5000 days on Basil
I can't believe that I still visit this site weekly (even though there's not much activity anymore), and that Basil is still my browser homepage, a habit I began when I was only 13.
MapleStory sure has changed a lot - not for the better - and that has definitely contributed to Basil's lack of activity. However, I think it's more significant that the internet in general has changed so much since Basil's best years (2005-2012). Thanks to resources like Reddit and Discord, people with no programming or leadership experience can quickly and easily grow a community like we used to have here. In some ways this is a good thing, but I lament the loss of forums, and that everything online seems so centralized now; wasn't it more fun when the internet was seemingly only for nerdy types and actual gamers? Things are becoming more corporate by the day.
Anyway...I don't post very much these days, but I wanted to say how grateful I am that Basil was a part of my life, especially during my teenage years. I have a lot of fun, special memories from this site, such as using the auction system to get rare gear in pre-BB MS, browsing the scary stories threads in the Chat section late at night, or talking about our young people problems (which, looking back, weren't as bad as we thought at the time, haha) during the summer months when everybody had time off from work and school. Thank you, Mr. Basil, for all of the effort you put into building our community during Basil's heyday; Basilmarket meant and still means so much to so many people.
If you have your own special memories or funny stories from Basilmarket, I'd love to hear them. Otherwise, I hope your life is going well, and that you're not growing up too fast!
P.S. I started playing Maple on Friday May 13th, 2005, and continued playing until around September 2010, when potential was being introduced to GMS. I created my Basil account in October 2005, and stopped frequenting the site in mid-2012, when Basil began to change, and my interest in Maple was essentially gone. MapleStory (in its classic form) is still my favorite online game of all time.
Here, have a nostalgic BGM (my favorite Maple music) to get you in the mood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NoF8PHQJqQ