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An Interview with ILikeSlayer
That concludes 1 of the 2 interviews for Slayer. Thank you all for the questions, Slayer for being proactive and supportive, and forum moderator for putting our interviews on public announcement. If there is anyone you wish to know more about, feel free to send me a pm or post here. Constructive feedback is welcome.
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An Interview with Shane
Starting a fansite has to be tough. Can you tell us some of the challenges you had when RSBandB was still in development? As well as current challenges.
Well, to start off with RSBANDB is always in development to some degree. This leads into the challenges we face. Starting off with today we’re constantly moving in one direction or another because we run our own server. This means we’re actually system administrators in addition to fansite administrators (though we are fortunate to have Mike who handles most of the sys-admin tasks). So to sum up this challenge that means that often times it’s a question of whether we enhance our server first or create user facing features first. It’s a tough choice.
Going back a little while we’ve had troubles getting noticed as a fansite. Jagex has been helpful in this regard over the last few years or so. But as a small fansite that prefers to focus on innovative features over being a Walmart of fansites this means we need to work extra hard to attract users. So for example while there are great places to go get everything (guides, monster info, basic tools, etc.) we need to provide that extra reason to come and use our custom signature system, equipment calculator/ planner, or grand exchange portfolios.
Where do the fundings for the site come from?
Our largest hurdle though has always been funding. As a website with a tech savvy and smart user base online ads don’t work as well as they do on other websites.
This tacks into your second question because RSBANDB today is entirely funded by our page ads and the generous support from user donations. We are so grateful for our users, podcast listeners, and readers because without them we wouldn’t be able to run our website. Thank you!
You mentioned you started scaping since 2003 or 2004. Any challenge in adapting? Do you miss anything from the old days?
Absolutely no change in adapting. I’m a big believer in actual progress, not just change for the sake of adding a new product or new skill. I love what RuneScape is today with a few exceptions. The community is great because the community is what you make it out to be.
My community consists of people I’ve known for years, Clan Quest of course, and everyone involved with RSBANDB. 2013 was the best year ever to play RuneScape. I’m almost ready to say 2015 has overtaken it but we’ll see.
Do the string of numbers behind your username have any meaning?
The numbers behind my name (12088) are a series of numbers that I copied from Mike. He had first. They don’t mean anything. They were just a series of numbers that he found.
How do you balance work with RuneScape? Do you have other hobbies?
Balance is critical to everything you do. I’ve never personally hit the 6 hour maximum logout limit during a RuneScape session. I always pepper other things in along the way.
Why did you decide to start a weekly podcast?
RSBANDBUpdate! was started on the advice of my first co-host, Pika69 as he was named. He suggested that there needed to be a RuneScape radio show or something similar. Podcasting was just coming on and that’s how we got our start.
What are the thoughts/responses you want to provoke with your podcast?
The goal of the podcast changes from week to week. Some weeks it’s just a primer to the update for those who don’t have the time to experience it themselves. Other times we like to go deep into the details to explain how something works and how to reap the maximum benefit out of it. Quests fall into this category.
Finally, some weeks we attempt to explain why certain updates came out and why the game needs them. This is what we spent a good deal of time doing after the Evolution of Combat was released. Thought wise though in general I want players to give updates a chance, don’t automatically assume their garage if your friends or the community say they’re garbage.
That leads to lots of negativity in the community and isn’t fair to Jagex. I’m not saying to blindfully support everything, just build your own opinions.
How did Earth become your main co-host?
Earth was next in line, demonstrates a great knowledge of the games lore (which is what I wanted), and we have fun together. I need to be able to talk to my co-hosts on a person to person basis to facilitate a natural conversation.
Why farming? Like seriously.
Farming <3 <3 <3. I like Farming because the cape is green. I also like it because I grew up outside and it’s the most unique skill in game! What skill can you train and come back a couple hours later and get MORE XP? It’s very conducive to multitasking.
Any goals after 120 farming?
After 120 Farming (which is Friday October 30th): Either 120 Herblore (with my own grown herbs) or an Ironman to get 99 Farming untrimmed (though I don’t know if this is possible yet).
If you could design a elite skill related to farming, what would it be?
A great elite skill related to Farming would be animal husbandry. That’s the other side of the Farm that we don’t see in RuneScape. Farming + Summoning + Construction?
If you could make one change to the farming skill, what would it be?
Farming change: Lettuce, carrots, peas, and purple cabbage. I want to be able to make salads and slaws!
Who's your favourite High Councillor? No... it's not Earth innit?
I like all the high councillors equally but Cireon is awesome. I hear there’s competition for him.
When and why did you start playing Runescape and what keeps you going?
Started seriously playing in Summer 2004. On and off through early 2004 and late 2003. The great community that I am surrounded with keeps me going. As well as every single person who messages me in game telling me they value what we do for the podcast and/or website. I love the stories where people tell me they’ve just returned from a break and are using us to catch up or when we have cleared up an issue they had in game for them.
Why did you join the clan? Did Earth force you? If yes, how did he force you?
If I were forced into joining Clan Quest I don’t think I’d be reading these interview questions ;)
Apart from farming, what do you enjoy doing most in Runescape?
Apart from Farming… Questing of course. I’m not just saying that because of this clan’s name but because it’s true. RuneScape is deceptively simple from a quick glance. It’s not until you start playing that you realize just how much lore and story content there actually is in game. But if I had to choose a second skill it would be my long awaited goal of 99 Smithing once it’s finally updated.
What are your IRL-goals?
My IRL goal right now is to find a career path that is rewarding and sets me on a path to what I want to accomplish later on in life. That would ultimately culminate in serving as an MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) here in Alberta or an MP (Member of Parliament) in the federal House of Commons.
Hi, Shane, I like the RSBandB podcasts, but I have one question about them.
It would depend on the parts that you are referring to. We’ve recently started putting the audio up on YouTube as well and that allows for better indexing. I’ll be sure to note the start of the various segments going forward. Is there any specific episode or part you’re looking to have trimmed down?
How do you like your 'job' on Honor Council, now you have been at it for a few rounds? Personally I think you are doing a good job.
The Honour Council is something that I jumped at the opportunity of accepting when asked. As you’ve probably guessed based on my past answers about the podcast I love to serve. Anything I can do in that capacity is great. Looking forward to some interesting things coming up.
Can you tell us a bit more about where you call home, and your family life?
Family is the most important aspect of someones life, it’s the bedrock of society. I come from a standard run of the mill family of 4, nothing really to write home about but they are great. As for where I call home, Edmonton, Alberta.
For those unaware it’s the capital city of our province (Alberta). Alberta is the best place to live in Canada for a myriad of reasons including but not limited to Banff and Jasper National Park! We. Are. Wild Rose. Country.
Is there anything special you want to tell us about your approach to the game, to other games, and to real life?
Time management is the key to being successful. It’s most true in school but for other things in life too. If you miss deadlines or are late for appointments people are going to get the wrong idea about you. We don’t know how much time we have left for ourselves and loved ones, time is so important when it comes to that. Always keep time on your mind.
This is something that’s odd for most people but I don’t listen to music. I find anything with lyrics too distracting listen to while trying to be productive. This for me is because I need to understand the meaning of a song from a lyrical point of view before I can say whether or not I like it.
Because of these reasons I can’t commit to music. I also have no idea what kind of music I like, only what I don’t like.
And no, I don’t play any instruments. If I could play one though it would be the piano or flute.
What would be your "perfect" day?
Perfect day... Hmm well it would have been last Monday (October 19th) ahahahahaha. If only I could travel through time.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could travel anywhere I would love to do a European tour centred around battlefields from World War II and World War I. Those wars defined the 20th century and set into motion so many of the geopolitics that are at play today.
Aside from that I’d also like to attend RuneFest before it’s no longer a thing. This year is the first year I feel as though I should have went.
What's the craziest thing you've ever done?
Craziest thing I’ve done… In 2013 I went to New Zealand for two weeks. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be crazy but it was my first journey off the North American continent and added on to that I was meeting one of my best friends (whom I met online, he lives there) for the first time. All in all it was a great experience despite the odd looks I got when I first made the decision.
This concludes the 2 of 2 interviews of November. Shane has been a great correspondent. I am very happy to have learnt more about Rsbandb as well as more about himself. Constructive feedback is welcome.
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