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My time with Benny G


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I‌ ‌had‌ ‌fun.‌ ‌I‌ ‌make‌ ‌new‌ ‌player.‌ ‌
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I‌ ‌wasn’t‌ ‌exactly‌ ‌sure‌ ‌what‌ ‌to‌ ‌expect‌ ‌when‌ ‌I‌ ‌recreated‌ ‌with‌ ‌Benny‌ ‌Graves.‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌left‌ ‌the‌ ‌VHL‌ ‌ after‌ ‌stepping‌ ‌down‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌GM‌ ‌role‌ ‌for‌ ‌NY,‌ ‌and‌ ‌then‌ ‌becoming‌ ‌inactive‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌time‌ ‌in‌ ‌my‌ ‌ career.‌ ‌At‌ ‌the‌ ‌time‌ ‌I‌ ‌left,‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌felt‌ ‌as‌ ‌if‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌already‌ ‌kind‌ ‌of‌ ‌done‌ ‌everything‌ ‌and‌ ‌experienced‌ ‌everything‌ ‌I‌ ‌could‌ ‌from‌ ‌VHL.‌ ‌I‌ ‌honestly‌ ‌felt‌ ‌as‌ ‌if‌ ‌there‌ ‌was‌ ‌nothing‌ ‌more‌ ‌for‌ ‌me‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌from‌ ‌this‌ ‌ experience.‌ ‌On‌ ‌top‌ ‌of‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌forums‌ ‌were‌ ‌kinda‌ ‌dead,‌ ‌most‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌guys‌ ‌I‌ ‌talked‌ ‌to‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌regular‌ ‌ basis‌ ‌here‌ ‌were‌ ‌not‌ ‌around‌ ‌as‌ ‌much,‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌going‌ ‌through‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌personal‌ ‌life‌ ‌changes.‌ ‌ When‌ ‌I‌ ‌left,‌ ‌I‌ ‌really‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌think‌ ‌there‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌place‌ ‌for‌ ‌this‌ ‌community‌ ‌in‌ ‌my‌ ‌adult‌ ‌life.‌ ‌
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When‌ ‌I‌ ‌came‌ ‌back‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌time‌ ‌since‌ ‌leaving,‌ ‌the‌ ‌site‌ ‌looked‌ ‌pretty‌ ‌much‌ ‌the‌ ‌same.‌ ‌I‌ ‌saw‌ ‌ there‌ ‌were‌ ‌new‌ ‌teams,‌ ‌but‌ ‌other‌ ‌than‌ ‌that‌ ‌pretty‌ ‌much‌ ‌as‌ ‌usual.‌ ‌When‌ ‌I‌ ‌left‌ ‌the‌ ‌portal‌ ‌was‌ ‌in‌ ‌its‌ ‌ infancy‌ ‌stage;‌ ‌I‌ ‌believe‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌even‌ ‌helped‌ ‌Will‌ ‌create‌ ‌some‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌buttons‌ ‌for‌ ‌it‌ ‌before‌ ‌I‌ ‌left.‌ ‌But,‌ ‌sure‌ ‌enough‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌dug‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌little,‌ ‌I‌ ‌got‌ ‌the‌ ‌urge‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌player.‌ ‌ ‌
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When‌ ‌I‌ ‌created‌ ‌Graves,‌ ‌I‌ ‌wasn’t‌ ‌sure‌ ‌what‌ ‌to‌ ‌expect.‌ ‌There‌ ‌were‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌new‌ ‌members‌ ‌who‌ ‌I‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌know;‌ ‌many‌ ‌more‌ ‌that‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌know‌ ‌me.‌ ‌I‌ ‌did‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌feeling‌ ‌as‌ ‌if‌ ‌I‌ ‌needed‌ ‌to‌ ‌redeem‌ ‌myself‌ ‌from‌ ‌going‌ ‌inactive.‌ ‌I‌ ‌wanted‌ ‌to‌ ‌prove‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌still‌ ‌had‌ ‌the‌ ‌grind‌ ‌in‌ ‌me,‌ ‌and‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌could‌ ‌still‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌player,‌ ‌and‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌influence‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌team’s‌ ‌locker‌ ‌room.‌ ‌
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I‌ ‌quickly‌ ‌found‌ ‌the‌ ‌portal‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌game‌ ‌changer.‌ ‌It‌ ‌was‌ ‌incredibly‌ ‌easy‌ ‌to‌ ‌use,‌ ‌and‌ ‌made‌ ‌updating‌ ‌your‌ ‌player‌ ‌fun‌ ‌rather‌ ‌than‌ ‌a‌ ‌tedious‌ ‌task‌ ‌of‌ ‌formatting‌ ‌a‌ ‌bunch‌ ‌of‌ ‌forum‌ ‌codes.‌ ‌I‌ ‌joined‌ ‌discord,‌ ‌and‌ ‌that‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌learning‌ ‌curve.‌ ‌I‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌quite‌ ‌like‌ ‌it‌ ‌at‌ ‌first,‌ ‌I‌ ‌found‌ ‌it‌ ‌frustrating‌ ‌to‌ ‌try‌ ‌and‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌  conversation‌ ‌if‌ ‌it‌ ‌wasn’t‌ ‌real‌ ‌time.‌ ‌The‌ ‌pings‌ ‌and‌ ‌tags,‌ ‌I‌ ‌just‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌know‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌use;‌ ‌VHL‌ ‌was‌ ‌legit‌ ‌my‌ ‌first‌ ‌experience‌ ‌with‌ ‌discord.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌won‌ ‌me‌ ‌over;‌ ‌I‌ ‌really‌ ‌think‌ ‌it‌ ‌has‌ ‌made‌ ‌the‌ ‌community‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌more‌ ‌tight‌ ‌knit.‌ ‌
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I‌ ‌quickly‌ ‌found‌ ‌myself‌ ‌falling‌ ‌back‌ ‌in‌ ‌love‌ ‌with‌ ‌this‌ ‌community.‌ ‌The‌ ‌new‌ ‌members‌ ‌weren’t‌ ‌toxic,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌leadership‌ ‌group‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌league‌ ‌were‌ ‌all‌ ‌level-headed‌ ‌good‌ ‌members‌ ‌who‌ ‌I‌ ‌thoroughly‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌and‌ ‌respect.‌ ‌I‌ ‌got‌ ‌drafted‌ ‌to‌ ‌an‌ ‌expansion‌ ‌team,‌ ‌and‌ ‌joined‌ ‌a‌ ‌really‌ ‌fun‌ ‌group‌ ‌of‌ ‌members‌ ‌in‌ ‌DC.‌ ‌It‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌subset‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌community‌ ‌that‌ ‌were‌ ‌made‌ ‌up‌ ‌of‌ ‌members‌ ‌I‌ ‌had‌ ‌never‌ ‌met,‌ ‌and‌ ‌also‌ ‌ones‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌really‌ ‌liked‌ ‌from‌ ‌my‌ ‌first‌ ‌run.‌ ‌I‌ ‌started‌ ‌to‌ ‌chat‌ ‌more‌ ‌on‌ ‌discord‌ ‌and‌ ‌meet‌ ‌new‌ ‌members‌ ‌and‌ ‌reconnect‌ ‌with‌ ‌old‌ ‌ones.‌ ‌I‌ ‌started‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌it‌ ‌a‌ ‌point‌ ‌of‌ ‌wanting‌ ‌to‌ ‌spend‌ ‌my‌ ‌time‌ ‌watching‌ ‌Leaf‌ ‌games‌ ‌while‌ ‌having‌ ‌discord‌ ‌on‌ ‌as‌ ‌well.‌ ‌I‌ ‌tried‌ ‌games‌ ‌I‌ ‌never‌ ‌have‌ ‌before,‌ ‌and‌ ‌played‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌cool‌ ‌people‌ ‌on‌ ‌here.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌just‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌really‌ ‌great‌ ‌social‌ ‌place‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌year‌ ‌where‌ ‌ virtual‌ ‌social‌ ‌gatherings‌ ‌are‌ ‌really‌ ‌the‌ ‌only‌ ‌thing‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌do.‌ ‌
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So‌ ‌maybe‌ ‌the‌ ‌pandemic‌ ‌had‌ ‌a‌ ‌big‌ ‌influence‌ ‌over‌ ‌me‌ ‌coming‌ ‌back‌ ‌to‌ ‌fully-active.‌ ‌Maybe‌ ‌the‌ ‌site‌ ‌changes‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌decision‌ ‌makers‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌league‌ ‌have‌ ‌fine-tuned‌ ‌it‌ ‌into‌ ‌an‌ ‌inclusive‌ ‌place‌ ‌where‌ ‌anyone‌ ‌can‌ ‌find‌ ‌fun‌ ‌here.‌ ‌I‌ ‌know‌ ‌at‌ ‌one‌ ‌point‌ ‌in‌ ‌Graves’‌ ‌career‌ ‌I‌ ‌thought‌ ‌to‌ ‌myself;‌ ‌I‌ ‌got‌ ‌my‌ ‌1000‌ ‌TPE,‌ ‌I‌ ‌proved‌ ‌I‌ ‌can‌ ‌still‌ ‌do‌ ‌it.‌ ‌I‌ ‌thought‌ ‌maybe‌ ‌I‌ ‌would‌ ‌take‌ ‌a‌ ‌break,‌ ‌maybe‌ ‌I‌ ‌wouldn’t‌ ‌recreate.‌ ‌However,‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌Trade‌ ‌Deadline‌ ‌approaches,‌ ‌I‌ ‌find‌ ‌myself‌ ‌thinking,‌ ‌why‌ ‌would‌ ‌I‌ ‌not‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌player.‌ ‌

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I’m‌ ‌excited‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌prospect‌ ‌of‌ ‌another‌ ‌run.‌ ‌Meeting‌ ‌a‌ ‌whole‌ ‌new‌ ‌group‌ ‌of‌ ‌members.‌ ‌Potentially‌ ‌playing‌ ‌with‌ ‌great‌ ‌members‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌before.‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌excited‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌back‌ ‌into‌ ‌doing‌ ‌graphics‌ ‌more‌ ‌regularly,‌ ‌and‌ ‌grinding‌ ‌like‌ ‌you‌ ‌do‌ ‌when‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌player.‌ ‌Hell,‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌even‌ ‌enjoyed‌ ‌writing‌ ‌this,‌ ‌maybe‌ ‌I’ll‌ ‌go‌ ‌back‌ ‌to‌ ‌writing‌ ‌more.‌ ‌
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Anyways,‌ ‌this‌ ‌is‌ ‌far‌ ‌too‌ ‌long‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌VHL.com‌ ‌article,‌ ‌so‌ ‌I’ll‌ ‌wrap‌ ‌it‌ ‌up.‌ ‌Thank‌ ‌you‌ ‌everyone‌ ‌who‌ ‌made‌ ‌this‌ ‌last‌ ‌run‌ ‌and‌ ‌enjoyable‌ ‌one.‌ ‌I‌ ‌look‌ ‌forward‌ ‌to‌ ‌re-creating‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌next‌ ‌few‌ ‌days‌ ‌and‌ ‌starting‌ ‌another‌ ‌year‌ ‌here‌ ‌in‌ ‌VHL.‌ ‌

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9 minutes ago, STZ said:

‌leadership‌ ‌group‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌league‌ ‌were‌ ‌all‌ ‌level-headed‌ ‌good‌ ‌members‌ ‌who‌ ‌I‌ ‌thoroughly‌ ‌
enjoy‌ ‌and‌ ‌respect

aww, thanks bud

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As a fellow former hiatusee this is relatable content. I am simultaneously nostalgic for old VHL and I would have not come back to old VHL. Crazy how we've ended up at a place with so many more people and yet so many fewer being pissed off with something.

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