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Captain Zaphod's Member Profile

Real Name
Chris Fritsen
Age
26 years old
Location
Grants Pass, OR
Quote
FWUM WUM WUM
Profession
Bus Driver
Hobbies
Video games, especially of the "Free" variety.
System Setup
Windows 10 64-bit Home AMD FX-8350 (4.0 GHz) AMD R9 370 12 GB RAM 1 TB HDD, 300 GB SSD XBox One controller for certain games like Descent
Tactics
Kill them before they kill me.
Favorite Levels
Wolfden 3, Deadbolt, Taraskova 2
Favorite Game Mode
Anarchy
Favorite Weapons
Super Laser Cannon Spreadfire Cannon Mega Missiles Smart Missiles
Nickname
Captain Zaphod
Date Joined
01/13/2011
Rank
Second Lieutenant  Second Lieutenant
Squad
Status
Retired
Statistics
SID KPs GPs Ace %
Medals
An Interview With Captain Zaphod

Pigmy: Describe how your pilot name came to be your pilot name.

Captain Zaphod: A long, long time ago (7th grade to be exact), I started playing a game called Escape Velocity (later, EV Nova). With the game being an RPG about space life beginning with getting your first shuttle craft and usually ending with being a powerful war lord responsible for the destruction of a corrupt secret organization which had control of the Federation (resulting in the Rebellion winning their war and joining back with the Federation), I had to think of a cool space name. Being a big fan of The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy at the time, I chose Zaphod Beeblebrox. The game gave me the prefix "Captain" being as in the game, you play as a captain of a ship. Since then, everywhere I go online has some different variation of the name "Captain Zaphod Beeblebrox", including Cpt. Zaphod Beeblebrox, Cpt. Zaphod B., Captain Zaphod, Cpt_Zaph, etc.

An important thing to note here is that my name will ALWAYS have some form of Captain and Zaphod. If there's no Captain in the name, I can guarantee it's not me. Zaphod is a pretty popular internet name, after all.

Pigmy: What drew you to the Descent Rangers in the first place, and who recommended you, if applicable?

Cpt. Zaph: I had recently rediscovered Descent at the time and was getting bored repeatedly replaying the game over and over again on the PS1. I had been craving online Descent action for what seemed like a year. I even bought a second copy of Descent with the intent of linking two PS1s and playing co-op.

And thus began the internet research. It really didn't take me long to find D2X-XL and Rebirth, but I avoided D2X-XL because of a bad experience with Diedel before I even got this computer. So I downloaded Rebirth, bought Descent from GOG.com, and got it set up. Got myself a USB to PS1 controller adapter and went to town.

The rest of the details are rather hazy, but I believe I found out about the Rangers on some random forums somewhere, but then I ended up applying, managed to get Mumble working after some work, and then next thing I know I'm in my first multiplayer match marvelling over how there were other Pyros in the level with me. I didn't even care that I got creamed, the important part is that I knew these were good people and I was excited to game with them. Looking back, I remember Tigeron being in my first game ever, and I believe I was sponsored by Kida, which influenced at least half of my decision to join Blue Lightning, of which I've been loyal to since.

Pigmy: How long have you been playing Descent for?

Cpt. Zaph: Eh, Idk. I played Shareware as a kid and never made it past level 7. I always used default keyboard controls, so looking back, that's pretty good considering Shareware only had 7 levels. Then I rediscovered it when I learned it was on my computer-at-the-time's other OS from before it got upgraded, and I jumped back in. Then I got the PS1 version and beat the game on Ace, so I never stopped using the PS1 controls.

Pigmy: What other kinds of games are you interested in?

Cpt. Zaph: Depends. Basically, I'll still occasionally play Minecraft, Sauerbraten, Company of Heroes, and Rigs of Rods. In the past I have played War Thunder, DayZ, and Battlefield 2. The only one of those that I wasn't fond of was DayZ, and that and Battlefield 2 are the only two games in that list I don't have installed anymore.

Pigmy: What hobbies interest you outside of Descent?

Cpt. Zaph: Electronics? I dunno. I like making fun of people for their grammar, I guess.

Pigmy: Would you recommend Descent to other people and would you recommend the Rangers to other people?

Cpt. Zaph: I have before, but nobody takes my suggestions, so I tend not to put any effort into recruiting.

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