Interviewing Cupid_wow

Hello and welcome back to my parlour! Please relax and enjoy my new interview, this time with a highly requested guest, Cupid_wow AKA Anna!! You all know her, she’s a gamer, artist, cosplayer, all-round nerd!

Let’s get to the essence of this interview, your life as a gamer! How did you approach to the gaming world?

I came in touch very young with the gaming world, to be more specific, my sister and I got a Nintendo64 as a christmas gift back then, we loved to explore the world of Super Mario and often played Mario Party with friends and our cousins, since then I never stopped playing games

So you you’ve always been a gamer! What was the first video game you fell in love with?

The first one I totally fell in love was Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, I was like 10 years old and always loved the Pokémon games, but I was really blown away by the emotional story of this side game. The first thoughts I had were that it was fun to imagine being a Pokémon itself but didn’t expect something deep to explore. Since then I kept playing every game in this series. Now I´m very excited after 14 years it gets a remake. It must be the same feeling like the Classic WOW server came back after 15 years for all the classic lovers.

What is your all time favorite video game?

It’s hard to name only one haha! I would say my all time favorites are Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Okami, Overwatch and World of Warcraft.

As you already mentioned it twice, you are obviously a world of warcraft aficionado, tell us more about your experience with the game! How did you start playing?

It started out with Overwatch haha. Overwatch was my first PC game and also my first multiplayer game, I met a lot of friends through the game, also a few I constantly meet in real life. One of them is a WOW player that loved the game since the first day of Classic. He told us he is currently playing on a classic private server and we decided to try that too and had a lot of fun making the very first experience in Classic. My character was a Night Elf hunter called “Xiisira”, that name was later given to my Zandalari Druid in retail. One day there was this free wow retail weekend and some of us tried it out. I made a worgen hunter named “Crescend” that I still play sometimes. And since that I got hooked on the retail version. That was a few days before BfA got launched.

All your followers know about a very special character you play in WoW! If you had to describe your OC with three words, what would it be?

Silphy Shadewing is my most known OC and definitely the OC I have put the most work into it of all OCs I have ever created in my life, haha. I would describe her with these three words: lawful, curious, independent

Tell us more about her!

Silphy was formerly a hunter (with a manasaber in company), spended her childhood in Darnassus with her mother but often traveled to Suramar seeing her father and sister. She seeked for more power to be able to protect her beloved ones as she realized for herself – through some conflicts and fights – she is not strong enough. While being in Suramar she heard of the Illidari which using demonic powers, gave her the inspiration becoming a half demon. To impress the Illidari she tamed herself a Felbat that became her inner demon and gives the power she now has. After the burning legion was defeated she still was not satisfied with her powers and abilities in comparison with other demon hunters. She still seeked for more power, a harder skin to protect. 
While wandering through different countries and cities she came across the marked in Tol’vir at Uldum. There she discovered a magical potion that caught her eye, blood of the dragon with the hardest skin on Azeroth – Slabhide. Blood for blood – she exchanged some of her demonic blood for this potion. After consuming this she got a more crystalised skin. With the metamorphosis the crystals growing bigger and being sharper. The manasaber later became her mount as it was her long time friend and an important part of her life. Later she got in touch with the tumult in Zandalar. She got lured in a trap by Zul the prophet and got killed by a horde of blood trolls. She got resurrected by Bwonsamdi having a deal with him. Silphy is currently working on to bring 1000 souls in exchange for a second chance in life.

What is your inspiration for your stories about your OCs?

The truth is… Everything and everyone! I get inspiration by listening songs, watching movies or show, talking with friends, reading stuff, own experience. Everything around me and everyone I´m interacting or seeing is what inspires me. It’s hard to tell an exact thing. It’s like being a sponge going out in the world and consume all information and experience, haha.

Besides your screens, you post many of your art pieces on your account and they are mainly inspired by WoW, tell us more about your artistic life!

I mostly enjoy drawing OCs, to be honest I love to create characters since I was a child. I love to think about a story (especially love stories hahahaha but surprisingly Silphy is the first one that doesn’t have one) what makes that character special but in a not too op way. I usually draw like 3 pics for a fandom but I really got hooked on my demon hunter, even tho I really wanna draw some of my other WOW characters like Xishira (formerly Xiisira) and Crescend. I actually didn’t plan staying too long in the WOW fandom, but this is the first time that many people interact with me and my OC and it makes it super fun to stay and even inspires me to continue art. Everytime I draw a pic of Silphy I have the thought “this is the last one, I really need to draw other stuff” but somehow when I finish it I got 3 more ideas for her. Then beginning one of the 3 ideas and while doing it getting 3 more ideas additionally, haha!

Talking about games and Blizzard, how did you get to know Blizzard games and how did you start playing Overwatch?

It actually was my close friend @viis.cvlt that introduced me to Overwatch. She showed me all the awesome cinematics and I was totally blown by the futuristic aesthetics and the story. She later let me play on her pc and that’s when I decided to spend money for a pc and the game itself. Meanwhile collecting the money through the months I already was deeply drown in the Overwatch fandom and even started creating my first cosplay – Tracer. And also creating my OC for Overwatcht (It was my first gay OC tho, had a slight crush on Tracer and was the first time ever having a crush on a girl XD)

Let’s get to a couple of questions from the community! First one is about one of your other passions, as I said in my premise, and that’s cosplay. Someone (and I’m sure many of the members) wants to know about what got you into cosplaying?

I never ever payed attention to cosplay until I started playing Overwatch. I got so inspired by seeing all those cosplays and it changed my mind and opinion about cosplays. It was really fun and challenging and also frustrating doing my first build – the goggles of tracer. It took me three attempts for getting a good resolution. I actually wish I had more time and money to do cosplay but at the moment I won’t do a new cosplay. BUT I have the dream to cosplay Silphy and even build wings and also Tracer´s Mach T skin as it is my all time favorite skin in game.

The other question from the community is, what made you pursue music?

Like art, music is something I enjoy doing since my childhood. Music is something that will be forever part of my life and my absolute dream would be to become a singer. I also enjoy playing the bass guitar as it’s a very unique instrument, even tho I wanted to learn guitar back then, I’m glad I came across a bass guitar and still love it. Like art, you can express every feeling that exist. And it’s also expressing movie scenes or a game sequence even more dramatic. It’s inconceivably going into a movie without music or a party without music. 
I also wanna express myself with music, the same way I wanna express with my art. It’s fun being creative in many different ways. Also doing cosplays or writings.

We’ve talked about art, gaming, cosplay, music but who is Anna besides all this? Who is the person behind the account?

I´m a student at the University of Vienna, Austria with a part-time job as a waitress. My major is korean culture and language and I’m currently in master’s degree. I´m actually from a small town located at the south of Austria next to a lake. 
The creativity is a big part of me, I´m known for being creative all the time and having big dreams, as I would say that are my trademarks haha! My cat is the most important thing in my life. We have experienced a lot in our lives and still glad I can spend time with her. I literally tell her everyday how much I love her. As I have posted it a few times, my cat has problems with her kidney and hyperthyroidism. Last year in April she collapsed and we had to go to emergency, diagnosed with epilepsy and the above listed illness, gladly the epilepsy disappeared shortly after but this was the hardest time in my life I ever experienced. (I even have to cry now thinking back how poor she was) The doctor said that she will most likely not live long as she have kidney stones that will slowly block the urine way and the hyperthyroidism that makes several symptomes when we can´t balance it with pills. She get pills daily and that’s also a challenge every day as cats don’t voluntarily eat pills. It also was financially and emotionally a challenge that still affects me today. We still have to go frequently to check ups, every visit costs money. Although I´m very glad she is still here and we spend christmas and my birthday in january together, next goal is to spend her birthday in may together.

We’ve talked about your inspiration in music and art but what inspires you the most for your gaming screens?

I usually take my screenshots spontaneously haha. It’s fun recording stuff I’m currently doing, but also sometimes forget to take some screenshots when I concentrate too much on the game. The only thing I plan are challenges. I make preparations and take several screenshots on one day and posting them later day by day. The fun thing is that I´m not spontaneous in real life. With many hobbies and university and part-time job, it takes a lot of discipline to organize the day.

Talking about your account and the marvelous community we are part of, how did you end up joining this crazy place?

It started with doing some WOW art and posting them on instagram. I loved to follow the blogs were people posted about their daily life in Azeroth and also got in touch with some people. Many of you know @zevrad_stargazer, he was the one that convinced me and inspired me to make my own gaming account next to my art and private life account. Before I did it I already was posting some screenshots in my stories and I thought it may be annoying my friends who don’t play games at all. XD 

Did being part of the community changed your approach to the video game world?

I would say yes. World of Warcraft is definitely a one of a kind game and also never played a game for so long. Before touching PC games I thought playing on a game 30-50h is long. XD Never was I so wrong. I play since almost 2 years constantly and on Silphy alone I have 1000h of gameplay. If it wasn’t for the community and my friends I surely wouldn’t play it anymore. I also have the unpopular opinion that BfA is great XD (most likely because I´m a zandalari fangirl). It’s actually the only expansion I actively played and I don´t know yet how appealing shadowlands for me will be, as I usually don’t like games with only dark atmosphere.

What does the community mean to you?

Inspiration. It’s amazing how everyone comes up with their OC or how they create their blog. I love to read about everyone´s OC and seeing what thoughts they put into them. Also daily life posts from Azeroth can be an inspiration or discovering something new I didn’t know yet about the game.

Do you have a message for the community?

Never let someone tell you your OC is shit or the way you play the game is wrong. Everyone enjoys another aspect of the game and it’s important to respect that. Never be afraid of posting your OC the way he/she is. As long as you like the OC that’s the most important thing. (Silphy is surely not perfect but that’s okay, maybe there are ppl who disagree with her story but I don´t mind, it’s just for the fun and enjoying the creativity)

As for everyone of my guests, I want to ask you, what would you say to someone who is a gamer but hasn’t joined the community, to make them become a part of the gaming family?

It’s totally okay to enjoy a game for themself and stepping into the community is everyone´s own choice. But it would be cool seeing new faces and everyone is happily welcome to join the community in whatever way. Also can understand if someone doesn’t want to be too much in the spotlight. Let the person know that it’s self-evident(?) that he/she can join whenever the person wants and gets a warm welcome.

And as always, as a last question, who are three accounts you would like to see as my guests? 

It’s hard to choose only three, there are many awesome personalities out there ❤

As for now I will choose @shynisti_darksong, @perranosthewarrior and @14szafer

Thank you for accepting my invitation and for being such a lovely guest! It was a real pleasure talking to you and getting to know you more! 

Awww thanks a lot to you too and putting so much effort in the interview and the community!

And thank you all who suggested Cupid_wow as my guest for this month and for reading this interview! And thank you for your support and interest!
See you all next month! Have a wonderful rest of the month! 

With love, 
Kylara. 

Interviewing Red.liar

Hello and welcome back to my parlour! Please relax, take a sit and enjoy my new interview with a very special guest! She’s an artist, a gamer, an animal lover and an absolute sweetheart. She’s also a very dear friend of mine and I am so happy that she agreed to be my guest, please welcome Red.lair!!


As I said you are a gamer, and what better way to start our gamersation than talking about your gaming experience! What was your first approach to the video game world? 


Good question! My first videogame experience was absolutely FFX, with which I fell in love since the beginning and is one of my favourite games. For what concerns online games… I got there rather late, I admit. I don’t even remember the name of the first game I played, but I’m sure it was a Free to Play Korean MMO. XD

What does gaming mean to you? What part does it play in your day to day life?

To me, gaming is relaxing and the chance to spend time with people I care about. I usually try to make room for 2 to 6 hours I can dedicate to gaming within a week. It’s not always possible, while some weeks I can even play more.

What’s your all time favorite game online and not?

My favourite online game is certainly FFXIV, despite its many and beautiful flaws, after roughly… 7 years? Yeah, I can say I’m really attached to it.
For the rest I’m in a re-discovery phase with other games, so will have to wait before being able to pass any kind of judgment.

You play a lot of FFXIV and this is the game you post about on your IG account. How did you first approach to the game? 

This is a funny story. I absolutely didn’t want to play FFXIV, I was completely sure about it! I knew a couple of people who played it and who had tried to make me create a character on their account, but I didn’t want to hear about it. Partially because I had just come out of a bad experience in another online game, partially because of the lazy excuse that my english is bad. That didn’t stop those people from placing a playstation in front of me with the game already installed, pad in my hand and say “play, we need healer so we can do content” and… yep, this is the way I started playing Final Fantasy! With horribly wrong info, no idea about what I was supposed to do and utter panic because… I couldn’t use Conjurer’s spells and I whacked mobs with my staff instead.

Did the gaming experience change over the years? 

Yeah, absolutely. In great part due to the people I’ve met. Gaming, differently from what many may think, it’s something that enriches you on a deep level, not only for what the game offers you, but also for what people share with you. Online games are the most evident form of growing like this on a personal level, but thinking about it single player games also have this way of uniting people. I challenge anybody to find a person who has played a single player game and who has never tried to involve someone else in it or who has never wanted to share their experience on a relevant forum.

What is your favorite thing to do in game?

I’d answer “playing”, because that’s really my favourite thing to do. Be it spending time taking screenshots with friends, farming dungeons, run maps or other kinds of content, as long as we’re having fun doing it, I’m game. I’m not the kind of person who fixates on a single aspect, in this kind of game, I like sharing my experiences! Be it 5 minutes or 2 hours long.

What is your inspiration behind your screens? 

Heh, another good question, this time it’s not so easy to answer! I’m totally useless when it comes to screenshots, everyone knows. They’re neither aesthetically nice, nor absolutely spectacular. They’re mediocre, but I’m aware of that. From when I started to nowadays, the visual quality jump is mostly due to the patience of the people I’ve met and who are close to me, I’ve had so many scoldings for the continuous over-exposure in my screenshots that I’ll remember it for life!  XD If I had to nail a specific reason/inspiration though, I admit I couldn’t, because at the base of my screenshots there’s two factors. 1) The people. The influence everyone around and close to me even through a simple chat has on myself is undeniable, as well as fundamental. 2) The story behind my characters. Their personalities, as well as their stories, is what allows me to have an idea on what kind of screenshot to take, or not. I’m a RP aficionado since time immemorial so it’s impossible this doesn’t influence me somehow. In all honesty, that’s what influences me daily in drawing… I’m just a bit better at that.

Your screens are absolutely amazing and you can see clearly the artistic eye behind them, so let’s talk about your second passion (and dare I say main), art, as you already talked about it a little! When did you first start drawing? 

You’re too kind, I’ll never stop saying it. ❤ To answer your question, I started drawing when I was little. I loved drawing and art, it was my obsession, so much that I went to art school. Unfortunately love and passion, together with a tad too zealous dedication, brought me to a really bad tendinitis and that meant a big stopping step, not to mention forceful total rest. For years, a bit due to discouragement, a bit due to the pain itself, I almost didn’t draw at all. This until I approached digital drawing and slowly got back to it -completely self-taught-. And with slowly I mean one or two drawings in a year, of such bad quality to induce children nightmares. Then, with enough support from close people, I’ve found the drive again, consistency and dedication to start again! A rather recent new beginning if we consider I completely got back to it 2 years ago, but the important thing is to start and never stop trying to improve.

So you were born as an artist! You didn’t choose art, art chose you! Tell us more about your artistic life, what part does it have in your daily routine? 

I should make a “Art chose me” pin! And I’m not saying anything else to avoid profanity. xD Back to us, I dedicate to it more or less 3/4 of my day, beginning in the morning and sometimes detracting from sleep when inspiration calls! The rest is completely dedicated to my animals, whom are actually part of my artistic routine since, when I draw, they’re always near me and are always the first ones to put their approvement seal on my works.

Besides being and artist, and a gamer, as I said in the premise and you just reminded us, you are an animal lover! Tell us more about who is the person behind the account and please tell us everything about your fluffy/feathery babies!

Hahahah this answer might be very, very long! Well, what can I say? It’s absolutely true, I LOVE animals, even those that scare me the most like dogs (and I’m not considering insects. I suffer from a really bad form of arachnophobia and entomophobia). I grew up having almost always at least one animal in the house, if not three or twenty altogether. Most of them were rescued, if not from the road, from an unsuitable domestic environment for these feathery/furry friends and I took care of them within my possibilities. I don’t like saying or thinking to have brought them to a “respectable end”, some were already old when I got them, others very sick, but I like to believe I accompanied them for a portion of their life making them feel really at home. My current children are part of this category too! They’re four, belonging to four different species and all four have been rescued for a reason! Coccò and Mochi, my chicken and my sparrow, are without a doubt the two more popular of my animal pets. Always the center of attention and always present with their unlimited liveliness and peculiar personalities! Both came to my home when they were still very little, one born fortuitously from a batch of badly hatched eggs in a homemade hatchery (she got here with her only surviving brother, but sadly he didn’t make it), while Mochi… well, she had the luck of falling directly on my mother’s head and was brought home immediately. It was hard with both of them; despite what it might seem it’s not easy taking care of a chick, in the early stages of their lives it’s never that easy. You have to create a bond, build trust -especially with animals like little Mochi- and it’s not an immediate thing. Once you get past that hurdle, there’s the actual physical need they’re going to have of you. More than a puppy or a kitten, in those first couple months of their lives -depends a lot on the species- chicks are completely dependant on who’s around them, both for feeding (like for Mochi), and for constant company (like for Coccò). I still have nightmares from when I couldn’t even go to the toilet and close the door because those two would start squeaking or screeching, because they thought I was vanished who knows where! XD But if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change this experience at all. It’s gratifying, especially seeing them grow up and become a little more independent. I say a little because Coccò, for example, still believes the toilet is a sort of stargate that sucks people in, although in the worst cases all she does nowadays is waiting behind the door and ask for some cuddles or pets when you get back from who knows what strange world! The other two home furries, whom are seen more rarely in my stories, are my cat Réi and my mother’s bunny, Allie. Rèi was rescued from the road, it took four days to convince him to follow me, but it was totally worth it. It’s one of the most affectionate (and dumb) cat I’ve ever known. Fun fact: he allowed himself to be taken thanks to a ham sandwich. Never seen a feline so crazy about carbohydrates ! Allie, on the other hand, was recovered from a breeding farm. She’s a wuss, so it’s impossible to take a pic of her.

Now let’s get to a couple of questions from our beloved gaming community! The first one is: What inspired your journey as wanting to create, and I’ll add publish, your own art over just admiring other’s work?

That’s certainly an interesting question. I think it was actually observing the great talent of people I admire and, more in general, all the people I got to know through time, to inspire me to share my own artistic creations. Observe others and have their feedback is the most important thing to not stagnate and be able to get better and progress in what you love. I think this is actually the base for everything, not just art. :3

And the second (and last one from the community) is probably the hardest question for an artist: What do you do when you hit an art block?

Help! Hahah art block is every painter’s, illustrator’s o artist’s in general worst nightmare. I admit I don’t actually have a proper answer, because there’s no panacea able to remove this status. Most of the times, when I get it, I focus on my “never give up, never bail out” mantra. A block, whatever kind it is, will never go away on its own! Recently, in drawing, I found useful and refreshing to dedicate myself again to the basics, so studying anatomic parts separately. To me, the important is never to indulge that block. Ideas won’t come up on their own, they need to be nurtured. Sometimes they build up on their own, oftentimes they need a little help. What matters is to create something, because very often we can forget that the creative process is not only the captivating image, but the sum of everything that has been done before getting to the end result.

Speaking of IG community, we have met thanks to it and I couldn’t be happier about it! How did you end up joining such a crazy place and the gaming community?

Aww I’m so happy too ❤ two of the best people I ever met in this community, you and daddy! ❤ To answer the question, I have to admit its was completely casual. I don’t exactly remember when, my memory is not the best -just like my general health-, but I remember finding some interesting people/accounts to follow through some hashtag search. That’s it, that was my first contact, then my willfulness to put myself out there and share did the rest! A choice I don’t regret at all, since this community has and is still giving me a lot every day, without counting the beautiful people, but wait! SPLENDID people I got to know and whom I really care about.

What does the community mean to you?

I believe the best way to describe what this community means to me, it’s to use a single word: Family. I think I’ve already said it in the past and I still believe it today. It’s gratifying, it’s nice and gives me the feeling I can build something by sharing my passion with all of them. I’m a very shy person and it’s not easy for me to interact with people, but when you realize the kindness, empathy, patience and all the good qualities and nuances of every person you meet, it’s impossible not to get attached to them somehow. I’m really fond of this community, really, really a lot and owe much to it. ❤

Did the community changed your way to approach gaming and even your art?

No, it hasn’t changed my approach to gaming or art, but I can say it has enriched it. As I was saying before, it’s nice to share and this inevitably broadens your perspectives.

Do you have a message for the IG gaming community?

Oh, gosh! xD There’s a ton of things I’d like to say to the community, but one above all is “THANK YOU”, for a bit of everything! For the support, for being so much creative, present, for the kindness, for the respect and for being so inspiring. It’s really a pleasure and a honor to be part of this community and if I was to add something to this, I’d put out a little “plea”: please, always remain as wonderful as you are.

If someone who is reading this isn’t playing FFXIV what would you say them to make them try it?

There’s still someone who’s never tried FFXIV? Hahah kidding! Well, I’d simply say: try it! Try it, play it, relax, have fun and most of all share the experience! There’s so many people in the game ready to get into new experiences with new companions, who knows, maybe together with some fun you might find new friends or strengthen a bond! Regardless, if among the readers of this interview there’s someone who hasn’t tried it and wants to, I’m always available to do something together! ❤

And if they are gamers, what would you say to them to make them join the IG gaming family?

What are you waiting for? There’s a huge and exciting family that can’t wait to welcome you with open arms and to join you in this great adventure! Sharing is always the key word and the more we are, the more fun to be had, no? ❤

And lastly, as for everyone of my guests, I want you to tell me three account names you would like to see as my guests!

Silver.eaglex, Isiriblitz, Chocoboy_james

Thank you so much for agreeing to be my guest and for being so lovely…and most of all thank you for taking all this time to answer my questions and also for spreading some time with me in game too! ❤ 

And thank you all for reading yet another of my interviews! Hope you enjoyed it and please be sure to follow my dear friend Red.lair for more art, and screenshots and adorable animal pics! 

Lastly a big thank you to Unidess for helping me with all the work! See you all in my next interview! Have a wonderful time in game and outside! 

With love,
Kylara

Interviewing Ali_vaera

Welcome back to my parlour! Today we will get to know better a very special person for me. She’s one of my best friends ever, she’s my sister from another mistress, she’s the wonderful, talented Ali_vaera aka Dani!

You are a well known and beloved member of the IG gaming community and you charm everyone with your personality and beautiful content! But you are a gamer since a young age! Let’s talk about your first approach to the video games world! When was it?

Awuh! Thank you! I can’t remember an exact year but I know I was quite young! And the only reason I played video games was because my older brother Charles got me hooked! Video games for sure changed my life!

What was the first video game that made you fall in love?

The first video game that I ever remember falling in love with and actually fiending on was a game called Monster & Me aka M&M from around 2002 I wanna say. I actually met quite a few people playing that game that I am still very close friends with, and I met one of them in person for the first time in 2018!! We all met when we were about 10-12 years old! I don’t remember it much but it was a MMORPG somewhat like Pokémon and we were Gods/Goddess’s!

What made you stay in love with the gaming universe even growing up to this day?

Honestly, all the friendships I’ve made from 2002 til now, I probably would have stopped gaming if it weren’t for the people I’ve met along the way. Also, for me it was a huge way to escape reality and to just immerse myself into something fantasy and away from the issues of the real world.

Your favourite game at the moment is obviously World of Warcraft! How did you start playing this game?

My older brother Charles ! He got me HOOKED back in 2004, I use to go visit him during school breaks all the time and he’s the one who introduced me into WoW! I still remember creating my first character on his account! A Night Elf Druid of course… hehe.

What is your relationship with the game at the moment and how did it evolve through the years?

I’m still incredibly hooked on the game, my interest fizzled out a little bit this expansion but I am super pumped for Shadowlands and what it brings! I think it’ll be good for WoW! When I first started playing WoW in Classic, I was a complete noob.. all I did was go kitty form and roleplay with a friend as kitties in Auberdine/Goldshire! BC was pretty much the same but I did reach lvl 70 before WotLK! I still remember the night of WotLK release! It was the night my older brother got me my own WoW account and that is when it was the start of a serious committed relationship between me and the game! Wrath was the year I started raiding and playing more seriously. I have become more casual over the years but the game is still super exciting for me! And I truly hope that never changes!

World of Warcraft is also the game you post about the most on your IG account but how did you end up into the rabbit hole? How did you get to know about the community and what made you want to be part of it?

Funny thing is… I didn’t know that there was even a WoW presence on Instagram when I posted my first post! I had just gone through about 2-3 different facebook WoW groups and they were all so toxic and it really killed it for me because I was so lonely had no one in WoW to play with since my brother was one of my only friends who actually played WoW with me… So after I posted a picture on Instagram, I saw that I got a lot of likes and I was so startled because I usually only got like 3 likes on anything I ever posted on IG LOL. I saw a few people like my posts, like I know Koristraza and Shynisti were one of the first people to actually engage with me when I joined but after I found this AMAZING community I went straight to posting my pictures! Which I have always loved taking WoW screenshots so it was just such a great finding! AND OF COURSE ALL THE PEOPLE I HAVE MET IN THE YEAR I HAVE BEEN HERE.

Your account is so pleasing to watch! So many wonderful screens it’s hard to choose only one or two favourites! What is your inspiration?

A huge inspiration for me the past year has been being able to share my love for the game through my pictures! And especially my Night Elves! As well as being able to meet up with players of the community to fiend out in Azeroth with or just to take a simple hi and bye picture!

What is like to meet other members of the community in-game?

SO MUCH FUN! I absolutely love it! Even if it’s just for a quick picture! Every single person I’ve met in game so far from the community has been so kind and sweet it makes my heart truly happy!

As you have already said, because of the community we get to know many people and some of them end up being pretty important to us. What does the community mean to you?

The WoW Instagram community means a lot to me… if it weren’t for the people I’ve met and all the friendships I’ve made I would have quit WoW last year, probably for good. Playing an MMORPG alone is very very lonely.. so since becoming an active member in the community it has made me feel so loved and appreciated and actually feel like I matter.

Do you have a message for the community?

Be yourself not who society wants you to be. Be kind in all ways possible. Be positive and always look on the bright side. Do those three things both in and outside of Azeroth and you’ll live a happy life! Can’t strain enough on the be kind part! We all know what it’s like to pug or meet randoms who make the game so unpleasant, don’t be one of those people.

You’ve been part of the community for a bit now, how did all this IG experience change the way you approach the gaming life now?

It has actually helped me become a better person in game, I defend people a lot more, I’m more engaged in the game with others, I’m waaaaaayyy more talkative! Prior to joining the IG WoW family all I did was solo play through everythinnnggggg. I still sometimes get that way out of habit but actually having people to play and talk to now and nerd out about the game is … just the absolute best.

You are not only a gamer but a streamer too! What made you want to stream on twitch?

My husband is actually the reason I wanted to get into it in the first place, he made it seem so fun! And then after I joined the community and saw soooo many other WoW streamers and got to view a few streams it made me desire it even more!

You are a wife, a mom of a beautiful boy and you have the second baby on the way! How is it to be a gamer momma? How do you manage to balance your passion and your personal life?

It’s honestly really really hard! I’m surprised I’m still able to even get a few hours a week for my hobby! When I first had my son it was easy, because I just breastfed him while I played WoW and he’d remain in my arms until he started walking and then running LOL it got pretty rough to make time to play after that. Being a wife, mother, pregnant, having a full time job and streaming when I can is honestly really hard… some days I do neglect my IRL duties such as chores and I always tell myself “YOLO”. I would rather live in a dirty house a few days out of the week and be able to keep my sanity haha. Gaming truly does help me relax.

Let us know more about you! Who is Dani besides this wonderful creature we know and love?

Hmmm.. I’m really bad about describing who I am to be honest hahah. In real life I’m incredibly shy when you first meet me but once I open up I can be suppppeerrrr annoying and huggy and I laugh seriously WAYYY too much. I truly enjoy laughing and making other people laugh, I try and do it as much as I can but mainly it’s by making a fool out of myself just to get them to laugh but it makes me super happy when it works LOL. I’m super clumsy… super protective over people I care about and love.. I can be VERY FIESTY when provoked in any way… I talk super funny and mix my words a lot.. another thing about me.. is that I get really passionate about uplifting others and usually when I get into deep talks (which is a lot) I end up crying because of how passionate I am about what I’m saying. A few of my friends could def vouch for me on this haha. But all in all, I’m a goofy, super loving person also… did I mention I have a temper? LMAO

Let’s get to a couple of questions from the community! The first one is connected to your streams! They want to know if you would consider streaming full time, as a career if you would be presentedwith the opportunity.

Oh wow! I honestly never thought about it as an actual career or doing it full time.. that would be cool and honestly if it would work out like that I would most likely accept.. BUT I honestly love where I’m at right now. I get to engage with every person, and I honestly have nooo idea what I’d do in WoW for 8 hrs a day while streaming LOL but that’s a cool question thanks for putting that in my mind!

Now to the second and last question from the community! Someone wanted me to ask what was the best thing that happened to you in 2019, but I already know that getting married to your wonderful husband and getting pregnant for the second time are up there so I want to ask you what was the “second” best thing besides all these wonderful things, that happened to you last year?

BLIZZCON!!!! It was my first time ever going!! I got to meet SO MANY people from the community and even got on the live cam during a WoW panel!! IT WAS SO COOL!! I truly can’t believe I got to experience all of it! I can’t wait for the next one that I get to go to! I relive the whole experience in my head from time to time to be honest if that doesn’t sound… weird. LOL

Blizzcon is home! And talking about that! You have been a blizzard fan and a WoW gamer for basically all your life! What would you say to someone who doesn’t know the game to make them start playing?

Oh lord… I’m so bad with getting people into the game LOL take my husband for instance! 8 years together and about 4-6 attempts and I still can’t get him to play. If it were a stranger I’d just list all the things that I enjoy doing, the PvE is always amazing, the story keeps you on your toes, PvP is SUPER fun (with friends), professions are seriously the most fun thing for me in the game, Mythics and raids! The things to do in this game are literally endless! That’s why it’s survived for so long!

And to make them join the IG gaming community? What are three advices you would give them if they decide to join in?

1) Post things that YOU enjoy. 2) Make friends, the community is so large and there are soooo many people to meet! 3) Be open to diversity within the game and posts that you see. We’re from ALL AROUND THE WORLD and all play WoW a little different.

Besides obviously all the work you will have to do when the baby arrives, what are your future plans and aspirations? Both in game and real life!

For real life, I just want to become a better mother and wife. If my family is happy, I’m happy. Their happiness is all I can truly ask for in life. For the game, I truly hope that I’ll be able to continue playing and being part of the community as my life gets crazier haha.

And lastly the question I will ask every single one of my guest, who are three members of our splendid community that you would want to see as my guests?

Aghhh! There’s so many people to choose from! Oh my goodness… I hope that everyone gets a round at this! But, my first three would be Alina, Shynisti aka Luna and 14szafer aka Stormy! I talk to those three so much and would love to see what their answers are!

Thank you for the patience and for being such a lovely guest! I couldn’t have had a better second guest honestly! Really wish you the best of luck with all! And really thank you again for supporting me and letting me interview you! And also thank you for spending time with me in game while doing this!

It was an absolute pleasure! I am so happy you are doing this for the community so a huge THANK YOU to YOU!

And as always a huge thank you to all of you who follow me and support me! I appreciate all your comments and likes and all the interest you show towards this project of mine. I’m overwhelmed by all the love and support! Thank you all! Hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did doing it! See you all next month with two new wonderful guests!

With love,
Kylara.

Interviewing Unidessgaming

Welcome to my parlour! Relax, have a cup of tea and enjoy my lovelily conversation with my first ever guest. I couldn’t have star with anyone else but with Emanuele, aka Unidess gaminig, aka my soul mate. Some of you from the IG gaming community already know him and follow him, some others who follow only me know him as my bearded boyfriend but he’s so much more than a good looking, bearded, cat-dad!

Let’s start by talking about your gaming experience! What was your first approach with video games?

I think I was 4 or 5 years old at the time. My father had an Intel 386 desktop computer and he had some late 80s games for it and he let me play them with him from time to time. It was actually back then that I learned to input string commands on the DOS platform, although it was just enough to get the games to start from the floppy disc drive.

So you started pretty young! What made you fall in love with the gaming world?

To be honest I didn’t really get into videogaming until much later, I didn’t get to use the pc much on my own until I was about 12-13 (not that I thought about that much, had plenty of other stuff to play with). But I believe that what stuck with me at a certain point was the ability to live adventures in an immersive way, and not only imagining them in my head or playing them out with toys while lacking 90% of the environment where I was picturing those adventures taking place.

Do you remember what was the first video game that you really got into?

That’s a tough one to remember, but even if I wasn’t able to play it on my own, I guess the first one was the Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade point and click adventure game. I did see the movie before and when my father got the game we ended up playing it together. Although we never managed to get past the Venice catacombs part, those game were hard. And I know it might sound a given to many nowadays, but back then there was no home internet service in here and we had nothing else to go by than the official game manual, so it was a real bummer figuring out some of the puzzles at the time!

What does gaming mean to you and how important it is for you?

I think I kind of answered this question a couple ones above, but to me it’s just another way of being able to embrace imagination and live stories and adventures in a dynamic and interactive way. Which is also why I pretty much only play RPG, action adventure or MMO games. If there isn’t a story to be discovered, it usually doesn’t interest me. As I often say, it’s just a mean to feed the 8 years old boy that’s now forced to act as an adult ‘cause…that’s life!

What is your all time favourite video game?

Ugh, this is reaaaaally tough. I have a few I really love for different reasons. So if it still counts, I’ll have to name Neverwinter Nights, Gothic, Knights of The Old Republic, Mass Effect and The Witcher.

What is your favourite game at the moment?

The ones I keep playing for the moment, so The Old Republic, World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV. Although now that I’m finishing the last book of The Witcher’s saga, something tells me the balance is about to shift…

Because of video games you also got to know the Instagram gaming community. What was your first approach to it? How did you end up in this crazy place? I mean, I know it but let’s hear your version!

I always liked taking screenshots and I’ve had folders full of them for years, but at one point keeping them there just for me felt…wrong somehow. So I looked for a decent way of sharing them with others and…here I am!

You have so many beautiful screenshots, not only because of the subjects you choose but also for the choices you make with lighting, colours and composition! What is the inspiration behind your screens?

I’ve always had a cinematic vision for my content. Not just screens, even when I write stories I visualize the various scenes as if I was filming them for a movie. Same thing applies when I take screenshots, I always try to take them as if they were a still from an in-progress movie shot. Unless it’s meant to be a portrait.

What makes you watch at a screen and think “ok now I’m going to share this with the world”?

This connects directly to the question above and to the other aspect I always try to adhere to: a good shot has to tell a story or spring one. Not necessarily the same story for everyone looking at it, but anybody should be able to see there’s a story going on there and not feel like it’s just a still pretty picture. Again, the exception comes with portraits.

Your account is a cornucopia of many different MMOs, you post screens you take playing Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Elders Scrolls Online…but do you have a favourite when we talk about taking screenshots? Is there one where you don’t even have to try?

Not really, it’s always a matter of working for them to come out right. Even when taking shots of cinematic cutscenes like the ones in SWTOR, I’m not satisfied with the results most of the time. I will say though, I wish other MMOs had the same functionality of FFXIV’s gpose when it comes to creating screenshots. That system surely helps a lot with the kind of results I tend to aim for.

You obviously have a huge passion for MMOs, you played tons of them. I’m not going to ask you to tell me every name, unless someone who is reading wants to know! But what is the one who has left in you a mark? One that you will always remember and think fondly about and why?

I’m sure I’ll leave something out but, going as chronologically as possible of when I first tried them, it should be: Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Everquest II, Star Wars Galaxies, World of Warcraft, Matrix Online, City of Heroes/Villains, Guild Wars, Lord of The Rings Online, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Age of Conan, RIFT, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online, Wildstar, Neverwinter, Final Fantasy XIV.

Star Wars Galaxies is the one I will always remember slightly more fondly than others. It was the first Star Wars MMO and being set between Ep IV and V it was really a experience living the atmosphere of the original trilogy. The first iteration of the game wasn’t for everyone as it was completely sandbox, so much that often enough one was left clueless on what to do. But that was also the beauty of it. Players depended on others, especially because you could learn abilities and trades from others, and teach something else in return. The other reason it has a special place for me is because it was the first MMO where I really got into online RP to its full potential, learning the lore properly, staying as close to it as possible to make the characters stories believable for the setting…it was really a great time discovering new ways to be creative. And it was Star Wars!

You also are a huge and very talented roleplayer. You have mostly played MMOs for this reason. Tell us a rp that was interesting or funny!

My first proper session of RP, in Star Wars Galaxies. I was in a Stormtrooper platoon guild and there was a small tight knit community on the server, that had years long plots intertwined between the various guilds. My character was still a cadet at the time and I was thrown into this major plot event with about 20 people participating, where a town was sieged by a small army of rogue droids and Underworld criminals. It was so immersive that I realized the session had lasted for over 8 hours when I looked out of the window by chance and saw dawn was approaching. Luckily it was holiday season!

Will you ever publish some of your roleplays on IG?

I’ve actually toyed with the idea a few times already, but I don’t think IG would be the right platform. Most people hardly read a caption a few lines long, and my stories, even the short chapter ones, tend to be between 6 to 12 A4 pages long. I guess if people would be interested I could publish a snippet with an outside link to the full story. I’m still not sure.

Going back to the community. Did the community help you change your mentality, your way to take screenshots, in the time you have been a member?

Definitely. Not so much the general results I’m looking for or the cinematic vision I like to have, but seeing other people’s work and creations has definitely given me inspiration to try new things or improve while still retaining my own style.

What does the community mean to you?

When I first started I didn’t give it much thought. I was just looking for a place to share my screens, if people were interested or not wasn’t much of an issue (and it still isn’t, I’m not looking for big numbers or basing my life on how much liked or not liked my posts are). But with time I’ve actually grown fond of the community. I’ve made some good friends and I love to see how many creative and talented people there are about the gaming community, be it with screenshots or various art form! It’s a continuous inspiration, and on the human level it’s awesome seeing how much one can do for others even being on the opposite side of the globe, with just a simple thought of support or encouragement.

We really have met some great people and with some of them we have a quite big friendship. But if we are to think about all of the community. Do you have something to say to all of them?

Just “You do you!”. Don’t stress over a social media platform, share what you feel like sharing and when you feel like sharing it. You’re all already amazing the way you are! If people like you for yourself, great! Constructive criticism is always welcomed, other than that, it’s not worth changing your life over what people you’ll never have to interact with in person might think (and usually it isn’t even in that case).

And as our continuous source of inspiration, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, loves to repeat and live up to: “Be the hardest worker in the room, always. No matter what life and people might throw at you, nobody and nothing will ever take that away. Also, it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

What would be an advice you would give to someone who is freshly approaching the community?

Pretty much what I just said above. Do what you feel like doing and sharing, and don’t worry about followers or likes numbers. This should be a place to share a common passion with people, not a rush to top a chart.

Now let’s get to the questions that the community has for you! First of all they are interested in your World of Warcraft related experience! More than one person wants to know how did you first approach to WoW and mostly with what call and race!

I actually started during the last phases of the open Beta. And coming from Warfcraft III when the game launched I started as a Human Paladin on Alliance. I did make a Tauren Shaman on Horde side some time later. I guess those two classes have been a constant over my stay in WoW!

You’ve been playing WoW since the beginning! I bet our readers would be interested in knowing what are your favourite classes, races, lores now that the game has been around for 15 years!

I really love hybrid or multy-purpose classes, they really give you the opportunity to approach the game in different ways while staying in the same class fantasy. But! Having been present for the full journey so far, I’ve actually grown a liking to all classes at this point. Sure some more than others, but I can have fun with all the classes. As for races and lores, well, I have to admit I tend to like a lot more the Horde ones nowadays. There’s interesting lore to be found everywhere after 25 years of world building, but from a writing standpoint I feel like there’s more…freedom of exploring a larger quantity of characters, situations, beliefs, moralities…I don’t know, I feel like in the last few years Alliance side there has been too much tunneling the writing into the ‘good guys brigade’ that the narrative for basically all of the races has fallen rather flat in my opinion, it’s…uninteresting, sadly. If I have to name favourites though, I’d say Orcs and Zandalari for the red team, and Worgen and Dwarves for the blue team!

And another interesting question from the community is: What is your top 3 favourite activities in WoW?

Messing about the game no matter the character together with Kylara, RP (although I haven’t done any in years by now), dungeon leveling new character concepts.

Following the example of one of our friends in the community (thank you Eleonora <3) What would you say to someone to make them start playing WoW, FF and SWTOR? Seeing that these are your top three favourite MMOs at the moment.

They are all three very different MMOs, both in concept and setting, so the first thing I would say is…There’s no chance at least one of them won’t appeal to you, given the range of tastes they have! Classic MMO, cinematic story driven, do everything on a single character, take your pick! Try them all, I’ll guide you through the basics and help to learn how they work, and then let’s see what you liked best! (chances are they’ll end up playing all three, like a certain someone…*eyes Kylara knowingly*)

And to convince someone to join the IG gaming community?

There’s plenty of good, friendly people, incredibly talented artists and even if inspiration is not what you’re looking for, there’s enough good-hearted goofers to make your day if you feel a little low!

Tell us more about the person behind the gamer! Let the people know something more about the mysterious bearded wonderful man that is behind Unidess!

It all started back in 1986, when…nah, really though I usually am crap at this part. What can I say…I’m a voice actor and dubber, trying to build myself a stable career in the business. I have been a lifelong athlete as I practiced Athletics (sprinter mainly, but I have tried it all when I was in the junior categories) from when I was 6 up to a few years back when the studies and time investment to pursue the voice actor career deprived me of the opportunity to continue training regularly. I used to play electric guitar but haven’t touched mine in a couple of years (I guess I should pick it up again before I forget what does it look like) and have a great love for reading books and playing with Lego (I did say I’m 8 years old, didn’t I?).

I grew up with having classical mythology, Arthurian legends, fairy tales and the like as my bedtime stories, so I guess that my…ahem…obsession with stories comes from that.

Future projects and aspirations both in real life and in game?

As for real life, finally getting a decent flow of work to have a bit more of stability, which would also translate in us being able to start invest in tools and materials to begin building our own costumes (something that we have been postponing for a couple of years, we have a couple of projects ready to go already).

As for ingame(s)…getting back to RP for starters, I’ve been away from it too much and I want to get back to it, dragging Kylara along (love you, but you know I will). Other than that, on the MMO front at least, I’ll see what future updates bring. My long project for the year is to do a full playthrough of all 3 Witcher games after finishing the books, playing Geralt as close to his original version as the games will allow me (some changes made in the games are rather huge compared to the books. As a non spoilery simple example for those who haven’t read them already, the fact that Triss always wears high collared and full coverage dresses never showing her cleavage due to the horrific burn scars she carries on her chest).

And lastly, which are three accounts you would like to see as my guests?

Let’s see… @Lilleskygge_gaming, our adopted daughter @red.lair, and that big burger of @somanyalts! (You said three, but I have many more)

Thank you for your patience, not only here for this but in real life too and mostly thank you for always being my test subject!

And thank you to the community for the huge support they have given me in the last few days! This project is for you because you inspire me to do more and more for the wonderful people who are part of it. And also thank you for all who will read this, members of the community or not!

With love,
Kylara
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Welcome to my parlor!

Kylara’s Gamersations

“Glory, battle, great moments, are where we give to the world. But we cannot give without receiving. We cannot share what we do not have inside. It is this quiet, the pause between breaths, that makes us what we truly are. Gives us strength for all our journeys.”
― Christie Golden, Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects

I’ve been a part of the Instagram gaming community for almost two years. When I first created my account I wasn’t prepared for what was coming. I found a family. A kind, loving, supporting, wierd family that has members all around the globe. I created this blog to thank some of them…hope all of them someday. All the people who make my life better each day with a comment, a like or a dm.

I will post here two interviews per month where I talk to some of the members of the Instragram community so me and you all will get to know them a little better, in order to make everyone know how wonderful and great a community can be and how much a simple account can change our lives forever.

With love,

Kylara.

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