15 Years Old
Where does the time go.
I started this blog exactly 15 years ago today. I was playing EverQuest II full time, I was living in Ottawa Ontario, and since that time almost every single aspect of my life has changed.
I left a 12 year relationship. I got a job with a video game company. I moved across the country. I got married. I had two kids. I moved twice more. A pandemic happened. I no longer play EverQuest II but I still look at it with rose coloured glasses.
These days, I split my time between gaming and knitting (and other fiber related endevours). I didn’t knit back then. Spare time was mostly gaming. I did some photography (which I no longer do to any great extent). These days I play whatever game piques my interest for the week and that’s pretty varied. I have a few steady games I return to time and time again, but I haven’t settled down in a game for many many years. It turns out that’s just not my style. I love reading back on my older posts and seeing the dedication and enthusiasm I had. My attempts at role play. Writing out quests that I undertook, trying to become a part of the community. Eventually I joined the player council for EQII and that was quite fun. I was a guide in Vanguard, EQ, and EQ2. I absolutely loved the guide program. Video games have and continue to play such an enormous role in my life. I met my husband in EQ2/EQ.
I was helping a friend out with their epic in Chelsith, and the super bowl was going on – he had two other friends helping him out too, and one of them was my now-husband. I wasn’t even on the same server as them, I think I logged into his account to help him out, once I was done I went back to my original server, and continued to send tells to one of the people I had met. Happened that they were also Canadian, living in British Columbia (I was in Ontario) and our friendship flourished from there. Taking that leap and moving was one of the scariest things I did but it was also one of the best massive changes I ever undertook. I have no regrets.
I have loved writing here, and I don’t expect that to change. I love the record of games I’ve played, events that have happened, and things going on. I like to see how my writing has changed, how the games I’ve played have changed – and what things have stayed the same. I may not play EQ2 any more, but I still play WoW, I still delve into LotRO, EVE, and many other games that have been around for the l last 10 or more years. The group of friends I’ve made are steady and I count them close even if we’ve never met in the real world (yet, still a goal of mine).
So happy birthday, MmoQuests AkA NomadicGamersEh. It has been one wild ride.