This is my baby sage, togruta Ashrava. When Traitine of Constant Warfare invited her to join him and Shintar for some PvP on his stream, I thought about it for a while before I agreed. I said yes because I had seen his previous PvP stream and it seemed like fun, but also because I love trying new things, even when I'm terrified of doing them. I should probably elucidate a bit on the latter.
There's a reason I express my gaming fandom in blog form rather than on stream or podcast. When I'm writing, I have the time to weigh my words, to formulate (somewhat) coherent sentences before they venture out in the world. Thing is, I'm not good with words when talking, especially in English. It's not my mother language and I often find myself stumbling on voice chat. It has gotten better over the years - in no small part due to gaming - but it still happens, especially with people I don't know well. On top of that, I hate my Dutch accent. So the prospect of joining a stream was definitely on the list of things that fill me with terror.
Fear is there to be faced, though, so yesterday afternoon I logged in to join what turned out to be a two-and-a-half-hour PvP session!
A typical scoreboard of the evening
Were we good? Well, yes and no. We weren't making efforts to focus fire, more just messing around. Then again, if we would have, the baby PvP matches would've been even more of a stomp fest. Shintar was doing amazing healing, Traitine was quickly getting the hang of his new vanguard (which he rolled especially to play with us on the Red Eclipse - how cool is that?) and I seemed to be making it quickly up to the enemy's KoS list (sage spotted - tunnel mode engaged!). We only lost two matches that afternoon.
It was fun and I think I didn't make a complete fool of myself. I did notice afterwards that making conversation with people I had just met for two and a half hours is quite exhausting: I'm simply not the type that chats away with everyone, and I have less energy than the average person to begin with. When Marinka asked to play some ARK Survival afterwards, I almost declined because I was getting a headache from voice chat.
So, to summon: was it scary? Yes, but also a lot of fun. Would I do it again? Probably, if I have the luxury of recovery time afterwards. I expect a second time to be less stressful. Either way, I'm happy to cross this one off my bucket list. I also want to ask Shintar for some warzones when she's around because it was awesome to play with her: we have been following each other's blogs since 2012 and are on the same server, yet never played together - isn't that just silly?
To my fellow bloggers: did you ever stream or guest in a stream? Did you like it?
If you're curious about our evening, you can watch the stream below. Enjoy!
Alternatively , here's a YouTube video with the highlights of the stream: