So..I've admittedly not actively logged into my profile in years. However, I have to thank the owners/moderators of this forum and the amazing community.
Allow me to explain(ohgod sorry for text wall)
At my local game store, I was the only tau player. For literally years. Since FoF was a thing initially, I was the only Tau player. I started when I was 12 and absolutely loved the army. Now, I got used to for a LONG time being the "punching bag" of sorts. Even though I won about..I want to say 60% of my matches, because Tau were considered underwhelming in 4th ed, and laughing.gif worthy weak in 5th ed, people always ragged on it. Sure my friends were chill about it but a lot of older players or more "elite" players ragged on me. Iron wolves players were the only ones that didn't talk smack, because well..railguns 5th ed ate their transports and powderized them.
So I didn't have much of a community to support my love of Tau. Then I found this site. Oh man...
My shyness was a hurdle I couldn't climb for quite some time to talk to everyone. I loved reading the conversations though. Theory crafting. Brainstorming. Strategizing and discussing tacticis. It was amazing.
A year or two came and went and I got big into roleplaying online. Admittedly I wasn't amazing, but there was one thing I'd always wanted to do and never got to. 40k Roleplay.
Until April 1st..2013.
Embrace Change. Haha..I remember logging onto the site first thing in the morning when I got to my university. I was sooooo confused! Baffled even. When I saw that rp thread? Hooooooo boy, I lost my mind. A chance to roleplay 40k? Amazing. The atmospheric set up of the space station under siege? Beautiful. Perfect.
All the characters of varied rp levels? Wonderful. I remember rping as a riptide pilot. One of two before the other got off for the day. Just..roleplaying as that heavy hitter. Saving a squad of fire warriors from 3 soul grinders before a unit of XV-88 Broadsides backed me up. Helping level a Daemon prince with a group. Haha..I remember being terrified because someone rped Tainted Tau taking hold of a Manta and opening up on me! I remember all of it man..that core room rp with the bird of change vs my riptide as everyone battled around us. Just..yes. All of the yes.
I even remember a guy rping a Tau bringing in Orks for help, and the orcs like..picked him up so he could get to the "glorious fight" faster by throwing him INTO bloodletters. Even now friends and I joke about those orcs.
And well..that's the point of this brief spew. I think, every friend I've talked to about 40k..I end up bringing that rp to them. We laugh and joke, and transition into 40k lore or the such.
It's made that event, and the people involved etched into my mind. So much so that three years later I still randomly remember it, and well..it always brings a smile to my face.
So thank you, Advanced Tau Tactica. Thank you for making memories that've literally lasted years and still bring a smile to my face. I may not speak often, or gaze at the site all the time...but damn if you guys aren't great. <3