Fate of Io
Kicking off Year Three
2003/02/16 16:14:16 PST by Dev [manager]
[Dev's avatar]

Happy Birthday, dear Io!
Happy Birthday to you!

Two years ago today, the project first began as little more than a whim, on my part. Now look what I've done!

Actually, it isn't right to say that I've done it. I really didn't do much more than provide an aim, and I was and continue to be blown away by the initiative that always seems to come from unlikely places to add another building block toward our goals. I don't mean to preach to the choir, but now is as good a time as any to thank everyone for their involvement and their participation. That's really what this is all about.

Having said that, I guess I can make a few birthday wishes for the project. Mostly, I wish I were more available in general, and I'll try now to just be more "around" and promoting everyday activity, even if it's discussing something completely unrelated in GenDisc. As a volunteer project, I think it's important that we maintain that sense of teamwork, and maybe it's that recently people have drifted apart a bit. I want to try to change that as much as I can.

Also, while v4 is an absolutely awesome structure for us to be able to work in, its form is only as good as we make it. That's something else I want to work on. There's more story to fill out and revise, more system designing to be done, and more art to create and critique! I'd like to think that we're at a place with a lot of potential, and we just have to go for it.

I don't want to doom myself too prematurely, because it sounds like I'm putting this all on my shoulders. If it comes down to me, so be it, and that's always been the catch-all. But I know that you guys share the vision here. Sometimes I take it for granted just how willing people are to believe that Brooke, say, is a real person who once lived in this world, and the fact that we can all assume that and all be together, on the same page, working toward point A or point B is just really awesome. I guess I mean to say, I can just dream all this up, but with you guys to believe in it, we lend truth to it, and we can share that with whatever audience we end up with.

Beh. I'm preaching. Sorry.

Oh hey ... I want to share something Temp found recently. Look familiar? I don't even know if anyone's still around who'd remember, but I thought it was kind of ... well ... funny, maybe.

Anyway, time to put words into action. Of course, I say that when I have a night completely full of homework ahead of me, and a Monday the likes of which many of you have ... seen ... but would never want to see again! I'll survive, surely, and then maybe we'll really start pounding away at Part II for all it's worth.

As true as it's ever been.... there ain't no gettin' offa this train we're on!

2003/02/16 16:35:18 PST by Aetrus [0/15]
Edited at 2003/02/16 16:43:03 PST

whoa! DAMN does that link bring back memories! That's about a month after I joined I think! That's vintage stuff there man! Really I remember I was "sort of" in the running for music advisor. Glad it went to UO instead.

Well hey Dev, all.

I've been here through almost all of it. I joined about 1 month or 2 after it started up. I remember talking about it at the college caf with Johnzo...anyone here remember him? He was the one who intro'd me to this whole business. (he's married with a real job btw) Wow it's been ride to be sure lol. Good to the last drop despite all those times when we thought we'd be done for. We're still kickin and dammit if we die now. All the friends we've made make this worth it all. And the fact that we've accomplished all this so far makes it even better. We have a dream, and that dream is a collective reality because we make it that way. Thank you Dev for the vision, and thank you all for expanding it and truly making it real for all who choose to make it so.

right...no preaching here either ...cough...

Anyway I'll try to get back on track with the music section as well as the other sections. I've been gone over a month with computer issues. Now that most of are straight enough to atleast read and post I'll be back often. I have this as my homepage for crying outloud! The only that will stop my monday from being a day of composition amidst the blizzard (25" called for !!!) is my damn sound issue, but I've got lines out at ASUS, extremetech, Nforcer's site and more so that should be resolved. (I KNOW it's not my hardware!)

EDIT: Geez the forums are still there...Darkness Nova! Wow whatever happened to him? he was frikkin genius! Anyone know?

2003/02/17 10:36:57 PST by mystik3eb [0/43]
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Holy cow, I almost forgot that look, lol. I remember those days. Good days. (Cue Strong Bad's computer exploding, lol)

Yea, this project's been through some times. Gaining tons of members, losing some big ones, and growing the whole time. We've watered it and given it sunshine, though clouds have definitely hung over at times. This project has been our brainchild, and one with quite potential. I'd dreamed forever that I could make my own RPG, the perfect one without any flaws that I could play forever and ever, and never stop enjoying. I thought I was the only one who could come up with something like this, but boy have I ever been humbled. I've never been with people quite like you guys before, and Dev and Temp have impressed me time and time again. I can think of no better leaders for this project than these two awesome, responsible guys. And all the staff members have inspired me to try harder and do better and think clearer. I've been made a better person since I rejoined this project before this project's FIRST b-day. I thank everyone for the good experience this has been and will continue to be. I hope I can help this project be successful.

And yeah...no preaching from this side of the world either. Just spilling of beans.

2003/02/17 11:12:25 PST by Siemova [0/24]
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Wow... :-p I actually remember that site. I first discovered FoI right after the project got off the ground, and thought, "Dang, that's awesome! I should get involved sometime." Ironically, maybe half a year passed before I made any real contributions. Ah well; what do you expect from a college student who spent most of his summer touring Canada and Alaska? ^_^

But yes, happy birthday FoI! May the next year bring us even more contributors, great ideas, progress, and (most of all) good ol'-fashioned fun! :)

2003/02/17 14:25:15 PST by Morpheus [0/5]

Wow, that was a little before my time, I came in a few months before the first birthday. When you think back a lot has been done over the two years. Imagine what year three could bring if we all had the time on our hands we wished we had :) Good luck in year Three IO :)

2003/02/17 16:42:50 PST by Alex [0/0]

I remember . . .

2003/02/17 18:29:56 PST by Morpheus [0/5]

Yeah, it was you who pulled me into the project (and probably more to come).

2003/02/21 21:58:02 PST by Black Squall [0/5]

Wow...a good chunk of those links work too. Thats soooo cool all of the memories and and and wow. It's nice to see that the original site actually still exists in some form of it's entirety. And seeing how far the project has come since then brings this nice warm little feeling to me. That link should go down in history or something.

What ever happened to most of those people in the forums? Lot's of those names I remember but I havn't seen most of them since we left FFI did they just not know that we moved or did they not want to come along? Either way I think we're doing fine without them. Although it would be nice to have a few more artists around.

2003/03/18 12:17:39 PST by Clockwork Dragon [0/3]

Hey, wow, even I remember that! I think, for some reason, it was link to FFIX HQ or something like that, and I thought, "Hey, a chance to help out in a Final Fantasy! I am SO there!", and here I am. Yay!

2003/05/30 15:37:10 PDT by Music Man089 [0/0]
Edited at 2003/05/30 15:37:37 PDT

Thought I'd revive this.

I came in in about November 2001, I think. I joined basically when the forums went white and were hosted by that weird robot thing... y'know? Anyway, I remember those days, when submissions were fruitful and Xeno and UO were my kings. General Discussion never had it so good.

I owe so much to the project that I can't believe it. It is almost entirely responsible for me starting down the path to become a musician, as it really gave me a headstart in terms of composition. Without it I'd still be writing stuff that was not so good. Long Live FoI.

2003/06/01 21:36:48 PDT by Alex [0/0]
Edited at 2003/06/01 21:37:22 PDT


2003/06/02 13:40:06 PDT by Music Man089 [0/0]

Sorry, Alex, just how I feel.

2003/06/02 13:44:39 PDT by TheGreatJohnzo [0/11]

wooo! That brings back memories, aetrus and I were hall mates at eastern college, I think we started up around with FOI jan-feb of 01, the early days. I think dev had just decided to make the game into a playable computer game with the aid of the ever-loveable temporal. I think I joined and left probably 3-4 times. Life's changed completely since then, but I'm still around. Looking at the old ff9 site makes me feel all tingly like I'm in my old college dorm room.

Yeah, whatever happened to darness nova, he was a great writer...

Long live FOI!

2003/06/02 15:00:22 PDT by Temporal [manager]
Edited at 2003/06/02 15:00:40 PDT
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Quote from Alex:

re "Long Live FoI" --

Is that important, just ... lasting?

::rolls eyes::

2003/06/02 15:38:17 PDT by Morpheus [0/5]

"::rolls eyes::"... why must you do that??? Alex, had a point with that post. It is not lasting long that makes a project, remember. It is the end result, and what is learnt(I don't think that is a real word...) along the way. Remember there is an end result to hit. As far away as it may seem at times.

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