My first brush with MMOism was in 1996. The game was Meridian 59, and although I appreciated the concept (a shared, interact-able, virtual fantasy world), the execution was TERRIBLE! Oh the lag! The disconnects! The LAG! I quickly gave up and resisted all attempts to be indoctrinated with Ultima Online or EverQuest.
Finally, in 2003, a friend convinced me to try Dark Age of Camelot. My very first character was an Armswoman named Eelsel. She eventually became known as the “Crayola Tank” for my insistence upon dyeing every piece of armor a different color and for my complete inability to utilize anything resembling strategy during combat.
When not nurturing the lives of my online alter-egos, I’ve managed to serve my country in the U.S. Army, get a degree in Anthropology, design subdivisions as a civil engineer, build websites for small businesses, and even spend some time as a tattoo artist. I guess you could say that I like to multi-class.