SOE has tons of gamers around the world! Every month, we highlight some of the most outstanding and helpful members of the community as the SOE Gamer of the Month. This month in honor of PoxNora’s 6th anniversary we picked someone from that community. We are pleased to introduce DMrBadguy from PoxNora.
Mepps, Community Manger from PoxNora, why has DMrBadguy been chosen as this month’s SOE Gamer of the Month?
Picking a Gamer of the Month from the PoxNora community was an extremely difficult task – in a good way! The passion and dedication that players bring to PoxNora is outstanding, and there are literally dozens of players worthy of this honor that I could name just off the top of my head. We have players creating database websites, running trading stores, leading guilds, implementing new player programs on the forums and in-game, and a huge number of people that show up day in and day out to contribute to the community and to the game.
While I was searching through all of those people, trying to narrow it down and pick one, I just kept running across constructive, insightful, helpful forum posts from DMrBadguy. It’s great to be able to give nods and thanks to people who go to huge and extraordinary lengths when we can, but I feel it is also important to acknowledge those everyday players that represent the community as whole in the best way. DMrBadguy is just that. He is an easy going community member that contributes regularly to what the PoxNora community does best – balance discussion and feedback! He is an exemplary everyday Poxer (and maybe his posts just happened to be in all the right spots). Either way, congratulations, DMrBadguy!
Now, let’s meet DMrBadguy!
Where in the real life world do you live?
Redmond, WA for now.
What SOE Game(s) do you play?
Mainly PoxNora and I also played Dungeon Overlord with a friend back in its beta stage. I don’t know if SOE owns that but I remember you could pay with SC.
How long have you played the above games?
I’ve been playing PoxNora on and off. I started back in 2007 when it was run by Octopi Inc., but I took a break from mid 2008 to late 2010. I was encouraged to get back into the game by Jayaris/Walrussy/Soulfear/PitDragun/FemaleIRL/ForestQueen and I’ve been here ever since. I quit Dungeon Overlord a few months in because it was kind of a time sink and my schedule didn’t let me manage my dungeons efficiently enough. Maybe I’ll go back to it someday, but I’m likely playing Pox until the game dies or my life ends and Claude’s grandchildren are playing PoxNora in space.
What other games do you play?
I’ve got quite the game library, about 300+ games big just physically but half of that is in California with my little brother. I am pretty much into all genres but the only ones I play competitively are strategy and fighting games.
What type of work do you do?
I study at Digipen Institute of Technology located in Redmond, WA, as an amateur game designer and programmer. I also do some editing for Montenegro Editors in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico periodically.
How many hours a week do you play video games?
Mostly depends on my workload for that week or specific day. One day it might be no gaming at all but the next I will only stand up to eat, unload, and brush my teeth. Often, I will play unranked PoxNora matches while I work, watch videos, or read a book so I’d say about 1-2 hours a day on average and 10+ on a slow day.
What does a typical gaming session consist of?
Depends on what I’m playing. If I want some quick games, I’ll usually login into PoxNora and play some ranked games but console games can be a chore due to my humongous backlog and OCD kicking in, telling me to go back and 100% clear something else unless it’s multiplayer.
In the SOE Games you play what do you play? Race/class/Rank/Empire ect….
I pretty much own all PoxNora runes twice, except for like some troublesome 5 so I play everything. My favorite PoxNora are Moga because they’re very silly looking creatures and I enjoy moving a lot of champion units as to overwhelm my opponents. This makes Skeezick, Imps, Ferren, Zombies, Kanen and other swarmy cheapmeat races my top picks for when I want to play for fun.
What got you into gaming and what sort of games do you like the most?
I got into gaming around the tender age of 5, when my grandpa bought me a Game Boy at the airport along with Super Mario Land. Tetris also came bundled with the Gameboy so I was more excited about the contraption than the trip itself. Been hooked up ever since. I am most fond of turn based strategy games (both digital and tabletop) and my second preferred genre is Hack n Slash/Beat ‘em Ups. Runner up would be fighting games but I haven’t had the time to really get into any of the newer titles like UMVC3 though I’m eagerly awaiting the next Guilty Gear title. I also enjoy playing several board games.
What other hobbies or activities do you take part in, other then playing Video Games?
I like to avoid female contact and eat Doritos/drink Mountain Dew in my parent’s basement. That aside, I’m always up for a good read and I enjoy drawing. I’ve taken an interest into writing random short stories recently.
What is your highest level character?
This one doesn’t apply to PoxNora so much, but my player account is level 99 and I’m usually top 100 for what it’s worth.
What do you like the most about your favorite SOE Game?
PoxNora is a fascinating game on a technical level. With over one thousand unique units, 20 different maps and the 30 rune limitation for a game with over 1700 to choose from, the sheer permutations make for quite some replayability. I made it my goal to get all runes as to get rid of limitations and play everything so collecting everything itself was quite the adventure. The community and game’s constant evolution are also a big part of it.
How did you choose your main character’s name?
D can be interpreted as my initial or “The”. Mr Badguy was Freddie Mercury’s first solo album. That’s about it, really.
What is your favorite lobby?
Ranked Play. It’s fun just to discuss the standing of the game or watch people flip over a loss in real time fresh out of the game. It’s also the best place to be in order to find interesting matches to observe.
What is your favorite NPC?
The captured Boghopper Tad from the Crazed Beasts campaign.
Which lobby do you like the least?
The trading bazaar. As an avid collector, it’s usually a downer to see people “lf overbid”. Automated trading was a godsend. Shutouts to decondor from PoxBox for the great service he provides to the community!
Which NPC do you like the least?
Anything that demands to be escorted and makes you lose if it dies.
What is the most in-game currency you have ever spent on purchasing a single item for one of your characters?
I paid roughly 270k gold in runes for a Harbinger once.
Do you have an item you no longer use but keep around for nostalgic reasons? If so what is it and why do you keep it?
I like to collect Boghopper Tads and Ambling Fronds. I don’t use them but I wanna have 1000 of each eventually.
Describe your best experience from playing your favorite SOE Game?
It’s hard to tell. The whole PoxNora experience comes from the involvement of the community and how I interact with all these individuals, and what I discover through playing and watching the game evolve over time. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as much joy from playing (not even when I achieved top 5 or even 1 positions) as I’ve had from seeing my silly ideas influence the game or when I break something on paper and several players get into an argument about how busted it might be. Basically, I enjoy being part of the big dysfunctional family that PoxNora is because at the end of the day, we all care about the game to varying degrees.
You really go above and beyond when you participate on the forums, providing feedback and discussing balance. Can you share about a particular discussion that you were involved in and enjoyed contributing to?
Every “Cactuar Thread” has been a blast, with thousands of replies that archive the gargantuan effort that goes into balancing PoxNora, and I thank Sokolov for those. It saves up a lot of space in nerfcalling and since he posts stuff that’s under consideration or his long term goals in it, there’s always something interesting to discuss.
We hope you enjoyed meeting this month’s SOE Gamer of the Month! If you know someone who you think has earned the title SOE Gamer of the Month, we’re looking for submissions! Let us know!
This feature highlights a special community member each month as the SOE Gamer of the Month, and is posted the first Wednesday of the month. Going forward, winners are intended to be truly outstanding and valuable members of the community. As such, each month will be assigned to a specific game, and it will be up to that game’s Community Manager to identify appropriate players. If you would like to be considered or know someone who is worthy of this honor check out this link. You can also meet all of the past SOE Gamers of the Month at this link.