This is a long one.
My name is Richard Archangelo Black or Rick Black for short. But you likely know me better as Ebon Topaz.
I'm a 19 year old college student from Holland, currently studying a course of Media Design at ROC Leiden. At this moment I've just passed the first year, and I'm currently enjoying my Summer vacation. Before I did Media Design I studied an advanced course in Informatics for two years, though I had to step down due to some health problems which I'll discuss later.
I live together with my father and twin brother in a small town at the coast. My parents are divorced, and my mother lives on the other side of town together with my stepfather. My father is an analytical chemist in the hospital, my mother works at the helpdesk of the same hospital, and my stepfather is an international truck driver. My brother studies a basic course in chemistry.
My favorite hobbies are video gaming (both playing and creating), listening to music, writing and of course, spending time with friends!
At the moment, I'm working on my first ever custom video game, using a program named RMXP. It will be a RPG game in the technical style of Final Fantasy 4 through 6, with custom characters, classes, enemies and a unique story I've written myself. At the moment I've created all the mayor characters and wrote the first part of the general storyline. At the end of the Summer, I hope to at least have a demo ready for the community to try out!
My dream is to one day before famous for my own creations, though which in particular is still beyond me. I do however consider myself to be quite a creative person, and I'm especially good at thinking up storylines and expanding them. Perhaps becoming a famous writer could be pretty cool? Hm...
Unfortunately, there is a much darker part of my life. For the sake of not upsetting anypony, I'll spoiler it for anypony who does not wish to know about it.
For generations, my family has been cursed with all sorts of weird, uncurable disabilities.
For example, my father began to suffer from Parkinson a few years ago. Without his medicine, he has a lot of trouble walking, standing up straight, or even holding objects. It might be an inheritable form, as well; my grandmother from my father's side has the exact same simptoms of Parkinson (Though to a much further degree) and her father also suffered from the disease.
As for my brother, he suffers from Crohn's disease. Although he has medicine against it as well, he still often experiences the simptoms when he forgets to use it, and the medicine will slowly begin to reduce in effectiveness over the years.
Lastly, I too suffer from a chronic disability. And the worst part is, even the doctors do not know what's it is, and simply gave up on treating me after two years, deciding it was best to just keep me on the medication they believed worked best and painkillers. In a nutshell, the acidity of my stomach acid is much lower on the pH scale then it should be; wheras normal stomach acid is on a scale of 2.0, mine is on a scale of 1,5. To compare, sulphuric acid is on a scale of 1.0. This causes me to suffer from frequent pain in my stomach, chronic nausea which even my medication won't solve, and regular throwing up. I'm also completely unable to consume alcohol or fizzy drinks, and I can only eat chocolate or fried food in very small amounts.
Due to the acidity of my stomach acid, my stomach will gradually become more and more damaged, to the point where it will stop working... At which point I will die. The doctors predict that with my current state of affairs, this will keep me alive for 20-30 more years.
Anyway, back to some more cheerful sobjects.
My favorite pony of MLP:FiM is Fluttershy. She is in my opinion the cutest of the main cast, and I find her generally entertaining in most of her appearances. Especially Flutterrage (which I hope will make a reappearance in a future episode) secured her part at number #1! Additionally, I can relate to her shyness, as I used to be quite shy as well during my High School years.
As for my favorite music... I'm open to many things. I don't restrict myself to certain genres or bands, but I simply like certain songs, and I don't like others. For example, my favorite song at the moment isn't even from a music band, but from a video game: Rising Sun from Okami.
Now, my opinion of the MLP community!
There's not much I can say here that hasn't been said, really. Although the comminuty has had its ups and downs, I still feel to this day that I'm truly amongst understanding and kind people, who still know when to have fun and when to behave when it's appropriate; a thing I find lacking on many places in both the internet and real life. The community has helped me with various matters I had trouble dealing with on my own, and has actually managed to change me as a person. I feel more cheerful, I feel stronger, and I feel less insecure; three problems which I suffered from greatly before meeting all of you.
That is why I love the community, and why I always look forward to visiting everypony the next day. Even if the series themselves disband in the (hopefully) far-off future, I truly hope that this community will last even longer; straight into the upcoming generations, perhaps!