My name is Captain Glume.
I have decided to make this a rather long post, getting into a little bit of detail that brought me to the doorstep of Star Citizen.
I acquired my first computer Xmas 1981, I am dyslexic and my parents thought that a computer would help me with my schooling. It was a Apple II plus (48K of memory, a green screen monitor & a 5.25" disk drive). My first game was ChopLifter. My second game was Space Invaders and my third game was Zaxxon. Pretty humble beginnings I admit. But when you spend hours in Asteroids just flying around doing stunts around the 'roids you know you're pretty bored. I started my own BBS system on an Apple IIE back in 1989 that I mostly coded myself that BBS eventually moved on to an Amiga 3000 with five phone lines. The good old days. It was on this BBS that I met my sweetie Dr. Anatine. But that is a story for another time.
The games I remember most that were sci-fi were the old Lunar lander arcade game that you would find in arcades. I played that for hours. The only game I've ever found that comes up to that level of excitement is Kerbal Space Program.
Other very notable games of my youth:
- Reach for the Stars (Apple IIE)
Nettrek (on the Apple Macintosh)
Millennium 2.2 (Amiga)
Wing Commander (Amiga)
X-Wing vs Tie-Fighter & X-Wing (IBM PC – my work computer )
Trade Wars & Trade Wars 2000 (old textbased versions from the BBS days)
I also played other strategy games, the most notable being Total Annihilation (I loved the huge multiplayer maps) on the PC.
Then from 1998 until 2007 I never really played much of anything at all. I worked for a database company that designed databases & user interfaces for large corporations. I had heavy deadlines & extremely long hours and a very poor working environment. This caused me to get advanced tendinitis of my upper limbs from the fingers all the way to the shoulders. A poor diagnosis and treatment from a doctor cause my condition to become chronic. In 2000 my sweetie and I created our own business, one that we could do with our physical limitations. This proved to be hugely successful and allowed us the flexibility we required.
On January 17, 2007 I was reading a web comic and they mentioned SecondLife in one of the scenes. I signed up and gave it a try. It took me three days to get off the welcome island. I was completely overwhelmed. It had been nine years since I had played a game.
I eventually was able to modify a Logitech joypad to use the minimum amount of hand effort required to move around in the world and eventually got quite good at it. The doctor was soon to follow and we got ourselves a little plot of land. I set up a space station to play on & the doctor set up a garden attempting to "grow" some interesting flora. I will not go into detail about SL but in the end I had nine regions and a sprawling space environment complete with space stations and warp gates to travel between the different "sectors" of space. It was fun for a while but it was frustrating always having to build the environment before you could play in it. I really felt like I never really got a chance to really play as there was always something to do in terms of creating.
In 2010 my second traumatic injury occurred. The power steering in my car had developed an intermittent glitch that made the force of turning the wheel suddenly jumped by a factor of 10 without warning. Over two months in the summer this caused a latent genetic anomaly to rear its ugly head. Over the next three years I would lose 90% of my upper limb abilities. After over a dozen MRIs, and a few CAT scans, ultrasound scans & nuclear scans it was discovered that I had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I won't go into detail but it basically meant that my shoulders and upper limbs were sitting on top of my upper limb nerves, veins & arteries. This caused them to swell and scar and be generally nasty bastards. In 2012 I had a series of major operations removing my first ribs & second scalene muscles. During my year-long recovery I was generally unable to use a computer and was not able to participate in the Star Citizen kick starter.
I did however manage to tell a few friends about it. One of my dear friends bought a kick starter two pack scout pledge with the intention of giving me one of the pledges if I was up to rejoining the online world.
In 2013 my third traumatic injury occurred. I won't go into the details but in an attempt to correct a back pain issue I went to a chiropractor and they permanently damaged my neck resulting in some major loss of use and range of motion. I'm still very steamed about this.
I had completely forgotten about Star Citizen for some time and tell, while watching YouTube, I came across Scott Manley's tour of his hangar video. He had an Aurora MX and a Origin 300i. He actually had the 325a but it was an upgrade and therefore did not show as such. This brought back all of the memories about Star Citizen. I jumped on the RSI site and read absolutely everything.
This was on a Friday. The following Monday I received a phone call from my hip specialist stating that after a 3 1/2 year wait on the waiting list it was finally my turn to get my hip repaired. I was on crutches for six weeks and our home has two flights of stairs. It was a miserable time for me. However, all I remember of that time is pretty much Wingman's Hangar videos and ships stats. By the time I could walk again I had completely plowed through the backlog of videos, jump points & the forums. It was in that time that I also became a subscriber and discovered Batgirl's thread and became an active member. During that time I also got a few pledges including the scout package from my friend. After some discussion with concierge (I was a Grand Admiral by this time) I was made a original backer because I did technically have a kick starter pledge. I had just signed up after June so it had not automatically carried forward as anyone who had signed up before June had. Happy days
Of course the good Dr. and I continued to become larger & larger pledges. Currently sitting at the Wing Commander pledge status and currently are inquiring about upgrading to The Completionist pledge. Total insanity but no regrets.
I wanted to point out that the good Dr. and I are not considered wealthy. With our continuing health problems we are unable to travel and as such decided to put our holiday trip fund and our 2013 & 2014 Christmas & birthday present monies into Star Citizen. We will be able to take virtual holidays anytime we want and see amazing things with amazing people.
As you all know, I am now in The Enablers organization and have been shanghaied into heading up the org logistics division.
I think that brings me up to date rather nicely. Sorry for the extremely long post. Thank you for reading.