Sozzals
Hi folks, today I’m joined by Grumba who is from the Excalibur era of Pyran. Thanks for agreeing to chat to me today bud!

Grumba
No worries! I’m honoured to do this, as a relative newby within Pyran

Sozzals
So tell us (for everyone that doesn’t know you) a bit about the Grumba. Where you live, and who with? What you do. What’s going on in the day-to-day Grumba life atm?

Grumba
Alright, I’ll give it a shot. I’m from the Netherlands and we currently live in a small town in between of Utrecht and Amsterdam called Breukelen. Famous cause of Brooklyn NY! As with we I mean the misses and our little monster.. ehr daughter! I’m a Geography teacher IRL and teach kids from 12 to 18 years old. Next to that I enjoy playing tennis with the fam and ofcourse some good ol’ WoW!

Sozzals
Daddy Grumba <3 What age is your wee’un?

Grumba
Two whole years and something. Never wiped sofar

Sozzals
What’s the most hilarious thing she’s done in her little life, so far?

Grumba
Ehr wow, let me think. Well, I don’t know if she did it on purpose or not but when she was a year or so we had a little poop incident. The only reason why it’s funny it’s because I didnt have to clean it up ๐Ÿ™‚ The misses had put her to bed and went downstairs to watch some random weird show. Something about love at first sight iirc. After a while I had to go to the bathroom through the hallway. While entering the hallway it smelled like poop, quite intense I might say. So I checked the bathroom and there was nothing, totally clean. So I asked the misses to join me and we went out to investigate where that smell came from. We went upstairs and we saw that we left the door of Nora (monster!) her room open and we pinpointed that direction as the source of the smell. We opened the door and the first thing we noticed was that we had fresh and shiny new brown walls! She only replied: ‘Mommy present!’ – Good thing that she made it clear that it was for mommy

Sozzals
Hahaha! Poor Mrs Grumba…. ๐Ÿ˜€ Do you think she’s going to be a gamer when she grows up?

Grumba
The first signs are there! Last week we’ve took the Wii U from a forgotten box somewhere and connected it to play for a bit. When we started the thing up she got up from her playcorner and sat next to me on the couch. Asking about the controller and the game we were playing. After 5 min or so she asked if she could try it once. So yeah, let’s go! Bad move. I didnt get my controller back after that.

Sozzals
Ain’t yours anymore mate! Tell us a bit about your own gaming career? How did you get started? What have you played? What you playin’ now?

Grumba
I know right ๐Ÿ™
Let see now. The first games that I remember playing where Digger and Hopper on some ancient computer during the late 80’s en early 90’s. After that my parents bought me my first console, after whining about it for 3 years I might add. I was hooked with the SNES! Super Mario Bros, Zelda and Donkey Kong, just loved it. And for a good while as well, since we were quite late with getting internet.

During highschool I came in contact with internet and especially with Unreal Tournament Classic and Counterstrike. We hosted LAN-event when we were off from classย and had a blast. We even played together with the network administrator from school. At some point he started pinging us if we were up for a game, even when we are actually at work. One thing led to another. We finally had a computer + internet at home and the first thing I did was installing a counterstrike mod called: Day of Defeat. Together with a mate I started playing that game and we formed a clan. From that point on I invested a lot, and with that I mean LOADS of time, into playing that game. That was the first time I went hardcore (I was 16 or so). Eventually I joined a high ranked EU clan and participated in some European events as well as playing for the Dutch National Team back then. The downside was that the price-money wasn’t all that in comparison to Counterstrike since it was a relative small mod. I really wanted to go to the next step but I couldn’t give up school for it. Certainly during those days.

After my Day of Defeat days I heard rumours about a game called World of Warcraft. I didnt intend to play since I actually had to pay for it. How dare they! But one of my mates started to play and I found myself more at his place than mine. I just loved the game, it was amazing. I gave in and started 5 years of total addiction, not kidding. I’ve hardcore raided from mid-vanilla to mid-wotlk together with Shinzei/Honeybadger. Played hunter, druid, warrior and shaman during that period and it was awesome. But eventually I became too hooked and focussed on the game that it actually started to effect IRL. I flunked my first study because of it and I had to make a call. I decided to quit during wotlk and never touch the game again. I managed to do it till approx 2/3 years ago? That when I decided that I am grown and mature enough to handle this awesome game and set the proper priorities! And well, that’s when I joined this lovely community.

 

Nowadays I play on a classic server called NIghthaven
EU alliance side with a bunch of old Pyran people
Sorry for the wall of text. I got excited there

Sozzals
That’s quite alright. We love textwalls. It’s how we trap our baths of naked orcs. Are you planning on playing with us on retail vanilla too – i hope – once that gets released?

Grumba
I had doubts before I started this new little NIghthaven project. But yeah, I will totally join you guys! (roll alliance or I’ll come and pvp you guys)

Sozzals
We do have the votes up on the main page of the site at the moment. But it’s likely that we’ll be horde, considering it has the highest ratio of male orcs… ๐Ÿ˜›

Grumba
But think about it Soz, from the Alliance perspective the Orc’s will special, since you don’t see them every day. And instead of having a non-violent green or blue name above their heads it will be awesomely red.

Sozzals
Do the kids in your class know you play world of warcraft btw? Curious.

Grumba
Mhm, I dont know? I’ve never told them that I’m playing wow or any other game.
I just whine at them that they’re giving me so much work to do ๐Ÿ™‚

Sozzals
Is Mrs Grumba a gamer too?

Grumba
The occasional Wii U game. But besides that it’s a clear no
I remember her having a playstation 1 though, but she could never finish Crash Bandicoot. So she told me she just replayed the first level over and over again
But it’s okay, I still like her!
Even though she sucks in gaming

Sozzals
I’m sure she more than makes up for it in other areas. Now, I hope you don’t mind but I have to ask the obligatory question. What colour is your underwear right now?

Grumba
She sure does! And, isn’t that more a Batiladin type of question? Let me check, hang on

Sozzals
Batilidan*

Grumba
who? ๐Ÿ™‚
Right, sorry for the boring answer but it’s blue and red. Maybe Crashy would love that

Sozzalsย 
Probably got a new fan right there. Tell me. What’s the BEST thing about being Dutch?
Also, are you like, really really tall?

Grumba
8 Years ago I’d say weed around every corner. But I’m an old man now so I clearly can’t say that anymore!
I think the fact that you’re being forced to have an international mindset, since we’re quite small as a country. I love the genuine interest for everything that’s different. Next to that I do think that Dutch people are cheap and should relax a bit when it’s about money
Ehm, what’s really, really, really tall?

Sozzalsย I’m 155cm

Grumba
Right
I am
that’s a 192cm here

Sozzals
There you have it folks. Dutch people really are the tallest race of people in the world.
How’d you get the name “Grumba”?

Grumba
Well, it was because of a joint-venture with a mate during retail. He bothered me to level a druid, but I couldnt be arsed to go through the hell of classic levelling again. So after a couple of weeks of nagging about it I gave in and he came up with the idea of levelling together as Gromba and Grumba. I just went with it and took the name
think he based it on the sound of a bear or something. Grr, Grrom
I’m totally bad nor creative with names btw!


Sozzals
Terrifying. Truly. Are you a tryhard or a filthy casual?

Grumba
What, now?

Sozzals
Ye

Grumba
The filthiest casual you’ll ever meet
proud to be

Sozzals
How filthy we talking about here man? Tell us your weirdest sexual kink.

Grumba
Ha! Well, something with stockings and nice green trees works for me, love me some treehugging! Although it’s important that I should be in charge!
Next to that, maybe a bit but who knows I meet some fellow people around here as well, I came to the conclusion that I found my misses very attractive while she was pregnant. Dnno how and why, but it was like she radiated or something
I don’t really have that with other pregnant ladies though

Sozzals
That’s kinda sweet. I guess you knew there was a tiny grumba growing inside. Are you going to have further small grumbas?

Grumba
They’re more than welcome I’d say. We thought she was pregnant again 3 weeks ago. Rushed downstairs all excited and showed me the result yelling: IM PREGNANT!!
She misread the test

Sozzals
Awwww well, it’s fun to keep trying amirite? :D:D:DD:

Grumba
Nothing wrong with some hardcore practicing!

Sozzals
Practice makes perfect. Tell us about one of Grumba’s most embarrassing moments.

Grumba
Where to start, haha
I’m going to filter all the times that I’ve got rejected ๐Ÿ™‚ And think of something special
The first holiday together with my current misses, yeah I think that was quite embarrassing. Right, we went to Turkey and we’ve knewn each other for a couple of months now. So we weren’t in the, I fart next to you hold the blanket over your head and you gotta smell it like you mean it, phase. Relatable, right?

Sozzals
Not even remotely.

Grumba
So we went out and apparently I drank some of the local water there without knowing it. We headed back to the hotel and went to sleep. But after a while I didnt feel that right and went to the bathroom, the only thing that sucked that the bathroom its fan was connected to the bedroom and the door couldnt close either. So I had to go, like real bad! And that lasted for an hour or 4. During the first stage it was fine, she slept through it. But after a while she woke up because of the smell and the explosive farts releasing ๐Ÿ™‚ She entered the bathroom and exactly on that moment I maybe released the biggest shart in human History.

Sozzals
oh god

Grumba
Looking back at it now it doesn’t really matter anymore, but back then..

Sozzals
our bodies do let us down sometimes hahaha
that’s epic man, but no – if a dude did that to me, he’d receive a stern talking to!
You got any holiday plans for this summer?

Grumba
Not really, no. We decided to work during the summer holiday and save the money so we could go during the fall and christmas holiday instead. Sucky thing of being a teacher is that you’re stuck with the holidays

Sozzals
But still… having all that time to yourself in summer must be great?!

Grumba
Yeah it is, but it’s also very needed. I really need at least 4 weeks that recharge the batteries for the next year of school. And I really appreciate the quality time that I can spend with our little monster during that time. It’s priceless

Sozzals
Yeah, you got the hardest job in the world man. Maximum respect for doing it though….. teachers are the foundation of our society.
What’s top 5 on Grumba’s bucket list?

Grumba
Travelling, travelling, travelling, travelling and travelling
I need to see the world
We planned our honeymoon for 4 weeks Chili, but then we got pregnant and spend that money on the monster. SO I still need to go there
and Iceland, and Mongolia
I’ve love a trip from the middle-east towards Mongolia.

 

Sozzals
Mongolia is on mine too!!

Grumba
really?!
not a lot of people wanna go there. but it’s insanely awesome
it’s still pure plus the environment over there and the different culture. I just love it

Sozzals
the environment is one of the most unspoilt, untouched, the culture, the people, their music – we love a bit of the old throat singing in this household – yeah, it looks like an epic place to visit

Grumba
you’ve got that right, certainly something that should be on someone’s bucketlist
the thing is though that it’s hard to figure out how to do it now while the monster hasn;t dinged 6 or 7 yet

Sozzals
Yeah, and if you keep practising and practising…… ๐Ÿ˜€ who knows what will happen! Travel is hard with wee’uns but hey, that’s what retirement’s for. I hope if you’re ever in Ireland, you’ll call in with Jim and I.
What’s your favourite musical genre/artist or band?

Grumba
Haha yeah! Guess we gotta wait then ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will certainly do
I started off as a typical angry kid with hiphop and RnB, but during the later years I kinda calmed down and appreciate a wide variety of music. I don’t really have one genre, band or artist that’s just totally it for me tbh. I can enjoy classic, rock, hiphop and even the new kidsmusic!

Sozzals
Down with the kids! What website do you visit most often?

Grumba
I’m a total football nerd. So I’ve got some football websites that I often visit and next to that I check on everything classic wow related. Youtube, guides, gold farming guides, patchnotes. I also watch lore-videos on youtube and I keep on track with every new expansion, even though I am not going to play them
And well, my workmail
but that sucks

Sozzals
Football as in, soccer? What team do you support?

Grumba
Yes, soccer for the non-Europeans ๐Ÿ˜‰
PSV Eindhoven!

Sozzals
Hey, I’m Irish – we have our own special gaelic football!
What is something you will NEVER do again?

Grumba
I’ve seen some gealic football, I didnt really understood the rules but it looked like they had a blast
My sister asked me and the misses out for a quick weekend to London. She didn’t tell me that she wanted to go and shop over there… So we joined and I had to participate in a shopping-galore together with them. It was dreadful, Primarks and all those other stores still give me nightmares. And to think of it that I always enjoyed London before that. I will deffo never join my sister on a shopping holiday again
A couple of weeks ago she asked us for Paris…
Aint gonna happen!

Sozzals
That does sound hellish. Primark should be outlawed! What stereotype do you completely live up to?

Grumba
I’m totally a teacher
I like to talk and explain stuff. I do think that everything evolves around Geography and I’m never wrong fyi

Sozzals
๐Ÿ˜€ What irrational fear do you have? Like… phobias…

 

Grumba
Nothing that interesting I guess, but I don’t really like heights
that’s bothersome, because I do love mountains

Sozzals
But you’d never, for example, go skydiving?

Grumba
Hell no!

Sozzals
Have you ever saved someoneโ€™s life?

Grumba
You’re talking to the friendly resto tree, I’ve certainly saved over 9000 Pyran people during our raiding!

Sozzals
i always loved bringing you along to the raids cos it meant that i could slack more

Grumba
abusing my inner-tryhard hardcore kid
I always told Shin to heal extra, so I could afk-smoke ๐Ÿ™‚

Sozzals
HB is a slacker. Whatโ€™s the hardest lesson youโ€™ve learned in life?

Grumba
To stick with what you want, instead of listening to others. When I decided to start the education-study my father told me that I would throw away my life and that he was very dissapointed in me. And that if I would continue with this facade that I had to find a different place to live. Nowadays were very good and he’s actually bragging about me with his friends (annoying!). But that was a harsh time and looking back at it now it was the best decision that I ever made
and yes, HB is a slacker

Sozzals
If you were forced to relive one 10-minute block of your life again and again for all eternity, forever and ever, what 10 minutes of your life would you choose?

Grumba
The moment that I received ‘the hand of the deceiver’ from KJ during retail tbc! ๐Ÿ™‚
no just kidding, I think the birth of our little monster
it was a bit messy and stuff, but it’s so special

Sozzals
๐Ÿ™‚ i like that you gave both an answer from your gaming life and your real life!! Proof that gamers have more than one life……

Grumba
did you think of all these questions btw?

Sozzals
Who, in Pyran, would you most like to see getting grilled next?
yeah ofc

Grumba
very in-depth!
Ehr, you probably know who I’m going to suggest
I gotta do it, since we share like 14 years of wow together
Shinzei/Honeybadger if possible

Sozzals
I will have to make contact with HB. Should make for some interesting reading!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Grumba
๐Ÿ™‚ Besides the fact that’s he’s a narcissistic slacker
he’s actually pretty cool

Sozzals
He’s the dude. Well hey man, thanks for giving up an hour of your time – i know it’s very precious to you. I know everyone in Pyran appreciate it and you and I hope you stick around forever.

Grumba
No worries at all. I liked it a lot and these things make Pyran great. I really appreciate the effort and the interview idea is just totally awesome. I will stick around and yes you will realise that we’re going to play alliance on retail together ๐Ÿ˜‰

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