Sunday, April 25, 2004

The Big Day

Spent yesterday in NERO-land, assisting with running a one-day adventure. Nice and short, with tons of surprises, all of which I learned while sitting in Monster Town. I did no role playing at all, didn't have to put on a single stitch of costuming, which is both nice and a little boring. Came home before dark (whoo hoo), chatted with a friend, ate pizza, and settled in for the night. I needed to get a good night's sleep, you see, because today...



Several people at yesterday's event are, of COURSE, video gamers and we spent a lot of time discussing the merits of the game. Most of us are jonsing bad for the 1 pm EST start today, when we can recreate the characters we made or make new ones, and begin our running around and smiting of evil in the new, improved Paragon City.

You know you want to.

I resisted Everquest. It never looked interesting to me despite my love of sword-and-sorcery fantasy. I dabbled in Earth & Beyond but quickly grew frustrated with the lack of roleplaying opportunities, the sameness of the game, and constant server problems that made gameplay frustrating. I gave Star Wars Galaxies a glance but the dancing wookies frightened me.

Why I'm so in love with superheroes, I can't explain. I was never a huge superhero comics reader -- my childhood reading was restricted to the Big Red Cheese that was -Shazam!-, Captain Marvel, with its very 1950's style and crazy supervillians. Girls weren't exactly encouraged to read this sort of literature. Superman never really moved me, and Batman has been reinterpreted so many times that I can't say I know anything about him. Most female superheros were too vanilla bland, existing only to show adolescent boys some boobies. I have a mild interest in Anime, but only mild.

Right this moment, I'm watching Boomerang, which is showing a day-long run of "Battle of the Planets" with G-force. I remember watching this show in junior high, when it was new and exciting and occupied the time slot right before Star Trek, along with Thundercats.

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