Atomic Bombshell

Death Pile

July 15th, 2004


You know you’re a nerd when you walk through one of our nation’s most prestigious art museums, and a painting reminds you of a role-playing game. When I came across this painting my very first thought was, “Hey, that reminds me of Aurora returning to get her death pile.”

For those of you who haven’t played D&D or Mud or Muck or Mush, that’s when your make-believe game character is slain by some lucky (or superior) opponent, and you walk back nearly naked to finish off your enemy and retrieve your gear. And when my eyes met that picture, that’s exactly what I saw. Sick and sad, I know.

I don’t even remember how I got involved in text-based RPGs to begin with. I think it was because everyone on the BBS disappeared from teleconference. There was a mass exodus from chat when SysOps started installing games like Farwest Trivia, Tele-Arena, Legend of the Red Dragon, Trade Wars, and God help us… MajorMUD.

When I started playing Mud, I’d never played any kind of RPG before. This was all a totally foreign concept. I remember the learning curve being excruciating. Thinking back, I laugh out loud over some of the ways I got killed in the beginning. And of all the characters, I picked one of the most difficult at low levels – an elf mage.

Over the last ten years, I’ve played every many characters, in many games, on many BBSes. This year I haven’t had time to play anything regularly. I tried my hand at MUME a little, but couldn’t take it seriously because I didn’t have time to dig deep and build a good character. As much as I like having a game going, life no longer permits.

I’ve been trying to figure out if I really miss playing RPGs or not. The only conclusion that I’ve come to is that I miss the interaction and teamwork. My deepest, darkest secret: I married a guy that I met playing MajorMUD… Hi, my name is Kiki, and I’m an undercover GEEK.

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