TBA Staff Survey:
Shamra Rahl
Greater God

Name: Nathan
Gender: M
Location: Virginia
AIM: BlackdemonRahl

Other contact information:
Page me on TBA because I am usually in another window!

Non-MUD interests:
Sword dancing/fighting/smithing, reading books and chemistry.

What other MUDs do you work or play at the moment? What's your position there?
I don't have much time to play muds, with college and all. I mostly use mudding as chat rooms and don't develop charactors that much but I do like to RP.

What are some of your experiences learning, building, or teaching on TBA?
Well I actually leared how to build from a very good friend of mine named Larz. We became very good friends on the first mud I played called World of Pain. He was extreamly intelligent and knew more then than I could ever hope to. Larz (Dar) was very good at making complex triggers. His talent is what ignited my passion for good scripting and maybe sparked some of my creavity to do more devilish things with them :). On TBA I really enjoy teaching people how to build, but mostly I like scripting so if I am on and you have a question about that please contact me and I'll either tell you how to do it or we will find out how to do it.

How long have you been working on or playing MUDs? How did you start?
I have been mudding for about 6 years now, started by a lifelong friend of mine.

What appeals to you about MUD building (coding, administrating . . .)?
The power of triggers within the mud. I think they can do almost anything you could possibly imagine if you just think about them long enough.

Give a sample of something you've built:
Well the work I am most proud of is my zone at TBA called the House of Rahl (zone 89). I am not quite finished with want I want to do with it, and it is rather small but the zone reflects a good deal of my personality.

What are you working on right now?
On TBA I mostly help people learn how to build and check trial rooms for them. I sometimes tweak my zone but not that often.

What advice would you give a less experienced builder or someone new to TBA?
Put your soul into your work.

Describe a character you enjoy playing on any game, and why.
My one and only charactor is Shamra Rahl and I play him about the same where ever I go. I like him because I RP him as what I beleive is my true soul without human impurity.

Anything else you want to say about yourself?
Well I am studying to become a pharmacist (professional drug pusher) and am currently a freshmen at college. I am a member of the SCA so I sometimes participate in armored combat and other events within the group to occupy my time and fuel my love for the blade. To me the sword is a representation of my soul in that it is rigid and stands for justice and honor, while being flexible so that it does not break. I have had some experience with smithing blades but that is very limited. If I could choose a person I'd like to train from it would have to be an elf becaue I beleive their race is the perfection of humankind in all aspects.