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Aravel, in a nutshell. (Stop looking at my nuts...)
Where I live: Irving, TX
Why I live: Simple. I have a wonderful family. My fiance' Polly, my daughter Alex, and her son Avery.
What I do: I manage.
What I play: Games. Not a huge UberGamerPowerFreak MMPOG fan, but if it's casual, I dig it.
What I don't play: RTS with Vidguy and his wife. I can't so much twitch-click. I'm old and stupid.
What I consider a hobby: Hockey. Actually, I consider it a lifestyle. Go Stars!
My Bellum Aeternus job(s)
Legate (and an old fart one at that -- I remember when these young whippersnappers... )
Community Governor (Yep. I host random games for fun to make you want to stick around with us longer.)
Head Forum Ogre (I don't know how to do jack shit with web programming, but I can sure work a UI!)
I got involved with online gaming on The Sierra Network, which changed names to the ImagiNation Network (TSN/INN) way back in 1994, playing Red Baron (probably the first PvP simulator game on any sort of 'Net) and then The Shadow of Yserbius, where I got involved with roleplaying over text. When AT&T finally bought and closed INN in 1996, I moved to MUDs, and became an Admin of an Envy 2.0 MUD called Castle Arcanum.
After a year or two there, I decided to move on, and started playing Asheron's Call, and was selected as a member of the AC Online Team in early beta. It was during this time that I met Vidguy, as he was the Advocate Team Manager under whom I worked. When AC released in September of 1999, I was named as one of the six World Overseers (for the world of Harvestgain), supervising a volunteer team of 80 Advocates that assisted with in-game help requests. In June of 2000, I was hired on as a paid Online Team manager over all AC Online Team training, facilitating and creating training programs for all new volunteers. When MS disbanded the AC Online Team in February of 2001, my desire to play AC waned, and I left the game by May to look elsewhere.
Vid and I later started a guild in Dark Age of Camelot, and we played that through February of 2002. I spent much of the next year looking for a new persistent game to play, trying games such as Anarchy Online and Asheron's Call 2, though none of them were truly any good. Finally, around June of 2003, I began playing a game called PlanetSide, and hooked up with a great outfit called Bellum Aeternus. I finished CCT in July of 2003, and worked hard in the Spirit sphere developing and furthering advanced spirit tactics, including teaching the Instructor Squad Leader training. I was elevated to the position of Legate on August 16, 2003, and though I stopped playing PS a few months later, I have been fortunate enough to help further and develop the Bellum Aeternus "vehicle" into what you see today.
I assisted in the way-back-when creation days of the first WoW province that BA had (now WoW:KT), and played actively in our short-lived Battlefield 2 province. My current role is that of a Community Governor, which has me working (with my parther in crime, Vidguy) to ensure that Bellum Aeternus continues has something to offer its members apart from provincial benefits. Our scope covers forum administration, and includes but is not limited to casual gaming, real-world events, website enhancements and improvements, and we are also the official advisors to any new potential provinces. I was fortunate enough to have advised the Eve Online province through its creation.
I also act as the Bellum Aeternus "treasurer", and am responsible for managing our vast hoards of wealth. (Read: I roll the pennies and take them to the grocery store.)
What do I play?
Ostfront: Red Orchestra (quite possibly the BEST FPS I have ever seen. Realistic combat, actual flight-physics on bullets, and best of all, NO bunny-hopping.)
Subspace: Continuum (Yep. Multiplayer Asteroids on crack. It takes years to master, and months to not become frustrating, and it turns your hands into claws from keyboard controls. What's not to love?) Anything on Steam. I really don't understand why people don't like Steam -- the games are cheaper than box-purchases due to the digital downloads, and the engine is great. Our current side-project-of-fun is The Ship.
What am I looking forward to?
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (I don't care if it's a singleplayer game. It's sick fun.)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Team Fortress 2
Warhammer Online (I would probably debate diving back in to Govern that province, if the game was good enough.)
Eastside Hockey Manager 2007
"I am me and me is good." (tm) (Now who that trademark belongs to is a long story, but I use it with permission.)