Meet the Staff Interview Series – Belanos

Moniker used on site?
Belanos

Where did your nickname come from?
It’s the name of a Celtic sun god. I was trying to come up with a name for my first UO character and this popped into my mind.

Age?
Just 24…

Where are you from?
All over, but currently living in Fort Bragg, NC, United States

What did you do prior to joining UOForums?
Lurked and leeched!

Why did you join UOForums?
I don’t really remember. I think there was some thread that I wanted to reply to, so I registered.

What are your responsibilities with UOForums/EOGamer?
To make the site a better place to digitally live 😛

What are your goals for UOForums/EOGamer?
To help keep things going well enough that EA will realize that there isn’t only one fansite.

What MMOs do you play?
UO is the only one I play right now. EVE and EQ in the past.

What console/non-MMOs do you play?
I am a huge fan of the FFX and earlier Final Fantasy games. Post FFX it all kinda went downhill IMO. Also, I’ll admit that I’m a big Pokemon fan. The first two generations were the only ones that were really good IMO (that includes the later remakes). Also into Call of Duty on PS3 – annoying games but fun multiplayer.

What is your favorite play style?  Why?
Casual RP and PVM. I don’t have the attention span to sit in PVP for hours on end.

What is your favorite MMO?  Why?
UO of course! EVE comes close, but it doesn’t offer the same depth that UO does. I just like how open UO is.

What’s your favorite console?  Why?
Of all the consoles ever, I’d have to say either the SNES or PSX. But with emulation and backwards compatibility and such, I’m going to go with the PS3.

What’s your favorite non-MMO game?  Why?
Difficult to say, but I’d have to go with Final Fantasy 7. I played it way back in 1997 when it first came out in the US, and it was my introduction to real RPG gaming. I still own my original white label copy, and I still play it. That game had an influence on me and my future as a gamer that I couldn’t begin to describe. I consider myself the Internets’ foremost expert on Final Fantasy VII 🙂

What was the first game you played?
Super Mario Brothers/Duck Hunt on the SNES, when I was in Kindergarten.

What is your favorite game genre?
RPG without a doubt

What do you look for in games?
Solid story is the most important. I like lots of side-quests. I don’t like when games try to reinvent the wheel with the game mechanics.

What is your “claim to fame”?
On Chesapeake I once found a way into the blocked off area where Casca was about to give a speech, and when he showed up I declared that I had usurped the throne 🙂

Hobbies outside of gaming?
Warhammer Fantasy Battle. HUGE fan. Also a computer enthusiast and hobbyist Python programmer.

If you were to design your “perfect” MMO, what would it be like?
UO in space.

Anything else you want to share with us?
I’m terrified of spiders.

When did you start playing Ultima Online?
1998, on my brother’s account. A few months later I got my own account.

What is your fondest memory from the game?  (this can be a guild event, EM event, something unique that happened, whatever is something you still remember to this day)?
For a few months I ran an RP tavern in East Paxlair. Me and a buddy were the only ones there one time when I had to page a GM to fix something. We were sitting around when GM Sorif revealed himself and chatted us up a bit. He fixed my problem, and I offered him a job as a bar wench. His reply was to pop behind the bar and say “One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer.” Fun times!

How long have you played UO?
First started almost 13 years ago but I’ve played on and off for the last several years. My oldest account is credited for just over 11 years right now.

What is your main shard you play on and why?
Chesapeake, because my brothers both played there when I first started, and I never left.

What’s your favorite character build?
I like pure paladins the most (120 each in weapon skill, tactics, anatomy, healing, chivalry, parry). Lots of fun to play.

Do you have any interesting character names?  If so, what are they and how did they come about?
Not really. Most of my character names are either borrowed from mythology, classic scifi, or Lovecraft.

If you could get the devs to change one thing in the game, what would it be?
Rideable dolphins.

Why do you still play this game?
I have no idea. I keep quitting and the game keeps calling me back.

If you had one piece of advise to offer new players, what would it be?
People are all idiots. Play the game the way you want to.

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