December 23rd, 2001
An Interview with Ratimmiptwax - By Nykaul
The following interview is with Ratimmiptwax, a member of clan 64 - The
Underlords of the East Clan. He is also a hero and an avatar. He's 18 years
of age, studying at UC San Diego and claims that his biggest accomplishment
in life, so far, has been as co-founder/writer for technogeek website -
I recently asked him some questions about Medievia and himself, and this
is what he had to say. Enjoy.
Nykaul: When did you start playing Medievia?
Ratimmiptwax: Sometime in late 1997 or early 1998, if I remember right.
Nykaul: What got you started playing Medievia?
Ratimmiptwax: I was really bored one day, and was talking to Bacajin over
ICQ, and he told me to try this mud he was playing.
Nykaul: Had you played on a MUD before you started playing Medievia, if so
how did it compare?
Ratimmiptwax: I played a few muds before, like Genocide and Barren Realms,
but Med's playerbase just blew me away.
Nykaul: What was your initial reaction to Medievia?
Ratimmiptwax: One hell of a spammy mud.
Nykaul: What was it for you, personally, that made Medievia so fun and
something you wanted to continue playing?
Ratimmiptwax: The fact that there were so many people online, enough people
to create a believable world with.
Nykaul: How has Medievia changed since you started playing?
Ratimmiptwax: Everything has changed with the addition of even more people,
no longer can you survive with one or two people, now you need to bring an
entire army when you go anywhere. It's like having a 30 person kingdom
battle all in a single room when you start brawling in cpk.
Nykaul: What do you consider your biggest accomplishment on Medievia?
Ratimmiptwax: Being the newbie prince at the tiny level of 23, prince of that
little clan 46 - The Merchants Guild.
Nykaul: How would you describe your average day playing?
Ratimmiptwax: I login, "help out" my bloodlines, maybe run a zone/dragonlair
or do a bit of cpk with my clan, and then logout.
Nykaul: What would you say was your worst newbie experience?
Ratimmiptwax: Getting slept and backstabbed in my clanhall over and over
again by that mean mage named Bacajin.
Nykaul: What would you say was your most memorable moment on Medievia?
Ratimmiptwax: Either a tie with my first kingdom battle where I cherry picked
two heros as a low single mage or my first cpk.
Nykaul: What are you looking forward to most in your Medievia playing career?
Ratimmiptwax: Army Mob Factions (hell, my own clan was disbanded cause it
was "gonna come out soon" and we thought it would wreak havoc on our 115
room town full of newbies who didn't trade (despite the fact that we were
called Merchants Guild)).
Nykaul: What has been your favorite aspect/feature/change in the game?
Ratimmiptwax: Bloodlines, I can actually talk with some people I like now.
Nykaul: What has been your least favorite aspect/feature/change in the game?
Ratimmiptwax: MLR, I hate exping anyways.
Nykaul: What is your definition of a Hero?
Ratimmiptwax: Generally: Someone who is crazy enough to take the time to exp.
Nykaul: What is your definition of a newbie?
Ratimmiptwax: See above definition of a general hero.
Nykaul: Which, if any, players influenced your playing style, and your
Ratimmiptwax: Daedalus, he's probably the most universally respected player
out there. Ontarious, he's the one I always looked up to on cpk and running
those big "hero zones". Nephius, I always remember him as that drunk guy in
my storage character clan that somehow became a powerhouse cpk clan. Wert, yes,
my old clan leader, the one who made me the newbie prince.
Nykaul: When you finally reached Hero was it everything you thought
it might be?
Ratimmiptwax: Not really, cause I was basically exped from level 27 dual
cleric to hero by my clan in fire giants keep.
Nykaul: Do you feel Heroes should look out for, and help, lower level players?
Nykaul: At one point, you use to buy almost everything on Auction and carry
around an awful lot of 'junk'. Why did you do that, and have you changed?
Ratimmiptwax: Well, I had a nice script for a while which would buy basically
anything under 10k, and back when I was a newbie, lots of people would auction
off gear that could be sold in a shop for more cash. Vryce himself finally
talked to me one day and told me to stop that script, but I still bought
a variety of objects off of action for cash. Hell, when I was a level 19
newbie, I was carrying around 3000+ stones. I guess I was in some sort of
rush to collect every item on med or something, but eventually I got tired
and dropped/sacked/sold my entire inven.
Nykaul: If you were forced to quit Medievia this very second, what would
you want people to remember about you?
Ratimmiptwax: My accomplishments as a newbie prince, hrm, wait a minute, there
were none there.
Nykaul: What do you think people WILL remember about you?
Ratimmiptwax: Just another fater, although I'm not even affiliated with
Nykaul: If you could ask anyone on Medievia a question, who would you ask
and what would the question be?
Ratimmiptwax: Tharghan: what's a morpon? (although I've never actually
even hit Tharghan's bad side)
Nykaul: If you could have any Medievia spell or skill in real life, what
would you want and why?
Ratimmiptwax: Phase, it wouldn't hurt having instant transportation.
Nykaul: How did you come up with the name ' Ratimmiptwax ' and what
does it mean, if anything?
Ratimmiptwax: Ratimmiptwax was my product of having rat and wax and doing
a bit of creative banging on the keyboard to get the middle party. Apparently
it's a rat made of wax with a bunch of letters mashed inside.
Nykaul: What two items are guaranteed to be found in your fridge?
Ratimmiptwax: Some mold growing on the 6 year old cheese, and some cheese
that's older than the 6 year old cheese.
Nykaul: If you had to describe yourself in only three words, what would
Ratimmiptwax: psycho, eclectic, technogeek
Nykaul: If you could be a fictional character, who would you be and why?
Ratimmiptwax: Winston from 1984, his perspective on life is quite interesting.
Nykaul: List five things that MOST people don't know about you!
1. I'm aspiring to become an electronica artist
2. I don't have a pet rat
3. I practice narcissism (be that way brian).
4. I smell funny
5. I got a 680 on my English SAT II and I still don't know how to speak.
Nykaul: Any further opinions, comments, statements or advice?
Ratimmiptwax: um, newbie pride?
I would like to thank Ratimmiptwax for his honesty and openness in his
answers. It was an interesting and fun interview.
If you believe you are a 'special' person that should be interviewed then
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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