I signed up with Gamespot back in 2007, roaming the forums, mainly the Fallout 1/2 forums, giving help and answering questions.It has always been something I've done. When I think back on my more then a decade online, every time I join somewhere it is mainly to provide help and insight.
July 16th, I stumbled across The Fallout Nation Union, it looked promising, attempting to unify all the Fallout fans under one banner, with an endorsment to boot! I had to get in that union and make my mark! July 16th I got my very first PM in two years. I had signed up for this great union.
What I found was a bunch of people talking mainly about Fallout 3. I started bugging people to get some attention towards the originals. Toxic8was the first to suffer my nagging. His Character Spotlight was a great thing, and I just had to make sure the first one paid homage to the original games. The decision landed on Harold, someone who is present throughout the whole series. A great choice indeed.
JunglemanchiId provided a link to the original game for free, and from my experience from the forums, I knew people would run into problems. I decided to start up the Fallout 1 Help Center thread, which has links to patches to make the game much easier to enjoy.
The Help Center caught the Unions leader, Soulja_West's attention. He promptly stickied my thread and promoted me to officer. I was making a difference! I decided to help out even more, making some, hopefully, interesting threads. Along the way I got to know the other builders of The Fallout Nation Union; Toxic8, JunglemanchiId, Reckeweg, Latitude002, Cluelesspug, Dahui58 and Horrorboy. They are great people. Together we built a fine Union indeed.
On August 4th came the end. 19 days is what I spent in the Union before it all crumbled before my very own eyes. The leader decided it was HIS union and HIS minions should obey HIM or leave. And so they left, the great gang. Some forced out, with some others leaving in protest. I refused to let that happen, I wrote some letters here and there, not much else one can do online. But the damage had been done. The great gang decided to stick together and form their own Union, The Fallout Outcasts. As I look to The Fallout Nation Union, it is eerily quiet. When the gang left, the life blood of the union left with them. The very essence of the union is gone. With time and careful building it may be a great union again, but it will never be the same...
And so an adventure ends, and another begins...