Another one of those "post your story" threads. Hmm, I guess I never told mine.
My first char was a swordman on official euRO server. I was one of the kiddies who came after the TV ad, along with two other guys. After novice ground I chose to spawn in Alberta. Went to poke lunatics and pupas and was immediately called a faggot by a random stranger. So that was my first online experience when I was 10 years old. As I met more and more strangers, I kept wondering what "hi ger?" meant. There was a german majority on euRO, so that's how many people would greet. At level 50 or so, I deleted my swordy because someone told me I got too much strength.. He was probably jealous that I was the only noob with a sane build.
Next char was an assassin. That's when it was time to become a guild leader. I even made a guild forum and was so proud for choosing the colors and copying the forum sections from another guild. We probably had around 5 members for a week or so. But it was a s*** guild run by a child so they all left. I was flaming them for it.
I kept playing for many years, went through 3 other guilds, and I would spend every summer holidays to bring one of my characters to 99 (non-reborn), while my mom paid a 10€ subscription fee every month. Highest I ever got was a 96 high priest from daily thanatos parties.
I don't miss it. So many awkward moments, cuz I was a child/teen playing with older guys. Could never go to any meetups. Too shy to talk in teamspeak. But that's basically how I grew up. My parents didn't restrict my playtime or internet habits, so I was the only kid in my class who was always on the computer. It wasn't so bad to grow up on the internet, since my school friends, though carefully selected, were still immature idiots. And I quickly learnt English this way. But grinding on 1x1x1 literally took up all my free time for years, with nothing to gain from it. f*** this game, lol.