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mikey444u Interviewed by: LuckiestBrat
 6/23/2004 Newsletter - What's Up Eliters! - Stories

Real Name: Michael Rodgers
Location: 9 miles North of Glasgow, Scotland
Sex: M
Age: 39
Marital Status: Never been Kissed
Profession: Too varied to mention
Languages Spoken: English, and parliamaglesga

More about mikey444u


How long have you been playing games online?

Probably just over 2 years now. As I recall, I first found Pogo, playing spades there, and making my first ‘online’ friends, one of whom happened to mention that Yahoo had an online pool site… Oh Oh !.... Within a week I was hitting the Intermediate and Advanced Lounges, lol.

How much time do you spend online a week?

Certainly way wayy wayyyy too much. Even when I am doing other things, if I am home, then my computer is on, and I am like a moth to a flame…

When did you first become a Staff Member at Eliters?

I must confess I was very selfish in this…. I loved playing Tourneys, and didn’t really see the attraction in actually running them. However, there came a point, after a rather large exodus of pooly TDs, where I felt that pooly needed TDs badly, and so my conscience and I chipped in, thinking perhaps to run 10 or so Tourneys a week. I first joined on 1/1/3, and ran over 800 tourneys within 9 months.

Tell us about your career history at Eliters.

Hmmmm.. grey matter up top could be wrong, but I believe TD within a week, srTD within a month, AGL in 3 months, GL and AA in 4 months, then in September/October last year I retired to HTD. A couple of weeks ago Issa and others in Corp agreed that I was gathering too many cobwebs, Yeps and Eliters Stars, and that I should be cordoned off in the Training Director position.

What is it in your background that prepared you for all this?

Prepared me for being part of an excellent online Gaming Site? Prepared me for competing against some of the most intelligent and skilful players I am ever likely to meet? Or prepared me to take on the role of Training Director? lo?&

I blame my parents…

What skills have you developed that made this possible?

As a trained Systems Analyst and I hope an Open Minded Thinker, no matter what Organisations I have been involved in, I can usually see opportunities for development, and usually areas where processes can be put in place to assist all in the Organisation.

While in my working ‘Real Life’, I have both developed and audited ‘Work Practise Manuals’, I have also been involved in training others, be they other members of Staff, or Mr Joe Public @ large.

Some of the older readers of this will remember the Apple Macintosh, and the introduction of the MS/DOS operating system. I was fortunate enough to be one of the first people, certainly in Glasgow, to have view of what was to become ‘Windows’, and my role at the grand old age of 20, was to train Sales Staff on the various new packages released then,… Mac Paint, Mac Draw, Pagemaker, sigh, those were the days!

And what do you do, for Elite that makes use of all these skills?

I do whatever I can, in whatever way I can. But to be less vague, my role is to assist Training Group Leaders and Head Administrators in producing quality TDs, and to ensure that all TDs League and Eliters wide are responding to members in as uniform a fashion as possible, and that Eliters Members are treated with the degree of respect and professionalism that they deserve.

Fortunately, this gives me a great excuse to still play around in lots of Eliters Leagues, while still calling this, ‘being busy’, lol.

What leagues have you administered or been a TD in Elite?

While many of you would, I am sure, have seen me playing in many Eliters Leagues, I was only involved in pooly as a TD and Administrator.

Do you administer any real-life competitions?

I once held a Bingo Night in an Old Folks home, does that count?

Some may say YES! ;)

What do you do in your time away from Elite?

What time away from Eliters? Don’t you know there are Yeps to be won?

What makes Eliters different from the competition?

We have competition? I think the dedication and professionalism of the TDs, combined with the flexibility of management, and the quality of the actual Eliters Site puts us far above any competition.

What would you tell a prospective member who is trying to choose between Eliters and other, similar leagues?

Quite simply, try it and see. I believe that once anyone has the opportunity to try Eliters, then they would see the differences for themselves. This is why New Member Recruitment should be a priority for any TDs.

Well, that certainly sums it up, any last words for our readers?

Yes, is?t there a Tourney out there with YOUR name on it?!? Well, what are YOU doing reading this! LOL

Seriously, I would just ask everyone to remember that what we do, we do because we want to, because we enjoy it, and that we are all Real People! … and so whether another player, or a TD, or an errant Training Director upsets you, then just try and get along as best you can, and not allow an annoyance to spoil your enjoyment of the League. I have learned that Eliters is one big family, not everyone is always happy, but you’ll always have a Brother or Sister to lean on.

Well, what are YOU still doing here? get out and win that Tourney…. Smiles

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