I have been a gamer girl my whole life. It started when I was 5, with an original Nintendo and The Legend of Zelda.
In middle school, I got my first computer and became engrossed in AOL’s text-based roleplaying chatrooms; the realm of Rhydin. Throughout high school, I ran a massive forum called UCoR while simultaneously sneaking around and killing political dissidents as an assassin.
During college, I ran an online alternate universe mafia rpg, did some tabletop D&D with my buddies, and was the storyteller of an epic Vampire: the Masquerade campaign called New Orleans by Night. I also became heavily involved with Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries in the NBT-4 League, where I was the Loremaster of Clan Nova Cat and, later on, the Loremaster of the Clans.
I played a lot of Neverwinter Nights here and there, picking it up between other games when I was bored.
My first year of teaching, I needed a mindnumbing activity to distract me from the hell that was my career. I started playing Fly For Fun (FlyFF), a cash shop mmorpg with my best friend Llek. This is where I met my husband, Canadian Bacon. I was a Blade and he was an Elementor and it was love at first sight (or something like that).
True story: we sold our FlyFF accounts and used the proceeds to pay for our rings, wedding, and trip to Canada.
After quitting FlyFF, we needed a new game. Together, he and I started playing World of Warcraft. We got into competitive raiding and created our own guild. I led Unpossible for two years, and when we quit we were a US Top 200 guild. I had a plethora of dps world rankings under my belt. We had an amazing raid group and I miss them all the time.
I wrote (and still write!) a series of blog posts on running a guild and being a leader, including all of the crazy shit I heard and saw over the years, entitled Memoirs of a Guild Master.
Most of our raiders are looking forward to playing Wildstar together in Spring 2014 when it launches.
Until then, I am biding my time with work, blogging, school, and dicking around in Star Wars: The Old Republic.