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Interview With Nicolai [ Community -> Interview ]
Posted by POOPERSCOOPER | Related News Items Fri 26 Mar 2010, 3:14 PM
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I interviewed Nicolai who used to post here awhile ago and is a well respected member of the community;

1. What was it about the Fallout games that you enjoyed most? How did you get started in the Fallout community?


Wrecking people's shit, naturally.

Visited Vault13.net, DAC and NMA a few times early on to look up stuff about Fallout 1 and 2, but I didn't join the community until summer 2002 or so when I found the DAC IRC channel. Signed up at DAC a year later (after having lurked a bit)

2. Who was or is your favorite poster on DAC?


I don't have one, but I usually read all of 4too's posts. That has to count for something, right?

3. Explain how you became a member of Mammas Gang.


/whois'd atoga randomly on IRC and saw that he was in a channel called #mammasgang, so I joined it and found a secret group of faggots dedicated to immanentizing the eschaton. The rest is history.

4. When did you first join #fallout and why did you continue to stay?


I was messing around with mIRC back in April/May 2002 and found a network called Gamesnet (now GameSurge), figured I'd have a look around and when I checked out the channel list I found a Fallout channel. Having played the two original games few years earlier and, more recently, Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, I joined the channel and was banned within a few minutes by Metalwyrm after disagreeing with him on the merits of Fallout Tactics. I've been hanging out there regularly ever since that ban expired. Stuck around since there was a pretty interesting group of regulars (Spazmo, Megatron, Lasse, you, etc).

5. What are some of your favorite memories on DAC and IRC?


DAC:
The summer of JimmyJay86 running DAC was great. Saint Proverbius or Killzig forgot to pay the domain bill and it was lost to squatters. The forum was almost deserted, the domain was dead and the site was barely functioning due to all the links being dead - pretty post-apoc all right. The temporary domain was TheWastes.net or something equally terrible. The whole thing ended with Saint Proverbius coming back and giving the site to Mr. Teatime, who is more famous for his piano recordings than his time as a DAC admin. JJ86 got pretty pissed off and ranted about it in IRC for hours, I imagine that I still have the log around here somewhere.'
Stlaker: Oblivion Lost (never forget)
That time Calis gave me admin on DAC and I banned Ausir and deleted the accounts of Dreadnought and Psychosniper was pretty funny.
Having that invasion of the RPG Codex backfire and end up with King of Creation and Smiley as head fucknuggets.

IRC:
Fucking with Exitium's shit for years until he flipped and ran off... And then taking the fight to his home turf :semper #fallout: (RIP #exitiumhasnomouthandmustscream / #bizarro)
Taking over the RPG Codex with Naked Lunch and The Pooper

6. Do you thing that Spazmo's true fate should be revealed or kept secret (like I promised his family)?


Mamma's Gang has to keep its promises. That secret has to die with us.

7. What is your area of study at school? When do you plan to graduate and what will you do after that?


Economics. Pretty dull stuff, really. Once I graduate I'll either study some more or get a job and then study some more later.

8. What is it about the Eastern Front of World War 2 that you find interesting enough to read huge books on it?


It's sort of like you and your feeder fetish, only I'm into reading about brutal wars instead of paying women to tape themselves eating stuff and get all fat and bloated.

9. What books, games, comics, or movies are you currently into or looking forward to?


Well, Enki Bilal's new comic Animal'z ought to be good, the Danish translation came out recently so I'm waiting for that to arrive in the mail. Other than that I've been mostly been playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the PC lately, pretty tight game.

10. What do you contribute to the longevity of DAC and IRC despite many people claiming the death of both through out their history?


Probably nothing, Susan is the one keeping DAC alive with his spam barrages

11. The fallout community has had many crazy people, who do you think is the most insane and craziest of them all?


Well, I'd say Spazmo, but I suppose that it would be wrong to sully the memory of a dead man by detailing his various excesses. Susan

12. How did you get asshatted? How do you feel about the direction KoC is taking the site?


I suppose that I was too critical of King of Creation's regime of terror.. Oh, and banning him from the #fallout IRC channel might have something to do with it. I haven't been to the forum since I got banned for the.. uh, second? (third? fourth? probably third) time a few weeks back, but unless it has changed for the better while I've been gone (unlikely as that might sound), I still hold fast on that it won't do anything but decline further. Disposing of King of Creation, Smiley and that new guy they turned into the head of the political correctness department, whatever his name is, would probably be for the best, but you might as well dust off and nuke the site from orbit.

13. What did you think of FO3? Do you think New Vegas will be any good?


Fallout 3 was OK, I suppose. Not great, not terrible, just somewhere in-between.

Haven't been following Fallout: New Vegas, I'll give it a shot when it comes out but I can't be bothered to keep tabs on it. It takes a lot for me to get excited about a game that's more than a few weeks off these days.

14. Which of the community interviews has been your favorite?


The unpublished Spazmo interview (may he rest in peace), the photo of you sitting at the edge of his hospital bed was downright touching. I guess the gastric bypass operation wouldn't have succeeded anyway, but we sure had our hopes up.

15. What do you see for the future of PC gaming?


Well, hopefully a return to power. If developers realize that shoddy console ports aren't so hot we might get somewhere.

16. How do you feel about the death of David Wallace?


Well, you know, perhaps it was for the best. If you find that you've blown your wad at an early age you might as well capitalize on your existing body of work by putting a lid on it.

Thanks, Nicolai.

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Exclusive St. Toxic Interview [ Person -> Interview ]
Posted by POOPERSCOOPER | Related News Items Thu 21 May 2009, 11:25 AM
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I have interviewed the legendary patriot, St. Toxic and here are his answers;

1. What is your profession now and where do you live?

Gosh! What a personal question. I'm currently employed at a warehouse, handling all aspects of quality control and recount on recieved articles. It's a temp gig, but that's what they all say rite.

I've also moved around a bit in the past year, finally ending up as Nico's next-door neighbour. :Norway 67: cool

2. How did you learn to draw?

Always had a natural talent for it. You don't really "learn" to draw; you either draw or you don't, and it improves the more you do it.

Technique is a bit different. Basically, you develop it yourself from private observations and all manner of tutorships, official or not. I did go to art-school at a point, but I think it rather made me more cynical towards art and artists, than improve on my personal abilities.

3. Have you played any of FO3 DLC and if you did what did you think of them?

I haven't, but I can usually tell when a game is shit without crawling through it. The way I see it, FO3 was a false bottom and the DLC's are falling right through it, one after the other, pushing the envelope with every new release.

4. What games are you currently playing or what was the last game you played?

Mostly multiplayer games, at this point. Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead and Insurgency can all be quite entertaining in small doses. Usually give either one a spin whenever time permits it.

Also, I always jump at the chance of a good co-op experience, and the last noteworthy one would have to be Men of War / Faces of War. But setting up a good coop takes some time and effort, and so it becomes a rare treat.

I can't even remember the last new singleplayer game I played, and more importantly enjoyed. Probably means it's about time for a FO/FO2 romp, just to refresh my memory on what decent writing and gameplay looks like.

5. What games are you looking forward to?

None, at the moment. Good games usually come as a complete surprise these days, and most often you don't hear about them until they're already up for grabs. Few titles manage to be worth a shit despite the hype they get.

Although honestly, I'm planning on getting my hands on RE5 for some cooperative action, when the price drops. Guess I'm sort of looking forward to that, though I imagine it'll be a waterlogged barrel of fun.

6. Is it true you traveled with Antimeasure IRL?

Oh yeah. More than once actually. He's a fun guy to trek around with and good at keeping creepy elements away, by being one himself.

We've been to the Netherlands and Germany on one trip, and mother Russia on another. But the Nerdcon (tm) was the premier trip, and the only one that was throughly documented. Might be worthwhile to do another travel-log in the future.

7. What do you think of NMA and the RPGcodex?

A bunch of faggots. Though the situation seems to be improving. The Codex is rapidly turning into a 4chan equivalent and I haven't actually paid any attention to NMA in years, and they're not making any noise, so I think it's about time to take their pin off the map. A successful DAC spin-off should obscure both communities at this point.

8. What books have you been reading?

The Carlos Castaneda books. I'm thinking about making a short hand-book version with all the essential points brought up in his 12 books -- there's a tome of knowledge/mindfuckery in there. I've also been listening to audio recordings of Lovecraft, T.H White, Philip K. Dick and a few others. Real goldmine for entertainment.

9. What movies have you watched lately?

Damn, don't think I've actually watched a full feature-length film in ages. I do remember having a Mad Max-athon, back when I found all three films in HD quality. I guess that must have been it. cool

10. What do you think of the future of the RPG industry? Is there any hope?

Hope would imply that the industry suddenly grows a heart and a brain, or that a newcomer to the scene makes an obscure title that outsells the latest hypefest and becomes the new standard or something. I don't think that's going to happen. But I do think that there will be a collapse of the current game industry, as it is now, and that might bring us a couple of decent niche RPG titles, while companies try to get back on the horse.

Quite possibly our game preference is passé and will at best make short comebacks, much the same way outdated fashion does. But I'm an optimist at heart, so I'd say we'll have some worthwhile RPG's before our time is up. cool

11. Why did you lead a coo on the RPGcodex? Why do you think people follow with such devotion?

I just had an idea, about an actual military assault on a non-physical entity, such as an internet forum, and Codex fit the bill. There was even some provocation. Had we gotten some of the frogs there to play along, we might even have had a fun game of war, but they're all butthurt about something over there and don't like to fuck around -- so no go.

As to why people joined in; DAC is fading into obscurity. Can't have people openly taking a shit on it, on top of that. The few members we have are still very zealous, but as we have no cause anymore that zeal amounts to nothing but a post mortem twitch. DAC needs a bigger dose of adrenaline to get up and walk, and most of us are itching for it.

But it has sparked some interesting ideas, at least in my own head, about how and what we need to move this community forward. I think we might have an interesting year ahead of us. aiee

As a final note, I'd suggest doing a DAC exclusive interview of Blargh next. cool
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