10 Years ago around the launch of SFIV Fibbers had a launch party of sorts.
Big screen, no FGC yet so I went along with KenB and Trev B. It was epic. I'd never experienced the thrill, the atmosphere the noise from the crowd, (It was packed.) When someone pulled off an ultra the crowd went ballistic.)
I met Kiki and a few others from the general gaming board and discussed it and what an opportunity it was. Beer, SF and friends.
I'm not going to rehash the whole decade but without an outlet to play I invited a few folk over to mine (Rathfarnham Rampage, complete with DoomCam.
10 Years later and thanks to Brian and Emmett amongst others Ireland is legit on the scene. Sponsors, top 16 placing etc.
I don't say this lightly but I LIVED for those sessions and banter. They changed my life for the positive.
I turned 40 last month and was never a top tier player. I did claim some scalps though. I've never loved a game like SFIV
So my turn to bow out has come. I thought to do it here as it was here that it all began. I've had two children, got married and numerous highlight jobs but theres something special about this community.
Too many of you too mention, Dan, Emmett, Brian, Kiki Jim, Ken and Trev B, and of Course Terry the Tiger. I retired a winner.
Well played guys GGS.