Things have been slow on the forums lately. I’ve been entrenched in painting, other team members have been working hard at their jobs or getting back into school. Some of our key developers such as Maddin have been quietly busy, fine tuning the details of the first level of our little modification. Since I don’t have anything productive or useful to contribute tonight, I feel now would be a good time to interrupt him with a blatantly weird and untimely list of questions about cats:

    Q: Maddin, where did your interest in cats begin? Have you always liked them or is it a recent development?

    A: I think it was a formative occasion which piqued my “interest”. My father once found a little cat on the road which was very rawbowned and hadn´t any owner. We then nurtured it for about a week and sadly, had to give it away to the home for animals.

    Q: What is so great about cats? How are they better than… Sloths?

    - Sloths aren´t pets.
    - Cats are looking better!
    - Cats are cute!
    - Cats are smart!
    - Cats have da powa!

    Q: Did you know that there is a species of sloth that are the only green mammal on the planet? It’s apparently due to some kinda algae that grows it’s fur.

    A: Sounds interesting.

    Q: How do you feel about Cheezburger style cat memes? Are they too often over used, or are you a big fan?

    A: Neither I hate them nor am I a “big fan”. They are funny, and used in the right situation it´s even more funny. But as always you can overdo it.

    Q: So which is your favourite breed?

    A: American Shorthair

    Q: Tell me all about your philosophies on mapping and modding. What got you started? Are there any great modders who have inspired you?

    A: I am a person who thinks very sterical. Constructing and building things is interesting for me. The first editor was the one for Age of Empires 2, I spent oodle of time with it. When I played my first (and still one of the best) First-Person-Shooter, Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast, I again searched for the editor and found the GtkRadiant. Darth Arth´s Mapping Academy and its tutorials really helped me to get started. At the moment I´m finding out how to actually *design* a level. It´s a very complex topic and an interesting too. Books and tutorials help me to get these things mastered. One thing I think I have already mastered are the mapping technics. From VIS optimisation to shaping quad- and trisoup terrain, nothing isn´t a big deal anymore.
    BUT, there is one thing which is veeeery important: Concentration! Keep focusing on your project, this isn´t only essential for mapping! Though I´m not god I´d like to say this aspect to everyone.

    Q: How do you feel about dogs and the popular idea that cats and dogs don’t get along?

    A: In most cases it´s true that they don´t get along very well. Exceptional cases exsist. My dog really likes cats but cats don´t like my dog. :D

    Q: Where do you think cats will be in the future?

    A: There won´t be any changes. (Do you want me to say that cats are ruling the world?!)

    Q: Do you think nine is a lucky or unlucky number for cats?

    A: Man, what questions are you asking? Cats can´t count so they don´t care.

    Q: How many cats would it take to defeat a frost troll in battle?

    A: Eh, I think you should stop playing Skyrim!

    Q: Heard any good Schrödinger jokes lately?

    A: No good ones, no.

    Q: Do cats dream?

    A: They do.

    Q: Did you know that sloths hair curves from their stomach around to their back? They’re the only mammal that does that.

    A: Seems like sloths are very unique.

    Q: What is the nearest lake where you live and how many cats do you think would it take to build a bridge across it?

    A: I think it would take only one cat to build a bridge across the Bodensee.

    Q: Do you like any of the larger cats, like lions and tigers and… and tigers?

    A: You forgot: puma, jaguar, leopard, cheetah, caracal and lynx, just to mention some. I don´t dislike any of them, why should I?

    Q: Have you got a favourite cat meme, photo or maybe even classical painting?

Well… There you have it. Everything you didn’t really need to know and were possibly too busy to ask Maddin about his love of cats. I hope this has taken as much time to read as it did to publish!

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