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    My Growtopia Journey — an autobiography.

    I begin Growtopia in the March of 2013. It’s seven years ago, fifth grade. My parents are still giving me only a couple hours a week to play Growtopia. Sometimes, I sneak the phone into my room and play for hours on end, until two or three in the morning. I wander through worlds, gathering gems until I get my first 50 gems. Life is good.

    My first big discovery was world creation. It was a simple but innovative system that I didn’t fully comprehend as a fifth grader. I first uncovered this process when I accidentally clicked the world name, which brought up a keyboard. My mind was completely blown; this system of worlds was unique only to Growtopia.

    Next, I figured out splicing. I originally thought that rare clothing and items and blocks could only be obtained through gems and the store. When I accidentally planted two different seeds together, I was amazed that I could create new items from existing ones. This crafting system was also completely revolutionary by sandbox game standards. I was astounded by the combinations of items available and the sheer number of recipes on the Wiki.

    My first group of friends consisted of my real life friends. I’m ashamed to say, that when I saw my friends picking up on the game a lot faster than myself, I got jealous. Although I wasn’t scammed, I was first exposed to scamming through my own actions.

    After they left the game, I found a group of forumers that I would soon know to be my closest friends to date: Cade83 and his younger sister Fifi2222, as well as yoloben23, and a couple of others. They were working on a home world, called MANSION2. I was highly impressed by the organization and the acute architecture that seemed to morph each room into a niche position that gave the entire world structure, integrity, and grandeur. They used a fair amount of expensive blocks, including glass blocks, which was one of the best looking blocks at the time.

    However, eventually, the world MANSION2 did get griefed. I wasn’t a part of the team, but a mere friend. However, Cade and the rest of them quit the game for good. I wouldn’t see them until two or three years later, when they came back for a brief period before leaving again due to real life issues.

    A vagabond once again, I stumbled across the first iterations of STYX’s PYRAMIDRUN. He was still working on the water part when I first joined. I befriended him and his mate, Jukca, who quickly became friends with me. Reading STYX’s storyline with the guild trials and missions inspired me heavily, and I wanted to befriend them no matter what. Although I was never on at the same time as STYX, due to timezone conflicts, Jukca convinced STYX to give me access, and I even got my own room in the world at one point.

    Here, I have to say, that one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game is gaining somebody’s trust and recieving access to a world. It was also always a stressful experience to give trust. I knew many who scammed and I was also scammed multiple times. Although I’m currently decently trusted by a fair amount of players, it was always rewarding to get access. It showed that I was trustworthy, and was a good form of validation that kept me going in the game.

    Throughout these times, my interest in music transcribing and composition grew and grew. I sang choir in real life, and I wanted to transcribe the songs that I loved into the game. However, as a poor player, transcribing music was expensive and time-consuming. Mostly, I grinded out world locks and gems to pay for my musical endeavors, only to waste notes, create a song, and go back to square one in terms of wealth.

    After several cycles of this, I grew tired of the game. However, my drowsiness would soon flee. STYX, after winning several WOTD’s and becoming a moderator, announced his event group Templars. Templars took off. It was divided into four teams: Fire, water, earth, and air. It was incredibly hyped up and the forums was flooded with threads on which element was the best. My prime motivation was to go from the recruit role, a knight, to an officer or even a co-guild leader. Although STYX had mostly forgotten me, I was dead set on attaining prestige for myself. This ambition, coupled with increased maturity and interest in writing, would later on propel me to great authority in STYX’s later event group, Ancients.

    STYX’s hype would soon die down, however. After building several worlds, he left for studies. Some Templar worlds were locked by random people. The Templars were mostly disbanded, and my hope for fame and recognition slowly dwindled away. Templars soon became an obscurity, a scar of STYX’s big talk but little action.

    Enter Casino Era. Although I played only a handful of casino games, I mostly lost, and I couldn’t get addicted to casino gambling. I co-ran a casino at HD with a couple of friends, and made a lot of world locks off of this. I was still considered poor, with only a net worth of a diamond lock. Kinda sad, for an old player of three/four years. Funnily enough, I was mostly a libertarian on the issue of casino gambling, attributing gambling addiction to the individual person’s fault. STYX, however, came back, threatening to step down as a moderator if the gambling problem was not fixed. He faced a lot of backlash, but holding the moral high ground, managed to convince Seth and Hamumu to ban casinos altogether. Later on, SydeFX, owner of the biggest casino in the game, FX, was banned for real life money trading. The casino era was dead. The richest of the rich were eternally stratified from the common Growtopian, holding unimaginable wealth and concentrating them within a couple of hundred people. With abominable tax rates, tons of advertising, and good real estate, they managed to turn a couple dozen world locks into several hundred diamond locks, and perhaps even more. I will always see casinos as an incredibly profitable business venture that took predation to new levels.

    As a poor money manager, I grew back into my old habits, and fell back into poverty. Around this time, I wrote my Growtopia Manifesto, an essay on how Guilds would completely renovate our experiences and bring old players back to the game from nostalgia. It was my first essay for the game, and set the stage for me creating elaborate plans for the game in future updates. This prayer would later be answered when Ubisoft created guilds.

    I left the game for some time before STYX and a couple of his friends confided in a couple of people that they were bringing back Templars in the form of Ancients. Originally, Kranken led a couple of people in Sects. I think he got the idea from reading too much wuxia, or chinese novels, which consistently feature sects and clans. Anyways, the Sects get renamed to Ancients.

    When STYX came back, Kranken abdicated and became a Guild Master instead. Him, DynPlaysGT, xRegal, and ZeroRarity are given the role of leading the four guilds: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air, respectively. STYX selected JackBowe to manage a discord server, and the scene was set. With so many reknowned players, I was determined to make a name for myself.

    I was first promoted from a recruit to a fully fledged member of the Earth Ancients when I recruited several members. However, STYX’s constitution for the Ancients really turned my heart over.

    When I saw STYX’s origin story for Ancients’ lore, I was estatic — STYX’s vision for Ancients was incredible, but mine was even grander and included even more elaborate plans. I contacted STYX, livid and eager to write deep lore. When I heard that I was to be in charge of lorebuilding, I was both thankful and incredibly joyful. Although, looking back, writing was never my strong subject. I really sucked at it, but I pretended like I was an expert. I wasn’t. I was garbage.

    As Ancient Lore Warden, I enlisted several eager writers to help me. They became my lorehounds. They are some of my closest friends in the game to this day: Lucklife, Greggs, DynPlaysGT, MattLaurence, and a couple others. Much love from a random dude who didn’t even write much.

    My most widely appreciated work in the Ancients server was a map that I created. It’s a crappy map, I’d gladly admit, but it had some of the most intense geography and city-naming that I had ever done. From Clausolas to Stormgarde, Solariux to Sycamore Mountain, I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process and indulging in my imagination. I created a replica at the world THEANCIENTS, which is a map world magnified with city locations. It’s one of my proudest creations to date.

    Later on, my work would propel me to the position of Discord Officer, given to me back JackBowe. This role was the highest form of validation that I could get — I was finally trustworthy, in the arms of friends that I once admired.

    However, soon, STYX’s event group would get stale. The same quizzes, parkours, races, spleefs that were held every week became less and less exciting. There wasn’t anything to be gained from attending a guild event other than the occasional material pride. Really, the event group did little actively to hand out honor, other than a discord role. The discord server slowly became less and less active. My lorehounds kept writing, but most of the work was discarded anyways. Others tried a hand at writing, but couldn’t.

    Eventually I stepped down from being a Discord Officer. I had personality clashes with another officer, and I just couldn’t handle the position, especially because it was my junior year of high school. With a heavy heart, I resigned from both my position as a Discord Officer and my Ancient Lore Warden position. I gave it over to Lucklife, who continued the lore for some time before stepping down as well.

    The server slowly froze into a stasis, with little activity and little motivation for hosting events. We were just all tired. The ancients server was first offered to be completely handed over to Lucklife, but then JackBowe decided to completely delete it. The server itself was a work of art.

    Ancients is gone for good. Templars, the incomplete plan, was carried out to its conclusion. For what? For nothing. It’s all gone. The Ancients discord server, deleted. Our lore work, destroyed or archived. But I found meaning in the process. I found meaning in working for a cause greater than myself. I found soul in mentoring other young writers. I found authority in leading a team that I am so thankful for.

    Since 2019, I have left the game. I have gained a significant amount of wealth, after investing in 17 magplants, selling them, and purchasing a BUY+ world BUYCURTAIN. It makes me a good deal of wealth where I can leisurely spend world locks on making music, building worlds, and pursuing other hobbies in the game. But I can’t seem to find genuine interest after what happened to Ancients. I wish I could recreate that experience. I wish Ubisoft could create that sort of feeling of acceptance by those you admire, some fulfilling aspect of the game added so we can have better social interactions.

    I wrote Growtopia Manifesto 2 as a result of my inadequate feelings. It focused on bringing more tribalism to the game, such as the conflicts that Ancients artificially created.

    Looking back, I had so much fun with Growtopia. Although I haven’t posted much or even got on the game in the past few months, Growtopia has some of my most special memories. I have to say that I love the game so much, even though I might have grown out of it. It’s incredibly dear to me and I would do anything just to gain interest in the game again.

    Although pursuing a moderatorship or guardianship seems to be the most validating experience I could ever have, I don’t know whether I can handle it. As a senior, I’m trying to make the most out of my last year of high school, and I will be incredibly busy in college. I still love the game, no experience can surpass the highs I experienced as an integral member of the Ancients team. It’s such a big part of my Growtopia identity that I can’t play the game normally anymore. A big thanks to the Ancients team: STYX, JackBowe, and the rest of them. Thank you for making Growtopia home for me.
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    I couldn't agree more with the idea of Growtopia's social aspect being the best part of GT. Its more or less of what has attracted me to the game and has motivated me to keep playing.

    Pretty cool and interesting autobiography for sure, its interesting to look back at the years and admire how we as Growtopians have changed. It kind of gives me motivation to share my own experience as well but who knows
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    I couldn't agree more with the idea of Growtopia's social aspect being the best part of GT. Its more or less of what has attracted me to the game and has motivated me to keep playing.

    Pretty cool and interesting autobiography for sure, its interesting to look back at the years and admire how we as Growtopians have changed. It kind of gives me motivation to share my own experience as well but who knows
    Yes -- I have always pushed for more interactions between players.

    Please do share your experiences! It gives people perspective
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    Thank you for sharing your story with us! I loved it and was quite immersed in your experience. Some friends that you had are still active, such as Dyn. I haven’t played for very long, not even a year, but I can agree with you, socializing and interacting with friends is great.

    Edit: One question: do you still play?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noobified View Post
    Thank you for sharing your story with us! I loved it and was quite immersed in your experience. Some friends that you had are still active, such as Dyn. I haven’t played for very long, not even a year, but I can agree with you, socializing and interacting with friends is great.
    Thanks for the feedback! These types of posts can be kind of hard on the eyes, because its a block of text. Thanks for reading!

    I know that some of my friends are still in the game -- It just can't find meaning anymore. Everything feels tiring. Restocking my BUY+ world, building wealth, it's a burnout.

    I don't play that much anymore, and my BUY+ is inactive as of late.
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    yeah i had a similar experience i start in 2017 and like i got bored becuase game was not like use to be in 2017 so i quitted but return because i like idea of guild even though i am too poor to join one but i am farm to get wls maybe like 150 wls or seomthing so people will want me in theyre guild

    i think your story is interests and probaly lots of player have same story or similar story
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    Quote Originally Posted by hi guise View Post
    yeah i had a similar experience i start in 2017 and like i got bored becuase game was not like use to be in 2017 so i quitted but return because i like idea of guild even though i am too poor to join one but i am farm to get wls maybe like 150 wls or seomthing so people will want me in theyre guild

    i think your story is interests and probaly lots of player have same story or similar story
    Yes, guilds is very expensive for the average Growtopian. We need updates that cater towards everybody

    Thanks for the feedback! I just want to help build bridges with other Growtopians!
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    Thank you, lad. That autobiography is beautiful.
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    A very nice story. Good job mate.

    Edit: Many things you mentioned trigger my nostalgia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astigmatisme View Post
    autobiography
    Yes sir!

    Quote Originally Posted by BoxeyBoy View Post
    Thank you, lad. That autobiography is beautiful.
    A pleasure to write. Lots of pent-up feelings of longing for old times here

    Quote Originally Posted by IPractices View Post
    A very nice story. Good job mate.

    Edit: Many things you mentioned trigger my nostalgia.
    Thanks! I enjoyed writing so much.
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    Aww nostalgia

    i love it <3
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