The internet is vast and houses millions of websites, caters to millions of people on a day to day basis, and is home to many fan communities than span the world over. At one point of another, roleplayers decided to make a home for themselves on the internet. These RPG sites were often styled after popular franchises and allowed players to live out their fantasies in that universe through a play-by-post format.
About 6 years ago I made some friends in the Durarara community and they invited me to join their Hellsing Ultimate RPG forum. I had only know them for around two months at the time, but we were already good friends and I decided to give their forum a shot. Little did I know that I would become one of the most prominent members on the site and spend the next three years participating in the stories that were told there. There were serious RP’s, comedic RP’s, everything you could think of, it happened. Of course, sometimes things got out of hand, like a Millennium player ramming a dirigible into the Hellsing manor in an attempt to kill all of the characters there. It happened overnight when no one was online. There was no warning, no discussion, the member simply posted it. The next day he was reprimanded by the site staff and while the crash was left intact, the characters it would have killed remained alive due to various circumstances. Far too many players characters would have been killed involuntarily had it been allowed.
Moments like that were rare, however, and the forum continued on with its 40-players for another year. Believe it or not, 40 players is considered large by RPG forum standards. A lot of sites don’t make it past 10 players, and a large amount sit at around 20. If a site has reached 40 players, then it shows that it’s a good site to retain so many members over an extended period of time. Alas, it was not meant to last forever. By the time I joined in 2011, the site had been around for at least 4 years and had recently gone through a change of ownership due to the previous owner completely trashing the story and deleting everything the players had worked so hard on. The site lasted until 2013 when a large number of the sites best players got fed up with the staffs elitist attitude and had a mass exodus. In a single day the player count dropped to around 15, leaving me and a handful of others to try and pick the forum back up. Sadly, with most of our best players gone, the forum soon faded out and further attempts to revitalize it were halted. But despite the fact that the forum is no longer active, I have so many great memories of that place that I will never forget and I still have friends from there that I talk to from time to time.