Community Spotlight: Draven Dresden

DravenDresden1.) You host a few podcast about a few Blizzard related games. What is the best thing about hosting the podcast?

Ya know, I never really expected people to contact me and say “I love your podcasts!” or “You’ve really inspired me.” I mean, I’m honestly just some pleb! But if I had to pick just one thing to be the best thing, I’d say it’s that massive paycheck Blizzard gives podcasters! LOL 😛

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

Oh god… there are so many… Lagging Balls is currently my favorite. I’d also name The Instance, CTR, Town Hall Heroes, Into The Nexus, Core (CORE!) and Tauren Think Tank. I’d also be completely remiss if I didn’t name Realm Maintenance. And these are just a few. I also listen to others, but I make sure to catch these every week!

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

Honestly, I can give 2 pieces of advice. 1) Do the show you’d wanna see/hear. and 2) Just do it. We all start at nothing. We all learn as we go. 1st few shows will seem like an absolute train-wreck. And they will be! But go back to just about any podcast you love! The 1st few shows will all have that in common.

4.) What got you into Warcraft (how you got introduced to the game)?

I was very much ANTI-Warcraft before playing! I mean, pay for a game and THEN pay a subscription on top of that!? Seemed silly to me. I was playing City of Heroes until it closed down. Friends of mine had been trying to get me into WoW for most of TBC. I finally tried it and wound up rolling a toon on the wrong server! I eventually fixed that and have been playing almost non-stop since.

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

I raid with Rubber Chicken Coalition (a raid team in CTR) on Tuesdays with my mage. My main, a ret paladin, raids Wednesday & Monday with Hyjal Volunteer Fire Department. I’m currently trying to convince them to change the name for BfA to Teldrassil Volunteer Fire Department. 😛

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

I just love seeing the new content. Leveling (the 1st time), Heroic Dungeons, the Raids. I’m also curious to find out where Jaina is gonna fit in. What’s gonna happen to Undercity… all of it. Oh, and also, I’m curious how Pally Bubble will break a raid boss in BfA.

7.) With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?

I am openly bi-… factional. My main toons are currently Alliance, but I started Horde and have more 110s that are Horde than Alliance.

8.) Other then Blizzard games and pocasting, what are some of your other hobbys?

What are other hobbies? 😉 I listen to a lot of music, I read many books, and watch movies from time to time – tho, admittedly, that’s dropped off a lot since I quit working at a movie theater.

9.) Since you host the “Epic Fail Podcast”, can you describe a time when you epically failed in a game (can be any game, not just warcraft!)

Remember earlier how I said I rolled a toon on the wrong server? It was an Orc. I managed to get lost and found myself in the Barrens. This was back before Cataclysm, so it was a bit higher level than I was at the time. I ended up aggroing what seemed like the entire zone. I couldn’t retrieve my corpse. I nearly quit the game forever cuz “it was stupid” after that. But I just took a small break, rolled on the right server and the rest, as they say, is history.

10.) So, the final question, where can people find you on the Internet?

*takes a deep breath* Weeeeeeelllllll…. people can find me over on the twitters, @DravenDresden . That’s the easiest way. All I ask is people be civil/polite.

In The Name of…

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Before officially playing World Of Warcraft, I had a plethora of free to play mmo’s that I would enjoy. During that time, I did really did not think about how to name my toon’s. Up until one day, a friend and I were chatting it up over coffee. She was studying English in college. She wanted to be a teacher. During the course of the conversation she says, “To become a better person, you have to realize all of your mistakes that you had made in your life, know where you came from, even down to the letter, and where you want to go.” She continues to tell me the meaning of her real name. It was very interesting.

That had stuck with me for years, and remembered that when I first logged into the character creation screen for the first time. It also reminded me of the research that I did after our talk. My real life name is Andrea Jean. It loosely translates, from French, “By the grace of god, you shall be strong and brave.” Those are big shoes to fill. I wanted a toon name to match that. So, Off to the internet I went to see what I could come up with.

Zephirah, is a feminine variant of Zephyr from Greek meaning “West Wind”, it also has some Hebrew affiliation and is translated to mean “Dawn”. So essentially, if translated from the names origins and stitched together, my name means “Dawn of the West Wind”

Since then, alts have had some sort of Z name with a meaning behind it, Unless it is named something different, and it usually comes with a story. For example, my Tauren druid, her name is Mauimoo. A bunch of us were talking in Alea Iacta Est guild chat about vacations. A few minuets she was born! She, Role Play wise, is an absolute nut job & I love her for it!