Interviewing Nayrunia

Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! Today I have a wonderful special person as my guest! Many of you know her, many of you love her! She’s an artist, a gamer, a sweetheart, I’m talking about Cas!! Thank you for accepting my invitation!!

Hello! Thank you for inviting me! ^^ It’s fun being here since I’ve never done this kind of thing before.

You’ve been a highly requested guest so I’m glad to finally have you here! Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? How did you get into gaming?

Oooooh, funny story, haha. I’ve been into gaming for as long as I can remember, but it all started on my Nintendo 64 xD my first ever game was The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I’ve always found playing games a kind of way to vent all the energy I have, haha. I’ve always been very adventurous and using that trait through going to a whole new world is so awesome. Gaming is a huge part of me to this day and it helps me go through my life, making it easier to deal with things that are hard to face. For me it’s my escape, and a place where I can be myself. 

When did you understand that video games would forever be part of your identity? 

I don’t really know, I just love the idea of being somewhere else. I would never have been able to go through life without it. Since I never had a very easy time in school and no patience to sit still, I found it easier to just play to stimulate my brain a bit. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was between 10-12 years old, which explained the hyperactivity and lack of concentration, and it made everything harder. Gaming truly helped a lot through rough times and I’m happy I discovered it. I’ve always had video games near :). Most of my life is blurry to me under 10 years, but the video game part is easy to remember as its only good memories. 

What is the first videogame you really fell in love with? 

I would say Zelda all the way. The franchise is filled with adventure and for the first game I spent hours in, I fell for the different dungeons, all unique items, horse riding, sword fights, all being hidden behind an amazing storyline. There was so much adventure and puzzles to solve, keys hidden, bosses, you name it. I have a tattoo on my arm as a symbol of the game and how much I loved it. I still love it with all my heart, for a 10 years old a game like that is magical. I’m such a nerd, I know. xD

And what is your favorite game at the moment?

I have many favorites but currently I’m all wrapped up in Final Fantasy XIV. There is so much to the game. I really do love the story and the characters but also the fact that our character is so involved in the story. I really feel like I’m part of the game with my unique character. On top of that, I play with my best friend which makes everything so much more fun! 

How did you end up playing it?

Before I started playing FFXIV I played World of Warcraft for many years. I just lost interest in playing it and saw all the amazing screenshots from Final Fantasy. Both me and my friend Lexi moved to try the game, but I didn’t fall for it immediately because I had troubles downloading it and learning controls, my pc couldn’t take it so I’ve played it on ps4. I don’t regret staying to learn the game though, it’s amazing. ^^

What is your favorite ingame activity?

Leveling, I dunno why I find it so satisfying but I do. xD I had so many alts in WoW and I do in FFXIV as well, even though you don’t need alts there…..all classes on one character ya know. xD Other than that I do like farming mounts and stuff but also to do the different events. ^^ I can’t decide on one thing because there is so much to choose from. But apart from all that, the best thing to really do is playing with my best friend. 

Do you think you will ever get back to WoW?

As it seems now, no. :/ I don’t feel it at all, it got messy and the story just…no. I loved all about Legion and the beginning of BFA but I think it got too much off track sadly. I know many are disappointed I don’t post WoW anymore but I’m not gonna force myself to do something I don’t enjoy anymore. Besides, I remade most of my main characters in FFXIV. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

As I said at the beginning of our conversation, you are not only a gamer but an artist too!! What is your main inspiration?

Oh crap xD uhm, well…. my inspiration goes like a rollercoaster, sometimes it’s there sometimes it’s not. I don’t choose when I feel like drawing, I just do. Usually when I put on music I can get some inspiration from that, or if I really like a character or something like that ^^. When I’m bored or at a meeting I can easily draw a horse, unicorn or a dragon and it looks amazing but at home….nope! xD Like I said, rollercoaster.

What are your dreams and hopes for the future?

I dream about starting over somewhere else. I honestly have no clue what I’m doing 99% of the time and I’m trying to figure things out but it’s hard. I also miss my best friend/sister more than anything. All I wish is for things to work out but still there is always this struggle. I know one thing though: I’m not one to give up. I believe that things will get better, they always do and I WILL go see my best friend again even if I have to travel between countries. I’ve done it before, I can do it again. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

And we all wish you the best of luck!! Speaking of friends, how did you end up joining the ig gaming community?

I had been thinking a long time about sharing my gaming life with others, so I made my first gaming page which is called Playwithcas. I took pictures of the tv with my phone, that was my way of taking screenshots xD I was posting there for such a long time, games like Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Until Dawn, Skyrim and many other AAA games over the years. Sadly I also played the games too much and ended up losing interest…so I left the page because I just didn’t feel it anymore. I then made Casnayruna which today is called Nayrunia. I started posting WoW and today FFXIV. But this aside, the IG community for both WoW and FFXIV is like a family and I made so many friends there, along them is Lexi (Tinydragon.ffxiv) who grew from being my friend to becoming like a sister to me. I’m so thankful to be part of the community and for all the new friends I’ve made. 

Do you have a message for the community?

Yes. I just wanna say that life is too short to think about giving up. We all have our own hell but all of us have the strength to get through anything. So I ask you to not give up. Be yourselves and do things at your own pace. No one can force you to be something you’re not, so believe in yourselves and go kick ass ^^ you all got this!! 

We’ve talked about your passions and your friends but who is the person behind the gamer?

Oh, I’m just another weird girl with a giant heart who tries to fight her way through life. I may have had an awful past but that doesnโ€™t define who I am. I’m a god damn stubborn one, I tell ya! ^^

Are there any games you would like to try or replay?

There are countless games out there that I wanna try xD one day I will try more. As for replay, I may get on some old childhood games again soon. Games like Zelda, Jack and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, Super Mario and maaaany more! ^^ It will be fun to relive my childhood again, the good part of it.

And lastly the most difficult question of them all! Who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests?

Uhm, I’ve already seen most being interviewed xD I honestly don’t know….sorry.

And here ends our interview! Thank you very much for joining me this evening! It was a real pleasure getting to know you better!

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity ^^ it was fun! Thank you for the chance! 

And as always thank you all for joining me for another great interview and thank you to my trusted sidekick for all the help! Hope to see you all for my next interview!! 

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