Couples Who Slay Together – Cinder & Thor

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 Cinder and Thor, and we live in Melbourne, Australia.

I had to ask… here in the UK we are moaning about how warm it is. What’s it like there?!! 

Everyone has personal preferences for weather, so I think it’s fair enough to feel uncomfortable in temperatures that aren’t normal for your area. I personally hate anything above around 23 degrees myself! BUT to put things in perspective- summers where Thor and I live can go in to the 40’s on a regular basis… and that is REALLY hot. Where Thor grew up in Perth those temperatures could last for weeks at a time. I admire you guys for even moving on those days!

Some tips for UK people wanting to cool down – wet a face cloth, roll it up into a long sausage shape and put it in the freezer for awhile. When the heat is getting too much for you, pop it on the back of your neck for a quick, refreshing cool down! And please stay hydrated, friends! 🙂

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

This picture is a few years old, but it absolutely represents how silly and ridiculous we are together 🙂

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

Thor and I met on twitter in December 2010. He sent me a tweet about having fairy bread to make my day better, and I knew he was for me! (I’ve included a pic of what fairy bread is for those who haven’t heard of it). This is such a lovely story! 

We both lived on opposites sides of the country, and flew back and forth to each other for a few months before Thor made the move to live permanently in Melbourne with me. We’ve been living together now for… 6 years it will be in December.

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

It’s far too messy to share with everyone on the internet!! We live in a small apartment, and our gaming room is very small indeed. Our computers come together in a corner… it’s hard to explain. But we’re very close to each other, so it’s nice.

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

Until recently we played WoW together, including mythic raiding. Thor has recently (in the last couple of weeks) decided to take an extended break from WoW, while I will continue to raid mythics. But we also play other games together. Thor recently got a Switch and he’s been showing my how to play Zelda, and we’ve also been playing this cute game called Snipperclips. And of course Mario Kart. Always Mario Kart. 🙂

So yes, we do like to play games together, but we’re also fine just doing our own thing.

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

T- Alliance. I’ve always liked Alliance

C- Thor got me started in Alliance so we could play together, and it’s always been where my heart is. We were both Horde for a while and I just didn’t enjoy it. All the NPCs were so mad all the time! 

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

Mario Kart! We’re quite competitive. Thor also likes to watch me play Zelda on the Switch.

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

Yes. It’s something that we have in common. Thor got me into WoW specifically so we would have a hobby that we could enjoy together. Even though we’re not playing the same games anymore, we still get to share in each others’ successes and appreciate the time and effort that sometimes goes into getting them.

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

Thor drives! I have bad sense of direction… also I get too distracted by things around me.

T- Yes you do! Holy s**t you do get so distracted!! 😀

C- This is why we don’t level together anymore- I’m always running off to see something that caught my eye… in the opposite direction to where we’re supposed to be going! hehe

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?!

We both play different roles (me Heals, Thor Tank or DPS usually) so we bring different perspectives to raids. Sometimes just talking things out together helps us figure them out. But for the most part, we leave it to the guild’s raid leader.

Although when it comes to older content, Thor would usually take the lead because it would just be the two of us and he’d be Tanking.

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

Most of our disputes are related to general frustration with struggling on a boss fight in a raid. We both have a tendency to shut down a bit, and stop communicating for a while which can lead to misunderstandings. But we’re also very well aware that any frustrations we’re having are to do with the game and not each other, and once raid is over we’re back to our usual silly selves. 

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?

It depends on how good my DPS set is at the time (given I main a Healer). Usually, Thor will run around because he’ll always have the higher DPS gear, so he will kill and I’ll collect. But when I get a bit more gear, Thor will round them all up so that I can spam chain lightning all over their faces. Then we giggle and pick up all the loots together.

Where do you see your future in gaming?

Well, we’re seeing how things go with me continuing to raid mythics and Thor taking a break. He’s really excited about all the games coming to the Switch, and I’m happy to play those with him. It’s already strange not raiding together… only time will tell. I think in some ways we’ll always be playing some sort of games together though.

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

We’ve had this happen before. I was new to the game and Thor took me to try and get Ashes of Alar. After only a couple weeks it dropped, and despite my protests, he absolutely insisted that I take the mount (to the point where he clicked on it for me so I would have it!) He kept farming that mount, and years later it still hasn’t dropped for him again.

So the new rule now is that we actually do roll for it. 🙂 

Feel free to add twitter/facebook/blog bios below!

Thor is on twitter: @froo

Cinder is on twitter: @cinder_tweets – and my website is here.  

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