Character Name: Kenage
Real Name: Hector
Character Race: Hume(M)
Character Job(s): WAR 75, RDM 75, SAM 75, PLD 75, NIN 75, COR 75
Nation: Windurst(I'm a very proud windurstian)
Rank: 10(just in windy)
Linkshell: This is a hard one, I'm not a formal member but assist to some events with Discoidls because my wife is there, also Nova a little Hispanic LS in bismark.
Linkshell Website: No site for Nova and since I don't belong to Discoidls formally I don't feel appropriate to quote the web site.
Real World Location: Japan (Shizouka prefecture)
Career / Employment Industry / Current Level of School: I'm a system engineer working for an automotive company as a data base administrator.
Hobbies: Games(obliviously ;P), some old trading card games, also role play game (the kind you can do in a table with dice), I have also have developed and currently maintain some free tools published under the GNU license.
Family? Wify, parents, my younger sister and two RL friends that are pretty much like my brothers.
Your Website: Non I can really call "My own website"
Besides Final Fantasy XI, what other MMORPGs have you played and how do they compare to Final Fantasy XI?
Simple free games really, Wonderland,9 Dragons and other Korean MMORPGs that usually require money to improve at decent rate, mostly I would say ffxi triumphs them all hands down, although I have never done something of the same league like WoW.
How did you find out about Final Fantasy XI, and when did you begin playing?
I'm a final fantasy hard core fan, when ffxi was originally released for NA I was still in Mexico didn't have any chance to start playing, but once LAN connection became popular I didn't doubt twice about starting, if I remember correctly it was august 2005.
Do you know anyone in real life who plays Final Fantasy XI?
My wife, my best friends, my little sister(although she just started ;P) plenty of ppl, besides I more or less know the Mexican community at least that of Bismark.
How did you come up with your main character's name?
It comes from Japanese!(quite original - -;) well as every kid I was well inside the japophilia and I was looking for a name I could use on any roll play game, something that could inspire courage, I was searching that word in Japanese and took the one with the more complex kanji(as most do) ironically the real meaning is something closer to "naive" either way I like it very much, this is the kanji -> 健気
What is your favorite job and why?
That will be Warrior, isn't just the power and versatility is just the whole image about being a walking weapon storage, a second close one would be Red Mage, it was my first job and the one I use most, besides the fighting mage thrill never dies!
Which forum(s) do you frequent the most?
Warrior indeed, people there is just awesome, we even have many frequents who doesn't have War in 75, we enjoy discussing about many topics barely related with warrior and the support for the game questions is IMHO one of the best in this forums, besides without the help and support of my friend in there it would be impossible to be answering this interview today ;-D.
About how often do you play Final Fantasy XI and how long is a typical playing session for you?
3-3.5 hours, I would like to play everyday, but sometimes RL gets in the middle(if you know what I mean ;P), besides working for a company implicates sudden situations out of your control.
How do you spend your time in game?
I like to merit =D, I like to test stuff, I'm not very good for that though, I also enjoy with my little Hispanic's ls helping new ppl or doing low man stuff, some times I help wify's LS with their activities mostly cuz we can cover JP time.
Do you craft? If so, what are your skill levels?
I got leveled gold smithing back in the day, and cooking until 40, neither of them really productive, with gold smithing I just gave up, really the kneeling/sparkling thingy is not my stuff
Approximately how much of Vana'diel have you experienced?
This is a very though question I would like to say 70~80% but with just 6 jobs in 75 is hard to say, I would say that I have experienced as much as I could but not as much as I would like.
What is your favorite expansion?
You know I have always had a problem with that term "expansion" in the old days of pc gaming the word expansion use to mean a whole new set of stuff, more likely it would double the current content(it used to be like that for other games), but this patches ffxi receive (some of them throw disc and some of them as download content) hardly qualify for my personal impression of the word, but since I don't want to leave the question unanswered I would say that my favorite "change" in the game has been the introduction of Blue Mage, Corsair and Pupetmaster, regardless the rest of the content with ToAH disc which was honestly rather poor, those 3 jobs really change the game for the best, the new mechanics involved with them were fresh and exciting and even introduce a whole new way to set up experience party and End Game strategies.
What is your least favorite expansion?
In short all of them ^_^, honestly in my book that doesn't even qualify as expansion specially considering the price.
How far have you progressed in missions?
I have completed mostly everything available sans some quest from WotG that doesn't belong to my nation.
What is your favorite zone?
Bhaflau Thickets >.>; it must be, it's the place I spent more time in...
If Shantotto was your mom, give a good excuse for coming home 6 hours after curfew.
Mom you are too short to keep trying to scold me...
/em prays for single target spell!!!
Shantoto start casting Burst II
One of kenage shadows absorbs the damage and disappears.
Kenage>> AND I HAVE 3 MORE FROM WHERE THAT CAME FROM!!!!
Kenage uses Flee.
Describe your most memorable moment or proudest accomplishment in game.
My own Divine Might we were a bunch of absolute n00bs, we got the strategy form and old game site and a couple of advices from game friends, we got inside and prayed for the best, the win was so dramatic, 2 of our Rangers Reraised just to EES the elvan paladin with less than 3 minutes to go out, seriously the ninja kited strategy wasn't that good ~.^
What is the largest amount of gil you have ever had at one time, and how did you go about accumulating it?
28 millions, I was farming scrolls in Ostroja Castle when each of those things were a bit under 1 million, I went here every day for the summer vacations with a high level summoner friend, can't complain was a very nice money, It's a shame I spent most before the inflation ended.
What are some things you would change or implement in order to improve Final Fantasy XI?
Nothing I'm genuinely happy with the game.
If you were stranded on Purgonorgo Isle what 5 items would you most want to have with you?
My windurst's aketon (cuz you must look cool!) my ever present signeted love chocolate from the owner of my dreams, and my Great Axe since after I get back will be time to npc that crab meat!
How do you describe Final Fantasy XI to your coworkers or computer-illiterate friends?
It's like your IM... with graphics... and math =D and forget about it cuz I'm not going to explain either of them.
What is next for you in the world of Final Fantasy XI?
Cap merits, I just got Cor to 75 and I want full potential in each of my jobs, equipment is something I'm currently satisfied for now, I feel is time to train to put that things to the best use they can provide.