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11.09.2014
TO Insider Series: Interview with Archangel

Tankers!

If you’re part of the Tanki Community, then you’re probably familiar with the name “Archangel”. He has written guides and walkthroughs, posted hints, tips and advice in the forums, and shot some of the most amazing videos about Tanki parkour.

So now it’s time to meet the guy. Find out the story behind his nickname, his passions, and his love for Tanki and our amazing community.

Please introduce yourself and tell us all about your role in the game.
Hey guys, I’m Archangel, but most players just call me Archy. I used to have another nickname before, but not many players know me by it.

I’m currently a Reporter and Forum Moderator, although I’ve also been a Consultant and Facebook Mod in the past. But what I am best known for is my videos. I like to make Tanki-related videos about anything, including rank-ups, gameplay, records, and most importantly parkour! I’ve been making these together with the Flying Parkourists team for quite some time now. Many of my videos have been published on Tanki’s official Facebook page; something I’m super proud of and thankful for.

How long have you been with Tanki and how did you find out about this game in the first place?
The first time I discovered the game must have been mid-2012 when I was 19. My best friend mentioned it to me, so I checked it out. I didn’t find it particularly interesting at the time, and half a year later I was still only a Sergeant. In June 2013 I discovered some fun friends, and we started playing together very frequently, eventually forming a team. This really pulled me into the game, and all of a sudden it became super interesting and exciting!

Creating my first and only team “Archangels” really opened up new horizons in the game for me, and joining the Staff ranks showed me just how massive the social world of Tanki is. And even though I don’t play much anymore, I’m still a loyal and fully active member of the community.

What is the most important thing for you in Tanki?
Most definitely the community. It is the community that pulled me into the game, kept me here all this time, and keeps giving me the energy and courage to go on. So many people united by a common interest and common goals; it’s just amazing! It is so vast, full of all kinds of different people with different characters and different personalities. I get a thrill from meeting new people, from having deep meaningful discussions with them, or from just hanging out and having a good time.

For the most part, players are slightly out of my age group, but I have met a good number of peers in the game, which has been awesome.

The community is the reason for all my major accomplishments in Tanki, from creating my own team (even though it is long gone), to joining the Staff ranks to find more ways to contribute; from creating my YouTube channel, to creating numerous useful forum topics which are active to this day. I spend many hours every day on my Tanki-related tasks and videos to make sure the community gets the best quality and value out of them, and I enjoy every minute of it even though it’s hard work at times!

How did you choose your nickname? Does it have a particular meaning?
My original nickname was rather strange and hard to remember, and it wasn’t long before I decided I needed a new one. I’m not sure how I got to the name Archangel, but I do know why. To me it signifies many different things – strength, power, courage, magnificence, but also goodness, kindness and beauty. These are qualities I think are important in real life too, and I felt they should be reflected in my name.

Do you have any preferences in terms of turrets, hulls or maps?
Before the Rebalance I used to play on Wasp and Twins M3 a lot. The physics were quite different back then, and it wasn’t nearly as crazy as trying to play with that combo now. When I started getting more involved in the game, I switched to Railgun, understanding that it is the turret with the most potential. With it of course came it’s greatest companion, the Hornet.

I’m a huge fan of XP, on any map, although I can’t play for the life of me. Occasionally I am at the top of my team in terms of score, but 99% of the time my D/L is under 1. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I prefer spending my time on the forum rather than in the game.

So as an XPer you will often find me on server 1, in Sandbox, Bridges or Barda, though I eagerly enter XP battles on less popular maps, like Hill or Zone.

Occasionally I get bored of XPing, and go use my supplies instead. I equip my most recently acquired items, Mammoth and Twins, enter an active CTF or DM battle and start blasting the stars out of everybody.

Why is Tanki important for you?
Throughout my Tanki career I’ve learned so many things, I am often surprised when looking back. And I don’t just mean gaming-wise, but important life lessons, character traits and even useful skills for any future career I might choose.

I’ve learned how to balance multiple jobs, to manage other people, to delegate, to sort my priorities; all skills I developed through my work at Tanki. Even seemingly insignificant things like learning to write a story, basic 3D modelling or video editing eventually add up to some impressive upgrades in my skills.

Many tankers have also become my personal fans because of my art, music or other reasons altogether. I’m super honored to have my own little following, and I try my best to keep them updated, posting new interesting things for them to see as often as I can. Some of these tankers have also become my students or so-called apprentices. I’ve taught many tankers how to add a shadow to their tank in photoshop, or how to rotate their turret. Some I’ve even taught guitar. Maybe my next student is among the people reading this interview… who knows?

What are you doing in real life, apart from playing Tanki Online?
I’m a full-time volunteer in a third-world Balkan country, and have been for a large part of my life. I mostly work with underprivileged children – orphans, mentally-disabled, terminally ill, or simply children from poor families. And I love my work!

In my free time, aside from Tanki, there are so many things I love doing that it’s impossible to give a full list, but I will try to share at least a few. I love photography – landscape, street, still life, portrait, events, whatever; I love it all! I love to draw, sketch, paint, illustrate, design and all that stuff — the more, the better. I do some web design on the side, but it’s not among my favorite pastimes as it’s very technical and leaves little room for creativity or imagination. I love to sing, and can play most musical instruments, although I’m best at piano and guitar. I have recorded some instrumental and vocal covers, and plan to make many more in the future. I also like to cook. The daily normal stuff gets boring of course, but I really love national cuisines from far-away countries like Italy, Thailand, Mexico or India. I’m not a big fan of team sports, and tend to stick to things like rollerblading and snowboarding when the conditions are right. It’s awesome fun; you guys should try it if you haven’t yet.

Anything you want to say to the community?
Keep on being awesome! Keep on supporting each other, striving to reach your goals, in-game and otherwise. I believe the future of Tanki is a bright one, let’s all be there to see it!