Interview with Barry

Sozzals
I thought about where we are, at the moment – Pyran as a community – and we have lots of different little groups of people playing loads of different genres of games. You might see someone you don’t know or know well, playing a game that you also play – and think “hey, we could play that game TOGETHER” but then think to yourself “fuck i dont know that person/know that person very well”. Perhaps if you knew something about them, it might make initial contact easier.

Over the next few months, I’d like to go around and chat to different people in Pyran, those people you see online on discord all the time, and find out a little bit more about them, so that you don’t have to! Today I’m here chatting with Barry. Thanks for agreeing to the interview, Barry. Hopefully it won’t be too painful! Tee hee.

Tell us Barry, what was your first experience with videogames?

Barry
Oh christ, I think there are a few I can remember but I can’t really remember which the first was. One was Mario on a random game station at a store while my mum was in the bank and I played that till I got dragged off. It was amazing, I was terrible.
Actually no, sorry, my first memory was playing galactica on a commodore 64 plugged into my parents TV.

Sozzals
Was that the one where you had to wait an hour to load up an external tape drive and your game only loaded 40% of the time?
That was my experience of the C64 – pretty sure mine’s still in my mum’s attic! 

Barry
Oh, the tape drive was the best bit. I was fascinated as a kid in how something you usually got music from could make pictures on my TV screen. I think my parents had the 5.25″ floppy disc drive too, I was a lot less interested in that. Mine’s still in my old bedroom at my parents in a walk in wardrobe.

Sozzals
That’s awesome, does it still work? You have to laugh at how annoyed some people get when they’ve to wait longer than 2 minutes for a game of HOTS when a C64 game took about 45 minutes+!
What were your first experiences with online games and meeting the internet for the first time?

Barry
If I remember right, it was playing one of those oldschool browser games on a school computer. I can’t remember the exact name of it but you had to build a space empire by mining asteroids. I think you had a planet and you could attack other peoples. But I spent a LOT of time on IRC. I once accidently banned Australia from a channel permanently. People were super nice when they weren’t trying to get me onto their private IRC servers to cyber with them.

Sozzals
Why did you ban Australians? :O!
Didn’t you spend some time down under, yourself?

Barry
I had been modded for the first time ever, I cant’ even remember the channel and there was someone that was messing about so I threw the +b down on *.co.au and then I couldn’t undo it.
We had to get the superadmins involved.

Sozzals
Haha, oops, other Pyrans will be delighted to know that Barry is indeed a discord admin here too.

Barry
I did spend some time down under, I lived there for 10 years until I was 12.
Hey, just don’t be Australian with a rolling IP address and piss me off. You’ll be fine.

Sozzals
The question on everyone’s lips is: Did you have regular cybering partners or were you a “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” kinda guy?

Barry
Oh god, I was about 12 at the time, I was SO not ready for that sort of attention, I was like really polite too so I kinda went along with it until I realised entirely what was going on and then bailed the fuck out.

Later on I did have regular cyber partners though

Sozzals
How and when did you get involved with Pyran then? What do you remember about your joining procedure?

Barry
I was playing Warhammer Online with a group of guys who decided they didn’t want to play anymore but I still did. So I went looking for a group, I saw Pyran being advertised on some forums and thought, fuck it, why not. Sozzals decided she liked my voice so much that I got renamed to Barry. Commissar Barry the Marauder was a sight to behold, I know there’s video out there about him. I actually had a blog at the time as well.

Sozzals
You joined as Skippy or Skips? Were you resistant to the new name at first, or did you just accept it like a new adornment?

Barry
Not really, Skippy was my RL nickname at the time, still used by some people but I’ve never been overly picky about what people call me.

Here’s a link to that epic video. 

The blog is still available, I think it has some softcore orc porn on it though.

Sozzals
I do like your voice, Barry. I remember telling you years ago, you should be a radio presenter or make podcasts or something.
Give me a link to that blog immediately.

Barry
What’s A Little Orc Porn Between Friends?
 

Sozzals
Omg I remember this 😀 This was in my Collection for a while.

Barry
There’s actually a comment from you on that post.

Sozzals
Excellent. That is one juicy orc.

Other than Warhammer Online, what other games have you played ? and…. Over the years, has your taste in games changed in any way?

Barry
Man, I’ve played:

WoW
CoD (various)
Borderlands 2
Puzzle Pirates
WC3 I used to play a LOT of tower defences on but there doesn’t seem to be any amazing TDs anymore.
Hero of the Kingdom

And many many more.
I’ve also played:
DotA
DotA2
League of Legends
Smite
Heroes of the Storm

I like the odd platformer but who doesn’t?
I dunno I just play stuff that looks fun and will run on my computer.

Sozzals
+1 for Hero of the Kingdom.
What’s on your current playlist?

Barry
Heroes of the Storm, Slay the Spire, Into the Breach, Pit People, Northgard, Skirmish Tabletop Games (Think Necromunda) and D&D

Sozzals
D&D! Tell us a bit more about the Pyran D&D group? That was something that you started?

Barry
Yeah, I think it started with something like 9 people, which was an absolute nightmare to DM. We played some standard D&D for a bit and then I think Uska took over and ran a campaign. A while later we played a terrible cyberpunk Apocalypse World hack for a bit which I never really got my head around but it did have some memorable moments. Switched to Deadlands which is a Savage World setting of horror in a classic Western setting. horses and horror. Currently one of the players we picked up during Deadlands is DMing a classic D&D story for us at the monent using 5e rules. I get to be a player for a bit and my Paladin is bringing righteous justice to goblin heads.

Sozzals
Sometimes it’s nice to take a back seat after the pressure of being the person who runs things, for a while. Does the group still call itself Dungeons & Dragqueens?

Barry
Haha, I had forgotten about that entirely. I don’t think it really has a name we just say D&D group. Even if we are playing different systems.

Sozzals
Well I know that the Pyran HOTS group, that you’re also involved in, DOES have a name!

Barry
Team Fabulous. Obviously.
Because we are always Fabulous and sometimes a team.

Sozzals
😀 #sometimes

Have you ever won a Pyran challenge?

Barry
I tend to end up unavailable and offer my services in preparation instead. I think I’ve only actually ever taken part in one of them, we spent a lot of time drawing penises if I remember right.

Sozzals
That sounds about right.

Other than games Barry, what else do you like to do for fun?

Barry
Hard drugs and hookers.
No, not really, I play guitar and harmonica, spend time just hanging out with friends, eat, occasionally larp if I get time. Listen to music, the usual.

Sozzals
Sometimes folks, if you join Barry’s channel – you might actually hear him play guitar, sometimes singing… other times when you join Barry’s channel – and what he’s most famous for – you’ll hear him snoring!

Barry, you’ve been a big part of Pyran for 10 years now.
Where do you see yourself in another ten?

Barry
Probably half-way through a horrible midlife crisis. Big motorbike, girlfriend 10 years too young (not legally, just you know, enough to make people go, wait, you’re not his daughter?) and a job I hate. I’ll be spending too much time doing something that I shouldn’t be. At least I hope that’s the case.

Sozzals
Still a drama queen too, I hope, and still part of Pyran.

Barry
Well of course, Pyrans can dance and I need friends.

 

Special thanks to Barry for taking part.  Stay tuned for more hard-hitting Pyran interviews over the next few months!