I joined a Twitch discord server.
I had Amazon Prime and still do to this day. During that time there was this streamer that I really liked for some reason as he mostly streamed League and TFT, so for around three months I used my free Twitch sub to support him. Eventually I would find out that there was a discord server for subscribers and decided to join it. It was ok, nothing special as the community was rather braindead, but there was this guy that talked to me and would at the end recommend me SS13.
I played with the mentioned person who told me to join the Paradise server, which at that time I understood shit of the game, and, if I remember well, he didn’t help me much at all, so I kind of had to figure things on the go, not much of messing around except exploding a welding tank with a welder and after some time I got bored and killed myself with some metal rods.
After some time, I got revived in Medbay and was asked what happened. I promptly said: “I was testing my strength”, and then I think I just left after the doctors told me to not kill myself again, funnily, I would go to the bar and drink myself to death, I got revived a second time after the doctors removed all the alcohol in my bloodstream, they told me I had a lot of liver damage and wouldn’t fix it because I caused it to myself with alcohol and after that I don’t remember more of the round.
The guy told me to read the wiki and shit so I ultimately learned how to do the basic stuff in SS13.
My first serious role was the paramedic job, which the wiki had marked it as easy and honestly? It was. I learned their medical system pretty fast and it was simple. I remember my first patient in Engineering, west outside of the PA room dying, unsure why but at that time I still had basic knowledge and I didn’t read the server rules, improvising I got inside the first engineering room by breaking a window. After that, I noticed that I lacked the ability to continue entering with the dying guy but there was an SSD engineer. I decided to take his ID and seconds later I was asleep. As mentioned before, I was pretty new and didn’t know what was happening. After some time, I got bwoinked and the admin told me what I was doing, I explained that there was a guy dying and I needed to get in fast. He asked me if I had read the rules to which I responded with yes but the guy was dying (I did not read the rules by the way). The admin was somehow pretty understanding and didn’t even noted me, told me that the AI could have opened the doors for me and have a Paradise day or something similar. The guy died but was teleported to Medbay, no idea if he was revived I never found out, but probably yes.
Later in the following days I would cut contact with the discord server and the guy who recommended me the game. Later on, I would get banned in Paradise for robusting somebody as a mime outside the HoP line on a nukie round and decided to stop playing the game, but then I had the clever idea of making an alt account to keep playing, something kept me in the game. My second account wasn’t that successful in the game, I got warned and banned several times so I decided to do what worked before and create a third alt account. This time I would play more realistically, more serious less shitty and actively try to engage more with the game. I had no idea Paradise had a discord server so I never joined. I would start playing other roles and try the antagonist roles, I made a name with this third account and besides the warnings and some bans that I got, never decided to make a fourth alt account, I played with the same account for a total of 1100 hours. Finally, between those hours I was getting a bit bored of Paradise and decided to visit other servers.
There were TG, Yog, Fulp, whatever Fallout server was on early 2018, also the ERP servers but that never interested me (thank God). But there was this server that I noticed multiple times, it was always in the top 1.