Wow, why did I fail to notice this topic before? It's gold! The memories... Around '98 - I was 15 then - my mom & stepdad moved to some middle-of-nowhere place, where I had my own studio on their grounds, and pretty much nothing else. Cutting us a driveway with a chainsaw got me going for a very limited time, so my parents bought a 2nd hand PC from the nutty, game-crazed, always robes wearing 40y old neighbour. He even cheated when playing C&C with me on our 2nd multiplayer bout, at which point I decided to ignore him completely. Fiddling with the stuff he sold, I found out it featured a SCSI disk, and more importantly, had a 56k modem. I remember hooking it up, hearing the strange sounds - but nothing happened. My hopes got up when I noticed a "FREE INTERNET" cd at a store. So I took it along (I believe planet internet), and shortly after I spent my first hours on the web. Ignorant to the existance of phone rates. Amongst my first ventures were a chat with a young Dutch girl I convinced I was 18, talking up about sex. Only later I realized it could just as well have been the nutty neighbour, what did I know. It didn't take me long to search for Fallout resources, so NMA was a logical stop. How and when I came to register is lost in the mists of time, but I do remember talking to Miro (we lived there for 4y, so has to be between 98-2001). Although his spelling seemed quite odd, mine couldn't have been much better at the time, and I was surprised by his intellect. I never posted that much, but do remember a lot of the names I sporadically see here. Most vivid is my recollection of a conversation about JR Jansens sig, which still seems to exist http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31920&highlight= (Ps: Shouldn't that be Nunc Aut nunquam?)? I guess this all should be around the fallout.gamestats time. Don't really recall that well. The oldest post I can find myself in: http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31974&highlight= What I do remember, is that NMA had an atmosphere that invited people to show their intellect, and repelled ignorance/stupidity. As I could hardly find such places in real life, I soon concidered it a spiritual home. I like to think I learnt my English grammar from Fallout & NMA, as Miro was about the only one who was not being corrected for spelling mistakes. How NMA evolved? I think the atmosphere is still the same. Some matured, others left, a newer generation joined. I even saw a post about top10 games, with a guy listing Pokemon and YuGiOh. At first I was surprised to see no flames or witty comments, to realize that most people probably realized that complete ignorance can be a fast deterrer. Hmm, I seem to have made quite some noob forum mistakes back then... And, I seem to have seen the mystical non-existent Sulik's Sister . Strange. --------------------------------------------- Fun topics: How Belgian politics suddenly got Alec going on his foot fetish: http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36354&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 Could just be pronounced like that, in Flemish the pronounciation of Arthur is similar. I imagine a Russian wouldn't say "AaarFur"? Now this contains a nice bit of intel: Miroslav's B-day! -- Saturday, October 23rd First... by Miroslav - 18:15 EST Let me say thanx to people who sent me b-day wishes, greeting cards, so on, so on... Thanx guys! -- Good to hear he's doing fine! I often worried if nothing bad happened to him during the war... Thanks for clearing that up! Anyone familiar with Jung / Myers-Briggs psychology? Just do a search on "INTP". It's a "character class", to which imho quite some here belong. One of their traits is: They often like to take the opposite side of a discussion, even when they don't agree with the viewpoints. Just to see what arguments come up. There is a reason to this: evaluate own viewpoints, and the other party's arguing skills. I was planning a trip to China. We didn't go with some travel agency, just booked a flight. When posting on NMA I noticed Starseeker's "location". So we PM'ed a bit, and he ended up sitting in Beijing's Starbucks when we landed. He helped us find a hotel, book a train, find a good massage parlor - even asked his girl friend to give us a memorable guided tour! Unforgettable. So you could say, Fallout brought us together on opposing sides of the globe! One of my favorite stories to anyone claiming "PC's / gaming is asocial".