Continuing from Part 1, here is the conclusion to the Q&A session with Warvault Owner Angron.
CWF: What got you into gaming?
Ang: My cousin, when I was about 7. He was… well, some age older than me, and played 2nd ed 40k. I learnt the rules, the fluff, got into Tyranids… then Marines, then Orks, then everyone else until I finally hit my army, Chaos. I’ve been playing ever since Dark Millenium.
CWF: What game systems do you play and what armies do you play in each system?
Ang: Chaos, Eldar, Witch Hunters and Daemonhunters in 40k, Dark Elves and Khornate Chaos Mortals in Fantasy. I’ve been toying with Dark Age and Confrontation for a while, as well as owning a copy of the ST rulebook, sent to me for free courtesy of Mongoose Publishing. Only time stops me!
CWF: What are some of the game companies WV hooked up with?
Ang: We’re officially endorsed by Rackham, well on the way with Mongoose… working with North Star Games’s Projekt X, Privateer Press, Dark Age Games, and Red Star Games (Andy Chambers’ solo company, now defunct).
CWF: How did WV hook up with those game companies?
Ang: Simple, we emailed them asking them if we could work with them. Some say yes straight off, some are a bit careful, but it works out well for everyone. I regularly speak with Andy C now because of the work we did together through WV, so that’s fairly pleasing to me. Being a 2nd Ed supporter, it’s odd to talk to the guy whose work you’ve read since your eighth birthda
CWF: What is your one wish for WV?
Ang: For it to be huge. For every site about minis to be involved, and to just completely do what I want it to do; be the minis hub of the internet.
CWF: How can people join WV?
Ang: Easy. Hop on down to www.warvault.net/main.html and pick a topsite. If your site is fantasy based, then the fantasy toplist is for you, and the same thing with scifi. If both equally, then sign up on both! And if you don’t run a site, then just go to www.warvault.net/community and go on the forums instead.
CWF: What are some of the big changes from WV Mark 1 and WV Mark 2?
Ang: I think the big two things are; the move from one toplist to two, and the changing from postnuke (boo, hiss) to Joomla!board
CWF: How many members are in WV?
Ang: Well in the Mk. I we had about 140 sites signed up before the hack
CWF: and now?
Ang: now we have… about 30 sites signed up since about 5 days ago, so we ain’t doing too badly.
CWF: Did memberships carry over? Why or why not?
Ang: Sadly, not. Through a piece of simple mindedness, I managed to delete all of the fantasy sites from the old database by accident, so we ended up wiping the old database and replacing it with two blank canvases. Not the best thing, but it had to be done.
CWF: In addition to signing up for the toplists, what are the requirements for membership?
Ang: We usually require you showing our icon, promoting us and whatnot, but that doesn’t ALWAYS happen. There’s more benefits than requirements
CWF: What does WV have to offer members?
Ang: Advertising, and the ability to show your stuff to the community. Besides that, we also have company correspondance… I and a few others are dedicated to linking between the companies and the community, hence the Gav Thorpe and Graham McNeill interviews going on until Mid-August.
CWF: Tell us about the Thorpe & McNeill interviews.
Ang: WV is running their q+as as massive ‘Ask ____’ sessions. Every site who wants to join in can submit their questions, which I’ll then put to the interviewee and publish at a later date. One question from each forum member to each interviewee, all properly formatted so I can order it properly. It’s a huge task but it’s a fantastic opportunity for the community to speak its mind
CWF: Anything else you’d like to plug? Events on the horizon, updates, innovations, etc?
Ang: Everything I can think of on the horizon is unconfirmed, so sadly I can’t shoot my mouth off about that. Just Warvault in general! We’re back, and here to stay.
CWF: Just a few quick questions as this winds down. Who is your gaming idol and why?
Ang: Andy Chambers. He’s a fantastic guy with an amazing mind for rules systems, and utterly supports everything he’s done, despite the backlash some of his decisions may cause with the fans
CWF: When you die, if God exists, what would you like him/her to say to you at the pearly gates?
Ang: Wow, big question. Just ‘You did good’ would do me fine. I’d be happy if I got that.
CWF: How can people contact you?
Ang: It’s a long voyage, complete with collapsing rope bridges, winding rapids and poisonous monsters. Kudos for making the trip. Nah, easy. Rosswbirkett on AIM, firstname.lastname@example.org on MSN, email@example.com for Warvaulty business and firstname.lastname@example.org for anything else.
CWF: I want to thank Angron for taking this time out of his busy schedule to talk with us. Remember CWF Game Discussions is located at www.wargamingforums.com and is owned by www.blee.biz. Warvault.net is full of excitement. For more information please go to www.warvault.net.
Ang: And thankyou Raven for being interested in talking to me! I feel all special and important.
CWF: Well, you’re special to us in that friendly no gay way. Keep on doing what you’re doing.
Ang: Thanks mate, I will do. You all take care now.
CWF: As a famous American once said, “Good night and good luck.”
This interview was not paid or influenced in any way by Warvault.net. Stay tuned for other Q&A sessions with leaders in the field of online gaming communities.