Community Member of the Week: Riepah

18 July 2013

Our forum community is continuing to blossom, and leading the charge in activity is Riepah. We wanted to know more behind our community’s most social poster.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in Austria (that's in Europe - we don't have Kangaroos here, sorry [no Dragons, either]), am 26 years old and am leading a very boring, uneventful life. Although it may look like I'm a social person from how active I tend to be on this forum, I'm actually quite the opposite - very shy and sociophobic.
What’s the story behind your name?
Most of the names I used over the years were variations of a real-life nickname my friends used to call me by, snatched from songs or painfully made up on a character screen when the names I initially wanted were all taken already. One of the names I've been using every now and then, "R34P3RR3D33M3R", happened during Unreal Tournament 2004 times. I needed a name, I wanted it to sound intimidating, fitting the atmosphere of the game, and I had only recently discovered a band I quite enjoyed, "Sentenced." A song of theirs had the alternate title "Reaper Redeemer," and while it was not my favorite song by any means, I thought that name sounded really awesome. There also happened to be a superweapon called "Redeemer" in that game, so it seemed to fit nicely. So I stole it, slapped some numbers on it because that was modern back in the day and that's that. The name "Riepah" is the love child of that name and something from the anime Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, "Ni pah." Most people who're used to the English language pronounce it wrong, some even thought my name meant... well, something questionable. Basically, if it doesn't sound cute and girly, you're doing it wrong!
As of this week, you were the first person on our forums to hit the 500 post milestone. Have you been this active on other forums or groups?
Certainly not in recent years. Normally I'm not much of a forum person at all. I do remember having been active in a forum or two, raking in postcounts in the several hundreds, but that must have been roughly a decade ago, and the vast majority of my posts were from active participation in silly little forum games and stuff like that. Some may find it hard to believe, but there was actually a time when my posts had even less substance than they do today!
How long have you played Prime World?
I started playing it just a few days before the first English beta weekend started. When I first heard about this game, I got so enthusiastic about it that I gave the Russian beta a try when I found out it was open for everyone. I couldn't read a single word, but thanks to prior experience with League of Legends I didn't feel all too lost. In fact, starting from the 2nd Borderlands game I played, I felt like a good player already - low rankings on the Russian server are a great place to boost your confidence.
Favorite hero?
Fire Fox. I love Kitsune, and fire is really nice, too. I knew this was going to be my main just from skimming the hero page.
Least favorite hero?
Uhm, that's difficult. There are a few heroes I dislike playing against, but having them on my team is okay. As such, let's say Artiste - because those are never on my team. (I also think her eyes are unusually wide apart which makes her look stupid.)
Favorite mode?
I'm finding it difficult to declare any one mode my favorite. I like pretty much any mode, but I suppose Borderlands and its variations Apocalypse and Native Terrain are my favorites.
Least favorite mode?
Probably Challenge. I don't dislike this mode, but it's the one I find myself playing the least.
How did you find out about the game?
I first heard about Prime World from an MMOBomb newsletter. Then I watched a video about it on their site and knew I wanted to play.
What was your first impression of the game?
My first impression, watching the video of a MMOBomb guy playing Quarrier on Borderlands, was so good that I couldn't wait to try it for myself. When I finally got to play it, I wasn't disappointed. I really loved the game from the start - unfortunately, my real life friends didn't enjoy it during the open beta weekend.
What’s your favorite Prime World memory so far?
There are a few good ones. My favorite memory is probably the whole "Fake Russian" thing during the second English beta weekend. I was just playing around, minding my own business, being "casual," when Godrix, whom I had met in the first beta weekend, asked me if I wanted to join a premade group. I accepted and things went well - so well, that our premade became infamous. In the game, some people started calling us Russians, telling us to go back to our own beta. Some even left as soon as they were matched up against us. I have to admit I found quite some enjoyment in being a part of the group so many people felt intimidated by.
Special thanks to everyone who called us Russians, by the way. We had a lot of fun because of it and it made coming up with a clan name a lot easier.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Well, videogames of (almost) any genre and listening to music, mostly. There are a few other things I like, but my sociophobia usually makes sure I focus on things I can do at home.
Do you have any advice for newer players?
Ignore people who would flame or insult you for whatever reason. Don't let them ruin your mood. Prime World's community is better than League of Legends', but any game of the MOBA genre is bound to attract a lot of bad apples. (Though not every Bad Apple is necessarily that bad.)
Also: Don't surrender just because it looks like your team is losing. I've seen games that honestly seemed hopeless turned around and won multiple times in the past. Besides, surrendering is simply boring, both for the losing and the winning team. It may just be a game, but for the duration of a match, the opposing team is the evil, vile, despicable ENEMY. You don't want to hand your ENEMY an easy victory, do you? Fight to the end, sabotage them at every turn and make their life a living hell (in gameplay terms only - I am not suggesting that you should throw insults at them) until your main building (or sometimes, surprisingly, theirs) lies in ruins.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I'd just like to mention again that I'm honoured and humbled that I was chosen for this. 
Can I put cheap clan advertisements here now? Fake Russians are still taking in fake comrades and Keepers refugees! Climb down from your trees and embrace technology! We would even welcome Community Managers to our ranks!
Ahem. Yeah, I'm done now. Have a good day everyone, and I'll see you on the 26th!