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Lately, I haven’t been online on MSN or Twittering much. I’ve been off in distant lands conversing with gnomes, dwarves, night elves and humans and slaying trolls, ogres and various angry beasts. No, I’m not taking anything funny. I’ve been playing this little game called World of Warcraft.

My character in the game is a gnome warrior named Perpugilliam, after Peri from the old series of Doctor Who. I got interested in this game thanks to watching Felicia Day’s webseries The Guild, which is all about a group of characters (and what characters they are!) who play a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game, or MMORPG for short.

I can’t quite work out what it is that makes WoW so addictive, more so than other games, apparently. I think that maybe, like other MMORPGs, there’s always something more to do in the game. But that can’t always be the case. I haven’t picked up Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City for months. I can remember the last day I played it — my birthday.

So let’s throw in the fact that there are several elements that, to me, are very similar to Lord of the Rings. Anyone who knew me in high school will know all too well how obsessed I was with it – Orlando Bloom as Legolas in particular, but I don’t like to go into that anymore. That whole thing doesn’t quite fit anymore, because I haven’t seen the movies in months, and I tried reading the books. Really, I did. But I’m really not into the thousand-page epic fantasy.

I think the biggest thing that attracted me was the “social” aspect of it. Of course I had to use the inverted commas, because you’re just sitting in front of a computer screen all day, but at least you get to communicate with other people while playing, and as part of a guild or a temporary party, you get to flex some teamwork muscles during a raid. When you and others have functioning microphones, you can talk to each other while playing and not have to meet them in person. I don’t mean that I don’t like the idea of meeting people in person — I am nowhere near that antisocial just yet! It’s just that in most cases, that would be highly improbable, but I do like the idea of local guilds and regular meet-ups.)

So if you or someone else you know has this game, I play on the Saurfang server and currently hang around Loch Modan and the Wetlands. I’m still waiting for a group who will join me to take down the ogre Chok’sul.

Hint, hint!



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April 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm

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“Well, instead of the Stalinist purges and the divorce and the investigation, erm, it could be about … losing a balloon.”

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I’ve typed up a few paragraphs of my archaeology/sci-fi project here and there, but today I’ve mostly been doing a lot of procrastinating and scribbling down something resembling a plot outline for this thing. And when I say “procrastinate,” I really mean “net surf” — even with my download speed cut down to 64kbps for the rest of my billing month, I haven’t found the willpower to close that stupid browser window. I will soon, because I’m really getting tired of websites loading at such a (lack of) speed. It’s entirely my fault too, because I wasted all that quota downloading episodes of Jonathan Creek and Dollhouse. Now there’s also series three of Robin Hood, as well as the eagerly-awaited special episode of Doctor Who coming up next week.

Another thing that has started to take up an ever-growing poriton of my bandwidth usage every month is my occassional viewing of webseries. Recently, the inaugural Streamy Awards, which recognise achievements in this field, were held in LA. A whole swag of these little trophies were won by two of my favourites, The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I follow a few of the cast and crew of The Guild, as well as keep updates on Dr. Horrible-related things, on Twitter. DH was written as a low-budget project to keep people working throughout the writer’s strike in the US, and Felicia Day started writing The Guild to do what I’m trying to do at the moment — to sit down on her arse and write something.

Since the web series is a relatively new medium, there isn’t really any established format. The current trend seems to be that you have a few episodes per series, with each episode lasting anywhere from two to fifteen minutes.

So, I’ve been thinking, “Maybe I could write a web series.” A couple of episodes of several minutes is cinch, right?

Nuh-uh. I keep getting reminded of that episode of Black Books where Manny and Bernard try to write a children’s book in one night. They keep moving their hands to try and start to write something, but the pencils don’t touch the paper. Also, I think it was Steven Moffat who once said that for him, the shorter a project is, the harder it is. You need an interesting story that you need to compress into a tiny runtime. That takes more cutting than your “average-length” stuff.

Still, a webseries seem to be a great idea for writers who are short on cash, have some connections and are desperate to do something!

I don’t have any ideas for a webseries yet, LOL.



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April 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm

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