As promised, I uploaded avatars taken from the latest comics to the NPC Facebook Page, to celebrate surpassing 300 fans. Thanks everyone for joining! The screencap above is just a few of the avatars. I’ll upload more at every one-hundred mark, and I’ll make ’em special for the 500-fan mark! So join up if you haven’t already, and tell your FB friends about NPC if you think they’d be interested. Thanks!
NPChloe is the weekly inward musings of one pensive and game-loving feline, Chloe. The words and art below have been ripped directly from her diary and spread out on the internets here for all to see.
Bye Bye Birdie, Grease….how could I top those? Xanadu, that’s how! I looked up Olivia Newton-John’s other work and soon found myself enthralled with this musical rollerskating fantasy. The 1980 film is about an artist, (played by Michael Beck), a former orchestra leader (played by Gene Kelly), and a beautiful muse, one of nine sister muses, played by Olivia herself. It’s a beautiful tale of love and art. The film’s title, Xanadu, refers to Samuel Coleridge’s famous poem, Kubla Khan. The first few lines of which are:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
Beautiful, isn’t it? Though I think I could hear Bink snickering when he stopped and watched a few minutes with me. He just has no taste, the big blue grump. When I explained to him that Xanadu is the epitome of class and talent, he nearly lost his head laughing so hard! I could even hear him chuckling a little from the other room a whole hour later. Silly kitty, doesn’t know what he’s missing!
I didn’t try to Newton-John myself this time. I just wanted to see what I’d look like in a pair of skates!
Have you heard? It’s Read an RPG Book in Public Week! Apparently this is a thrice-a-year event organized by The Escapist to promote awareness of the hobby and to get it “out of the basement.” I don’t know how widespread this event is, but I hope it catches on if it hasn’t already. I’m really tired of the stigma associated with playing tabletop RPGs. And I have to admit, it weighs over me when I wonder if I should tell a non-geek friend or a coworker that I played D&D when they ask me about my weekend. The way I see it, there are 3 levels of nerd stigma that a lot of people buy into when it comes to games. This is all gleaned from my completely subjective experiences of course.
1) Consoles: Playing XBox and PS3 is a minor blip on the nerd radar. Wii doesn’t even register. Maybe I’m too embedded in the geeky lifestyle, but it seems like consoles are pretty mainstream these days. Still, an Xbox-playing dude seems more accepted than an Xbox-playing girl.
2) MMOs: Nerd flags start waving. Telling certain people I play World of Warcraft can be harrowing. I often feel I have to preface it with an eye roll and “I know it’s really nerdy” comment. We even have a closet WoW-player reading the comic, as evidenced in the comments on a recent post.
3) Tabletop RPGs like D&D: Major Nerd Alert. And not “affectionate cute nerd.” More like “off-her-rocker loser nerd.” It would be really difficult for me to tell a non-geek outside of my close circle of friends that I play D&D.
So it’s great to see an event like Read an RPG Book in Public Week. And I’m going to try, although I don’t actually read RPG books… I’m new to D&D, and we’ve figured out everything while we’re playing. But John recently ordered the book for a really cool story-heavy sci-fi RPG called Diaspora. So I’m going to try that on the subway this week.
If you want more info about Read an RPG Book in Public, check out the info over on The Escapist. It occurs February 28 – March 6, July 25-31, and September 26 – October 2.
I finally made the very first NPC wallpaper. It’s of Chloe and Bink at their computer, playing World of Warcraft intensely. Do YOU want to stare intensely at these cats as they grace the screen of your choice? Then head on over to the Wallpaper page, donate a buck, and download the jpeg in all kinds of screen resolutions. Then get to staring, and playing, intensely!
A recent NPC comic, The Protector, brought up the subject of account authentication, and several people left comments about their own authenticator experience. I want to hear more, so I figured, poll time!
I didn’t get an authenticator until this winter. Up until December I played WoW exclusively on a Mac, so I was living in my “lalalala, I don’t have to worry about security (as much)” bubble. But then I got a Windows laptop and the Core Hound Pup was released as a promo available exclusively for authenticator users. I have an iPhone, and I’m a sucker for pets, so it was an easy decision. Why not? I admit that the act of authenticating each time puts an extra step between me and my game. I always feel I have to rush to enter the current number before it disappears. But I have peace of mind, my guild doesn’t have to worry about me getting hacked and raiding their bank, and I have pretty sweet pet to add to my collection. If Blizzard is really concerned about security, I think they should put the USB dongle authenticators in every Cataclysm box.
Edit: A commenter pointed out that the Blizzard authenticators aren’t USB dongles, nor do they connect to your computer at all. They’re just small devices that you can attach to your key chain. Not sure why I was under the impression they were USB…still living in my “lalalala” iPhone/mac world I guess. 🙂