None of you know me. I'm practically a stranger to you, so I'm sure I have a ways to go before I earn much say or trust from this community with what I'm doing and what I might aspire to be and/or do here among you. This is mutual though. I am a stranger to you - and you are a stranger to me. I don't really know any of you. I might end up deciding that this isn't the game/community for me and not log in anymore after a week, and you'll have lost one more player... or I might play, get hooked in, and contribute to the point of possibly even contributing my own time and work as a GM one day, if the right cards are played (I don't see that as a privledge of power as much as an accepted burden of responsibility). You never know (we all started somewhere right?).
I've been watching the townhall today, and I have to say, as somebody who has always known OF text-rpg, but have never played it until now (17 years late to the party), I am blown away by the sense of community and comradery between you guys. I never expected a mere text game to be as deep and involved as this. I'm honestly overwhelmed by much of the topics that were discussed, having had the initial impression that most of the gameplay is simply freehand roleplay, but getting a new impression that there is as much of a mechanics system here as probably your modern graphical MMO if not more so. I have a great deal to learn about how even half of this system works, so I hope you guys can bare with me as I fumble along (as I'm sure most if not all of you have had to do in your own time). In any case, what I saw in the townhall made me feel that I sincerely hope to become hooked into your game that I can eventually become a significant contributor to it. It's apparently very special to many of you (its your baby I'm sure), and that means a lot in my eyes - it deserves a lot of love, care, and respect, and I'm feeling a growing share of empathy toward that, even as I am only a few days old here.
I am a web/graphics designer and an amateur home audio engineer. I love to help people and share ideas and generally do what I can for any community that I come across that has earned my respect. If there is ever anything I can do for this community OOCly, now, or more importantly, after I've grown more familiar to all of you, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Until then, it is nice meeting all of you, and I'll see you in the mix.
Here's to turning another stranger into a close friend. :)