Thursday, May 31, 2012

10 Questions- Joe "Sean Angus" Fantasia

Joe "Sean Angus" Fantasia

Photo by Angela Gray
How long have you been playing?
Since 1981 , back when it was called The Game.

How has the game changed since you've been playing? 
Just about everything has changed. We had no magic system to speak of at the beginning. Knights coins could raise dead pc's, as could certain npc's and of course rez points. Archers fought with wooden shaft arrows,  night quests were unheard of, and nobody could afford armor.
Who have you learned the most from?
Early on it was Tom Cook of Midrealm. He was a military tactician, born leader and plot master rolled into one. He also represented to me what a knight should be. Later on it would be Jarrod Marshall and Andy Disbrow.
What was your best moment IC?
I've played for so long I've had a few. In no particular order, being knighted at Midrealm, becoming Captain of the Guard at Rrachchllyn, winning champion at TOC 1, as Duke of Hiedenkries bringing Pj, Ray and Darrell into the game and seeing them succeed, becoming Knight Commander of the Blue Rose, and being inducted into Folkestone.(although my best years are still to come ;)

What was your best moment as a NPC/EH/Player?
Helping throw Folkestone Questing and the Rrachchllyn water wars, some of  my best events ever.

What would you like to see changed or developed more in game?
Photo by Casey Lemay
I guess better roleplaying when it comes to npc's and improving npc costuming. Npc's are key to throwing a quality event. EH's can brainstorm all they want, but without an experienced staff who know how to ensure PC involvement and enjoyment, players will feel left out and then their level of fun drops off.

What advice would you give new players?
Take a good look around and then join something, whether it is a nation, order, guild, church or whatever. This is a great way to experience the game, but most importantly Have Fun. And of course GO TO PRACTICE!!

What do you love most about the game?
Anyone can throw events, put in their ideas and influence the evolution of our game. I've seen a few different game systems over the years and I feel ours is still the best.

Who would you like to see the next interview be with?
Finally an easy one, That would be Jarrod

Anything else you'd like to take the opportunity to put into print?
Sometimes the realms takes over real life and it's important to keep perspective. Always remember this is a form of escapeism, albeit a good one. That being said, this game has been one of the greater joys in my life and I'm glad I had the opportunity to be here. I've had good times and bad , but I've made some real friends and had the chance to play at western martial combat. It's like being an MLB player ( minus the paycheck ;)

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