Liebster award thingy!

So, I was recently nominated by The Traveller of Tyria and a while ago by Valourbörn. It was something that caught my attention, and I told myself “Hey, I should give it a try!” I can’t even remember why I never got around them, but with my recent nomination, I decided to dig in a little bit and answer both set of questions!

If you had to start the last article you wrote over, what would you do differently?

I believe that one of my biggest issues is that I don’t reread my blog posts enough to make sure my thoughts actually make sense in written form. I tend to just type everything that comes to my mind, post it in excitement and wonder if I’m actually making the point I want to make across. Last article is no exception.

What is your favorite MMO? Why?

I don’t even need to think this. Guild Wars 2 is definitely my favorite one. I haven’t really played a large variety of MMOs, but I like how GW2 doesn’t feel like a classic one. I love how easily I can exchange stuff among my characters and how guilds aren’t restricted per character. As an chronic altoholic (Looooove my alts) this is a plus because I’m not feeling a guild with my million characters.

Also, while playing with friends is fun, I like how I can just chill and do plenty of stuff by myself, or at the very least, helping at bosses and events without feeling pressured to be in a group if I want to be credited.

Do you feel the need to role-play your character when playing MMORPGs? Explain.

This is an interesting question. I have never role-played seriously but if I happen to find myself talking to a role-player, I’ll try my best to play along while I’m around. When I create a character, I Ddotend to create a whole background story for them. This is very important to me to be motivated to play and level them. I love sharing these background stories too.

What so you consider to be the biggest challenge when writing?

When it comes to blogs, sometimes I just can’t find the right words to express myself. With enough time, I can write something well thought, but sometimes I feel I can be somewhat limited merely because English is not my main language.

What do you use as your source of inspiration when you write?

I can’t really tell. There are simply times where I feel extremely motivated and inspired, and I try to make the most of those moments. I’m sure there are some tangible source of inspiration, like maybe video games, life events, or just random strings of thoughts that cross my overly active imagination.. yes, let’s go with that.

If you could be any character in a story, who would you be and why?

I don’t think there’s a character that makes me think “I want to be THAT guy.” I tend to empathize with the underdogs in stories. I can relate to most of them. I’d love to be a wizard of sorts if I were to be part of a story, though.

What is your favorite book of all time?

Favorite BOOK? You mean, like chosing only ONE? I don’t think I can do that! Here’s the sad part: My memory is horrible. I can read a full series and tell you I loved it, but I won’t be able to give you full details of the series. My favorite series are A Song of Ice and Wheel of Time. I love books with a lot of different characters’  point of views, and these series do just that.

Name one goal you hope to achieve this year.

Last year, my goal was to post 365 Guild Wars 2 screenshots for the GW2 365 project. This year I’d love to give my blog a more personal touch, and post maybe once a week about whatever happens between me and the gaming world. Sometimes I feel like blogging about personal(ish) stuff, thinking that it might help some people that could have passed through the same events I did, but that would require me to put more effort on my thoughts than what I’ve been doing lately.

Also, I love to write and make up stories, so I am hoping I could focus enough to finish one and maybe complete an RPG Maker game I started creating long ago.

Hey! Since this blog post is all about moi, why not talk about that?

This is the intro I made for it back when I started using Playstation 1’s RPG Maker. It had a lot of annoying rext sounds and spelling mistakes (I blame English not being my native language. Shhhh.)

This is the improved version on PC’s RPG Maker XP

And here is a demo playthrough run by the cool fellows from RPGM Magazine

Taking a glimpse at those videos motivate me to work on it, so if you get to see them and like them, let me know to feel more motivated!

What do others say is your best quality? Do you agree?

Many people say they admire my patience. And I can be very patient. But most of the time I’m just taking my time to process things, giving the impression I’m calmed when my mind is going out of control.

What inspired your online name?

My name has quite a bit of history. The Guarionex part is actually a not very common name used in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and I REALLY like it. It’s the name of  tainan chief (tribe that lived in the Caribbean before it was “discovered” by Europeans). I started using it for many games, it was unlikely I’d find many people using it.

Unfortunately, since there ARE people in the Caribbean named Guarionex, I couldn’t use it in games where you can’t repeat names. I refused to add spaces to my name, or extra characters so I opted to try Asterix (I assure I wasn’t aware of the comic book character of the same name). In the end, Asterix was taken so I ended up naming my character Asterixion.

A rule I noticed about MMOs, is that you can have the best name ever, but people will still call you by the first 3 or 4 letters. I was lucky people started calling me Aster instead of Ast. (Seriously, I had a character named Bazooka jess, and people called her Baz for short instead of Jess)  I started to get used to the name Aster, and decided to add Guarionex because I still freaking love that name. The end.

Do you feel your writing inspires your readers?

I don’t think my writing inspires since I know I can be a bit deeper when I type my thoughts into a blog post.  At the very least I hope I can be slightly entertaining.

Ok, now to the non gaming questions!

If you could star in any commercial you wanted, what product would you want to advertise?

I think I’d be too embarrassed to appear into any kind of commercial! But for some reasons, potato chips come to my mind.

Grossest food in the whole world?

I’m a very picky eater, so I find almost everything gross. Still, as long as it’snot any kind of bean, I could be willing to give it a try. Beans.. ugh.

Your favourite kind of flooring?

Any kind that would allow me to safely slide across it if it was slippery. I haven’t done that since I was a kid… now I want to do it again!

If you could live in any building in the world (or even from a fictional world), what would it be?

I would definitely live in my Animal Crossing house. If only arranging furniture were as easy!

Would you rather lose sight, smell, taste, touch, or hearing?

Smell maybe? I’m the last person to detect strange/unpleasant smells already.

If you had enough money to make a world-record sized collection of something, what would you collect?

Nail clippers. I just want people to scratch their heads and wonder “Why…?”

What’s your state’s/province’s/country’s national food? Do you even like it?

Probably rice and pigeon peas or beans and pork? Remove the beans and I’ll eat it. I’ll probably remove the peas too.

The worst nightmare you can remember?

Oh, nothing traumatizing enough. Just  a bunch of starving people on top of a giant pillar. Every second, more people were dumped at the top of the pillar so at one point people began falling to  the dark, bottomless abyss while groaning weakly from hunger. I’m just glad I barely remember my dreams sometime.

If you could get a life-size portrait painted of anyone to put in your bedroom, who would it be?

That would be a bit weird! But if I happen to find one of Chris Hemsworth in my bedroom, I wouldn’t exactly take it out to wherever it came from.

Do you prefer to wash the dishes or dry them?

Wash, wash, wash! I just love playing with water. I always volunteered to do the dishes when I worked at a fast food restaurant. I always ended up soaked.

Would you rather lose your leg or force a family member to leave the country?

I’ll be a horrible person and banish a family member out the country. It’ll be for the greater good. But seriously, I have family members that don’t see me anymore as family so it’s not a hard decision.

Would you rather have a stranger do CPR on you or get third-degree burns?

Burns hurt. I choose you CPR stranger!

If you could have tea with any god or deity, who would it be?

Morgan Freeman.

The most annoying children’s song/movie that would make you want to die if you heard/saw it now?

Having a 4 year old niece, I think I’m already immune to annoying children songs and movies. I learned to let it go-OH GODS NO!

Would you rather be an identical twin with similar names (e.g. Tim and Kim) or have an unpronounceable name?

Well, I have a younger brother that looks nothing like me with a very different name from mine, and people still confuse us. Also, my last name is easy to pronounce, but looks like a very common last name. People assume I misspelled my last name so they spell it like the common version It’s annoying!. I almost got both!

Do you believe in ghosts or spirits? Do they scare you?

I come from a family who believes supernatural forces. In fact, I was told there was a buried urn in the backyard and there was a spirit or ghost guarding it. I was deathly afraid of looking out the window at night because of that. Nowdays, I don’t dismiss anything related to the supernatural, but I guess I won’t be scared of them unless I actually see one. Life will go on normally meanwhile.

Flip phone, slide phone, or touch phone?

I liked the flip phone because I tended to open it in peculiar way that confused everyone. (“Why do you open it like that?”) And while touch phones are awesome, I always dread of the possibility the screen breaks. With a flip phone I can at least still make calls like that.

Thanks to Traveler of Tyria and Alex for nominating at some point or another. I haven’t been active in blog post reading, so I don’t dare nominating anyone at the moment. I hope you enjoyed reading the rather long string of questions, even if it was just a little bit!

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