Posted on 26-10-2007
Filed Under (NC Blog) by NightCrawler on 26-10-2007

First off my name is Tom , also known as the “NightCrawler”.   For 33 years I was employed in the Law Enforcement & Security Fields, and just recently I “early” retired.  I spent 20 years in the United States Air Force specializing in the Law Enforcement career field from 1972 to 1992, and after I retired from the USAF, I began work in the security consultant field.  In November 2005, after spending 13 years with a major worldwide military insurance provider, I decided that after I had a very healthy “nest egg” saved up that I would “early” retire to spend more time with my family and do things that I prefer.  What are those things, you might ask?  Well it is writing about my experiences while PC gaming, developing websites, publishing news stories for websites like Gamedrome.com, SimHQ.com, and my own PCGameNews.net, that I like accomplishing these days. 

I do not know the exact month back in 1988 I first started out playing PC Games, but I started playing PC games on the Commodore Amiga System. (**As a matter of Fact, I still have that old machine, and YES it does still work!**)  Some members may have heard of this computer gaming system, some may not other than it probably is listed as a “father figure” for the modern PC Gaming and Graphics outbreak  But my first on-line gaming experience, that I was “forced” to play by a friend and fellow co-worker of mine, was the original “Delta Force” via telephone modem.  We had many hours of fun playing that game, along with several other co-workers, and neighbors, during the week off work. 

The rest is history.  In 2001, while playing the EA game of Medal of Honor, I joined my first internet gaming “Team” the [420thSS].  Then in November 2003, I moved on to another Medal of Honor Spearhead “Team”, the [MoRg] (Militia of Rogue Gunslingers).  Then in mid-July 2004, I ended up joining the JGC, to play the game of Joint Operations.  That group then reformed itself in March of 2005 into a group named the Allied War Gamers, or AWG for short.  I was the leader there until I moved on to help a friend form another Joint Operations “Team” named the Joint Game Corps, or the JGC again.  I seem to always go back to those letters for some reason, probably because that was some of the best times I have had in my PC gaming career. 

Well I guess everyone in the whole gaming world has been waiting for my story to this subject, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the X-Men, I can promise you.  I hope everyone has an hour or so to read my story, because I can assure you, that you will fall asleep before halfway through.  So here it goes, along with first a little “history” of “The NightCrawler”: 

My Gaming Name is NightCrawler, I have gone by that name ever since I have been playing PC Games.  I came by that name in a way that is kind of hard to translate, BUT it has nothing to do with the X-Men’s Nightcrawler.  Other players would say, sure right, BUT truly I did not come by that name that way.  As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know there was an X-Man character of this name because I did not read comic books and didn’t keep up with them.  Back in the mid to late 70’s, I had a CB Radio “handle” or Call sign of NightOwl for which I really don’t know how I came across that, other than that was what my mom called me, while I was in High School,  because I stayed out late at night most of the time all week.  Then sometime in 1981, when I was stationed in the country of Turkey, with the USAF, my friends on my Law Enforcement Shift started calling me Crawler for some reason.  I guess because I had a “knack” of sneaking somehow up to people in the act of theft, or other violations of the law.  So when I was brainstorming a good game name for myself back in 1988, I came to the idea of combining my two (2) nicknames that I had into ONE.  Henceforth, the name NightCrawler came into being, for me anyway. There are MANY with that name in the gaming world right now, and I can bet that the majority of them are named that due to the X-Men movies. Even in Single-Player games, when I am able to create a character name, my name would and will still be NightCrawler

And here we ALL are, in the present, getting ready to play Battlefield Vietnam and Joint Operations, and more as the JGC.  What a future we have as a “Team”.  May the JGC Rule.

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