Community Spotlight: WickedKitten13

Wicked Kitten 131.) What drew you into Blizzard Games?
This might be a bit long. Giggity. About 6 years ago I was introduced to the Frogpants community through TMS, Film Sack… basically most things Scott Johnson. I have always wanted to do something in radio or voice work but I’ve always been too scared. This community is really pulling me out of my shell. In 2015, I finally had the courage to fly all the way to Utah to be at my first Nerdtacular. I had never been anywhere alone, where I didn’t know a soul. I was scared and decided to stay in my room. I tweeted out into the universe “It’s hard being an ambivert”, with the NT15 hashtag. I got a response back, “Hey, we’re your people. Come find us.” This is how I met my good friends Jayonce, Marconin and Jules. It was at The Instance panel. I watched a cinematic that filled my heart, a beautiful world with amazing characters. I heard stories of people making lifelong friends and even falling in love and moving across the country. I met Chris Metzen and Russell Brower, they were the kindest, chillest dudes. And at The Angry Chicken panel I was already downloading Hearthstone. I went home and bought a computer, and the first thing I did was download Warcraft. Because of the friends I made there I was encouraged to come to BlizzCon. It was the most fun I had ever had and made even more friends within the CTR and AIE communities. I got my first taste of Heroes of the Storm. Honestly, I fell in love. It was at this point that I started my romance with Heroes. There is no other company like Blizzard. They are part of the reason I have my family of nerds, why I stream their games. They’ve indirectly given me a voice and a dream job to shoot for. Blizzard is like gravity and my communities are the air. I’m so full of sap, but these people mean the world to me.
2.) You stream competitive Hero’s, when did you start streaming?
I started streaming a little over a year ago as part of a group called Tadpool Plays with Dicetomato and Wigdete33. We stream not only Blizzard but other interesting games as well. This experience, and unemployment, gave me the courage to start streaming on my own. I became an affiliate in November and decided to get more serious about it. It really has become something I get excited for.
3.) What esports teams are you cheering on?
I am a HUGE Dignitas fan. Even with James Baker leaving, it’s still a great team with heart and sophistication. #HGC
4.) What are some of your favorite streamers / streams to watch?
Scott Johnson, of course and FeriouslySteph. Since I’m mostly about growing the community I watch smaller streamers. Mageadeath for Hearthstone, G0r4th for Heroes, AfroHorsey and Brian Dunaway for variety streams.
5.) Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?
I’m still figuring it all out myself so I don’t think I’m the one to ask for advice. I will paraphrase great advice that I’ve been given: “You are never trapped or stuck, you just haven’t found the way out yet.” “Sometimes you just need to jump into the scary.” “Do what you love, as often as you can.” Ok I will say this… Be kind, be yourself. People can always see who you really are.
6.) Hearthstone’s new expansion is super fun! How are you doing in ranked play with the new cards & decks?
I am an incredibly relaxed ranked Hearthstone player. The highest I’ve ever gotten is 14 or 15. That said I am loving my modified Warlock deck. Modified because I’m poor.
7.) What hero would you bring to Heroes Of The Storm (or Hearthstone) & why?
Yrel would be amazing in the Nexus! Don’t tell anyone but I’m a Warlords baby and my first toon was a space goat shaman. Also, Mercy from OW because “dem hips”!
8.) You have an awesome community around you! What is the best thing about interacting with in the community?
Being part of the Frogpants community, and all these sister communities has changed my life. My favourite thing is I have all my friends wherever I go. If I have a bad day and want to cry, or I have a good day and want to celebrate. I always have amazing people in my phone and in my heart. They also happen to be some of the smartest and funniest people I’ve ever known.
Wicked Kitten 13 kittys9.) According to your cute name & Twitter page, you like cats. Any particular cat you love?
Kit Kats are pretty good. I like most cats. I loved my little Butterscotch who I lost about a year ago and my sweet Greyson who loves belly rubs.
10.) Where can people find you on the Internet?
You can find me on: Twitter @Wickedkitten13 or Twitch.tv/Wickedkitten13

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Community Spotlight: Scott Johnson

scott johnson1.) For those of us that hide under a rock, you are a cartoonist, where do you get your inspiration from?

Most of the time it’s simple everyday stuff, with some pop culture thrown in. Sci Fi, fantasy, tv shows, books, video games…all of it. All of my interests have a way of sneaking into my sketchbook. 🙂

2.) You host a plethora of different podcast on a wide array of games & topics. What is the best thing about hosting all of these shows?

Interacting with the audience and community. It’s like nothing I’ve ever encountered in my life and I love that it continues to grow. It really is my online family in a very real way.

3.) What are some of the podcast you enjoy listening to?

I really like a lot of NPR shows. Radio Lab, This American Life, etc. Something about essay style content that really drives me. Hope to do more of that myself soon.

4.) Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

Just start. Don’t wait for some arbitrary moment or time when everything is “perfect”. There’s no such thing. Start creating, put yourself out there, and grow it!

5.) Nerdtacular is an annual gathering of a great community at Snowbird. Any ideas in the works for 2018?

We are trying some different things from 2018 on. Smaller events, more regional events, etc. Our first of 2018 is a Morning Stream event in April in Las Vegas!

6.) Blizzcon is a great event, what is your favorite thing about the event?

 

This is another case wanting to mention the community again. I have made so many great relationships at Blizzcon, and having fans and friends there is just a blast. I love the company and the games, but it really is at it’s best when communities can get together and share their lives with each other.


7.) What got you into Warcraft?

Been a Blizz fan since WC1, so it was a no brainer. I played the alpha, beta, and release and loved every second of it. There was nothing quite like it in 2004, and maybe since.

8.) How often do you raid in WoW & what game mechanic do you like the most / least about the game?

I am not raiding much right now…kind of waiting for the new expansion before I sink another huge chunk of time in the game. When I was raiding, I think my favorite mechanic was everyone telling me to get out of the fire. 🙂

9.) The Instance podcast has been a fan favorite for a long time. On that note, what is your favorite instance & boss fight (this can be from any expansion & can include 5 man dungeons)?

Gotta be the Lich King fight in Wrath. Was amazing, and when we finally beat that thing, it was the most excitement I had ever had in the game. The entire 25 man team was yelling into their mics and I’ve still not felt anything quite like that since.

10.) With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

Probably the zone leveling changes. I love questing and building out a character. Now they are giving me a whole new reason to do that in areas and zones I miss from long ago. Excited to be back in Panda land again. I loved that expansion. I’m also pretty excited about the randomized island stuff. Really scratches my Diablo itch.