Avlis Community Interview: Plethora

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Avlis Community Interview: Plethora

Post by The Avlissian » Sun Jun 05, 2022 3:26 am

Hamlet
Good evening Suse! Or is it morning on your side of the globe (Australia)?

Plethora
Still morning, though only just

Hamlet
How's the weather?

Plethora
Wet ! Rain has been been intense most of the year so far

Hamlet
Rain season is only getting started where I am (Mexico). What's on your playlist?

Plethora
Ahh.. lots of stuff really. I have a pretty huge music collection, though I must admit recently I have been listening to lots of 80's music. (yes I am old enough to remember the 80's)

Hamlet
What about games? Anything on your radar beside Avlis, lately?

Plethora
Nothing big, not doing any large MMO's at the moment, I usually like building and strategy games if I'm not Avlising. Fairly into Going Medieval at the moment, oh, Minecraft, definitely Minecraft ๐Ÿ™‚

Hamlet
Back to Avlising. In 2022, we mark 20 years of Avlis on Neverwinter Nights. When did you join?

Plethora
Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:46 am !

Hamlet
Did you ever imagine you'd still be here, almost two decades on?

Plethora
Not at the time ๐Ÿ™‚ I was pretty taken with it though. Was my first MMO, and online role playing experience. I think I applied for DM after about two weeks

Hamlet
Oh wow. Were you accepted from your first try?

Plethora
Ha! No. Or my second.. or third ๐Ÿ˜› You know what they say, Fourth time lucky!

Hamlet
We do expect people to have spent some months on Avlis, before reaching for the DM wand. -โ€“ Tell us about your DM experience outside of Avlis Neverwinter Nights?

Plethora
Ahh, well I think I was about 8 or 9? when I first played D&D, and then of course.. wanted to be a Dungeon Master. So DMed on and off with different groups, since always it feels like. Even a kid though, I was always the storyteller, the one who made up the games for the neighborhood kids and such. I'm pretty sure I scarred several of my cousins for life ๐Ÿ™‚

Hamlet
As a DM, how do you come up with story lines? Do you wake up with an idea, or just what happens in Plethora's brain?

Plethora
A bit of both really, some storylines live in my head, and they grow. A lot though, come from player interaction, not just things they do, but their personal goals as characters as well. I try to think about persistence a lot, laying clues, and story foundations.. leaving them, coming back. Love it when I return to a story and watch everyone go "Oh, we know about this!" and take action!

Hamlet
What is your favorite Avlis storyline that you did not write (or co-write)?

Plethora
Heh

Hamlet
Tough question?

Plethora
Well until recently, I have rarely been involved playing in anyone else's story, and I always have a small part, at least to oversee in most plots.

Hamlet
Swapping chairs, then. As a player, what do you enjoy the most about Avlis today?

Plethora
I think probably the community, it doesn't matter who I play, it's always fun with great people to play with

Hamlet
Any memorable story from the Avlis community that you can share? Talking about the wonderfully weird people behind the characters.

Plethora
So many, too many! I would be hard pressed to pick one ๐Ÿ™‚

Hamlet
That's fair. Right now, Avlis is preparing for a transition to Neverwinter Nights EE. What's at the top of your mind, as a world leader?

Plethora
Mostly thanking the gods for such wonderful co-workers!

Hamlet
The Avlis gods, right?

Plethora
Any gods that will listen! Everyone is working pretty hard, doing what they do best, which is amazing. For me, I'm working with the DM team, to make sure the IC reason for EE plotline, gets run, and getting ready for new plots, in the New World

Hamlet
Apocalyptic prophecies keep popping up on the IC forums . Beyond those, what future do you envision for Avlis, from your Head DM seat? Give us a hint.

Plethora
Well, like everyone (even though we are a little late to the party) I'm hoping the move to EE will bring in fresh players, and people. For a lot of DMs, including myself, it's the characters that motivate and inspire, so who knows ! ๐Ÿ˜„ (no spoilers)

Hamlet
No spoilers. Last question, then, and one that I have been itching to ask. Australia is the internationally recognized land of "nope", when it comes to animal life and insects. Is it really as scary as all that?

Plethora
Not so much in the cities, in the bush and the outback though, itโ€™s pretty hectic. Most Australians though learn early, and usually the hard way, how to avoid the wild life

Hamlet
And the neighborhood kid with Dungeon Master aspirations.

Plethora
Ha! at one of my cousinsโ€™ 21st birthday, she was quite drunk, and at the end of her speech pointed at me and was like "YOU ! You made me believe in Fairys! And.. and I ACTUALLY SAW THEM !!" Never underestimate the power of a good story ๐Ÿ™‚

Hamlet
Never. Thank you for this interview, and see you In Game!

Plethora
Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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