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Title: Featured Community Member
Post by: The Oracle on October 05, 2011, 07:17:01 PM
Featured Community Member

The idea of this project is to interview active and well-known community members to learn more about them.  Each member will be asked the ultimate questions on Life, the Elements, and everything.  Answers will hopefully be entertaining, educational, or something you can use against these people in PvP.

Interviews are not posted in any particular order.  We will start with seasoned veterans and work our way down to newer members but post counts don't matter that much; what matters more is who we bump into in Chat or the forums.  Council will also try to add some members who are in the spotlight during that particular moment, for example being assigned a new forum job or title, or winning a PvP event.



CURRENTLY FEATURED MEMBER:

Higurashi

Higurashi

(http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;attach=156;type=avatar)

The Lurking Admin
Proud Aetherial Entity
Admired Veteran

Favorite music genre?
Well, it used to be psytrance but now I mostly listen to retrowave, and mostly hardcore at that. Vulta, GosT, some VolkorX, Toxic Avenger, Danger, a bit of Dance with the Dead, etc.

If you could change one thing about the game, big or small, what would it be?
I'd remake the game in Unity and find an active developer who zanz would be willing to hand it to. This would kick things off with the release of 1.4 and traffic would skyrocket.

What's the story behind your username?
Higurashi is a type of cicada in Japan whose name means duskbringer. I had a tough upbringing and my dark side is the reason I came out alive. As such it's always going to be a part of me even as my life has become much more positive, and I embrace that. It gives me a lot of strength.

What is your view of the past and the present, the differences between those times, and the passing of time on the forum?
Elements has always been a small community, and therefore a close one. Once your generation has left as they do in all communities eventually, the ones who stay do so because they want to give new members the same experience they had. With no development activity was always going to decline, but that doesn't take any joy from the process.

Any last wishes for the game regarding the creeping flashpocalypse?
See question #2.

You don't seem to join events or chat anymore. Do you feel you don't have the necessary time to give it your all and don't want to do anything halfassed, are you still afraid something like your last war might happen again (even though what you were accused of isn't even that usefull anymore, plenty of decks are being posted right at the deadline, much of the communication happens outside the forum and vaults are emaillocked), just not interested anymore or something else entirely?
Indeed, I've never been a half-asser. I go from one focus to another and the last few years it's been all about my career. If I could relive the glory days of events and War with the old guard I would, but my generation is not coming back and the competition won't be that strong or enthusiastic again until Elements is revived with new development.

Why is Aether so OP?
One element had to be the strongest. It only makes sense that the very fabric of the universe would be that element. Power is control and influence. If you think about it, what other force could possibly access that much control?

If you had one pet of choice from EtG, what would it be?
A Phase Dragon could teach me the secrets of immortality, but there's no way to bend the will of such a transcendent being; they would be more of a mentor. Perhaps a Phoenix could do the same in a different way.

Where do you see yourself after the flashpocalypse? The game seems to mean a lot for both old and new members, maybe joining something that one of our admins would could encourage us to move along.
If OpenEtG can develop to become an equal to Elements graphically and structurally, I might get into that. If not, I don't have a great need for a new game to get serious with. I'll probably keep playing Hearthstone casually for a long time though.

Who are your favorite masters of each element if you can only pick masters elected at Trials #7 or later?
deuce, Jenkar, Torb, rob, elk, Cal, inthisroom, Ginyu, will, Jen-i, 10 men, JonathanCrazyJ. Most for competence, some for seniority and some for innovation.


What's your favorite forum activity here? Any other forums you also visit?
Forums were a big part of my free time a few years ago, but now I mostly hang on Twitch and game if I have any time to spare. I still enjoy doing administrative stuff on here though.

If you were alone for a week, how would you occupy yourself if you could not interact with anybody? You could do "singleplayer" things on the internet and you could only watch pre-recorded movies on TV. You would not be able to meet or contact any living person, but you would know that this only lasts for a week.
I sometimes take several days off from socializing, so a week wouldn't be much different. Currently I'm playing Hollow Knight, Dark Souls 2 and GTA 5 by myself. Working out and spending time in nature sucks up a lot of time. I also need to continue reading The Colour of Magic.

Any last words for the interview?
Keep up the good work :>



PREVIOUSLY FEATURED MEMBERS:

Featured Community Member Archive (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/featured-community-member-archive/)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Jappert on October 05, 2011, 07:32:20 PM
I like how you mentioned the War 3 match vs Tiko Higs! I remember spectating that match and it was a very tense and even matchup. Losing it was a hard blow!

Somehow you've really represented :aether as an element and Fractix-enthousiasm for me. I think the interview reflects that very well. I also like how you consistently stay true to a philosophy and stick to a certain theme throughout various forum events and chat discussions.

Nice job on the interview overall SG, was fun to read.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Higurashi on October 05, 2011, 07:41:24 PM
Thanks Japp. I always try to be sincere, and I do think a philosophy, or vision, is the most important part of being Master. It's something higher to strive for, which reflects on the entire element, all its fans, and your actual life as well.

I'm also glad you gave me an excuse to post here so I can follow this thread easier. Very much looking forward to seeing more interviews. The best part is that it's barely any work for SG. :P
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Korugar on October 05, 2011, 07:52:54 PM
It's a good read, thanks for your answers, Higs!

Just out of curiosity, what determines who you interview, SG?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: The_Mormegil on October 05, 2011, 08:17:37 PM
Hehe. This thread seems intresting. Also, nice interview Milady.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Rutarete on October 05, 2011, 08:32:23 PM
Quote from: Scaredgirl
Idea of this project is to interview active and well-known community members to learn more about them.
Well known as in having a title above their picture?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ralouf on October 05, 2011, 08:37:30 PM
Higs have 5 titles actually. Good to read that Higs thanks. Looking forward other interview.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ddevans96 on October 05, 2011, 08:44:17 PM
Having a staff title and being well-known aren't mutually inclusive. BluePriest (and forgive me for using you as an example) seems well known by the general community because of his high post count in general and participation in off-topic sections, but he doesn't have a staff title.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Korugar on October 05, 2011, 09:01:17 PM
Quote from: Scaredgirl
Idea of this project is to interview active and well-known community members to learn more about them.
Yes, but "active and well-known" is rather ambiguous. Is she taking people with the highest post count? Those who have participated in the most events? Been staff members the longest? Etc, etc.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ralouf on October 05, 2011, 09:24:45 PM
I think she's talking about the most well-known player ie player you think when you think about the game.. Napalm, SG, JMZ, Antagon..
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Pkmn31337 on October 05, 2011, 10:03:08 PM
Cool....I remember I was in a community that had interviews like this, people would ask things to that person for a week and the one interviewed  would choose another one. The way SG did seems to be much better though.

Looking forward for the next one!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: jippy99 on October 05, 2011, 10:18:57 PM
Another great idea from SG.  I can not express how good I think this is.  It will be very interesting to learn more about the most known and popular members, as well as less known but still valuable members.  Just putting this out there, I would love to be one of the people interviewed.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Xenocidius on October 06, 2011, 12:24:42 AM
I would love Scaredgirl herself/himself to be interviewed.

It's a good idea too. Looking forward to reading the coming interviews.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Scaredgirl on October 06, 2011, 12:56:05 PM
I sent a bunch of interview request. In this first patch, only requirement was activity on the forums based on post count because that is probably the best way to measure how big of a celebrity a person is on the forums.

I will also be sending interview requests to members who are in the spotlight, for example the winning General of War will naturally be interviewed as soon as War is over.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Time_lord_victorius on October 06, 2011, 01:39:06 PM
This is a nice thread, it allows new members to reach the older users for advice, make us (I think I can include myself as an old member too at this point time wise) less immaterial of I can say so.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Korugar on October 06, 2011, 02:39:24 PM
I know you(and I) have been here for over a year, so neither of us are particularly new members, but...neither of us have really achieved any kind of "legend" or importance. In other words, don't wait too hard for that interview message to come.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Planplan on October 06, 2011, 03:34:25 PM
Good idea, it's always nice to know more about people, and a good first interview too.

I would love Scaredgirl herself/himself to be interviewed.
Wish too !
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Scaredgirl on October 06, 2011, 06:03:20 PM
Ok there was a monumental fail and all the PM's I sent had a link to wrong profile. You should send all PM's to me, Scaredgirl.

Hopefully Mr. Elite Arbiter (who the link points to) won't get too many PM's that will confuse him. :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Jappert on October 06, 2011, 06:07:09 PM
Ok there was a monumental fail and all the PM's I sent had a link to wrong profile. You should send all PM's to me, Scaredgirl.

Hopefully Mr. Elite Arbiter (who the link points to) won't get too many PM's that will confuse him. :)
At least I found out myself!

How the hell did you manage to direct it to him in the first place? ;)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Scaredgirl on October 06, 2011, 06:10:17 PM
Ok there was a monumental fail and all the PM's I sent had a link to wrong profile. You should send all PM's to me, Scaredgirl.

Hopefully Mr. Elite Arbiter (who the link points to) won't get too many PM's that will confuse him. :)
At least I found out myself!

How the hell did you manage to direct it to him in the first place? ;)
That was easy. All I had to do was to copy-paste "send this member a PM" url of a random forum user (because my own link is naturally invisible), then change the ID number to 1 (me). But if I don't change the ID number, than this happens.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Scaredgirl on October 06, 2011, 07:41:12 PM
New featured member: Essence!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Elite arbiter on October 06, 2011, 10:55:12 PM
Well, now I know what happened with the interview stuff. I don't mind it at all, since it let me find out about this idea. I totally approve of it, for the record, and I imagine most people will agree.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: OldTrees on October 06, 2011, 10:59:24 PM
This is a nice idea.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: NikaZaslavsky on October 09, 2011, 03:03:04 AM
This a good idea, and a great way to learn more about the community. Oh, and I think it would be nice if SG interviewed herself, just as the other people said.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Kamietsu on October 09, 2011, 03:09:30 AM
Mental note: Never screw with Essence, I like my bones in tact.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Essence on October 09, 2011, 09:29:48 PM
8) (http://imageplay.net/img/m7Gbd230244/MVC_003F.jpg)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Time_lord_victorius on October 11, 2011, 01:42:57 PM
I know you(and I) have been here for over a year, so neither of us are particularly new members, but...neither of us have really achieved any kind of "legend" or importance. In other words, don't wait too hard for that interview message to come.
im not expecting it at all anyways, thanks for the reality check though  :(
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Scaredgirl on October 11, 2011, 02:21:48 PM
New interview added!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Kuroaitou on October 19, 2011, 01:58:18 PM
Awesome interview questions. ^^;

I hope that the other candidates have sent in their answers (or will soon). :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Scaredgirl on October 19, 2011, 02:24:10 PM
Xenocidius was appointed as Card Curator earlier today. You now have a chance to learn a bit more about the person who is going to explain you why your card idea sucks. :)

New featured member: Xenocidius (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php/topic,32039.0.html)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Sevs on October 20, 2011, 04:52:15 AM
I am liking this whole topic. great idea.

Also using this post to keep track of new updates
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Hyroen on October 20, 2011, 04:00:40 PM
<<< One of your biggest fans right here Xeno!

*flies away again*
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Xenocidius on October 21, 2011, 11:41:51 PM
No! *whispers* Come back ..

Looking forward to the coming interviews.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: TribalTrouble on October 22, 2011, 02:59:29 AM
My own questions for Xeno(Answer or face the power of flying stilettos) :

1) What card would you nerf in darkness?

2) When have you contributed to the community the most in any one post in your entire time here at the forums?

3) What other games do you play?(video,board,real life,etc.)

4) Who is your biggest fan?

5) What card do you dislike/hate/despise the most?

6) What event have you participated in here that was the most fun for you?

7) What is your favorite card in each element?

8 ) What is the biggest mistake you have ever made in an article?

9) What inspires you to contribute so much to the community?

10) What do you think the elements community should do to become even bigger and better?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Xenocidius on October 22, 2011, 03:14:29 AM
1. None of them. If I had to pick one it would be Steal.

2. This (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php/topic,28742) post.

3. Various Kongregate games and chess.

4. From the looks of it I'd say Hyroen. :)

5. Rain of Fire. Such an evil card, especially against Mono Darkness.

6. Probably Elements Chess.

7. Shard of Void, Parallel Universe, Shockwave, Nightmare, Soul Catcher, Earthquake, Antimatter, Phoenix, Black Hole, Druidic Staff, Crusader, Precognition, Freeze.

8. The time I removed the wrong card from the Darkness Crucible poll thread just yesterday. Imagine my embarrassment. (Don't worry, I fixed it.)

9. Besides the fact that it's a truly free game, that it's such a friendly/awesome community, and my own desire for power, nothing.

10. Just do what it's doing; it's getting bigger and better every day.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: rowcla on October 22, 2011, 07:54:38 AM
wow, this is cool

My life goal is to be in here now....
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: TribalTrouble on October 22, 2011, 10:47:50 PM
lol@Hyroen. Do you play in tournaments/have an official rating in chess?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: rowcla on October 24, 2011, 06:52:12 AM
lol@Hyroen. Do you play in tournaments/have an official rating in chess?
hmm, i know that your not talking to me, but i do, I dunno what my rating is but in my primary school i was 75th in Victoria (a state in australia) and 2nd in my region....
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Scaredgirl on November 02, 2011, 09:37:49 AM
New interview added: Our Warmaster, kevkev60614
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Jappert on November 02, 2011, 11:52:15 AM
Quote
I have two kids, ages 4 and 3.
Now those are the facts you want to hear in an interview! Especially in a community like this one, I am interested to know a little more then just a forum name and forum avatar. This kind of info makes it all a bit more personal, wich I prefer. Nice interview!

Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: willng3 on November 02, 2011, 03:42:37 PM
Shame that's not a current zip code ;D
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: UTAlan on November 02, 2011, 03:46:42 PM
Shame that's not a current zip code ;D
Creepy stalker man.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ralouf on November 02, 2011, 06:08:40 PM
Nice interview liked it
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Bootsza on November 02, 2011, 06:25:08 PM
Nice interview liked it
Agreed.  Thanks for doing the interview.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: tyranim on November 09, 2011, 07:02:36 PM
i like, this way we can get to know our key enemies in the upcoming wars
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: EmeraldTiger on December 01, 2011, 03:52:24 AM
almost a month for this since last update.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: furballdn on December 01, 2011, 04:02:29 AM
almost a month for this since last update.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScheduleSlip
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: TheonlyrealBeef on December 20, 2011, 06:01:06 PM
Hmm, now that this topic has been dead for some time, might I recommend maybe pm-ing someone all the interviews to post one every week for you ScaredGirl? I'm sure there's someone willing to, that has enough time on their hands to spare a few minutes each week to post a new interview here :)

It's not as good as editing the first post, but whatever works, works, right?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Higurashi on December 20, 2011, 06:23:14 PM
Hmm, now that this topic has been dead for some time, might I recommend maybe pm-ing someone all the interviews to post one every week for you ScaredGirl? I'm sure there's someone willing to, that has enough time on their hands to spare a few minutes each week to post a new interview here :)

It's not as good as editing the first post, but whatever works, works, right?
Hi, have we met?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: willng3 on December 20, 2011, 06:34:09 PM
Hmm, now that this topic has been dead for some time, might I recommend maybe pm-ing someone all the interviews to post one every week for you ScaredGirl? I'm sure there's someone willing to, that has enough time on their hands to spare a few minutes each week to post a new interview here :)

It's not as good as editing the first post, but whatever works, works, right?
Hi, have we met?
Welcome to the forums!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: kev on December 20, 2011, 08:44:25 PM
Hmm, now that this topic has been dead for some time, might I recommend maybe pm-ing someone all the interviews to post one every week for you ScaredGirl? I'm sure there's someone willing to, that has enough time on their hands to spare a few minutes each week to post a new interview here :)

It's not as good as editing the first post, but whatever works, works, right?
torb is full of it.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: tyranim on December 30, 2011, 02:09:20 AM
yeah, i was sort of looking forward to seeing certain peoples' interviews (mine included *cough*)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: willng3 on January 22, 2012, 03:52:08 AM
I really hate seeing this topic die like this.  Higs, are you up to accepting PMs from those contacted to keep things going?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Higurashi on January 22, 2012, 04:05:31 PM
Yup. If we have answers ready, I can just edit them into the OP.

OP is now updated with an interview of our very own Darth Torb :>~
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Sevs on January 22, 2012, 08:05:13 PM
Haha my cousins SCII name is beef, and i know of 2 other people IRL with beef usernames for various things. For some reason beef is just really popular.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: furballdn on January 22, 2012, 08:10:09 PM
I'm tempted to make an elements account with the name pork now.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ralouf on January 22, 2012, 08:33:08 PM
Quote from: TorB
Q: Name one interesting fact about yourself that nobody in the community knows about.
I hate beef. Seriously.
I lol'd.

Again a very intertsing interview, I hope we will have even more in the future
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: willng3 on January 23, 2012, 12:11:50 AM
Good news about this interview is that now I can actually remember which letters in TorB's username are capitalized without needing to doublecheck myself :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Higurashi on February 16, 2012, 03:43:39 PM
Updated with the willu.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: UTAlan on February 16, 2012, 03:58:39 PM
<3 G3
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Cel on February 16, 2012, 04:49:21 PM
That was awesome.
Posting to keep track of topic :>
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: furballdn on February 19, 2012, 08:19:50 PM
Didn't noticed this updated. Huh. Very interesting. Looking forward to more.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Xenocidius on April 18, 2012, 07:17:00 AM
Resurrected with an interview from our new Administrator, UTAlan.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: vrt on April 18, 2012, 08:18:04 AM
Although it was a nice read, I think I've seen him yap about almost all of this in chat at some point. :p


Appreciate the hard work. :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: willng3 on April 20, 2012, 10:38:33 PM
Heh, I remember that War match, Alan.  Everyone on Team Aether was so friggin' hype after that smart play by you.

Also, tumor >:L
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Higurashi on April 20, 2012, 10:39:29 PM
Heh, I was like "Oh good, he didn't noob out"
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Xenocidius on July 02, 2012, 02:26:46 AM
Resurrected hopefully for good with an interview from our new Brawlmaster, Naesala.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: regen2k9 on July 02, 2012, 03:39:54 AM
Resurrected hopefully for good with an interview from our new Brawlmaster, Naesala.

Yay! I like these interviews! They're a great way to showcase members of the community!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: The_Mormegil on July 02, 2012, 02:50:15 PM
Great now I want maps! ):
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: juan_de_diablo on July 31, 2012, 05:36:05 AM
Posting to keep track as well
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: furballdn on October 23, 2012, 03:37:54 AM
Bump. unofficial interview with our new card curator and idea guru!

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7w3o2GBrS1rw4vfro5_250.gif)
Drake_XIV
Card Curator
Idea Guru


Q: Why did you pick the username Drake_XIV? Any significance to that? What's the origin to that?
Well, back who knows when, I was heavily invested in fantasy based RPGs.  In doing so, I began seeing dragons as a symbol of power.  And not only that, when you delve into lore, they not only had this immense strength, but they had wit.

Q: Why the 14?
I just like the number 14

Q: So, how did you discover elements?
Kongregate, like many others.

Q: Anything stick out to you in particular about the game? Clearly it made a big impact on you.
Nothing particularly.  Just the fact that it showed signs of progress, with patches refreshing the game.  Although that has [sic] happened for some time.

Q: What about the community? You seem like the type to spend much more time on the forums than the games (no offense). What sticks out about the community?
The people and the variety.  There's quite a widespread amount of interests and specialization here, as you can see in the Off-Topic boards.  Not just that, but unlike the past Forums I've come across, this has a relatively mature and friendly feel. It's quite refreshing when considering the rest of the Internet.

Q: You spent a lot of time making card ideas, and no doubt came upon some difficulties some times. How did you deal with that, and what advice do you have to aspiring card makers?
Well, that's another thing this community is great for.  When it comes to a troublesome card design, I don't necessarily have to bother with it by myself.  I can rely on other designers to help me balance ideas or simply shoot them down so I can rework it as a whole. As for aspiring card designers, I suggest simply getting your ideas out there.  We will be harsh sometimes, but it can only lead to better ideas.  And if you have any issues, you can always go ask the Idea Guru for help.

Q: What is your favorite element? Why?
Time.  Despite being affixed with the concept of affecting the flow of time and time travel, I really like the hindering nature of it in Elements.  How annoying it can be if done right.

Q: And your favorite card? In-game of course :P
Dune Scorpion

Q: Why?
I like the concept of hindering the opponent indirectly, counting on him, or her, to rack up damage themselves without doing so myself.  And with such a small creature, at that.

Q: Time, and dune scorpion. Would it be a safe bet to say that your favorite deck involves dune scorpions?
I guess it would. Although it isn't PoisonDials [sic] or something.  I detest Shards...

Q: If you could improve one part of EtG and/or the forums, what would it be and why?
More cards.  Not a slew of unbalanced cards, though.  Just a few, frequent patches to assist flow of the game.  As for the Forums, nothing that I can see.  It's stable and it works.

Q: All right! Wrapping up now. Why don't you tell the forums about something nobody knows about you?
Hm...  I don't know how to tell you guys this, but...

Q: but?
Well, I'm an avid writer,  Trying to get psyched up for this year's NaNo and hoping to actually make something decent enough that I can convince myself to follow up on it getting edited and later self-publishing it. But if you've gone around enough, you'll see that I've made this evident a few times.  That and my being an otaku of sorts and an overzealous Pokemon trainer.

Q: Finally, any final words? Anything you want to say to your fans?
By fans, you mean just you, right furbs?  Well, nothing at the moment, just remember to check out the Card Ideas & Art section to vote and maybe drop by Design Theory and ask this Idea Guru some questions.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Drake_XIV on October 23, 2012, 03:47:39 AM
If I knew you were this serious, I would have stalled even more on my answers.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ddevans96 on October 23, 2012, 03:45:26 PM
By fans, you mean just you, right furbs?

/me sits on Drake
I can be your fan :3
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ARTHANASIOS on October 23, 2012, 04:02:19 PM
I will be your fan too! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Drake_XIV on October 23, 2012, 04:57:26 PM
And thus, Drake_XIV gains votes for Trials.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: furballdn on October 23, 2012, 09:03:48 PM
And thus, Drake_XIV gains votes for Trials.
Interviews as propaganda? What is this madness?!?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: plastiqe on December 29, 2012, 08:58:51 PM
(http://imgur.com/5H3Qi.png)
deuce22
Master of Aether
Grandmaster

Q: What is the story behind your forum username and avatar?
For my username, deuce was a nickname given to me by my high school buddies because my last name ends in the suffix II ("the second"). The 22 was added because "deuce" is usually unavailable for most games, so it's my typical username for most games.

For my avatar, it's a picture of my dog, Cameron, when he was a puppy (guessing 4-6 months old or so). The ninja headband was added because I was obsessed with a music video by Die Antwoord called "Enter the Ninja" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cegdR0GiJl4) at the time. Not really sure why I decided to use it as my avatar, but probably because it's uniquely mine.


Q: What is your favorite activity on the forums?
War. It was the only event I wanted to be a part of when I first joined, and it's the still the focus of my pvp participation. There is no other forum activity that is quite like it. Pretty much all the friends I've made in the community have been on my war teams, so my devotion to this game and this community is entirely attributed to this event.

Q: What is your favourite activity when you're not playing Elements?
I'm a big golfer. I actually rate golf courses for Golfweek Magazine.

Q: Favourite Katy Perry song?
I actually am not a Katy Perry fan at all. I just love the gif of her with the shakeweights. Although, if I had to pick a song for the sake of answering the question, I'd probably pick Firework because of the music video. I really don't like any of her songs, lol.

Q: Ninjas vs pirates?
Rhetorical questions are rhetorical :P

Q: Favourite Aether Card and why?
This is a tough one. If I had to pick one, it would probably have to be fractal. It is arguably the most powerful card in aether's arsenal. The ability to add up to 8 creatures in your hand instantly is very OP. It can be used in rushes, domins, quantacontrol, and stalls. It is almost never a dead card.

Q: What is your most memorable PvP match?
There's been a few over the last 2 years, but the top of my list is probably my epic comeback against PlayerOa last war in round 11. We modded our grabbow to have about a 50/50 shot against trollmare. Game 1 I didn't draw any novas, and game 2 I didn't draw any grabbies. I remember thinking I couldn't get lucky 3 games in a row and that our war was likely over. Ended up having perfect draw in game 3, then he had 1 pend draws in games 4 and 5. Game 4 was close, but he only drew 1 creature in game 5. After that, we went on to easily beat 10 men in round 12 to win war.

Q: What advice would you give to a player that is an aspiring Grandmaster?
"Victory belongs to the most persevering." That was our team motto last war, and it ended up being 100% applicable. Every team is going to go through rough patches where you lose several valuable cards and winning war seems impossible. It's easy to go inactive, but the teams that go on to win war are those that keep their head up and continue to work hard and fight for every win. To quote Galaxay Quest, "Never give up, never surrender"...but suicide may be strategic :P

Q: Name one interesting fact about yourself that nobody in the community knows about.
I used to be obsessed with Stargate. So much so that I played Stargate TCG Online. I think there was about 50 people in the world that played the game. I think I spent almost $1000 on that game too (I was an idiot). The main reason I spent money on the game was that you could win money from tournaments, and you can redeem online sets of cards for real cards that they mail to you. Unfortunately, the game died just as I was getting good at it, so I never won a tourney. But I was able to finally receive my card sets almost 2 years after the game died, lol.

Q: If zanz gave you the keys and you could change one thing about the current version of Elements, what would it be and why?
I would probably make nymphs/marks slightly more accessible through quests or something. I'm awful at balancing card games, but pvp can be a bit unfair when some players have tons of nymphs/marks and others have hardly any. But with regards to 1.32 and the proposed shard changes, I would keep them "other" cards, but I would make it so that shards can't be used in arena decks (and maybe pvp1 and pvp2).

Q: If zanz then forgot to take the keys back what would most like to see added to the game?
I'm awful at this sort of thing, but the easy answer would be to add a lot more cards to the game. The more cards out there, the more balanced the game becomes (statistically speaking). Also, I would add something to the quest line.

Q: What is your Elements new years resolution for 2013?
Try not to complain about RNG as much... But that's gonna be REALLY difficult.

Q: Final word for your legions of Aether fans out there?
You're welcome  8)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Jocko on January 02, 2013, 12:10:26 AM
Great guy, great interview. I had the pleasure to work with him in two wars, and he's as skilled in strategy as nice to talk to.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Opsinis on February 03, 2013, 07:04:56 PM
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n00b
Member of 5th Council
Tournament Organizer
Guildmaster

Q: How did you come up with such a nickname?
Long story, though it basically had me going and making an account on a game where I didn't want to be recognized by the people I knew (before that, my only "account" thing that I made was for Runescape, like five years ago), and I wanted to draw some pity/I'm very unimaginative, so what better way to say that you're a noob than to have your username reflect so (my original username was Iman00b8)?

Q: So, are you a Gen 1 man? Or do you love all Pokemon?
I have a confession. I haven't actually played Gen I pokemon save LeafGreen/FireRed. The earliest and first Pokemon I played was Crystal (Gen II), though the internal battery died very soonly, and I was never able to beat it. However, I do own Pokemon Emerald, which I have put quite a bit of time into, even doing some interesting takes on Nuzlocke (though I always end up starting over once its beaten, as that game get any harder after being beaten, or at least in matches that give creatures exp). So, to answer your question, I love all pokemon, though the Gen I ones do hold a special place in my heart, especially Bulbasaurs with optical issues.

Q: What was your motivation in becoming a Tourney orgainzer?
In all honesty, I had never thought I'd become or even want to be a TO. What I had wanted to be was a Warmaster, and that was the first position I had ever applied for. Though, as you know, I didn't get it. A while later, I heard that TOs were being hired, and after a little urging from a certain someone who shouldn't be named, I applied. However, even though I had never thought I'd want to be a TO, I absolutely love the position and hope all tourneygoers love the work that I, along with ddevs and Viney, put into it.


Q: What is your favorite elements related activity? (i.e. PvP, chat, forum jazz?)
Honestly, I'm not sure. I'd have to say chatting, as I haven't been involved in forum-related/PvP events much during my time here, and I enjoy speaking with all those nubfaces out there :). Besides that, I'd say staffing. I haven't been a staffer for very long (~September, I think), but I enjoy being able to work on things that only a few people see for the time being, and then releasing them to the community (the most common of these being tournaments).

Q: You claim to love gravy, so what is your favorite Gravity card and why?
This is actually a hard one for me, but I think I would say Otyugh. It's one of the best forms of CC, and it brings Gravity's stereotype of being "fat" to reality, having the devour skill take :gravity to cast. Besides that, it is the backbone to one of if not my favorite Gravity-based deck: Nomwall. That was the only deck which I have won with in War (yes, I'm 2 and like 6 in War, winning those two games in War 5), and I love using it in the few times I PvP.

Q: When you aren't on the forums, what is favorite thing to do?
Honestly, not too much, as my life is been busy due to classes (what I'm doing most of the time I'm in chat). However, one thing I do enjoy doing is watching/going to sports games, and I usually try to go to a Twins game when I have open time.

Q: What is your favorite war moment?
Easy. War 4, after suffering bad rounds due to a semi-inactive Team Gravity (which included nils, vagman, Jenkar, Vineroz, and myself), PuppyChow became active for the first and only time, helped make decks, and then Gravity went 5-0 in that round. Though my favorite part was what happened after that. There was celebration thread posted, which had to get heavily-censored due to the... contents of the posts in that thread. That, by far, was my favorite War moment.

Q: How has this war been so far working under willng3?
Fun. I'd finally been able to get to know will, and I was pleasantly surprised when he decided to go as far as he did for me for War. It's fun working under him, as he works way harder than I would've thought to keep Team Life as a whole functioning, and at least thus far in Round 1 it has shown :).

Q: For all the curious people, how will guilds make change for the better?
In all honesty, it's the participants who will be the ones to decide how much change will happen when the release of Guilds happens. Guilds will not be fun nor will they be helpful if players refuse to cooperate. However, if they do, Guilds will be a place of some fun PvP-based and Forum-based events, where players and teams will be rewarded points if they win, and said points can be used to get some perks, as well as the team with the most points after a certain time being deemed the semi-winner (don't really know what else to call it since points will fluctuate a lot). It will hopefully encourage Guildmembers to encourage newer players that they have to take part in said PvP/Forum-based competitions, and hopefully this will give newer players a jump start into the community.

Q: What is it like being a council member?
Fun. I like being able to decide what things to add (the biggest being Guilds), or even deciding who is able to get what new staff positions. As Councilers, we get to see not only what other Councilers see in applicants, but what the applicants see in themselves. To get a position, much of the time you need to say why you are the better choice over another person, and sometimes you can truly see what a person is like when they have to list their strengths and things that make them stand out.

Q: Name one interesting fact about yourself that nobody in the community knows about.
I would say my age, which, though this may come as a shocker to all, it is not actually -7000. However, my age will stay hidden for a time more, so don't get your hopes up ;). Umm, besides that, how about the only reason I started playing Elements was for the Kong badge, and it ended up taking me so long to beat a FG, that I became addicted to the game in the process (and yes, I did grind FGs using Liquid Antimatter until about -10000 score).

Q: What is the one thing in Elements that makes you tic and you would love to change?
Honestly, the one thing I have to say about this is making shards only work when upgraded. I know it's not as bad now, as they have elemental affinity and Zanz has taken some steps to make sure they're not abused in arena (giving a cap for the number of SoSacs AI will play in one game, for instance), but I have always viewed shards as, in a way, being a more-elite rare, and I always liked how they only worked while upgraded 'back in the day'. So yeah, if I could change one thing, that's really the only thing that comes to mind.

Q:What would you add as well?
Hmm... for what I would add? I'm not really sure, besides more cards overall and possibly more foil cards that one could get from donating (with vrt somehow getting a cut, I'd say, as he has worked his ass off creating a lot of this artwork). As to more cards, I wouldn't mind if each element had another shield (or at least the ones with only one shield), just because, when having one type of shield, things are more limited. Now, I'm not what anyone would call an Elements expert, and I've slowly started to gravitate (that one's for you, nils) towards the Community-part of Elements, and hell, I have even stopped looking at the Buff/Nerf Card sections, and only view the general GS&F maybe a few times a month. So, if you were to take the answer to this and the question before more seriously, or expect me to try to figure something out for those, I'd gladly pass, as that's not what I do. So, yeah, were I to suggest something, I would suggest what I suggested above. But, what will most likely happen, I will probably end up finding an idea from someone that really stands out and stay with them. I'm not a creative nor innovative guy half the time, and I'm better at critiquing than creating.

Q: Any last words?
Probably one of the things that you see on staff hiring threads: don't be afraid to apply for positions. Yes, there is a good chance you will not get what you apply for if you are very new and/or inactive, but it shows that you want to help. Being in Council, we notice when people have applied for multiple things. Also, try to be active in chat as well as the forums (which is directed to the newer players interested in becoming staffers)... most often your personality is better conveyed through realish-time chat than through forum posts, and even when you are in chat, we are more-easily able to see that you are active, as much fewer of us watch the "Who's Online" thing at the bottom of the forums than those who notice when people come to chat. My final thing on that topic is don't be afraid to ask questions. Everyone has been in that state where they are new to the game or the community and have some questions. Whether it be about upcoming staff positions, War, or even how often tournaments are, feel free to ask about them, and it is even sometimes better to ask in chat than to post a thread on the forums.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ddevans96 on February 28, 2013, 09:53:56 PM
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Chapuz
Brawlmaster
OTK Boss
Newbie Helper

Q: Why did you choose your nickname?
A: My real name isn't common in my country and South America in general, and sounds like a girl name for most of the people that never heard it before. When I was about 15 years old I entered a chat where I used my name as nickname. Unluckly, too many people were in that chat entering room by room asking girls for virtual sex. As I got tired of being confused by a girl, I changed my nickname for the first funny male character that came to my mind: ChapulŪn Colorado, an old Mexican TV program. Some time passed and it was damn long, so I abreviated it to Chapu or Chapuz.

Q: For the longest time, you had a Voodoo Doll combo as your avatar. Is that your favorite combination?
A: Voodoo Doll has one of the most badass creatures images in the whole game. There were some others I liked when I reached 200 posts, but this one was rarely used and easy to see when fast scrolling.
I also used to farm FGs with Shak'Ars Revange (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php/topic,14435.0.html) and have always liked annoying people in PVP1 with that combo, so when I found TheManuz was making his Custom Marks, I asked him to make one with the Voodoo Doll, BB and GP, which I have used until I created Pure Dolls (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php/topic,42150.0.html) much time later, which includes Adrenaline and Purify as combo cards. Vineroz had the amability of adding them into my avatar mark. The one I am using now is just a temp for War 6.
Oh yes, it's my favourite combo.


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Q: Why did you want to become a Brawlmaster?
A: I enjoyed a lot playing Brawl #1, specially as Off-Topicker. Boosters to that joy were the amazing team I had and the teamwork in Titanpad, where everyone was helping everyone in every task. As almost every player, I had my own suggestions for Brawl #2 and thought about many aspects of the game that could be improved. More than that, I want it to grow as a massive community event and wanted to give more potatoes than just playing. You will find a pair or surprises when you read Brawl #2 rules.

Q: What is your favorite Elements related activity? (i.e. PvP, chat, Forum jazz?)
A: Chat, definitely. Annoying noobs in PVP 1 with hilarious decks and suggesting them to enter to the forums is another thing I like spending some time in. It is also a good scenario to test some crazy ideas which, some of them, ended up in the forums.

Q: You have been known to create threads to help newbs. Did you get any help when you started out?
A: There are actually 2 types of newbie threads I have made so far: Tutorials/guides and Unupped/semi unupped PVP fun decks/FG farmers.

About decks, my help was mainly the Decks sections, as at the beginning I didn't enter to the chat other than just for asking stuff.
When I started, as every noob in the forums, I looked only for unupped decks and cursed every single person that made upgraded decks because they were damn expensive to build (before knowing FGs were beatable with a simple Fire Bolt OTK). I like making FG farmers (and decks in general) as unupped and rareless as possible for that newcomers that don't have the electrum (yet) to make fully upped decks. The forum needs unupped support for vets too!

The reason I made those guides and tutorials is simple: The Tutorial section is a potential tool to make much more newcomers get into the game and community instead of getting scared the first pair of days and leaving the game for ever. They are just the potatoes I can give to the community to grow making something I enjoy. Unluckily, the Tuts section is underestimated by some council members and hasn't been updated (yet) with the worthy tutorials there are in the rest of the forums.

Q: When you aren't on the Forums, what is your favorite thing  to do?
A: Getting into the chat, ofc! I also like playing tennis, hanging out with friends, going to bars and raping old people, as everyone does.

Q: Penguins or Ostriches?
A: The other day I saw a movie where a girl was beautiful and fan of penguins, so penguins. Oh wait, I just saw a mod of Minecraft that has ostriches. Ostriches then.
Too... much... pressure...

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Q: How are you functioning underneath PlayerOa this war?
A: Actually, Oa has been pretty busy up to now, so the one that is leading us most is Cheesy111. He is a damn good Lieutenant and I enjoy reading his thinking lines about deckbuilding. I think I'm learning about it, guess we will have to see it in War 7.

Q: What was the inspiration for becoming the OTK meistro you are today?
A: As I said before, my first FG grinder was the old Fire Bolt OTK. It was pretty boring, I must admit, but it was the only newbie way to get fast electrum and make my first upgraded experiences (I loved, love and will always love Timebow FG grinders)
The deck that actually inspired me was a Dragoon's one (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php/topic,19150.0.html), the one I took Limitless Speed's combo from. 200 damage? A single turn? No Fire Bolts? Welcome style!
I also found OTK a funny strategy to play PVP 1 with, letting my opponent tell me -several times- I'm a noob while I imagine their faces reading a "Bye, noob" message and watching their HP reach zero in an instant. The best part is when they face me again some minutes later.

Q: You have been known to create some trolling decks as well. What is your favorite one?
A: The one that has given me the biggest joy has been a simple unupped version of the a simple unupped version of the Ragequit Factory (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php/topic,46912.0.html), as I could receive the biggest amount of insults per game on average.

Q: Which card has the best art?
A: I couldn't decide if I had to pick only one. Let's just say vrt is OP in this and deserves one of the tallest altars in the whole community..

Q: How has the War experience been for you so far?
A: Noobish, as a common first-war trainee. I am learning a lot about competitive meta and counterdeckbuilding though, so I wish I can do better in War 7.

Q: Name one interesting fact that people in the community don't know.
A: Peru has over 3k of different types of potatoes, so if there's an apocalypse and the world is nearly destroyed, you know where the potatoes reserve is. Interesting, huh?

Q: What is something in Elements that you dislike and would get rid of?
A: Nothing at all. Maybe Round 3 of War 6.

Q: What would you love to add to the game?
A: Just more cards that offer new synergies and mechanics, there are lots of them in CI&A. Dual Buckler -or any of its viable variations- is an example.

Q: Any last words?
A: Thank you for choosing me as the member of the month. Just that, no more boring interview for now =D
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: TribalTrouble on March 01, 2013, 08:34:19 PM
I think Chapuz doesn't like interviews :p
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Opsinis on April 03, 2013, 01:32:12 AM
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mrpaper
Master of Earth
War General
PvP Veteran

Q: Why choose the name "mrpaper"?
A: I used to play an rpg online game called Fiesta.  I used to be a healer and people we're laughing at mage's armor calling it paper armor.  I always found that comparison funny so I used that when I built a mage in the same game.  I enjoyed the name a lot and getting some fun with the character and having some praises for the cool name so I decided to keep it for a new game called elements!

Q: Have you always loved the element of Earth?
A: Almost, when I started I picked gravity as starting element for no real reason.  I soon got to enjoy the power of pulvy with the duo.  But I didn't like earth that much then because I couldn't really use all the earth cards at their full potential.   But as soon as I got most of the unnupped cards, earth was a favorite.

Q: If you had to choose between a mono, duo, trio/qaud, or rainbow deck which would it be, and why?
A: I hate trio/quads, they are too unstable.  If I have to choose among the others, I'd say rainbow because the numbers of possibilities are limitless so more fun... bring the party!

Q: What was your favorite moment in the Trials that led to your becoming the Master of Earth?
A: The moment when I saw I had a good majority of the votes, not so much for the points, but mostly cause it meant the community believed in me which meant a ton to me.

Q: What is your favorite Elements-related activity? (i.e. PvP, chat, forum shuff?)
A: PVP by far! I love preparing decks for all sort of events.  Once in a while I get in a mood where I chat a lot, sometimes not so much though I always talk a lot during every war I've been into.  As for the forum stuff.. well I respect those who keep the community alive by getting involved in this, but I'm more here for the game.

Q: When you aren't doing Elements-related things, what are you doing?
A: Digging earth ofc  ;D  More seriously though, I'm a lot into sports and since I'm canadian... it's hockey of course, whether it's playing or watching a game with a cold beer (if you're under 18, and reading this... I meant soda!).

Q: What's the luckiest you've been in one match playing Elements?
A: I've been known a lot for some unbelievable luck so it's hard to pick.  But the most luck I had is in a pvp2 game facing a turn 1 discord who failed all game long against a mono aether deck where I drew no dims and still won... go figure!

Q: Earth had a good run this war, but in the end, Aether ousted your team. Would you say that this War has been a learning experience for you? 
A: Every war has been, but this was my first war in earth team and there will be some little adjustments next war...  then again it's not like we need to change everything.. a few more wins vs aether would have change our fate and maybe the fate of the whole war.

Q: Rock, paper, or scissors?
A: Whatever you picked... I just ninja and edit this post with paper/rock/scissors and  you lost... sorry ;D

Q: What is your favorite Earth card, and why?
A: Basilisk blood... it such a good cc card, especially if facing high hp cards where lightning or bolts won't be enough.

Q: Name one interesting fact that people in the community don't know. 
A: I'm part of wars since war 2, and people may know I've been trying to go for aether mastership before, but it ain't because I wanted it more than earth... I applied for earth at first but my score wasn't that high and there we're too many applications.  So in the end I made a run for aether since it was the only element that had free space left (most were afraid of fighting Higurashi at the time).  I lost but made a bit a name for myself and mostly had fun.

Q: Penguins or Ostriches? 
A: As a hockey fan... Pittsburgh Penguins!

Q: What is something in Elements that you are not fond of, and would eliminate or reduce? 
A: I hate the fact that the leagues don't encourage the participation and go for the averages of wins.. it sure doesn't help the community to stay active and grow.. but I know many don't feel the same.

Q: What would you love to see in the game?
A: Much much more cards, but in particular, one powerful thing I was always thrilled to use in mtg I'd like to see here is the ability to force the opponent to discard cards.. it's such an evil way to win!

Q: Any last words?
A: Am I dying yet?????.... arrrrrgggghhhhhhh...  I'll be back!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: TribalTrouble on April 03, 2013, 03:26:20 AM
notice the reordering of the r/p/s. Also, paper doesn't die, it shreds. ;)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: blarp on April 04, 2013, 06:05:24 AM
ALRIGHT GET A MOVE ON ALREADY! Whose in charge of doing these? There should be 1 a week not 1 every monthish!

I did one the fly one with Rutarete in chat. Took about 25-30 minutes and was fun for all involved. (If you want a transcript ask) If you need someone to do more interviews, hit me up.

I suggest at minimum, have the war generals all interview at least 1 person on their team for a start. We can get a whole years worth in two weeks.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ddevans96 on April 04, 2013, 06:36:38 AM
Quality over quantity.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: eaglgenes101 on April 04, 2013, 08:00:46 AM
Quality over quantity.
Quantity over absence.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Opsinis on April 05, 2013, 12:25:11 AM
ALRIGHT GET A MOVE ON ALREADY! Whose in charge of doing these? There should be 1 a week not 1 every monthish! NewsLetter Writers are. There is one every month. Once a week, in my opinion, is too much. If we do it too often, the prestige and/or excitement about being 1/12 people interviewed in a year would vanish.

I did one the fly one with Rutarete in chat. Took about 25-30 minutes and was fun for all involved. (If you want a transcript ask) If you need someone to do more interviews, hit me up. Please PM this to me and wiidgc (I want to see it).

I suggest at minimum, have the war generals all interview at least 1 person on their team for a start. We can get a whole years worth in two weeks. While that would be great, that's added responsibility to generals, and at the moment (though I haven't yet talked with wiidgc) we plan on conducting interviews ourselves.

"Quality > Quantity > Absence"    Sure, but there is no absence.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Drake_XIV on April 05, 2013, 01:33:58 AM
Also, if it was weekly, we'd run out of people to interview...
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: blarp on April 05, 2013, 08:45:13 AM
Also, if it was weekly, we'd run out of people to interview...

Well we should interview more people than go inactive at least. It's a relatively renewable resource.


Also what are you talking about quality@other people? Are you saying that other people in the community aren't worthy interviewing? Or that it takes over a month to think of 10 good questions most of which are the same as the last time?

sure it may be more exciting if you're one of 12 people, but personally I'd rather be interviewed at all than wait for my turn 5 years from now.

By the way this is not meant to say you newsletter guys aren't doing a good job, it's just I don't think the number of featured members has turned out the way it was originally intended. Interviews are not posted in any particular order.  We will start with seasoned veterans and work our way down to newer members but post counts don't matter that much; what matters more is who we bump into in Chat or the forums.  Council will also try to add some members who are in the spotlight during that particular moment, for example being assigned a new forum job or title, or winning a PvP event.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Marsu on April 05, 2013, 09:24:31 AM
I think once per month is ok. I can understand Blarp and can also not wait to be interviewed in 2021, but a higher frequency would make it less interesting, both for the readers and for the person interviewed.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: blarp on April 05, 2013, 10:05:31 AM
I think once per month is ok. I can understand Blarp and can also not wait to be interviewed in 2021, but a higher frequency would make it less interesting, both for the readers and for the person interviewed.

I can understand the not feeling as special part, but seriously, get over it.

As for not being interesting that I don't understand. I think it's something you either enjoy reading or don't. If they start interviewing people whose history and opinions you don't care about at all, just don't read those. I don't mind if you do 1 really special person a month that's a larger extended interview if that's what's needed.

As neither Zanz nor the U.S. Congress is involved I'm perfectly confident that a better solution can be obtained :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Tiko on April 05, 2013, 03:29:58 PM
I actually like the idea of interviewing more people, even outside from 'the inner circle'. As blarp said, this is a like-it-or-not topic and I - for one - somewhat enjoy reading it; even if the infrequent posting somehow suggests peculiarity about the person in question - which I don't always agree with.

Staff members come and go like all other community members, and it's always nice to know a little more about each other.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Opsinis on May 02, 2013, 01:08:13 AM

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Wizardcat
Chat Moderator
War Veteran
Forum Lurker

Q: There's usually always a story being everyone's username. What's yours?
A: I want to say something witty about 'usually always', but nothing comes to mind.

I've used Wizardcat pretty much since I was thirteen, or somewhere around there. I don't remember exactly. Wizardcat actually isn't the first username I've used, though, with a minor exception, it has been the only one I've used since adopting the username. I pretty much respond more quickly to Wizard than my name at this point. As for why I chose it, at the time of choosing, I pretty much only played mages, felines, or feline mages - I was very into the fantasy genre (And still am, I suppose) and I wanted to incorporate both of my favorite things (wizards and cats - I got creative, right?) into my username. 'Wizard' is an excellent word, anyway. I may have actually been influenced by the game Megaman Battle Network 4 - there's a part of the plot where you have to fill in the missing parts of a story about 'Wzdog' and 'Wzmonkey' - one of the wrong answers is 'Wzcat'. Wz is, presumably, the game's shortening of Wizard, thanks to a limited number of letters.
 
Q: Congratulations on your team's win in War! What was your favorite part of the whole thing?
A: Thank you. I think my favorite part of War is simply seeing what the other teams field and how each round, and the whole War itself, turns out. While I like the event and want to be a part of it, playing in it has gotten to be less than enjoyable for me. The actual PvP just doesn't appeal much to me anymore.  However, if there were to be available positions for new Warmasters for next War...

Q: How do you feel deuce22 did as the Aether General this War?
A: Aether wouldn't have won without him, I feel. He was a machine - he had ideas, tested decks, and just got everything done. Like I told him, it wasn't surprising he had won a War before.

Q: Penguins or Ostriches?
A: Penguins. This is me taking advantage of the fact that you did not ask why here. 

Q: Now you're a notoriously quiet individual, are you just shy or do you only speak when spoken to?
A: I'm merely an introverted individual who would rather not talk unless there is a reason to. 

Q: How did you find Elements?
A: Through Kongregate. I can't remember if it was because of the badges or because it was a card game. Perhaps both. 

Q: Has Darkness always been your preferred element? Do you ever foresee that changing?
A: It's been my preferred element in Elements ever since I tried my first Mono-Darkness. I like its theme, mechanics, and cards and while it's possible that either those or my tastes will change, which would influence my preferred element, I don't see this happening anytime in the near future. 

Q: Name one thing about yourself that nobody on the forum knows.
A: I suffer from clinical depression.

Q: If you had to make a decision to play only PvP or only be on the forum, which would you choose?
A:  Since the only time I play PvP in Elements is for forum-related events, this is an easy choice: the forum.

Q: How long have you been a fan of elements?
A: According to Kongregate, I got three of the four Elements badges on June 9th, 2010, so nearing three years, it looks like.

Q: What is your favorite deck? Why?
A: I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite, I think. There's quite a few to choose from. I tend to be fond of decks that use Voodoo Doll, though, even if I don't get to play them much since they're usually less than optimal. I love the way you can 'double dip' with certain cards with it, turning what is normally a negative effect alongside a positive one into two positive effects. Filling the opponent's hand with Dolls using Nightmare? Have fun trying to make use of them. Liquid Shadow is technically a 'triple dip' - you get vampirism, a poison counter, and damage out of it. Also, you're beating people up with dolls. It's an interesting mental image.
 
Q: How were you entrusted with the posting of War tables every round?
A: I asked a Warmaster if I could. They said I could. Maybe I'm trustworthy. Maybe it was because they wouldn't have to do it if I did.

It helps that I was very active and had done a good job of keeping War Auction spreadsheets up to date previously (which I also asked to do - maybe initiative pays off).

Q: What's so bad about the dogs of war?
A: Mostly that they aren't cats of war. It's just a quote I liked, taken from a M:tG card.

Q: You have won two tournaments this year. Do you have any tips on deckbuilding for weekly tournaments for those aspiring to win their first?
A: I don't consider myself any kind of expert when it comes to deckbuilding. If you, for some reason, still want to get advice from me on tournaments: Read the rules. Know what kind of decks are legal, try to predict what everyone else will be using. Consider all the cards you can use - restricted formats can make some a lot better than they normally would be. Have multiple decks. Don't be afraid to make changes as you advance.

And it never hurts to have lots of Nymphs others don't. :V

Q: Are you an actual cat?
A: The beauty of the internet is that you can never be exactly sure what or who I am regardless of how I answer this question.

Q: Any last words?
A: "Don't worry, guys, I've got this-"

 




Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: furballdn on May 02, 2013, 03:15:43 AM
Also, if it was weekly, we'd run out of people to interview...

Well we should interview more people than go inactive at least. It's a relatively renewable resource.


Also what are you talking about quality@other people? Are you saying that other people in the community aren't worthy interviewing? Or that it takes over a month to think of 10 good questions most of which are the same as the last time?

sure it may be more exciting if you're one of 12 people, but personally I'd rather be interviewed at all than wait for my turn 5 years from now.

Interviews seem to basically just go to people with fancy colored usernames first. Not saying if it's a good thing or bad thing, but there's a lot more than just having a neat title to be worthy of something to the forum. As it is right now, it feels really elitist, favoring a few specific people. I'm glad to see it opening up a bit more and becoming more "alive." Interviews shouldn't be the same for everyone, it should change to fit the mood and individual.

Yes, I am bitter. I like to be honest so I will say what I really think. I'm jelly I'm not on here. You will not believe how much I wanted to be on here half a year ago, to be idolized or at least looked up to by the community. I've done many, many things in the community to try and capture the attentions of people. I've done BL, CL, trials, war, brawl, written wiki articles, made deck ideas, made card ideas, commented on card ideas, won competitions, and gave advice. I've even restarted the interviews starting with drake to get it up and running again. Was that a bit selfish of me? Perhaps, but when I did it I also wanted to shine a light for everyone, not just drake, but to every single member that they some day could be on the interviews, as a hope and goal. And what of me? Nothing. Sure, I've been mentioned every now and then but I feel I never really did get what I felt I deserved, someone perhaps nominating me for something because of what I've contributed. But that hardly matters now, my contributions are slowly disappearing with the passage of time and I lack the interest in EtG, it's been killed by slow progress, jealousy, and time. As much as I'd like to see myself on here, I'd much rather it go to someone else at this point, hopefully a promising new player that will help fill the many gaps and shortcomings that this forum, game, and community have.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Higurashi on May 02, 2013, 09:55:11 AM
A: "Don't worry, guys, I've got this-"
Hehe, charming. I've always enjoyed how active and trustworthy you've been, Wiz. Keep an eye out for the WM app topic :>
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Opsinis on May 31, 2013, 09:32:39 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/yxnFpvR.png)
Hyroen
Member of 6th Council
Guildmaster
Card Desgin Veteran


Q: What's the story behind the name "Hyroen"?
A: In all honesty, I came up with the name Hyroen at a very young age, starting off from a very basic and easy game called AdventureQuest. At the time, I played the game because any computer at my disposal ran all animated games horribly slow and AdventureQuest had virtually Paint-like graphics, which to me was perfect. Ever since then I've had more of a conceptual appreciation for every game design, and graphics have always been a last priority. In a sense then, starting off on games with horrible graphics have always made me think of how to conceptually make a game better, allowing my designing skills to always be at their prime.

The name Hyroen has since then been my identity and I know I'll have a good day if I start a game where I can still choose that name.


Q:What is your real life goal?
A: My real life goal consists of a variety of different ones. I want to have a happy and healthy family, to continue my studies and work in my area, and to continue being a part of the great community that is Elements the Game.

Oh, and of course, world peace.


Q:What's it like to have few Canadian brethren on the forums?
A: It's great, eh! Though to be honest my few brethren are too far from me!! I hear cases where people have seen each other at the same university, or down the block, and yet some of my brethren are almost on the other side of the map!

I would definitely add to my list of "Real Life Goals" to convince a friend to not only join the forums, but to also get massively involved.


Q:What is your favorite .gif?
A: GIFFEHH. (http://cdn.smosh.com/sites/default/files/ftpuploads/bloguploads/funny-no-nose-girls.gif)


Q:How did you get started playing elements?
A: I believe I started off as a Konger, as many others have. It's good to have a community on Kongregate because we can find some previous friends, current ones and even possibly future ones! Despite the fact that the Kongregate community is a diamond in the rough, we must remember that many of us have come from there and maintaining healthy ties with that community is important to the forum's success.


Q:What keeps you playing the game?
A: Elements the Game has become part of my life in a significant way, not so much because of the game but because of the community. I've already tried to leave and I couldn't and can't. To leave the game is to leave the community and to leave the community is to leave people I care about, and those who appreciate when I'm around and what I do.


Q:If you hadn't gotten into it, what hobby would occupy the time you spend on Elements instead?
A: I think if I hadn't gotten into Elements I would've gotten much more into either cooking or singing. I love both and to be honest, could imagine doing both for a living; being a Chef or a Musician.


Q:Do you sleep or you just pretend to?
A: This is a very good question. There's really only one way I can answer this question; I try to make each day more than 24 hours. Oh and I think my statistics (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;area=statistics;u=134) speak for themselves.


Q:What False god is the hardest to beat?
A: I won't say he's the hardest, but I hate facing Osiris. Why? Because I expect him to be all straight-forward Pharaoh with Catapults and simple, so I can keep sniping him down, but out come the Shards of Focus. GLAAAAA.

Silly updates... False Gods with Shards? srsly.


Q:What's the best PvP event you've had/hosted at this forum? Or maybe the first PvP Event you've participated in?
A: To be honest, I'm not one of those names that you will see in many of the PvP Events. Why? I'm honestly not quite sure. I'm sure if I tried one out I'd get right into it, but the PvPing side of Elements is not one of my fortes and I don't pretend that it is. I have experience with the game, and have recorded lots of statistics with a few decks but I know that I'm always against many amazing strategists who have MtG background. It's always challenging.

Despite this, I always enjoy working with new people and being part of a team, which is why I was one of the first members of the :air Air Team in War 1. Yep, the very first War.


Q:What are the standards by which you judge things in this game?
A: I definitely judge things from a perspective of design. I analyze cards for their balance, unique mechanics, elemental thematics, and lastly the finer details such as name specificity, trope representation, and always consider the Grand List of Card Designs.


Q:Penguins or Ostriches?
A: Penguins all the way. They've always been my favourite animal. To me they embody dedication, loyalty and kinship. One love.


Q:If you had one deck to play Elements with for the rest of your existence what would it be?
A: :air / :light Stall with SoDs and Sanctuaries. Why? It's devastating and very difficult to counter. Not to mention that the potential to gain a lot of electrum is high.


Q:Favorite CIA card?
A: One of my favourite cards from the entire CI&A would have to be Thunderbird | Thunderbird (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php/topic,7206.0.html) by PhantomFox. Naturally I am happy with many of the card ideas that I've designed, however Thunderbird easily became one of my favourites because of the fact that it's a great card with great design that would be a great inclusion in the element of :air Air and would become one of the first times Permanent delaying would even be heard of.

I can be quite critical of Card Design, but this one example pulled off balance, thematics, and art very well. Oh, and if there's anyone that can pull PhantomFox back, please do so. Great card designers are hard to find.


Q:How's the Guild experience thus far?
A: The Guild experience has been great so far. Many people have their own take on Guilds and there are obviously still many kinks that need to be worked out, but it's great to know that Guilds can and will modify and adapt to what the people want. Guilds have great potential and as Guildmasters we will work to making that possibility come to fruition.


Q:Share with us one of n00b's many secrets.
A: To start off with, n00b is not as much of a noob as some may think. *wink*
Also, if you ever have to share Youtube history with him, just keep deleting it and don't -ever- look back.

xD


Q:What can we expect in the future for Guilds?
A: Well for one a new Guildmaster!! This will bring the number to 3 Guildmasters and I'm sure we'll have a blast working on this grand event. You can also expect nifty things such as changing backgrounds for GP costs, new Quests, more fluid mechanics and hopefully more integration between Guilds and other, larger events.


Q:What's your favorite thing about the Elements community?
A: The Elements community truly becomes a group of friends over time, not everyone will be your friend, nor your fan, but it is absolutely worth it for the few who appreciate you for who you are and it's a place where you can keep practicing your skills, whether it be strategy or creativity, and keep them at their prime for when they're needed elsewhere.

You won't know what you've got 'til it's gone, so hold on tight.


Q:What's the best advice you can give a newbie on being a forum member?
A: Whether you're a forum veteran or a forum newcomer, respect the rules, the community, and above all, yourself. Don't sell yourself short just because you have 30 posts. Participate in all that you want to and can; seize opportunities to do more. Get involved and learn about the community and Staff. Make friends.


Q:Tell us one of the newbie-est things you've done, how long ago or recent.
A: Not all may understand, but I feel like one of the newbie-est things I've done when I was a new forum member was to sell myself short. I would always feel more like someone in the way when asking questions rather than someone with a valid and valuable inquiry. I felt like my comments were a "meep" from a random person, when they were part of forum history.

From experience comes wisdom, which is why never selling yourself short and valuing yourself whether a forum veteran or newcomer is so important.


Q:Any last words?
A: Respect begets respect. Be yourself and you'll find those who appreciate you for who you are. Understand the difference between work and fun; let some slip both ways.

Love life.

Take some time to breath; cherish the :air Air of the moment.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: EmeraldTiger on May 31, 2013, 11:36:58 PM
Quite nice, I enjoyed reading that. <3
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Jenkar on June 01, 2013, 01:57:13 PM
I know you way too much, Hyro.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: TribalTrouble on June 04, 2013, 07:55:20 PM
Quote
Q:What False god is the hardest to beat?
A: I won't say he's the hardest, but I hate facing Osiris.
I read this as Opsinis before I saw 'catapult' and then I had to re-read 3 times before I realized...

Very well answered!  :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Drake_XIV on June 05, 2013, 10:00:50 PM
Quote
Q:What False god is the hardest to beat?
A: I won't say he's the hardest, but I hate facing Osiris.
I read this as Opsinis before I saw 'catapult' and then I had to re-read 3 times before I realized...

TIL Opsinis is a FG.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Opsinis on July 02, 2013, 12:18:54 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/hp5jInz.png)
Opsinis
NewsLetter Writer
GuildMaster


Q: From where did the ridiculous name ďOpsinisĒ come?
A: Well, Iíve only ever had two gaming/forum names. My first one was ďzarthron27Ē that is for kongregate and a couple other sites I now rarely visit. That is my main kongregate account, so it has more points than my other. Now, my other kong name is ďOpsinisĒ which some of you may be friends with. I hardly get on that one, but I made it so Iíd be more easily recognized since I use Opsinis for basically everything now.

Q: Do you have any alternate accounts for Elements?
A: Actually I do have one, the name is Vulcalco. I made it so my Opsinis kong account could get some points through the badges, but I donít do the oracle daily. I hardly ever get on it anymore, and I donít think I even got any of the badges. It must have been the result of my mind at night, thinking I would actually be able to manage two accounts.

Q: How was your War experience?
A: Really exciting, because I actually donít do anything. Iím not in War.

Q: Whatís it like being a NewsWriter and working with whatifidogetcaught?
A: Itís lots of work, but I honestly love doing it. I get to see and dive into so many different parts of the forum as well as meet and work with some really neat people who I would never actually have a reason to talk to. As for wiidgc, heís an incredible person. Without him the NewsLetter would be much less appealing and Iíd be out of a job.

Q: Penguins or ostriches?
A: Ostriches, because.... well, theyíre ostriches.

Q: Elements the Game or Elements Forum?
A: Definitely the forum. I do love this game, and sometimes I get into fits of grinding, but in all honesty, PvP is not my expertise. Building decks, finding synergies, anticipating decks, and acting accordingly are all really important skills that I havenít developed. Fear not! This isnít my pity party, because the forum saves me. I love seeing the community come together and work on new projects and cooperate to create something amazing. Things like Guilds and Brawl are extremely heart-warming to have basically PvP-less events. As a NewsWriter I also keep tabs on all new members, so seeing the influx of newbs makes me happy.

Q: When your face isnít glued to the computer screen, what are you doing?
A: Iím studying, reading, and swimming. School consumes my life, but I love it, so what the heck!

Q: Whatís one thing about you that the people in the community wouldnít know?
A: Well, there are plenty of things. Of course I could lie and say I survived a shark attack or Iím actually ďan angel in an earth suitĒ (as Gary Busey would say), but thatís just distasteful. So something truthful would be: Iím a Knight of the Golden Horseshoe.

Q: Give some advice to a newb on in the forums.
Know this: You can't predict where real life will take you, so make the best out of right now in the forums, because you might not be able to get on tomorrow.
The forums is an incredible place, full of incredible people with incredible ideas. Don't be afraid of veterans will 4k posts and multiple titles. They're just like you = people dealing with real life, wanting to make a difference in an online community.
Know that as you climb the ladder or responsibility and reputation the site takes more and more of your breath away, please don't suffocate yourself, it's along fall.

Q: Should you be grinding lately, what have you been using?
A: I have been using Swallow by Snoweb in Plat and Gold, I really love this deck. It is incredible versatile and can lock down really well.

Q: Whatís your deepest secret?
A: I canít tell you that!

Q: Whatís your favorite element?
A: At first Iíd say Time. It was my first element to have fully upped, and I love mostly all the cards. As I finally started to gain electrum again, I was upping Air cards. I think the upped air towers are sooooo good-looking. So I just started to up all the air cards for their good looks. So now, Iíd have to say Gravy because Iím almost finished with upping all of those cards and they look pretty good too. So, Time > Air > Gravy > Next thing I am going to up.

Q: Who would you like the NewsWriters to interview next?
A: I'm not so sure. Maybe someone who won Trials and/or surprised the whole forum.

Q: Speaking of Trials, how was your Trials experience?
A: Oh my! I had such a wonderful time! I think my favorite part was answering the questions. The community came up with some incredible questions, and I loved asking questions to each element's Trialists! I wish the best of luck to any and all participants in the final battles.

Q: You claim to see lots of the forum, why a decently, low post count?
A: Well, itís decently low. I comment on things when I really feel the need to or if they are directed right toward me. I stay quiet often because 1) What I want to say has already been said 2) If I comment I probably have no idea what Iím talking about 3) My wordiness restricts my desire to post simple and concise comments.

Q: How narcissistic do you have to be to interview yourself!?
A:Well, yeah. It's like a last dying wish, okay?  :P

Q: Whatís your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas

Q: Any last words?
A: Well, Opsinis, thanks for picking me to be interviewed this month. I really feel honored. Good luck to you in future endeavors, you'll need it.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Shrink on August 01, 2013, 12:30:51 PM
Current (August 2013):

(http://i.imgur.com/H8c05Rh.jpg)
Calindu
Deck Helper
Master of Entropy

Q: What in the world does your name mean and/or why did you choose it?
A: Well, my real name is Calin, so when I firstly came in the world of internet, I needed a name, Calin was always taken, so I had to improvise, then Calindu became my internet name.

Q: How long have you been playing EtG for and what impact has the game had on your life?
A: Over 2 years. The game itself didn't had much impact, forum had mostly, my english is way better because of this forum.

Q: Some have said that you are OP. What do you think about this?
A: Can't disagree with them  ;) . Well, not really, everyone that plays almost daily a game for 2 years will eventually be called OP. All you need is deck building skills and prediction, but of course, you need some luck too.

Q: What are your thoughts on the upcoming patch for the game? Will there be an OP Calindu NPC?
A: I think this will basically make the game feel fresh, with some RPG stuff in, but it would be even better if there will be some new card, this does nothing to PvP at all. Well, don't know if someone will ever make a deck with my name, but I submitted a deck which I think it's pretty OP, 900 HP, Miracles, stall breaking creatures, lots of healing and all the stuff a deck needs.

Q: Over your time in PvP, who has been your biggest threat?
A: Well, majofa won PvPWC in the final against me, so I think it's time to take revenge, right?

Q: What has been your favorite PvP/EtG/Forums experience thus far and what are you looking forward to next?
A: No event compared to Grid till now, it was very fun and you needed more than deck building skills and prediction skills.

Q: What is the best deck you've seen to date? Or maybe, what is your favorite?
A: I assume you mean best deck in PvP.

Best deck:

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4vp 4vp 4vp 4vp 5rp 5rp 5rp 5rp 5rp 5rp 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 71b 71b 71b 7do 7do 7do 7k2 7k2 7k6 7k6 7k6 7k6 7k6 7k6 7km 7km 7km 7km 7km 7km 7n5 7n5 7q5 7q5 80a 80a 80a 80a 80a 80a 8pq

Yes, The Deck in its upgraded form, it's very hard to take it down.

Favorite deck:

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6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6qq 6tt 6u3 6u3 6u3 6u3 6u3 713 713 745 77f 77g 7ah 7an 7do 7gv 7k6 7k6 7n8 7n8 7q5 7t9 7t9 80a 80g 8pj

Probably the best and most versatile SNBow I ever built, not to say that it won me CL when I firstly started to use it.

Q: Do you remember the first time you won something of note on the forum?
A: Ah yes, my first tourney win, Penduolum I think, it was a great feeling to win that and my first mark.

Q: Speaking of noteworthy events, what did you think of Trials this year?
A: It was fun, but also boring in the same time, taking out Phase I made it just a PvP contest.

Q: Besides EtG, what other games do you play hours on end?
A: I'm mostly playing on my XBox, Fifa(the football game) most of the time.

Q: And outside of video games, what's a hobby of yours?
A: Playing football with my friends, going out, watching TV series, etc.

Q: What is something you could tell the community that we don't already know?
A: I have a bad handwriting.

Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: I actually have a phobia, it's called Kakorrhaphiophobia, which is the fear of failure and defeat.

Q:If you could choose one TV show, movie, or video game to describe your life, what would it be?
A: My life is pretty simple, so I don't think there's any that fits my life.

Q:Anything else you'd like to say?
A: See you in the chat!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: BeefSupreme on August 01, 2013, 12:46:38 PM
Hah, good interview ^.^
As creepy as it sounds, I've been waiting for tea time with Calindu (because I don't know him too well) :P
And would you look at that. Shrink is already on my good side as a Newsletter Writer ;)

I didn't know you were from Romania until just now *derp*
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Shrink on September 09, 2013, 07:53:15 PM
Current (September 2013):

(http://www.vrt-designs.com/stuff/elements/suityugh.png)
vrt
Artist Guy


Q: For those who don't know, what does your name mean/stand for?
A: My name is short for 'Verticae'. Now, that doesn't exactly have a major meaning behind it either, but it sounds fancy, and I've used it for many years. Alternatively, 'vrt' could stand for 'very retarded twatwaffle', I imagine.. Or 'violently roofies Tinkerbells'.

Q: You've done art for EtG. Isn't it awesome to see your card art as you play?
A: It definitely is pretty cool to see your art at work in a game played by thousands of people. It does have its drawbacks, though; I can't play certain cards without thinking I could've used a different approach to them, and when playing, I realize just how many cards still would need reworking at some point if I'd find the motivation to start painting for Elements again.

Q: Have you ever worked on art for different games, websites, movies, etc.?
A: I've done quite a bit of game-related art, though usually, it's either concept art or fan art. The concept art I'd love to show you, but I've signed an NDA until the game's release, and sadly, it looks like it has been shelved for now. The fan art is a different matter, though; I've made quite a few pieces for Realm of the Mad God (http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c190/verticae/archer.png) and Diablo III (http://vrt-designs.com/stuff/diablo.png), both of which at some point lead me to have a word with the game's developers. Most of my website work has been for local businesses here, but I've also done a bit of graphic design for Twitch streamers. You can find more on that right here (http://vrt-designs.com/twitch/).

Q: Speaking of art, what is your favorite piece that you've done? (linky? :D)
A: First and foremost, Product Line (http://verticae.deviantart.com/art/Product-Line-34715708). It's an artstyle I've stepped away from in recent years, but this piece of art once got me talking to a wonderful lady on deviantART, by the name of 'Pepokish'. As of two years ago, we've been happily married. For more recent work, I'm really satisfied with how Insomniamania (http://verticae.deviantart.com/art/Insomnimania-204591716) turned out. And when it comes to Elements, finally, it's a tossup between Bone Pillar, Psion, and Dry Spell.

Q: And to all of those thriving/learning artists out there, are there any wise words you could leave them with?
A: Keep working. Art is not about talent, it's about skill. Do your studies, keep practicing, and you'll find yourself improving. Find critical feedback, and put it to good use; ask for opinions of other skilled artists on sites such as CGSociety and conceptart.org. Finally, find something you like and stick to it. Have some fun when you're making art.

Q: Over your time here on the forums, what has been your favorite experience? And is there anything you're looking forward to?
A: My favorite experience probably involved winning the first Card Art competition (before they got dumbed down), and the first War propaganda. Since it wasn't an 'official' thing back then, I ended up making random insulting posters for a whole bunch of Elements. It was awesome. As for anything I look forward to.. Honestly, I haven't been keeping up. If ever a Brawl comes out where I could judge just the art entries, I'd look forward to that.

Q: If I remember correctly, you're into FPSs. What game do you think transformed the genre, pushing it to new heights?
A: [Woah, sudden subject change!] I'm pretty big on FPS games, that's true alright. There's two games that heralded the changes I've enjoyed most in FPS games, and those would definitely be Team Fortress (the original, mind you!) and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Yup, I'm a class-based fanatic. I love that TF included classes, but the way RtCW combined it with objective-driven gameplay and timed respawns was just beautiful, and the evolution that has seen in Enemy Territory and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars makes for some amazing games. The team behind those games is currently working on Dirty Bomb, and I can say I'm happy to be in the Closed Alpha. Very happy.

Q: What is your favorite game and why?
A: Oh God, there's so many! Shooters such as Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and Counter-Strike will always be among my favorites, but so will old RPG's like Baldur's Gate 2, and newer ones like The Witcher and Mass Effect. Too many to pick!

Q: Online gaming can require teamwork at times. Do you consider yourself a team player or do you prefer the lone wolf route?
A: Teamwork all the way. I've had the privilege of playing with some insanely good aimers when I played competitive ET:QW, and I found it a good challenge (as well as a lot of fun) to play a support role in such a way that they could maximize their playstyle. It also brings people together a lot more, I find, especially when you're all on a TeamSpeak or Raidcall server.

Q: What has been your favorite Halloween costume?
A: Weeell.. Back when I lived in The Netherlands, nobody really celebrated Halloween, so I never really got to wear one. In the States, I've only celebrated it once, and I had to think of something in a hurry, so I wrote "GO CEILING GO" and "CEILING #1" on my shirt, face and hands and went as a 'ceiling fan'. Yup.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people from any time, fictional or non-fictional, who would they be and why?
A: Christian Grey, Rebecca Black and Yoshi. Hah. No, but on a more serious note.. I'd have to choose Rembrandt Van Rijn, George R. R. Martin and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Q: What is something you could tell the community that we don't already know?
A: I have fybromyalgia. I've been in constant (though varying degrees of) pain since I was 13 years old.

Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: Honestly, the thought of losing my eyesight terrifies me. So many of the things I love have a strong visual aspect to them.. I don't know what I'd do.

Q: If your life was turned into a movie or TV show, what actor would play you?
A: According to my wife, I'd have to be played by Robin Patterson. Because I'm depressed-looking. Personally, I'd have gone with Liam Neeson, because that more closely resembles just how awesome I actually am.

Q: Speaking of movies again, what is your favorite?
A: Again, too many to list. A random selection would include the Star Wars prequels, The Phantom of the Opera, The Island, and John Dies at the End.

Q: On a typical guys' night, what are you up to? Shootin' hoops, playing poker, or maybe playing board games?
A: Honestly, I'm a biker bar, eightball and beer kinda guy, but I'm also a big fan of sitting down with a good glass of whisky and watching a band play.. Or starting a moshpit, depending on just how good said band is.

Q: Anything else you'd like to say?
A: Go look at this (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php/topic,41611.0.html), and see if we can't convince zanz to motivate me a little. :p
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: artimies7 on September 11, 2013, 10:05:24 PM
Art is not about talent, it's about skill.

You're putting in better words what I had already heard: Any percieved talent is passion applied.

Great wisdom, vrt.
noodles are first boys and girls
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Shrink on October 10, 2013, 11:21:20 PM
Current (October 2013):

(http://www.vrt-designs.com/stuff/elements/master_avvies/gravity_master_2.jpg)
Laxadarap
PvP Event Manager
Gravity Master

Q: Laxadarap? What kind of name is that?
A: he one that started all of the derpiness I am known for.  I make a different name for literally every game I play, and for some reason, I chose Paradoxical, and wanted to spell it backwards, but derped, and ended up spelling it "paradoxal".  Reversed that is Laxodarap, and I switched out the "o" and the "a", and Laxadarap was born.

Q: When did you start playing EtG? What was the most grabbing feature [what was the hook]?
A: Had a friend years ago that introduced me to it.  Was march of 2010, or atleast thats what my kong badges show me.  Got bored and left.  Got bored again around august of 2011 and came back and actually started playing (got my 10 pvp wins and such), then found the forums.  As to why I like it? I just like the fact that you don't build a play all, win all deck.  It makes pvp about mindgames, not the perfect deck.

Q: You're a PvP Event Manager; Do you have anything planned to spice up PvP Events?
A: I am planning on running events based on the community. I already let the community choose the last event, King of the Hill, I ask for their input on rules, extensions, and all that good stuff.  I could dictate everything, but I feel like people will have more fun in an event that they partially designed.

Q: Maybe you have some ideas for the forum in general. Are you still feeling that something is missing?
A: I am personally of the opinion that the forum is fine.  It gets everything done it needs to, and honestly, it is no longer about ETG.  I quit playing ETG except for oracle long ago, but hey, I'm still here :)

Q: To keep it EtG related for a bit, now that you're Master of Gravity, are you looking forward to War as general?
A: Hell yes.  I was worried about auction, then had a blast during it (at least the beginning part).  I expect war to be quite fun.  Besides I'm filling the gravilla with bewbers, whats not to like?

Who do you think is going to be your toughest competition? Has this been a person you've faced before?
A: Well the obvious answer is Deuce.  But everybody knows that gravity is better than aether, so not concerned with that.  In all reality, it is probably inthisroom.  Fire does well against gravity unupped, and I know from last war that his mind-gating is pretty damn good.


Okay, and that's enough EtG stuff!

Q: Are there any other games that you like to play? What is your favorite?

A: Currently I've been playing smite.  A lot of smite.  I was actually talking about it last night chat, and got a couple people to download it XD.

Q: What are your weekends like? Do you like to hit the city, have a night out on the town, stay home, etc.?
A: Well during the summer I'm a night person, but since I got to school I've had ungodly early classes (not compared to high school, but hey, I'm in college I'm supposed to be allowed to sleep in).  This means I actually wake up fairly early on weekends, and I go and do stuff during the day.  For example, went to adventure Island last weekend, and of course I go out to eat and watch movies and other normal kid stuff.  Also laser-tag.  I am a boss at laser tag.

Q: If you could pick an author to write your biography, who would it be?
A: Dr. Seuss.  Biographies are usually boring as hell, and mine would not be a huge exception.  At least if Dr. Seuss wrote it, I would end up riding rainbow elephants or something.

Q: Is there something you could tell the community that we don't already know?
A: Well I am actually a pretty open person if you guys ask me something.  So nothing that I can think of.

Q: What is your dream job and why?
A: I want to be Iron man.  Well not quite the superhero, but Tony Stark's life is fucking awesome (Shrink edit: really cool!).  Nice cars, nice house, gets to tinker around all day, and he gets all deh bewbers.


Q: If you could have dinner with any one person, fictional or non-fictional, who would it be and why?
A: Tony stark.  I would find some way to connive myself into his will.  Probably through drinking games.

Q: Do you have any special talents?
A: Lets see, I set high scores on those little laser gun arcade games at the movies and stuff, and am a boss at "duck hunt".   Oh yeah, and I can shoot actual guns too XD.  Not much else I can think of, I don't have a musical bone in my body.

Q: Anything else you'd like to share?
A: Gravy mascot says hi!
(http://1-ps.googleusercontent.com/x/www.celebjihad.com/i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m539/celebjihad/19.gif.pagespeed.ce.hRsiDcceXA.gif)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Oyek on November 10, 2013, 07:31:32 AM
What is the point of the first deck? Wouldn't it be unable to take out 100 hp in the end?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: CuCN on November 10, 2013, 08:02:07 AM
That deck is designed to just stay alive until the opponent runs out of cards, at which point they lose. (Constant damage from the Eagle's Eyes can also win.)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Shrink on November 23, 2013, 01:45:47 AM
Current (November 2013):

(http://i2.listal.com/image/1502126/600full-marsupilami-screenshot.jpg)
Marsu
Life Master

Q:Marsu? What's a Marsu?
A: Hehe. The name is actually the short form of 'Marsupilami', which is a character originally out of the French comic 'Spirou et Fantasio'.  You can see how it looks from my avatar here. It's a funny and friendly guy living in the jungle, but if it feels threatened it knots part of its tail and uses it to punch the aggressor. (Its tail is nine metres long, by the way - that, in combination with the fact that in German, the word for 'tail' is the same as the word for 'penis', had me accused of having cheap phallus symbolism in mind when choosing this name. This was, bien sŻr, not the case.) You should definitely check out the comics if you don't know them already.

Q: When did you start playing EtG and what effect has it had on your life?
A: I started playing EtG early on, when it was still a very young game. However, I didn't join the forum for about two years, as I was content with the game on its own and didn't really like game forums in general before (and still don't, with the exception of this very forum).

To be honest, it had no impact at all on my life: Simply because had I not found Elements, I would have played something else. So computer games in general had quite some - in retroperspective: too much of an - effect on my life, but I can't blame Elements specifically. :)

Q: You're the Master of Life now. What does that feel like to you? How had it changed the way you look at the game, forum, or players?
A: Of course, I am very proud to hold that title! But otherwise, not much has changed, simply because I immodestly feel that I had already become a member of the "vet club" before already. I'm sure that for some Masters, more has changed than for me. Well, one could say I feel like I, for the lack of a better word, finally arrived (wheresoever). To be honest, my ambition regarding things like winning events (excluding War of course) sunk dramatically over the last few months. I don't think I'll participate in many PvP events from now on - or if I do, with certain self-imposed limitations to make it more fun, like in BL at the moment. (Not saying exactly what it is of course, as BL is still going on!)


Q: What has been our favorite moment on this forum and or in the game?
A:Dunno.

Q: You live in Germany, so what's your favorite thing there?
A: Hm... quite a difficult question, because one tends to take it all for granted.

So apart from the obvious stuff, I do love German breakfast and still think it's the best in the world. Breadrolls with butter and mett or an old gouda...

On another note, there is actually something I like about Germany that this forum (More specifically: The contact with American people here) has reminded me of: The fact that religion isn't taken too seriously in Germany. It amazes me that religion is still a thing in America.

Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of staring at your computer screen?
A: Nothing I'm obsessed with, but many things I do regularly - working out, cooking, learning foreign languages, plants, non-PC games, ball sports, reading, drinking whisky, and - to keep it nerdy - Warhammer. I definetly forgot something here, as this changes all the time anyway. A jack of all trades, but master of none. I guess that fits.

Q: Movies, do you like them? If yes, what have you seen lately? If no, what's wrong with you?
A: Actually, I'm indeed not a big fan of movies. I think I watched less than 50 in my whole life, so there are not any movies that I have seen lately... I prefer books, as cheesy as that may sound. I do have some movies I love though, here are my three favourites in no particular order (And yes, I know, two out of those three are mainstream stuff, but still :p):

Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park I, Tampopo.

The latter is a great Japanese movie about ... well, watch it and you'll know! I think you can watch it on Youtube at the moment. Don't do that while you're hungry though, or in case you're on a diet. I warned you! :-)

Q:If you could eat only one thing the rest of your life, what would it be? And if you could pick any celebrity to share it with, who would it be? And maybe you had to stay in one place, so where would you be?
A: If I'm supposed to take this literally: Potatoes. One wouldn't think so, but they contain almost everything your body needs. Also, you can eat a looot of them without becoming fat, and there are quite some different recipes with them - boiled potatoes, French fries, roast potatoes, potato crisps ad infinitum!
The main reason I chose them might be my background though: They are so popular in Germany that it has actually become the most common insult for a German by people with a non-German background living here. I personally find it rather amusing.

Otherwise, I love meat. Meat meat meat. Any kind basically, except chicken and other poultry. That's for vegetarians.

Sorry, I don't care much about any celebrity. The only thing that comes to my mind is some random hot girl, but as I'm happily taken, that's out of the question as well.
[Here stood a rather macabre joke about why I'd chose some old guy if I had to chose]

Definitely somewhere in nature. I guess many people thought it was just standard promotional talk to become Master of Life when I wrote that nature means everything to me during Trials, but it's the truth. Somewhere in the jungle, I think. Marsupilami belongs into the jungle.

Q: What is your biggest fear and have you tried to overcome it?
A: The only thing I can think of right now is the fact that I care way too much about what people think about me, probably because my memories of school aren't too pleasant and I'm trying to avoid having to relive them.
For example, when I'm walking somewhere in the streets and I suddenly realize I'm walking in the wrong direction, I don't just turn around. I'll pretend receiving a call and being told to come somewhere else, so I can turn around and go the other way without people seeing me thinking 'Why is that guy suddenly turning around? What a weirdo.'
This is, despite being the most extreme example I could think of, of course a rather idiotic behaviour, and I'm in the process of actively changing this.

Q: What is something else we probably don't know about you?
A: Something I don't want you to know. :-) Apart from that, nothing of interest to you guys, really. Well, I have a Youtube channel with 1000 subscribers. That is ridicoulusly few of course, compared to people who actually earn decent money with it, but I'm still somehow proud of that. In my videos, I'm teaching Japanese, but it's in German sadly. Still, if you want to have a look, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/user/JapanischErfahren


Q: What is something that you would tell your 10 year old self if you could go back in time?
A: I thought quite some time about this question, and I'm sure I came up with the correct answer by now: Nothing.

Q: And if you could travel forward in time, would you? Why?
A: The concept of traveling forward in time is just too hard to grasp for me to come up with an answer I'd be content with. In order not to be a killjoy, I'll say that - provided I can go "back to the future" anytime - I'd go backwards in time, because I want to see dinosaurs. I wouldn't give a damn about metaphysics when seeing dinosaurs is at stake. (Which is, by the way, an elementary rule of my life.)


Q: Lastly, do you have anything else to say?
A: Yes, but I will only manage to think of it once I have sent my answers off, so there's no point in brooding over it. Instead, I want to thank you for chosing me for this month's interview.

Also, thanks to everyone who read this, I hope it wasn't too boring and if someone wants to have a chat sometimes, I promise I'll be up for it sooner or later! (Sorry, I always sucked in time management)

Speaking of which, I want to thank my whole War team who knows that fact very well by now, and especially rem4life and mathman101 who are sincerely doing better and more work than I am doing, and without whom this would not be working.

Last but not least, I want to appeal to this forum's community not to forget just how much opportunities we have here, and to use your creativity for something great and fun - the CI&A section deserves way more credit, PvP events can also be organized without being official if you are willing to put some effort into it, and there are tons of other ideas waiting to be put into practice. So what are you waiting for? Oh, and feel free to interpret this as an allegory to life.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Dm on January 01, 2014, 12:59:21 AM

Current (January 2014)

(http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/userimages/3328601.jpg)
Dm1321
Council Member
Competition Organizer
PvP Veteran



Q: What in the world does your name mean and/or why did you choose it?
A: Actually, that's kind of a long story. Way back on the very first game I played on the internet, I had a group of "friends", obviously.. And it just so happened that the two capital letters of my name were "D" and "M", so I was shortened to Dm. At the time the numbers were "123", which then changed to "1", which then changed to "1321" (and I have no idea why..). I still keep in contact with one person from that group of friends, although we don't talk as regularly now. It's kind of something I keep to remember the first game I played. When I can't be Dm1321 I'm usually "Deeme", if that matters for anything.

... This really didn't answer anything, did it?

Q: How long have you been playing EtG for and what impact has the game had on your life?
I started way back on November 2009. I only went to make an account on Kongregate on May 2010, and I still sucked pretty badly at the game. I only stopped resetting like mad at October 2010. (Also, by that point I had won a tournament and used the code. Not that it matters, because I picked a green nymph...)

Q: What is your favorite element? Why?
As everyone knows, Gravity. Why? Good question. I myself don't know either. It just kind of is, because it is.

Q: What is your favorite PvP Event that you have participated in?
Tournaments count?
I haven't really participated in a lot of PvP Events. I think that Sideboard was the one I liked the most, way back when I was new. I remember I lost to Svenningen in the early rounds kind of right away. It was fun though.

Q: What is one thing every serious deck builder should remember?
Er...
... I dunno. I'm not a serious deck builder. But I guess people should remember that "QI is not set on stone". I see a lot of people checking if their decks have a QI of 5 when that's not really needed. A rushier deck may want to have lower QI to dish the cards out faster, for example. But I may have no idea what I'm talking about.

Q: What was your most embarrassing moment in Elements (it can be on the forums or in the game)?
Every single time I double click Pulverizer.
Oh, and a tournament game vs RootRanger where I got him to 1 HP three times, with the board varying in terms of creatures and attack/healing power just about every damn turn. Wtf, Root.

Q: What is something in Elements that you are not fond of, and would eliminate or reduce?
I don't think I'd reduce anything. I'm satisfied as is.

Q: What is something you could tell the community that we don't already know?
I don't know. If it's about myself... hrm, well, I'm kind of shy in real. I'm pretty antisocial. I don't like places with a lot of people. I don't enjoy most conversations.

Q: Which section of the Arena is your favorite? Why?
Gold. In my opinion it's a sweet spot between Silver and Platinum where it's way easier to get the spins than in Platinum, you'll see more variety than in either League, and you'll still be making lots of Electrum.

Q: What is one tip that you feel any player of Elements could use?
Obviously : This is just a game, if it starts feeling like a chore, take a break. As it is a game, the most important thing to do is, obviously, to have fun. Try building your own decks; it helps a lot with understanding mechanics. And playing your own decks is almost always more satisfactory than playing Forum Premade decks.

Q: What was your motivation to become a Competition Organizer?
To be honest, I just didn't want to watch the section die.

Q: What is your all-time favorite Competition?
MS Paint is probably my favorite. I suck at art so I don't even bother to attempt, but looking at the entries is definitely funny. And some are real good.

Q: Congratulations on becoming a Councilman! What do you forsee doing as a councilmember in the coming term?
Eh... I dunno? I guess I'll see when the time comes. I'll do what needs to be done when it needs to be done, I guess. Probably start by fixing the Staff...

Q: What do you think is the Council's toughest challenge this term?
Clearing up the current staffers will kind of be tough, and filling in all the spots that will be left missing will be kind of hard, too...

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Elements chat room?
It's pretty calm. It's not a chat that you feel like the conversation drags on infinitely and it's definitely not a place you get tired just because you're on it because lines are popping on your screen at a speed of 10 messages per second. You can relax, and when there's a conversation, it all sails smoothly...

Q: What do you think is your great achievement in Elements so far?
Lawl, none.

Q: Online gaming can require teamwork at times. Do you consider yourself a team player or do you prefer the lone wolf route?
I solo pretty much every game I go to. Every game. And if it's not possible to solo it, then I'm most likely not playing/doing it. Unless it's something a two-man or three-man team can achieve. I'm fine with parties of that size.

Q: Reflect on the past year. Are you satisfied with what you've done for the Elements Community?
Er... what have I done? I'm satisfied with my posts, but I don't think I did anything worthy. Oh well; I wonder if others are satisfied?

Q:What is your real life goal?
I dunno. I'll just enjoy myself as I go, I guess? I'll find a goal eventually and work towards it.. but enjoying myself as I go is my goal, you could say. I don't like worrying about things.

Q:Penguins or Ostriches?
Penguins.

Q: When you aren't on the forums, what is favorite thing to do?
I'm currently playing a lot of Osu!, but I'm almost always on the Forums, really. On the rare cases where I'm not on the forums, I'll be usually watching Anime or reading Light Novels/Manga. I also listen to music pretty much all day long.

Q:Anything else you'd like to say?
Let's just set a disclaimer here, probably something I wanted to place in every single post of mine if I could. I don't know how to go on a roundabout way and I don't go around mincing words. So I probably sound very rude and straightforward. I never really mean to insult anyone, it just comes across like that. If you have ever felt like I insulted you once... just know that it wasn't my intention.

... Well, it probably wasn't.

Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Chapuz on January 01, 2014, 01:49:26 AM
@Dm  Did Opsinis made the interview? You were one of the ones I suggested him to do it when he offered
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Dm on January 01, 2014, 01:50:40 AM
@Dm  Did Opsinis made the interview? You were one of the ones I suggested him to do it.

Opsinis worked with me in doing the Newsletter, and he thought having interview would be a good idea. We were originally going to interview ColorlessGreen, but things happened and instead he PM'd me his questions and I answered them, before placing everything in the newsletter and publishing.

TL;DR - Yes
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Chapuz on January 01, 2014, 01:54:17 AM
@Dm  Did Opsinis made the interview? You were one of the ones I suggested him to do it.

Opsinis worked with me in doing the Newsletter, and he thought having interview would be a good idea. We were originally going to interview ColorlessGreen, but things happened and instead he PM'd me his questions and I answered them, before placing everything in the newsletter and publishing.

TL;DR - Yes
Aye, CG was the other one I wanted interviewed :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Submachine on January 01, 2014, 02:03:26 AM
Nice interview. :) At least the origin of your name is not a secret anymore, but I'm a bit disappointed that it's not Dungeon Master or similar. :-\
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: andretimpa on January 01, 2014, 02:51:31 AM
Fun fact: deeme is how you'd pronounce dm in Portuguese :P
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: antiaverage on January 01, 2014, 06:20:17 AM
At least the origin of your name is not a secret anymore

We still have no idea what the original DM stood for  :-X
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: skyironsword on January 01, 2014, 04:13:10 PM
His name, I believe?
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: antiaverage on January 01, 2014, 05:52:55 PM
His name, I believe?

And what is the name? The mystery is still there  :P
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on January 01, 2014, 08:04:42 PM
You are climbing up the Elements career ladder Dm. Congratulations and keep on the good work! :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: CrockettRocket on January 14, 2014, 12:11:43 AM
Love the disclaimer. Guessed your answer on the "When your not playing elements, how do you usually spend your time?" with anime. :D And I was very interested in the question about the serious deck building.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Shrink on February 01, 2014, 06:55:37 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/MMfwpCu.png)
ddevans96
Tournament Organizer
War General
Water Aficionado


1) I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and say that your forum name is somehow connected to your actual name and birth year. If not, what's goin' on with that thing?
Yep. My first initial is D, middle initial is also D, last name is Evans, and birth year is 1996. I wanted a simple name for my second email and this is what I came up with. Iíve used it with very little variation since.

2) When did you discover Elements the Game? And in turn, when did you find the forum? What do each of these discoveries mean to you?
I found Elements when it was posted (illegally, I later confirmed) on the gaming site MoFunZone, in May 2009. I stopped playing it shortly after, returned the next February, and began lurking forums in April. The forum discovery is very significant, because this community has wound up becoming a huge part of my life, assisting in my recovery from depression - which is still present, just never in the form it was four years ago.

3) What has been your favorite moment been in-game and or on the forum?
So many great memories. I think the one that stands out to me the most is winnng my first ever War match, against nelde59 of Team Light in War 6. I joined this forum to compete in War, because it was so interesting to me, but I wound up getting involved in a much different way - through event management. When I finally had a chance to compete in War, it was a huge moment for me.

4) In your opinion, where do you think the forum/game is headed? Not to say those words are interchangeable, but they're linked.
At this time, the lack of updates in Elements has stagnated the game, causing people to get bored more easily. This means the community is on a slight decline, in my opinion, and has been for some time now. It's not a crippling decline, nor an irreversible one, but it is something we need to be aware of.

5) Enough Elements for now, let's mix it up a bit. The holiday season is among us; are you fan? What is your favorite holiday and why?
I love holidays, for a variety of reasons. My favorite is probably Christmas, because it seems to make most people happier and friendlier. Also, I get cool stuff and/or money, which are both nice.

6) Regardless of your answer to previous question, do you have any games/toys/movies/etc on a wish list of some sort?
LoZ: Skyward Sword and Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii), along with Portal 2 and FATE IV (PC), are the four games I'd be most pleased with. There's also a chance I might get a 3DS, in which case Pokemon X or Y is on that list as well. (EDIT: Since initially writing this, I did indeed get a 3DS from my parents, and Pokemon X and Y are both in the mail, thanks to a very generous and beautiful female.)

7) If you could be any super hero, other than Turbo-Man, who would you be? And if you could pick anyone to be your sidekick, who would that be and why?
Either Iceman or Frozone, for reasons that should be obvious, with either the Hulk or the Thing as a sidekick, because that kind of strength would keep my argumentative personality in check. Also, ice and brute strength pair well together.

8) What kind of music do you listen to? Would you ever want to take part in a band of sorts if you don't already?
I listen to many different things to some degree, but I've primarily listened to electronic music for the past year. Myself, a niece, and a couple friends attempted to start a band in middle school, but it fell through. I've also considered taking up electronic production, but I'm more focused on improving my percussion talent at this time.

9) Other than EtG, what games tickle your fancy? Will you be going after the PS4 or Xbone?
I enjoy a large variety of games. My two favorite single player games are Mobile Weapon (Flash) and Mother 3 (GBA), but I could name so many more. My favorite multiplayer games, apart from Elements, are Minecraft (PC) and SSB: Brawl (Wii). I probably wonít get any current generation console for quite some time.

10) What TV shows have you been catching up with and or what was the last movie you saw? What did you think?
I don't watch many shows or movies, but the last movie I saw was Free Birds. Fairly typical animated kids movie loaded with jokes meant for older people, but it was insanely hysterical. (EDIT: Since initially writing this, I have also seen Catching Fire - great movie, as expected.)

11) What do you consider your best quality that most others seem to lack?
My only quality that I actually pride myself on is intelligence, but most people have that, regardless of how much they choose to use it. There's not many legitimately unintelligent people in my experience.

12) It's easy to be whoever you want to be online. Would you say that your real world traits carry over your exchanges over the Internet?
For the most part. The internet is great, in that it allows you time between responses, so you can formulate something more mature and collected. The internet has done wonders for my maturity, in my opinion. But my personality doesn't really change over a screen as opposed to in real life.

13) If you had to get a tattoo, what would it be and where would you get it? Why that?
It'd be something combining the things I most deeply care for in life, on my upper arm. My idea for this changes often, so I probably won't get it until I'm out of college and settled into a more stable life.

14) If you had to pick only one book to read for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Why?
This is a very difficult question, and Iíve thought about it for quite some time, but I donít really have an answer. One of the books I considered is a excellent collection of short stories, poems, and other material known as Tapestry Ė but Iíve read through it so many times that itís lost much of its value.

15) Lastly, do you have anything else to say to the community?
If this community is to survive in our current situation, with updates coming as rarely as they are, everyone needs to stay strong together. Itís clichť, but united we stand, divided we fall. Thereís no logical reason for some of the things that have happened recently, even some of which I am heavily responsible for. We need to maintain the bonds we have formed with each other and keep this place alive.

Below are questions asked by players in the community:
Q: Did your Warmaster experiences come to good use when you led your team this War?
-PlayerOa
Honestly, they would have, but this entire war was a trainwreck, both in the general organization and in my personal life. Needless to say, I'll never again be generalling, or something as important, unless my life is in order - but that likely won't take long, so expect to see me put forth a better effort as soon as possible.

Q: Favorite pokemon and why? :)
-Rutarete
I never have been able to just pick one favorite, but ome I've grown very attached to lately is Aurorus (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Aurorus_(Pok%C3%A9mon)), which I can definitely say is my favorite Pokemon picked in Generation 6. It just pulls off powerful and adorable at the same time, and I love it.

Q: Kind of an obvious one: Tell the story of your favorite dramatic/awesome moment from Trials and/or War.
-Essence
My match with Raving, in the Water Finals of Trials 7, was my favorite moment throughout Trials or War. It was a really close match, and it came right down to the wire, just as Water deserves. From that match, I couldn't pick a specific moment, but it would definitely be from there.

Q: Over the years this forum (and its precursors) have been around, numerous members have left or disappeared. Which one would you most want to bring back?
-eaglgenes101
There are so many names that I really miss, but if I had to pick only one, it would actually be our former admin, ScaredGirl. She was sort of a mentor to me during my time as Warmaster, and I honestly enjoyed talking to her outside of that as well.

Q: How do you feel about the community right now?
-Dm1321
This has been covered in previous answers, but I'll reiterate that I feel the community is in decline, and we need to stay aware of our condition and not let the community go down in flames.

Q: What would be your dream council if you could bring back retired members to actively participate with you? Any particular reasons for choosing each member?
-TribalTrouble
There are too many to name, honestly. I could list a good fifty members, at least, that could help form an effective council at any decent activity, due their leadership skills, experience, and/or intelligence.

Q: What other CCGs, if any, do you enjoy playing, and why?  (if no others, why that, as well)
-dragonsdemesne
Elements is the only CCG I actively play, simply because even though it has it's flaws, it's a very intriguing game with tons of potential, and I don't leave myself much time for gaming, so it's casual nature is appealing to me. Occasionally I'll play Kongai or Spectromancer as well. One CCG I really miss playing, actually, is Aetheron - I've been thinking about it for the past six months or so and I've just never gotten around to playing it again.

Q:What keeps your interest at ETG forums these days?
-Anonymous
I'm 90% sure I know who sent this to me, but that's beside the point. My interest is held in the people here, as there are countless members I enjoy talking to for a variety of reasons. The game itself has often taken a backseat - recently I've rejoined leagues, and I'll be doing large amounts of grinding for upgrades between Championship League and Trials, so those will tie into my forum activity as well.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Shrink on March 02, 2014, 09:47:25 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/3FonA.jpg)
justaburd
League Organizer
War General
Total Bird


Q: So, can you give us a little background on your name and that very cool avatar?
When I was deciding on a name, I figured I wanted it to do with birds, but I decided to go with burd just because. As you well know, I'm only 1 burd, so justaburd seemed to fit. The avatar was made by vrt. Thanks again!


Q: What importance did birds have previous to your joining the forum?
I love em. Chirp <3


Q: Do you have a favourite? And do you own one/more?
Not in particular, no. I guess for me it's more about the idea of flying where you want.


Q: And if you could fly anywhere right now, where would that be?
Probably some active volcano somewhere.

Q: Do you think your interest in flight has inspired you in any way that relfects your time on the forum?
It influenced my decision to try for Trials, yeah.

Q: How has your time after trials been as Master of Air?
I feel like I didn't do much. I wanted to War but my laptop problem kind of stopped that. But I'm glad that I got Jenk to lead. He's done great.

Q: Do you plan to later defend your title?
I don't know. I want to, but if work gets in the way, that comes first.

Q: Has there been a moment on the forum, other than trials, that defined your reason for having stayed for so long?
Community. I think most people agree with me on that. Not really a moment, but...

I think we all understand you with that one. But let's move on to less Elements-related business.
Chirp.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
How to train your dragon. A movie doesn't have to have explosions to be great. Of course, that's followed by Avatar cause sometimes explosions and graphics are awesome too >

Q: What character from what book or movie or television show have you found yourself able to relate to the most?
The bird that noone pays attention to til it steals your pie.

Q: If you had to pick one president of the United States' first ladies, to live on an island with for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Um... chirp?

Q: Here's an easier one. Do you like ice cream? If so, what is your favourite flavour?
Of course! Cookies and cream is awesome.

Q: You know what's up. What is your "dream job?"
I want to be one of those people in Leverage. Wouldn't that be kind of cool?

Q: Is there a specific skill of a character that you would like to have if you were one of them?
I have to admit the grifting is kind of interesting to watch. not that i'd be a con person.

Q: What is your biggest fear?
Many things. Many, many things.

Q: Namely?
Unspeakable things that may try to hunt burds.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to share with the community?
We want YOU for Leagues 1/2014 (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pvp-league/)!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Dm on May 01, 2014, 12:50:02 AM
Blacksmith
Card Curator
Master of Earth
Some other stuff


Q: You are master of Earth, though on your profile you mention fire as you fav element..any reason for that? You recently made it to staff member, how do you think this will affect your activity on the forum and what more could you do to help other members? Perhaps another staff position? (by dark ripper)
A: Hm that is actually 3 questions. Yup mono  :fire was my first competitive deck and it has been 1 of my favorite elements for a very long time. Atm my favorite element is both :earth and  :fire, the reason it only says fire on my profile is because I haven't changed it yet.
I don't think another staff position will affect my activity, simply cause I already am quite active.
And I always liked to help other members, I helped people in kong chat for years and the section I posted the most in is still the deck help section.  These days I more rarely help people but when I do it I'm much more ambitious. O and feel free/forced to ask me for help at any time  ;)
And the only staff position I could think of joining right now would be council member.

Q: Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo? (by Rutarete)
A: Ruta, you so evil  :-\  making me choose between them.
Nintendo


Q: If you could ignore how ineffective they would be, what would be your:
AI3 grinder
HB grinder
FG grinder
Bronze/Silver grinder
Gold/Plat grinder
PvP deck
?
(As in, what cards and cards combos do you like just because?)
by: eaglgenes101


A: Hm to be honest I stopped playing this game a year ago, I'm only here for forums. But I still got a few decks in my deck manager (330 to be exact and then I've tried to remove some) so here are the decks in order

Ai3: Well I don't really have one, so long time ago I played ai3.

HB: I made a few otks back in the day and this was the one I liked the most. It's actually quite good and the 100 damage version won me many games in cl.
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FG: Must be my singu otk. It has like 25% win rate and it's very very hard to play but since it's so fun it evens out.
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Bronze/Silver: I don't really have one but since you asked I must pick something so why not a 41 card rush. It's actually more stable than you think.
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Gold/plat: For a while it was this:
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until it got old but now it's this:
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Pvp: These 4 is both good and fun to play I think: Death tears, raged focus, blue dials and stall-breaker( don't have a better name for it yet).
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Other: Hm I want to pick something tasty for you.
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This was my first real deck. I used it to grind gold both before and after the shards.(excluding the sofo then)


Q: Why hello one of my favorite community members, what is your ultimate goal in life? (by CrockettRocket)
A: Ultimate goal, hm I actually got four of them by now. Here is 1 of them: Win olympic gold medal in orientation.  I've only done orientation like twice but it was fun so why not...


Q: Dear Blacksmith, how are you going to improve CI&A (and also this game, our world and universe  ;D)? (by Krzysiekxd)
A: Sorry Kryz I can't answer questions regarding Cia without talking to my other curators, it could turn out very badly. He regarding improving our universe it's something we all do every day just by being here ( even you Haink you noob ). My main goal is to attract more people to this game and in that way making it survive. But I can admit that I have some ideas that could be useful but you will just have to wait and see, or nag repeatedly.


Q: Which female community member do you feel the closest to you? Or which female community member do you like the most? (by Submachine)
A: He there aren't that many to choose from are it? Well right now I have a hard time picturing this forum without our fellow Higu. She is the one that has taken the responsibility for the council and has good ideas as well as making them come true.


Q: if you could have any 1 member come back, either here or kong, who would it be and why? (by Dawn to Dusk)
A: Ah a tricky question, so so hard. But I guess since I have to pick one it will have to be be Jmdt. He he was a ok deck builder and was an active member both here and on kong and more importantly one that I never got to know. But there are so many more that I'd liked to meet too, Willing, Tstar, Rastafla, Scaredgirl etc


Q: BL or CL and why? (by ARTHANASIOS)
A: Cl since there are less noobs which makes you able to come up with strange rules people which people agrees to and don't play like a wandering  antlion.


Q: Favorite community member and why. (by Dm1321)
A: Besides myself you mean....  :P   It's a shame to choose, you are even more evil than Ruta.
Makkuradaimyou
Could just as well been Afda, Vang or anyone but this dude has been with me from the beginning and has always been like a gnome rider to me, thank you for that.


Q: Why did you apply for Card Curator? What was your first rare weapon? Why are you sharing your acc with sinyor? Where have you met him? (by Odii Odsen)

A: Okay. Card curator since I like the section and since is has so much potential that was just thrown away. I also wanted to apply for some kind of staff position at the time.

Farenheit. Yeah I know it's a bad choice for a immo rush, dagger had been of much better use but I was nothing but a noob back then so please have mercy.

Well this story is rather long and complicated. I had an account--> I changed password--> one key in password was invalid-->it said wrong password every time-->I lost 17 nymphs and 140 uppeds with that account-->Sinyor was my friend-->Sinyor stopped playing-->I got 50% of his account--> a year later after to many emails Zanz fix password and now I have 2 accounts.


Q: Penguins or Ostriches?
I imagine Ostriches tasting better than penguins so I'll go with them.


Q: Every name has a story, what's yours?
I needed a name when I first entered forums. I looked at all the cards and couldn't find a name I liked. Suddenly the work blacksmith struck me and it fitted so well. Smiths work with  :fire ( which was my fav element at the time ) and I added black since it was my second upped deck. So simple someone who make decks with fire and darkness. Later on we can add earth since the smith has to forge with something.


Q: Do you plan on defending your title?
Most likely not, I'm a nomad and like to search for new areas in the elemental world. But it depends on who is entering trials and for what element.


Q: What's the one piece of advice you have for anyone who wishes to design cards?
Look at the game and think of a functions you think has been missed or that could be fun to play around with then make at least 1 card based around it.


Q: What's your most embarrassing PvP moment?
Either my first tourney win or my trials final. ..... Trials final thinking twice.


Q: Is there one major thing about yourself that the community doesn't know? What is it?
Some people know it but not all. Okay prepare to freak out.... I'm not black... I'm a soulless ginger with glasses.


Q: Can you reflect a little on your climb to a Mastership and Staff Position?
No idea what to say here.


Q: Can you recall one of your biggest fears when you first joined the forums?
I originally came from kong so when I first came to forums I wasn't' a plain noob and I think that helped a lot. The only thing I feared I think was that people would dislike me, luckily that didn't happen ;) ( what I know of )


Q: When you aren't on the forums, what are you doing?
Well besides going to school, eating, sleeping and working I don't do much. I sometimes I go skiing during winter time. O and the main reason for that is because I play guitar. When I first started this game it suited me really well since I was able to practice during my opponents turn in pvp and thats 1 of the main reason I'm still here, I'm able to play at the same time I do stuff.


Q: Your friends in real life, what three words would they use to describe you, and why?
Ha ha. Stupid, lazy and smart they might also add quiet at time, depends on who you ask. Well thats just who I am.


Q: Have you found a certain source of inspiration of some kind in the forum?
My focuses have changed throughout the years. At first my focus was deck helping section then my decks section and now the Cia section. It's hard to find interest in 1 area at the forum forever and thats why it's so very good this forum has a wide spectra.


Q: Reflect on a time when your real life commitments/activity and Elements the Game collided (for the good or bad).
I'm rarely without a computer for longer than a week and the only time this has became a problem was during deck building period in the trials final battle. That resulted in me playing some decks that I made less than 2 hours before game.


Q: Describe, in as much detail as possible, all of the changes you plan to make to the CI&A.
Sorry can't do. I can't describe things before talking to other curators since that would be giving false hopes or telling lies. Sorry


Q: How do you plan to remedy the divide between CI&A aficionados and those who never set foot in that section?
I think we will have to use the newsletter for that. Be active in introduce your self thread and include cia section in welcome pm when you sing up. We will also try to make the section easier to understand.


Q: Who on the forums has been your biggest inspiration?
I don't know. Inspiration has never been a problem for me when deck building.  What has driven me is to reach as high as possible so possibly willing or calin.


Q: Who outside of the forums has been your biggest inspiration?
Don't really know what you mean`


Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Cause the chicken like strategy in any of it's form, it doesn't matter if it's in form of chess, mtg or something else. I even learnt the rules for pokemon and Yu gi oh.


Q: What's your favorite season a why?
Winter, it's not to warm for god sake.


Q: Any last words?
If you have any questions I'm here and see you around.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: CrockettRocket on May 04, 2014, 05:53:42 PM
I modified your gold farmer. I was vsing a shard golem deck and the first golem appeared as a 15|21 with the active skill stone form and the passive devour. I traded the lightning storm out for parasite cause it seemed to  :air heavy. I fractaled the parasite that game and killed the golem, then just kept attacking him until death, drew a lava destroyer pretty soon and stopped drawing. :D My reasoning for changing a sn to a pillar is because the games are usually around 12-17 turns so a pillar will generate more, but didnt do all of them because burst quanta is always good. :P
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Maybe a purify or something instead of the 2nd queen. EM's are nice.

EDIT: I just won 3 special spins in a row.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Dm on January 05, 2015, 07:36:16 PM
Odii Odsen
German
Awesome League Player
Master of Darkness
Already Qualified for World Championship
German

Q: Hello Odii! First of all, pardon me for a cliche question, but it is standard procedure. ;) I think the community might be interested of the origin of your name.
A: Hello Krzysie! "Odii" is Latin and means colloquially "hated" or "the hated". I picked that name for me when I was 14 or even younger. I liked the meaning and it sound good to me. Later I found out I wasn't the only "Odii" on this planet, so I added "Odsen" to my name. "Odsen" has no special meaning. I liked a rapper who was called "Kay Kaysen". Well, I just mixed up "Odii" with the ending "-sen". Odii Odsen was the result.


Q: You are the Master of Darkness for the second time. Owing to the fact that I am a Light loyalist and am thus on the opposite side, I am really interested in why Darkness is your favorite Element (or at least why you have chosen it for Trials). Do you like this element just because it is powerful in the game or are you also "dark" in RL? Do you like the theme itself?
A: When I started this game in August 2009 my first element was Darkness. I played for almost two years different types of Mono Darkness decks. I was farming electrum to upgrade all the Darkness cards I need. What I want to say is that my first steps in this game were with Darkness and it was really a nice time. Darkness is indeed powerful in the game, but I didnít know that when I was starting this game. I picked that element because I like the theme and because it fits best to my personality. Darkness and I share many common characteristics. It is quiet and patient. I am a guy who actually never go to bed before 2 AM. I like the Darkness :D


Q: Speaking of your second Mastership, you are also participating in War as General for the second time. How did you like Trials #8 and now War #8, and how were they different from Trials #7 and War #7? Which did you find more interesting and difficult?
A: Trials #8 were fun but much easier than Trials #7. Actually I had just to win the final game against jijo. I knew I will face him in the final battle and I prepared my decks for his playstyle. Every War is hard for all 12 elements. But itís harder for some elements like Life, Water, Gravity, Light and Darkness as you know. So I canít really say which War was more difficult. Probably War #7 was harder, because I had no General experience and my team (including me ofc) wasnít as much experienced as my current team is in War #8.


Q: War is almost over.  What do you think you could have done better in War #8?
A: Actually pretty much everything, initial Vault building, decisions that I have taken every round after. I was just satisfied with the Draft phase.


Q: You are a well-known Leagues veteran (just look at your impressive collection of League trophies). Are you going to participate in the current 1/2015 season? As of yet, I have not seen any matches for you.
A: In the last couple seasons I started my matches always pretty late. But this time I probably wonít join Leagues. I reached everything I wanted. It was a really fun time!


Q: You also participate in the PvP World Championship 2014 which is about to start. Are you excited about it? Do you have any special tactics how to become the PvP World Champion?
A: I am not excited about that event. I have no special tactics here. For some reason the WC event rules suit me pretty well. In my first WC event I reached the top 8 and lost against the winner, majofa. In the second WC I didnít participate because I hadnít much time. And for the coming WC I wonít have much time again because of exams. But this time Iíll try to catch the title.


Q: Do you plan to compete in Brawl as well as defend your title in Trials #9?
A: Sorry to say that but I wonít defend my title in Trials #9 and I wonít join Brawl. After War and WC I have to make a little break from elements.


Q: Do you have any New Year's resolutions regarding Elements the Game or in your RL (if it is ok to share this information with us)?
A: I never had and never will have any New Yearís resolutions. I just hope that everyone stays healthy.


Q: Is there anything you would like to wish the EtG community for the New Year?
A: I wish you guys that Zanz will come back and present you some new cards. A lot of new, helpful people and a fun time with all the competitions and PvP events.


Q: Thank you very much for the interview. Good luck with all of the EtG and RL stuff in this New Year! Take care!
A: Thank you!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: CrockettRocket on January 05, 2015, 10:26:54 PM
that last question? where odii answered "thank you" was the best one. Thanks for asking it krzy!  ::)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on February 02, 2015, 09:53:55 AM
Zawadx
Council Member
TO, CO and TrO (More Staff Titles than you)
PvP Giantslayer
Master of Team Events (War #8 and Brawl #3 winner)
Uncliched cool guy


Where does your username come from, and are there any other sites or games we might find you under the same name at?
My username comes from my real name, Zawad. I added an x at the end because I just love that letter. It's my username for pretty much anything, and it's what I use on Kong, Hearthstone, HexRPG.com and almost all other websites I'm on.

You seem to be the kind of guy that sticks to one avatar - or at least it hasn't been changed for a long time.  To an uninitiated eye, it appears to be a blue fire. Can you explain why you chose it and what it represents?
Yes, I'm usually not too worried about changing my avvie. To me, it's... blue fire. I chose it because it is a representation of something extra-sensual, something which goes against the standard norm. I feel like it shows a cold fire, which I often feel represents my mood.

Why are you scared of your own reflection?
To be frank, it's not so much of a fear as dislike/hatred. It actually creates the same reaction as fear, at least in this case. I believe the logical explanation is that I'm a bit too imaginative, and my reflection just doesn't live up to my standards :/

How did you discover Elements the Game?
Well, I had always had an affinity for Card Games in general; I've been playing with Playing Cards since I was 4 years old. This drew me at first to the Pokemon TCG which used to be pretty popular with the kids over here. So back in 2012, I'd discovered Pokemon TCG Online but was unsatisfied with it. So I searched for free online TCGs and CCGs, and stumbled upon Elements the Game :D I made a noob account back then which is long forgotten. But when I returned in 2013, I tried the forums and gained a lot of valuable experience here. I managed to overcome my noobiness after that.

Which starting deck did you choose, and do you still associate yourself with it?
My starting element was Aether, mainly because I loved how Aether as an element could bend the rules of the game through Immortality, Dim Shield, Psion etc. I've always loved bending the rules in real life. I also love how Aether represents the realm of Imagination, which is something quite dear to me. Game-wise, Aether is seriously strong. My first few grinders all used a significant aether component as it gave common upgrades (RoL/Hope, Psiontal). So yes, I still associate myself with Aether and will probably be Trialing for it as long as I can.

What are your current goals in Elements the Game?
My current goal in the game is to get to Trainer Edition. It would be nice to no longer have the hassle of grinding. PvP-wise, I want to become a Master and a Grandmaster one day. I hope to see myself as a top-tier pvper. I usually tend to get too emotionally attached to the game, so I also hope to fix that.

You are relatively new forum member, you registered to the forum on the 9th of December 2013. Your forum career is fast though. You are currently Tournament Organizer, Trial Overseer, Competition Organizer and newly elected member of the 9th Council. How did you got all of that within just one year?
Well, it was mostly enthusiasm I suppose. Trial Overseer was a position which I'd always wanted; the process of a normal member becoming the Master of an element seems amazing to me. So when applications opened up for Trials Overseer (fun fact: I always mistype Trials and Trails :P) I wrote an extremely detailed application detailing my plans for Trials. The then council almost unanimously appointed me, and you can see that plan has come to frution in the 8th Trials ;)

The other staff positions were simply jobs which i felt I could do well, and volunteered for. I do have some experience in Competitions and Council from another forum. I hope I have been meeting the expectations for there tasks :)

How do you manage to juggle those responsibilities?
Well it doesn't require that much effort. My active responsibilities, TO and CO just take a few minutes of attention on a few days. It takes me about half an hour to type up a tourney or a comp, and aside from that it's not really too time-consuming. Trials is quite time-consuming to organize, as it is really intricate and involve many meticulous decision. CCC really took much of the workload there, so I can't say I've ever been overloaded with duties. But that might change with the new council term though.

What is your favourite staff position and why?
I don't want to play favorites here, so they're all close to my heart. Trials is dear to me as it is my first staff position, and I'm often thinking of ways to improve Trials. But Tourneys and Comps keep me busy throughout the year, and they're a lot of fun to organize! I also get to work with a lot of amazing people in these positions, who've all helped me out a lot.

Do you have any plans how to improve forum as a Council Member that you're willing to share with the general public?
One of the things I intend to do as a Council Member is to increase the transparency of the staff. Many people are unaware of what the council does, and I want to try and see if I can fix that. We also have to work to save our dying community. Nothing's fixed in my mind on that yet, but I do hope that we can come up with something together. We'll definitely see some awesome stuff this term of council :D

In addition to holding so very many staff positions, you've also been a member of the winning team of the biggest team events in both PVP (War) and non-PVP (Brawl). Which event was better, Brawl #3 or War #8? Do you plan to participate in the next edition of these events?
Both events were awesome! And to be honest, my success in both came primarily from being selected in such amazing teams. Brawl was great because back then my PvP experience was limited. And writing is always fun. War features a meta which isn't seen anywhere else, one which I quite enjoyed. The mindgating and testing portion of war is something which I'm quite used to. So yes, I will be participating in the next editions of these events. Although for the duration of War #9 I'll have a few tests and exams, so I might have to skip out on that one.

You say you want to be a writer, and you put a lot of work into your writings for brawl. Would you share any of your writings from outside Elements the Game with us?
Sure! Here's a link to some recent work of mine. (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eo8y-0QSyjTfdARVeEom_48HA8xZSWKu0BT2M1BJuRI/edit?usp=sharing) It's for a forum game of sorts which Emulates Quidditch which I play on a Harry Potter RPG website. Sadly I haven't really done much writing lately.. :/ But I do have some good pieces from a year ago here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aT8A2Wp5hw-qBCANDd9oqrGu7NCm5mfVATif0n0Zyjk/edit?usp=sharing).

Thank you for the interview!
You're welcome! :)

Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on March 02, 2015, 09:46:41 PM
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worldwideweb3
Council Member
Elements Leagues star
War Victor
All (world) around cool guy

Your name seems appropriate for use on the internet, but is there any reason in particular you chose it?
Nope, it is the same as my kong username. Come to think of it, it somewhat suits me as I am called the "internet" in my school.

How did you first discover Elements the Game?
Through kong. I was just browsing and found this game and it seemed really fun. Glad I continued with it.

What was your starter deck, and do you still associate yourself with that element?
Difficult to recall, but I believe it was mono dark and that was on the recommendation of afda/CR, iirc. Nowadays, I am more towards mono fire, but that might be because I play it more as it is very fast and has excellent control too.

What's been your most exciting moment in Elements play so far?
Winning war. What really helped was that our team had experienced players and we were probably the most active. But that will soon be replaced by something else  ;)

Congratulations on being part of the new council! What made you decide to apply for it?
Thanks fellow council member ;) I applied for council because I do have a lot of time and want to work for the community. Also, it will help in gaining experience.


Are there any staff titles you'd like to hold someday? 
If I believe that a title is best suited for me, I will apply. At the moment, I would avoid holding another staff title purely due to the amount of work in RL. In the ideal world, I would like to have TO,LO, Deck Helper and possibly PvP event manager.

If you could add any one new card to the game, what would it be?
This is a tough one because I rarely (never) visit CIA. IMO, life needs something as it lacks pc,cc, the creatures are weak (in terms of hp) and it is unable to stall effectively. There are so many cards in CIA that it is difficult to pick one, so I would like quite a lot of new cards to be added (hurry up, zanz)

Were there any members you especially looked up to when you first joined the community?
In terms of pvp, definitely Afda as he won BL, CL and WC around the time I joined community. Root is a really good pvper too as he spends a lot of time, doing the math, to improve the deck, even if it means by changing one card. I also look up to Spike and CCC for different reasons. I am probably missing a few members , so sorry if I missed you out!

Thank you very much for talking!
You're welcome!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on May 04, 2015, 02:35:44 PM
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Krzysiekxd
1 million score holder
Newsletter Writer
Forum comic drawer
No one really special

This question never really goes out of style. What's the meaning behind your name and why did you pick it?
It has been already explained here (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/introduce-yourself/hello!-49243/msg1070521/#msg1070521). I picked it because I don't have to hide my real name ;)

Why is Light your favorite element? Do you plan on attempting to run for Trials of Light? If you win, would you lead as a general?
First of all, I think I need to clarify some things. The fact that I like Light element does not necessarily mean that Light decks are my favorite ones. I really prefer fast decks, with CC and PC, not healing stalls, especially in very slow PvP. On the other hand, I like Light as a theme because it represents my personality best. I try to avoid any dark or vicious things in real life and in games I usually play as a good character.

Unfortunately, I think I will never participate in any bigger forum events anymore. Real life keeps me busy enough. I seldom find an opportunity to play weekly tournaments. I have some free time at work, which is why I can handle drawing comics and making Newsletters. However, playing PvP is usually impossible for me there, where is why I hardly ever play PvP. So to answer your question, I don't plan to attempt Trials at this time.

What led you into picking up the Newsletter Writer position? Now that you have it, what do you think of it?

I like the Elements forums and I felt that I would like to give community something more from me. I tried to apply for Card Curator, but I was not chosen. Other positions didn't really apply to me. When they were looking for Newsletter writers, I knew that it would be something for me and I was almost sure I would be chosen since I sent the Council an almost ready Newsletter. ;) And I was right; I am still holding this position and I like making it. I hope the community also likes my and the other contributors' work.

 How much do you enjoy working for the Newsletter? Isn't it too much stress each month? (Zawadx)
I really enjoy working on it ... when I have time at the end of the month. It becomes stressful indeed when it is days into the month that it is due, and I am still waiting for reviews or other parts of the Newsletter which others said that they would write. But usually I have everything on time and everything goes well. :)

You've displayed a lot of talent with the comics for the Newsletter. Have you done any art besides this forum, at any time? (Zawadx)
When I look at vrt's or andretimpa's works I can say it's talent. My comics are not really that difficult to make with a good software (I use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop). Unfortunately I don't make any art outside the forum, even though I know that I ought to. I should especially practice hand drawing, but I'm currently too lazy to even start. Nevertheless, I am glad that some of you like my comics. What I need every month is a good idea; this is the part which I personally hate. It irritates me when I don't have an idea and I know I that should have already started working on the comic if I want to make something good. So people please, think about something funny related to forum life and send it to me!

 Is there any other position that you'd be interested in attempting to get?
The position I'm currently hilding keeps me busy enough, I don't plan to have any more staff positions. I like having a RL. ;)

Standard question, but seeing your participation in Brawl, do you prefer PvP or Competitions? What was your favorite PvP Event or Competition?
I don't really have time for either now, and it is difficult to choose which one I would prefer. I had fun playing some PvP events, for example Trials, even though the games were stressful. ;) When it comes to Competitions, I had a really fantastic time with Brawl #3, especially since my team won that 8). It's also memorable as I got married during Brawl and I'm still a happy husband. :D

What did you think of the most recent Brawl? Do you plan on participating in the next one?
Brawl #4 looked really fantastic, with some really good submissions and awesome arts.  Pity I couldn't manage to participate. As I mentioned earlier, I don't think I will be able to participate in next one either. Unfortunately, I have more and more duties, not less.


Your first anniversary was about a week ago, so belated congratulations! How is married life going for you? (Zawadx)
Thanks! As I mentioned earlier, I'm a happy husband. :) Living together is a way more interesting than living alone, and I recommend it for everyone. Get married folks. ;)

You probably get this a lot, but have you stopped farming ever since you achieved your 1 million score?
Well, in fact I could probably count on my one hand how many times I farmed after that. Even though I am still missing two unupped Shards of Divinity, I reached my ultimate goal. I received a 1 million score and then I lost motivation to play verses the computer anymore. I didn't buy anything during my crazy platinum league farming and I accumulated enough electrum that it turned out that I could upgrade six of each of the cards and still have more than 400K left over. So I guess there is no need to farm, except for those two missing unupped rare cards.

How did you score 1 million in one year? What element did you start off with and what were all the decks you used (against which opponents with each deck)? (anonymous forum member)
This has also already been explained here (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/general-discussion/1-million-score-in-290-days!-)/).

Are there any members who inspired you to grow, either as a PvPer or staffer?
I don't really remember anyone who inspired me to do anything here. I have some friends who helped me and others who are still helping, and I enjoy chatting with them. I liked talking with some Kongers (yes, I came from there), for example gomorycut. One of my best friends here is Submachine, but he left the forums and I really miss him. I also respect SpikeSpiegel, who helped me with bossing during Brawl #3. I like his "seriousness" in general. ;) Also big thanks for helpers with the Newsletter, especially J617 and theelkspeaks, and I can count on Dm and Zawadx when in a pinch.

On second thought I need to say that Brawl #3 inspired me to draw comics so I really need to thank Brawl #3 Brawlmasters Naesala and Chapuz for that first task. :)

Any advice for newer members?
Don't be rude, don't spam, and have respect for older forum members, then you'll be fine. :) And you all are always welcome here. :)

I think that is all we can ask for now. Any last words?
Thanks for the interview! I don't really feel that I deserved to be interviewed, but I did agree to it. Thank you Dm for suggesting it and interviewing me (especially you have officially left the forums). Also thanks Zawadx for that 3 extra questions, and thank to you, secret member, for a question.

My really last words in this inteview: Read our Newsletters and comics, and comment more folks! Comments really motivate us to work on them!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on June 06, 2015, 01:09:55 PM
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Physsion
Trial Overseer
Manly Man
Great Guy
Has a Creepy Pair of Eyes

Where did your username come from?

Back in my early Kongregate days, before I came up with the username, I was talking to some friends online about a karate tournament I had just come back from. I placed 2nd in the 15-17yrs division, so was pretty proud of myself! The style of karate I did was called Fushin Ryu Karate (http://frk.org.nz/), and as soon as I mentioned the name to my friend, he started referring to me as Fission. I took it up as my online name, and over the years it gradually developed into something more unique - Physsion is where it has ended up. Nothing overly deep or meaningful, but I like that my username still has a little bit of a story behind it.


When you first started playing Elements, what was your starter deck?  Is that still your favorite element?

Ironically, the starter deck I picked was actually Light. I liked the healing power I had, and even as a new player, I could tell that cards like Sanctuary and Miracle would be very powerful at all levels of the game. I was playing alone, so without any deck-building advice, I made a crude PVP deck with Photons, Luciferins, Hope, Sanctuaries and Golden Dragons. My first upgraded card was a Morning Glory. While I still respect the power of Light, and it will always be special to me as my first Element, my Elemental affinity has shifted to the power of Darkness, of which I am, of course, entering the 9th Trials for.


What's the most exciting thing about being a Trials Overseer?

Getting to make the Trials experience fun for everybody is an awesome opportunity to have. Zawadx and I have been working together closely as TrOs, and watching our event come together has been really exciting. I think my favourite part is watching people progress through their Phase 2 battles, tracking their progress, and knowing that one of them could soon be a Master of their favourite Element. I've never participated in Trials before, so it's equally exciting for me both as an Overseer and a challenger.


What's the worst part about being a Trials Overseer?

I can't really name a worst thing about being an Overseer! It's been a really fun experience so far, and I really enjoy being in charge of events like this. I guess the hardest thing for me, personally, is entering as an Overseer with no previous Trials experience. As such, I've had to read the rules for all the phases extremely carefully and extensively - while I'll jump at any opportunity to learn new things, I have to be careful not to mess up when I'm answering Trialists' questions!


You've mentioned before that you were a staffer or mod in other communities before this one - how has that shaped your experience here?

Yep, I'm a chat and forum moderator over at Kongregate, and I've previously held staff positions within a few Counter-Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2 and Garry's Mod communities. While I've moved on from those games now, learning the ins and outs of how a community forum works has been great experience for holding a staff position here.


Are there any other staff positions here you'd like to hold someday?

Sure! I was very close to applying for the Warmaster position for War #9, but I really want to participate in the event again this year. I'd definitely consider it for next War, though! If given the opportunity, I'd like to eventually apply for a seat on the Council.


Can you describe your excitement about the Darkness trial you're participating in?

I'm not sure if I can! The idea of possibly becoming the next Master of Darkness is incredibly exciting. Becoming the Master of an element has been an ultimate goal of mine since I joined the community, and it's almost overwhelming to think how close I am to achieving that dream. I'm gonna give it everything I've got, because it would make me proud beyond words to earn the Master title for my favourite Element.


What was your favorite moment in your Elements PVP career?

I'd like to say the entirety of War #8 has been the highlight of my PVP career thus far. I got to meet a lot of very skilled players, and was given the opportunity to learn from and duel alongside them. The War match I'm most proud of was probably my battle with pwconfirm of team Time - it was an extremely close game the whole way through, ending in a 3-2 victory for me. I had to change my tactics half way through the match in order to score a victory for team Entropy, leading to a very exciting finish.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on June 17, 2015, 05:51:09 PM
Hello all faithful, ocasional and new readers of Featured Community Member thread!

I would like to announce that a July interviewee is going to be War #8 winner RootRanger and you have the only chance to ask him a question!

To do so you have . Thanks for your contribution!

Please don't ask your questions here! Instead, send me PRIVATE MESSAGE (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=5855).
(We don't want to make questions public before official release).

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to sligthly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual contect), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Root").

EDIT: Please also specify if you want your name next to the question or you want to be anonymous (not recommended though, don't ask questions you can be ashamed of :P).
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on July 01, 2015, 10:00:11 AM
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RootRanger
Community Veteran
PvP Pro-player
Forum expert
#4 and #8 War winner
ROBOT RAGER
Overall nice guy ^^

How did you discover Elements?

Since all the other games I liked to play had died, I looked around Kongregate for a new one. Fortunately, Elements has been far more resilient than most. Itís been five years since I joined, and people are still playing.

What was your original starter deck, and how have your feelings about that element changed since?

I donít recall my starter deck, but I remember using a Mono Gravity against AI3 and T50. Light used to be my favorite element because it was what I used to win my first tournament, but I no longer have much of a favorite anymore. I like all 11 elements.

What was your most exciting moment in your Elements career?

My early tournament wins were exhilarating, because I was quickly making a name for myself. Iíve never really been able to recapture that excitement, both because the tournaments are smaller these days and Iím already known as a top player. Of course, I still enjoy being around here, hosting and playing in PvP Events and Forum Games.

What has changed the most about the community since you joined?

The quality of players has gone up a bit, but the quantity has dropped. PvP Events and Forum Games are just as popular as theyíve ever been, but participation in Tournaments has fallen considerably. There are significantly fewer posts, in almost every board. I also miss SGís April Fools jokes.

To what do you attribute your team's success in the most recent War?

Fireís decks are powerful and diverse, Iíve been saying it since 2011. (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/game-suggestions-and-feedback/why-is-there-no-rebalancing-being-done-on-fire-decks/msg388726/#msg388726) The decks that beat Sancdial Firestall or Mono Fire are countered by Immolation or Grabbow, and vice versa. Fire is a case of too many good cards being packed into just one element.

What player or players do you look up to most?

TStar was the very best at Leagues and Tournaments, and he spent more time building and testing decks than anyone Iíve known. Outside of PvP, Scaredgirl deserves recognition as the ďfounding fatherĒ of the Elements community. 10 men, Gl1tch, and The Mormegil were phenomenal writers. In fact, Trenzalore (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/trenzalore/) was largely inspired by The Mormegilís Falling Empire. (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/falling-empire/falling-empire-rules/)

Why have you decided to re-join leagues this season?(jonathancrazyj)

I joined on a whim, really. Iíve been having a nice time, though.

-What's your deepest darkest secret?(CrockettRocket)

How much it means to me for yaíll to appreciate my posts, and games, and events.

How did you get your forum username?(Kuroaitou)

Heh, this is a fun story. Back when I was 10, I was known as ďROBOT RAGERĒ on the ďRobot RageĒ forums. Somebody called me ďROOT RANGER,Ē and in a typical 10-year-old fashion, I got really mad and offended by it. As a result, a few players started calling me Root Ranger, despite my opposition. Eventually, the name caught on, and I too started using it.

Elements Mafia is a game where you're truly skilled at both scumtelling as well as strategizing (for any side really). Is there any advice you'd like to give out to novice/immediate Mafia players who want to participate and or host?(Kuroaitou)

If youíre playing in mafia, just read the rules. Oftentimes, a good strategy in one version of mafia is a bad strategy in another, because of differences in the rules. In the case of my Pokemon mafia (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/forum-game-archive/elements-mafia-48-by-rootranger/), the civilians freely gave away their information to a mafia member who they thought was a civilian, ultimately causing their defeat. This strategy may have worked in another mafia with different rules, but not mine. As for hosts, I have just one piece of advice: implement both primary and secondary roles. Most of the players have a ďvanillaĒ primary role (which allows the mafia members to claim to be vanilla), and secondary roles can go to either civilians or mafia members.

At the time of writing, you're in the top 3 in the current BL season, and have won numerous PvP Events. What do you attribute to your PvP success?(MeowMeowCat)

This is a question you shouldíve asked me in late 2011, back when I was more successful! Anyways, I suppose I just have the right kind of mindset for strategy games. In the years before I started playing Elements, I was very much into Kongai, Stratego, and Competitive Pokemon. These games were all very different from Elements, but I still think they helped me learn overall strategy.

Tell us a lil about the 'good old days of the rainbros

Heh, the RainBros were more of a joke team than anything else, but the basic idea was that we would discuss how to win tournaments with rainbow decks. The team consisted of Legit, Onizuka, mrpaper, and myself. We competed in Team PvP #4, but since rainbows were banned, we did not do very well. Since then, the RainBros have been fairly quiet, but we would perhaps return to compete in a Team PvP or Guild War.

What card can :fire not live without?

No matter which card is remove, Fire will still be an above-average element because of all the strong cards it has: Phoenix, Deflagration, Fire Bolt, Fahrenheit, Immolation, Lava Golem, Rage Potion. If you remove just one of these, Fire still has many different strong decks. I suppose the card that Fire would least want to lose is Fire Bolt.

Is confidence a virtue or a flaw?

It depends on how you define confidence. If confidence is an overvaluation of oneís abilities, then it is a flaw. If confidence is an accurate evaluation of oneís abilities, then it is a virtue. I believe that generally people make the best decisions when they have the most accurate information available to them, even information about themselves.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on August 01, 2015, 10:01:51 AM
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Ginyu
New Master of Gravity
Tournament Organizer
Dragonball lover (yay!)
:gravity fan
Nice guy, would meet him again ;)

Can you share with us why you chose the name you use?
I love Dragonball and Dragonball Z. A long time ago, my parents bought me the game "Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors" for Game Boy Colour. My favourite charakter to play became... yeah, Ginyu, obviously.

How did you first discover elements?
When I was in 12th grade at school, a friend of mine who I regularly played chess with showed me a new game he found. He was very fascinated of the huge diversity and all the possible combinations, and I became interested. He doesn't play anymore, but I stucked on it.

Was gravity your starter element, or if not, how did you come to be a gravity fan?
To be honest, I can't remember what element I started with. My friend advised me soon to go with Firefly Queen/Bond combo for EMs, and I made my first money with it. Later on, because of my fascination of the antiquity, I went to a deck based around Pharaoh's, and built a Time/Gravity duo. It was the first deck I upgraded cards for and I played it for a very long time. Even though I built a lot of different decks to try different combos, both Time and Gravity became a favour of mine.
This had not changed when I joined the community. However, when I learned competitive deck building (actually learning by doing), my interest in Gravity grew. From my earliest childhood, I has always been fascinated by astronomy, and I discovered tons of different and viable combinations. Guardtal became my favourite deck in War #8. And the following War, I will play a lot more Gravity cards.

What was the most tense moment you've experienced in Elements play?
Probably my last War match. I faced inthisroom, playing with a Mono Aether against Ghostmare. My deck didn't rely too much on Fractal, so I was able to be fast enough to get an early 2-0. I should mention that I had to win in order to keep my team alive. Then, however, things changed. itr's desperativeness began to develop as well, and games went closer. It was 2-2 when I just needed another mid-game hitter to make it almost won, but he kept gaining RT/NM to deny my draw just enough to win barely.

What do you believe led to your success in the recent Trials?
A lot of work and enthusiasm. I put in tons of time analyzing the meta for Phase 2, making a strategy for what to do in Phase 1, and was zealous enough to do much more to become bonus points. In my final match, I took hours over hours trying to realize montrossen's best shots and finding counters for them, that aren't too situational. That payed off; and the enthusiasm is not gone yet.

What staff positions, if any, would you most want to hold?
Tournament Organizer. I love to bring new ideas and hosting tournaments to make people have fun and give them changing little metas every week to keep them here until zanz finally returns.

Gravity's had its ups and downs in War; do you believe this War's changes will help or hurt your team?
It's time for Gravity to shine, to quote Discord. From what is known of the new War rules, Gravity will benefit a lot and be able to bring a lot of new decks. Also, SoFo covers up PC to perform a real control element, that will be able to do anything it needs to do.

With  the addition of shards to War, do you think you can lead Gravity to a win? What's your strategy for doing so? (MeowMeowCat)
 I don't think I can win War. I know it. A new sharded meta brings a lot of new decks, and roles and sideboards, if anything comes true, will make it much more strategical than the last time; and I like it strategical. Gravity has a lot of potential and shards will bring even more. My strategy? Choosing a great team, working hard, winning a lot.

Who would you use Body Change on and why? (You must select a community member). (CrockettRocket)
 Not sure if he counts, but my main target would be zanzarino. I could balance some cards and add a lot more to fresh the game up. Otherwise, there is not really anyone who I would target, as I like how I improved more and more on my own, and are now considered to be top tier at PvP by a lot of players as well as having a lot of great contacts. I may target some people for short amounts of time to have fun, though. I like confusing people in a funny way from time to time; and Body Change would help a lot.


Which  female community member do you feel the closest to you? Or which female  community member do you like the most? (by Submachine)
 Haha Sub, your question didn't disappoint. Actually, there are not a lot to pick from. There is Higu, who gave me some useful advice last War and a person who is always there when you need her. Then, DANI, someone who is always ready for a League Match, brings up versatility in matches, but with the ability to freeze everyone's blood when raging. Also, Discord, who began like an annoying newbie, but changed fast to a very active addition to our community who I like to talk with and see her growing. Her potential is great.

You're usually very calm and collected. Under what circumstances do you rage usually? Or do anything really crazy? (anonymous)
Sometimes, I rage when RNG decides to troll me continuosly over several games. My rage always keeps verbal, I never shattered anything because of being enraged. Overall, it takes a lot to make me really angry, especially to another person. Years of having to deal with different kinds of trolls in real life and as a chat/forum moderator hardened me a lot.

What members of the community do you most look up to?
This is hainkarga, who became some kind of mentor for me in War #8. He showed trust in drafting me, and afterwards he put up a lot of time for discussions and explaining me how this and that was going. I improved my playstyle and overall skills a lot in this time. Without him, I wouldn't have had that great War experience and lots of fun.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Submachine on August 01, 2015, 10:46:39 AM
My questions never disappoint. ^^
It was a nice Newsletter overall. :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on September 02, 2015, 06:08:05 PM
September 2015

theelkspeaks
New Master of Earth
Council Member
League Organizer
Guildmaster
Newsletter Writer
Nice guy!

A standard question, how have you discovered Elements, what was your starter deck and do you have any favourite element?

I discovered Elements around May 2011, right when I was graduating from high school, when a friend of mine from the track team and the unofficial board game club recommended it to me.  He played on Kong and was a forum lurker, but didn't post here often and didn't mention here to me.  I played on Kongregate for a few months but ultimately forgot about it.  In January of 2014, I was looking for a game I could get some progression in by grinding in small amounts of time, and remembered Elements.  I went googling after it, found the community, and never looked back.  My favorite element on my 2011 account was :fire, and on 2014 was first :death, then later :darkness.  Now, I would say that I consider :earth, :light, and :air my favorite elements, probably in that order.

Congratulations on the Earth Mastership! As a Master of Earth, how do you intend to win War? (MeowMeowCat)

Earth is amazing at bending but not breaking, and that's a characteristic that serves a team well over the course of War.  War is ultimately a game of attrition, one that you win by not losing.

If you could be reincarnated as an elk, would you? If not, what animal would you be reincarnated as instead? (You may choose human if you please). (CrockettRocket)

I've always loved animals and nature in general, but if I were to be reincarnated as an animal, I'd rather be either a falcon or a hawk.  I've always had an attachment to the idea of flying.

How hard is it to maintain all these positions and the related responsabilities? Did you ever feel you might burn out? (Jenkar)

I generally do the variety of positions because they excite me and because I love this community! I also love working with spreadsheets, as you may have noticed from several of the projects I've been involved with.  Sometimes the time gets a little pinched, especially if it overlaps unluckily with Real Life or with each other, but on the whole it never makes me feel like I want to quit (only sometimes to wish for a time turner).

Why did you choose your username? If you simply like elks, what makes them special for you? (Ginyu)

Years ago, on a chess website, I used as a username  the initials of those who had various quotes on a coffee mug next to my computer in the basement.  It was an unpronounceable name that looked something like elkwjcdv, and was shortened to elk by others.  When I started playing on a poker site and a different chess site, I decided to keep the most pronounceable part and switched to elk12429.  I later went to register for a site that didn't allow numbers in the name, and kept the "elk" part I had grown to like, but decided to use theelkspeaks instead.  I've kept the name ever since, though I still have a few accounts named elk12429, jimfinn, or rr0520 (two other old names) on various sites.

As for my feelings towards elks and other hoofed animals, my fondness for them has grown from the name being mine, rather than the reverse.


Shard of Integrity will be a mostly unplayable card in the upcoming War. Do you think this puts Team Earth on a disadvantage, or is Earth able to use off-element shards in a way good enough to keep track? (Ginyu)

I'm not 100% convinced that Shard of Integrity is unplayable, though I do think that the high price put on shards lowers the disadvantage we face if it does turn out to be unplayable.  I think that Earth is in a better position than in previous wars, but a lot will depend on whether we assemble a good and cohesive team.

On a similar note, how do mark cards affect one of Team Earth's strongest cards in War, Earthquake, that got Team Earth pretty far in the first War? Should they be restricted in some kind for War and other PvP Events? (Ginyu)

I'm generally in favor of restricting cards (whether Marks, Shards, or Nymphs) as little as possible.  They're part of the game, and in large events players should learn to play them or beat them.  I believe that restrictions, however, are very useful for creating unique metagames for players to solve, as I intend to explore thoroughly in my next event, Double Double Double Double.  I see the goal of restrictions not as removing things that are too powerful, but instead creating holes where there weren't before and taking away holes that exist so as to see which players can best theorycraft a given ruleset.

Recently, you had huge success in high reputated PvP Events, namely as Vize-World Champion and Master of Earth. If a new player would ask you how to achieve this, what would you answer? (Ginyu)

I think the biggest key to success has been in knowing the event and focusing on what makes that event unique.  In World Championships, the most unique factor was the escalating upgrades over the course of the match, so I focused on optimizing my deck order based on the number of upgrades allowed.  I also generally tried to use less mindgating attempts than in previous attempts and focus on solid play; I believe that trying to get too cute based on opponent tendencies can often lead one to disaster, though some level of mindgating is needed at high levels of play.  In Trials, the key to winning was efficiently allocating my Element usage across my phase 2 matches.  Allocating element usage was the key feature of Phase 2, and basing when I played which element on the banlists both in element and of the head to head matches gave me the best chance to win.  I specifically banned borderline unplayable cards in-element so that I could guarantee access to powerful cards I expected to not have the opportunity to play out of element.   Remembering the previous Trials' :aether finals, I knew that in the finals, Meg would have to play stalls to win with an upgrade disadvantage of that magnitude, despite that going against his usual playstyle.  In order to keep the pressure of my upgrade advantage on Meg, I tried to focus on stallbreak and PC in my deckbuilding for the finals, to the point of naming my decks "Steals," "Deflags," "Pulvy," and "Butterfly" in my deckdoc.  Meg actually put up a very strong fight in the finals given the upgrade disadvantage, but that was a hard margin to overcome.

Do you have any favorite non-music youtube channel? If yes, what is it? (Submachine)

While I'm not a game developer myself, I've always loved the game design videos from Extra Credits.  I watched all of their design episodes to date once I discovered them, and check in every month or so to catch up on anything I've missed.

Also, what is your favorite music? ;) (Submachine)

My music tastes vary wildly, from metal (especially Dragonforce), to pop and a capella, to movie soundtracks (especially Pirates of the Caribbean, which I once arranged a medley of for two friends and I on sax/sax/trumpet).  My current favorite Youtubers are Peter Hollens and Nick Pitera, both of whom produce amazing medleys and a capella renditions of songs.  Parodies and referential songs such as Soviet Tetris, This Is War, and Catherine the Great (Poker Face) also occupy much of my music listening time.

What staff position do you like mostly and why?

My favorite staff position is probably being League Organizer, as I love working with spreadsheets and formulas, and I'm hoping to bring forward a new and exciting surprise soon related to Leagues.  I see Leagues as the backbone of Elements PVP, and I love having an official role in it.  Newsletter Writing gives me an outlet for creativity that I love to have, however, as does designing new PVP Events.  I tend to think of my staff positions and unofficial projects as all part of what I do within the community rather than as discrete entities.

You made interesting Elements-related podcasts and you have got a really nice voice. Have you ever thought about working on the radio?

Not radio specifically, but I went to a voice acting talent search years ago, and have thought several times about working in audiobooks. 

What is your favourite RL activity?

I like a variety of RL activities, but my current favorites are playing board or card games (most notably, Stratego and Risk for the former, Magic and Poker for the latter), driving, and running long distance.  I hope to run marathons someday, but I got a little out of shape in university and need to build my endurance back up.


Final Elements and RL-related thoughts for the community?

I just want to say a final thanks to everyone who's helped me along the way, from community members like Odii, rob, Acsabi, Jen, and dragons, who helped me get started playing seriously, to people like Zephyr, ddevans, Treldon, and Krzys who put in so much of their time to keep things as amazing as they are today.  I can't possibly name everyone who's helped make my life in this community amazing, but I'll add a final shoutout to ji412jo and Afdarenty, who drafted me to Brawl and War teams when I was still relatively new and helped me become part of the social fabric of the community.  Good luck to everyone in all that you do, and remember the spirit of :earth: stay the course, weather the storm, hold strong, endure.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on October 02, 2015, 07:42:48 PM
October 2015

antiaverage
Forum Admin
The man who fixes things
Skydiving Entropy Sloth
The man that never sleeps
As cool as sloth can be :)

Why Anti-Average and not just Average? :P How difficult is the work of being an admin? Why is your avatar a beaver with glasses, and why are the lenses of the glasses entropy marks? (ARTHANASIOS)

My username is from when I was around 12 years old. I was trying to come up with a name that fit me at the time for my AOL Instant Messenger account (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOL_Instant_Messenger). I couldn't find a word that I liked, so I made one up with the meaning I wanted. I believe I was going for something like: someone who prefers people and things that are a bit different. I suppose some of that sentiment still applies, but I've grown a lot since then and the name feels a bit childish now. I think this sort of story resonates with a lot of people. Identity is mutable, it grows as you grow, and changes as you change. But sometimes we are stuck with bits of our past, and that's okay. It's part of our story.

Being an admin is more time consuming than difficult. The hardest parts are the same things that make daily life a challenge. Tedious tasks are boring for me, so it takes extra energy to get them done. Interesting puzzles get me excited, like building new features into chat, so usually those are more likely to get done. People are complex, a mix of rational and irrational, so working with others to find a stable and positive solution can sometimes take a lot of energy and patience. But ultimately helping others has always made me feel good, so in the end the work is worth it. It helps that my fellow admins are such awesome people, so that makes whatever is left as my job easier.

Scaredgirl (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/guest/?name=Scaredgirl) (before disappearing and becoming a series of guest posts) had an avatar of former UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste edited to have the Mark of Death in her sunglasses. As a joke, I found an image of a sloth wearing some classy shades and edited it to use the Mark of Entropy. I have the sloth facing left so it can look at Arianny. Scaredgirl (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/guest/?name=Scaredgirl) was an inspiration to many of us early Elements newbs, sharing decks that became our first False God grinders and duel fighters. My avatar is both a parody homage, and a thank you.

(http://i.imgur.com/SZyZvKR.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/FJMfzmA.png) {௵_௵}ノ <(Follow your dreams.)

You chose to put Entropy in your avatar's sunglasses. Is Entropy your favorite element? If so, why?

I like playing with all the Elements (except Mono-Water and Mono-Earth *yawn*). However, Entropy is special to me.

I usually rationalize a bit too much, I approach things a bit more analytically or cerebrally than is necessary or even makes sense. I think I grew up overvaluing predictability and black-and-white, this is right and this is wrong thinking. I wanted to learn as much as I could, and thought that meant memorizing specific facts and patterns. It took me a while to realize the issues with this and break out of that shell. Life is messy and complicated. Nothing is certain. And that's not at all a bad thing.

We absolutely could not survive as a species if we were static. We have to grow and change, together and as individuals. We have to allow for variation. We could not have progress without differences, without mutation from the previous iteration. Seek out the odd, the people and ideas that challenge your current world view, your current thought process. Accept disorder even as you work towards order. Learn from everything around you. Be open to new experiences. Be open to failure and its important lessons.

The Entropy element is all about this. You can lay out your best plan, and it might go horribly wrong, the dice might not fall in your favor. Or, it might succeed fantastically. The chaos of Entropy is exciting. Mutations are always a surprise. Shard of Serendipity is like opening a present. Entropy breaks up the monotony of the grind, it increases the thrill of the duel, and it has a cat. Who doesn't love cats?

I'll leave you with one of my favorite lyrics, a reminder to myself to not overthink things and to accept the unpredictability of life, and of the element Entropy.

Quote from: Tool - Lateralus
Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition leaving opportunities behind.

Feed my will to feel this moment urging me to cross the line.
Reaching out to embrace the random.
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.

What's the best and/or worst pun someone has made for your name? (Rutarete)

I don't get name puns all that often. When I do, they've never really been good or bad, just obvious. Nothing memorable comes to mind. Unrelated to my username, my favorite pun is:
Why is it hard to explain a pun to a thief? Because they're always taking things literally.

How did you become admin for this forum? (ZephyrPhantom)

Some time during August 2013 the hosting for the forums lapsed. I was around and offered to transfer the data to my host. I worked with UTAlan to obtain the files. Quickly my server was flooded by the excited traffic of the Elements community, and so had to upgrade the server. Eventually we settled in on September 6th, 2013, and an anonymous donor helped to get that first year paid for at the higher rate. During that time I also acquired the domain from UTAlan.

Since I had access to all the files, I started making mods for the forum. Eventually people asked to get the old chat system back, and so I also re-hosted Blab and have been modding that ever since. Doing all this work, having access to everything anyway, and being available is probably what led me to eventually being given admin status.

Why haven't you quit being an admin yet? What keeps you here, and why do you like being an admin (if you like it if course)? (anonymous)

I like to tinker, so there has always been a motivation to help out a community by improving the software they use. Granted, SMF and Blab aren't all that great, but we get by and it's amusing to try and deal with what we have. Hopefully we can move to better software entirely at some point.

But most of all, the community is what keeps me going. There are so many interesting people with their own stories. Everyone has an idea of how best to help Elements grow, and we all hope together that the game will survive and flourish. The OpenEtG (http://etg.dek.im) project is also incredibly exciting. I wish I would donate more time to that project, but it's amazing to see how much people care.

I like being in a position to help, and I hope I am succeeding. Anyone is free to PM me, my door is always open. Let me know what I can do for you.

Where did you learn to code? (Espithel)

I read about HTML and JavaScript on the Internet in order to build a website when I was about 8 years old or so. I also started copying, by hand, line by line, TI-83 BASIC games into my calculator. I'm sure that story is familiar to some of you. Eventually there was a summer class available to learn C and C++ at a local college that didn't mind a 12 year old in the room. I taught myself other languages until I got to college and worked on a Computer Science degree. So it's been a little bit of everywhere, like any language.

I believe anyone can code. I think it should be required in school. It helps with critical thinking and logic, and it can be a ton of fun to learn how to control your computer. You play on it every day, why not learn how it works?

Where do you see the future of this beloved website? (TribalTrouble)

My hope is to eventually move us to better forum and chat software, but honestly it's hard to see a future without the game we support being developed. My bigger hope is that Zanzarino will one day find more time or hire someone or just allow a volunteer to help to improve the game. There are some bugs to take care of and servers to fix, but it takes time and people. There are at least a few programmers in the community who would be happy to sign an NDA and lend a hand. Maybe we'll get lucky and that will happen. I also have faith in the OpenEtG (http://etg.dek.im) project eventually becoming viable, but I'm not sure the whole community will move to it. It's a fan project, but I think it's a strong sign that Elements is worth supporting. The future is a bit muddy right now, so it's up to us to figure out what it will be.

What's your fondest memory in the community?

With the support of Calindu and serprex, I fought through a great match against Odii Odsen in Round 2 of War 7:
http://elementscommunity.org/forum/round-2-167/(entropy-sld)-antiaverage-3-2-odii-odsen-(darkness-gen)/

That match included an amusing battle where I had a turn 1 Singularity and... well, you'll have to read the report ;)

If technology and money weren't limiting factors, what are some additional cool ideas you'd have liked to see in the community or forum?

Big stage, ESPN coverage of War with live duels. Why not? If we had enough money, I'm sure we could arrange a way to bring the game up to speed with modern standards. There are plenty of interesting synergies in the cards. There is a community champing at the bit for content. It could work. But it really would need a large team and a lot of time and money. Underlying that vision are server upgrades, networking code improvements, game balance tweaks, and support for mobile. I know we all see a ton of potential in Elements, and I hope that we can one day realize that potential.

Do you believe forums can survive without Zanzarino which means without  EtG updates?

So far, I do believe it's possible. It's not guaranteed, and it's definitely a stretch, but I think this community has done incredibly well supporting a competitive and creative environment for a game that is basically developmentally dead at the moment. There is still plenty of interesting play going on, but I would really love to see the game grow. Thank you so much to our wonderful Competition Organizers, Tournament Organizers, League Organizers, Forum Game Organizers, Card Curators, Brawlmasters, Guildmasters, Warmasters, Newsletter Writers, Social Network Managers, and all the other Staff through the years who have helped keep things interesting, motivating, entertaining, and inclusive for all the Elements fans. And of course the biggest thank you to all the people taking part in the events. You all have done an incredible job keeping this place alive and kicking even without a Lead Developer. This community is astounding.

What drove you to join the community?

I came to the game via Kongregate when they featured the badges in July of 2010. Someone in Kongregate chat eventually guided me to the forums, and the deck builders of the community published some amazingly creative builds. I also became interested in development changes as Zanzarino would post about them. Eventually it was obvious that the forums were the place to be, and so I joined. I was mostly a lurker for the longest time, but the inviting community eventually helped me get out of my shell. I'm still not much of a poster, but I'm always happy to talk in our official chat or on Kongregate :)

Why did you name the chat bot AveragePotato, why not antiAveragePotato? :P (semi-permalink) (#post_potato)

I am not the originator of AveragePotato. I did not name him. But I used to live in the IRC channel where he would let me know about new posts on the forums. When we moved to the new version of Blab, I couldn't live without him. UTAlan scripted the IRC bot in order to take the place of the old forum ticker (http://i.imgur.com/OEc2Xju.jpg?1) that Xenocidious made for the old version of Blab hosted prior to the IRC days. I liked the bot method better than the ticker, so I scripted a bot for our new version of Blab.

As for the name, I'll let vrt explain:

Right around when we started the first Council, we had a little joke with Dragoon1140 and DesertKnight about how most users weren't much smarter than the average potato. When Council members were appointed, 1140 and I decided to give them their official 'potato names' (eg. Potato1140, Potaeto Hate, Kurotato, etc). We're now keeping the joke alive with our friendly neighborhood bot.

(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Cards/AveragePotato.png)

Also, Chapuz told me (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/featured-community-member/msg1046723/#msg1046723) that Peru is where to find potatoes after an apocalypse. So you know where to look if the potatoes ever go missing.

Do you still play Elements or you are here only for admin stuff?

I still play :) It might not be as much as I used to, but I got about 30,000 score during September. I've been lazy about building arena decks, but I still grind AI and am open for fun duels. I still get excited when people make deck posts, enjoying seeing their creativity or their discovery of old ideas that are still interesting and relevant. I will pretty much always try out a deck that someone posts in the forums, the official chat, or Kongregate chat. I know it's hard to stay interested in games that are not under active development these days, but when I grew up, games were released and then that was it. There was no DLC, there were no expansions, replay-ability was a big deal in ratings. I think Elements has great replay-ability, and I'm still happy to play it.

Any closing remarks for the community?

I want to extend a big thank you to everyone for your patience and support. I know I haven't been the most consistent Admin, but every time I'm around, you always make me feel welcome. This is a great community filled with creative, intelligent, helpful, and thoughtful members. A lot of you work much harder than I ever could. I know we have our rough moments, but we have such a great support network for working through the bad times. We are all here to play a game, relax, and have fun. Try not to take things too seriously. Be good to each other. I'll see you in chat ;)

Thanks for talking and for your work as an admin!

You're very welcome, thanks for inviting me to this interview! As an aside, this month is a big deal for me. I was invited to the Wingsuit Formation World Record (http://www.wingsuitworldrecord.com/) attempts in Perris, California. I'll be gone October 12th through the 19th helping set a new wingsuit world record. Wish me and my fellow wingsuit pilots luck, I'll share the pictures when I get back. If you're ever curious about skydiving or wingsuiting, hit me up in chat, I'm happy to answer any questions. I challenge all of you to try skydiving at least once, and consider getting your license. It's an often misunderstood sport, and far safer than you might imagine. It's also one of the most beautiful things you can do. Blue skies, everyone :)

Update:
Antiaverage did successfully help set the Largest Wingsuit Formation World Record along with his 60 other teammates and 3 cameramen on October 17th 2015. In the record jump pictures, he is in the second row from the front, on the left when viewed from above. You can also see him smiling in the door at the beginning of the record video. Some of the news sources (with video) include:
Buzzfeed (http://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonwells/61-wingsuited-skydivers-world-record)
EaveningStandard (http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/incredible-stunt-sees-61-daredevils-fly-in-formation-to-set-new-world-record-for-wingsuit-skydiving-a3095501.html)
Mirror Online (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/wingsuit-skydivers-soar-record-books-6674684)
Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/video-wingsuit-skydivers-attempt-record-breaking-group-jump-385733)
Yahoo! (http://news.yahoo.com/61-wingsuit-skydivers-set-formation-record-over-california-193253078.html)
U.S. News & World Report (http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/10/20/61-wingsuit-skydivers-set-formation-record-over-california)
The Press Enterprise (http://www.pe.com/articles/set-783889-record-international.html)

You can see solo pictures of him in The Official Member Pictures Thread (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/off-topic-discussions/the-official-member-pictures-thread/msg1205219/#msg1205219).
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Ginyu on October 02, 2015, 11:07:38 PM
That is the best interview I ever read.
Good luck to you and your teammates to grab the World Record! :)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on November 03, 2015, 12:39:13 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/sJK6ZjF.png)

Fippe94
Card Curator (Cygnia coder)
Former Master of Death (8th Trials)
 :death fan
Brawl #3 Winner
Brawl #4 Boss
OEtG dev
A nice guy with purple hair


Hello Fippe94! Let's start with the standard question. Why Fippe94? How did you come up with your forum name?

I have used this as my username in pretty much every website I have signed up for, and the origins are very simple. Fippe is a nickname for my real name, and I was born in í94. (As for which century, I will leave that as an excercise for the reader)

How did you find Elements the Game? Also xray1424 asks what is your favourite element? (xray1324)

I found it through Kongregate. I got the first badge in April 2010, but I didnít stay for more. (Continuation in the next question).
As for my favourite element, itís Death. I like Deathís focus on poison and death effects.

What drove you to join the community?

Later, near the end of 2011, I picked the game up again, and got the rest of the badges. I found the forum when looking for decks, and lurked for while. Shortly after I found its tournaments and events, and decided to join the community.

You were previously Master of Death, and lead Death in War. Do you have plans to Trial or compete in War any time soon? (MeowMeowCat)

Most likely, I will go for trials, and attempt to retake my title as Master. As for War, I do not know, maybe yes, maybe not. It might also depends on the results of the Trials.

You were one of the winners of Brawl 3, when you were in the team Divine Light. You were also the boss of team Ragnarok in Brawl 4. How do you recall those events and what do you think about Brawl in general? Do you plan to participate in Brawl 5?

I do recall Brawl 3 as being more fun than Brawl 4, probably because I find the role of Deck Builder more fun than most of the various task you get to do as a Boss. Brawl is pretty fun, but the worst thing about it is when people start to get inactive, which always happens. Itís the same with War of course, but it can be harder to properly fill someone elseís role in Brawl than it is to play another War match.
I will probably join Brawl again, but weíll see when we get there.

What's a day in the life of a card curator like? (godofdeath500)

Well, I am not quite a ĒnormalĒ card curator. My work is almost entirely related to coding of Cygnia. So a normal day is me looking through what cards that have to be added, pick one to add (the easiest ones first :P) and then code it in. Then fix bugs related to the implementation. Then fix newly found bugs related to old cards. Then fix more bugs. (I.e. like every software ever).

You are the one of OEtG developers. How did you learn to code? Do you have any future plans connected to coding?

I had done a little bit of coding by myself earlier, but I really started learning in school at the age of 16. As for future plans: I am currently studying Computer Science at University, so I am definitely expecting some programming in my future :P

As one of the main forces involved in the on-going development and implementation of the oetg versions, what are your top 3 reasons an Elements player should consider adding oetg to their online gaming experience? (anonymous)

-   It shares the same core gameplay as Elements, so if you like dueling in that, youíll probably like OpenEtG too.
-   Opposite to my previous points, there are also lots of new things in OpenEtG (the whole game except for the actual duels is different), so even if you have played Elements to death you can enjoy this too, since it is a different game.
-   The game is still being updated regularly (mainly by serprex currently).

Which part of Cygnia are you most proud of? (Clean0nion)

I donít know if I can pick anything here. All the base code of Cygnia comes originally from OpenEtG, and most of that code is written by serprex, not me. Most of my openEtG code are features in openEtG, not in Cygnia. If I had to pick something, Iíd pick Fae and Meteorite, because they were among the trickiest cards to implement. (So far at leastÖ You card creators arenít really making my life easy you know >_>)

What is your favourite activity in the free time?

Play video games, programming and be with friends. Also I have spent a lot of time the past few weeks looking through Once Upon A Time, so I guess Iíll pick that one too right now.

You're always so positive; so what are your worst characteristics or habits when you're angry? (CrockettRocket)

Well, this was a hard question, I donít really know what to answer. Sorry for a bad answer, but I rarely get angry and no satisfying answer to the question comes to mind.

Could you tell me a pun you particularly like? (Basman-1453)

I am pretty bad at actually remembering jokes I hear >_> I do like ĒCat ateĒ jokes in Swedish, but most of those are pretty much untranslatable. Here is one that can be translated though:
Cat ate car, became Jaguar.

Which gate would you choose to go in? (Submachine)

Imagine that you are on an island with nothing more than 3 gates and a sign. The sign says that the gates are called Aura Gate, Azure Gate and Sphere Gate. Two of them sends you to a cage in the bottom of the ocean, while the third gate brings you back to civilization. The gates also have hints, which might not be enough to figure out which gate you need, but they will help to give you the right idea.

The first gate says:

  • Aura Gate is not next to me.
  • You need to go in Sphere Gate.
The second gate says:
  • Azure Gate is telling lies.
  • Aura Gate would say that it's to the left of Azure Gate.
The third gate says:
  • Two gates are telling lies.
  • I am Sphere Gate.
Some notes about the gates:
  • A gate either always lies or always tells the truth.
  • The first gate is the leftmost gate, the second is the middle, while the third is the rightmost.

Here is my answer, spoilered in case the readers want to think about it themselves first:
The middle one.
The only Truth/Lie configuration that doesnít lead to a contradiction is that the third gate lies, the first two tells the truth. Following that, you will see that the middle gate is the Sphere Gate, and thus the correct answer.

What would be your final words for EtG and OEtG players, and the community in general?

Seeing as how we still have regular events and stuff on the forums, that is a clear proof the community will stay alive quite a bit longer, even without Zanz or patches.
If you still want to play with some new cool cards, be sure to try out Cygnia!
As for OpenEtG, I havenít done much work on it lately. The game is basically a complete game in my eyes now, so I simply havenít felt as motivated to work on it as before. Itís also pretty slow over there, but the game isnít dead. I will probably do more work on it eventually, and maybe even start work on the story mode...
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: JonathanCrazyJ on November 12, 2015, 12:06:01 PM

EDIT: Please also specify if you want your name next to the question or you want to be anonymous (not recommended though, don't ask questions you can be ashamed of :P).


Ask questions you can be ashamed of.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Submachine on December 04, 2015, 08:03:54 AM
You shouldn't sort them if you get too many questions. It's the best if the interview questions have large variety, imo.

It never happened I got TOO many questions anyway ;] - Krzysiekxd
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Solaris on December 04, 2015, 11:14:35 PM

EDIT: Please also specify if you want your name next to the question or you want to be anonymous (not recommended though, don't ask questions you can be ashamed of :P).


Ask questions you can be ashamed of.
This is still relevant.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on December 07, 2015, 09:51:39 AM
December 2015

JonathanCrazyJ
Competition Organizer
:water fan
Craze guy (really, it's not a typo!)
Proud actor
Overall nice and crazy guy

Hello JonathanCrazyJ! Are you really a crazy guy?
What is the origin of your username? (Clean0nion)


They let me out of my straight jacket when I want to play a League match. Most of the time. I blame losses on having to press the space bar for 'end turn' with my nose.
Actually my username is fairly straightforward. My name is Jonathan Craze. Seriously, that's my actual surname. CrazyJ is my usual internet tag, but I believe that was taken when I set up my ETG account, and I made my forum name the same as my IGN. I actually like JCJ more than CrazyJ now too :)


It's a time for second another standard, but important question. How did you find Elements the Game and this community?


It's a tale as old as time. Boy meets game, game meets boy, game takes over life. Started playing through badge-hunting on Kongregate in my 3rd year of University 5 years ago, but never got into the community. Did a tonne of farming with CCYB (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/rainbow-decks/(1-24)-cc-why-bother/), Shakar's Revenge (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/rainbow-decks/shak'ars-revenge-(fg-voodoo)/), Instosis (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/archived-decks/instosis-(fg)(otk)(arena)/) and my own Pre-V.1.32 Pharaoh Rush (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/trio-quartet/scarabond-a-timelife-fg-stall/msg420126/#msg420126) and burnt out. I remembered the game last year just before brawl, got into the community this time, and can't see myself ever buring out again :)


Development has been at a standstill for years. What makes you still be actively involved in the game? (anonymous)

Well, it probably helps that despite having started playing it 5 years ago, my rejuvenated interest is only about 1 year old. However, I would say my interest now transcends the actual game, and is rooted in my involvement in the community. The Competition Section (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/competitions/) is awesome and you should ALL GO THERE. I also have several long term goals, including redeeming my 4-5 loss in the Water Trials Final (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/trial-final-battle-results/(9th-trial-of-water)-ddevans96-5-4-jonathancrazyj/msg1194263/#msg1194263) against ddevans96. I still have nightmares.

If you were zanz, what one change would you make to the game?(Clean0nion)

Can I say two? Servers and Spectate.

How does a daily process of Competition Organizer look like?

It's more weekly. We always want to have a competition up, and immediately start a Vote upon its completion. The actual writing of the comps takes a lot of time and effort. I went a bit overboard on my first constructed competition, making it an epic team-competition adventure, but it has seemed to go down brilliantly (4 submissions on such a large, team comp is something I am really happy with). It's in the voting phase as we speak, so the winner will have been announced (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/competitions/team-competition-the-spy-who-emed-me-(voting)/) as you read! Other than that, we keep up the Hall of Fame (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/competitions/competition-winners/), design and distribute prizes, and ddevans96 and I sometimes cuddle. It's in our job description.

Is there any particularly sweet memories with Water-based decks which has made it your favorite element? (Basman-1453)

Actually it wasn't an entirely Water based deck. It was that CCYB was my first FG farmer, and it was one particular card, which remains my favourite shield. Permafrost. So good, I just loved the futility with which a hoard of FG-controlled creatures would be rendered totally useless with just a couple of Antimatters, some SoG and a beautiful, majestic Permafrost. Once I started my journey into Water as an element, I loved the way it could synergise with literally any of the other elements. I also love how long you can spend tweaking Nymph Tears decks to make the quanta balance and splash cards just right.

How do you feel about water in real life? Do you like to swim, do you drink water every day, do you like when it rains, etc. (Submachine)

I live in Brighton, England (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.8191651,-0.1342039,3a,75y,194.66h,88.29t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHvZJVAMINZglYR7c-E9zLQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1) right by the sea. If the weather is nice, I walk 2 minutes to the beach with a book, a sandwich and a fold up chair. Rain, however, nope. I have mild S.A.D. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_affective_disorder) so if the weather is bad it can affect my mood. I am a water lover, but I prefer to look at it than be in it :)

What is your favourite kind of happiness, and the kind of happiness that you feel represents you best? (Clean0nion)

This is actually a really insightful question. One of my happiest memories of my father who passed away in 2007, was after a play I performed in, and it was simply "I'm really proud of you." I think, being a performer at heart, my happiest form of happiness is feeling applauded. If I feel proud of producing a performance, a joke, or... anything really, then my most fulfilling form of happiness is when anyone applauds me for it. [censored] is nice too.

If you had to choose a female community member, who would you date? Assume that none of you are in a relationship, even if you are. (anonymous)

Yeesh who turned up the heat? Actually as many of you know (as you'll see by the next question) I just got engaged in real life! But I said I'd answer anything sooo... I'd have to say I value humour hugely in a long-term relationship. And nobody has a closer approximation of my slightly deranged sense of humour than Naesala. She gets me. I mean she understands me - I don't mean she physically gets me.
(http://i.imgur.com/rUEYg7s.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/OWnHitF.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/CiwJiUW.png)

Regale us with the super-awesome story of how you proposed to your fiance. (anonymous)

Well first I learnt dutch over a period of about 6 months, so I could ask her parents in their language if I could marry their daughter. They both speak perfect English too, but it was a nice gesture. I bought the ring (i'll give ring description for the girls later) about a month before I proposed... and 7 hours later she found the receipt. Captain Subtle right here. In that conversation she extracted from me that I had been planning to propose on our planned weekend to London to celebrate our 5th anniversary. I nearly proposed then and there out of sheer embarrassment, but she told me to "just do what i was going to do."
Our anniversary plan was to do a jazzed up, super posh version of our 1st date (where we went bowling (an activity), went for a meal, went for some cocktails and then walked along the Quay in Exeter. For our anniversary we were going to watch a musical, go for a really REALLY fancy meal, then cocktails, then walk along the river in London.) I planned to propose as we walked along the river in London.
As the day got nearer, I realised that, knowing her, with all of the great things we had planned, she would just spend the whole day worrying/wondering "is he going to do it now? now? NOW?" so I changed my plan.
On our actual anniversary, we were just going to have a meal at home. I cooked a 3 course (well, 2 course + chocolate mouse) meal. We were listening to Postmodern Jukebox (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7A4D9C100657150E), an amazing Swing cover band on youtube, and I was trying to stop her from getting up to go do the washing up lol, which would somewhat kill the mood. They don't have a huge array of romantic songs, so I waited until one came on that was at least not completely un-romantic, and got down on one knee. At which point she squealed "OH YOU'RE DOING IT NOW!", and went to turn off the music. Fair enough, if she didn't want music at all that's ok... except she hit backspace by accident and started playing their cover version of Barbie Girl (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ReSV3CCRzg). Yeah. Is that 'our song' now?

Oh right, the ring.


After a couple of years of subtly asking questions here and there, I knew she wanted a ring with some colour, rather than just a plain diamond, and I also knew she wanted a second-hand ring. I spent about 10 hours over 3 days looking, and I thought that the usual Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald gemstones were all really really dark. Even Sapphire is a dark, royal blue, and she has quite a light skin tone. I settled on Aquamarine, which is a beautiful light blue colour which i know she loves. And even though she had said she didn't necessarily need them, I wanted to get her diamonds too. Even just little ones.
Technical details: It is a 9 carat yellow gold ring. The Diamonds are each 0.75 karats, so it has a total of 15 points. The setting is pronged, and the setting prongs of the diamonds are white gold, not yellow, as that allows them more sparkle.


(http://i.imgur.com/WZBFduj.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/wwIo38E.png)


What was the proudest moment of your life? (Linkcat)

I'd say anything I have done in my acting career. It's incredibly difficult to get anywhere as an actor, because of the sheer number of people who you have to compete with. Most professional roles have an average of 4000 people apply, and they will audition 50-200 people. For. ONE. Part. Take your pick from:

(http://i.imgur.com/0jHhugf.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/7ddZoYG.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZvcyRES.png)

And if you want a listen of me singing the solo of "Aint No Sunshine" in a massive Soul Choir, here's the link. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyomWl0tklo)


What is your deepest darkest secret?

Honestly I'm quite an open person, I rarely hide things, even my mistakes. It might come from being the youngest of 6, so I have watched 5 older siblings, and whenever we screw up, it's always best to talk about it than bottle it up. Only thing I can think about it I used to smoke a lot, and now smoke occasionally, but still more than I should, and a bit more than my fiancee knows! (though not many more :P)

That's really boring. I should have said something like "I dress up in women's clothing" or something.

(http://i.imgur.com/y3KumQ3.png)

How do you spend your free time? What is your favourite RL activity?

You've probably gathered I love singing, so playing Guitar sort of goes with that. I'm also really into Football (or Soccer), supporting Manchester United. I play Fantasy Football, and actually write occasional articles for Fantasy Football Hints blogs and publications.

Tell us a random interesting fact about thyself!

I have a 3rd nipple. No, seriously.

Please tell community some final words!

"All the worldís a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

-William Shakespeare

"This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper."

-T.S.Eliot

"I have a plan, sir."
...
"Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?"

-Captain Blackadder

Thanks for talking :)

I feel violated.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on January 01, 2016, 06:45:53 PM
January 2016

(http://i.imgur.com/neBXRvw.gif)

MeowMeowCat
Tournament Organizer
 :light fan in  :gravity disguise
Has a cute pair of ears
He is really a cute cat
Even more cuteness? Blah...

-Please tell us a short history of your presence here.
Well, in September of 2014, I was talking to skyironsword] on Kongregate, and somehow, these forums came up in the conversation. I popped into chat, as a lowly little guest, and just watched things flow by. Eventually, I made an account, but then took a hiatus for some reason. I don't think I made a post, just kinda stuck around in chat. Eventually, in May of 2015, I came back to the forums (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/introduce-yourself/hey-58336/msg1188978/#msg1188978), and you guys have had to deal with me ever since.

-Why did you choose your username? Also, why do you think cat-related nicknames are so popular on the forum? (Submachine)
I chose my username because, at the time, I quite liked cats. I still hold a particular fondness for them. As for why cat related nicknames are so popular? I guess cats are just popular in general, and people like them. I mean, Egypt used to place them on the same level as gods, so, they must mean something :P.

-What breed of cat are you? Your accent is that of a normal house cat but your coloration is most unusual. (dracomageat)
Norwegian Forest Cat. (http://imgur.com/gallery/LWP07e9)

-What is the thing that distinguishes you the most from the numerous other cats out there? (Jenkar)
Well, generally my ability to talk tends to set people off. Maybe that I'm biped, too.

-If you had to change your name to another animal and vocal sound, what would you switch it to? (mathman101)
I believe that the obvious choice here is WoofWoofDog.

-How many lives do you have again? If you lost one or more, how did it happen ? xD (rogerluc)
I have 8 lives. I fell asleep in the Otyugh pit. Once. ONCE. If Naesala stabbings count as well... I'm probably down to -13.

-How do you enjoy being a TO? What is your favorite part about being a TO? (mathman101)
I really enjoy being a TO, actually. I can't really pick just one thing, so I'll make a list.

-Any advice for future TOs? (Hyroen)

-You applied for a few Staff positions before you got TO if I recall correctly. Is there a particular reason you wanted to be a staffer so much, and how are you enjoying your new responsibility? (anonymous)
I guess I just wanted to give back the community, and keep it moving forward. I love my new responsibility, really. It gives me something to do when I wake up in the morning, instead of slamming my alarm and rolling back over. It's quite enjoyable, too, if you like what you do.

-If you weren't TO, what would be your next pick as a staff position? (kinkykitten624)
Probably Newsletter Writer. I actually have quite a knack for writing; I just don't show it as much on these forums.

-What are your aspirations regarding the community/events? Master? General? Do you think you will take part in Brawl? (JonathanCrazyJ)
I have a lot of aspirations. Maybe an unhealthy amount.
Maybe that wasn't as much as I thought. As far as Brawl, I'm undecided. If a Brawl Boss speaks out to me for something, I'll likely post an application.



-In a theoretical universe where other planets are habitable to humans (or cats :P), which planet would you choose to live on? (mathman101)
Saturn! Saturn is cool. I like the rings, really.

-Are you as crazy in real life as in this game? (rogerluc)
I'm actually kinda quiet in real life. So, despite my hair doing whatever it wants, I'm actually pretty mild mannered.

-Are there any Eastern musicians that have snared your attention lately? (Basman-1453)
I couldn't even name one if my life depended on it. :P

-Do you still remember Damselbro? Well, he's asking you now.  What did you find so charming in 'him'? I remember I barely said anything, but I still made an impact. Can you please tell me what you remember? (anonymous)
DAMSELBRO I LOVE YOU, COME HOME BABY  :-* In all seriousness, Damselbro was just... a bro. Your quotations around 'him' make me think that Damselbro is actually a Damselsis, and that's okay. I remember I had a cat around my property, once. I named him Toby. Toby was a bro, like Damselbro. Well, eventually, Toby got really fat and looked like a chipmunk. Toby was actually a girl. Toby is Tori now.

What I remember about Damselbro? He was chill. He was suave. Ladies wanted him. Men wanted to be him.


-If you were to ask someone else a newsletter question...what would it be? And what would be your answer to that same question? (Silver Emerald)
I could go full paradox on this question, and ask the question that you asked me, but I won't do that. Generally I ask a question about the person's Mastership or their intentions for War, but as I don't have a name in mind, I'd probably ask... "What do an Elite Otyugh and an Abomination have in common?" My answer? "They both die to a Thunderbolt!". :P

And now the series of questions from Jenkar:

-What element do you feel represents you the most (not necessarily your favorite, eh)?
I have to say Aether. Aether represents equilibrium; a sense of balance. I like balance. Aether is also kinda majestic, really. Have you seen my hair? That's majestic too.

-What is your favorite and least favorite emoticon?
Chatwise? (http://elementscommunity.org/chat/skin/smilies/wassat.png) is my favorite, and (http://elementscommunity.org/chat/skin/smilies/laughing.png) is my least favorite. THE EYES ARE OFF CENTER. WHY DO YOU DO THIS, EMOTICON.

Forumwise? ::) is my favorite, and  :-[ is my least favorite. It just looks creepy to me.

-If a tree commits a murder in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
How can nobody be around when someone murders something else? I mean, isn't murder a process with 2 people? Is that the purpose of this question? So, yes, it makes a sound.

-What do you like and dislike the most in an individual?
Their personality.
Their personality.
Personality is a two way street. If you have a nice personality, great. If you have a terrible/self-centered personality, not great.

-Tell us a random fact about a butterfly.
Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 2,000 miles, and return to the north again in the spring.

-What's the scariest story you've ever read/seen?
I generally don't read scary stories. I'm a scaredy-cat. With that said, the Jeff the Killer story + picture tends to make me paranoid for about an hour.

-What is your opinion about vegetarianism?
I'm a cat. I'm practically a carnivore.

-Have you ever considered solipsism as a way of thought?
Until I -just- looked it up, I had no clue what solipsism was.

-Any final words in this interview for the community?
Join a tournament! Win a Mark! Join another tournament! And also, thank you to everyone involved for making this happen, and thank you everyone in the community for making me want to stick around ;)

Thanks for answering!
Thank you for asking! Stay awesome, everyone!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on January 09, 2016, 12:20:59 PM
Hello all faithful, ocasional and new readers of Featured Community Member thread!

I would like to announce that a February interviewee is going to be my fellow Newsletter Writer

Discord

and you have the only chance to ask her a question!

To do so you have absolutely no time left.. Thanks for your contribution!

Please don't ask your questions here! Instead, send me PRIVATE MESSAGE (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=5855).
(We don't want to make questions public before official release).

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to sligthly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual contect), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Discord").

EDIT: Please also specify if you want your name next to the question or you want to be anonymous (not recommended though, don't ask questions you can be ashamed of :P).
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on January 09, 2016, 09:41:32 PM
So I've heard some people tell me they don't know what to ask. I'm just gonna leave this here :P

Ask me whatever you want, and to make it easier, feel free to ask me questions about my personal life as well x) I don't mind~
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Calambar on February 01, 2016, 05:21:48 PM
CURRENT FEATURED MEMBER:
February 2016

(http://i.imgur.com/ojoBblg.png?1)

Discord
Newsletter Writer
:entropy fan
Lady Chaos
Single and Proud
Really cool gal

First things (questions) first. How did you find Elements the Game and this community?

Heh. I started out as a total noob on kongregate. It started about after a few months, I met a guy on kong, who was known by the name of agdhar (Man I miss that guy) but he kept telling me about the forums, and how much fun it all was. Eventually I got the nerve to check it out, but without any courage, and no Gmail, I kinda just waited. It was only about 4 months later when he asked me to join. At this time I had a Gmail account, and finally got the nerve to try. At this point I knew that my soul was bound to this thing forever, but hey, once you start you can't stop eh? :P

Is there any particular reason you took your username after the Entropy rare weapon? (Basman-1453)

Actually, to let the cat out of the bag. I took on the name Discord even before I knew the weapon existed. It was only until Physsion told me more about it did I understand that I just -had- to keep it. I feel it suited me regardless, and I liked the name. Hard to believe eh? ^^ I stuck with the name because I felt that nothing else would suit me as well as this one does. I liked the weapon, so why not? :) *scramble~*

Can you ever have too much Entropy? (Silver Emerald)

No such thing as too much Entropy! :D Entropy is love, Entropy is life~ Entropy is the start of my day right down until I go back to bed. Where would this world be without entropy? x) it would be insanely boring in my opinion. I like being the crazy and chaotic person. I'm the weird kid in the corner, you know :P I don't plan on changing that. Entropy is my very soul, so there can definitely never be too much of it. ^^ Join the Entropy, we have cookies :P

Have you ever done anything to be random? Out of those things, what was the most random thing you've ever done?
Or... (do whichever you want to answer)

I always do random things, what do you expect? xD I'd have to say the most random thing I've done is, well, where to start is a mystery x) but I have done too many things to consider just one the most random :) But if I had to pick, I'd have to say that dying my hair was a pretty unexpected move. You didn't know up until the last minute >:D and I didn't expect myself to ever do that either, but we all do random things~

Have you ever gotten in a fight with someone and really scrabbled them up? (PUN PUN PUN)

I don't get in fights alot, but when I do, they can get pretty messed up *SCRAMBLETIME,BETTERRUN!* :P

What's your favourite colour? Why? (Arum)

I'd have to go with pink. Pink, I know, seems more of a girl's color anyway, but don't get me wrong. Pink is used for things like anti-bullying days. I find anti-bullying days can be very powerful, and inspirational. That's right, pink is powerful! and it's just a fair color. :)

Why Newsletter Writer? (anonymous)

I chose Newsletter Writer mostly because I had a huge interest in writing when I joined. But I didn't know where to start, and I never really thought i'd get it. but with enough work, and lots of enthusiasm, I finally made it. I love being a Newsletter Writer. It means I can finally give back to the community for being so welcome and helpful towards me :)

If you were to ask someone else a newsletter question...what would it be? And what would be your answer to that same question? (Silver Emerald)

Well that's a toughie x) I don't know to be honest, but I'll try and think of one eventually :)

So, when Discord Chat started, it was new and sparkly, but I honestly didn't think it would last as long as it has. Why do you think it has lasted this long? And what do you like about it? (dawn to dusk)

It lasted as long as it did because we now have fun karaoke nights on the weekend! Yay! I like it because it gives people the ability to trust others, and make these random strangers not so random, and I think it's just an amazing app to use. It makes communication so much easier instead of having to go back and forth in PMs. ^^

What is your favourite kind of happiness, and what kind best represents you? (CleanOnion)

My favourite kind of happiness is the kind that brings you all the joy, the kind that makes you feel as if you could explode. It's the most amazing feeling you can possibly get. Like when you complete a test with 100%, or getting something you absolutely love. It just makes me so happy :P


<3 (CleanOnion)
<3

If you could marry anyone from the EtG community, who would it be? Why? (Arum)

I.. well, I don't know. But if I could, I'd probably choose Sub or iancu. Sub, like, gets me. We know each other so well, and he understands me as if we were brother and sister. Iancu and I have been friends for a long time, and I've grown a sort of liking to him :P Shout out to Submachine and iancu, I know you're reading this eventually~ ♥


You get one day of heaven, what does it involve? All limits are removed (financial, realistic, physical, etc) (CleanOnion)

The EtG community and all it's glory, 'nuff said~

Make one change to the world, what is it? (anonymous)

Stop the haters, keep looking on the bright side :)

Deepest secret you're willing to reveal? (anonymous)

I don't have any, i'm actually a very open person, there's no secrets with me :P

Scariest thing you've ever done? (anonymous)

The scariest thing I've ever done is go zip lining. 45 feet off the ground, and I was terrified x~x but yeah x)

If you would be forced to choose between hugging someone or giving/eating cake, and you couldn't do the other one for the rest of your life, what would you choose? (iancudorinmarian)

I'd have to choose hugging. Who needs cake? Cake is just an alternative :P silly iancute~ <3

Who is the best cat within the community, and why is it MeowMeowCat? ;) (MeowMeowCat)

MeowMeow is second, sorry bro <3 I'd have to say kinkly is the best. WE NEED MORE WOMEN IN HERE KINKLY :P but yes. I love all cats, so you're all equal to me <3

What is the secret of your success? (Silver Emerald)


The secret? There is no secret~ But here: Stay confident, stay positive, always look at things in a good eye, Be enthusiastic, love your work. That's the secret to my success :)

What makes you so awesome? (Silver Emerald)

But I'm not awesome, i'm just Discord :P
However, I don't consider myself awesome. I just consider myself a person in the world trying to do some good ^^ If I were awesome, I'd be a bit more on the boastful side x)

If you had to go on a date with a male community member, then who would you pick? ;) (anonymous)

Oh x)
I'd probably choose Submachine, or iancu tbh. but that's it :P 'nuff said.
Please don't kill me, ian~


What are your future plans regarding this community, game and RL?

Community: I hope this stays up for as long as it possibly can. This is the only place I can consider a sanctuary from rl stresses like exams and other things.
Game: Here's hoping for an update. Maybe not soon, but shot out to zanz, You're awesome, I have faith in you, even if you are just afk for however long, we all have faith for this update :)
RL: I'm hoping to get a good education first, and maybe make my way into the work world. I plan on becoming a writer or maybe even a cook of some sort when I get out of school :)

Please, give us some final words in this interview.

Stay awesome everyone, and thank you all for these wonderful questions ^^

Thanks for answering!

And thank you for asking ^^

Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on February 06, 2016, 01:29:24 AM
Hello all faithful, occasional and new readers of Featured Community Member thread!

I would like to announce that our March interviewee is going to be

mathman101

and you have the only chance to ask him a question!
To do so you have Thanks for your contribution!

Please don't ask your questions here! Instead, send me a PRIVATE MESSAGE (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192).
(We don't want to make questions public before official release).

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to sligthly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual contect), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for mathman").

EDIT: Please also specify if you want your name next to the question or you want to be anonymous (not recommended though, don't ask questions you can be ashamed of :P).
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on March 01, 2016, 11:38:04 AM
mathman101

(http://i.imgur.com/SYbq9iU.jpg)

Frog guy
Lovely TO
Toadally cool dude
Good friend

How did you find Elements the Game community?

I first found the game on a free daily flash games website (onemorelevel (http://www.onemorelevel.com/)) sometime late 2010. I really liked the game but it disappeared after a few months. Searching for the flash game after it was removed, I came across the actual game's website and then a few months after that the forums late 2011.

What is your favorite branch/type of mathematics, and why? (Aves)

My favorite type would probably be geometry and then algebra after that. I am currently studying civil engineering, so I have to deal with different shapes of structures for construction all the time. Enjoying geometry really helps with the want to deal with the different and odd shapes, and solving them to fit into a building properly.

12? (Timdood)

Days of Christmas.
Eggs in a Dozen.
Months in a Year.
Elements in this Game.

Have you ever betrayed anyone? If yes, who and why? (Anonymous)

Betraying someone would imply that I have intentionally harmed or hurt someone on purpose. I do not believe that I have intentionally harmed anyone, but I would not say that I haven't hurt others unintentionally. I am only human, and am sure I have made mistakes and accidentally harmed others but it was never done intentionally. Whether it be online here or with my RL buddies and schoolmates, usually if I find out I have harmed someone I try to apologize or make things right if possible.

Why do you math so much, man? (RootRanger)

Haha, I don't know it kinda comes with the name. :P Actually I don't do all that much math other than what is needed for assignments in my college classes, which is mostly simple geometry, algebra, and the odd bit of calculus.

Who is your favorite master of :life? (Aves)

Looking back through the masters, I only ever got to know willng3, dawn to dusk, killsdazombies, and Marsu so I am slightly biased on my favorite being one of these instead of one of those previous to these. Marsu and kdz both seemed to be great masters and they both did well leading their teams in war, but niether of them are my favorite. Will has done many great things for this element, and is one of those amazing older veteran members who has always been around. Dawn has taught me many things about playing to life's strengths both as teammates in war, and as enemies in trials. Between both will and dawn I would have to say they are tied for my favorite master of :life.

If a toad, a frog, and a newt engaged in a free for all brawl, who would win? (Aves)

Wow, that is a hard one to pick. I would like to think it is the toad who would win, but I am not actually sure.

Do you rage sometimes? You seem to be a very calm person. (Anonymous)

Very rarely do I rage or lose my temper or cool. My school buddies always give me a hard time for being so passive and so easy going. Not too much really bothers me as I am usually pretty flexible in wanting to accept and understand other people's opinions. But unfortunately when I do rage it is like a storm blowing through as my rage will blow through the roof and more, luckily those times are few and far between.

If you had to choose 2 female community members, who would be your wife and who would be your lover? (Submachine)

Oh, a spicy question lets hope I can answer this well for you. If I had myself both a wife and a lover, I would probably be wanting to keep my lover a secret from my wife so she would not find out. For a potential wife out of the female members here, I would want someone that I have chatted with before and gotten to know a bit in chat. Naesala would be a great wife for me, she is reliable and a great staffer and I have gotten to know her better from chatting with her more over the last few weeks regarding brawl stuff. Just so my wife doesn't find out (or make some gentle stabbings in my sides) I will be keeping my lover a secret. ;)

If you had the power to change one thing in the game, what would you change and why? (Arc)

One thing I would love to see changed is the consistency of the servers. As much as I would love to see new cards or even minor balancing touch-ups on some of the current cards, I think the best or most productive thing would be better servers for PvP. New cards or balancing touch-ups would be great and could help change the current meta, but I feel that could not help if the servers are as inconsistent as they currently are in some games. If the servers were beefed up to the point of minimizing the amount of disconnects and desynchronization errors, then there would be much less worry regarding disconnection rules in PvP events/tournaments/War etc.
 
Why, out of all the guilds, did you choose AbomiNation? (KinkyKitten624)

When I looked through the guilds and at the different members in each guild I wanted to choose one that had members or Leaders that I associated with regularly or knew well. It looked through and narrowed it down to a few choices. iancudorinmarian was one of the leaders at the time that I was chatting with regularly, and knew fairly well from working with as a fellow TO.

What was your most embarrassing moment in school? (Trippy Jay)

Hmmm, embarrassing moments from my life are few and far between. I don't get embarrassed too easily, but a recent one I can think of from my first year in college was in regards to a calculus class and a poor mark I had. I came out of high school with +90% marks in most of my maths and sciences classes, but entering college was a huge step and I failed my calculus class miserably (~30%). I felt so embarrassed and my buddies all gave me a super hard time about it, but it died down eventually over time. Now I use it as a reminder that no matter how good I think I am at something I still have to work hard and try my best to succeed at the task.

So what are your secrets of immortality? (Silver Emerald)

A long and happy Life! No one will live forever but if you are able to stay healthy, positive, and happy you live a long time and have no regrets when death comes to meet you.

Why life? (Arum)

My love for the Life element actually is hugely in thanks to willng3. For my very first war (War 6) Will was the general to bid on me, and he taught me a large amount about :life during that war. I was a nobody at the time starting out on these forums with just a few odd posts here and there, but Will believed in me enough to bid on me and take me under his wing during that war. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have learnt about :life and have continued to learn to more and better my strategies with :life teaching others as I go along.

Do you have any particular fondness to frogs that you like to ribbit when you enter the Blab? *asks someone who likes to ribbit on math himself :p* (Basman-1453)

No not really, it is more just as a way as a greeting for when I enter the chat. I adapted the style based off of an older member n00b who would also "rawr" when he entered chat. I liked that he had his own unique way of entering chat other than just a hi or hello. I tried a few different ways of entering chat, but with my love for :life and the consistent frog profile pic I have joining with a "ribbit" seemed most consistent for myself.

What is your favorite part about being a TO? (kinkykitten624)

I love the opportunity to be able to give back to the community. Before becoming TO I had always hoped to apply for any position that I could fulfill to find some way to give back to this great community for all that it had done and given me. Tournaments were something I really enjoyed participating in, so I figured this would be a great thing I could use my creativity for. Also working alongside Ginyu and MeowMeowCat has some great moments, we sometimes have some fun ideas and laughs about potential future ideas.

Since this will go out in March...how do you feel about Brawl so far? (Silver Emerald)

So far, it has been great. I really enjoyed the bidding process and think I got myself a great team, even if it was not my original dream team of players I look forward to getting to know them as teammates and think they will do amazing things. Round 1 is currently going ok as well even though it is a bit of a slow start as we all figure out who is doing what and where each of our strengths lie, but we are coming together as a team and will make some toadally awesome stuff for our submissions.

My one and only question for the one, the only, mathman:
Seeing as how you have "math" in your name, a calculus problem just for you! (ProBacon)

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How is this for an solution answer.
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If you could not be on Team Life for War 10, which Element would you like to be on, and additionally, who would you want to be the General? (MeowMeowCat)

I've thought about this a few times, as I always wonder if my previous war experiences  needed by most generals will outweigh the love of :life that the life general would want from me. If you look at any of my previous war applications, usually I have :death and :water as my 2nd and 3rd favorites. If I am not on life being on one of these teams would be my next preference. For a General of the team preference, I would love the opportunity to work with both of the current masters  for both of those elements (rob77dp and ddevans96), as both seem like great guys who I could learn lots about the specifics behind their elements.

How many digits of pi have you memorized? (Arum)

I think it is roughly the first 50 digits of pi. There is a song I found when I was in high school that sung the digits of pi by the group Hard 'n Phirm (youtube link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRkcGPRXux4)). I really enjoyed the tune of the song and I found that the rhythm helped greatly when trying to memorize the digits, but I always get stuck on that 37510.

If you were asking the questions, what question would you ask yourself and what would your answer be? (Silver Emerald)

Hmmm, that is a tricky one. I've thought long and hard about the potential questions I could ask myself but it would most likely be one of the classics like; "How did you choose your username?",or "What do you like to do outside of the forums?". My username came from a joke me and a few friends made back before I was in high school. I was one of the few kids who enjoyed math class so  they would call me math-king, or the math-guy, or math-man. When I started playing flash games that required usernames I would enter mathman as a common name. Once when the name was already taken, I took one of the alternate suggestions it gave me for a name (the addition of 101). The name stuck and I use it as my main gaming name now.

What question would you like to be asked, and what is the answer to that question? (Arum)

This question sounds very similar to the last one I just answered.  :P I'll answer the other classic question I posted there, "What do you like to do outside of the forums?". I am currently a college student studying civil engineering so most of my time is spent heavily on classes and my many assignments and lab reports. But when I do get free time I enjoy spending it with my family and friends, playing board games or card games, going out to movies or playing billiards at the local pool hall. Also just hanging out at home with a few snack, watching movies, or playing flash games online can be a great way to relax from all the hustle and bustle of college life.

If you were to put any card idea from the forums into the game, which would it be and why? (Hyroen)

I may be slightly biased in my thinking, but I would love to see :life gain a creature with some soft CC like freeze, antimatter or guard. I say creature instead of just a spell because life is about the creatures and the healing ability's it has, and another creature would add to the potential synergy with mitosis, adrenaline, and Empathic Bonds. When looking through the list of potential cards, one stood out to almost exactly what I was thinking about: Forest Guardian (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/level-3-anvil/spirit-guardian-spirit-guardian/) by Treldon, a life creature with guard for some soft CC.

Would you say to future Mafia hosts that you should have listened to me when you rejected my suggestions? Also, after hosting Mafia 56, what other suggestion do you have to future hosts about creating the rules? (Submachine)
(Optional)


I am not sure on that, yes I think there are some things maybe I could have taken from your suggestions, but at the same time several things I kept because I felt they were as my ideas. After seeing the reactions most people gave regarding how the mafia game went, it seems most people enjoyed it overall. It may have needed some tweaks here and there, but it was not a complete disaster or fail. For future mafia hosts I would say to plan well ahead of time so that you can triple and quadruple check your balancing, as well as to keep your ideas your own. There is nothing wrong with taking suggestions from others, but if you adjust everything you made, it no longer remains as your own.


Please give us some words to finish up this interview!

Enjoy Life (not the element) whether it be in reality on on the internet. As long as you are doing something you enjoy and are happy, you have the potential to go far and do many great things.


Thanks for answering!

Thank you everybody for all the great questions!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on March 03, 2016, 09:35:29 PM
Hello all faithful, occasional and new readers of Featured Community Member thread!

I would like to announce that our April interviewee is going to be

ji412jo

and you have the only chance to ask him a question!

To do so you have Thank you for your contribution

Please don't ask your questions here! Instead, send me a PRIVATE MESSAGE (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192).
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Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on April 01, 2016, 08:36:12 PM
ji412jo

(http://blogs.discovery.com/.a/6a00d8341bf67c53ef01157100ad70970c-pi)

:darkness fan
Death ane Dawkness trialist
The creepy guy
The french man

How did you find Elements the Game community?
that was a while ago. I played elements through kongregate and heard about tournaments, that's when I joined forums. I was very active and got bored of only two tournaments per week so not long after I created SHUT, which lasted for quite a while actually.

What are your ethnicity and natural eye pigmentation? (dracomageat)
#pictures
I'm canadian, but I do not know my ancestors, like in my case it is pretty much impossible to find. I've got blue eyes.

Who is your favorite Master of Darkness? (Anonymous)
Now this is a difficult question. I would probably have to tie it between TheOnlyRealBeef and OdiiOdsen, because I feel they are the ones that brought the most to the element. Whether it be showing true mastery of the element or bringing new, unexpected decks or just representing the darkness element in a way other masters haven't.

The word on the street is that you don't have Sweg. Now I don't think these claims are true, so I want to come straight to the source. Now my only question is...
Do you have Sweg? If you thing you do have Sweg, then why do you think that I have Sweg? (ProBacon)
wtf is this question.

What music do you like to listen to? (randomperson123)
I listen to a lot of different styles, so much that it is impossible for me to name one. I suggest you get on chat to see my song of the day for a more precise answer, I guess.

You claim to be a true elemental of :darkness. Why did you join :death trials? (Anonymous)
I joined death trials because I had been kicked out of darkness trials. Long story short, trials was to start after brawl, I did not think it would start during the last week of voting, I took a break from forums for a well deserved break after brawl and came back to phase 1 being already over.

What's your favorite food? (Kinkykitten624)
Lol. I really like eating bread , cheese, fish. If I'm alone I'll have to say hamburgers, because i'm not that much a cook but i do mean burgers :D

What is your favorite moment in the community (PvP or otherwise)? (UTAlan)
That is a tough question. I'd have to go with my win over ThatNewGuy in the Underworld tournament in war 2. I was extremely hyped about making it to war, and this was a counter, a matchup I should have lost. Sometimes, i still feel bad for TNG.

What led you to your love for the Dark Side of the Elements (read: Darkness :p)? (Basman-1453)
I did what most noobs do. I erased my account many, many, many times. I tried every element. Until I tried darkness that is. When I first tried darkness, I and so much fun with it. And I started grinding, and I kept on going, and never got bored with it. Darkness brings a feeling of fulfillment to me that other elements don't.

Out of everyone on the forums, who would you most want to meet IRL?  (Anonymous)
If we have to say currently on forums, I'd go with mathman. If we say who has been on forum, I'd have to pick MrBlonde.

What advice do you have for others who have failed at trials and wish to try again? (mathman101)
Give up. Abandon. Now don't get me wrong, I don't mean to abandon trials, I mean to give up on the way you are going about them. If you failed, you did something wrong. Time to see what you did wrong, to recognize your mistakes and to fix them. Sadly, I need to make the same mistakes a lot of times before learning ;)

If you could pick any staff position to have, which would you pick and why?  (Anonymous)
well, i've been a PvP event organizer and liked the job so I'd go back towards that.

What's your :darkness est secret (CrockettRocket)
My biggest secret is something I'm not telling you. It's a secret for a reason.

Please give us some words to finish up this interview!
Well, all this is fun. Considering I am a pretty open person, i did not know what kind of questions were going to be asked.


Thanks for answering!
No, thank you for asking! :D
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ProBacon on April 04, 2016, 02:34:04 AM
The word on the street is that you don't have Sweg. Now I don't think these claims are true, so I want to come straight to the source. Now my only question is...
Do you have Sweg? If you thing you do have Sweg, then why do you think that I have Sweg? (ProBacon)
wtf is this question.

Awww, I'm sad you didn't answer this. I was trying to give you a complement by saying you had Sweg. You make me sad Joey. :/
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on April 04, 2016, 06:45:05 PM
Hello all faithful, occasional and new readers of Featured Community Member thread!

I would like to announce that our May interviewee is going to be

kinkykitten624

and you have the only chance to ask her a question!

To do so you have . Thanks for your contribution!

Please don't ask your questions here! Instead, send me PRIVATE MESSAGE (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192).
(We don't want to make questions public before official release).

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for kinkykitten").

EDIT: Please also specify if you want your name next to the question or you want to be anonymous (not recommended though, don't ask questions you can be ashamed of :P)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on May 01, 2016, 05:29:04 PM
May 2016
kinkykitten624

(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Art/Schrodingers_Cat.jpg)

:entropy fan
Mentor Manager
Cat~
Good friend

How did you find Elements the Game community?
Oddly enough, I found the community after realizing that I couldn't download Hearthstone on my school computer :P However, I've very glad that I did and absolutely love the time I've spent here and the time that I continue to spend. You guys have become like a family to me, and I can never thank you guys enough for making me feel welcome and loved~

If you could have any staff position, what would it be? (Anonymous)
I've always pictured myself as a Newsletter Writer, honestly. Though now that I've spent more time on the forums and have gotten to know things better, I think I'd enjoy being a Forums Game Organizer, or maybe, yah know, since trials are coming up, Master of Entropy. Watch your back, iancu! <3 But in all seriousness, I think I would enjoy being a Newsletter Writer, a Forums Game Organizer, or maybe even a Competition Organizer. Those seem to be the most appealing in my eyes.

What's your kinkiest kink? (CleanOnion)
The one in my garden hose :P

If you could date anyone on the forums, who would it be? (Anonymous)
In all honesty, me and dawn to dusk seem to have some chemistry, lol. I would have to say that it would be either dawn or Discord just because I get along with the two of them so well and I feel that we could form a good relationship. I am, however, actually dating Smokey1110 though (interesting fact about me :P)

What is your favorite Element and why do you love it? (Basman-1453)
Entropy! I love how random everything about it is, and the irritating chance that things won't work out in your favor makes the game more exciting! Other than entropy, though, I really aether, especially for arena decks. Almost a guarantee that you'll get a decent rank unless you build it wrong xD

How did you get your name? (chrispybacon84)
Its an inside joke between me and some friends that I'm not going to get into. Forums have to be PG-13, ya know :P

What is kinky about a kitten and why that for your user name? (Anonymous)
Well I mean, my cat has a kink in her tail, so she's pretty kinky. (Get it? Eh?) Back to the actual question though, its an inside joke that I enjoy seeing people's reaction to lol.

Were you to be a baked desert of the strictly cake variety, which particular sort would you be and why would that be? (dracomageat)
Wow this question is actually kind of difficult to answer. I love red velvet cake, but I don't think I'd want to be one.. I really like German chocolate cake, but I think, above all, I would like to be a chocolate ice cream cake. Cold and sweet is the perfect combination cx

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? (chrispybacon84)
My vision of where I'll be in five years has actually changed a lot recently. For a while I've been thinking that I'd be in college studying to become a teacher, but now I've been considering going into the US Air Force. So, in other words, I'm not entirely sure what my life will look like in five years.

(づ◔ω◔)づ   <3 (ProBacon)
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧*:・゚✧   <3

If you could be reincarnated as any animal, what would the animal be? (Anonymous)
Well, I love cats, but I would love to be a fox. They are beautiful animals, and one of my favorites. Being some sort of bird would be pretty cool too, since you'd be able to fly and everything. I really don't know though, is it possible for me to get the chance to be every kind of animal at some point? xD

Please give us some words to finish up this interview!
Thanks everyone for the questions, I love you all! Sorry that all the ones about my name and such are really vague, I was trying to keep it appropriate. I was expecting these kinds of questions though :P

Thanks for answering!
And thank you for asking!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on May 03, 2016, 10:04:22 PM
Hello all faithful, occasional and new readers of Featured Community Member thread!

I would like to announce that our June interviewee is going to be

iancudorinmarian

and you have the only chance to ask him a question!

To do so you have Thanks for your contribution!

Please don't ask your questions here! Instead, send me a Private message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192)!
(We don't want to make questions public before official release).

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for iancu").

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on June 02, 2016, 12:00:01 PM
June 2016

iancudorinmarian

(http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140508215414/naruto/images/9/97/Bell_Test_new.png)

 :entropy master
Great guy, really cool
Kakashi fan!
One of the most amazing guys you could meet

How did you find Elements the Game community?
Best community ever.

Wtf is your username and how do I pronounce it? (CleanOnion)
My username is my RL names combined. Iancu Dorin Marian. It's a bit hard to tell you hot to pronounce it, but your best bet is asking those who have actually heard me pronounce it in discochat.

Why Entropy? Why not any other element? (ProBacon)
I like randomness and my luck is mostly above average.

Is your name Ian? (ProBacon)
Nope, it's Iancu Dorin Marian. "Ian" is just the laziness of people in action.

Do you like me? (ProBacon)
No.

I know you will probably get a lot of questions about Trials/War, so I'll opt for something different. What do you like to do off of Elements, aside from Hearthstone? Do you attend any clubs/do anything extracurricular? (Solaris)
Not really, I spend most of my time at the computer. And I also play fifa on my ps3, but that's about it. I am very lazy. I am also the designated driver for my family most of the time, since my father likes to drink and I don't drink (not due to religious reasons or anything like that, I simply don't) anyway. Plus, I really like driving, so it's a win-win situation.

How does it feel to have Discord as a minion? :silly: (Aves)
Well...I wouldn't really consider Discord a minion, she's rather my virtual girlfriend :D

What motivated you to form AbomiNation? (kinkykitten624)
Me and some other people were joking in chat and then someone came up with AbomiNation. I then started roleplaying as a dictator and stuff. Then I thought about forming an alliance, in humour section. I ended up creating the guild idea we have now :)

If you had to choose only ONE current forumer you could met IRL, who would it be and why? (kinkykitten624)
Only one is really really difficult. I really really can't choose. I'd have to choose between Afdarenty, Discord, CCCombobreaker and mathman101. They are all really cool people and really good friends of mine. If I would really have to choose, I think I'd choose CCC, since I don't get to talk to him too often.

What would your gangster name be?  8) (CrockettRocket)
iancute :sillyspin:

What does Entropy mean for your life? :p (Basman1453)
I don't really have an answer. Aside from what I've answered in the previous question about entropy, I can't really say much.

Iancu, you were previously a TO, and chat mod at one point. Are there any other Staff positions you have really wanted? Do you think you will apply again for another staff position in the future? (mathman101)
I might apply again for TO at some point, but that's not really certain. Other than that, not really much I'm interested in.

Iancu, you went from being relatively unknown and drafted in the final round in War 8 to being a Master and General yourself. What would you say to other "new" players to encourage them to attempt similar leaps? (CCCombobreaker)
The only thing they have to do is believe in themselves and never give up.

Please give us some words to finish up this interview!
Thanks for this interview. Better late than never!

Thanks for answering!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ProBacon on June 03, 2016, 04:27:45 AM
Do you like me? (ProBacon)
No.

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on June 07, 2016, 12:18:35 PM
Hello all faithful, occasional and new readers of Featured Community Member thread!

I would like to announce that our July interviewee is going to be

Jenkar

and you have the only chance to ask him a question!

To do so you have . Thanks for your contribution!

Please don't ask your questions here! Instead, send me a PRIVATE MESSAGE (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192).
(We don't want to make questions public before official release).

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Jenk").

EDIT: Please also specify if you want your name next to the question or you want to be anonymous (not recommended though, don't ask questions you can be ashamed of :P).
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Silver Emerald on July 01, 2016, 11:26:13 PM
July 2016 (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/forum-news-and-announcements/elements-community-newsletter-july-2016/msg1236620/#msg1236620)
Jenkar


How did you find the community?
Whilst playing the game I clicked on "Open chat". That's how I found it, iirc.

How did you find elements, and what keeps you coming back? (kinkykitten624)
I found elements through kongregate, as most people. It keeps being in the high-rating multiplayer games, which makes it easily available.
As for what keeps me coming back... This community is one of the sanest I've ever seen online. It has little destructive drama, is stable, and friendly. Worth coming back to.

Why? (Anonymous)
Because I can.

If you could meet only ONE person from the community, who would it be and why? (kinkykitten624)
OH BOY. Really depends on what I'd want from the meeting, i think. Spiritual insight => Higurashi. Friendness & mutual comfort => Solaris. I think.

What's your favourite color? (Anonymous)
Teal.

Who are you when you're not being yourself? (fasp_3000)
I am what most people see.

Of all the non-rare cards in the game, which would you say is your favourite? What about least favourite? (kinkykitten624)
Skeleton is def the least favorite, ish useless.
Sky blitz is one of my favorite non-rares, I think. It's fun to boost your damage when it's unexpected and kill your opponent when they could've healed. The threat of it also makes opponent heal too soon when you don't have it.

How many creatures of the element "X" you need to change a light bulb? (Replace X by each of the elements and justify your answer ...) (fasp_3000)
Aether : 1 phase salvager, which dies the turn after.
Air uses firefly, no light bulbs needed.
Darkness doesn't change light bulbs.
Death can't change it, it systematically destroys the new light bulb
Earth has enchanted its lightbulb, they don't break.
Entropy can't change it, it becomes a butterfly each time.
Fire doesn't need lightbulb, it has fireplaces
Gravity uses a single graviton salvager.
Life uses a single green nymph, which takes a fourth of a turn to repair it.
Light doesn't need lightbulbs.
Time uses a single rewind, to put the bulb back to its prime.
Water uses a single water nymph, which makes thousand of copies of itself before changing the light-bulb as a long chain of command.

There's a bug in your house. You have unlimited tools and resources at your disposal. What steps would you take to either kill it or release it? (CleanOnion)
Wait, unlimited tools and ressources?
I start a lab to discover how to swap consciousnesses.
I swap consciousnesses with the bug, go outside, swap back.

Call it now - what is the outcome of War 10? (Anonymous)
Hard to say without knowing what the new masters are going to be.
I have high hopes for Light & Air, but I think... Darkness again.

We all already know that all the game's creatures reproduce through mitosis (except Firefly which is born of the Queen). Viewing the subject in this context, who would be "Adam and Eve" in the game? (fasp_3000)
There does not need to be an adam and eve. The binarity of gender is silly.

What non-alcoholic beverage would you pick? (Anonymous)
Pomegranate juice. <3

What's your favourite kind of happiness, and what kind of happiness do you feel best represents you? (CleanOnion)
I have a two way tie there : Happiness from fitting in and happiness from being trusted. Happiness from exacting extreme violence (either physical or mental) is probably the one that best represents me tho.

On what device are you currently answering this question? Be specific about brand, model, and OS, please. (Anonymous)
A macbook Air (13 inch) from early 2014. Os is Yosemite.

Knock knock. (Anonymous)
Why didn't you ring the bell? :o

Any last words for this interview?
Just a word of thanks for all the people who keep this community awesome. They know who they are.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on July 07, 2016, 02:38:10 AM
Hello all faithful, occasional and new readers of Featured Community Member thread!

I would like to announce that our August interviewee is going to be

CleanOnion

and you have the only chance to ask him a question!

To do so you have Thanks for your contribution!
Please don't ask your questions here! Instead, send me a PRIVATE MESSAGE (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192).
(We don't want to make questions public before official release).

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on August 01, 2016, 07:02:23 PM
CleanOnion
August 2016

How did you find the Elements community?
Hi!
Back in 2012, maybe 2011, maybe even 2010, a friend introduced me to EtG at school. Four of us would play the game regularly together, battling each other, etc.
I'd look for decks on the wiki but our school systems were a bit borked and Wikia didn't load properly, so I first joined the forums to scour for decks. I of course alighted on Limitless Speed OTK, started farming false gods, and my little group of friends would have competitions to see who could get to the special spins first.

We drifted apart eventually, and stopped playing the game regularly. Eventually, back in 2014, I must've somehow found the game again - I forget how - and decided to make a card, Centriole | Meristem. Check my posting history, it's the second post I ever made.

Ever since Discord said to me in Blab something along the lines of "I hope you stick around, newbies have a habit of leaving" I've been determined to prove her wrong. So here I am today!


What was your thought process in getting that username? (Mr Muffin)
I've had this one for a while, though some of you know I was formerly known as Clean0nion with a 0.

I've had the name for years and it's become a part of me, deeply ingrained. There was a Worms game I had on the Wii a looooong time ago. A generated a random name for my worm and it was "Le Clean Onion". It stuck.


How long did you lurk on the forums before introducing yourself? (1011686)
I joined in November 2012 and made my first post February 2013. So, three months, I guess :P

I'll make an official introduction post one day. Not yet.


Do u love me? (Anonymous)
Narcissistic little shit aren't you?

What role would you Brawl as if you weren't BMing? (JonathanCrazyJ)
Honestly - anything but Deckbuilder. I love doing art, but the only art I do these days is 3D renders which take foorrreevveeerrrr and as such aren't really suitable for Brawl. Writing is one of my favourite things, so it's a prime candidate, but I also really love the unpredictability of Forum Expert. Boss sounds good, but there's an opportunity cost between being able to name and bid on my own team; and being bid on myself (see narcissism in the last question).

If I really had to pick one, I'd go Writer. Then Forum Expert, then Artist.


How do you usually spend your time outside of Elements? (work, study, sports, hobbies, etc.) (Anonymous)
There's a fair bit of chemistry, that's what I'm studying. Work continues to elude me at this time on account of my own laziness.

My hobbies can, for the most part, be summed up by my activities on this site. I play several other games - mostly Skyrim - and don't get me started on the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss because I will talk for days.

I used to write a lot. I'm partway through several novels which are, honestly, unlikely to ever be finished. I recently attempted a sizeable Javascript project - I took a basic Javascript course, tried to make my project, then I took an AngularJS course, didn't understand it, so I took another one. Cannot recommned Code School enough. AngularJS is subsidised by Google, so it was free to learn! Woop woop.

Other miscellaneous things that interest me: ASMR, spooky psychological stuff, chilling with my RL buddies.

The only other online communities I play more than a negligible role in I can't talk about on a SFW forum.


You are obviously plotting some sort of world domination / hacking disaster, or some other global crisis with your code-y terror. Care to share what we should look out for when the end is nigh? (anonymous)
Just because you're so nice, I'll give you a survival tip during my apocalypse. Just you mind. If you didn't ask this question, don't read.

Okay, now that it's just you reading, I'll tell you my secret: my apocalypse has already begun. Do you feel a little bit depressed? Sometimes you think that life isn't worth the effort and there's nothing to look forward to once you're gone? Find yourself not wanting to be around people even if you're really close to them? Your best friend is your own head?

That'll be my code. A nice little virus, broadcasted everywhere into every mind. Affects everyone. Have fun!


Do you have any interest in PvP whatsoever, and (not that this is a bad thing) how did you get into the community considering not much of an apparent affinity with the game itself? (JonathanCrazyJ)
Literally none.

The only PvP event that's interested me even remotely is RootRanger's Forum Under Crisis (Kinda), just because it was so wonderfully bastard.

I only even touch the game every couple of weeks, and it's almost never to fight someone. Occasionally I'll hit up an Arena to see if I can get those fucking shards of fucking bravery but other than that... I don't really play.

The only reason I stuck with the community is because of how resilent and structured and nice it is. Having been without a dev for several years and to still have a community this strong... it's impressive, and I'm proud to be a part of it, even I was never around to see its heyday. So that's why.

Also the number of nonPvP events is awesome. Brawl ftw


Whose the sluttiest of them all? (Anonymous)
"Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who's the sluttiest of them all?"

"How about Linkcat? His legs are so tall
Espithel maybe, he sluts at the mall"


"Mirror, mirror, that's not what I mean
How do I know whose slutting's most keen?"

"I hear Naesala's sex is kind of a bore
But you'll never go wrong with Fippe94"


"His sexual prowess has gone to his head.
Who on this forum is most fun in bed?"

"iancudorinmarian?
His name fills a line so he must be fun."


"Name length correlates not with member size.
How about who has the prettiest eyes?"

"Discord is known for her ravenous beauty.
You're into eyes? That's kind of spooky"


"Mirror, mirror, judge my kinks not
You'll find I'm aroused by rather a lot"

"Including yourself, or so it would seem
Talking to your mirror must be your dream"

What is the strangest dream you have ever had? (Linkcat)
Here's two for you.

Hypothetically, I like to keep a record of my dreams. Hypothetically, whenever I have a really weird dream, when I wake up I'll grab some paper and a pen and write/draw it out so I can remember it.

Realistically, I've only ever done this twice, and I lost one of the papers, so I'll tell you about the other one.


I was Shrek. Yep.

I was wearing a pointy hat. A tidal wave was going to destroy everything, and I had to stop it. I stole a boat from Yoshi and travelled to the main city. I entered a giant colloseum-place, in the audience seating area, and looked down to see Professor McGonagall telling me I had to stop the tidal wave. So I go outside and Batman is stood there lecturing people about how the tidal wave is going to kill them. A little kid is trying to shoot him with a laser gun, but he has a forcefield.

I don't recall if I stopped the tidal wave. I think I woke up before then.

When I was little lad, at some point I was very ill and had a nightmare so terrible that I was crying, I was panicking, my little mind just couldn't cope.

There was a thing blocking the exit to my room.

There was nothing I could do to avoid it. I was trapped, forever. It had always been there. It would always be there.

It was The Zero.

I was terrified.

...

...

...

What was it? A log in a ditch.

As a side note, I've always wanted to be able to lucid dream, but never really put in the effort into working towards having that ability. Ah well. I had one once. The first thing I did was wake up. Silly me.

None of those are my strangest dream. If you'd like to know about a certain variety of dream that's NSFW, you may PM me.


Call it now - what is the outcome of Brawl 10? (RootRanger)
Close tie between team Meaning Of Life VII and team Zanzarino Abandoned Us, The Heartless Bastard. MOL7 juuuuuust about overtakes ZAUTHB because they won 110 challenges in the final round set by team Espithel's Solitude.

What's the most in-opposition to common morals thing that you've done, that you enjoyed doing? (Jenkar)
It's not exactly immoral. In a way, it's too moral. I do it often.

Though I haven't done this at all to anyone on this forum, my RL friends can sometimes fall victim to this. I like learning people's secrets, and sometimes all it needs is a little bit of coaxing to get them to spill the beans. I have feigned friendships (and in one case, a crush) in order to do this. I like collecting secrets.

I don't tell them to anyone else. I wouldn't want someone I've trusted to do that. I don't blackmail them with it, or anything. Gotta maintain a pristine repuation if you want people to keep trusting you.

Funnily enough, quite a few of my "victims" have become close and genuine friends. Funny how things work out. As I said, "too moral".


What is the strangest dream you would want to have? (Linkcat)
As mentioned I'd love to be able to lucid dream. A space to enact all the things I couldn't in real life would be lovely.

As for your question... damn. I have no clue. I'd give a sarcastic answer involving something like your legs wrapped around my head, but it genuinely bothers me that I don't know the answer to this.


Any last words for this interview?
Presumably "Last Edit: [date and time] by Discord" or something like that in little grey text
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: CleanOnion on August 01, 2016, 08:20:19 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/JLQBtMx.png)
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: vagman13 on August 08, 2016, 12:55:20 PM
Cool little sikrit onion.I know how that feels but for a little bit different reasons. I don't ask for it , but somehow I inspire people to talk to me ,tell me all that stuff.Even people I know little. People tell me I am a good listener and trust their secrets just like that.Well they judge right in that I never will reveal them to anyone, and I occasionally provide good advice .However , after a while , listening to sooo many absurdities like I have, you kinda start questioning a lot of the things you beleive in.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Silver Emerald on August 11, 2016, 03:41:55 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

rob77dp

and this is your chance to ask him a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no :time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730) instead, titled "Question for rob77dp".

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Silver Emerald on September 03, 2016, 01:07:18 AM
September 2016 (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/forum-news-and-announcements/)
rob77dp

Are you actually the grim reaper/death? (danil) I am not the grim reaper - although he is a prominent character featured in some of my favorite Family Guy episode(s) (I think Death is in more than one episode by now...)

Do you happen to keep some pets? If you do, what are they? (Basman-1453) I DO have pets - two cats and until recently the family had fish (they are now all dead - a 'fun' 8 month-long experiment in how much will Dad take care of something he had not really sign up to take care of but reluctantly agreed to have around and ended up taking care of anyway). :P Yup.

Your whole team cost hardly anything in war, was it a tactic to go for the cheapest team, or did it just end up that way, you lucky duck? (JonathanCrazyJ) I have nothing against some of the higher priced players from this Auction but I have been in many high-bidding auctions in my past War general-ing and was determined not to spend highly for players. In the past, while the players themselves did not disappoint per se (SHOUT OUT TO dragonsdemsne here, among others!), I did find it difficult to fill the team with what I perceived to be all active players in a sense of coming to the Team Area at least once every day or two (yeah, twice per round was a tall task for a few past teams of mine). No hard feelings - just affected how I went about building this team.

There has proven, so far at least, to be GREAT value among the relatively inexpensive bids I had this auction! dd at that price I am confident is 10/10 would bid again. Relatively unknown to me prior - UzumakiNaruto and asd are proving quite active and very willing to participate and help however they can. Espithel is a real asset to the team. I truly see no err in my auction bids or choice of team thus far. :P

When did you know that death was your favorite element? What would your second favorite be? How about least favorite? (asdw152) When Shantu PM'd me in chat one day to interview/quiz me ahead of his General-ing :death in War 6 I was overjoyed a General took a specific interest in me (I had listed Death in my favorites). At this point, having Death be my first fun foray into this PVP Event "War" hooked me for life it seems. (PUN!)

You meet a Life elemental at the bar. What happens next? (Silver Emerald) Fist bumps leading to Four Wise Men shots leading to some unknown series of activities probably involving obscene gestures to patrons followed by unrecalled expedition around town in near-freezing temperatures and snow-cover culminating in my being awakened under a bare bush in my skivvies around 3 in the morning warmed only by a drunk-blanket and a higher than average metabolism. I'm not sure - this may have happened and I may be making it up... all or part...

How often do you get out of your house? When and if you do, do you put your skin back on you or do you wander around as a naked skeleton and terrify everyone? (iancudorinmarian) I leave the house just about every day... Of course, venturing out into public required careful skin disguise as to spare onlookers the abject horror or undue admiration (eye of the beholder I guess) of peering directly into my skeleton soul. Sometimes, I do sneak out to the curb to put out the trash on trash-day wearing nothing but sandals, though.

Do you remember when we first met? [I ask because I don't, so remind me.] (iancudorinmarian) I feel confident, somewhat, that it was during the Last Avatar PvP (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/the-avatar-bending-elements-style/the-2nd-avatar-round-1-phase-i/msg1087176/#msg1087176) event...?

What is your favourite song? [Link to it would be nice too.] (iancudorinmarian) I'd be hard-pressed to single out ONE most favorite song... but for the purposes of this response I think Some Chords by Deadmau5 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEQMkzjcLEA) is a GREAT choice. Enjoy!

Who are your best friends in this community? (iancudorinmarian) Full honesty here, this would be a very long and lovely list... sometimes I catch myself on the member list, alphabetical inclusive version, sorting by # of posts and then scrolling through page-after-page looking at the names to just ponder/remember various aspects of the member names I recognize. That and going through my somewhat extensive PM Inbox / Sent Items store for similar purposes. I think I would consider most or all of those people my friends in the community. At the risk of offense or perceived slight should I leave out important names, if I had to say "best" a few names popping up to me are dd, Phys, dragons, Sol/MMC, JCJ, kimham8ha, Pella, +-, Cheesy, and Shantu and many others I'm sure I am wrongfully overlooking at the moment... this list is compiled owing to a wide range of connections and reasons, too.

Let's say that Death is guaranteed to place second in War. Who would you be rooting for to get first? (Anonymous) Air, I suppose - good people and some serious fun in that team there I suspect. :D

You got ddevans96 pretty cheap in the war auction. How much would you have paid for him if pushed, and do you think his experience with another element will be a help or a hindrance? (Anonymous) Absent the true tell of having to bid higher to get dd, I was prepared - given the otherwise unchanged state of prices/auction - to go double what I paid. His experience with :water will be helpful but dd brings way more than that to the table. He has been WM (multi-occasion) and long-time player of the game - all of these I see as being HELPFUL and not hindering.

Have you ever considered starting an undead band with awful bone puns for your name and all your albums? (Anonymous) Not until now!
Discography of  D.O.A.
Sleeping When You're Dead - a nighttime easy listening album
Waking Up Dead - a collection of alarm clock mp3's
Death in a Box - first performed on-air during a famous Weekend-day Night Live episode
I Will (not) Survive - Cake cover
Soul Leaves Body - dabbling in indie rock/pop
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Silver Emerald on September 05, 2016, 10:09:31 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

dark ripper

and this is your chance to ask him a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730) instead, titled "Question for dark ripper".

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Solaris on September 05, 2016, 10:14:44 PM
My prior post was deleted? :/, but thank you for making the proper decision.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Silver Emerald on September 05, 2016, 10:20:35 PM
Yes, since it pertained to another post which had also been removed to try to minimize confusion.

Apologies for the sudden change in plans, we're trying to get our interview selection and timing process into better working order.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on October 02, 2016, 01:10:38 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/PqoavY9.gif)
dark ripper

 :entropy guy
Deck Helper
Anime fan
Cool dude


When did you become a deck helper and when and why did you choose to become a deck helper? (Mr Muffin)
I became a deck helper about 2 years ago. Deckbuilding is the most important aspect of etg in my opinion and it is also very exciting. Creating new decks, playing them to see if they work, be happy if they do or correct them until they do. As soon as I learnt there is a deck helper position in the forums i immediately knew i wanted to apply for it and a few months later, when the position opened, I applied and took the position.

What keeps you coming back to the EtG community? (Lunaris)
Chat. I've already left the forums once because I more or less got bored of the game. I came back cause I missed the chat, the people I had awesome discussions with, and the crazy talk from time to time. Till then Ive considered leaving again a couple times, but I doubt Ill be ever again able to completely stay away from this wonderful community and its members.

What is your favorite kind of music? (Anonymous)
Punk Rock.

Your name 'dark ripper' makes me think of a darkened Jack the ripper, has he had any influence on the choosing of your name? If not, how did you come to choose your name? (mathman101)
Indeed. dark ripper derives from Jack the Ripper. I originally wanted my name to be Jim the Ripper but it was taken, then I tried several other names like Jim Ripper, Jimmy Ripper, those names with capitals, numbers, but no luck, after a while i settled with dark ripper. I started using the name Ripper in my net games names about 7 years ago btw.

Who's going to win War? (Anonymous)
Entropy of course! If it's not entropy I will cheer for my buddy Afda. Air seems to be doing exceptionally well with him generaling.

If you ever had the option, what would you do to improve EtG, and why? (Lunaris)
It has been mentioned a lot and Im just giving my vote to that suggestion. I would tell zanz to give game mod powers to other people as well so that the game can be updated. We have many ideas, many, many, MANY new cards that have been balanced years ago, ready to get into the game, we have 1.4 basically ready to go, but zanz seems to be busy with other projects. Just give someone else the power to update the game. That's what I would do.

If you were to add a 13th element, what might it be? (Silver Emerald)
Hmm. Something like Energy maybe? I can see some pretty interesting cards made from the concept of energy being an element. Though, I have never been a huge fan of card making and personally i would rather have those 12 elements remain and add more cards.

You appear to be a big fan and supporter of :entropy. What brought you towards this element, and how has it affected your overall EtG experience? (mathman101)
My personality when I joined the forums brought me close to entropy. I was a wild teenager, liked the idea of chaos and that immediately created an attraction towards entropy. It has affected my etg experience a lot. The signature of entropy for me is the bow rushes. Since i liked entropy, i wanted to build decks with entropy in them, so i started building bows; i started liking bows so in succession i started leaning on building rushes in general, and playing more aggresively. Thus, you could say that being attracted to entropy in the beginning, made me the player I am today. However,entropy wasnt my favourite element at first. 

Should the Underworld team be brought back for War? (Anonymous)
The idea is nice. But definately not. Not at the moment. Team Underworld was created cause too many people were applying for war. Unfortunately, now that is not a problem.

Out of all the Wars that you've been around for, which do you think was (for lack of a better term) carried out best? Why? (Lunaris)
I've only participated in 2 wars(now is the the 3rd). Even if you count this one, i would say last war was my best experience. In my first war i was with team Earth, and i was drafted by a friend(Megron), but i dont particularly like earth so building decks for team earth wasnt something i found too pleasant, even though I enjoyed spending time in the pad with the guys from team earth. Last war was awesome though, we didn't do too well cause most of our members were not too experienced with war. Iancu first time general, mine 2nd war, discord first war, qwerter wasnt very experience with pvp in general, and CCC holding us together. However, i loved spending time in that pad. This war is still on going so I cant voice my opinion yet.

What do you like best about Elements? (Silver Emerald)
I used to love when i created new decks that worked. For example when I took the SoB Air Rush and tested it vs silver arena and had an overwhelming winrate i felt awesome. I also loved joining the chat, seeing 50 people and a crazy discussion taking place with a lot of participants. Now those things dont happen too often. I enjoy spending time talking to the friends Ive made in the forums and playing the occasional game.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on October 04, 2016, 03:00:32 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Skotadi Phobos

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for Skotadi Phobos".

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on November 01, 2016, 11:14:54 PM
Skotadi Phobos
Super cool guy
 :darkness fan
Kiwii!
Sparkling vampire

How did you find the EtG community?
Brother came home from school one day and showed me a new card game he found online, I forget how long it took me to find the forums.

Is doing this interview a sign that you're likely to re-engage with the community? If so, do you think you will get involved with any events around here? (anonymous)
Probably no more than I currently am, I'm trying to spend most of my energy on moving forward with my life.

How do you think that we could improve not only EtG, but the community as well? (Lunaris)
Perhaps branch out to other games? Or have forum sections dedicated to other games. There's no real reason I can see that we can't. We're an awesome community and I don't believe the game we center around has much to do with that.

It's a shame you weren't able to complete the last Brawl, but these things happen! Do you enjoy Brawl as an event and do you think you will sign up for this year's brawl? If so, do you think you are likely to be able to stick it out for the full 6 weeks? (anonymous)
I think brawl is awesome, and by far my favorite event, but the chances of me signing up again are slim. I can guarantee I'll just do a repeat of the last time.

What's your favorite game that has occurred on the forums? (Lunaris)
Despite my performance last time around, I do quite like brawl as a whole.

What's your favourite section of the Monthly Newsletter? (Basman-1453)
Trivia is always a fun challenge.

If you could meet anyone, still active or not, from the forums, who would it be and why? (Lunaris)
I like to imagine higs and I would get along fairly well.

What do you think your spirit animal is? (anonymous)
I dunno, a kiwi bird?

What keeps you coming back to the EtG community? (Lunaris)
The community and nostalgia.

What kind of sports and stuff do you do are there any? (anonymous)
Archery is a sport I suppose so there's that. Blacksmithing falls under the category of stuff I assume. That's about it.

What type of candy do you prefer? (i.e. sour, spicy, mint etc.) (Lunaris)
I generally don't buy or consume candy.

Any last words?
Hopefully at some point I'll get things figured out in my life and I'll be able to sign up for events and be sure I'll be around for them.

Thanks for the interview!
Title: Featured Community Member Update
Post by: Silver Emerald on November 08, 2016, 02:37:31 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be...wait, hold on a minute.

We don't actually have one yet.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM Discord (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) or myself (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: December 2016 FCM Voting
Post by: Silver Emerald on November 13, 2016, 06:37:25 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: iancudorinmarian on November 13, 2016, 06:39:55 PM
Glad to see this is getting implemented.

A bit sad I missed the part where I was supposed to nominate someone though xD
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on November 18, 2016, 09:05:23 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

As per popular vote, the newsletter writer team would like to announce that our interviewee will be

TheonlyrealBeef

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!
Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for TheonlyrealBeef".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for TorB").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )



Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on December 02, 2016, 03:15:40 AM
TheonlyrealBeef
 :darkness fellow
Lean beef
delicious
Tournament Organizer!


First off, How did you find the Elements the Game community, and how did you come up with your username? (Lunaris)

AND

What's the story behind your username? How did you pick the word beef and has the rest of the username have anything to do with the fact that there were a few other people in the community that had beef in their username? (vagman13)

I kinda answered all those the last time I was interviewed and answer hasn't changed, it was quite a wall of text then, take a look! http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/featured-community-member-archive/msg1221910/#msg1221910
tl;dr: found EtG through Kongregate hunting badges, dutch "Beef" (which means nothing in my language) was a nickname given to me before making e-mail, TheonlyrealBeef was the first unique name with Beef but without numbers I came up with as usable!

Never really looked at any other usernames before picking mine. I had already picked it for lots of game accounts by then... so just stuck with it. Dunno why all those other people include Beef, but it has nothing to do with me!

If you could travel to any fictional world/universe, which would it be and why? (Lunaris)
Hmm, any universe, you say? Well, then I'd be visiting one of my own imagination! Might not come back, either: ruler of all creation; immortal, omnipotent and omniscient being and all that. At least, in my own fictional universe :x
For the rest... it wouldn't be too special. Still worlds with humanoid beings, just without all the fighting and bickering (in fear of my wrath :silly:).

If that is a cheap answer: I always wanted to imagine myself a pokťmon trainer (in the world of pokťmon, duh) as a kid. But that's ages ago (kinda, maybe).

What's your opinion on vegans?  :P (vagman13)
Good meat is expensive enough as is. Vegans miss out on enjoying good food, but less demand means lower prices! As long as the food tastes good and isn't toxic, I'm not too concerned on whether it grew as sustainable agriculture or was nabbed of a chickens ass. Governments and politics get to worry about that: I'm not about to go vegan over it.

If you could meet ONE member of the forums (either active or not) who would it be and why? (Lunaris)
Zanzarino.
I know, lame answer, but I'd love for him to take some time to speak with me, both as a player of his game as well as a fellow programmer. Even if just to somehow get some new life into the game we all know and love.

Now that's you've had a war under your belt with fire element, do you like the gameplay style of fire? Are there any gameplay similarities,in your opinion,between fire and darkness? (vagman13)
If anything, they are almost opposites. They are similar in both having permanent control and all the other stuff you would like, but Fire is fast and fragile, while Darkness is slow and steady. Fire has absolutely no healing by themselves, and every creature is extremely vulnerable to CC. My thought of Phoenixes being CC-resilient proved less true than I thought while looking at it from other elements' perspectives: dropping them dead for 2 turns is sometimes all you need to secure the win against it. Especially from decks as reliant upon winning fast (since minimal defense on its own) as Fire decks. Fire Stall is a different story, but apparently everyone always saw it coming from afar. Except the Purify one 8-)

But they both have Bolts, Sanctuary Stalls and mediocre Shards. Let's just sum it up as many similarities in cards, but different pace of gameplay for decks with 75+% of their element. I was really missing 4-5 cost attackers in Fire, for example.

Spirit food? (Anonymous)
Uh... spirit food? I... uh...
No clue, not much of a spiritual person? Or maybe I just don't know well enough what it means, since it's lacking context. Plus English being my third language.

This is a psychological test  ( :P ). What's your favourite CC card between Basilisk Blood, Fire Bolt and Lightning? (vagman13)
Lightning. Because it's in the best element out of those three.

Can I eat you? (Anonymous)
You can try. But you'll need some seductive tricks to keep yourself from turning into my meal instead. *omnomnom* :3

What's your favourite video game of all time? (other than EtG). Could be anything from oldschool arcade or console to the most modern blockbuster. (vagman13)
If I look back at the game now, I cannot enjoy it anymore for being kinda old, but I spent a lot of time playing Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 back in the day. And its map editor. Really liked the expansion Yuri's Revenge, too, despite the Yuri faction being broken, annoying and all that (simply excluded it, the other factions did get nice new toys). Back then, rts games weren't trying to rush everything in 15 min multiplayer matches.

More recently, I've also spent over a thousand hours playing Distant Worlds (and expansions. Probably considered a niche over-complicated game, but I really enjoy it), it's what I mostly turn back to if I want to enjoy a good strategy game nowadays.

In both cases, just as single-player. AI doesn't mind getting their asses kicked, when people I play against do (me too). And as much as I like (J)RPG games, their replay value tends to be far more limited.

Any last words for this interview?
Hmm, maybe a bit late, but I guess I'll tell a few things about myself.
I initially grew up in a protected environment with parents that were usually at home, playing around inside the safety of my own house. I was intelligent, naive, helpful, but most of all ignorant of the world around me. Eventually, the cruelty of humanity got to me at school: turns out intelligent, naive, helpful and ignorant is an irresistible target for dumb bullies. I hated them, I hated humanity, but most of all: I hated myself. Eventually, my calm composure was broken as I went physically berserk. Afterwards, I managed to avoid most negative attention by intimidation, but I never truly got along with anyone, either.

Yet after 2 years of high school everything changed as I moved my home and school elsewhere: suddenly I was overwhelmed by the people being nice there (at the new school). While still being drawn back and cautious up to the very present, I eventually ended up having the best time of my life there with the few people that I would consider my friends. But all good things must come to an end. College happened and I found myself in a new environment with new people and a new form of education... all of it was a bit overwhelming for me and it took me a long time to sort of find my place there. Longer than the education was supposed to take. But I did find Elements during this time. Times when I was upset about something on forums or inactive often collided with me being upset with myself over my performance in college. Especially since lack of intelligence was NOT a factor there. Regardless, this is where my story ends, but not my life. Once I figure out what I'll be doing for the rest of it my activity might decrease dramatically, like I said it would when I returned here.

I'll still reserve time to ensure you guys get awesome tournaments regardless, though! :silly:

Thanks for answering! (Discord)
You shouldn't thank me before reading all the answers! :silly:
Title: Re: January 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on December 03, 2016, 05:02:36 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be...wait, hold on a minute.

We don't actually have one yet.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM Silver (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730) or  myself (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: January 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on December 15, 2016, 12:44:02 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on December 21, 2016, 08:25:41 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

vagman13

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for vagman13".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for vagman13").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )



Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on January 04, 2017, 07:11:57 PM
vagman13
 :fire guy
Prankster
Vetman, Vegman
Cool guy of the group


How did you find the EtG community?

Completely by accident actually.I was following the starcraft pro-gaming scene at that time and while visiting a certain forum (teamliquid) I stumbled upon a "Best free games" thread on their off-topic section.Elements the game was between those games highly suggested and that along with my love for card game were enough to get me to sign up and get hooked ever since.


Can you please tell everyone ever how much better you are than me? (Amashi)

I was having similar thoughts when I first joined here,then a few months later I had a decent cardpool and was pretty competitive in the pvp events of that time.Make what you will out of this answer.

Are you a vegan? (ARTHANASIOS)

Nope,definitely not.I am trying to eat healthier lately and less meat than when I was younger,but there's no way in hell I am becoming a vegan.Good food is one of those little joys in life.I respect however anyone's right to choose what he/she eats and I expect the same from them.

What would be your reaction if someone creeped up on you and said "you are a starfish"? (Anonymous)

I would pretend that I did not hear the last part and say "Yeah,I know I am a star! Thank you".Then I would load up Limp bizkit's "Chocolate starfish and the hotdog flavored water" album on my iPod,ride my unicorn and chase the rainbow for Electrum gold.Did you expect a serious answer on this one ?

Fine,if you want a serious answer,I'll give you one.I'd be very alarmed and check whether I was being pranked,being in any kind of danger or if that was just a random kid goofing around.Then I would ride my unicorn and chase the rainbow for gold.


In which country would you like to live in? (ARTHANASIOS)

UK,during the eighties.London specifically. Most of my favourite bands came from that place and that period.I would love to be a part of it as it was happening. As for today, probably Sweden.

Do you have a cat? :o (Anonymous)

Nope,but I had a cat's name inspired by me.The cat's name is a Greek word that has similar meaning to the word "Urchin".Love that cat.

If you could choose your own nickname, what would it be? (Anonymous)

There's no fun or point coming up with a nickname for yourself.It's never good and it doesn't stick around either.Actually ,it's certain that if you pick a nickname for yourself,it will be ridiculous.I love,however,coming up with funny nicknames for my friends and them bugging me with funny and/or ridiculous ones also(definitely not insulting ones though).

What is the one thing you hate in EtG the most? (ARTHANASIOS)


The pvp netcode and the delays that it causes.Seriously..One of the reasons that I am not that active in pvp events as I used to,is because of all the desyncs and connection issues that happen almost every time.

Any last words for this interview?

Well, thanks for the opportunity to be interviewed.There was no way that I could have predicted the questions I got :P .I love this game and the community and hope to continue being a part of it for many years to come. I'd also like to thank all of the staff members , past,present and future,for all the hard work they put in for us to have a great time.


Thanks for answering!
Title: Re: Febuary 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on January 10, 2017, 03:37:50 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be...wait, hold on a minute.

We don't actually have one yet.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM Silver (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730), JCJ (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=692), or myself (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Febuary 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on January 16, 2017, 12:59:16 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on January 20, 2017, 03:57:39 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.


There is currently a tie between skyironsword and UTAlan. I would ask you vote in the tie breaker poll for the next FCM :)

Thank you!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on January 23, 2017, 09:00:48 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

UTAlan

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for UTAlan".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for UTA").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on January 27, 2017, 03:58:41 PM
Bump!

Hey guys, 7 people voted and only one person sent in questions, start asking, you only have so much time! :*
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on February 06, 2017, 11:11:56 PM
UTAlan

:aether lover
Admin powers go!
That guy with the pizza
Proud father of 2 adorable kids!

How did you find the EtG community
YoungSot was a real life friend (he grew up as friends with my wife) that introduced me to the game. I found the forums and joined, as I've been part of forum communities in the past and thought I'd give it a try.

What keeps you coming back to the EtG community? (Lunaris)
The people. I stopped playing the game a long time ago (I'll spin and throw an arena deck up on occasion, but that's about it), but the community is amazing. Whether it's chat or forum games or Minecraft or whatever, it's all more fun because of the awesome people.

For how long are you going to stay in our lovely community (I hope for a long time :P)? (ARTHANASIOS)
I have no intentions of leaving. Obviously I don't know what the future holds, but I hope to stick around for a long time!

Dumbest thing you ever said? (Anonymous)
I once heard what I thought was someone tripping over their words from across the room. I loudly made fun of them (20 people or so in the room), only to find out it was someone with an actual stutter. I felt like a horrible human being. (Unfortunately I didn't know the person and didn't go and apologize right away, so I never ended up getting to tell them I was sorry.)

Out of everyone who has ever been on the forums, who would you most want to meet IRL and why? (Lunaris)
Sheesh, tough one. I don't think I can pick who I want to meet most, but I can say it would be pretty awesome to meet antiaverage. We've gotten to work together a lot lately on improving chat and seem to have a lot of similar interests. It'd be awesome to have a beer together some time.

Favorite hobby? (Anonymous)
If programming doesn't count (since I do that for a living), it'd have to be Ultimate Frisbee. Also, if I had to guess I would say that Anonymous is this case is Joey...

If you were Zanzarino, how would you've changed the game to attract more players? (ARTHANASIOS)
Continue development? That's the easiest answer, though in what particular ways is tough. It'd be cool to integrate community cards as that buys some investment from the community and motivates people to continue playing/getting involved. Also, making :aether: stronger would be a top priority :silly:

How did you find the community/game, and how did you become an admin? (Lunaris)
Answered the first half already. And I don't recall the details as it's been a long time and I have a terrible memory (Higs would probably be able to answer this better), but I recall it having to do with my tech knowledge/access, hosting the forums and all that when SG disappeared.

What does your name mean? (ARTHANASIOS)
This one is easy :D I got my bachelor's degree from the University of Texas (UT), and my name is Alan. And on that note, the correct pronunciation of UTA is U-T-A, not Utah, but don't tell Discord that :sillyspin:

Any last words for the interview?
My faith is very important to me. I don't always know all the answers to people's questions about Christianity, but I love having my beliefs challenged because I believe that truth will stand up to any amount of scrutiny. Don't ever be afraid to approach me with questions or challenges about my beliefs!
Title: Re: March 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on February 07, 2017, 12:47:10 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be...wait, hold on a minute.

We don't actually have one yet.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM Silver (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730), JCJ (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=692), or myself (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: March 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on February 15, 2017, 12:56:12 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Linkcat on February 15, 2017, 01:25:32 PM
Please remove me from contention. Although I've been looking forward to this, I'd prefer to have my nominee featured instead.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: antiaverage on February 16, 2017, 05:07:44 AM
First post needs to be updated.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on February 25, 2017, 02:25:53 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

skyironsword

and this is your chance to ask her a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for skyironsword".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for sky").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!



I apologize for the short time span. Had I known there was only 28 days in February before hand this would have been a lot quicker.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on March 02, 2017, 03:59:06 PM
skyironsword

Mysterious-ish
Cool
Elements community member!

Who do you hate most? (1011686)

Anyone who is unnecessarily pedantic. Do not waste my time in such an irritating fashion.

Best boy? Best girl? Best rob? (Anonymous)

1. Dm 2. Sera 3. There aren't any good ones

Do you relate more to the Joker from the Dark Knight or Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean? Why? (UTAlan)

I haven't seen either. Besides, I have very little in common with most fictional characters. Most of them are more irritating than relatable.

What do you do in your spare time? (Anonymous)

Due to my extremely fickle nature, I do not consistently do the same thing with my leisure time. Common events include watching videos online, playing games of wildly varying quality, and flirting with women to see if they reciprocate.

What is your favourite card game? (Fippe94)

Fragments. Bias notwithstanding, almost any properly built deck can be viable.

Cat, dog, or bird? (Anonymous)

Birds. Sparrows, in particular. Just common house sparrows.

Cake, noodles, or doughnuts? (Anonymous)

Cake. Strawberry shortcake, in particular. My own recipe.
Title: April 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on March 02, 2017, 04:15:52 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be...wait, hold on a minute.

We don't actually have one yet.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM Silver (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730), JCJ (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=692), or myself (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Silver Emerald on March 02, 2017, 04:50:50 PM
I would like to add that the interviewee/eligibility list (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123) (linked to above as well) has been updated after an oversight in which it was left unchanged for a time.
Title: Re: April 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on March 14, 2017, 03:44:29 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: antiaverage on March 14, 2017, 06:33:09 PM
I'd really like to honor Ryli with an interview due to her massive contribution to the community as a donation. I feel like the other choices are good, but we know them a bit better.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on March 14, 2017, 06:37:00 PM
I'd really like to honor Ryli with an interview due to her massive contribution to the community as a donation.
+1
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: CleanOnion on March 15, 2017, 02:49:24 AM
I'd really like to honor Ryli with an interview due to her massive contribution to the community as a donation.
+1
Thirded.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: iancudorinmarian on March 15, 2017, 05:11:42 AM
I don't know how I feel about anti influencing the votes.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Linkcat on March 15, 2017, 09:44:06 AM
An admin's opinion on something like this has the exact same value as anyone else's.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: antiaverage on March 15, 2017, 11:15:50 AM
An admin's opinion on something like this has the exact same value as anyone else's.

+1
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on March 22, 2017, 11:55:11 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Ryli

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for Ryli".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Ryli").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on April 05, 2017, 12:57:03 AM
Ryli

:fire woman
Super cool person
Elemenental!
:fire trialist 2017


How did you find the Elements community forum?

They nerfed my sundials and novas and things way back before half of you were born (#getoffmylawn) and I needed a new deck so I looked on Google for help and found the forums.

What is you favorite weapon and why is it that? (Anonymous)

 :gravity Titan :gravity Throwing large objects for no good reason is fun.

Do you have a crush on anyone on the forums? (Anonymous)

They'll know if I do, if I haven't told you that I do, I don't have one on you.

Boo! (Anonymous)

That's not a question.

Minecraft, Terraria, or Roblox? (Anonymous)

None of them are my sort of game, but Minecraft, if I had to play one.

Any last words for the interview

Ryli for :fire General 2k17. Make :fire great again.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on April 10, 2017, 09:00:45 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

majofa

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for majofa".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for majofa").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


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Title: Re: June 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on April 21, 2017, 12:03:42 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of May, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM Silver (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730), JCJ (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=692), or myself (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on May 04, 2017, 03:20:53 PM
majofa
Longstanding Hero of the Community
Exceptional, Semi-Retired PvP Maestro

How did you find the Elements the game community?

What first introduced you into Elements? (Basman-1453)
My brother (Jaymanfu) called me and told me to check out this new game on Kongregate. Since we had both enjoyed playing CCGs (DBZ, Pokemon) in the past, I looked it up.

You have been in the community for years, what keeps you around and contributing to PvP Events? (Anonymous)
Truthfully, not much anymore. There's no one else to run Events, so I'm here.

Other than development, what do you think is the biggest problem the community faces? (Anonymous)
Just development. If there was new content, there would be more people coming in and more people staying. If I was ever given control, I already have the next 2-3 years of updates planned out.

What most annoys you when hosting a PvP Event? (JonathanCrazyJ)
People not playing their matches.

How long have you been the pvp event manager?
I was officially hired in April 2012, but I was running events long before that... mainly because the other PvP Event organizers weren't doing their job.

You haven't participated in pvp events too much recently. When can we expect you to be active, as a pvp competitor? + Will you be playing in war? (Anonymous)
When new content gets released. I stopped playing when I rng'd my elements and quickbuilt all my decks in a tournament and won.
Last War, unfortunately, I didn't have that great of a laptop.. and could only use it for about 20 minutes at time. I have a new one now, so maybe. Although I never end up on the team I want to be on.

Any last words for the interview?
Please play your matches. (PVP WC and Draft)

Thanks for answering!
Title: Re: June 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on May 04, 2017, 07:36:27 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on May 11, 2017, 07:19:11 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Aves

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for Aves".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Aves").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


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Title: July 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on May 27, 2017, 05:26:25 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of May, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM Silver (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9730), JCJ (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=692), or myself (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on June 01, 2017, 07:28:11 PM
Aves
:darkness dude
Competition Oranizer
That guy...

How did you find the EtG community?
I was in middle school and reminiscing about Yugioh. I decided to do a google for 'card game online' and found the main website. After month or two of waffling around with my awesome 38 card  :time :gravity duo, I noticed the links below the game and started lurking.

What False Gods would you take out on a date? (DoctorC)
I dare not repeat the folly of Paris (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_(mythology)#The_Judgment_of_Paris), lest we all end up in the strife and chaos of another War! A dangerous question, this. I must go and seek The Oracle and his wise counsel on this matter.

We all know Darkness is your favourite Element, but if you had to trial for a different one, what would be your choice and why? (Anonymous)
Well, AdrenastAves (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/general-discussion/your-signature-deck/msg1232448/#msg1232448) has cards from two elements. They're both somewhat related to my name, but the deck only needs to use the one type of quanta. Therefore, :life .

What has been your favourite event, competition or other activity on the forum since you have been here? (JonathanCrazyJ)
World of Elements (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/woe/). Even in its nascent beta-cancelled state, it had so much potential. Plus, I'm a sucker for any event with a good map.

If you could choose one extra element as your fav, what would you call the result of the fusion between darkness and that? (Anonymous)
The fusion between  :darkness  :life / :air? Well, if we're going to stick with the theme, birds are alive. Birds can fly. That's the secondaries down. And a commonly referenced bird that flies around in night is an owl, so I'll call it Physsion!  :sillyspin:

How are you finding your role as Competition Organizer? (JonathanCrazyJ)
More fun than I thought it would be, and much less demanding! I've been floundering for a bit with these first four comps-- still finding my way and all that, especially since a certain somebody ditched me, but I think I've got a rhythm going now. Can't wait to see who the Council picks as a partner!

What is hiding in the darkness? (Anonymous)
(http://elementscommunity.org/chat/skin/smilies/whistling.png) Nothing that you can see here.

Favourite and least favourite cards in the game? (Anonymous)
(http://i.imgur.com/KJg2v.png) (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/anvil-archive/shadow-storm-midnight-storm/msg379814/#msg379814)
This is definitely in the game. It deserves a spot!
Swag, 'nuff said.Elemental hate is bad.

Any last words for the interview?
I'm pretty bad at icon art. I expect the next CO to be bad at icon art, because it's hard. If anybody with 16x16 pixel skills wants to make icons for competitions, please send (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=61) me a PM! I (or we) would love any assistance you can give!
Title: Re: July 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on June 03, 2017, 05:51:28 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on June 11, 2017, 09:33:48 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Espithel

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for Espithel".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Espithel").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: worldwideweb3 on June 11, 2017, 09:34:54 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Aves

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for Espithel".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Espithel").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!

>>says interview is aves
>>tells to send questions for espi
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on June 11, 2017, 09:38:10 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Aves

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for Espithel".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Espithel").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!

>>says interview is aves
>>tells to send questions for espi
Coulda sworn I changed the name, fixed
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on June 15, 2017, 11:36:25 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Espithel

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for Espithel".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Espithel").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!
8 people vote, but only 2 ask? Come on guys, at least live up to it :P
Title: August 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on June 20, 2017, 11:51:41 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of August, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: August 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: DoctorC on June 20, 2017, 08:56:12 PM
For the month of May, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

Is there a need to go that far ahead?  :silly:
Title: August 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on July 01, 2017, 03:48:19 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on July 01, 2017, 04:04:59 PM
Espithel

Weirdo
That guy
Old vet
No elemental alliance

(http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;attach=1087;type=avatar)

How did you find the EtG community?

Imagine a 12 year old kid. You've just been allowed to go on the internet somewhat freely from overbearing parents, so you think swearing is cool. Obviously, being a kid, you find Kongregate. It's such a magnet to kiddies I'm wondering if the police should investigate it.

You play elements for the first time back in around 2010, realise it has disturbingly close similarities to that little world you've been building as a toddler, and then spend a few days fantasising about a 13th element called Blood (Because you're an edgy autistic git) before forgetting about it.

Skip a few years, Card Monsters comes out when you're 14. Game's great. Developer's trash. Developer makes a 6-costing hydra that says "win the game" because why not. Game is close to dying, you get bored. You move onto finding another card game because while MTG's great, it's cardboard crack (http://cardboard-crack.com/). You find elements again. Game's fun and extremely unusual for a card game.

And then you get bashed in the head about the cruelties of reality and stop being an insufferable, hyperactive goit.

Hi.


What's something about you that nobody, or at least very few people, knows? (Anonymous)
I will say that I pee at a 60 degree anticlockwise angle from the toilet.

Every maleoid should do that, really.

Think about it. At a 0 degree angle - dead on - your trajectory is a straight line to the other side, which is the shortest, allowing you to overshoot easily. Meanwhile, a 45 degree angle is two edges that are diagonal - the longest, making it harder to overshoot. However, thanks to the curved nature of a toilet, 60 degrees is the longest.

On top of this, due to the curved nature of toilet bowls at 0 degrees, if you miscalculate your trajectory, it's likely going to hit the seat. This is less likely if you start at a corner.

Here's a handy-dandy image to show off what I mean:

(http://i.imgur.com/9uldoqQ.png)

IMOE welcomes you all! Join the Institute of Mathematically Optimal Excretion today!


What does your name mean? Answers in poem form are preferred, thank (CleanOnion)
Imagine if cthulhu was a 4 year old who was into hardcore rave.

Oh, it has to be a poem. Err... Fine? I guess?



There was once a W̴̡̨ͤ̈́ͪ̎̀͘ơ̇͗̋̄ͭͤ͗́́̚r̶͆ͨ̀̏̎̽̑ͣ̔ͩ̚̕͞҉͜l̵̸ͫ̋͐̾ͭ̿͆̅̈́ͬ͞ď̨ͤͤ̒͂͐̂͑ͧͪ͗ͬͪͮ̈̀͠-̢̛ͯͯ̈́̽̔̓ͬͫ́ͧ̎̿ͨͦ̅͆ͪ̽̀͞D̶̃̌̇͆̆͒́ͦ̅̇͌ͮ̈ͨ͘e͆ͨ͋̍̿̈͛͗͊ͨͪ͐̂̒͌҉͏́͝v̢̍͋̄̽̒̈̔͛ͣ͛͐̏͊͢͜͡o̷̷ͫ͗̄̄ͤ̂̏̉̔͆ͫͣ̽ͨ̆ͤ̓̌ͬ̀́͝u̸ͦͤ̊̿͑̽ͬ̄̽̓ͯ̂̇̔́̚͢r̴̊̌ͦͧͩͩ͊̄͂͌̆̏͌̂̓ͬ͑ͪ̚͢͞į̛ͤ͐̃̓̌̑̃͋̍̉̓̂͗̿̌̇͘҉̛nͣ͛̄̓̅̌ͤͬ̄̾̾̏̆ͭ̏̉̅͋͏̴̢g̀͌̇́̅ͨͬ̑ͦ̑̂͒̿͒́͟͞͝ ̶̢̛ͩ̊̇̐ͪ̕͞P̸̡ͯ̌ͨ̾̂̐ͬͧ̂ͧ̒̓ͩ͊ͬ̒ͤͣͩl̢ͫ̒͊ͮͩ̊́̋̇ͯ̊ͪ̌ă̷̢ͣ͛̃͛́͑̉̑ñ̢̨́ͪͣ̉̇͐͠͠a̶ͦ́̽͊̀͟͜r̴̆̈́̅̉̇̐̿̓̽̑͛͆͛͆͢͝҉̕ ͐ͮ͛ͭ̔͋͌̐̒̋͂ͥͮ͆͂̌͑̎̊͟͝H̨̛͊ͩ͋̔̊ͩ͆̓̾ͤ̃͑͘Ĕ͌̓ͨ̓̌ͪ̍̀̅͆̍̐̒͐ͯͫ͋̚͘͜L̢̋̽͑̅́̒̔̆ͤ͑́͘͢͠P̷ͨ̌̓̓ͨ͛̅͋ͤ̿ͫ̚͘ ̧̛̓ͮ̉͂͒̽ͦ͐̽̒̏͌͞I̵̓̾ͬ͋ͮ͑̾͘͠͞T̈́̄ͯͧͦͯͦͮ̀͋͂̚͏̸̸͢ ͤ́̉̍ͫ͞͏̸҉Ì̸̔̀̈́͛ͫͤͤ͒̐̐̚͟͟͡Ş̛͂̿ͪ̇ͬͧͥ͐ͣ͌̊͞ M̛̋̇̆̀͝Ȍ̡̍͛͒̑̌̐̀ͪ̐̀̿̊̓̓̂͠S̾̏͂͆͛̂̌ͮͥ͊͑ͧ҉̀͘͝T̢͗̈̅͛̅ͦ̍̀̔̚̕ ̶̢̧̨͛͂ͯ̃̾ͩ̎̒͐̒͢S̡ͯ̌͋̌͑̔̎͆ͮ̂ͭ̇̿́̊̌̀́̚͢͜Ǔ͂͒̈́̈̈́́͗̈͏̶̴͘B̸̸̵̴͆ͧͭͬͭ͞L̸̨̢̛͂̎́̋̾̀̊ͧ̎̿̇̍̚Į̏͌̔̈͠M͗ͦ͂͋̓̍̉̅̀̚҉̧͘Ȩ̵̐̆̇̆̒͒ͫ̉ͯ̽͘͏҉ ͮ́̾̏ͩͮ̏̓ͪ̒̋͌̊ͪ͆̾̓̅̀͘͢͢P̸̴̨̛ͩ̿͐ͩ̂̈́̿̓͗̅̀ͫͩ̑͆͝R̶̛ͬ͐ͯ̿̋ͥ͟͡͞A̷̵̡̨ͬ̄́͊͆̔̂͛̾ͫ̾ͧͫ̆ͭ̚̚Iͤ͛ͧ͛̏̓͑̇͐͊̃̆̎̅ͭ̄ͤ̀͢͝҉͠S͗̋͒̂͐̔͌͂̑̿̓͡͝E̵̢̢̢͌̌͛̒͂̌ͬ̍͋̚ ̶̴̨ͬ͌͛͊Ư̴̒̍̅̿́͗̆̔̃̓͐́͋̈͂ͭ͜͜͠Ś̸̾̊̍̇͋͌̈ͥ͗̏ͫ͋̿̉ͦ̅ͫ͡͞ ̷ͪͭͮ̈́ͣͧ̄̌̈͌̏̇̏ͮͥ̽̏̀͞P̢ͩ̔ͭ͋҉̶̴Rͣ̏ͩͭ͊̔ͪͧ͏̷͠Ā́̔̽͂ͪͩ̂̿ͧ̐͊ͣ̑͌͑ͥ̒҉̷̡̕͟I̸̔̏̈́ͭ̓͊ͥͣ͛̍̀Ṡ̢̛̃͛̉ͯ͛̍͒͑ͥͣ͂ͬ̾̃͆́E̷̡̓͗͊̊̄ͧͩ̊́ ̧͌ͤ̓̍ͦŎ̶̵ͥ̑̄̈́̂ͣͧ̈͒̈́͒͒́͞͡U̽͐̌ͤͯ͋̿̄͛̄͗͡R̷̴̉̇̉̍̅̋̏̈̉̔̒̒ͣ͌̀͟Ş̡̛̃͒̃ͦͬ́̌͐ͯ͒̀̃̈́͆̈́͌ͩ̚̕E̸̡ͯ̄ͫ̈́ͫ̈́̾̄̽̐̂́̊̓L͊̃̿̓̊ͥ̍̊̄́ͦ̓ͣ͒̓ͫͦ͢V̧̛͑ͮ̉ͨ̌͗̌̚E̶͆ͪ̏̀̇͌ͩͣ̎͡͡͝Ş̴̷ͮ̇ͩ̇̍ͬ̋̿ͧ͛̋ͥͮͨ͒ ͪ́ͣͩͥ̒̿̂͂͋̂ͦͧ̂͘̕͡͡Pͣ̾̌ͮ̓̋̾ͨ̐̋̄́̀͡͠R̈ͪ͛̃̊͐̎̃̆ͦ̀ͣ͡҉̵A̧̅̿̒͗̃ͣͣ̂̀͑ͥͬ̚Ḯ͂ͨ̇͠͡Ş̷ͣ̀̾̅ͬ̋̈́̿ͯͬ̔ͭͫ̅̆̄Ë́ͦͪͪ̿̽͆ͦ͟͏͏̛ ̴̶̾̍̍ͬ̅ͩ̏̃͗͊̇ͪ̏͑͐̔ͧͯ̃Wͩͨͪ̈́͏͜҉̸E̢̡ͩ̓̓ͥ̋̑̂ͫ̄͠  called Espithel,
Who was no thing but rife gull,
Born from reversed time,
Punished the divine crime,
All from just a wife's lull.


Being serious, a few years back, I got into roleplaying. I've had a big giant world constructed for a good decade beforehand, and it's fun to show characters from it off. Espithel in particular is a demented, formless energy, who feeds off of the alterations in the universe - the more changes there are, the more powerful Espithel grows, and Espithel looks to preserve itself by corrupting and distorting to bring chaos and discord. Espithel's mostly a plot device for laughs, not an actual character itself.

Espithel was born when an Archmage cast a giant time-reversing manipulation just to save her husband, and the endless amount of changes to both the world and timelines was so vast that it created an unstoppable force of destruction, altering reality into something incomprehensible. The gods, powerless to end this force, but still pitying their children, decided to do the one thing they could: Make this force sapient, controlled by itself. After all, If Espithel tried to corrupt the universe into something incomprehensible, it would lose its ability to comprehend itself. It would lose itself, and no sapient thing wants to die.

Edgy, I know. I find it kinda endearing.

And yes, my two other names - you know the two - are both brothers from the same world. :^)



You've been abducted by aliens! However you are the first abductee and these aliens are extremely gullible. What do you do?
Can I just say this is a stupid question?

1) These aliens are piloting a spacecraft. Doing such requires extreme technical knowledge, meaning they're intelligent, and ability to communicate to peers. If these aliens knew they were gullible, psychological research would've been done combat the effects, or, alternatively, someone would've tried to breed out that trait from the species, or, alternatively, not put these aliens in positions of command and authority. And these are spaceships. They're massively expensive - there's no way incompetence would thrive in an environment where millimetre-wide-errors destroy ships in seconds.

2) Even assuming they were gullible, who's to assume they communicate in a way we can understand? They might be using pheromones. Or smells. Or Impossible chitter. Or telepathy. And because it's telepathy sync'd to their sort of mind, not ours, why would it work on us?

3) Even assuming they were gullible, who's to say that they would be able to understand me in a very short amount of time? If I'm the first person they've abducted, that's an indicator that they haven't studied our language enough.

4) Why would they pick me? I'm in the middle of one of the most wealthy and powerful nations in the world. How would they NOT get spotted? They abduct people to keep it discreet. What is discreet about this? They would they not pick an Eskimo or an indigenous Brazilian native?

5) Why would they ONLY pick me? What if I die mid-abduction? What if I have to be put down? I'm the first subject, so they probably haven't calibrated their medicines and the chances of complications are high. Abducting multiple people at once saves time, effort, and risk.

6) There are almost 7000 human languages. Even if they study language, there is no guarantee that they pick the right one.

7) How would the ISS not notice them?

8) If they don't care about being noticed, why didn't they act in an ambassadorial manner towards us and secure bodies that way? Less risk.

9) If they studied language, why didn't they use wikipedia, or, better yet, academic journals to figure out what they want? They can surf the stars, they can surf the webs.

10) How would they learn our language in the first place?

11) If they had superintelligence on board, why would the superintelligence not notice any of the above flaws with the plan?

Oh, I still have to answer the question... Right.

SO. Taking all of this into account, if I was abducted by gullible aliens... Well, I'm a Cesarean. You know what happens when they see a window.


How much do you want to not make this deal with me? (DoctorC)
(https://image.prntscr.com/image/JBz1Cjs6RRGwAWuRFxLb_w.png)

What is your favorite source of disturbing gifs? (andretimpa)
Gifs are for the weak. I do not care for them.

I'll change this question to "Where do I find all the strange crap in general"? After all, I'm infamous for it. It's a mixture of various sites you have to dig very deep into. It often tends to be one site, one for the folder, so I can't really recommend a single true source. The closest you'll get are the Hmmm (https://www.reddit.com/r/hmmm/) and Hmmmgifs (https://www.reddit.com /r/hmmmgifs/) subreddits. While not quite specialist in what they deliver, they deliver oddities in a consistent and reliable fashion.

I'd share you some of my more favoured haunts, but I'd get kicked off the site.


If this were to be sent in as a random question with the anticipation of an equally random answer, what is the opposite of your response? (Anonymous)
(https://image.prntscr.com/image/3XIj30FhR5aL4qwB7XeGNQ.png)

You always seem to have a unique way of seeing things and making everyone laugh in the discordchat rooms. Where do you draw your inspiration from? (mathman101)
A good question, glad you asked. I was wondering if someone was going to.
Why am I a strange human? Someone prepare the sad violins.

As a child, I was bullied. A lot. Yay. Who isn't?
People develop many different ways of coping with it. Some get violent, some go emotional and erratic, and some just retreat into their shell. Thanks to how a lot of my bullying was done from teachers, using strategies of social isolation, I was - and still am - reclusive. This isolation was so effective that, if you want to feel really creeped out, the time I joined this forum was really the first time I constantly interacted with "normal" human beings for around 6 years. (Teenagers are far too petulant to count as normal human beings.) ((Am I being emotionally manipulative enough yet (Is joke no I don't want pity)))

Naturally, when you're always alone, you start to think about things to yourself. Once you start doing that, your thoughts get odd, because there's no external influence to correct them. I quickly learnt that these oddities made people get very confused, which turned people to either flee or get curious. If they fled, good riddance, but once they were curious, I managed to turn the bullying around and turn them into friends, or at least people I was playing a game with and laughing with. Yes, the jokes were still at my expense, but we we laughing and having fun.

Then all I did was refine my craft from there, because why stop? Once I had free access to the internet, my abilities to do so exploded, due to access to material I never could've imagined. I'll never look the same way at a cheese grater again, and I'm unsure if that's good or bad.

TL;DR when you push people to extreme places, they flex. They just don't unflex.


What member of elementscommunity do you look up to the most? (TribalTrouble)
Me.

...Is this the part where I have to pretend I like you all or something? Fiiine.

I look up to Dm and RootRanger for spanking me whenever I decided to be an idiot.
I look up to Zephyr for existing.
I look down to Dawn_to_Dusk but thanks to how gravity works it's the same as looking up and there's a chance Australia is actually the right way up and he's looking down on me?
Might have to give out a mention to Omegareaper for actually dragging me into the game again after I left card monsters.
Oh, and definitely a shoutout to CuCN for giving me his account when he quit. That way I don't want to harm myself grinding and grinding away!


Any last words for the interview?
Number of words related to elements: ~22%
Good interview.


Thanks for answering!
(https://i.redd.it/lxau3gdf3f6z.gif)
Guess which one is me right now.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on July 14, 2017, 12:27:08 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

DoctorC

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for DoctorC".

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Title: Re: September 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on July 22, 2017, 12:35:42 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of September, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on August 01, 2017, 12:49:25 PM
DoctorC

:life fellow
Doctor Who enthusiast
EtG nerd

(http://i.imgur.com/vFPXWva.png)

How did you find the Elements Community Forum?
Long time ago our dad showed us a small game called Elements. Not EtG, but a small puzzle game with 15 different elements. It was really small, little to no story, but we liked it. Then, after few years, we decided we wanna replay the game, just out of nostalgia. However, when we looked up "elements game" in google, we were introduced to the EtG. We got addicted pretty quickly, and then boom, False Gods (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/card-art/pixelated-false-gods/) happened. We didn't know where to put them at first, but did eventually notice that there was a forum at the bottom of the game page.
And that's how 'Murica was founded.

Seeing you have lots to do, why and how do you motivate yourself to be so active in the game and in the community? (Herden5)
Ah, motivation. We kinda struggle with it. Our main source of motivation is Matt. (A.K.A. Me)
 It's kinda built on self-support. Whenever one of us is down, the other two are trying to get him up. That said, there are occasions,
 when all of us are down... Ye, those aren't fun =\
That said, we do have a lot of cool friends who encourage us in anything we do. Love those guys.
Plus it's fun. We've always wanted to create stuff, even if we really aren't good at it. If someone likes things that we do, why not keep doing them?

How did you find this game? (Basman-1453)
Kinda already answered, so here's a bedtime story instead
There was once a guy named Luke. Luke was nice to everyone and everyone were nice to Luke in return.
Now, if you go to sleep after reading this and start being nice to everyone, I can assure you, that everyone will like you just like they like Luke.

How old were you when you started making pixel art? (Mr Muffin)
Depends. We don't remember exactly when I firstly decided to actually draw something in lil' ol' MS Paint. That said, my first drawing I ever made is dated July 12, 2014, which kinda means, that I firstly started doing pixelart as something semi-serious when I was 15. Not sure about Hans or Matt.

Who/What are your artistic influences/inspirations? (Aves)
Anything that pops to mind. Our work is really impulsive and often we just draw something for either ourselves, or to make a fanart of something we really like.
Which reminds me that we still need to make AoM and MK fanarts.

If Zanzarino asked you to design a new patch for Elements The Game, what would the patch notes list? (TribalTrouble)
#bring1.4tolife
We wanna lores. And images of opponents. Will draw them ourselves if we have to.

Element by element:
 :entropy - We don't need x2 of Purple Nymphs now, do we? They're not most useful in the world, there are people that agree with me (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/general-discussion/(article)-comparison-of-nymphs/)
 :death - Give bone Dragons ability to turn into other kinds of dragon when rewound. It could suit the element
 :gravity - Need a massive creature that can "Stomp" creatures. I dunno, what that ability can do, but stomping is fun
 :earth - Buff antlions and make them look like antlions. >:c
 :life - Make Cockatrice an elite creature like Anubis, but with the ability of :earth nymph, and on it's place put something of similar stats to normal cockatrices, but not cockatrices.
 :fire - give Seraphs more HP. Those poor guys are lonely barely see the light of the day.
 :water - Nerf Flooding. And SoaP. Also change Ice Dragon's pic
 :light - Any control. Anything. Plox. I feel bad for them
 :air - SoFree. Do SOMETHING about it.
 :time - Cool stuff. Let it remain the same
 :darkness - Also cool
 :aether - Change Dim Shield's iamge for one from vrt. Cuz that one's cool.

Another thing is to add a more non-bug creatures. We just have too many, IMO


You had mentioned somewhere about being a big fan of Doctor Who. Who is your favorite Doctor? Who is your favorite sidekick of the Doctor? (mathman101)
9th doctor and Clara
11th and Clara. Too bad they didn't get to travel much together. That said, I really wanna see the 13th Doctor in action
Tie between 9th and 12th, and for the companion... Pretty much, Clara too. We really like her

Sup? (Anonymous)
Do you have an appointment?

You have shown a strong liking for the :life element, what drew you into this element, and what about it appeals to you? (mathman101)
To answer both questions - the sadistic feeling of having 20+ creatures and 5-6 bonds couple with Spine Carapace.

If I was to share my two apples with my friend, who just so happens to be an eldritch god-fairy, what is the mass of the closest black hole, assuming, that the camels rebelled against humanity? (Anonymous)
You can measure the mass of the black hole by throwing you friend into it. If they return alive and irritated, mass of black hole if about the mass of the moon. Give them an apple, that should suffice. If they return alive and angry, then black hole was of the mass of the Jupiter. Give them both apples, that should suffice. If they return alive, but too tired to be angry or irritated, then the black hole was of the mass of the Sun. Your friend will wake up and by that time you better prepare a feast. If your friend doesn't come alive, pray to Dark Matter that he will be merciful.

And the bit about camels doesn't make sense, cuz to rebell against humanity, one would need to defeat the wild beasts that enslaved our species - cats.

Where do you draw the inspiration to create such talented pixel artworks? (mathman101)
I haz no talent. Only skill.
On the serious note, our main inspiration are two lovely muses, Cassy (http://i.imgur.com/g9prxSv.png) and Keith (http://imgur.com/fu465mB). If our girls are on vacation, then it's probably something we caught a glimpse on the media. Sometimes it's both

Any last words for the interview?
But no the battle isn't won
The war has only just begun
And we'll keep fighting, keep building, a better place for us
And if they strike us down tonight
We'll sear the darkness with the light
It's revolution time, and you're on our side

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_mJIPXrdag)
Thanks for answering!
Thanks for having us here tonight. We should probably go to sleep now. Good night and sweet dreams to the forums <3
Title: September 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on August 04, 2017, 01:08:10 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on August 11, 2017, 04:04:55 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

antiaverage

and this is your chance to ask him a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining.. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for antiaverage".

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Title: Re: September 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on August 21, 2017, 03:54:14 AM

Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of October, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on September 02, 2017, 06:12:03 PM
 antiaverage

:entropy sloth
An awesome friend
Cool kid

(http://i.imgur.com/xS1T542.png)
 
Would you prefer shipping with person you don't like or shipping into a country you don't like. First one implies that people will mock you for it, and the second one - that you can't leave the ship on its way to the country and you'd have to be in said country for at least 24 hours. (DoctorC) I don't quite follow. Am I choosing to be in a relationship with someone I dislike, or spending time on a ship with a person I dislike? That said, I love to travel, and would be totally on board with sailing to some randomly chosen country and spending time there. If it's a place I don't like for some unknown characteristic, all the more reason to go there and learn about and experience something new and difficult.

Did you felt like the dice minigame we had in chat was a competition? If not, why did you use bots to roll the dice for you? (Calindu)
The dice minigame was meant just for fun. I didn't see it as a competition. I didn't use bots to roll dice for me, I wrote a small snippet of JavaScript that ran in the developer console. I would set it to run when I had Blab open, but I didn't run it for all that long. Writing the script was just part of the fun for me. I hope it didn't ruin the fun for anyone else, and hope I didn't run it so long that it truly bothered anyone. I ran the script in such a way that anyone could write the same sort of thing and run it in the same sort of way.

What kind of dessert would you choose if you had to eat that and only that for the rest of your life? (Anonymous)
Gianduja. I love hazelnut chocolate.

Sloths or Otters? (Anonymous)
Yes. As a sloth, I admire otters.

You are abducted by strange plant people and don't know their intentions with you. How do you react? (Anonymous)
Are they edible? I'm getting kind of hungry.

What's the best known ship between two forum members, or which do you favor most? (Anonymous)
Obviously Physsion and Khaleesi. They're easily one of my favorite forum couples. They're both amazing people and I love their love.

Any last words for the interview?
We're working with serprex and Fippe94 to get Open Elements to the point where people will be comfortable playing it as a replacement for Elements. This will require a lot of work on the user interface and the onboarding experience. Adobe is dropping development and support for Flash, so at some point Elements will no longer be playable. Additionally, Open Elements will have continued development with a codebase that is open for anyone else to pick up the torch. It will have a much better chance of living long in to the future, and I hope we can continue to build our strong and loving community. Whether we go that route or find it doesn't work, I'm still hopeful we can continue to be together and foster an engaging gaming community. I think the future still looks bright if people are willing to make the time.

Thanks for answering.
Thanks for asking :)
Title: Re: September 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: mathman101 on September 02, 2017, 06:39:37 PM

Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on September 11, 2017, 03:00:52 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

kaempfer13

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for kaempfer13".

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Title: Re: September 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on September 26, 2017, 02:11:47 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of November, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on October 04, 2017, 02:52:04 AM
kaempfer13

New TO
 :gravity enthusiast
Cool kid

(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Art/Graviton_Mercenary.jpg)

How did you choose your username? (Anonymous)
This is my old username 12-yo me made up (Hey, at least I was thinking 1 year ahead  :) ). Kšmpfer (in order to avoid issues with special characters i wrote it as kaempfer) means fighter in german and 13 is my favourite number. I like 13 because I kinda like mocking people who are afraid of it (it's more of a lucky number for me) and it's also my birthday (May the 13th to be exact). Soon this username will have a 10 year anniversary btw, though I don't quite remember on what day exactly I first entered it.

What do you do in your off-time when you are away from elements? (anonymous)
You mean real life? That's some scary stuff that I don't have.
Seriously, I kinda seem to prefer fantasy worlds, my hobbies are playing PC-games, reading and watching movies/anime/whatever.

You hear a knocking on the door. Who will it be? o.o (DoctorC)
THE GRRRIIM REAPER!

Any way how we can persuade you into :life? (Anonymous)
The element (the not-element)? My first usable bronze grinder was actually a mono- :life . I think that all elements (and also  :life) have their merits, the element I'm least compatible with is probably light (and it also happens to be one of the weakest elements in war), but I think with a proper team any element can win eventually, especially with market adjusting over time.

How fast can you fly to the moon? (DoctorC)
 I don't happen to be aware of having superpowers that would allow me to do it without help.
Apparently, the fastest way to reach the moon without wasting tons of fuel with our technology is in 2.5 days (its less about the technology really, but you can't follow the optimal trajectory if you try to go faster than that). I am however unlikely to be chosen for a mission to the moon (given that I eventually decided against becoming an astronaut), so I'd first have to get the money to become a SpaceX tourist, which would amount to about 175 million $. In the job that I am aiming for I could get about 100k per year. Since I obviously live another 1750 years we should substract expenses and the actual time to organise and execute the travel there (not).
Fret not though, particles that my body used to be made of will eventually reach the moon. Statistically earth looses about 10^-14 % of its weight per day to atmospheric escape. About 0.001% of those particles actually reach the moon (eventually). This may seem like low odds, but since my body contains over 5*10^27 atoms (and I'm a lightweight), chances are that basically the moment I die a piece of me is on its way to the moon. Let's say that piece of me travels at an average speed of 1 km/s and goes to the moon on a not entirely direct path of 500000km length. In that case it would take about 80 years for me to die, an hard to estimate amount of time for that part of me to reach the exosphere (at which point we assume it escapes the earths gravitational influence for which it'll need a quite respectable speed of about 1 km/s out there) and actually reaches the moon in about 6 days from then on. At which point I realize that by the time I die a piece of shit of me is probably on the moon already. But at this point I have to calculate with far too many numbers that I dont even have remotely accurate estimates for, so I'll just say it'll take 20 years. Which means I'm already there! Yippee!
If that is not fast enough/feels like cheating for/to you (depending on which estimate you use) I reached it in about 5 minutes in a dream once. Which is considerably faster than Johnny Wyles did it!

If you had anything at all as a pet, what would it be? (Anonymous)
I used to have 2 rabbits, which I cared for together with my sister (though tbh each one of us favoured the one they chose originally, but we still cared about the other one as well). However that was a compromise with the cynical aspect to it that our pets should not enter the house and should be dead by the time we move out. At the moment I live alone in an apartment, where pets require special permission from the landlord and dont really have the time to properly care for one either. Generally speaking, I like pretty much all animals (with a few exceptions). I'm probably a bit more of a cat-person than a dog-person (I really like both) and don't really feel like being fancy, so a cat is fine too.


How does it feel to be going for such a high amount of points in the war auction? (anonymous)
I was hoping that I would still be somewhat considered a dark horse for not having that much war experience yet and not having played in a team with any of the current masters (other than w3 who I banned), going for not much more than phoenix who didnt have the chance to prove himself at all in war (but has shown PvP experience). Well, my price is actually comparable to phoenix, but it looks like repeated warexperience isn't valued as highly as I thought (and rather activity and recent PvPachievements count).
I worry about possibly ending up being the sole mastermind of our teams warplan, with noone else able to back me up or jump in if I cannot be sufficiently active during a week. Also its always easier to predict a single person than a whole team and last war I tended to focus on ~3 games per round and could count on my team blindly in the other 2 and that was a fair amount of work already. I sure hope that I'll get someone who goes for way too cheap (like I did myself last war) or at least just a good master on the team. Plus exchanging tactics is half the fun in war. I will certainly go for master in the future to prevent such situations in the future for myself.

You recently gained your first staff position as council (and shortly after TO), how does it feel being staff? Are you enjoying your new positions? (anonymous)
I was expecting more questions like these, given that I've been chosen for FCM just after getting those positions, but looks like this is the only staffrelated one.
It's always nice to add more bling to your name and seeing stuff most people can't see (though I got to enjoy that kind of thing in war and brawl already), but of course with mediocre power comes a decent amount of responsibility.
Things in council move a bit slower than I would like (heck even with my reduced activity the last two weeks I still have the most recent response on a third of our private topics), but we still got 3 projects through in one and a half months and got several more in progress.
As TO 2 of my ideas were realized (one of which could use work, but the other one was wellreceived) and I got to host 2 tournaments as well. It's nice to see that unfold from this perspective and I think I got a bit less competitive in tournaments (when it comes to my own attitude i mean, I still work on the balancing of course) and focus more on trying to help others have fun since I became TO.
Btw, by the time you read this I will probably return to my old activity and am always willing to work as mouthpiece for both council and TOs, so feel free to approach me any time about anything that could be improved.

Tell us an exciting fact about yourself that may not have yet been shared with the community? (mathman101)
Hm, I can't say my real life would be particularly exciting. Probably the most notable thing that comes to mind is getting my Abitur (in Germany this allows you to enter university) at age 17. No need to brag though, I made up for that by studying something that I wasnt good at (mechanical engineering) and am now at a normal age for my semester in my current field (statistics)
Title: Re: November 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on October 04, 2017, 02:54:34 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of September, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: November 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on October 15, 2017, 02:06:54 PM
 Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
 
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on October 29, 2017, 04:04:54 PM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

CactusKing

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for CactusKing".

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on November 04, 2017, 10:05:46 PM
CactusKing

14th council member
King of the cacti
Hard worker

(http://i.imgur.com/hz6QyC4.jpg)


What's your favorite card in EtG and why? (Mr Muffin)
Relic because it's completely overpowered denial-denial. I know it's extremely meta and all that but I still love seeing it used.

What's your opinion on cacti? (TribalTrouble)
First off I'd like to thank you for not saying 'cactuses'. Imo cacti are the greatest living things ever to walk the Earth.yes, walk. We just do it a bit slower than most :)
I have a sizable collection of potted cacti, cactus-themed clothing and ornaments to honour their greatness (Not to mention having cactus in my username for just about everything), which gives you a good idea of what they mean to me.

What kind of cactus are you? (Anonymous)
A creative one! I love making things, mostly music and small robots, sometimes visual arts too. As for species, I see myself as a Mexican Saguaro (the kind you see in Clint Eastwood movies)

Noodles, doughnuts, or pizza? (Anonymous)
For eating? Pizza. Otherwise noodles.

What are your thoughts on oetg? (Anonymous)
I haven't really looked into oetg. If it has a cactus card 10/10.

If you could choose one community member for anything, who would it be? (Anonymous)
Kuroaitou for Master of Time!

If you could have one and only one staff position, what would it be? (Anonymous)
Council seems like a good spot for me at the moment, but if I was ever needed for a different role my preference would be lead developer deck helper.
Title: December 2017 FCM Nominations
Post by: Zyardran on November 04, 2017, 10:09:47 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of December, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: December 2017 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on November 14, 2017, 11:23:09 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Fippe94 on November 14, 2017, 05:40:07 PM
Why do you state the time limit is 2 years until one can be interviewed again when you don't follow the limit? Espithel was interviewed earlier this year, and a few months ago you interviewed anti even though he was interviewed less than 2 years ago. I mean sure, you can do whatever you want, but don't have a time limit if it's not followed.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: mathman101 on November 14, 2017, 06:02:51 PM
Our apologies, there was a miscommunication between the NLW team and some names were missed that were submitted. the poll has been updated to reflect this.


Why do you state the time limit is 2 years until one can be interviewed again when you don't follow the limit? Espithel was interviewed earlier this year, and a few months ago you interviewed anti even though he was interviewed less than 2 years ago. I mean sure, you can do whatever you want, but don't have a time limit if it's not followed.

Thank you for the notice, sometimes we make mistakes and miss things, Espithel has been removed from the poll due to being interviewed recently. Regarding the anti interview, it was not noticed until after the interview questions had already been sent, and even then it was only 2 months shy of the 2 year cycle. Because this one was caught early enough we have fixed our mistake.

If you see any other mistakes that need fixing regarding interviews or the NL, please let us know as we are always looking for ways to improve it and give the community what you want.

Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: mathman101 on November 21, 2017, 11:18:47 PM

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Vineroz

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send Zyardran a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for Vineroz".

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: mathman101 on December 03, 2017, 05:40:56 AM
Vineroz

Tournament Organizer
Time elemental
Paradox Harbinger

(http://i.imgur.com/6yYFi.png)


How did you find the EtG community?
Actually it has been so long ago that I canít remember exactly howÖprobably a link in the old wikia that leads me to the forum.

What is your favorite aspect of the Elements Community? (TribalTrouble)
What I feel incredible of this place is that you can always find some familiar face in chat no matter how long youíve been away. Itís just like a time capsule.

What's your favorite card in EtG and why? (Mr Muffin)
Reverse Time. I feel like this card has always been underrated, probably because its true power is weaker against AI. Its mechanic is also a perfect way to show Timeís manipulation power.

Why is Time your favorite Element? (TribalTrouble)
I wear a watch 24 hours a day because I would feel anxious if I couldnít check the time immediately. Time in Elements also represents control, and I was fascinated by its power in game that I can rarely find IRL.

If there's two cookies, and a Deja vu eats one and then multiplies, someone makes another half dozen batch, how many cookies are there total? (Anonymous)
IÖdonít understand. First of all, the dťjŗ vu multiplies instead of the cookie, right? And then after a dťjŗ vu ate a cookie, someone would make another half dozenÖso does that mean every time a cookie is eaten, there will be six more cookies available? (Please consider to skip this question, Zya)

You've been a part of the community for many years now, and spent a large portion of that time as a Tournament Organizer. What keeps you coming back? (TribalTrouble)
The time when I was TO the first time (2012-2013) was probably not my most active moment in Elements, but it is definitely the most enjoyable period. There was so much fun when I was designing and hosting tournaments with n00b (and later Calindu), and I was really happy that people that joined those tournaments appreciate them as well.

What do you think of the war teams this war? (Anonymous)
Since there are not a lot of new faces in this war, the power level of players are quite even in all teams.

Who's your favorite Disney Princess? (TribalTrouble)
Snow White. She looks exactly like my childhood crush.

If you could choose one person to lead time for the rest of their lives, who would it be? (Anonymous)
10 men. He was a true Master of Time.

A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? (TribalTrouble)
"Quack" is probably what he says and what he is looking for...

List your favorite elements in order from greatest to least? (Anonymous)
(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/time120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/water120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/aether120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/darkness120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/gravity120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/light120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/death120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/entropy120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/earth120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/fire120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/life120x120.png)(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Misc/air120x120.png)

What do you do in your free time? (TribalTrouble)
Currently it is just Hearthstone.

Pick something you would have to eat every day for a year. (Anonymous)
Egg. I can eat multiple eggs every day.

Any last words for the interview?
Stasis.

Thanks for answering!
Title: January 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on December 03, 2017, 05:50:31 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of January, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: January 2018 FCM Voting
Post by: mathman101 on December 11, 2017, 01:26:51 AM

Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on December 23, 2017, 04:18:44 PM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

TribalTrouble

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send me a personal message (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=9192) instead, titled "Question for TribalTrouble".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for TribalTrouble").

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Title: February 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on January 06, 2018, 06:28:09 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of February, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM NLW team (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=629,9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on January 06, 2018, 10:11:22 PM
 TribalTrouble

Council member
 :darkness trooper
Trouble in the tribe

(http://i.imgur.com/qsXyhov.jpg)

In your opinion, what is an underrated element and an underrated card?
Well Life isn't an Element so it can't be that one...
...on a serious note, Gravity and Gravity Pull. Gravity can be really versatile and deadly. While it is one of the more understated Elements, without a popular mono Gravy deck for grinding, it packs some really powerful utility cards like Black Hole, Momentum, and, yes, Gravity Pull... that see use in many different decks. Gravity Pull's ability to be used both offensively and defensively to either take out a primary target, keep yourself alive, or Voodoo your enemies to death really makes it an invaluable card.

On a deeper level, Gravity Pull also has the Oracle prediction: "If you make another person the center of your world, you can avoid some significant troubles" which really rings true for me. I get really happy and proud of myself whenever I can help someone progress further in their life. And every time I do a good deed for others it then helps me have a more positive view of the rest of the world. It's kind of like shining a light in the darkness... once you do, the light grows and evolves in all sorts of ways you never could have predicted.

Traveled Trouble in a mungle
Stumbled on a tribe in jungle
Got in trouble TribalTrouble
TribalTrouble's tribal trouble :sillyspin:

True story.

Do you have/have you ever had any artistic hobbies. Not just visual arty, but any.
Visually, I love making abstract art. I don't know what it is about it, but I just really enjoy making abstract art that looks good but doesn't seem to hold any clear meaning. You really would have to be the creator or heavily involved in what influenced that art to know for sure what they meant by it. Not many others appreciate it but for me that's the perfect piece of art because other's don't need to know. You can also see this in my poems in the literary section.
I love singing. Love music in general. I was in choir for many years(I'm either a baritone or a bass) and have a lot of great memories, connections, and friends from the experience. The way music unites people is truly amazing.
I enjoy writing as long as I'm passionate about what I'm writing about. Then I can just write on and on and on...

Are you a tree hugger? =D
The last time I hugged a tree was when I was in gradeschool. Does that count? :P

What's your favorite card in EtG and why?
My favorite card would have to be Voodoo Doll. I have so many fun memories of playing variations of It's a Trap! in PvP. It's such a fun card and it really screams 'tribal trouble' :P
Oracle prediction: "Misdirection and secrets rule the day today."

I noticed you weren't around the elements forums for a while and now you are. What was that about?
I tend to go on hiatuses from my online communities. Especially with Elements. I just try out other games, other communities. Try to find the best fit for me. I always return to Elements eventually, part nostalgia and part just due to the fact that it really had an impact on who I became at a young age. Even though I mostly interacted in Kong chat and fooled around, many of the same amazing people that were around when I was active are still here today. Dawn To Dusk, Iancudorinmarian, Jenkar, AntiAverage, Higurashi, etc.
As for why I decided to come back and stay now, I went from being the awkward little unconfident runt I was as a teenager to being someone that has experience, knowledge, and passion. I believe with my unique perspective I can make a difference and have an impact that brings this community back to life. And that's why the first thing I did when I got back was thorough research into the current state of the community followed by my Council application and acceptance. I have since been very active in Council, making lengthy posts to explain my views as thoroughly as I can. In addition, I have been maintaining the Current & Future Council Projects and communicating with a few members of the community every now and then to coordinate with other staff, collect feedback, answer questions, and ensure Council remains both transparent and accountable.

How did you decide on your name?  What's the story behind it?
A lot of thought went into it. I was so original and creative with it that it's impossible that any other user or game has this name...
...I stole it from the old video game TribalTrouble which was the game I played just before I started playing Elements. It really fits my personality well though as I can be very troublesome at times. Especially the tribal kind of trouble, if you catch my drift... ;)

Thanks for the interview, that was fun. Hopefully I didn't write too much. :P
Title: February 2018 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on January 14, 2018, 02:24:17 AM
 Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: mathman101 on January 20, 2018, 05:17:53 AM

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Mr Muffin

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for Mr Muffin".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Mr Muffin").

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on January 20, 2018, 08:07:25 AM
...Right after he left xD
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: TribalTrouble on January 20, 2018, 01:24:01 PM
Well that's a first.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Ryli on January 20, 2018, 07:27:31 PM
Muffin is tearing this family apart.
Title: Re: March 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on January 30, 2018, 06:16:16 PM

Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of March, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=629,9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Zyardran on February 01, 2018, 12:43:50 AM
Mr Muffin

Savior of life
 :life master
Delicious

(http://i.imgur.com/kaNRDjv.png)

How did you find the EtG community?

My brother was trying out various online strategy card games and when he stumbled upon elements the game he liked it and started playing it. I would often watch him play EtG because I thought it was a really interesting and good game. Soon after, I made my own account. After about 10 months (including about a 3 month period where I stopped playing EtG. Why I stopped and came back is a different story anyone can ask me about if the want.) of playing EtG I decided to see what this chat room thing was about. Up until then I had only clicked the button that opens chat a couple times and left almost immediately afterward. Back then I was shy about clicking on unfamiliar online stuff.

Before I discovered the chat room, I guess something like 3 months after I started playing EtG, I found the forums be google searching best decks in elements the game which took me to forum topics about SPlat and Pdials. From then until I joined the forums I was a lurker reading anything and everything in the forums. After I became a member I would still read lots of forum stuff but I was no longer a lurker because I would sometimes post something.

There's a bit of text concerning my origin story here (Link) (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/introduce-yourself/hello-world-i-am-mr-muffin/msg1206551/#msg1206551).

Fun fact, the first forum member to say something to me was RootRanger. The second member was Zyardran I'm pretty sure.


Describe your most distinct personality traits.  Are these traits revealed in your style of play or style of leadership? (Kalinuial)

I'm quiet. I talk a lot more here than in real life. The reason why I'm quiet is because I don't talk just to talk I only talk what it's about something I care about and I don't care about a lot. Although when I get going about something I care about (When I care about something I usually care about it a lot.) it can take some time for me to say all I want to say. Which is why I talk a lot more here than in real life because this community is built around something I care about a lot. That and I find it much easier to talk to people online than in real life because of how online talking works. Often times something that I would ask in the chat room I wouldn't ask in real life because I'm not comfortable with real life human interaction. I never like small talk and only do it when I have to to be polite.

I'm introverted. I think this one explains itself taking into account what I've said already.

People think I'm weird. This is because I do my own, sometimes unusual, things and don't care what other people do or think. I'll keep doing my things because I think they are more optimal for me. Note, I'm rarely rebellious in definitely bad way. I don't do things that would be mean (maybe cold but not mean) or wrong, just strange.

I've been told I'm suspicious whatever that means.

I'm very very laid back. I rarely get very upset or very happy and hardly ever excited. I'm emotionally neutral most of the time. Little things can annoy me but it's very rare that I show any anger. So yeah, I'm one of those unhealthy people that don't let anger out and are walking presser cookers.

Some people who know me well in real life think I'm funny.

Most if not all of my traits build off of and tie into each other.

Are these traits revealed in my style of play? Not that I'm aware of.

Are these traits revealed in my style of leadership? Oh yes for quiet and laid back. The non social part of the internet is built for introverts so that didn't effect anything.
As far as I know the weird things I do aren't apparent to anyone who doesn't see me in real life. Only some people who know me well in real life see the funny side of me I'm pretty sure. Being general of life in war 11 was the first time I've really been a leader because I'm not leader material. I didn't interact with my team outside of war stuff so that hints at my quiet trait probably. I sort of went along with what my team wanted for the most part and didn't really have a voice of my own because of my lack of war skills and laid back nature. I don't think I motivated my team at all. Being motivational isn't at all part of my personality. If I became a leader of some sort in real life I suspect my traits would be much more apparent including introverted, weird, and maybe funny.


How did you get your forum name?

I copied it off my in game name. I suppose now you want to know where I got my in game name. When I was about 7 yeards old I dicovered the internet and it wasn't long after that that I needed a username for something. When I made my first username my thought process was I wanted it to be Mr (I don't know why I wanted it to be Mr something.) something starting with a M and the something should be a food for some reason. The something starting with a M is important so I could shorten my username to MM (double letters are good) if I wanted to. Muffin was the first food starting with M I thought of. I don't like change so from then on my prime username is Mr Muffin. At some time I forgot whether or not I used the dot in Mr. so I decided to never use it for the sake of simplicity.


What do you do in your free time when you are not on elements?

I'm very interested in Super Smash Bros (though I have no console video game thing) so I watch SSB videos, play the online fan game Super Smash Flash 2, etc. If not that then online game surfing, and minesweeper. When I'm not internetting (Meaning when I can't internet. If I have a choice in my free time I'm going to do something online unless I'm really tired or hungry.) I'll do puzzles, play cards eat and sleep. Maybe watch TV sometimes.


How does it feel to bring an underdog element (life) to a stunning war victory?

Really great. Now those memes people did about life never winning war before life won war are extra amusing.


What advice do you have to new players who want to participate in the next War? (Kalinuial)

Be active. Even when you don't know what to do hang around the forums and where your team discusses things as much as you can. Read all current war related text you can find. Text from previous wars can be good too but only if there's no unread current war text and there's no other way you can help your team.


what in your opinion makes a strong PvP player? (Anonymous)

The ability to deckbuild well without testing is a great trait to have to be a strong pvp players but usually you can make up for lack of deckbuilding without testing skill with deck testing fairly easily. Willingness to put time into preparation, skill in "seeing" the meta, and creativity are what strong pvp players are made of. Pvp experience helps a lot with skill in "seeing" the meta, makes preparation easier and more effective, and can help with creativity. Time spent preparing for an event can be converted into seeing the meta and creativity but if you don't have creativity and aren't good at seeing the meta you will need to put a lot of time into preparation to make up for it so it's an inefficient conversion. Preparation is that thing that if you do enough of it it's all you need. If you can't see the meta without lots of preparation and have no creativity you will need to do a TON of preparing to be a strong pvper. Skill in "seeing" the meta is a very good skill that most people have to learn with experience unless they are truly gifted at pvp. Creativity is part of seeing what is good in the meta. If you have enough skill in seeing the meta, you can make good decks without testing them, and you have the creativity the pvp event requires you may not need to prepare at all. Speedbuilding tournament are rare cases where it's all about creativity and seeing the meta. Creativity is an interesting trait because it doesn't help much on it's own but being creative can greatly boost your other skills. In my opinion strong pvp players have as much as possible of these three attributes.

As for trying to read people, other than thinking what would be good options for them and stuff like that and taking that into account I don't know anything about how people read other people rock paper scissors style so I'll say nothing about that.


What were the main factors for Life's success this current war? (Kalinuial)

I don't think most people here are Christians but I am so I must say that I prayed a lot for team life leading up to and during war. As for worldly factors in Life's success in war 11 I can answer those too.

Great team for it's cost and great market for life. Since war 11 was my first war I don't know how good my team was relative to other teams in the history of war but it seemed pretty good to me even for not cheap teams.
Spielkind
Life had some great new weapons in it's vault meaning mercstall and disco frogs. Plus lots of diverse decks for dealing with most other elements.
We have RNG on our side and pvp skills.
Great predictions.

If you could have any staff title on the forum, which one would you want?

I quite like being Master of Life.

Any last words for the interview?

No.

Thanks for answering!
Title: March 2018 FCM Voting
Post by: Zyardran on February 06, 2018, 11:41:52 PM
 Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: mathman101 on February 12, 2018, 02:33:39 AM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

ddevans96

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for ddevans96".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: ddevans96 on February 12, 2018, 06:27:22 AM
Lots of questions please
Title: April 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on February 24, 2018, 05:08:59 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of April, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/pm/?sa=send;u=629,9192) with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: mathman101 on March 02, 2018, 04:28:12 AM

ddevans96

Council Member
:water Enthusiast
Lovable Forum Veteran

(http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;attach=1115;type=avatar)

What is your favorite food? (Mr Muffin)
I'm really fond of food, so it's hard to choose just one thing. If I have to think about it for just a minute, I'd probably say macaroni and cheese with grilled chicken and barbecue sauce. Sweet potato is a very close second.

Is it "dee-dee-evans", "dee-devans" or "dee-deva-en-ess"? (anonymous)
The first one. First initial, middle initial, last name. Preteen me wasn't feeling particularly creative the day he needed a new email address.

What's your favourite emotion, and what emotion do you feel best represents you? (CleanOnion)
As depressing as it might sound to some people, the answer to both would be sadness. I struggle with anger, and as such as I find comfort in sadness, because it means things are returning to normal. For what it's worth, a close runner-up for both is love.

How do you feel about the current state of the community? (TribalTrouble)
It's not in a bad place, just changed from what it used to be. There is an obvious decline, but it's slow, and I don't think it'll ever truly go dark. This place still has as much uniqueness and heart in it as it did seven years ago.

Will you marry me? :) (anonymous)
My girlfriend might have an issue with that <3

What's your favorite deck outside of :water? (CactusKing)
Hard to pick right now since I barely PvP anymore and I'm not particularly attached to any AI grinder. I'd probably say Bonebolt, just because I've used it as a staple in pretty much every meta I could.

Name one interesting fact about yourself that nobody in the community knows about. (TribalTrouble)
There's not a lot I haven't shared with the community. Most of the answers coming to mind are asinine trivia or not suitable for this kind of public interview. That being said, there's some details about broader topics I haven't shared - for example, while most people know at least something about my sleep issues, I usually only talk about my insomnia. I also have frequent symptoms of mild narcolepsy that I rarely discuss.

Is there anything in the forum that you think past councils have implemented poorly? (mathman101)
As far as Councils I participated in, one of my major regrets is that we rushed Guilds from concept to release too quickly. There's so much we could have done differently and I'm not convinced they wouldn't be in a better place today if we had slowed down.

How does it feel to come back to Council? (TribalTrouble)
It's great to be back in the middle of things! Real life has been interesting lately, so I haven't been able to participate much, but there's a couple projects I'm excited to begin work on in the coming days.

What was your point of view from inside team fire in war 11? (Mr Muffin)
It was very enjoyable, despite the fact that I think the rules were particularly hard on certain elements, including Fire. Our team was fun and communicative, seeing Water do well is always a treat, and Life's underdog story was great.

What is the best moment you've had in the community? (TribalTrouble)
Defending my Mastership, which I consider my greatest accomplishment because that hadn't been done in Water Trials since the very beginning.

Blue, Green, and Red are colors, Can you tell me your favorite movie program? (anonymous)
My favorite movie? The Secret of NIMH.

How can you drop a raw egg on the floor without cracking it? (TribalTrouble)
Very carefully.

Will the Avs ever win the cup? (Not so Anonymous)
They're in the playoff picture with the youngest team, a superstar, and multiple fringe stars. I don't think a serious championship threat in the next decade would be terribly surprising if the front office plays their cards right.

Is the persona you present to this community different to the real you in real life? (CleanOnion)
Very minimally. Most of the major traits I show here are very similar to what I show in real life, usually just dialed back a little.

What is one tip that you feel any community member could use? (TribalTrouble)
Communication is important. Authority, your peers, and those who came after you are all important to listen to.

What's your favorite forum activity EtG forum or otherwise? (Mr Muffin)
I really, really love Trials and I regret retiring when I did.

Who is your favorite community member? (TribalTrouble)
There's a group of six forum members (some active, some not) I consider extremely close friends. They know who they are, and I suspect most people could guess them, but I'm not interesting in namedropping them so outwardly like that.

Do you have a particular book, song, or other work of art that you feel really speaks to you? (TribalTrouble)
One of the books I keep in sight is called Tapestry. It's a collection of short stories and poems that serve as life lessons, and I used to read it very regularly when things weren't going quite right. I'd say it's had more influence on me than any non-person. As for music with a related effect, the album In Silence We Yearn by Oh Hiroshima is calming and thought-provoking.

What's your favorite card in EtG and why? (Mr Muffin)
Easily Nova. I have a weak spot for simple cards that offer versatility, and mass quanta generation is unmatched in that regard. My favorite card in another favorite card game, Meditation in Spectromancer, is basically the same thing.

How do you think the current Brawl bosses will turn out? Will any teams compare to Frostbite Borealis? (anonymous)
I really like the current group of Brawl bosses and I'm eager to see how this one plays out. Frostbite Borealis was, actively removing my bias, a special team that I'd argue is the best team to not win Brawl, but with only four teams I imagine talent is going to be a bit condensed and so that could be outdone here.

Describe your most distinct personality traits.  Are these traits revealed in your style of play or style of leadership? (Mr Muffin)
I think what most people who know me best would tell you is that I'm stubborn, passionate, and instinctive. These definitely came through most in the Brawl and War I saw the most success in, because in other events I tended to be more reserved for one reason or another. As far as ETG playstyle, I lean on domins a lot, so in some ways those traits probably show there too.

What was your favorite vacation assuming you've been on at least one vacation before? (Mr Muffin)
Most trips I've taken out of state were for deaths, with a handful of family trips in there too. The exception was 2013 - I went on two trips that year, a band trip to Missouri and a visit to my sister in New York where I met my first real girlfriend. That period of my life, especially those trips, had a pretty big impact on where I'm at today.

Did you get enough questions? Would you like more? (TribalTrouble)
I'm very content with what I received, thank you :)

Do you have any last words or comments?
Thanks for having me, take care!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Vangelios on March 02, 2018, 11:23:50 AM
What is your favorite food?
 (Mr Muffin) :P :P :P
Title: Re: April 2018 FCM Voting
Post by: mathman101 on March 06, 2018, 02:30:48 AM

 Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on March 12, 2018, 04:06:29 PM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

phoenix1211

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for phoenix1211".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

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Title: Re: May 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on March 24, 2018, 11:01:45 PM

Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of May, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on April 12, 2018, 12:20:02 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on April 20, 2018, 03:48:40 AM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Lunaris

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for Lunaris".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Lunaris").

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on May 01, 2018, 06:44:02 AM
Lunaris

(http://i65.tinypic.com/x5p06g.png)

The Karaoke Queen
Mistress of Stickers
Little Ball of Fur

Explain Espithel
Is it even possible to explain Espithel?

Anything in the works for that Lunaris624 Wattpad of yours?
I'm actually planning on writing a horror or suspense story. I'm also working on new chapters for Z and will get a start on the romance story that I announced a while back

Unicorns or Rainbows?
Unicorns

Favorite Disney Character.
Kovu from the Lion King 2. He's a really well rounded character and he's so underappreciated :(

Why is Wendy's always so much better than Burger King?
LOL that's a joke. The only good thing that Wendy's has is chili and the frostys

You've been through and accomplished a lot this year. What are some of the biggest lessons you've learned over that time?
I've learned that dwelling on the past really only does damage. I've been working on moving on from the things that have caused me stress or other emotions like that. I've also learned that overthinking things is going to make you miss opportunities.

Rock, paper, scissors
I choose rock, do I win?

Favorite .gif.
 This one:

(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/335280374844227584/439985603170533376/image.gif?width=400&height=210)

Do you have a particular book, song, or other work of art that you feel really speaks to you?
Overthinking by Kurt Travis is a song that I relate to quite a bit, and the book Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

If you could have any 1 member come back, who would it be and why?
 inthisroom. He was an awesome friend and I miss him a lot

If you had to choose only ONE current community member you could meet IRL, who would it be and why?
Zyardran <3 She's been my best friend on the forum for as long as I can remember and I would love to be able to meet her in person. I really donít believe that I would have gotten through some of the struggles Iíve gone through recently if it wasnít for her love and support, and Iím eternally grateful for her <3

What do you consider your best quality that most others seem to lack?
 I'm not really sure. Maybe my willingness to put others before myself

What member of the community do you look up to the most?
Either antiaverage or UTAlan. Both have been huge inspirations to me and I appreciate the both of them a great deal.

Is there anyone whose hug you do not want?
Oh absolutely. Names are something I'm not going to reveal though because that seems inconsiderate.

What's your favorite card in EtG and why?
Upgraded Mutation! It's a very fun card to play with and it keeps grinding and such from getting repetitive.

Do you watch YouTube and if so what kind of stuff do you watch?
Yes I do! I watch a lot of Markiplier, mostly his horror games. I also watch a lot of jacksepticeye and Team Edge. I tend to watch more horror games than anything else.

Do u no da wae
I no da wae my brudda

How are things going for ya as a part NLW team?
Unfortunately I haven't been as active as I would like due to some personal issues and being busy with work. But I do love my fellow NLWs and am going to try to be more of a help in the future xD

What countries would you like to visit
I'd like to go to the Italy, the UK, and Japan. Really anywhere, but those are the big three.

This isn't really a question, but our forum could use some moony pics, possibly in an imgur album :D
Haha maybe I'll make one at some point, but here's one to kick it off:

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Title: June 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on May 05, 2018, 03:03:15 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of June, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: June 2018 FCM Voting
Post by: mathman101 on May 11, 2018, 01:38:47 PM

 Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: mathman101 on May 18, 2018, 03:57:06 AM

For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Vindilos

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for Vindilos".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Vindilos").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


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Title: Re: July 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: mathman101 on May 28, 2018, 02:28:40 AM

Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of July, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on June 02, 2018, 08:39:58 AM
Vindilos

(http://elementscommunity.org/images/Art/Old/Burning_Pillar.jpg)

Holy Cow tamer
Tournament Addict
Patron of good food

What is your favorite food? (Mr Muffin)
Wraps with chicken. Check my signature for more info.

What's the message behind the name Vindilos? (DoctorC)
I used the name Vindicator_NL in warcraft 3, which later became Vindi. When I wanted to play the game Smite, a moba featuring Greek and other gods, Vindi was taken. I wanted a name that sounded a bit Greek, so I added los.

How'd you stumble across the game? (DoctorC)
From my introduction post: Many years ago I used to play magic the gathering, which I greatly enjoyed at the time. Last year I was playing on kongregate and when looking for another card game I found elements. I instantly loved it and got myself to level 75 in no time.

You came to the community with holy cows. Are you Zanzarino in disguise? (Anonymous)
Yes

Once the Flashpocalypse comes, what will you do? (Basman-1453)
I have an open elements account, but I'm not sure if I wanna keep playing that. I don't know what I will do.

A mailman, an accountant, and a chemist all start playing this game on the same day. What element would each pick as their starting, and who would reach Platinum first? (Anonymous)
The accountant chooses darkness. The starting deck of darkness sells for most, so its an economic desicion.
The mailman likes fresh air, so he picks air.
The chemist likes explosions, so he picks fire.
The accountant will reach platinum first, because all he does at work is play videogames in his office.

What's your favorite card in EtG and why? (Mr Muffin)
That has to be a stall card, but its difficult. I will go with shard of gratitude. Its a fair card to play against and fun to use.
When I started playing weekly tournaments I had most fun with SoG firefly queens. SoG was also amazing for me in the academy event.

Can you make more Holy Cow farm decks ? (Anonymous)
I suppose I can.

How many snails does it take to change russian political system? We've only got four so far, but we might get more. (DoctorC)
I dont know much about the Russian political system.

Can you make me a sandwich? (InsignificantWeeaboo)
Yes. I made a few for you and left them at 10236 Charing Cross Road. Just knock on the door and ask for a sandwich.

What do you think about tomatoes? (Mr Muffin)
I like omelettes with tomatoes in them.

What's a question you'd wanna hear on the next time you'd get to be a FCM? (DoctorC)
How was it to win war?

If you had the opportunity to join one of the staffing teams here on the forum, which team would you most want to join? Why?  (mathman101)
Certainly the TO team. I'm hoping a position for it opens up soon.
I don't have much experience with the other events.

Any last words?
Sorry for the late response.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on June 12, 2018, 11:44:18 AM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on June 17, 2018, 09:40:53 AM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Zyardran

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for Zyardran".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Zyardran").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


Well? Why haven't you started typing yet? Don't hesitate, ask today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on June 30, 2018, 07:36:58 PM
Zyardran

(http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;attach=1096;type=avatar)

Community's pet dragon
Hothead
Jackie of all trades

What's the origin behind name Zyardran?
It's originally a name that I got from a random dragon name generator, but now it's picked up so much meaning, such as fire goddess, draconic empress, or just fire dragoness, whatever you prefer. The point is a name can be any meaning you give it. :3

Favorite staff member to work with?
No preference, I've worked with a lot of people, and all of them are great.

How's your studies of German doing?
Slow, to be fair I sort of started up on other things. German culture and language is awesome, but I just haven't had much interest lately.

Petting which EtG creature would result in most damage to the surrounding area?
Petting Schrodinger's Cat results in paradox and mental inhibition with the noobs within 145 ft radius.

What percentage of you is fire and what are other components?
50% fire, 50% darkness. You silly, I've told you multiple times about Pyroshade!

Daenerys, Hiccup, Dovahkiin or Donkey from Shrek?
Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, naal ok zin los vahriin! Yeah I'm a huge skyrim nerd so, obviously Dragonborn!

What is the meaning of life? Can't be 42
Do you want the simple answer or the deep answer?
Anything, you give life the meaning!
Life is subjective, we are born, only to face societal burdens within our own kind, and live routinely out of habit and desire to imitate the rest of the population. We grow up in this "life" merely to die not even a century later, but we do a lot in such a small time, we meet people, pick up new habits, feel new things. I would go on but I feel not to fry your brain with this!

I need canadian speak.
Canadian speak eh? What do you know aboot canadian speak? Have you been studying eh? it's not an easy thing to learn y'know eh!

Describe yourself as a superhero/supervillian
No u
Superhero: Support the economy! Stand for equality of all rights!
Supervillian:BuRn EvErYtHiNg

Favorite meme?
Hmm:
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Skip to the next question.
Next!

Go back to the previous question.
We went too far, go back!

My couch is submerged in maple syrup. Explain yourself.
One of us, one of us, one of us!

Final words for the thingy?
Thanks! I must admit I expected some questions from the community, but the nlw team is doing good, if there's room for improvement feel free to ask me anything, I'm always available (except when I'm not)
Title: Re: July 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: DoctorC on July 02, 2018, 07:08:38 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of July, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on July 12, 2018, 02:42:09 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on July 17, 2018, 04:45:18 PM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Monox D. I-fly

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for Monox D. I-fly".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Monox D. I-fly").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on August 01, 2018, 03:59:56 PM
Monox D. I-Fly

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Patience incarnate
Water-dweller
2good4trials

How'd you stumble across EtG and the forums?
I like classifying things based on their elements. In fact, I was really lucky when I Googled about element and this game appeared right in the first entry. As a CCG lover, I was overjoyed at the time. Also, I like internet forums. So, after I was quite addicted to the game, I looked out if it had its own forum and then I registered here.

Why have you chosen this name?
I chose "Monox D. I-Fly" as my username because "Monox" is my nickname when I was a 10th grader. Why did I get "Monox" as my nickname back then? That's because when I was a Junior High School student, there was a humour contest show at TV and one of its contestant called himself as "Monox". My classmates thought of me as a funny person, so I was given that nickname. About the mid-name "D", I think you who loves One Piece manga should know: Yes. The mid-name "D" is a symbol of a special clan like the name of "Monkey D. Luffy", "Portgas D. Ace", "Marshall D. Teach", etc. And what about "I-Fly"? Don't be mistaken. It has nothing to do with flight at all. I just shortened my real full name: Faizal Yunus Ibrahim. Since in any book references last name comes first, then I switched it to be: Ibrahim, Faizal Yunus. And then I shortened it to be "I-Fly".
Now I'm going everywhere with this username. Try googling and type "Monox D. I-Fly" and you'll see that I've many accounts in many places.

If you were a master of an element, which element would you choose and why?
Water, of course. Because I always use Water element in any Collectible Card Games

You recently have been rejected from participating in Trials. How do you feel about it? Is there anything you would change in the Trials' rules?
I guess this question came from someone who called the TOs "evil" (forgive me if I'm wrong). I feel stupid because I overlooked the PvP Events participation part, so I can't blame anyone but myself. I hope this forum is still alive in the next Trial so that I can join. I wouldn't change anything regarding the Trials' rules.

Many of us in this community look up to you for your creative deck ideas, any words of wisdom to impart on your loving fans? Doesn't have to be elements related~
Didn't they call me out on making thematic decks? Oh well, if you want to make a fun deck, just do it.

What's your favorite card in EtG and why?
Shard of Patience. If it stays on field I can bulk up my creatures, if my opponent destroys it that just means I can attack with the already bulked-up creatures. Also, I like spending my turns playing this while the opponent has Dimensional Shields.

Do you like board games? If so, what's your favorite one or ones that you like a lot?
Yes, Collectible Card Game ones.

Do you swim well, if at all? If not, would you like to learn to?
I can swim, but only the basics.

Any particular story to why you love water so much?
Visually, because they look refreshing during the hot days as I am quite cold-resistant but vulnerable to heat. Phylosophically, because water looks like a weak element but can kill with so many various ways: drowning, big wave smashing you to a rock, hypothermia, water intoxication, deep water pressure, freezing, stung by a jellyfish, bitten by a shark, ice rain, buried in snow, you may want to add?

What is your ultimate pet?
I don't have a pet, but to keep with the water theme, if I had any I would want an Axolotl.

Any last words for the interview?
Did I get voted mainly because I was rejected from the current Trials?
Title: August 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: DoctorC on August 07, 2018, 05:17:12 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of August, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on August 14, 2018, 04:31:40 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on August 20, 2018, 03:40:54 PM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Higurashi

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for Higurashi".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Higurashi").

If you would prefer your question/s to remain anonymous, please specify this in your message. (However, it may be best to not ask questions you could be ashamed of in the first place. ;) )


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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: DoctorC on September 05, 2018, 02:13:45 PM
Higurashi

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The Lurking Admin
Proud Aetherial Entity
Admired Veteran

Favorite music genre?
Well, it used to be psytrance but now I mostly listen to retrowave, and mostly hardcore at that. Vulta, GosT, some VolkorX, Toxic Avenger, Danger, a bit of Dance with the Dead, etc.

If you could change one thing about the game, big or small, what would it be?
I'd remake the game in Unity and find an active developer who zanz would be willing to hand it to. This would kick things off with the release of 1.4 and traffic would skyrocket.

What's the story behind your username?
Higurashi is a type of cicada in Japan whose name means duskbringer. I had a tough upbringing and my dark side is the reason I came out alive. As such it's always going to be a part of me even as my life has become much more positive, and I embrace that. It gives me a lot of strength.

What is your view of the past and the present, the differences between those times, and the passing of time on the forum?
Elements has always been a small community, and therefore a close one. Once your generation has left as they do in all communities eventually, the ones who stay do so because they want to give new members the same experience they had. With no development activity was always going to decline, but that doesn't take any joy from the process.

Any last wishes for the game regarding the creeping flashpocalypse?
See question #2.

You don't seem to join events or chat anymore. Do you feel you don't have the necessary time to give it your all and don't want to do anything halfassed, are you still afraid something like your last war might happen again (even though what you were accused of isn't even that usefull anymore, plenty of decks are being posted right at the deadline, much of the communication happens outside the forum and vaults are emaillocked), just not interested anymore or something else entirely?
Indeed, I've never been a half-asser. I go from one focus to another and the last few years it's been all about my career. If I could relive the glory days of events and War with the old guard I would, but my generation is not coming back and the competition won't be that strong or enthusiastic again until Elements is revived with new development.

Why is Aether so OP?
One element had to be the strongest. It only makes sense that the very fabric of the universe would be that element. Power is control and influence. If you think about it, what other force could possibly access that much control?

If you had one pet of choice from EtG, what would it be?
A Phase Dragon could teach me the secrets of immortality, but there's no way to bend the will of such a transcendent being; they would be more of a mentor. Perhaps a Phoenix could do the same in a different way.

Where do you see yourself after the flashpocalypse? The game seems to mean a lot for both old and new members, maybe joining something that one of our admins would could encourage us to move along.
If OpenEtG can develop to become an equal to Elements graphically and structurally, I might get into that. If not, I don't have a great need for a new game to get serious with. I'll probably keep playing Hearthstone casually for a long time though.

Who are your favorite masters of each element if you can only pick masters elected at Trials #7 or later?
deuce, Jenkar, Torb, rob, elk, Cal, inthisroom, Ginyu, will, Jen-i, 10 men, JonathanCrazyJ. Most for competence, some for seniority and some for innovation.


What's your favorite forum activity here? Any other forums you also visit?
Forums were a big part of my free time a few years ago, but now I mostly hang on Twitch and game if I have any time to spare. I still enjoy doing administrative stuff on here though.

If you were alone for a week, how would you occupy yourself if you could not interact with anybody? You could do "singleplayer" things on the internet and you could only watch pre-recorded movies on TV. You would not be able to meet or contact any living person, but you would know that this only lasts for a week.
I sometimes take several days off from socializing, so a week wouldn't be much different. Currently I'm playing Hollow Knight, Dark Souls 2 and GTA 5 by myself. Working out and spending time in nature sucks up a lot of time. I also need to continue reading The Colour of Magic.

Any last words for the interview?
Keep up the good work :>
Title: Re: July 2018 FCM Nominations
Post by: DoctorC on September 05, 2018, 02:15:23 PM
Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

For the month of July, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be decided ahead of time.

In the interests of getting the community more involved in featuring a community member, the newsletter is requesting nominations from the community!

Please feel free to PM the NLW team with the name of one member who is at least a Jr. Member and has been registered at least one year, with the PM title "Nomination for Featured Community Member".

Additionally, anyone who was last interviewed more than two years ago (see the quote in this post (http://elementscommunity.org/forum/elements-council/newsletter-interviews/msg1244123/#msg1244123)) is eligible while those interviewed more recently are not.

We will be accepting nominations for a few days (you have been late to this post), then having open polls for a few more, intending to leave approximately a week or so for questions and a week for the interviewee to respond.

Don't delay, nominate today!
Title: October 2018 FCM Voting
Post by: mathman101 on September 12, 2018, 02:09:19 AM
 Greetings, readers (faithful/occasional/new/etc.) of the Featured Community Member thread!

We have a poll for next month's Featured Community Member; voting commences at once, forthwith!

If your name is up there because you were nominated but you would rather decline to participate, please contact a Newsletter Writer and we will keep your name up for bragging rights statistical purposes only.
Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: mathman101 on September 19, 2018, 04:43:40 AM
For this upcoming month, the newsletter would like to announce that our interviewee will be

Kalinuial

and this is your chance to ask (him/her) a question for all the world to hear!

To do so you have no time remaining. Thanks in advance!

Please do not ask your questions here! All the questions will be made public and attributed at the time of release. To maintain secrecy until then, send the NLW a personal message instead, titled "Question for Kalinuial".

Please note that Newsletter writers have the right to slightly edit your question (in terms of grammar style etc., not the actual context), ignore it if they feel it is inappropriate or if they get too many questions (then they need to select the best ones).

Don't hesitate, but send me questions! (Please title your message "Question for Kalinuial").

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Title: Re: Featured Community Member
Post by: Linkcat on September 19, 2018, 08:20:29 AM
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