An interview with Horatio - 2002-10-23

Personal details:

Q: How did you get your name?
A: Well, I used this name on another Mud many years ago, and so when I found AoD I decided to continue using it. I like Shakespeare and Horatio is of course my favorite character from Hamlet, although my use of the name derives from a complicated RL connection with my real name.

Q: How old are you?
A: I am 20 weeks 19 hours 25 minutes 13 seconds old. In RL, I am 23.

Q: What level are you?
A: I'm currently level 102, I should get some serious exping done soon, but I've been a little preoccupied lately. I'm Assassin (as I have always been) and now Death Knight, with two levels of Barbarian for flavor.

Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: Hmm. Well I'm human, I must say I take some amount of pride in that. I went through an incarnation as a kitsune and a halfling at one point, but there's something about us humans, we bounce back you know? I tend to work alone, my preferred guild is not really a party oriented one. Even though I'm a Player Killer, I like to think that I'm not overly vicious or anything, although I do love a challenge.

Q: Where do you live?
A: My house in Loriah is hard to find. I like to keep it well disguised, since there are several unsavory elements that would like to know where I live...I am currently letting my Paladin lackey live there, but he keeps his room a little too fancy for my tastes. In RL I live in Massachusetts in the U.S.

Q: How long have you been logging on to AoD?
A: Wow a long time I think... Yes as I recall I first logged on in January of 2001? So going on two years now.

Mudding in general:

Q: How did you first get in contact with Ages of Despair?
A: The same way I think a lot of people did, I typed in MUD on a search engine and this was one of the first good ones I found. As I recall I took a look at a very confusing Star Wars Mud first, but this one was pretty easy to understand and it seemed to have a lot of people using it, so i stayed here.

Q: Do you regularly play or wiz on any other MUDs?
A: Nope. Out of curiosity I went and found that first MUD that I ever played on, it had grown strange. I counted my blessings that I was here on AoD.

Q: Are you a normal mudder or do you seldom log on?
A: I tend to run in spurts, depending on how busy I am in RL. I come on often to at least check the boards, the one time I was away for about a month, I missed AoD's birthday and week of free reincs! Things are slow in the PK world right now, so when I am on I am either exping or reading boards.

Q: Have you met any fellow mudders in RL?
A: None that I didn't know beforehand, but if I remember your interview questions correctly, we will address that in a moment.

Game specific:

Q: What was your first kill and if you ever died, what was the first thing that killed you?
A: To be honest, I'm not really sure. I think it must have been one of the kobolds on the farm, because I don't think I found Rondaran Heights until much later. I probably died to...what's his name? Choko? I tend to be careful, but the mobs with special attacks surprise me.

Q: Did you ever get killed by a ("the") horrible creature?
A: Oh yes. I didn't realize you could "look west" and right after I died I went and posted a suggestion for that ability. I never went back there until I was ready for my revenge. That warning...it doesn't work!

Q: Who is your favourite and most hated npc respectively?
A: Hmm. I like the Assassin Gatekeeper just because he's spooky. I also like seeing Human npcs, whoever they might be. Most hated? I really hate the Hellfire Warrior. I've died several times to that for really stupid reasons. In fact, after this I might go kill it. Oh, and I also like Maendon, because he gives me my Death Blade.

Q: What is the funniest/strangest thing that ever happened to you on AoD?
A: Funny odd or funny haha? I like the folks here, as they are always good for a few laughs. I guess it was pretty funny when I was stalking Ruth, she blizzarded...I think it was Maynard? And killed him by accident, and then while she was trying to apologize to him I killed her. I mean, that was funny to me...maybe not to her...

Q: Do you have any piece of equipment you just can't live without?
A: Well, lately I have become a big fan of my Death Blade. I also really like the Bonestripper. But one thing I like about being an Assassin is that all you really need is a dagger. Which was good for when I stupidly lost all my equipment a few months ago.

Q: Do you have a "special place" where you like to hang out, a private corner so to speak?
A: Well, I have an armchair in my house that overlooks the Login room, which is handy for watching people come and go. Its also a safe place, which is important for my purposes. I don't like to stay in any one place for very long, lest I be surprised.

Q: How much of your time on AOD do you spend hanging out or chatting compared with exping?
A: Nowadays I'd say its starting to even out. I used to only exp, and chat while doing so. The last couple weeks I have been mostly chatting.

Q: What is the best thing about Ages of Despair?
A: Hands down, the folks.

Q: What is the worst thing about Ages of Despair?
A: Well, I'd like to see more ways for Players to interact and run events on their own. I like PK a lot, but its not very popular. Also, for someone like myself I feel that I miss out on a large portion of the game by not gearing myself towards partying large mobs. In player vs. player situations, one doesn't need to be an indestructible tank to do well, which I like, but would like to see more of.

Q: Do you have any driving ambitions on AOD? Is there anything that you want to achieve or perhaps something that you have already achieved?
A: I felt pretty good about taking the Leadership of the Death Knights. When I joined that was one of my goals. I also wanted to be a good PK, and that worked out pretty well. I'd like to continue to grow and be a truly viable as a human hero in Loriah.

Q: Is there any advice you would like to give to new players that just entered our world?
A: I would say to choose a style of character that you want to be and go for it, and don't worry too much about the best combos or what race is best for what guild. I like seeing interesting characters around here, not just the same patterns over and over. Also, write yourself a description!

Other / Strange:

Q: Were you ever convicted of a crime?
A: Apparently not. Heh. Despite my roguish wanton killer tendencies, I make every effort to follow the Laws. Although I must say I would like to see more Role-playing crimes, to distinguish between rule-breaking (which is bad, like bug abuse) and law-breaking (which can be exciting and fun, like stealing and legal PK).

Q: How many friends/family play?
A: Just one, my brother. Its hard to say who is more successful (I am more experienced but he has better equipment). But I think if I had to, I could take him!

Q: Favourite quote?
A: "Life's a funny thing. Sometimes I just laugh and laugh...." "And then what?" "And then I cry."

Q: What music are you listening to now?
A: Damn! I forgot that question was coming up and didn't have anything playing. Let me see what is on my mp3 player...ah the last thing I listened to was Weezer.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to mention about yourself or your life?
A: I think I've said it all. I do enjoy this MUD an awful lot. I guess I'd like to thank the folks that code it!

Q: If you could remove one of the questions from this interview and replace it with another one, which would you remove and what would you replace it with?
A: This one! No, uh. I don't know, the music one threw me, but I don't think it needs removal. I would maybe change the...I'm not sure if you asked this or I just imagined it, what would I change about AoD? If that isn't a question I would ask it instead of the Worst Thing question. I'd like to see more dynamic challenges for players beyond the standard kill mobs for gold and treasure format. PK is a good example. Sanctioned Crimes (like stealing) would be another

Q: Who would you like me to interview next, and why?
A: Datchery. My paladin lackey, I guess I am just curious what he would say

Q: If I do that interview, is there a specific question that you want me to ask?
A: Ask him when he's going to get me some Orange Gloves. And call him a slacker!

Q: Do I have your permission to make this information public on the People of AoD webiste or any other media?
A: You sure do.

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