ORB Interview: Joshua Keller (JKell)

After a short hiatus, ORB is back with our famous ORB Interviews. Over the course of our history here, we have interviewed many people throughout the Politics & War game – these interviews were more related to Politics & War in general, but since our pivot to a wider audience we are also pivoting to a wider view of those we interview.

Our first in this new process is Joshua Keller or as you may know him, JKell. He’s an all-around great guy, always chill and always on the move in Politics & War and in real life. Check it out.


The JKell Interview:

ORB: We obviously know each other through playing Politics & War – have you played any other games like PW?

Joshua: I love simulation games and when Sim City bombed in 2013, I was so starved for a good city/nation sim I took to the internet.  I did not really find one that I thought was interesting enough, besides I just got Minecraft so my 14-year-old self just forgot about nation sims.  2015 rolls around and I’m still bitter about Sim City sucking so I look for a way to get my hands on a nation sim, I bump into Politics and War. I never actually found Cyber Nations until like 2017 and people in Orbis told me about it.

TL:DR No, I didn’t even know another game existed like P&W till 2 years of playing.

ORB: What alliance are you currently in?

Joshua: T$, but really I’m on the Hobo Express.  Going on a massive tour of all the alliances.

ORB: Have you been in any other alliances?

Joshua: Roz Wei was my first and Blue Moon was my first gov spot (and boy did that crash).  After Blue Moon burned, I went back to Roz and just kinda chilled till that crashed. I went to Defcon, then Sassania, then that merged with Roz…  So I got thrown into Empyrea… Then I just flipped everyone off and got on board the Hobo Express.

ORB: Do you maintain any position within your alliance other than general member? If so, what does that position entail and do you like it? If not, do you think you’re ready to take on a position with a little bit more weight to it?

Joshua:  Blue Moon was my first high gov spot(FA I believe) and I almost single-handedly caused that alliance to die.  The head guy and his partner even quit the game after that debacle. Ever since then I have been very happy not touching gov.  I help out when needed as like a mentor, but I do not want the responsibility of high gov.

ORB: What do you think about the current political spectrum of PW? What would make it better?

Joshua: I have said it before and I’ll say it again, people are too concerned about growing nations and not fighting.  I can’t really blame as the game’s mechanics encourage it, but it makes it so boring. When you hear about alliances looking to make 6+ months of peace, it makes you roll your eyes; like come on.  This game is half politics and half war, that doesn’t mean we fight for half the year and do nothing the other half.

ORB: If you could change one thing about PW, what would it be?

Joshua: Make wars mean something.  If you lose a war, you lose land or the ability to get certain resources and the winner gains those rights.  I know that seems brash, but I want people to want to fight. If you want something less controversial, nation events, please.

ORB: If you were going to add a mechanic to the game, say if you had the coding skills, what would you add to make the game a bit better?

Joshua: Nation events, please.

ORB: Where are you from in the real world?

Joshua: In the midwest of the U.S. at a small D3 college playing baseball.

ORB: If there was one place you could visit right now, where would you go?

Joshua: Germany, I love studying WW2 and that would be a treasure trove.

ORB: If you could talk to anyone from history (anyone) who would that be? Why? What would you say to them?

Joshua: My major in college is History and Political Science (and another major in English and a minor in Pre-Law) so I get asked this a lot.  My opinion changes with the books I read, but at the moment I would pick Ben Franklin. I just finished reading his Autobiography, again, and I really want to know what he is like.  The guy is the definition of a bro, at least it seems that way, so I would just like to sit down with him and see what a casual conversation would be like.

ORB: Are you currently going to school? What for? Do you have a job? What do you do?

Joshua: I go to college, as stated before, at a small D3, studying to be a lawyer, and am a RA.  During the summer months, I mow lawns with a local business back home.

ORB: A lot of people in the PW community know and like you for the work you put into your tracks, anytime anyone offers up something creative and new people flock to it. What got you on the path of writing songs/verses/tracks and what do you plan to accomplish with those skills?

Joshua: This is a little depressing so read with caution.  When I was very young I got sexually abused, I didn’t really think anything of it until I was like 13.  Around that time an artist by the name of NF got signed to a major label and started pumping out music. As a depressed teen, I found him and took solace in his words.  I got a lot out of his music and it made me want to experiment with sound.

I tried to be depressing and make music that was like NF’s, but I realized I couldn’t.  My life is truly blessed by God with parents, friends, and an environment that has allowed me to do so much.  I had to make myself depressed in order to try and write bars to express my depression, not a good combo. Years of self-reflection and I realized that I had no reason to be depressed and that the future is mine for the taking; I got out of it.

That’s when I stopped trying to make sad music and just tried to have fun.  I made a song that became the theme song for the baseball team my freshman year of college and it just snowballed from that.  I thought of a funny song to make about Sweet Ronny D for Great Job! and all of a sudden it made my music matter. I never thought that something I did for fun was going to be this thoroughly enjoyed.  

As for the future, I don’t know.  I’m not banking my career on music, I’m still just trying to have fun.  I just stepped into a studio a few days ago for the first time with the first producer I’ve ever seen (new track on Spotify and new one coming).  That is something brand new for me and I hope it means I can keep doing this for a while. I can’t promise that the music will never stop coming out, but I’ll keep going until I can’t put a smile on someone’s face.

ORB: We think it would be great if you could share something exclusive with us for the interview to hype it up a bit – this interview is broadcasted through our site, discord, and our social media – would you be willing to give us a taste of what you have?

Joshua: I’m working on a ton of tracks, so there is a lot to look forward to.  Here is a clip from a series I’m working on.

Click here to listen!

ORB: Do you have any pets? Want to share a picture?

Joshua:  Got a dog, Lexy.  No photo, sorry.

ORB: Did you know that the coolest people in the world are named Joshua?

Joshua: Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho, Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumbling down.

Yes, yes I did.

ORB: I’m going to say a word and you’re going to say the first thing that comes to mind, ready? Banana

Joshua: Put a banana in your ear!

Thanks Joshua for finding the time (finally) to finish up our interview! I know you’re a busy guy and we respect that immensely.

If you want to connect with Joshua on his socials and check out his tracks on soundcloud here are some links to help you out:

 

The Dragon King – ORB Interview

ORB Interviews

Each week Orbis Weekly will produce a number of interviews that we send out to people all over the world. The idea behind the ORB Interview is to shed a little light on people, especially ones we think the world of Orbis should know more about.The questions will range from basic, random, and relevant.

The Dragon King

The Dragon King (TDK) is someone I do not know really well – always seems to be active and around and willing to throw his hat into helping out with businesses and stuff and will send you a message every 5 minutes just to get your attention. Here we go!

“Shout-out to Roz Wei  for being the first nation to nuke me.” -TDK

The Interview

ORB Weekly: Can you start by telling ORB a little bit about yourself?

TDK: I’ve been around a while, so I’ve gotten to do some things. Here on Disord, I hold jobs in a few banks, I run a few places of my own, and in a few other places, most notably Orbis Business Center. You could say that I’m everywhere when it comes to Orbis businesses. I’m just the kind of guy who likes to do and explore new and old things alike. My alliance really got me rolling in this game. They are great. I’ll talk about them in a few questions.

 

ORB Weekly: Is PW the first simulation game you’ve played?

TDK: Actually, Conflict of Nations was the first nation simulator game that I played. I’ts a really realistic and fun game that uses different times of history and you can play numerous games at once. Although my memory is really rusty, I think I found Politics & War next by simply googling politics and war, expecting something different. Either that or was an ad somwhere, but now, courtesy of my alliance, I also play Nation States and Cybernations.

 

ORB Weekly: What alliance are you currently in and what is your role? Are you happy with your alliance?

TDK: I am a member of the New Pacific Order, the current number one alliance in the game. I’m basically an average Joe, holding no special roles, but I am fine with it, as I do not seek to go beyond that, at least not yet. I am very happy with being in NPO – although I may not earn anything, there are other ways to and I’m provided with everything that I need. Communism is not the problem itself, its when it’s in bad hands. Right now it is in good hands with NPO.

 

ORB Weekly: Was your alliance involved in the war? If so, which side were you on and would you say you’re winning or losing?

TDK: Everyone knows that we are kicking TKR’s booty and I’m most definitely on the winning side.

ORB: What do you think of the current war? Are you a fan of the length – do you prefer peace terms?

TDK: Now, having wars can be fun for a couple of months, but now TKR is just being a huge thorn in all the sides by dragging on the war for too long. It is really hurting the Orbis economy I think. Just give up your pride already! Yes, I am well aware that there are more alliances involved, but they are the main stinking problem from what I know.

ORB: Do you think this war will really force a change in politics post-war? Name one thing you are positive will happen.

TDK: I definitely think so. This war once again cements NPO’s reputation as one of the top alliances in PW. I think that there may be massive shifts that will show a clear divide between NPO and TKR spheres of influence.

ORB: What is one of the most memorable moments you’ve experienced within the PW world?

TDK: I would have to say being involved in my first global/alliance war. Shout out to Roz Wei for being the first nation to nuke me and to Renegade State for being the first nation to missile me.

ORB:  What is one of the most cringiest things you’ve experienced while playing PW?

TDK: The most cringey thing? Well I’d have to say Minesome being a jerk to me. He was criticizing my flag work and that’s fine and all, but he kept badgering me about it way too much. This happened 12/27/2018.

 

ORB: Did you enjoy your Christmas? What did you do?

TDK: I had a red/pink pancake breakfast, got some headphones, and got $30 cash. Nothing that special really.

 

ORB: What will your NYE Resolution be?

TDK: To open up an International Bank with my friends.

 

ORB Weekly: Got a pet? Want to share a pic?

TDK:

 

Thanks for Reading!

Well that was eventful! I like the specific date for when Minesome was a dick & I’m also curious about the pink/red pancakes.

 

Hannah – ORB Interview

ORB Interviews

Each week Orbis Weekly will produce a number of interviews that we send out to people all over the world. The idea behind the ORB Interview is to shed a little light on people, especially ones we think the world of Orbis should know more about.The questions will range from basic, random, and relevant.

Hannah

Hannah is a true female of PW! Seems like these days these females are coming out of the wood work – since when are females on the internet? Hannah has always been a force and it has been an amazing time getting to know her and working close with her as she took over the FA reigns at Bad Company – truly pushing BC into a good light. Had to make this pink just for Hannah.

“I am the Director of Security and the Co-Director of Public Relations for Bad Company.” -Hannah

The Interview

ORB Weekly: Can you start by telling ORB a little bit about yourself?

Hannah: I am a 4th grade teacher from Texas. In PnW and in life I am a glittery mermaid. I love things that sparkle and, of course, the color pink.

 

ORB Weekly: Is PW the first simulation game you’ve played?

Hannah: No, it isn’t my first. I began with Nation States and then found my way to CyberNations. I played there from 2006-2010 or so. I then left the game until recently. When I came back, I was led to PnW.

 

ORB Weekly: What made you join PW?

Hannah: Eatem actually lol. I was in CN Polar and somehow or another ended up signing up for PnW Polaris.

 

ORB Weekly: What alliance are you currently in and what is your role?

Hannah: I am the Director of Security and Co-Director of Public Relations for Bad Company.

 

ORB Weekly: How do you balance game time & RL Time? Especially around the holidays.

Hannah: I balance it? Haha! Usually whichever one has the more pressing need. Grades due? RL. War breaks out? PnW.

 

ORB Weekly: Do you celebrate Christmas? What is one of your favorite traditions?

Hannah: Definitely celebrate Christmas. I have a couple of favorite traditions. I love to lay under the tree and look up at the lights. My other favorite tradition is that we read the Christmas story from the book of Luke before we open gifts.

 

ORB Weekly: Any plans for New Year’s Eve?

Hannah: Definitely Sleep. Haha!

 

ORB Weekly: Do you have any thoughts you’d want to share about the war?

Hannah: It did not go as I expected it would that first night, but that’s life. I look for the good in any situation. In this one, our community is stronger and I made new friends.

 

ORB Weekly: What kind of ‘global’ changes do you expect post-war?

Hannah: I expect to see a lot of treaty shuffling. I don’t really have any specifics and I don’t like to speculate. This may be a ‘well duh’ thing, but that’s what I expect to see.

 

ORB Weekly: Was your alliance involved in the war? Who did you attack/who attacked you and how do you think it went for your alliance?

Hannah: “It was a dogpile!” We fought all IQ and some of their buddies. We did well in some areas and being Milcom, I found many areas for us to improve for next time.

 

ORB Weekly: A lot of times in a war, whether you’re involved or not, post-war brings a lot of changes and restructuring. Will your alliance be going through any changes internally or externally?

Hannah: We have restructured somewhat in that FA is now headed by Kilo and I. We still kept our previous departments as well. Otherwise, I don’t see any big changes happening.

 

ORB Weekly: What is something you love doing in RL?

Hannah: I’m a teacher, what can I say? I love naps and eating meals that last longer than 27 minutes. Oh I do love girly things like getting my hair and nails done. And shopping. I like to shop.

 

ORB Weekly: Got a pet? Want to share a pic?

Hannah:

https://i1.wp.com/cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/454822766689124362/522231983020179461/image0.jpg?resize=286%2C381&ssl=1

 

Thanks for Reading!

Just wanted to give a quick shoutout to Hannah for being an awesome friend and answering these questions + giving me that avatar – mostly did this to see if I could get a pic of the pup bc dogs are life. I want to pet ur dog.