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AC Community Questions:
Mohamed Abdelkader (Duskblade)

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For this round of Assassin's Creed Community Questions, we invited Mohamed Abdelkader (Duskblade), admin for Facebook Page The Jackdaw Tales and Member of the Assassin’s Creed Arab Community

Col: In regards to social media management, how much work have you put in behind the scenes to make things happen?

 

Mohamed: Preparing the posts from 3 to 4 hours per day, every post on the page needs a lot of effort to become like this, in terms of summarizing or translating videos.

Col: How big is the Assassin’s Creed Community in your area?

 

Mohamed: The Arab community is very large, even bigger than you think, but we don't get enough support from Ubisoft, or even from other gaming companies.

Col: Why do you feel this is?

Mohamed:

Col: What are the challenges you have found in managing a community?

 

Mohamed: The most difficult thing in managing a community is pleasing people. People's satisfaction is a goal that we cannot achieve no matter what I do, but I strive for that.  For example, every person has a certain game that he loves or a character he loves, so if I say, for example, that Haytham Kenway is the best character in the series, someone comes and says to me what is this nonsense, so I see that satisfying all parties is always the most difficult.

Col: What are some of your most recent Assassin's Creed projects, and are you working on anything currently?

Mohamed: I am currently working on translating the summary of Assassin's Creed novels and comics into Arabic, as you know that these novels and comics are not translated into Arabic, so I wanted to help my community by translating them.

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Col: Do you have much Assassin's Creed merchandise? If so, what is your favourite item?
 

Jor: Yes, but Ubisoft send me some of it to be honest. I have that massive way too expensive Spartan statue that is scaring everyone who passes by my house & other statues from the recent games. I also still have an Assassin’s Creed Odyssey helmet they gave away at E3. And recently got Assassin’s Creed displate posters that add a lot to my studio.

Col: Where would be your dream setting for an AC game?

Jor: Asia, especially now with the RPG elements. Imagine the weapons and armor pieces we would be able to collect. I totally think they will do it at some point, maybe after this viking game. Luckily we got Ghost of Tsushima in the meantime though that already highlights how a cool an Assassin’s Creed game in this setting would be.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jordan for joining us for another round of Quick-Fire Community Questions!

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Col is the Community Admin for The Ones Who Came Before, and one of the UK Assassin's Creed community ambassadors.

He is also a former Ubisoft Star Player, and has spent the last 5 years working within the Assassin's Creed community on countless projects.

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Col: Are there any cut features from the series you would like to see return in the next installment?

Jor: Maybe not really a cut feature, but I liked how cinematic the Assassin’s Creed games were. Now though, especially with Odyssey, we didn’t get a lot of these cutscenes that help tell the story and showcase the setting in an awesome way. Most of the dialogue was done with regular conversations that sometimes didn’t have the same impact. If you want to make the games bigger Ubisoft, then please also add more cutscenes and not only at the beginning and the end of the game.

 

I also want to see multiplayer return, especially because of the new combat system I think both PVP and infiltrating forts together could be a ton of fun. It’s going to happen one day, but I think we will have to wait a few more years.

Col: Where do you personally think the series is heading to next, and are you excited for the future of Assassin's Creed?

Jor: It’s 99.9% going to be Vikings & after watching the tv show with the same name I am actually really hyped for that setting. It really has these unique characteristics in the way they dress and live, and also a big focus on Mythology that I think helped the previous two games a lot too. And of course knowing that it will be made by the Assassin’s Creed Origins and Black Flag team is already enough reason to be excited. 

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Col: Hi Mohamed. Thank you for joining us today. Please could you tell us a bit about yourself, and your time within the Assassin's Creed Community.

 

Mohamed: My name is Mohamed Abdelkader, I'm 21 years old and I'm from Egypt, I have been playing video games since my childhood, but when I started playing Assassin's Creed in 2010 my view of video games changed completely.. It became much deeper, as I was able to complete all parts of the series in addition to the novels and the comics. In 2020, I started creating content for the Assassin's Creed series and I continue to do so to this day.

Col: When did you first start playing Assassin's Creed games, and which one is your favourite?

 

Mohamed: As I mentioned in the previous question, I started playing the Assassin's Creed series in 2010, and my favourite game for sure is AC III.

Col: Do you have any future plans?

 

Mohamed: Yes, in the future, I would like to start posting content on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, but it takes some time. Patience is a good thing as this step needs many and many followers.

Col: Do you have a favourite Assassin's Creed community moment/ story you would like to share?

 

Mohamed: Definitely the best moment when I was posting AC content on my page and when admins of AC group saw that my content is great they decided to support me with their followers to make me continue the road.

Col: Have you had many opportunities such as event invitations / early access from Ubisoft or other companies due to your social media channels?

 

Mohamed: Unfortunately, no, The Arab community is obscured, and only very few people are invited, you can almost count them on your fingers.

Col: What advice do you have for people who want to create an Assassin’s Creed Community?

 

Mohamed: I advise them, as I always advise my community, that they all be as one family. The game was made to bring us together, not divide us. They should study digital marketing because it is very important in our world, especially social media. They also should set goals for their own community, and support each other, as these are the foundations that must exist in any society.

Col: Do you have any personal AC goals you would like to achieve?

Mohamed: Yes of course, I hope one day to be a Ubisoft Star player or join Mentors guild, or participate in one of the projects and events that are held by the communities.

Col: Do you have much Assassin's Creed merchandise? If so, what is your favourite item?

Mohamed: I don't care much about it. Having all the novels and comics in my library is a very wonderful thing, and when I look at them every day I become very happy. This is my goal is to collect all the novels and comics of the series.

Col: Where would be your dream setting for an AC game?

 

Mohamed: In Iraq, Baghdad is a great country with an ancient civilization, and leaks have appeared with a new game in Iraq starring Basim and I hope this leak is real, as Arabs are eager to see more and more Arab civilizations in Assassin's Creed.

Col: Where do you personally think the series is heading to next, and are you excited for the future of Assassin's Creed?

 

Mohamed: No new AC game was released last year (2021) and this made me very happy, when the series stopped after AC Syndicate, Ubisoft came to us with a greater part, which is Origins with a world and a very huge content, so I am happy to stop the series and I see that Ubisoft has more and more for the future as long as it fascinates us with all their unique games.

Col: What is your favourite part of being a community member?

 

Mohamed: The best thing about community management is that you always have the opportunity to solve problems between everyone, and if we talk about the Arab Assassin's Creed community, the community manager always has the opportunity to show the beauty and greatness of the Assassin's Creed series to the rest of the community, and to show the secrets hidden in the game, and guide them in the game as well.