Tropers / Vanguard

About Vanguard (the word):

  • van·guard
  • Pronunciation: \ˈvan-ˌgärd also ˈvaŋ- * Function: noun
  • Etymology: Middle English vauntgard, from Anglo-French vantgarde, avantgarde, from avant- fore- (from avant before, from Late Latin abante) + garde guard — more at advance
  • Date: 15th century
    • 1 : the troops moving at the head of an army
    • 2 : the forefront of an action or movement

About Vanguard (the troper):

Vanguard, sometimes "Vanguard1219" to the internet at large depending on the availability of the name, is a writers of sorts, a supporter of LoadingReadyRun and a member of their "gang" the Runners, a freelance photographer who has founded his own studio (named Vanguard Imageworks), a borderline destitute staring artist and an overall cynical, jaded and deeply sarcastic individual with occasional bouts of completely unwarranted and incredibly inaccurate narcissism.

His Tumblr blog, "Stuff Van Says", can be found here. It alternates between nerdy content and his own artwork (about half of the latter of which is thoroughly Not Safe for Work). His often-neglected Twitter account, meanwhile, is here.

He's also getting tired of referring to himself in the third person.

Why Vanguard (the troper) uses Vanguard (the word) as a name for Vanguard (the troper):

As noted above, "vanguard" means "the troops moving at the head of an army". This is fitting because, in just about every multiplayer game I've ever played in my entire life I'm A) usually the first one (or at least among the first) to charge in guns blazing to engage the enemy, b) if I'm lucky, the first one to kill somebody, and C), if I'm having an off day, the first one to die.

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