Yearly Archives: 2005

4 – What Does the Late Bird Get?

Lena and I played World of Warcraft last night. We usually play once or twice a week, trying to get online when we have several hours to devote to it. Yesterday evening we happened to meet up with Mudder and Rosamonde, another gaming couple in our guild who are right at our levels in the game. We grouped up and marauded the countryside, finishing about a half-dozen quests.

It has occurred to me before, that what games such as this are actually selling you is less an environment full of monsters and treasure, and more a telephone service. I’m being sold friends. I suppose that it should be intuitively obvious to any gamer that a chat service where you can talk to your buddies while you hunt Deathclasp, the Terror of the Sands would be more popular than one that merely has a picture exchanging feature, but I am not certain that those on the outside understand the draw. Would you post a letter in a mailbox where you had to shoot 3 of the 5 Nazi agents who popped in and out of the mail slot before dropping it in? Would you voluntarily put your quarter into a phone booth that required a complicated dance routine before you could be connected to your party? Silly as it sounds, I bet there are a lot of us who would. That’s what makes us gamers.

By the way, Rosamonde and Mudder first met back in Everquest for Macintosh in the founding days of our guild. In Real Life they lived on opposite ends of the country. At some point after most of us made the switch from EQ to WoW, they decided they dug each other enough to live together. So Rosamonde moved from San Diego to Connecticut to be with her beloved Mudder. They aren’t married yet, but I understand that plans are under way.

That’s a good game.

3 – Preferential Treatment

We’re live! There?s still plenty of work to be done, but we are officially an up and going concern! Super thanks to my wife Lena, without whom this project would absolutely never have gotten off of the ground, and to Ron, who first told me about Order of the Stick, which provided me with bothContinue Reading

2 – Recruitment Drive

Alright folks! If you’re reading this, you’re getting in on the ground floor of my new webcomic, Heroes of Lesser Earth! (Sorry!) Technically, as of this writing, I’m not quite ready to be totally live, but hell, I guess if sit around and wait until everything is perfect?it will never actually happen. So, here weContinue Reading


Check this out, and see if the situation seems at all familiar. Your gaming buddies, the Players, have been traveling north for the past two weeks in search of the Crystal Bouncy-Ball of the Chalky Wizard. At the end of the last gaming session, they capture a warship of the Sticky Bun Empire. You spendContinue Reading