Grinding to Valhalla

Interviewing the gamer with a thousand faces

Lars

Posted by Randolph Carter on April 26, 2009

Chapter 1: Introduction

What is your name (your online persona/alter-ego, what have you)?

Lars Lundquist (IRL) and in World of Warcraft its Dodriko and Arnóld

What is your connection to the gaming/blogging/podcasting community (your chance to plug yourself here)?

I am very active in different gaming communitys to keep me up to date. I like to listen to podcasts of different kinds i would like to start to blogg about gaming but my memory is so bad so i always forget to write anything in them.

Please take a minute and describe what your blog/podcast is about.

I don’t have any blogs or podcasts but maybe in the future

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Katrineholm in Sweden and did grow up in a little town called Malmköping about 40km north of Katrineholm

Where do you live now?

I live in Eskilstuna

Your level (age) is somewhere in the range of (pick one): 10-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90

21-30

What do you do for a living?

I am in school right now but i have a little music career on the side

If you could reroll your career, what would you be?

A full time musician

List five random things most people don’t know about you.

  • Likes classic music
  • That i am TO kind
  • Likes Cartoons
  • Likes old 80’s tvprograms (Like Knightrider, A-team, Macguyver and Magnum P.I)
  • That i have a serious Nintendo Fetish

Feel free to discuss any family you have here.

I got a mother and father and two sisters, my younger sisters lives in Newcastle with her boyfriend and my older sister lives in Stockholm with her boyfriend and my mother and father still lives in the town where i was born and raised.

Chapter 2: Origins

What kind of games (if any) did you play as a child before you got into video gaming? Did you play with family, friends or was it more of a solo activity?

I was born 1981 and got my first console at the age of 5 so honest i dont have so mutch memories without a console but i was not a kid that just played videogames all days, hade to point that out.

What other hobbies and/or activities did you have as a child (sports, music, etc)?

I did some wrestling as a kid.

Were you ever exposed to pen and paper role playing games? What was that experience like?

I was 20year old. The game was Vampire the masqurade and for all that have played that game you know that golden rule “Dont break the masqurade” and guess who did that several times? Yeah me but my friend and also GameMaster that night did cover that up. So my first Pen n Paper rpg experience was scary but also fun and after that it have been alot of pen and paper and that was like over 7 years ago and i think that it opened up my eyes for RPG games.

Did you read much as a child? If so, what did you like to read (books, comic books, etc?) Please list some favorite authors, titles, etc.

Not really it have come under later years.

Would you say that any of these games or books had an effect on your later appreciation of computer gaming and ultimately MMOs? Please explain.

I think my Pen n Paper rpgs did open my eyes for RPG’s and the will to build that ultimate character and the will to learn more about lore and characters and my love for freeroam rpgs

How were you fist introduced to video games? How old were you? What was the platform?

Got a Nes on chrismas, i was around 4-5years old.

Did you ever play coin-op games at the arcade? What was that experience like?

Oh yeah, my first contact with Arcades was when i was a kid and the mall my mom always dragged me to to buy new cloths hade this Double Dragon II Arcade and when we hade bought the clothes i always begged my mother for money to buy candy (I did know then that she would never give money to me to play a game) and then i ran off and played. I never got past the first boss but the experience was really intense

What was the first video game you can remember playing that really made an impression on you? Please explain.

A legend of Zelda, i didnt care that i couldnt understand english it was just so fun to run around killing stuff.

What gaming consoles have you owned in the past?

Nes, Snes, Gameboy, Gameboy color, N64, Gamecube and i still have them and often take them out and play them and remember all the good times.

Feel free to share a story related to your gaming experience as a child.

Oh there are so many, but i have one funny story. It was when Mega Man 2 came out and both me and my mate bought that game and i sat at my place playing and he at his place playing and we did call up eachother every time we did defeat a boss. And if you have played you know that the game didnt have a save function but instead used this password system with a A-1 B-3 kind of system. I hade Electric man and Wood Man left and i was stuck and one morning i did put in the code (or atleast i thought i put the right code in) and Oh my god when i got to the choose level screen all the bosses was gone and i could go to the Dr Willy stage. And my mate still hates me for that “accident”. And when i am talking about Megan Man 2 i also remember the first boss in Dr Willy stage that dragon that pops-up when you jump the cliffs, i did always got so scared that i jumped wrong and died.

Chapter 3: Online

Were you ever exposed to MUDs?

No i wasn’t

What was your first MMO experience?

2004 and it was World of Warcraft, and it was soo funny i didnt understand anything but i didnt care it was fun to run around Valley of trials killing boars

If possible, list all the MMOs you’ve played extensively. Please start from the beginning and work your way up to the present. For extra bonus fun list your main (class & level) in each game as well.

World of warcraft
Dodriko – Undead Warlock level 74

What is your current MMO of choice, or perhaps, what are your current MMOs of choice?

World of warcraft

Which MMO have you spent the most time playing? How long would you say that has been?

World of warcraft, about 3½years did take a 6month break from it 2006

Have you reached level cap in any MMO? If so, which ones?

Yeah once Pre-tbc once Tbc and soon to hit level cap again

Loki taps you on the shoulder one day to inform you that you have fallen victim to one of his elaborate pranks. The world you’ve been inhabiting of countless MMOs to choose from and play has merely been a dream. In reality only one MMO exists. After laughing at you for a bit he decides to take pity on you and allows you to choose which MMO will remain. Which one would you choose and why?

World of warcraft becouse for me World of warcraft is more then just a game, i have meet so many pepole there that i have gotten friends with and its a real good game

Are there any MMOs currently in development that you are particularly interested in? Please explain.

Oh yeah, Blizzards Next-gen MMO of course and the new Starwars MMO that takes place during the Knights of the old republic era.

Chapter 4: Preferences

At your peak, how much time per week would you say you spent gaming? How about now?

Ohh too much time is spend gaming, but it depends on the season. Now during spring/summer it’s about 10 hours per week but during the winter it may double at least

When during the week are your regular play times?

Friday to Sunday

Generally speaking, are you more of a social creature in MMOs (grouping to quest, joining guilds, etc.) or something of a lone wolf?

Both, i often quest alone but i am real active in the guildchat when i quest

Have you made any lasting friendships through your MMO experience? Please explain.

Yes, i see world of warcraft as more then just a game, its a place to meet old and new friends and i have a friend that i have been playing since launch day, we are now on different servers but we still chat on MSN and over mail and we have alts on each others server

Before logging into a game, do you already have a course of action planned out in your head, or do you just sort of do whatever you feel like once in game?

I hate to have everything planned out, i am a random guy so to speak, one day i want to do a lot of pvp the other day its doing daily’s the next i do allot of instances

When playing MMOs do you tend to just play one at a time or do you take more of the smorgasbord approach?

I stuck with WoW because i have a computer from the early stoneage, you can play wow on it with no problem but to try to play MMO’s like Conan or any of the newer ones is out of the question until the day i am done with my studies and gotten a job and a big paycheck

Do you tend to supplement your MMO gaming with other PC, console or tabletop games?

Yes, i am owner of all Nintendo consoles from the Nes to the Wii and a 360, so the MMO part is actually a small part of my gaming

Are you something of an altoholic?

Yeah, got around 25-30 alts spread over many servers, some of them are just so i can speak with my irl friends ingame but most of them are 40+ and being played on at least several times a week

Do you find yourself multitasking while gaming (perhaps watching TV, talking on the phone, out of game instant messaging, playing another game, or even listening to a podcast)?

Yes, instant messaging alot and listening to music and of course look on diffrent wow related pages (Like wowhead, curse.com, mmo-champion.com)

Do you find yourself having much MMO discussion off-line, perhaps with friends or family?

Hehe, yeah since lots of my irl friends also plays wow

Have you ever felt that you game too much? If so, how did you cope with that?

Yeah, i was without a job and no girl friend so i did play like 8-10 hours a day 7 days a week for a very long time and at the end i was thinking what am i doing and took a 6 month long break from the game

Since you started playing MMOs, have you ever taken a break from the genre? If so, please explain.

Yeah a 6 month break (Reason look at the answer above)

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