Medievia Mudslinger

April 22, 2001

An Interview with Courtez - By Nykaul

The following interview was conducted in my office. Courtez is currently a hero and avatar with Clan 34, the Cloaked Shadows. He is 17 years of age and works at Suncoast Video when not in school, and plans to attend Delaware Valley University next year. I asked Courtez a few questions about Medievia and his life and this is what he had to say.

Nykaul: How long have you been playing Medievia and what initially got you started playing?

Courtez: I have been playing Medievia for I guess about six years now under various names but this is the only one I use. A Mud called Castle Perilous initially got me into Medievia, I heard about it through a player there, not sure if she plays here though.

Nykaul: What was your initial reaction to Medievia?

Courtez: WOAH to put it bluntly. The first time I played Med, it was HUGE and it is still expanding.

Nykaul: How did it compare to the other MUD you played?

Courtez: It totally blew them all out of the water. You see I came from a MUD-type game called Dragons Gate on AOL, and like a year after I played that it started charging so I stopped playing it. I heard about MUDs so I tried them out and well this is by far the best there are so many people here to interact with and there is so much to do I really have never gotten bored of it.

Nykaul: What would you say was your biggest accomplishment in Med?

Courtez: That's a hard one to say I have two that come to mind. Becoming Co-leader of The Cloaked Shadows (the best clan ever) and becoming an Avatar.

Nykaul: Lets talk about being avatar for a moment. What made you decide to become one?

Courtez: Well knowing what it's like to be a newbie, and helping to lead a clan with some newbies in it, I guess it just hit me that I love helping the new people of this game. I don't want people to come in and just say this game is to hard so I try to help them as best as possible.

Nykaul: So do you think that all heroes should set an example to lower level players?

Courtez: Yes I do. I guess it's their duty even though they are not avatars. They have so much knowledge and they should help the newer players gain some of that knowledge instead of just brushing them off like they are nothing.

Nykaul: Do you think the caliber of heroes and players have changed since the introduction of MLR's?

Courtez: Definitely! The (TRUE HEROS) become heroes that know basically everything since they had to do it to get through all four classes. Don't get me wrong, the original heroes have a lot of knowledge too.

Nykaul: Does that mean since you are not a true hero that you didn't trade, egg or kill dragons as well as xp to obtain your hero?

Courtez: Well there were no dragon lairs before I heroed, but yes I did go combing, trading somewhat but I really don't like to trade. And of course XP, but you also must realize the new heroes have so many other places to explore and learn that we simply just didn't have.

Nykaul: How much more different would you say being an Avatar is from being a 'normal' hero?

Courtez: It's a lot more responsibility, but it's a lot more fun. I get to chat with newbies all day. And I emphasize A LOT in both aspects.

Nykaul: You must have had some influences when you were a new player, people who helped you, or you looked up and admired. Who were they and how did they have an effect on how you play your hero now, if they do?

Courtez: Well my number one influence is Temujin, he has always been there for me through thick and thin, he made me what I am today basically. Alara, she's like my mother, she was my first clanleader and she will always be there for me. Elderoth and Shamurra because they are the ones who basically taught me eq runs, combing, trading everything else I needed to know. I have so many people who helped me, hard to name them all without spamming everyone who reads the article.

Nykaul: How would you describe your average day as a hero and avatar to a lower level player?

Courtez: Well I come on and usually I'll turn the newbie clan channel on, see if everyone's ok, then I do what normal heroes do, loaf around and wait for something to happen. If I see someone die in newbie clan I'll try to res them. I'll go around in Med city also and check out people seeing if they need armor or sanc or heals or anything like that, leveling eq etc.

Nykaul: You must get asked a lot of the same questions, how do you deal with that?

Courtez: What do you mean?

Nykaul: New players asking where to find the graveyard or what is armor and the like. It must be frustrating.

Courtez: Nah, it really doesn't get to me. I'll either tell them directions or I'll take them myself.

Nykaul: What was your worst and embarrassing newbie moment?

Courtez: I guess when I tried to kill an evil dragon by myself or the first time I got cpked. Yeah, the dragon thing was pretty painful. I was xping at Xanthal where I usually went xping and it was the first time I had ever seen an evil dragon. At the time I didn't know I could call a dragon of my own to fight it. Well it landed, I thought I could kill it, I engaged and it ate me for breakfast within like half a turn I was dead. It wasn't a very pleasant experience.

Nykaul: Let's talk a little about the person behind the character. If you were forced to quit Med this very second what would you want people to remember about you?

Courtez: I would want them to remember me for who I really was to them, so that's a question I couldn't answer. If anything my sense of humor, but seriously I would want them to remember how they thought of me.

Nykaul: And what do you think people WILL remember about you?

Courtez: Well they will remember me for my kindness and my ability to always cheer people up.

Nykaul: If you could ask anyone on Med a question what would it be and to who?

Courtez: What gave you the idea to create Medievia, that would have to go to Vryce.

Nykaul: If you could interview anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Courtez: Oh that's a toughie. Well one comes to mind but I wont say it cause it might get taken the wrong way. I guess I would have to interview Edgar Allen Poe because I want to know what went through his mind when he wrote his stories. I mean come on even if you don't read a lot you have to admit his stories are amazing.

Nykaul: How much has Med changed since you started playing?

Courtez: A LOT, I've gone through two separate reigns of kingdoms, there has been the institution of bloodlines, dragonlairs, catastrophes etc. This game has I think like tripled what it had when I first joined.

Nykaul: What features would you like to see be developed on Medievia?

Courtez: Skip, I can't think of any. Well there is one thing. I really want to see like personalized familiars coded in, that would totally own. Oh and Kingdoms reinstated.

Nykaul: Where did you get the name Courtez from, and what does it mean?

Courtez: Well, the name Courtez is a break off of the Spanish explorer Hernan Courtes. I don't know if you know who Hernan Courtes was, but he was an explorer before the Americas were made who was sent by Spain to find the Incas I believe. So I guess my name could mean an Explorer of sorts.

Nykaul: Some players will have specific music playing during a herobattles, or cpk. Do you do that and if so what kind of music do you like to listen to?

Courtez: I'll usually have something like Metallica or Slipknot going on in the background during Herobattles, but usually now adays I'll almost always have a Dragon Ball Z tape on and I'll listen to that.

Nykaul: So what are your plans for Courtez now?

Courtez: Well at the moment I'm trying to make a sister clan to branch off of The Cloaked Shadows, and I want to continue to be an Avatar here and make the game grow and perhaps even become a builder someday.

Nykaul: What has been one of your favorite features/aspects/changes of Med over the years?

Courtez: I personally like Herobattles, Bloodlines, and I love dragonlairs. NPK is always a favorite, and eq zones rule too, but my most favorite I'd have to say would be Dragon Lairs.

Nykaul: What would you say has been some of your most unfavorable aspects/ features/changes of med?

Courtez: Hmm. I personally cannot stand CPKing but other than that I guess everything has been a really great idea so far, I must say that I hated the idea of MLR at the beginning. Oh yes and another thing I really didn't like when it was first implemented was the thing where you had to leave a certain zone after xping there a lot.

Nykaul: If you could have just one of the skills or spells on Med in real life, which would you want and why?

Courtez: Hmm. Healing because that way I could never be killed, like if was shot or stabbed I would just heal myself and I'd be all right. Another one would be invisibility because well it has it's obvious advantages.

Nykaul: If you could describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?

Courtez: I have no clue.

Nykaul: If Courtez was the jeopardy answer, what would be the question and category?

Courtez: The question would have to be who is the sexiest man in Medievia, and the category would be most eligible bachelor.

Nykaul: If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?

Courtez: Vegeta from Dragon BallZ just because I wish I could do all of that energy blasting and flying he does, and I like his attitude on life. That would own!

Nykaul: Name 5 things that most people don't know about you.

Courtez:
  1. I draw Anime.
  2. I sleep naked in the summer.
  3. I do karate.
  4. I really hate school.
  5. I'm atheist.
I would like to thank Courtez for his time and honesty in answering these questions. The experience was fun and informative.



If you believe you are a 'special' person that should be interviewed then email me at nykaul@medievia.com with the reasons why. Also, if you have a question you have always wanted to ask someone, feel free to email that question and if I ever interview that person I may include your question.

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