"If you're ready, willing, and able, don't be shy – come on in and introduce yourself to your fellow community members."
H-hi. Still a bit shy, but finally ready! ... and able, now when Lelling helped me fix my issue with loading the forums, using his extraordinary computer science knowledge! "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
I've been around for a while. Long while... - I remember Lelling mentioning on ts my account name as "Jean Green has been probably on every community weekend we ever done, I know cause I had to send prizes" or something like that, lol. Have I? First time I joined those I was sure it's just yet another OC's Community Weekend, but looks like I might be a regular lurker.
Anyway, it's been like literally years now since the day I was standing in Rata Sum and I've read on map chat about OpenCommunity doing incoming TT (keep spamming map chats! I wouldn't be in this great place otherwise <3). I did my first ever TT with you, guys, and it was AWESOME! The same day I heard on ts about one of those community weekends - Sourunji's charismatic advertisement totally bought me, so I followed the line of carrots and had tons of fun during my first Community Weekend with you, people! \o/
Some of you might recognize my characters, since I participated in whatever there was to participate in! Jennifer Break, Keirra Shepherd, Insecure Annie, Jack Septic Eye Two... Probably the most remarkable memory of mine, out of those spent with OC, was last Tyria Pride March. Truly amazing event and I can't wait to join it next year. I made 2 videos with footage from both days, cause I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I wouldn't save that memory - it was just so great from the very start when I saw how many lovely, tolerating and supportive people showed up! It's especially beautiful for me, cause Poland, where I live, still have a long way to go in order to not be seen as a homophobic country in my eyes (and in many other eyes). And as a small-town-girl, this in-game experience was my first ever Pride March. I never knew I can feel this much warm and cozy, being surrounded by good people. The videos are posted somewhere on the forum.
I like to tell myself that I introduce myself this late, cause I simply prefer "1v1" interactions, that's why this feels too much like a speech for a wider audience, which is terrifying for my inner introvert, but there's more into that than just introversion. I fight anxiety on daily basics, it strongly affects me physically, of course it's easier in web, but you're still real people, so I chose to stay in shadows for a long time and not really make any friends in the community. It usually (I'm getting better at this) takes me really long time to feel truly comfortable with people, so instead of getting to know anyone inside the community, I've been sometimes bringing for events my old good buddies from my small guild to not stand alone in the corner, hahaha.
There was a time when I thought about signing up my guild for OpenCommunity's guilds, I heard you liked our forum, haha. But since it was long before PoF hype, guild died out, we weren't that active anymore, so I no longer saw the point. Maybe some day in the future, cause with help of PoF hype, I'm slowly resurrecting the guild these days.
Omg, this is such a tmi post. You see?! Anxiety makes me mumble in nerves.
Hi, I'm Jo, I like bananas and pizza. I play GW2 since its premiere, with some typical breaks. I love the game mainly for the greatest community I've ever seen (there's nothing better than running around as quaggans and robbing banks with chill people), but I don't mind an epic WvW action or PvP, or chilling in Silverwastes while listening to good music, or decorating my guild hall, or playing Fashion Wars 2, or doing constant TT, but I honestly just do it for the community aspect these days. Give me more Freontwel and his piano!!11!!one!!1! \o/ I also like cookies, I'm in middle of the eternal cats or dogs fight (love them both) and I'm an aspiring YouTuber. I've been joining OC's events since a while now. Stole all your gold by winning all your races and stuff, buahahaha, sorry for that. I totally adore you, guys! How you cooperate with charities and how awesome you are is just impressive! *_* Keep up the good work. See you around, sexy people. <3
PS They call me "wall of text chick".
PPS Where is my rainbow OC pin-back button?! ;_;
PPPS I love you!