This month’s Player Spotlight focuses on Durc, familiar orc-ish voice in global chat and leader of the new alliance The Cave. We all appreciate the perspective and positive attitude that Durc brings to the Illy global chat and game as a whole. Learn more about the Player Spotlight program at our website and nominate players by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What brought you to Illyriad and how long have you been playing?
I was playing a game called Luvina and a couple of the players told me about Illyriad. To be honest, I went to the website and thought that it looked like just another city building game so I did not give it a try then. About a year later I was making a rare visit to Facebook and came across Illyriad again. I decided, what the heck … I will give it a try. That was about 7 months ago and I have been having a blast ever since.
Have you played many other online games or been active in other online communities?
I have played MANY online games and been very active in online communities. I have even been a MOD before. My online history goes back to the days of the 300 baud modems and bulletins boards up to present day. So that spans over 30 years.
Any hidden talents or interesting hobbies outside of gaming?
I have 3 wonderful, hilarious dogs. I also enjoy reading, archery, cooking, music, the arts, photography, gardening, oh and gaming. I hope to return to college next year to complete my degree in Crime Scene Investigation Technologies.
What keeps you playing Illyriad?
First of all, the community is wonderful. Global Chat here is actually tolerable. While some people may feel a bit constrained by the monitoring, I find it to be refreshing. We all should remember that people of all ages and backgrounds play here. This is the first game in well over 7 years that I actually keep global chat open on.
Outside of the community, the option to have a choice of paths in the game is what keeps me here. I admit I was getting a little bored but then the new crafting was released. I thoroughly enjoy making all kinds of things.
I also love roleplaying my Orc character. I sprinkle in a little of the Black Speech in GC from time to time and of course I don’t have to follow proper grammatical rules. I am an Orc after all 😉
Additionally I like that this is not a “coiners” game. The playing ground is pretty level between those that spend and those that cannot. This is rare thing in online games today.
What’s your favorite aspect of the game?
I would have to say the complexity of the game. This is NOT a cookie cutter empire building game. And at my age, I MUST have choices. There is something for everyone. I enjoy discussing or watching discussions of all the aspects of the game. I think the DEVS have created an environment that can be tailored by each player as he or she wishes and this feeds into the wonderful community that Illyriad has.
What’s your proudest achievement in game so far?
Well having not been in game very long, establishing The Cave alliance is what I am most proud of. Also, I almost have my first Legendary City.
What are you most looking forward to for the future of Illyriad?
I am looking forward to the new magic whatever form that my take. I have all these pieces and parts of animals, odd herbs and minerals all of which have very enticing descriptions.
What area of the game do you think needs the most improvement?
I would like to see a recall function for the harvesters like we have for troops and diplomats. I have, more often than I care to admit, sent cotters to a square realizing I was in the wrong town. All I could do was sigh heavily as I watched them embark on a 3 day journey.
Having some more choices in the markets would be nice. Things such as alliance trade only would be great. What would go hand in hand with that nicely would be more trade options based on your alliance’s diplomatic relationships.
I would also like to see more chat options, such as private chat or a private group chat. I think this would be a great way to have discussions that might be a bit out of band for GC in general.
What advice would you give a new player in Illyriad?
First and foremost, relax and have fun!!!! Illyriad is a game that requires patience. Ask questions in Global Chat. You will find the player community here to be the most helpful of any to be found.