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E-Samurai Interview: Chekers
[06/11/2002] [The Interviewer]

State your full name for the record.

Squire Chekers.

Where did you get the name Chekers?

It's a secret. :)

What would you say is Amtgard's single greatest purpose?

Amtgard as a whole doesn't really have a purpose except to let people wind down and just have a good time.

You're Amren's squire. He's got three belts... sword, flame & crown. What do you think of those knighthoods?

Well, I think becoming a knight is the single greatest honor Amtgard can give you, though I do think some belts deserve a little more honor than others. Take the Flame belt, service, deserving the most respect! Sword belt, being the hardest to get, deserves almost as much in my view. The Crown belt, which some people call the popularity belt, is not all popularity. Just because you're king twice doesn't get you the belt. You have to do a good job so I'm thinkin' it deserves a little less that Sword but a lot more than Serpent.

Do you think there are too many knights in Amtgard?

Of course I do. Some people who have belts just don't deserve them. The white belt should also be harder to get, seeing as how it is our highest honor.

If you had complete control over the game, how would you fix this?

First of all, I don't want complete control. But if I did have it, I would start by raising the suggested criteria for belting people. I wouldn't strip any belts because it isn't my place to do so, though you better watch out if I have complete control!

Zulu spears. Good, bad?

I love 'em, I use 'em myself... just wish I could build a better Zulu... where's my bamboo?

What's your single fondest Amtgard memory?

Um, naked or not?

Whichever would be more interesting to our readers.

They are prolly not interested in me naked, 'cept them beautiful ladies out there. Yes, this is my real butt! But not naked I would have to say would be two things. First off, it is my first drive down to Clan, all the way from New Hampshire, 2200 miles, no sleep and lots of speeding. Second is when my knight gave me my red belt. I love Amren. :)

What's your worst Amtgard injury?

That same Clan in which we drove 2200 miles. I got my front tooth knocked out in Knights and Squires vs. the World. I had to leave early... that upset me.

How did that happen?

At the end of some polearm. That's what happens, people, when you rest your shield under your chin.

Do you remember who knocked out your tooth?

Nope, I hear conflicting reports on some people but all I know is it was a knight.

What is the greatest misunderstanding people have of Pegasus Valley?

Well, that we are a dead duchy. Our numbers were way down for awhile, but thanks to some great effort on the populace's part and demos we have a lot of new blood. Hopefully, we will be at the 60-person mark by summer's end.

People spend a lot of time talking about what makes a good knight, but there's other belts out there. What makes a good squire?

Definately the ability to take criticism. You have to listen if you ever want to get better. The ability to do what you're told is a good one, I hear, wouldn't know though. :) Also, what makes a good squire is a good knight, one willing to have patience and who is actually there to teach you.

What's up with that whole Saracen thing you get, anyway?

Well, my garb bears a striking resemblance to Saracen garb, being as how both of our colors are red and black. I actually look like more of a Saracen than the rest of Pegasus Valley's Saracens. They once made me a butt flap that said "Not A Saracen", but I lost it.

Who do you most admire in Amtgard and why?

I admire some of the people most, the way they can balance a life and still have time to make this play-life a whole lot of fun.

Anyone in particular?

Sir Amren, Sir Bernard, anyone in my company, Sir Balthizar, most of the Knights from Goldenvale proper, Mr. Randall guy :), Syr Leo, Squire Goliath, etc, etc, too long of a list!

If you could visit three (and only three) kingdoms, which three would you pick? Why?

Goldenvale, just because it's where I come from and I have tons of fun playing there. Neverwinter, just because they are great fighters, and the Iron Mountains, because it's so close but I have never been up there.

Do you have anything you'd like to say to the readers of e-Samurai?


Just "Hi"?

Go to Harvest War! That's it. And Clan.

Thank you.

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