Player: Antti Hartikka
Game: Sparta: War of Empires
I am 32 years old, and I work as a forestry engineer. I also have a wife and two kids.
In the past, I used to play PC games, but since my kids were born I’ve not had as much time to do that. On the 19th of March 2014, I found Sparta: War of Empires on Facebook and I loved it from the beginning. For the first time, I could meet other real people while gaming. I’ve now even met some of those people in real life!
In the group, we have so many nice people from all over the world. We all have a good sense of humor and have a lot of fun together. In particular, though, there is a Greek player who has excellent knowledge of history. Katerina has enlightened us many times about the in-game Units and Buildings from a historical perspective.
I like questions relating to game strategy. Being able to test different ones to help someone else figure out what best suits their gameplay is a really interesting part of being a moderator.
The questions I dislike having to deal with our problems I can do nothing about. An example is “why was there no warning before the server went down?”. I can’t do anything to help when something has already happened, so it just ends up being frustrating for everyone.
An advantage of being a moderator is that I get to meet people from all over the world. I can help test new game strategies and then share that knowledge with other players. I can also pass on player feedback directly to our Community Managers and the dev team.
A disadvantage is that if something isn’t going well, moderating can take up a lot of time. It does take away from time I could spend playing the game, there’s no denying that. My inbox is always full of player questions so I usually have to deal with those first.
I would say it’s more than the experiences I have had in real life have helped my moderating skills!
On my days off from work, I love to start the morning with a big cup of coffee before checking my Sparta war reports. I’ll also plan to do PvP hits with my Coalition.
When the kids are awake, that’s when I switch over to family time. Real life and game responsibilities must always be balanced.
I would like to thank all the players that participate in the community. I also hope we will see some great new game features soon that’ll introduce even more ways to play Sparta!