|Mystic Cards; a memoir.
||[May. 24th, 2006|10:25 am]
|||||Thursday - Understanding In A Car Crash||]|
Now, I never claimed to be a poet, an artist, or any of those artistic things--but I've reached an epiphany, or something similar, and I had to let you all know.
I owe Mystic Cards quite a lot. I've noticed that a lot of you girls are graduating this year, or next, or at least somewhere in the near future. When I first joined MC, I was a fledgling sophomore in high school, attempting to maneuver my way through an awkward social life and schoolwork, not knowing what I'd be doing with my life. It's been nearly six years now, and while I still don't know what I want to do with my life, I've survived it with the help of good friends, many of which I've found on this lovely corner of the interwebs.
I don't play TCGs anymore, and that's kind of sad. I found one of my many marble notebooks the other day, the kind I'd bring to class with me and write down rambles in, and one said "I got a bunch of cards from Moonlight and Vines today, and Mystic Cards accepted me!" That's a long time ago, but I can still almost remember that day. I can remember the horribly ugly layout I had up, the small amount of cards I had, the eagerness I had to collect. Then, with the introduction of Heaven's Gates, it made things a lot more personal than e-mailing and asking for a trade. We could actually associate with each other, and for someone like me, who [at the time] didn't have AIM, made trading and talking with everyone so much easier. We got to know each other, at first by our nicknames [seriously, how long did it take me to make the switch from Halley to Elyse?], then eventually as we got to know each other, our real names. We formed friendships, alliances, and squared off at people we didn't like. As TCGs go, we were tighter than most--if not ALL. Someone opened a new one? We'd be more than willing to join/staff/offer web space. When my server died on me, there was a THREE WAY BATTLE to see who would host me. I didn't think people cared about me that much. [To this day, I still thank Renako and Mystic for hosting my stuff for so long] But we all formed a kind of comeraderie that's lasted us for years.
When someone was sick, we were the first ones with comfort responses and e-hugs. When someone was hurt or in trouble, we offered advice. When I was scared about going to college, who was there? You guys. When I found out my mom had cancer? You were there. When I got my first boyfriend, who was there to share the happiness? You guys. When we broke up? Y'all were there.
And for that, I say thank you. You're all over the world, all over the US, and you're still some of the best and closest friends I've ever had. :] MC may be hiatusing or missing, but still...that's how we roll.