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A Peek Behind The Curtain : PsiOmegaDelta

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A Peek Behind The Curtain : PsiOmegaDelta

PostAuthor: ninja » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:05 pm


ninja: Hello PsiOmegaDelta. thanks for taking the time to do this interview. I'm sure many people want to know...What brought you to Avlis?

PsiOmegaDelta: I can't quite remember to be honest but I think it went like this.Having completed all 3 of the original campaigns I decided it was time to try out the multiplayer-component of it and began looking around the GS lobby.It was rather overwhelming though so I instead tried searching on Bioware's NWN page and most likely came across their Bioware Wednesday articles. And Avlis happened to be at the top of the list and here I am.

ninja: BioWare Wednesday brought a lot of players to Avlis. That's awesome. What characters do you play?

PsiOmegaDelta: I really only play my main, Terra Swift. She wasn't my first but any others I had were eaten by the now dead 90-day monster. Made some attempts at alts but I never really got into them. Perhaps due to a lack of time between playing and toolsetting.

ninja: You do a LOT of toolsetting. What is your favorite thing you have made?

PsiOmegaDelta: Hmm. That's a good question. For now I'd probably say it's the system that lets players setup which ammuntion to use once their current stack runs out, rather than rely on Bioware's random selection. There's a few more features I'd like to add to that but it does work. I've been working on a new system for a while and if I ever get it done I might have a new favorite

ninja: is that system a top secret project, or can you talk about it?

PsiOmegaDelta: I wouldn't say top-secret but it's QA-practice not to say too much about projects in progress. It will fix and expand on a Bioware system that's somewhat broken right now however, so I think it'll make some people happy

ninja: You must be talking about making dwarves speak with scottish accents. How long have you been a member of the team, and why did you join?

PsiOmegaDelta: I began as a subcontractor back in 2006, mostly helping out with hooking Bioware's spells and testing that, and joined the team proper as QA perhaps 6-7 months later if memory serves. I think it was a public post asking for more help that made me send in my application, as it was something I had considered for some time before but never gotten around to. Wasn't too sure of my toolset-skills back then but it looked like a level I could manage so I took the opportunity

ninja: You are like the mechanic behind the curtain. Have you ever thought about picking up the wand and DMing?

PsiOmegaDelta: It's the stuff just out of most player's view that I tend to fix and work on so it's an apt description, heh. It also explains to some degree why I've considered but haven't taken up the wand. I could probably learn enough tricks to be a somewhat decent DM but I'm not sure if I'd comfortable with being that public, even if I just assisted others. I mostly prefer to be background and just make sure that everything work :)

ninja: Let's go back to you playing with Terra. What inspires her character?

PsiOmegaDelta: Well, if you mean where I find own inspiration for her from It'd probably have to be a bit cliche and say it's the events around her. I'm not sure if anyone else still remembers but she began young, naïve and insecure person who was afraid of about everything, which is quite far from her more now controlled but perhaps also jaded personality ...

PsiOmegaDelta: It wasn't a goal by any means, it's simply the result of having her shaped by characters and events around her

ninja: I think it's great that she has adapted and grew based on RPing events around her. What other PCs do you play with?

PsiOmegaDelta: It has varied through the years but one constant has been the Warrior Maidens, which Terra has been involved with since almost her first level. Then there's also been PCs part of now defunct EDF, Le'megen and now an underground..ish movement. And I just realized Terra doesn't really know that many PCs outside of military organizations... maybe I should let her get out mre

ninja: What was one of your favorite plots you have been involved in?

PsiOmegaDelta: I can't really think of any specific plots right now but plots I tend do enjoy most are fairly short, perhaps 3-5 events, and involves a moderate amount of players. A difficult thing to put a number on, as it depends on the group, but enough to get different ideas and inputs but not so many that it's easy to end up in the background

ninja: Gotcha. Besides Avlis, what other games do you play?

PsiOmegaDelta: I've been playing Team Fortress 2 since its release and I find it quite enjoyable because it allows for either mindless gun toting or more indepth planning depending on how I feel at the time . But as of recently I've spent quite a few hours on Minecraft, a game which basically drops you in a big world of Lego blocks and you're feel to build as you like. It's a really nice output for creativity

ninja: Once a builder, always a builder! What kind of advice would you give someone who is thinking about playing on Avlis?

PsiOmegaDelta: Hmm.. I'd probably suggest two things. First try to read up on the world lore to get a sense of how the PC might fit in. And secondly to look over the various custom systems and classes we have, not only to see what's different from vanilla NWN, but to perhaps give the PC something to strive for. And by that I mean things like most of the holy warrior classes or mage specializations (AMS) which you usually have to work towards to some degree

ninja: Avlis has tons of customizations. That's one of the reasons why I think Avlis is teh 3lit3 PW! What do you do outside of Avlis?

PsiOmegaDelta: Right now I mostly trying to focus on wrapping up a thesis and finally graduate. Other than that I also play with table top games, such as Warhammer 40k and Flames of war, where I like the assembling in particular. I guess I'm just drawn towards putting things together :P

ninja: What are you doing your thesis on?

PsiOmegaDelta: The title is as fancy as 'Parallel programming and the processors of the future'. It pretty much boils down to if it's worthwhile to continue using Java with upcoming 8, 12.. 64.. etc. multi-core systems.

ninja: And is it?

PsiOmegaDelta: I could probably write an extensive answer but to be brief yes, at least for now. I would still recommend looking into functional languages such as Erlang or Scala if you do like Java to be prepared for processors with a silly number of cores

ninja: We use Scala here. In fact, a couple guys here wrote a book on Scala. I'll stop nerding up on it. What kind of stuff is on your playlist?

PsiOmegaDelta: Right now I mostly have audio books actually, all related to Warhammer that I mentioned earlier, as well as a soundtracks from various games. I do have more typical playlist material as well and near all of that is various kinds of metal. If you try you can probably find quite a few of the major genres though

ninja: Where do you live, and what's something interesting about that place?

PsiOmegaDelta: To be more narrow than just Sweden I live about 5km from the city proper, not too far from border to the middle of nowhere. To be honest the most intereresting feature around here, besides me perhaps, would probably be the train station that takes you to the 2nd biggest city of Sweden, Gothenburg, after not even an hours ride :P

ninja: You have been to Avlis meets in the past (and hopefully future). How do you describe what happens at an Avlis meet?

PsiOmegaDelta: Would describe it as nerdy people doing nerdy things. Well, not quite like that but you do get to meet people who are about as snowed in on Avlis as you are which can spark some interesting discussions. And you may just as well end up playing a board game, try some PnP, or out on a pub. All in all, have a good time

ninja: It is definately a good time. Last question: what is something about you that has nothing to do with Avlis, gaming, or computers that people would be interested to know?

PsiOmegaDelta: That's actually a rather difficult one. Hmm... Some may not believe me when I say this but I do know how to smile. Other than that.. probably that I'm usually open to try new things thought it might take a little persuation (and no, not like that. Out of the gutter with you)

ninja: hahaha. smiling is good. I do have a followup question: what does PsiOmegaDelta mean?

PsiOmegaDelta: It has a rather silly backstory really. Once, many years ago, I watched the movie Revenge of the Nerds and noticed the use of Greek letters for their fraternities so I decided to make a selection of my own. From there I ended up with PsiOmega. A few years later I eventually ended up in University and came to learn that my school section was called Delta. I simply decided appended that to the end and that's how PsiOmegaDelta came to be

ninja: Revenge of the Nerds is a classic flick, and you POD, are a classic guy. Thanks for taking the time out to do the interview. Any parting thoughts?

PsiOmegaDelta: First, thanks for having me. Secondly, while computers are nice it can be good to spend some time outside with that gloving orb from time to time, speaking from experience :)

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Re: A Peek Behind The Curtain : PsiOmegaDelta

PostAuthor: Grunt » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:11 pm

Yarr! :prost:

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PostAuthor: Lycanthropy » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:13 pm

I Believe In PsiOmegaDelta, and so should you!

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PostAuthor: Eklektikos » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:15 pm

Lycanthropy wrote:I Believe In PsiOmegaDelta, and so should you!

All glory to the HypnoPOD. *)
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PostAuthor: spool32 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:17 pm

Great interview, thanks for doing these!
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PostAuthor: Xaila » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:18 pm

Huzzah. :feuer: :feuer: ]8) :liebhab: :liebhab: :liebhab:
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PostAuthor: Darkfire » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:52 pm

Yarr! Nice :rate10:
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PostAuthor: Plethora » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:54 pm

woot! :prost:

I would agree with you, but then, we would both be wrong..
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PostAuthor: Brayon » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:58 pm

Awesome guy! :cooler:

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PostAuthor: Hamlet » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:10 pm

Squee. (Again.) :shock:

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PostAuthor: DarknessFallsLight » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:37 pm

I had a Wizard of Oz flashback
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Re: A Peek Behind The Curtain : PsiOmegaDelta

PostAuthor: Lady_Ashling » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:28 am

wait just a minute...POD can smile! i demand proof:P
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Re: A Peek Behind The Curtain : PsiOmegaDelta

PostAuthor: Manuel the White » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:13 am

You see the big, glowy thing too? My god ... I'm not going crazzzzzyyyyyy!
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Re: A Peek Behind The Curtain : PsiOmegaDelta

PostAuthor: Xaila » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:19 am

Lady_Ashling wrote:wait just a minute...POD can smile! i demand proof:P

I can attest to this fact. There may even be photographic proof out there somewhere...
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