Hi there, I just now joined the Bulbagarden Forums, and I thought I'd introduce myself.
I'm a long-time pokemon fan dating back to the R/B/Y days. I'm probably one of the older members on the forum since I was already a freshman in college when Pokemon was hitting it big in America and I got into it (I'm currently a prehistoric 32 years old). I wondered into Pokemon completely by accident: I left my TV on one night and when I woke up on Saturday morning, Pokemon was on. As an immature college kid, I couldn't stop giggling whenever Pikachu spoke, and it led me to download the games on ROMs and emulators and play them.
It was Gen3 before I played a physical game (not a ROM), and that was LeafGreen. Since then, I've played 100% percent "legitimately", and own several copies of the games, as well as 3 different versions of the DS (Lite, 3DS, and 3DS XL; I am SO READY for X/Y to come out!).
While I was mostly a passive fan through the first three generations, I got more thoroughly into the games starting with generation four. To this day, Sinnoh is my favorite region, even though I know a lot of people dislike it.
I've been a fan of several other pokemon-based sites while learning more and more about the games. I've used Bulbapedia for info for quite a while now, and I JUST found out that there is a forum here! Crazy, right?
I'm hoping to spend my time here trading (I have an immense collection of flawless shiny pokemon from trading at other websites) and sharing fan-fiction (I have a story I'm hoping to start reposting here to share with a new audience). I'm sure over time, I'll branch out to other areas of the forums and meet new people with other interests.
So I hope to get off on the right foot here and meet some snazzy people and learn what the best aspects of Bulbagarden are! Thanks in advance, everyone!