What's you character name and how did you come up with it?
It's Calyn most of the time nowadays, but I've had a bunch of others in earlier MMOs. When WoW TBC came out and I created my Bloodelf Paladin, I originally named him Calin, but when I transferred to Stormreaver I had to rename him. I am not very creative when it comes to names...
How old are you?
I recently turned 30, but people usually tell me I look like 23 or 24, so let's just go with that.
Where do you live?
I moved to Shanghai a couple of months ago, although I don't live downtown. It's a brand new neighbourhood in one of the districts located a little bit outside, so it's still pretty quiet here and not much traffic. There are lots of small restaurants and shops right around the corner, a big apartment complex on the other side also just got finished so it should get a little busier soon, and there is a subway station within walking distance. From here it takes roughly 40-60 minutes to get downtown by subway, and 10-15 minutes to get to either this district's center or another suburb with a huge mall and lots of nice restaurants.
What MMO do you play at the moment?
None really. I was going to play Elder Scrolls Online, but the release timing is pretty bad for me, as I currently have my parents and uncle visiting and my in-laws are coming next week. Also I'm just starting a new job and have a pretty long commute, so there is no time really. I still play a little bit of Eve, but not much.
Any other games currently?
Whenever I find some time I play Warlock 2, which is a bit like the old Master of Magic, or Civ. Also the new D3 expansion on the Asia server, and I'm looking forward to Age of Wonders 3 which is coming out in a few days.
What was your first computer game ever?
I have no idea, that was more than 20 years ago. I do remember some arcade top-down space shooter that I forgot the name of (like Xenon 2, which I also played the shit out of, but before that), and a bunch of games on the Commodore 64. My first PC was a 286.
What was your first multiplayer online experience?
Either Command & Conquer or Warcraft 2 via dial-up. So bad.
What was your first MMO?
Meridian 59 on the German servers (104/114), which started back in 1997. It was a pretty small community back then, each server having around 120 concurrent players at the best of times, before other MMOs came out. I played that for 4 or 5 years before I switched to Shadowbane where I played in a German guild consisting mostly of players I met while playing Meridian. We were one of the most consistent guilds on our server back then and did not lose our player-built city until the server shut down. Other MMOs I played a lot were Asheron's Call, and later WoW. I tried most other games, too, but didn't stick around as long as in those games.
What is your favorite snack while gaming?
Beer. German wheat beer preferably, but lately it is mostly cheap and terrible Chinese/Japanese beer.
When/How did you join Ginnunga?
It was in 2007 I think, shortly after TBC came out. I was getting kind of bored of the tiny German WoW guild I was in at the time and was looking for a proper raiding guild. It was the Gruul video that sold me on Ginnunga, especially the enthusiasm you could hear on TS (Damage mainly). I did have second thoughts and almost bailed when, during the interview with Damage, this weird Ernesto person came in all smug and was like "Hi, I'm the leader of the community blablabla" (I stopped listening at that point).
Tell us your most memorable MMO moment?
Too many. First PvP and guild wars in Meridian (full loot, permanent stat loss and criminal system is still the best way to do PvP, sigh). Getting up at 4 AM for city sieges in Shadowbane. Lylar's crazy stories on TS. Oh, there was this one time when we played DayZ where Sinful ran straight into my line of fire, taking a bullet to the head. There was quite a lot of drama then which I could link here if Ernesto had not lost all our posts and destroyed all evidence of that incident, probably on Sinful's request.
Tell us something nobody in the guild knows about you.
I was arrested once.