How long was it before you departed for the FPL, Tarv? Your reasons for enjoying making CBUB matches are so close to mne, it's scary. Could it be my destiny to join the FPL someday? Probably not, since making my own characters rather than using ones that already exist sounds like a daunting task. But who knows. I never thought I'd be writing fictional stories on the internet to begin with, and here I am.
I was on the CBUB for roughly nine months before I decided to leave that portion of the site altogether. Although, the interest had faded long before that. Also, I wouldn't exactly say I'm an FPLer per se. If you're definition of an FPLer is someone who makes FPL characters, then no I am not one of those people. The entire time I've been here I've only submitted two characters, both of which suck horribly. However, if by "FPLer" you mean someone who plots stories without ever actually finishing them while offering passing conceptual ideas to the continuity of the site and offers others rare critiques on the CA board; then yes, I would have to say that I'm an FPLer.
As a final note, if you're serious about joining the FPL and you need a hand just let me know. I'd be glad to get you someone who knows what they're talking about.