January 28, 2001
An Interview with Gamina - By Nykaul
The interview took place on January 15th, 2001 in the Day and Night Room, a part
of Gamina's home. She is a level 35 (142) God and the Manager of Clantowns,
Manager of Help Files, as well as many other activities. She claims she has had
many accomplishments in Medievia but "meeting people that I have become very
close friends, and occasionally more, on here and I treasure those friends
more than any other 'event'" in the game, as the most important.
I asked Gamina some questions about Medievia as well as information about
her life, this is what she told me.
Nykaul: How long have you been playing Medievia and what initially got you
Gamina: Honestly? I don't remember how long I've played. I've played characters
that are no longer in the game and some that I'm sure I've forgotten the names.
I know I started somewhere at the tail end of Med 3 though. As for who started
me, an ex played here and had gotten me involved with it, though that character
is long gone and that person no longer logs on but I found reason to stay.
Nykaul: How much as Medievia changed since you started playing?
Gamina: QUITE a bit and I've seen so many ideas implemented and failed while
many others have survived the trials.
Nykaul: Any examples?
Gamina: Clan wars and Kingdoms were the two biggest that come to mind.
Nykaul: Did you have any influences or heroes as you progressed through your
Gamina: Many people, too many to even start naming.
Nykaul: Do you remember when and how you became a God?
Gamina: As for when? I really don't remember. But as for how? I was scared out
of my wits by Vryce! I had never talked to him before, and had only seen him
on the development channel. He telepathed me "BOO" and I jumped out of my
chair. When I sat down, it was with shaking hands - and then he interviewed me
and we more or less chatted. He's quite a nice guy once you get to talk with
him, though many do not have that chance.
Nykaul: And he asked you to become a God?
Gamina: Pretty much. I was originally hired to do help files.
Nykaul: Once you got past the shaking hands and scared out of your wits, what
was your reaction?
Gamina: Was exciting for the most part. I had already fallen in love with
playing the game, and this was a way to give something back to it.
Nykaul: Had you thought about applying to be a God or ever thought about
becoming one before that?
Gamina: Well, I had applied for this position originally. I never really
expected to get it though.
Nykaul: Since then you have become one of the higher level Gods on Medievia.
How would you describe your average day to a player?
Gamina: Well, considering in real life I'm extremely busy right now between
school and work, I'm hidden most of the time I'm on. I handle a lot of emails
regarding clantown building and work in other windows for the help files. When
I have time I go visible and chat with mortals, helping them as they telepath
me. If I only have short periods of time, I'll chit chat and mess around with
the other gods up here.
Nykaul: Do you have any current or future projects that you can tell us about?
Gamina: Not in particular, I'm always working with the help files or working
with clantowns - that's a constant given. I've had this zone - Mists of
Elvian (142) - for quite a while, and do want to actually get around to
finishing it. With my school and work load right now, plus everything else,
I just don't have the time.
Nykaul: If someone had any problems with clan towns or help files they should
mudmail or email you about them?
Gamina: In a nutshell, yes, email or mudmail me and I'll surely clear up
anything that needs to be cleared.
Nykaul: You've been playing for quite a few years, you must have come across
some interesting, and oft embarassing stories. Do you have any you would like
Gamina: Not really - I tend to get silly sometimes. Many people know about my
infamous "kruns" which I get a kick out of doing. Embarassing Masou is always
fun too but it can be hard since he's extremely good-natured. Watching drunk
gods be silly on god channels is probably when I laugh the most.
Nykaul: Talking about Masou, you are quite well known for marrying a lot.
Any comments about that?
Gamina: It's all in good fun really. Masou is very sweet and funny. I love
chatting with him and his 'honey' when I can. As for the marriages, like I
said, it's just fun to do. As for Masou's 'honey', she's my only hero's
(who's actually an avatar) mommie! and boy did she teach me the art of
Nykaul: What has been some of your favourite features/aspects/changes of
Medievia over the years?
Gamina: Some of my favorite ones are when Refuge opened, because it stresses
use of help files and finding things out for yourself - when MLR's and zone
experience percentage came in - because people could not just sit in one
zone anymore and hero, and basically seeing all the new zones come into play.
I was always getting pk'd out of my favorite zones when I first started
playing and there were few other options now there are quite a few options
open. I actually get a kick out of mob factions also, because I used to be
a VERY quick trader, and it got to the point that it was really boring -
even though i really liked it at first. Now there's a challenge there. Not
that I can find a lot of TIME to trade, but when I do, I have more fun with
it. I miss when the tradeposts reset on a certain day each month because
they would ALL reset, so you'd spend all your time for two days, dragging
things back and forth, rarely flying anywhere.
Nykaul: What would you say has been some of your least favourite
aspects/features/changes to happen to Medievia?
Gamina: Though many would disagree with me, dragonlairs aren't one of my
favorites. I think it's more because I rarely play my avatar anymore, but
play her bloodline whenever I get the chance, and no one will take a single
cleric in, but the aspect itself is pretty interesting, just depressing being
little sometimes. I think the least favorable aspects to med is while I'm on
my god and people are complaining about the silliest little things.
Nykaul: What features/changes would you like to see happen on Medievia?
Gamina: Add more interesting aspects into clantowns - things to make them
more active, have a new help file system that would do MORE than it does now
- more in the form of organization. Make it so my mortals start third class
cleric/mage/thief. Nothing else that I can think of off hand. I'd really like
to see some of the older zones get added onto and made into more of a
challenge. Ones like toshi/etc have procs (special things that happen in
rooms) - and extend a story to make it more of a challenge.
Nykaul: If you were forced to quit Med this very second, what would you want
people to remember about you?
Gamina: If I had to quit by force, it would be because of something drastic,
so I really wouldn't want people to remember me. Quitting by choice is
different, but I don't see that any time in the future.
Nykaul: What would you think people WOULD remember about you?
Gamina: Some of the avatars keep mentioning my phrase that I used to say
every morning - "gods I hate mornings" Lots of heros try telepathing me
"krun" whenever I'm visible so I do a Kiss and Run on them and other than
that, I'm not too sure hehe, cept for maybe being a major flirt.
Nykaul: If you could ask anyone on Medievia a question, what would it be
and to who?
Gamina: No idea. I'm too blunt, I ask people things as I think of them.
Nykaul: If you could interview anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would
it be and why?
Gamina: Absolutely no idea so pass!
Nykaul: Where did you get the name Gamina from, and what does it mean?
Gamina: Honestly? I pulled it out of the top of my head, I later found out
when I actually bought and read the book, that it's from an Feist book. I
didn't know that ahead of time though.
Nykaul: If you could describe yourself in just three words, what would they be?
Gamina: Pass! Gimme five pages and I could. You CAN'T condense me down that
far! Though I'd say 'curious' if it was only one word because I want to know
bits and pieces about everything.
Nykaul: Some people will have certain music that they play while playing
Medievia, or certain rituals. Do you have anything like that?
Gamina: Nope, though there's a vacuum cleaner going upstairs. Sometimes I
listen to music, sometimes I don't, sometimes I have the lights on, sometimes
I don't.. doesn't matter to me. Although, I DO like running med in console
mudmaster mode - i dont like playing in windows.
Nykaul: If you had three wishes, and it wasnt to ask for more wishes, what
would you wish for?
Gamina: 1) To be together and happy with the love of my life (which isn't
possible right now) 2) to not have to worry about money so that I could go
back to school full time and 3) to start a family with the person mentioned
in item 1.
Nykaul: If you could have one skill or spell from Medievia in real life, which one
would it be and why?
Gamina: TELEPORT/SUMMON or PHASE! Flying takes too long and is too expensive!
I like travelling but can't afford it.
Nykaul: What item would always be found in your fridge, day or night, any
day, month or time of year?
Gamina: umm one of two things. 1) cheese (of course) which me and my honey
both love and 2) that jar of pickles that's been in there since I moved into
this house. It was, at one time, the ONLY thing in there.
Nykaul: Anything further you would like to add? Comments, statements, opinions?
Gamina: Not in particular - except that I don't keep much of my private life
to myself, which most of the upper gods can attest to, and to the embarrasment
Nykaul: Name five things most people dont know about you!
Gamina: 1) My honey is Enignon, and though I flirt with pretty much everyone,
I'm totally dedicated in my heart to him, and he's the one I DO want to
Gamina: 2) I'm bisexual and have always leaned more towards the gay
lifestyle.. even tho the last two relationships I've been in have been
with guys. Sexuality is irrelevant to me, I am drawn to the personality
Gamina: 3) I've been to five colleges/universities so far and have at
LEAST one more to go before I get a four year degree, since I'm still working
on my two-year.
Gamina: 4) I'm an avid reader and find time even if I have to give up sleep
to do it - and I like mostly mystical/magical fantasy novels'.
Gamina: 5) I can cook just about ANYTHING in a microwave (tho since I rarely
eat meat, that's rarely one of them), but I've almost perfected
I would like to thank Gamina for her time and honesty in answering my
If you believe you are a 'special' person that should be interviewed then
email me at email@example.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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