Empiregibberling has been chosen to be the April Hero of the Month.
Empiregibberling was chosen because of his many significant contributions to the game. He has done a lot of notable work on the Psionicist class forum to make sure people know how the class works and the options they have playing as that class. He has also submitted a large amount of well-thought out suggestions to the Feedback to help improve the game.
His attention to detail is much appreciated. He has also been a member of the Allods community for over a year.
Character name: Mindhack
When did you start playing Allods Online and what motivated you to get more involved with the community here?
I got invited to try out Allods by some American friends in the first week of open Beta, which is how I ended up on NA rather than EU; ironiclly none of them stuck around past level 15 but I’d made friends here and the setting was awesome enough that I decided to stick around. Afterall – post apocalyptic steampunk MMO’s with space-opera simulator attached aren’t exactly common; in fact I don’t think I can name any others.
I wasn’t that active in the community at first, but after the Gorluxor patch completely changed the psi class (Back then we didn’t have fountains of death) the psi population crashed hard, at worst there was probably no more than a handful of level 40+ psis left in the game. The psi forum had no up to date information and some players upset by the loss of their original class were turning away new psis with horror stories of how “awful” new psis were, so I began crunching numbers – realised that in fact the class had new potential – and started testing, theorycrafting, posting the results and doing my best to give some solid data with which to develop new builds from.
What advice would you give players to help them maximize their experience with Allods Online?
Sarnaut is a huge world with a lot on offer, you’ll never find everything by yourself and will end up overwhelmed if you don’t have people to turn to ask questions and get some direction, finding yourself a guild (if only a non-descript levelling one) will take you far in making friends and getting yourself centred and should be quite high up your list of things to do; and if you’re a psi, a whole community is only a telepathy message away.
What is your favorite experience with Allods Online so far?
Strangely, the experience that most sticks with me fondly is that of Asee-teph, which is odd seeing most people still have recurring nightmares about that place. Flying solo, ducking through undergrowth and steamy jungles, sensing high level enemies on premonition and evading them, picking off my targets or unsuspecting league only to vanish once more like a psychic ninja solid snake was exciting and tense and not something I’d felt in a mass multiplayer game since Diablo 2 Hardcore.
What made you decide to play your chosen Faction and Class?
I started out on the league – my friends had rolled league and so I went with them.
I’ve long been a HUGE fan of psi-style controller classes; Mesmer in Guild Wars, Mysticism/Illusion schools in Elder Scrolls, Jedi in KotOR, but most MMO’s tend to avoid them because players don’t like the loss of control associated with being mind-screwed or telekineticly tossed about, but Allods was offering to let me fill my favourite playstyle and then unleash it in an MMO setting, how could I pick anything else? :lol: – And unlike many people I actually like gibberlings so I had no issue with having to roll them, hence Twitch was born.
It was only later when I became more familiar with the lore I decided to reroll on the Empire, digging their design and setting more than the fairly standard fantasy league – and given a choice between basic human, or the transhumanist arisen it was a no brainer even if I often find myself looking longingly at the new *coughoverpoweredcough* Xadaganian racial.
Are there any players that you would like to shout out to who have helped make your time in Allods Online an awesome experience?
Wow, so many people and faces I’ve played with in the last year; But my guildies at Redemption are all awesome, especially the ever reliable Windrazor, our resident angel Ellynna, bipolar raid leader Vicelich and all the members of Team Suicide (Who are guaranteed to brighten up any instance) – as are my old guildies in Myth (Now Mercenaries), who’re often so misrepresented on both sides but in fact are genuinely good people.
Not to mention everyone on /telepathy/ – you know who you are ;)
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