Community Spotlight - Whitney

The first Community Spotlight of 2017 features our Technical Alpha's deadliest player!

So here we are, 2017 is in full swing and it’s looking to be another year chock-full of Sea of Thieves news to sink your teeth into. Of course, a new year brings new things and we’ve already had some of that in the form of not one, but two Inn-side Stories! But what about Community Spotlights? Those are back as well and in our first spotlight of 2017 we’re talking to Whitney, Xbox Live’s Fizzy Foxy, the deadliest pirate of last month’s Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha.

Whitney made her mark on the community by landing the most kills during our first Technical Alpha play session.

[Q]: Tell us a little about what got you into gaming?
[A]: When I was first starting Kindergarten, I was really into watching Pokémon and Digimon. I loved them so much, my dad decided to get me a GameBoy so that I could play Pokémon Red. Eventually I got a Pokémon Edition Nintendo 64 with Pokémon Stadium and Hey You Pikachu!, and I loved playing those games! I didn’t play many other games until I started hanging out with my neighbourhood friends and would have sleepovers where we would just play games all night! After that I just started playing all kinds of different games.

[Q]: Were you a Rare fan before Sea of Thieves and do you have any favourite Rare games?
[A]: Oh, yes! Without even noticing, I have been playing Rare games for a long time. Some of them are so memorable to me and I would play them constantly or watch friends play. The classic is obviously the fan favourite Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but there are many others that I used to love playing. My favourites would have to be Conker’s, Viva Piñata, Donkey Kong 64, Goldeneye, and Mickey's Speedway USA.

[Q]: What games are you playing currently? Any favourites?
[A]: Right now, I have been playing a lot of Destiny. It’s one of my favourite games! Overwatch is also extremely addicting and fun. My all-time favourite game that I still play a lot would have to be Smite though! It’s a very fun MOBA with a very active community! I love games with a large and active community and sometimes competitive scene! Seeing how active the community is for Sea of Thieves without it even being released yet makes me so excited to be a part of these early phases. I know it will become one of these favourite games that I’ll constantly play!

[Q]: Being selected to take part in the first Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha must have been exciting. Any great stories to share from your time playing the game?
[A]: I’m extremely excited to be a part of this Alpha! It’s a first for me to be involved in the early stages of a game with so much potential like Sea of Thieves! Giving feedback and reading others feedback has been a really neat experience.

The whole game has been very eventful from start of the alpha to the end! You are always doing something even if you are just sailing along the waters because constant communication between crew is very key. One of the most fun moments for me took place on the last day of the alpha. My crew figured there would be a gold reset and it was the last hour of the alpha. We thought going to get more gold would be a waste so we wanted to do something different. We sailed to the outpost and jumped ship, letting our ship sail off without us so nobody knew we were on the island. We hid near the dock where people brought the chest and saw people coming to deposit their gold. We wanted to see if we could earn some easy loot and ambushed three people carrying chests at the same time! We were only able to get one of their chests. Immediately after that I swam to another ship that was battling the crew we ambushed and stole a mythic chest from them. It was great.

Whitney was one of hundreds of players who set out to dig up their weight in gold back in December's Technical Alpha play session.

[Q]: You were also the pirate who scored the most kills throughout the entire weekend. What was your secret?
[A]: Honestly, I was pretty surprised when I saw I was the one who scored the most kills. I felt I wasn't the best aim with the pistol or blunderbuss. I think it was because the crews I was getting with were really good at sneaking onto ships to steal gold! I loved trying to get on the enemy's ship to see what loot they have if any! The first day I felt I got a lot of kills because we found out we could kill people as they spawned on their ship. After the first time though I avoided doing that because it felt pretty cheap killing people as they spawned.

[Q]: If you had to choose a pirate name, what would it be?
[A]: Obviously Captain Fizzy! I spent a lot of time at the wheel and feel pretty good about being the captain!

[Q]: What kind of hobbies do you enjoy outside of gaming?
[A]: Outside of gaming I mainly do digital art. I’m practicing to try to become either a Storyboard Artist, Concept Artist, or Character Designer. I’ll be going to school to get my bachelors in illustration and hope that one day I can work for a videogame company or animation company. Something along those types of jobs!

The Friendly Owl.

[Q]: What are you looking forward to most in Sea of Thieves?
[A]: The thing about Sea of Thieves is it has so much potential to grow and be a huge game. Everyone who has played the alpha has a lot of ideas and wonders what direction the game will go! For me, I’m just looking forward to seeing what the game will become by release! Personally, I would love to see a large loot table and lots of vanity gear! Lots of NPCs and neat combat mechanics would be so amazing! The water is beautiful by the way.

[Q]: Share a fun fact about yourself. Anything is fair game!
[A]: Fun fact? I have a scar on my elbow from a tragic rubber band accident when I was a kid. Rubber bands can be deadly.

Thanks to Whitney for agreeing to feature in our first Community Spotlight of 2017! If there’s a lesson to be learned from this Spotlight, it’s to never leave a treasure chest lying around on your ship as there are plenty of pirates looking to pilfer when your guard is down. Expect more Community Spotlights from us over the coming weeks and months but until then, keep up to date with all things Sea of Thieves