Guess I'm gonna revive this thread. I've been spending a lot of time thinking about Fire Pro today, the work I've done, and why this game means so much to me.
I first REALLY started playing Fire Pro my freshman year of high school. I had tried FPWR a few times but never really figured out the grapple timing system. I kept hearing online about how cool it was, but I just couldn't figure it out. I was at a boarding school at the time where we had limited time to play video games, and we didn't have wifi in our rooms, and one thing I discovered was emulators. It was a way I could play games, offline, on my computer. As long as I didn't get caught, I was good. So I was playing a GBA emulator, and found out Fire Pro existed for GBA. So I started to play it. And I loved it. I made my own real world edits, I played the matches, and I even figured out the grapple system. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. But I wanted to figure out how to play Returns....so that summer, after leaving the boarding school, I learned how to actually play Returns. I downloaded edit packs full of real world edits, and I played the game. I actually played it, and I actually used the default edits. And it was so fun.
Eventually I thought it would be the coolest and most unique thing to make my own custom edits, but I didn't trust my ability to work the system, especially logic. So I just put my own names and appearances on default edits. And that was fun for a while. But I wanted to have full creative control...so I started making edits. The logic was bad, their movesets were overkill, but they were my own. I tried to follow people's advice, but still got overzealous. And I came up with the name for my promotion: Massacre Pro Wrestling. Of course, I thought it was the most unique thing ever that I was making my own edits. At the time, I was on Fire Pro Club, after it had basically died, and didn't know WARENA was a thing. Then I learned about WARENA....and I learned how to really make edits. I made better edits, I fixed some of my old ones and I made new ones. I realized E-Feds were a thing and joined FPCPP. I was part of a community. And I was actually able to make Massacre Pro Wrestling an awesome reality. I joined appearance drafts, I created shows and not that many people seemed to watch, but it was fun.
And then, I stopped. I mean, I always had times where I wanted nothing more than to play firepro, and times where I didn't care to. But I felt the community dying, very slowly. I tried to keep things going but I just kept feeling so....discouraged. Fire Pro had been escape and had gotten me through so much: having a child, the beginnings of my transition, breaking up with my ex-fiancee: Fire Pro was there through it all. And yet, I just stopped playing. I tried to get back into it, but it just didn't feel the same. I felt bad, cause I had left projects untouched. I had unread and unanswered messages. I felt I should continue the stories I started but I didn't want to. I couldn't bring myself to. No one would care, anyways. This happened about a year ago, around the time of Ceese's passing.
Recently though, I wanted to give it another shot. And I realized the best chance to do that would come from more or less starting fresh. I needed to do something I could actually get excited about, that I would be proud of. So I created Transgender Wrestling Alliance. I had thoughts of creating an LGBT themed promotion for a while: Heck, MPW's most recent champion is a gay man with rainbow tights, and I had an edit called LGBTiger. (Now in TWA as Trans Tiger) And so I did. I made my own edits, edited my FPCPP edit to reflect my new name and update her appearance, and just came up with as many trans themed edits as I could. I also had other people give me their trans-identified edits as well to use. And I made a show, and felt good about it.
Of course, that's not all I wanted to do: But I didn't want to deal with my old edits. So I started Dark World Pro Wrestling at the same time. And as the Ceese Memorial Draft was going to happen, I really got excited again. Excited about drafting appearances, excited about working on stuff for DWPW, excited about Fire Pro. And as I began to draft edits, I worked the logic and movesets. I really loved making these edits. I missed edit making, I really did.
In the same time span, as you know, Fire Pro Wrestling World was announced. I had wanted, so bad, another Fire Pro. But I didn't know if it would ever happen. The night I found out about World, I had made the mistake of going with my fiancee to board games. And I say that, because all I wanted that night was to think about World, to be with the community, to enjoy all things Fire Pro. The game I loved would be getting new life. People would keep caring about fire pro, and that made me so happy.
Recently, I was looking through the list of edits left still in the Ceese Memorial Draft. And I started thinking about making my own Universe essentially. Like, I love making edits, I love taking people's appearances, tweaking them, making a moveset, doing logic, seeing what fun stuff I can come up with. And I always make more edits that can reasonably fit in a promotion, at least arguably. It starts to get less manageable. So I keep changing up the roster, making new edits debut, etc. It might not be the best way to do things in terms of booking, but I love it.
And I thought to myself, why limit myself? Why not make as many edits as I want, play with them, make lots of promotions, what's the harm? I can have lots of edits, I can have lots of promotions, I don't have to use them all formally to have and appreciate them.
And so, I started thinking if I wanted any MPW edits, so I brought up the old save.
And I saw all the work I had done, all the way back to the crappy old overpowered edits I first made.
And I decided I wanted this edit....and that one....and maybe this one too, and what the hell this one...
I ended up moving most of old edits to my current save. And I realized....this was years of work. Years of drafts, of edit ideas, of work I can truly be proud of. Sure, the edits aren't perfect. They have flaws, but I worked damn hard to make them. So I put them on my save, and simmed a couple matches of new edits vs old. And I was excited. I have this whole universe of edits already, a universe I can keep growing. I don't have to limit myself.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all these edits. But I know that my work doesn't have to get left behind. A fresh start doesn't have to mean getting rid of my hard work, it just means not feeling burdened by the decisions or commitments of the past that no longer serve me.
I may start streaming. I may put on shows from time to time. I may just play on fire pro. Idk how many of these edits I'm going to try to transfer onto World. But I'm proud of what I've made. I'm proud of the years of edits, the years of fun and work in creating this universe. And I'm proud of this community.