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