G: This episode I managed to corner Colonel Blair "Turook" Kelly, welcome aboard!
T: Wait a minute, is this being recorded?
G: Just the incriminating parts! Tell us how you found the Rangers.
T: Well, when I get involved in a new game forum, I try to ask a couple questions. Most
responses are a bunch of crap, but occasionally someone is helpful. In the case of MWO a
bloke named Mr. Wizard convinced me you were worth checking on.
G: Did you immediately get involved with the 2nd Euro Reg?
T: Well, I never sorted well with the Poms...
T: That's what they call the English down under.
G: Pomes= Prisoners of Mother England, shortened to Pom. England referred to as Pomgolia.
I see, I tend to forget you are Pacific rather than Euro. but you have been in charge
of the "others" for how long?
T: I made corporal in a fortnight, then was Captain within 3 months. Promotions were rather
loose in the early days.
G: Don't I know!
T: They didn't really want me being a Major for a long time, but once that happened I got booted
up to Lt Colonel by Zombie, then Colonel the next day when Dodgy left.
G: And he's been regretting it ever since! What is your favorite memory of your time with the
T: Let's see. Probably the time half of N Company and half of you Yanks including Pappy
teamed up for a 12 man run where we literally stomped everyone for 8 games straight!
G: And your worst?
T: Probably Mr. Wizard leaving so poorly. No, actually it was the whole T company fiasco. I
tried to tell everyone that was going to end badly and no one listened...
G: Now, to be fair, we always listen to you, sometimes for great lengths of time. We just don't
always take your advice!
T: Right, well I just know it caused a lot of friction between me and Pappy because it was his
baby. I wish he had pulled the plug before it got bad.
G: How do you feel about the state of the game? Is it what you expected at this point?
T: I'm still playing! No, I enjoy it and all, but it seems to be getting too difficult. I mean, how do
you deal with the Mech bay? You can't find what you're looking for, if you want this or that
you have to spend half an hour finding the right button to push.
G: Yeah, some things still need to be smoothed out, but you still enjoy the game?
T: Hell yes!
G: What about the Robinson Rangers?
T: I enjoy the unit and the guys here. We get along and have a lot of fun when I'm not pissing and
moaning. Even that's fun though!
G: Well you stepped that up April 1st, was the High Command thing your idea or Blacktoad's?
T: Oh that! We got together and said lets stage a meltdown and see what Zombie does...
G: You guys could have warned me! Renneth and I watch the forums for abuse as forum
moderators and all of the sudden I see Zombie pulled your original post before I saw it. What
was the Arggh! post about anyway?
T: I'm a day ahead so I figured I would start a rant and melt down, but things have been calm and
peaceful and I had no material, so I randomly dropped a "stupid dumb arse Americans" rant to
get things rolling...
G: Which promptly got swallowed by Zombie hook line and sinker...he pulled it into HC before I
even saw it. I got done with my Service awards and it caught my eye.
T: To be fair, Blacktoad schemed it up and really flamed it up. Even Renneth jumped in
volunteered to take 3rd Regiment when Legothos got "caught up" and quit!
G: I generally don't comment on High command stuff unless invited, but read the first part before
I realized where it was and was sending a private message to Legothos asking what the heck
happened cause it looked like all the Colonels quit! Well played sir!
T: I think Zombie is going to release some of it for the enjoyment of all! We do get in some
heated discussions, but I count them all as friends!
G: One last question, you are firmly established on the forum post leader board. Do you just
make crap up to keep the count high, or do you really have that much to say? <laughs>
T: Good one! I AM very opinionated, but most of that is the selfless sacrifice for the good of the
unit. Most of my posts are on the HC channel, and frankly I rather play the game more but
someone has to keep Blacktoad in check!
G: Thank you for your time, Turook, I was glad to get a chance to chat with you!