This is not your typical 'intro' thread. I doubt many people actually care what my favorite color or food is, or whether I like autumn or spring better. No, my friends, this is self-examination - who I am, where I've been, and a little of why I am as I am today.It's hard to point to a "beginning," since the internet has changed and grown so much over the years, but perhaps the best place to start would be in 2003, with the Morrowind modding community. Most of you here know me as Kephras (or just Keph), but for most people I go by Kieve - for Elder Scrolls fans, that might ring a bell or two.Morrowind gave me my first taste of real 3D work, and in the course of a couple years I learned the ins & outs of texturing, UVW mapping, rigging, and even a bit of animating. While I wouldn't say I was ever popular or famous, my Void Gear and White Senche mods were fairly well received. I had plans eventually to tie the two mods together into a larger quest / storyline, but life interfered and my motivation dried up. Eventually, I fell out of the modding scene there altogether.The experience was not wasted, however. Through the suggestion of a friend, I happened across PlaneShift, an open-source MMO in need of all manner of artists and asset-creators. While the graphics and gameplay were a decade behind other MMOs even then, it was a chance for me to try my skills in a somewhat more "professional" setting. In the span of a couple weeks, I created two new skins for the "enkidukai," the cat-race of the game, allowing them to make five of the six clans playable. My favorite work was the texturing for the female enki's plate armor - no simple task, given that the UVW map was poorly scaled for different sections of the model, not to mention stretching and warping in the map itself.Sadly, PlaneShift's development suffered from a great deal of internal friction, due in no small part to its leadership. When our Art Department leadership went AWOL for a time, asset creation ground to a halt - in their absence, I took it on myself to keep the gears turning, requesting higher levels of access to the task system and doing what I could to reach out to anyone still associated with that wing of development. Eventually, the internal issues wore me down as well, and I took my leave of the place.From there, I joined the MMO Perfect World, under the name Kephras, and discovered a new-found love for machinima. I hadn't forgotten the skills I'd learned with Morrowind models, but PWI's 'cinematic mode' allowed me to do things in-game that I'd never considered possible before. When they held their first-ever Video Contest, I went straight to work planning, filming, and editing - then fretted weeks away while the community managers reached a decision. I'd hoped my entry would be good enough to place, as the prize on offer was "any mount of your choice," including ones unreleased in the western "International" version. When the winners were finally announced however, nothing could've prepared me for the shock.My video had won 1st place.Shortly afterwards, my first "Asylum" video made their front news page as well, and all but sealed my place in the PWI community as "the video guy." The vast portion of my youtube views and subscribers all stem from that bit of success, particularly for the Asylum shorts.Unfortunately, PWI had an ugly side as well - F2P MMOs are known for exploitative cash-shop practices, and this one was a worse offender than most. After a new community manager took over, and made "lying straight-faced to players" an art form, I bitterly called them out on it (along with dozens of others), and Kephras of Heaven's Tear was perma-banned from the forums. I remained in-game for a while, and on the boards under other aliases, but the damage was done. PWI's short-sightedness and mismanagement was too much to tolerate.When I left PWI for Lord of the Rings Online, I'd thought to take my video-making with me, but sadly, LOTRO lacked the cinematic features that made filming enjoyable. I spent most of my time simply playing the game with friends and ignoring the community at large. It did, however, have its uses. And when I grew weary of LOTRO, TERA was right there to pick up the slack. To this day I'd still say it has the best combat of any MMO available - even if it lacked in pretty much everything else.Which brings us largely to the present day - joining EMC, becoming a contributor here, and doing side-duty modding for FTL and running spam control on the forums (whenever possible - as of this writing they're being a little fussy).And for all this time, I've noticed something interesting. No matter which community I set paw in, I seem to leave an impression - a person of note, respected by most, and often in some kind of leadership capacity. I tend not to think too highly of myself, as my real-life fortunes have been anything but, yet I can't help seeing the pattern develop.Obviously I've left out some bits here and there for brevity, but that's me in a nutshell, EMC. I don't do "AMA's" but you're welcome to question anything on the table here, past or present.