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.

Radio Silence

Hello!

Just dropping in to apologise in advance for few updates in the next couple of weeks. Our IRL stuff is so busy with weddings and work and kids that we haven’t had much time to play.

I have, however, scheduled lots of our Community Project posts which are  absolutely brilliant to read, learning about the people in our lovely community so do keep an eye out for those.

See you next week,

Mr and Mrs B ❤

Couples Who Slay Together – Quaide & Kal

Couples Who Slay Together – Quaide & Kal

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.

Can you introduce yourselves?   

We are Quaide and Kal or Kevin and Brenda, respectively.

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 started dating in 1999. We’ve been married 17.5 years. We have 3 children. We met in South Korea.

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

We pretty much play all the games together. We do most things together. We are “that couple”. N’awww!




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

FOR THE HORDE!!!

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

RAID! Quaide is one of our main raid tanks. I, Kal,  just do DPS. Pff, no “just” about it… us DPS are as important! 😉




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

Well, sharing a hobby is going to be a boon to any relationship whether it’s gaming or something else. I hear a lot of irritation goes on in relationships where just one member of the couple games. Gaming takes up a lot of time, I can certainly see where it could hurt a relationship.

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

99.99999% of the time, Quaide is the driver on the two seater mount. 
Who is the raid leader in your relationship?

Again, 99.99999% of the time it’s Quaide. I am perfectly happy to surf the Internet as he drives me from world quest to world quest. 100% agree – I love being chauffeured around! 


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

Don’t get ahead of me (Kal) while we are farming stuff.  Oh, and if you get something new for your PC, I get the same upgrade…needed or not!  LOL

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? 

Quaide kills since he is a tank and won’t die while I run around and pick stuff up.

Where do you see your future in gaming? 

 Someday, someday we will be retired (hahahaha we will be working til we are 80 – dream on!) and might actually have time to play more than one toon.  We prefer playing a game to watching TV. 
Ok the million pound question. You’re farming a rare mount. Neither of you has it. It drops. Who gets it? 

LOL we will most likely roll for it and I will almost definitely lose. Stupid RNG! 

Thanks so much for chatting with us, guys. Check out Kal’s Twitter and Quaide’s here

Community Project: All The Other Things!

Welcome to the final blog post in the “Warcraft Community’s Top Things To Do Before WoD” series!

This final post is an amalgamation of lots of other things that have been suggested that didn’t easily fit into a category.

Accessibility

“Something for everyone”

This received a staggering amount of votes compared to the rest of the subject in the category. If you think about it, WoW is one of the few MMO’s that offer such a massive range of things to do: from raiding and PvP to transmog and pet battles. You only have to glance at this project for a short selection of what we all enjoy. If this doesn’t keep you coming back, I don’t know what will.

Comics and Fan Fiction

We had to put this here as we are massive fans of the “Dark Legacy Comic series. Below are lists of some worthwhile things to read:

  • TEH GLADIATORS – Mr B has been reading this for YEARS and enjoys it a lot
  • LFG Comic – ditto as above
  • Trolling Azeroth. I’m going to put this person here as they produce some funny comics, albeit, not too regularly. Check them out!
  • War Crimes by Christie Golden has been recommended a lot but we still haven’t got round to reading it.

Lore

So many people suggested the Lore as one of the most important parts of the game. The story, experiencing the world from their characters point of view and the war are all mentioned. We are both very nooby about Warcraft lore, although we do enjoy reading it. We thoroughly enjoyed the short lore mini, “Lords of War” shown at the Cinematic Release:

Heallarious has also added a couple of other videos AND some books to read, see those here.

Finally, a few recommendations have been suggested which I’ll add below.

  • Lore for Noobs
  • Know Your Lore, WoWInsider
  • Nobbel87
  • Some of Aleveria’s favourite quest lines:  Fallen Hero in Icecrown, The Lady’s Necklace, Battle of Darrowshire, and Rhea’s Last Egg

As AXA says: “READ THE QUEST TEXT!”

Machinima

I literally had no idea what this was til @XimVewDew suggested it. Apparently “making [Warcraft] videos is the best ever!”… and apparently it’s a huge thing.

Mr B recommends “Blind”, telling the tale of  “a blood elf rogue trying to kill Onyxia in her human form in Stormwind”. I won’t say anymore, just watch it :p

Music

Neither of us has particularly sat and listened to huge amounts of the Warcraft soundtrack, which is rather embarrassing as I am a music teacher!! @ofgnomeregan has recommended the soundtrack below, specifically Track 9.

I think the best thing to do is get a compilation up on YouTube and discover the music for yourself. We have a lovely CD of various famous game music, which appeals to us nerds!

Professions / Farming

This is probably a very sensible thing to be doing pre-Warlords as there’s so much to farm: mounts, gold, materials for professions etc. If you have lots of alts and not all professions… WHY NOT?? They can make you a nice bit of cash too. See the Gold and Auction House post for more on that though.

@laplante_ent and @bunji05 both mentioned farming stuff for other people, which is really kind. It’s also a great way to help guildies, especially if they are gearing up and you can’t sell those old pieces of 496 gear.

My favourite professions are probably Archaeology (along with Twenty20 and others!) because of the pets and mounts (and achievements!) you can earn. I also like fishing for the same reason, and the fish do sell especially if you fish at the beginning of an expansion.

Transmogrification

“This is what makes my characters look DAMN GOOD!(Ikralla) If you haven’t tried it yet, please do. Many love running the old raids for the perfect piece of mog kit!

World Design

What can I say? Isn’t the World of Warcraft beautiful and amazing? Loads of us post screenshots like they’re going out of fashion and there are loads of blog events which celebrate just this.

We all have our favourite places to hang out: Halfhill, Jade Forest, Nagrand, Zangermarsh… the list is almost endless. The sheer diversity – from mountains to valleys, from snow to desert, what more could you ask for? If you don’t have the Explorers achievement and title yet, go and do it. The world is outstanding.

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Community Project: Raiding and PvP

Welcome to the ninth blog post in the “Warcraft Community’s Top Things To Do Before WoD” series!

Raiding

This was a very popular topic of suggestions, from casual raiding, to Heroic progression and gear farming. I’ll add any quotes I don’t use next to their owners at the foot of the page – please do scroll down and check them out.

If you haven’t geared up yet, this is really the easiest and most perfect time to do it. With the Timeless Isle, valour and rep buffs and the upgrade system, it’s pretty easy. The best thing is? You don’t have to go into LFR to get to a pretty good gear level! Yay!

For those who have geared up and are wanting to raid but can’t find a group, I’d recommend trying Twitter first (we might be able to put you in touch with someone if you’re desperate!). If not, Open Raid. Open Raid is a site where you can register to the raid you’d like to complete (old or new) and the group is formed online. This obviously increases your immediate player base.

Remember, if you’re a causal player like ourselves, flex raiding is probably ideal for you. Don’t feel pressured into comitting time each week to wipe 38455389 times on Thok if you don’t want to. With cross-realm raiding in place, this has become very flexible indeed.

Challenge Modes

I’ve mentioned this before here. I know it’s not exactly “raiding”, but it certainly requires the same skills and you do get some excellent rewards (mounts, gold, transmog gear). I’d recommend trying these if you’ve exhausted SoO (I know I have!!).

Old Content

This was also a popular suggestion. Old content (upto Firelands) can be solo’d pretty easily now. You can 3 man Firelands without too much trouble too if you have some gear, so we would really recommend working your way through the achievements (MOUNTS!) and experiencing the raids if you haven’t before. Or if you want some pretty axes from ICC. Or the legendaries from Black Temple. Or the pets from SSC.  Lots of stuff to choose from!

Fancy a bit of fun? Check out our Naked Raids at Molton Core / Black Temple.

Two little red kittins having a play fight

IRL druids playing IRL PvP. If only it was this cute in WoW!

PvP

This wasn’t as popular as I thought it would be, but Mr WoW loves it so much it’d be horror if I didn’t!! Here’s his advice:

It’s hard at first, as it’s a completely different skill set (although some may disagree). The best thing I can advise is to PRACTICE. The more the better. Keep your temper, and remember it’s not PvE – you die a LOT. You can buy beginner gear off the auction house, covert justice or just spam random battlegrounds until you get enough honour – it accumulates quickly.”

Also – remember the PvP mounts! If there’s ever motivation needed, it’s for those bad-boys!

As @XimVewDew sums up: “owning people’s faces <3″.

There are lots of PvP guides out there if you’re hesitant. I have a full PvP set (non-conquest because I can’t arena) but honestly, I do more damage in my PvE set so I just smash people looking fabulous. If you’re still worried, I’d recommend going with a pal, because repeatedly dying can get very boring when you’re alone!

I’m currently doing a “How To Survive PvP” series, so check back soon for that if you’re interested.

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  • @XimVewDew
  • @laplante_ent: [I’d recommend] casual raiding (which is hard to find with most being hard core & openly hostile to anyone that maybe isn’t as “good” as they should be)
  • Velgana: (Old Raids) “There is always someone out there who is looking to get that certain tier set or even that one perfect piece to complete their transmog. Not to mention some of the really awesome mounts that have a chance to drop.”
  • @Boomy_CTR“Why I play: soloing content. I solo everything, trying Firelands right now.”
  • @Mementh“raiding!! Helping friends gear up!”
  • Matt : (Raiding) “Fighting bosses and interacting with wonderful people is fun!
  • Heallarious: “I know this isn’t really any special, but without raiding, I wouldn’t still be playing this game. Overcoming challenges together with your guildies is one of the best things there is gaming wise, standing out progress wise just makes my special snowflake glow!” [He wrote about his favourite raid too – go read it! 😉 )
  • DrHannah: (Old content runs) “ I love going back to old raids/dungeons at max level to try to solo/duo them. I’ve managed to duo everything up to Lich King raid, and hoping that will be more manageable once I hit 100.”

 

 

 

Community Project: Quests

Welcome to the eighth blog post in the “Warcraft Community’s Top Things To Do Before WoD” series!

If I’m honest, I probably wouldn’t have included this topic, but many people have suggested it: “The simple grinding with a reward (either a level up or a quest reward), and sometimes you meet new friends =) Even though I’ve done it countless of times and I know many quests already by heart, it doesn’t bore me.” (Haenlic)

I’m not the greatest fan of levelling (says she with 10 level 90’s), but here we go anyway with some fun quest suggestions!

Lorelei has even written a whole chapter about her favourite quests! Read them here.

Level an alt

Some people *cough* not us *cough* are altoholics and clearly enjoy trying new characters/race combinations. It sounds obvious, but if you haven’t tried the opposite faction or a certain class or even another server, this is the time to try. Instead of questing, try levelling through PvP or dungeons. Little changes to your routine can be invigorating. Promise.

The Insane Title

Exactly what it says on the tin… you’ve got to be insane to try it. However, the rewards are great if you dare. I haven’t yet started it, but you can get lots of info here. You can’t possibly complain about having nothing to do if you haven’t yet completed this… I suppose.

The Quest for Green Fire

I’ve tried this sooooo many times on my Warlock. I’ve come to the conclusion that my skill and gear level is lacking and it’ll have to wait until I become more patient, or one of them improves. However, the effect is really cool and it’s really worth perseverance. If you haven’t got a Warlock and fancy the challenge, perhaps this is a good candidate for your level 90 boost.

I won’t regurgitate the Internet, as all the info you need can be found here. I can recommend a YouTube guide by Sparkuggz which is below.

If you have tried this and need some encouragement to continue, we have a couple of friends who managed to complete it below 500 ilvl.

Yeah, the first thing I thought was “HAX!” too :p

Loremaster

I did this, bane of my life, but if you’re an achievement hunter or lore enthusiast, this is right up your street. YES, it’s a time grind, but it’s not the worst I can think of and you get a nice title. Gogogo!

Brawler’s Guild Special Bosses

I love the Brawler’s Guild, it’s not a secret. In itself, there’s no questing however, certain quest lines and boss kills in Pandaria grant you access to a quest in the Brawler’s Guild which award you gold and a special vanity item… and ultimately a meta achievement for killing them all. They range in level and skill, but they’re really fun and worth seeking out if you’ve already finished with the ranks.

Try Grandpa Grumplefloot to start, he’s awesome.

The Day Deathwing Came

@Schmonzh from Twitter suggested this and we agree – it’s a really fun quest. If you’ve levelled through Badlands you’ll know it well: several NPCs tell you their account of the day Deathwing came and you relive the story through them. It is fantastically silly, but punching him in the face is fab.

Nomi

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Old picture, but just as cute ^^

This adorable creature is part of the Halfhill daily and rep quests. Once you’ve finished To Be A Master, you can buy the Cooking School Bell with 100 tokens and the daily quests unlock. I’ve written about the process in a bit more detail here.  Not only do you feel wise when you impart your knowledge upon your apprentice, but you also get free stuff and it’s REALLY easy.

In fact, I’m just going to put the whole of the Halfhill quests and experience here. I love the place. You can read more about my enchantment with the area here.

Other

I loved this answer by Lexicon of Power:

“Bonus: the sound that plays when I accept and complete quests

This brings me back to the first day I played WoW, and still gets me every time. It makes me think of hunting and learning and ADVENTURE! And adventuring is what it’s all about.”

Twitter

Click here for all of the suggestions submitted via Twitter. There’s some excellent quest lines to pursue!

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Community Project: Mini-Games

Welcome to the seventh blog post in the “Warcraft Community’s Top Things To Do Before WoD” series!

This is one of the most fun of the blog posts we’ll be doing. Mainly because I love mini-games… but every adult has an inner child I think ^^

Pet Battles

I KNOW everyone has their own opinions of these beauties, but I’m going to put them in because I love them. And lots of people suggested them. But primarily because I love them. Not gonna lie.

If you’re truly bored and you’ve never tried pet battles, this is the place for you. It’s not like Pokémon, I promise. Ok, a tiny bit, but it’s worth it. There are lots of achievements up for grabs, from PvE to PvP, collecting, battling and completing goals. If that isn’t tempting, how about all the cute pets you can have? Or how about completing the Celestial Tournament? I’ve recently completed this and I have to say, although it’s really frustrating, the adrenaline when you finally complete it is a-may-zing.

There are many many people who write about pet battles and I couldn’t possibly mention them all. However, I will link a couple of guides to get you started:

  • WoWhead. This is a pretty conclusive guide to the whole tournament, including the set-ups for all teams and alternative pets. It doesn’t always use store bought pets either which is good. The comments are also really helpful from other players and their experiences. I recently found a comment buried deep down and it worked perfectly after over an hour of trying different combinations of pets.
  • WoWWiki has a clear description of strengths/weaknesses near the bottom of the page.
  • Liopleurodon. I love her and her blog. Very helpful, very approachable. Highly recommended (even if I don’t really understand the technical talk!). Lots of in-depth strategies and guides here.
  • Matt (aka Heallarious) is a pretty cool guy and has helped me a lot with pet battles. He’s also a contributor to this project so if you’re looking for a basic, workable guide, this is for you.
  • Warcraft Pets. Some good information here on pets and where to obtain them.

Singing Sunflower

This is a fun little mini-game called Peacebloom vs Ghouls based up in Hillsbrad which is similar to the Plants vs Zombies game. You work your way through the levels and if you’re successful you get a very cute little battle pet, the Singing Sunflower. I actually found it quite tricky to get the hang of, and it took about an hour to obtain my little pet. Worth doing, for sure… and really fun too!

Hearthstone

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Hearthstone is the new card game from Blizzard. It definitely deserves a mention here, although it isn’t technically World of Warcraft, it is based upon the game.

Neither of us are Hearthstone impresarios – we have done enough to get the shiny Hearthsteed mount, but that’s all. Here are a few tips we can give you. Google will probably be just as helpful :p

  1. Remember, it’s just a game. Definitely not worth throwing your pc out the window for
  2. RNG sucks
  3. The more you play, the better you get. Even if you loose every game like us.
  4. Watch other people play (via Twitch etc) as this does help your understanding
  5. For the mount, you must win 3 games. All we did was go full offensive: used a beginner shaman deck; used as many minions as possible in the deck, put as many minions/totems down as possible to overwhelm the other player, then full nuke. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked like a charm.

Sentinal and Warden’s Games

This isn’t technically a mini-game I suppose, but I always enjoy them, so I couldn’t miss it out. Part way through the quest line, you’re lead underground to explore the area and have to complete the games above. If you haven’t quested in Badlands, I recommend passing through to complete this quest chain as they’re really fun.

The Skyrace

It’s amazing, but I’ve written about it before for the project so I won’t repeat myself… click here to read.

Shadow Hopper

This is again related to the Order of the Cloud Serpent’s rep grind. When the daily called “Catch!” is up, speak to the quest giver to be given a ball to play catch with your little serpentling. Catch it 25 times for the achievement.

yourhatchling

It’s a pretty simple game, truth be told, but can be tricky because of the mobs and scenery in the vicinity. It appears the quest is still bugged however, so your tries are cumulative – if you drop it, start again and it should count towards the 25. Whether they will fix this remains to be seen. Anyway, it’s a fun achievement!

Argent Tournament

Ugh I can’t believe I’m putting this here, as I’m not a fan, however if you like a mindless grind with lots of reward, this is for you. The whole thing awards plenty of mounts and it’s not hard. The mini-game itself is a jousting tournament between yourself and Champions of other factions. It’s pretty fun the first few times. 4 months later, perhaps not so much. Needless-to-say, only one suggestion by @Ngakma for the Tournament, BUT if you want pretty mounts and pets I encourage you to go play being a Knight.

There are probably many more, please feel free to add them in the comments below. Definitely give them a go if you haven’t already!

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