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Dan 1,897, 02:32 Objavljeno u USA SAD od Bia Pandora
Day 1,897 ~ January 29, 2013

If you logged in yesterday, you no doubt saw shouts and articles about the real life deaths of a player named eTomislav, his wife, Perunika and their 4 year old son.

You might have seen players from all over the eWorld wearing this avatar to honor this family:

My sincerest condolences to their family and friends, out there in the world or in this game. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

The whole situation got me to thinking about how little we know about each other. This IS supposed to be a "social strategy" game. We come here knowing from the start that we will be socializing with other players, and that we need that socialization to "win". We spend time daily interacting with each other. It might be as brief as reading an article in the media, or as intensive as spending hours a day on IRC and on forums.

How much do we really know about each other?

I don't know about you but I fight harder for the people I know and care about. Why don't we know each other better?

Some might say that they don't care to know about the people behind the avatars. That's cool, I can understand that. I say that I am here because I want to game with other people and I like to know who is behind the monitor. an effort to learn a bit more about YOU, I have decided to share a little bit about me first. Nothing too personal or identifiable, as most of us know there are some pretty creepy stalkers roaming around, who sit for hours hoping someone will give him real life information that he can terrorize and stalk them with...

Ewwwwwwwww, creepy creeper is creepy

Bia Fact #1

I grew up in the "projects" of Brooklyn, New York. I played under water streaming from fire hydrants, and my mom used to throw money out the apartment window wrapped in tin foil for the ice cream truck, just like in the Eddie Murphy skit. The ice cream man's name was Johnnie. He died when I was in my 20's. Felt like Santa was dying or something. We'd melt crayons into bottle caps and play Skelly on the concrete. Good times.

Bia Fact #2

When I was 18 I went to work in 1 World Trade Center. I worked for a Japanese international banking corporation. They borrowed and loaned MILLIONS of dollars at a pop at different interest rates. I worked on the 88th floor. My desk was 15 feet from the window, and the building used to sway in the breeze. You want to talk about freaky...sitting there and feeling that sway and wondering when the building was going to just...fall over.

Sadly it finally did, as we all know. From where I sat I would have watched the first terrorist plane hit three floors below me, on September 11. Fortunately, I was already living in Iowa at the time. Watching it all on CNN that day was surreal. It still is really. I keep two framed photographs of the New York skyline before that day, so that my children can view the landscape that I grew up with. I'll never forget.

Bia Fact #3

I started out gaming online with CounterStrike 1.5, back before STEAM. My boyfriend at the time played it daily, and in an effort to do something he enjoyed with him, I learned to play alongside him. He belonged to a badass clan back then, and I wasn't allowed in it until I could clear 25 kills on a full map. I finally did it on Office, my favorite map. I can't tell you how many hundreds of times I blinded my whole team throwing a flashy through that front window, lol, until I finally got it right. I still don't think I've felt as proud gaming as I did that day that I made the clan. No hax, no exploits, no aimbot...just sheer force of will. Knifing woosie AWPer spawn campers was my favorite thing to do. We have players like that here. They oughta thank the admingods that I can't pick up a knife. 😉

Weapons of choice: M4 & Desert Eagle. Always a CT if I could help it. God, I hate terrorists.

I got WoWnapped for two years as a main healer/guild leader/raid leader. What a waste of life that was. It's crack. Just...don' You wake up one day and realize you don't remember most of the time that has passed since you bought it. Seriously. Just don't.

Bia Fact #4

Yep. That's me, smiling at you. I was a little younger and my hair is a bit whiter now, but it wasn't too long ago. I figure it's already out there and has been on the forums so creepy creeper has already seen it, I'm sure.

Hi. 🙂

Will you share something about you with the rest of us? I'd really like to know who you are!

Love & Hugs,



Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 02:32

Who are you?

Zimniy Veter
Zimniy Veter Dan 1,897, 02:42

I am a potato.

Tiamati Dan 1,897, 02:47

It is good to know more of your roots old friend; an inspirational piece which will help restore a sense of community here. As happen often, such revelations are results of harrowing events such as senseless death.

While Hatred's divide, Outrage can unite communities through shared experiences; hopefully we will learn to comingle in greater harmony after recent events...

As for myself I will share a single detail here which most in the community do not know; I happen to be an INTJ, with an N value ~85.

John Largo
John Largo Dan 1,897, 03:13

I have something to share...I voted this article. : )

Mr.Tosi Dan 1,897, 03:14

well Bia
i roll under my real name Tosi
CS1.6 player and admin

and this is me 🙂

Krimpie Dan 1,897, 03:19

/me vat aan Bia se boud

Something about me: I'm shitscared of spiders

Zvijer69 Dan 1,897, 03:28


Had3z Dan 1,897, 03:30

mmm krimpie scared of spiders .... /Me plots a master plan

PigInZen Dan 1,897, 03:36

hi Bia

Mr.Tosi Dan 1,897, 03:36

Bia something to bring back memories from CS

Drew Blood
Drew Blood Dan 1,897, 03:55


BataIjun Dan 1,897, 03:57


Candor Dan 1,897, 03:59

Not how I pictured you Bia, lol.

42, four kids (7g, twin boys 10, 12g), separated, Oregon, pioneer family, farm boy...can't recall how I found the game...don't play any others. Mo?

Thedillpickl Dan 1,897, 04:04

Born in K.C. 1960. Lived on the Kansas side for 10 years in a big old house on 2 acres with a creek running through the back yard. Mom had a huge garden (had the greenest thumb of anyone I've ever know) and I used to help here prepare veggies for canning.

Moved to the Lake of the Ozarks and took up fishing and roaming the woods for entertainment. Perhaps this is why I am happiest when there are no people around. I can spend all day farting around in my yard with the dogs and be happy. I can spend 15 minutes with most people and be ready to get the hell outta there.

On-line I get to play the extrovert. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending upon who you talk to) at the moment I've had my fill of the eRep BS. Not necessarily the people, I usually take them as they are. Annoying people I ignore (unless the are fun to poke at).

Tiacha Dan 1,897, 05:17

*hugs bia*

Loved reading this. I should do something like this. Stop it with these good ideas. 🙂

Tiacha Dan 1,897, 05:18

I also, did the wow crap too... I blame para and suko for it, though. ;_;

xDesertHamsterX Dan 1,897, 05:55

here is me on an erep meeting : )

John Bokinski
John Bokinski Dan 1,897, 06:10


Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 06:46

@ Candor,

What did you expect? A fanged demon with snakes for hair? *giggles*

@ the rest of you....i LOVE the comments and the stories, keep them coming 🙂 Hugs for all.

Shoi12 Dan 1,897, 06:50


No one knows anything about me :3


/me vanishes into the darkness

Jason Statham Jr
Jason Statham Jr Dan 1,897, 06:50

I have something to share...I voted this article. : )


ElvenCRO Dan 1,897, 06:51

/me hugs Bia...nice to see you pic finally.

bty desert hamster you look like Chinese :DDD

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 06:52

LMFAO Mr Tosi, that was epic

I was about peeing at the guy running off spawn and getting nailed, all the way to the end. LOL

Madacaion Dan 1,897, 06:53

Scottish Engineering student that is a bit of a geek but I'm also a big ultimate frisbee player, playing for both my university and club teams. Aiming for getting to european and worlds 2014 with my team as the longer team goal.

Don't know what ultimate is?

Its awesome - get into it!

Marquis Andras
Marquis Andras Dan 1,897, 06:56

This is awesome idea and great article.

kushtrimzz Dan 1,897, 07:01

Voted and yes i have something to share : )

KOSOVA Batoa Dan 1,897, 07:01

You are right I agree with you,this game its all about social life for me also...

Well a little about me :

Im 25 born in Gjakova,small city in Kosovo raised there.After the war in 1999 me and my family moved in Prishtina and thats where I live...Im a law student working as a selling manager in a Company who sell tiles (lol) Im a football-soccer fan ( Barca supporter) Also I like strategic,history stuff etc.
Anyone who is interested to know me here is my fb account :

Salute all of you o/

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 07:02

Awwwww GREAT pics!

My inbox is a sexy place right now I tell ya. Thanks so much for sharing everyone!

okbaby Dan 1,897, 07:18


A E N E A S Dan 1,897, 07:24

Wow nice Bia *hugs* All I can say about myself is that I am sexy and 18 *-😉/ and oh ladies I'm single

Darian Dracona
Darian Dracona Dan 1,897, 07:26

V& if I could get 2 subscriptions I would have. You rock Bia!!!

Magnanimous Dan 1,897, 07:31

Great read, I guess I have something in common with you regarding Bia Facts no. 1, 2 and 3.

I grew up in Queens. It wasn't the projects but it definitely wasn't the best. I had friends that were stabbed and murdered when I was still in Junior High. Sexually active at 11-12 yrs old and crack addicts at 14. Crazy stuff.

My dad took classes at the twin towers every day for 2 years.. He completed his course in July 2001. I kept wondering what if he had to retake a class.. he definitely would have been in that building that day. Just like millions of New Yorkers, I was in tears when the towers went down.

Oh and I'm a badass at Counter Strike. Haven't played in years but I was a master with the AWP Sniper Rifle. It's great to read about people's lives, especially if you can relate to some of their stories.

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 07:36

I bartended in Queens on Queens Blvd for awhile at a place called Honey's and another place near the water, christ I can't remember what it was called anymore.

Fitisin Dan 1,897, 07:39

Really interesting, i'll write a sneak peek article over the weekend. Mebbe.

Ind1anMartyr Dan 1,897, 08:11

Appreciate the sentiment o/ thanks for putting up the article!

My bit to share - 38 in april, daughter aged 8, celebrated a decade of togetherness with my wife a week ago : )

Graduated as an architect but own a Game Dev co since the last many years. Play guitar and love travelling, mountaineering, squash and Classic 80s rock.


snake dr
snake dr Dan 1,897, 08:13

hi 🙂

I'm 25, currently English/French teacher. I studied English/French Literature and I'm living at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania. Yes, Dracula's Land. I've grown up without a PC, I've had my first @ 20 and started to work @ 18 in a small factory. I've also started gaming with Counter Strike, but I've played 1.6 (favourite map, de_aztec). Then I played Need for Speed (Porsche was my fav) and then Red Alert (2 is the best), which I used to play in LAN.
I've been playing this POS game for 4 years...

ligtreb Dan 1,897, 08:13

Voted. You've definitely lived an interesting life.

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 08:18

I want a Liggy fact! Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee

Ronald Gipper Reagan
Ronald Gipper Reagan Dan 1,897, 08:23

candor yah four kids three diff baby daddies though

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 08:34

Go stalk people elsewhere. Don't insult people here.

ligtreb Dan 1,897, 08:34

I'm 29, grew up and live in So Cal. I can't think of any facts nearly as interesting as yours above but will add something:

Despite my Monopoly avatar, I haven't played more than a couple times over the past few years. However, I grew up obsessed with the game. Tried to start games every day at the Boys and Girls Club as a kid, played the NES version a ton, then played the online version a ton. At my peak, not only knew every rule in the book, but every rent value too without looking it up.

My biggest hobby isn't actually games like these, it's sports. Watch a ton of baseball and football, with more soccer in recent years. Also I'm not a gamer in the traditional sense, but play games like Words with Friends, fantasy baseball and Ruzzle.

I'm a nerd, basically, if you couldn't tell already.

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 08:37

\o/ awesome! I love nerds.

BugsBunnyz Dan 1,897, 08:38

I was born in Georgia and moved to Missouri when I was 3.

I have no life 😛 I'm just a redneck country boy, who likes messing with cars and shoot guns 😉

I have played Counterstrike but not online. My favorite weapon is actually the one you have the picture of the Bullpup.

Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Dan 1,897, 08:40

I was never any good with that gun at all.

BugsBunnyz Dan 1,897, 08:44

M4 is a pretty good choice too 😃

The Desert Eagle .50 AE is badass!

cLaw eagLe
cLaw eagLe Dan 1,897, 09:07

my name comes from the eagle claws, so It means I am the the cLaw of the eagle 😃. P.s my favorite cs 1.6 wep is AK47 the kingg!!!! 😃

Mary Chan
Mary Chan Dan 1,897, 09:08


My favourite childhood pastime was completing jigsaw puzzles on the kitchen floor. Then I grew a bit older and played FF7 and never finished it. Currently, I'm an avid Facebook Tetris Battle player, working my way back up to getting God of Tetris for the third time, once for every ranking change they implemented since I played. It's like getting to Field Marshall in eRep V1, Rising and now God of War in whatever this version is.. a few days ago I was saying how I need to rank back up to God of Tetris, but "God of War" accidentally slipped out. Darn, eRepublik >< "

maxXxy666 Dan 1,897, 09:26


RD1234 Dan 1,897, 09:31

Better late than never!

I'm 19yrs old(Though Its not legal for me to drink yet, I do drink now and then), I aspire to be a fashion designer, I'm into designer gowns 😃, Though my dad pushed me into Engineering, well that's in short of how my dreams were shattered in a single blow xD

The best thing that ever happened to me is my dog, He wakes me up, carries my bag, hugs me and kisses me when I need it the most! I don't know what I'll do without him!!

I'm a shopaholic, I love to shop shop and shop! I search the mall for days searching for a matching bag and end up buying a lot more things that match the bag xD

hugs and kisses to you Bia 😘*

RD1234 Dan 1,897, 09:31

Did I forget to add that I love kitties too :3333333

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