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E-Samurai Interview: Glenalth
[08/28/2002] [The Interviewer]

State your full name for the record.

Glenalth Woodwalke. [ Glenalth is also a Baron. -- ed. ]

Where did you get the name Glenalth?

I made it up for a AD&D character that I had made shortly before I started Amtgard, but never played it. After I started Amtgard I knew that I wanted to use the name because it sounded really cool, but I couldn't remember it for about 5 months until I found the character sheet.

Do you recall the name you originally used?

"I don't remember", my first event favor ever has my name as a ? on it.

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

To be a fun game to play.

Anything else?

That would be the single greatest purpose to me.

Previous interviewees have been squires or knights, which led us to questions on the various belts. What do you think of each of the four orders of knighthood?

I think knighthood is a great way to recognize people for their skills in the game. The actual belts seem to be a nice little way of showing off that you're a badass at something even when you're just sitting around a campfire telling people that they're standing in the fire.

Besides, how would we have any Paladins and Anti-Paladins if we didn't have knights?

All the knights in Pegasus Valley moved away when I got here, quite a few squires around though.

Do you think there are too many knights in Amtgard?

I don't think there are too many, but that's just in the places I've visited. It seems like you would have to know the populace of a group before you could say there were too many or not enough. Anytime I hear someone complaining about there being too many knights it's always about some other place that I doubt they have visited either.

Zulu spears. Good, bad?

Good, It's just a new weapon to learn to fight against.

For the argument that they are being used dangerously... The champion should take the damn thing away from someone that is using it dangerously, that goes for any weapon. Some people just can't fight certain styles safely.

What's your single fondest Amtgard memory?

Events, events, events...

I've had so many good times at events. My first event ever was Rakis/Olympiad and that was fun, but the second was better. I went to Clan in a small car with 4 other people from Sachsenlein, had no tent, very little food, 2 tabards, 2 swords, a very ugly shield, and one full change of clothes. During the days I did more Amtgard fighting than I probably had since I started and at night we sat around our small fire telling stories, listening to stories from passers-by, singing, and re-enacting Monty Python sketches. Luckily for my brothers and I it didn't rain more than a tiny bit before we laid down in the middle of our camp and went to sleep each night.

That was when all of my real life friends went to Amtgard too. Now almost all of my friends are ones I know from Amtgard.

What's your worst Amtgard injury?

3 weeks into Amtgard I was screwing around after we had stopped fighting. I was on my knees and leaned backwards all the way so my legs were folded under me and something in my left knee popped. I had alot of pain and got my leg straigtened out fairly quickly. I laid there for 15 minutes before I tried to get up and discovered that it hurt more when I did that. I sat at the picnic table at the park until everyone was done and I had my brothers carry me to the car so I could drive home. I was in bed for 3 days before I tried to bend my leg as far as I could and it popped again and the pain went away. I'm still not sure what happened, but it happened a few times since then, each time it hurt less and went away faster.

What is the greatest misunderstanding people have of Pegasus Valley?

That Pegasus Valley sucks. At least locally, when I was in Klein Grafschaft von Sachsenlein everybody told me that Pegasus Valley sucks after they had visited. So I never went to Pegasus Valley and I didn't go to the first 3 Harvest Wars because of that. I missed out on a lot by not going.

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?

I don't have firsthand knowlege of this, but probably the ability to listen and learn from their knight. If you're not going to try to learn anthing from them, why would you want be their squire?

What's up with that weird predator noise, anyway?

I have no idea what you're talking about...

Oddly enough it evolved from me making Dolphin noises, which I can't do anymore, and a hefty dose of Aliens vs Predator 2. I practiced it and practiced it so I could distract people while they were playing (it's a pretty intense game). When I finally had it going pretty well people stopped playing it at the big LAN parties here.

Now I just use it to annoy people.

You like computers, eh?

Why did you phrase that question like a Canadian?

Building / fixing / upgrading / overclocking, it's my other hobby in which I don't hit people. Basically that means that my living room sounds like a wind tunnel, it's generally 10-15 degrees hotter in the living room than anywhere else, and my electric bill is way too high. I do have alot of fun with them though.

Who do you most admire in Amtgard and why?

Shortly after I started playing it was Killraven from IM. He was always nice to me and fought really well. Recently it's been two people that don't even play anymore, Cadamus and Dandan, but they're my brothers.

Cadamus could beat me consistently and still does annoyingly well even now that he hasn't played in a couple years.

Dandan made alot of great garb, weapons, and lots of "stuff". He's damn good at it.

I'm trying to get them to Harvest War.

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

Iron Mountains because it was fun the last time I went there to hit people, Dragonspine because I like to visit the people that are there, and Goldenvale because Chekers says so.

Pegasus Valley has had its ups and downs. Right now it's in a Golden Age, but for awhile it seemed like you were all it had keeping it going. Did you feel that way, and did it ever get to you?

The only time the groups condition really bothered me was on the one day that I was the only person there.

This is hard to explain, but looking back now it bothers me more that we could have made it better but didn't. It wasn't that nobody cared, it was that everybody that was left was having fun anyway or was new and didn't realize that it could be better.

Harvest War is this weekend. Got anything to say?

I've got a cunning plan and the Iron Mountains is going to be crushed!

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

Lots of things and they're all posted in the forums.

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