NFTN #22: “Farmer, teacher, leader, ghost… and fighter!“ feat. L4C1E L0U [ACN]
Ever since she joined the game in late 2013, L4C1E L0U [ACN] has seen her fair share of the Shroud Nebula. She tried out pretty much every playing style there is, participated in some of the most epic wars ever to shake up server 2 and took over key positions in more than half a dozen high-profile alliances. Read her story below and leave some comments, folks!
By her own admission, L4C1E L0U [ACN] is a proud Cajun from Lousiana. On the photo above, we see her enjoying Mardi Gras in New Orleans, LA.
NFTN: Cheers for joining us today, Lacie. This is the 22nd issue of News From The Nebula and you’re the first female player to answer our questions. Do you have any idea why that’s so? Does GOFA mostly cater to a male audience or have we just looked for interviewees in the wrong places? Or maybe a bit of both?
L4C1E L0U [ACN]: Thanks Tobi, I am so excited to be able to share this with you and the rest of the Shroud Nebula. To answer your question, I do not think that GOFA caters to a male audience any more than they do to a female audience. I guess it would have to depend on what you are into. I love space and science, so the original Galaxy on Fire games drew me in and eventually led me here. With the vast majority of GOFA players being male, it takes a real woman to stick it out. Men like to think that they wear the pants, but we are telling them which ones to wear. ;)
I may be the first female player to be interviewed, but I know that I definitely won't be the last. I have gotten to know many great women since I started playing this game: Maiive, Damia, Deadpool, Johnny English, Pantygirl, Hthrwst. (Kidding Johnny. I just couldn't pass up this opportunity to tease you)
L4C1E's in-game alter ego is a female Terran commander residing at an impressive player level of 638... and given her enthusiasm for GOFA, she's not even close to being done yet!
NFTN: Throughout your career as a commander, which started back in November 2013, you took over all kinds of leading positions in a vast number of high-profile alliances, including Timelords, Singularity and The Void. What is that makes you head straight for the top of the chain of command? And in what way does playing as a leader or senior officer differ from being a regular member?
L4C1E L0U [ACN]: Well for starters, I have learned from some really amazing leaders (Xenox, Kang, Stone & O'neil) – I have much experience playing GOFA and I love sharing my experiences with those who are just starting out. I've been a farmer, I've been a teacher, I've been a ghost, but at the end of the day I'm a fighter with a conscience and I fight for what is right. I have over 23 million battle experience from wars and I just got my very first million battle XP on a single battle report last month. I don't have to chase after leadership roles. Tobi. Those who know me know what I am capable of & they know what is in my heart. Those roles are placed upon me because of my drive and because I care. Sure, I love fighting, but what separates me from the XP hunters and the warmongers is that I always put my people first. To me, "leader" is just a title because the real leadership comes from your Senior Officers and the rest of your members. If you aren't involving them, then you will never grow as an alliance and you will never build up the trust that is needed to thrive. When you have trust, you have friends... but not only that, you have allies. That is what this game is about.
The battle report above qualifies L4C1E for the illustrious club of commanders, who've earned more than one million XP in a single battle!
NFTN: Besides your involvement in the aforementioned alliances, there’s also been a time when you flew solo and took to ghosting – a tactics that not all GOFA players are too fond of. What do you usually reply to people who say that ghosting is cowardly and dishonorable? And what pieces of advice would you give an inexperienced player who’d like to try his luck in the Shroud Nebula as a ghost?
L4C1E L0U [ACN]: I used to be against ghosting. I didn't want to see Server 2 turn into a ghost server because I felt that it would ruin the game for myself and many other players. I‘ve seen clusters get destroyed, I’ve seen alliances disband and I‘ve watched friends quit after being slaughtered by ghosts. As far as saying its cowardly or dishonorable, there are those that have shown those traits in ghosting only because they love war and burning what others have built. But others ghost to keep fighting for their friends and to have nothing holding them back in that fight. In giving up their planets, they show quite the opposite. Theirs is a game of courage and honor. I hope that I'm seen as being in that latter group. GOFA is always changing so all we can do is adjust.
To an inexperienced player interested in ghosting, my advice would be to always put your carriers on “avoid combat“ when you are not playing because the best way to hurt a ghost is to destroy their fleet. Most importantly, be fair and know when to stop. You may feel like you are untouchable, but creating more ghosts to hunt you down will become a problem and making good people quit playing is wrong.
A wonderful example of teamplay. Although they lost the battle, L4C1E said it was still fun to wake up at 2AM (in her local time zone) to show up and fight shoulder to shoulder with no less than 17 allied commanders!
NFTN: You’re currently serving as leader of AdAstraAscension [ACN]. What kind of guys are they, how did you end up with them and what is currently on top of their agenda?
L4C1E L0U [ACN]: It's not every day that someone comes along and leaves an impression that lasts. With ACN & ADA, I get to interact with 40 of those people on a daily basis. They are the spark in my virtual world with personalities so infectious that it leaves me smiling from ear to ear long after I have chatted with them. I have given up trying to explain where the random giggles come from. LOL. They are my most trusted friends and I consider them family.
AdAstraAscension [ACN] & Ad Astra [ADA] were originally part of [UFF] before joining Void and becoming TheVoidAstra [VOA] – After many months of seeing red, we decided to try to take a more peaceful approach for a while. [VOA] was disbanded and the two Astra's were reborn back into [UFF].
Our agenda has never been so full, Tobi. We are currently working towards getting some tactical wars started with other alliances so that we can improve our strategic gameplay and improve our response to surprises. It has been so long since we have had this kind of peace and it's so surreal that some of us are finding it hard to adjust. It's going to be a process but we are in this together. I am SO very proud of these guys. Proud of what we have accomplished together as an alliance. Proud of EVERYTHING that we stand for and have stood for in the past. Most of all, I'm proud to have the honor and privilege of leading such an inspiring group of individuals. I couldn't do it without them.
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