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An ancient relic..

I've been using the Internet for a long time now. I can officially say “long time” when it's been over 15 years. I've been “online” for even longer than that and using computers for even longer. Here are some “get off my lawn” moments for you young hoodlums.

I know I'm old school because…

  • I know what a BBS is and I used multiple ones (Syrana's family even ran one. Called “This & That” Can still find it listed on this page.)
  • I used Blogger back when Pyra Labs first set it up.
  • I actually used a 2400-baud modem. No more whining about your 3G!
  • I physically purchased a boxed version of a web browser. Netscape Navigator 2.0 from Best Buy. I still have the box and disks. (Remember. 2400-baud modem.)
  • I remember when your only option was “Hotmail.”
  • The first web browser I used was Lynx. All text and we loved it!
  • This was my first home page.
  • I remember when Yahoo! was still hosted over at
  • I used AltaVista.
  • I played Rise of the Triad multiplayer with one other person and it was amazing.
  • My first computer was a TI-99/4A. And no, that wasn't a calculator. (Actually, the TI-86 calculators are twice as powerful based on my quick math.)
  • I saved a file to a cassette tape, on purpose.
  • I installed Windows 95 in 1995 using 13 floppy disks.
  • I have nightmares about IRQ conflicts, config.sys files, and modem initialization strings.
  • I know that Kermit was more than just a green Muppet.
  • I know what a Wumpus is and I hunted them.

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We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!