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Interview with Ragnarokia

2/6/12 by Asandir
Updated 3/6/14

Asandir's interviews with Newgrounds forum users

When did you find Newgrounds and why did you join? Why did you choose the username Ragnarokia?

Raknarokia:

"Back when I was new to computers and the internet, one of my brothers, (who is obsessed with Linux etc.) showed me some of the fun aspects of the internet, starting with the animutation flash irrational induberance (Yatta), and several others including We Drink Ritalin, which was the first flash I saw on this website. Needless to say I found them amusing and I recalled this website for some fun random viewing when I was around 12 or so.

Later in 2006 I ended up thinking about something to do when bored online, at which point I recalled some of the flashes on Newgrounds, I ended up making my own account so I could review some and I visited when bored for some random views.

The username Ragnarokia came from a second choice. I have always loved dragons in particular those from Final Fantasy and the like. I originally wanted to use Bahamut as my username but alas that was taken by Murray of course, but I was fine with it as he was a good user who I later got to know well etc. My second choice was Ragnarok, taken due to a similar reason as Murray that it was the name of a dragon in this case spaceship from Final Fantasy 8. I loved the name and decided to roll with it, however Ragnarok was taken, so when thinking of a new name I recalled the name I used for Runescape where I shoved 'ia' on the end, as I found it sounded both nice and easy to remember, and then I ended up using the same name here, which in the end became my internet alias I use everywhere (with the odd difference of RagnarokiaNG for youtube etc. as lame people already took it on other places.)"

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Do you think that you changed over the time you were here, as user, or also in real life?

Raknarokia:

"I have changed a lot over the course of time here.I joined as something to take my mind off the problems I had in real life, and in the end what ended up happening was I began to simply take life less strictly, I ended up becoming effected by the forum which I soon found and the type of posting going on there in. The longer I spent on the site posting the more I began to simply enjoy the silly things, stupid spam and memes etc. and over the course of the years since joining to the point now I slowly got to, in a way, not caring about myself, yet at the same time caring if that makes much sense. I accepted life was as it was and decided I would simply do whatever and have fun, make friends or enemies I just began to take everything as it came.

The interesting thing is that many would claim it has made me less social, but I was never much of a social guy to begin with, but in fact it made me more social just around the types of people I find on here, and not the types of people you generally find on the street.

Another big thing about my changing is realizing my sexuality, well to an extent anyway. (I am currently unsure if I am bi or gay, I think bi.) When I came I didn't know I wasn't straight, despite such things like posting a picture of guys hugging and kissing on my page I guess I should have noticed that. But anyway as time went on I slowly started noticing I sort of found guys hot, and in the end was broken up on the whole "shit I'm blatantly not straight" and didn't know how to act over it. I lived in a small village where such things are heavily frowned upon, and brought up by christian people etc (but not my mother she couldn't give a shit luckily so was saved from that annoyance growing up). And I was in an all boys school so yeah you can see the whole problem behind not wanting to ask people for help.

Then I noticed gays and bis on Newgrounds, I talked to a few, got to know a few, hell most of them I didn't realize weren't strait until I talked to them, and it all got me thinking "You know these people are great. How is that bad?". At which point I began making news posts about it etc, and slowly ended up coming out and remarkably everyone on Newgrounds seemed perfectly fine with it. It was great. Sadly the same can't be said for the boys at school but then again that goes with the maturity thing I mention below, it seems this site is far better for making me more mature despite how I might act than all the random fools who don't understand simple things like sexuality outside eh. I will go on more about this in the friends bit as it relates to that.

As a whole I have stayed as a nice guy etc, but the things I find amusing and the things I like to talk about have mixed with what I learned on here. I would be perfectly fine talking about taboo subjects with little to no feeling of uneasiness doing so, while those I talk to then complain I shouldn't talk about such things etc. yet it is about such things as incest, sex changing, suicide, psychopaths etc. All interesting subjects some of which I question the point of being illegal (incest etc.) while others I find fascinating (psychopaths etc.) I find such topics good to talk about and never think twice about those who then complain I shouldn't talk about such things.

Similarly as expected I picked up trolling as it came, though I don't tend to do it much I do dabble in it at times, the odd part is people always seem to take me seriously even if I am being sarcastic of blatantly lying etc people seem to always take what I say for face value. So when I do try trolling and the like it sort of goes a little to far to say the least, so I tend to no longer do such things unless a great thing comes up.

I guess the basic things that happened is, over the course of time on Newgrounds I matured, but I matured in ways fitting my personality on here rather than as others matured in the real world. Incidentally I actually seem to find myself and those I talk to on here on a 1 to 1 basis to actually be very mature despite how we act, compared to those who haven't become "hardened" by such things like Newgrounds who whine at everything and can never take any insults or jokes at their expense etc. I find myself and others like me seem to be far better at accepting things than those who never touch such places."

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Are there any other users that you like, and how do they affect you ?

Raknarokia:

"There are quite a few who ended up making my life better and more enjoyable, and also others who just simply give me a good laugh. I will likely forget several users or even many as I always do forgot something when listing off, so if this is being shown to anyone else then you know, don't take me ignoring you for a bad thing.

Let's see, Mechabloby did a lot for me, he was someone I talked to when I was getting used to settling into the forum, he ended up eventually giving me help to help with my sexuality pondering and helped me be fine with who I was. He was one of a few who helped with this, Gagsy was another and Lost-Chances another.

Gagsy, she will always be good. She may completely and utterly refuse to come to meetups and avoid going onto MSN or anything and generally not respond, but she is just a bit of an oddball like that, I still think of her as a great friend but alas she NEEDS TO PM / MSN MORE, seriously Leanne you are never on. But I degress, she was another of those people that helped me during rough times and will always be grateful.Lost-Chances, he is always great to talk to and is always interesting. He was similar to Gagsy and Mechabloby, infact I miss how he used to spam up a yaoi thread together and all get banned for 7 days or so due to it, those were the good days. We need to do that some more.

Josh is very, unique let's say. Many people sadly just know him as "bedn" and the thumbs up picture etc. but I forgot how exactly I ended up getting to know him ages ago, I think back at the paltalk days whatever that thing was called that Newgrounds used for ages. And he ended up being a really interesting and unique friend. He is definitely the most unique friend I have had and was entertaining to talk to, even the more questionable stuff we used to talk about was always fun. I miss not talking to him for a while now, but alas he seems to have gotten his life on track so thats a good thing, hopefully wont end up coming back to being worse again. Talking to him really ended up making me more relaxed about stuff somehow, as if I ended up getting a part of his free spirit.

Black-Ops is a good friend also, I likely talk to him the most and is usually interesting, sadly I would love to add more detail but really I don't know what to say, he's a good friend and we talk, sort of comes down to that in the end, similar with the other following ones.

Murray, again good friend and also interesting note as I mentioned earlier with my name he was the guy who is using the name I wanted to originally sign up as. I am glad he is a good guy and deserving of it at least. Also get him drunk and get him talking about FF7.

Infinite-One is another I talk to regularly, not sure how much he frequents Newgrounds anymore never check but I talk to him a lot, fun guy.

Added to that add the list of guys I meet at meetups, Bez and Wonchop and Lazypint and the like, I tend to keep to myself around people I don't know well but the few times I talked to such people they were fun and interesting and I hope they thought the same, because if they didn't its going to suck having me there again this year for them."

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Are there any users that you would consider enemies or that you just don't like?

Raknarokia:

"It is fun thinking about it, most people don't seem to take hatred towards me and don't hold a grudge, as I don't really give any reason for anyone to do so. But never the less yes I have had several "enemies" in the past. The best one was this user called Nixot. He had some sort of grudge against me due to my posting of Yaoi, here is an example of the type of threads he made against me. What I find so amusing is how far he took this. He even made a website about it, which me and Black-Ops and some others trolled and he just really seemed to have some sort of immense loathing that I really couldn't understand against me. I get the odd person who claims they hate me etc, that's normal. But this guy...I really don't know what to say it was impressive how much he seemed to fume with hatred especially since I didn't do much other than the occasional trolling and yaoi posting to fuel it."

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What is your opinion about the forums? Is there one forum that you prefer? And is there another forum user that you want to see getting interviewed by me?

Raknarokia:

"I love these forums, I really do. I don't know what it is about them but they are so entertaining so post in and see, the types of threads and posting is interesting and silly and amusing, it is also so fast theres hardly any point when its boring. I have tried other forums but nothing lives up to Newgrounds, and I don't know why at all...it is just so alluring, the people are brilliant. Which is why I have been here for 6 years already. Well 5 I think as I didn't find forums strait away.

I would say Gagsy, she likely will refuse to answer questions but if you CAN get her to then MAKE HER do it. Gagsy needs to respond more. If she doesn't then interview either Black-Ops or Murray."

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I guess that you have an opinion about the moderators of Newgrounds. Do you think that they do a great job or not?

Raknarokia:

"I love them have to say that. Mods are usually so boring and bland, sticking to the rules having no sense of fun at all. But not Newgrounds mods,these ones have style. You get Poozy raping peoples posts and laughing at them, Malachy trolling the hell out of people making them hate him, Rucklo spamming random shit and giving good laughs. Murray banning me for pony stuff. They are so varied and fun, they actually know how to have a good time and THAT is what makes mods fun, who gives a shit about sticking letter to letter, have fun while modding."

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Would you like to become a moderator on Newgrounds? If so, what kind of moderator?

Raknarokia:

"Yes actually I would, I enjoy the forums and do find it annoying when something gets missed or a mod isn't online etc. I would like to have forum mod status and help out the place to make it more fun for me as well as others still. I do worry about making not liking it as much if I had to moderate it, but frankly that wouldn't take away any fun really, just add more fun when theres something up to be dealt with. Though as I do love a good spam post and joke around a lot and don't post seriously half the time, I can see myself never getting the moderator position, but if I was invited for it then I would cut down the spam I guess, but would still keep to my fun side and of course add the odd pony picture where relevant. Which is likely why I wouldn't get mod status, but alas would be swell."

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The redesign will happen in the first week of February, are you looking forward to it? What kind of changes do you want to see?

Raknarokia:

"Personally no I'm not. I hate change I love keeping to things I am used to, so this site changing, even if it is for the better, will just feel wrong to me and would take time to get used to it again. But I do have to admit I love the idea of feed from people you are watching like youtube / deviantART does, and I am also looking forward to changes to help writing get better if they do any, as I am a writer myself so would love to add some to here rather than just deviantART if it became more user friendly to do so."

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You seem to be a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Can you tell our readers how you became a fan and what you like about the show? Has being a brony affected your life?

Raknarokia:

"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic is my favourite show, as to be expected from a favourite thing it has great story, characters, lessons, development etc. Not to mention the cuteness factor is through the roof. But the thing about this show that makes it into what it is among the fanbase is odd, but in a good way. Why is it so good? Really as much as we try to explain it those who aren't fans just don't understand it and demand more answers. I can't come out and say "this is why" and make everyone understand. I can give a long explanation of the things I love about the show but still it won't satisfy all. There is just something about the show, something about it which draws in and opens us up to it. The overall niceness that we love in it and enjoy taking in. The thing that needs to be understood is that there is something there, even if you don't know what it is you need to realize that thing does exist that makes it so good, and those who do enjoy it are able to see it.

Fanmade material wise, the same things that makes the show so good also makes it so nice to make fanmade stuff for. For me I write fanfiction of MLP:FIM, but I had never even considered writing fanfiction before I got into ponies. So what made me get into it and love doing it so much? Really, it just works. There is something about Equestria and the ponies which makes writing / drawing about them so enjoyable and nice, far more so than any previous thing I had been into which I didn't consider making the fiction for. Hay even now I think about writing stories for other things but end up realizing it just wouldn't feel the same and wouldn't hold the same enjoyment as the pony work. I also love the music and games and videos people make, but alas my skills in those areas are very lacking so I can only enjoy viewing them.

As far as being an open fan about MLP:FIM goes, I am far more than happy to be open about loving it knowing how good it is to make fanmade stuff for and how nice the fanbase is to each other. I would be more inclined to hide other things I enjoy over MLP, even though to others they likely wouldn't sound as much of a 'taboo' subject of a little girls show. Sure I fully accept it's a little girls show don't get me wrong I know the reason it was made and for what audience. But just because it's not made for me per-say, doesn't mean it is only allowed to be seen by us. Sadly many just simply won't get over the fact it's a little girls show and never accept us liking it, but those that can get passed that even if they don't enjoy the show themselves but accept we do, I'm happy for them."

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12 flashes were created by you. Would you consider yourself a flash artist? Is there a work that you are most proud of?

Raknarokia:

"I only truly consider myself an artist of literature, since that is what I do best. My drawings are bad, I have never been good at physical artwork I never nurtured it until it was too late and ended up sucking. I do try to get back into it at times and draw something but alas it is never very good. For flash, I would consider myself an artist,just not an amazing one, I have made several flash games but they are all very simple ones that take little skill to make, I am simply just not good at such creation processes. However despite saying that yes I am proud about the flashes that I make. I know my work isn't on par with others however I do have fun making it and it is always nice to see someone enjoy it. The piece I am most pleased with is Olemont. The Yaoi flash game I made, yes it is a simple style of point and click however it did take a lot of time for me to make and I put a lot of effort into it. It took the whole of 1 week to make it, which I am not used to spending on a single creation. I was very pleased I stuck to it and in the end made it as almost exactly like I envisioned it in my plan. I am also pleased many like it, sure people will just love seeing flat yaoi anyway but rather than that I made it a game and at least force those that do want to just watch a gallery to actually play a game to get their treats. I also of course added a family mode skipping all adult pictures at the same time, why when most people looking at it likely want to see them? Why not, I have class and I allow people to not look at such things, sir.

Will I make more flash? Questionable. Like I mentioned I am bad at it and if I do make another flash it will be just as basic, games as point and clicks and movies as choppy transitions, but hey thats how much skill I have and I accept that, and I am proud of the small skill I do have. Even if I wouldn't consider myself a real artist at it. I could always maybe just make text based games thinking about it, hmm, will consider it see how much effort they take to create, if not too much then who knows might be able to put my writing and flash together. But alas that is something for another day."

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You attended the Manchester meet 2011. Tell us how you exerienced this event. Did your view in the users that you met change?

Raknarokia:

"It was fun, I already met 2 users before meet ups, RedCoin when we went to see Ironman for some reason, that was fun even if sort of spontaneous. Also Mecha for a while. But the first time I went to a meetup with multiple was Glasgow 2010, that was entertaining and truly was good that I found the users to be so fine. Of course I was quiet, as I usually am, so I didn't talk to them a lot, but I did keep to a few I knew and talked to them a bit. Black-Ops and Eviljesus back then I can't remember sadly. That was amusing. I did almost miss the meetup though as I got mixed up and forgot to get contact details. But I luckily found Ops and he lead me to people and it worked out.

Manchester 2011 was more entertaining and was very fun. I was more open then since the previous meetup had already gotten me used to people, but of course I was still quiet but hey thats just who I am when it comes to writing on posts etc I can be loud and say whatever, when it comes to more private text stuff like MSN then I tend to have less to say as more quiet, and when face to face I tend to just not speak. But everyone needs the introvert of a group I guess. But anyway it was entertaining I got on more with people and generally had a great time. Users that go to them really are good, some are weird but some are great and its those regulars that we already know that end up being the best. Also not to mention the gamebar place we went that was awesome. I kept getting my flank handed to me in Street Fighter 4 but it was fun regardless. That is a running theme actually me getting beaten in everything we do, especially Jungle Speed, seriously don't try beat Bezman in jungle speed, it's impossible."

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Every person has secrets. Can you tell one of yours or something else that we didn't know about you yet?

Raknarokia:

"Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy make the cutest and best couple ever.

Also so you can find it amusing. I have to check my closet every night if I think about it before I can go to sleep. It's less of a scared something is inside thing, but more of a "you know you haven't checked that" yet thing. It keeps hounding me going "yea you haven't checked it yet." all night until I finally get up and do it. Then I can rest. I get a similar thing with checking my door is closed and some switches are turned off. Basically my paranoia forces my mind to keep repeating it to be checked, it is sort of annoying and in a way sad."

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What can we expect from you in the future, Ragnarokia?

Raknarokia:

"Newgrounds wise more posting and maybe some flash. If writing portals etc get in good use with the Redesign, I might shove stories on here too. Generally will be like I have been already, but more so. Other things wise, deviantART I keep to for my stories and if interested I plan to keep making more. I am also a Let's Player on Youtube and like to randomly make videos of them and shove them on, it's a good pass time. So if interested in any of those things then feel free to check them out. Otherwise I will just be seen posting like normal, going to the odd meetups and generally being around."

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Interview with Ragnarokia


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RagnarokiaRagnarokia

2/14/12

I just remembered to check on this. I have to say I actually really like the redesign and eat my words about likely hating it. Though I still find searching for flashes etc. to be a bit troubling. But as a whole I like the new user personal things, the avatar and longer signatures and the like. Though I do miss my banner.

Also was fun to answer it, and yea it seems it was a bit long reading other's comments. Ah well.

2/14/12 Asandir responds:

I miss my banner too. And what a coincidence that I am looking through the interviews to reply to you :3


Ragnarokia was the one who got me hooked on My Little Pony. He was also there for me when I came out of the closet as an open bisexual. He is an odd ball, but he's one of the most helpful odd balls out there.

2/14/12 Asandir responds:

Nice that he was able to help you :)


Whoa, this was a long one.

2/12/12 Asandir responds:

Yes :3


GimmickGimmick

2/12/12

first

inb4 luis

2/12/12 Asandir responds:

Congrats!
And Luis never comments here and won't do so in the future, I think.


JBKalsoJBKalso

2/11/12

Interesting. Long and interesting. You did very well.

Likee your images.

2/11/12 Asandir responds:

Thank you very much <3


ChrausnerChrausner

2/10/12

This interview appears a bit professional. :P

2/11/12 Asandir responds:

Quite so :D


Ragnarokia has 2 k's in the name?

2/10/12 Asandir responds:

Of course not :3
Thanks for the hint <3


XestoXesto

2/9/12

I'm hungry

2/9/12 Asandir responds:

Here, have a cookie :3


Asandir <3
:D

2/9/12 Asandir responds:

FairSquare <3


Anymore! >:D

2/9/12 Asandir responds:

It is a fantastic way to generate more comments :D


GimmickGimmick

2/8/12

First :P

2/9/12 Asandir responds:

Yeah :)


MurrayMurray

2/8/12

That guy is an odball.

2/8/12 Asandir responds:

A very likable oddball <3


I was copying bilalzs joke! :P
And also I did get the first post! LOL! XP

2/8/12 Asandir responds:

Yeah :D


AmaAma

2/8/12

So long!

2/8/12 Asandir responds:

Indeed. It is a very good interview :3


The new layout and features are just amazing!!! ^.^
Also, FIRST!!!
...
I really dont get this racing for first game..thing.. :P

2/8/12 Asandir responds:

You are not first, new comments appear on the top now. Which is good :)


GimmickGimmick

2/8/12

Last is the new first :3

2/8/12 Asandir responds:

True :D


GimmickGimmick

2/6/12

3rd!

2/8/12 (Updated 2/8/12) Asandir responds:

Congrats!


Cool! A cool new interview before the redesign!
Are you excited!? Im excited!!!
Nice interview btw!

2/6/12 Asandir responds:

I am excited for the redesign, yes :)
Thanks :3