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Interview with furbster (31. May 2010)


How did you find about BrainKing? What made you stick around?
I found out about Brainking, whilst i was playing on another site of a similar type. (Goldtoken). I signed up just to see how this one compared to that, and found that it offered a lot of unique games and quite a few more players. I stuck around because i felt there was more competition here (i'm very competitive) and also i thought, and still think that it is great value for money!

If this was your site what would be the first thing you'd change? (if any)
There isn't to much that i would change, i'm pretty happy with how it is at the minute. The only thing i'm not keen on is being able to create excessive amounts of tournaments. I don't see why this is necessary. Makes looking for unique tournaments a bit of a chore, even if there is the filter.

Currently, when playing backgammon, you can choose the colours. Your options are black/white and white/black. Which colour options would you like?
Perhaps we should go crazy, and add a blue/red combination to the mix, might brighten up peoples day!

What do you think about Pente & other variants?
I really enjoy pente and its varients although i really do need a lot more practise. I often think i'm doing well, and it seems to change in an instant. I need to notice the common traps a little quicker i think.

Do you also wish Fencer would implement the exciting game of Tic-Tac-Toe?
It's not something that i'm to excited about but hey, if this is what people want who am i to argue?

What do you think about the ACHIEVEMENTS?
I think that the achievements are a really good idea, it gives us something to aim for when we are playing the games. Similar to game achievements on the Xbox, always a bit of added fun :o)

What do you prefer: Fischer's clock, X days per move with vacations or X days per move without vacations & WHY?
I prefer x days per move with vacations, because if i need to go away unexpectedly for any substantial amount of time, i want to know that i am not going to time out. I am pretty competitive after all, and losing just because i cannot make a move for a couple of days seems a pretty stupid way to lose.

I found lots of furbsters online: Flickr, MySpace, Gaming sites, etc. Are you any of them?
I do have a myspace although it is not something that i use very often and i'm not that keen on using it any more. I Play on Goldtoken under the name furbster as well as here. I also have facebook which i use almost every day, it's a good way to keep in contact with friends.

What did you see the last time you went to the theater?
The last film i saw at the movies was final destination (in 3d). I thought it was pretty good, probably because it was the first time i'd seen a film in 3d and it was a new experience for me :o)

Who is sweeter, Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny?
Santa Claus, haha. He brings more gifts, and does'nt give you tooth decay ;o)

Will bacon flavoured bubble gum ever become a world-wide hit?
I'm going to say No. Although i am pretty intrigued about the taste and if it does ever arive, i'll be sure to try it and give you my verdict.

What do you think about our BIG BOS -> Fencer?
I think that he has built a great site and i like the fact that he is active within the site too. I play on a couple of other sites where the owners don't appear to be around and no progression ever seems to be made on the site. I also think he listens to what people want, fair enough we can't get everything we ask for.. but i do think it is considered.

Do you have "Enemies list"? How long is it?
I do not have anybody on my enemies list, and i haven't since i have been here.

What makes you add someone to PUBLIC FRIENDS?
I actually haven't really used this feature to much. I suppose people that i enjoy playing games with and having a chat with in the games i'm playing.

You're without "Photo albums" in BK. Why? You don't like this option?
I've actually been meaning to upload a photo album or too, but when i remember i start to do something else and then completely forget. I will upload an album soon though.

In your opinion - who is the best player in BK & why tenuki? :D
Interesting question. I think that there are many good players on this site, and of course tenuki's win/loss ratio is extremely impressive.

I also think that Pedro Martinez is a very good player and i'm very happy if i can ever win against him in any game.

Both of these players are brilliant all-rounders and i appreciate this a lot.

How much time do you spend on BK?
Quite a bit of time. I would say that i'm probably here for at least a couple of hours most days.

How old are you?
I'm 23 :o)

What is your favourite sport?
This is a tricky one as i love almost every sport. if i had to pick one i would probably say, to watch football. To play it would be badminton.

How did you choose your nickname
It's got a large number of letters in from my surname, and it was really a nickname from when i was in school. Actually a couple of my teachers also called me by the name. Looking back that seems somewhat bizarre!

What is your favorite game?
I like to play backgammon or line 4 and their varients.

Where do you live? What region / city in England.
I live in a town called Lowestoft in East Anglia. It's the most easterly town in the UK.

Do you like ponds? What do you think about live pounds?
I do enjoy playing the occassional pond. I think live ponds would be a great addition to the site, and i'd probably opt to play these more so than the slower ones that we have at the minute.

Play for fun or for victory?
Well i am very competitive as i have said, so i definately play for victory. But ultimately i am here for fun, if i took it to seriously i'd only play games i would win most of the time, and i'm not sure that would be too fun.

Who are you ?
My name is Richard :o)

You're without "Public Friends" in BK. Why? You don't like this option?
It's just an option that i have got round to using. The list would probably be quite a long one though as there are many players that i enjoy playing games with on this site.

Your "Top activity": 2353 moves (1. May 2005). Where is your limit? & what do you think about 10000+ moves per day?
I don't know if i will ever break this top activity again, when i did this i had a lot more patience and more time on my hands. I'm often busy know and i definately can not ever see myself getting to over 10000 moves in a single day.

Google + furbster = http://pl.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=7257507 It's you?
i used to have a bebo account, but i deleted it around a month ago, it could have well been me. If i had seen this question before i may not have deleted the account, but it was never used.

Where do you want to visit
I absolutely love travelling around places. I really want to visit Australia though. The country really interests me, and i know that i will visit there one day :o)

what is your favourite game
My favourite game is Call of duty. i mainly play it on the xbox, and i can't wait for the new one to come out in November.

What is your favourite country apart from where you live?
My favourite country i have visited so far would have to be Greece. The weather is amazing, the people are lovely, and the food is good too.

What is your favourite game on this site?
Backgammon, with line 4 a close second :o)

Where do you want to visit
Australia, Turkey, Brazil, Egypt, New Zealand, Mexico and numerous others, these are top of my list though.

Where would you like to be if not your home
I would love to live in Crete (one of the Greek islands) It's a beautiful place.

How did you get chosen for this interview
I'm not entirely sure. Pauloaguia asked me and it kind of went from there.

i know your Mam plays here do any of your other family members play here to?
Yes my mum plays here under the name ladybird68.
My dad plays under the name Angler.

what do you enjoy most about BK
The wide variety of games, i like to have the option of many games to chose from. Also i like the huge amount of players here, there is always new people to play against.

if you had to move to another country where in the world would you choose
At the moment, Greece

what is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is Blue.

which game would you add to here next?
I would really love the game quarto to be added. Maybe if it is tweaked a little and the name changed we could get it ;o)

Do you think limitless amount of games at BK is a blessing or a curse?
I think it can be a little of both. I personally haven't been over 1000 games and i don't think that i could cope with it. I'm not sure how people manage to move on time with all those games going, but if it works for them that's great. For a pawn i'm guessing it is a bit of a curse, because they may have to wait quite a substantial amount of time, before getting a game finished.

Cute devil you have as picture. Was anybody ever offended by that devil...?
Nobody as far as i know has ever been offended by the little devil picture.

Who should be the next to be interviewed?
I would like to find out more about FrancescoLR I have played him many times and he has been on the site for a while now :o)

How many BK players did you encounter in real life...?
Only a couple of my friends which i already knew before i joined the site. It would be nice to meet a few people though.

How much time to you play per day (in average) here?
2-3 hours per day, at least. My game page is normally left on if i am at home though so it may appear that i am on for more time than that.

Is that a diaper your wearing? Do you have other 's?
Hehe that is indeed a diaper that i am wearing, i don't have any more unfortunately. I'm a clean devil, honest!

Why did you choose that username
My last name is close to it, and it was my nickname through high school.

Do you play on other game sites?
I also play at goldtoken.com under the name furbster.
Vogclub.com under the name romeo69.
That is pretty much it actually, but i mainly play here, this is my favourite site.

What do you think about Pente & other variants?
I am going to copy my previous answer and put it here. It hasn't changed ;o)

I really enjoy pente and its varients although i really do need a lot more practise. I often think i'm doing well, and it seems to change in an instant. I need to notice the common traps a little quicker i think.

Will you suggest a new game for Brainking?
I can't think of any unique games that i would like to see added here, but a lot of people already suggest ideas and a lot of them i like the sound of.

What do you think about the ACHIEVEMENTS?
Again a copy and pasted answer from above

I think that the achievements are a really good idea, it gives us something to aim for when we are playing the games. Similar to game achievements on the Xbox, always a bit of added fun :o)

Who are your favourite players in Brainking and why ?
Hmm interesting question. I'm not entirely sure that i have a 'favourite'. I really enjoy playing against Francescolr and Hrqls though. They're both really friendly players, and i think it's just because i often get drawn with these two players in tournaments.

What do you like to do when you're not playing online games (on Brainking)?
I really like to play sports. I love all sports and i go swimming regularly, play badminton a lot and take part in football, squash, golf, tennis, snooker and numerous other sports with my friends. I also enjoy reading, and i've just finished reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes. I really like going to theme parks and i have been to Alton Towers and Thorpe Park this year, lots of fun was had at both of these. I also like to play on my X Box especially Call Of Duty, Modern Warfare. the new one comes out on November the 10th and i have already preordered my copy of it :o)

How old are you?
23

What's your fav foods?
I love chinese food, pizza, and Indian food, but my absolute favourite would be a full roast dinner with all of the vegetables and gravy. I also absolutely love fruit.

it's you in your photo ? lol
Haha strangely enough, no. One of my friends made me this image up years ago and i have just used it as my icon here.

What is your favorite color and what it represents to you?
My favourite colour is blue. It has always been blue since i was little. I wouldn't say it represents an awful lot, i just like it :o)

what type of game would you like to see added on BK?
I would love 'quarto' and 'trax' to be added here.

What is your preferred time limit?
3 days standard vacation

What games brought you to Brainking?
No game in particular, but when i joined i played a large amount of backgammon and line 4 games :o)

jessicawhat is your all time favorite tv show, movie, and song?
I don't know what the jessica bit of your question is about but my favourites are

Tv show = Friends, i love this and i can watch it over and over again. My favourite character is Phoebe.
Movie = The Green Mile
Song = Chasing Cars by Snow patrol

What is your favourite country apart from where you live?
At the moment i would have to say Greece but i'm sure this may change after i have visited a few more countries.

What is your opinion about poker place on BrainKing ?
I think that it is a nice addition to the site, although it isn't something i use a great deal. I mainly play there when i am waiting to make moves in games, i'm very impatient and i would probably play more if people only have 5 seconds to make their choices.

What feature would you like to be added on BrainKing ?
It would be good if there was a few 4 player games here, i think one day it may happen.

What game do you like to play with your friends or family ?
I like to play backgammon a lot, i don't play it on a real board as often as i would like though.

other hobbies?
Mostly playing sports with my friends, going out and socialising, making new friends and playing on my xbox.

which gammon version do you enjoy most?
Regular backgammon, although is is VERY closely followed by crowded backgammon.

If you could wish for on change at BK, what would you wish for?
At the moment i can not actually think of anything that i would exceptionally like to change. Not being able to create an absurd amount of tournaments would make me happier though.

What do you think of BK in comparison to other poker game sites?
Well i am not a big poker player so i really can not compare to any other sites. I have only played at one other poker site years ago, and i just liked the fact that the time limit for deciding what you were going to do was a lot less than here. When there are 10 players at a table it can take a bit of time to get round to you again, and like i said before i can be pretty impatient at times.

I see your from England. If you care about soccer: do you think the Wembley goal in 1966 was a goal?
I would say yes, it was a goal, but of course i'm going to be slightly biased on this one anyway.

What do you think of these social networks? (Flickr, Facebook,...)
I have never used this Flickr so i can not say anything about that one. Facebook however i use daily, and i think that it is a really good way to keep in touch with friends and family. It took my a while to get used to it at first, but i don't think that there is a time anymore, if i am on the internet, that i don't go onto facebook, and check for any updates off friends etc.

Do you think this interviews has too many questions? How long will you take to answer them?
I'm not sure that an interview can have to many questions, but with this question it'll take me a little longer to finish the interview for sure ;o)

Who's going to win the worldseries?
I'm not really familiar with baseball, so i'm going to take a stab in the dark and say 'yankees'.

What is your favourite pizza topping?
Pepperoni, closely followed by ham and pineapple. Mmmmm!

If it were decided all front doors in the country were going to be painted in the same colour, which colour would you like to see?
Well it would have to be blue, just because it is my favourite colour.

if you were Prime Minister what one law would you pass that would make you stand out
I would'nt make anybody pay for university,that could not afford it. I believe that if you want an education you should be able to get it, without leaving you in huge amounts of debt at such a young age.

which footie team do you support?
Manchester United :o)

Do you think some world conspiracy theories may be true? (9/11, assassination of Kennedy, faked moon landing...)
I guess you can never really know if any of the conspiracy theories are ultimately true. It would not surprise me however if somebody has hit the nail on the head with one. I would'nt like to say which one though :o)

Do you have a "Lucky Number"
Yes, it happens to be number 3

Where were you born
I was born in a place called Gorleston, literally only about 15 minutes away from the town of Lowestoft where i live now.

Are you married
Not yet, but i am only 23 and have a few years to think about that as yet.

Do you like to travel?
Yes i love visiting other countries and exploring what they have to offer. I really would love to visit Australia though.

Do you have any children?
Not yet, i want to live a little before i even think about having children.

What's your favorite color?
Blue

WHAT AGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO BACK TO IF YOU COULD, KNOWING WHAT YOU KNOW NOW?
I'd like to go back to high school, perhaps revise a little harder in my A level exams. High school was brilliant though, i guess you never realise how much you are going to miss it when you leave.

What is your favorite time of year?
I love the summer time. Mainly because i love the heat and the sun, going to the beach, and having a good time with my friends. Of course i live in England and hot sunny days are often few and far between. We have had a brilliant summer this year though, so i can not complain.

Did you play at other game sites before finding BK?
Yes goldtoken.com and vogclub.com. I found about about brainking, whilst i was playing at goldtoken, and i am glad that i did.

What are some of your other hobbies?
Another similar question to above so i will copy and paste that answer here.

I really like to play sports. I love all sports and i go swimming regularly, play badminton a lot and take part in football, squash, golf, tennis, snooker and numerous other sports with my friends. I also enjoy reading, and i've just finished reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes. I really like going to theme parks and i have been to Alton Towers and Thorpe Park this year, lots of fun was had at both of these. I also like to play on my X Box especially Call Of Duty, Modern Warfare. the new one comes out on November the 10th and i have already preordered my copy of it :o)

Do you have a large family or small one?
I have a fairly large family, with many cousins, aunties and uncles etc. I only have one sister though, she is 18.

Have you ever traveled outside of Europe area.
I have not yet, unfortunately, but i'm sure that it won't be long before i do.

Do you also play at other game sites currently?
Just goldtoken.com and vogclub.com like i mentioned before.

Do you have pets, and if so, what kind?
I only have one cat named jasper. I would love a dog though.

Do you practice actively any sport?
I love al sport but the onyl one i play an awful lot would be badminton. I'd like to think i am pretty good at it to. Like i mentioned before, i am incredibly competitive and always fight to win the games and matches.

Are you a Dog or a Cat person?
Dog person, i really want a labrador :o)

Have you ever met someone in really life from Brainking ? Who if yes :)
I have only met people that i already knew before joining here. They do not play here anymore though.

Why you decide to become a black rook ??
I decided to become a black rook because i love playing here. I spend a lot of time on the site because it is full of great games, nice people, and lots of competition. I think that i will be around on this site for quite a while. I never seem to get bored here :o)

Who are your favourite players and why ?
I will copy and paste my answer from earlier on, but it is funny that you should ask this question, when you happen to be one of them :o)

Hmm interesting question. I'm not entirely sure that i have a 'favourite'. I really enjoy playing against Francescolr and Hrqls though. They're both really friendly players, and i think it's just because i often get drawn with these two players in tournaments.

Do you dislike players in Brainking ? You have many blocked users ?
I have nobody on my blocked users list, and i haven't since i have been a member on this site.

Do you have a facebook name ??
Yes if you would like to know it, send my a message and i shall give it to you :o)

Do you cook ? if yes what ??
I'm not really a very good cook, but i do love pasta, and so i often cook pasta, with a nice sauce :o)

Have you ver played any games supported in Brainking in really life ?
I have played a few games with friends and family, but nothing in the form of a competition. I have played backgammon, line 4, dice poker,checkers and chess.

Have you ver played live tourneis of mind games ??
Nope, but it's something that i would be interested in doing.

Have you ever been asked to keep a secret that if spoken would put someone in jail?
Quite simply, No.

Do you wear certain " good luck" items when playing games here?
No, if i am destined to win, then i guess i will. If not, well there is always next time.

Have you ever waved to someone,not knowing they were waving at the person behind you?,and how did you feel after the fact?
Oh dear, yes this has happened to me on more than one ocassion. I normally end up laughing at myself for not noticing that they are waving to somebody else, then just carry on with whatever i was doing before the incident.

How old were you when you discarded diapers?
I actually have no idea, i'll let you know when i find out.

Do you worship the devil
No!

Have you ever ate Chicken Riggies? Do you know what it is?
I haven't got a clue what these are, so i am guessing that i have not ever eaten them.

What is your "biggest victory" here on BK?
I can not put my finger on my biggest victory that i have had here. I would say that my first tourney win was probably one of my favourite moments. I'm sure that if i delved deep into my finished games i could come up with one specific game that i was really happy with winning, but with so many finished games that would take forever.

What do you do for a living?
At the moment i am a lifeguard, and i'm training to be a fitness instructor.

What is the wildest thing you have done in your life?
A bungee jump whilst i was on holiday in crete, quite scary but i would definately do it again.

Beach or mountains?
Beach, i love the sand and the water, although i can't compare having never been to a mountain.

What is your favorite quote?
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
Thomas Edison

What is your favorite food to eat?
A full roast dinner, with lot of vegetables and gravy.

Have you ever laughed uncontrollably at a funeral and not known why?
No, i've only ever been to one, and i just sobbed the whole way through. I don't get why you would laugh at a funeral though?

t'es con
Huh?

Do you play in other websites ?
Yes goldtoken and vogclub.com

Are games in other websites that you do not see in Brainking but you play ?
Yes i like to play trax which is found at goldtoken and dominoes can also be a bit of fun :o)

what is your favourite card game ??
I like canasta, if that game appeared here it would be great.

Obama is the president of the USA. Do you think the premier of Uk could be a black in the future?
I don't see why not, and i don't think it will be to strange when it does happen.

I don´t know if you like the Tv serie "IT crowd" but maybe you have seen some chapter. In this case do you empathize with some character?
I actually have never watched this show, i have meant to watch it a few times. Every time something else has come up and i have never got around to viewing it. When it is next on i will watch it and tell you my thoughts.

why not mete the game tic-tac-toe on BrainKing?
I'm not sure why this game isn't here, but it seems people here are wanting the it. Perhaps Fencer will add this fascinating game ;o)

Which country is going to win the 2010 World Cup?
England :o)

What do you know about Basque Country without looking for in Google?
If i can not look through google, then i must say, nothing.

What is your favourite book & why?
My favourite books are all of the Harry Potter ones. I'm a bit of a big kid at heart and love getting captivated by the magical world of Harry and his friends :o)

Do you like footbal? I'm BIG fan of MUtd. What is your favourite footbal club in England?
Yes i love to watch football. I also support Manchester United. Wahey! :o)

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