Couples Who Slay Together – Philip & Lisa

Couples Who Slay Together – Philip & Lisa

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?

P: My name is Philip and I’ve (in some type of form) been playing games ever since I can remember. My affection for Blizzard games goes back to Warcraft 1 that I played with my dad – and since it’s been the main gaming franchise I use.

L: My name is Lisa and I haven’t played games “all my life”. Before I met Philip I only played Sims 3: Pets and then we got to Pandaria together and that’s what caught me. 

We’re both Swedish! I wanted to make an Ikea joke, but Mr B says that would be childish in a serious interview like this, so I’ll continue… 😉 

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 when we were 17. We were at the same school and eventually ended up in the same class. High school sweethearts, that’s lovely! We weren’t that active in playing games (either of us) for the first year or two but we tried many online/co-op games which led us to what we like to play today – games that we can play together (couch games?).
Show us a picture of your setup?

Lisa, you have a beautiful space, very relaxing!

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

At first we played every game together – now we’ve realized that our tastes in games are different but mostly we still play together. If it’s online – we play it with the both of us!

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

Well that’s a tough question… Our absolute first characters together were Worgen.. We didn’t really get that far; level 25 or so. Then our mutual friend kinda pulled us to Horde and we became a gaming trio in WoW! However recently, we decided to give Alliance another go and here we are. FOR THE ALLIANCE!

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

Honestly the most fun activities we’ve done together have probably been with whatever guild we were in. We have a history from other games to hold large guild activites and it has kinda carried over to WoW. We also like transmog runs! Ooh shinies! But honestly, just multiplayer games where co-operation is required: Minecraft, Gears of Wars, Halo, Little Big Planet etc. Whatever we can work together in is the SHIZZ!

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

Absolutely! Because it’s a big passion for the both of us we find it easier to communicate with each other since we have similar hobbies (usually). We also have mutual online friends which like the same things the both of us enjoy. Co-op games have made us work together overall.

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

P: I mean… Let’s get something straight here. If there’s an achievement that is required for flying, I have it way before Lisa does, and usually our mutual friends. Meaning I’m the taxi that never gets paid… It’s just how it is.

L: I have bad memorization of map layouts and I’m just kinda too lazy. I have the 2 seater mount but… I barely ever use it.

Who is the raid leader in your relationship?! 

P: I mean I guess I am? I might not always put the groups together or so but – if there’s a raid and a boss to kill I’m usually the one explaining what to do or going in “I’m in CHARRGEEE now!”

L: I like to get told what to do: “Don’t stand in that – don’t do that – do that!” he’s like my personal DBM! Sounds like a great thing to have 😀

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

P: I mean… We had a time where I had a Minecraft server we built a bunch of stuff on. I gave her admin for ONE second and guess what? Fudging squids and TNT everywhere in my castle! Outrageous!

L: I don’t think we’ve necessarily ever had a big problem together whilst gaming. Mhm.. I don’t think so.
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?

P: Honestly I think Lisa is the one who would collect the beads. I would probably try to be as effective as possible in killing them candle grabbing bonkers whilst Lisa is running after me trying to fit all those beads in her hands!

L: What he said.. I like picking up things. Ooh shinies! Me take candle!

Where do you see your future in gaming?

P: Uhm overall I think the amount we play now is probably the biggest we ever will. We’re in our mid twenties, I’m soon done with studies meaning my freetime will expire when I’m done. Then it’ll mostly be work, the occasional gaming period and spend my time doing other things!

L: Uhm – I’m about to start studying for 4 years. I’ll probably have a lot of freetime where I can play but after that.. We’ve been together for a lot of years now and we’re soon in that phase where we want a family which will leave little time to play around. It will probably always be a big part of us and probably for our kids. Probably a lot less multiple games and maybe just focus on one when that time comes.

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

P: Honestly.. I’d probably say her. I’ve never been a mount fan. I have my Yak with merchants and my 2-seater. I’m more of a toy collector! GET. ALL. DEM. SHINY. TRANSFORMATIONS!

L: Depends on how much the other person wants it. If it’s a rare mount he wants, that I don’t want – he’ll get it. But if we both want it we will roll! I can’t think of any mounts that I want though, I have my favorites for now!

Thank you both so much for taking part, it sounds like you have a great gaming relationship! 

Check out Lisa on twitter here

A Magical Wish (and a lot of luck!)

A Magical Wish (and a lot of luck!)

I wasn’t going to blog tonight… but I couldn’t wait to show you this!!!

I HAVE BEEN FISHING FOR THIS FOR 3 YEARS!!! YES!!!!!!!!

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Oh he’s so cuuuuute! We are going to be friends I know it.

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I’ve been popping to the Terokkar lakes when I have a minute forever. I’ll be the first to admit after a long initial grind I just kind of gave up, so on the off chance I spent half an hour tonight and voilà. Amazing what happens when you least expect it.

Even better? I got the Crawdad on the first wish. Bostin’!

Oh, whilst I’m here… check out this pretty Suramar sky 🙂

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Have a beautiful evening ❤

So Close, Yet So Far.

So Close, Yet So Far.

Many of you have probably been following my never ending narrative on Twitter about my never ending quest for the never ending Pathfinder achievement.

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I still rage quit a lot TBF.

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Yep, love flying!

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If you remove the questing-for-a-purpose element from questing, it *almost* becomes enjoyable. In some parts of the world. Sometimes.

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Loved doing this questline. Credit where credit is due. Etc.

Let’s get this straight from the start:
1. I know, and appreciate, that this was weeks worth of content. Blizz did good.

2. Suramar, for those who like story, is fab. Scenery is beautiful. Zone is well thought out. Movement around the zone, although irritating, is good.

3. I like that I’m not just killing demons all the time.

4. I appreciate catch up mechanics for Alts have been well thought out.

5. I average around 1.5hours of play a day, all being well. I’m not including Mr B in this as he doesn’t do grinds. No way, this is her idiocy, I gave up long ago… I’d rather walk.

6. I understand why gating mechanics are there and they serve a purpose for which, in current content, is needed.

HOWEVER… this grind is too damn long. I decided about a month ago that it was pointless trying to do other stuff I’m desperate to do like fishing for the artifact and pet battling when everything would be quicker and easier with flying. So for the past few weeks I have been focusing entirely on finishing the storylines I missed in questing, and getting the rep I need.

LOOK HOW CLOSE I AM.

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It seems though, I’m now gated by Rep.

We are all familiar with a rep grind. In fact, I quite like an old fashioned rep grind. But this isn’t just a pew pew rep grind. This is a You-Can-Only-Earn-A-Certain-Amount-Of-Rep-Per-Day-Because-This-Content-Has-To-Last-A-Patch rep grind. These types of rep grind NEED TO ROLL OVER AND DIE.

Here’s what I reckon. I’m no mathematician, so forgive the rounded numbers:

  • Av. 5 WQ / session online = 75-250 rep = average 500-700rep daily (more if I’m lucky with the elite quests!)
  • Feed all NPCs = 200-300 rep daily
  • Withered training (once or twice weekly, I’m rubbish at it though!!) = 300rep
  • Emissary once weekly = 1500
  • Kirin Tor quests once weekly (I’m so bad, Mr B has to do them for me, he couldn’t this week though so I missed it) = 1500 rep

Plus odd quests, rewards from missions etc = av. 100 rep daily?

Equals around about 7500 rep per week? IF I get everything done in my limited time. I need 22k rep for the final quest line… it’ll take me nearly A MONTH to do get flying. Baring in mind of course, I have to factor in things like farming the mana, completing the quest lines (which means I don’t then have time to farm the WQ) and doing the Invasion, which without flying takes me usually about 40mins.

See why I’m discouraged?! Maybe the stars will align and I’ll get a nice run of elite WQ or something, but I’m starting to get a big miffed they haven’t removed this rep gating yet.

/growl

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! 

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge #21

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge #21

What do you have in your bags?

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We suggested this topic because it is THE BIGGEST argument we have in game. It’s ridiculous really, because he’s the one with the issue and IT DOESN’T EVEN AFFECT HIM.

I can’t stand her bags. There’s no organisation. There’s too much in them. They’re messy. You can’t find stuff. She doesn’t have bags dedicated to certain things.

It absolutely does my HEAD in.

Here are mine, this is what they should look like.
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I love an organised bag. I would usually use BagOn or similar, but our current PC can’t run addons so I’m going at it alone. As you can see, consumables, junk, mats, gear… all have their place.

Whereas look at this abomination….

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He takes the Micky, but this is actually pretty good for me… there’s space and it’s quite well organised. Let’s have a look. The challenge was not to tidy them up, so when I logged in I took a picture of how I finished the day before. Excuse the trash items and stuff… it’s a bit messy, but it’s me 😀

Backpack is – as it suggests – stuff I use regularly. I hate that this is only 16 slots… why haven’t they updated this?! I keep Hearthstones, useful trinkets, health potions, bandages and usually fishing gear as I swap in and out of that a lot.

The big hexweave bag on the left is always profession stuff. Fish, mats, cloth, other crafting reagents. This isn’t usually enough space though, so it tends to overflow into the royal satchel above the backpack. I usually keep the class hall armour set things for the followers here too. The top most bag is always pet battles, food and fishing extras. The other bag is for everything else. Perfectly organised and if you changed things around I wouldn’t have a clue.

Her bags give me hives. Just for giggles, I’ll show you her bank bags.

You ready for this nightmare????

Sure?!

Here you go.

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I apologise for the complete laziness… it’s 10.30pm and I can’t be bothered to crop my backpack bags out 😀 I still don’t really understand why he gets so irate… everything is organised perfectly and I can locate the stuff I need. I will profess, after taking this picture I sold a few mats and got rid of the WoD follower armour I don’t need, but still.

WHEN are we going to get a Tabard storage system? It’s getting ridiculous now.

So, what are YOUR bags like: organised chaos or sparse and empty?

 

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.