The name’s TC. I started way back in 2003 I think, randomed into a family after I had seen an ad or something mentioning the game online. To this day I don’t remember anyone from that first family but they took me under their wing and showed me the ropes.
TC comes from “The Confederacy”, which was my empire name for the first couple rounds. I had just completed the original starcraft campaigns for the first time I think. AdmStukov was my IRC nick, which changed to TheConfederacy as to be more easily identified, which people shortened to TC. And it stuck.
Eventually made friends with some other misfits in the forums, started an IRC channel called #idiots and [TI] was born. Many goofy adventures were had.
I’ll need to dig through the archives and figure out where on earth my first family went.