I joined partly because I'd been receiving invitations to Aesop's game parties (though I'd never been able to go), and partly because Ucaoimhu asked me why I hadn't joined every time I saw him. But the driving reason was when I realized I'd started trying to convince a friend to join - and I still hadn't joined myself. So I gave in.
Rowen is a modification of the name of one of my aunts. She lived at a time when spelling was fairly ad-lib, and often looking at a puzzle diagram will bring to mind thoughts of her letters to her husband.