I'm sad I missed out on the BST community before Abyssea. I never had access to a character in a steady way till after Abyssea so... yeah, I missed those days.
Not to be one of those "Back in my day" replies, but in my farewell post here I mentioned how the bst forums almost read like a novel, and it really is true.
Bst was a frustrating job back then. Misunderstood by most of the FFXI community. Not a Party invite type of job. Hard as heck to solo/duo/trio when jug pets didn't do much damage. It was one of those 3 steps forward, 1 step back kind of jobs. The Square Peg in the round hole of FF11.
I think it was that frustration that banded us all together, and we all chose to band together here.