Couples Who Slay Together – Martiean & Effy

Couples Who Slay Together – Martiean & Effy

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?  

We are Martiean & Effy, or Joe & Jamie.  Former WoW Players, Joe is a YouTuber, podcaster while Jamie is the writer and blogger.

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

Definitely!

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

We will have been together for four years this November. We met in Azeroth, being a part of the same guild and eventually hanging out together here and there.  We eventually met for real when Jamie took a trip to North Carolina where I was living at the time.

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

Not much to see really, my desk is in the basement where my office will be once its finished & Jamie uses her laptop to write around the house.  When she games these days its usually on our Nintendo 3DS. I also like the DS at the moment, easy to just switch on for a bit and switch off again.
 

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

We do enjoy playing games together, it’s just we are a lot more busy these days so gaming isn’t the priority it once was. I hear you 😦 hoping to get a console at some point, like a WII U or Switch so we can play a lot of the Zelda games we missed out on.

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

Jamie has always been Alliance, and while I started out that way, I eventually felt more home with the Horde.  So we have a split household there. 

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

It definitely does, no matter what happens, how bad our day has been or rough life is, we have that common language and history.  We also can fall back into it as a means of distraction and fun.  Gaming will always be central to who we are as a couple because without it, we wouldn’t have ever met.

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

Depends on the situation.  
Who is the raid leader in your relationship?!  
My first instinct is to say Jamie because she has helped me so incredibly much in the past few years, getting back on my feet & starting over again and really helping me to be a better person. But overall, we both are a team and work together equally.

What’s been the biggest, how can I say this… marital dispute… whilst gaming together? 
I’d say the time she wanted to level through a zone I didnt want to in WoW.  I am VERY OCD when it comes to my leveling & I did not like change. I think it is difficult when you have a set way of doing something and someone else wants to change your routine. I get it. Anxiety is a real thing and I panicked about it and got upset.  All in all it was a stupid argument that I caused, but I suppose in the grand scheme its very minor.

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?

Again we do things together so we would both kill & loot.. if anything we would be working to make sure we kept things together to AOE loot efficiently.  

Where do you see your future in gaming? 

I think I will be gaming & making content on PC for years to come, but as a couple I think our future in game is definitely on console.  Console tends to me more social, sitting on the couch in the living room, sharing the experience with the family.

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

Jamie will attest that I would probably insist she have it because that is just how I am.  Example, I try to always make sure everyone at dinner is served before I go, simply because I want everyone to have as much as they want first.  But if its one Jamie knows I have wanted for a long time she would insist too.  We are a team to the very end.

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

Twitter: @EffyJRoan @WoWMartiean

Jamie’s Blog: Awaiting the Muse

Joe’s YouTube: click

Thanks so much to both of you for taking part! 

Couples Who Slay Together – Ursapad & Starfaith

Couples Who Slay Together – Ursapad & Starfaith

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? (U) Sure I’m Ursapad and my Lady (wife) is Starfaith. This is one of the most beautiful toon names ever!

We mostly play on the Uldaman server and are guild members of Pirates Inc. We have been playing since Wrath, and spend most of the time exploring the world and seeing the content rather than dungeons and raids.

(S) I bought a WoW trial disk at 7/11 (dear readers in the UK who have, like myself, never heard of this… Mr B informs me that this is like a corner shop. You’re welcome, let’s continue!) years ago on a whim (had been seeing the commercials for Wrath) and thought why not give it a try. Still playing almost every day all these years later! I’m the current GM for Pirates, Inc.

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

Starfaith and Ursapad in the Beer garden /chinchin

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

(U) We met in San Diego where I was in the Navy and Starfaith was living with her brother whom I was stationed with. He invited me to a group to play D&D. We have been playing ever since. 38 years this coming September. This is AMAZING.

(S) I thought he was so handsome, and such a smart ass when I first met him! I was really into D&D and strategy games back then, and finally, a cute guy who liked them too!

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

Starfaith has the desk and I use the laptop.

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

(U) We play separate games a lot, but WoW (and Diablo III) we play together, it’s fun playing with each other as opposed to playing against each other.

(S) I have several alts I play during the day so I’m around for any guildies that may need help, but I keep most of Starfaith’s playing time for Ursapad.

With the current political situation it’s only right we ask your affiliation: HORDE OR ALLIANCE? 
(U) Alliance all the way, we do have horde but mostly just to see the horde side of the story. YES!!! FOR THE ALLIANCE MY FRIENDS

(S) I do love my Tauren monk Moomaiden, but don’t enjoy parts of the horde storyline.

Spill the beans: what’s the most fun activity you like to do together? GAMING ACTIVITY… naughty! 😉 
(U) We like getting pets and mounts. 

(S) And solving puzzles.

As a couple, do you find sharing your gaming hobby helps your relationship? 
(U) Yeah, we get most of our aggravation out in game and not at each other.

(S) It also gives us something to talk about when we need a break from RL.

*ahem* who rides who on the two seater mount? 
(U) Depends who open the mount first.

(S) I usually ask Ursapad to because he can be such a backseat driver 😉

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?! 
(U) Easy, we don’t raid. When we do go into a raid we tend to do it as very OP 5 to 10 levels higher than the raid and solo (duo) it for the mounts or pets.

(S) I’ll usually come up with a “cunning plan” to get a pet, or mount, or work on an achievement.

Do you not raid because of time commitments?

(U) No, we have raided at times, but it’s too stressful for us. 

Do you feel like you missed out not raiding? 

(U) Not at all!

What’s been the biggest, how can I say this… marital dispute… whilst gaming together? 
(U) As in real life, directions. She can’t make them and I can’t take them.

(S) This is true!

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? 
(U) She will probably take them out and I do the clean-up, we’re both hunters and I do most of the skinning.

(S) I do enjoy seeing how many things my pets and I can take out at once. 

Where do you see your future in gaming? 
(U) Going through and seeing all the Legion content two expansions from now.

(S) Giving VR a try, continuing on with WoW, giving new Blizzard games a try when they come out.

Ok, the million pound question. You’re farming a rare mount. Neither of you has it. It drops. Who gets it?!! 
(U) I let the wife take it. I did buy her the Grand Expedition Yak for her birthday. 

(S) It is soooo cute! The way I look at it – whoever had the idea to go after it should have it. 
Thanks so much for doing our little interview, it’s been great getting to know you both. Find Ursapad on twitter here

Couples Who Slay Together  – Trimble & Vershalla

Couples Who Slay Together  – Trimble & Vershalla

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?

Trimble: we have been together for 9 years, I’m told. I thought it was , but after a re-education process, I’ve been corrected. We met at my work. I was her boss, it’s probably the only time I got to tell her what to do.

Vershalla: we first met about 19 years ago when he was going out with a friend. I then went to work for him twice, but he doesn’t remember me til 2004.

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


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?

T: overall, we play a lot of the same games when we are around each other. We’ve got a good selection of board games that we play with my daughter and find the games we play keep us a close knit family. In the case of WoW, when my daughter is with her mum, we can party up for a dungeon run or two.

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

T: we play both sides and lately, we’re mostly Alliance. However, the Banshee Queen is our Queen. Even if she turns evil we would follow.

V: he lives for his Queen. I follow Theron.

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

T: in game, I’m always trying to get them into 5 mans or some new levelling or PvP. My daughter loves PvP, but Vershalla loves running achievements or old raids.

V: I don’t Raid current content, so my gear is low and Trimble kills stuff too fast, so I usually have to pick stuff up. He’s right though. Achievements are what I prefer to do now. I did like when Old raids had a bit of a challenge to completing them. Back before they made the numbers squish, we would duo a lot of raids and some would actually require strategy. Now you just walk in and nuke everything in sight.

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

T: sharing a gaming hobby definitely helps the relationship. Varshalla knows I love to Raid and gives me the time to do it. When I say to her “I’m about to do a Mythic+”, she knows I’m concentrating for the next 20mins and will then be free to help her with whatever IRL stuff she needs me for.

B: yes, it helps stop a lot of arguments. My friends have husbands who game and they can’t understand the time commitment, or what it means when he’s playing a CS:go match. For instance, one does women’s rugby training and fully understands when she’s on the pitch, she’s in game mode and has to focus. But she can’t understand what her husband is doing for 6 hours a week.

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

V: I ride him. *giggle*

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?! 

V: he’s the Raid leader in game, he has the most experience.

T: she says that, but in reality I keep making suggestions on what we do until I get to the one she wants to do.

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

T: Back when we started playing, in told her the second we had an in game incident that result in an IRL argument, that we wouldn’t be playing anymore. Thankfully, nothing has been too serious to date. The worst one was probably my fault: we were doing the Fierelands achievement where you bring Lord What’s-His-Face around the zone. I failed to explain the start correctly. V was healing at the time, and wasn’t that mobile on her Disc Priest… after the wipe we had a bit of a tiff. We logged after that, as the stress level was too high and it was close to a proper argument.

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?

T: I always end up killing. It’s always the way.

V: it sparkles… I have to click it. Not going to lie, this made me LOL.

Where do you see your future in gaming?

V: Even before we were a couple, we gamed. I was SEGA, he was Nintendo. Right now, it looks like we will move to board games as the family grows. Getting children into board games is important I think, as we have far too much screen time. Sitting around a table talking and laughing is far better.

 

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

T: I play a lot more. I want to keep Vershalla and my daughter interested in the game. If it means I have to pass on a rare mount when it drops, I’ll do it. This 3 man team is more fun than a mount I wouldn’t use.

Thank you for the excellent interview, guys. It’s uncanny how similar to us you sound… I reckon we would be good friends if you were closer 😀 



Check out their Twitter: Trimble and Vershalla.

Couples Who Slay Together – Sirius & Spazz 

Couples Who Slay Together – Sirius & Spazz 

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! Could you introduce yourselves?
Sirius: I’m Spazz’s partner and resident art gremlin; I’m a graphic designer by day and an artist by night~ I’m also a Blizzcon badge maker and I have my own Etsy store (but I’m currently closed for badge season). I love how it has its own season 😀

Spazz: I’m Spazz and I co-host the Reins of Azeroth podcast with Cinder, where we talk about collecting mounts, pets, and achievements in WoW. *waves a RoA banner* big fan!



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 in 2006 in high school and we were the best of friends; we started dating in 2009 (even though our friends thought it had been much earlier!) And we’ve been together since – so almost 8 years now!

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

We don’t live together yet so our desks are reeeeally far apart 😦

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

A bit of both 🙂 Spazz plays PS4 more than anything and Sirius spends a lot of time SWITCHing it up ;P hehe! But quite often most PC games are played together.

With the current political situation it’s only right we ask your affiliation: HORDE OR ALLIANCE?
We swing both ways ;P Pandaren FTW. Whoever makes the best food and grog. /nod /cheers *hic*


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

Sirius likes to dress up as a birb/moose/bear/elf man (Malfurion) and support Spazz while he moo-ders (E.T.C.) everyone in the Nexus. But, there’s also DnD and card games we play with our guildmates.

As a couple, do you find sharing your gaming hobby helps your relationship?
Yes. But only when there’s no loot involved xD
Sirius: *cough*ribbonbirb*cough* I feel there’s more to this story….




*ahem* who rides who on the two seater mount?
If Sirius was in charge of the flying we wouldn’t get to where we needed to– OH LOOK! SHINY THING!
Or get where we needed to go on ti– SHINEEEEEY!

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?!

It’s a bit of give and take 🙂 we both have our strong points!
Spazz: no, it’s me. See the above question.
Sirius: (; ̄Д ̄)

What’s been the biggest, how can I say this… marital dispute… whilst gaming together?
Spazz: Ribbon birb (Ashes of Al’ar). Ahh this explains it! 

Sirius: mwahaha! I got it fair and square!

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?
Sirius likes shiny things and has tissue paper armour (Mage) I feel your pain! so Spazz does the killing and Sirius does the– THERE’S MORE SHINY THINGS OVER HERE!

Where do you see your future in gaming?
Probably more WoW~ or an old married couple PvPing it out to see who has to do the dishes this time.

Ok, the million pound question. You’re farming a rare mount. Neither of you has it. It drops. Who gets it?!!
True story time first:
Sirius read the question and started cackling about the Ashes of Al’ar. Spazz grumbled, turned around, said goodnight and started to pretend to snore xD

Real answer:
It really depends on the mount, if it’s something one of use really wants the other is more than happy to pass on it.

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

Sirius:
Twitter: @SuperSiriusXIII

Website: http://supersirius.net

Spazz:
Twitter: @SpazzWesson

Website: http://reinsofazeroth.com

RoA Twitter: @Reinsofazeroth

Couples Who Slay Together – EJ & Simes

Couples Who Slay Together – EJ & Simes

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 E-J and Simes, we live in London with our SmokeyCat and have been married for 16 years. Simes does things with computers and E-J helps nurse sick animals back to health.
Could you share a pic of you together – either IRL or in game, we don’t mind!

Here we are spinning around in The Vortex Pinnacle 🙂

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

We met in Cambridge about 21 years ago, via mutual friends.

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

This is our current set up – Simon has 3 screens and I have 2. In our previous home, my computer was in the attic but I could see Simon through the attic hatch from where I was sitting and so could throw socks at him to get his attention if he had his headphones on 🙂 sock throwing is an excellent form of communication I feel!



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

We mostly play Warcraft but atm our mains are in different guilds as Simon is interested in more progressive raiding than I am but even so, I think sitting next to each other means that even when we are doing different things in game, we still feel like we are gaming together.

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

Alliance Prevails!! /cheer!

 I have just dinged a Tauren Paladin to 110 and am loving her. I main a Gnome Mage (me too! Woop!) Simon mains a Shadow Priest – we do like alts but this has been a slow expansion for them.

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

Erm, either raiding or battlegrounds I think – being a Gnome makes me an excellent target so that Simon can sneak up behind people and get his dots rolling.

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

Definitely – I think it helps greatly when you play an MMO and you appreciate that sometimes it’s not just your partner who is doing something, but they are grouped up with other RL people so you can’t just down tools and go AFK at the drop of a hat. It’s great on long journeys as well as we try and work out where the story could go next and come up with daft ideas together. The family that plays together, stays together.

*ahem* who rides who on the two seater mount?
I ride Simon – he ususally has an addon that has told him where we need to go so it’s easiest to let him be in charge. Maybe this is why I do all the driving IRL…

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?!
Co-leads – each of us brings different skills and strengths to the relationship and between us we have a great balance.

What’s been the biggest, how can I say this… marital dispute… whilst gaming together?
We have different approaches to leveling and whilst it can be fun doing it together, as Simon has raid requirements to hit, he often needs to level much faster at the beginning of an expansion than I do and that did lead to some tension. So now we set off together but don’t worry if one of us gets ahead of the other – we’re always happy to go back and help each other with quests.

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?
Whoever’s AOE is better will do the killing – we like to be efficient!

Where do you see your future in gaming?
Staying with WoW while the story is so compelling and after that, we would want to find a different RPG to roll characters in together. To be honest as long as we’re in the same gaming world, it’s all good.

Ok, the million pound question. You’re farming a rare mount. Neither of you has it. It drops. Who gets it?!!
Simon would try and insist I got it, I would demand that we roll for it!

You two sound like you have a great setup together 🙂 thanks for taking part!

I’d also just like to say a massive thank you to Simes at this point for being so helpful with my endless nooby questions. Thanks pal ❤

Check out EJ here and Simes here.

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.

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

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 🙂

Marathal’s twitter is here and Blog is here. Thanks so much for talking with us today!