Friday, January 23, 2009
I've posted several times now about the natural combination of my two hobbies -- the written word and videogames -- and how I can't seem to separate the two. During my brief but passionate stint in Second Life, I found myself in digital libraries holding digital book-readings. My ardor for the Final Fantasy series reached new heights when FFIII let me use weighty tomes as weapons. The codex-toting archaeologists in Lego Indy found themselves in heavier rotation than was really necessary. On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness features Tycho reading at all times, even when shooting evil in its grinning maw, and I just naturally had to unlock his super-weapon.
So, what about Warcraft? Oh yes, gentle reader, I have found a way.
When you're not killing things in Warcraft, you have a profession. That's right, a job in a fantasy world. Where's the fantasy in that, you ask? Well, my profession is Inscription. I make ink and write runes on scraps of paper. These "glyphs" have, unsurprisingly, magic properties, and I sell them for a more-than-tidy profit.
And, as if that wasn't enough, with the right training and some luck, a scribe like myself can make books. Big old grimoires that lend mighty powers to their holders. For example, I now carry around a book that lets my breathe fire. Fire breath! From holding a book! Marvelous.
The trouble is, sometimes my digital adventures creep into my waking life*. It's all I can do to take my bright, modern-feeling home office and redecorating it like this:
It's actually not all that far off, now that I think about it.
*videogames are far more restful for me than sleep. Ask around.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
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Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
In an act seeping finality, I dropped off the keys to the old place on Lancaster tonight. The era of porching and bulldogs has closed forever. Home ownership seems to consist mainly of catching colds, checking that the doors are locked and buying the wrong thing at The Home Depot.