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Article - 'Interview with RPGoddess' by lithium

An item about Interviews posted on Aug 9, 2003

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Lithium takes a look into RG, AND WHY SHE IS SO CREEPY! Details inside.

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Interview with RPGoddess

If you are any user to Gaming World, you know who RPGoddess is. A frequent producer of comedy gold and an avvid participant in Gaming World IRC conversations, Shari has proved herself to be a priceless member of our community. She combines many talents in the realm of art production, and here today she gave me a hour to discuss what she thinks about Gaming World and her future as an artist.

lithium
I ask this first to all the people I interview: How long have you been staff, and your story on how you got hired.

RPGoddess
Oh god, I don't even REMEMBER. I was hired possibly 1-2 months after arriving on the scene.
I think I have the record for "quickest hire ever". I've been here for almost a year and a half.

lithium
Has your time at Gaming World helped you develop certain skills?

RPGoddess
Yes, I've certainly become better at many things because of GW. Pixels, art, friendship.

lithium
Well, you certainly enjoy artist'ing. Why don't you elaborate on some of the art you do.

RPGoddess
I do everything ^_^. Pixel art, CG, and more recently, I've been big into 3D stuff. I've been drawing heavily for about 7 years now. My pixel stuff started out with editing sprites, like everyone else in history. I'm actually in the process of making a mega tutorial on spriting, so look for that soon.

lithium
Now, I know that you aren't huge on making the games - but if you were, is there any specific maker you would use to create your own game?

RPGoddess
Fury2. Certainly Fury2. Oh, and I'd hire me a programming monkey. I'm excellent at concept, design and art, but honestly, I'm probably the worst programmer around. I choose Fury2 because it's extremely powerful, and Janus really takes pride in his work; He makes the engine faster, bigger and better, and stamps out as many bugs as he can. He's also very open to suggestion, as well as downright brilliant. He doesn't allow his engine to be sub-par.

lithium
What are you opinions on some of the other makers? (i.e. RPG Maker 2000, ika, Gamemaker)

RPGoddess
RPG Maker 2000 is very... inflexible. There's not a whole lot a person can do with it without putting pressure on some limit. It doesn't make professional products, and I'm personally aiming for something professional. Gamemaker... well, to be honest, I haven't used it much.

lithium
Do you think because RPG Maker 2000 is the primary maker of our community that it might be hampering expansion onto other, more powerful engines?

RPGoddess
I think a lot of people are scared of coding. I know I am. However, RM2k is a great engine if you're just making something as a hobby. There's nothing wrong with having a hobby.

lithium
Now, we all know about how EVAL TRANSLATING RM2K3 is. I'd like to know your opinion on translating/distributing the maker.

RPGoddess
I think people should buy it. I wouldn't be opposed to the release of a simple patch to translate the program - so long as people will actually buy the program. The utter disregard for the excess of piracy in the RM2k community is terrible. If you like something, buy it. It's like buying a game. As you might know, it was my plan to release a patch for RM2k3 in the first place. I have a job now, though, so now I barely have any time for anything.

lithium
Onto some lighter questions, Gaming World is turning into a giant. With upwards of 7000 users, does all these people to please put some pressure on your job?

RPGoddess
Not really. I just lock topics that are moronic and warn users. It's not a tough job.
Thankfully, we don't have as many idiots in this community than others.

lithium
Surely.

RPGoddess
:)

lithium
Do you think cooperation between users and sites, and other sites and GW might in the future better the community for us all?

RPGoddess
Of course. Co-operation makes everything better. There's no need to be unfriendly and war-like... that's anti-progress.

lithium
Do you think that our community (the users) engage in unfriendly tactics against other sites? (i.e. rpg2knet and GGZ)

RPGoddess
I certainly don't think our users do, but that might be bias on my part.

lithium
Finishing up here, do you think GW has influenced what you want to do in your life? (as in your career)

RPGoddess
I suppose, a little. My top career choices are still the same, though - Game Art Director, Cook, Opera Singer, and Political Analyst.

lithium
Oh, Politics MY AREA OF EXPERTISE! Anyways, Last question: Have you enjoyed your stay at GW and the people that make up its, now over 7000 users? And how much do you LOVE your fellow staff members?

RPGoddess
I love GW. I love everyone here. Well, minus a few. :P

lithium
Well, you are certainly appricated by all of our members. I'd like to thank you for spending some time with me.

RPGoddess
No problem, anytime!

As you can see GW has changed RPGoddess, and we hope it does the same to you. I'd like to think RPGoddess for letting me take some of his time and IRC for fully cooperating during the interview.

To view the unedited IRC log from this interview, click here