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[NEWS] QA5 - Elder Event Moderator Malachi

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Petra Fyde, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Petra Fyde

    Petra Fyde Peerless Chatterbox
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    Six Questions and Answers to give an insight to:

    EM Malachi

    Elder Event Moderator, Ultima Online

    When you first started what impression did you have about doing events, is it harder or easier than you expected? Did you get nervous and do you still get nervous?
    The first events on Great Lakes were chaotic. While most EMs, including myself, have prior experience running player events, the large number of people at an EM event was something we weren’t prepared for. I remember looking at the Counselor Hall packed with over a hundred people and needing a moment to hyperventilate. I’m comfortable with that aspect now. Some of the other aspects remain a challenge. After over a hundred and thirty weekly events, there are just some times when I have no inspiration and yet still need to write an event.
    What is it like working with the EM team and Mesanna?
    Pick any hour of the day and chances are Mesanna is doing something to make this game better. She provides support and aid to every EM in addition to her other duties as associate producer. I also have an incredible partner, Elizabella, whose EMing style and events complement mine perfectly. They are both a lot of fun to work with.
    The three of us have had some very amusing brainstorming sessions in Green Acres.
    It has also been great working with the entire team. We are all very passionate about Ultima, but we each have our own way of approaching EMing. There are the mad scientists who come up with new tricks and event mechanics. The lore masters who debate the finer points of 14 years of UO plot and 30 years of overall Ultima plot. The optimists who provide a kind ear when things go wrong.
    What do you think about the structure of the program?
    I think the structure works very well. We are allowed a great deal of freedom and flexibility to write and run events. Each EM spends a lot of time getting to know a shard and its players. This allows that shard to become a second home.
    Can you describe the training you have to go through to become a EM?
    Training to become an EM was very different when the program started. The documentation wasn’t as good as the handbook we have now, so our first week was spent trying to figure out how our powers worked. Then we were tested and sent out into the world, bright-eyed and naive. We actually learned how to be EMs by doing events.
    Three years later, new EMs have the initial power practice and testing, but training doesn’t end there. They must then shadow several events and learn from established EMs. These shadow EMs still learn by doing events, but with more guidance.
    If someone wanted to join the program, what would be the first thing you would say to them?
    You need to love doing events. You need to love doing events even when you come home tired from your day job. You need to love doing events even when you are sick and huddled in a blanket. If this is the case, you’ll fit right in and should e-mail Mesanna.
    Would you like to have a little more control over the player base at events?
    There are some minor powers I would love to have to make events run more smoothly. That said, I don’t want to become a warden at events. Players shouldn’t have to play “Malachi, may I?” to get through an event.
    What is your favorite part of the GL community?
    My spies. For almost three years, I’ve gotten to watch GL’s Royal Spies work to save the world each and every week.
    What is one thing you would to see improve between your community and the EM team?
    I like constructive feedback and would like to see more of it. I want to know what parts of events you liked and which parts you didn’t enjoy. This helps us write better events. We do want to know what you think.
    On the flip side, I dislike destructive criticism. I don’t enjoy being a punching bag, and insults don’t lead to better events. Nor do they lead to more prizes. The players and EMs aren’t opposing forces. I believe we want the same things.
  2. Flutter

    Flutter Always Present
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    I wish we'd get more interviews with devs and less "EM" interviews.
  3. Slickjack

    Slickjack Rares Fest Host | Cats Nov 2010
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    Jul 20, 2008
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    Congrats on running a successful EM system on Great Lakes for so long.

    Having once been one of the main shard hopping EM event participants, I can honestly say, having been to every shard and hundreds of events that the pair of EMs from GL have consistently held the best events. This means, by my definition, a fair balance of RP versus "get this show on the road" and also creativeness in HOW the events were run and the items that were given away AND their quality.

    After stepping away from the event circuit, and transfering many of my players back home to Catskills, Great Lakes is one of the three that I still will participate in.

    Congrats again to you and your EM partner.

    Well done and thanks for taking the time to share with us.

    @Flutter: if they did the DEVs more often, they'd probably run out of them too quickly. :)
  4. MalagAste

    MalagAste Belaern d'Zhaunil
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    Aug 21, 2000
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    Now I like Malachi... He's got to be my most favorite EM of all... and I know other folk on other shards probably hold their EM's with the same regard.

    So while it may not be something you care about Flutter some of the rest of us are MORE than happy to see interviews with our favorite EM's.

    And Thanks Malachi for all you do! You are the best... and I truly love the spies!

    "Long live Magnus Grey!"
  5. Athelas

    Athelas Lore Keeper
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    Jun 19, 2008
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    "My spies. For almost three years, I’ve gotten to watch GL’s Royal Spies work to save the world each and every week."

    We love you too Magnus!
  6. GalenKnighthawke

    GalenKnighthawke Grand Poobah
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    May 12, 2008
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    All respects and adorations for Great Lakes Event Moderators, who together have achieved so much it can be too-easy to take it for granted.

    -Galen's player
  7. Kayne

    Kayne Guest

    Flutter it is generally a rotation between Devs and EM's. This is the first time since the new feature started we had an EM interview two weeks in a row.