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I arrive at the plantation, and she spots me from her veranda. She waves me over to a lavish table. I have to say that by the end of our morning interview I didn’t get many questions out. This is partly due to the fact that this lady is quite a conversationalist. But it was mostly because her cooking was heavenly.
I greet her with a kiss on her hand and then settle into a wicker chair. Before I can compliment her on her lovely dress, she begins: “I first began playing KL in October of 2009. I’m not really sure why I downloaded the app, but I fell in love with it quite quickly. Then after I moved from NYC to boring schmoring
I’m digging into the poached eggs and pause to direct: “Tell me some about the types of KL relationships you’ve developed.”
She takes a delicate sip of her iced tea: “I have many different relationships going on in KL. There are some people that I say good morning to every morning and thats all, and then there are some people that I will interact with throughout the entire day. I am a real flirty person so I often find my self flirting in the game with guys and girls. I have a KL boyfriend and we talk absolutely every day.”
She stops to reach for the sugar bowl. As she adds 2 heaping teaspoons of sugar to her tea, she says: “If he is busy or away and we can’t talk, I find myself getting really sad. I know that sounds crazy but its true. I also have my KL best friend and we find ourselves getting into the oddest—most hilarious moments.”
I’ve now found the cheese grits and place a large dollop on my plate. I ask, “What do you think about clans in KL?” I keep munching.
She chuckles and leans in to wipe some grits from my cheek. She smells of peaches. “I have been invited to a few clans but I have declined them all. I understand why people would want to be in a clan but I like that I can get to know absolutely everyone. I fight when I want to fight, I farm who I want to farm, toss people on the bounty list and I report to no one. I guess because I’m a girl and I flirt a lot, people just come to my aid… it’s the whole damsel in distress act. But usually it’s my fault and I probably deserved to be bountied.”
Now comes the biscuits and gravy. Mmmm, I love me some biscuits. I am noisily chowing down when I notice my interviewee has become quiet. My attention has been on the food, so I ask quickly: “Why the name?”
She graciously smiles at my ill manners and says, “When I first start the game I was Dutchess Arana, but I changed it to Lady Arana. Not that big of a difference but people did notice it and I changed it because… well I won’t say. And every time someone asks, I tell them: ‘He liked it so he put a ring on it.’ No one has a clue what that means but it makes sense to me.”
I wipe my mouth quickly and offer this question: “And artwork, poetry, things like that?” I find some apple butter and begin spreading it on an extra biscuit. Mmmmmm.
“I have become quite good with artwork but I rarely post those anymore. Only for special occasions such as a wedding or a birthday. I did enter the poetry contest but that’s the only poetry I have posted. I didn’t win,” Lady Arana says with a huff and a frown.
I slow down a bit from all the eating and wipe my brow. Eating in a hot climate is taking a lot out of me. I ask, “Since you haven’t joined a clan, what do you do when you get stuck. Who do you reach out to?”
She giggles. “You are silly Candel! And hungry! I am a part of the Palringo room ‘KL strategies.’ Anything goes in that room and you learn so much! And it’s fun to watch all the madness. I also have a very trusty source that I go to for advice, if I should ever need it. TheRiddler. He is someone that I trust immensely in the game. People have also come to me for advice but I would really trust me: I’m only Level 36 and I look out for my best interest.”
She leans in as if telling a juicy rumor: “One guy who was a level 7 in my army asked how to kill someone. I noticed he had 0 deaths so I bountied him 25 times! Oh, was I amused. He was upset and started bountying me back. I have also asked for someone to look at my set up when I started loosing a lot in my level and Pale Hors—who is also my level—was nice enough to help me out.” She pauses and smiles: “Then I attacked him and won.”
“What is off limits for you in sharing personal information?” I ask. “Could you pass the pancakes please?”
She hands me a hefty platter of hotcakes and says, “I have disclosed my identity to only one person. But I will give out a few details about myself. I talk about work/family and my day to day life without giving details. I think everyone is a killer.
“You have talked about some capricious events this morning. Do you find yourself making enemies in KL?”
“Honestly… I can’t think of any enemies that I have. The trash talking doesn’t work on me, so if I am in a heated battle with someone, they end up liking me always. It’s a game! And, as my new friend Fear Rampage says ‘Farmer’ is the cry of the weak! I’m not a farmer though. I am an opportunist! If I have the opportunity to take some of your gold, I will,” Lady Arana says as she erupts in laughter.
While the lady is laughing, I’m feeling sad. I’ve cleaned my plate and there appears to be no more food. I check my watch and realize that our interview has come to an unexpected and unwelcome end. I quickly ask, “Lady Arana have you ever become distracted when playing KL?”
She smiles mysteriously and says, “Yes and No. There have been times where I had to pull over my car to max bounty. Or, I can be in a conversation and on KL at the same time. This can cause me not to pay attention! If I’m busy then I can keep the phone away but if there is the shortest lapse in fun things to do, I’m back on KL!”
I arise from my chair more entertained and a bit heavier than I was. I thank Lady Arana for her hospitality.
While I certainly appreciate good food in a friendly atmosphere, please know that General Candel will interview all types. If you would like to answer my questions and pass along your unique KL experiences, please drop me a line at email@example.com; on my KL profile R2N3SM; in my Palringo room ‘candel’s coterie on kingdoms live’; or through completing my questions here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XWP83FV .