It's amazing how long it has been and how much I have changed since I first took an interest in BFME Modding. Back in August 2006 when it all started, I was a recent high school graduate nervous to start my freshman year of college. Kind of like Bilbo getting ready to start his first big "adventure" Throughout the coming years, my skills evolved, and my involvement with BFME modding and the T3A community as a whole increased dramatically. Then, in 2012, I more or less vanished without any explanation or word of what happened. For that I am sorry. To make a long story short, I burned out and lost the spark and motivation that I initially had when I first started modding. A lot of big changes where happening in my life, and it seemed I had less and less time and energy to commit to T3A and BFME modding. Thus are the wonders of life.
It is now March 2014. It has been 7.5 years since I first arrived on the BFME modding scene. I have a bachelor's and master's degree in social work, and I work full-time as a child welfare caseworker. It is a challenging and exhausting job at times, but it has kept me humble and sincere. I have grown and evolved so much over the years, and I hope to keep that trend well into my future. But enough of that. I am posting now after such a long absence because I wish to finish a project that I started when I was still a kid. There has always been a pit in my stomach so to speak about never completing Helm's Deep Last Hope. The project means so much more to me than just a mod, and I just cannot help but feel that a part of me will neverfeel complete it until I am completely satisfied with the final product and release it to the public.
In the past, one of my problems was taking on way too many projects and responsibilities, and I lost my original intentions with the mod and its goals. I do not regret taking on jobs such as TEA:CE and T3A admin, but it did leave me with virtually no time for Helm's Deep Last Hope. That is my fault entirely. I believe I have a better sense of when I am overreaching and when I need to step back and evaluate my own health and needs.
So here I am. I suppose back and better than ever! My first task is to get myself reoriented on where I left things at and where things need to go moving forward. But before I can do that though, I first need to get a new computer. Now, I am by no means an expert on computers and all the gadgets and hardware with it. This is where I hope some of you can help guide me in the right direction. I am willing to spend a decent amount of money investing in a solid gaming computer. Obviously, I need a computer that can run BFME on the highest settings smoothly. I also would like the computer to be powerful enough to run some fairly newer game well such as Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty. I know for some people that game is hardly new, but I have been meaning to play it for years now but never really got around to it. Any help or guidance on where to look for a solid gaming desktop? Looking online, it seems that Alienware, CyberpowerPC, CybertronPC, iBuyPower, Avatar, Acer, and Asus are popular brands. Like I said, I am a novice when it comes to this area so any assistance or expertise in this area is greatly appreciated. Thank you all, and here's to a new beginning