My first game was at the 2000 Brickfest in DC, with about 7 other players at the table. I've played uncountable games since, usually at the resident rules expert. However, I've not had a chance to play a full-scale 2005-rules game, since I moved away from my fellow players. I may have found a new one, and am devouring the rulebook so I can teach him.
I've experienced booty bothered online, just not in this forum. Heck, I had an entire forum decide that I did not accurately represent their views and opinions as a candidate for LEGO Ambassadorship, so you guys are gonna have a tough time getting through my natural armor.
And I got a dishonourable mention on BrikWars page: http://www.brikwars.com/wargames.htm
under Unofficial BrikWars supplements. Here's where it links: http://www.lugnet.com/~1164/