Congrats to kaicean for being selected as player of the month for May! She has put a lot of work into the lexicon, along with a big batch of fan made irl accessories. Here are the answers to the questions we asked:
1. How do you feel about being selected as Player of the Month?
Surprised but also really glad that it's been revived. I can finally redeem myself on some of these questions I embarrassedly answered a decade ago.
2. How did you discover Xen Rebirth?
An old friend, Skai, reached out to me asking if I was still alive (no joke). He said a few people were looking for me, specifically iHammi, and that I should join the discord server to reconnect with old friends. I ended up joining 1-2 days before Closed Beta officially started and here I am still today!
3. How long have you played and how many hours do you play a week?
Since Day 1 of Closed Beta. Nowadays, I play roughly 7-8 hours a week for dungeons or more if there are events/new content.
4. How did you find out about the original Secret of the Solstice?
A Fiesta ad when browsing Gaia Online forums. Secret of the Solstice spoke to me more since it was similar to my first MMORPG, Ragnarok. Never ended up playing Fiesta.
5. What is your favorite food and why?
Pasta! It was always a celebratory food growing up and is something I enjoy treating myself to.
6. What made you choose your character's name?
Nostalgia. I was likely eating Skittles when thinking of a name years ago lmao. Decided to keep it for this game specifically since I'm used to people calling me "Skits" here.
7. Why did you choose your class?
For any MMORPG, I always choose the healer class if available since I have a strong affinity to it. Healing is something I always enjoyed doing and I like playing support class. Surprisingly, it was actually my 3rd class to try before it became my main in OG.
8. What's your favorite map and why?
Hot Spring Village First Basement Level. I was introduced to this place by someone and it has been my favorite place ever since. The soothing BGM is a bonus.
9. How would you like to see Xen Rebirth improve?
Be less of a dungeon driven game and more having general goals beyond getting the 4th class. Maybe something similar to an in-game "Achievements" personal board anyone can unlock and get rewarded? i.e. Obtained all Mounts, enhanced a gear to +8 for the first time, killed 2346238492 mobs, etc.
There is the "Server Challenge" concept that recently came up and I hope to see more of that as well.
10. What is your favorite event and why?
It required party members and active participation in the event rather than just braindead killing or AFKing until participation prize. We had to kill a number of mobs that drop items the GMs wanted a specific quantity of. The first party leader to trade any GM with any of the required items wins the round.
11. What is your favorite interaction with another player or GM?
Players: My original main party racing to the "first" titles of each class with others in early OB. They know who they are.
GMs: I can't seem to live in peace without a GM in sight randomly death slapping me or teleporting me to a wall so I like to playfully banter with them.
12. Do you prefer to play solo or in a party and why?
I prefer party since it keeps me motivated to continue to do something rather than just call it quits after a spa or two.
13. Which thing are you looking forward to the most about Xen Rebirth?
Most excited for the Xenepic Revo migration! I never played it or Reborn so it be cool to see what I missed out on years ago, but 10x better.
14. What is your favorite thing about Xen Rebirth?
This game attacks my collector's soul so I love collecting different pets and mounts, accessories, cosmetic gears, etc.
15. Any other comment you would like to share about your journey?
I can't say enough how much I'm thankful for the rebirth of this game and the friendships I regained or newly made. I look forward to seeing the direction of where Xen Rebirth goes until the end.