Couples Who Slay Together – Nathan & Róisín

Couples Who Slay Together – Nathan & Róisín

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?

N – Hi pleasure to do it! I’m Nathan. I’ve been a game for most of my life (as have most people these days). I go by Zxorm online. I’m mostly a slave to Blizzard games, but do branch out from time to time. I’m a lover of fantasy setting as well as sci-fi. 

R: My name is Róisín, but my gamer tag is usually Nemissis. I mostly play Blizzard games or tabletop games.

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?
N – We first met in a RP guild via a mutual friend (Róisíns IRL friend). That was a bit over six years ago 0.0.  Just over 5 years ago, I took a trip down to Dublin to see her in person and was in awe! Shortly after, we decided to try us out and we’ve been together since.

R: We first met on the roof of Theramore’s Keep. Zxorm’s character had been pointed out to me by a friend, but it took weeks before we talked because he was grinding achievements. But then I had an internship in Dublin for a while and we had the chance to meet up. I think I scared him a bit on his visit. We’ve been dating for about 5 years, but we don’t really have an anniversary, it just kind of happened. 

Show us a picture of your setup?

R: ;_; My setup may scar some of your readers. I have a laptop that goes wherever I go (mostly to work and back home) and I haven’t invested in a good PC yet as I am still at the part of my life where I regularly relocate, usually across borders. 

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

N – Oh we game together all the time. It’s key reason we met, so why not? We raid, PvP quest and level in WoW. We are in the middle of a D&D campain in which I’m sure my toon will be killed by her at some stage. We play Steam games and phone games/handheld, and of course, table top /card games. Honestly, I think she has magical powers to mess up my dice rolls! Those who game together, stay together! 

R: We rarely play separate games when both online. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s just nice to have someone you can depend on when playing together or someone to target if you’re not on the same side. We don’t have set roles though. We both tank, damage and heal depending on the situation.

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

N – Why Limit ourselves to one side? We are… FOR AZEROTH! (Buuuuttt we are mainly Alliance NElf Druids).

R: For the Alliance! Well, actually… are we? It is where most of our alts live and so do our mains, but being Druids they are more open minded. 

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

N – Well from RP background we have had frieds write fan fics of our toons which I’ve been sworn not to talk about…..so I’d have to say nothing is more fun that that happy sound of Róisín stealing a kill off me in PvP. (Heroes of the Storm kill stealing as well).
R: Well, it’s quite fun when he’s my healer in Heroes of the Storm and I dive into a group of enemies. If he’s ever diagnosed with high blood pressure it might be my fault. But generally, raining down destruction in Open World PvP also makes the list. 

And when Róisín is over she would set up beside me and look after the cat ^^

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

N – For sure! We’ve been to four GamesCon events and we share in the dragging to different stands. It’s also easier to get things done as a two rather than be solo.

R: It’s never let us down. Although we have sometimes been carried away when constantly gaming in bigger groups and we have to make sure to set some time apart for ourselves to talk about other things. However, it is what brought us together and although there are many other facets to our relationship, discussing or quibbling about current or new games will always be important.

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

N – Haha! I’m mostly the mount. Only for the reason that she ends up hitting invisable walls that aren’t there for me.

R: Even if he didn’t have the much better setup, I would probably be the rider. 

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?! 

N – Róisín. Always Róisín! I would only lead us into stupid situations…again.

R: It’s usually me. There is much evidence that following Nathan leads to danger. 


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

N – Gameing wise it has to be the Brightwing VS Chromie… Who is the better dragon (not Gnome!). Outside of gaming, I would say it would be best Startrek series. DS9 VS Voyager. (Both are good but really..Worf, O’Brian,Odo and so many other great people too DS9 is the better one!).

R: Who is the better dragon is a constant dispute. Clearly it is Chromie. In fact, I feel Brightwing should be disqualified from the options. Oh, there’s one more. I’m not sure if this next one counts, but I am apparently banned from stealing shirts off guys. Long story short: I was really close to getting a Blizzard staff shirt at gamescom two years ago before I got dragged away. 

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?

N – Being a Bear/Moonkin combo, it’s kind of shared. I group them; she melts them and as I’m close I get the loot. It’s win-win for me!

R: Generally I pull every mob wherever I walk, which is convenient for farming anything. I wouldn’t say we have set jobs on that one though.

Where do you see your future in gaming?

N – The future will always be unknown but I intend to always have my player two in Róisín.

R: I think it’s always going to be a part of our lives in some form. Even if the servers for what we’re playing now go down, I’m sure we will find a new set of games to keep us teasing each other. 


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

N – Easy!! Róisín gets it first. Not without her trying to give me it ( I may have said I would delete it if she didn’t take it).

R: We decide whether to roll need or greed on it so we both roll the same one. But when he wins he tries to give it to me. Once I sent him something he refused to take. So, while he was offline, I logged over to his account and used it so he couldn’t give it back.

Thanks so much for taking part in our little project! Check out Nathan and Róisín’s twitter below. 

Róisín’s twitter and Nathan’s twitter.

Real Life: The Endless Grind

Real Life: The Endless Grind

We are struggling. Really struggling with the game of Real Life. 

5.30 alarm. Up. Feed kids. Dress kids. Shower and dress. Drink cold coffee. Travel to minders. Commute to work. Work. Work. More work. Commute home. Feed kids. Bathe kids. Kids to bed. Work more. Eat. Sleep. 

Usually, we try to fit in an hour of WoW between the eating and the sleeping. This depends, at least for me, on how much work I have to do before the next day or whether the kids go to bed on time… but I’m really struggling with the balance. It feels like I’m grinding endlessly.

I should say here that I love my job, but finding a balance between personal persuits and running the house and spending time with the children AND work is challenging. Coupled with an hour commute and the financial stresses of living with a spouse who is self employed… it’s not easy.

So how do I find that perfect balance? I can’t work less because we need the cash. I can’t be at home more with my babies because I need to work. Teaching is 60% paperwork at home so my evenings are counted for. However, I find I work more efficiently if I have an hour to myself. I play more, I get less work done at home, I have to work more and so the grind goes round.

Perhaps I need to shut up and count my blessings that I have these worries in the first place. Then again, perhaps I need to take up a hobby that is less time consuming. 

Of course, this leads neatly on to the fact that WoW is pretty time-commitment heavy. What I love about the DS or minecraft is that you can play for half hour and turn it off without feeling like you ‘have’ to do something or you’ll miss out. Don’t get me wrong: I know they need the model of MUST-HAVE-THE-BEST-GEAR to survive and have longevity, but for casuals it’s exhausting. In fact, I’m not even trying to catch up now, I’m just pootling along enjoying what I want to do. I had a weak moment last week and mentioned in guild I still haven’t got a legendary. Only to be greeted with: “just run LFR!”. Yes, fine, ok I shouldn’t moan or I should do LFR, but the reality is that ONE wing of LFR plus the queue is my whole day’s game time. I don’t want to do that. But I *should* be doing that because a legendary would be cool.

I need more hours in the day please! 

If you’ve made it this far, well done and thanks for listening. Do you also feel the endless grind, or should I just man up?

Couples Who Slay Together – Solo and Gruff

Couples Who Slay Together – Solo and Gruff

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! Can you introduce yourselves?

Hello! Luke (Gruff) here. I’m the one that’s been nominated to write the response as I’m English so hopefully my written English will make a bit more sense (!)
We are Luke (Gruff) and Helene (Solo). Both of us are in our 30s, although I’m technically Solo’s toyboy by 6 months 😀 I’m originally from Birmingham, UK (hello from Shropshire!) and Solo from Bergen, Norway. We both now live together in Bergen with our awesome Dachshund, Apollo. Solo’s a dentist and I’m a stay at home dad to Apollo until I find a job and whilst I learn Norwegian. My background is in IT though.

Could you share a picture of you together?

You two are so cute! How long have you been together, and where did you meet?

In June 2017, we’ll have been together for 2 years. Those two years have flown by though, as most of it was spent flying back and forth between the UK and Norway.

We met playing WoW. I’d played since mid-late Vanilla, but stopped just after MOP launched due to raiding burn out, RL friends not playing anymore and my ex hating me play video games. Solo began playing WoW at the start of WotLK and got completely hooked. The addiction was still in full effect for MOP where she was raiding 4/5 times a week on two different characters.

Our paths met at the launch of WoD – I’d split with my ex, some RL friends had started playing again and the call of WoW came to me. I had no guild, but a RL friend mentioned he’d joined a friends guild and they were after people, so it seemed like a good place to go. This guild happened to be the home of a Hunter called Solovala.

We didn’t really talk to each other at first – just the usual “grats” or “hello” in guild chat. It wasn’t until later that I found out that Solo thought I had a nice voice when I spoke on Vent. Apparently it’s the first thing that drew her to me.

I can’t remember exactly how, but we got talking more in-game and this progressed to questing together and doing stupid stuff. The guild set up a WhatsApp group for us all to talk outside of the game and Solo and I used that to start talking to each other. The true sign that Solo was smitten with me though, was the fact that I (an Ele Shaman), became the misdirect target of choice during pre-pull tactics. The number of early wipes that got blamed on me thanks to Solo is too many to count.

After a couple of months. I ended up taking my first trip to Norway to visit Solo, what followed was another 18 months of long weekends, short holidays and rushed visits to see each other. I even ended up taking a flight from London to Barcelona to get a connecting flight to Norway as I missed the last direct flight that weekend.

As of march this year, I packed up my stuff (mainly my PC!), quit my job and moved to Norway. Thing have been great since 😀

Show us a pic of your set up – is it all cute and cosy?!

Not the super cozy setup, but we just moved in and have plans. Many plans 😉

Do you tend to play the same games together, or prefer to keep gaming life separate?
Solo tends to be a one or two games at a time type person. If she likes a game, she REALLY gets into it. Whereas I will have one or two main games whilst also trying various other things, I particularly like smaller indie games etc. We play some of the same games together – mainly Overwatch at the moment. I’m still playing WoW, but Solo took a break for a couple of months as she is well and truly hooked on OW, but claims she’ll be back for the next WoW expansion.

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

For Solo, it’s simple: FOR THE ALLIANCE!! YES /highfive 

For me, its more complicated. I like dwarves and I like orcs. I’m currently playing on Alliance, as friends all faction transferred at the end of Cataclysm, but deep down I’ll always be FOR THE HORDE. It just doesn’t feel right if your Shaman isn’t an orc!

Spill the beans: what’s the most fun activity you like to do together? GAMING ACTIVITY. Naughty!

Raiding together was always great – the guild we were in for WoD made a lot of good progress in Mythic BRF and HFC, and it was always fun trying to best each other in DPS meters and rankings for the different fights. It’s great having someone to share the excitement of a new boss kill or getting an awesome piece of loot. Right now though, we have the most fun playing Overwatch cooperative matches together, I play Tank (mainly Reinhardt) and Solo is a Mercy main. We play with a couple of friends we met through gaming and it’s always great after a long day to come home, hang out together and have a laugh whilst playing games.

Solo trying to woo Gruff on a quest.

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

Definitely – our relationship wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for gaming. At the same time, it’s not the only thing about us either. Gaming as a hobby just ties things together nicely and enhances what we have.

Last December, we attended our first LAN together (Insomnia Gaming Festival in the U.K.) and that was so much fun. This sounds awesome! We met up with a group of about 10 other friends and just played games, hung out, drank and did a pub quiz together. It was great to be with someone who shared the same excitement and enjoyment of being at the event.

Not our main characters, but we levelled the others main class together (so Solo did a ele shammy and gruff did a BM hunter) which was a cute thing we did together in the early phase of our relationship. Here we had just dinged 100 💚

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

I stayed up all night farming the mats to make Solo the Vial of the Sands as a surprise gift, so I end up riding her most of the time. She has no sense of direction (both IRL and in game) so it often ends badly.

Who is the Raid leader in your relationship?

Both of us can be really indecisive. However, I’ll often end up being the one trying to take a lead in things only to have Solo shout at me and tell me off as it’s the wrong thing.

What’s been the biggest tiff whilst gaming together?

Our gaming disputes often come from the fact that I get very competitive about things and dwell on them, Solo is really chilled though and quickly forgets. This can lead to minor disagreements should we lose 2 or 3 Overwatch comp matches in a row.

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

Solo’s answer: I’d do the killing as my DPS is so much higher than Gruff’s.

Gruff’s answer: Solo would do the killing as she has a slightly compulsive nature for stuff like this. She’d often spend a Sunday afternoon killing the same few mobs whilst watching a series on Netflix just so she got exalted with a faction. I’m often the one looting the corpses as I can’t stand to see an unlooted corpse just lying there on the ground – I have stupid compulsions as well.

Where do you see your future in gaming?

As long as there’s a game that holds our interest, we will both keep gaming for a long time, this will probably be easier for me, as I can always find something to play or try. Solo is a one or two game person: previously is was WoW, now Overwatch. If she gets bored of OW (not going to happen) and there’s nothing else that takes her fancy. It sure if she’d still game or if she’d be that bothered.

The gaming culture and the friends we’ve made through gaming will always be part of us though. I think it’s try of lots of people our age. We are a generation that grew up with C64, Atari, Nintendo and Sega so is always been there more or less.

The million pound question to finish off… you’re gaming a rare mount, neither of you has it and it drops. Who gets it!?

Solo. I love how there’s no need for explaination here 😂

Thanks so much for taking part guys! Find Solo on twitter here and Gruff here

Couples Who Slay Together – Massack & Spooky

Couples Who Slay Together – Massack & Spooky

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?
I’m Massack, long time gamer, streamer, and fantasy enthusiast. Spooky, my wife, is a gamer, writer and scifi enthusiast. We both like a wide variety of game types: sandbox, mmos, shooters, and hack-’em-up RPGs.

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 been together 5 years, 6 in december and were just married on may 28th. We met online at a meet up website and kicked it off from there.
Massive congratulations on your wedding! Best wishes for your future together ❤

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

So, do you tend to play the same games together or prefer to keep gaming life separate?
We game together in any game both of us have interest in. We shoot zombies together, hunt orcs together, and minecraft together. We even throw LAN parties at our place  2 to 3 times a year. Can we come visit?! Sound fun! That said, we each also have some games that the other isn’t interested in. I’m a big jedi academy guy and Spooky loves kingdom hearts and pokemon. So there are times where we play our own thing.

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

We don’t really play WoW. That said, we play Secret World and we’re both Templars. Pokemon Go we are both Instinct.

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

Spooky says Minecraft together, building and exploring. I’d say exploring and adventuring together. Be it in an MMO or Minecraft, doesn’t really make a difference.

As a couple, do you find sharing your gaming hobby helps your relationship?
We definitely do. It gives us something to talk about, new things to do, it gives us something we can take our space on too. Both being gamers helps alleviate feeling guilty about the hours we spend gaming while the other is around

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

Well not sure about mounts. But I usually drive and she mans the gun when dealing with 2 person vehicles. Girl POWAH.



Who is the raid leader in your relationship?! 

I’m probably the more social one, so I tend to set up groups, raids and the like as well as lead them.

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

Hmm we honestly work together pretty great. The only tension comes when nerves run high in competitive type games like Overwatch. We also constantly competing to catch things first in pokemon go. You guys are so cute.



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?

Spooky would handle the killing as she prefers to kill things and I’d handle collecting the loot and keeping count as I’m pretty good at keep track of those kinda things and being quick about it.

Where do you see your future in gaming?

With how open we are to different things. Probably continuing to upgrade our rigs and set up, enjoying new gaming experiences as they come out (I’m personally looking forward to starting Pantheon together. Being the fantasy lover that I am). And hosting lots of bigger and better LAN parties!!

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

oooo. Spooky says: “you (Massack) get it because you’ll enjoy it more”. I say “you (Spooky) get it because I’m more likely to farm it later.” And in reality, it rots while we debate.

Thanks for speaking with us, guys. Check out Massack’s twitter here.

Couples Who Slay Together – Hunni & Forrseti

Couples Who Slay Together – Hunni & Forrseti

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?

Hi, my names Hunni. I love WoW, collecting pets and can normally be seen dancing around Dalaran being the purple momma bear to The Usual Suspects.
Hello, my name is Forrseti That sounds like dome kind of Italian super car! (aka Svallin since I now main a Paladin…). I too love WoW, mostly not collecting pets and hearing the cats of The Usual Suspecrs so we can kill bosses fairly regularly.

Can you share a pic of you together?


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

H – we’ve been together for 3 and a bit years. We initially met through WoW… Forrs was my new Raid Leader, we got into the guild when our previous leader left.

F – as above, just to add we doesn’t met in person during the Blizzcon on Thames event that Hunni and a few others organised. This sounds amazing, sign us up for the next one!

Can you show us a picture of your set up?

Hunni on the left, Forrs on the right.

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

H – we normally play WoW together, we also enjoy some other games, for example: Overwatch and Borderlands. We do also have others we play separately, just so we don’t drive each other crazy.

F – we like to play a lot together, but I seem to have a taste for games that I don’t think Hunni ‘gets’ – like Cities Skyline and Planet Coaster. Also, there needs to be more Co-Op games… Borderlands is awesome.

H – I agree with that last part, there really does need to be more Co-Op games like Borderlands!!

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

H – I am currently Alliance, but I do have a secret Horde side as my first character was Horde!

F – Alliance! YES MY FRIEND /fistbump Also, former Horde which most Alliance players seem to be…I do miss Old Orgrimmar. BOO! 

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

H – haha, honestly we do a lot of quests together which sometimes isn’t fun, more of a necessity. I do like levelling with Forrs when he isn’t rushing through content. I hate this about levelling with Mr B too… He never stops to enjoy it!

F – I do enjoy our raiding together and when we are chewing through World Quests. We have a nice weekend morning ritual where we make some breakfast and play through some WoW as we eat.

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

H – personally, I think it has. It gives us some common ground and a hobby we both enjoy and can discuss at an annoying length. I also feel tanking together in raids has helped us become better at communicating with each other. This is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. I reckon you should copyright it and sell it as a therapy thing. Genius!!!

F – ageed really. It’s the anchor in our relationship – we met because we are gamers – it will always be the thing that brought us together.

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

H – that’s definitely my job!

F – your trusty steed awaits…

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?

H – hmm, tricky, neither of us are great at the decisions, our joint favourite phrase is “I don’t mind/whatever you like”, but I’ll probably have to say Forrs…

F – she’s the boss. Amazing how many blokes say that……

What’s been the biggest bust up whilst gaming together?

H – sometimes I get a bit mardy when we tank together as Forrs puts on his Raid Leader hat and tells me what to do, which I’m not keen on :p

F – no real dispute from my POV. Do what I say and all is well… 😉

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?

H – Forrs will do the killing. I’ll do the collecting – he kills as he’d kill them quicker and as a Druid I can loot in flight form.

F – yup, that sums it up. I love maxing my DPs as a tank and Hunni is adept at collecting things… being a Druid and all!

Where do you see your future in gaming?

H – I imagine I’ll stick around WoW for a while, but other than that I imagine we will keep gaming together in some form, as I know we both enjoy it more than say, watching TV all evening.

F – those who game together, stay together! 😀

The million pound question: you’re farming a rare mount. Neither of you has it. It drops… who gets it?!

H – I’ll give it to Forrs as he collects mounts more than I do! If it were a pet mind you, I’d keep it no questions asked 😀

F – if it was Mimi’s Head, then its mine. Otherwise, all hers.

Find Hunni and Forrseti on twitter. Also their lovely guild, The Usual Suspects is here

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge #9

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge #9

How do you explain your gaming hobby to non-gaming friends/family?

I don’t. 

I only got into WoW because of Mr B and I’m not sure my family even know I game. In fairness, it’s not often these days with the kids, but I just don’t talk about it. I wouldn’t lie, but I don’t offer the information. Part of the reason I keep this blog fairly anonymous. Sad really 😦

My close family is super traditional (leave baby to cry / bedtime at 6pm / no computer or TV during the day etc) so they certainly would not approve and the stigma that still exists with gaming is still very much – and wrongly so – alive. In the day of those annoying facebook games that everyone spends their time on too… candy crush anyone?!

I hate that I can’t be open about gaming (and many other things if I’m honest, but that’s a whole other story!), but it saves a lot of hassle not explaining it.

I have some more liberal relatives on the outer rings of the family circle who know I join in with Mr B’s hobby. They’re very accepting and when they ask, we explain it’s an online game with lots of others and you team up to kill stuff. They’re usually pretty happy with that.

I’ve tried in the past. My brother and I both gamed from our late teens, but my parents really didn’t understand. They’re very much of the “just pause it!” generation.

When I was raid leading 8 years ago and my mum was telling me to stop playing RIGHT NOW… me trying to explain that 39 other people were relying on me to be there… not fun. They resorted in the end to switching the wifi off.

I just connected to next door 😉

This post actually got us talking about our kids and their future gaming habits. I think we definitely would not want there to be a stigma around gaming with us and communication and balance is the key. If they want to raid, fine if it was age appropriate and I trusted them online. I also want there to be open access if they’re online – no sneaking around like we both did. I also wouldnt want it to affect family life and missing dinner would have to be pre arranged.

However, I was a rent paying adult when my parents used to dictate to me, and if my kids were paying rent then what they do in their own time is up to them. I would only expect them for dinner as if they were living alone – whenever they wanted.

I would totally draw the line at excessive drink or any drugs in my house though – rent paying or not!!!

I hate that if we were into football or travelling or, I don’t know, pottery throwing that because it’s socially accepted there would be no snide comments about “anti socialism” or “wasting your life”. Especially in today’s society where we welcome so many cultural differences. 

Couples Who Slay Together – Marathal & Mymystic

Couples Who Slay Together – Marathal & Mymystic

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.

A big hello to you both! Introductions first?!

Hi! I’m Marathal and my wife (Mymystic) and I are original gamers from the Atari/Pong era. We have both played games for over 40 years and hope to be playing for another 40… so you kids can GIT OFF OUR LAWN.

I bought WoW for her for a Christmas gift in 2007, after we had seen the South Park “Make Love Not Warcraft” episode. We did not believe a video game could be like that! It sat on a desk for about a year, and on Jan 17th 2009, she installed it. When the first choice came up – choose about realm – we saw one listed as New Players… we figured that’s where you had to start abouts and you’d work your way through the realms as you got better.

She picked Brean Tundra, without knowing it had only been open a day, and perhaps because of this her experience was really good. There were some bad spots (her account being hacked and a creepy GM), but after joining a guild, becoming an officer it was good overall. I joined 8 months later and we eventually changed from Alliance to Horde. It truly has been A Long Strange Trip. 

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

A photo of us. It’s the picture of us from our wedding 20 years ago, but one I really love.

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

We’ve been together since April 1995, over 22 years, as to how we met? Well we actually met on America Online (AOL). We talked quite a bit before we actually met for a drink, and the rest is history. 

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

We finished an area of the basement for a workout / computer room. The router is right behind the curtain and we are located about a mile from the closest major hub connection. This means we have super fast connection speed, which is a far cry from when we first started playing World of Warcraft in 2009.

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

When it comes to WoW, we play together. I have played a lot of collectable card and miniature games, she has played a great deal of online games.

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

For the past, oh about 4 years, we have fought for the Horde. When we started, or I should clarify, when my wife started playing,  she played for about 8 months before I gave it a go. We were both Alliance, because we had heard all the kids play Horde and the adults played Alliance. We switched after smell bad experiences Alliance side and joined all guild that I now run, with her as my co-GM.

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

We make a great team. When it comes to leveling at the start of any expansion, we make our way through fairly quickly. I’m adept at looking up quest info, she keeps my squishy butt alive. Once at cap, our interests vary: she enjoys levelling alts,  raiding and pet battling. I tend to just focus on just one character and wander around looking for hidden things.

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

It is something we enjoy doing together. So both work hard all week, take care of elderly parents and do our best to maintain our home.  Playing WoW is kind of escape, even when everyday tries its best to work its way into our virtual world. 

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

I do all the driving and flying about, except when there are herbs involved. Then I get yelled at because there are weeds I’m missing. 

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?! 

I don’t know that either of us are. We kind of just do things together. She keeps me from removing 90% of the guild roster though when pepole are misbehaving.

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

I would have to say my declining interest in organised raiding. When interest caught up to her initially, I was all in. Learned my class, worked really hard at it, but over the years, it has become more and more complex and with running a guild,  people tend to want to talk about things during a raid. It just became too stressful for 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?

When it came to farming mobs, my priest was well suited for the task – I had great AOE, and with the occasional heal from her, we always cleared quickly.  With recent changes, however, she tends to do as much or more than I do. So going forward, we are equal.

Where do you see your future in gaming?

This is a tough one since we are both from the Atari 2600 generation. Getting into Warcraft during Wrath was eye opening, and we never knew a game could be this big. The future is an unknown, I just gope it’s not fully eSports related.

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

She does, of course. I seem to get them from the oddest things when she is in raid or pet battling. 

Ooh I need to know more?!

Usually I get given all the pets she has already captured, or I hang around and kill stuff whilst she is busy 🙂

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