Meeting with Zaknafein and Liv - 2002-05-26

Personal Details:

Q: How did you get your name?
Zak: It's my real name. Okay, I stole it from a Forgotten Realms book ;)
Liv: Liv means life, I create stuff so I guess it just felt suiting. Of all my chars, it's the name I like the most.

Q: How old are you?
Liv: You should know better than to ask that.
Zak: 18 weeks 4 days 8 hours 52 minutes 51 seconds old. 25 in that rl place.
Liv: Well, I'm younger than he is *points at Zak*

Q: What level are you?
Zak: 900 i think, but i can change that ;) (ed. it's 950)
Liv: 200? I'm not sure I'd have to check my score and I'm too lazy for that. (ed. At the time Liv was lvl 250)

Q: How would you describe yourself?
Zak: Evil, Very Evil.
Liv: Faerie, small, sarcastic, moody, female, well that last word kinda summons it all up nicely
Zak: And she likes to bite alot.

Q: Where do you live?
Zak: In a mystical black box. An attempt to keep me from being distracted...but it doesn't work well. My 'home' is 800 lines long. RL, i'm from the mystical 'mitten'.
Liv: In a small clearing within the sizzling forest of the Realm of Fae, with occasional visits to the underdark and a certain tropical island. Well, the void too. I call them all 'home'.

Q: How long have you been logging on to AoD?
Zak: About 2 years exactly since the mortal Zaknafein stumbled into this realm.
Liv: Since early november 2000, Liv was born in the very end of April 2001. (26th)

Mudding in general:

Q: How did you first get in contact with Ages of Despair?
Liv: You first.
Zak: Nem dragged me over from my old mud to code here....never was a wizard before here though.
Liv: If I'm to explain it all it'll turn into an essay, I'm here, for now anyway. I don't like that question for some reason.

Q: Are you a normal mudder, or do you seldom log on?
Liv: There's no such thing as a normal mudder.
Zak: Seldom if you can't see invis, normal if you can ;)
Liv: You're never normal.
Zak: True
Liv: I'm here in one incarnation or another, if often idle while at work.

Q: Have you met any fellow mudders in RL?
Zak: Yeah, i met a couple in college, but not any from AoD yet.
Liv: Not from Ages, well I've gotten a few friends from other muds to create chars, and 5 or so of those are people I've met RL. Hope to see a few selected people in the near future.

Game Specific:

Q: What was your first kill and if you ever died, what was the first thing that killed you?
Zak: First kill...Smaash pleveled me (damn lvl 30 requirement for player to wiz ;) ), i think it was Unicorns. First thing that killed me, a HUGE moose....who ever thought that a moose could be so cruel. Giant cow.
Liv: First kill I don't remember, first death was to Ulme the other day ;) My mortal's first kill was a kobold at the farm, and it died to a mean hill giant at level 7... Exploring is lethal! And I haven't done any of it since then
Zak: Ulme is a mean cow lover ;)

Q: Did you ever get killed by a ("the") horrible creature?
Zak: Nope, I'm one of those rare people that actually read what pops up on screen ;)
Liv: Never, I have a habit of actually reading descs *smirks*

Q: Who is your favourite and most hated npc respectively?
Liv: My very favoutire one is my own draggie, not in game, but soon on a theathre near you *smirks and nudges Zak evilly*
Zak: Yeah, coming very soon! ;)
Zak: I'd have to say Kraal the Bouncer, he has a cool attitude *halo*. Most Hated, Valdim...he was a bitch to code.
Liv: Most hated, well there are quite a few dull ones, those are no fun.
Zak: Oh...And Tunnel Cows! Those are also to be released in the future....unfortunately :(

Q: What is the funniest/strangest thing that ever happened to you on AoD?
Liv: That's a really tough one, weird and totally whacked stuff happens on a daily basis.
Zak: Yeah, she hangs out with me ;)
Liv: That guy who logged on and started spamming newbie with pi is something that comes to mind.
Zak: I guess one of the strangest ones su'ing into Velvet the Concubine and not knowing how to get out of her....I thought I might have had to stay a harlot forever.
Liv: I remember that.
Zak: Scary ;)
Zak: Su'ing for the mortal folks == taking over a mob.
Liv: And == is ;)
Zak: == == equal to ;)

Q: Do you have any piece of equipment you just can't live without?
Liv: Yes.
Zak: My ring. The can of Mortal Be Gone is always handy too ;)

Q: Do you have a "special place" where you like to hang out, A private corner so to speak?
Liv: No. Mmm, the newbie pub is a good place to hang out at, if not very private.
Zak: The beach that extends off the back of my black box is pretty nice.
Liv: And I'd have to mention the void again, with those party streamers it's a really cool place to be. Mmm, sun's always good too.
Zak: And they have wonderful tropical drinks there ;)

Q: What is the best thing about Ages of Despair?
Liv: The people.
Zak: Some of them. And Me.
Liv: I come from a really top ruled mud, it was a relief to come here and have the wizards actually listening to suggestions you had.

Q: What is the worst thing about Ages of Despair?
Liv: Also the people. Some of them.
Zak: Mortals. Seriously, understaffed at times which leads to a plethora of bugs and other pains.

Q: Is there any advice you would like to give to new players that have just entered our world?
Zak: Yeah, read that thing they hand you, don't just see how fast you can type read page 1-9 ;)
Liv: It'll make the stay here so much more pleasant, and way less confusing.
Zak: And not make me nuke you *halo*.

Other / Strange:

Q: And I have to ask as I'm sure there are plenty of readers out
there who wants to know: How did you two get married?

Zak: Twice actually ;)
Liv: It was an impulse thing, both times.
Zak: First time she showed me a wedding ring to QC, and I'll be damned if I slipped and hit the propose emote button ;)
Liv: I didn't really reply, but I kept the ring.
Zak: So we kept the rings, then the second time...Somehow it lead to me proposing in the Void ;)
Liv: Party streamers does strange things to drow.
Zak: Aphrodiac or something ;)
Liv: I had been talking to Ordred that night, and I was quite upset about stuff. Well, the void got to me too, and I asked Ordred if he'd perform a wedding ceremony for me. And then I said: Let's get married, and proposed to Zak.
Zak: So she asked me to marry her the third time, and I accepted, and an hour later we got married in the Fae Wedding Chapel (also coming soon) a private ceremony.

Q: Were you ever convicted of a crime?
Liv: Haha, not yet.
Zak: Sevet once bountied me for killing a wizard.
Liv: Nice follow up question tho.
Zak: But then I cloned a knife, killed myself, and claimed the bounty ;)

Q: How many friends/family play?
Liv: The father of my daughter does.
Zak: No pre-AoD rl friends or family. But some I consider as real life friends now.
Liv: That's family I guess ;)

Q: Favourite quote?
Liv: Have quite a few favourite ones.
Zak: The great Dark Helmet once said: Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb. *grin*
Liv: Spaceballs ;) "Miracles happen every day. Now some people don't think so. But they do." -- Forest Gump

Q: Is there anything else you would like to mention about yourself or your life?
Zak: Did I mention that I was evil?
Liv: No, if you're curious you can always ask.

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?
Liv: The age one would go.
Zak: Remove...maybe the normal/seldom mudding thing...if we were seldom i dont think we'd be interviewing on a mud ;)
Liv: It's rude.
Zak: To add...hmm, maybe 'What is your favorite 'mudding music'?...I always mud listening to music. Probably anyone that tunes 'bs' knows ;)
Liv: So, to be a little constructive, maybe ask what goals a player has.

Q: You realize I will have to ask you to answer your own questions now.
Liv: No.
Zak: To mine, I am currently listening to 'Linkin Park - In the End'. Goals, Finish the area i've been QC'ing now for about 3 months or so. *grin*
Liv: I'll have to wait for the next song, or it'll look pathetic.
Ed. Come on, tell us.
Liv: By myself, same group. Goals: Ehm, to lobby for 30 hour days and squeeze in 8 hours inbetween 5am and 8 am. That way maybe I'd have time to do half the stuff I want to do.

Q: Do I have your permission to make this information public on the People of AoD website or any other media?
Zak: Long as it doesn't make me look bad, or I'll have to kill you. *wink*
Liv: Well, as long as it's w/o pictures, I'm cool with it.
Zak: Dont you love conditional permissions? ;)

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