Hello! I'm Olovice, and I've been playing on ECC for quite a while now (since early to mid June of 2012), though my rank doesn't really show it. I'm very interested in hearing some of your stories on how you've grown throughout your time on the server, such as when you started, some of the first people you met, etc. I'll start by sharing my story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As I said before, I started on this server in June of 2012 (possibly before then, just basing this off my forum account). At the time, my username was Buildablock98, which I have changed several times since then. I remember logging in and finding myself confused and unsure of where to go or what to do. This was the first server I had played that wasn't a creative-mode server. So, I just wandered around, trying to figure out how to build, since I didn't really understand the concept of a spawn-area (I was 13 at the time, and I wasn't the brightest). Eventually I found myself digging a hole in the ground to live in and trying to make some cash. After I managed to get myself a hefty sum of around $500, I noticed an advertisement in chat by a fellow builder name D4NTE_3. He was selling a room in a little apartment he had built in the wild. I messaged him and asked how to find him, and he told me to travel through one of the town portals (I can't remember which town sadly, otherwise I'd try and find the old building). After finally meeting with him, we became friends and tried to see if we could get into an actual town. After some time, he told me he managed to find a mayor willing to sell us a cheap plot in his town, Exile Island. The mayor, North88, told us the coordinates, which to our concern was very far away, across entire oceans. However, we pressed on anyways, unaware of the ability to hire people to teleport us (I can't remember if that was a feature back then, but I assume it was). So, we build some boats and sailed away for what felt like hours, until we finally saw the town render into existence. It was a quaint little town, with a little barrier showing its borders, and a bustling little community of people having random conversations and welcoming us to their town. Scattered around were several features, such as a fairly sized wheat farm and even a public pumpkin farm! We didn't know what to think; this town had everything! D4NTE_3 and I pulled together our money to buy ourselves a little 10x10 plot, big enough to store our stuff and build a dainty little shack. We then proceeded to farm until we could afford a second plot, so both of us had our own. We had finally made it into an actual town, and we couldn't have been happier. After a little while, the current co-mayor of the town was about to be removed by North88 for several reasons, and the mayor was looking for a new co-owner for the town. For some reason, he chose me, and proceeded to pay me as much money as I needed to rank up to resident. I couldn't believe it! I now co-owned a town, and I just started! As time went on, North88 went inactive and has remained so to this day, sadly. I continued to run the town for quite a while, but had to stop so that I could build up my own town (I was a mayor at one point, but had my rank reset for reasons I won't get in to.) Now, I'm in the process of fixing up the town to hopefully bring it back to its former glory and give new players something to feel good about.