Four years ago today, I was searching the internet for a sandbox game set in space and stumbled upon ScrumbleShip. I thought it looks completely awesome, so I snagged the demo and managed to join the IRC chat to ask how the heck do I open the airlock doors, only to be told I can't in the demo. Dirkson hooked me up with an account on the condition that I pay him back someday, which I agreed was fair and promised to do so (I would later sign up for monthly Patreon payments, so I hope we are even Dirk).
For the days and years leading up to this day, I found myself in a community which I really enjoy being a part of. Heck, finding ScrumbleShip lead to me figuring out my life... Those of you who have been around for a long time know that the original IRC channel was on FreeNode. I found myself joining more and more channels on FreeNode and meeting a lot of cool new people who have, similarly to Dirkson, taken me under their wing and have always been there when I needed them most. With everyone's guidance and life-stories, I managed to excel at an incredible pace mentally. Dirkson really inspired me to get into C-style languages, and I eventually settled with C++. By the time I was 15, I was really proficient with the language, and somehow learned the web languages (HTML, CSS, JS, PHP) along the way. These skills allowed me to get a job at a local IT company, which I couldn't be happier at. I am even leaving high school two years early so that I can go full time at my local community college (majoring in Computer Science/Information Technology) and get my college degree the year I should be getting my high school diploma. How cool is that?
Who would have guessed that my boredom one summer day would lead to a series of life-changing events? Again, I can't stress how proud I am to be a part of this community, especially for four years. I've seen the community becoming more and more involved in the game development process, and Dirkson make incredible progress with the game (multiplayer, heat simulation, even flying!). I'll be around in IRC until I die or the world ends somehow. I really can't wait to see ScrumbleShip in its final form, and I hope you'll stick around like I have so you can watch it grow!