What attracted you to clan quest, and what made you stay?
I was looking for a new clan in January, because I'd been back into the game for about three months -- by that point, I was pretty sure I was gonna be sticking around for longer. There were about five people still active in Legend, my old clan -- none of which I remembered.
Was still reluctant to leave it, though -- I joined it on the day the reworked clans were released, with citadels and all that, and we were the first clan to reach 500 members! I remember refreshing the member count highscores, waiting for us to get to the top...!
(also, their clan cloak was cool)
I found Clan Quest on the RSOF. With my username, I pretty much just went "yes, hello, this suits me perfectly", but decided to guest just in case I didn't want to leave.
But oh man, CQ was instantly far more welcoming and active than even Legend used to be. I stayed because I really felt at home in the clan. And still do today...!
What are some of the biggest changes you've seen, implemented in game? Any thoughts about them?
I was vaguely into Runescape when EoC happened. I remember watching a progress video and going "oh sweet, dual-wielding!" And then when I actually got round to playing after the EoC update... huh, li'l pics you can click to spice up your combat. Neat.
So yeah, I never really had a "THIS SUCKS, I'M QUITTING" moment with EoC. Though I had no idea how to use revo until a bunch of clannies showed me how back in Feb. Thanks for building me my first revo bar, Tyco!
I also played for a bit not long after RS3 got released. I remember having no idea what to do in the Battle of Lumbridge, heh -- didn't actually know how to pick a side. Then slowly and sadly found out that Guthix was dead.
Had a conversation with my youngest brother (11 years old) recently and mentioned that I'd done The World Wakes -- "What?? You said you didn't want to do The World Wakes because you didn't want to see Guthix die!!!"
I have no memory of this conversation, but somehow he remembers it from when he was 7 years old...!
Is there a player or mod that you admire/ respect? Why?
Mod Raven, for sure. He was one of the few JMods I knew about back in my noob days -- I played a hell of a lot of FunOrb too, he used to work on there, had his own group on the forums called The Raven Society. I thought it was _awesome_ and really really wanted to join... buuuut was a non-member and wasn't able to post on the forum. By the time I got FunOrb membership, he'd left to join Runescape. Sad times.
... well, not-so-sad times. He had anannouncement post that he was joining the Runescape team, and working on the Halloween event for the year -- I just remember my tiny noob self going "oh man, this Halloween event is going to be AWESOME." (It was! Black Zabeth Halloween event, had just about the most fun I've ever had with a holiday event. Possibly barring Sliske and the Chocolate Factory.)
But yeah, seeing Mod Raven was still around was a massive plus for me when I got back into the game. I love what he's done and what he continues to do for the game. TL;DR: can't wait till I've spotted all 13 ravens and can henceforth swear my undying allegiance to him for evermore (or rather nevermore).
Over the few years you've been playing, is there anything you've learned in-game that you've implemented in your real life?
I tried doing the Hefin poses as a daily yoga routine for a bit. Was great for a week or so, but then I learnt a very important lesson: it's absolute MURDER on the knees.
Now the other way around. Anything you took from real life to the game?
Apart from the money I paid for membership...? Nope, can't think of anything.
What is the nicest thing you've done for anyone? How about in game?
Helping out an old woman whose heart had failed at the local fish & chips shop? I'm not sure if that really counts as nice -- it just felt like what I had to do in the moment. Just switched into crisis laser focus mode and did whatever I could do.
I just walked on in, to get myself some chips, and there she was, lying on the floor, having CPR done by the cashier. I offered to take over -- I'm first aid trained, CPR is tiring, they recommend people switch up on who's doing it so that one person doesn't get too tired out -- but she refused, so I got on the phone to the ambulance instead.
Kept on relaying instructions, help, reassurance to her, and kept the medical people up to date on the situation. Then the ambulance came, paramedics lifted the old woman onto a stretcher and took her away... and the cashier went back to work and made me some chips (though not before I'd congratulated her for doing CPR like a champ).
Funny how quickly life goes back to normal after something like that.
In-game? I dunno, I've been helping clannie-to-be Lady of Bows recently. She really wants to get into PvM, so I took her to KBD a fair few times and then told her the reqs to work her way up to Graardor -- took her on her first couple of trips there a few days back, she loved it!
What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
Well, emergency situations are on my mind at the moment... my oldest little brother fell into a swimming pool on his 10th birthday, couldn't swim, and almost died. We were in Austria at the time, on a trip with Scouts, so there was the problem of the language barrier with the emergency services (who came in by helicopter, because mountains) -- a woman who just happened to be swimming came by to translate, and helped communicate between the Scout leaders and the emergency services right up until they took him away in the helicopter, to get treatment over the border in Germany.
Anyway, how this is relevant to me rather than to him -- I was in shock, had a swimming towel wrapped around me as a makeshift shock blanket, and ended up being taken to hospital myself. (Sadly in a regular ambulance rather than a helicopter. But yeah, I still remember how blue his lips were. Not a pleasant memory.)
Stayed in hospital for a few days to recover, and... the woman who translated came to visit me. She'd visited my brother in hospital, too. She was absolutely lovely, and she'd brought a gift for me -- a beautiful shiny purple neckscarf. Was my prized posession for ages, I wore it just about everywhere. Pretty sure I've still got it somewhere...
What are your current goals in Runescape? Aspirations in real life? What is your playstyle like? Xp, cape goals, money or general companionship etc.
Current goal... questcaping. Not much longer now! But the fact that I tend to take multiple days per quest doesn't help. (I like taking it slow, okay?)
In real life -- gonna get meself a second part-time teaching job, in order to make enough money to move out and... rent some tiny cramped bed in a house with 29 other people, because London is expensive as all hell, but at least I'll have moved out! And I have my eye on the perfect job, with a high demand for new staff (especially in my area). Just gotta wait a few months before I can go for it, but after that -- it's happenin'.
If money, time, commitments etc. was no issue, what would your perfect day look like?
I'll keep it pretty close to what I do anyway, just the ideal version -- wake up at 7:30am (this is sleeping in by my standards, good ol' early morning job), teach my current favourite students (Alice is adorable and has practically a whole army of puppets who she sometimes gets to answer the questions for her in silly voices, Lucy is cheeky as all hell and great fun, Beth has sadly left the course and moved to Australia, but I'd love to teach her again, she's the sweetest), chill playing Runescape for a bit until about 9, go to the gym, start out doing cross training for cardio, then weights, then go swimming to cool down, get back and draw some stuff while AFKing Runescape and chatting with clannies and friends, then continue a long, ongoing game of Civ V I'm playing with my best friend. Do that till about 11pm and then sleep. Damn good day to me.
What do your irl friends say about you?
I get that I'm sweet and understanding and helpful a lot -- intelligent, too.
What is your biggest regret in life, and what have you learnt from it?
I wouldn't really say I have too much in the way of regrets. I'll stand by a lotta things I've done in life -- or, if not stand by them, at least understand why I did them at the time.
I'm gonna say doing the International Baccalaureate instead of A Levels as is normal for people to do in the UK -- I basically burnt out doing the IB, and got grades a lot worse than I could've got doing A Levels. There was a lot of good in that, though. School wouldn't let me take enough A Levels all at once to cover all the subjects I liked and was good at -- IB let me do that.
And though only 13 people in the school did the IB, and the school stopped offering the course halfway through our time taking it and just sort of left us all to drift... I really did bond well with those other 12 people.
There was a party we had when we finished school, talking it all over during a weekend by the beach, and honestly... from what I heard, it was a miracle some of us actually survived to the end. Was great to finally get everything out. I wouldn't trade that weekend for everything.
What I've learnt from it? Don't take on more than you can bear to do, you goddamn overcommitting overcommitter.
Is there a promise you made to yourself, that you kept true to this day?
I was a really strict young kid, promised to myself that I'd never end up drinking or smoking -- a decade on, and apart from a few sips of things my parents made me try (hated 'em), I've kept my word on that.
Not just to keep a promise to ten-year-old me, but because I genuinely think I'm better off like that. Got an addictive personality... best not to start in the first place, y'know?
What is the biggest lesson you've ever learnt, or took to heart?
Never too late to bail. Look up the sunk cost fallacy -- you may feel like "I can't stop this now, I've put so much time into it already", but really, if something's just bad and going to get worse, what's the point of seeing it through to the end? Only going to cause you more unnecessary pain.
This lesson's done me well over the years, covering everything from a really, really bad relationship to Latin lessons.
What do you do when you're sad?
Depends on how sad. Sometimes curl up in bed and attempt to sleep.
In the worst times, though, Blue, Red and Grey by The Who is my "cling onto this to stop yourself going completely off the rails" song. It's a lovely happy song, such a warm sound to it, all about appreciating life. But man, I can barely listen to it normally without associating with all the bad times I've listened to it...!
What are your hobbies, if any?
All sorts. I try to do a bit of everything.
Making cool visuals/games/interactive stuff with the programming language Processing is something I used to do a lot -- kinda fallen outta the habit though.
Still do a fair bit of web design though. Recently got really into swimming. Used to work out with dumbbells a lot, now do so at the gym with the machines they got there -- love 'em. Jewellery-making -- started doing a whole lot of chainmail in particular lately.
Cosplay! I gotta restrain myself from cosplaying sometimes -- "yes, this character looks amazing, but you WILL bankrupt yourself if you try to make that costume". Runescape. Not too many games, actually.
But I'm a lifelong Civ player, and do love me some Stardew Valley. Oh, and pixel art of course.
What is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?
Seven times six.
If you could have any job you wanted, which job would you have?
Still a teacher, but a teacher who actually gets paid enough to live independently please and thank you.
(Preferably a computer science teacher. I love inspiring kids to code.)
If there was one part of any quest you could change, what would it be?
Okay, hear me out -- The World Wakes, but when Guthix is about to die, suddenly he's magically back at home on Naragun with his daughter and his species hasn't been wiped out and with no gods going to be around to wipe them out? No? Okay, fine...
Seriously, though, I love The World Wakes and wouldn't change a bit of it for anything. Made me cry goddamn bathtubs, but that's a mark of how good it is. And I appreciate what it's done for Runescape lore.
More seriously -- more with Linza in Kindred Spirits. The stuff about her coming to make a deal with Sliske is too interesting a glance at her character to just be described in a few lines of dialogue. A flashback scene or something, maybe? But yeah, I liked her to start off with -- I tend to like female mechanics/engineers/blacksmiths anyway -- but god damn, that quest made her outright fascinating to me.
What's your favourite NPC in RuneScape?
ZANIK! Loved her questline! The Chosen Commander came out when I was still pretty new to the game, and aw man, it immediately became one of my biggest goals. Most amazing feeling to finally do it myself. There were the Lores and Histories that came with it too, the series The Chasm of Lights -- I read those and loved those, and even wrote a fanfic sequel to 'em myself back in the day??
(I was going through my RSOF profile recently, my oldest post that's still on the forums is of me advertising my Zanik fanfic in 2010. I don't remember writing it, but I just saw that and went... yep, that sure doesn't surprise me at all.)
Only just did The Mighty Fall and Nomad's Elegy recently. The Mighty Fall did a lot less of a disservice to her character than I expected, only knowing in advance that you had the option to kill her at one point. Her goodbye made me tear up -- "Remember me. I will remember you.
We humbled a god together." (And I don't hate the design either, she looks a lot more mature, it's nice). And as much as I loved Nomad's Elegy, and it's now one of my favourite quests... I feel as if her character should've been left there. I didn't want to keep her dead at the end of Elegy, but I'm not satisfied with her just handing out capes at Soul Wars, either. It's not a good ending for her character.
Hey, maybe that should be my answer to the one above instead. "Have Zanik be able to live her life how she wants at the end of Nomad's Elegy, rather than just be confined to Soul Wars." I'd like that.
Top 5 fictional characters, ANYWHERE!
Anywhere?? Right, five characters, I'm doing this, let's go! Lirael from Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy! Don't know why she came to mind, I haven't read those books in years, but god damn I loved 'em! Amethyst, Ace McShane, The Doctor, especially the Seventh Doctor, Zanik again! Bam! Done!
What's your favourite drink?
Hah, ooh boy. There's this weird stuff called Calpis from Japan -- a sort of dairy drink? Yoghurty, almost? But way too thin to be actually yoghurt. But yeah, I love it. So much that the people at the Japanese school I was visiting on a school trip to Japan ended up calling me Calpis-chan... and then my own classmates ended up calling me that too.
Any quotes you've taken a liking to? (they can originate from anywhere)
I've got Doctor Who on the brain at the moment, so...
"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream. People made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, somewhere else the tea's getting cold! Come on, Ace, we've got work to do!"
What did you want to grow up to be when you were a kid?
An astronaut. Who didn't?
What has been the most challenging part of your life so far, and how did you make it through?
Moving from Australia to England as a kid, probably. What is this strange, cold country? I don't like it here! What's all this white cold stuff? "Snow"? What are these accents? I can't understand what anyone's saying! Help!
I got used to it. Now I consider myself more British than Aussie. Funny, that.
Can you share to us an item currently sitting on your desk?
Bit of faux-leather fabric that I'm currently sewing into an armguard for my Linza cosplay.
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You get a ticket to visit Gielinor IRL. Where do you go first?
Prif would probably hurt my eyes. I'd say Dorgesh-Kaan! Really fascinating city, would love to explore.
What is your earliest Runescape memory?
The tutorial! I started playing in the very short period of time in which Learning the Ropes was the game's tutorial. Apparently there was a lower rate of people completing it than there was for Tutorial Island? I didn't have a problem with it though.
Is there any chance to see you at Runefest 2017?
100% chance, barring spontaneous combustion. I live practically no distance away -- why would I not come?
How would you describe yourself in-game? A wealthy skiller, the rich bankstander or an adventurer perhaps?
An adventurer with an unhealthy woodcutting addiction.
You get 30 seconds of full attention from all Jmods of Jagex. What do you say?
"Oh man, uh... I dunno what to say! Quests! Quests are good! Do more quests! Good stuff! Lots of quests please and thank you goodbye!"
Where do you come from? (Country/region is fine)
Hah, complicated question for me. I come from Sydney, Australia, but have lived well over half my life in London, England.
What should someone visit first who is coming to visit?
Depends on what you're interested in. The British Museum is pretty much unmatched, though. Incredible place.
Do you play RuneScape with the music on? If so, what's your favourite song?
Pretty much always with music on, yes! I was rebuilding my in-game playlist just today -- I can't choose just one, but highlights include Shattered Worlds IV, Glacialis IV (all the IVs), Zanik's Theme, Helwyr's Hymn, Valerio's Song, Citharede Requiem and Temple Desecrated.
Are you excited about Jagex's move to expansions over smaller weekly updates?
Ooooh boy, I was ranting about this in clan chat just this morning...
To sum up my rant: I wish they actually would move to expansions over smaller weekly updates. Cos at the moment, they're trying to do both -- trying to have their cake and eat it too. And from the general feedback on this year's weekly expansions... it's not been going well.
I have high hopes for Menaphos. And monthly updates would probably be manageable on top of expansions. But weekly just ain't working any more.
When did you start playing?
September 2008. Around the same time I started secondary school. It's grown up with me...!
What was your very first accomplishment cape?
Prayer! Thank you, DXPW! And yes, I've betrayed my username, but I couldn't resist any longer, dammit...!
If I were to visit your country, what do you think I should do first?
Answered above for Shane -- go to the British Museum! It's incredible!
Do you have a motto or a favourite phrase? If so, which is it?
I had this big old book thing that keeps track of you in every year of school. Basically stopped using it about the age of 14, but I vividly remember it saying in the back -- "life is a journey, not a destination". That was The Deepest Thing to me back when it was 10, and I dunno... it just stuck with me ever since.
Which quest you believe to be the best?
Very, VERY close tie between The World Wakes and The Chosen Commander.
Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument/s would you like to learn?
I've tried all sorts. Used to have piano lessons, taught myself guitar and was in the school guitar club, was in the school folk club and played banjo/mandolin, learnt a little ukulele...
... none of these went very well, because my hands are TINY. Can barely reach an octave on a piano!
So I'd like bigger hands to actually be able to play guitar properly. That'd be great...!
Tell us the story behind your name!
... I'm going for a quest cape?
If you mean my name IRL -- it's some unpronounceable Gaelic mess that I'd rather not share online -- my parents actually got it from a guy they met while travelling in China. He was Irish, he noticed they had an Irish surname, he gave 'em a list of Irish first names to match for when they had kids. Cool backstory, just led to me having an incredibly annoying name that makes people go "... I'm sorry, how's this pronounced?" every single time it's read.
(My Korean boss gave his daughter my name as an English name. I feel so sorry for her for if she ever wants to try using it.)
How many languages do you speak? Which one would you like to learn?
English and French are my main ones. Some Spanish, Japanese and Latin too, though all rusty.
I'd love to learn Korean so I can actually understand what my students are saying when they chat to each other in class. The writing isn't hard at all -- can be learnt in 20 minutes, no joke, it was specifically designed to be incredibly easy to learn -- it's just that the grammar is infamously terrifying...
If you had to escape your country inmediately, what's the one thing you'd take with you?
Quest Cape for when??
Best film ever?
Blade Runner or the Rocky Horror Picture Show, depending on my mood.
Best book ever?
1984. Read as an eleven-year-old, picked it up in a family friend's house after having heard of it being good... god damn it made one hell of an impression on me.