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Interviewing the interviewer! Meet Andrea Freund (Geist812)

28 September 2017 - 04:02 PM

I didn’t do this interview, I was the one being interviewed 😊😊

Well this time it's a bit different. The interviewer becomes the interviewee. I had the opportunity to interview who i would call a good friend, Andrea Freund. I had a good time getting to know her better and now I'm bringing what i learned to the community.  

Well we all know the name of Andrea Freund but not many know the person behind that name. So today I have come to you to get our community to get to know you better than before. So let’s begin.

Zavier: First off I’d ask how old you are but it’s rude to ask a woman’s age so instead we will start off with what do you do in your spare time if you aren’t playing kot?
Andrea: I am a mom with 2 kids, ages 14 and 10, so I always have something to do. And I don't mind telling my age,  I am 47 years old.

Zavier: Where are you originally from?
Andrea: Originally,  I was born in the USA, but I was just a baby when my parents moved to Germany,  so I call Nürnberg (Nuremberg) my hometown.

Zavier: Not everyone knows you in game so what is your in game name/total gem score/ and average delta per round?
Andrea: My in game name is Geist812, I have a total gem score of almost 27 million and this gvg my delta is 1.7 million.  Usually I average anywhere from 200 - 500 k though. I also have 3 other accounts which I play. But Geist812 is my main account.

Zavier: Speaking of your username what’s the origin behind it?
Andrea: Well, that's pretty easy. Geist means Ghost,  and 812 is my birthday, December 8th

Zavier: Being someone who has been playing the game for such a long time what is one thing of advice that you could give to players in game and out of game?
Andrea: Have fun and play fair. Hacking and cheating only hurts yourself and others. Besides,  what fun is there in cheating in a game? Isn't playing the game why we do it? Also, don't be afraid to run big rituals,  this community is really awesome in helping retrieve gems 😀

Zavier: If you could add and or remove anything in game what would it be?
Andrea: Hmmmm, only thing that really comes to mind here is the retrieve chance, maybe if it was a little bigger.  But Zeptolab has already removed the keys requirements for retrieves and that is awesome. I really, really hope it stays that way. This way even a low level player has a chance to help his or her guild by retrieving gems that they don't have enough keys for.

Zavier: What guilds have you been apart of in your kot career?
Andrea: With Geist812 I spent a short time in Supreme Overlord last summer,  but I have pretty much been in "The new Steeler" since I have been playing KoT. I was given leadership a little over a years ago and we brought it up from being ranked in the high 7000s to around 453 I think.

Zavier: Who do you look up to in the community?
Andrea: Omg,  there are so many great people, Robert Perrine,  he always gives advice, Alexis Kot, awesome dungeon designer, Symedia Sorin,  even if he's not playing any more, Shonkee(couldn't tag for some reason) , Bryan Berndt,  both also retired,  but they have all been a Major part in shaping this community and mysrlf as a player. I could go on for hours...

Zavier: What are you best moments in game and not in game?
Andrea: When I can help somebody by retrieving a gem, knowing that it is an incredible feeling when somebody does that for me. Outside of the game, when my children are happy.

Zavier: What are your worst moments in game and not in game?
Andrea: First time I lost a gold gem, it was just a baby gold,  but my only one at the time. Outside of the game was my worst moment lately when we found out our sweet little cat has cancer and probably wont live but a few mire months.

Zavier: How much time do you take out of your day to feed your addiction to playing kot?
Andrea: As much as I can, lol. I might play a total between 1 - 2 hours a day.

Zavier: What is your favorite outfit in game?
Andrea: That has to be Plaque Doctor,  it was the first one I got out of the machine when it came out and I have used it ever since. If I am having trouble saying a hard dungeon though I will use simple black.

Zavier: If you could describe kot to a stranger, how would you?
Andrea: Extremely addictive, loads of fun and very challenging

Zavier: Final question, if you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and who would you take?
Andrea: Every where, I love traveling, I would take my family and my camera with me. I wouldn't need anything else

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Andrea,and thank you to the reader for taking the time to read the interview.

Interview with Daniel Farias (DanFariasM)

28 September 2017 - 03:56 PM

Today I will continue my series of interviews of our watchers. I would like to welcome Daniel Farias (Danfariasm) who is also a long time player and Elder Watcher.

Dan, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us.

Andrea: Where are you from?
Dan: I’m from Maracaibo, Venezuela  Really lovely place and amazing people.

Andrea: When you’re not playing King of Thieves, what do you do for a living?
Dan: I work as a mechanic engineer in the services and maintenance department of a marine transport company. Boats use diesel engines and I’m in charge everything goes smoothly.

Andrea: How old are you Dan?
Dan: I’m 28, although I’m sure I might seem older at times, specially scolding people on the forums hahaha.

Andrea: You are an Elder Watcher, since when have you been a watcher?
Dan: I was invited to join the team on July 20th, 2015 as a new watcher (Actually called “Lesser watcher” by then), I was promoted to regular watcher about a month after, and to Elder like 3 or 4 months after that.

Andrea: What do you like best about being a watcher?
Dan: I really love this game, so I really look forward to others having the same great experience I’ve had so far. Also, since I really can’t make online purchases because of my country’s situation, this is the best way I have to show my gratitude towards Zepto for making this awesome game. Now regarding watcher “perks”, we used to know about updates a couple days before, due to some leaks in the past that’s no longer the case, but we still get some vague clues about it and that’s enough to get the hype going haha. It’s still awesome to get to know the Zepto guys (Cherv and Stiv) a bit more as well as the rest of the watcher team, they are really great .

Andrea: Would you tell us what level you are and what your average delta is?
Dan: I’m level 222 (lame jackpot haha) and I average about 100k or so, not really the most patient nor luckier, also depends on how the guild is going, I could push for more but it’s usually not needed so I just go with the flow of the battle.

Andrea: You have been playing for a long time, when did you start playing King of Thieves?
Dan: I joined the forums on February 14th (And we fell deeply in love) and my oldest screenshot found is from a day after, but I do remember signing in to the forums a day or so after downloading the game so if it wasn’t the global launch day, it was just hours after.

Andrea: Which guild have you been in since playing KoT, and what guild do you belong to at the moment?
Dan: As soon as I was able to create I guild, I made one with a bunch of real life friends and kept it for a reeeeally long time. During the course of the game my friends left, suddenly I was with a lot of strangers and while it still was fun, it wasn’t the same feeling so I decided to get the friendship feeling going again and joined Yes I stole IT where people I got to know along the KoT ride played, particularly Fezzik (No longer there though).

Andrea: Some players spend hours playing KoT every day, how about you?
Dan: I’d say I play about an hour or so a day, except when making a new base thinking of ways to make people suffer and wonder what the hell is going on haha.

Andrea: What tip would you give other players?
Dan: Prepare yourself for the free for all zone, make rituals to get ingredients, upgrade traps, get a good guild with players you can ask for advice, be creative and make your own designs, it works better a mid difficulty layout that people have never seen than a hard layout that you see every ten skips, and finally but probably most important, enjoy the game, be nice and don’t cheat!

Andrea: What do you think was your best experience in the game:
Dan: For me, it’s not about THE best experience but those small moments that make this game great, finding that golden, winning a really close battle, creating that killer layout out of nowhere and actually saving it haha, seeing that feature you always wanted to be present on the update notes. If I had to choose only one, I’d say the Christmas update and getting every UG in it.

Andrea: Do you regret anything about the game?
Dan: Spinning more than I should but, don’t we all? ;)

Andrea: Are there any players in the game that have inspired you, or you would consider to be „the greatest players „ of KoT?
Dan: I don’t see a particular player to be the “best” player but certainly several have inspired me and I admire them in many ways. As a couple examples, I admire Michael’s dedication, Alexis’ bases, Yuhan’s skill, Chervey’s patience and how can I forget, Bob’s trolls haha just to name a few, since it could take me a really big wall of text to name them all. I also really admire the rest of the watcher team, they are all really smart and have incredible knowledge about the game.

Andrea: Is there anything you would like to see changed in the game?
Dan: I’d like to see a rework in retrieve chances (making them dependant on how you lost it for example), totemius rewards fixed, the ability to flip or mirror layouts, rewards for big rituals, matchmaking or seasons in general, the way and size fake gems are generated, among many other things.

Andrea: If his majesty would grant you one wish, what would it be?
Dan: Bring super jumps back!!!

Andrea: How would you describe KoT to a stranger?
Dan: Something to run away from while you can? Haha jk jk, I’d describe it as a perfect blend of a great platform game with the thrill, and rivalry of any PvP game in which your creativity is really rewarded with seeing people failing miserably with your marvelous creations. Mwahaha

Andrea: We all have our favorite thief/costume, which is yours and why?
Dan: Mine is of course The King’s Watcher, not only because it’s really awesome but for what it represents. (And maybe because we wanted something like it almost even before outfit customization was released haha)

Andrea: You are a musician and play in a band. Would you tell us the name of your band and what type of music you guys make?
Dan: The name of my band is “Cronova” and we play mostly progressive rock / metal which is not as hard or heavy as it sounds but still packs its own punch ;).

Andrea: If you had to chose between spending the evening at an Italian place drinking Red wine,  a bar where you can shoot Pool and play dart,  having cheap beer or an Irish Pub drinking an Irish stout Ale,  which would you chose and why,  ?
Dan: If the Italian place has pizza included count me in hahaha if not, probably the pool and dart place would be my thing, although who the hell cares about the place, company is what matters, any of those with some good friends sharing jokes and having fun would make it a great evening anyway!

Dan, it was nice getting to know you a little better, again, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to give us that opportunity.


Interview with Fezzik

28 September 2017 - 03:52 PM

Today I would like to continue getting to know our team of Watchers better. My guest today is Fezzik King (Fezzik), a great base designer, long time KoT player and Elder Watcher.

Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for us Fezzik.

Andrea: Where are you from?
Fezzik: I’m a Jersey guy, born and raised in New Jersey, USA.


Andrea: When you’re not playing King of Thieves, what do you do for a living?
Fezzik: I’m a freelance technology consultant. Mostly I build websites, web applications, marketing emails, and manage social media presence.

Andrea: How old are you Fezzik?
Fezzik: At 41, I’m actually the oldest of the Elders.

Andrea: You are an Elder Watcher, since when have you been a watcher?
Fezzik: I was asked to be a Watcher back in September of 2015, so it’s been a while.

Andrea: What do you like best about being a watcher?
Fezzik: Really I just love the game and am thrilled to be in a position where I can give back and help out in any way I can.  Watchers are not only moderators for the forum and social media, but we also can be a voice for the community and bring important issues to Zeptolab’s attention.

Andrea: Would you tell us what level you are and what your average delta is?
Fezzik: I’m currently creeping up on level 350.  My delta varies depending on my strategy for battles and leagues, but I guess I typically I average around 500k-600k on my main account.
Andrea: You have been playing for a long time, when did you start playing King of Thieves?
Fezzik: I installed the game just after it was released on Amazon, but I didn’t really understand or get into the multiplayer aspects of it for a month or so.

Andrea: Which guilds have you been in since playing KoT, and what guild do you belong to at the moment?
Fezzik: When guilds were added to the game, I joined some random guild called Ciao. This was before the guild chat was implemented so I never got to know those guys.  I was in a guild called The Horde for a while after that.  Then I moved to Yes I stole IT to hang out with Coffee Bob and Fat Ninja, which is probably where most people have seen me.  Recently I joined one of my own guilds called Dread Pirates, which I lead with one of my alternate characters.

Andrea: Some players spend hours playing KoT every day, how about you?
Fezzik: I’ve sunk more time into this game than I’d care to divulge, but I’ve only hit the time limit once or twice.  Usually I spread my time across various accounts in a few guilds, playing with base designs, raiding techniques, and various GvG strategies.

Andrea: What tip would you give other players?
Fezzik: For new players, upgrade early and often. Don’t worry about losing or stealing gems at low levels.  Raid for enough gold to upgrade your traps, skull gold, and lockpicks.  Don’t waste gold or time on locks.  And constantly run rituals, respinning twice for eyeballs and mushrooms to get your Foreseer 5 throne.  For more established players, if you’re not finding good gems, you’re not skipping enough.  And don’t underestimate the power of designing your own original base.  Well known layouts get 3-starred, no matter how hard they are, but an original design has the element of surprise.

Andrea: What do you think was your best experience in the game:
Fezzik: I have great experiences in the game all the time. I remember getting that last eyeball for my level 5 white shadow (now known as a foreseer throne), maxing my castle, stealing my first semi-perfect gem, making my first perfect gem, getting top prize in season 1...  But there’s nothing like that feeling when getting that 2nd checkmark saving a hard base of your own design.  

Andrea: Do you regret anything about the game?
Fezzik: Nothing major, but I probably would have done things a bit differently if I knew what I was doing when I started out.  I think I completed the entire single player map, collecting every xp orb and leveling up as fast as possible before I even raided anyone else or upgraded a trap.  Kids, don’t do that.

Andrea: You’re a great dungeon designer, how do you do it? When you see a dungeon do know right away where the best places for traps are, or do you play around with them for some time?
Fezzik: Thanks!  Usually I have a few ideas for layouts right away, but I love to tinker.  There are some common principles I keep in mind.  For example, I try to make sure my dungeon is still hard if any one trap is removed, to plan for Disable Trap potions.  I also plan for Gang of Thieves, making sure the tail end of the gang won’t survive or have an easy time even after disabling a trap.  When I get a new base, I usually start with a trap in a position that I’d consider difficult to pass, and then I protect that from being disabled with the other traps.  I wouldn’t say I know right away where I want each trap to go, but I’ve been designing bases for so long I usually know what kind of thing might work and what’s easily exploitable.  

Andrea: Is there anything you would like to see changed in the game?
Fezzik: Of course there are probably a million things on my wish list, but off the top of my head I think I would most want the ability to flip or rotate dungeon terrain.  That would add a ton of variety.  I’d also love separate retrieve logs for guilds and facebook friends, which listed all the people who made attempts and allowed me to tap to retrieve their gems.  

Andrea: If his majesty would grant you one wish, what would it be?
Fezzik: A bit of luck wouldn’t hurt.  So much of this game is based on luck.  The retrieve spinner in particular is unbelievably frustrating.  Far too often I can’t get gems back on 3 stars even after 4 spins.  Please, your majesty, cut a brother some slack.

Andrea: How would you describe KoT to a stranger?
Fezzik: I’d call it an evolving and challenging multiplayer game where you steal and defend gems by design defenses and raiding other people’s defenses.

Andrea: What thief/costume do you like the best for raiding and why?
Fezzik: I usually rock the Style Hunter, which is basically Simple Black with sunglasses.  I find it hard to judge difficult pixel-perfect jumps when there’s too much going on with a costume.  That’s not to say I don’t play around with other costumes or wear my Watcher outfit with pride, but when I really want to get serious with raiding or a tough save I go back to the basics.

Andrea: There are few player who think pineapple doesn’t  belong on a Pizza.  What do you think about it? And what are your favorite Pizza toppings?
Fezzik: Hawaiian pizza (Ham and Pineapple) is one of my top 3 pizzas of all time, along with buffalo chicken pizza and a good local Sicilian pie.

Andrea: What other hobbies beside playing King of Thieves do you have?
Fezzik: To name just a few, I love bass fishing, playing guitar, home improvement, and tinkering with technology.

Again, thank you for answering these questions and letting all of us get to know you a little better.


Interview with Alex Van de Griendt (Aluce)

28 September 2017 - 03:44 PM

Today my guest is Alex Van de Griendt (Aluce) a member of the Watcher team and long time KoT Player.

Alex, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions.

Andrea: Alex, where are you from?
Alex: I'm from a small town in the Netherlands, and currently residing in a slightly less small town in the Netherlands.

Andrea: When you’re not playing KoT, what do you do for a living?
Alex: I study mathematics in university. Just another poor student living off of what the government is willing to give to me for my study :)

Andrea: How old are you?
Alex: I am 24 years old.

Andrea: How long have you been a Watcher?
Alex: I became a Watcher on April Fool's day 2016. Of course for a brief moment of time I thought it was an elaborate prank targeted at me for no specific reason! But it soon became clear it was for real.

Andrea: What do you like best about being a Watcher?
Alex: It keeps me involved in all community and game matters directly. People come to me with small problems and I am able to solve them or give them advice and further steps. Helping people out like that is the best feeling and I always enjoy doing it. It makes me feel useful and appreciated.

Andrea: You are a level 180 player with a total gem score ofalmost 40 million, what is your  average delta, and what guild are you in at the moment?
Alex: My average delta as of late has been roughly one million per gvg. But I think I've been rather lucky. It used to be a lot less :D I lead my own guild, Jedi Mind Tricks, for a long time now. But my fellow Jedis and I are using another guild, Triforce of Power, for the remainder of this season, so my main account can be found there for the time being.

Andrea: You have been playing Kot for a long time, when did you start?
Alex: I started around October or November 2015. It was only just after I obtained a new phone (probably the first one I had that was able to handle this kind of game!) and was Stockholm Syndromed immediately.

Andrea: We all start out in different guilds, what other guilds have you been in?
Alex: The first guild I joined was İmrn, but I left soon because it wasn't very active. I went to deeznutshagotem because it's a funny guild name and stayed there for a while. The first "big" guild I joined was Corrupt. The guys there were amazing, I learned a lot, and made many good friends. I went to become co-leader of the guild alongside Got Corbin, and later Corrupt merged with Hyrule (then led by the big toast) into a new guild Triforce of Power, which was the most powerful and energetic guild I have experienced. Unfortunately, the project did not last very long, which is why I went to visit some of my fellow Watchers in YISI. After one season there I decided to move my main account to Jedi Mind Tricks, the guild I had created and cultivated with my alt account the whole time and that is the guild I've been intensely occupied with since.

Andrea: How many hours a day do you feed your KoT addiction?
Alex: It depends greatly on the guild battle and other real life activities. Usually it's about an hour per day on average. But when the guild battle is tough or I want to berserk a ritual, I can play about four or more hours a day. I virtually never hit the limit though.

Andrea: What ist the number one tip you would give other players?
Alex: Search for a comfy home guild if you aren't already in one. For me the social aspect of this game is the most important. Being competitive is great but only if your whole team is great! Always remember that the game is about having fun.

Andrea: What was your best experience in the game?
Alex: The greatest moment in KoT was a few seasons ago, when I was in Triforce of Power battling MiniGold. With three hours to go in the gvg, we were at 15M against their 20M and we noticed all of them were offline. We decided to fire things up and go full on and try to beat them after all. We all skipped until we ran out of gold, orbs or hit playtime limits, until we were at 21.9M vs 21.9M in the last few minutes. In the end we lost by an incredibly small margin, but the way we got so pumped up and full of adrenalin ready to show them who's boss... that's what made it so great, and that is what I loved so much about ToP.

Andrea: What is your biggest regret in the game?
Alex: They added thrones when I was just one eye short of crafting Foreseer, so now I don't have the Foreseer outfit. I could have had Foreseer earlier if I realized on time that crafting Purple Splash was bad. I still get nightmares of it.

Andrea: Who would you consider to be your KoT heros?
Alex: The Watcher team is an incredible force of awesome people. They gave me the opportunity to serve the community and learn more about the game along the way, so every Watcher I've worked with are heroes to me. They are like family to me now. Some extra special thanks to Fezzik and DanFariasM. Ryblik, Got Corbin, Draco, The Big Toast a.k.a. Bryan Berndt, Coffee Bob, Santiago, Rami, no name and Alexis are all also awesome personalities in KoT; the game and its community wouldn't be the same without them.

Andrea: What would you like to see introduced or changed in the game?
Alex: Guild or season mechanics. Deliberate lowering of delta being an important facet of reaping maximal rewards is very counterintuitive and leads to crazy situations sometimes. I'd also like to see disco balls, or disco cubes, or disco rhombic triacontahedrons, as optional decorations above my totem.

Andrea: If you could have one KoT wish, what would it be?
Alex: To have the gold coin currency replaced with doughnuts, so that the term "gold" is no longer ambiguous.

Andrea: How would you describe KoT to a stranger?
Alex: "Basically, you steal virtual gems using virtual currencies so that you get rewarded with more of the same virtual currencies which you can then use to steal more virtual gems. Hmm? What? What to do after you stole enough gems? You've never stolen enough gems. Now go away so I can continue skipping."

Andrea: We all have our favorit raiding costume, what is your, and why?
Alex: As an owner of the Watcher outfit I have to say I love it and I always use it when raiding. The King's Watcher wears pink and its eye can shoot laser beams. These laser beams don't actually do anything in-game so it's useless for raiding, that's why you never see me doing it in the game, but it's totally bad ass.

Andrea: Personally I am a heat person, but others prefer the cold. If you had your choice of places to go for vacation, what would it be?
Alex: I'm definitely more of a heat person, but nothing too extreme. A sunny place with temperatures around 25 degrees Celcius, which has good beer, a place to play snooker, a place to play pinball, and a place to play with other balls sounds perfect to me.

Andrea: What is your favorite flavor of chocolate?
Alex: Pure chocolate. I would have said white chocolate, but that's not really chocolate, so it doesn't count. Are you implying that white chocolate is actually chocolate? OK, this interview is over.

Alex, it is nice to find out a little more about you, again thank you for taking the time to let us all get to know you better.


Interview with Roman Rybkin (BigRoma3000)

28 September 2017 - 03:41 PM

Today my guest is Roman Rybkin also known as BigRoma3000.

Hello Roman, thank you for answering a few questions for all the KoT Players out there.
Hello everyone! My name is Roman (ING bigroma3000).


Andrea: Where are you from?
Roman: I’m from Russia (Smolenskiy region, Gagarin City).


Andrea: When you’re not playing King of Thieves, what do you do for a living?
Roman: At the moment I’m working in EGGER Company (woodworking factory).


Andrea: How old are you Roman?
Roman: 36 years old, I’m not an old man :)  I have a family (wife and daughter).


Andrea: We all know you are a member of MISHLO, would you tell us what level you are and what your average delta is?
Roman: My current level in the game 649. The average delta for battle 2.5M-3.0M. The average for the season 25M.


Andrea: You have been playing for a long time, when did you start playing King of Thieves?
Roman: I started playing February’12, 2015 (little more than two years).


Andrea: Have you ever been in another guild beside MISHLO?
Roman: At the beginning of my way I played as a loner. Then I played for the MARINES guild (I think all of us know this guild). Later, I decided to leave the guild and join another guild. It was MISHLO guild.


Andrea: Some players spend hours playing KoT every day, how about you?
Roman: I spend about 2 hrs a day. Sometimes a little more - sometimes a little less. It depends on current battle and my workload at work. Most importantly it is dependent on my wife and daughter 


Andrea: What tip would you give other players
Roman: Haha, do you want to get a one tip for all occasions in your life? I have one and half of tips. The first and main tip is in the ability to respect. Half of tip it’s balance between the game and real life.


Andrea: What do you think is your best experience in the game:
Roman: I got the experience of a team game.


Andrea: Do you regret anything about the game?
Roman: I don’t have any regrets. As soon as I get the first regret - I will go out of the game. For two years I play only for fun.


Andrea: What are your KoT heroes?
Roman: I don’t have heroes in the game. I have good friends. A lot of good friends.


Andrea: Are there any changes you would like to see in the game?
Roman: Haha! Zepto team don’t make me angry please - make changes for Offers ASAP!


Andrea: If his majesty would grant you one wish, what would it be?
Roman: I have one wish – don’t stop there!


Andrea: How would you describe KoT to a stranger?
Roman: Very interesting question. I think so… Gameplay.


Andrea: What thief/costume do you like the best for raiding and why?
Roman: Oh, hard choice. If for raiding – I think you have guessed  Simple Black! If for fun - I like all the other outfits!


Andrea: Roman, again,thank you for taking the time and letting us get to know the man behind the pumpkin a little better.