I started playing aoe2 in 2000. It was an on and off thing, and at one point many years passed before I decided to get back into it, and drag my partner into it as well. My first online multiplayer game was in 2017 on HD on steam. I quit playing for a year and then got back into DE as soon as it was released. After that I was introduced to the community through watching streamers on Twitch. I think for all its flaws, the age of empires community is one of the best out there, it can be a wonderful community and I was lucky enough to meet many awesome people in it. I'm particularly fond of the Age of Queens sub-community, the aim of which is to empower and support women who play age of empires 2 and I'm happy to be part of an admin team of women who are so passionate about the game and the community. I can say that I am proud of the way in which our little community of women from all over the world is evolving, and that is why to me it felt worth introducing to everyone who plays this game, so I founded the Age of Queens clan server in 2021, in the hopes that it would be a public platform for us women, and our voice in the larger age of empires community; a place that can grant everyone access into our tournaments and events whether to watch, cast, or even sometimes partiticipate, and to promote our members: streamers, content creators, mod creators, campaign creators, and players, in a supportive environment for women. I'm very excited to see our community continue to grow and I can't wait to meet more wonderful women who like us, love this game.