Dear staff, I broke (bended?) a rule by liking this post using my alt but I hope that this doesn't pose too much of a problem. My main motivation is to show confirmation without having to post again. If you think that this isn't the best of ideas, I don't care about the reason, then I'd appreciate a heads up then I'll fix it right away. Moved to profile Hi gang!Last year, on the 25th of April 2015, Empire Minecraft saw their 300.000th player pop online. A girl who went by the name of AyanamiKun and who managed to fit in pretty nicely. Well... the time has come to reveal my best (and worst) secret on the Empire: AyanamiKun is basically my alter-ego, or alt in short.I was originally planning to spill the secret 10 days from now (Aya's anniversary) but due to my recent absence I felt the need to share it here and now. I suppose I could have come up with some solid excuses as to why Aya was also absent for a while (for starters by going online somewhere next week to make things less obvious) but after the heartwarming 'welcome back' I got today I felt that I had to share right here, right now. Also because I want to explain what exactly happened and why things went as they did.First and foremost I want to start by saying that I honestly wasn't happy - at all - with the way things happened. Looking back it was also kind of funny, but I still felt guilty because I couldn't help feel that I somewhat "stole" someone elses spotlight True story: first thing I did after things settled down a little bit was to PM both Aikar and Krysyy and apologize for the whole mess, also promising them that I'd make up for it. Well... I like to think that 'we' did that in the mean time, so now its time to tell the real story behind the 300k player.Me & my alter-egoI really like roleplay, a lot, and so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I was heavily impressed when I learned of some of the alt's which my friends kept around. Especially an alt from Hashhog; he really managed to fool me into believing that his alt was actually a real person. I loved it!So last year I came back from work, I was tired as heck, had a few drinks and then I decided that since a lot of my friends had alts (even Elfin, who was basically just as new as I was!) so should I. I wanted an alt for quite some time, but could never really make up my mind. Now: I was aware that the 300k player was about to arrive, but at one point people announced in town chat that someone was already located on SMP6:[03:59:36] [Client thread/INFO]: [CHAT] T cadenman2002: Get ready...[03:59:36] [Client thread/INFO]: [CHAT] T themanofA: so dang close[03:59:44] [Client thread/INFO]: [CHAT] T hashhog3000: Smp6 is the default and has one in tutorialAt this time a server reset was announced because of some updates and that was the trigger for me.I checked my money, I created a new e-mail address (easy if you run your own server), registered on the Mojang website, etc, etc. All in all it took quite a while before I finally had my 2nd account. This is the first official log when Aya came online for the very first time:[04:07:22] [Client thread/INFO]: Setting user: AyanamiKun[04:07:22] [Client thread/INFO]: (Session ID is token:<snip>)[04:07:25] [Client thread/INFO]: LWJGL Version: 2.9.4[04:07:26] [Client thread/INFO]: Reloading ResourceManager: DefaultAs you can see: nearly 10 minutes later. I was taking my time to read the stuff in the tutorial when I suddenly noticed some anxiety, some people even started to sent me money and that's when I realized that something bad was about to happen.I never intended to become the 300k player. In fact: my whole idea was to simply log on, "do" the tutorial again and optionally look around for a way to get a quadrant (4 residences next to each other) but that's it. The whole idea behind my alt was to keep a low profile, I never intended for her to suddenly become famous or anything.Honest: this was the worst possible scenario for me.So here I was faced with a big dilemma... I could have logged off, but then I'd risk to spoil the fun for a lot of players (Aya's res was jampacked!). Or I could carry on, and after thinking it through I decided to do just that.I didn't know what to expect so I somewhat rushed through the tutorial (the original plan was also to get some sleep on time, I ended up playing for most of the night ) and ended up into total chaos. Uber_Corq was the very first who was onto me so obviously I explained it to him in a PM afterwards, as well as apologizing to Aikar & Krysyy.Who is Rei Ayanami?Rei Ayanami is one of the main figures in the Neon Genesis Evangelion ("NGE") anime series. It happens to be my all-time favorite Anime character from my all-time favorite Anime series. I'm not a die-hard fan (I'm somewhat obsessed with Ghost in the Shell; I even have the original Japanese manga) but big enough to have this series officially on DVD twice. I have the original NGE DVD box but also quickly bought into the re-release: the "Platinum collection". I also have a few gigabytes worth of NGE pictures on my Intranet server (official stuff, fan made stuff, slightly adult stuff, wallpapers, screenshots, etc, etc.) but that is about as far as my collection goes.So when I went for an alt I wanted to use Rei. There is a little more to this though: a few weeks before this happened I held an event "Dress the Shell" where I gave away a diamond supporter voucher for the one who could make me a new skin I liked (was won by BabyCreepersRule). During that period I tried on many of the sent in skins and at one time even used a Rei Ayanami skin which I found on the Internet somewhere (because I didn't want to use my old skin). I liked the skin so much that when I decided to get an alt the choice to create my own Rei was quickly made.Why a female figure, you're a guy for pete's sake?!First and foremost: roleplay my dear reader. I don't care about gender that much, though I've always been careful when playing with AyanamiKun so that I didn't create too much expectations.However, it goes much deeper than this. Whenever I play a game it's not uncommon for me to create a new character and then do things completely different; even if I don't like doing those. I basically force myself to (seriously) try other things to see if I really dislike them all that much. This more than often helps to really get into a game and discover much more about it.A good example is GTAO. I used to play with a male character who got some very fast sportcars, easily shot other players and in general was a bit of a bad ass. After a while I wanted more out of GTAO so I decided to create a female character and I turned the whole thing around: instead of driving sportcars I relied on a motorcycle. Instead of playing missions with brute force ('guns ablazing') I relied on stealth and sneak attacks. I played the game in a completely different way than I did while using my main character (and I also got a good dose of what female players have to endure sometimes, which made me respect female players a whole lot more!).But this way of playing is something I do with all games I like. Skyrim? I had a male Nord character who is a good fighter and thief. And I have a female high-elf who is more into stealth and magic. The male ended up as a vampire, the female devoted herself to Hircine.Empire Minecraft was no different for me. So when I had the chance I introduced my all time favorite fantasy character: Rei Ayanami.End of part I - I did it again!