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ten books

One of the current things spidering its way over the social networks is what I assume is meant to be a quick challenge to name your 10 favorite books or similar. I read entries by a few friends but avoided commenting on any of them because I knew I’d lose a few hours if someone asked me for my list.

It’s no secret that I like books. My wife and I own entirely too many of them – probably 1/3 of the weight involved in our last move was made up of books or book-like-objects (this is down from over 1/2 back before we had children or much furniture). We’re actually on a slow campaign in my family to reduce the physical mass of books in the house. So now we only have a half dozen bookshelves and a really long list of digital books 😛

After my sister got tapped for the challenge and only passed it on to my wife and one of my brothers, I thought I had avoided this round of the asynchronous party game that is Facebook. Little did I notice that she also tapped my mother – who promptly turned around and grabbed the rest of us. Pretty sneaky, Sis.

You see, when I was a kid, I didn’t earn a traditional allowance. There was no regularly scheduled pocket money, and chores were simply mandatory. At a very young age, my parents decided to pay me for reading books. At first, it was 1 cent per page of completed book.
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mmo /played

How much time have I spent plugged in to virtual worlds over the years? Idunno. Can’t really track it very accurately because a lot of the numbers have been thrown away or were never recorded in the first place. I’ve been meaning to take this survey for a while now, and a few minutes of investigation have proven enlightening or at least vaguely entertaining (to me).

world of warcraft

I primarily play Allaryin, a dwarven hunter, my only lvl 70 char. I don’t raid and I burnt out on PvP a while ago. In fact, I hardly play any more. My account is currently pending cancellation (like the 4th or 5th time) as soon as my paid time runs out again.

Despite all of that, my total /played for all of my extant characters is about 53 days. 37 of those were spent on Al.

everquest 2

I’ve had 3 main characters over the years. That said, however, my total playtime on all remaining characters is barely 7.5 days. Half of that has been spent on my current ‘main’, Juvu, a lvl 35/31 sarnak shadowknight/armoursmith – my first serious attempt at playing a tank in any MMO in over 10 years.

city of heroes/villains

I don’t know what my CoH/CoV played time is. My subscription is not active. But I have two characters that I’ve spent the bulk of my time on, Tetris and Columns. I suspect Tetris’s /played time is 2x that of Columns’, despite their vast level differences.

ffxi

I have no idea how much time I spent on FFXI. I don’t even remember if that sort of data was easy to acquire or not. My main character, Kikichikki the Taru WHM hovered at the lvl 20 boundary off and on for months before we finally pulled the plug on our accounts for the last time.

three kingdoms

3K is the mud I played the most during college, and despite my lack of desire to continue playing there, I have hosted several sites for different guilds over the years. My character has hopped between just about every class available in the game, and is finally back in Priests where he started. He is 65 days old.

discworld

The Discworld mud is probably still my favorite text-based game of all time. I’ve put in a lot of time into every class in the game, but all of my alts appear to have been deleted over the years. The only character I have remaining is my main, the current incarnation of Allaryin of the Venerable Council of Seers – 14 days old.

walraven

I guess it’s not much surprise that I’ve spent more time on my own game than anything else. Since I first added character age tracking, Allaryin has logged in excess of 260 days of play/idle time.

Of course, in all of these games, I’ve had other characters that took time but were eventually deleted for one reason or another. And then there are all of the games I only demo’d or beta’d… and the numerous derivative faceless Diku clone MUD’s and cookie cutter Korean MMO’s…

It will take a LONG time for these newfangled graphical games to even come close to the time I’ve spent on MUD’s.

death number one

Your feet run away with you!
The entrance to the Language Institute [n,s].
A large clock is mounted in the wall.

A complacent Hong nobleman, a short Hong bodyguard, a vigilant Hong bodyguard and two bold Hong bodyguards arrive from the south.
The complacent Hong nobleman slices your stomach with his dao.
The vigilant Hong bodyguard perforates your stomach with his jiann.
One of the bold Hong bodyguards thrusts at you with her jiann but you easily dodge out of the way.
One of the bold Hong bodyguards perforates your left leg with her jiann.

Someone says: MY, WE’VE BEEN A BIT CARELESS, HAVEN’T WE? SHALL WE POPPADOM TO THE NEXT DIMENSION?
You turn and see Death standing behind you.
Death says: AH, THERE YOU ARE. ARE YOU THE LAST ONE?
Death says: DON’T MAKE THOSE PUPPY DOG EYES, IT WON’T DO YOU ANY GOOD.
Death says: I SUPPOSE YOU WANT TO BE ALLOWED TO STAY, DO YOU?
Death says: I REALLY DON’T LIKE DOING ALL THESE FAVOURS FOR YOU PEOPLE.
Death says: I MEAN, WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
Death says: GUFNORK JUST SLIPPED ME A FIFTY TO LET YOU HAVE ANOTHER GO. HMM…
Death says: JUST DON’T TELL ANYONE I DID THIS FOR YOU!
Death says: ENOUGH OF THAT. I WONDER IF THE FISH ARE BITING…
Death gets back onto Binky and rides away.

(Gufnork being the God of Fluff, whom this particular character decided to try worshipping.)

discworld

I have recently been on a Discworld kick. I just finished reading Thief of Time and am now working on The Fifth Elephant. This leaves some six or so of the 30ish books unread by yours truly. I have the new book, Going Postal, on order from SFBC and hope to receive it within a few days (today is the release date, I believe).

I have also been spending more than my fair share of time logged into the mud. In addition to my normal character (Allaryin the Morporkian Seer), I have created four other characters: Kikichikki the Agatean Pishite, Kyaneos the Hublandish Barbarrian (female), Kurogane the Agatean Safecracker, and Adryn the Agatean Witch (female). Kiki has finally reached the point where he can cast resurrect, Kuro can backstab and is working on actually being able to crack safes, Adryn brews a mean pot of tea and can sometimes fly (and -really- needs to learn Morporkian and move to the Ramtops), Kyan can pretty much butcher anything she feels like.

I’ve also been mapping the heck out of the place. I have zMUD maps that cover every street in every major city in the game as well as my ever-expanding overworld map that comprises the entire highway system east of AM (and a bit west of town too – I’m currently charting through Omnia toward Klatch.

I had written a short bit of PHP to convert the different game currencies around and am now considering putting some maps of my own up on the site (including information that people actually need – like what’s in different shops and such, eh?). The temptation to do the maps is very strong… and once I start, I will not be allowed to stop.

The big problem with the mapping is that I’ll need a good program to render the things in, zMUD being nice and all – but entirely inappropriate for my needs. The thought occurs to try to use zMapper, but since he discontinued the project, I see no reason to register it. Chances are high that I might wind up using something more along the lines of some sort of CAD system.

Ok, people are here.