This was my situation exactly as well. Glad to be apart of this community (and Slaent is awesome too).I actually didn't realize what was going on at GAF until it was offline.
Cold and lonely, wandering the streets with no home... I came across Slaent. They let me stay there to regain energy.
I kept my ear close to the ground.. As soon as Era went online I registered as soon as I could
This was basically my experience as well.I'm pretty sure 90% of all answers are gonna be 'through Discord', but I'm sure all of us can share a more detailed story or two.
So, once GAF went down I proceeded to the Waypoint forums where someone had already set up a GAFugee thread. It was very hectic, but rumours of a Discord for a new forum where already in the air. I asked for an invite and Sou Da was kind enough to hook me up with one. Thanks bud. Got in, got verified.
In the early moments people were still sharing invites for various OT communities and that's how I got into Steam OT discord. ColdSun you're the man - this dude personally verified hundreds of people there. Then it was just a matter of waiting. Registered around 4 AM CET on Thursday and went to sleep.
How about you?
I lurked but didn't get my account approved there until this week - womp womp. Which led me to thinking I should check and see if that other forum was allowing new members yet, and here I am. It's nice to finally be posting, so like...huge thanks to everyone for pulling this together, I honestly didn't expect to be let in here for a few months at the earliest.