Well, lets get this show on the road. (You'll have to bear with me, I'm terrible when it comes to dating things to actual years so I'll mostly be approximating. Well, it should be fine.) Personal: I'm a born and raised American, age 22. I'll be wrapping up my university studies soon in accounting. I mostly enjoy playing video games, goofing around on the net, watching anime and tokusatsu (Japanese live-action series with extensive use of special effects), and reading manga. So I'm a little bit of a weeb. I'm constantly trying to attack my expansive backlog regarding these things, but I also have to juggle a plethora of presently-running series as well. It's a constant challenge, but it's something that I'm very passionate about. As long as I fill my quota every day, I won't lose. I'm also not all that "in tune" with popular culture, especially when it comes to music and movies. As far as television goes, I'll mostly just watch the news, Jeopardy!, and a few miscellaneous shows. Can't play any sports but I like to watch just about all of them. Though I don't "follow" any of them either... Pokemon: I've been a bit of a Pokemon junkie since I was a kid. Bought the games, bought the toys, even bought some the vast majority of the earlier cards (up through most of Gen 2). And of course, watched the anime. Hell, a Game Boy Color and Pokemon Red were the first two things I bought with my own money. (Allowance, not like...earned, but still.) There's nothing much of interest to say about this, as I think my life's path through the world of Pokemon is similar to that of a good many others born around my time. That said, the freedom of the late 90's internet led me to seek out more information on the Japanese version of Pokemon, and so the English theme song and Mezase Pokemon Master have equal nostalgia value for me. There is one story I would be remiss to exclude. I actually got back into the anime when Best Wishes (Black and White) started, after hearing about the fierce battle between Ash/Satoshi and Paul/Shinji towards the end of Diamond and Pearl. As well as Ash's subsequent thrashing at the hands of Tobias/Takuto and his implied legendaries squad. BW caught my attention since I had heard they would be changing up the formula a bit, like giving Team Rocket some...shade of competence. It seemed like a prime occassion to jump back in and follow the subs. Now that Gen 5 has ended, I can say that while I don't have quiiite the distaste for BW that others have, it was mighty disappointing. But then I got to keep up with XY, which has been a supremely enjoyable experience. My boy Satoshi is absolutely slaying it right now. (Yeah, I'm not expecting him to win the league, but...) To be honest, it wasn't just the anime. The turning point between Gen 4 and Gen 5 marked a desire in me to become even more savvy regarding Pokemon. I kept up with the latest information, followed the leak of information after Black and White came out in Japan, recently blitzed through most of Pokemon Special (Pokemon Adventures), and got an urge to battle competitively again. (More on this in just a second) On the competitive side of things, I entered the scene during the days of Netbattle (At some point during Gen 4) and derped around in it with a few friends. Lord, was I bad though. Terribly stubborn too. It was an utter rejection of the meta. Anyways, it didn't last long. I went back to mostly just playing the games, and it wouldn't be until I heard of a program called... Pokemon Online: ...that I decided to give it another spin. I think Gen 5 had just come out and, as mentioned before, I was eager to jump back into the franchise on a somewhat deeper level. So the timing felt right. New mons, new abilities, the whole enchilada. I tried competitive battling again, and while I couldn't be called "skilled" at it, I was a good few leagues above my more juvenile self. I could have been, perhaps, described as "barely passable". An improvement over "absolute garbage", anyways.Yet, to my delight, Pokemon Online seemed to have a hell of a lot more to it than I would have ever thought to request from a "battle simulator". Like side games! I would even come to be an on-again off-again Mafia player during my stays here. But what caught my eye the most was "Trivia". Perhaps it's some kind of latent love for quiz shows or tests of knowledge, but I took to it quickly. As hazy as some of my very early PO memories are, I vividly remember practically staying up all night and right through the morning on it. These were the days of Shanai Trivia, of course. I'm more than willing to admit that it was a royal mess. For every question of legitimate knowledge, there must have been 2 or 3 that veered into the more obscure of territories. God only knows, I was a contributor as well. Once I saw there was a precedent for it, it felt like a battle behind the scenes to consolidate territory in the question pool. Entire categories and series became infamous. It was a hairball, but all the same, it was extremely enjoyable. However, the thing is, I never integrated myself into the community proper. Being the loner that I was (and still am), I kept others away at arm's length, from behind the veil of heated competition. Sure, I made a couple of friends. Friendly rivals, even. And still some were just a notch under that, as "pleasant acquaintances". But there was just nothing that made me stick around. That's right, even Trivia couldn't quite keep me anchored down forever. It isn't that I came to dislike it. I would liken it more to when you eat a dish that you really like far too frequently. Naturally, you tend to become sick of it after a while, so you take a break. So there were prolonged periods of time where I would just drift away like a nomad onto my next destination. It isn't an inaccurate simile. Pokemon Online became one of many activities that I enjoyed, but would come to visit in a rough "cycle", like a set of personal fads. I would get the urge one day, and I would return for a while. Then, for a bit, without warning, I'd be gone. I would be lying if I said I didn't have my regrets on the matter. In retrospect, I think it was an insensitive thing to do. Additionally, it caused me to miss out on at least one event that I thought would never come: the end of Shanai Trivia. Something that I took for granted. When I next returned, a new system of Trivia had already been established. I learned all too soon that the rules were different now. I'm not proud to admit it, but I got a bit frustrated. But I saved face and, before long, I left as silently as I had done in the past. It wasn't that I hated Trivia now, or even disliked it, but the hold it had on me was diminished from the change I had seen. I never deleted Pokemon Online either, as I intended to return and depart as periodically as I had before. Of course, eventually, I did return. Now would be a good time to mention, if it wasn't already apparent, that the actual idea of "competitive battling" had become a secondary notion for me at best. To say it flatly, it barely interested me at all now. I'm aware that this makes me a living outlier. One of the few people that use a battle sim to do just about everything but battle. Perhaps I'm the polar opposite of the kind of people that play competitive Pokemon while not having touched the actual games in years. That said, the death of my "battling self" is only true in a conventional sense. What interest I had gradually lost in tiers like OU or Ubers was gained in assorted Challenge Cup tiers. Also in Metronome, before I realized how terrible my luck really is. The last tier I played regularly where you could use your own team and have the most control over what happened was Monotype, of all things. I also liked Monogen, but RIP. Having to shape a team around a certain restriction seemed to appeal more to me than just playing everything completely straight. To be honest, I was searching for an excitement that the standard tiers couldn't supply. After seeing the same Pokemon constantly in OU, I suppose I just got bored of the affair. Naturally, CC is, more or less, the exact opposite of predictability. Yes, luck is still the major factor in any given Challenge Cup match (to differing degrees), but it's possible to try and consciously rise above the wall set before you. I think that is the romance of Challenge Cup. (So, essentially, I don't really know the meta anymore. Developments in most of the tiers in every generation are a mystery to me. I can't offer many opinions on them in good faith, I'm afraid. Strange, isn't it?) Finally, I have enough confidence to attach things like "dates" and "years" to things. My return was at the tail end of 2013, as the year itself was becoming a memory to make way for 2014. As I was scavenging around the CC ladders absentmindedly, my eye caught something. A notice in Tohjo that an "elimination" trivia game had started in Trivia. I was....intrigued. Trivia seemed to have evolved to some degree in my absence, and I decided to check it out. It was fun! It isn't like the new Trivia wasn't fun the last time I was on, but my bitter attachment to the old Trivia had faded now. I felt like I could judge the new system with my eyes unclouded. So I was stuck around and kept my activity up, and not long after I had come back, I was offered a position as a Trivia Admin. Another first for me, as I'm not usually someone trusted to hold any position of authority. I wasn't entirely confident that I could do it, but I accepted the position. If the higher powers believed I could be good at it, and that my contribution could be of some help, I felt like I should give it a shot at the very least. Wouldn't you know, this was the anchor that would finally keep me around. It was a responsibility that would prevent me from fading like some kind of phantom. I've been a reasonably active user ever since. Eventually, I even came to receive a promotion to the Super Trivia Admin position in late 2014. So, essentially, I've been around for a while, but I'm always in the shadows. I'm not one to speak up a lot outside of my "job", but I'll try to keep toiling away at helping Trivia out all the same. I'm aware that I lack crucial skills like being able to code things that could help Trivia, and I know that I can be a bit soft and wishy-washy as a person, but someone had confidence that I could do the job even when I didn't. So I'll try to do what I can, one day at a time. I've seen some promising improvements and ideas proposed during my tenure as a TA. It's enough to make even someone like me feel a little optimistic. I'll try to help keep this game running long enough for us to make it even better.