Interviewing Stormy

Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! We’re here again with yet another wonderful guest! He’s one of the most supportive and kind people in the community, and I’m happy to have him here today! I’m talking about Stormy!! Welcome and thank you for accepting my invitation!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, Elena (Kylara) for starting this wonderful project and keeping it going through all the hardships with a smile. It’s my honor to be here with you and River! 

First thing first, as for everyone of our fellow gamers, how did you end up in the videogame world?

How did I end up in the videogame world… not quite like Wreck it Ralph, but it started there… When I was younger, about 6-7 years old, my friend and I had discovered an arcade store at the very corner of the market, hidden away from the common eye. We stumbled upon it by chance but I’m glad we did. At this time, I was still in India so whenever I would get some pocket change, my friend and I would make our way to the arcade. We would spend our entire weekend afternoons glued to Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, racing games, and of course good old Mario.

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

It’s WoW, I could say that now with confidence… it’s as if all the other games led me to it. From the moment I first encountered my cousin playing a DK in the Frozen Wastes of Northrend back in 2008, I was hooked. I played other games at this time like Halo, Super Smash bros, Golden Eye, Star Fox, Pokemon Coliseum and a whole plethora of Nintendo 64 games that I could find every other weekend in my cousin’s basement. But none of them made me yearn for each visit like that chilling login screen with Wrath of the Lich King soundtrack and Sindragosa in the background. I would like to add that in 2007, I came to US from India, so these were also big cultural learning years for me and these visits were my escape to happiness. He would let me play his character for a bit but that was it and then we’d have to log off soon. I wanted to play it myself but I wasn’t allowed to have video games with the aunt I lived with. We were brought up to focus mainly on our studies and play outside.

When did you create your very own account? 

I want to say I created my very own account back in 2014 without my aunt’s knowledge. I used my savings from birthdays and religious holidays and bought the standard box set. I vividly remember that WoW was having it’s 10th anniversary and we were on vacation at this time, I wanted to login and do whatever I had to do to get the anniversary Corehound mount. I recall my aunt being very upset with me and I had to return it within the week. So my account was created, a starter account at that, but I didn’t actually get to play and really have access to my account till the end of my senior year in high school. I was working at this time at the local hospital but I was still not allowed to login much until I went off to college towards the end of 2014.

What made you stay so loyal to the game for so many years?

It was the lore I think, I really loved the fantasy aspect of WoW. Also might have been due to R.A. Salvatore’s book series Legend of Drizzt that sparked my interest in getting to know more about the lives of these mysterious and enchanting characters. If anyone loves elves and magic, I highly recommend the series. Now that I think about it, his elves resemble more of the Nightborne than the Night elves we’ve come to know. Going back to WoW, it has many rich stories about characters and struggles that resonated with my own struggles and saved me many times from despair and gave me hope. I really am taken by Jaina’s story in particular… a noble heart, with just cause, trying her best to please her family and do right by the world at the same time yet she’s betrayed by both… we learn that from each setback throughout the expansions, she has always looked on the brighter side and held hope despite there being none and I think that is a lesson we can all take to heart and learn from. I’ve had to pause WoW for a while during college but I would get on and check what was going on and level my hunter when I could or if I was waiting in between classes.

What is your favorite in-game activity?

Hmm. probably doing mythic+ and arenas now. There was a time I enjoyed raiding and being raid lead but due to time constraints and other responsibilities, I’ve had to sit back. Not to mention the guild dramas… to the point I’m still on the fence on joining new guilds to this day. Most of my toons are in their own respective banks guilds now.

Shadowlands is almost here, what is the first thing you can’t wait to do once it drops?

I wish I could sleep for a week but I know that won’t happen with my gimpy ass and flare ups. But what I am looking forward to is making gold, like seriously this time. I was barely able to get my Long Boi in time with some help. It was also a new feeling to be able to help my close friends get some mounts that they wanted, so if I had more gold to spare, I could help more people in theory at least. I recently moved to New York from Michigan, still adjusting to city life but I can say I enjoy it here. Once I start working again and have a solid schedule, I want to do all aspects of the game with a focus on M+, arenas, and gold making. I also want to eventually start streaming but who knows when that will happen, lol! Still working on a setup atm. 

Are there any other games you play at the moment?

If I had the time, I could wip out my handy Nintendo 3Ds and replay through Pokemon X and Y. But really, I haven’t really touched other games, I’ve recently dabbled into Destiny with some friends and for a little while Final Fantasy with @Sky.nyx and @stormsiren308. When I was in high school, I would occasionally play Need for Speed or Monster Legends just to pass time but that was it. I have wondered when the day will come when I get bored of WoW or the Devs stop releasing expansions. It is probably the day I stop playing it altogether but there is still so much to do in-game that there is really never a down time so to speak. Yes, it helps if you have friends who play the game to keep you company but I got into the game for the love of it and without really knowing anyone at the beginning. It always humbles me when I see my friend’s list compared to the starred friends to put into perspective how far I’ve come and who are still dear to me.

What does “gaming” mean to you?

Gaming… it never really meant much to me if I’m being honest with myself. First thing that comes to mind is that it’s more of a “privilege” thing due to my upbringing. Besides that, I feel fortunate to even spend my free time doing what I enjoy and express myself. Yeah, that’s it… it’s where you can really express your true self without much thought or disdain for being you, a sanctuary if you will. You get to meet other unique and wonderful souls around the world that you probably could not, through this common medium “gaming”, and connect with them on a more personal level. To me, this is more meaningful and the friendships I’ve made are proof enough of this connection. I’m more of an introvert or hermit but I’m learning that it’s okay to be me thanks to friends like you (Kylara) and many others in our amazing IG community. 

Speaking of which, how did you end up joining the IG gaming community?

I really wasn’t going to join IG because I thought it was only for influencers and models. But I made an account to help promote a friend’s stream from work, and what an easy way to do it. One of the first few people I came across were Jenesis, Alivaera, and You that convinced me to make my IG page more dedicated to WoW. Happy to say I had an amazing and kind line up friends who nudged me and encouraged me in the right direction.

Do you have a message for our friends?

We are going through tough times atm and I’d like each and everyone one of us to take a step back: try to be ourselves, learn something new, and take time to be kind to one another and really try to get to know them more than just hear say/rumors. There are many amazing people in our community and new ones joining daily, reach out to them and help those you can. You never know, you might learn a thing or two from them. I really wish I could play with my friends on EU and across the world, but sadly that’s not really possible. So any and all of our interactions should be with proper consideration and respect. You never know what someone has gone through or may still be going through behind that smile. 

And now one of the most difficult questions of all, who is the person behind the account?

You mean to ask if it’s a Night Elf hunter or human?! Unfortunately, it’s a  26 human male, born in India and raised in the US after 11 years of age. I go by Stormy, which is my dear friend’s name from elementary school days but my real name is Nadeem to those that know me and my friends. But in all seriousness, I’m just like everyone…. there is nothing special about me or my hobbies. I am a Muslim, so hopefully that answered some questions to those that wondered but never got around to asking me because of the no religion, polictics, and all that tradechat mumbo jumbo. I work to pay bills and support my Mom who is still in India. I have 2 younger siblings, both in college studying medicine. I recently moved again, so it’s a restart of sorts, this time more permanent and from scratch from my previous moves. I’m still in the midst of deciding a career path, pursuing my love of the arts (drawing, trying my hand at digital drawing) or trying to go into game development, which I also like but do not really enjoy the tedious aspect to it. I’m more of a give me a paper and pencil type of person than sit and stare at a screen all day long. I’m a really laid back type of person… lazy to a stretch but will get done what needs to get done. If any of you have questions about the particulars or the nitty gritty, you can DM me @14szafer on IG. Don’t worry, it’ll take a lot to offend me.

And the very last question of all, who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests?

This is very tough for me… Arrgh, so many great people!  I would like to see the Squall herself; Jenesis, the kind, green eyed mermaid Mirialani, and how about the Rave Queen Fexxalicious? I chose these guests over many other great ones because each of them are quite unique but they all embrace their true selves and strive towards their best versions and they bring positivity, uplifting others wherever they go.  

And with this our interview has come to an end! Thank you very much for accepting my invitation and for being such a great friend!

You too, thank you for considering me for such a great honor, I had fun and actually got to relax for a bit as an excuse. High five to my Fibro-buddy, hehe!

And thank you all for joining and Unidess for the constant support and help! See you all soon with another guest!! Stay safe and have a wonderful time! 

Interviewing iv_yoru

Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! Today I have a highly requested guest, she’s one of the cutest most supportive people in the community, you know her, you love her, I’m talking about Maria aka iv_yoru! Thank you for accepting my invitation!

Awwww thank you so much, I’m soooooo happy to be here (and really really excited omg) :D!! 

First things first, let’s talk about your first approach to the videogame world! How was it? 

Ooooh, it’s a long time ago! I was a little child, 4 years old, when my grandparents bought a Super Nintendo. The first game was Donkey Kong Country and I’ll always remember how hard the first level was! xD My grandma was so angry that she threw the controller away. xD A few days later I tried it myself and failed so hard, but it was sooooo much fun! In the following years my grandparents always bought new games and some of them are my favorites still. I’m speaking of such awesome rpgs like Terranigma, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Lufia and many more. :3 When I was 7, our family got a Nintendo 64 and then I played my very first game alone: The Legend of Zelda  – Ocarina of Time. Also one of my favorite games for eeeeeveeeer! I was so in love with Link and someday I will get a tattoo of the triforce. xD But yeah, I was always a Nintendo gamergirl, the one and only PC game I’ve played was World of Warcraft..since Vanilla. 

What’s one game you wish you could play for the first time again?

Uff, that’s a really hard question..but I think it would be Terranigma. The music, the story, everything, it’s just sooo awesome! 

You’ve mentioned World of Warcraft, how did you get to play it?

It’s all my brother’s fault. xD He has been playing Blizzard games since ever and I’ve always watched him playing Warcraft or Diablo  (fun fact: the favorite game for my grandma is Diablo 2 xD).  So when WoW was announced he was so excited and we’ve watched all trailers together and he was invited to the Vanilla Beta and we were “OMG IT’S REALLY HAPPENING” and then he logged in (Night Elf druid) and we were blown away…so many people, such a beautiful world, it was just an awesome experience! I’ve played Vanilla on my brother’s account (whoops, acc-sharing :P) and my first character was a Human warlock. I was so in love with the mount, I just needed it. xD I was the biggest noob, but it was so much fun and I’ve met some of my biggest friends in Azeroth! I created my own account when TBC launched. My main was a Blood Elf hunter. ^.^

What kept you so passionate about the game through the years?

I think it’s the fact that you can be whoever you want to be. You can be a hero or just sitting on the beach or in the forest and listening to awesome ingame music. I was always in love with the aesthetics of the game, doing screenshots since Vanilla. xD Everyone around me just wanted progress progress progress and I was always really slow in leveling or progress…reading every quest text, enjoying every little detail..I always needed WoW for relaxing since my real life was not always “peace, love and sunshine”. 
I would also say: my friends. Many RL friends are gone, but my ingame friends are always there. During TBC I’ve met my soulmate ingame and we have been playing together until this day.   
I’m also really in love with the lore. I’m so in love with the books (especially the War of the Ancients) and I feel so connected to Kaldorei druids, I want to be one in rl. xD  So I think I’m playing this game since 15..no, 16 years, because I can be myself in Azeroth. 

Favorite ingame activity?

Collecting mounts and pets and I really love raiding, although due to real life things the last time I’ve raided was in WoD..but I’m looking forward to Shadowlands, maybe my raiding career will start again. 

Are there any other games you play or would like to try?

Oh yes, I’m playing Animal Crossing New Horizons a lot..it’s just soooo cute and so much fun. I was never in the animal crossing universe, always thought “oooh this is so boring, just building your own island lol”, but now I’m addicted! xD Really, such a lovely game, you all should try it, and I’m replaying Zelda – Breath of the Wild atm. Also an absolutely stunning game hah, and when my soulmate and I have to decide something we’re making duels in Mario Kart. xD So you see, I’m a Nintendo nerd! xD

We’ve met through the IG gaming community, how did you end up joining it?

Oooh yes and you were the first one I’ve followed! My IG account was at first just for my bunnys..I uploaded some pics of them, here and there, but since my phone quality is really bad, I couldn’t take beautiful pictures..xD I had like 10 followers and someday I thought “fck this sh*t, I’m going to post my druid”…and suddenly many many WoW instagrammers liked it and I was like “OMG?! There is something like a WoW community?”..xD and yeah, so the whole madness started! 

What made you stay part of the community?

People like you! Really, I was so sick of the toxicity ingame…but because of the IG community I know that there are many players who are so friendly, supportive and just amazing  and tbh I’m so in love with the beautiful content that is created: screenshots, art, music videos..just awesome. ^-^  And if you really need someone to talk to, there is always someone who you can count on. Really, the community is so amazing and I’m so happy to be a part of it! 

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Yumi *July 2013 †3rd June 2019⁣ ⁣ #mainvsirl …very personally, privately.. many of you know yumi, our beloved soulbunny, our sunshine, our peaflake-monster. One year ago she crossed the rainbow bridge and it hurts and it will never stop hurting. We had no chance to cuddle her one last time before she went to the surgery…we were so hopefully that she will come home, we prepared the whole room for her recovering..but then the call from the vet after work.. "yumi didn't wake up from anesthesia.." …This words hit me like a stone, tears streamed down my face and the children (I work in a primary school) asked what's wrong. I couldn't answer. Couldn't think. I couldn't believe it..tbh I don't believe it. It's just unbelieveable that the most friendly and cutest bunbun is not here anymore…but no..she is here, in our heart, in Joey (her partner bunny, now happy again with the other buns), in ffxiv, in WoW and her ash is in a beautiful purple/pink butterfly-urn 💜 (last picture). ⁣ ⁣ So I decided to post this mainvsirl today, because it's her date of death. Yumi is a vulpera monk, ready for healing 🙂 can't wait to get her on max lvl, she is 61 atm. ⁣ ⁣ I won't post a real mainvsirl, because I have no real main atm..I'm just leveling alts and make a little bit pve and pvp with my shaman Lily, just casual things. Maybe I will post a mainvsirl with Lily in my story, but not in my feed. Sorry for that ^^" hope you understand..⁣ ⁣ So if you light up a candle today, maybe you can send greetings to our beloved animal-friends on the rainbow bridge, I did the same today 🙂 💜🌈⁣ ⁣ Ps: @blizzard please, could we get a dark brown fur for vulpera? 😅 yumi would appreciate ^^ ⁣ ⁣ /hug⁣ /bye⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #wow #worldofwarcraft #worldoflovecraft #blizzardgames #blizzardentertainment #wowigfamily #wowaesthetics #wowaddicted #vulpera #bunny #rabbit #havannahbunny #🦊 #🐰 #itssofluffyimgonnadie #bunnysofinstagram #rainbowbridge #urn #dateofdeath #missingyou

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And we’re happy to have you around! What other passions do you have besides gaming?

Thank you so much!  I really love nature and animals..whenever I have the time (or the motivation xD) I’m outside and watching birds. I’m a bird lover since childhood and I’ve always wanted to be an ornithologist. Today I work with children and sometimes, if they are interested, I teach them everything I know about birds. Besides that I’m such a big bunny-lover. I have 4 rescued buns,  jumping around in my whole flat, they are living free like cats! They need so much space and every cage is way too small for them, but they are litter trained so it’s not a problem to have them hopping around ^.^  
One of my biggest passions is raving. I’m really introvert and can’t make a proper phone call, but when I’m on raves, I forget everything around me and just dance and dance and dance like no one is watching  (greetings to my rave friend @fexxalicious and anjuna friend @knightchampvic). 

Besides all this, who is Maria?

Uff, I think it’s always so difficult to describe myself, but I’ll try xD. I’m a 29 young (omg 30 next year wtf) highly sensitive introverted anime/manga addicted vegan environmentalist, who always makes tooooo many smileys, who would rather write thousand sentences than to make a phone call, who loves to play games with a tasty cup of fruit tea and who is always there for everyone’s heart. Sometimes I need time for me and myself and then I’m disconnected from everything social media like, but that’s just to recharge my batteries, so I can be active and hopefully helpful again (if it’s needed ^.^).

Do you have a message for the community?

Thank you for being so awesome and please be whoever you want to be. Don’t feel forced to do something, because all are doing it, but also don’t hate, just love and tolerate! (This is a quote from “my little pony friendship is magic”, yes, this show is amazing and yes, you have to watch it XD). 

Shadowlands might be right behind the corner, what is one thing you can’t wait to experience about the new content?

THE NEW CUSTOMIZATIONS!!!!….oh..wait…..eeeeer….xD No, to be honest, I just can’t wait to discover EVERYTHING ! I am soooo excited for the new zones, especially Ardenweald and the new pets and mounts..awww..there are so many cute critters, heeeelp! And like I mentioned above, I really hope that I’ll be able to raid again, ^.^  but besides that I’m just really happy that BFA comes to an end…was not my favorite expansion, to be honest. xD

What are your hopes for the game’s future?

I’m a big fan of the lore, so I really hope that everything Blizz will make, makes sense, lorewise. And tbh..I would love to experience WoW in virtual reality, like in the anime sword art online, this would be so awesome..just imagine…SO AWESOME. ^o^  Fangirling xD maybe we will get this in WoW 2..? We will see! 

And how about real life, what are your hopes and dreams?

Hmm, this is a difficult question. I’m not so good at talking about my real life xD I just hope it will be better soon…I really want to move out of my town..I’m sick of the grey buildings and the loud cars. I need nature around me, but atm it’s impossible for my soulmate and me to move out..but we will see what the future brings and tbh, the whole climate crisis is making me sick. I’m really afraid of the future, I have so much world pain in me…no idea how long our society will be blind and doesn’t want to change anything. :/   BUT NOOO I’m positive, so maybe good news for the future: maybe, just maybe, I’ll try to stream when my computer has new hardware. xD At the moment I can’t play WoW and have something like youtube open, it’s really bad, lol. So streaming wouldn’t work now (this is the reason why I’m not so much into twitch atm, because my pc would die if I had WoW and twitch open at the same time xD). 

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

Oh nooo, the final boss question. xD This is really so hard to answer, because I want to see everyone here, Q_Q but okay..I have to decide…for now I would love to see @linneavillis, @wow_xileya and @vskovac. 

And we’re done! Thank you very much for joining me and for being so wonderfully perfect!

Oh my, you are toooo sweet, Q_Q thank you so much, it was really an honor! 

And as always thank you all for joining me for another great interview and a big thanks to my trusted sidekick Unidess for the help and hard work for each interview! See you next month with two other guests!! 

Interviewing Izzy

Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlor! Here with me I have one of the guests I was most looking forward to! She’s a gamer, an artist, a puppy mom, a badass, I’m obviously talking about the Spooky Queen herself, Mmoaesthetics aka Izzy!!

Hello there. 🙂

It’s a real pleasure to finally have you here! Let’s start from the very beginning! When did your passion for video games begin?

I’ve been looking forward to meeting you and doing this really! My passion started when I was a kiddoh of maybe 5 years when I was at my neighbors who had a console. It was sonic.

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

Oooh easy one, this was Donkey Kong. My cousin had it and from that moment on there was no turning back. It was like the coolest thing in the world to me.. later I played it again and found it super lame, but hey, kids experience things differently!

When did you realize that you were going to be a gamer for the rest of your life?

Before I realized I’d stick to computer gaming, I was suuuper pissed. My mom replaced my typewriter with a computer one day without telling me. I was so sad.. I loved that dumb typewriter and didn’t know what to do with a computer till my cousin came. He brought me ‘Road Rash’ and ‘Need for Speed’ and ‘Blues Brothers’ and some more I don’t remember. Didn’t take me a long time then to realize that’s really my thing. 😀

One game you will always love no matter what?

I guess that’d be the old ‘Alice’. I’d ofc say WoW but I don’t trust Blizz really and assume they’d be able to destroy it for me one day. Alice is old, that’s a safe one!

Talking of Blizzard, how did you get into WoW?

A friend told me not to play WoW. He had a little son and said WoW was horribly addicting and if I had any brain I’d not start that !@#$. So ofc I got curious.

What made you stay?

The community. Doing something fun is one thing, but being in a group of people who like it just as much as you do is creating some kind of bond I think.

WoW is not the only mmo you enjoy, you also play FFXIV. How did that start?

Through Instagram I stumbled over screenshots. First I wasn’t very tempted, but at some point WoW bored me. So I thought “hey, another open world mmo. Why not?” I was surprised Lalas are not the children of Hyurans haha!

What is your favorite activity in game (both WoW and FF)?

Depends on my mood and on who I’m playing with. In FFXIV it’s doing dailies and maps with the FC, in WoW it’s doing PvP with my boyfriend.

Something we all know about you is that you have some really cool OCs, tell us more about them!

I got many, but if I had to choose one per game it’d be Izobelle for WoW and Rhoe for FFXIV. That’s the one I connect most with. They got their own vibe, even if I know any other player could create similar characters. I didn’t quite figure out HOW I bond with my characters. It just happens or it doesn’t. They’re both kinda bossy, sassy and not too girly. Spooky at times. I try to avoid any mainstream and that’s how they somehow create themselves.

Have you ever thought about writing and posting their stories and adventures?

No I have not.. I thought that‘d most possibly be very boring to others. 

I think they would be awesome and would love to read them if you ever decide to go on and write them! Speaking about community, how did you end up joining the IG gaming community?

That happened all by itself. I came to IG to post my screenshots, mostly for myself, but people responded very well to them and as I am anything but shy, I got in contact with many. It‘s like going to a dog park with your dog. People start talking to you and you may have questions yourself. Just that my dog is a big blue something with pink hair and a tendency to steal stuff out of pockets.

What made you stay part of the community?

People like you! 

Do you have a message for all the crazy people here?

For the good crazy or for the bad crazy or for all of them?

Good crazy xD the bad crazy can go to hell!

Lol true! For all the good kinds of crazy people: keep that craziness going. There‘s enough lame, uninteresting, fake people out there. We need to cultivate uniqueness as good as we can without being insecure or ashamed about it.

Going from a thing to another, as I said at the beginning you are an artist and a very good one too! How did this passion start?

I was drawing from the moment I was able to hold a pen. When I got to school my teachers hated me for that, but quickly learned I was able to listen AND draw and even start drifting off more if they didn’t let me draw.

What is your main inspiration for your art?

Madness. I have an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Lines are maths. And madness. Sometimes I even like drawing but most of the time I hate it but can‘t stop. That‘s why I‘m only drawing in certain phases. Sometimes I‘m less mad.

Who is the person behind the account?

Herbert the 56yo truck driver with back acne. 

Hahaha! We can’t finish this before talking about the puppies, tell us something about them!

Naaww my puppies! They honestly saved my life and maybe I saved theirs a little as well. Little Jim was what kept me from giving up in a very difficult time. He’s been through 3 foster families and nobody wanted to keep him, as he was declared a “difficult” dog. About a year later I adopted Heidi. She was already old, heavily abused and traumatized. I spent about 3k € on her health. Sadly my girl passed away last year in December. I adopted another dog. Her name is Wanda and she‘s mentally retarded, but a little sunshine. She‘s always cheering me up, no matter what! Oh and when I got Heidi the vets gave her 6 more months to live. Love and good care made her live 6 YEARS.

Last question, as for everyone of my guests, who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests?

I‘d like to see kitten pop, thevirtualknight or ummm…heliumbaer! 

And with this we’re done! Thank you very much for accepting my invitation and for being you, truly it was a real pleasure to get to know you better! And also thank you for spending some time in-game! This was honestly the most fun I’ve ever had during an interview! Thank you for the laughter and also for the happy tears during our talks about puppsters! 

You’re sweet! Thanks for taking so much time for le ol‘ me! 

And as usual thank you all for joining me for another interview! Will see you all later this month for another interview and another guest! 

Interviewing Rajana

Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! This time I have a wonderful guest here with me! She’s an absolute sweetheart, a kind soul who always spreads so much love towards the community! She’s been highly requested by you guys and she’s finally here, I’m talking about Rajana aka Wrathion’s wife! Thank you for accepting my invitation!

Thank you for the invitation! I’m very excited and glad to be here! 

First things first, as for everyone of my guests, we need to talk about the origins! How did you get into the videogame world?

Well that is quite a long story. I’ve been starting to love games since a very young age. My older brother and I used to play a lot of Mario Kart together. And of course Pokémon! At some point my brother started to play Assassin’s Creed and I always loved watching him play this awesome game. I eventually started playing League of Legends a bit later, a game he also played first. I then stopped after a year or so and continued with some smaller games. My younger nephew and I played a lot of Skylanders together because he always wanted to play it with someone. I got dragged into WoW a few years later by some internet friends. That was back in Legion at Nighthold release. I stopped playing after a few months and got back into it at the end of Legion/beginning of BfA. Stopped again after a few months and finally came to Assassin’s Creed. I bought all the games and I remember playing through them having such a great time! A friend got me back into WoW when the 15 year anniversary Deathwing Mount was realised, and since then I am back into WoW now for quite a long time. I still love to play Assassin’s Creed of course and I am excited for the new game that will launch soon!

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•.¸♡ Rajana ♡¸.•⁣ ⁣ We decided to take the time today just for ourselves. I made some pancakes for breakfast while Wrathion was still upstairs, sleeping. Sometimes I sleep longer and sometimes he does. The one who is awake goes to make breakfast. This is not a rule from us but we just do it. And if we should wake up at the same time then we always do it together. And together it is always a mess but a lot more fun. We then flew over to Stormsong Valley. A breathtaking place. And since it was pretty hot outside, the forenoon was spend at a beach. And believe me when I say that bathing with a dragon is a whole new experience, because the splash of water that lands in your face is not just a splash. I opened my bun and let my hair fall down before I entered the water. As I looked up, I got a huge splash of water right into my face. And in the water there he sat. A happy dragon. I smiled at him and then also entered the water. It was warm and taking a bath was so relaxing. After that I decided to let my body dry in the sun, so I laid down on a towel at the beach. I could tell that Wrathion was amused and kind of satisfied while watching me. A short smile ran over my lips and I playfully roled with my eyes, because I knew exactly why. After a while, we left the beach and flew up on a hill and relaxed there. We talked a lot, cuddled with each other and we took a nap aswell. It was so silent here and we were alone. Just us together enjoying the view from up here. Yes we also made out several times. I just can't resist this gorgeous man. We decided to go to Pandaria for a nice dinner. It was already late when we arrived at our house. We went to bed a short time after we got home, since we were pretty tired. Wrathion was already sleeping peacefully when I turned around to look at him. I smiled and wiped a strand of hair out of his face. Then I cuddled myself closer to him and fell asleep eventually. "I love you, Wrathion. Forever." ⁣ •.¸♡ Rajana out ♡¸.•⁣ ❁⁣ ⁣I hope ya'll like it! Remade this one three times now!😅💖 ❁⁣ ╚»★«╝ Ignore Tags ╚»★«╝⁣ #worldofwarcraft #forthealliance #forthehorde #narcissusaddon #wow #warcraft #wowigfamily #wrathion #warcraftphotography

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What is the first game that made you realize that you were going to be a gamer forever?

Assassin’s Creed. Definitely. Since I have been obsessed with it for such a long time and when I finally got it for myself it was such a great feeling. I am a huge fan of Assassins, the concept of being a hooded person, parkouring through the cities, hunting down your enemies and being stealthy. And for sure a good and interesting story line! My first OC that I ever made is inspired by that Universe which is also a reason why this game is so special to me! Because of that I started to create more OC’s and through that I started with writing and creating stories.

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•.¸♡ Rajana ♡¸.•⁣ ⁣ I hadn't visited my family since I became a demonhunter. And today I somehow felt like I should, so I asked Wrathion if he could fly me over to the eastern plaguelands and to the light's hope chapel. Being here again after so many years felt strange. "Wrathion…" I said as I stared at the entrance to the graveyard. "Can you leave me alone for a bit?" He looked at me and knew in an instant that I just needed a moment alone. "Sure thing." He said and then walked away, waiting for me at the entrance of the chapel. I exhaled and made my way in, to a gravestone that stood a little further back. As I kneeled down…it exactly felt like the day I attented here last. Right before giving up the paladin life I had and starting a new one as a demonhunter. "I'm sorry that I'm such a disappointment." I said while I felt tears building up inside of my eyes. My whole family had been paladins or priests over all the years. Fighting for the holy light. Until I decided to go another way. Since they had passed I had this feeling of emptiness inside of my heart…and then I met Wrathion. "I wish I could introduce you all to him…he's such a pure soul. We're married already and I want to spend my whole life with him. I just love him so much." I said while smiling even though I cried. "And I'm going to look after the tree we planted, I promise." My little sister and I we had planted a tree near silvermoon. Oh how excited she had been for seing him being grown up one day. I just couldn't stop crying, I missed them all so dearly. As I suddenly felt a hand on my shoulder I gasped and turned around. Wrathion stood behind me and I just fell into his arms, hugging him tight. We just stood there, infront of the grave from my family.⁣ "There's a thousand faces but you're not around Would I make, would I make you proud if you could see me now?" "There's a thousand voices in an endless crowd But I'd give it away, it away if it meant I could see you now?" Song: Thousand Faces-Don Diablo ⁣ •.¸♡ Rajana out ♡¸.•⁣ ❁⁣ ⁣A tiny bit of her story!😊💖 ❁⁣ ╚»★«╝ Ignore Tags ╚»★«╝⁣ #worldofwarcraft #forthealliance #forthehorde #narcissusaddon #wow #warcraft #wowigfamily #wrathion

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You’ve talked about WoW, I’m sure our friends would love to know more about your experience with the game! What is your favorite ingame activity?

That’s a good question, because for me it depends a lot on my mood! I love to explore of course, to see all these amazing places this game has! Farming mounts and transmog is also something I like doing! Raiding and getting to know the lore. But what I love the most is being with friends ingame. Sure I got my days where I prefer to play alone but I got the best memories together with friends. So I say I don’t really have a favorite ingame activity but I love being with friends! Oh and of course taking pictures! With or without Narcissus! ^^

Speaking of taking pictures, your screens are always so beautiful! What is your main inspiration?

Thank you! Well my main inspiration for pictures is my writing and other screens from the community of course! I got two ways of taking them. Either I got writing done and I need a picture for it. Or I got a picture done and need writing for it. I also need motivation to have inspiration, and I have to be stress free otherwise I can’t create something, really. A lot of inspiration also comes from my writings from other universes or other OCs!

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•.¸♡ Rajana ♡¸.•⁣ ⁣ It was a beautiful dawn. A gentle breeze ran through my hair as I arrived at the shore. Wrathion stood with his back to me, observing the tiny waves that the sea created. He turned around as he heard me approaching. We smiled at each other and he laid his hands on my waist. No one was here. Just us, gazing into each others eyes. "You're beautiful." I blushed at his words turning my head slightly away. Wrathion laid his hand under my chin and turned my head back to him. "This dress is beautiful. You know I love red." He smiled at me. "That's why I bought it for you babe." Then he gave me a short kiss on my forehead. I looked around for a moment, stunned by the beauty of this place. "Why did you wanted me to come here?" Wrathion suddenly took my hands. "You known we've been together for a while now. And over this time I realized how much I love you. How important you are to me. And that I want to spend my life with you." I smiled at him, nodding. "Me too you know." He exhaled shortly. "And that's why I wanted to ask you…" As he suddenly kneeled down my mind went blank for a second. Wrathion still held my hand and took out a tiny box. He opened it and inside there was this beautiful ring. "Will you marry me?" It felt like my heart stopped beating for a moment. I just looked at him speechless for a few seconds. Then I just nodded, smiling. "Yes. Yes I will." He gave me a charming smile back and carefully he put the ring on my finger. Wrathion stood up and wiped a tear away from my cheek. "I love you. More than anything in is world." I smiled at him with small tears of joy that still laid in my eyes. "I love you too. More than you can imagine." We both smiled, came closer to each other and started making out. The rest of the day we spent at the beach just being with the two of us. After a little stargazing at night we fell asleep at a near tree. The moment before my eyes closed I looked at the ring again smiling because this was everything I had ever wanted.⁣ ⁣ •.¸♡ Rajana out ♡¸.•⁣ ❁⁣ ⁣I am so happy with this picture! Hope you enjoy the read!🤗💖 ❁⁣ ╚»★«╝ Ignore Tags ╚»★«╝⁣ #worldofwarcraft #wrathion #warcraftphotography #wowigfamily #warcraft

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One of your OCs is very dear to the community, tell us all about her!

Rajana wasn’t always my main since I started on Alliance. When my friends and I went over to Horde I really wanted a Demonhunter since I loved the playstyle and the concept of the class. I am a huge Illidan fan as well! So I created her back then and she looked totally different than she does now. She had short red hair, not the bun she has now. No horns and a black blindfold. I eventually took the blindfold off because I loved the green glowing eyes. The horns were added later then! When I started playing WoW again at the Deathwing Mount release I logged back in and she stayed like that for a few weeks. Until Wrathion came back. I loved the earrings, so I got them for her and changed the hairstyle to the bun so they’d be visible! Rajana had red hair from the beginning though, since I love red hair! As well as the freckles, because I got freckles myself! I also started to plan her story after she got her makeover. Rajana was a paladin and close to the holy light before giving that life up and joining Illidan, becoming a demon hunter with that decision. After the legions fell she decided to stay factionless and fought for Azeroth. She is strong, determined but also kind hearted. And sure she also got her weaknesses. But this is just a tiny bit of her and I’d like to keep some stuff to me for now since I will eventually post it as a story on my account! Oh, and she is who she is now because of Wrathion. I wouldn’t have changed her look, wouldn’t have invented her story and wouldn’t have opened my Instagram account!

Talking about Instagram, how did you end up joining the community?

I’ve been on Instagram for years actually, just with another account. Been around in the League of Legends community before! When I got back into WoW and invented Rajanas story I also started to look for WoW stuff. And I saw all these beautiful screens, wondering if I could do the same. Later on I found out about the Narcissus addon which gave me the needed push to open my account. Because with that I could now create pictures that would fit to my writing! I just needed a name and I had a spam account that was named wrathions_wife where I just spammed random pics in for my close friends. Just for fun and out of pure boredom. When I decided to make a WoW Instagram account I wanted to take wrathions_wife from my spam account to the newly created one but I had to wait two weeks from that time on, since Instagram saves your username for two weeks so you can go back to it if you’ve changed your mind after a name change, so no one else could take it. So I patiently waited these two weeks and then I could finally change my name and make my first post!

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•.¸♡ Rajana ♡¸.•⁣ ⁣ I had the honor to meet a very special demonhunter. Silphy Shadewing. We met up in Dalaran and we both had company with us. And in the moment I saw who she brought with her I understood what Bwonsamdi meant that day when we were talking. I've met the loa of death before and he told me about a demonhunter that works for him. But that is another story I might tell another day. I had told Wrathion he could stay home because he had been busy the whole day but he still wanted to keep me company. We decided to walk around a bit. From up here we had an amazing view on the broken shore and a lot of memories came up for Silphy and me. During the Legion invasion we just worked together in some missions and after the defeat she somehow vanished and we never saw each other again. And a few weeks ago I had accidently met her in Zuldazar. After our short walk we decided to catch some drinks and I have to admit that Silphy and I maybe had too much. We acted a bit silly. The boys stood a bit away from us, watching the whole scenery. "You have to admit that this is quite entertaining." Wrathion nodded beside the loa. "Yes somehow it is." "And this demon really wanted to go out with me. Well my blade was faster than me saying yes." Silphy shrugged and I laughed. "Silly one." Then we took another shot. "They're both so interesting." Bwonsamdi said and laid his arm on Wrathions shoulder. "Yes…they are." The dragon answered while looking at him. "What are you doing?" "We need to stand together buddy. We're both death gods." "I'm not a death god…?" Wrathion gave him a confused look. "Yes but wasn't your father something like that?" "Well…" Wrathion sighed. "Not really." In that moment we both came over to them. "Rajana and I are going for another drink." Silphy said and just pulled me with her. The loa smirked. "Them being drunk is something I could watch the whole night." Wrathion nodded and they both followed us. ⁣ •.¸♡ Rajana out ♡¸.•⁣ ❁⁣ ⁣Had the pleasure to meet Silphy aka @cupid_wow ingame! Thanks for an amazing evening!💖 ❁⁣ ╚»★«╝ Ignore Tags ╚»★«╝⁣ #worldofwarcraft #narcissusaddon #warcraft #wowigfamily #wrathion #warcraftphotography

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What made you stay part of the community?

That I was being accepted for what I did and for who I am. In the League of Legends community where I had been in before it was difficult. It is a very toxic community and if you didn’t have the same opinion as the majority, you had lost. At least in the editing LoL community where I was in. Not everybody is toxic, that is obvious, but I was with a lot of toxic people in the community. Realized it later on sadly. I had a ship that I really liked but it wasn’t popular and people used to try to push me away. I had the fear that it would happen again but I got such a warm welcome! And tbh I didn’t understand it at first. I was confused because I hadn’t experienced that before. I got to know such lovely people who encouraged me to keep doing what I did. And that brought me to stay. Being accepted for what I did, not judged.

Do you have a message for the community?

This community is a wonderful one! We all play the same game, share the same passion so don’t be unkind in any way, please! Be grateful for all those amazing people and that the community is a place where we can escape from things that are bothering us in our life.

Are there any other games you would like to try in the future?

Not really. There hasn’t been any game yet that caught my attention like WoW and AC did. If there is a game one day that catches my attention like those games did then I’d love to try it! But currently there aren’t any!

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•.¸♡ Rajana ♡¸.•⁣ ⁣One of the things I find adorable about him is that Wrathion brings me a flower everyday. Whenever I am home already and he enters the house I rush over to him, we have our short 'Welcome home' kisses and then he always hands me my flower. I don't know why he does that but he started with it a short time after I moved to his house. The first time Wrathion gave me a bunch of flowers and from that day on everyday a single one. I got myself a huge vase that stands close to our bed so I can look at it whenever I stand up or go to bed. It's a wonderful feeling looking at my vase that is filled with all these beautiful flowers. I give them fresh water everyday. Azeroth has a lot of wonderful flowers and he brought me a different one everyday. "And when you received one of each kind out there then I will start again with the first one that I gave you. And bring the others in the same order as last time." Wrathion said to me as we were stargazing oneday. "How would you still know the order of them…you brought me so many." I asked him as he suddenly pulled me softly even closer to him. "I wrote all the flowers down I gave you. For everyday. So I'd know the order." There was a huge smile that apperead on my lips at his words. "I always love to see you smile, Princess." As I suddenly gave him a confused look. "You never called me that." He smiled. "Maybe I should start with that." "Maybe." I said as I laid my hand on his cheek, gazing into his eyes. "Alright, Princess. But I will forever treat you like a queen." Wrathion answered laying his hand on mine. "A queen is nothing without her king." I said as he suddenly smiled. "And a king nothing without his queen." We both smiled at each other as he slightly leaned down to kiss me. ⁣ ⁣ "Wrathion. You mean the world to me, being with you always makes me happy. Since we met you gave me the feeling of being home which I last had when my family was still alive. Thank you, Wrathion. For everything. I love you."⁣ ⁣•.¸♡ Rajana out ♡¸.•⁣ ❁⁣ This turned out longer than expected!💖 ❁⁣ ╚»★«╝ Ignore Tags ╚»★«╝⁣ #worldofwarcraft #forthealliance #forthehorde #narcissusaddon #wowigfamily #wrathion #warcraftphotography

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World of Warcraft has a new expansion coming up! What is the thing you are most excited about?

The storyline, the new characters and the old characters we’re going to meet! I am a huge fan of the lore even though I prefer to not write lore accurate xD. There are a few new characters that caught my attention already. The Revendreth leader Denathrius for example. I’m very excited to get to know him better.

What are your hopes for the future of the game?

That certain characters aren’t getting “ruined”. As well as that my favorite characters stay alive xD. I have too many that are gone already. Oh, and of course that the Black Dragonflight can finally live in peace now! If they get made evil again I’d be very upset! ^^

We’ve talked about gaming a lot, do you have other passions?

Writing! I’ve been writing for almost 7 years now and it helped me to deal with a lot of real life stuff. Listening to music and watching movies as well! Yes, that isn’t really a passion I guess but it also helps me just like writing. Feeling with the characters in a movie for example. Or writing something to a song. I take a lot of ideas out of movies and songs as well and create my own stuff out of it. But writing is together with gaming my biggest passion! My stories are usually playing in the fantasy genre with some romance added. I’m a huge fan of fantasy, action and science fiction stories but writing science fiction is not really my thing. When it comes to love and couple stuff I am a huge fan of romantic things and I also love to write it.

Who is the person behind the gamer?

I am a very shy and insecure person even if it may not come off as that on social media, and I also need a lot of time for myself. I am not around people often in real life since I feel uncomfortable very fast. So I prefer being in smaller friend groups or just with one at all. Only in real life though! Being with many people online is usually not a problem for me. It only is if I’m not in a good mood. I used to feel very bad about my writings, my stories and I still do it from time to time. I found my comfort in gaming. Having something I can resonate with, whether the story or a character. Oh, and I am a huge perfectionist. It is exhausting being like that since I always find things that are off about my pictures or a story, so I end up not posting it or deleting it. I dye my hair red and I wear black most of the time. My favorite color combinations are red-black or blue-black. I am kind of a daydreamer, since I usually hang around in the stories that I have in mind and think of changes or stuff I could add.

What are your dreams for the future?

One of my dreams is to try out acting or voice acting one day. Maybe also writing a book and publishing it! It would be awesome. I also hope I’ll be a different person, someone that is not so insecure like I am. That I can have some more confidence and that I won’t feel bad about what I do.

And we all wish you the best of luck! Finally, the most difficult question to all, who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests?

Thank you so much! It is indeed a very difficult question because I’d love to see them all here and get to know all better! But for now I would like to see @sigyn.starcaller, @iv_yoru and @azerothian.adventurer.

And with this we got to the end of the interview! Thank you very much for your time and for sharing with us a bit of your life! It was a real pleasure!

Thank you for having me here today! It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it!

And as always thank you to Unidess for the precious help and to all of you for joining me for another interview! Hope to see you next month for other two wonderful guests!

Interviewing Aska

Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! I’m very happy to have you back here for yet another interview! My guest today is a special one and I’ve been waiting to have him here for a long time! He’s an artist, a gamer and a wonderful friend! I’m talking about Math aka Aska! Welcome to my parlour! 

Hey! Thanks for having me!

As for everyone of my gamer guests we have to start from the origins of your passion for video games! How did it all start?

Well I don’t have a lot of memories from my childhood, I never really was the gamer one in the family. I remember when I was very young, I got a Gameboy and the game Pokemon Silver which had a problem, because I couldn’t save so I always had to restart from the beginning, I suppose that was my first experience with video games.

When did you get really passionate about the gaming world?

I played a lot of Call Of Duty when I was younger, but the games I played the most were definitely Assassin’s creed 3 and 4, I discovered the pleasure of running into another world where everything seemed possible, where I could do or be anything I wanted and as a kid full of dreams this was incredible. I believe Assassin’s Creed started my passion for video games. Where other games used to be just a way to entertain me, Assassin’s creed was my first “open world” game and gave me the experience of walking into another world. I think that’s what I liked the most: discovering another world and being a badass pirate assassin haha. 

What is your all time favorite game?

Honestly I haven’t played that many games, or at least not that much, I think the answer I would give today would be World of Warcraft, which is the game I played the most and with the most people, no doubt. 

How did you end up playing it?

Don’t show this to Blizzard or imma be banned haha, when I got my first pc which was around 6 years ago I was looking for games to play. I played a lot of League of Legends, but I kept thinking about WoW so I looked for a way to play it freely, which I more or less found. I played on a private server for…I don’t know maybe 4 years? Then 2 years ago I started to get some money and finally  moved on the official game. 

What made you stay passionate about the game?

World of Warcraft gave me a lot of good and bad memories, but there is something in Azeroth that makes me come back all the time, is it the need to escape reality? Is it the way I enjoy playing my characters or making edits? I couldn’t say, but one of the best thing in World of Warcraft is the people you meet, the community you play with, those rare moments, in the late night or even very very early morning, where you log in and do stupid things with friends just for fun. WoW has a lot of faults but also a lot to offer to dreamers like me, stories, characters and amazing places. I don’t know exactly what keeps me passionate about the game, but I know it won’t go away before a long time.

The new expansion is almost here! What are your hopes for it and for WoW’s future?

YES! I really want to take my time for Shadowlands, I tried to see nothing about the zones and stories, I want to discover everything by myself! I cannot wait to visit the new zones, to be part of the new story and see all the new mounts hehe, I can’t wait to use what Shadowlands has to offer to make more edits and characters! The new leveling system seems alt friendly and omg if it is, you gonna see a lot of Askas everywhere, I can tell you that! If we want to say the truth, World of Warcraft is getting old in a video game industry where new video games are created everyday, but it’s still one of the best (in my opinion), my only hope for the game is to keep surprising us with content, they already did in the past, we know they can come up with new ideas and concepts, they just need to make the right choices even tho it’s impossible to make everyone happy. I don’t know what they have planned for the future but I’ll be there to see it. That’s a fact.

Are there any other games that you would like to try in the future?

I’m currently playing on a small pc so I sadly can’t really play a lot of games, but there is definitely more games I would love to play, I tried Black Desert Online once and I really loved how it looked but my pc didn’t so I had to stop, you know I also really want to play Final Fantasy too, the day I get a better pc you can be sure it’s gonna be one of the first games I’ll play. The only fear I have is to log in and never come back to reality haha, that game looks pretty and seems really fun to play, and I know people who play it so I know I wont be alone when I’ll start. 

Speaking of friends and gaming, how did you end up joining that crazy place we usually call IG gaming community?

Haha honestly? I have no explanations for how I ended up where I am today, I was just a guy who wanted to share the photo of the game that he took on social media. I already had a small account so I knew how instagram worked. It’s been crazy since I created that account, I’ve met so many people, so many things happened, bad and good like in every community, I’m just so glad that I’ve met the people I know today. I’m trying not to get into troubles and personal stuff after things that happened but I really cherish every relation that I have with everyone I know today. What a journey it has been haha, but it doesn’t stop here, the year just started and I’m back for another year in this crazy community.

Do you have a message for the community?

This community is precious, it’s a place where people can escape their problems and people they don’t like IRL, please don’t be toxic or mean to each other, lol!

You not only share with us your wonderful screenshots but your amazing art too! When did this passion begin?

Haha yeah that’s a long story but I’ll make it short. Basically, I draw since forever, I spent my entire school years drawing on my notebooks because I was bored to death, after my school years I went to university to study philosophy but after a week of drawing in my books and realising I was more drawing than actually writing things, I decided to change for something else. The same year I went on the official game and started my WoW instagram account, I’ve met people that talked to me about my drawings and how I should start the commissions, which I did, and when I became a little better at digital drawing I started commissions in digital too, which people liked more so I keep doing them today. I feel so honored that people like my work enough to buy it. I’m so deeply thankful to everyone who pushed me and helped me to start making commissions, I just love seeing people happy with a drawing or painting of their characters haha. 

What is your main inspiration for your art?

My inspiration? For my drawings I make only black and white drawings, with a lot of details and lines, when I was a kid I used to read a lot of mangas and tried to draw the character I was seeing in them so I guess that comes from there, for the digital I have no idea, I just do and learn everyday, I try to see how professionals do their paintings and I try to improve . I usually draw more fantasy related stuff though, the fantasy universe has always passionated me. 

We’ve talked about the gamer and the artist but who is the person behind them?

Haha there is not a lot to say, just a 21 years old dude from Belgium trying to play WoW and make his place in this world and find some joy in it.

Your screens are also full of meaning and stories! What is your inspiration for them?

Movies, definitely! I’m a huge fan of movies and I love when a scene is full of sense or just aesthetically beautiful, I try to make my edits or screenshots looks like they are coming from a movie, I used to do simple screenshot of places in Azeroth but I started to edit them and that opened a world of possibilities, with some editings skills I have an infinity of possible scenes, I can open a window on a closed building, make two characters fight when they are not even on the place at first, I love to settle an ambiance, that my pictures tells a story by themself or making my characters having an adventure.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

Like I said I want to play and enjoy Shadowlands with people and maybe meet new players this year! I can’t wait to work on new commissions and improve my drawing and painting skills too! My hopes are just not to lose my mind, enjoy simple things and be happier in general!

And lastly who are three accounts that you would like to see as my guests?

I have 280 people in mind haha! I’d love to see my buddies Neylocplays_, Shakeablecowx and the amazing mer.nymps! 

And with this our interview ends! Thank you very much for joining me and for letting us know you better! It was a real pleasure!

The pleasure was mine, thanks again for having me! 

As always a big thank you goes to my trusted sidekick Unidess for helping me out with yet another interview! And thanks to all of you for being here with us again! See you all soon with another wonderful guest!

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. 🙂 

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. 🙂 

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 doesn’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!! 

Interviewing Nihilora

Hello everyone and welcome back to my little parlour! Today’s guest is a very special one and I’m more than happy to have her here! She’s a very special person and I care a lot about her so I can’t wait to get to know her even better, but most of all I can’t wait to help you all to get to know her better! I am talking about the marvelous Eleonora aka Nihilora!! Welcome and thank you for accepting my invitation! 

Greetings Kylara and thanks a lot for inviting me! I’m a huge fan of your interviews and it’s an honor for me to be here today. I can’t wait to begin!

Well let’s start, shall we? Of course we can only start from the beginning. How did your passion for video games begin? 

The one for video games is probably one of my first passions. I undoubtedly got it from my grandparents and from my mom. I remember my first console was the good old PS1. I was really young (I wasn’t more than 4 or 5 years old), so I wasn’t exactly good at it haha,  but I watched them play and that’s how I learned. As years went by, my grandparents and my mom passed the torch completely to me, but we often gather together to talk about game sagas that accompanied us through time. All in all, it’s a huge passion that keeps us close.

When did you realize that being a gamer forever was your destiny? 

I think I understood it when I was in high school, when commitments started to multiply almost overnight. I always studied a lot,  so it’s obvious at one point available time started getting scarce haha. Despite that, I never abandoned my passion for video games. Together with the one for music, they’ve always been there in my life and helped me through some dark times.

Which was the first video game you felt in love with? 

That’s a really difficult question. The answer probably dates back to when I was a kid. When I was 6 years old I received a purple GameBoy Advance, my first portable console. I remember how difficult it was to find the right lighting to play in, because the screen didn’t have retro-illumination yet xD. There’s a small gem on that console: “Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreaks”. It’s probably a game nobody knows, with an extremely simple story, but with gameplay I find interesting even today. I immediately fell in love with it. I still have the old cartridge, tucked away somewhere together with the console. They’re small treasures I will always keep with me.

And now an even more difficult one: pc or console? 

Should I answer with my heart, I’d say consoles. The reason being I have so many memories linked to them…from PlayStation to Nintendo, memories shared with friends and relatives. Should I answer with reason, instead, I’d definitely say pc. For really a lot of reasons (too many xD), but the main one being it’s the main platform I use for gaming nowadays. In the end? I think I don’t know how to answer. I can’t prefer either of them, because there’s pros and cons for both.

What’s your all time favorite video game? 

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. My first game of the saga and the one that pushed me to play all the others. The mix between setting, story and characters are elements that make me start it over again even nowadays, even if I finished it so many times already.

What does gaming mean to you? 

Gaming has always been a core aspect of my life. Playing a videogame is a bit like reading a book, just more interactive. And that’s a booklover saying that xD. It allowed me to get to know incredible characters, many of whom passed on me teachings I still find incredibly important in my life. I get angry when I hear people say that gaming is an  “unhealthy activity” for the mind. Sure, you shouldn’t overdo it, like everything in life. But I think gaming is an opportunity: to learn new things, to meet new people and to broaden one’s horizons.

Another game that is pretty important for you is World of Warcraft, how did it all begin? 

It’s all my boyfriend’s doing! Silvereaglex is a veteran WoW player and he couldn’t restrain himself from bringing me in as well. In truth, it took sometime before I decided to try it out. One day, when I was at his house, he asked me for the hundredth time to try it. In the end I caved in, he logged me in with his account and I made my first character, a Worgen druid. No need to say that once back to my home I created my personal account and haven’t stopped playing since haha. 

What made you stay a loyal fan of the game through the years? 

I fell in love with the characters, both NPCs and my own. As time went by I learned the Lore better, not only from the quests ingame, but also from the various books and short stories. Also, I set a lot of objectives to reach in the game and I still have a lot of work to do to complete them.

What are your hopes for WoW’s future? 

The main problem right now is obsolete mechanics that are still in the game. Shadowlands has some good promises for the moment, but we’re still far from having the perfect game. I’m impatient to try out the innovations, but I feel like saying there’s a will to change in the developers. My hope is they will keep following this road.

What are the games you would like to try or replay in the future? 

I definitely need to try out Final Fantasy XIV Online and finish my Dark Souls III playthrough (hopefully both as soon as possible xD). For the future instead, I’m really hyped for the new Assassin’s Creed and I hope for the new The Legend of Zelda game to be announced. And among all the other things I wanted to replay the Tomb Raider saga, for good old times sake.

Moving on to a different subject, we’ve met thanks to the IG gaming community, but how did you end up there? 

I got to it completely by chance. I needed an IG account to participate in a giveaway and, not having a personal one, I thought of creating an account using one of my characters’ name (Nihilora). I really don’t remember how, but I ended up following other WoW accounts (among which yours was one of the first!) and I started posting my screenshots as well.

What made you stay part of the community? 

Its members, without a doubt. I was lucky to get to know awesome people. Each of them, through their story, taught me something. Besides having new companions for my adventures, the real treasure was finding kind and friendly people, always ready to help during difficult moments. This is the true beauty of our community!

Do you have a message for all of them? 

I’d like for them to know they will always find a dependable person in me. Even if sometimes I’m not often active with posts or stories, I’m always ready to help! I’m always looking for a way to contribute and I hope one day to be able to return all the help I got.

You’ve already mentioned that another of your passions is music, tell us more about it! 

The one for music is another great passion I got from my grandparents. I studied piano when I was 6 for a couple of years, but I never stopped practicing once in a while after that. When I was 12 I started studying transverse flute and it is my main instrument even today. I could never think of stopping playing. Recently I realized a small dream of mine, that’s to say recording a video game song cover together with my best friend and a university colleague, and it’s been a marvelous experience! I hope I can bring gaming and music together with another cover song soon!

We all can’t wait to hear more from you! We’ve talked about video games and music, your two main interests, but who is Eleonora besides all this?

I’m a full-time engineering student, with a passion for Astrophysics. I’m a single daughter but I compensate for the lack of brothers or sisters with a numerous family and a lot of cousins. I love animals, in fact I have a turtle named Vergil and a dog, a chihuahua named Willy. I’m lucky to always have my boyfriend close to me, who’s my number one fan. I’ve got incredible friends who can be counted on one hand, but they’re my lifeblood. You know my hobbies already haha, but besides studying, gaming and music, I also love drawing, writing stories and watching TV series. Little dream in the closet: I hope one day to be able to play as part of an orchestra.

When will you post some of your drawings? 

My drawings are all on paper. I’ve always drawn with pencils, doing shadows and greyscales and it usually doesn’t get through from a photo of the drawing xD. Should I manage to improve the photos quality I’d be really happy to show you some! I hope I’ll be able to learn how to draw on digital sooner or later!

What are your plans for the future? 

To get my Degree as soon as possible, to be able to get on with the Master’s Degree. Everything else remains to be seen! I have a lot of projects for the future, like finally being able to go live together with Silvereaglex, which has the highest priority. But it’s still soon to plan it. For now, I prefer to concentrate on my studies and on living the present to the fullest.

And I wish you the best of luck with your future projects! We’ve finally got to the last question, the hardest one. Who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests? 

You’ve had a lot of guests already, but the community is huge! A lot of names come to mind… But since I can only name three, I’ll say @iv_yoru, @gaming_alina e @unholycious!

And we’ve got to the end of the interview! Thank you very much for spending this afternoon with me (and us all), letting me get to know you better! It was a real pleasure! 

The pleasure is all mine! Your company is always amazing. Thanks for this beautiful opportunity!

And obviously a big thank you goes to all of you for sticking with me for yet another interview. And another huge thank you goes to my trusted sidekick Unidess! He’s the one who makes all the interviews so easy to read and most of all correct…and in this case (as for others before this) I also owe to him the translation of the full interview into English!! That being said, I really hope to see you all soon for another interview with another wonderful guest, this time picked by you! 

Interviewing Shy of Maldraxxus

Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! I have a very special guest with me today and I know for sure many of you want to know her better! She’s the most loving and supportive person in the whole community!! I’m talking about Luna aka Shy of Maldraxxus!! Thank you for accepting my invitation!

Hi guys, a pleasure to be here, thanks for your invitation, it was a great surprise. I am an introvert, so if you feel me a bit serious it is for that reason. 

As always for the first question we go to the beginning! How did your passion for video games begin?

Well, my passion for games started with my dad. He was the one who bought us our first console, it was called the “Family game”, thanks to it I had a good childhood with tetris, super mario and some other games from that time. Then came the Playstations, it was a very big improvement, I became a fan of DBZ and many racing games, such as the GT, Need for Speed and others.

What is the first game you really felt in love with?

I can’t be sure of it, but if I can say that Gran Turismo was one of the ones I loved the most. The reason to love it so much was the effects and details of the cars, the dynamics of the cameras, the realism of the presentation, all that led me to want to have all the GT that went on sale. I could say, without lying, that I could spend whole days playing it and it was relaxing, apart from using it as a de-stressor, it seemed like a driving simulator. 

When did you realize that you were going to be a gamer all your life?

Well, this happened between the years 2008-2010, since it was not going very well in my personal life and my days were increasingly gray, so the games were my “salvation” apart from my family. So I decided to dedicate part of my life, entirely to them, since they helped me a lot with stress, and changes I had due to the situation outside my house.

What does gaming mean to you now?

They mean a lot, practically they are my life, although naturally 80% of the time it is only WoW, but honestly it is the best thing that has happened to me, and although it seems that I am talking about the love of my life, that’s how I consider them. 

How did you first approach WoW?

Well, it started in those years of 2008-2010, despite having bad streaks away from home, one of my classmates had W3 and the Frozen Throne, to play in the hours off or during recess. So, watching them play woke up my intrigue and asked him to pass it to me, he had no problem. And so I started to invest my time in Warcraft, I spent a year playing there and then it came as a surprise, that there was another version of it, only that it was paid. I created my account, started at the end of 2009 and I had my first night elf druid, with whom I had many adventures and made some acquaintances. I will not lie, after that I wanted to go a little further, for paying that bill and for believing in bad people, I lost it and so it happened with two more accounts. The one I currently have is the 4th, which I really love a lot, it has 50 characters made to my measure and effort. 

What made you stay in love with the game for so many years?

Simply put, EVERYTHING literally. The cinematics, the music, each race and class, the Lore, there has been nothing to disappoint me about this game, and nobody can change my mind about it, because it is magnificent.

What hopes and dreams do you have about the next expansion?

Well, my only hope is that it is as great as they have been showing it and I can enjoy it to the fullest, perhaps as always there will be content that I will not be able to access, but with the usual content that I have enjoyed in other expansions for years, which is so great. As always, believe me that is my best dream, apart from seeing my beautiful DK as I really like and so I can continue her story. 

What is your favorite activity in game?

My favorite activity right now is farming gold, I literally don’t do anything else. If I had more space, believe me, my favorite activity would be to level up more characters haha. 

We cannot do an interview about you and not talk about your OCs! Tell us something about them!

Well, I have many that is obvious, but you have learned more about my main oc, which is Shynisti Darksong, a night elf death knight. She is everything to me, from the day I created her, I have not stopped working on her, her history, her abilities and also her appearance! I am not going to deny, that I create her as she is at the moment so that it is an arduous job to even draw her, because I like that the things that I do original and own are like this. Shy, she represents me right and back, everything you see in her is everything that I have been, what I have lived and how I have tried to face, only seen through survival in Azeroth. Her appearance is my current goal to achieve and even so I represent her as a monster at times, that seems to want to kill everyone, it is that inner self that I try to control when frustration and anger dominate me.

Currently I will be working on those that I have not yet introduced, because in Shadowlands, I will dedicate myself to many more characters just for the sets.

Do you play any other games?

Currently not, surely I will start if my computer does not work as it should or if it stops working because of how old it is. 

What games would you like to try or replay?

Well, currently for the PS3, it is a bit difficult to get games, so I currently have the GT5, GTA5, DBZ Tenkaichi 3, Soccer, Boxing and UFC. I would really like to play their stories, again. 

You are not only a gamer but a great artist too!! What is your main inspiration?

Well, my biggest inspiration has always been music, any type of music that I like inspires me to create my art. I am not going to deny that every time something new comes out of WoW, it is also an inspiration to try something new. Lately I have tried to improve my art as much as I can, and the community liked it, that is also part of my inspiration. 

And the results are absolutely amazing! We’ve talked about the community but how did you end up joining it?

Well, if I said it, you wouldn’t believe me. It all started with a person who is no longer in my life today, for reasons not worth remembering. But hey, back to the point, this girl insisted that I create an Instagram account for my art and that therefore, if I was playing WoW or something else, I could also put it there. I did, and for some strange reason, the followers began to fall like torrential rain, and most were from the Warcraft community. Seeing their pages I learned how to use the Hashtag and other things, at first I put the caption of the images in my main language and then, I changed to English, which made it a bit difficult for me at first but thanks to this I met many wonderful people and I am really very grateful for the support they have given me in these almost two years. 

What made you stay part of the community?

That is a good question, when I had been on Instagram for a few months, I wanted to leave since there was a lot of drama and toxicity, which I had never seen before, so I had tried to make the decision to leave the community, but I could not do it. I had a place to which I could finally belong and I was not going to leave it, for 2 or 3 social misfits. So I stayed, and I continued to enjoy the content of the people who were worth it and for whom I stayed. Right now, I have friends that I really appreciate, three of them are Avicennia, Cupid and Jenesis, but there is also Neinhardt and Koristrasza who gave me the courage to start with the commissions, apart from being the first to support me in that sense.

What other interests do you have apart from gaming and drawing?

Well, right now with the pandemic, it is a little difficult to say it, but what interests me the most, is to be able to get a stable job, to be able to help my parents in everything I can. Right now, my interests are also in my physical and mental health.

What plans do you have for the future (once all this will be over)?

Well, I wouldn’t say it would be having a partner and raising a family, because I would really be lying. Apart from what I said earlier, I want to have a full life, without remorse or regrets, where I can give my parents everything they have given me for years and also get what I want, a room just for me where I get lost in Azeroth every time I want or need a distraction, as well as a place for my dedication to drawing so I can continue to draw smiles on the faces of the wonderful people of this community. 

Any messages for the community?

I just want to say, thanks to all those who still remain, they really help me a lot, for my art, for each post that I usually put sometimes many days apart. Thank you for making me a better person, than when I arrive and for putting up with those short messages of mine, which sometimes are just emoticons. Thank you very much with all my heart.

And now the most difficult part of the interview, the last question! Who are three members of the gaming community that you would like to see as my guests in the future?

That is a difficult question, since most of them have already passed through here. Well the first would be Jenesis, I would love to know more about her, and the other two would be, Amoria125 and Koristrasza! 

And here ends our interview! Thank you very much for accepting my invitation and for being such a fundamental part of the community! We all love and appreciate your constant support towards all of us! And thank you for the absolutely wonderful sketch!! 

It has really been a pleasure talking with you, and thanks again to all for your support and for the surprise of being here in your interview.

And thank you all for joining us for yet another interview! And as always thank you to my trusted sidekick Unidess for helping me out as always! See you all with another wonderful guest next month!!

Interviewing Silver.Eaglex

Hello everyone and welcome back to my comfy parlour! Today I have with me a very special guest that many of you know and that you’ve been waiting for a long time! I’m talking about Carmine aka Silver.eagle! Thank you for accepting my invitation! 

The first question is the most obvious one, how did you end up in the videogame world?

First off, thank you for inviting me to your parlour. My relationship with videogames began with Warcraft, more precisely with Warcraft 3. It was the first videogame I ever played. Back then I didn’t have a console like my friends had, but just a pc my father used. It was him who brought me into this magic world that subsequently evolved into a MMORPG.

What of the game pulled you in?

Speaking of Warcraft 3, the main aspect that attracted me was the story. Each time I began a new campaign I was falling in love with the characters and I couldn’t wait to discover their adventures. The story I enjoyed the most was the Night Elf one, meaning the story of Malfurion, Illidan, Tyrande and Maiev. If we’re talking about World of Warcraft, the concept is simpler: for the first time I could be part of their story, creating an alter-ego that would fight alongside them.

How did you get to WoW?

I got to WoW thanks to my father. One day he came home with an original WoW box and told me a friend of his asked him to play it together, and since I had the occasion to, I tried it as well. At the beginning we used his friend’s account, but my father created an account of his own soon after and that’s when my adventure began. Just to give an idea of how far back we’re talking, the Warcraft box my father brought home was a Vanilla one, back in 2005, a year after the game launched. 

What kept you so in love with the game to be still playing it so many years later?

That’s a really good question. I honestly don’t know if I can explain it, but I’ll try. One of the main reasons it’s the game story. Expansion after expansion, more pieces have been added to that story I fell in love with, which pulled me back every time. Another factor is the characters I created: I have a bond with them I can’t break and I love to keep fighting alongside them. Even if at times (like in this period) I don’t feel like playing and I’m without subscription, after a month or two I always return for a long period, especially if there’s a new expansion behind the corner.

Since you mentioned them, we all know there’s some special characters you created, and that many love! Tell us about them!

I created a lot of characters and I love writing stories about them because I feel them alive within me, but there’s one character in particular I have a really strong bond with: Pugnoferreo (Ironfist in english). She wasn’t my first character, I actually created her during Mists of Pandaria and she originally was a Pandaren Monk, because the expansion had just launched. After a while I realized I should have created her as a Night Elf (my favourite race in Warcraft). From her I came up with ideas to create my other characters she has a link to, whether by friendship or family. 

For those who don’t know Pugnoferreo, what could you tell them about her?

Pugnoferreo is a Night Elf Monk. She’s always ready to help others and never ponders about it, she just does it. She’s fearless and confident, and prefers to spend her days training and traveling the world. She loves discovering new places and is always ready to live new adventures. Unfortunately her childhood was ruined by a traumatic event, but she grew into what she is now thanks to that: a Grandmaster of the Monks Order. She’s reunited with her family again at this point, and she’s made new friends and even apprentices that want to become strong and brave like her.

What are your favourite activities in the game?

My main activity in the game is PvE, but I enjoy doing PvP as well. In my spare time I hunt mounts and I do all I can to complete the harder achievements. I enjoy guild raids and I’m always happy to make new friends and play together with them, but the person I love playing together with the most is my girlfriend.

Other than  WoW, what are some of your favourite games?

Aside from WoW I play different genres, but my favourites are: Assassin’s Creed, Kingdom Hearts, The Legend of Zelda, God of War. 

Aside from videogames, what else you like doing?

One of my main passions is martial arts, but I also love traveling (even if I’ve never done it yet XD). I really love watching TV shows, anime and going to the movies.

We met thanks to the IG gaming community! How did you end up in that place full of crazies?

My girlfriend brought me to Instagram. One day she told me she wanted to try that social and see if there were communities where to share videogaming experiences. We made an account, published our first shots, and got immediately thrown into this wonderful community. I’m really happy to be a part of it.

What made you stay?

Mainly the people. This community is made up of wonderful people, you support each other, you exchange opinions and it’s my small space where to express myself without being judged. I write my stories in this community because I know they’re appreciated, and I know people understand the emotions I pour into my stories. I’ve met incredible people who are my friends now (included you, Elena) and I’m always happy to get to know more.

Do you have a message for the community?

Continue being yourselves, support each other and stay united. Everyone has their own good and bad, but we’re all a big family here, and we can do and say what we feel like without being judged. We’re the best Warcraft community and I’m really happy to be a part of such a close-knit group of people as we are.

Your IG screens are easily identifiable thanks to your very personal style! What’s your inspiration?

When I create my screens I identify with my characters and I try to create a picture that reflects their feelings and their energy, so I can create a unique atmosphere. That means my inspiration varies from character to character. 

We talked about videogames and passions, but who is the person behind the gamer? Who is Carmine?

I’m a  22 years old guy. I’m italian and was born in Apulia (region in the south of Italy) and I live in a small town in the province of Bari. I’m studying at the university to become a psychologist, because one of the things I can do better is helping others to solve their problems and I feel good doing it. Just like Pugnoferreo, I’ve had a few not-so-happy moments in my childhood, but those events shaped me into what I am now and am happy about what I’ve become (now you know from where the inspiration for Pugnoferreo’s story is drawn).  I never posted a personal picture, in part because I’m also shy, but I’ve decided I’m going to do it sometime soon, maybe to celebrate 1000 followers, and am going to do it in a special way, you’ll see!

What are your plans and hopes for the future?

My plan for the future is to become a psychologist and open my own study, so I can begin helping those people who might have need of me, and I hope I can earn enough to afford my own house where I can live together with my girlfriend and our gaming stations. XD

What about videogames? What are your hopes for WoW’s future, especially regarding the new expansion!

I can’t wait to play Shadowlands. I’m really really liking what’s being shown from the Alpha and I already know I’m going to spend the whole pre-patch modifying all my characters with the new customizations. I hope Blizzard will continue on this track and will make us experience a great story in Shadowlands.

Are there other games you would like to try/play in the future?

Aside from Shadowlands, I’m waiting the new Assassin’s Creed and Zelda titles. I can’t wait to get my hands on those! 

And as always the last and most difficult question of them all, who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests? 

Obviously my girlfriend Nihilora_ , a really dear friend of mine I met through the community: Unholycious, and my stories’  number 1 fan: Iv_yoru.

Thank you for your time and for sharing a bit of your life with us all! It was a great pleasure getting to know you better! And thank you for the amazing edit for the interview’s cover! 

The pleasure was all mine! 

And as always, a big thank you to all of you who joined us for yet another interview!! And a special thank you to Unidess for the translation of this interview and for editing all my previous ones! See you all later this month with another wonderful guest! 

Interviewing KheshireKat

Hello everyone and welcome back to my parlour! It’s always such a pleasure to have you here with me and today we will get to know one of the most requested guests ever! You know and love her all, I’m talking about the wonderful Serah aka KheshireKat! Thank you very much for joining me in this little virtual parlour! 

Not at all, thank you for having me!

You are a gamer, an artist, a dog mom! You’re the full deal! But first things first, let’s talk about gaming in this gamersation, shall we? How did your passion for video games begin? 

That all goes to my older brothers who were very heavily into gaming/nerd/geek culture and decided to get me into it when I was a baby. So naturally growing up I would always watch them play games, anything from table-top games, card games like Magic the Gathering, to all kinds of video games and have no idea what was going on. I was the typical annoying little sister asking about who that character was, what card is that…you know, the typical “what does that do?”.
I would always sneak into my brothers’ LAN parties, and watch them play games like Warcraft 3, Final Fantasy 7, and many, many FPS games I can’t even name.
But among all of those influences what really sparked my interest for gaming was actually the Legend of Zelda franchise, more specifically Ocarina of Time. I think something with those games just clicked and I’ve been obsessed since. 

What made you stay passionate about games?

I stayed passionate about it mostly because it was something my brothers and I shared. We were so different in every other aspect of life but the one thing we had common ground with was gaming. Even if I’m not a big gamer like they were, it was something we could either play together, or separate and later spend hours talking about. Besides that core aspect for me, the story telling, the lore, game play and overall immersion into the different worlds is what kind of sparks my passion for certain games. I find myself starting to care, love and bond with the characters, whether it’s NPCs like Link and Roxas, or my own like Mia. 

What are your all time favorite games?

Without questions, The Legend of Zelda franchise! But also Dungeons and Dragons. I would sacrifice you all to the volcano gods for those games. 

We’ve met thanks to the IG gaming community and especially because of your wonderful WoW screens! How did you end up playing WoW?

First of all, thank you, and second of all that’s a funny story. So, one of my best friends had been telling me to join and play WoW for 3 years prior to when I actually joined. I kept laughing it off because I was dedicated to finishing school before putting money into anything else. Granted, I did want to join back when Pandaria launched but, you know, school first and all that jazz.
So after I graduated I finally told my friend I would try the game; however, my friend and my brother ended up buying me the game, and the equipment to play with them. It really all happened super fast, as in the time span of an evening…. annnnd here we are many moons later! 

What made you fall in love with the game?

Illidan. 

Ahahaha! As I said we’ve met through the IG gaming community, how did you end up in this crazy place?

Honestly I don’t like talking about this much, but I created this account shortly after my break-up with my ex, who I had met in WoW when I first joined the game. He was a large part of my life and my experience with the game, so creating this account was a way for me to distract myself and move on without hating the game by association, if that makes sense? I never thought about there being any kind of a community, I didn’t think it would catch anyone’s attention, I just posted what I wanted because it was my visual memory book. 

What made you stay in the community?

After a while I started changing the content I was posting, you know…putting more effort into each post, editing, or writing snippets. When I started to gain followers and interacting with people I started receiving these heartfelt messages about how I inspired them or just really positive messages about what I had created with my account. I even started to get requests to reading, critiquing, and help other creatives in the community. It meant the world to me that my words, and my character meant something to others, so much so that they trusted my opinions and advice. 
I made it my goal that in some way, that I wanted to continue to inspire people, I wanted to make a difference here and be a positive influence on anyone who visited my page, interacted with me, or read the stories I wrote, even if it’s just one person.
Annnd of course the love and investment so many have for Mia and her story inspire me and remind me everyday why I’m here. 

Do you have a message for the community?

Oh gosh… there are so many things I want to say to sound profound! But I think the only thing I feel confident that will resonate with everyone is; don’t judge people based on others opinions… and embrace your individuality! Stop letting others paint pictures of people you’ve never met before. Be confident and build your own opinions about everything first and foremost! 

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Going back to your OC for a second, since you have talked about her, many known Mia and love her but tell us more about her for the ones that may not know her! 

So first things first and to make everything more confusing…. Mia is my original character that I created back in 2004 after my brother had passed away, she and her story were a creative outlet and my way of dealing with grief. She is completely separate from WoW.
The Mia everyone knows is my hunter I main in game who is always been dressed in the same blue transmog. I’ll call her my WoW-OC, who only shares a similar name and appearance to my OC. Her lore however is a bit out of the box than what you might expect from WoW-OCs or RP characters… Her full name is Mia Sunseer, she is a very young and short hybrid elf with unknown origins, who at the beginning of BFA, survived the Lightforged ritual. Despite her young age, she has faced her share of sorrow and demons which allowed her to pass the trials.
She’s very curious, adores books, and has this strange way of working her way into the hearts of those she meets along her journey. Her key features are her bi-coloured eyes, ombré hair, and the Lightforged runes and tattoo decorating her body. 

You are also a FFXIV player and there’s a little Mia one too! How did you end up playing FFXIV? 

There is! I don’t have any lore backing that version of her. In FFXIV she’s called Mia Moonstrider, she’s a Viera bard and dancer. The game looked really pretty and I loved the idea of the Dancer class and Viera is my favourite race. So I thought I’d give it a chance, however I’m not a big fan of the MSQ being locked behind the dungeons… soooo I’ve stopped playing for now. 

As I said at the beginning of the interview, you’re also an artist! What is your main inspiration for your art?

This might actually be cliché to say but, it’s music. Naturally like most artists I pull inspiration from everything around me but I find it’s always music that inspires me to create my best pieces. 

What are your other passions other than gaming and art?

I guess this is where everyone finds out how boring I really am… I’d probably have to say I’m most passionate about books and everything involving them like reading and storytelling. You know the new book smell? That’s probably one of my favourite things. Haha. I think if I could live in a library or just own a bookstore I wouldn’t need anything else in life. Almost everyone who knows me knows I’ve been working on writing and creating my own book. 

Tell us more about this project!!

For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved storytelling, and it’s become a large part of who I am now. Back in 2004 or roughly around that time, possibly earlier, I started this project called “Project Echo”. In the very, very early days it was planned to actually be a comic or manga series created between 2 of my friends and myself. Unfortunately that dream sort of fell apart after the loss of my brother.
However, I didn’t give up on this project, it just became a larger part of my life and my vision for it has changed. It became my thesis project when I graduated; it’s a young adult fantasy novel, accompanied with its own separate artbook, featuring Mia (completely irrelevant and unrelated to WoW) in a world that is forgetting magic and embracing technological advancements.
So! Without further ado, Echo is about: A promise to protect the world. A prince in search for redemption. A beauty with the heart to challenge destiny. A truth locked in hidden memories. 

I really can’t wait to read it and I wish you the best of luck with this amazing project! We’ve talked about your interests and passions but who is Serah in real life?

Thank you! I’m excited for it to finally be published!
Well outside of gaming and social media… I’m a pixie sized brown girl from Canada. That’s about it. 
Haha, okay but seriously I’m a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and creative director who writes as a hobby. I’ve won 2 awards so far for my designs as well as been a part of the design teams for large brands like Coke-Cola and the GRT. I’m a dog mom and I’ve grown up with dogs my whole life, I can’t imagine living without a dog. I have a severe allergy to sunscreen and cats. I speak 3 languages, Hindi, French, and English. I have this weird mix of needing to be organized, needing to be spontaneous, and needing creative chaos. I absolutely love the Goth subculture and I used to be a part of that until recently. I love horseback riding/ competing/ showing, swimming, hiking, plush thing, unicorns and traveling. I’d live by the ocean if I could. I have a huge Zelda merch collection. My favourite animal is a fox, second favourite would probably be a snow leopard. I’m probably a princess, I’m definitely a hopeless romantic through and through…. but I pretend to be edgy so no one has to deal with all the mushy crap I like. Hahaha. I like to think I’m funny and a positive vibe to keep around. I have been told that I’m really easy to talk to and I tend to get along with almost everyone, which I think it’s pretty cool. Since elementary school I was dead set on becoming a wedding dress designer specifically; and in high school I designed the dresses for all my friends and my cousins, haha, even though I changed my career path to becoming a concept artist. 

Since I’ve mentioned it too, we cannot go on without talking about the real heartbreaker, the most famous and loveable puppy of them all!! We need to know everything about Genn!!

Of course, of course! He’s really the star of the show! Baby Genn, aka Merlin the White is a Miniature American Eskimo, and he was born June 6th. So he’s juuuuuust over a year now! He’s extremely intelligent and this breed specifically was actually used in circuses because of how easy they are to train, do tricks, and how well they can balance and walk on the hind legs. Baby Genn always starts his mornings with zoomies and is eternally playing chase with you. He’s a bit possessive of his toys and food even if he’s not playing with them or eating at the moment… you’re not allowed to touch them! He loves cuddles and I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s a real king! He doesn’t like to eat his food unless you serve it on a plate, he’ll sleep in your bed with his head on your pillow and will only sit on the sofa or his fluffy blanket.

And he’s so cute he has all the rights to be the king! What are your plans and hopes for your account and for your future in general outside the gaming universe?

Haha thank you! I love him to bits!
And as far as my account… goodness, this has been something I’ve been mulling over for a while. I want to keep being a positive influence for storytellers and creatives, but I also want to keep creating and sharing Mia’s story and hopefully she will become a memorable and loved WoW-OC.
As for the future outside of gaming… I believe it’s full of endless possibilities! Our lives are eternally a work in progress and there are so many things I want to do or want to improve. And so many more things I’m scared to try but still want to.
There’s a group of my friends within the IG community that have hinted at meeting up IRL and that’s something I really want to make happen, I think it would be something amazing when we can finally organize that! 

And I wish you the best of luck with everything! As for the gaming universe, are there any future objectives in the games you’re playing and are there any other games you want to play in the future?

That’s very kind of you! Thank you! 
In the gaming universe, specifically WoW, I’d like to keep pushing myself to progress in the different areas of the game that I’ve only just been introduced to, like raiding, Mythic+, rated pvp; the more competitive aspect I suppose. As of right now I’m mostly interested in playing Dungeons and Dragons again, and finally trying out LARP.
The other games I’ve played and beaten, so there aren’t really any goals there to achieve, I just replay them for enjoyment now. 

And lastly, as for everyone of my guests, who are three members of the gaming community you would like to see as my guests?

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy I’m going to break the rules here and pick 4! @orgrimmar_ , @lorepheus, @mich_royal, @jenesiswow

Thank you very much for your time and for being such a wonderful person! It’s been a great pleasure to get to know you better!! Wish you the best of luck, especially with your book!!

Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this and Gamersations! You do such an amazing job here and offer so much to the community, so really, thank you!!! 

And as always thank you all for sticking with me for yet another interview with another lovely guest! See you all next month with two new guests!! 

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