Star (aka starconspirator)
Star has been playing video games most of her life — beginning in the days of the Atari 2600. From Space Invaders, she moved on to Mario Brothers, the Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. As consoles changed, she moved with them. Super Metroid, joined her collection, as did Chrono Trigger. Somewhere along the way, she forgot that girls didn’t play video games and neither did adults. In the 90s, she spent hours and hours breeding and racing chocobos in Final Fantasy VII, bought a Sega Dreamcast just to play Shenmu, and finally, with The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, moved to PC gaming. On the PC, she plays various indie games, Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2, and simulation and strategy games, including the Civilization series, Roller Coaster Tycoon, and the Sims. In her free time, she also pretends to be Otaku and fancies herself a writer. She recently joined GuildMag‘s writing staff.
Sandra (aka inkysticks)
Sandra’s affair with video games also began on an Atari 2600. Asteroids, Tennis, Tank! and PacMan hold special places in her heart. Her frustration with jumping in games began in Pitfall — some things are hard to overcome. She watched from afar as games and platforms evolved, getting back into things with PlayStation and Tomb Raider and FIFA World Cup. She didn’t move into PC gaming until 2008 when Star’s talk of Charr and the Mad King got her into Guild Wars. She spends most of her gaming time in Guild Wars 2 these days. The immersive world and lore feed her love of story — complementing her day job. She is now the Content Manager for GuildMag and part of the writing team there, using her main norn ranger’s name, Miko Riel, as her nom de plume.