This week we got catch up with alias for a quick interview! Here is what she had to say!
How did you find EQ?
I don't remember how I found EQ. I think I was searching around on the internet one day for a new horse SIM and stumbled across EQ on one of the top 10 most visited SIM games. That was back in 2004 and I haven't left since.
Have you played any other racing games?
I only ever ventured onto Equineland for a brief time as well as Harness Nation. I wasn't too fond of the two games and ended up selling my EL stable for some EQD a few months ago.
How many stables do you own? Which one is your favorite?
I own two second tier premium stables [Alias Racing Barns and Chasing Dreams Stable], run the Freshman Sire Award [Sizzling Diamond Acres], and the WCS Basic Stable. I have one other basic that I meander around in every so often when I get bored. That one is Vision Valley Stables. I would have to say that Alias Racing Barns is my favorite. I've put most of my time and energy into Alias Racing Barns and can say that I've come a long way with that stable.
What has been your best moment on eq?
I have three best moments on EQ. The first one was a few seasons back when I was invited to the EQ.net European Championship Race. I can't remember which horse I ran it with, but we didn't do too hot. The second moment is when Phoenix Testament, a stallion I bought when he was a two year old, and he won the EQ.net European Championship Race the second time I was invited into the races. The third, and most recent, was when Arrochar, a Lord Rowan son, hit 131 as his new race rating.
Do you prefer breeding or racing?
I honestly cannot choose which aspect of the game I enjoy more. I enjoy the racing part of it because it's exciting to see where my horses are going and how they're improving race by race. I also enjoy the breeding aspect of it because the horses that I do breed and race can turn into the next big thing or the next blue hen mare. I would say I like them both equally.
Do you like mares/stallions or geldings? Why?
Oh, the famous mares or stallions question. Taking a look in my barns it would be a hard pick. I am a bit harder when culling my racing mares but can't stand to see a broodmare go. I am very sentimentally attached to all my stallions, whether or not I bred them. I would say I like my mares more just because I can sell them or FR them easier than a stallion.
Who are you favorite horses in the MB and BB?
My current favorite horse in the MB is Arch Glance. She's by Absolutely Elsewhere out of a Marina's Loyalty mare, Risible. Arch Glance has been a fantastic addition to the stable and last season was 8 for 8 with total earnings amounting to $396,000. She has only ever been out of the money once in her career and at five years old has already gained a millionaire status. My breeding barn is a bit harder to choose from unfortunately.
Is there a horse you admire that you don't own?
The horses that I admire, but don't own [but if given the chance I would!] is All These Margaritas. He's by All These Riches and out of the Zebro mare, Zebras and Margaritas. I love All These Riches as a sire and have so far been able to get nice foals from him [that I end up selling and they become 130 raters]. The other stallion that I would absolutely be beside myself to own is either Huntingford, a Cryptocat stallion, or Bridal Fury by Fury of the Sea. Those three stallions are each by amazing stallions that can hopefully inherit their sires breeding ability.
Who do you admire in the game?
There are several other player's that I admire in the game. The Eden [aka Stormy] has some of the best older lined horses and I highly suggest her stallion, Hanged By A Noose. She's a patient player and will help just about anybody out. I also admire Phoenix Reach and the amazing line-up of stallions that they have every season. Their breeding barn is solid and they have been another player that I often find myself stalking their horses.
Do you have any tips or tricks for other players??
The only honest tips I have for new players is to just have fun. Its a game. Always remember to have a train/race/train schedule and never train back to back. Breeding plans are the best thing to have, and never try to get all your breeding completed in one night...it leaves the rest of the season to be very boring!
Thank you Alias for you time with this interview! Each week I will pick a player to interview so keep an eye out in your inboxes in game or on the forums, for you may be the next person to be interviewed!