I've always wondered how so many found out about competitive battling and ended up here. Here is my story! How I first started playing pokemon: I was in 7th grade and one of my friends just randomly told me about the game. I ended up buying pokemon blue a couple days later. I could NOT stop playing the game. I played it all the time. Everywhere I went, I was playing pokemon blue. I played it at least 4 hours a day for a week until I beat it and caught Mewtwo and stuff. It was the most fun game I had ever played. I remember trading for a Dragonite in class and the teacher took our Game Boys away. I ended up losing my Dragonair in the trade and ending up with nothing... How I started battling online/How I found out about Smogon: It was early/mid 2000 and I had signed up on the GameFAQs (fairly new at the time) Forums. I was still playing pokemon and checked out the forums. I asked to have my team rated because I saw a bunch of other "team rating" threads. At the time, I had a Hydro Pump, Surf, Blizzard, Skull Bash Blastoise...so that went pretty bad. I started battling on the PBS and learning more about the game. By the time Gold was released, I was a pretty good battler, so I knew what I was doing then. I became one of the premiere GS battlers for a long while on the GSBots. Lots of time passed, and lots of stories can be told. I will keep this short. chaos and Articuno64 have been great friends of mine since the gsbot days, so when we branched off of the Fanha/Celia group I definitely followed along. Here I am today...a million years later! Now it is time to hear your story.