An Interview with Greep's Creator and Valcyn's own Ybini
Interview by Valcyn's own Ikassa
Locutis mentioned to me that your stepmom (?) might play, what do you
think the chances are of that?
you never can tell =D
you like Wookiee Life Day?
I loved it... Made me sorry I missed the first one.
how did you first dream up Greep?
7/12/04 is when I started it. Basically, I had been reading a web comic
pvponline.com and liked the parts where he would have his characters
playing RPG characters (at the time I think it was City of Heroes).
Well, I liked it a lot, and I found out it wasn't a CoH strip. I
thought a SWG strip would be funny if I could draw it decent enough. I
then drew it up on a piece of paper based upon events that had gone on
in the game. Just like you'd expect, you can hear a lot of good stories
just sitting in a busy cantina, or listening to guild chat. I wanted it
to have the clean look that PvP has, so I scanned it in and touched it
up and submitted it in the guild forum to see what people thought. I
just made up the name, I wanted it to be funny sounding and yet somewhat
believable Star Wars wise.
characters based on people/toons you know?
Actually the Twi'lek Rifleman was kinda based on Wryan. Sort of the
"normal" one compared to the rest. The Wookiee is me. In'te, the twi
girl dancing. The twi in the camp with the nightsisters was base upon a
conversation I heard in guild chat, I don't recall who it was though.
The drawing of the guy was directly from U'a though. There hasn't been
a lot of character development yet really.. Mostly Greep, and the "Wookiee",
and the Twi Guy.
down the road have you planned Greepís development?
hehe not very.. Its pretty much make it up as I go.
I have some ideas about how I'd like certain characters to act, but
aside from that no.
I usually have an idea about what I want to draw, or some situation.
Then I just try to work it into the panels. The tortons in ep 13
originally were tusk cats. But being chased and trampled by a torton is
just too comical.
about your break from SWG, if you will. Why did you quit? Why did you
Well, I left for several reasons, some of it was RL related as I thought
I'd have to move soon. Mostly it was the revelation of the Jedi grind.
I thought it would be something more... quest based than just grinding
xp. Itís not much different than it was before really, its just a
different grind. I was kind of put off by the idea that AFK macro
grinders and resource leeches would likely be our first Jedi, that just
made me ill to think about. And, I felt that I had pretty much done
everything, not that I had really had, but I knew it wouldn't be much
different that what I had already experienced. What brought me back was
the idea of playing with my dad and my kids.
still working on your history of Galatorbria project? How's it coming?
had been working on it for a while. I haven't really gone too far into
it. I thought maybe it could be a nice trivia type thing. It would be
nice as a FYI kind of page on the website too.
biased asking but it seems to be part of this.... How does your guild
affect your playtime? Have you been a part of others?
(I am in
Ybiniís guild, the Galactic Torton Brigade)
Yeah it does. I'm probably more active than I'd usually be because I
get to see and hear and interact with the group. Had I stuck it alone I
think I'd probably have never stuck with it. Itís kind of dumb, but I
like it when people ask for me to participate. I guess itís the whole
"needy" kind of part of being human. Everyone wants to be liked or
wanted around. I've only been a part of GTB. I hadn't really had an
offer into any guilds before GTB. Drephe wanted more crafters in the
guild. I was skeptical, I was afraid I'd get into something that was
entirely PVP oriented and I was mostly crafting (a dangerous prospect).
As it turns out things went pretty well.