Interview with the Neighborhood PhoenixTwi: So, how long have you been on RPA now? I know that you're a long time member, but tell us exactly how long you've been with the community
Well, this week I was on duty for interviewing a member, and I thought to myself about who I could interview. I had a number of people who came to mind, including a few of the admins themselves! But finally I decided to interview one of the oldies of RPA and a good friend of mine. So without further ado, I bring to you the interview with Phoenix.
Phoenix: Since the very beginning. I have been on rpa since it was first created. I believe I was the 36th member or so.
Twi: Wow! That's a long time! So, what's kept you with the community and RPA?
Phoenix: The people are great. The admin and mods are awesome. And I came from gaia... it was so different and so much better. I was tired of the constant rule breaking, god modding, and complete lack of respect from people. And so rpa gave me an escape. I found it to be a second home. And now I can't let it go. Yes I may leave for a while at times, but I always come back.
Twi: That's great to hear. We love it when members stick around for a long time. So, what areas do you frequent most?
Phoenix: Snything in downtown. Mostly the games. And then there is the new member area. Its fun welcoming new members. Aaaand I stalk the pic thread on a mission to rep all that I can for posting pics.
Twi: Haha, so you're part of the welcoming committee? Good to hear that! So, what is it that you like best about RPA?
Phoenix: The people. Everyone on rpa rocks. Everyone has their own thing they do and their own thing that makes them awesome.
T wi: So, in a nut shell, it's the community itself. Is there any improvements you'd like to see in the future?
Phoenix: Hmm. I dunno. Only that comes to mind right now is somethig that will never come back to rpa. C box. But honestly it would have to be heavily monitored. Need a mod or two just for the c box to keep everyone in line. Last one... yeah, we don't talk about that.
Twi: Hm, I see. Well, I only have a couple more questions! You previously mentioned that the community is the best part of RPA for you. What about the community is it that you like?
Phoenix: The people. Specifically everything they bring to the table. For example, I bring a vast knowledge and appreciation for music of all kinds. If I find more people like that then I find myself quickly wanting to talk to them. If its more about computers, ilk look to them with homework help. Etc. Everyone has something they excel at and they all seem glad to help.
Twi: Well, that's definitely something! Only two more questions to go. How did you come up with your username? Was it something that seemed random, or was there a personal meaning to it?
Phoenix: Very personal. I have a group of friends, we are more than friends. We are family. We all have call signs. Most of us are either in or want to be in the military. Mine so happens to be Phoenix.
Twi: That's really cool! One last question. This one is a bit of a loaded question, but who's your favorite mod or admin on RPA?
Phoenix: Hmmm. Tough. Probably merry. Just cause we used to chat all the time. She's amazing. One of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of talking to. And I know people that would literally give the shirt off of their back to a complete stranger. She's also funny as all hell and beautiful too.
Well, there you have it folks! A little insight as to why Phoenix sticks around, and who his favorite admin is! It's no wonder why he's so popular with everyone here! Not only is he an absolute cutie with his curls, but he's a sweetie to boot! Until next time, that's all for now folks!
From the Mouth of the Members.
So this week, I ventured out amongst the masses to find out what you guys had to say - firstly on those little aspects of role-playing that just press all the wrong buttons (when you face-plant the keyboard in frustration) and second, on the different ways people go about creating the amazing, individual characters we see everyday on RPA!
|My biggest pet peeve is probably when people don't read my rules or posts properly. It results in unneeded confusion and continuity errors, and then I have to be the jerkwad to go correct them. When players read my posts and rules, we don't have to worry about that, and it makes me a happy GM
||One of my biggest pet peeves in role playing would be when there are others waiting for a post and you idly wonder where they might be. It may scare some players. When they are needed most, as I personally like to have them with me, they may forget about the role play altogether. They may have a lot to read or a little if the role play is short on players.
||When someone joins a Role Play, puts in a great character application, but then doesn't bother to pay attention to whats happening in the actual Role Play; or even worse, if they forget what the RP is about, and post with something crazy that doesn't even fit the world they are Role Playing it. That hasn't happened here (thank God), but it was a reoccurring thing that happened on other RPing sites I used to go to.
||My biggest pet peeve is when other players drop out or take long breaks without letting others know that they'll be gone.
|When creating a new character, I usually start by asking myself where I want to go with this character or what kind of character I want. I like to experiment with different character types and see what kind of end I would like them to have in the RP. Firstly, good? evil? still figuring it out? confused? misunderstood? Secondly, do I want the character to be mature? playful? curt? polite? sarcastic? I continue from there, filling in that skeleton to give my characters color and dynamics
||In order for me to make an adequate character, I might need to have my TV on, go on Danbooru (Pivix) or play an anime game to get my creative juices flowing first. I also read through the role play I wish participate multiple times. This is to ensure I know what I'm doing before choosing what kind of character(s) I wish to control. I usually begin at the shorter parts of my CS. This is to ensure that I get them done (usually before the history or abilities). Those that require me to go back to the thread or if it requires me to write a lot more, I save it for another day if I get tired (Like on a night). As you might have seen with the role plays I join, it may take me up to a week to get my character sheet as I have to have some detail into what I write.
||First thing I think about when creating a character, is... How do I want this guy/girl to be physically and mentally unique from every other character I've seen. For me, I visualize characters first. Most Role Players don't really want to play a ugly character, myself included, so personally I try to think of quirky ways to make them different. Maybe gross scar tissue across their face, a birthmark, fake leg, missing two fingers, or maybe they have stutter. From there I usually move on to who, and what I want the character to be. I tend to save their personality for last, keeping it fairly vague so I can flesh out my character through Role Playing.
||I let the 'flavor' of the story lead me. If it's a group RP then I pick someone to balance the game, and if it's 1x1 I usually try to play colorful, conflicting characters who can keep the plot going.
Will be added later. <3
~ Recipes ~
Okay, Pizza Lovers! Rejoice! I found such a cute recipe on my search that I just couldn't pass it up.
1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
24 slices pepperoni
1 (14 ounce) can pizza sauce
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. On a large baking sheet, pinch the 8 crescent roll dough triangles into 4 rectangles. Layer each rectangle with 6 slices of pepperoni and even amounts of mozzarella cheese. Roll tightly lengthwise and slice each into 4 or more pieces.
3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
For the Potato-Burrito lovers out there, I thought this was quite interesting.
PREP COOK READY IN
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1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
6 cups canned kidney beans, drained
2 cups water
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
12 (10 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Heat oil in a medium skillet, and saute onion and garlic until soft. Stir in beans, and mash. Gradually stir in water, and heat until warm. Remove from heat, and stir in the chili powder, cumin, mustard, cayenne pepper and soy sauce.
3. Divide bean mixture and mashed sweet potatoes evenly between the warm flour tortillas. Top with cheese. Fold up tortillas burrito style, and place on a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, and serve.