Sunday, October 15, 2006

Welcome to the Kingdom, We've Got Fun and Games

A while back, I embarked on an e-quest to find a decent online text-based rpg. I've always loved rpgs (role playing games) and wanted one to do in my spare time, but I was dismayed by all the horrible, cheesy ones I found (no good can come of something that claims "barbarian" is a race and gives level 1 theives fire spells). I was about to give up when I stumbled upon a real gem: Renaissance Kingdoms. Its a classy, economic-based rpg with basicly no fighting and a big base of dedicated players.

I've been spending a lot of time in the local "tavern" (a chat room for players where you can get your character wasted) talking with people from all over the US and UK. Its one of the best social envirerments I've ever been in because the demo that kind of game ttracts is so nice. They're all friendly, intellectual, invested in this fantasy world, and eager to role-play a little. Plus theres a certain real satisfaction you get from sharing a round of drinks with friends, ever if it isn't IRL. Its so fun and the people are so welcomng that it makes me think that, outside of Syria, the Bible Belt, and Fox News, humanities not all bad.

5 comments:

The Juicy One said...

hm...*has been feeling a gap in life* and theres digital drinking...i might just have to try this... btw have you heard of gaia?

justifiably_vertical said...

virtual drinking: all the fun of watching yourself get more and more inebriated, none of the hangover

I've never heard of Gaia, what is it?

The Juicy One said...

and none of the brain cell loss!! though sitting in front of a comp doing nothing for that long might take its toll...

ive only seen it once, its like this virtual community where you can trade stuff and talk in forums, im gonna try it when i get a chance, ill tell you how it is. i think the url is gaiaonline.com

Gavrich said...

I once tried to have a little fun with this RPG world called SecondLife (secondlife.com). Apparently it's one of the biggest RPGs out there, and kinda fun. The graphics aren't half bad, and you can control your character's body features and clothing to a very high amount of detail.

One interesting fact that I read/heard somewhere was that the majority of men who play SecondLife make their characters look like "hot" young women.

justifiably_vertical said...

well, the rpg crowd is not exactly renowned for getting tons of ass, so it figures they'd (we'd) try to compensate somehow