One of the elder Warhammer Online sites, Warhammer Info’s been spreading heresy far and wide — and today, that will end! We’ve tied up Silex and asked him very pointed questions as he sits on a very pointed seat.
WAAAGH!: Tell us a bit about yourself — your handle/screen name/real name, age, real life occupation, your previous MMO experience, and your play style.
SILEX: My screen name is silex. I’m 26, and I program COBOL for a living. How hot is that!? Honestly, I’m a little scared that I was contacted as a “community leader” for WAR. God have mercy on that community.
WAAAGH!: What type of social play do you gravitate towards: soloing, participating in small guilds/small groups, or participating in large guilds/large raids?
SILEX: Competitive grouping.
WAAAGH!: What motivated you to get involved with the WAR community and how did you go about doing it?
SILEX: Mythic + RvR = Good times. It’s a recipe for success.
I started out keeping some files filled with ability information turned up at GamesDay events. Figured other people might be interested, so I threw up a website. I lazilly throw in sarcasm and other junk – so far it’s going well. Or at least I haven’t been kicked off the internets yet. That’s a good sign.
WAAAGH!: What are some of the more notable trends you’ve observed in the WAR community since you’ve been active in it?
SILEX: The fanbase is very vocal and not afraid to explode in tears/complaints if we get wind of something we don’t like. Remember cross server scenario queues? How about non-segregated PvE areas? Or the recent “stealth”? …yea…
At the same time, the community is supportive of Mythic when release setbacks and the like popup.
A lot of tough love.
WAAAGH!: Did you play Dark Age of Camelot (or do you still), and what did you like/hate about it?
SILEX: Like – Emain, Glasny, and Weewolves.
Dislike – Mids, Albs, and Finlaiths.
DAOC somehow wrangled me in for 5+ years. No other MMO has come close to even half that. They’ve got the magic formula. Or they lace their game discs with cocaine. It’s definitely something.
WAAAGH!: What PvP experience do you have, and what are your general feelings on it?
SILEX: It is good.
WAAAGH!: What faction (order/chaos) do you plan siding with when the game releases, and why?
SILEX: Chaos will always triumph because good is dumb.
Ultimately, it all depends on what side the guild wants to go. I’d be happy anywhere.
WAAAGH!: What class(es) currently appeal to you the most, and are they similar or different to classes you typically play in other MMOs?
SILEX: Currently planning on the Zealot. It looks fantastic visually and its abilities sound interesting.
I love playing support classes, especially in group based PvP games. You get to observe the battle at a really high level and it always feels like your contribution to the fight makes or breaks things. And there’s the always classic:
“Hey, tank, go charge in there, I’ll keep you healed.”
**20 seconds later**
“Where the hell was my heals?”
“Woops, went AFK.”
WAAAGH!: What features of WAR are you the most excited to experience?
SILEX: Getting a statue of myself built in the city. That is going to be priority one. I’ll just stand around it all day long taking screenshots of myself and shouting to the zone for people to come see how awesome I am. I’ll pay a new player to hand out pamphlets detailing my greatness. Can’t wait.
WAAAGH!: Did you apply for the beta, did you get into the beta, and have you pre-ordered the CE?
SILEX: Yes. Yes. Yes.
Where’s the fourth question in that chain where you ask if I’ve taken work off for launch day?
WAAAGH!: What concerns do you have for WAR’s gameplay and future?
SILEX: Population imbalance, gank group domination in scenarios, and expansions. We’ll see how Mythic plays those cards when we get to them.
WAAAGH!: What will you be doing with your gaming time between now and WAR’s release?
SILEX: Continuing to work on Orbs