1. Interview: Rider   

    By Serene, 08/12/2017

    Interviewee: Rider
    Interviewer: Serene
    Month/Year: August 2017
    Recording Length: 10:15

    Serene: Hey everyone, I'm Serene and we are in the Marauder Teamspeak with Rider who is the section lead of For Honor.
    Rider: Hi everyone!
    Serene: So, recently I know For Honor has gone through a couple changes. Was For Honor the main reason you joined the Marauders?
    Rider: For Honor was definitely the reason I joined the Marauders. I joined two days after the official release and just fell in love with the game, but I knew from the get go that it was more of a team based game than an individual based game. I looked for a clan and the Marauders really drew my attention more than others.
    Serene: Was it also your plan to decide to volunteer to help run the section? Was that something you really wanted to do or was it something you felt like you had to do since you were the first one joining for it?
    Rider: Well, I wasn't really the first one joining for it. This section was actually started by Malice at the time, now known as Fraejix. So, I got recruited by him and started to play the game. When I play a game I go pretty hard core into it, so I was around a lot. I was around a lot more than Malice and he will be the first to admit it. So, Malice stepped down and another member named FishyPixels and I were both in line for the section leader. I ended up being the section leader and he ended up being the JNCO.
    Serene: Oh nice, that's great that you guys could work that out. With the changes that have happened to For Honor and I know you have talked about the decreasing of the player base, why do you continue to run the section if you see it getting smaller?
    Rider: Okay. Well, there is no doubt that the player base for For Honor is getting smaller. I mean this game launched with over, well just on steam alone, not including consoles or people who bought it on Ubisoft, it started off with about 30,000 players. And now, on any given night, we are down to less than a 1,000. So, the game kind of took a header. The thing is, if you look at the reviews they are all awful but each review says that the game play is amazing. They just don't like the connections. They don't like bugs and things like that. Things that are fixable, so that game has tons of potential and I'm really excited now because they just made an announcement, the developers made an announcement the other day that ranked mode is on its way within the next few months and dedicated servers that no one ever thought would happen. Dedicated servers are actually coming to For Honor. This is the same company who did Rainbow Six, Ubisoft.  So, they had experience with games that weren't doing well then added dedicated servers and it really started taking off in popularity. 
    Serene: So, you think the player base will increase after all of that?
    Rider: That's what I'm hoping for. I can't say for sure, I'm not a psychic or anything like that but that is what really keeps me going on is that I think this game has a potential to be really, really big. If we set a good foundation for it in the clan early, then we will just have a step up on people when it actually happens.
    Serene: Yeah, definitely. You will be able to have that foot already in the door and be able to bring tons of people here, if that does happen. Being hopeful is really good because you can't say something is done until you really know. And if the problems are just things that can be changed, then I'm sure if a lot of people see those changes then they will want to come back, if they have played the game. I think it will help recruit new people as well. 
    Rider: Yeah, that's the hopes. Definitely. 
    Serene: So, since you have been in the Marauders for a bit, what keeps you here? Is it the game and the section? Or the people?
    Rider: It has got to be a little bit of everything. I've definitely enjoyed getting to know people and play some different games with people. I've played PUBG with people, and some Town of Salem. I played Diablo for a while. But just a majority of my time I am spending in For Honor since I am the Section Lead and that just kind of makes sense. Playing different games with different people and really getting to know them is what gaming is all about. Not just playing in your room by yourself, not really talking to anybody. It's a social thing. That is why the Marauders is a really good idea and a really good system.
    Serene: Yeah, I definitely agree with everything you say and I feel like it is a big family here. Especially with the games. Like you said, you would be playing Diablo with people and other things. You aren't always just playing one thing, you are able to be flexible with what you play. 
    Rider: Exactly.
    Serene: It is nice that people play multiple games and you meet a lot more people around here.
    Rider: That is definitely true.
    Serene: What got you into gaming?
    Rider: What got me into gaming? Oh my goodness. I've been playing video games ever since I was a little kid. My brother is about 8 years older than me, so he used to take me around, I was like 5 or 6, he would take me to the mall and he would used me to pick up girls. One of the things he would always treat me with was when we went to the mall, we went to the arcade. I'm an older member, I am 34, so this was back in the 80's. So, he would take me to the arcade. We would play video games there together for a couple hours, just about every time we went. So, that is really where my love for video games came from. From there I played on the original Sega. It was called the Sega Master system. My dad didn't buy us the Nintendo entertainment system. He bought us the Sega Master system, I don't know why, but he did. So, I was always off on the console that we had. It was pretty cool. I am a Sega fanboy, like everyone else grew up with Mario, I grew up with a character called Alex Kid. This was before Sonic or anything.
    Serene: That is definitely a long time ago.
    Rider: I don't know, I feel pretty cool about it, I don't know why. It makes me have a little pride about Sega and where they have been. 
    Serene: Yeah, and now you are here and trying out new things. 
    Rider: And now I'm here, that's right.
    Serene: So, I just have one last question for you and it kind of goes back to For Honor. What would you to say to people who are looking to maybe try out a new game? Do you think For Honor is a good pick for anyone or maybe people that like certain genres? I don't know a whole ton about For Honor, but maybe there is something you think others would like in it or it would interest them.
    Rider:  A lot of people who like For Honor are the people who like fighting games. They like medieval combat fighting games like Dark Souls or maybe the Elder Scrolls series. I really like the Elder Scrolls series that is something I really always enjoyed and fighting with swords and axes and things like that. That kind of game play has always been very near and dear to me. So, when they add a PVP aspect, and a game basically all dedicated to PVP, with that type of fighting style, I was very excited. So, this is a type of game that has not been done before. Would I recommend anyone out there to go out and buy it? That is a tough one because as a Section Leader I want to say yes, but in reality, I would say wait. Wait until the developers come through on some of these things they have said. We have gotten closer and closer to them, within the next couple months, we are going to have ranked modes. It is already on public test servers for tournament modes and things like that. The community is really enjoying it so, I think if you want to get a head start and take a little bit of a gamble, the game is worth it. The game itself is worth it and if you have a good connection then nobody ever complains about the game. The game itself is fabulous. If you don't really want to take that risk, and you want to wait for a little while and see what actually happens, I understand completely. It is just where ever you are at in your gaming life.
    Serene: Well, that is really good advice. And thank you because I think that helps people see the kind of games they may like and maybe join it too. At least you aren't like, "buy it," you're like, "maybe wait." 
    Rider: Yeah, exactly. So, eventually it might blow up. Everyone always goes back to Ubisoft's thing about Rainbow Six. So, the game started off a flop, basically. And then it really took off when they added dedicated servers. It is still not a top 10 game, but it is still a very popular game now. And For Honor, I think has a potential to meet and exceed those same kind of legacy and really be a big game for Ubisoft.
    Serene: Well, I hope the game the best and I hope you the best in the section and its always great to see our community grow and grow, so I really hope it all works out. Maybe we will see something happen soon. 
    Rider: Well, thank you so much and I appreciate it.
    Serene: Yeah, and thank you for the interview. 
    Rider: Oh, anytime. 

  2. August Newsletter   

    By Serene, 08/01/2017

    Marauder Clan
    August 1, 2017
    August Newsletter
    Player of the Month
    Each month we nominate a group of people for one to be voted Player of the Month. In July, our nominees were members from the News Team. All members of the News Team volunteer their time to create reviews, news, and interviews for the clan. We thank them all for their hard work and the time they dedicate. Who did you decide deserved Player of the Month for July? The votes are in and it looks like Serene won Player of the Month for July 2017!
    Head over to the Player of the Month forum to check out who the nominees are for August 2017! They should be announced soon!
    Staff Changes
    ★ Congratulations to Roughknite! He has been promoted in the clan to Leader due to his time and devotion in the clan ★
     ✰ Darkness has been promoted from JNCO to Head of Recruiting  ✰
     ✰ SilentWolf251 has said her farewell and has retired from being Head of Smite and Head of the Admin Team  ✰
     ✰ Lazres became a JNCO for Heroes of the Storm  ✰
     ✰ Merkcury became a JNCO for Playersunknown’s Battlegrounds  ✰
    Section Changes
     ✲ Booyah took over the Heroes of the Storm Section as Section Lead  ✲
    ✲ Fortnite is our newest section in our clan that Serene started as the Section Lead ✲
    ✲ We are looking for someone who may be interested in making a Galactic Section ✲
    ✲ Silent stepped down as Head of Smite and we are currently evaluating who will be the new Head of Smite ✲
    Open Staff Positions
    ✧ Head of Social Media (Minimum Rank of Officer) ✧
    ✧ Head of YouTube (Minimum Rank of NCO) ✧
    ✧ Possible Galactic Section Lead if anyone is interested in starting a section for it ✧
    ✧ We know some sections may seem quiet but with summer coming to close we know our numbers will start to increase. We are always looking for people to help recruit and grow our clan! You do not have to be staff to recruit but if you are interested check out the link below. ✧
    Check out this forum on information on how to become a JNCO and help recruit! It also includes the template on how to apply for positions besides JNCO.
    Teamspeak Channel Name Changes
    We have currently been changing our Teamspeak Channels to fit the specific section, instead of seeing Room 1 or Room 2 around the whole Teamspeak. Each Section Leader gets to decide what channels they want and what they should be named. This makes sections have more personalized channels towards their game. We hope this explains any confusion anyone has when looking at our Teamspeak Channels.
    Fortnite Giveaway
    ✶ This month we are doing a giveaway for the game Fortnite. If you do not already have the game fill out the form below to be in the drawing! ✶
    ✶ We will be giving away at least 2 copies of the game! ✶
    ✶ Winners will be drawn 8/4/2017 at 5pm EST in the Marauder Teamspeak. If you are not in the Teamspeak when names are drawn and your name is drawn, you will receive a message on the Marauder Website. ✶
    ✶ You must be a member of the clan to receive a copy of the game. ✶
    Thank you to everyone who participated in our Gameathon for Diablo 3 and Fortnite. It looked like everyone had a fun time and we had a great turnout for both events.
    If you ever have an idea for a Gameathon for our clan talk with a Leader. A Leader must approve of a Gameathon for it to be a clan event. 
    Quotes from your Clan Mates
    Here are some quotes from July!
    "FUCK THIS GAME!" - Always
    "Fraejalalalala" - Booyah
    "Do you in the butt, butt, butt." - Booyah
    "Don't knock it till you try it" - Serene
    "You misspelled French Fries" - Vacuumebox talking about Fraejix's name.
    "Big Dick Daddy Dark" - Vacuumebox
    Check out the link below to quote your clan mates!
    Here is the Leaderboard for the last month. Looks like TheLindeN got the most likes throughout the month!

    Thank you for everyone who helped with the Newsletter! If anyone has any ideas for new newsletter sections for September please message me. - Serene 

  3. Interview: KOTM - Booyah   

    By Serene, 07/01/2017

    Interviewee: Booyah for winning King of the Marauders
    Interviewer: Serene
    Month/Year: June 2017
    Recording Length: 18:23
    Serene: Hey everyone! I’m Serene and we are in the Marauder Teamspeak with the King of the Marauders for 2017. Last year Styker was voted our King, so who will be following him in winning this astounding award? Not only has he now won KOTM, but he is also the reason we are all here playing video games in such an amazing clan. Your KOTM for this year, Booyah! (laughs)
    Booyah: Whoo
    Serene: Fireworks! (laughs) What was your initial reaction when you heard you had won KOTM?
    Booyah: I thought Malice was going to win. Cause I track it when the events are ongoing to see what the trends are and he was like 10 votes ahead of me in the beginning. And I don’t ask people to vote for me. And then all of a sudden, I check it a couple days later and we started breaking even and then I was in the lead. I don’t know what happened.
    Serene: Well why do you believe you were voted KOTM over Malice then?
    Booyah: Probably because I am a name that people know the best. I mean, in the nomination rounds, I think I was in second or third that was nominated. I think it was Rebel. Rebel won like most of the categories. So, I’m sure it was him.
    Serene: Yeah
    Booyah:  I don’t know why people nominated me. I’m assuming it is just because I’m the most visible person in the clan. When people register to join the clan, they get an email from me saying what to do next. I always get people, probably 2 or 3 times a week, who are new to the clan asking for more information or about the application process. So, to some degree I have a connection to everyone in the clan.
    Serene: Yeah and it is really nice because you are a stay-at-home dad and you go to school so you have a lot more free time on here with all of that. So, like we were talking the other day, you can be on 24/7 with the NA and EU members, so you know a lot more people.
    Booyah: Yeah, I get to see everyone at one point.
    Serene: So, about a year ago is when you did the first King of the Marauders. Why did you decide to create it?
    Booyah: Because I thought there should be a way to recognize people who aren’t admins. I was hoping it would be more of a popular member thing. I mean it’s all a popularity contest. That is what King of the Marauders essentially is. I knew that some admins would be nominated but I was hoping that distinctive but I noticed in this King of the Marauders that it is still heavily admins. So, I’m hoping next year a lot more of the regular members win instead of admins. It was essentially created to get a popularity contest going because we only do it once a year. It gets more awards for people that are limited addition and give people a chance to have an effect on the clan itself because you know members aren’t usually nominated for awards in the clan.
    Serene: Yeah, it is definitely nice to see that. I think maybe it would probably be more popular with members when there are more members in each section voting too. But a lot of us play different games so when we see that person like you, you are playing a lot of different games, so people just see you around so they are like, “I’m going to vote for Booyah.” Like Rebel, he got a lot of awards in this one, or nominees and all of that. So, when you see someone around you are like, “I know that guy, I’m going to vote for him.”
    Booyah: At least for the final poll for the King of the Marauders, you were nominated, I was nominated, Sindog, Malice/Fraejix or whatever you say him name, Topgun, Rebel, Silent. At least it was a big poll. I mean, it wasn’t scariest marauder which had like 12 nominations.
    Serene: Yeah, but like you won that by like a landslide.
    Booyah: Well yeah, but that’s going to happen because I’m the person who does all of the removals. And pretty soon someone else will be in charge of Crime and Punishment and then they will be the scariest member. And that’s just the way it is. And that’s why Styker came heavily in second because he used to run Crime and Punishment before me.
    Serene:  Ahh, that makes sense.
    Booyah: So that’s, it’s just natural. So, for those NCO’s and for those who don’t know, Crime and Punishment, even if you can’t see the forum, it has been renamed to the Department of Justice just recently.
    Serene: Yeah that is nice that someone will be taking that over so maybe you won’t be the scariest member anymore. Since you have created the Marauder Clan and you have been doing this a couple years now, what kind of impact do you think that this clan has on you since you have created it?
    Booyah: Well I have a lot less time now. Essentially, I play a lot more games than I used to because aside from League of Legends, I play pretty much every game the clan has. I do that so every once in a while, I can jump into a section and play some games with them and see how the members are doing. I do have a lot less free time because I have to spend about 2-3 hours daily, 7 days a week, working for the clan, responding to the 10-20 PM’s I get a day or the 30 mentions I get a day so on so forth. So, it is tough to be a clan leader here when you are the person overall. When Styker ghosted or disappeared, however you want to say it, it’s because he couldn’t keep up with this and his two jobs and his relationship and everything else. So, to a degree I understood it. It is very difficult to be the overall clan leader and I know that the activity because it is the summer time the activity is going to drop to less than half and that is natural, but it doesn’t slow down how admins work. So, even though I have more time to do things, it’s not like the amount time it takes to work on things has gone down.
    Serene: Yeah, you are still doing a lot and a lot to look forward to especially because you want these goals for the clan and different things that are going on and in your interview last year with Muidar, you talked about goals that you have for the Marauders that you want to complete in a year or two. Some of these included having more Marauder Cons, More Clan Wars, a website for outfits, and also in your AMA you said one of your goals was a self-sustaining website. How do you feel your progress has been on these goals so far?
    Booyah: The website is a lot better off. And by website I mean forums because we went to Marauder Clan 2.0 which is the website that everyone sees today. The one before this was a lot more basic. And then we changed the rank system which is a lot more fluid now, ya know, I don’t have to promote everyone myself which is what I was doing when I gave my last interview. Nowadays we have an admin team that does that and takes care of the applications process since we got rid of interviews. So, things a lot more fluid than they used to be a year ago. So, in that sense it is a lot better. We don’t have the outfit website, we don’t have, 3.0 was supposed to create a new website but we essentially have like no graphics team members. @CowardlyViking is basically one man banding the entire graphics team. We are still working on getting our programmers to know how the website works, so once we have a design for it we can actually put it in. It is just a lot of work. The outfits were supposed to be a side website but then not to long after we talked about making the outfit section, a lot of our outfits stopped being outfits. So, that is why we stopped working on it. There has to be a demand for us to supply it.
    Serene: Yeah, definitely for us to be able to do that. What about Marauder Cons? Do you still hope to be doing that in the future and having more of them?
    Booyah: Well we had one planned for Canada in November of last year and that fell through. And then we had one planned in Florida for April but then Styker disappeared for his job. So, the only requirements it takes to hold a Marauder Con is that someone of the rank of Officer shows up to it. That is literally all it takes to make it an official Marauder Con. I mean you can meet up with all the Marauder people that you want. I know Fraejix met up with Komanyu and Roughknight like a month ago. So, I don’t care, I’m not going to restrict you in real life. But to make it an official Marauder Cons for the clan then you have to get an officer to show up.
    Serene: And how many Marauder Cons have you guys had in the past?
    Booyah: Technically two that were official. We had one in Florida, which was the first one. And then we had one at my house in San Antonio, Texas about 3 months later. We had about 5 people show up to the Texas one. I can’t really host the anymore because I can’t afford to. Because it is actually very expensive for me. We basically pay for everyone’s food when they visit and then we also upgraded our future and we have to clean the house from top to bottom. It cost me about $1400 to host it last year.
    Serene: Yeah, that sounds like a lot to do, but definitely getting the people to do it is nice and if anyone wants to hold one. It would definitely be a lot of fun to have those and meet up with people.
    Booyah: Yeah, we are even putting in an award, MarauderConner, just for people who show up to a Marauder Con.
    Serene: Oh, that’s really awesome. And you also mentioned always bringing new games to the Marauders. Are there any current games right now or soon to be released games that you want to introduce to the Marauders?
    Booyah: Alright, so I would like to split this into two parts. One is games that are already out that we are looking at expand to. And two is upcoming games. So, I would like to go over games that are coming out first. I’m sorry, games that are already out first. MXM is something that Darkness and for the life of me I cannot remember his name, but Darkness and one other person are considering starting a section for. And it just came out. It is made by NCSOFT. I’ve played a little bit of it. I haven’t given my opinion of it. I might write a news article, like an early review about it. Just my first thoughts of it, is it fun, what are the controls like, what are the game modes like, what are the objectives, you know all that fun stuff. So, I may put this out there in a week because I’m going to play a little bit tonight and a little bit tomorrow. So, there is MXM. There is Battlefield 1 that is coming out with the Russian Expansion and for the life of me I’ve always wanted a Battlefield section, but we have never had one that was successful. We had a Battlefield section before that had about 20-25 people in it but the guy who ran it never really did much and then when Battlefield 1 came out still no one volunteered except for the guy who ran it the first time. So, we have never had a successful Battlefield section, so if anyone ever wants to start one just please send me a PM and we will talk about it. After Battlefield one there is, let me see, I have a little list of games I’m looking at. There is Dota 2 obviously, I would love to have a section for Dota 2 but I have never found anybody that can really build one up. At least not following our system on how we do things. There is Starcraft 2, Galoubet is trying to build that section up right now. I understand he has some support from the community so hopefully that comes up off the ground because that is an amazing game, obviously. D3 is always going to be a secondary section for those who ask because it is a seasonal game and I don’t really care. World of Warcraft may come back. I know 3 or 4 people that are talking about starting up on the Illidan server. There is one more I can’t think of. CS:GO is one that someone asked me about the other day. If you want to be in the time and effort to recruit and run the section then yeah, you can have a CS:GO section. I’m fine with that but you have to recruit. And the same goes for ARK. Someone asked me about that last night. I’m fine with starting up an ARK server or whatever but it is expensive and the clan has like no money because we don’t get a lot of donations. We don’t ask for donations. We normally pay out of pocket and Styker has been doing the past couple months himself. So, you don’t really push for donations, but thus we really can’t afford to pay for servers. And that also goes for the Battlefield community. So, if you want to start an ARK community you have to figure out how to pay for it. Now I think somebody offered to talk to his friend to see if they could use his ARK server and maybe that is fine, but if you want to start the section you have to be able to recruit and manage it. So, that needs to be kept in mind. Now on the upcoming games that are coming out on what we are looking at, you’ve got Destiny 2, obviously. SilentWolf has a big thing about that. Darkness has talked about it and I believe 1 other person has as well. There is Escape from Tarkov, which is currently a hidden forum that no one can see unless they join specifically for it. We do that because it is in an NDA right now and it is really, really, really important that no one finds out about it unless you are playing in it because they will strip away your ability to play it and right now it is $150 to buy into it. So, you would lose $150 essentially. Minecraft is a secondary game, sorry that goes back to the first part. If you want to start up a section please let me know about it. So, Escape from Tarkov, Destiny 2, Battlefront 2 is coming out, Darkness is play testing it right now and he says it is amazing. We have, what else? What are a couple of games off the top of your head Serene that are coming out?
    Serene: Well the one in October is Destiny, I just keep thinking there is something in October and that is what it is.
    Booyah: Yeah, so Destiny, Escape from Tarkov, Battlefront 2, Call of Duty: WWII.
    Serene: You had some that you posted as videos too. Like Shadow... something...
    Booyah: Oh, Shadow of War. That’s a solo player.
    Serene: Oh, yeah! And then you had Ashes of War.
    Booyah: Ashes of Creation but that is like a year away, so I’m not even jumping that because it is a year and a half away. So far away I don’t want to think about it. There is also an MMO coming out that is called Crowfall that we are looking at that is supposed to be really good. So, there is all of that. That is all what we are really looking at right now, if you have an idea of a game that has already been out, there are 3 categorical things we look for in these sections. It has to be well populated. It cannot be a game that has a 1,000 people that play it, because that won’t work out. Look at For Honor right now, I mean Rider is like the best section leader in the clan, even though someone else won that award, and he can’t get that section fully populated because there is not enough players. Two, it has to be new. It cannot be like a 10-year-old game. The reason is because they already have pre-established clans and organizations in the games and it is hard for us to break the mold and get in there. And Three, you have to be willing to run it yourself. So, don’t come and say, “I want a section for this and a forum for that,” because all I’m going to say is, “are you going to run it?” There has to be someone who is always running it and they get the section leader rank. Now if you just want to recruit and build it up but don’t want to be the overall leader, you can actually pick one of the recruits to lead it instead as long as I get to speak to them first. And then you would become their NCO when they become a Section Leader. We have done that before and it has actually turned out pretty well, but you have to have that understanding with me that you are going to be building it up because I’m not going to do it for you. It has always been the way we have expanded.
    Serene: Yeah and you can always ask your friends, like if you play with 1 or 2 people, maybe one of them would be willing to help make the section.
    Booyah: Yeah, and Fortnite is another game coming out too just for those of you who are wondering. I think it may be a little too expensive. I haven’t played it too much. Didn’t it come out just recently?
    Serene: Yeah, I know, but I think when I was looking at it was like $60 or something. It was a lot.
    Booyah: That doesn’t seem right for what the game itself is. Like if they were to card $20 or $30 I would have bought it. But charging $60 for a game that is kind of gimmicky, that doesn’t realty make sense to me. But you could say the same for Rocket League. Rocket League is like the gimmicky of all gimmicky games yet it is extremely popular.
    Serene: How much is Rocket League?
    Booyah: $30.
    Serene: Yeah, see, but it’s not $60.
    Booyah: Yeah, that’s true.
    Serene: Well yeah, we have a lot to look forward to in our clan. Hopefully expanding to new games. But my one question for you, probably my last question is what game do you think had the biggest impact on your overall gaming experience?
    Booyah: Dota original. I used to be a pro-gamer for it in 2005, I think when I was hittin it big, 2005, 2006. And then I played WC308, it paid for my college. 
    Serene: Oh, wow.
    Booyah: And then after I worked my job, I had to stop playing and then Demigods came out and I played that for a while. And then Han came out. I loved Han. League of Legends came out just a little before Han. And I played that for like 2-3 months. Couldn’t stand it so I went back to Han and the Dota came out right after that. So, it has been a lot of Dota for me. I have like 12,000 hours in Dota between the original and Dota 2. Probably more, probably more like 15,000.
    Serene: Oh wow, I never played Dota original or even heard about it, so that is really awesome that it had that impact so long ago.
    Booyah: Well it went Aions of Strife, Dota, there was a phase between Dota and Dota Allstars, but no one remembers it. Dota Allstars was the first real MOBA and after that came Demigods and then League of Legends and then Han.
    Serene: Ahh, alright.
    Booyah: Dota Allstars was out for about 3 years before League of Legends ever came out because the guy that built League of Legends was the guy who made the Dota Allstars website.
    Serene: Oh, wow. I didn’t know that. That’s crazy. Going from one MOBA to the another.
    Booyah: Yeah, his name is Pendragon and he’s a prick.
    Serene: (laughs) Oh, well awesome. Thank you for the interview and congrats on winning King of the Marauders. I know that it has just changed your whole life now that you have won this award. (laughs)
    Booyah: Oh yeah. I mean, what do I do now? Retire?
    Serene: Yeah, you just have to retire now.
    Booyah: I’m sure the old Rocket League community would love that.
    Serene: Yeah, definitely. Well, thank you again.
    Booyah: Absolutely, thank you.

  4. Upcoming Games for the Clan   

    By Booyah, 06/04/2017

    Destiny 2-
    Release Date: September 8th, 2017
    The Only Solo Game: Middle-earth: Shadow of War-
    Release Date: October 10th, 2017(Day after my bday)
    COD: WWII- 
    Release Date: November 3rd, 2017
    Star Wars Battlefront II-
    Release Date: November 17th, 2017
    Escape from Tarkov- 
    Release Date: Beta in 2017
    Ashes of Creation- 
    Release Date: Late 2018
    Star Citizen- 

  5. Interview: BrosephStahlyn   

    By Serene, 06/03/2017

    Interviewee: BrosephStahlyn
    Interviewer: Serene
    Month/Year: May 2017
    Recording Length: 30:26
    Hey everyone, I’m Serene and we’re in the Marauders Teamspeak and I’m here with BrosephStahlyn who is my interviewee. I’m just going to start off by asking why did you pick the Marauders? I saw that you joined back in September 2016, so what brought you here?
    Well I played Paragon and at the time I didn’t really have a team outside of the people I played with in real life. I stumbled upon Aardvark. He and I had played against and with each other in matches and I think over time we had gotten to respect each other’s skill and I know Aardvark that hung around another person who may have been Sindog, but I am not certain. But Aardvark had invited me to join the Marauders, so I took a chance on that. Never been a part of a clan outside of my father’s clan, so here I am. I’ve been a member since September 3rd. Unfortunately, I have been absent for a few months because of PC issues but I am glad to be back and participating with everyone that I’ve met. For the most part, the Marauders have been very welcoming and it has been a great experience to be here.
    Well, I am glad to hear that. So, looking at your gamer tag, is there any specific reason how you got your gamer tag? It is kinda out there.
    So, originally when I started gaming, one of the major games that I gamed on was Unreal Tournament 1999, and I came up with a name of DKiller and DKiller evolved into the name Nard and then over time as I matured, BrosephStahlyn came along. You’re probably wondering how I came up with the name BrosephStahlyn. (laughs)
    (laughs) Yeah.
    Really there isn’t much rhyme or reason to how it came about. What is unique to my name is the spelling and I know that because any game I try to put in a username or account ID it is never taken because of the specific spelling. I played a game called Borderlands and when you play Borderlands there is a corporate called Dahl. Dahl Corporations has certain weapons they produce and I like the AHL spelling. I took Broseph as an homage to Joseph and I added Stahlyn to that specific way of spelling thinking it would be unique because I didn’t want to have a direct correlation to Joseph Stalin because there is a bit of a stigma about Joseph Stalin in general.
    I wanted it to be unique in my name because I think that regardless of what you think of Joseph Stalin in general, he was a leader, he put together one of the most ruthless armies known to man. I like to think of myself in some aspect as a leader and I think Broseph is kind of a social aspect of my name and the last part is just sort of for show. So, that is how my name is made to be. I don’t know if it will ever evolve but I’m happy with what my name came to be. And from this point in time I continue to keep that name in any game that I play.
    Well that’s awesome too when you have a name that is unique and when you type it into a game you know not someone else is going to have it which is really nice when you have that. Do people comment on your name a lot?
    They do. Not only do I get a lot of comments in games I tend to promote a lot of streamers that I’m a fan of and they tend to think my name is funny and incredible and they enjoy the spelling of it. And they can say it right off their tongue if they aren’t entirely stupid.
    I think it is fun to have and at this point in time I have no reason to change it.
    Yeah Definitely. So, being a part of the Marauders, you did talk about how you joined for Paragon. Is that still considered your main game right now?
    For a matter of fact, I would not consider it my main game right now, but in one point in time it was. I would say between the months of September to early December Paragon was my main game and anyone who is listening to this right now knows during that time Legacy existed still, the map. We no longer have the Legacy map. One of the fundamental features about Legacy was Fast Travel and with Fast Travel you were able to enter into a sprinting mode which was different than any other MOBA that existed out there. Over time they wanted the game to be more competitive so now we have Monolith. With Monolith, the overall speed at which the character moves is the same throughout everybody, everyone has the same movement. In Legacy, everybody had the same mobility, but what happened was, after a 3 second period without being in combat you entered into a sprint mode. But back to what I was saying, Paragon is currently not my main game but is a game to me with the Marauders that I still hold close to my heart and I want to continue to cultivate my skills and becoming the best I can be at Paragon because Paragon I think has been a big contributing factor in the Marauders Clan and everyone who has been a part of recruiting, leadership, and even the members have done a fantastic job at doing what they do and it’s a staple game that exists within the Marauder games and some people whether you play it or not, you may overlook it as such. So, I just want to put a shout out to everyone who is playing Paragon and has contributed to the scene, you’re doing a great job and I wish you a continuous successor doing what you do.
    Yeah, definitely. I’ve really seen it grow. I haven’t been here as long as you, but it’s always nice to see sections get bigger and bigger and you know that people are enjoying the game. It’s nice when you come on teamspeak and just start playing with people, you don’t have to find people and I think that is a lot of reasons why a lot of us join gaming clans is because we want those people online and you were talking earlier about your father and I think you were in clans and things with him. But I think at some point you move out of that and you need to find groups for yourself.
    Yeah, so if I may comment about that, the aspect of being in a clan. I’m not sure if we talked about that in the interview, but I would like to talk about that. Growing up I used to sit on my father’s lap, in his bedroom when he played the game Doom. And I watched all of that unfold. I watched him play it from the beginning to the end and I think that for me, being born in 1992, and the game coming out in 1995, if I’m correct, that for me is what entered me into gaming, was my father. As I grew up, my father was a part of a clan called Old Farts and they played Quake, the original Quake and that was on one of the old modems that was like 56, I couldn’t even tell you the specs of the modem they were playing on, but sometimes it took them hours to get everyone online together and correctly. Regardless, I had the opportunity at a young age to actually go to LAN parties with the clan that my dad was a part of. It was in Michigan. I’m from Ohio and the LAN parties were in Michigan and I went there for my first time when I was 12 years old. I was finally old enough to be a part of that adult scene because there were other kids. These people were older people who also had kids who played games, so I was invited along. I probably met 40 different people who were in the range 30, 40, 50 year olds that played Quake, Quake 2, Unreal Tournament, Quake 3, at the time Quake 4 had just came out. This was around 2005-2006. My dad had been going to these LANs for a long time and the guy who was the clan leader, his name was 😊. And 😊’s name was literally just a smiley face. He brought all these people together that weren’t hell bent on winning but just wanting to play together and have fun and that was the premise of it. Half way through the life time between 1994-1995 up til about 1999 there was actually another Old Fart’s clan. That Old Farts clan merged with 😊’s clan who was the leader that my dad was with and it just created this amazing community where all these gamers who were hysterical, some were just there to have fun, some were amazingly skilled between the ages of older 20s all the way up til their later 50s who just got together and played games. To me it was very nostalgic. I remember going to this LAN party when I was 12 years old and when you are younger and you play as many games as you are allowed to, I did pretty well against them. In a sense, I kind of frustrated them, but they loved playing with me. In a sense, they saw me as a small little prodigy gamer that was looked up to. I don’t think they looked up to me, but I was good and they invited me into their clan and I want to continue my dad’s legacy as being a good gamer, as being a responsible gamer, a respectful gamer to any community that I involve myself in because truthfully clans are rare these days. Clans that stick together, clans that build a following. It is not as common it is more community based as a far as around streamers, as far as around games itself. You don’t have clans anymore that are just around a specific set of people that just want to meet other people and have fun. Because I was exposed to that so early on, I have mad respect for that because a lot of us want to cultivate a relationship with a group of people who share the same passion with us. Sometimes you can’t cultivate that relationship just by talking to someone over the web or the game anymore. Some people may say that clans are outdated, clans are irrelevant, everything matters around community based discord or a streamer or a particular game or reddit or maybe some random website that promotes games. I don’t like that. I want to get to know people because we all have struggles in our lives, we all put ourselves to play video games because it is our joy. We want to have human interaction with who we play with. I think we do establish real connections with people that we do play with. I’m always there to talk to people about not only game issues, but real-life issues. It is important to me being at where I am in my life, being a 25-year-old, I want to cultivate those relationships with other people because this is a hobby that I enjoy and I know for some people this is the only hobby they enjoy and for them to be dedicated to a team, is important. When they put forth the effort it is noted. I know I’m going off on a tangent here and it is a little longer answer than what was anticipated, but my dad was a heavy influence on me being a gamer. He was a heavy influence on me playing the games I do today and I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t without him and I wouldn’t be probably as skilled as I am without him. So, hopefully it was enough to answer your questions.
    Well, definitely. Don’t worry about saying too much. I think it is great that you have this foundation built for gaming and how it started. You’re right, I still love the community and the clan and the sense of it but people don’t really LAN anymore, so it is a different interaction, but I love it because you can meet so many people here. Being a part of the Marauder Clan we have so many different games and different people you can meet and different countries of people here. So, I think that is really great too because you get to meet so many new people, if we were just LANing you wouldn’t particularly meet. So, I think that is a really great thing.
    Absolutely, yeah. We have people come as far down south as Florida up to Toronto, Canada and we met in Michigan. We were all there together and it was a passion we enjoyed and played together for 2 days and 😊’s family was nice enough to cook for us, and let us stay the night. My mom was invited to that and it’s kind of funny because you kind of want to know what the perspective is outside of someone who games, their husband or their spouse, or whatever is invited to that and you want to know what their perspective his of how they see that. My mom loved it. My mom used to kind of dislike how much my dad gamed, but when she went to the LAN, a couple of them, she really felt welcomed and was able to communicate with the other wives that were there. It almost felt that what we were doing was meaningful. Gaming might just be a selfless hobby, but what I like to say is, if you enjoy spending time on something that is considered wasted to others, it’s not wasted time if you enjoyed it. Gaming for me is not wasted time. I’m sure there are other things that I could be doing but gaming is something that I love to do. It is something that my father used to love to do. Unfortunately, my father no longer games and that is something I hope to at least bring back just a little bit.
    I think it is harder when you get older too, my father is also how I got into gaming but I feel after some time you just fall out of it. Not that you don’t enjoy it but you have other things going on in your life and that makes sense. But I’m sure he would love to do it sometime because people love to game. I love to game. (laughs) So, if Paragon is not your main game anymore, then what is?
    So right now, I’ve been playing Playerunknown’s Battleground. There is a friend that I know in real life, his name is Cameron. He told me about the game and he came from H1Z1, which is similar. It is a battle royal game. I had never had a whole lot of experience to those type of games. And if you are unfamiliar to what a battle royal game is. It is pretty much the same along the lines of each different one you play which is a battle royal. You spawn in a world, with nothing but the clothes on your back. You need to find whatever materials and items that are necessary for you to defeat your opponent. Whether that be first-person or third-person view. The end goal is to be the last man standing. If I were to talk about my experience thus far, in Playerunknown’s Battleground there are 3 types of modes. There is solo, duo, and squads. I’m just taking a guess on what I have done. In solo, I have won one time. Out of 100 players, I have survived all the way through and killed the remaining player to be the crowning victor in solo. In duo, I have won at least twice. Where I have partnered up with someone else and we have pushed ourselves all the way through to try and survive until the final circle and kill our opponents. In squads, I am proud to say that most of my victories come from the people who are in Marauders. I just to give a shout out to @fus`, also known as mippins, @Booyah, he is a great player, @Darkness, another great player as well, @XTopgunX, @vacuumebox, I’m trying to think of others right now, @Snwkill, Toro_Naro, and @SirPie. The reason SirPie became a member because the very first game that he and I played together we won. I thought right then and there that this guy was suitable for our clan. He trusted in my abilities to lead us to a victory and he assisted in that victory that we had together in a squad match. I’m proud to have him here with us today and I would probably say that SirPie, even though he is a young gentleman, might be a little better than me. So hopefully I can be better than SirPie someday as I cultivate my skills. His reaction time is a little better than mine, but I’ll get there.
    That’s okay, we all learn from each other too. That is a nice thing too is that you can play with people here and we always have coaching which is really nice too. Being able to get help if you have a problem. I always love when people can give you good criticism that can make you a better player. Is there anything in the Marauder that keeps you here? You have been here sinxw September of last year, which is really great. Is there anything that stands out that keeps in our clan? Keeps you coming back for more? (laughs)
    It’s the people. I do enjoy the structure of what Booyah has laid out. Admittedly, I don’t agree with all the decisions that are made, but I understand why some of the decisions are made. And they are valid excuses on why the decisions that we make aren’t in place. Gaming is an evolving entity. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with what we are doing. I know recently we had disbanded the Marauder discord. Not that my opinion holds much weight, I felt like we could have improved on the engagement of the discord. Overall, it has been the people. From what I know there is about 3,000 members in the Marauder Clan. You and I both know that 3,000 members are on teamspeak at any given time. You know we all have own lives. We all have things to deal with. People come and go. What’s kept me in the Marauders is the people and the interactions that I’ve had with the people that I game with. And you know what, you don’t have to be the best player for me to have a good time with you. The only thing I expect out of someone who plays a game with me is that you try your best. I want you to be open minded and I want you to learn. That’s the way that I play. I’m not the best player in every game I play. I could go into any one of these games and more than likely I will not be the best player there, but you know what, I’m open to constructive criticism and I think if you know how to give good constructive criticism by not bashing other members, by trying to coach them, by trying to point out their errors, they can be better. I think by doing that you create a better gaming experience not because you are creating an opportunity for them to win more or for them to perform better. What you are doing is you are showing that people do actually care. Whether it is a complete stranger that may live on the other side of the country, they do care because you’re interactive with this community that you can be better. I find that to be very important and you don’t see that a lot in game. I’ll tell you what, MOBAs, I’ve played quite a few MOBAs and if you solo que by yourself in any MOBA, you make a mistake, there is going to be someone who tries to call you out on it, bash you down, try to dehumanize you and try to destroy your ego and your sense of worth. I don’t believe in that. I believe that whether you are a clan member or not, if there is an error that you made in a game, if it’s a MOBA, a first-person shooter, a strategy game, a RP, whatever, the best thing you can do is educate one another. For this clan, this clan has done a very good job in trying to educate one another to be better gamers. As long as you have an open mind and allow criticism and allow people to give advice and recommendations you will become a better gamer.
    Yeah, I think all that you’ve said is very true with the beliefs of the Marauders and what we want to be. We want to help people. That is just the greatest thing about a clan is that we can all work together to help each other. And like you said, you go into a game solo, by yourself, you are going to get that hate from them and I feel like it is really great when you can have that group of people that you can group with and play games with and get better together and realize that if you want to give criticism you have to watch your tone and how you talk to someone. Don’t get mad if they do something wrong, even if they are playing with you for the first time, maybe they got something wrong, talk with them about it and help them and that is a really great thing to be able to help another person in the right way. We all get mad at times, we can all be a little salty in gaming, but you just have to know how to deal with your salt.
    Thank you so much for the interview and talking with us. Really glad you are still here because it is nice to have people who are more veteran members, compared to me because I’m not as veteran as you are. You keep coming back and I hope to be gaming with you soon as well as a lot of people here.
    Absolutely, and anyone who is listening to this, feel free to throw me an invite, add me on steam, connect with me. I want to be able to connect with everybody. From the time since I’ve been here in the Marauders I haven’t been able to connect with everybody and that’s because of a difference in game preference and that is okay. We all have different preferences on what games we like to play and there is nothing wrong with that. If you are looking to explore something new, or looking to invite me into a game and coach me on how to play the game. I encourage you to reach out to me. Serene has been an incredible interviewer, the time I have been speaking to her. That goes for her as well, I believe. All we want to do for Marauders here is I think, first and foremost we want to have fun, we want to have a positive experience with the people around us. I find that to be very important. As long as we can continue that, we will continue to have members who will stay longer, who you try to become leaders and will be the example of what Marauders is and what we strive to be.
    Yeah, definitely. Thank you again, BrosephStahlyn. For any of you that needed to hear his name again. (laughs) Thank you.