A Fond Farewell

To our fabulous readers.

It is with a heavy heart that I write this to you, our loyal readers and friends.

We created this blog not long after we had married, around 5 years ago. It has had periods of silence, when our beautiful babies were born and when we de-subbed to find the love of the game again. It has seen ups (MoP expansion anyone?!) and downs (WoD I’m looking at you!). It has been joy… through our friendships, the community and the community projects. 

Sadly, our marriage was not meant to be, and we will now be going our separate ways. 

I do not wish this pain on anyone; so live fully and honestly, cherish those you love and enjoy every minute.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting. Thank you for being you.

To those wonderful souls who have helped me through the last few weeks… You know who you are and I can’t thank you enough.

I have set up my own Twitter, it would be great to keep in touch: @MageLouloutte. Hope to see you there.

Be kind to one another,

Laura ❤

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Couples Who Slay Together – Hailey & Chris

Couples Who Slay Together – Hailey & Chris

Welcome to our Community Project of 2017 (you can see our last one in 2014 here)!
We propose to do a series of – fun and lightearted – interviews which help us learn a bit more about our awesome community, and hopefully unravel some juicy details about our readers. 

If you would like to get involved, contact us

​Thanks for doing our little interview! Can you introduce yourselves? 

We are Chris and Hailey (Abraxo). Chris is a soon-to-be grad student who is a console-exclusive gamer while Hailey is a business owner who plays on both console and PC.

Could you share a pic of you together – either IRL or in game, we don’t mind!  

How long have you been together and where did you meet? 

 We met at a coffee shop/bar that we both frequented. We had a mutual friend who we both came to see perform that night. I (Hailey) noticed that he was wearing an anime t-shirt and liked the same kinds of beer as I did. He was cute, social, and I assumed a bit of a geek based on his shirt, my kind of man, so we chatted a bit.  The mutual friend pretty much told me not to get any ideas because they were trying to set him up with someone else. I ignored them with the idea that he could make his own decisions about dating. A few days later I invited him to a huge board game night I attended every week. I figured it was casual enough to be a friend only situation or it could turn into a date. It turned into a date and we’ve been together ever since. This was just over four years ago. 

Show us a picture of your setup – do you have a cute couple thing going on, all cosy? 

We do have a couple’s thing going on. When we moved in together, we had two TVs, two PS3s, and many other systems between us. The only logical thing was to set up our living room with both TVs so we could game on the couch together while still enjoying our own games. I also have a desktop with dual monitors behind the couch so we can still talk while I PC game. 

  Pictured is our TV set up with all our consoles. Not pictured are a classic Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube, PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, two PSPs, and a 3DS XL. 

   So, do you tend to play the same games together or prefer to keep gaming life separate? 

  Chris loves to play the same games together. With two PS3’s it’s really nice to own two copies of a game, so instead of split screen, we can have full screen side by side. I generally prefer to play solo and at my own pace, but we will often times play separate games while sitting on the couch together. We like to watch each other play games that either one of us has no interest in playing or has already played. We discuss strategies and help each other out with puzzles when we get stuck. 

   With the current political situation it’s only right we ask your affiliation: HORDE OR ALLIANCE? 

  I am definitely horde, although I do love some draenei waggle. Chris does not play WoW, mostly because he’s been in college and has no time to sink into an MMO. He did play the trial and definitely leans Alliance though. He’s all about those worgen! 

   Spill the beans: what’s the most fun activity you like to do together? GAMING ACTIVITY… naughty! 😉 

  We both love to discuss the lore of games we have both played. Especially in series with overarching histories like Fallout and Star Ocean. We have gotten lost in hours of discussion and interpretation of lore.

   

  As a couple, do you find sharing your gaming hobby helps your relationship? 

  Definitely! We bonded early on because of our mutual love of the Fallout franchise and Bethesda in general. We grew up playing some of the same games, one of which (Star Ocean: Till the End of Time) I had never met anyone else who played.  So, we bond a lot over nostalgia. We help each other strategize and listen to each other’s frustrations and loves for games that the other isn’t into playing. 

   

  *ahem* who rides who on the two seater mount? 

  Well, that’s situation dependent. Depends on who knows the game best. They are usually the mount, or at least the driver. Most of the time it’s Chris so he can carry me. He has no problem playing a game a second time through and likes to play ahead so he knows what’s coming. 

  Who is the raid leader in your relationship?!  

  I would have to say I am. He agrees. I manage most everything and he gladly lets me.  

  What’s been the biggest, how can I say this… marital dispute… whilst gaming together? 

  We don’t have too many disputes, but I don’t like being told what to do unless I ask and I’m vocal about how much it irritates me. He wishes I would play co-op with him more and that I would initiate so he doesn’t have to nag me. 

   

  One of you has to kill 100 kobolds and one has to collect the 100 shiny beads they drop… who does which task and why? 

  Chris is definitely the muscle of the two so he would kill the kobolds. I would collect the shiny beads. It’s only fitting since I make jewelry for a living. 

   Where do you see your future in gaming? 

  We see ourselves in about the same place as we are now. Hopefully we’ll be a little busier with work and school. 

   Ok, the million pound question. You’re farming a rare mount. Neither of you has it. It drops. Who gets it?!! 

  Good question. We haven’t had to deal with this much, but we would probably give it to whoever wants it more. When asked, Chris said whoever has the least amount of stuff should get it. I’m not sure he fully understands the concept and competition of mount farming. I’d like to think he would be chivalrous and let me have it if the need was equal, but knowing how he plays Borderlands, he would likely be a bit greedy. He always carries me in shooters so the effort should be rewarded. It’s probably a good thing he doesn’t play WoW.  

   Thanks so much to both of you for letting us learn a bit about you! For how to find Hailey on the twittersphere see below.

  Hailey can be found @AbraxoCast on Twitter and Chris does not internet socially.

Couples Who Slay Together – Rinike & Cepheus

Couples Who Slay Together – Rinike & Cepheus

Welcome to our Community Project of 2017 (you can see our last one in 2014 here)!

We propose to do a series of – fun and lightearted – interviews which help us learn a bit more about our awesome community, and hopefully unravel some juicy details about our readers. 

If you would like to get involved, contact us.

I’m so pleased we managed to get you guys to interview because I think you were some of our first followers! Can you introduce yourselves?

Hey I’m Rinike, catgirl from Eorzea, in Azeroth some might know me as
a Worgen Druid.

Hiya! I’m Joey, but I usually go by my nerd name Cepheus on the internet.

Could you share a pic of you together – either IRL or in game, we don’t mind!

You know how when you chat with people and form and picture in your mind? You guys totally smash my mental picture!!! Love this more though, gorgeous.

How long have you been together and where did you meet?
We’ve been together almost 5 years. We’re acquaintances from the same guild in Vanilla but not until later we started talking and well here we are, married 😀

Show us a picture of your setup – do you have a cute couple thing going on, all cosy?

Space is an issue. We don’t have couple gaming space, but we both have our own nerdlairs 🙂

So, do you tend to play the same games together or prefer to keep gaming life separate?

Rinike: We play together and separate. I prefer to do things alone as I’m more into story and exploring side of the games 🙂
Currently though we have a new project in FFXIV where we are playing
the story together.
Cepheus: I love playing with her, but our interests sometimes differ. In WoW for example, I like PvP, which she doesn’t. We do try to do things together as well though. It’s a great feeling to be able to share a big interest like games with her. 

With the current political situation it’s only right we ask your affiliation: HORDE OR ALLIANCE?

Rinike: FOR THE HORDE! But I’m currently more on Alliance because most
of my friends are on the ‘wrong’ side 😉

Cepheus: I tend to play where my friends play, since I don’t want to be stuck somewhere all by myself. This means I’m usually playing both factions. However, if I had to choose, I will always choose Horde.
POWER TO THE FORSAKEN!

Spill the beans: what’s the most fun activity you like to do together?
GAMING ACTIVITY… naughty! 😉

Old dungeons / content is always fun 🙂

As a couple, do you find sharing your gaming hobby helps your relationship?

Rinike: It does and as Warcraft is how we found each other? it makes it a little bit more special 🙂
Cepheus: Absolutely, gaming is a big part of our relationship. If only
one of us had that interest then I think it’d be more of a problem. We
both understand and respect each others need to play games.

*ahem* who rides who on the two seater mount?

That depends, we take turns 😀 (but in-game only Cepheus has two seater mount!)

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?!

Rinike: I’d have to say me, I’m quite bossy 😀

Cepheus: We’re more like the tanks in a raid, she’s the main tank, I’m
the off tank. We compliment each other well and can’t really do
without the other. But she’s more of a leader than I am 🙂

What’s been the biggest, how can I say this… marital dispute…
whilst gaming together?

Well, I (Rinike) tend to get quite competitive and I’m a sore loser so
I want things done in a certain way and it sometimes comes out as not
in so good way 😀

One of you has to kill 100 kobolds and one has to collect the 100 shiny beads they drop… who does which task and why?

Cepheus has that slaying down, I always have to remind him to loot the
corpses 😀

Where do you see your future in gaming?

Hopefully still going strong. Our dream is to go to Blizzcon one year
(let’s hope they still organize it when we get to do that :D) Us too, it’ll take a while though…!!

Ok, the million pound question. You’re farming a rare mount. Neither
of you has it. It drops. Who gets it?!!


We both would probably roll on it, but Cepheus would give it to me
as he is nice like that 😀

Cepheus: As much as I love games, she’ll always come first. A cool mount is nice, but making her smile is worth so much more. Awwww!!

Feel free to add twitter/facebook/blog bios below!
@LadyRinike (main Twitter), All things Blizzard @DruidRinike and @Cepheus

rinike.com is my blog but currently I haven’t written much about games
but the plan is to start writing again.

Couples Who Slay Together – Olivia & Tony 

Couples Who Slay Together – Olivia & Tony 

Welcome to our Community Project of 2017 (you can see our last one in 2014 here)!

We propose to do a series of – fun and lightearted – interviews which help us learn a bit more about our awesome community, and hopefully unravel some juicy details about our readers. 

If you would like to get involved, contact us.

Hello! I kind of accosted you on facebook, so sorry! Thanks for agreeing to this mad plan! Can you introduce yourselves?

My name is Olivia, but I go by Clockwork Robot most places. I am 26-years-old, happily married to the love of my life Tony who is 30.

 We've been friends for 9 years, and married for 3 and together we raise a beautiful little girl who is 8. 

So cute! Is she into gaming too?

She loves gaming! She is really into Roblox on the Xbox – she also loves Pokemon, and anything to do with Mario. She has a Wii U and loves playing Minecraft and Lego games.
Bless her. Sorry got distracted, on we go!

We have four furkids, a mini pin, chihuahua cross named Josie (Jospehine from Dragon Age), a terrier mix named Izzy (Isabela from Dragon Age), a rat terrier cross named Lily (Leliana from Dragon Age) and a little turd butt Chiweenie named Zev (Zevran from Dragon Age) – I volunteer my free time to local shelters through my photography. My husband works for EFCO as a process tech, he is an amazing human being who works hard for his family!

My husband and I met 9 years ago in World of Warcraft. He was stationed in South Korea for the Army, I was a guild leader at that point and recruited him – we hit it off as friends, and eventually that friendship grew into something more. 
Could you share a pic of your setup?

I don't have a picture of my set up, right now his computer is down (🙁), but we still play other games together, Playstation 4 and Xbox One are also platforms we game on together.

We used to game together a lot more, but since his computer went down we don't do as much together. We talk, gossip, and discuss the gaming community and games coming out, or information on possible games and patch notes for games each of us play. Gaming is infused in our way of life, it's just natural between the two of us to get nerdy together, about more than just video games.
The ultimate question then. HORDE OR ALLIANCE?!

My husband LOVES the Alliance because, Dwarves. I love the Horde for character reasons and I usually prefer the Horde storylines over Alliance – I dunno why, just do. We've played together on both factions though.

What's your favourite gaming activity to do together? 

Gaming activity? Uh, I'd have to say that I actually prefer when my husband sit down and discuss gaming, I mean that is an activity right? I know sounds kind of boring, but we really do get in depth about the community, and companies behind gaming and it is something we both have passion about so it is a conversation that could go on for hours.

Does sharing your gaming hobby help your relationship?

I believe sharing a passion for gaming really does help our relationship. He understands what 'raid night' means for me, it means that for x amount of hours on set nights I am going to be occupied and he makes sure that no one bothers me so I can focus. I also know that when his buddies are online and they are gaming, that it is his alone time. It also helps to be able to nerd out over new games, or to discuss the pros and cons of games we've played that the other is interested in.
Any major disagreements over gaming?

I don't think we've ever had a maritial disputes about gaming… the only time my husband and I really fight is when it is about money – but otherwise, we tend to be realtively understanding with one another about gaming.

So that annoying quest where you have to kill 100 kobolds and collect 100 shinies. Who would do which task, and why? 

Honestly, lol, I would end up being the one to collect the beads because I am usually a healer whenever I run around with my husband… so he'd be the one killing kobolds.
Where do you see your future in gaming?

Honestly, my focus is around my facebook page and around the community. Kind of like having my own little retreat from the world where I can get nerdy. My husbands current obsession is Xbox achievement points, which isn't surprising considering when he did play World of Warcraft consistently that he was a giant achievement whore.

The mount you've been after for weeks finally drops, but neither of you has it. Who gets it?

Uh, I'd get the mount – mostly because my husband doesn't farm for them like I do, and if he does tag along there is this understanding that I get the mount the first time and that if he wants to run for it again I'll tag along and help. It has always been this way, lol, he was more into achievements than farming mounts – I was into both, but there was a point when I was obsessed with mount farming running 10+ toons a day through things.

Thanks so much for letting us interview you. Check out Olivia's twitter here. Her facebook page is here

Couples Who Slay Together – Jack & Nicole

Couples Who Slay Together – Jack & Nicole

Welcome to our Community Project of 2017 (you can see our last one in 2014 here)!

We propose to do a series of – fun and lightearted – interviews which help us learn a bit more about our awesome community, and hopefully unravel some juicy details about our readers. 

If you would like to get involved, contact us.

Thanks for doing our little interview! Can you introduce yourselves?

We are Jack and Nicole. We live in Nottingham, UK. (I’m a Nottingham boy  born and bred 😀 ~ Mr B) Jack has always been into gaming since a teenager, but Nicole only really got into it since meeting Jack. 


Could you share a pic of you together – either IRL or in game, we don’t mind! 

How long have you been together and where did you meet?

We met originally in school, being in the same tutor group we have always been friends but started dating in 2014 so have been together around 3 years. 

Show us a picture of your setup – do you have a cute couple thing going on, all cosy?

Would be hard to send you a photo as were on opposite sides of the room but its nor cute or cosy as we are getting ready to move house. We are planning a cute couple set up in the new house though. 

So, do you tend to play the same games together or prefer to keep gaming life separate?

We play a lot of our games together although Jack does play other games on his own as well as he streams on Twitch.

Spill the beans: what’s the most fun activity you like to do together? GAMING ACTIVITY… naughty! 😉

We are totally addicted to Ark Survival Evolved at the moment so it would have to be trying to get and raise the best Wyvern or Cave hunting! 

As a couple, do you find sharing your gaming hobby helps your relationship?

Nicole: Yes – Otherwise I never get to see him! haha. This is how I got into WoW too… /sigh

Jack: Yes – Its stop her moaning at me for being on the Playstation all the time.  hahaha.

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?! 

Nicole: Jack most definitely. I always feel like I play more of a supporting role. 

Jack:  I have to agree as I usually have the most experience in the games we play. 

What’s been the biggest, how can I say this… marital dispute… whilst gaming together?

Nicole: When we were in the caves and I feel down a hole and lost a level 200+ Sabertooth. I’ve never seen a grown man cry over a game before!! 

Jack: When she killed my pet Sabertooth. 😥 /pat 

Where do you see your future in gaming?

Nicole: I’m just enjoying it at this level. Blogging about it and maybe getting involved in the streaming. 

Jack: Yes, I’ve just started a twitch account for us both to start streaming together. 

Ok, the million pound question. You’re farming a rare mount. Neither of you has it. It drops. Who gets it?!!

Nicole: Do i even get to answer this?

Jack: No, ME! 

Thanks so much to both of you for taking part, it’s been great getting to know you! 

Nicole’s Twitter: @_NiicoleG


Jack Twitter: 
@Dire_wolfjack

Blog:
cboonblog.wordpress.com

Thankyou for letting us be apart of this.

Jack & Nicole.

Our pleasure ❤

Couples Who Slay Together – Sisqi & Gamrok

Couples Who Slay Together – Sisqi & Gamrok

Welcome to our Community Project of 2017 (you can see our last one in 2014 here)!

We propose to do a series of – fun and lightearted – interviews which help us learn a bit more about our awesome community, and hopefully unravel some juicy details about our readers. 

If you would like to get involved, contact us.

Thanks for doing our little interview! Can you introduce yourselves?

Sisqi: Hello! Glad to participate 🙂 I’m Inge. I’ve started my gaming experience after Gamrok bought me a Nintendo DS (my first gaming platform). After watching my man play WoW for four years, I’ve finally jumped on the Blizzard train and got completely hooked. This sounds similar to our story! I also like hack ‘n slash games like Diablo and POE, but WoW is my big true passion.
Gamrok: Thanks for having me on your blog! My name is Christophe and I play video games for more than 30 years. It all started with a Commodore 64 (Maniac Mansion), then an Amiga 500 (Monkey Island), and a PC (Doom2). I’ve discovered Blizzard with Diablo, but it’s with World of Warcraft that it truly became a passion. I also enjoy hack’n slash games and, occasionally, FPSs. In real life, I work in an office, my life starts at 16h00’.
Could you share a pic of you together – either IRL or in game, we don’t mind! 

How long have you been together and where did you meet?

We’ve met 15 years ago on the forum of a Finnish rock band. Six months later we moved in together, one year after that we got married (7th of June 2003)… that was 14 years ago. 
Gamrok moved from the French part of Belgium to Sisqi’s town, which is located in the Dutch part. We lived there for 11 years, then we moved to Brussels, the only part of Belgium where you can speak both languages. We now work in the same tower, so we can share our lunchtimes and we don’t have to commute anymore (more gaming). Sounds win/win to us.

Show us a picture of your setup – do you have a cute couple thing going on, all cosy?

This is so tidy, I’m in awe!

So, do you tend to play the same games together or prefer to keep gaming life separate?

Sometimes Gamrok likes to try out a new FPS, which Sisqi can’t play due to motion sickness. Other than that, we prefer to game together, whether it’s in WoW or in a Hack’n Slash. It’s all about discovering and sharing new experiences. That’s where all the fun is at for us.
With the current political situation it’s only right we ask your affiliation: HORDE OR ALLIANCE?
For the Horde! We’ve played Alliance on and off but our true allegiance lies with the Horde ;p Even if we love the cute cities of the Alliance, we prefer the characters of the Horde. No offense, but we couldn’t serve the Wrynn family.
Spill the beans: what’s the most fun activity you like to do together? GAMING ACTIVITY… naughty! 😉

Haha! Ganking other players in PvP world quests arenas is what we enjoy most at the moment (we’re even leveling 2 rogues especially for that purpose). Savage! That’s the Horde for you 😉 We also love to quest together. World quests, dailies… No matter how they call it nowadays, they are our favourites!
As a couple, do you find sharing your gaming hobby helps your relationship?
Yes, we share a passion, we game together and have so much to talk about… 
WoW isn’t just a game, there is a gigantic community behind it: artists we support, YouTubers we watch, community projects,… It’s really great to share all that with your other half. It really is, being a tiny part of such an awesome community is lovely. 

*ahem* who rides who on the two seater mount?
Sisqi: Gamrok, off course! He’s my living GPS IRL and in game 😉 Without him I’d get lost anywhere xD
Gamrok: I may almost always know the way, but it’s Sisqi who knows the shortest path. I’d fly through a whole map, if it wasn’t for Sisqi… She knows all the portals 😉
Who is the raid leader in your relationship?! 
Sisqi: Once again, Gamrok, but I’m his “sexy” *ahum* assistant though ;p
Gamrok: A few years ago, Sisqi joined me in the game. At that time, she wasn’t really used to game, she was bumping in the walls. Now she’s the top DPS and she’s a real brute in PvP. But she’s too modest to admit it. Girl POWER!
What’s been the biggest, how can I say this… marital dispute… whilst gaming together?
Marital dispute, what is that? Can you eat it? No, seriously, we never had one of those…
One of you has to kill 100 kobolds and one has to collect the 100 shiny beads they drop… who does which task and why?
We’re two hunters, so we mostly AOE the hell out of everything, then we both loot.
Where do you see your future in gaming?
We’ll game until our very last breath with a million of posts in our blog full of souvenirs of our life long adventures. We’ll probably stick to MMOs and Hack ‘n Slash because we love RPGs. As long as WoW will exist, we’ll be in Azeroth. This is exactly how Mr B feels. #AzerothTilWeDie
Ok, the million pound question. You’re farming a rare mount. Neither of you has it. It drops. Who gets it?!!
We’ll most likely insist on eachother until we /roll, otherwise we’ll both end up without.
Thanks so much to you both for answering our questions. You sound like proper Blizzard fans and we love it! Check out Sisqi and Gamrok’s bios below.

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge #3

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge #3

PUGGING.

Ohhhh this is a good one. I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t experienced a PUG these days. Whether you enjoy it or not, it has become a necessary evil. Especially if you don’t Raid…
I asked twitter what they used LFG for:

I don’t know about you guys, but my LFG experiences haven’t always been the most enjoyable. 

Let’s start at the beginning: running Deadmines as a new player with no idea what I’m doing… the experiences aren’t that great to recollect. Lots of snide comments, getting lost (I know it’s “just a path to follow”, but that’s quite daunting for a new player!!!) and rolling on the wrong loot. You would think people would be kinder to someone who is obviously a new player.

I always take sympathy on those poor tanks or healers in LFG who clearly try their hardest but fail spectacularly. Like the Tank wearing int gear, or healers in DPS spec. I’m pretty sure we have all been there at some point. It’s like the Learner Driver situation: you’re stuck behind them doing 20MPH in a 40 and you’re late. We have all been there, we should be more understanding.

However, as you go up through the levels I think generally it all gets better. 

Especially these days with all the heirlooms, you rarely see a player who is slumming it with questing gear which makes levelling through dungeons a lot easier. I tried tanking many moons ago, and although I was terrified, I was so invincible in heirlooms that my skill – or lack thereof – didn’t see to matter.

Then you get to max level and the inevitable happens… experienced players mix with causal players mix with new players and all hell breaks loose. I saw this (and many more!) comments on Facebook this week:

Isn’t this a shame? People are scared about grouping in a MMORPG because of the few idiots that make the game unenjoyable in raids. I think that’s really sad. So often, you see people who “only do solo content” for this reason. Why can’t we all be more tolerant?

Of course, often you get to these max level groupings and people want to do them QUICKLY and EFFICIENTLY and WITHOUT STOPPING. Great!!! Except when you come in late to the expansion…

I shouldn’t moan… all the groupings (I haven’t don’t that many, so don’t take this as a scientific fact) have been great so far. No problems, no drama, nice and quick. However, have I actually played and experienced the content? I’m not sure… 

Just for fun, I asked twitter what they thought. 

I think lots of people would agree with Rowett.

The variety of responses is interesting, don’t you think? I guess most people only enter if they have to, which with Legion’s current profession quests is kind of a necessity if you want those professions maxed.

This situation harks back to those PvP quests where you have to go kill x and grab y amount of z to complete the achievement for the mini holiday. All those PvPers getting irate with the casuals coming in without the right gear just for XYZ. I can see how it makes people resent it, and although I can see ee why it’s there, it’s not something I think is inherently needed. 

Anyway, I could write on and on about this subject. I love the LFG feature and I think it has its place.I love MMO’s too, but just like real life, dealing with some people is more difficult than others. I think we all need to be more patient with each other and LFG becomes manageable!

#BeKind