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We all know that Sideshow and I are avid gamers.  But did you know my parents are gamers too? About a year ago, Sideshow and I piqued their interest enough in WoW to get them playing.  They each have their own account and are still enjoying the game.  Sure, Sideshow and I had told them about WoW throughout our times playing and they'd be interested in knowing our progress.  Now, it's a bit different having them play as well.  We get to talk with them in game, my mom is a loyal reader of the blog, and phone conversations and visits are full of WoW chatter.  I thought it might be fun for you, my readers, to hear a little more about them.

… except when I asked them to participate, my dad said, “You'll have to find your parents first…”

How many characters do you have? What are their levels, classes, and races?

Mom: 9 characters: 80 Blood Elf Mage, 80 Blood Elf Death Knight, 66 Blood Elf Paladin, 16 Dwarf Hunter, 36 Undead Priest, 24 Blood Elf Hunter, and 3 bank alts.

Dad: 7 characters: 80 Orc Hunter, 30ish Blood Elf Hunter, 20ish Troll Hunter, 59 Orc Death Knight, 69 Dwarf Hunter, 66 Night Elf Hunter, and a 68 Draenei Hunter.  (Syr's Note: All his toons are males except the dwarf.  Yay for female dwarf love!)

Which faction do you identify the most with?

Mom: For the Horde!

Dad: For the Alliance!

What is your main?

Mom: Kelinarra, my mage, used to be my main, but now it's Fanatasial, my death knight.

Dad: Yuum, my dwarf.

Why do you prefer that character?

Mom: Fantasial is powerful and I like to smash faces.

Dad: Yum is a beast master hunter and I have a lot of fun playing with her.  And, she has big boobs…. I mean, she looks strong chested.  I identify well with short characters and she's cute.

What is your favorite thing to do in game and why?

Mom: It's not questing! I like raiding, dungeons, and battlegrounds.

Dad: I like the battlegrounds.  It's a nice challenge against other people.  Questing doesn't feel challenging to me.

What is your favorite battleground?

Mom: Alterac Valley.  I was able to level Keli from 72 to 80 in there.

Dad: Warsong Gulch.  It's a little more challenging and requires strategy to win.  It has smaller teams so there are less afkers.

What is your favorite instance/raid?

Mom: I've finished Naxx and am working on Ulduar, so that would be my favorite right now.

Dad: I haven't been in enough to choose a favorite.

What is your favorite zone to quest in?

Mom: Hillsbrad area.

Dad: Hellfire Peninsula.

What do you look forward to the most about Cataclysm?

Mom: I'm looking forward to the new zones and exploring.

Dad: Being able to fly in the old world and having those zones redone because the lower levels are a lot of fun to play.  I like the old world, but some of it is kind of boring now.  I'm also interested in hunter changes and Worgen.

What was your first gaming experience?

Dad: Pac Man, Asteroids, Crystal Caves, Missile Command, Circus, Pitfall, Pole Position, and all those classics on the Atari.  I used to dream about Pac Man in my sleep.  We used to play late into the night.  Then later on, Tetris was quite addictive.

Mom: Same as your dad since we played all of those together.

What is your favorite gaming memory?

Mom: Reaching level 80 in WoW.

Dad: Fitting all our Sierra games onto one 20MB hard drive, so we could move away from disk play.

What was your favorite game to play with me when I was younger?

Mom: Asteroids, Crystal Caves, Mario, Duck Hunt and a lot more.  (Syr's Note: It wasn't Mortal Kombat.  I was pretty ruthless with my mighty footsweeps.)

Dad: Playing through Black Cauldron (Sierra – PC) together.  But when we moved to arcade games, you started beating me all the time.

What was your favorite “old school” game?

Mom: I really enjoyed the King's Quest series by Sierra.

Dad: Leisure Suit Larry by Sierra.

Am I evil?

Dad: No, you are my precious little princess.

Mom: You can be, but you also have helped me out of jams.  Like that time when I was questing in Searing Gorge with some friends.  There was a flagged Alliance player who kept getting in our way, and one of the people I was with ended up attacking him.  We were flagged and getting killed.  You came out and killed those Alliance players for us.

Anything else that you want to share?

Mom: I've been playing WoW for a year now and it's my only online game at this time.

Dad: Yeah, but nobody wants it… Oh, don't forget we had a lot of fun running the BBS and playing Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD).

There ya have it folks!  (And a big THANK YOU to my parents for being good sports!)

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  • Oh Lordy… They are bigger gamers than you… and that’s saying something. I’m with your Dad on LSL, I lost a few days to that game… The age checker was the funniest part!

    Never got dirty enough for a teenage boy though

  • @Gnomer – Haha the funniest part about LSL… I was playing it too when they were! Thankfully my dad would help me with the age checker 😛

  • That’s great! My parents aren’t gamers – but we’re all career folk these days. So, that’s mostly what we discuss. My dad actually occasionally asks for my opinion on the house he’s designing/building. I was an Architectural remodeler for 3+ years and am now your standard Architectural drafter for a commercial engineering firm…but I digress. I think it’d be a lot more fun to talk “wow” with them.

  • @Samodean – I may or may not have embellished his answer just a tad… 😛

    @Jaedia – Yeah, he is a hunter fanatic! He also tries various specs and pets across them. 🙂

    @Cait – The important thing is having some sort of common ground to make visits entertaining, I think. Personally, I get bored talking about work too much mostly because it can get depressing (working with so many people with sad and traumatic stories).

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We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!