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I'm still in contact with BluetoothBoy, GhostStar, and carolcat on a somewhat frequent basis, though generally not having much conversation. There's a few others that I'm friends with on Discord and Steam but don't interact with.

I stayed in contact with Electrk for a few years after Blockland faded from my priorities although I don't believe I have contact with him anymore.

I'm in a group with some of the old Tezuni crew but I don't really participate or remember to check in because I've always felt like an odd man out with them. Being an admin for Tezuni and Zapk was always one of my favorite things to do on BL towards the end, but was a dead end with no lasting friendships. The only one I really missed was Apak.

I used to have a lot of fun in game with Kalphiter in the dogfight servers (Heedicalking, The Brighter Dark, etc). Initially, he'd just harass me and mock me whenever he'd kill me, but I got better and would turn his same tricks on him so I could mock him right back. It kind of turned into a friendly rivalry where we'd intentionally get on opposite teams just to banter back and forth. His Steam says Last Online 2494 days ago. The only thing that could ever get me back into Blockland for real fun would be for an old original dogfight with stunt planes, biplanes, tanks, capture points, AA turrets, Ephialtes' shotgun, Kaje's sniper rifle, and the default rocket launcher.

Like most anyone else, Blockland was a core memory of me growing up and learning about maturity. I still have a fondness for the game and the old friends who went on to live their lives. The forum reminds me now of a VFW post with old vets. There's fewer coming back as time goes on and a whole lot of reminiscing.

Off Topic / Re: how have the last 5 years been for you?
« on: November 27, 2023, 08:51:36 PM »
2018: I quit my first job working as a manager in a fast food restaurant to get my CDL to drive semi trucks. I fell for a mega-company schpeel and was abused by my employer, so I quit and got stuck with thousands of debt for CDL school. I also met a woman who became my girlfriend, and eventually found a better trucking company to work for and spent the whole year touring the United States and getting paid for it.

2019: I married that woman in March and we rode together in a truck cab around the country (until we despised each other in that tiny space and she dipped to go get a job back home). My mental health took a major hit being constantly alone in a cab all the time and it affected me, my family, and my friends.

2020: I quit driving over the road literally one month before lockdown started. The timing couldn't have been any better. The company I quit eventually crashed and was bought out and shut down by a different company. My new job involved driving a semi truck but still getting to go home every day (still there today). I financed my first car and let the wife have it so she could have something reliable to drive. stuff wasn't good at home though. The wife was cheating on me and I was always in a mood. I started therapy when the cheating came to light to try to re-learn how to socialize with others and love people again. We almost went for divorce, but I decided to put my best foot forward and make things work.

2021: I was ultimately unaffected by lockdown as an essential worker. I got the pokes and never got COVID. I was fixing myself and becoming a lot happier. I bought my first house. The wife was damaged though and decided she wanted to leave. We separated after Thanksgiving and she abandoned most of her belongings and her dog with me. I never could get myself to re-home the dog, and made her my own.

2022: The first few months were a period of recovery and finding myself again as I remembered how to be single. The wife wanted none of my belongings and just wanted an amicable divorce, which was finalized in May. I got back in the dating scene which was honestly quite a bit easier as an older dude instead of a zitty kid. I met a new woman who has made me the happiest I've ever been. I sold the financed car to buy an old pickup truck in an effort to tackle my debt.

2023: This has honestly been one of my best years in awhile. I paid off ALL of my debt besides my mortgage. My friends and I play with and repair decrepit old cars in my driveway. My lady and I talk openly about marriage. I have an engagement ring already but just haven't popped the question yet. I'm on great terms with my family, have an excellent credit score, and I'm making life moves. I honestly dislike my job now and keep my options open for new opportunities, but I'm blessed to be where I am and have my stuff and my relationships as testaments to all my trials and hard work that I've been through.

General Discussion / Re: last words anyone
« on: June 12, 2023, 09:00:53 AM »
I've been playing Blockland sporadically over the past month or so. I certainly miss the good old days. It's just that the magic is gone. I played some Speedkart in a full server which was pretty awesome. I can't really get myself to freebuild for more than 20min at a time without wanting to do something else. Ultimately the one thing I miss more than anything are the OG dogfights/capture points with stunt planes, sniper rifles, OP shotguns, and rocket launchers. I bet anything I'd play that for hours if that came back.

Off Topic / Re: geese thread
« on: May 24, 2023, 06:06:46 PM »
Goose say quack

Off Topic / Re: blockland: the community that killed the game
« on: January 25, 2023, 12:16:45 PM »
groomer space program

Sounds like a good investment to me. We won't even have to allocate funds for oxygen!

Off Topic / Re: blockland: the community that killed the game
« on: January 24, 2023, 07:23:24 AM »
I lurk maybe once a month or so, so I've been unaware of this topic to this moment, so I suppose I'll share my unsolicited autobiography.

For context ahead of time, I grew up in a homeschooled conservative Christian household. I've had some serious social disorders going on for my entire life, hence why my parents pulled me out of public school systems during early elementary years.

I played the Blockland demo throughout 2008 (I would've been 12 years old) and my younger brother and I decided to buy the full version probably towards the end of that year (it was during v10 if I recall correctly). We shared a BLID, making sure to change usernames before going online. Within about a year, my parents banned me from playing the game indefinitely because I was giving creepy notes to a girl at our church and my parents were notified. In hindsight, I think I just had a crush on her and did not have the social development to think anything other than being a total edgelord is cool. My early days of Blockland were usually spent freebuilding by myself, or playing City and FamilyRP servers.

In my absence, I had more social issues, including having a horrific incident that probably would've landed any other kid in juvie or extended therapy. In hindsight, I kind of blame my parents for not taking the responsibility of teaching me many of the important hard lessons of growing up and maturing as an individual. It's the classic Christian conservative situation of, "If I hide my child from the world and never have difficult conversations, he will grow up to be the perfectly sane, God-fearing man that I want him to be."

But enough of that.

In 2012, I returned to Blockland again. This time, I signed up on the forums pretty quickly as well, and immediately made a fool of myself and was permanently banned within a couple days for going on obnoxious religious tirades and just overall being as much of a prick as possible. It was at that point that Night Fox/Foxscotch became my sworn mortal enemy for being....*cringe* atheist. Growing up feeling like atheists were my sworn enemy bent on ruining my life didn't work well with what little social life I had.

I continued playing Blockland online pretty regularly though. I would get banned from servers on occasion for being a religion freak, but I started to realize that being an insufferable twat to people was really making life suck. After a few years of playing with people from many different backgrounds and beliefs, I began to relax and realize that people don't have to be exactly like me to be my friends. I eventually made this current forum account after some time away from here and really only started getting involved on the forums in any meaningful way just before Steam release if I recall right.

At that point, I just wanted to be popular. I vaguely entertained the idea of trying to become a modder because I love cars, and wanted the freedom of making my own cars instead of spamming the requests board. I knew modders also frequently received quite a bit of popularity. I got started on making car models in SketchUp and Milkshape but realized I was too much of a perfectionist to ever be happy with my creations and never learned how to code either, so the modder idea got scrapped.

It was at this point that I just went all in jumping off the deep end into the cesspool of the "Blockland Social Scene". But overall, I think I came away more positively than negative. I did receive some creepy conduct from Emo Freak/Tenshi at one point, but I didn't bite. I was also an admin for both Tezuni and Zapk, so for a teenager wanting popularity, notoriety, and a button giving me the authority to ban people I didn't like gave me my fix and desire to be with an in-crowd, no matter what certain reputations those servers had.

As far as the forums though, I remained pretty much off the radar or even completely aloof to any of the real problems going on in the moment they were happening. I was a socially delinquent stuffposter and had some serious fun embracing that. Electrk more or less became my role model and I remember feeling so giddy and powerful when our incessant stuffposting got the Age of Time boards archived. The April Fools stuffposting event also holds a fond place in memory.

As I moved closer to adulthood, my maturity was also coming up. I started Blocklander Of The Year and ran that in a rather professional manner free of manipulation and that's what most people remember me from. I realized that being a stuffhead doesn't give the same lasting impression as just being a friendly amicable person.

I believe 2015 was the last year I hosted Blocklander of the Year and I remember it was rough, because I had graduated high school and started my first job in real life behind the scenes and trying to stay on top of Blockland projects (and drama) was very taxing. I actually began forming a social life at work as well and had to learn quickly to be socially acceptable as a frontline worker at a busy restaurant interacting with guests. 2016 was my first girlfriend and getting kicked out of my conservative household for being a rebellious teenager adult man with a social life keeping me out late. Ultimately, that's when my life actually started, and I figured most of the other Blockland users met the same fate.

Today, I've held multiple jobs. I drive semi trucks for a living. I've been married AND divorced. I'm a homeowner. I have some semblance of a social life, but I've lost that desire to "be popular". Coming back here on occasion to view the old shell of a past life is a bittersweet feeling. Nothing makes me sadder than seeing how so many of you were hurt in irreversible ways. This place was honestly a pretty instrumental part in my social development and secretly interacting with the real world under my parents' noses. Somehow I made it out without lasting damage. Seeing so many of these names that we once revered as cool people and how they were preying on us is disgusting.

I don't have close ties with people here anymore. There's a few in my Snapchat and I am in a couple Discord servers with some of the old pals, but I'm still not particularly good with checking up on people or socializing in that way. Know that I've had some fun times with many of you guys and I love seeing some of the old names here. I wish you guys all the best. If the going is getting tough out there, please reach out, whether that means talking to a therapist or even ranting on a listening ear. If you ever needed a sign or a good word today, you matter and everything is going to be okay.

Cheers fellas
unless you are/were a groomer or someone in a position of power who turned a blind eye on a groomer, then please turn yourself in, or you know, don't be an Earth inhabitant anymore

Off Topic / Re: The Chronology of the Blockland Forums
« on: October 17, 2022, 11:07:42 AM »
I wanna be on page 69 😔

Off Topic / Re: [GSF]Ghost passed away last year
« on: June 28, 2022, 03:46:04 PM »
Just picked up on this news a few minutes ago. I'm very sorry to finally hear of his passing. So many of my Blockland and teenage memories would've been impossible without him. He touched many of us in some way, even if we didn't have personal connections with him. RIP Ghost

Off Topic / Re: I am married
« on: January 27, 2022, 01:37:44 PM »
Good job Fox and Fox. Wish you guys luck, and hope you can share a posh coffin one day once all the "being alive and enjoying everything to the fullest" stuff is done.

Fr though, good luck guys

Off Topic / Re: Hey Everyone
« on: January 27, 2022, 01:35:14 PM »
I remember you, welcome. I am not "here" anymore. I lurk every couple weeks or so. Been a member of Blockland for going on 14 years now. Now I am a semi truck driver, married, bought a house, and do grownup things.  :cookieMonster:

Off Topic / Re: Who here has played a year's worth of Blockland
« on: November 29, 2021, 11:36:20 AM »
I got Blockland when I was 12, so I've been around since the second half of 2008. Played less and less after 2016 or so. Probably haven't even booted up the game in a couple years since I don't have a reliable computer (console bitch)

Off Topic / Re: Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges
« on: November 19, 2021, 01:51:37 PM »
I wholly agree with the verdict, but I also think he should've been charged with something. The prosecution was laughable, and the indictments were doomed to fail from the beginning.

Off Topic / Re: do you have phobias
« on: October 27, 2021, 01:22:51 PM »
Pretty sure I technically have a phobia of needles. Getting blood drawn or vaccinations will literally make me pass out. Even watching someone get pricked in front of me will do me in. My ex was going in for surgery for example. When the nurses stuck the needle for anesthesia into her arm, they had to call two more nurses into the room for me, a bystander.

That being said, I'm not terrified enough to refuse getting pricked myself, but I have to finely balance hyping myself up while simultaneously relaxing, and absolutely not watch the needle go in or even focus on the entry point afterwards. I tend to leave bandaids on for days afterwards because the thought of paying attention to the "wound" elevates my blood pressure.

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