Community Spotlight: Beefcake

1) What is your main character's in-game name and how did you come up with it?

Beefcake. The name has always been a triple entendre for me (because double is never enough). It can mean somebody really ripped and muscular, since I strongly believe that we should create characters to live out dreams that we can never have in real life. Going the other way, it can be used ironically to describe somebody extremely overweight. Lastly, it's an actual layered cake made out of beef, with mashed potatoes layered in between, covered in a tomato-based frosting, and sprinkled with bacon toppings. What more could a man want?

2) What interests you the most about Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen?

Pantheon provides a chance to return to the challenges and nostalgia of my early days of gaming while experiencing modern graphics and systems. I don't want to hash through the same old content that I played 10 - 15 years ago. I want to experience a new world, but still, have the enjoyment I remember in a truly social game. After spending time on the forums and in testing, the community and developers have earned my confidence and hope. I don't see any other game out there that has a team like what VR has built.

3) What will your main race and class be and why?

Ogre Direlord. I love large races (I hate having to see over tall grass as short character). Someone named Beefcake should not be a Gnome. As a tank, its helpful to be the largest in the room, so the ranged classes in the back can clearly see what mobs I am fighting. As far as the class, I have a dichotomy of preferences. I have a passion for Necromancy and other dark arts. I put the romance, back in Necromancy! I also have a thing for full plate armor. A Direlord is an obvious choice.

4) What is your favourite system, mechanic or feature so far in Pantheon?

By far, Mentoring is my favorite system planned for Pantheon. I have a wife, five children, and friends/guildies. Without a Mentoring system, in order for me to play with all of these people and their diverse time/ability levels, I would have to have a raid main character, a fun/thematic alt, separate characters devoted to remaining at the same level/progress as my wife and each of my five children, and a couple characters available to help friends/guildies level up. That's way too many character names to think about. With Mentoring, I am able to have just a few characters (come on, everyone needs at least three), and still be able to play with my entire family and all my friends. Because, in Pantheon, community matters.

5) If you could enter the game and visit anywhere in Terminus for an hour, where would you go and why?

  I am most excited to see Syronai, the city of the Dark Myr. I have huge hopes for an underwater zone and the unique flavor this can bring to combat and architecture. I have always been a fan of Atlantis mythology. And my wife, Snugglebunny, plans to hang out there as much as possible. So yeah, I want to be there.

6) Finally, if you had to choose between being a Halnir Cave inhabitant or being a named boss mob and having to stand in place and defend yourself against every adventurer, what would you choose and why??

Beefcake does not live in a stinky, damp cave full of ghosts and miscreants (and rats... definitely not rats). Beefcake is meant to reside in the top of a large citadel. If adventurers want to take what I have hoarded, they will need to grind through several wings filled with the armies that I have amassed. Each wing would be devoted to one of the atmospheres or climates planned for Pantheon. Each wing would have a lieutenant that specializes in an atmosphere or climate. If, and only if, they survived them all, could they challenge the Mighty Beefcake for a chance at his hoard? This would allow me to live a long and healthy life, and only have to give up my hoard to the most worthy (or lucky).