The interview took place on October 23rd, 2000 in my office. Torx is currently the co-leader of Clan 41 (Regime of Sanctified Eternity) and a hero. He claims his biggest Medievia accomplishments have been heroing after 1663 hours of hard work and beating Tharghan in an Eliminator quest. He is 18 years of age and is attending school in Germany, his home country.
I asked Torx several questions about Medievia and his life and this is what he told me.
Nykaul: How long have you been on the internet?
Torx: I've been on the net since 1997 I think. As long as I've been playing med. The internet in Germany isn't as common as it is in America.
Nykaul: How did you first hear about Med in Germany and what got you started playing?
Torx: Three years ago my brother went to America for a year to take his high school exam. He had a few friends there who played Med and that got him started playing. When he came back home he got me started playing Med too. He retired about a year ago but I still play.
Nykaul: What was your first impression of Med?
Torx: My first character was a mage, my brother helped me a lot when I started and I thought it was a pretty hard game. I made it to level 15 before I retired that character. When I made another character I thought the game became much easier but I think I just learned a lot when playing that first one.
Nykaul: Do you feel that Med was harder for you because english is your second language?
Torx: First is German, and not many people in Germany speak good english. I already spoke kinda good english when I started playing Med and I asked my brother if I didn't know what something meant. So Med wasn't harder but I learned most english from playing.
Nykaul: Would you say your english has improved from playing Med?
Torx: Before I started Med I could hardly answer some questions and after playing for two years no one noticed that english wasn't my first language before I told them.
Nykaul: Where did you get the name 'Torx' from?
Torx: I can't remember, I was searching for a good name for a Medievia character for days, I think it was over a week. When I logged in to play I suddenly thought of that name.
Nykaul: Other than your brother did you have any influences or heroes that you looked up to while progressing through the levels?
Torx: I think Daedalus was the one I looked up to most because whenever there was a quest and he was in it he won and when there was a herobattle he won it too. Whenever he made a herobattle I wagered on him and won some money.
Nykaul: Did that influence the way you played the game yourself?
Torx: Yes, I always wanted to be like Daedalus and that's why I wanted to be thief always. I think I'm pretty good in pk'ing and such but when I met him I couldn't even get him close to dying. I still don't know how he can be that fast.
Nykaul: What would you say has been your most memoriable event in your Med life?
Torx: That was when I had been xp'ing in Fire Giants Keep. I had been cpk'ed there, like many others. Sengir just stabbed me dead after I fought a hard mob, my formie managed to teleport out. I knew about the risks in Fire Giants Keep and so I watched where every 5 seconds and I didn't see Sengir on where before he stabbed me dead and he had to go through the whole zone without me noticing him.
Nykaul: Do you feel that as a hero you have to set an example to lower level players?
Torx: I think lower level players admire what heros do and how they got that far so yes I think heroes have to set an example. I'm proud that I haven't been frozen yet (none of my chars) and I don't go into some pk zone and search for newbies to kill.
Nykaul: So did achieving the status of hero be everything you thought it would be?
Torx: It was even more because I did my first herobattle two days after heroing and that was what I wanted to do more than anything. Hero is so much more fun than just a normal player who has to xp and such, you basically don't have to do anything when you are hero so you can do what you like. I still enjoy being a hero.
Nykaul: Some players will have specific music playing during a herobattle, or cpk. Do you do that and if so what kinda of music do you play?
Torx: I like to listen to radio when playing Medievia, no specific songs.
Nykaul: Has Med changed much since you first started playing?
Torx: Yes, when I first started playing there were still kingdoms, although I didn't notice them much since I was just a newbie. There weren't any double xp days, no mlr, medievia has changed alot. I think it's a little easier now than it was when I started.
Nykaul: Would you say that since the introduction of MLR that the level of hero has changed?
Torx: Not really, I think the 'old' heroes learned how to trade and comb anyway and the newbies who have mlr now get someone to lead a trade run and just follow, only thing they really have to do now is forming which I didn't do much when I was newbie.
Nykaul: Which changes have you liked the most?
Torx: I think when dragonlairs were made that was the best change because most of the heros now had something to do even if no zone loaded something they needed.
Nykaul: Which change have you disliked the most?
Torx: When kingdoms were taken out, I heard so much about kingdoms that I think they should be still there. I like the idea that you can fight the other kingdom.
Nykaul: What changes do you think Med should make?
Torx: I think kingdoms should be remade.
Nykaul: Do you have a favorite zone, and if so which and why?
Torx: I think Demonforge is the best zone in game because it should be the hardest zone ever. Most ppl don't like to go there even though they know there is a lot of good equipment there.
Nykaul: If you could ask anyone on Med a question, who would it be and what question would you ask?
Torx: I would ask Vryce if there has been moments when he has said 'screw it, I'm gonna sell med'.
Nykaul: If you could interview anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Torx: I think that would be Hitler because no one can figure out why he did all that. I think I'd kill him right after.
Nykaul: If you were forced to quit Med this very moment, what would you want people to remember about you?
Torx: I would want people to remember that I have made over seventy herobattles in one single month.
Nykaul: What do you think people WILL remember about you?
Torx: I think that's about the same. In the summer when herobattles were ran I always made at least one, some heros complained about that because I always had a spot in queue and they didn't.
Nykaul: So what are your plans for Torx now?
Torx: I was about to reclass to thief and try to win a few quests.
Nykaul: Name 5 things that people do not know about you!
1) most ppl on Med still don't know that I'm from Germany.
2) I might be the person who has been cpked most in one day. Seven times, one time by fate and six times by losk, they didn't bother to loot anymore after 2nd time.
3) I have a God char (no names)
4) I have been in one clan for more than one year
5) I've been cpked in all four classes
I would like to thank Torx for his time in answering my questions.
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