2000-05-17: Jon “Calandryll” Hanna interview with thechosen.com
Jon “Calandryll” Hanna interview with thechosen.com
Jinx: I was going to ask the pre-req questions
Jinx: How’s the new job...blah...blah...blah
Jinx: but I thought those would be really boring
Calandryll: why am I getting worried :P
Jinx: so I'll ask the ones we really want to hear
Calandryll: lol, ok
Jinx: and play a little game also perhaps
Jinx: lets begin
Jinx: How long until you are producer of UO2?
Calandryll: Haha, I figure I'll skip that step and go after Tyrant's job.
Jinx: Fair enough, how long until you have Tyrant's job?
Calandryll: Give me some time, I still need to learn my role here as a manager. One thing at a time. :)
Jinx: Ok, ok.
Jinx: Since you are now the official lead of the OCRAP team
Jinx: I have to ask
Jinx: why are you still on the Dev Board 500000 times a day?
Jinx: Isn't there like an underling to do that?
Calandryll: Well first of all, I like posting on the boards, second
Calandryll: I am still training Melantus, he has been on the uo.com boards since they opened.
Jinx: What the training procedure like?
Calandryll: I don't expect to stop posting on the boards though, I even posted on the uo2.com fansite boards recently.
Jinx: Tell him which hot keys write "Ill check into that"
Jinx: "ill pass this along to the Dev Team"
Calandryll: haha! Actually yes, but more importantly, how to actually check into someting and when to forward something along
Calandryll: When we say stuff like that, we actually mean it. :)
Jinx: I know you do
Jinx: I wouldnt suggest otherwise
Jinx: Since we are on the subject
Jinx: how does he check into things?
Calandryll: well it depends on what the issue (you knew it would not be long until I used that word) is.
Calandryll: Sometimes it's as simple as calling a dev member
Jinx: do they call block you?
Calandryll: other times we log into the game and test a bug report real quick before forwarding it to QA.
Calandryll: Nope, although sometimes I bet they'd like to...but then we'd just walk to their offices and bust the door down. :P
Jinx: So you are teaching Melantus to kick in doors
Jinx: Thats my type of training program
Calandryll: yup, gotta speak up around here!
Jinx: OK back to the really important questions
Jinx: Did you kill Lord British in U9?
Jinx: Were you even able to play U9?
Calandryll: Nah, but someone here showed it to me.
Jinx: So there was a working version somewhere...that rumor is confirmed
Calandryll:* Calandryll refuses to go there
Jinx: That'll make a nice quote
Calandryll: I'm sure
Jinx: Of course I could lose whole log for 2 towers and a castle
Calandryll: But you can only have one house per account per shard. :)
Jinx: You can buy a new account for $9.95 -- wouldn't seem so hard dontcha know?
Calandryll: hehe, sometimes I think I am the only person with one account
Jinx: Nah, I know like 4 other people who defintely, possitively have only one account
Jinx: that they play regularly that is
Jinx: Do you even still play UO?
Jinx: or just refresh housing while waiting for Trammel?
Calandryll: sure, i play about 3 nights a week
Calandryll: lol, i dont have a house..yet :)
Calandryll: I just bought a deed for my villa a week ago though.
Jinx: No house? why not buy one from ebay?
Jinx: They are dirt cheap now
Calandryll: no thanks, I prefer to buy things with gold rather than dollars
Jinx: so are you against eBay in general?
Calandryll: not necessarily against it, just that I don't see myself doing it
Jinx: Im the same way
Jinx: Unless someone offers me $2000 for my account
Jinx: Im not that righteous ya know
Calandryll: I can't imgaine selling "Calandryll
Jinx: Speaking of righteous, do you still PK "righteously"?
Jinx: Who would want to buy Calandryll?
Jinx: People would badger you with questions everywhere
Calandryll: actually, I've been attacked and fought back 5 times since UO:R
Calandryll: I still play in Felucca for the most part
Jinx: were you red?
Jinx: did you win?
Calandryll: Nope, I was blue
Calandryll: yes, 4 times they got away, the fifth one I killed :)
Jinx: Right on.
Jinx: I try to not to lose as often as possible myself.
Jinx: Any new info about UO2 you want to share while here?
Jinx: Beta date perhaps?
Calandryll: Hehe, well playing a character named "Calandryll" often draws attention :)
Jinx: You actually play as Calandryll?
Calandryll: sure do
Calandryll: he's the only character I ever played for the most part
Calandryll:* Calandryll notices he dodged the uo2 question quite nicely
Calandryll: seriously, no, i dont have a beta date or even a guestimate for one
Jinx: Talk about being a moving target
Calandryll: haha, actually, you'd be surprised, most people who recognize me dont attack me, even the reds
Jinx: Of course you dont, there is no UO2, notice I didnt ask about UWOO :)
Jinx: I figured you'd be attacked more
Calandryll: i've had conversations with reds in dungeons quite a few times
Jinx: An awful lot of precasting withdrawl victims out there.
Calandryll: well i dont attack first, unless I know the person, and then if they are someone i want to attack, i dont care if they are red or blue :)
Jinx: So you can confirm that reds do speak words other than 'Corp Por' or 'An Ex Por'?
Jinx: Wow. Who woulda thunk it?
Calandryll: hehe, reds are players just like everyone else, just different styles
Calandryll: that's why i like Trammel/Felucca so much
Jinx: People would debate that but I'll take your word for it
Jinx: Ok, now you are really starting to sound like a company spokesperson
Jinx: Step away from the OSI PR manual!
Jinx: I gotta ask this
Jinx: Whats with the 'enhanced' feamle form popping up on the UO:R box?
Jinx: And why wasnt I asked to be on the inside cover?
Calandryll: you'd have to ask the marketing folks about the female on the cover
Calandryll: well do you catch for the Mets? :)
Jinx: No, but Im a Mets season ticket holder
Calandryll: hmmm, close enough then!
Jinx: I see how things are...lemme go join the Lakers and maybe Ill be on the cover of UO: Titanium Edition!
Calandryll: Well I dunno about the lakers, but if the Steelers sign you, we can talk. :)
Jinx: Steelers? Bleah.
Jinx: Last real question before ya get to play
Jinx: How come you are always wearing a dress in UO cartoons featuring you?
Jinx: Am I missing something?
Calandryll:* Calandryll sighs
Calandryll: yea, when i first started here, people on the boards thought I was a female
Calandryll: Especially on Stratics
Calandryll: of course the new trend in the comics is killing me off each episode...I feel like Kenny
Jinx: Please, I have yet to live in any comic (all 2) I've been in
Jinx: At least you get to talk before dying
Calandryll: the dress thing started in an Another Mad Tower comic if memory serves
Jinx: Those AMT bastards
Jinx: I'll get em for you
Jinx: Ready to play "Who Wants to be a UO Millionaire"?
Calandryll: um, can i answer "no" to that?
Jinx: no you cant
Jinx: know why you cant?
Calandryll: damn, then yes I am ready
Jinx: because I got 20 of the most pissed off UDIC members to write these questions
Calandryll: oh no that's just wrong!
Jinx: They want to know if anyone associated with UO really knows Ultima
Calandryll: oh boy, here we go
Jinx: Yea they are kind of bitter about some things (too many to mention)
Jinx: You have to qualify first, so put these in chronological order
Jinx: from earliest to latest
Jinx: A) Birth of Christ B) Ultima IV comes out C) Marilyn Monroe in Playboy D) UWO:O comes out
Calandryll: a, c, b, d (even though this has not happened yet :P)
Jinx: Wow, Im feeling like Regis
Jinx: except no black suit
Jinx: or stage
Calandryll: you didnt ask if that was my final answer :P
Jinx: or $20 million
Jinx: well then you better get it right the first time!
Jinx: All righty then
Jinx: For 100 gold pieces
Jinx: What symbol is used to represent Lord British's monarchy
Calandryll: the silver serpent
Jinx: A) Gold Fist B) Steel Sword C) Silver Serpent D) Wooden Staff
Jinx: Have to let me finish!
Calandryll: lol you need to move faster! :P
Calandryll: ok ok
Jinx: since you seem to know the easy ones
Jinx: we'll just skip ahead
Calandryll:* Calandryll shudders
Jinx: For 1000 gold pieces
Jinx: What game is considered to not have any connection to the Ultima Series
Jinx: A)Martian Dreams B)Ultima Underworld C)Ultima Legends D)Ultima 9
Jinx: Do you need a lifeline?
Calandryll: hmmm, i don't recall there being an "Ultima Legends" game
Jinx: is that your final answer?
Calandryll: yea I'll have to go with that
Jinx: Well, you are on your way arent you?
Calandryll: hehe was trying to remember Martian Dreams, didn;t get very far in that one
Calandryll: looks like it!
Jinx: Dont look at me, other people wrote all the Ultima questions
Calandryll: oh i thought you were joking about that
Jinx: I got most of these wrong
Jinx: but then again I dont work for Origin
Jinx: Lets skip to the 8000 gold piece question
Calandryll: ok sure
Jinx: Who was the lead Adversary in U3?
Jinx: A) Minax B)Exodus C)Terry Bradshaw D)The Shadowlords
Jinx: damn they mixed up the questions
Jinx: I even knew that one
Jinx: 16,000 gold pieces
Jinx: What game were OPHIDIANS first introduced?
Jinx: A) Ultima Online B) Ultima 7: Serpent Isle C) Ultima 8: Pagan D) Ultima Underworld
Jinx: life line?
Jinx: remove half the wrong answers?
Jinx: run down the hall and ask someone?
Calandryll: nah, i'm pretty sure it's B
Jinx: final answer?
Calandryll: yea B
Jinx: Good thing I macroed tailoring last year or I wouldnt be able to pay you later!
Jinx: 32,000 gold piece question
Calandryll: hah, attended I hope!
Jinx: of course. Im too pure a soul to macro unattended
Jinx: In what game did the 3 stooges make an appearance?
Jinx: A) Ultima Underworld B) The Savage Empire C) Ultima 7 D) System Shock
Calandryll: you might have gotten me with that one
Jinx: run down the hall?
Jinx: ICQ someone at Stratics?
Calandryll: nope, if i get it wrong then i get it wrong :P
Jinx: foolish but courageous
Calandryll: yea yea
Calandryll: i'd have to go with U7, I remember lots of weird stuff in that game, although not the stooges, lol
Jinx: is that your final answer? remember you have actual Ultima game designers in your vicinity for help...
Calandryll: yea i know, but where's the fun in asking someone?
Jinx: You are.....
Jinx: It was B) The Savage Empire
Jinx: So Sorry
Calandryll: hah, i never played that one, should have known
Jinx: I wanted you to make it to the million gold question
Jinx: really I did
Jinx: that one was a doozy
Calandryll: so what's my consolation prize?
Jinx: You did win 16,000 gold pieces
Jinx: to be collected at the shard of your choice
Jinx: plus you get an autographed Jinx is King T-shirt
Jinx: a $18.99 value
Calandryll: damn, i'd love to see what the other questions were
Calandryll: do i have to wear it?
Jinx: I'll fire up one more
Jinx: no you dont
Calandryll: cool, then i'll take it
Jinx: but it is the HEIGHT of Kool
Jinx: last one just so other people at Origin know whats coming for them
Jinx: What was not considered the virtue of the Guardian?
Jinx: A) Vigiliance B) Punctuality C) Diligence D) Respect
Jinx: final answer?
Jinx: Well, while the Guardian was always late for company mixers
Jinx: the correct answer was D
Calandryll: Sheesh, that's it, I am going back to selling security alarms
Jinx: I'd like to thank you for being such a good sport and staying around on a Friday to humor me
Calandryll: anytime Jinx, thanks for making me look like a fool :P
Jinx: After the interview Calandryll told me a few things in confidence, like he wishes he could blow up the Dev Board, likes to drink orange juice right of the container and how he thinks he’s only 2-3 years away from taking over all of EA. He’s just a swell all around guy.