Hello readers. Sorry for the long delay, but I failed to get my blog out last week before I went on a trip to one of the few places left in the world with neither internet nor cell phone signal. Some may call it a myth, but it’s there and I found it! Now for this week, a project that I’ve been thinking of for a while, looking back at the history of individual players throughout W16 who are still around today. Much to my surprise, part way through my work on gathering information, I received this very same suggestion from several readers as a possible topic, something that encouraged me to follow through with this idea.
For my interview this week, I chose three players who came to mind as having some interesting histories from what I knew. One was Adamjrose2, a player who I have been with from almost the beginning. Another was Macondude, a player starting with a humble beginning in the southeast and slowly working his way up. The last was Orel1, an outspoken player who may hold the record for most big accounts played as well as most major tribes that he was a part of at one time or another. Although starting in three separate corners of the world, their paths all lead them to their present home in C².
First is a short interview from Adam, who was kind enough to agree to do another with me.
Justin/Jurasu: Hi Adam. Thanks again for agreeing to do another interview with me.
Adam / adamjrose2: My pleasure Justin.
Justin/Jurasu: I’m looking back at player’s histories to see what they went through on W16 to get where they are today. Where and when did you start W16?
Adam / adamjrose2: I started in northeast K72, and as for when I would have to look it up. It was a long time ago.
Justin/Jurasu: Do you recall what tribe you joined first?
Adam / adamjrose2: I originally started because my friend Fug Nut (plays Lamarth now) got me into it. He had just joined and was in TIF, so I joined TIF within minutes of joining W16.
Justin/Jurasu: Is that where you originally learned to play the game?
Adam / adamjrose2: Yup, I learned the basics of the game in TIF, although I got many advanced courses once I joined C².
Justin/Jurasu: Often times, players experience an event that sets them on a path they follow throughout the world. Can you think of any experience, or even experiences, that you think dramatically altered your course on W16?
Adam / adamjrose2: It was probably during the TIF/C² war. I learned how real wars were fought and how much more I still needed to learn.
Justin/Jurasu: So it acted as a real wake-up call for you?
Adam / adamjrose2: It just introduced me to more of what TW is about.
Justin/Jurasu: What do you attribute your success in this world to?
Adam / adamjrose2: It was a lot of luck meeting the right players, both as allies and as enemies. Most of my closest friends in TW were at one point my enemies.
Justin/Jurasu: Do you have any other funny or interesting events in your W16 career that you would like to share with the readers?
Adam / adamjrose2: When dealing with the TIF merge into C², Fug Nut wanted to gift his villages only to former TIF members, and he had just killed one of Rag’s noble trains at home. Rag wasn’t super happy with the idea.
Justin/Jurasu: That’s all then. Thanks again for the interview Adam.
Next is Macon, one half of the Robonot account.
Justin/Jurasu: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview with me. For the readers’ benefit, would you please introduce yourself?
George / macondude: Sure, my in game name is Robonot. The forum readers know me as Macondude, however.
Justin/Jurasu: For this issue of the blog, I wanted to look back on the history of individual players who have been around for a long time in W16, and see what they went through to get where they are now. So do you remember where and when you first started on W16?
George / macondude: Yep, I was in k69. However, I don’t remember when.
Justin/Jurasu: Did you start as Macondude?
George / macondude: Yes.
Justin/Jurasu: Do you remember what tribe you first joined?
George / macondude: At first, I made my own tribe, “BOT”. Then I joined a tribe called SEF, which I stayed in for a while.
Justin/Jurasu: “BOT” didn’t work out well?
George / macondude: Nothing bad happened, I just got an offer to join a bigger, better tribe, and I took the chance. I did make sure that the recruits that were active came with me.
Justin/Jurasu: Could you give me a brief lists of the tribes you went through, and what accounts you played on?
George / macondude: Sure. I started in BOT, as Macondude. Then I joined SEF. Later, I joined =HRV= (which later merged with ~LS~ to form LSHRV). After the merger, I became friends with Robonot. He was offered the AxlTheCat account, and wanted me to start playing the Robonot account. A while after that, the C² war started and eventually I switched sides to join them.
Justin/Jurasu: What made you decide to switch sides?
George / macondude: I started talking to C²’s members more through the w16 skype chat, and got to know them more. I’d seen how they fought (as I sat frontline accounts at the start of the war) and, believe it or not, I knew some leadership in the old LSHRV that considered changing sides. A few friends helped convince me to change sides as well. Boredom played a large part in it as well. I had friends in C², and fewer and fewer in LSHRV.
Justin/Jurasu: I would say that many people experience a major turning in their career that drastically alters the path they take in the game. Would you consider this to be one?
George / macondude: Probably. I was so bored at one point that I thought I might quit the game. The move provided me with a lot of fun.
Justin/Jurasu: Are there any other major events that acted as milestones in your W16 career?
George / macondude: I would say the move to =HRV=, and switching to the Robonot account.
Justin/Jurasu: Why were these two events especially important in your opinion?
George / macondude: Moving to =HRV= sort of cemented my life in W16. It made sure that I wouldn’t get eaten like many of the other players around me. It also provided me with other ways of growth and more networking opportunities. Moving to Robonot provided me with a larger account, and showed me what it was like having an account with a large front line during a fight was like.
Justin/Jurasu: Are there any other interesting or funny events in your TW career that stand out in your mind? They may not be major events, but they may still be noteworthy to you.
George / macondude: I remember my old tribe SEF being attacked by a few members from ~I~ and ~J~. That was interesting, as we were scrambling to get other tribes (such as *MK*) to attack them.
Justin/Jurasu: How did you survive that experience?
George / macondude: They never launched nobles at me. That, and I believe =HRV= declared war on them shortly afterwards (and the main person attacking us moved to them). I suppose the number of people telling me that I was a noob and going to get rimmed after I moved to C² was amusing as well.
Justin/Jurasu: Do you have anything else you would like to add Macon?
George / macondude: I can’t think of much right now. I suppose that getting a co-play was a nice addition, and he tends to keep things interesting.
Justin/Jurasu: He got his own special interview for this blog as well.
George / macondude: Yeah, I remember that.
Justin/Jurasu: If that is all, I thank you for your time Macon.
George / macondude: Any time.
Finally, we have Orel, the second half of the Robonot account.
Justin/Jurasu: Hello. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me. For the readers’ benefit, would you please introduce yourself?
Or-el: I’m Or-el, currently playing on the Robonot account in W16, and I coplay the account along with macondude.
Justin/Jurasu: For this blog, I’m looking back at the history of W16, mainly the players and the paths they took to get where they are today. Where and when did you start W16?
Or-el: It’s been a while. Well, I began the world in northeastern K24 under the name “orel1″, around March of 2008 before I began the long trek that led me to my current and final home of C².
Justin/Jurasu: Do you recall what tribe you joined first?
Or-el: Well, not really, but with the help of my trusty twstats.com, I’ve found that my first tribe was *R*.
Justin/Jurasu: Is that where you originally learned to play the game?
Or-el: No, I actually only truly shed my noobish ways when I joined ORC, having come from the merge ORC had with ST. I then picked up skills along the way in ORC and tribes in W24 as well.
Justin/Jurasu: Often times players experience one, or maybe more, major events that are defining moments in their game. Have you come across any in W16, and what would they have been?
Or-el: I don’t believe I’ve had any singularly defining moments in W16 history, though I can say that the closest to one would probably be the moment I quit under the u6s5l account. This was perhaps defining because it marked the height of my anger at the northern tribes, and was perhaps one of the few reasons I allowed myself to actually join C² at all, for I’d had no experience in the south of the world until that point.
Justin/Jurasu: Personally, I know you went through several accounts and several tribes on this world, which is one of the main reasons I asked you to do this interview with me. Would you please briefly list off, in order, your accounts and the tribe you were a member of, and include anything you think important or interesting about each experience?
Or-el: This doesn’t include those I sat who were in enemy tribes, correct? Solely accounts I played?
Or-el: Well, I played:
orel1 – This was my first account, and I moved through *R* and other tribes until I reached ST, where I began to form friendships. ST then merged into ORC, where I left the account while learning to play more effectively.
I had originally quit the world after the u6s5l account reached 20mil ODA, just as I promised. I just wanted to get the milestone, and then quit. After I quit, and the ex-ORC players went to Plight (the BANG!? split had occurred), however, I found myself yearning to be back among those in W16. Obviously, the most logical choice was to move to Plight along with the people I had once counted as friends. However, I realized that I held a lot of resentment towards those players at the time, because none had stepped up to defend me. So I decided to contact the only person I knew in C²’s council, which was adamjrose2, if I’m not mistaken. After speaking extensively to him, and after much questioning/discussion by their council, they deemed me fit to play in the tribe,and I joined C² as Stupsi. Shortly after I joined, however, I fell to near-inactivity due to a large amount of RL conflicts. I did my best to send out defense and nukes, but none of it was nearly as effective as it would’ve been had I actually been able to play. Nevertheless, not wanting to blow my chances with C², I persevered in playing as much as I could until I could no longer; as soon as C² found a new owner, I quit. By this point, I figured I’d blown my only chance to join a tribe that was GOOD. I enjoyed my time in C² more than my time in any other tribe, and I knew that they would go very far if they kept up their current pace (and so they have). So just as I resigned myself to being forced into resignation by a lack of return opportunities (I was unwilling to contact Plight, for I had learned of a few things in my absence that made my only remaining friend there, Gamecat, angry at the tribe), adamjrose2 contacted me at the same time as two other players. All three were in C², and all three offered me an account to play or coplay. I picked the one I thought needed the most help at the time, and I figured I’d be able to help one or two of the others that needed coplayers by sitting anyways (which I did). C² saw fit to give me another chance, and hopefully I haven’t disappointed yet.
1) I’m terribly annoyed when the leadership is unstable and always shifting. I like to have a leadership that is clearly defined, works together, and knows its role. In that way, C² has been the most effective; each council member knows exactly what they do, how they do it, know how to play and analyze situations, and know how to effectively keep the tribe going.
-BANG!?’s council arguing with me was hilarious. The sheer childishness of it and the fact that they let me troll them like that, despite knowing I planned to quit, was definitely one of the funnier moments I had.
Thanks again to my three interviewees in agreeing to take the time to share their histories for this blog.
I hope everyone enjoyed reading this as much as I did. I plan to make a blog like this every month, spot lighting a few players each time. If anyone has any suggestions for players they feel may have an interesting history, please feel free to comment below or contact me in-game or on the PnP forums. Also, if anyone has any suggestions on how I can improve these articles, then again, please feel free to make your thoughts known in some way. I’m always looking for ways to improve my writing.
Thanks to all for reading again. Until next time, your W16 blogger and fellow spreader of carnage,