September 9th, 2001
An Interview with Sashia - By Nykaul
The following interview is with Sashia, a member of clan 42 - The House of
Swords and Magic. She is 27, but will never turn older than 29, and a
medical transcriptionist. She claims her biggest life accomplishment, so far,
has been her family, which she is devoted to. Her motherly instincts are
carried over on Medievia, where she enjoys helping clannies and longs to be
I recently asked her some questions about Medievia and herself, and this is
what she had to say. Enjoy.
Nykaul: When did you start playing Medievia?
Sashia: I think I created Sashia around Labor Day in September 2000.
Nykaul: What got you started playing Medievia?
Sashia: My real life husband and best friend started playing Medievia about
three months earlier and I got tired of hearing about this really cool game
and playing waitress to them. So I decided to create a character and make
them get their own food and drinks.
Nykaul: Had you played on a MUD before you started playing Medievia, if so how
did it compare?
Sashia: No I have never played another MUD. I did not even know what it was
before playing Medievia.
Nykaul: What was your initial reaction to Medievia?
Sashia: I thought it was cool that I could log onto my computer at just about
any time of the day and find a real person behind a keyboard there to chat
with and do stuff with. It was also very cool to have something in common
with the guys at my house.
Nykaul: What was it for you, personally, that made Medievia so fun and
something you wanted to continue playing?
Sashia: Well at first it was the fact the three of us would sit around and play
and chat about the game and such. After about two weeks I was high enough
level to join a clan and was fortunate enough to enroll in 42-House of Swords
and Magic. It was so great actually getting to know people and forming bonds
with clannies. I would even say forming internet friendships. So for me
personally it was the people behind the keyboards that made me stay in
Nykaul: How has Medievia changed since you started playing?
Sashia: I don't think Medievia itself has changed but my perception and
understanding of the game has changed, therefore the game has changed for
me. I have to say you grow and learn everytime you do something new in this
game. I have gone from newbie to hero to reclass. There are so many
aspects I have touched on, yet so many more to explore.
Nykaul: What do you consider your biggest accomplishment on Medievia?
Sashia: I think my biggest accomplishment involves my clan. I went from Squire
and worked through the ranks, (yes in 42 you have to earn rank) all the way to
co-leader. I was taught by the Heroes in the clan and in return have become
a teacher. I have a leadership role in my clan and do my best to represent
Nykaul: How would you describe your average day playing?
Sashia: This varies every time I log on. Anything from ressing clannies to
leading forms or doing trade runs to chatting about like with one of the
clannies. I am lucky to have a very good relationship with most of my clannies
and we have a lot of fun together.
Nykaul: What would you say was your worst newbie experience?
Sashia: Well honestly I would have to say being cpked as a single class thief.
Nykaul: What would you say was your most memorable moment on Medievia?
Sashia: I think it was leading my first eq zone. I have a terrible sense of
direction and to overcome that is a major achievement.
Nykaul: What are you looking forward to most in your Medievia playing career?
Sashia: Honestly, it is the day I see (AVATAR) in front of my name.
Nykaul: What has been your favorite aspect/feature/change in the game?
Sashia: Well the socials can be a lot of fun. Link is great for communication
with other clans. I think I have to say the MLR change. They are a pain if
you were used to exp only, but with the MLRs you know that person at least
knows something about all aspects of the game unless they were dragged around
all four classes. I also like the fact that donation eq is affordable, they
make nice gifts for friends. The holiday quests are also fun, and the
holiday item like roses on Valentine's day and Christmas presents.
Nykaul: What has been your least favorite aspect/feature/change in the game?
Sashia: I would have to say the losing level if cpked change. Honestly getting
cpked is awful, but then to lose hero over it just kinda takes the cake.
Asteroid catastrophes with falling asteroids are kinda tough also. I always
seem to die more than my form. However all these things do keep the game
balanced out and serve a purpose.
Nykaul: What changes do you think Medievia should make?
Sashia: Honestly I have very minimal complaints about Med. Maybe make a new
type of donation item.
Nykaul: Do you roleplay your character, and if so, in what ways?
Sashia: Well, I am not sure if you can play another way then to roleplay. I
would not run around killing stuff in real life. I try to portray Sashia as
I am in real life, I treat people with respect and realize that there is a
real human with feelings behind that keyboard.
Nykaul: Which, if any, players influenced your playing style, and
Sashia: Silinar, Kerovnia, Miacova and Skybolt. There are many more who have
influenced me, but these players have been there since the beginning and
therefore had more of an influence then anyone else I will meet.
Nykaul: When you finally reached Hero was it everything you thought
it might be?
Sashia: When I was single class I looked up to heroes. They had conquered all
and became hero. When I hit dual class I started to learn from some of
them and honestly never thought I would make it. When I hit triple class I was
told by a hero mentor that the only difference between me and hero was attitude
and the fact that I have to eat and drink. Hero is great, I love all
the bells and whistles that come from the combination of all four classes.
I may regret saying this but I actually enjoy the IMM channel, when I
reclassed, I missed that the most.
Nykaul: Do you feel Heroes should look out for, and help, lower level players?
Sashia: Sure, I think that Heroes have a lot of knowledge and wisdom to offer.
If you see someone dead res them. If you can help it is always nice. I will
say though that there are a lot of Hero activities that we enjoy doing as a
group and it is always nice when the lower level player says thanks rather
then expecting a hero to help them. Honestly sometimes they also need to
count on each other rather than a hero.
Nykaul: Some heroes claim boredom after reaching the level of hero. Do
you have any opinions on what should happen to a player, if anything,
Sashia: Well I can understand why heroes get bored, all through the levels and
classes you needed exp to get another level. Once you hero, you don't need
exp any more. Then you have to focus on the next goal or accomplishment.
Nykaul: Do you feel you are treated differently by other players because of
Sashia: In my experience I have received a lot of offers from male characters
offering eq, help with exp or running zones in exchange for joining their
clan or "spending time with them". I pride myself in the fact that I have
gotten where I am without using my gender. I am not sure I would have
received these same offers if my character was male gender.
Nykaul: Would you say there were any advantages or disadvantages to being a
female on the game?
Sashia: Yes I think there are advantages to being a female if you choose to
pursue them. I also sense a bit of the ol boys club effect which is a
disadvantage to females.
Nykaul: What would you say was your biggest life accomplishment?
Sashia: I am still young, so I can not say for sure what my biggest life
accomplishment will be in the end, but at this point in my life it is my
family, a career will always be there but you only have so much time with
your kids before they are off and finding their own lives.
Nykaul: If you were forced to quit Medievia this very second, what would you
want people to remember about you?
Sashia: Wow, if I had to quit Med I would go through withdrawals. I would want
people to remember the fun that we had and the friendship.
Nykaul: What do you think people WILL remember about you?
Sashia: I think they will remember the fun, the friendship, the great
conversations and that in the game, even if we did not succeed in what we set
out to do we did succeed in having fun.
Nykaul: If you could have any Medievia spell or skill in real life, what would
you want and why?
Sashia: This one is tough. I would have to say c charm person would be my
favorite and most usable spell.
Nykaul: How did you come up with the name 'Sashia' and what does it mean, if
Sashia: Sashia is a name I had had around for a long time. I love that name
and have considered changing my real life name to Sashia.
Nykaul: What two items are guaranteed to be found in your fridge?
2. Some type of chocolate
Nykaul: If you had to describe yourself in only three words, what would
Nykaul: List five things that MOST people don't know about you!
I would like to thank Sashia for her honesty and openness in her answers. It
was an interesting and fun interview.
- I love Scooby Doo
- I have a terrible sense of direction
- I love going for drives at night time with the stereo blasting.
- When I get upset I talk and then think.
- I love purple roses.
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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