Fireside Chats with Kat: Ghourr (ilikethecold) and Thurjj Briar-heart (Doofus)

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Fireside Chats with Kat: Ghourr (ilikethecold) and Thurjj Briar-heart (Doofus)

Post by The Avlissian » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:53 am

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Fireside Chats with Kat:
Ghourr (ilikethecold) and Thurjj Briar-heart (Doofus)
June RPotM (Tie)


Katster
First, thank you both so much for taking the time to do this!
I've not done a two-fer yet so I am excited.

Ilikethecold
Thanks for having us and putting up with our awful schedules :p

Doofus
Yea! Thanks!

Katster
At least we are similar time zones!
So, you two were the June RPotM, tied which seems fitting.
You play Ghourr and Thurjj Briar-heart. Who plays who?

Ilikethecold
I am responsible for Ghourr. I'm so sorry

Katster
Ha, I cannot wait to meet him. I love gnolls.

Doofus
I play Thurjj, the other slice and bash gnoll.

Katster
Are they brothers in game?

Doofus
Ha! They have, no relation other than being gnolls, and running into eachother.

Katster
See, this is how I spread rumors, I thought for sure kin.
What brought you both to Avlis?

Ilikethecold
Uh. Doofus said something about a nwn server and I stopped by to check it out. Literally no clue how he ended up coming across it

Doofus
I just looked at nwn scry for servers with an active pop :p
Then glanced over the website.

Katster
When did you start playing?

Ilikethecold
I think like 2-3 weeks ago now? Less than a month

Doofus
Less than a month, yep.

Katster
Super fresh, that's impressive to get the accolades from other players so soon. Have you played Roleplay servers before this?

Ilikethecold
I've played on a couple here and there! Mostly on a couple of ones on NWN EE.

Doofus
Oh yeah. I've played on tons of servers, from Arelith to some jank cyberpunk zombie survival server I forget the name of

Katster
That sounds entertaining.

Doofus
The jank made it hilarious.

Katster
Do you only play the gnolls or are you working on alts too?

Ilikethecold
Just the Gnoll for me, I've never been any good at juggling alts

Doofus
Just the gnoll for now, server doesn't seem that good for playing a alt alongside a main from a newbie perspective.

Katster
I am an altaholic so I am in awe that people can play one only.

Doofus
Just gotta keep making achievable goals to keep your interest.

Ilikethecold
I'd love to do up a dwarf or something later on if I find the time though. Ghourr doesn't spend much time around cities, so it'd be cool to have a character that would be the complete opposite

Katster
Have you had a chance to hit up any of the DM events yet?

Ilikethecold
We actually got pulled into one in the first 15 minutes of playing, hah. It was 10/10

Katster
Nice!

Doofus
Our first day, as a level 1 barbs. Got pulled into a epic level dungeon.
Like, within.. Thirty minutes?

Katster
Most of the players here will try to keep you upright in those. Try but not always succeed.

Ilikethecold
We went in level 3 Gnolls, and left as like level 8 grizzled veterans. And they did an amazing job of keeping us alive

Doofus
Despite the gnolls being gnolls, we only went to the dead realm once?

Katster
That's impressive!
I know it has been a short time but have you had the chance to meet any players who really stick out for you in terms of interactions with the gnolls or yourselves?

Doofus
We met a avariel, that I forget the name of. She handed both our characters their motivations, and also was the first person to really engage in a long thought provoking conversation with them.(edited)
Slide, Fabello, Tor, a whole bunch as well.

Ilikethecold
Man, literally everyone has been amazing to play with. There's a few that I end up seeing more often than others because of the time zones and all, but everyone Ghourrs interacted with has been baller. Tor, Fabello, Berry, Cherry, Taigo, Brandt, and that avariel (Thienna, maybe?) all get special mentions.

Doofus
Mhm

Katster
That's nice, it is hard to get that level of conversation in a big event so I am glad you've seen both aspects of the game.
That sounds like Thienna, she is very good.

Ilikethecold
And Syntche! They're awesome too and deserve a mention
Syntche? I'm so bad with character names

Katster
Being that you are both new, you are in a unique position. I can ask you what you enjoy and there is no past experience to alter your answers.
What has been the best part of Avlis thus far, keeping you logging in?

Ilikethecold
Literally the people. Everyone has their own way of dealing with our Gnolls being Gnolls and the interactions are always fun and usually pretty funny. Some people get scared, some people help them out, and some people pay them to beat each other up

Doofus
For me, it's wanting to get more interactions like the one with Thienna(?), and other characters. Stuff to progress Thurrj's character and story. The dungeon crawls are pretty fun too!

Katster
You really do need both in game, the one on one interactions and a little crump now and then.
What has been something you wish Avlis had or could improve on?
We can handle a little criticism.

Ilikethecold
For me, it's the view towards power building and balance, but most of the servers I've played on before this had a much, much larger focus on PVP, so I'm not sure how much that particular criticism will hold up in the long term. For someone whose only ever seen that side of NWN though, it was a huge shock, lol. I actually kind of forgot that vanilla NWN had random HP gains and stuff because the places I played at before always gave you your max, instead of hiding the value. Also, the way ECL is handled, at least for Gnolls, is a little weird to me. A different NPC class than humanoid, like, monstrous humanoid or something would be nice just for the hp/ab. BUT! All that said, it's a surprisingly small gripe for how much I can write on it, and I kind of want to see what I end up thinking of it after playing here a while

Katster
I do think Avlis does max HP but someone with a better grasp on mechanics can tell you that after.

Doofus
For me, I might just be too new/IC reasons. But in the DM events I have been in, they've all seemed to be one-offs and haven't had any real explanation? Again, probably just people not telling the gnoll characters cause, gnoll.

Katster
Ha. I think it is hard to get a feel for what is happening in big events so talking to someone after is a much better way of learning. I play a new character and I get the same thing at events.
This may be a silly question given who you both play but, do you share any similarities with your characters?

Ilikethecold
I am really tall, kind of dumb, and like to eat.

Katster
(Editors note: People in big events, make more IC posts, please!)

Hah, that is close enough to gnoll.

Doofus
Kind of dumb, like to eat healthy things.

Katster
Neither of you seem particularly dumb, for the record.

Ilikethecold
Give us some time

Doofus
1+3=2

Katster
Math is hard!

What keeps you busy outside of Avlis?

Doofus
Prepping for a nursing program and helping my family manage a move for rn.

Katster
That's a lot.

Ilikethecold
Mostly just that real life grind for me. Work and staying alive

Katster
Also a lot. Alive is important.
We are about to have a Trade Fair next month. I hope you can both break free for that. It is something everyone should experience.

Ilikethecold
Our Gnolls have been informed that they need to get big rich asap for that

Doofus
Is hard

Katster
Or be very persuasive.

Doofus
Does grunting and nodding aggressively count as being persuasive

Katster
Lots of player merchants work with new players through either doing some odd jobs for them.
It does count!
They are a lot of fun, even without a ton of gold. Lots of giveaways too. I think someone won an apartment even.

Ilikethecold
I mean, I'm pretty sure if you give a Gnoll a free enchanted sword, you basically become besties for life. I'm not sure that burden is worth the generosity

Doofus
Today
falchion*

Katster
If you see a redhead named Grace, she will totally hook you up.

Last question, so I don't keep you all night.
What was the last thing you watched on YouTube or last song you listened to?
No fair pretending it wasn't Barry Manilow if it was.

Doofus
Ne valiay duraka, Amerika by Lube. I listen to weird things.

Ilikethecold
Werewolf Gimmick by The Mountain Goats has been on repeat through this whole interview for me. I feel like its suitably Gnollish, yes?

Katster
That is a nice mix between you two.
I really look forward to meeting you both in game soon and thank you so much for the interview!

Ilikethecold
Same! It's been fun. Shout out to Avlis for being the most fun I've had with NWN so far

Doofus
It's been pretty fun so far, hopefully it keeps up.

Katster
Woo hoo, I like hearing that. We have 16 years of Avlis, new people like you two make it possible for another 16.

Ilikethecold
We're not stopping until there's a Gnoll Kingdom. Or Ghourr dies. Whichever

Doofus
First one pls

Katster
Take over Nightfang Mountain.

Ilikethecold
Literally the plan, hah

Doofus
^^

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Re: Fireside Chats with Kat: Ghourr (ilikethecold) and Thurjj Briar-heart (Doofus)

Post by Katroine » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:37 pm

Thank you both for letting me interview you!

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