What's your earliest memory of Zybez?
One of my fondest and earliest memories is organizing huge server-crashing drop parties way back in the early days (2001~2003). I was pretty rich in RuneScape and used drop parties for promoting Zybez. Jagex weren't too happy to see thousands of people shouting, "zybez zybez zybez" but for us taking part in the cluster-fux, it was thrilling. I remember even in those days, we'd get around 200 new members registering on our forums within a few hours thanks to such parties. Effective and fun.
What did Zybez or the community mean to you?
For me, Zybez (and RuneScape) was the perfect escape. My life has had lots of ups and downs (... actually, more downs than ups), and Zybez was there throughout.
I remember there was a dark time in my life when I was hurt/bleeding (crazy gf stabbed me), tears in eyes, exhausted, poor and in debt, totally alone in life (crazy gf had cut me off from everybody), losing my job (where I worked 12+ hrs a day for half min wage), stressed out with court dates/probation/community service, driving license suspended for 3 years, and was being evicted from the basement jail-cell-like apartment -- all this was happening at ONE point in time, all at once -- and what did I do? Logged into Rs and celebrated my birthday in style (... coincidentally it was my birthday) and then got on Zybez to share the screenshots. A storm could be raging in my life, but the moment I logged on, I was a different person in a different world. I really credit Zybez and RuneScape for keeping me sane and helping me get through all those tough times.
I played RuneScape so much that I often had dreams that entirely took place in RuneScape. So, Zybez and RSC (this community) was my social circle (... I didn't have many IRL friends) and it was a place where I could feel important, admired, and purposeful. Zybez, RSC, and RuneScape meant a lot more to me than even I'd like to admit. You can even say it has been the most important part of my life.
What did you enjoy most?