Poignant Panorama

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Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

I have faith and passion in humanity. The world needs a change, I am here to see that happen.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Clerics are the kickers of the MMO world.

I played both football growing up and Dungeons and Dragons but the similarities between the two rarely cross paths, except for the teamwork references and some obscure metaphors. But I have realized through game play that Clerics and kickers have many striking similarities. They both live in fame or infamy depending on the day.

For starters, like a football kicker, clerics are loners, yet always needed. Few people want to be the healer in a group and even fewer want to kick field goals. In DDO a world exists that is 3D, fun spell effects, and lots of numbers flowing over monster's heads when you plow through them with an Epic Sword of Shadows. In football, you have eleven men working in unison, high flying passes and spectacular catches. Neither clerics nor kickers get to enjoy any of this. A cleric's vision is mostly limited to the health bars of his party and a kicker's vision is restricted to the yellow uprights.

Games in both worlds are won and lost in a moment because of a heal that took too long or a kick that veered right at 54 yards. And with those moments, fame or infamy is passed. Everybody needs a good cleric though, so I have one. Just like every team needs a consistent kicker. So the question is, are you willing to do either?

New DDO Blogs

I've decided that I need to write down my thoughts more often as I am a reluctant jack of all trades and I have unusual hobbies, like playing MMO's. I spend much of my time playing so I figured I need to vent.

For those who don't know me, I am a life-long gamer. Not the first person shooter gamer, not an X-Box gamer, but a role player. I now have thirty one YEARS under my belt with games like Dungeons and Dragons. I love acting and it is an easy way to group with friends and get out my improv acting fix. I also play the MMO, DDO, short for "Dungeons and Dragons Online."

I think it is in the male genome to compete and conquer which is why there is more lure for males than females in video game land. Oddly enough, I usually play female characters. It all started when I played the original MMO, Everquest. At that time there was no voice chat and if gamer had the impression that you were really female, they'd give you more money or help. Then I realized that I was staring at the back side of a character on screen for hours at a time and I just wanted to see a pleasant booty rather than a male one.

Now that I have established a small framework for what I do, I feel free to write prolifically.