An interview with Mephitic - 2002-10-10

Personal details:

Q: How did you get your name?
A: It was a chr i used to play a long time ago in a PBM (play by (snail)mail) the gm gave me it i think.

Q: How old are you?
A: Thirty nine.

Q: What level are you?
A: Level: 300 [Creator]

Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: Hmmm i dont know, how best to answer that. so im not going to - i'm never comfortable describing myself.

Q: Where do you live?
A: The west of Scotland.

Q: How long have you been logging on to AoD?
A: About a couple of years all in, I was a player addict for most of that time.

Mudding in general:

Q: How did you first get in contact with Ages of Despair?
A: Telnet, i was surfing and stumbled over the AOD web page. I have tried a number of other muds since discovering this one but always ended back up.

Q: Are you a normal mudder or do you seldom log on?
A: Normal, providing normal means that you spend at least 6 hours a day on here.

Q: Have you met any fellow mudders in RL?
A: Not as yet.

Game specific:

Q: What was your first kill and if you ever died, what was the first thing that killed you?
A: I tend not to die a lot being immortal, but when I discovered AOD as a player I'm sure my first kill as a mouse from the heights. I remember being suprised when i died to the Loria begger. Which was proably within a day or two of starting playing.

Q: Did you ever get killed by a ("the") horrible creature?
A: Repeatly - i was convinced something so tough just had to have a great piece of eq.

Q: Who is your favourite and most hated npc respectively?
A: Favourite is Nicrad, i really like him for some reason. Kraal the bouncer used to drive me nutz.

Q: What is the funniest/strangest thing that ever happened to you on AoD?
A: You hear the funniest stuff in parties or on channels, I think Star asking me if we celabrated "Independace Day" in the UK is in my top ten though.

Q: Do you have any piece of equipment you just can't live without?
A: Not really, i remember as a player i waited a long time to get into parties to kill the librarian, and even longer till i won the roll. that big of eq kept me playing for a long time.

Q: Do you have a "special place" where you like to hang out, a private corner so to speak?
A: My workroom, although i've been meaning to change it for months.

Q: What is the best thing about Ages of Despair?
A: The people, without a doubt.

Q: What is the worst thing about Ages of Despair?
A: Same answer people, prefixed with the word "crazed".

Q: Is there any advice you would like to give to new players that just entered our world?
A: Party more, its one thing playing this game solo its considerably better when you party. If you get a group of friends, all partying regularly the neverending chase for more exp or better eq kinnda becomes a secondary considerasion.

Other / Strange:

Q: Were you ever convicted of a crime?
A: I tried to think of a witty answer but the best I could come up with is no. The "ignore" command has helped no end.

Q: How many friends/family play?
A: In rl my friends spend there a lot of time playing Medal of Honour online, (whislt prentending there not downloading porn) they'r way to busy to have to read stuff. My kids think that AOD's "Graphics suck" and prefer the PS2, they also relate wizard with harry potter which has caused a few disturbing conversations.

Q: Favourite quote?
A: Gossip: This is the worst lag i have ever ******* seen! ................... gossip: oops nm, i had scrolled up.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to mention about yourself or your life?
A: Nothing springs to mind, I'm pretty fortunate in that I can spend so much time on here, the nature of my rl job means i get to log on when i want to most days. Despite this I find my own coding frustratingly slow, as a player I had no idea how much work goes into creating an area. Finding this out has changed many of my opinions towards things here.

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: I'd lose the describe question, i never know how to answer them they remind me of when your trying to write a CV to get a job and feeling under pressure you write something like "determined" or "perky" which you later greatly regret, especially if you get the job and someone later reads your CV (or resume) I'd replace it by asking if you had ever dreamnt of AOD.

Q: And of course I will have to ask you to answer your own question now.
A: Yes

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

Q: Final question: What is the first thing you will do when you take over these interviews?
A: Interview a minimum of two people a week (hopefully).

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