TBA Staff Survey:
Other geeky computer stuff like HTML and Livejournal. Also writing and harrassing Kyr.
What other MUDs do you work or play at the moment? What's your position there?
I only work on TBA, but I've been trying and largely failing to avoid playing Cosrin (www.legendsofcosrin.com). Other than that, I stop in and out of places, but am not really a regular anywhere. For a while we were throwing around ideas for building one on the Online Roleplaying Gamers community (www.livejournal.com/community/orpgers).
What are some of your experiences learning, building, or teaching on TBA?
I love getting the hang of a new idea. At first that was figuring out how to use OLC in general, and then doing nifty stuff with triggers. Now I like getting new builders started.
How long have you been working on or playing MUDs? How did you start?
I've been mudding for five or six years. I originally was playing around with AOL's uber-expensive premium games (Dragonrealms and Cosrin), which have since been transplanted to the web.
What appeals to you about MUD building (coding, administrating . . .)?
I like the idea of creating a playable world out of my imagination; also, it's nice to give something back to the MUD community.
Give a sample of something you've built:
[ 2902] The Temple [ INDOORS ]
The Order of the Blessed Dichotomy may not have heavy coffers, but it is truly wealthy in spirit. The temple is made of faded bricks, with a vaulted ceiling that gives the impression of more space than there is. Double doors to the south open to the road. Each of the two corners opposite holds an altar: east is for the Goddess and the rising sun, and west is for the fading fire of the God. Candles glow on short pillars placed in a semicircle around the front of the temple. Their flickering light illuminates a dozen short benches in three small circles; the rest of the abbey can be reached through a curtain in the north wall.
 In the center of the room is a simple wooden carving of the God and Goddess.
What are you working on right now?
The Abbey of the Blessed Dichotomy; a little cloister for a small local religious following that believes in the divinity of a pair of parent-gods rather than a single one. There's the temple (see sample), living areas and a bit of farmland for the priests and priestesses, and haunted catacombs underneath.
What advice would you give a less experienced builder or someone new to TBA?
Take it seriously enough to learn, but not enough to stress. You will have to put in some effort to learn anything and do good work, but the whole point is that it's fun.
Describe a character you enjoy playing on any game, and why.
Right now I'm using a trial character (first five logons free) on Cosrin who's a squirrel. Not an anthropomorphic squirrel, or a walking, talking squirrel, or a squirrel-person. Just an ordinary tree squirrel who's bright enough to figure out how to use a magestaff. It's immensely fun.
Anything else you want to say about yourself?
I'm a genuine Berkeley girl, which means I was more or less raised to be a hippie, which is fine by me. I dropped out of high school last winter and I'm taking classes at Vista Community College--not towards a degree, just what I'm interested in--and plan to start working soon. I'll take education over school any day.