Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Quite a lot to do, actually.

When you've grown tired of running up to monsters in World of Warcraft, killing them and taking their treasure - you wouldn't think you could get tired of this, but sometimes you do - there are other things you can do. Like fishing. Part of this one quest was to catch 20... I don't know, 'blumper fish' or something, I dunno, it's not real, god!

So my little night elf character took her fishing rod and stood on a rock overlooking the harbour somewhere in Ashenvale and I tried to catch blumper fish, or whatever they're called. The float sort of jiggled a bit, and then you had to press 'J or something (I'm being vague today, apologies, but, you know...*) and catch the fish. Only you had to get the timing just right, or you miss the fish and have to start again. And this went on for an hour, and then suddenly I went JESUSI'MWASTINGMYLIFE and hurled my laptop against the wall and ran down to the park and learned how to electric boogaloo.

No, actually I realised I was fishing in the wrong spot, and moved down a bit and caught loads after that.

I've got a second character called Moosey (he's a Tauran, which is a kind of minotaur) who I named as a joke when I was showing Jim who plays City of Heroes which SUCKS in comparison to WOW. I was going to call the chararacter 'Moosey McMoosington' but it was too long, which was a shame. Anyway, Moosey started out as a joke, but I'm quite fond of him now, and he's nearly 14th level. He's got the skill 'Leatherworking', so quite often, when I've killed loads of monsters and skinned them (using my 'Skinning' skill), I can make sandals, and quite a nice bag.

I've got loads of work on by the way. I wouldn't want you to think I had nothing to do.


Ooh, I forgot, while I was demonstrating WOW to Paula and Jim, I showed them my other characters. 'That's Gra'nash, an orc warrior and Shard, the night elf hunter, and there's Cookie, who's a gnome rogue. And there's Lilette, who's a human thief.'

Paula stared at me, and I got a bit embarrassed. 'You think it's weird I have a couple of female characters, don't you?'
'No,' said Paula 'but I do think it's odd you named one of them after a tampon.'





*Do you see what I did there? Marvellous stuff.


12 comments:

Fizzy good said...

I feel unusual. I think you should go outside.

Sparkling said...

Why did you name one of them after a tampon?

Uberpause said...

Apparently about nearly half of all blokes who play MMORPGs give themselves female characters. Whether this is down to (a) underlying transexual tendencies, (b) the desire to have total control over a feisty, scantily-clad, sword-wielding valkyrie or (c) government quotas, is yet to be discerned.

Personally I'd be a gnome highwayman, but then I don't have broadband.

james henry said...

Also, if you have a female character, male characters run around after you like puppies, helping you kill monsters and basically giving you lots of free stuff. It's ace. If you're in an MMORPG and you see a scantily-clad valykyrie twirling her hair and saying 'gosh can any of you big boys help me kill this dragon', there's a bloke called Nigel on the other end of the keyboard.

And I didn't deliberately name her after a tampon. I just had to come up with a fantasyish name, and didn't realize what I'd done till Paula pointed it out. I'm stuck with her now as well, as you can't change the name once it's been selected, and I'd got her to 8th level before I realised what I'd done.

Maud said...

It's not weird at all to have female characters. I have male characters in rpgs.

Mummy/Crit said...

random plea for help here. When I try to reply to a post on the BluecatForum the page redirects to some bloody flash games site. i can read the threads fine, but not reply, so if anyone can help perhaps they could do it via the forum where I can read. *sigh* Thanks if you can....

cello said...

Tampons should be no more embarrassing than plasters are......though I guess it would be even odder having a character called BandAid or Elastoplast. But the tampons are spelt Lil-lets, and are only refrred to in the plural. I only know because they are a client. I hope that makes you feel better about her.

james henry said...

Aha! Cello makes an excellent point, and clearly all the other 'girls' who commented but didn't pick up on the spelling difference are in fact blokes called Nigel.

Not that there's anything wrong with being called Nigel either. Sorry, I've just woken up.

irony in motion said...

You just woke up at six in the evening?

james henry said...

Yes. I had some toast, which quite often makes me fall asleep. I don't know why.

cello said...

Because carbohydrates are evil. Particularly the wheaty sort.

belladona said...

Cello? You're critizing cake? Take that back immediately! How could you?