11 Random Facts
1. I was born in Poland.
2. First MMO was Neverwinter Nights on AOL.
3. I’ve never played EQ1, yet that MMO is the one I hate most.
4. Our house was always a Mac house, and I was always jealous of all the great PC games I couldn’t play. Senior year in highschool I borrowed my friend’s PC for a few months, since he was grounded and couldn’t use it. Play a LOT of Asheron’s Call – Darktide and DAoC during that time.
5. I was ranked #1 in the world until the first ranking reset in Myth 2. Would have been ranked #1 in Myth 1, but I was playing it on an older Mac that got 5-10 FPS during combat. When we got a new Mac it blew me away being able to actually control units in near real-time.
6. On the other hand, we got cable internet very early, so I was playing with a ping that was always much, much lower than most others who were still on dial-up. The good old days of “Pay to Win”.
7. I listen to far too much sports talk radio.
8. Pretty sure I have heavy OCD; for example my wallet, phone, and car keys are always in the same pockets whenever I go out.
9. Favorite drink when out is an espresso martini. At home gin and tonic.
10. Back in the day I applied to work at Turbine. This was right before the release of DDO and during LotRO planning. During the interview I told them instancing was a bad new feature/direction in MMOs. Didn’t get the job. Ultimately it worked out for me, not so much for Turbine.
11. I enjoy trading stocks on the market. The ironic part is while writing a blog post ranting about some $5 ‘P2W’ item, in another tab a stock or two might go up or down ~$100, and that doesn’t even cause me to blink.
Questions from Ravious:
1.What are the benefits and detriments to playing with your significant other?
Benefits: More stuff you have in common and can talk about. Great acceptance of spending so much time gaming. Far cheaper activity than going out, also more flexible with children.
Detriments: The LoL rage is real. Progressing slower because they don’t play as much, or wishing they played game X with you.
2. When you write a blog post do you care if developers read your feedback?
Not really, unless the intent of the post is to cause change in a game. Unless a dev is out of game development, they rarely share or confirm things anyway, which would be the main benefit.
3. What is your favorite “analogue” game (board game, CCG, TTRPG)?
I wish I could play these more, but right now Risk 2210 AD. It’s basically Risk but with most of the original game flaws fixed.
4. Who would play you in your Hollywood biography?
Easy, Matt Damon, specifically “Good Will Hunting” or “Rounders” Matt Damon.
5. Which upcoming MMO are you most interested in loving or hating?
Crowfall to love. EQN to hate? Most of the hateable MMOs are dying, and kicking them when they are down is only entertaining for so long.
6.You are reincarnated in the universe of Heinlen’s Number of the Beast, where every fictional universe from our perspective is real. Where are you reincarnated?
All of the interesting universes that come to mind are also much harsher than my current, so drawing a blank on this one.
7. What will be your perfect “last meal”?
Would have to go with the traditional filet steak and plenty of sides. Runner-up would be lasagna.
8. Do MMO gifts between you and your significant other (gold, skins, etc.) mean as much as the conventional gifts?
I think so? Riot points in a Christmas stocking has become a tradition over the last few years.
9. You are granted a wish to live anywhere with an internet connection that pings 50 ms to anywhere. Where do you live?
Assuming I also don’t have to work, or can work from home 100% of the time, Bahamas or Cancun. Beach or pool in the morning, gaming with room service at night, all day every day.
10. What is your favorite means of transportation?
I enjoy driving a car. I hate being a passenger in a car.
11. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I religiously watch WWE every Monday night and the events on the WWE Network. Have since my pre-teen years. Much like gaming, this isn’t one of those ‘you’re going to grow out of it eventually, right?’ type of deals. I also love reading the write-ups Brandon Stroud does on the topic.
Questions for TAGN and Keen
1. What is your greatest MMO achievement?
2. If you could go back and stop any MMO from every being released, which one would it be and why?
3. What is your greatest ‘rage out’ moment in an MMO?
4. If you were forced to stop gaming and gaming-related activities (blogs, reading game sites) what would you do with that time?
5. Do you have any plans to retire from gaming? From blogging?
6. Which game had the most memorable ending and why?
7. Have you ever been a ‘whale’ in a F2P game? If yes, confess!
8. Is there a game or genre you wish you could enjoy, but just don’t?
9. How much time, on average, do you spend doing gaming-related activities per week (not counting actually gaming).
10. Which former blog do you wish still existed or was updated?
11. Your ‘Mount Rushmore’ (top 4 all time) games are?