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fierytempest
So, this lovely forum we shared together for years, has been shut down for 4 years! But now it's back! Some of us moved on to FFNext, but that too sadly met its demise. A lot of us have stayed in touch over Facebook, but some haven't! (I'm looking at you, Fox.) So, in the last 4 years, where have YOU been?!


If I remember correctly, I had already dropped out of high school when this forum shut down. In the fall of 08 I went back, and went on to graduate. I had my first serious boyfriend and yadadyadayada. I started working, and then college, and then I dropped out. Recently I got my first 40-hour job working in home with adults with special needs. This fall I'm going back to college to pursue a degree in Spanish. I recovered from bulimia, and my health with my Cystic Fibrosis is doing pretty well too.

Oh, and for like, a year I was a Christian. And then I wasn't. So, yeah.

I have a bitchin' sweet 94 Nissan Altima (that's a stick-shift, noobz) aaaaaaand my dad got married last summer for the fourth time.

I actually just took this picture today, and this is what I look like these days: IPB Image

What about you guys? Where have you been? What have you been doing?
Nick
Paying the Bills: I graduated from University with a 2nd Class Degree in Criminology shortly after the forum closed. After drifting from job to job this year I've been working at a Security Operative for a student housing company. The money is excellent for what I do and given my prospects I'm hoping to be a security consultant or equivalent by 30.

Lifestyle: I kept drinking, to excess and infact from July 2003 to December 2011 I didn't go a full week without an alcoholic drink. I finally actually gave up casual drinking last year and I've only gotten drunk about 3-4 times this year to date. Still not a smoker and still dont do drugs.

Love life: Currently single, the past 4 years has seen me with 3 single mothers, one welsh computing student, at least 3 certifiable crazies and probably some more that i've blocked out.

Can't think of much else to be honest. Will see what others post (if they do at all tongue.gif )
Fox
Hey Tempest, you wanna facebook me, you feel free! I assure you I fill my statuses with many a witty remark smile.gif

Since XII.net I stayed for a spell on FFNext but that never really took off as hoped, and I found refuge on FXN where I am still highly respected today. ...OK, so you'd never buy that, but I'm still an active member there damn it! In life I completed my university course in Game Design and have been a QA tester at Codemasters for a little over a year now. I have two small DIY games due for release in the next couple of months (Game Maker stuff, nothing fancy) and my massive RPG project is finally in full development.

Had a girlfriend for a month last year. She sucked and text dumped me. Haven't been bothered to go on the prowl since! So I've just played lots of games, got back into reading, that sort of thing. I was probably just passing my drivers test when I left here, and I've had that car (a Nissan Primera, 1996) for about four years now. His name is Columbo smile.gif

And seeing as you started it tempest, here is a picture of me taken a year or two back and one of the few that I consider vaguely acceptable (seriously, this is one of about 4 pictures of me that exists with my permission on the internet). This was a before I started competing in a karting championship and so was at my most fit and dashing (it's all relative of course).

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Katya
Since this place closed, I am still foruming. Same as Fox, I mainly reside on FXN.

As for real life, I went to college and graduated with a nursing degree. I still have to get my license, though, so I am trying to study for that. Also, work in medical offices, but not as a nurse so I am not too happy with this situation. Not really dating anyone either. I've been having lots of issues last year with moving and such. Hopefully when I get this license thing over with I can really move on with my life.
fat_moogle
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Welcome back; your last visit was: Jun 26 2008, 04:58 PM


Wow!

Since this time I've:

Learnt to drive (I passed my test in December 2008)

Been arrested

Been banned from Driving (2011)

Finished College and graduated with a Foundation Degree in Public Services

Went on to Uni, and graduated with a 2:2 in Public Services

Turned 19

Turned 20

Turned 21

Played a next-gen FF game xD

Been on holiday to Antigua (best holiday ever)

Had a ride in a helicopter.

Became a News Reporter at FXN

Bungee Jumped

I still work at the same place that I did when I left here, however I'm in a different department now. & I'm still unsure about what it is that I want to do with my life!

& like Katya and Fox I am still foruming!
Marblefist
Hey all.

Four years ago I was in sixth form (college for the yanks), finished that. I was a bit lazy so I underachieved and didn't go to my first choice uni. I ended up going to a good uni, eventually finishing up with a degree in Law. That said, because of the steep prices for law school (13Gs) I decided to job hunt for this year. This has been a bit of a non-starter lol I've been volunteering with a charity for the homeless since november for a few days a week and am actually starting some work experience at a law firm on monday.

Lifestyle wise after FFXII.net closed down I jumped ship to next for a piece. After that I pretty much stopped foruming (this coincided with Soccerpulse shutting down methinks) to be a full time facebooker and since last year a serial twitter-ar or tweeter. I started running a blog with a few mates last Nov and we are interviewing Mark Steel (comedian/author/columnist) come this weekend. Other than that, I drink like I'm making up for Nick chilling out on booze and enjoy the odd spliff.

Love life....in short, I've become reasonably good at hooking up with the ladies but am as awful as I was at age 10 when it comes to commitment, telling a girl how I feel etc. :/

I always used to do the mean pics so yh, fuckit, here's one from last year:

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fierytempest
Lol, yeah, I've kind of been skanking around a bit too, MF.



Although I haven't had any spliff since August 31, 2011. D:
Marblefist
Slutting about>>>>>> lol not really, I'm broken inside hahaha
Cheeky25
Hey all! I have so many great memories I had to jump on this when I was it was getting active again.

So I'm in my last quarter of university at OSU (Ohio State University) studying Political Science and Philosophy as a double major. I suppose I got my first love of politics debating Joesmith123 (I think was his name??) right here so that shows how much this place shaped me in my earlier years. Since FFXII.net I haven't really done any foruming at all, which I certainly missed, but I never really found the kind of great community that we had here for those years.

I'm still not entirely sure what I plan on doing with my life, but who does really at this point? Currently employed at a dining hall, and am in the midst of getting ready for graduation and looking for employment at every avenue possible. Dating another OSU student currently which is going well.

As far as games (since this is a gaming forum) I play Starcraft II very often, and if any of you play hit me up please!

Obligatory year old picture biggrin.gif

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Dark Yuna
Well, I was 14 when I joined here, so I don't even know where to begin!

Academic stuff first. At the time that the site closed I was just finishing Year 11 in secondary school after GCSE's. Then went to Sixth Form to do my A-levels, getting an AS in Music Technology, Media Studies, Law, and Biology, and earning the full A-levels in English, Psychology and Photography. Currently I'm a 1st Year Undergraduate at the University of Exeter studying Psychology.

Social stuff! I'm still with the same group of friends that I've been with since Year 8, and as you'd expect there were various dramas, etc since then. Most are still around, though, which is great. Made a few friends at university who are equally as great, and certainly make things interesting when we're supposed to be studying!

Love life. Well, for those who remember our very own member Kira Lee, I am still very much talking to her so that's amazing to me.

Free time! Still hopelessly addicted to gaming, perhaps more so since I bought my Xbox 360 and discovered the wonders of achievements and gamerscore. Thought about toning down on it all but then realised how much fun I would be missing. So that was short-lived! I haven't been to any forums (save a brief spell at FFNext) or joined any communities, largely due to what Cheeky summed up quite nicely, "I never really found the kind of great community that we had here for those years".

General: I still can't drive, nor have I had any lessons! Getting around to it, though. I'm usually around on good ol' Facebook though sadly I only have a couple of people here added on there who I occasionally talk to smile.gif

Also, mandatory photo from a few months ago:

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Xiitharn
I can't quite remember what exactly I was doing / where I was in my life (apart from being consumed with luuuuurrrrrve for Inhert) when this place shut down...

As for me right now, I'm older and (hopefully) wiser.. I finish my Bachelor's degree at the end of next summer, I now drive, I've been to Vegas, I've gotten my first tattoo, my hair is all grown back after chopping it off suddenly 3 years ago....I'm still into photography and photoshop, not as much as before but I now have two very good Nikons so the quality of my 'camwhoring' has gone up a notch. Like a few other people my foruming stopped here / at FFNext though I was able to maintain links with a few people. Inhert and I broke up in Aprilish of 2009; since then I've dated a lot of different guys and though I have grown alot emotionally, I have yet to find mr. right now.

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Swordsman
Wow. Nostalgia...

I was one or two years in to my Uni degree at the time I stopped posting on the forum. I have since finished my Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering after 5 long years at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and met a bunch of great people along the way, including my current girlfriend of 3 years. To be honest, I never thought I'd make it to the end, but somehow I did. I've currently been helping to restore historic aircraft to flying condition with a society near where I live. That's been a rewarding experience, to say the least.

I spent two years in the Australian Army Reserves gaining qualifications on all sorts of crazy hardware, and found out that one of my friends I grew up with was back at uni after spending a year in Afghanistan, fortunately all in one piece. Still chasing dreams of flying in the Australian Air Force, currently have an application going through recruiting and have passed some key testing requirements. So hopefully that all goes according to plan and in a few years I'll be flying Mach 2 with my hair on fire. wink.gif

In other news, I have started playing Kendo and learning Japanese. I think I'm an even bigger Japanophile now than I was back then. I have a full driver's licence, which can be a pain sometimes as I have inadvertently started a not for profit taxi service... I still play the odd game or two, but am nowhere near as fanatic as I was a few years ago.

So yeah. that's me. (Geez, that was longer than I meant it to be...)
Dawn
Well, as for me, there have been a lot of changes, most of them quite unexpected and which have changed me as a person in some aspects.

As June 2008, which is when I remember the site went down, I was a single guy working in the capitol, living a carefree life which mostly consisted in a great dedication to my job, partying with my friends and traveling when the chance came out. By then I had a severe problem of approach towards the opposite sex, problem I throughly discussed in this same forum and everything that was derived from this.

From then on, I continued traveling a lot (and partying even harder). I've been to places like Canada, the US several times (in fact I am returning to NYC in a few years) and the top of it: Japan in 2009. I've also got a tatoo, met some forumers in some of those trips, namely rainbowbrat and Jesus Christ, and I was very delighted to meet both of them. That reminds me I still owe Xiitharn a visit xDDD. I keep in touch with many people from here via Facebook as well.

As time went by I managed to be a bit more aggressive in that approach towards women. Things went slowly and steady until in 2010 I met a girl online and started a relationship with her.

That relationship was a turning point in my life in the sense that I started doing things in my late twenties that most people do years earlier. It started well, there was a lot of great emotions by that time, I was introduced at last to that thing you all imagine and so on.

But events had a quite dramatic change and everything went really wrong. I suffered a lot emotional turmoil, I did the most stupid things I could ever imagine: wasting an obscene amount of money, turning my back on people dear to me and a long etcetera. Until I had enough and that ended several months ago.

After a not so long period of recovery, in which I thought about and analyzed many things that had happened, I met another girl via a mutual friend and who is my current girlfriend.

Things seem to be quite different now. She is a really different person, i.e. older than me, with a kid I really love, calm, more mature and with a deal of wisedom in what life is concerned.

And we are moving together within a few weeks.

As for other aspects of life, I still practice guitar, I still workout and I have reached my thirties in a good situation I think. I still work in the same place and I hope to keep my job while the country I was born and live in slowly desintegrates financially, socially and politically.

Maybe long and a bit boring, but that is how it has been for me smile.gif
Nick
QUOTE(Xiitharn @ Apr 20 2012, 02:18 AM) *

I can't quite remember what exactly I was doing / where I was in my life (apart from being consumed with luuuuurrrrrve for Inhert) when this place shut down...

As for me right now, I'm older and (hopefully) wiser.. I finish my Bachelor's degree at the end of next summer, I now drive, I've been to Vegas, I've gotten my first tattoo, my hair is all grown back after chopping it off suddenly 3 years ago....I'm still into photography and photoshop, not as much as before but I now have two very good Nikons so the quality of my 'camwhoring' has gone up a notch. Like a few other people my foruming stopped here / at FFNext though I was able to maintain links with a few people. Inhert and I broke up in Aprilish of 2009; since then I've dated a lot of different guys and though I have grown alot emotionally, I have yet to find mr. right now.

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Oh yeah and I met this girl right here and Inhert a few Christmases ago. Fun times. We played a game called "cock or balls." tru fact.
fat_moogle
QUOTE(Dawn @ Apr 20 2012, 01:26 PM) *
Maybe long and a bit boring, but that is how it has been for me smile.gif

Long and boring? Not at all. I'm sorry to hear that you're first relationship broke down but, like they say, 'everything happens for a reason'. Maybe you believe that, maybe you don't. But if that relationship didn't break down then you wouldn't be with the woman you love now. You wouldn't know the kid, you wouldn't be moving in together...etc. I'm really happy for you smile.gif
(Phoenix)
Well this was unexpected, for those that don't remember I was called Azloah for most of my time on here. I think I was 17 when this place closed and I've just turned 21... time flies! Alot has changed since then too.

As far as I can remember this place closed down about a month or two after my dad (not biological, but still) was diagnosed with cancer. Eventually the stress from that whole situation got to me and I ended up dropping my full-time job and going part-time at Gamestation so that I could be around home more.

Around the beginning of 2009 I lost my job when Gamestation started closing stores and not too long after that my dad passed away in August. Around that time my grandma also started to need care due to her old age and so I ended up spending most of my time looking after her while also looking for another part time job. That pretty much sums up my 2008-2009.

At the end of 2009 I met my girlfriend online (though we were just friends at that time). In March 2010 though we decided that we'd virtually ended up in a long distance relationship and decided to have a go at making something work. Although its long distance (she lives in New York) its not so bad that we aren't able to see each other fairly consistently (I'll be going there for the 3rd time in June for 2 weeks, and she'll be coming back here for the 3rd time for 3 weeks immediately after). I also finally found a new part-time job (I still work there today) and finally decided to stop being a lazy ass and apply for college. I'm finishing up my 2 year level 3 Business course in the next 2 months - which is sufficient enough for me to go to university in the future if I choose to.

My grandma passed away in 2010 almost immediately after I came back from New York for the first time. Still I've been pretty optimistic since then and generally a much happier person than I was in 2008-2009. The rest of my life since then has simply been balancing work/college/and saving up money to see my girlfriend. I also think I've matured and grown up a lot since I was last on here (I'd go as far as to say I'm nearly an entirely different person).

Finally, here's my obligatory "look at how I am now" picture of me and my girlfriend taken in January.

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Balthier's Girl
Yeah, four years. Where to begin?

As I recall, around the time the forums closed down, I had broken up with my boyfriend of six years. At the time, I was really going through a lot of emotional issues trying to cope with the change of suddenly being single. I basically moved in with a friend into his bachelor apartment and slept on a mattress on the floor of his kitchen for almost eight months. After that, I moved into the apartment next to his and was living on my own for a while. I was working a really stressful job and making more money than I knew what to do with, so I kind of developed a drug habit. I was pretty much high every day for five months until I lost the job.

I was also working a second job, which I still hold now hosting karaoke at local bars. It was there I met my husband. We got together in 2009 and just got married in December of last year. Everyone keeps asking how married life is, but it really doesn't feel any different. I'm as happy as I've been in a long time. Right now we're looking to move to a bigger apartment.

Internet-wise, after this place shut down, I went to FFNext for a little while, and then moved on to twittering, blogtving (it's pretty much a live cam show, but I keep my clothes on), and was running a blog for a while.

I got nothin else to add, so I'll just leave a picture:

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Kaj
Here is me:

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So yea, that was last october when I graduated as dentist.. that's right im a dentist now wink.gif Fear me!!

Playing games? No, no time sad.gif PS3 collecting dust.
Party hardy? Yes smile.gif!

For the rest, just having fun wink.gif
fierytempest
Kajutsa, I never knew you were cute.
(Phoenix)
QUOTE(fierytempest @ Apr 20 2012, 08:03 PM) *

Kajutsa, I never knew you were cute.

To the point as always
Ethereal Blade
I'm going to try to keep this short and simple.

It seems I was 18 when I joined here and 20 when I left. I unfortunately didn’t keep in contact with the people I was closest to here. I never joined any other forum, as my life outside of the internet pretty much took over. Now, at 24... I feel that I am still more or less the same person, though I have been told I am a bit more open now. Appearance-wise, however, I have changed quite a bit (Everyone seems to be doing pictures... maybe later, if I feel like it).

In my every day life, I’ve still got my closest friends that I’ve had my whole life and feel very fortunate to still have them--it's the one aspect of my life that I am glad is still the same. I was going to college for my associates at the time I stopped coming to this site, now am taking a break from school until I know what I want to do with my life. I have a job in landscaping, while not my calling is an overall enjoyable job that I have been doing a little over 3 years now. I have also recently moved into a new apartment, but am still living in the same town I have been for most of my life.

I still enjoy video games greatly, even if I have less time for them than I used to. I've purchased an Xbox360 and a 3DS since I left.

Nothing really that noteworthy, but there you have it (yeah, wasn't that short, but fairly simple). Hopefully bigger and better things are in my near future. wink.gif
(Phoenix)
Glad to hear everyone seems to be doing well. It's kinda crazy reading up on how everyone's been doing after such a long time.
Xiitharn
QUOTE(Nick @ Apr 20 2012, 05:32 AM) *

Oh yeah and I met this girl right here and Inhert a few Christmases ago. Fun times. We played a game called "cock or balls." tru fact.


How could I forget to leave that part out?

Remember when I showed you Canadian money and you got so excited over the hockey players on the $5 bill that you knocked your pint over? Priceless.

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That reminds me I still owe Xiitharn a visit xDDD.


Uh, DUH. Actually I will be in Spain this summer so...we should meet up smile.gif
Nick
QUOTE(Xiitharn @ Apr 20 2012, 10:42 PM) *

QUOTE(Nick @ Apr 20 2012, 05:32 AM) *

Oh yeah and I met this girl right here and Inhert a few Christmases ago. Fun times. We played a game called "cock or balls." tru fact.


How could I forget to leave that part out?

Remember when I showed you Canadian money and you got so excited over the hockey players on the $5 bill that you knocked your pint over? Priceless.


Oh my god yeah! That was incredible! It's like having Beckham on a 20 over here you weirdos smile.gif
Dawn
Xii: those are definetely good news. We should indeed. Keep me updated then smile.gif
Jayhawk
What the

I don't even remember which year that I stopped going here, but I randomly talked to hateradio for the first time in like a year today and he said this place was back, so...

Anyway, I guess since leaving FFXII.net I had a brief stint at FFNext (I think FFi was also still around after this place) but then I eventually left foruming and webdesigning. For about a year I was a competitive Super Smash Bros Melee player and traveled around the US a little bit while going to college, but eventually I decided to focus on my studies so I stopped. Now I'm a 5th year senior in Illustration (art) and this summer I'm going to try to become a professional League of Legends player and/or work at Riot Games as an artist

The End

BTW I've stayed in contact with MaidenOvertheStar and Enayra throughout the years, they are both swell ladies. I think a few others on deviantART, too
Balthier's Girl
QUOTE(fierytempest @ Apr 20 2012, 03:03 PM) *

Kajutsa, I never knew you were cute.


There's a reason I married him, silly. ;D


QUOTE(Xiitharn @ Apr 20 2012, 05:42 PM) *

QUOTE(Nick @ Apr 20 2012, 05:32 AM) *

Oh yeah and I met this girl right here and Inhert a few Christmases ago. Fun times. We played a game called "cock or balls." tru fact.


How could I forget to leave that part out?

Remember when I showed you Canadian money and you got so excited over the hockey players on the $5 bill that you knocked your pint over? Priceless.


I actually lol'd at this.

Maiden of Rabanastre
Hello again! Good to see you guys!

Well... My life since leaving has been pretty normal, I guess. I was involved with the FFNext and FFIllumina communities after this place shut down, and managed to keep in touch with a few of you guys here on Facebook, which has been lovely. I'm not really a forum-goer anymore, although I'm still pretty attached to DeviantART, and I've recently become Tumblr's bitch. The internet has evolved so much...

Anyway, I'm still obsessed with art, and am a mere week away from graduating from uni with two degrees: one in graphic design and one in painting/drawing. It's been an interesting ride, and now I'm in debt, but that's okay because I think I've got a job coming my way really soon. No regrets. I'm planning to go to graduate school in a year or so for an MA in illustration, which I'm really looking forward to. (I really like school, I guess.) Not sure what I want to do with it yet, though. I have lots of options.

I'm still single, although I've had a few flings. Nothing really happened, though. I've decided that I don't have time for relationships, and I'm honestly more content to focus on art. I'm really glad for those of you who have recently found good significant others (and have gotten hitched), though! Woo!

Ummmm... well, I guess that about says it all. I've just been busy with school and building up my portfolio. Not exactly exciting, but I'm happy with the way things are going. I'm hoping in the near future I'll be doing a little traveling since that's something I've always wanted to do. I'm glad to see you guys are all doing well!

Here's a recent picture of me since that seems to be the popular thing to do. I'M AN ARTIST.

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It's a really dumb photo.
Balthier's Girl
^ whaaaat? It's not a dumb photo! I love it. People always look best when they're showcasing their talents!
fat_moogle
@Maiden: Until I seen your picture I totally forgot that you changed your name from Hullabaloo! I like that picture (very familiar - facebook profile!) and I'm glad that you're doing well with your subjects ^^
Snake
QUOTE(Balthier's Girl @ Apr 24 2012, 12:53 PM) *
People always look best when they're showcasing their talents!

I promised I would be good, but it's hard when you post statements like that, haha. angel.gif
Ethereal Blade
^ LOL

QUOTE(Maiden of Rabanastre @ Apr 24 2012, 12:45 AM) *

Here's a recent picture of me since that seems to be the popular thing to do. I'M AN ARTIST.

It's a really dumb photo.

I almost didn't recognize you, did you used to have shorter hair before? Or am I crazy? Well, it has been 4 years. I'm sure everyone's changed at least a little. Also...

QUOTE(Balthier's Girl @ Apr 24 2012, 12:53 PM) *

People always look best when they're showcasing their talents!

Got to agree with this. Man, I used to do a lot of art myself, but haven't really kept up with it over the years. Maybe I should pick it back up.
Maiden of Rabanastre
@ Snake - Behave yourself! Hahaha!

@ Ethereal Blade: My hair was a lot shorter before, and it was straighter too. You're not crazy. biggrin.gif And there's always time to pick things back up if you're determined to.
Jhei_Em
Copy of my other post.. didn't realize everyone was posting on this thread xD

Anyways, as for me, I've been doing great. I just finished my 3rd year at university, and I'm taking an Honours Major in English. I'm also taking summer courses right now, and working part time at a local theatre (performance theatre, not a cinema) which is quite boring.

I currently have a boyfriend, my first one! We've been dating for nearly 11 months now, and I'm quite happy. I'm also the Director of External Affairs for a student group at uni.

What else... oh yeah, I still love videogames and I still want to go to Japan! And I'm currently writing/outlining my novels still.

PS. I'm addicted to a certain board game called The Settlers of Catan right now... -.-
Ethereal Blade
^ Settlers of Catan, I love that game!

I'm pretty sure it's okay to be addicted to something that awesome. It's really been one of my favorite pastimes to do with friends. I really enjoy the different setups you can do, and the randomness of the board. Using the Catan: Seafarers expansion is great too (though I haven't tried the other expansions).
Jhei_Em
^I haven't tried the Seafarers expansion, but the Cities and Knights one is soo awesome! The first few games with it can be complicated and slow, but once you get used to it it's much more strategic and fun than the basic game. smile.gif
thermopyle
I think I left a post on Next a year or two ago. Looked at my post history here and it was "Don't Stop Believin - Journey" back in '07. Niiiice.

Lessee, I had just started university and was partying/whoring it up. Skip past 3-4 years of wastefulness and hunkered down for my last year of Uni. Met a few cool people but I've really come to be grateful that I'm still good friends with my high school buddies (i.e the ones you can picture yourself in a buddy-cop movie). Became a bit more of a recluse and surprisingly enough, come to hate getting my picture taken. RIP Camwhore (and afro).

Hated the thought that I would ever be a worker bee in an office environment but hey, that's what I'm doing. It's to a lesser extent since the company I work for is pretty contemporary but still surprising. I'm still an avid consumer of gaming but don't really find enough time in life to play games as long as I'd like. =(

Thinking about moving to another country in a year or so (job opportunity) but we'll see how that goes. Glad to see most people haven't had too rough a time in their lives (though i suppose if any of our former members had - they probably wouldn't be in any position to update us tongue.gif )
Xiitharn
QUOTE((Phoenix) @ Apr 20 2012, 09:59 AM) *

Well this was unexpected, for those that don't remember I was called Azloah for most of my time on here. I think I was 17 when this place closed and I've just turned 21... time flies! Alot has changed since then too.

As far as I can remember this place closed down about a month or two after my dad (not biological, but still) was diagnosed with cancer. Eventually the stress from that whole situation got to me and I ended up dropping my full-time job and going part-time at Gamestation so that I could be around home more.

Around the beginning of 2009 I lost my job when Gamestation started closing stores and not too long after that my dad passed away in August. Around that time my grandma also started to need care due to her old age and so I ended up spending most of my time looking after her while also looking for another part time job. That pretty much sums up my 2008-2009.

At the end of 2009 I met my girlfriend online (though we were just friends at that time). In March 2010 though we decided that we'd virtually ended up in a long distance relationship and decided to have a go at making something work. Although its long distance (she lives in New York) its not so bad that we aren't able to see each other fairly consistently (I'll be going there for the 3rd time in June for 2 weeks, and she'll be coming back here for the 3rd time for 3 weeks immediately after). I also finally found a new part-time job (I still work there today) and finally decided to stop being a lazy ass and apply for college. I'm finishing up my 2 year level 3 Business course in the next 2 months - which is sufficient enough for me to go to university in the future if I choose to.

My grandma passed away in 2010 almost immediately after I came back from New York for the first time. Still I've been pretty optimistic since then and generally a much happier person than I was in 2008-2009. The rest of my life since then has simply been balancing work/college/and saving up money to see my girlfriend. I also think I've matured and grown up a lot since I was last on here (I'd go as far as to say I'm nearly an entirely different person).

Finally, here's my obligatory "look at how I am now" picture of me and my girlfriend taken in January.

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Surprised at myself that I didn't say anything before, but I'm glad you're a happier person now mafoo. You deserve it
Revolver Ocelot
Well I bet no one here would remember me, but I figured I should give this a go. A friend and I were having conversations about the online communities we used to frequent and what everyone could possibly be up to. I know my teens were made on places like these with fun people, good games, and a sense of camaraderie.

I joined this forum in 2006 at 16 and I am 22 now. My how the times have changed. I ended up meeting my dream of being in the Army and now I am on my way out to civilian life. My ambitions to travel are still there but I don't know where I would want to go. Other than that I have been living day by day trying to see where God takes me next. I'm still pretty much the same person I was over 5 years ago, but I have matured where it matters smile.gif

I hope that whoever reads this now or months upon months from now is blessed and follows there dreams. I met mine, and now it's time to move on.

God bless
L.J.
Hello everyone. I will say, in fact; I'm speechless. I just want to say it was very nice reading each and everyone of your stories since you joined up until now. It's something special that we have here. Unbelievable. It was nice catching up on everyone and to be frank, I remember almost everyone in this thread. Can't wait to hear from the rest of the crew once they find this site up and running.

Well; I will be honest. Reading back on some of my posts in here. I was a straight complete asshole. I still am though. Very much so.

My life (in no order):

- I joined this forum when I was 16, I think.

- I went to college (engineering) and dropped out. Just wasn't my cup of tea. Switched programs (business) and completed 2 years before I dropped out again.

- I had many issues at that point, family / girlfriend / etc...

- I started working full time at about 22 (I am now 25) within the corporate culture. I'm currently working full time with a company as a business analyst. I earn a good salary.

- Bought my 2010 mazda 3.

- I had 1 serious relationship and multiple flings with girls. The flings didn't happen till after broke up with her. I'm currently in a relationship.

- I partied a lot and hard. I met a lot of people.

- At this moment of my life, I'm currently living on my own in a condominium by myself and my girlfriend would drop by every so often.

- I'm just working and partying / enjoying life. I got to get up in a couple of hours and get to work and yet, here I am on here.

- I plan to go back to college / university this September and finish my program and get my degree in business.
joesmith123
Wow, I can't believe that this site was back up and running. I just typed in the url as a lark and was shocked to see the forum still alive.

Well, after this site went down I went to ffnext where I took the name Reagan.

After life got a little too busy, I unfortunately stopped being an active member there.

I graduated college with a major in history and a minor in education. From there, it took me the better part of the next 3 years until I landed myself an official position as a social studies teacher. I currently own a house in the suburbs down on the Jersey Shore where I live with my girlfriend.

It was great to read what everyone's been up to these past few years. It's funny how well I remember so many details about everyone here. There were a lot of good times spent on this forum, talking FFXII, life, and debating with all of you.

I wish everyone the very best in life!

-JS123 (Reagan)
Dawn
Good to see everything is being good for you mate. Cheers!!
steiner
I'm too filled with 'oh shit is this really happening' right now to really form a sensible post. It's 4.30 in the morning over here and I've been rereading shit since around 1 (when I randomly googled ffxii.net)

But it was great reading about you guys. In all honesty this feels like another life entirely - especially as I was an alter ego for much of my postings on here. But seriously I'm gonna have to reread this after I get some sleep...


As a snippet of actually revealing something about myself on here. As far as I go, I've been boring and nerdy since last I posted. At least on paper. Got a degree and planning to start a pHD. Not sure in what though....

Man....and yeah....I remember everyone....
steiner
Got some sleep. tongue.gif

QUOTE(steiner aka God @ Feb 2 2013, 04:43 AM) *

In all honesty this feels like another life entirely - especially as I was an alter ego for much of my postings on here.
No. Just No.

'Alter ego' is probably going too far. It was definitely me - it's just that I never used to indicate whether I was taking the piss or being serious, so some of my posts were somewhat...suspect...shall we say xD (Chicken_Wuss I'm looking at you)

Like most of you guys, I've matured and grown as well. It's good to see we're all doing our best to make the most of the trials and tribulations life hurls at us. I suppose in that respect I've been lucky though as nothing dramatic has happened to me. I suppose my one problem is I lack a bit of purpose in life atm...but I'm hoping that will come with time. Science is now my number 2 obsession, after Final Fantasy IX (of course). Political debates may not be in my top 2 anymore but I can still kick Joe Smith's sorry ass any time, any place. wink.gif
Bush still sucks!


@PG: (You're always PG to me...well that and Bacchus Frog tongue.gif) - glad to see your health is doing good. I sort of...don't do anything online anymore, except very rarely pop in at FXN, so that'll be partly why we haven't spoken.

@Marblefizzle: Holy shit, looking badass man. I would totally NOT bring a legal suit against you.

@Phoenix/Azloah: Glad to see you're handling your life so well. I too feel like a different person from the 16 year old I was when this place closed. (Doesn't it feel far longer..?)

QUOTE(LG aka Leaf Gays @ Jun 25 2012, 04:54 AM) *

Well; I will be honest. Reading back on some of my posts in here. I was a straight complete asshole. I still am though. Very much so.

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Nice reading about all of you. We all have such diverse lives...I don't get to meet people like y'all in real life!






P.S.

And here's a picture of me from last year
Lady Sora
Awwwwww


Long time no see @.@
Maiden of Rabanastre
Thought I'd pop in and give you guys a wee update.

When I left off here, I'd just graduated from school, and so now I'm a working adult in the graphic design field. My first job, right after I left uni, lasted four months. I was working for an engineering company in my hometown, and it was the pits. I quit when I got a job offer from a design business in the upstate and so now I've officially left the nest and am living on my own. It's a strange feeling after having lived with at least six people all my life, but I'm adjusting well and I love my job. Not much else to report, really. Glad to see all the rest of you are doing well!

I'm on Tumblr these days way more than I'd like to admit, so if you've got a blog there, I'd like to keep in touch!

http://laurenge.tumblr.com/
NervPoison
I graduated this summer (master degree Evolutionary & Behavioral Biology) and am currently on the prowl for a job. Might end up in college again if I don't find one by September.
What else can I say? My gaming library has become larger, my love life is still non-existent, I'm balding, and I never pass up a chance to have (drunken) fun.
Stay classy, forum folks!
Dawn
Well, Tomorrow will be my first anniversary as a married man smile.gif
Turquoise Reed
@ Dawn: Several months late, but congratulations smile.gif

This place was a bit of a refuge for me for a few years after I left my childhood country and moved to where I still am today, so it's heart warming to see that it's been preserved! It's a fun nostalgia trip reading over old posts and messages, and it's good to see that old friends are doing well ^^

There must have had a reason for using Turquoise Reed as my name on here, but I've completely forgotten what it could have been xD

The last 7 years have been... rather eventful haha
I've spent time living overseas since I began university and I'm grateful for the friends and experiences that have come from it. At the moment I'm a postgraduate student training to become a secondary school teacher - a dream of mine for a long time that's slowly turning into reality ^^

It's tiring and the workload can be crazy, but I'm happy and content with most things in my life, and optimistic for the future smile.gif

And I do hope that my old siblings and cousins from the Chocobo Family are well~
Kweh! yess.gif/*

**Edit: If anyone would like to connect over Facebook, please do send a PM and I would be happy to smile.gif
BohemianAndy
QUOTE(Kaj @ Apr 21 2012, 02:50 AM) *

Here is me:

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So yea, that was last october when I graduated as dentist.. that's right im a dentist now wink.gif Fear me!!

Playing games? No, no time sad.gif PS3 collecting dust.
Party hardy? Yes smile.gif!

For the rest, just having fun wink.gif


Hey mate, and hey everyone else!

I randomly came on this forum after a little google searching. I can't believe it's back online. Talk about a serious nostalgia trip.

It's great to see everyone doing well and HAPPY biggrin.gif

Like you Kajutsa, I have also entered the realm of dentistry! I did contemplate going into medicine years ago, but in my later 20s dentistry fit the bill for me in many ways. Great working hours, salary, lifestyle, flexibility, specialties are fascinating and so on. I've now done a BSc (Physiology), BA (Psychology), Master of Forensics, Grad Dip (Sleep Science), and entering a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program in 2016. I may very well be moving to Sydney! No idea what I'd like to specialize in just yet as it's still early days, but dental surgery and cosmetic dentistry have caught my gaze. Having my own clinic and building my own empire would be sick.

Similar to many of you, in the past 6+ years since I've been active on here... I've been through several relationships, lived at college next to university (good times!), travelled around Europe, been to India, and done other various bits and pieces and grown in many ways since.

Here is a pic of me in Berlin from last year, in front of Brandenburg Gate. I will definitely be going to Europe once again in the future, and hopefully travel many other places that also take my fancy smile.gif

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I haven't really done much if any gaming these past few years. I guess it's just been my natural progression in life - concentrate more on study, work and other things in life. I however, will definitely be playing the next great Final Fantasy RPG to be released on PS4 in the future.

I'm more than happy to chat to you guys (those who are not on my Facebook etc), if you're keen too. I got my password back for this site and will be around every once in a while.

I hope you all live eventful, happy, productive, and great futures ahead.
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