How long have you been playing?
Officially, February 2018. I was playing Mario Kart 7, doing a time trial for the Airship Fortress course. Then my DS died in the middle of a great run, and it wouldn’t charge after that!
Since I was out of a portable system, I went looking through the play store for something to play. I found Empires & Puzzles, which gave me Puzzle Quest vibes, so I tried it and I loved it!
I was still very casual with the game at that time. I lurked the forums at the start without an account – I remember a lot of complaints about Guinevere (she had just launched then I believe) – but never really got into the game until April 2018.
Wanting to have some idea of what I was doing, I actually made an effort to look for information and strategies. I remember two key things that helped me the most; @NPNKY’s guide to point new players in the right direction, and @Almeida’s breakdown of what Gacha is – these are two topics that I still think are the most important to read for any player.
Off-topic - MK7
I did order a new charger for my DS eventually, and still managed to get a great attempt recorded – 7 seconds behind the current WR (1:54) in that course!
What’s your current role in your alliance?
I was a co-leader in a laid back semi-competitive alliance, The Twisted Hurricanes. I recommend anyone who is starting out or wants a chill group of people to check them out.
I was looking for a change of pace myself, so now I’m in Misfit Toys as a member.
Also I play Puzzle Combat It’s currently in soft-launch as of this post, but it’s another game by Small Giant, pretty much the same thing as E&P but with some differences that set it apart. In there I am one of the coleads for War Machine Destroyers.
Which hero are you currently levelling and how will you use them?
Leonidas, Rigard#2 (costume included), Thorne, Boldtusk#2 and Skittleskull.
All of them except Skittles are for further war and raid depth.
Skittleskull is purely for the Trials of Mysticism. My depth for that class quest is awful; so bad that I had been relying on Gill-Ra+20 as my 5th hero. Now that Skittles is at 4th ascension, I’ve officially stripped the emblems from Gill-Ra.
Which is your favourite hero in your roster, and why?
Mitsuko. The kimono. The fans. That snarky smile. I try to have staring contests with her, but lose every time (how does she never blink??)
Gameplay wise – she provokes some very threatening ice heroes like Alice, Finley, and Vela into self-destructing. That’s cool too.
What’s your favourite source for E&P play advice?
When I’m stumped for who to level next, I will ask on the forum #gameplay-help-tactics category. Also on Discord for advice – 7DD server and the Heroes and Videos server are the ones I frequent.
The forum’s #player-guides section is where I go for my bookmarked resources most often. This is my most visited section – the infographics, the detailed breakdowns of game mechanics (damage, mana speed, etc.), the list of game levels, and so on. There are some real heroes on the forums
Do you have a particular memory of a great victory, a tragic defeat or a moment of madness?
From Puzzle Combat where I won 2 Rare challenge events so far
Okay, from Empires… my moment of madness would be when I used a ton of food to re-roll. I did it while building the Status Effects (Buffs and Ailments) and Stacks guide, looking for all the heroes who had unique status effects and screenshot them.
It took me 2 hours to finally find someone crazy enough to have Margaret in their raid defense team, and then I had to play very carefully to not kill her so she could use her status effect
That topic has been the most fun for me to put together (and still continues to be).
Which Season 1 hero would you most recommend to a new player?
Unconventional, and while I love the healers, the ramming pulverizers and Wu Kong, Scarlett I feel deserves a lot of love that she often doesn’t get.
She is fast, hits three, has very high attack stat (even when you consider the red 5* heroes), and comes with a useful attack drop that somewhat off-sets her squishiness. I think she’s awesome in her own way, and I still use her for her high match damage.
With 3*s, Valen. Easy to summon / train, with a fast defense drop that makes him invaluable early on for KOing tough enemies.
What can you see out of your window right now?
There was a snow storm going on earlier this morning. It’s started to settle but it’s still snowing (that’s what those white spots in the picture are). The strong wind earlier beat up that poor garbage bin.
Looks like someone ran over it with their car!
That yellow patch in my front yard is thanks to my dogs I’ve been bringing them out further in different spots now that I’m at home most of the time, so the grass can heal.
It’s still really chilly, even in late April. Welcome to Canada, eh?
Here’s another picture, a few days later. I live in a townhouse so not much of a backyard.
The snow didn’t last but you never know if it’ll be back. Now we have freezing rain;
What’s something you enjoy about being a forum moderator?
Being able to help support the conversations and game debates is my favorite part of moderating. I like these discussions because they help me think about my own knowledge of the game too.
I think that a big part of moderating is listening. I like having my viewpoints challenged (so long as it’s done in a civil manner ). There wouldn’t be much of a discussion if everyone agreed all the time, and a part of healthy debate involves disagreement and discussion. I like helping ensure that it can happen in a fruitful manner.
If the rest of the moderator team were stranded on a desert island for a week, what roles would they take on to survive?
@guvnor would be in charge of the fire
@Rook and @littleKAF would be in charge of the tent (those things are 2 people jobs)
@JonahTheBard would play his harp to give us a much needed energy boost
@zephyr1 would go hunting with his bow and arrow for food
If I was there too, I’d be the guinea pig to test if berries are safe to eat
If you could make two changes to the forum, one realistic and one less so, what would they be?
Realistic – Custom Emojis! This is actually possible to do with Discourse. I’d love to be able to use a Richard smiley or a Bane angry face
Less realistic – An upgrade to discobot with commands that can return useful game resources and topics. So okay, this is probably doable too, but it would take a considerably longer amount of time and planning.
If I gave you $1000 to spend frivolously , what would you buy?
If you asked me a year ago, my answer would have probably been more games to play.
Now I think I’d spend it on a cleaning service. I’m a new parent as of November, so I would love to get some more time to myself even if it’s just for a couple months that the $1000 would be able to afford.
Of course that time would be spent on clearing out my video game backlog
this is a really strange and challenging time for all of us across the whole player base and all our communities around the world. How has your alliance been supporting each other or those around them?
Before when I was with Hurricanes, we didn’t have to do anything differently process wise. We were already pretty chill and lenient on missed titans and allowing opting out of wars.
However, I did emphasize when this all started that we could always talk. I dropped my Line and Discord contact information, and they know they can find me here even now. They’re great over there at supporting each other and talking through frustrations.
I think you or Rook can probably answer this question better than me when it comes to Misfits! I’m very happy with the communication methods we have in place, you all are great too!