Preferred Name: Zack or Savith
Preferred Pronoun (he/she/they, etc.): He
Time Zone: CST/CDT
Character Class: Necromancer
Game you will be playing with Remnants of Hope: GW2
Official username for that game: Ethereal Nova.3795
1. Have you read the Code of Conduct and do you agree to follow it?
2. How did you hear about The Remnants of Hope? If a member invited you please let us know who.
I was browsing the forums and found RoH's recruitment post from Skaal.
3. If you could travel to any time or place where would it be?
Specifically in this context, I'd love to go back to before I quit Guild Wars 2. To relish in it more, and maybe go out of my way to stick with it. I had no real reason to not play GW2 except most of my core friends were heavy into WoW, another game I loved at the time but it demanded so much more from me even though I wasn't having as much fun. I was having more fun with the group of people, but still tried my best to recruit to GW2 and play it but it often got lonely. I did not have a dedicated Guild to play around with. I was heavily LOVING Guild Wars 2's sPvP. The game was lit up with excitement, the game stayed fresh (to me) and wondrousand still so much to do, the first expansion was coming out and I was pumped. But then I never played it, truly. 2012-2014 inside Guild Wars 2 held some of my favorite online gaming moments to date.
Funnily enough, all I ever did was sPvP pretty much and I've got almost the entire rest of the game to enjoy and explore. Namely almost all PvE, fractals, and even WvW. So this actually is kind of where I want to be right now with the launch of a new expansion on the horizon.
4. Upon joining Remnants of Hope you are expected to maintain a mature and friendly demeanor to everyone in game. What does maturity mean to you and do you feel that you can remain civil even with the nastiest players in the game?
Within a guild, which is essentially a family you stick with at times and get to know, there's no reason to tear someone else down over -anything- really. Constructive criticism is one thing where appropriate. We're all here to have fun and enjoy ourselves with something we all like together, we might as well help create that experience and be welcoming and warm to one another. Offer to help or aid, maybe only when asked with certain individuals. It's a better mindset to pull people up with you.
5. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
I wonder about this a lot, and I can never pinpoint one. I used to want teleportation to go places I never could. Now a days, maybe psychic abilities. Namely telepathy. I'd like to know the true intentions behind people sometimes when certain social situations present themselves.
6. Have you been in other guilds before; on this game or any others? If so,what was your favorite and least favorite things about them?
I've been in many guilds, mostly only in WoW and City of Heroes/Villains from back in the day. My favorite memories come from groups of people always excited to log on and play and explore with one another.
At one time, I was in a very large guild with SWTOR launching, and they had a large undertaking similar to RoH. Massive guild, multiple games, tons of people, and a neat leadership structure. They had many members around in the same guild for years. It was a community. I loved that idea. The idea was to simply "Be a good dude." It seemed simple enough. Be kind to one another, don't be spiteful or malicious or hateful. It often isn't worth the time or energy to engage with toxic players imo. Create a community you want to keep coming back to, and one that is welcoming and often safe.
I had some genuine fun within that community, but often times it felt too intense. It was PvP focused, and they were often very strict at times. The requirements were sometimes so severe when it came to their ALL CALLS. My little free time I had to play the game vs when they would have mandatory events, and you'd be kicked for not participating. I sometimes just want to chill and enjoy the game if I am not allotted much free time to catch up on my own endeavors. I'd chime in, chat, but do the necessary things I needed to progress my character, and got chastised for it for being online but unavailable. I didn't expect them to be that constant. I understand how meetings and other events can be mandatory, but to this extent it felt bad to give up things I wanted to do or have fun with. So it unfortunately was not a good fit for me, I wasn't wanting my game time to feel like a job and worrying about schedules constantly.
Everyone has their niche and what they want from a guild.
I honestly want somewhere that is accepting, happy to be around each other for the most part, excited to play content with each other and just genuinely have a good time. As I've gotten older, I've become more casual. My free time is sparse. I want to be able to come around, play a bit, get to know some people and maybe make a few friends. Help each other learn the game and have a great time doing so. Video games are my favorite form of escapism. Having that social aspect within something that other people hopefully like is untouched. Shared experiences.
7. What five adjectives, and 5 only, would you use to describe yourself?
Generous, chill, adventurous, personable and imaginative.
8. Have you ever held a leadership position in a gaming community? Would this be something you are interested in in the future?
Mmm, only a few times. I've been an officer a few times in a handful of guilds in my WoW career, a raid lead once in WoTLK if the main officers were unavailable.
Would I be interested? Possibly, but also perfectly happy being a member. I never want to discount things before opportunities even begin to show themselves.
9. What are your favorite and least favorite sounds?
Favorite sounds: Rain, thunder, rustling of leaves. The first chime of a favorite song you know instantly. The little sounds my dogs and cats make when they greet me. There's so many to name.
Least favorite: People chewing/smacking while eating or drinking. Any form of an alarm clock. Screeching breaks, People whispering louder than necessary, so it sounds like a loud talking more so than a gentle whisper and almost winded.
Currently very sick of that Google Fi ad song they keep showing in between my video binges (lol)
10. What are your personal strengths and weaknesses as a person (not in game)?
I like to go with the flow and enjoy the moment. I like to think I'm adaptable to most things as long as it doesn't compromise my own personal well being. I like caring about other people, I like helping and being there for others. I like lending out that ear or shoulder for people, especially strangers. I love having opportunities to share in things I know and have wisdom of when given a good platform to do so with willing ears.
Lately, I know some big weaknesses for me as a person come from my battle to have enough energy to be available. I know that I'm not always reliable when it comes to being consistent. By that I mean, my schedule. As stated above, my free time isn't always constant. I'm usually recovering from my work days and decompressing, so it's caused me to be distant or aloof when it comes to friendships and I won't always reply. I need ample time now in my adult life to recover and be in my own space, and video games are perfect for that vs having social expectations I can't always adhere to. I personally feel really down about it, and it's something I'm working on every day. Maybe TMI, but hey.
I'm often too self critical and too lost in my head to where I'll hinder myself and lose out on social situations or opportunities because I'm too worried about what people will think or how I'm perceived.
I am very bad at asking for help.
11. Remnants of Hope houses players that enjoy all aspects of the game, Crafting, PVE, PVP, RP and Social. Which do you enjoy the most, and why?
I have always loved PvP modes, games, and competitive aspects. I like to push myself to be good at something, having reasons to improve, and I like measuring up against other players. It's also why I tend to burn out when I'm not performing where I want to because I don't always have the time commitment, so now a days more casual with it. Though I enjoy all aspects and downtime, I still tend to go for the social-focused modes. Hoping to enjoy PvE and raids more as I've all but untouched those features in GW2.
12. The servers are closing down in 24 hours permanently. How would you like to spend the last bit of time in game?
Reminiscing with some people about our favorite memories, revisiting some of my favorite zones due to aesthetics or ambiance/music. The sunsetting of City of Heroes, it was just sitting in Atlas Park with everyone until the end.
13. What other games have you played and what did you like about them? Any games you are excitedly waiting for?
Escapism is huge for me, so by proxy I love to be immersed. My favorite things about WoW, City of Heroes, Guild Wars 2 all had aesthetics as an appeal in their own ways. Fitting music, lore, classes, environments, so it was always exciting to go explore. MMOs are my favorite game genre. I enjoy the social aspects and community driven events, and I think Guild Wars 2 does this almost seamlessly and encourages cooperative play. A good game needs a good flavor of classes distinct from one another with their own playstyles and variety, character progression whether horizontal or vertical, musical scores for that painful nostalgia down the road, and ways to encourage people to go out and interact with one another.
A perfect opportunity to talk about what I dislike happened with WoW. WoW became more and more solo and disconnected over the years, elitist mentalities in the community, toxic behavior and just honestly felt like no one wanted to be there or socialize with one another in a game where it could benefit from. I disliked having the constant chores to get anywhere, and it often times felt like a job and I wasn't even having a good time. I would often remake a level 1 character just to try to grasp that excitement with the game I used to have, but the main reasons I was having fun was because it was fresh, but also was the people, too. Lacking in people to play with kills games for me.
14. If you could be any animal (fantasy ones included) which would you be and why?
Depending on the fantasy or world, a dragon would be terrific. Being able to shapeshift and/or have abilities sounds like a good time.
That or a cat. Eat, sleep, repeat.
15. RoH utilizes Discord for VoIP. Are you willing to use this platform, based on the needs of the activity you're interested in?
16. Are you on the servers we currently play on and are you planning on transferring to join us?
I'm currently on NSP, but I always loved TC and would happily move when I can get caught up.
Might have overdone it a bit, but thanks for the time! I actually thoroughly enjoyed this application as opposed to others I've filled out in the past. Helped me reflect a lot on what I'm looking for and want out of a game, and more specifically, a guild.