PC Thoughts Althior Emorith (K-Nut) - I'm glad Althior was able to come back for this last quest, it seemed fitting to have so many of the original players going at it one last time. While you were inactive for the latter half of the quest, your build mechanically saved the party on a couple occasions. As a whole, Althior's arc has always fascinated me, from starting mage, to depressed drunk, to prophet, you've always been good at allowing the character to change over time. You, Zepher, and CallMePie have in my opinion been the greatest examples of how to write familiars/companions well. While I was hesitant about Finnegan at first, I think you really showed how comedy could be done correctly through the use of a secondary voice without taking the focus off of your main character. Althior was also a great example of house alliance, while Arthur actually integrated himself into the Ziegfried family, I believe Althior did an excellent job of showing how dedicated a character can be to a cause/family without having a real stake in its survival. I only had the pleasure of hosting you for one quest prior to this one, but that one quest (116) was probably one of my favorites to host. Playing in quests along side you was as much a joy and even though both Skrall and I can never keep Althior and Atramor straight, your dedication to this game has been appreciated.
Atramor Gibbin (CallMePie) - From the moment this game started you have never been afraid to have Atramor embrace the rogue with a heart of gold trope. You never really strayed from that mold, but I don't think any of us would have ever wanted you to. You really showed how the trope can be played without allowing it to become stale or predictable. Like K-Nut, I'm really happy you were around for the finale and as I mentioned in a previous post I can't express how fitting it was for Atramor to be the last one to leave the Hall at the beginning of Quest 159. In quest you pulled off your leadership roll swimmingly and I don't think anyone would disagree that no one was more deserving of the position of overall party leader and Atramor's eventual veteranship. Like Althior, Atramor's relationship with McCaffery was amazing and really highlighted how to elaborate on someones background to other players without having Atramor ramble on to the other characters. I really wished we could have gotten a little more closure around McCaffery's story, but I think leaving some of the mystery helps maintain some of the coolness of the arrangement. Mechanically I think Atramor may have played the most interesting advanced classes. Between Witch, Regulator, Decamon Drafter, and Rogue Thief, Atramor's loadout made him a significant threat to any enemy and always a challenge to balance for. At somepoint I think I gave up trying to purposefully create enemies to take him out and simply let him do his thing. Watching him play the first expert class I created was always a joy and it's cool to see how certain mechanics you invent in theory get applied by someone else. As one of the oldest players in the game, I got to not only host you, but be hosted by you, and play along side you in so many quests that it's hard to boil them all down into a single sentiment, but I've got to say, over the years you have been one of my favorite players to have in this game. Your insights into mechanics, storytelling, RPing, and your attitude with which you shared those is something that kept me coming back to this game again and again. It's been absolute thrill playing with you!
Benji Carvenhall (Flare) - It was really great to have you for the Finale. Even though you didn't pop in till Act 2, you still made a significant impact upon the quest. As a player Benji definitely took the eleven archer theme and ran with it which was cool to see. When you decided to go beast warrior and really play up the Jekyll/Hyde aspect of the class I was equally impressed. Your contributions to the game through your two quests always make me smile as they helped bring some levity to a sometimes to serious game and for that I'm grateful. As a member of the Quest 116 party, you will always be part of my favorite trio of heroes I had the pleasure of QMing.
Hoke Ablesword (UsernameMDM) - I think you've said it before, you are Hoke and Hoke is you. If nothing else it has made your character one of the most consistent in the game. As another of the first wave of heroes, I think it was fitting having him along and take such a dominating role in the quest at least battle wise. Hoke has always been one of those characters I had a hard time balancing against and like Atramor I finally decided it was easier to simply allow him to do his thing and make sure the enemies don't get slaughtered too quickly. Build wise, between Guts, Arthur, Pretzel, and Atramor, Hoke is probably one of the strongest forces to contend against and I've always respected your dedication to a mechanically sound build. I know you had a few moments of frustration with your class mechanics during this quest and I'm super grateful you compromised some of your advantages for the realism of the situations. Hoke has always been one of those characters whose goals are pretty straightforward. He wanted to be a dragoon and he kept to that path no matter what and I think your dedication to that goal should be admired. Your handling of Torc while different then a few of the other dragoons I felt fit Hoke's style. Hoke comes across as more of a GoT type fantasy character than a Eragon or high fantasy character and I think it did him well to extend those qualities to Torc. For all the flack you might get for not RPing too much, I think your final epilogue in quest 159 really showed off your writing chops and while I'm slightly sad we never saw any more of that, I'm glad you shared that with us in the end. As another player I've had the pleasure of hosting multiple times and playing along side, it was great to always have your dependable character.
Arthur Justus Regulus VII Ziegfried (Flipz) - Where to begin... Outside of Sandy I think you have cared more about the lore of this game than any other player. That and your dedication to giving constructive criticism to both players and QM's alike is something I've always admired about you. While I was sad to see you go with your hiatus I completely understand why and was overjoyed to have you back for the wrap up of Heroica. I think everyone would agree that no one can match your strategic reasoning and your propensity for figuring out the best tactics, but I think we often forget that you managed to integrate that seamlessly with your character's personality. It never felt jarring to have Arthur explain the best path forward, because that was who he was. I remember when you first started playing and being cautious at your enthusiasm, but I think over time you settled in well as a player that others could trust and a needed voice of perspective on how things both in game and out of game affected others. As a character, I've got to say, you managed to weave so much lore into Arthur that I sometime wonder if its a little too much. You really swang into the deep end with the chaos arc, but I think you recovered well and were able to see the impact it had on how your character was perceived. Even then you didn't retcon those flaws or mistakes, you incorporated them expertly into the characterization of Arthur moving forward. All in all your contributions to this game would be too many to count, from the Theater and it's wacky plays, to expert job class analysis, to your wiki entries, to your very own quest. It's been an honor developing this world along side you and watching you grow as a player. I'll really miss playing with you.
Dyric Rone(The Legonater) - The original assassin of light! I remember reading Dyric for the first time and simply pegging him as one of those loner angsty rogues with a tragic backstory, I'm glad you've proven me wrong a dozen times over. Dyric is a superb example of having a backstory that informs his character but doesn't control it. While I'm sort of disappointed we never got a full Duplovia quest line, I feel in someways that I've been there, just through how it has come out in Dryic's characterization. His overall arc is one of the best in Heroica and I think anyone would be remiss in not reading it. The ending you wrote for the character was fitting to a 't'. In quest it was fantastic to watch him really embrace the heroic outcast role and serve as other heroes' hope that things were turn out right in the end. I loved the somewhat existential crisis he had with the Miracle Worker and it was one of my favorite bits in the quest. I really only hosted Dyric once, but it was probably my favorite quest and the memories of the times Skrall got to travel with the assassin throughout the entire Wren arc will always be precious to me. Mechanically I have got to give you props for sticking with a single class for so long, it really speaks to your dedication of the character concept and I think he sort of developed a type in his own right. Like Atramor I think it speaks for itself how many people felt he deserved veteranship, and I think its a testament to your style as a player. It's been an absolute blast playing with you.
Karie Alderflask-Cour (Kintober) - One of the few characters I enjoy arguing with in character. I was a little worried about how closely Karie was becoming tied to the syndicate lore, but I think you managed to keep her independent enough to not be tied down by it too closely. Karie is one of those characters that's easy to like, she's multifaceted which allows her to establish relationships with other PC's on multiple levels and I think that is what kept her engaging. As a player you did an excellent job of balancing backstory with changes your character faced from actual quests. You took the experiences such as Karie's constantly being hexed and rolled with it. While it may not be my favorite romance in Heroica, I think the way you realistically incorporated Masson into her story really helped breath life into your portrayal and I think your willingness to work with another QM to impact your character is commendable. As one of the few minstrels in the entirety of the game, I think you truly showed how game-changing a support class can be in Quest 159. I'm sorry we never really got to go into Kayla's backstory anymore, but I'm really glad you were willing to lead your particular party so strongly. Between the debate with Rook, Ulric, Patricia, and even the other heroes at the end, I think you were an excellent example of how to argue from a character's perspective and not simply from your own personal feelings and that was simply amazing to watch. Your epilogue was a great send-off and I'm glad Karie got some solace in the end.
Lord Lawrence Boomingham (Zepher) - Being among the early wave of heroes, Boomingham is another of the tried and true characters. You've played him for so long your interactions simply come across as natural. Like Atramor and Althior, you demonstrated perfectly how to portray a secondary voice in the character of Barty. I was truly saddened when he left and I shed a little tear at your nod to him in your epilogue. Out of all the characters you did the best job at allowing your backstory (and a pretty unique one at that) to not dictate the future of your character. Throughout the entirety of Heroica I don't think it ever felt like any of his progression was forced. He slid from one arc into the next seamlessly and you did a fantastic job of balancing inner and outer monologue. As a QM, outside of Sandy, I think you had one of the most impact storylines on all of Heroica with the Wren saga. I think it's been shared enough times that she really was one of the best villains we've ever had and I've got to give my hats off to you for giving us so many wonderful and unique NPC's over the years. Between Hans, Felton, Tadpole, Guffington, Gnash, Daneeka, Vipera, the list goes on and on each and everyone of them near and dear to not only my heart but all of the players of your quests. I got to host Boomingham quite a few times and each time was a delight, I'm sorry I never game him satisfying conclusions with sub-villains like Natnail or J. Smith, but it means the world to me to have had such minor characters have such an impact on the old king. In Quest 159, you demonstrated once more Boomingham's experience and perfect balance between authority and friendliness. He was a dependable voice of reason and the number of times I smiled at his responses are too many to count. When Sandy decided to leave, I'm glad I had you to work with to try and maintain some of the spirit of the game and while you, JimB, and I knew the inevitable was approaching it was nice to not have to face it alone. One of these days we'll have to meet in person and I will shake your hand for the tremendous impact you have had upon me as a writer and a RP'er. Thank you!
Matthias (Stickfig) - Matthias has always been one of my favorite PC's to QM and I've been lucky to have him on a few of my quests. As has been shared previously he's such a tremendous amount of fun to not only read but also interact with. The way you ran with the Chesterine interactions was perfect and I think you've done a fantastic job at letting the little guy grow as the years have gone by. I know life engagements can make involvement tough, but I'm thankful for your dependability and for always bring a cheerful attitude to the game both as a PC and as a player. As one of the newer wave of heroes before things started to slow down, I think you have been a great addition to the community and am glad that your character had such a lasting impact.
Monk Pretzel/Petaldan Parfenius (Palathadric) - I was never too sure how to take Pretzel. Was he supposed to be satirical? Either way I think you showed that regardless of how he started he was adaptable to the ever changing story around him. I remember hosting him in Quest 108 and 155 and really starting to grasp just how much he wanted to have a positive impact on the world around him. Even though the beginning was rough, he really came into his own eventually and I think made him a dependable ally to a lot of the characters. Mechanically, I think we can all agree at his point that the Artisan is OP , you at least did a great job at showing off some of the more interesting combos, even if it did make balancing battles for him a nightmare. Petaldan has always felt somewhat like the opposite Pretzel, he isn't cynical, he has an innocence about him that is simply magnetic. Quest 149 really highlighted his character I believe and seeing him take a leading role in quest 159 was amazing to watch. The little group of Torald, Ezeran, and Petaldan has been through a lot together and watching them each come to differing character development points by the end of the quest was really heartwarming. Allowing the little guy to become a Paladin was one of my favorite parts and his commitment to good really set him apart form some of the more jaded characters. All of this goes to show that you're a top notch RP'er and I really appreciate your consistency throughout the entirety of the game.
Nerwen Calmcacil (Chromeknight) - I was sorry you couldn't be as active as you probably would have hoped, but I am glad you were with us in the end. Nerwen as a character is another one of my favorite examples of natural RP. Her character arc is exceptional and I think had she been a little more involved there was a strong case for her as a veteran. Either way, you have always been one of my favorite players to read and QM and I have a fondness for all of Nerwen's quite charm you exuded in the quests she participated in.
Vindsval Half-Born (Asphalt) - From the moment Vindsval entered the scene I think most of us were intrigued, if by nothing else than the figure! Over the years you've done a particularly incredible job of displaying how a faith character can be RP'd well. Vindsval's entire arc with the Wanderer has been tantalizing and I was super excited when he finally got access to the Vindicator quest (one of my most enjoyable contributions to this game). In 159 he showed time and time again how rock solid his faith in his deity was and as a QM it really is a delight to be able to have such an anchor character available to bounce scenarios off of. While it did make him difficult to argue with I think you did an amazing job of making your character approachable and at the same time true to his beliefs. Mechanically, Vindsval is a beast in terms of raw damage output. The multipliers you managed to stack through your class, artifacts, and weapons was insane, but at the same time thrilling to watch as he'd totally decimate an enemy in a single hit! I don't think there's anything for me to criticize. As a more recent addition to the game you definitely left your mark and it was always a great time either QMing you or playing along side.
Eric (Khorne) - Sorry you weren't able to commit yourself fully to the quest, but thank you for keeping me updated. Eric is a great example of a somewhat selfish character that people still don't mind rooting for. He's passionate about very few things, but he still manages to be relatable to readers. Ever since he walked into the hall I wondered what niche he would fill, I think you carved out his style quite nicely and did a great job of setting up a fantastic grudge against the Bonapartes that while it never overwhelmed his portrayal it healthily influenced it. I would have definitely been interested in more quests from you as I think you had an excellent QM style, but I know how life can get busy. I will say your contributions to the Nord lore were top notch and I really think it helped to flesh out a rather under-represented part of the game!
Ezeran Yavarr (MysticModulus) - Not many people can claim to have such an odd character. Even then not many can claim to have not milked that oddity to death in their portrayal of their character. You did a superb job of allowing Ezeran to become his own character without ever allowing the symbiot to overshadow his development. Along with Petaldan and Torald, you helped to cement the newest block of heroes in the game and I'm glad you were able to play so much in 159. Even though Ezeran was slightly undergeared in comparison to some of the other heroes, the fact that he held his own against several enemies was impressive and your writing of him was top notch.
John 'Heckz' Brutenhal (Cutcobra) - Ah Heckz, probably the nuttiest PC Heroica's had, but somehow or another the most endearing. I think you found a niche for the guy earlier and you did well to stick to it. We didn't have many comic relief characters in the game and I think your writing was a breath of fresh air for some of us. When you contact me about joining I was glad to jump at the opportunity and although you couldn't commit to the end, I still feel that Heckz got to show off his signature flair as we've all come to love and laugh at. As a fellow QM I've got to commend you for your bravery in hosting, its a daunting quest, but one I think you handled well and wouldn't have minded seeing more from you. It was really nice playing with you.
Kiray Nastayo (King of the Zempk) - This quest was honestly the first time I actually got to QM Kiray and like Hoke she comes across as a very consistent and logical character. That being said, I think your willingness to allow her to be adaptable to the quests around her speaks volumes to your ability as a RP'er. The romance between her and Dianna, while not one I had really read very much of, truly showed how comfortable you were with allowing your character to grow and progress in her own storyline perhaps free form any preconceptions. As a fellow QM it was an honor to be able to make the scenes for your quest and like Cutcobra, I've got to congratulate you on undertaking the harrowing job of providing other peoples entertainment, you did it well and you definitely grew over the years.
Lind Whisperer (Lind Whisperer) - Lind I'll be honest with you as I think you can take it. When you started playing, you definitely frustrated me, your character, your play style everything. But over the years you've definitely grown as a player and your character has progressed as well. You were so enthusiastic that I think it was a little off-putting, however I think your willingness to recognize your flaws really shows tremendous strength of character. Thus I was glad when you asked to join in on Quest 159. I liked that you tried to make amends in character to other PC's and I think as a strategist, while not on the level of Flipz, you do a pretty fine job. I think parts of your enthusiasm for the game were contagious and I want to thank you for being not only willing to take constructive feedback but give it as well. Your encouragements throughout the running of the quest were also appreciated and I'm glad you were able to enjoy yourself.
The Demon Germ (samurai-turtle) - I've said a lot earlier about Germ, so I won't add too much except to say thank you for your willingness to continue playing. People are under no obligation to participate in these games and the fact that you were dedicated to keep playing even when you weren't sure how much you liked Germ or anyone else did, speaks volumes to your play style. It was great playing with you and thank you once again for your patience and consistent challenging of the norms. I think its something we all needed from time to time.
Throlar Wineghilm (Lord Duvors) - We've spoken a lot in PM so I won't deliberate too much here, but I do believe Throlar ended up as one of the best negotiators in the game and that credit is all due you. While Throlar often came across as contentious and argumentative I think it truly did stem from honest convictions that you wove into your character. While at times it was a little difficult to sift your opinions from Throlar, you did a great job of having patience with the other players and PC's and trying to be understanding of their individual perspectives. Throlar's paladin relationship with the Gray Angel was one of my favorite parts to RP and I'm glad we finally got to see him into his advanced class. You sometimes second-guess yourself and I think that shows that you really are concerned with portraying your character well and for that you are to be commended. I've got to host Throlar a few times and every time I've been impressed by the way you keep him consistent both personality wise as well as story wise and how each quest he's been on has shaped his perspective on the world. Well done.
Torald Waruelf, Matchmaker (Alfadas) - Torald is one of those characters that people like relating too. He's a tremendously good example of a barbarian done well. His arc is fitting and the relationship he established with Petaldan and Ezeran is an arc in and of itself. When he decided to interact with the Pandemonicon in Quest 159 I was initially hesitant not knowing how much you'd like to play with that aspect of your character. I never should have doubted you. You played the torn allegiance character very well and I was glad to be a part of that unfolding. Your decision to step into the portal unplanned floored me and in the end I think it really game his arc an incredible conclusion. While his friends may mourn, I think you managed to really leave a lasting impact on the PC's he's quested with over the years and that was really special to watch.
To all the other players over the years who have contributed to this game: @Sandy, @CorneliusMurdock, @JimBee, @Scorpiox, @Jebediahs, @Scubacarrot, @Endgame, @swils, @Quarryman, @Darkdragon, @Siercon and Coral, @Capt.JohnPaul, @Masked Builder, @Tanma, @The_Customizer, @Myrddyn, @LordoftheNoobs, @Sisco, @Bricksandparts , @Pyrovisionary, @Emjajoas, @Costy , @Pandora, @Purpearljellyblob, @Dannylonglegs, @Peppermint_M, @Rumble Strike, @Professor Flitwick, @posades, @Tachyon you have been amazing and have impacted my life in ways I can't even imagine. Thank you!
We made it over 7 years, over 159 quests, over 150 players, through forum shut downs, forum software changes, image hosting site shut downs, 1 mafia game, nearly a dozen special events, building contests, and an uncountable number of milestones in the lives of our players both euphoric and tragic. This experience will always be something I hold near and dear to my heart.