him some souvenirs. Later that year during the forum awards, I was quite surprised to end up winning the Appreciated Member award, as I honestly didn't think I could ever have had that much of an impact among members of a forum, not even one as small and friendly as this site, but the votes sure spoke for themselves.

Ironically, it seems 2013 was also the last year where I really had any extensive activity here. By the following year, my interests had moved on. I became interested in starting an entirely new fanfiction series, but it came at the cost of losing interest in my LBT/Bionicle series and I ultimately decided to cancel any further progress. I also ended up occupying much of my free time with the game Civilization V, and as of this year I've now moved on to all of the Lego video games that have come out over the past dozen years.

But while my interests have moved on, I never at any point stopped visiting this site every day. Sure, my daily visits here may be as little as only a few minutes on some days (as opposed to the many hours I once spent here in my first five years), but I still make the effort to check out almost every part of this site every day. You just never know when something might come up that could be worth saying a few words of interest (such as this very topic).

I'll admit, it's a little strange to see so few of the names I'm familiar with from my early years be even as moderately active as I am today, but the newer members who have come along have certainly proven to be just as great as the older ones were. When I see members say they were inspired to join because they read rhombus's "The Seven Hunters", I can't help but think back to how I was inspired to join not long after I first read Littlefoot1616's "Battle of the Sacred Essences" (quite a shame that that fanfiction series, much like mine and many others from those early days, only made it partway through the second story before being discontinued).

Well, whatever lies ahead for GoF, I can guarantee one thing for sure: I will always try to check on this place every single day to see if there's anything new that might interest me.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2018, 09:17:18 pm by The Chronicler »

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Re: Happy 15th Anniversary - GOF Forum!
« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2018, 01:05:57 am »
I remember when I first joined, I was so nervous about making a mistake or angering the Mods but this forum really has helped shape my Online experiences overall.

I also recall all the fun times I've had throwing jokes and screencaps around in both the Caption This and The Party Room. And I do still pop in from time to time to see what shenanigans this forum can get into.  :lol

I do however remember clearly the day I was chosen as Moderator for the RP section. It was a day I was carry in high regard as I took the job very seriously and still sort of do despite not holding the title anymore. To whomever now holds the title I wish you the best of luck.

And Happy Anniversary to ALL of the GOF!

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Re: Happy 15th Anniversary - GOF Forum!
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2018, 12:56:27 pm »
I'm sorry I am so late in reacting to the 15th anniversary of the Gang of Five  :celebrate
Not long ago Adam and I had a chat and we were getting rather sentimental about the founding days. I dug up some of the first emails we ever exchanged (fanatical historian that I am keeps them archived) and in a chat with Jason, Iris and Gustav we too dug up old pictures (e.g. one showing Jason and me back in 2004).
Nowadays there is a bit of the atmosphere of the LBT 10 song bestest friends about my lack of presence in the GOF. In general I don't write a lot in forums these days (not in the forum refering to my other fandom (MLP) either) but am mostly to be found on Discord and sometimes Skype (am also active on Deviantart these days).
A good portion of my life has also been moved to real life as in me meeting many good friends in real life and organizing meetups, workshops and events within the brony fandom (heaven forbid that "moving to real life" ever referred to denying the importance of Dinosaurs, Ponies, Dragons etc. to real life's happiness, however imaginary they may be  ;)
In spite of my decreased activity on the GOF this forum will always remain a significant part of my life. I have made many awesome friends here, participated in many interesting discussions, and to a certain degree a close lecture of old messages feels a bit like I had written a diary throughout that time.
It is with some regret that I found that the old Network54 forum where Adam, Nick, Jason and I first met seems to have disappeared, but it sure has been a long and very interesting, eventful and adventurous road from that first ever post there (dating August 1st 2000 I think) in which I recall I was very selfconscious about my lack of good Englis, to today  :)
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In 2013, back when Malte was the most active admin, I knew about his fascination with the American Civil War, so when I got an opportunity to visit Gettysburg that summer (only a month away from the 150th anniversary of that famous battle), I decided to do a few nice things for him, such as sharing a few pictures and even mailing him some souvenirs.
And those souvenirs sit right here on my shelf and I have since used them several times in history presentations on the American Civil War. Thank you very much, The Chronicler :)
I also keep every letter I ever got from another land before time fan in a land before time tinbox and the emotional value of gifts which I got from some of you (like drawings or the beautiful clay sculptures made by Iris and Christian or the beautiful prints by Rocking Scorpion) cannot be measured. Some of my fondest memories include meetups with some of you, like the visit to Jason back in 2004, the trips through Sweden and Norway with Jason, Gustav, and Patric respectively Iris in 2009 and 2011 or the Christmas meetup at my place back in 2010 with Tim, Iris, Jason and Gustav :)
All of that goes way beyond usual forum posting yet at the same time it would have never happened but for this amazing forum. Therefore I want to give a wholehearted THANK YOU to the whole Gang of Five and hope that it will give many more land before time fans the kind of joy and happiness that it has given me since back then when it was created in a land before time...

...well, before this time at least ;)

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Re: Happy 15th Anniversary - GOF Forum!
« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2018, 09:23:11 am »
I can't believe it's already been 15 years. I know I haven't been as active here as I have in the past, but it's one of those places I love to return to every once in a while. Glad to see it's still up and running.

Keep up the great work guys! Happy Star Day for all of us :D
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Re: Happy 15th Anniversary - GOF Forum!
« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2018, 09:46:02 pm »
Quote from: NewOrder on November 23, 2018, 09:23:11 amI can't believe it's already been 15 years. I know I haven't been as active here as I have in the past, but it's one of those places I love to return to every once in a while. Glad to see it's still up and running.

Keep up the great work guys! Happy Star Day for all of us :D

Wow, don't think I've seen you here in probably 10 years!  :wow :wow  Good to see you back!  How's life?

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Re: Happy 15th Anniversary - GOF Forum!
« Reply #25 on: December 03, 2018, 09:30:06 am »
Holy protracted absence, Batman!
Not even I expected to see myself log in to this forum again. No particular reason, but life has a tendency to move on. And with that comes new things.
I won't write about what I've been doing since then. That's for me and my friends to know. So let's just stick with "occupied with life as a whole".
However;

I've always (more or less, with periods of long intermissions) stayed in contact with Malte, Jay and Iris.
I've visited Malte 2 times since back then, when I was around his part of the world. And Jason and I have been sharing gaming sessions now and then.

Not too long ago, Jason and I were talking over Discord and as usual, the question about the well-being of our mutual friends Malte, Iris and Patrick was raised.
It was then that Jason mentioned he'd been in contact with Iris recently and sent me her handles.
After the obligatory questions of how things have been and what/not; Iris and I shared some fond memories as well as pictures from now and then. Need less to say, apart from growing older, we're both still and look the same it seems. =)
Not much later, "all of us" were back together again on a discord chat. I'm very grateful, as I'll explain to you why.

When I joined GoF back in 2008 (10 dingily-dong-damn years ago!?) I was the common, ambivalent teenager with one foot in childhood and the other in adulthood.
The days of earlier seemed easier, with many fond memories (don't grow old, kids! It's a trap!).
For whatever reasons I can't remember and fail to understand I found myself having this affinity towards these movies with these group of young dinosaurs. Sure, I liked them movies plenty when I was a kid, but now?
It was a period of... questions. And doubt. And self-search.
Eventually I accepted; for myself, that I really liked these movies and dinosaurs. That it was nobody's business what I choose to like and that it was nothing "wrong" with me.
So I eventually found and joined GoF.
The rest is, as they say... history.

Now, 10 years later...

-I've been to countries and places I never thought I'd ever visit
-I've been to adventures in exotic and wild locations (you should be able to find these trips browsing the forum)
-Learned so much about... everything. Especially about WWII. You can guess who's to blame for that :P
-Grown ever so much as a person
-Collected all the movies and a few plushies :P

But the single most valuable treasure GoF has given me and what I'm most grateful for, hands down:
I've made lifelong friends that I care deeply for. And I should tell them this more often. You guys know who you are <3

To summarize:
This group of young dinosaurs have changed my life more times and in ways no forum post could hope to describe.

Happy belated Starday, GoF!




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