So, I was walking through the woods of W66, trying to get some fresh air after yet another unpleasant incursion in the parasite infested swamp that we like to call "the external forum".
To get an idea of where my feet take me, picture W66 as the Middle Earth. Now draw an imaginary X where Mordor is.
For all you lacking imagination...
There I was, walking through the dense forest, when I reached a clearing. And in the clearing... the biggest pile of lumber one has ever seen. :wood: (It was bigger than that, I swear!)
I stand there scratching my head. Then decide to do what any normal tribal warrior would do...bring in some :lightcavalry: and take that shit back to base. Just as I'm about to issue the order, 4 dudes walk out of the woods carrying this big-ass log on their shoulders. They drop it on top of the pile, grinning.
They turn to walk away when it dawns on me... they are none other than Tashali, the account we all admire for its ability to merge, internal and ...well...grow, despite never actually engaging anyone. Knowing I'd never get a chance like this again, I run after them and ask for an interview...
Meet Thomas and Adam, 2 of the loggers
Karou: Hi there. How's it going? You've done a nice job of clearing the south-west forests of all the deadwood. Is it the first time you've reached this level of perfection, or have you sharpened your axes on other woods before?
Adam: Hello, neighbour. Yeah, I'm kinda new in the business, I've been an apprentice logger for a while, but reached this level of skill only with Tash. Thomas and Mux have been logging together since they were still in diapers.
Not long ago, they brought down the woods of W54.
Karou: So, you have a good record on other worlds, you're doing really well here. if someone asked for a few tips on how to become as successful as you are, what would you tell them?
Thomas: It's a combination of a lot of factors I think; experience, activity, having a good tribe, and you also need some luck. Chopping down the right tree at the right time ain't easy, you know.
Adam: I would say the first few trees are crucial. Make sure you get a good foothold when the forest is still young. From there on, constant logging and activity is important to becoming successful.
Karou: Do you think personal relationships people carry over from previous worlds have an impact on this? A guy or gal that is absolutely unknown has the same chances as a veteran? We seem to have a lot of old ties on W66. Some have worked against tribes (take WEE! for example), but it certainly has helped some W66 citizens.
Adam: On a world such as this one, where people are carrying over past relationships, I think it is important but not to the point where it would hinder the chances of a newer logger to succeed. It just has to do with how dedicated one is. If you are good, you will separate yourself from others and it will begin to show regardless of past relationships. This is how new relationships are formed.
Karou: Looking at your tribe changes on W66, one can't help but notice Tashali is a bit of a lonely wolf. It's a rather unusual strategy for TW. Is this your usual play style or was it a survival strategy on W66?
25th December 2012
First few tribes were insignificant, so we'll start tracking tribe changes since he joined xD in January 2013 at 6,959 points. Tashali spent 4 months there, then joined SuitUp (1,996,218 points). Ten days later, on the last day of May, he abandoned SuitUp and joined |TheR|, having passed the 2 million points bar. In early September, after nearly tripling in size, he chose to leave |TheR|, creating his own tribe of 2 people: Sin. Since then, he again doubled in size, reaching over 12 million points.
Adam: It was more of a personal preference. Some like to chop trees, others like to hug trees.
We've only been in 2 major tribes here on w66, xD early game and TheR midgame. Our account has very strong personalities and with that comes some clash of ideas with others. I'm guessing you are referring to our most recent departure from TheR. Regarding that, we had some differences of opinions with the direction the tribe was taking at the time so we felt that it was best for us to leave. We know that we aren't viewed highly by many players for taking such an action, but then again, not everyone knows the background story of why we left. It wasn't for survival, it was more or less personal preference.
Karou: And you guys don't miss being in a tribe? The social side of TW?
Adam: We're still social with other players, just not in a tribe setting. I mean, it's fun to meet new players and have that whole camaraderie, but I don't think we've really lost anything by not being in a tribe.
Karou: What about being at war? :axemen: Some people quit when things get too peaceful.
Adam: Well, this is Tribal Wars after all. War is inevitable. We've been branded and criticized for not warring enough on this world. Most will say that we have internaled our way to the top...well if it were that easy, why isn't everyone at the top? (btw, you interested in merging into us? haha jk).
But to answer the question, we do miss being at war, but we won't join a war blindly just to follow others. We'll weigh our options out and war on our own terms as we have played on our terms to this point. We may receive a lot of criticism from others, but we're here to enjoy the game as everyone else is, and we'll go down playing the game the way we find that best satisfies our playstyle and conscience.
Karou: If you were given free hand to build your own dream-team on W66, which 15 accounts would you choose and why? The catch: everyone else would be against you.
Adam and Thomas: Well, honestly speaking, we would take the top 16 minus logboss. Everyone's doing something right to be at their rankings at this point in time, why not just stick with it and roll. These players, and even those outside the top 16 up to some point, all have their strengths and weaknesses. To make it this far has to merit some skill.
Adam: Others might even take us off the list, but we're obviously strong at internaling :icon_razz:
Thomas: Yeah, we have our strengths lol
Karou: Ahaha, I like that. But damn... I wouldn't make it in your dream team. Maybe Logboss would take me under his tribeless wing
Adam: Not sure you'd want to go there.
Thomas (at the same time): You don't want to be under his wing, trust me!
Karou: So what is it about logboss that pushes your buttons (apart from the fact he's, well, a log)?
Adam: In short, it's personal. You may see him as a log in the woods, but any log can be dangerous if a logger is not careful. He knows and we know. If he so happens to read it, he won't need to see the details to know why we excluded him.
Karou: And here I was thinking the southern woods were nice and quiet...
One final question. Imagine a perfect evolution of W66. How would it look like?
Thomas: Us owning the entire world. Through internalling of course.
Adam: But you guys are kind of in the way (looks at Auphan). Just a little bit in the way I wish you were in zips' location!
Thomas: And that where you guys now are would all be barb. only for us. to internal.
Adam: But it's ok, we'll just merge our way through you guys, that's fine with us too. Let me know if anyone from auphan wants to merge with us. We accept all applications at this point. Matter of fact, open application to the top 60. We have no allegiances. We are Sin. And according to the rest of the world, internaling is a sin.
And it went on like this... while I started backing away until their voices faded into the sounds of the forest.
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