I got into MMOs by purchasing World of Warcraft in late 2006, shortly before the release of the first expansion, and I loved it. At first I just gushed about it on my personal blog and on various forums, until I created a separate blog dedicated to WoW only in mid-2009. I certainly had a good time with it, made many friends, and even met a special someone in my guild for whom I eventually decided to move cross-continent. Unfortunately I grew increasingly dissatisfied with WoW during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and then Cataclysm, until I quit both the game and writing about it in early 2012. Still, your first MMO leaves its mark, so you'll have to forgive me if I sometimes draw comparisons between SWTOR and WoW.
As far as Star Wars goes, I'm just young enough to not have seen the original trilogy in theatres until the special edition came out, which I loved. (And I don't really care who shot first.) As a result I went through a big Star Wars phase in my late teens, reading EU novels and everything, though my enthusiasm kind of fizzled out with the last of the prequels. I initially had no interest whatsoever in playing The Old Republic, until I saw a simple video demonstrating the group conversation system and heard that some of my friends were intending to play it. I then ended up making a complete turnaround from being utterly disinterested to becoming massively excited about the game within only a month or so, and even ended up pre-ordering to get into early access.
As the blog title implies, I play a Republic Commando, specifically a combat medic, on the EU server
I started my career in the game as a proud member of the Brotherhood of Remiel, a tightly knit social guild of mature players that did a little bit of everything, though they have now mostly moved on to other games. Fortunately I found a new home with the friendly folks from the Twin Suns Squadron since then. If you ever see Major Shíntar O'sirisen around during your travels, feel free to say hi. If you'd like to contact me out of game, you can mail me at _Irish_ [yes, with underscores; at] sms [dot] at.
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