Sozzals
Hi Folks

Today I’m joined by Honeybadger aka Shinzei aka Buj who’s from the Excalibur era of Pyran. Thanks for agreeing to an indepth look into the life of a Honeybadger.
Tell us, how you got started gaming – what you’ve played over the years – your gaming achievements and what kind of games you’re playing these days and who with.

Buj | Honeybadger
Hi Wozzals!
Honestly, I’m not sure how I started gaming. I think semi text-based computer games is some of the first computer games I recall, naturally, I also played The Lost Vikings, Snake, Solitaire, Minesweeper, Digger and Mahjong. I think I played whatever was available wherever I went. Do you recall when you actually had to go to an arcade machine to play Street Fighter? That’s how old I am!
At home I played any SEGA-game I could borrow. I only had Sonic and some old football game that predates FIFA.These days I play whatever card or boardgame I’m challenged in, but I’m not challenged that often, so I usually stick with WoW at home and SWOS when I travel. I do enjoy beating my colleagues whenever work is having a FIFA tournament.

Sozzals
Didn’t know you were a card/board gamer – give us some examples of stuff you play/have played?

Buj | Honeybadger
Oh sh-t. I was hoping to fake my way through this interview! :p
In my group of friends we’ve played anything from Uno to Pandemic, 7 Wonders duel, Tides of Madness, Settlers, Bears vs Babies, Munchkin etc. basically any game that’s easy to learn and quick to play.

Sozzals
Fucking love pandemic <3 I recommend Tokaido if you enjoy playing cooperative games! Anyway tell us more about the real life HB. Where you’re from, who you live with, what you do, what inspires you?

Buj | Honeybadger
I’ll give Tokaido a try! Coops are more for dating, I think. I like to win Han-style, when I play with friends.
Quick HB facts: Native African, imported to Europe during the 80’s.
I live alone. Like Superman I have a castle of solitude. Unlike Superman, my castle is heated.
I’m working as a consultant in Denmark. That might have rubbed off on the next answer: Ambition is what inspires me. I’m not literally turned on when I hear about new ways to solve some of the issues we’re facing (sustainable energy, environment etc), but it’s damn close. I like the ambition of Elon Musk, even if parts of his business isn’t doing as well as hoped.

I think perhaps ‘ambition’ should be changed to ‘vision’. I’m not motivated by someones personal ambition :p

Sozzals
Tokaido is a coop where you get to fuck over your friends to win points! I think you’d like it πŸ˜‰ What was it like for you growing up? What’s your earliest childhood memory?

Buj | Honeybadger
Nice, I’ll try it out!
My earliest childhood memory is me kicking flowers in the garden, because my mum took away my ball (because I was kicking the ball in the direction of the flowers).
Oh, you mean gaming-wise? :p
It’s probably a memory of my grandfather, uncle, aunt and dad playing whist. I wasn’t exactly playing myself, but I sat on my grandfathers lap as he destroyed the others. So it was almost like a coop, and we won!
As for how it was growing up: We were quite poor, and only a couple of my generation in the family has gotten out of that. The country itself is rich, so we’re all doing alright now, but there are still a bunch of relatively poor people in my family, but when I grew up we couldn’t go on vacation abroad, we didn’t have satellite TV (and we only had one TV), we didn’t eat out. We’d primarily eat soup, pasta (the cheap shit), minced meat and potatoes. A pair of skates and a slinky would be a good birthday present. That was about what my family could afford.
But we had an awesome childhood. We’d be browsing through comicbooks before we could read, we’d go through my dads collection of comicbook-porn (I don’t know how else to describe it) and try out the positions ourself, we’d ride our secondhand bikes around the neighbourhood pretending to be in the Tour de France, we’d play football in any weather.
“20cm snow?”
“That’s no problem, we can just kick the ball with our knees”.

The day after New Year’s Eve we’d go around and find stuff that didn’t explode NYE and set it on fire. Once we put a teeny-tiny rocket into a battery, and pretended we were soldiers. We’d light the rocket and shoot at each other.
We would also steal benches and tables made of wood to make tree houses. Whenever we got tired of playing with the guys we had made tree houses with, we’d rip the tree houses up and make new houses somewhere else with some other guys.
Shit, I just Blaze’d a wall of text :p

Sozzals
That’s quite alright. Strides set a new precedent of 8000 words, I think you’ll have a hard time beating that. Sounds like you had an awesome childhood, despite financial difficulties. After school – did you go to uni or did you head into work?

Buj | Honeybadger
At first I went to work. Highschool/college sort of tired me out, physically and mentally. 6-8 hours of lectures, then 4-5 hours working, then 2-3 hours to prepare assignments for the next day. That’s 12 hours if you spend the minimum hours on school, job and assignments. More if I was also going to play football that day. That leaves no time to gaming… Look at me complaining about getting a free education…
Honestly, I thought it was too much, and in comparison I’m working about the same now, but I can decide my own hours, and I get paid πŸ˜€
Anyway, I went to work. I just wanted a job where I could be braindead for 8 hours and then go home to play games. I did that for a couple of months, but within the first weeks I already knew it would be a mistake for me to do that for 6 months. So I quit without knowing what else to do. I eventually enrolled into uni after about 6 months of doing nothing (I was getting really good at WoW!).

Sozzals
What did you study?

Buj | Honeybadger
Business economics. I didn’t enjoy it that much, but it taught me quite a bit about organizational theory, which I use today.

Sozzals
Analyse Pyrans organisational structure.

Buj | Honeybadger
Hah! I think Jim usually uses the word ‘carnage’.
I’d probably call it an incubation of sorts. Different ideas grow in different directions, but everything is rooted in a common. It’s sort of like a start-up :p
It’s like you tell ten people to get to the end the quickest way possible, but you don’t describe the start or the finish. So they run around in beautiful carnage.

Sozzals
Carnage is a good summary though. If you could make someone in Pyran your slave for the day, who would it be, why, and what would you have them do?

Buj | Honeybadger
That’s a tough one, because I’m totally for slavery, but limiting me to one is a bit harsh.

Sozzals
I know, decisions, decisions.

Buj | Honeybadger

Pidges Shop – Geekonomics!

If there’s one thing I’m the best at, it’s decisions. Some would say I make the best decisions.

I think it would have to be Pidge or Haggis. Pidge because of her webshop. She could make me all kinds of things for free. I’d never have to buy a postcard ever again, and my friends and family would be so impressed by my creative side. At the same time I could sit around play videogames with Haggis. He seems to have a lot. I’d force him to lose, because I like to win.

 

Sozzals
That’s a seemingly tame answer. Tad disappointed. I’ll try a more provocative questioning stance. Tell us about your most hilarious sexual experience.

Buj | Honeybadger
I’m not sure if it’s hilarious or not, but in my early 20s I dated a significantly older woman. By dated I mean visited. We never went out, and we only met at her place. We’d usually have sex three times when we met. On the couch, in the bed before going to sleep and right before I had to leave.
One time we were getting started on the couch, and I was just sitting casually in the couch, when she mounted me. I never really had the chance to pull my pants far enough down to be really comfortable, and my eagerness left me ignoring that fact, so somehow we broke my pants. They basically ripped up, but not in the bottom or the thighs, where you’d expect it. They ripped up on the crotch, which incidentally gave me more wiggleroom (hah!). I never managed to get the pants off for the couch-session.
It’s not always easy to make a sexy/inventive transition between the couch and bed, so I picked her up and started walking towards the bed. She was quite small, but apparently I was still overestimating my strength, so I was a bit strained while walking. While I was walking, she was preparing for round two, and tried to connect us. I was losing my grip, so I tried to get a better hold of her, but I caught a wet/slippery spot on her, which meant that one of my hands slipped, she fell headfirst into a wardrobe with a glassdoor. The door shattered and I had to pick her up from inside the wardrobe… well, I attempted to pick her up, but for some reason she was fine with walking afterwards…
It was hilarious to me, afterwards.

Sozzals
Did you have to drive/walk home with no pants on?

Buj | Honeybadger
The legs didn’t rip. Only the crotch. Driving home at 4 in the morning sort of made it all a non-issue :p

Sozzals
Moving on from sex to drugs, next up rock n roll. What’s the best/worst drug/alcohol experience you’ve had?

Buj | Honeybadger
I’ve thought about it for a while now, and I can’t pick one that stands out. The best is most likely something I did with my ex-ex-gf, but that’s probably more related to her than anything.

Eh, I don’t have any super bad drug/alcohol related experiences. I’ve passed out in the middle of a bar, as in collapsed next to a bar. I knew what was happening, but I just couldn’t think past “I wonder what’ll happen if I collapse here”.
Another time I was drinking a bit heavy, and we were sort of in a headbanging mood. I’m actually never in that mood, but I was wearing the proper outfit (wig, leopardpants, tanktop, sunglasses), so I sort of had to. Anyway, we were handbanging, and I lost my balance due to being in a drunken stupor, fell over into a lot of chairs and tables. The people I was with started fighting, because it looked like I had been knocked out.

Sozzals
Is dressing up in fabulous outfits something that you do on a regular basis?

Buj | Honeybadger
It’s something I’ve done on special occasions.

Sozzals
Do you like music? What’s your fav genre / artist / band?

Buj | Honeybadger
I’m not a big music enthusiast. I like the music I grew up with and that genre. Basically Backstreet Boys . I like Metallica as well, but the one time I went to their concert I got so shitfaced that I was asleep before the concert started. Managed to sleep through it all.

Sozzals
How the fuck does someone sleep through a Metallica gig?

Buj | Honeybadger
Yeah, it’s impressive right? S-H-I-T-F-A-C-E-D. I was really psyched for it, maybe a little nervous. Started drinking way too early.

Sozzals
Well you missed a great gig. Metallica always put on an awesome show. Backstreet Boys, for real? or are you messing with me right now? i can never tell with you

Buj | Honeybadger
No, I’m for real with this thing. I mess about with a lot, but this is dead serious. I’ve gone to reunion concerts, have shirts and shit. I’m quite openly a BSB-fan πŸ™‚

Sozzals
Lol fair enough, we all have our dark secrets!!!! πŸ˜€ Do you know some BSB dance routines too then?

Buj | Honeybadger
Eh, yes.
We had to learn, because we actually performed with it in uni :p
Other than that I cannot dance for shit though.

Sozzals
We? Please tell me that somehow Grumba is involved with this too

Buj | Honeybadger
I wish. I’m fairly sure he knows some of the moves as well. He’s also quite a pop-fan, but I think he’s trying to hide it. We actually bonded in vanilla over our love of popbands. He knows more about AQUA than I could ever learn, but AQUA’s dance routines are weak. I’m confident he’s danced around to Spice Girls and BSB though. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which he danced more to – just keep in mind that we didn’t bond over boybands.
The ones I performed with were all from my university.
And it was only for a crowd of 150-200 people. πŸ™‚

Sozzals
video?

Buj | HoneybadgerΒ 
Haha thank God there’s no video. If I’m not completely mistaken it was the same party where I wore the leopardpants.
It was the same annual event at least.

Sozzals –
For shame. For shame. What’s your most prized possession?

Buj | Honeybadger
You know, I’m actually not the type of person who has a lot of affection for the things I own. My apartment could burn down tomorrow, and I’d only be annoyed that I’d had to go and shop for new stuff. I have a few pictures and videos that I’d like to keep. They’re from when I was a kid, and it’s just a bunch of good memories with people who are no longer with us, but we have backups everywhere of that. I would get a bit sad, if I lost the videos with my dad in it. It can be 10 years between me watching them, but it it’s nice to be reminded of how he sounded. Same thing goes for my grandfather and some of my friends.
I’d be sad about losing it, but life would go on immediately afterwards. I’d shrug and continue onwards. Once in a while I’d miss it, but that’s it.

Sozzals
“Stuff” is just stuff – can’t take it with you, amirite? Stuff that binds us to memories though, that, I can understand. Do you have any pets?

Buj | Honeybadger
No. I had when I lived with my family, but it wouldn’t be fair to the pet considering how much time I spend away from home.

Sozzals
That’s a fair answer. You miss em or you get to see them often?

Buj | Honeybadger
I do miss them. They usually sleep in the same bed as me, whenever I go home. The pets that is. I don’t see them that often though πŸ™

Sozzals
Furballs are love. Furballs are life. If you could travel back in time to meet someone, now dead, who would it be and why?

Buj | Honeybadger
The first would probably be my dad to tell him not to go. The second would be my grandfather to tell him what a magnificent job he did as a ‘replacement’. I’m not sure who would be my third choice, but whoever it ended up being s/he had better make a good impression, if I should give up one of the two first choices :p

Sozzals
I like that you chose people dear to you and not some random famous person. +respect. Are you a Trump fan like Crashie or a left-wing hippy environmentalist like Jim or somewhere in between?

Click for more info on China’s new nuclear power plants

Buj | Honeybadger
I #FeelTheBern. It’s normal for a person to move from the left to the right as they grow up, but I’ve taken the exact opposite direction. I’m opposed to selling guns. I’m for the idea behind GDPR, which to me seems more like 2nd amendment than having guns. Give the little guy a chance to defend him/herself against a big entity. I’m opposed tax havens. I believe in following the spirit of the law rather than the letter, and letting an ethical and moral compass guide us.
The topic where I’m the most leftist that I can possibly be, is actually environment. As I mentioned before I’m a little turned on by visions, and there are projects in China, where they are building nuclear powerplants that has a failsafe in terms of seasalt (I believe it is). If the powerplant becomes unstable, is hit by an earthquake or a meteor smashes it, the nuclear waste will be bound in salt. So it might escape the plant, but it’ll still be contained. That could be the future in Europe. Right now China has started it’s fourth construction project, so I guess we’ll know soon.Β 

I’m not a nuclear scientist, so parts of the above might not be accurate, but the idea should be correct.

Sozzals
Man shit like this keeps me awake at night.
Talk me through a typical Saturday in the life of a Honeybadger.

Buj | Honeybadger
Yeah, those kinds of articles make me cringe. I read the interview with Theory about the microorganism that ate plastic. I was thrilled when I read it, so I tried to find more about it. It turns out that plastic might go through the system, but the exact same amount of plastic come out on the other side. Only in smaller pieces. That was a bit of a bummer.

A Saturday in the life of a Honeybadger. I usually get up around 5 or 6 am. Just like the honey badger I’ve adjust my sleepschedule to avoid human contact. On week days I hit the gym (the ‘Jim’!) that early, so that’s also when I get up in weekends. I usually go get groceries and stuff as soon as the shops open, because I like the city when the drunks are slowly walking home. It’s so calming. After this point I usually stay inside. I swap between naps, eating, watching football and playing games.

Sozzals
Well it’s a start. It’s progress. I think science and empathy are the only things that can save us, at this point!
5am? WTF man? I’ve only ever gotten up at that time if I’d had a really early flight. Don’t you like to just have a big long lazy sleep in sometimes?

Buj | Honeybadger
Yeah, but you know the one thing better than sleeping is napping. It’s early afternoon, and I’ve already had 3 naps today!

Sozzals
Man you aren’t wrong. I love napping. Can you cook? What’s your favourite food?

Buj | Honeybadger
I can cook, but I rarely do it just for myself. I like making prawn risotto, chili con carne (the real deal, not some shit you can do in less than 2 hours), banana pancakes… I’m starting to feel hungry now. When at home, or just ordering in I prefer to eat the same thing every time, but when I go out to placers where I know they can cook, I really like trying new things. For example, this year I ate edible rocks for the first time. I have no idea what it actually was, but they had arranged it on a plate with (handwashed) rocks, and then you’d have to use your fork to figure out which rocks were edible and which weren’t.

Favourite food is a hard to say. At home, I like salad so a normal pita is always good. When I’m out at a regular restaurant, I prefer sushi. Michelin starred restaurants can feed me anything. πŸ™‚

Sozzals
Due to lack of time or lack of interest?Β 

Buj | Honeybadger
It’s a combination. It feels like a waste of time to spend an hour to make a nice meal for one. I can spend that time on napping, work or playing games :p

Sozzals
Do you use social media? If so, which do you use most frequently?

Buj | Honeybadger
I use Twitter the most. After that it’s probably a combination of LinkedIn and Snapchat. But I definitely prefer Twitter as a news source (for sport etc) and as a source of comedy πŸ™‚

Sozzals
I have to ask the obligatory “what colour is your underwear right now?” question – or my readership will be disappointed.

Buj | Honeybadger
Eh, normally my underwear has so many holes that it’s skincoloured, but right now it’s skincoloured because I’m not wearing any.
I’d prove it, but then the interview wouldn’t be SFW

 

(I’d just like to point out that, from this point of the interview onwards, it was late on Saturday night and we were both quite intoxicated)

 

Sozzals
Just let it all hang loose on Saturday’s then?Β  What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?

Buj | Honeybadger
“What happend?” πŸ™‚

Sozzals
“duuuuuuuuuuuude”

Buj | Honeybadger

I’d probably start out by asking how to use the three shells

Sozzals

Haha good reference

Buj | Honeybadger
I’m impressed

Sozzals
demolition man? man i havent seen that movie in ages

Buj | Honeybadger
1 point for you!

Sozzals
my brain froze, fuck only one, jesus – you don’t give out many points at a time
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?

Buj | Honeybadger
10 points for Slytherin!
500 points for Gryffindor for playing chess

Sozzals
how drunk 1-10?

Buj | Honeybadger
I can quote entire page 35 in the old testamente
do not drnk and interview!

Sozzals
pfft lightweight
what’s on page 35?

Buj | Honeybadger
I didn’t expect a follow-up.

Sozzals
You haven’t answered the question then. I can’t include lies in my interview – who do you think I am? The US Press Secretary?

Buj | Honeybadger
I did make a weak reference to pres Trump earlier
I honestly don’t know what impressive things I can do

Sozzals
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

Buj | Honeybadger
Nope. I did find them attractive at one point, but I sort of got past it. Sorry to those that have piercings and tattoos :p
Did you see the champions league final?

Sozzals
Are you talking to me about some kind of sport?
If you were on the run from the police for a crime you didn’t commit, where would you go?

Buj | Honeybadger
I know I called some of the other questions difficult, but this is probably the hardest. I don’t think I’d try to flee, unless I was in a 3rd world country like Texas or Qatar. In those cases I’d probably try to escape to Mexico or Iran, just to get to safety. If I was in Western Europe, then I’d probably turn myself in.
In prison I’d find the biggest, baddest guy and either stab him or be his bitch. Probably the latter. I wouldn’t mind fondling a pair of balls, if it meant an easier time in prison.
… and if someone challenges me for my position, they wouldn’t do it by trying to stab me, but instead they’d beat me at fondling balls.
#smert

Sozzals
I like that your scenario ends with scrotum fondling. Have you ever fondled a scrotum that wasn’t your own? What makes you think you’d be so good at it?

Buj | Honeybadger
Yeah, when I was a kid. We were experimenting based on the cartoon-porn my dad had. For some reason he stored it in his kids’ room. I guess it was because we were so small and he didn’t want my mum to find it.
Put it like this: I’ve never had any complaints about my ball-fondling.

Sozzals
Most people are too polite to complain about bad sexperiences though. Do you believe that human consciousness is just electrons flowing through neurons, or is it something beyond the physical? Are you spiritual or religious?

Buj | Honeybadger
Whoa, I need to be high to answer a question like that πŸ™‚

Sozzals
I believe in you HB

Buj | Honeybadger
I don’t even know where to begin with the first question
I guess i’m more spiritual than religious. It depends what you mean by spiritual

Wait, do you think anyone has complaints about sexperiences with me?! WHAT DID YOU HEAR?!

Sozzals
See – it can be difficult to complain, some people just get hyper aggressive

Buj | Honeybadger
If you mean that my consciousness can transcend death, it has actually been something I’ve feared since i was a kid. If my consciousness transcends death, I’d view life as a game. At one point you lose, and others just keeps playing the game. I’d sit forever and just view it. That’s a terrible thing to think about as a kid. First time I thought about death like that was the first time the thought of death made me cry.
So as a young boy, I actually feared being dead more than dying.

I just texted a few former lovers to text me back, if they have ever been unhappy with sex with me. None has responded yet.
I’ll keep you posted, if I get bad feedback!

Sozzals
I think that’s pretty normal. The idea of one’s morality and not knowing how long you have left or what happens afterwards is pretty daunting. Guess we won’t know til we get there! Physically, we’re recycled, our bodies return to the earth or they’re burned into countless little tiny pieces – but, some day those molecules will end up somewhere else, whether it be part of a fish or a daffodill or another human being.
Will you be joining us in the Pyran Retirement Home, later in life, where we intend to game, drink, smoke and be merry until the dark earth calls us to the abyss?
Will you really keep me posted though? It’s ok – you can’t be great at everything HB, don’t be so hard on yourself.

Buj | Honeybadger
I’m not sure where I’ll retire, but it’ll be a place where I can drink, play and nap. So maybe I’ll join you in PRH.
I’ll keep you posted, if i get bad feedback. That’s a promise.

Sozzals
haha what are you like

Buj | Honeybadger
Deciding what kind of feedback is bad and what kind is constructive is completely at my discretion.

Sozzals
Thanks for taking the time to chat to me, and I hope you enjoyed at least some of it. πŸ™‚
Nominations for my next victim?

Buj | Honeybadger
I think Qummy, Kwana or perhaps Prettycake. I don’t think you know prettycake, so perhaps the king of toilets, Kwana?

Sozzals
I don’t have to know someone to interview them! Maybe it’d be fun to interview someone I didn’t know at all πŸ˜€

Buj | Honeybadger
I mean, if Kwana’s not too busy seeing a man about a dog, or selling toilets at night.

 

At the end of the interview, I asked for some screenies / pics to accompany the walls of text that we’d produced.Β  He gave me two screenshots of him beating Qummy (Tamtoe) on DPS…..

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