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                                     NOVEMBER 13TH, 2020
                                     FACELIFT INTERVIEW

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Elízalde harks "Excited to interview someone that is probably known by most of the MUME 
community as the "biggest MUME villain" ever! Thanks for doing this. Do you like to play that 
role?"

Facelift says '"If you live for people's acceptance, you will die from their 
rejection. " Lecrae'
Facelift smiles viciously.


[EXAMINE FACELIFT]
You see nothing special about him.
Facelift is in an excellent condition.
Facelift is using:
<wielded>            the great black scimitar (flawless)
<worn as shield>     a smelly piece of worm hide (flawless)
<worn on head>       a twisted crown
<worn on body>       a shining breastplate (flawless)
<worn about body>    an imposing, golden mantle (flawless)
<worn on arms>       a shining pair of vambraces (flawless)
<worn on hands>      a pair of lobstered steel gauntlets (flawless)
<worn on legs>       a shining pair of greaves (flawless)
<worn on feet>       a black pair of padded boots (flawless)
<worn around neck>   a smoky obsidian amulet
<worn around neck>   a black amulet
<worn on wrist>      a keyring with a key and a set of lock picks
<worn on wrist>      a slim silvery wristband (flawless)
<worn on finger>     a golden ruby ring
<worn on finger>     a root ring
<worn on back>       a silvan satchel
<worn across back>   an elven longbow
<worn as belt>       a belt of fell hide
<worn on belt>       a sable pouch
<worn on belt>       a small pouch
<worn on belt>       a small pouch
<worn on belt>       a small pouch
<worn on belt>       a laced quiver

You attempt to peek at the inventory:
a steel claymore (flawless)
a black pair of metal boots (flawless)
a winged metal helmet (flawless)
an enhanced herbal kit
a fine grey cloak (flawless)
a coarse dusky robe (flawless)
a fine pair of soft leather gloves (flawless)
a water skin
a wooden pipe
a black runed dagger (flawless)



Elízalde harks "Any RL information you would like to provide or admit to? 8) Type of work, 
your home base perhaps, what you do for hobbies outside of gaming/MUME?"

Facelift says 'Seasonal crypto trading and season sailing. Trying to combine both of these 2
things next year to live on a boat full-time.'

Elízalde harks "Age?"

Facelift says ' 34'

Elízalde harks "What age or year did you start playing MUME?"

Facelift says 'First dwarf cleaver was around 2001, but never played it seriously until late
2002 (Snakr creation)'

Elízalde harks "How did you come across a game such as MUME?"

Facelift says 'Played Lost Realms in a university lab, saw a bunch of MUMErs who introduced
the game to me and supplied me with MDAs daily :D' 

Elízalde harks "What lured you to stay?" 

Facelift says 'The vastness of the game (unknown shores and many great adventures), 
possibility to compete with some true tryhard nerds and figure out how to beat them (sometimes
cheating!)'

Elízalde harks "Will you ever give MUME up?"

Facelift says 'Have given it up several times, not very enthusiastic anymore, very casual and
I can easily see myself disappearing for years when I am more occupied irl'

Elízalde harks "Have you met other MUME players along this journey? If so, do you care to
mention who/what event and brag about how fun it was?"

Facelift says 'It was great boozing and doing stupid things with pNacs and pViirastus at Saue
Lab. Beat up pMorris/Silm with some of the Snakr Lab when he came to our lab town because he was 
being an ass and we were all angry teens but on the other hand enjoyed going to a festival with
pDevastator/Secret in NL with pRokko/Grindon.'

Elízalde harks "Do you prefer to play alone, in groups, or a combination of both? Also, why?
When grouped: Do you have a PK partner you group up with often? Or even for XP?"

Facelift says 'I prefer to play alone, so I don't have anyone to blame for my mistakes but
myself. I do enjoy playing with people who know wtf is going on. Lately I just hang out with
pTorkild because there's noone else left to PK with.'

Elízalde harks "Erm, why say it like that though? If someone else was there you would not PK
with him? I think he's fabulous obviously. :D'

Facelift says 'I generally PK with anyone if situation demands but prefer to stick with
people who I can rely on.'

Elízalde harks "So, clearly I misunderstood your response where Torkild was mentioned?"

Facelift says 'nod'

Elízalde harks "So, from your comment above you obviously have labbed in the past, can you
name specifically those you used to lab with?"

Facelift says 'We had a bunch of snagas and legends in Snakr Lab, some less, some more
infamous.'
Facelift says '(pGlacius/Rootsikunn/Zanja/Wingfoot and pZorts/Linenthel were the main PK
groupmates with rest more focused on xp/smob aspect of the game)'

Elízalde harks "What do you think of the current MUME vs the game when you first started? It
could be in regards to the game mechanics itself, the map, management, or players, etc."

Facelift says 'The game is hundred times more casual and easier. Thanks to the mapper but also
the smaller playerbase combined with a big world makes PK more rare, PK hugegroups almost
non-existant and hours of camping for traps completely extinct. Therefore the game is much more
"easier" for those interested in xping/smobbing. I guess that explains everyone having insane
levels? PS. I miss Staer'

Elízalde harks "Why do you mention him atm? Did he do something cool? I remember him only by
Justice posts myself."

Facelift says 'He always made my time spent in Vale more enjoyable!'

Elízalde harks "What do you think is the best feature that MUME currently offers?"

Facelift says 'I can't really name anything specific. Everything has its pros and cons.'

Elízalde harks "What are two "MUME Improvements" you would like to see considered as priority
and why?"

Facelift says 'Reduce the safety nets. Make it possible to kill people in the open again and
introduce more risk-reward to the game. I miss the thrill of the hunt and also the adrenaline of
being hunted. I miss the fear of being PKed when going to do smobs.'

Elízalde harks "In all the years you have played, what was the worst "change" that was
considered an "improvement" in your opinion and why?"

Facelift says 'The "nosneak" flag. It made a lot of fun warscout combos being pretty useless
vs the charm-META or pure/combo warriors.'

Elízalde harks "Care to comment about the current management and any changes made by them?"

Facelift says 'I don't even know who the current management is (as in whos active and whos
not). I've not been valed for a while so my interactions are limited to spamming Rogon with stupid 
shit.'

Elízalde harks "Favorite thing about MUME? What drives you to return each time?" 

Facelift says 'The possibility of having a real fun fight! The nostalgia for good ol' PK is 
strong.'

Elízalde harks "Least favorite thing in MUME?"

Facelift says 'Drama queens. Two-faced hypocrites and all the other jackasses who gossip
people within their little circle-jerk clubs.'

Elízalde harks "Although I hear and see you all over the map, do you have any particular 
playground on Arda you favor for PK? Is it race specific? If so do you care to state the reason
why that particular playground?"

Facelift says 'I literally just follow tracks and narrates. The days of having the "favorite
spots" are over imo.
Facelift says 'There's no point being a moria rat or sewers stalkers when it may be whole day
w/o seeing an enemy. I did enjoy sewers PK a lot ~15 years ago though!'

Elízalde harks "Do you want to reveal anything about your characters: their names, their
level, class?"

Facelift says 'Pretty much everyone knows my chars by now. They are all created to have some 
diversity and avoid being burnt out playing just 1 type of char. Cleric, Mage (which both can be
pracced differently every now and then), Thief on pukeside, Shaman (that fluctuates between combo
and pure depending on whatever idea gets me) and a BN that's literally meant to suicide drive
mother eagles into puke towers with little to no regard of outcome as long as there's some 
possibility of dying (either party)'

Elízalde harks "Do you want to give me specific names?"

Facelift says 'Too many count; Rancr, Cramen, Bot, Raenor, Vaelrin, Veracryl, Shadivak, Ronus,
Truck, Electy, Bodo, Deluxe and like 30+ legends which many I've even forgotten about. Right now 
it's Lamine, Risneth, Evoque, Verien, Facelift who I fool around with'

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[WHOIS FACELIFT]
Facelift is a Tarkhnarb Orc.

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[WHOIS VERIEN]
Vërien the Vicious One of the Morgul Vale is a Black Númenórean.

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[WHOIS RISNETH]
Rísneth of Cerin Amroth, sister of Nimrodel is an Elf.


       The last of Cerin Amroth, Rísneth is the guardian of Arwen's tomb
       and the preserver of Lady Nimrodel's legacy...

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[WHOIS EVOQUE]
Evoque is a Half-Elf.

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[WHOIS SNAKR]
Snakr is a level one Tarkhnarb Snaga [Retired].
Last login 16 years, 3 months, and 11 days ago from *.com.

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[WHOIS LAMINE]
Láminë the Fox is an Elf.


What does the fox say?
The fox says 'diesilla barh'

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[WHOIS SHADIVAK]
Shadivak the Fast [SL] is an Elf [Retired].
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[WHOIS TRUCK]
Truck Driver the Roadkilling Redneck is a level twenty-four Mountain Troll Brute [Retired].
Last login 6 years, 4 months, and 18 days ago.

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[WHOIS DELUXE]
Deluxe the Gringo [SL] is a level twenty-nine Tarkhnarb Scout [Retired].
Last login 13 years, 5 months, and 23 days ago from *.ee.

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Elízalde harks "Do you have more incog characters that are not listed above? 8)" 

Facelift says 'Nah, I'm too lazy to xp the chars I'd want to have. Given the amount of chars
that have been demoted/nuked, I've exped well over 50+ legends so any time I make a new char, I am
met with a huge psychological barrier which is basically a fear and loathing of having to collect
TPs!'

Elízalde harks "Favorite character/class type?"

Facelift says 'Anything that has utility/versatility. No favorites really. Used to be scouts
until the nosneak flag, but now that the possibilities of trickery are nerfed, there's more
fulfilling chars to mess about with.'

Elízalde harks "Which side of the war is your favorite and why?"

Facelift says 'I'll always be an Orc player. I just can't bring myself to play an Orc right
now given the lack of puke PKers and having some of the most resentful crowd playing darkies with
their circle-jerk, thinking they own it. I'm afraid it will just create drama and conflict so I 
rather try to kill em as a puke instead of resorting to samesiding :P'

Elízalde harks "I agree to a point with some of your statement above, but I have to ask, why 
don't you be the one to change that or try to at least? Be a leader for those that are resentful
(I'm guessing they died and have to re-equip and there isn't much help there?), because even if 
they are resentful toward YOU in particular, take out the resentfulness/cocky attitudes, you all 
together could be a mighty force to remove bigger threats on the whitie side? Am I right? 8)"
Elízalde harks "There are only a few people on during my "evening" US hours for an example,
and sometimes it is seriously me or 2 of us for several hours. Now, imagine one of them dying, and
the other is too busy doing his/her own thing to help reeq, to join in a fight, or to help get some
coin for new EQ. Or perhaps those two or three players have had experiences over and over again
where no one will help them in fights, or re-eq, besides each other in their 'clique'. Are you 
telling me that in a situation like that, you do not understand why the 'cliques' and the
'resentfulness' begin to build? Add to the fact maybe it is you always killing them? I'm just using
this as an example of course. 8)"

Facelift says 'There are no "bigger threats" on whitie-side, there's just xpers who rarely 
PK, usually I log on darkie/puke depending on the targets available. If I'm on puke and I see a 
bunch of whities PKing, I relog to darkie and seek to fight them and vice versa. I don't bother 
playing darkie full time because the solo/duo content is much more limited and it's not so
convenient for me to play semi-afk.'

Elízalde harks "Do you care to comment about any past "Justice" or "Demotions" against your
characters or account? I would like to touch base on this topic due to the response/reactions of 
other players mainly.  When you are featured in a posted log, mentioned on ER's randomrunes, or even
just when conversations get heated in the discussion threads, I personally feel you are attacked
almost immediately and sometime rather viciously, where anything you ever did in your past will be
mentioned every other comment of the arguement that got heated. We have all heard it before, several
times, which started on the good ole mume.net days, and it seemed to spill and carry on tradition to
ER."

Facelift says 'The good ole mume.net days were all good fun. Pretty much everyone got
"viciously attacked" there and it was good humor. Things on ER however have taken a borderline
psychotic course with some people being insanely obsessed to the point where it's not really even
funny, just crazy. I usually give them what they want, because I'd really rather be hated by most of
these people than being "friends" with any of them. I have my own small, carefully chosen circle of
friends that I get along with and who I utterly respect not just in-game but as persons and that's 
good enough for me. '
Facelift says 'And umm, yeah, the demotions started with teen-Snakr in his first 2 years of 
MUME career, desperately trying to "catch up" to the big boys, thinking that fancy eq was the
coolest and WPs was more important than anything else in life. It then turned into late-teen/early
20s Rancr who did not care about eq or wps that much, but was always trying to get some kind of a 
fight - totally addicted PK adrenaline junkie. Cheats happened when the addiction carried too far.
Having to resort to cross-race spying just to get a fight (which REALLY did not happen as often as 
many think, literally maybe once a month not ALL THE TIME as Justice posts make it look like), then
cross-race equipment (Because having to re-eq 100 times a week just to get my PK-fix needed a
shortcut) and other shit, such as playing my friend's accounts for PK when mine was being 
valed/demoted etc. I didn't really care about anything other than just getting my PK fights going.
I was very self-centered, but in a retrospect acting exactly like an addict would. Most cheating
was really just to "Save time" whether saving time of re-eq or saving time to exp new char(s) or
saving time to find PK (which was the rarest case because MUME almost never lacked PK then).'

Elízalde harks "How many times have you been justiced? Each time that you come back after
those justices/demotions, do you change anything? Behavoirs, playstyle, or even pals? Do you only
play incog until people start to figure it out or it is leaked?" 

Facelift says 'I have lost track of the times I've been demoted. When I come back, I come back
as a "new me" who has no intention of cheating. But then at some point gets so burnt out that in 
some peculiar way, actually wants to be self-destructive (perhaps to get rid of the addiction 
again?). Few times I've cheated it's been so blatant I know I'm gonna be demoted/banned and I've 
been fine with it. As it was the only times I could get a break when I started to get too hooked.'
Facelift says 'When coming back after certain time, sometimes I make incognito chars and see
how people would interact with me then. I've had "friends" who think I'm the best because I give 
them eq and help them, but then turn around and join the social justice/witch-hunt crew on ER
talking shit. A lot of stuff is actually just gossip though. I've confronted a lot of people asking
them if they even know me personally or what they are talking about or do they have any proof for 
their claims and you'd be surprised but 90% of people lash out completely based on "I heard
something somewhere about something". It honestly makes me giggle, because it reminds me the 
lemmings or the 2020 society copy-pasting / re-tweeting stuff just to "nod along" with the majority. 
It used to be very sad and disappointing, but now I've accepted it as human nature :D I'm totally 
fine being a social reject, because I want no part of any of this.'

Elízalde harks "I know two other people(and in RL too) who have done something simliar to
this. They can't stay away, end up wasting too much time because of the PK rush, and eventually
purposely get into trouble so their accounts are nuked, leaving them no reason to log back on and
try to find PK. Why not just ask an Arata to scramble your password? Or you will you just ask for it
to be recovered in the near future you think?"

Facelift says 'I got my last account scrambled by posting it's password on ER. It was the only
way to make it unrecoverable w/o cheating...'

Elízalde harks "Who is your all time favorite member of MUME's Management?"

Facelift says 'Definitely Staer. We had some great times together. Very few know, but a true 
story is that Staer once asked me for nudes in return for easier punishment. He was very satisfied
with some googled pics and I skipped an account nuke ;)'

Elízalde harks "......."
Elízalde harks "dafaq? Is that a joke? :D"
Elízalde harks "Although...I shouldn't be suprised by that, whether said in truth or jest,
because if I repeated any of what Tulkas said back in the day of one of our old groups - people
would be speechless as well haha."

Facelift says 'Not even a joke, we spent so much time in Vale that he probably felt like it's
time to get more intimate haha'

Elízalde harks "hah...Scary Arata 8p"
Elízalde harks "Least favorite?" 

Facelift says 'I can't remember, there was one dude who always assumed he was right, I 
remember getting fucked over few times when I did not even know what I did. And even when it turned
out (proven by other A+) that I actually was not guilty, they were like ah well, who cares it's 
Snakr, so lets just treat it as a pre-emptive demote :D I don't want to call a wrong name because I
honestly can't remember if it was Nienor or someone else, it was a long while ago, a bit after Staer
disappeared I believe.'

Elízalde harks "People and habits can change. Real or not real?" 

Facelift says 'People don't change, but their perspective does, which causes their actions to
change.'
Facelift says 'Habits change easy, usually replaced by other habits. The only habit that's 
impossible to change is spamming "sc" :P'

Elízalde harks "I have seen changes you have made for the better when it comes to MUME btw,
and in my own opinion in many cases I feel you are provoked by others. I remember a Snakr that 
would probably run his mouth and not help a newbie/new player/inexperienced pker in any way, and
these days I often catch you being helpful in one way or another to many, and it does not even 
appear like you know them or doing it for any reason other than to be simply helpful. Does that 
make you feel good to help others now, where before it really wasn't a thing you did?"

Facelift says 'It doesn't make me "feel good" helping others, I just do it as something that
comes naturally. 99% of population here does not know me irl, but I am a very helpful person by 
nature and I don't really think about it when doing it. I'm just like "sure lemme know what I can
do". Back in the day Snakr was too busy trying to get his own shit together, but now I often don't 
have anything better to do than help those who are in need.'
Facelift says 'I don't need to know who they are and sometimes it's funny to help someone that
you later found out was pXXX who has been talking shit to you on RR for months. But it does not
affect me in any way. I remember being clueless about many things in the game myself or being a 
newbie in other games and helping new people does not take any effort from me but can save
time/provide help to others, so yea why not. if pSamurai would ask help, I'd help him. I don't 
really hold any grudges, I just have a very shitty temper sometimes when I'm moody.'

Elízalde harks "Do you want to talk about the "always talked about Snakr/Zorts boxing video"? 
This is another thing that will always haunt you unfortunately, so I wondered if you would like to
make any comments about it and maybe others will finally put it at rest if they didn't think it was
an insult to you. Maybe there is some crazy back story they don't know that you could enlighten 
them about? For me, I got a new song on my playlist from that years ago!"

Facelift says 'It has never haunted me, it's just a relic of the past. Pretty iconic and it
will always make me smile thinking back to those good ol' days. Long story short: Snakr was drunk as
fuck, finished 1L bottle of tequila with pWingfoot, pZorts shows up all puffed up. Snakr got 
bothered, pZorts wanted to show he is such a "badass" so he took the opportunity to pick a fight 
with drunk Snakr. All our lab knows pZorts very well irl and his need to present himself as a badass
at every moment to stroke his ego. So for all of us this is just something to giggle at. He has a 
tendency to take advantage of drunk friends to impress girls ;) He attacked another friend of ours
when he could barely stand up for basically no reason and once tried to do the same to pWingfoot but
that did not go so well :D'

Elízalde harks "Ok, that's good to know, because I think people have turned it into some
twisted version of their own."

Facelift says 'It's just boys being boys. What do you expect from drunk teenagers? The
ego-issue for pZorts has actually gotten worse though, so none of us really bother to hang out with 
him much anymore...'

Elízalde harks "Do you have a rival? Past or present, or maybe an ultimate rival/nemesis is no
longer on the game but the second they appear would clearly show this type of relationship between 
you and that player? Why does that particular relationship exist in the first place? Did some
situation happen, is it because of the competition in pk, or they wronged you in some way?"

Facelift says 'I'm not sure I'm good enough to rival any of those who I considered to be 
badass PKers, such as pMammoth, pNacs or pHyndan, I'd wish they'd still be around to compete with 
them though! I did somehow pick up pSamurai as my number 1 fan, which I still can't fully 
understand as I can't remember ever interacting with him in-game. He always seemed like some random
newbie redshirt even when I was a newbie myself so I never gave a fuck about him to start with but 
somehow he has been obsessively following me for literally a decade now. Perhaps Staer leaked my 
fake nudes to him? Idk.'

Elízalde harks "Is there anyone you look up to with a lot of respect? Maybe there are
multiple players you respect for different reasons and if so what are they?"

Facelift says 'I respect smart/clever players who are able to be above their own egos and
fear. As mentioned above, pMammoth and pNacs, pHyndan and pMalus and several others who dare to 
fight against all odds with everything to lose and still go for it. It may be a surprise but I also
respect pElestir for being a smart player that has dodged all the bullets for years and years.
There's plenty of "wimpy" players but very very few can make it work out for them.'

Elízalde harks "Do you classify yourself in MUME as an xper, pker, rper or some combination 
of those?"

Facelift says 'I do play a RP/PK-mud on the side and I'd love MUME to encourage more RP, hell
even full-RP enforced environment would be great for immersion. But I'm still mainly a PK player. 
My brain craves for challenges and xp/smob or in general "beating the computer" is not very 
repetitive content. It gets boring very quick.'

Elízalde harks "Do you hold judgement against anyone not in that same catagory as yourself?
Maybe you prefer one over the other, but do you actually frown on someone else if they like a 
different choice of gameplay/style?"

Facelift says 'I get frustrated when people do irrational stupid things. Or irrational 
wimpiness for an example. When I'm literally trying to suicide on my BN (just to be able to quit
out and end session sometimes) to some puke who has 0 chances of losing unless they fuck up royally
and instead they run directly to safezone, start yelling shit about "Snakr" and then pose as an 
"experienced PKer" on ER that really grinds my gears. OR when people don't even bother to try to 
fight anyone besides "less intimidating" foes even when odds favor them and they still call
themselves PKers... that's something I feel offended about, because come on, put your money where 
your mouth is!'

Elízalde harks "I agree and often tell people myself to bring their spats to the battlefienld 
instead or my typical '"see you on the battlefield" comment. Otherwise, it is just all talk!"
Elízalde harks "I would say you are one of the most active pkers if you are around myself,
and you are one of the most verbal IMO, am I right in this assessment/opinion? 8)"

Facelift says 'I'm verbal when in group PK because I want to make sure everyone is on the same
page, I'm verbal on narrates when I'm bored as fuck (often trying to fish a reaction), not sure if
I'm most verbal though, have you met Tindoome on narrate channel?'

Elízalde harks "Hehe. I have narrates off on my Ainu always, unless another Ainu tells me to 
turn them on for a bit for a particular reason (because they know I never have them on).  I meant
more in general, be it narrates/posting/yells/etc."

Facelift says 'Let's just say that I'm often bored...'

Elízalde harks "If you agree, why bother? Don't you feel it is a "waste of breath"?"

Facelift says 'Typing stuff keeps your fingers ready for action. You can't cool down during PK
downtime, like a professional athelete you keep your fingers in motion by narrating stupid shit
just to be ready to slam that hit target button!'

Elízalde harks "Touché, I am more verbal too on mortal, but for a different reason than the PK
rush, but that probably does amplify it some for me too."
Elízalde harks "It is extremely "rough" in the PK world of MUME, for the experienced and even
for the newer players trying to gain that experience, where emotions run very high.  Real or not 
real?"

Facelift says 'It's definitely not rough. People make it rough for themselves because they 
care too much for trivial things. Too much drama over silly stuff is what makes things seem rougher 
than they actually rare.'

Elízalde harks "What is the reason that YOU decide to PK and on MUME?"

Facelift says 'I am really just trying to find creative ways to kill the stuff between the 
asterisks. It's fun. Anything else is irrelevant.'

Elízalde harks "Do you have any advice to players afraid to jump into PK on MUME?"

Facelift says 'If you are afraid to jump into PK even though you'd love to PK, then imagine 
yourself jumping into a cold lake at hot summer day. Sure it feels cold and uncomfortable at first, 
but it will give you that sweet relief once you get used to it. Sometime's it's exactly what you 
need to cool off from a long week at work. Just don't get attached to silly stuff like wps, xps or
eq - none of this matters anymore because everyone has it. MUME is not a competitive PK game
anymore, so don't be afraid to "lose" - you simply can't lose. You always win if you are having fun
doing what you're doing.'

Elízalde harks "Do you have any advice for newer PKers trying to build renown for themselves?"

Facelift says 'Few have asked about how to "Get better" at PK. The only way to get better is
to keep going for it. I learned the most when I was playing Rancr and couple of other suicider 
chars that would get 10 fights a die and probably die 8 times a day. Just pick up a mace from DT and
go for it at again. Who cares? Make a char specifically designed for it or pick up some char you
never play again. Exp loss is nerfed so it's never been better to just go and try to pick fight with
anything that moves. Rinse and repeat and you are guaranteed to learn something from each fight if
you put your mind to it.'

Elízalde harks "What do you think of the current warlord system as of MUME-2020?"

Facelift says 'It's definitely not meant for such a small playerbase. It literally means
nothing nowadays. Warlords is a good way to track who got a kill on someone and that's about all.
You don't need to take a year off work to get into warlords anymore ;)'

Elízalde harks "I would fancy a WL list with the top 5 mixed, anyone not on that list would be
nonamed or flagged appropriately as "grim, dreadful, noble" etc. myself.  Removal of  the current
one, and just roll with the top 5 off of the old  "Morgoth" list,  which was recently revamped with
"view warshared" command."
Elízalde harks "Do you miss any particular players that used to roam Arda, long gone now but
never forgotten? :) Do you think any of them will find their way back to MUME?'

Facelift says 'I miss literally everyone. Even if they hate(d) me.'

Elízalde harks "What do you think of the entire superzone of "Emyn" in general?"

Facelift says 'It has potential, but is too encouraging to form big groups and the players are
spready very thin, so that if one side has big group, other one won't have the numbers to match.'
Facelift says 'PVE-wise, it's just more xp to grind for already super-fed chars who are just
craving for new "first time kills".'

Elízalde harks "Do you have any suggestions on how to reach that potential or what changes
would you make if you could, to raise the level of players into that area? The big groups aren't
going anywhere, so what else could be done in your opinion?"

Facelift says 'There really is little to no reason for most players to go there solo or duo, game
is so flooded with "free goodies" that taking a risk and venturing somewhere where you may die seems
pointless to many. As i've said, make eq more rare and harder to obtain, that will provide enough 
incentive"

Elízalde harks "What do you think of the entire areas of "DG" in general?"

Facelift says 'Decent. But just as above.'

Elízalde harks "What changes in EQ would you like to see and why?"

Facelift says 'The pinnacle EQ should definitely be harder to obtain and definitely more
RISKY. The only way to make it have any value again is to make demand bigger than supply. Now you 
got power-items in every store so nothing really matters except for stuff like wormhide as even 
shining metals have become trivially obtained with little to no threat on the way.'

Elízalde harks "What do you think of the staff changes and the new gems implemented?"

Facelift says 'More diversity is always good. But it also created a lot of pointless stuff 
that noone ever uses, except for some lost newbies. Just like half of the items in the game, which
serve no purpose whatsoever.'

Elízalde harks "Fair enough! Favorite SMOB and why?"

Facelift says 'I honestly don't feel like there's any smobs in the game anymore, maybe except
for Rogge. It's just mobs that sometimes load you eq. The smob feeling disappeared a while ago. I 
can't remember what I used to enjoy back then (challenge or fun wise) - dragon was always thrilling
though!'

Elízalde harks "If you could choose 1 spell to be modified, which would it be and how would
it be modified?" 

Facelift says 'Black Breath - to counter bob and super-mobility. Perhaps it could have a
chance to instantly drain mounts so that low str pure casters in full metals actually would be in 
any danger at some point of their life? Idk.'

Elízalde harks "What do you think about the new shadow and recent Shaman changes that came
along with the recent "Trail to Dol Guldur/Southern Mirkwood" expansion?"

Facelift says 'The shaman changes was like giving a wheelchair to the handicapped person and the
DG acts as a ramp. But in reality, you still can't compete with million other bonuses bestowed on
pukes making any shaman still compete with severe handicap'

Elízalde harks "If you could choose 1 skill for warriors to be modified, which would it be,
how would it be modified, and why?"

Facelift says 'Kick - make it interrupt storeds when landed. Saves the powder-farm.'

Elízalde harks "Actually, I think that is a fab idea and you should idea board it. :D"

Facelift says 'Noone cares about my ideas because I'm Snakr, even if they do, they can't possibly
publically agree with Snakr :D'

Elízalde harks "ha, we should of just formed the same club then."
Elízalde harks "What is your opinion on the famous "GAC" issue? I guess you could answer to 
both specifically, because apparently now there are two different meanings: "GAC" as in "get all
corpse" and "GAC" as in "get skin corpse;get gleaming corpse". 8)"

Facelift says 'I have no opinion, I'm used to being fully looted almost 99% of the time if I
don't shadow and get help. It's normal and I don't care about it. I just hate stupid deaths and 
wasting time of re-eqing completely thanks to some RNG dice-roll. But If i go take a fight I am
prepared to lose all I have, it's worth it imo.'

Elízalde harks "What is your opinion on the famous "FOCUS LOOTING"?"

Facelift says 'I used to loot focus of "uber wimp expers that die due to their own stupidity 
not because they dared to fight even with advantage" so that they'd go do willow and I could kill 
them and their pals there! I basically never loot foci of people who take a chance and PK (even if 
they are usually wimpy crap expers). For me, leaving the foci is a way of saying "respect for not 
being a pussy and hope to see you fighting again instead of wasting time sailing!".'

Elízalde harks "What is your opinoin on the famous "TRAP" tactics? When it comes to this term
specifically, you generally hear about how it is not acceptable these days due to the good ole
"low player base" routine. Hmm...kind of like now everything is "can't...you know.....cuz of 
covid"."

Facelift says 'Sometimes the only way to get a fight is to trap and hope for a backtrap or 
somewhat equal fight. Sometimes the only way to get kills is to trap. It depends. It's not really 
important, I'd rather have people trapping than xping GH.'

Elízalde harks "Do you use herblores and fancy kits often? If so what do you mix the most on 
your known characters and why?"

Facelift says 'Clearthoughts pretty much on all of my casters except for BN who has never seen
a bloodwight in her life. Travel on pukes. Flasks on torcs. I don't bother with any of the fancy
stuff.'

Elízalde harks "Anything else you would like to comment that we didn't discuss, but you would
like it out there?"

Facelift says 'I apologize.'

Elízalde harks "To who? About what? 8)"

Facelift says 'To anyone who's still obsessed about Snakr'

Elízalde giggles.
Elízalde harks "Anything you would like to see on ER that isn't currently available, or is
there anything you strongly would like to see changed and what is that change exactly (in regards
to ER)?"

Facelift says 'Perhaps current "view war" status?'

Elízalde harks "That is a fabulous idea if I say so myself. I'll ask Axel if that could be 
placed on our "To-Do" list. Thank you for participating in the interview, much appreciated. 8)"

Facellift says 'You're welcome'

=====

Facelift plays the following characters as of November 13th, 2020:

Deluxe - Level 29 - Tarkhnarb Scout [Retired]
Evoque - Level Umknown  - Half-Elf
Facelift - Level Unknown - Tarkhnarb Orc
Lamine - Level Unknown - Elf 
Rísneth - Level Unknown - Elf
Ronus - Level Unknown - Dwarf [Retired]
Snakr - Level 1 Tarkhnarb Snaga [Retired]
Shadivak - Level Unknown - Elf [Retired]
Truck - Level 24 - Mountain Troll [Retired]
Vërien  - Level Unknown - Black Númenórean

(Previously known as Cramen, Rancr, Toigan, Zintrax, Bot, Veracryl, Bodo, Electy.)

Facelift can be contacted by:

Discord ID: desizt#5969




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