CIM — active member of the Vikings: War of Clans community
Mighty Vikings, we were lucky to interview an active participant of our community, volunteer, mother, and traveler — CIM.
Today's hero is the diplomat for the RPI Clan. She got that rank because she took a stand against internal war in the Kingdom. CIM is always there for other Jarls and shares useful information on the forum.
V — Vikings: War of Clans
C — CIM
V.: Hello, CIM! Thank you so much for finding time for our interview!
C.: Dear Vikings, finally here is my response to the interview questions. If you read it, you will see one reason it took so long. My in-game name is blazebo... so I would like to be referred to as CIM/blazebo. I am sending two pictures... one taken last year in Rotterdam from my hotel room late at night where I was playing the game... the other is from a few years ago when I was at mini Europe in Brussels (it is supposed to be a Viking). And I love water... can we get a moat around the POP in game... lol. No towns can sit there anyway... so it would be possible. :)
V.: Let's talk about you, your life, and, of course, Vikings: War of Clans.
Tell us how you discovered the harsh world of the North. What attracted you to the game? What does your family think of this hobby of yours?
C.: I have played war games for over a decade and mostly with my family. My husband and I played a lot together and when my daughter was younger she enjoyed playing war games with us also. One day I was searching for games and I found this game, and it absolutely fascinates me. I love the complexity of the game and also the interaction with others in the game. My husband doesn't play, because he likes a war game you can set up and finish in half a day or so, and he has no patience for a game like this. My family is USUALLY pretty tolerant with my playing this game, although sometimes they can be a bit irritated by it.
V.: In Vikings: War of Clans, Jarls communicate with each other and interact a lot, because only your clansmen will help with a reinforcement and fight alongside you in an Onslaught. Did you find your Clan right away? Tell us why you like it. Have you made friends in the game who you keep in touch with?
C.: I didn't talk to anyone in kingdom 360 for about a month... I wanted to observe first, before I interacted. The first month I mostly communicated on the forum to ask all my questions and to obtain an understanding of the game. Finally I was ready to communicate in the game and I sent out a message to the English clans in the top 30 clan list. I wrote I thought the kingdom should concentrate on fighting other kingdoms during kvk and cvc and not fight among our own kingdom members. Nano, the chief of RPI which was far down on that list responded the most positively to my suggestion and agreed that if I joined his clan we would focus on promoting that way of playing the game. Our kingdom has gotten a lot better as far as not attacking each other, however there still are some problems. Nano is a great chief and we have a smaller clan of some nice people. We are now in the top 10 clans in influence in the kingdom and continue to grow. I keep in touch with some people who have left the game and have even visited someone from another clan in Italy when I was on vacation there last year. I look forward to meeting more Jarls in person.
V.: We know you went to one of the top technical educational institutions in the USA — MIT. Does having an analytical way of thinking help you in the game? Does your technical education give you an advantage in creating unique and subtle battle tactics? Have there been any situations where your opponent turned out to be stronger than you but you still managed to win thanks to a sound plan?
C.: I think it is a real advantage to understand the game and keep in mind all the complexities. Doing the right knowledge upgrades is very important. Might is not always best, because brains can outwit might. Up until now, I have mostly advised others on tactics, and yes it is possible for a much lower influence person to win over a higher influence person. I am just at the point where I am ready for "war" myself (yes I am a bit of a perfectionist so I wanted everything at high levels before I started fighting)... so I am pretty excited about that.
V.: You're a traveler, volunteer, and mother. Share your secret for finding time to play and participate in Clan life.
C.: Sometimes it can be a bit difficult. Recently I went on a 32-night trip around Europe, staying in 21 places. It took a while to plan and then there was a very hectic trip. That is one reason why it took me so long to respond to these questions. But even on the trip I found time to come into the game and participate in it. The chief and I work together very closely and I am the diplomat for the clan. The game is important to me, so I make time for it.
V.: In the Vikings: War of Clans communities, you're always willing to help others and answer any questions. Have you ever created a special guide for someone?
C.: I do enjoy understanding all aspects of the game and I enjoy sharing the information with others. That is why I am so active on the forum. Also in our clan, I work with our members to help them in game. As of yet, I have not created a guide, but I am thinking about working on one. There are a lot of good ones out there which I point others to... but yes, it would be nice to create one myself sometime.
V.: CIM, thank you for playing and being actively involved in Vikings: War of Clans. We're delighted to have such a valuable Jarl in our community, and we hope this won't be our last conversation.
For now, we wish you many victories and happy hours with your clansmen!
C.: Thank you for the questions and thank you for the game.
How often do you help community members?