Community Spotlight - Edwardian Fox
As Sea of Thieves has grown over the last three years, we've welcomed many a new pirate into our world. The community across the seas and across our social spaces has always been warm and welcoming, ready to share a tankard with any maiden voyager.
At the end of 2020, we were continuing to welcome new players and moderators alike. One of our newest crewmates, Edwardian Fox – better known to many simply as Foxy – was one such pirate. Thrown in at the deep end, she not only got stuck into the game but also the official Discord channel, where she has become a trusted and loved moderator and member of the community. Let's find out more!
[Q]: Can you tell us a little about what got you into gaming?
[A]: My parents did. My mom met my stepdad when I was a teenager. They met playing EverQuest and I played a little bit at that time, but didn't really get into gaming until World of Warcraft came out. But I started out as a PC player.
[Q]: Were you a Rare fan before Sea of Thieves? Do you have any favourite Rare games?
[A]: Honestly, I never really cared who put out the game, as long as the game looked interesting. I wasn't a heavy gamer so I thought SoT would be a great 'relaxing' game for me. I came from a world of MMOs where stats and level were everything. Always stressing if my gloves were the right stats for my classification and making sure I had completed the questline for endgame content.
I liked that Sea of Thieves wasn't like that. Stats and gear didn't matter, everyone learned as they went along and everyone was on an even playing field. To me it was simply unique and I wanted to be a part of it. I liked that I could have inconsequential conversations as we moved from island to island, just sailing the seas.
After joining the Sea of Thieves game and community, Foxy quickly fell in love with the world.
[Q]: What other games are you currently playing? Any favourites?
[A]: I love to build. House Flipper and The Sims are my go-to chill build games. Currently I'm playing the Supernatural expansion for The Sims 4 and Phasmophobia (which I 100% recommend).
[Q]: What brought you over to Sea of Thieves and its community?
[A]: The moderator Badger brought me to the Discord, but he also introduced me to a streamer named AngryVikingThor who streamed the game. When Badger got it, so did I. I wasn't very active at first, it was a huge server and it seemed a little daunting. I lurked mostly. I'm not sure what got me to start talking though.
[Q]: You're doing great work as a moderator – can you tell us a bit about what that involves?
[A]: In my opinion, to be a moderator you need to be approachable. Several times I have reached out to moderators in other Discords/forums/pages and they always acted like I was bothering them. That was not my goal as a moderator. I enjoy helping people, and I do enjoy that they feel comfortable coming to me with their issues. Several times I have seen users speak of me as 'the kind one' and I'm more than okay with that.
[Q]: Have you been this involved with other gaming communities, and if so, can you tell us more about that?
[A]: I actually haven't. I've been this involved in certain fandom communities, but never for a video game. So this is actually a whole new world for me!
Due to her love of the cute creatures, Foxy is on a mission to get ‘Piggy Sails’ in-game.
[Q]: What have you learned or what challenges have you faced along the way as both a Sea of Thieves fan and moderator?
[A]: I don't think there was anything challenging as a fan, but as a mod it was knowing that I couldn't always help everyone. There are some things out of my capabilities and I simply couldn't help. Being a mod, people expect you have all the answers, but unfortunately I'm only human.
[Q]: Any particularly fond memories from your time on the Sea of Thieves Discord server so far?
[A]: As clichéd as it sounds, a fond memory will be sailing with good friends for the first time. I have met such an amazing group of people from all over the world and I hope that some of them have turned into lifelong friendships.
[Q]: We have to ask, where did your alias come from?
[A]: I have always loved the Edwardian time period. This is the time right before World War I from 1901-1910, however it is often argued that it extends past King Edward VII's death and ended with WWI when that way of life changed. I became obsessed with Titanic as a child and that particular era came with it. I enjoy dressing up as an Edwardian lady (complete with corset which is really comfortable!) and simply going shopping or something of the like. It's a lot of fun and a boost to my self-confidence. I also adore foxes so the same just made sense.
[Q]: Thinking back, are there any standout moments for you in Sea of Thieves since you started playing?
[A]: Very much so. A member of the official Discord and I had been talking for almost a year before we finally got to play together. Though we didn't actually play. We sat at the Outpost for two hours, just talking and hopping around the ship. That is my favorite memory.
Like a lot of our players, Foxy enjoys the stories that Sea of Thieves allows you to tell.
[Q]: What are your favourite additions to Sea of Thieves over the past year?
[A]: The Glitterbeard event. I'm a sentimental person and I firmly believe that it was a great way to remember a fallen pirate. I haven't really ever seen anything like it and I couldn't wait for the world of Sea of Thieves to experience it.
[Q]: What are your greatest achievements in a game, Sea of Thieves or otherwise?
[A]: My piggy tattoos! Though I am working on the Golden Gatherer Sails.
[Q]: If you had to choose a pirate and ship name, what would they be?
[A]: I don't know about pirate, but my ship will always be called the Quacken.
[Q]: What kind of other hobbies do you enjoy outside of gaming?
[A]: I am a very avid reader. I'll read basically anything if it interests me enough. For the better part of the year I've been reading a bunch of books in the name of research for my own novel. Only recently did I take a break to read something else. I enjoy fantasy and romance primarily. You always know that person A is going to marry person B but I do enjoy watching the story unfold. I highly recommend the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, probably my favorite series next to Harry Potter. I could give a very long list of recommendations.
Back when I lived up north I enjoyed going on hikes where I developed a love for nature photography. I would shoot everything from waterfalls, to cities, to leaves, to raindrops. Whatever I wanted to capture. I loved looking at the world through my camera lens. Unfortunately, moving down south was not a good thing for my photography and I take a lot less photos than I used to. The Pacific Northwest was a HUGE inspiration.
Some of Foxy’s stunning nature photography inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
[Q]: Share a fun fact about yourself. Anything is fair game!
[A]: A fun fact about myself is that I've finished writing my first novel since I was a teenager. Currently, it is my proudest moment, and it's in its first round of edits!
That concludes this latest Community Spotlight! Thank you to Foxy for taking the time to talk to us – we're excited to see more of your beautiful photography and find out where your pirating adventures take you. To the rest of the community, make sure you give Edwardian Fox a friendly hello if you swing by the official Sea of Thieves Discord server.
We'll be back soon with another Community Spotlight but until then, stay up to date with the latest Rare and Sea of Thieves news on our social and community channels. And if you just can't wait, maybe check out some of our previous Community Spotlights. Until next time!