I placed my first house on Siege on July 29th, 2003. I know that makes me a noob. *nods* I had to go check the date, sadly. I rarely visit that house. I leave Kelmo's Pub where it is for many reasons, most of them sentimental. That house has had over 15,000 visits, for what ever that is worth. In those days, Iantown was a sparse few dirt plots, the Shire was a golden city, Corwin of WE was a dastardly villain,*winks at Corwin* and guilds like J-D terrorized the land. The orcs were still plentiful and UND still was well remembered. Then there was Rico, la. AOS had just arrived on Siege, with all that entails. *smiles* I will not bore more than I must with the reasons for coming to Siege. I have detailed those throughout the years. Siege was a different place then. Luna was just a town with high priced real estate. Umbra was empty and elves lived in the dessert. Go figure, fruity elves. The names on the Siege forums were different then than now. Don't get me wrong. There are several that post now that posted then and even before. *sips ale and remembers* Some do not. I remember how passionnant I was back then, trying to find a niche. Just like every new player I suppose. There were heroes and villains galore. I was even intimidated by the likes of Pixie and the Lady Pyrite. I just hoped I could make some sort of mark on this brave new (to me) land and be considered as something if not an equal. Those were beautiful, painful days. All the personalities... I could go on for ever about those days, but rambling about the past is best left to old men... never mind. *chuckles* Well, things change, as they will. Every new day brought new folk as well as folks leaving. Some made a mark, some did not. New rules and templates have come and gone. Attitudes from the "powers that be" have swung like a pendulum. Players will seek advantages. It is just how the game is played I suppose. That is the place we are today. Is it so different than yesterday? Yes and no. The means are different but the goals are the same. I have seen many of the same things said today about guilds and groups over the years. Everything changes, yet remains the same. What does the future hold? Not even the Dev's know. They do not even know where they live yet. *chuckles* Is there a point to this post? *shrugs* Maybe not. Just know this old noob has seen plenty of shifts in the powers on this shard. Bear that in mind. Today's villains may be tomorrows heroes, or just disappear. Play the game, die hard, and try to leave some mark on this world. Vanquish your enemies and protect your allies. Just know your opponents will do the same. ____________________________________________________________________ Doctor, my eyes have seen the years And the slow parade of fears without crying Now I want to understand I have done all that I could To see the evil and the good without hiding You must help me if you can Doctor, my eyes Tell me what is wrong Was I unwise to leave them open for so long cause I have wandered through this world And as each moment has unfurled Ive been waiting to awaken from these dreams People go just where they will I never noticed them until I got this feeling That its later than it seems Doctor, my eyes Tell me what you see I hear their cries Just say if its too late for me Doctor, my eyes Cannot see the sky Is this the prize for having learned how not to cry Written by Jackson Browne.