Every story, has a similar one that you can compare it to.
Take your time on ZUOLIDF; from your first post to this very moment, you have had some sort of an effect on this community. Further still, someone out there has written a similar story, and got paid a lot of money to publish it.
WHAT IS YOUR ZELDA UNIVERSE SAGA??????????
Mine? The story of SIMON THE DIGGER. aka, gurren lagann
When I joined ZU, it was a time of great turmoil. Jason had lost the site to the iron grip of Captain Cornflake and his VGRC. Similarly to Simon's entrance; the siege of his small underground town, and the everpresent threat of the Gunmen on the surface.
From there, a series of ridiculous events occured, with many explosions and all sorts of bull♥♥♥♥. If you've watched Gurren Lagann, that's pretty much what happens too.
And then, I became the almighty ruler of ZUOLIDF. I was not an eager recipient of the throne, but I took it anyway. I was deemed a leader. So was Simon, after he grew up, lost his role model, and toppled the great evil of LORD GENOME.
And ruled we did. Both of us ruled our perspective kingdoms; to great prosperity! We both fought back threats, both large and small, and everything became even more ridiculous. Sure, mistakes were made and friends were lost, but in the end, ultimate righteous victory was secured.
and then there was a sunset; we both walked into it.
compare you time on zu to something else and tell us about it
My story on ZU can be summed up as two words: ... oh ♥♥♥♥. As in if I had to compare my time here to something, it'd be to that typical character who stumbles about stupidly and unintentionally does something worthwhile.
I joined in '05 to be a dick to someone who said don't join this dumb site. And then I didn't leave for six+ years. Oh ♥♥♥♥.
Someone told me people were holding auditions for a new host for ZU's podcast. I said hahah podcast for ZU lololol dumb dumb dumb, and submitted an entry for lulz.
...I landed the role. Oh ♥♥♥♥.
There was a struggle with producers falling in and out of activity so I thought ♥♥♥♥ it, and took up producer for the podcast just until they found a new leader. I planned to do that ♥♥♥♥ for three months, tops.
... I did the role for two+ years. Oh ♥♥♥♥.
I was enthusiastic about the Graphic Design area, but got frustrated that mods weren't consistently keeping up the competitions. So I approached SD and asked if -I- could take the section, but without the mod banner 'cause I didn't want to BE A MOD. I just wanted to run the comps there to keep the place alive. He agreed.
And then I was forced to wear a banner so unwilling mod. And then I was made a GCC mod without being asked if I wanted it. And then I became an admin which SURPRISINGLY I took on by choice, but then ended up being a -lone- admin for months 'cause the other guys had other srs ♥♥♥♥ going on. Not part of the plan, but ended up being one of the best experiences I've had on ZU to date.
Actually, I change my mind. Not oh ♥♥♥♥. Three words: what the ♥♥♥♥.
Cody: facebook scrabble game won't let me use the word "punz". I get regularly frustrated by its lack of recognition of words that I say are real, like ginses which is a lot of gins
I was toiling away wanting a new forum experience. Already becoming jaded with the old kingdom of Ultimate Metal. The rulers of said kingdom were often hunting whores and ♥♥♥♥ing boars. Or was it the other way around? c wut i did thar? So I searched high and low for a new kingdom to conquer post in. I venture to a kingdom known as Serenes Forest. A kingdom flying the Fire Emblem banners. I post there and become a knight of some respect. A knight known as Snow Storm tells me of another land known as Zelda Universe. He said it was made of woe and sorrow, but at least one could speak about Zelda there. I was interested.
So i asked the knights of SF to help me decide upon a name for this new kingdom. They chose Zeldoom. "Be a fierce flame warrior! Never tarry! Strike them down with the fury of a thousand angry hornets!" Upon entering the lands of ZU, i found solace in the Zelda Keep. I feared leaving it due to the tales of terror Snow Storm had told. Months went by. I got rather bored at Zelda Keep and decided to look at the other lands within ZU. I posted and posted. I joined the Clan Nayru for a time. Raising the Nayru banner was....unfitting for a knight such as I! Turmoil struck within the clan. I fled. CALL ME CRAVEN ALL YOU WISH! But it was a grand decision. I was welcomed into the bosom of the mighty Farore Clan. Things were going well.
Many flame warriors and knights became friends. Then, the lords of ZU contacted me to be a great lord of the Zelda Keep. I accepted. I fought many bloody battles. Many warriors found their heads on spikes adorning the Keep. Striking down the trolls and other vermin that haunt the land. I ventured into Clan Din in order to sup with them. They accepted me and i became apart of them as well as Clan Farore. I would carry and raise two banners in the name of ZU!
Then the highest of lords decreed I be granted the status of Paladin of the Kingsguard. I accepted this. The seats of the lords were changing rapidly. I was afraid at first, but i was battle worn and knew the arts of warfare! When the Khaleesi finally gained steady control of ZU, it ushered in a Golden Age.
A thousand eyes and one. Still watching... You can still PM me for the clan test!
I joined in 2006. Little thirteen year old Gamzee LOVED Zelda and frequently came here to look up tips and such on the mainsite. Eventually he joined the forums and began posting! However, he went inactive during the summer months, only to come back in the fall. Things were fine for a few months: he wrote some bad fan fictions, made sprite comics, and theorized about Zelda.
But things changed late 2006/early 2007. He began to hang out with Dennis/captain cornflake and his group of rapscallions. This included folks like Mirror Image, Mess, Pyromyridon, Hindmost, andi, and Lemmines. Little Gamzee, then known as Vaati, became a troll. He trolled for quite awhile, and then when ZI was created he left ZU for many months. 'cause ZU was stupid.
Though, I soon grew bored of ZI, and strangely began to miss ZU. I only kept in contact with like, two people over IRC, but I did miss the general community. By 2008 I was back here, though I was still a massive troll. This really continued for the next year: I just trolled and generally wasn't much of a productive member. At one point I even had 8 points worth of infractions. I went through a few name changes, such as Nazgul, Blue, Castiel, and Gravemind.
2009 is when I started to chill out more. During the summer I switched over to Din and by 2010 I had grown bored of trolling. I eventually began to write poetry and began to integrate more with the community. Like, I stopped seeing people as just usernames on a forum and began to see them as, well, people. I began to develop closer relationships and, after leaving Nayru, became close with Din. Folks like Pani and Silver who I'd kind of drifted from I began to interact with more.
Moving into 2011, I began to make more friends and grew closer to people. By the end of the year I had grown to really care about this place, partly thanks to this skype group that I am now a part of. I cared about the community a lot and it was obvious. So much in fact that December 13th, 2011 I was made a moderator of the VCR.
And so there I was: whereas previously I trolled the ♥♥♥♥ out of ZU and despised it and would routinely flame this place and speak out against the staff and members, I was now on that very staff team. I turned the VCR from what was essentially a dead forum and breathed life into it. I continued to make friends and form closer relationships with people, and I'm now convinced theres a looot of people that I wish to to meet up with.
Just recently I've been promoted to a community section moderator. My contributions are spread throughout ZU. Pretty much everything but Zelda has been touched by me in some way. Maybe we can count me being an inspiration to Eternal Legend, in which case I am a forum-wide influence.
Looking back, holy ♥♥♥♥ have I come a long way. I went from being an ignorant thirteen year old who liked to troll, to being a respectable, nearly nineteen year old college student. From my friends on ZU I've been inspired to write and have written 200+ poems, like 14 stories and a book. I've met some amazing people on here who I consider close friends. I am a role model and a staff member here and I'm working with some great people.
@Malia: You make the best posts on ZU. I enjoyed reading that. =D
I have spent all but my first semester of high school registered onto ZU. Amazingly enough, before I registered onto ZU, I had been promoted to the role of an administrator on another forum until they realized that having a fourteen-year old as an administrator was a poor decision. But they never demoted me because, due to a huge conflict, I was banned perpetually. Oh ♥♥♥♥.
Melancholy over my banishment and roaming around the Internet to find a new forum to spend free time on, I found Zelda Universe. I was never really a fan of Zelda, but I liked the community and decided to give this place a shot. However, I think I acted dumb on here at first and had very few friendships on here. And because of conflicts in my life, I ended up acting weirdly around here, so I decided that leaving was the best idea, so I refrained from posting on ZU for about a year until I returned here last August, and then I gained friends and talked better with members. This place has given me a greater sense of awareness, I think, and has helped me open out and have a better view of things.
I've been on ZU far longer than I thought I would, but I'm sure other members think the same.
It was a dark Saturday night in February. I had taken a shower, after my long trip of going to Hell and back to face the antithesis of myself. They had said I was underage, they had said I wasn't ready. So I said out loud, "Screw them! I'll find some better peeps!" That's what I did. I went on Google.com, I saw some discussion and drivel going on in waters I had already tread through, unknowingly. It was none other than the holy grail of forums, Zelda Universe! (This was of course, before this place got cursed by the goddesses and were rewarded with Database Errors) I had posted frequently, and tried to make a name of myself, but to no avail.
It was a boring day at work, I was in need of any type of conversation. I wasn't getting noticed at another forum, so I left.
"That was delicious breakfast"
I thought for minutes, of what to look up, and then it came to me.
"I love Zelda, I want to talk to others about the game, I SHOULD JOIN A ZELDA FORUM"
So I typed in Zelda forums, and ZU was the first one, so I clicked on the link... my life changed forever.... many months later.
my life changed forever.... many months later.
I made an account, and immediately went to the part that said Zelda. There were so many conversations going on, I couldn't believe it." THIS IS IT, THIS IS WHERE I WANT TO BE."
I started making posts, I'm not even sure how much either. Now I am not sure if it was around this time, or several months later, when I left the Zelda section for a short while and noticed a thread called something like "Cool ZU Peeps".
I posted in there, and said something like, "I want to be cool". I didn't know how to make spoilers, espoilers, quote, etc. back then. I just remember someone saying "YOU ARE COOL" or something like that, I want to say Liah, NOT SURE THOUGH.
I felt special that day, someone on a forum thinks I'm cool. I didn't post much more in the GCC at that time, and soon after, I left the place.
I didn't post much more in the GCC at that time, and soon after, I left the place.
I was gone for about, 6 months? I was still working at the same place, never to remember much about ZU, it was on the back of my mind. I got some virus after opening my hotmail, and ♥♥♥♥ed up the computer I was on at work, and soon after, home. I was searching online all day, finding out how to fix it.
I did after a couple days, and was relieved. Just to make sure, I opened up my hotmail, and one message stood out. "You got a message from Amariel on ZU" it said (or something like that). I checked it, and he/she wished me a happy birthday. In a strange way, Amariel is the reason I am back on ZU, from that one VM message I got (the only VM message I had when I returned, ♥♥♥♥ers.) I did go to the Zelda section for a while, and when I got bored there, lurked the other sections.
I found the Scrapbook, and honestly, I did not want to post a pic. I thought ZU had evil bastards who'd judge the I look and all that ♥♥♥♥. I don't even remember the first pic I posted. Then the GCC short after. I saw many wonderful threads, and after a week or so, I got some VM's I think. I posted more pictures, and that is really when I started to notice the Like button.
It was a strange feeling getting Likes for my pictures.
Once again, I go back to Malia, I noticed she seemed to like my pics, and soon after, we VM'ed one another. My first true friend on ZU, followed by Michael and many more after.
PART SISAMAT (lol)
blah blah blah, Mike and Malia
And then I joined a clan. I didn't know what the big deal about them were. I honestly loved the idea of the clans being the goddesses from Zelda. I went to Xeno (because Xenogears, only reason, had no idea who he was) and got the Clan test. I made it to Farore, and Theresa (Theresa, boy, geddit!?!?!.............) am I glad I made it there. My home. Farore. Greatest/funniest/wackiest/SEXIEST Clan. The place where I made some amazing friends.
That is where I should end actually. Just want to say before I post, HI BUU, HI NES, HI KEITH, HI DIUM, HI EVERYONE I MISSED
It'll be like Star Wars, except in ♥♥♥♥ing order. Wait, no, 4 parts is long enough
Well I was on my ipod one day and on the main menu, it has 'music, albums, podcasts, extras....
' and so on, I ask my brother, "the ♥♥♥♥'s a podcast?"
"Just like, a thing, it can be like music or just stuff" he replied
well, he showed me on top of his rather useful explanation, so I downloaded some music podcasts I like and i noticed they had everything if you typed it into itunes, but it cost like $60 which I did not have, so I only downloaded the free stuff. I decided to type 'zelda' in the searchbar and i got stupid iphone screensavers and zelda orchestra reconstructions and 'Zelda Universe podcasts' so I read the description and saw it was free, so I decided to download it.
I assumed the podcast would consist of random zelda nerds being all gay and talking about zelda ♥♥♥♥, but it was actually pretty funny....looking back i was a little bias about finding it funny cause I was a big zelda fan, so I found it a little more engaging, so after being told for the five hundred billionth time to visit 'www.zeldauniverse.net' I did, and I joined.
So, I came here and I had no idea what the ♥♥♥♥ anything was, the layout of the site confused the ♥♥♥♥ out of me, I didn't know what a forum was, so it took me like 10 minutes to log in cause I was trying to find the box where you enter your credentials from the main site, but after I while, I realized that if you click the 'forum' tab, the box in the corner where you type your username would always be there.
Pretty much, before ZU, I only used the internet to check walkthroughs for games and to look at pictures on google images, so I had no clue what any of the stuff people were talking about was, I didn't make a new members thread cause I didn't know what that was, I didn't get to read the rules when I was new cause I didn't know there would be rules for a site like this and if I did, I didn't know where to find them, I didn't even know what 'spam' meant so I kept getting ♥♥♥♥ deleted and blocked with 'reason: spam' and not knowing why, so I got pissed cause everything was locked with no explanation or any attempt to guide or tell me what to do and wanted to leave this place, but I made a friend and wanted to stay again. So until I gradually understood how things on the internet ran, I was that annoying and spammy newbie you all remember.
Now, i just post here and there, talk to people, visit Nayru a lot and piss arse around here, I have won the 'most improved' award and have been recognized as ZUer of the week, and that's where i'm at today on my little journey on ZU.
That's my story, not very long or interesting but I haven't done much here besides lurk.
Hmm let's see. I joined Zelda universe in '07 just for the lolz of joining. That's when I was around 13 years old. I was just lurking around and no posting anything Cause I wa afraid of saying something and then get bullied on. So I left for almost a year without even making a damn post in my week of lurking. Then a month before my birthday, I get a email from the site saying "we miss you and we like you to come back and post around". Now, me thinking that my English had impoved a lot, I decide to post around. Mostly in the Zelda section cause I was mostly a theorist and I needed to post my ideas in other guys thread.
Then the winter of 08 came, I disappeared for a good few months cause my mom was being a bum. Personally I didn't have any friends so I was like whatever, no one won't miss me, so it will be okay. Then when I forgotten about this place, I get ANOTHER email from this site wishing me a happy birthday. I go WTF okay I'm changing my settings to stop coming online now!! I did, then I got tear random friend requests and was like, hmm okay whatever. I stayed on for about a year lol.
Now, 09-10 was quite funky cause I was in the hospital for injures, busy wth work, or just with school work so I would rarely be online or constantly be online, depending on how my schedule was!! Hell when Autumn of '10 came, I didn't even come back till June of '11 cause I kept getting emails from the site telling me to come back!!
Now, it being 2012 and i haven't disappeared once since I came back from Autumn if '11. And for some reason I should regret it lol, but I don't. I made such wonderful friends, and bonded with quite a few of you guys. I guess we can blame the site for not wanting me to leave ZU.
What can I say? I like Zelda. I came to the franchise relatively late in my childhood, and I needed to make up for lost time. Eventually the news posts pleading for readers to come check out the forums must have worked, because I lurked around for awhile before signing up.
So I started talking about Zelda, but that quickly lost its novelty, so I checked out some of the other sections. I posted a little in the GCC and Entertainment, but in the end, while I was impressed with the community, didn't really feel like being a part of it. So I kind forgot about the forums for awhile.
Then I came back. More or less I resumed my previous posting habits. I read more than I posted, and I mostly stayed out of the way, chiming in here or there, responding to members, but never really jumping into the community or bonding with any members.
But I guess you stick around a place long enough, and you're going to get noticed. Or at least get highlighted in Anime_Queen's signature.
Now, ZU has always gone through periods of bugginess. Name a forum glitch or crash, and in all likelihood I've seen it before. One fairly regular occurrence at this time was time being rolled back, and a couple hours to a few days of posting would regularly be lost. This was around the time I was highlighted in Asia's sig, so when a rollback occurred, it seemed like I was being highlighted for a second time. Member Southern Belle made a conspiracy theory thread, placing the blame for the forum bugs on me as a desperate attempt to keep myself highlighted in auspicious signature form (I maintain my innocence, I was at the bottom of the sea at the time). That was the moment where I suppose I really felt like a part of the community for the first time.
It probably wasn't long after that when SacredSturgeon sent me a PM, asking me if I'd like to mod the GCC, along with fellow member Comrade. I accepted, and once you go ZUStaff, it's all downhill from there, you're bound to gain a few notches of forum integration and ingratiation.
So I began to participate with the community on a somewhat deeper level. I started chatting with members more, got involved in some projects, suggested the idea for a podcast, and more. I eventually took over the Entertainment section as a mod, then became a Community Section mod, but my heart was always with Entertainment.
So I modded for a few years, through good times and bad, but after awhile I became...disillusioned somewhat. Decisions being made in staff were making me uncomfortable, they didn't jive with my own moderating philosophies, and I found myself disagreeing with more and more decisions being made, and annoyed by how frequently disagreements and arguments were cropping up. I mostly tried to do my own thing, not rock the boat and just focus on my small corner of the community, but eventually I felt like it was time to hang up the banner and let the times change as they may.
I retired to a nice cabin in the Entertainment section, and I mostly spend my time secluded there these days. I'll venture out when I find the time and strength to do so, but I'm largely content now. I can wake up each morning knowing the sun still shines on this Zelda Universe.
I joined in June of 2003 because I wanted information on the new Zelda game that I had just purchased The Wind Waker, which was released just months earlier. At the time I was a huge fan of the Zelda series, but the Wind Waker completely turned me off to the franchise. For a little while I posted in the Zelda sections, but then I migrated to the general gaming until finally the entire community sections. My stay was short lived because some time in 2004 I grew tired of ZU, its community and staff so I moved on. Between 2004 and 2009 I was for the most part off of ZU, but I did participate in a few threads such as a few of the NFL season threads from 2005- today and the video game high score competition thread (both of which were run by Bill, so I also participated somewhat in GDF and to a lesser extent Heretic gamer). But other than that I was gone. I had moved on to the now defunct LOZ.com (whose community I preferred), I became a mod there and stayed until it closed.
In 2009 I visited ZU again and was quite surprised by the amazing community and staff that had developed and decided to start posting again, at the time I had maybe 500-600 posts and my post count quickly grew. I came to recognize and like certain members, but it wasn't until maybe a couple of weeks ago that I started to feel like I fit in with anyone on this site, so I thank them for that. So yeah, that's my story.
In order to explain my ZU saga, I must first provide my pre-ZU history.
The Blizzaga Saga Part 1: Rise
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there existed a cluster of stars way off in the vastness of cyberspace known as the Mystic Web. It is here where our story begins...
Blizzaga Lantean, who we shall refer to in short as Blizz, was once a wandering wizard who had decided to settle down. The Mystic Web had been referred to him by a friend, and indeed it was a wonderful and magical place full of adventure and excitement. There was plenty there to keep our former wanderer busy and fulfilled. But unbeknownst to him at the time, Blizz had arrived well past its hey day. The only Administrator had disappeared without handing down her keys of power to the moderators. They did the best they could with what they had and there was a continued peace for quite some time.
It was during this time in which Blizz arrived, taking up residence and becoming a Mystican. It was also here where his love for writing took root in role playing, and where a love for graphic art was seeded. It was also here where he developed a love for the concept of community.
But the peace wasn't to last. The Mystic Web was slowly crumbling.
Inner turmoil began to spread like wildfire amongst the members. Many left. Those who stayed (including Blizz) fought to keep the community alive, hoping that one day the Administrator would return and restore order to the once peaceful empire. It might have been a vain hope, but this was their home. Blizz wasn't going anywhere.
I was a huge troll back in 08-09. So logically, I join a Zelda site to advertise and find a way to hack it. Makes sense...right?
Needless to say, my posts proved it.
Originally Posted by Dash
No. They're joking.
Originally Posted by Dash
Wish I came earlier so I knew who was on meth...
Why did nintendo make them? Why do they rape Link? And what's so scary about the TP ones? I could see the WW or OoT ones (they're lonely you see) but...
On Redeads. I was so awesome.
Fast forward two years and I came back in July 2011. I switched to nayru, learned about mlp, switched back to Din, became Rainbow Dash, made friends, met mods, joined staff, left staff, took a break, rejoined staff, left again, and finally changed my name half a million times.
Joined ZU in '07 while I was joining a dozen other Zelda sites looking for glitches in various games. Made 45 posts or so as I recall, then left, only popping in once a year or so to make a post.
*High school, joining the military happens here*
May 2011 rolls around, and I do my routine of remembering a site called Zelda Universe and stopping in to post. I see the Slutwalk thread in SD and head there. After getting a birthday VM from Amariel, I begin talking with her and some other people I see she's friends with. I decide to stick around a bit longer.
Summer 2011 I get skype, and begin to talk with Amariel and Solsetur. A few weeks later I join Farore, only to leave Farore soon after. I also being talking semi regularly with Jonah, Amy, Willow-chan, and Vynrah during this time.
Fall 2011 I find myself in various skype groups on behalf of Solsetur (and later on, Liam, to a far greater degree ) I begin drinking regularly, as well as chatting with Matt, Al, Wes, Liam, Cayley, and Rhian. Rhian pranks me by getting a mod to change my name from Golddron Rex to Golddron Sex. I was too far gone to notice at the time, until she pointed it out to me. And so began my phase of adding Sex to the end of my usernames. I rejoin Farore.
*This is the Goldden Era of my time on ZU*
February 2012 I ask to be banned for a time, in order to refocus on real life things. I returned just before March.
*These asterisks represent a time of nothing very interesting happening*
And now, I am in a phase of not being active except to lurk for VMs and PMs. (And the occasional post).
So I joined in 2010, left for a while, came back. Since then, I've divided my time between trying make significant changes to the forum (with some success) and intentionally annoying the staff. I haven't done much in the way of altering the forum lately, though. But maybe I'll start again someday.
I don't really feel like a member of the "community" here that everyone goes on about. I'm okay with that. I don't go on Skype, I haven't joined a clan, I haven't posted in the Scrapbook. And I don't intend to. I might not have many friends here, but I'm not a social person. I'm good with it.
ZU and the moon child. (I suck at titles and stories).
It's nothing much just a simple story of a ol' zuer who went to the bamboo fields, when he went there, he saw really perculiar bamboo that glowed, so he cut it down. When he cut it down inside he found a new zuer. You see I wasn't that grand didn't stand out, I was just a small zuer that posted small things. You see I was really shy and was afraid of the zuers, she didn't made good threads either. So she hid and posted away from the GCC for a while.
Eventually this zuer grew up and had many friends. At time I felt different and I would hide away from others. So I went to the moon occasionaly to hid there and see the world below her. Sometimes I get bored and miss it down there. So I go down there to face my fears and start again.
Okay I was really bored. I heard about Skyward Sword and the Debbie jokes. So I thought, hey why not join instead of lurking. So I joined in the name of Happyfacespidergirl, I did made suckish threads that I would face palm everytime I remember it. I didn't had friends the first time I joined until 31st of October, Doctor You posted on my wall and I finally felt happy. Later on I finally made some friends and felt more happy. I had some complications but hey I have to move on.
And now I'm here posting and having some fun. (Still crappy story).
In the Mystic Web's weakened state, Trolls descended upon the once-great empire like vultures circling a dying animal. It didn't take long for Blizz and the remaining members to realize that resistance was futile, for despite their best efforts, they lacked the proper administrative powers. They were merely feeding Trolls with amusement. Previous attempts to contact the Admin had failed. It was now clear to everyone that she wasn't coming back.
And more members continued to leave. In a last desperate attempt to save his home, Blizz went and pleaded to the mighty V-Bulletin Council for help. But instead of helping, it was brought to their attention that the Mystic Web Administrator had not been making her necessary payments to V-Bulletin.
A short while later, the Mystic Web was wiped from existence.
Now Blizz had once again become a wanderer. Some of the previous Mysticans had established their own colonies, as did Blizz, but it wasn't the same. Many parted ways, never to be heard from again. One community became a ghost town. Another was absorbed into another community. It was here where Blizz gained an interest in sprite comics, especially the famous 8-bit Theatre. After playing The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures with his friends, he decided to make his own sprite comic, called Zeldish. And it was around this time when Blizz decided to join Zelda Universe.